Friday, June 10, 2016

Deeper We Fall (Fall & Rise #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron | Review

Deeper We Fall (Fall & Rise #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron | ReviewDeeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Fall and Rise #1
Published by DRC Publishing on January 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 453
Format: ebook
Source: Bought
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1 Stars

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves To Kill a Mockingbird as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

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Let me just start off by saying that I’m extremely glad I got this book for free on Kindle and didn’t waste my money on it.  Deeper We Fall reminded me why I don’t read self-published books.  There were so many things I absolutely hated about Deeper We Fall.  I’m honestly amazed I even finished it and I’m kind of kicking myself for wasting so much time with it.

Pros:

  • The only good thing this book had going for it was the beginning.  It started off strong, I’ll give it that.  I wanted to know more about what happened after the accident and the secrets surrounding the accident.  It was pretty easy to figure out what the secret about the accident was though so my curiosity didn’t last too long.

Cons:

  • Characters: I didn’t like most of the main characters.  Will and Simon were probably the exceptions.  They were funny and I loved how they treated Charlotte.  Will was a great brother and Simon was basically brother number two.  They were adorable.  Charlotte, however, was whiny and annoying and extremely naive.  She blamed herself for the accident even though she wasn’t even in the car.  She did everything she could to stop her friend from getting in the car, short of dragging her away.  There was nothing she could have done and she constantly beat herself up about it.  Not just herself though.  She treated Zan and Zack Parker like crap for the accident.  Zack was totally to blame but Zan was pretty much an innocent bystander even though he was driving the car.  I could also understand her hostility toward Zack because he was a total douchebag.  Her attitude toward Zan was just mean though.  And for her to then start falling for him just made no sense.  Zan was annoying because he was so obsessed with Charlotte.  I didn’t find his behavior attractive.  In fact, it was a little stalkerish.  He claimed to be in love with her but he never even had a conversation with her before the accident.  That’s not love, that’s obsession.
  • Romance: Okay let’s get into the romance a little more.  Zan and Charlotte obviously have something going on and it was the dumbest thing I have ever read.  First, Charlotte is a giant bitch to Zan.  She was never once nice to him and yet he loved her.  Or at least claimed he did.  Then when they do finally start something, he lets her call all the shots and she’s not willing to let anyone know about them.  And Zan is fine with that.  He doesn’t want to scare her off so he just lets her walk all over him.  I’m all for men and women being equal in relationships and that goes for this situation too.  Zan had no control over what they did or didn’t do.  I hated that.
  • Story: The story dragged for so long.  There was so much unnecessary information.  Nothing even happened with Charlotte and Zan for more than half of the book.  I’m sorry, if there is supposed to be some big important romance in a book, it should happen before I get 70% of the way through the book.  Also, there was pretty much nothing else going on other than this romance that I was pretty sure was never going to happen. There were a few small side stories which I knew were going to be excuses to have more books with these characters but they were pretty much all tied up pretty quickly and didn’t hold my interest.  Everything about this book was predictable.

Overall, I’m just going to stop because if I don’t, I’ll rant for 5 more pages.  I don’t recommend reading this one but it’s free on Kindle if you do decide to pick it up for some reason.  It seems like other readers have really enjoyed it so maybe it’s just that this one was not for me.

Overall reaction:

What others are saying about Deeper We Fall:

  • Polished Page Turners’ review: “I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys New Adult, especially those that are heavy on the emotional and not on the sex.”
Friday, July 4, 2014

Sharing You (Sharing You #1) by Molly McAdams | Review

Sharing You (Sharing You #1) by Molly McAdams | ReviewSharing You by Molly McAdams
Series: Sharing You #1
Published by William Morrow on July 1, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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1 Stars

Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.

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I knew going into this one that it was about cheating and that I have issues with cheating.  However, I had just finished another book about cheating that was done rather tastefully and didn’t feature any physical cheating.  I hoped for a similar type of story with Sharing You but that was so not the case.  Sharing You was completely tasteless when it came to the cheating aspect and it played a huge role in the story.  I kid you not, the two main characters were sleeping with each other within a few weeks of meeting each other, all while one of them was married.  I get that you can be unhappy in your relationship but that is no excuse for cheating.  How hard is it to get a freaking divorce before you start sleeping with some random chick you just met?

Also, let me tell you about the worst case of insta-love ever.  Yeah, it’s in this book.  Kamryn and Brody bump into each other in the hallway and are immediately drawn to each other and neither of them even know why!  They can’t explain it and they don’t even try to.  They just immediately decide they have to be together even though Brody is married.  I could not even understand why they were together.  As the book progressed I continued to wonder what it was they saw in each other.  It never became clear to me.

As for the whole horrible, manipulative wife situation; it got old really fast.  Molly McAdams painted Olivia as this horrible villain that nobody could possibly like and I guess she figured that that would help readers justify the fact that Brody cheated on her.  It didn’t.  Brody kept saying he was going to leave Olivia but that she was depressed and suicidal and he couldn’t leave her until he got her help.  Then he decided that she was just manipulative and he was going to leave her without getting her help.  Then he decided not to leave her because she really did need help.  This went on and on and on.  The book could have been so much shorter if Brody would have just made up his mind to leave Olivia.

Oh and don’t even get me started on Kamryn.  She was the whiniest, neediest, most annoying character ever.  All she did was cry.  Holy crap I have never read a book with more crying.  And it was always over the same things.  Brody had to go home to Olivia, she didn’t get to spend enough time with Brody, she couldn’t tell anyone about her and Brody, etc.  Maybe if you weren’t sleeping with a married man you wouldn’t have these problems.  I felt absolutely no sympathy for her.  She was just annoying to read about.

