Thursday, 28 August 2014

Booking Through Thursday 28/08/2014

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Booking Through Thursday and a different question is posted every week.  

Any books or authors you hate? Why? Is it the writing? The stories? The author’s personality? And—would you read their work anyway?

This is a tough question.
I would never say I hate an author- I don't know them so hate is such a strong word and I don't think it fair to say that.

It's rare for me to 'hate' a book.  It might not be for me, but I try to find a positive, and it's also rare for me to say to someone or to my blog readers 'Don't read this it's terrible' as just because it's not for me, doesn't mean it won't be amazing for someone else.

But, of course there have been some books I've really disliked.

Either the writing is pretentious, or the characters are weak, or there's numerous pet peeves- such as weak heroines, cheating, love triangles, etc, etc.

It definitely makes me think twice about reading a book by that author again, and I would say in a review why it wasn't for me.
But I might try a book by them again in the future.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

W...W...W...Wednesday 27/08/14

To play along, just answer the following 3 questions:
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I'm currently reading Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.
I recently finished reading The Walking Dead vol. 2
I think my next read will be Blood Promise by Richelle Mead.  Maybe.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Teaser Tuesday 26/08/14 'Walking Disaster'

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
    Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.
This week my current read is Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.
Teaser comes from page 269.
"For reasons I couldn't pinpoint, my nerves were shit.  I'd already taken a couple of swigs of whiskey to try to settle my ass down, but it was no use.
I stared at my wrist, hoping whatever ominous feeling I had was just a false alarm."

Monday, 25 August 2014

Tied With Me (With Me In Seattle #6) by Kristen Proby

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2449 KB
Print Length: 264 pages
Publisher: Ampersand Publishing (18 Mar 2014)

"At once wildly sensual and heart-clutchingly tender, this series gets better with every book." - Christina Lauren, New York Times Bestselling authors of BEAUTIFUL BASTARD

A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…

Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.

…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

Matt Montgomery is one of Seattle’s finest. He works hard, loves and protects his family fiercely, and is loyal almost to a fault.

And he has a penchant for bondage.

Matt enjoys the way a woman looks wrapped up in his ropes, and makes no apologies for his preferences. When he meets Nic at a fetish festival, the small, beautiful woman catches his eye, drawing him to her. His one night with her was everything he’s ever looked for in a partner, but is cut short because of a family emergency. Even before he sees her again weeks later, he knows he’ll never get her out of his system.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.

“Give in to this, Nic. Let me prove to you that I will be one of the best decisions you ever make.” –Matt Montgomery.

Cover:  I like this cover.  I like that it's similar to the other covers in the series, and yet is that little bit different.  The male model is close to how I imagine Matt would be, but don't think the female model is a match for Nic.  At all.

This series is one that's definitely hit or miss for me.  There have been those I've loved, and those that have just been ok.
This one...was ok for me.
I enjoyed it.  It was a nice, quick little read.
My biggest issue was the speed with which Matt and Nic not only jumped into bed together, but the whole 'love' and 'romance'.
I wish it had developed and built more slowly.
The implied dominance and kink, was very mild, and I appreciated that.  I didn't want anything too heavy or dark.
Over all it was a great little read, and if you've read the previous books in the series, will be one you want to check out.
3.5/5 stars.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Booking Through Thursday 21/08/14

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted byBooking Through Thursday and a different question is posted every week.
Do you read mystery novels? If so, why? Is it the mysteries themselves that appeal to you? The puzzle-solving? The murders? Or why don’t you read them? What about them doesn’t appeal?

Mystery is a genre that I don't really read.  It's not because I hate them per say, they just don't seem to appeal to me.  If I read the synopsis of one, and ooooohed and ahhhhhed, then I would pick it up in no time.
But they just don't.
If anyone would like to suggest some in the comments, I'd love to know.

Upside Down by Lia Riley

Received for review
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 683 KB
Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Piatkus (5 Aug 2014)

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories—and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly surfer with hypnotic green eyes, and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he slunk back to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once-in-a-lifetime . . . or if there’s a plane to California with her name on it.

Cover: Pretty, romantic New Adult cover.

This is a difficult one for me to review.  There were aspects I really liked, and others, not so much.

I found the author's sense of humor difficult to connect to and just 'get'; I spent a while to get a joke, and then almost eye rolling at the imaturity of them.  Talia just came across as immature.

The beginning was a little dodgey.  It was all over the place.  I had trouble understanding what was going on.   It skipped rapidly before I could understand anything and just left me confused and needing to re-read lines.  It seemed to jump from scene to scene, place to place, character to character.
I wish the book could have had a better start.

Also,  the majority of the book is in Talia's perspective, and then for a few chapters we have Bran's POV.  I wanted more of Bran's perspective.

I liked the premise, and the over all plot.  Wished we had seen more of Bran as I didn't feel we actualy got to know that much about him.

Overall, nothing to get overly excited about, but still a cute and fluffy read for when you're in the mood for that sort of thing.  And I would definitely pick up the next book.

3/5 stars.