Saturday, September 10, 2011

To Love a Witch

Novel Nibbles are these awesome books that only take like an hour to read. They are perfect for a quick read on a Saturday afternoon, during lunch break, whatever. I love them!

This is the second Debora Geary Novel Nibble I have read, the first being Matchmaker 2.0. Hit the link to go to my review. That book was good, and so was this one! Even though they are short, they have a complete story and a solid romance that doesn't feel too rushed.

Here's the blurb for this book:

Jake thought he had a juvenile delinquent witch in need of rescue. Romy couldn't decide if he was a kidnapper, liar, or too good to be true.
Throw in Tattoo Boy, sparking fingers, and a seven-year-old who can see the future, and you have all the makings for a romance.
Well, there's some really great linguine and a duet from West Side Story, too.
Novel Nibbles are snack-sized reads. Short novels for your lunch break, your iPhone, and any other time a quick read is the perfect length. They are about 20,000 words (70-80 pages). There will be several more Nibbles coming out in 2011.
Debora Geary is working on several more books expected out in 2011, if the kids don't spill any more water on her laptop.
Anyway, the book was good! I liked both the characters. It's written in first person going back and forth between the main leads. Jake is a total hottie, and Romy is likeable.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

10 Ways to Kill a Cupid

This is a fun read with an unexpected twist!

The book starts out with Leigh, who has died, explaining how she became a Cupid. There are lots of rules to being a Cupid. We learn fun facts throughout about Cupids, Reapers, Angels, etc.

Leigh (Cupid) is tasked with a person named Natalie. Leigh has to find Natalie her soul mate in an allotted amount of time. Leigh is not happy about this at all, and we don't know why. It's obvious that Leigh knew Natalie before she died, but how?

Natalie is, like, a horrid person (at least appears to be). A funny horrid person. She is actually rather likeable after a bit. She is angry at the world and all that jazz. She appears to have no emotion and just really mean. Leigh doesn't help the situation with her snarky remarks, attitude, and what appears to be sabotage in finding Natalie's soul mate and her life in general.

Funniness ensues. Quirky funny. There is a different, yet good, kind of as sense of humor in this writing. It's really rather cute.

It's written in first person from Leigh's point of view as she relates the story of the seven days she spent with Natalie to help her find her soul mate. The story is solid, there are a couple twists, and they are very well accounted for. Meaning: no gaps or holes in the story which seem to happen quite a lot in a book with twists and turns. So, this was nice. I like twists and turns and it's rare that I'm caught off guard by something that happens in a book....which I was in this, which was cool. This book is also dialogue heavy, which I personally enjoy, especially for a quicker read.

I was given this book by the author for a review. Which of course made me nervous as I was afraid it would suck, and I'd hate to hurt anyone's feelings. But, it was actually pretty good! This is the first book for the author, Leigh Parker, and I think they did a fab job! Oh, and I was not compensated in anyway, except I was lucky enough to be given the book for free. So ha! ;)

All These Things I've Done

This book seemed like it had an interesting topic. It's set into the future a good seventy plus years. There's a lot of weirdness in the laws, and I felt that the potential was endless. Here's the book description from Goodreads:

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

So I went into the book expecting good things and very curious to see what was going to happen.  I'm torn because it wasn't a story that you can guess how it's going to end or what was going to happen next. Basically your questioning where is the author going with this? Not necessarily in a good way. There was something off about it that left me wanting. I mean, the first half did keep me reading, I was interested. And then somewhere was a drop off point, where I was like, ugh. I find when thinking back about it, that most likely it's due to the fact that the book just tells the events of one year. There are moments in this year that are momentous, however, there is no point that was a climax it seemed. There was no excitement, no intrigue, just kind of boring.

The romance which is a big chunk of the book is also lacking. There's like no chemistry or something between the two.

It's written in a very simple style and is a quick read. I liked the world, but was disappointed because there was so much more that could have been done with it.