Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Strings AttachedKit Corrigan has always dreamed of being a star. But in order to get there, she needs to break up with Billy, who’s going to Korea, and leave her family in Providence, Rhode Island, to move to New York City. There, she finds small roles and a city that’s tough to live in. After she meets with Billy’s father, Nate, things get a little easier. But Nate is a lawyer who defends mobsters, and soon Kit realizes that she has to do what he asks of her. Kit’s life starts to feel beyond her control, especially once she uncovers a mystery that she needs to solve in order to protect the people she loves. (From Amazon.ca)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I read this book. It was interesting, and the writing really did well for the time period depicted (1950’s). The dialogue used the slang used during those days, the clothing described and the various characters all fit well for the setting and it painted an easy picture while reading the book.

Despite her naivete, I liked Kit quite a bit. She might have seemed like a girl someone could easily take advantage of (and she was being used and tricked), but inside she had this spark that was let loose every so often (especially when she was upset) which was entertaining to read, but also gave her a distinct personality too. Her relationship with Billy is less than perfect, and sometimes I think Billy deserves a good punch to the gonads for being such a hot tempered jerk.

As to the plot, it was pretty good. I did like the little bits involving the mob, and thought perhaps it should have focused more on that (who doesn’t like mob stories?!) but there were fragments of that through the book. I was actually expecting more of a gangster type book with Kit in the middle of the mess (which she was, sort of) it wasn’t really so though – it’s more of a drama surrounding Kit and members of her family tied with Billy and Nate’s.

The mystery itself was all right, definitely not what I expected, but the ending, the ending caught me off guard! I was near flabbergasted and utterly blindsided with that one. Definitely a job well done!

I expected a bit more from this book, but otherwise I thought it was a good read, and well worth the time spent. The setting, dialogue, and characters were excellent and true to the time period. This is definitely worth a read through.

I give it a 7 out of 10.

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Book Blogger Hop 10/21

Book Blogger Hop
Today’s Question is: What’s your favorite type of candy?

OMG seriously? oh jeez…I like just about anything although funny to say, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth I prefer savory treats instead. But! let’s see…Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, O’Henry, anything really. Yet if you were to ask me what I don’t like? I hate Rockets. I used to hate those things during Halloween when I was a kid and would grumble under my breath when the person would hand those out. The dude that gave out pencils was much cooler then the people who would give out Rockets. Cheap bastards. 😛

Anyway! no Rockets here. I got some Shepherd’s Pie that needs to go though want some? 🙂 gravy included. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters RedScarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend–but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for? (From Amazon.ca)

From the start, this book grabbed my attention. I loved the action fighting parts. Scarlett really knows how to kick some real serious Fenris butt. The descriptions of the Fenris is realistic and I like how they’re portrayed as vicious feral creatures who can’t seem to control themselves (which is the way how it should be!). The plot itself was really good and it certain did keep the pages turning. The characters were good although I’d have to say Scarlett is my favorite.

I liked her toughness. It’s such a complete contrast to Rosie – and I have to admit I really didn’t like Rosie (still don’t) sure, Scarlett really did her best to protect her and that’s probably why Rosie’s got this air of vulnerability around her. (Although she can pull her own weight in a fight as well). However, there’s just something about her I don’t quite like. Maybe it’s because she’s just so sweet it gives you cavities reading about her. She gets a little better later in the book, but not enough to make me change my opinion. Another thing about her is her lovey dovey relationship makes you want to cringe. It’s too sweet for my taste.

I also thought this was a great twist to the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. It certainly adds a more darker twist to it and like mentioned previously, the description of the Fenris and their society is really well done, and I hope there’s more to it than just this book because it feels like this isn’t going to be last we’ve heard from these sisters.

I most definitely recommend this. YA Readers will enjoy this, those with a like for urban fantasy or a twist on Fairy Tales will also appreciate this. It’s a great read and you’ll be done in no time.

I give it a 10/10

 

 

 

Spoiler Alert
Side Note: Damn you Silas. Yeah, you were a nice guy – at least I thought so until you decided to fall for Rosie even though you liked Scarlett, but she didn’t pay attention to you. So what do you do? you play manwhore and go for the sister. Nice job jackalope. Real nice job. I should punch your face in for that. But I don’t hate you as much as I do other characters.

Book Blogger Hop 10/14

Book Blogger Hop

Today’s question is a good one!

“What is your favorite spooky book (i.e. mystery/suspense, thriller, ghost story, etc.)?”

– I have several! the first, is The Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs. This is a favorite book from my childhood. I absolutely loved his books when I was a kid (I still have some of them in my library!) they were creepy (still are) and reading them during those rainy windy nights in the Fall was perfect!

– The other two spooky books I love are The Strain and The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The last book in this trilogy; The Night Eternal is due out soon! and I really can’t wait for it to come out!

So what did you come up with? there’s leftover pumpkin pie! help yourselves and thanks for stopping by!

Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias

Deliver Me from Evil
Deliver Me from Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue. Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego. (from Goodreads)

The subject matter in this book is not an easy read at all. It’s heart breaking in moments and you can most certainly feel the despair and helplessness these girls feel and you just want to reach out and save them from this miserable horrible life. It’s hard to believe Mara still manages to survive this ordeal and manages her sanity at the same time. She’s unbelievably strong and I greatly admire her as a character. She’s got a huge amount of strength to be able to put up with this kind of life.

However, the story that really got to me was the one with Chanthra and Lawan. As the book progresses, her story gets bleak, and gets bleaker each time she appears. It was difficult to read yet it shows what millions of people are enduring as a result of sexual slavery, and are not fortunate enough to get out of this horrible vicious cycle. I liked the relationship they had and thought it was interesting of the author to tie both these girls to another family in the US. It wasn’t obvious at first, and when the reader understands, it makes their story even more tragic.

The plot was good, however what bugged me was the ending. I do realize it is a Christian Fiction novel, so obviously it’s going to be different from other fiction novels I have read. Yet I just can’t believe the ending. It just did not seem realistic to me. The idea of the bad guys not even doing anything even at gunpoint is just not possible. They’re criminals. I’m sure they can overtake a couple of teenagers as well despite a gun being held by one of them. The ending just seemed way too good to be true in my opinion.

Because I just could not accept this ending, it made a huge impact on my opinion of the book. Had the book ended different (ohhh I don’t know? maybe at least give Jefe a big punch to the head???) then I would have given this book a much better grade. Otherwise, I just felt disappointed with it.

Despite my dissatisfaction with the ending, I still liked the book. This is Christian Fiction so there are a lot of references to God. I can’t say I recommend this to everyone, but I do think it should be given a read through. Slavery, in all kinds of forms does still exist.

I give it a 5 out of 10.

Once in a Full Moon – Ellen Schreiber

Once in a Full Moon

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight. Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run. Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon. (From Amazon.ca)

Ok. I admit, there is a flaw of having a couple instantly just fall in love with each other and thinking they’re going to be together forever. Without properly knowing each other, it seems far fetched and even silly but I couldn’t help but love Brandon and Celeste being together. They had that chemistry between them. You certainly didn’t feel the same way when Celeste is with Nash. However that being said, I’m biased as I’m a sucker for hockey boys and Brandon happens to be one. I liked that a lot because you do get tired of reading the same kind of guy who plays basketball and football. Hockey was a nice change to see.

The plot was not that bad, but it wasn’t the best either. It provided a good entertaining read and I was able to read the book in one sitting (it was short in length too). I would say, it’s not the kind of book to deeply mull over rather, it’s really one to read to pass the time, or for avid voracious readers, it’s a book you read ‘in between’ heavy reads. I rather enjoyed it despite a few flaws here and there, but the cliffhanger at the end got me so I will be looking forward to the next book.

The characters aren’t really that special. Celeste’s friends are rather empty headed typical popular girls you see in nearly every YA book there is. Celeste isn’t that bad herself as she’s different from the in-crowd. I am not a fan of Nash as he’s a typical egotistical jock and he was not the greatest boyfriend to Celeste anyways. I did feel bad for him though, because he was in his own little world and oblivious to Celeste and her feelings. I really did like Brandon (however as mentioned before, that’s a biased opinion).

This is a short read, and the ending of this book does leave everything out in the open, it may not be the best read, but I thought it was entertaining enough to make it one of those ‘light reads’. I don’t think this is for those that are wanting something deeper and with more development. You won’t really find it here. Otherwise, do pick this up if you’re wanting something light before you jump into something heavier.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Gone by Lisa McMann

Gone

Gone

It is recommended you read: Wake and Fade before reading this one. Both are great books but events follow one after another and if read in the correct sequences, makes the storyline more comprehensible and easier to understand.

Things should be great for Janie—she has graduated from high school and is spending her summer with Cabel, the guy she’s totally in love with. But deep down she’s panicking about how she’s going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people’s dreams is really starting to take its toll. Things get even more complicated when she meets her father for the very first time—and he’s in a coma. As Janie uncovers his secret past, she begins to realize that the choice thought she had has more dire consequences than she ever imagined. (From Amazon.ca)

I was sad to see this excellent series go. I really did enjoy reading the first two. This time however, this book focuses more on Janie and the devastating consequences it has to her health (mental and physical). Janie develops a lot here as a character, and it’s really nice to see that she grows to be a very mature and strong woman.

The storyline that surrounds Janie and her father was an interesting one, one that actually put me to tears. Yet I’m glad Janie went along with her choice. I rather wished there was more to Janie and her mother although not much really happened between them. They’re still far apart and it looks like no closure was done between the two. I think there could have been more to close that loose end.

The characters stayed the same, nothing much to them although I’m glad to see Cabel still ends up as boyfriend of the year in my opinion. I’m also glad to see that most of the loose ends have been tied up nicely without leaving any sort of unanswered questions behind. Fans who are expecting another mystery to be solved will be disappointed, there is no case to solve, but rather, it focuses more on Janie and her relationships and issues.

It’s a good closing novel, and only lets the reader wish there was more adventures with Janie and Cabel. However, all good things always have to come to an end. I’ll definitely miss reading about them.

I give it 8 out of 10.