Overall, I’m amazed I even finished Sharing You.  I honestly can’t tell you why I kept reading.  There is nothing about this book to redeem it.  I wouldn’t recommend this even if you had nothing else to read.  Skip this one and try something else by Molly McAdams.

What others are saying about Sharing You:

Once Upon a Twilight’s review: “Everything within the pages I was able to handle and enjoy every page I turned.”

Reading Lark’s review: “All in all, I enjoyed Sharing You, but not as much as some of the other McAdam’s titles.”

Nocturne Reads’ review: “If you don’t mind insta-love or some angst, then you should give this story a go.”

Friday, May 9, 2014

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green | Review

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green | ReviewKiller Instinct by S.E. Green
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 6, 2014
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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1 Stars

She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.

Why?

Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...

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Killer Instinct is one of those books that makes me wonder why I actually wasted my time finishing it.  Sure it’s short at only 272 pages but even 272 pages is too much for this book.  It started off promising but it all went downhill from there.

First off, Killer Instinct is the biggest rip off of Dexter.  Never in my life have I read something so blatantly copying from something else.  As I read Killer Instinct, scenes from season one of Dexter just kept popping into my head.  And I haven’t seen season one of Dexter in a while so that’s saying something about how blatant these comparisons were.  I don’t want to spoil Dexter for anyone who maybe hasn’t seen it and plans to watch it but I’ll just say that there were at least 8 things that were almost identical between Killer Instinct and season one of the show.  If you’ve seen the show, I’m sure you’ll catch what I’m talking about.

Second, Lane is one of the worst characters I’ve ever read about.   Sure she’s compared to a teenage version of Dexter but at least with Dexter, people can kind of relate to him and even root for him to come out ahead.  With Lane, I wanted her caught and done with.  She was so stupid!  The whole her being the “masked savior” was ridiculous and completely implausible.  She’s so skinny she’s nicknamed Slim but she can take down grown men at least twice her size.  Yeah, right.  Sure the author throws in multiple mentions that Lane does aikido but that still does not match up against someone with a gun.  Also, she mentioned multiple times how mature she was yet she acted like an immature whiny brat most of the time.

Then there were all the relationships in the book.  First there was Reggie, Lane’s supposed best friend.  What they had was not a friendship it was just something the author had to include so Lane had someone to help her hack into anything she might need.  Lane would call Reggie when she needed something and Reggie would drop everything to help Lane.  They had no real meaningful conversations, just phone calls and texts about whatever Reggie was looking up for Lane.  Then there was the relationship with Lane, Zach, and Belinda.  That was a convoluted mess.  Lane didn’t want anything to do with Zach until Belinda entered the picture and then she really liked him and wanted to be his friend and help him out of horrible situations.  Yeah, sure.  There was also Zach’s older brother, Dr.Issa, who had some shady scenes throughout the book that I thought might eventually mean something but really had nothing to do with anything.  Last but not least were the relationships of everyone in Lane’s family.  Lane and her mom started off with a seemingly strong relationship but it quickly deteriorated.  Her mom cared way more about her case than her family.  And don’t even get me started with Lane and her sister, Daisy.  That’s a whole other thing that set me off.  Daisy was 15 and her most characterizing trait in the book was that she was a slut. Those were  Lane’s exact words.  She called her sister a slut multiple times throughout the book.

Another thing that greatly annoyed me about the whole sex thing was that there was way too much mention of sexual situations that played no role in the story.  Lane went into great detail about her sex life, her parents’ sex life, and her little sister’s sex life.  It really did nothing for the story except make me feel rather uncomfortable and I’m not usually uncomfortable with that kind of stuff.  Also, can you say hypocrite?  Lane calls her little sister a slut but then she goes and gets some serious action with a boy she barely knows in between some shelves of her school library.  Not calling her a slut but I’m just saying that that’s a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

The only thing about this book that even remotely impressed me was that I didn’t predict who the killer was, at all.  Yes I suspected it was somebody closely tied to Lane but I wasn’t sure how S.E. Green was going to work it.  I was pretty dang shocked by the time I got to the big reveal.  I did feel like it was a little rushed though.

Also, the killer is nicknamed the Decapitator and Lane is nicknamed the Masked Savior.  S.E. Green couldn’t come up with anything more clever than those nicknames?  They were so lame!

Oh and also, what was the point of Lane being the Masked Savior?  It really had nothing to do with the story and kind of dropped out of the story about halfway through.  I guess being a master investigator and the Masked Savior got to be too much for Lane.  Maybe she should have just left the Decapitator investigation to the FBI like a normal person.  But then again, she was way smarter than the FBI so they never would have been able to solve it without her.  Like I said, rather implausible story.

Overall, I was seriously disappointed with Killer Instinct.  I feel like I wasted my time reading when I could have just rewatched season one of Dexter and gotten the exact same story.  I would not recommend this one to anyone.

What others are saying about Killer Instinct:

Bookish’s review: “Killer Instinct is not a bad book.”

Good Books and Good Wine’s review: “Man, I have not been this disappointed with a book in a really long time.”

Conversations of a Reading Addict’s review: “I felt angry at the end, i felt myself rolling my eyes and saying “really?” over and over again because the killer did not seem believable to me. AT ALL.”