Review: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

The Good: Great character development! From the very beginning I was hooked. If an author is able to hook me in the first 3 pages, it is always a good sign and The Mighty Storm didn’t disappoint. The plot has been done before but I loved this version of “Ordinary girl in love with a hot rock star boy”. In this story, the two main characters share a past, which turns out to be the main character’s saving grace. There are some great scenes that will keep you interested throughout the whole book. It was hard to put this book down at 2am on chapter 23. I woke up at 6am to finish (while on vacation!)

The Bad: This book needs grammar/spelling editing so bad. I gave this book 3 stars because I just couldn’t get past how distracting those errors were.

The Ugly: The cover, I really try not to judge a book by it’s cover but someone has to say it. This book could have easily earned 5 stars from me because the writer has talent but these “technical” things matter to the reader. Self-publish authors take note!

Definitely worth your money though. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Review: Confessions of an Alli Cat by Courtney Cole

The Good: Do you love romantic comedies? How about a little “spice” with that? Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar Chronicles #1) is witty, funny, sexy and hot. All in a pretty package with a bow. I read this book in one seating with a few interruptions (thanks rude airlines that ask you to turn off all your electronics) and I was having a hard time containing my laughter in a very public place. Courtney Cole’s writing is flawless, great character development and story flow. I so rarely give five stars to a book but I couldn’t give this book any less.

The Bad: This book was too short! Ok, maybe it wasn’t but I wanted more! I felt like I didn’t get to know our heroine’s love interest very well, and the romance in between the two main characters was a bit rushed. I seriously just couldn’t get enough of this book, but hey, it’s a series, so maybe we’ll get more in the next book ūüôā

The Ugly: The only ugly thing about this book is that you can only get it for kindle users for now. It will be coming out for the nook soon. Sorry no paperbacks yet.

Get your kindle copy from Amazon today!

Review: The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

The Good: Everything was great about this book, from the story line, to the writing to the character development. This book was absolutely perfection! The story starts when Alix is just 8 years old, in fact most of the first part of this book is a glimpse of her childhood. It was beautiful and captivating from the first few pages. You need all the background story to understand what happens in the second part of the book (Alix’s adulthood). I loved this book because I just couldn’t stop reading, The writer reveals little pieces of what’s coming in each chapter and while at first I thought it was a bit spoiler-ish, you really don’t know anything until you get to the scene that was¬†aforementioned and everything is revealed. This book will break your heart, it is definitely one of the sweetest yet saddest books I’ve read. Ever.

The Bad: This book had some serious tragic moments, it was this short from killing puppies. In fact I do remember some chickens being lost in a catastrophic way. There is a death that shocked me to the core. I did not see it coming, not in a million years. It hurt, it stunned me. Be warned, not for the faint of heart!

The Ugly:¬†Oh my word, that book cover is hideous. I just can’t even believe someone thought it was an acceptable concept. The cover of this book is to blame for all the time that it took me to finally get to read this book. That font! might as well be comic sans, because it just doesn’t do anything for the book. People kept recommending this book, but every time I would look at that cover, I couldn’t bring myself to pick it up. Trust me on this one folks, do not judge the book by its cover. Touche.

Available in paperback and ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Review: Butterfly Weeds by Laura Miller

The Good: Such strong writing! The author has such a way with words, I was in love from the moment I read the first chapter. I’m going to be honest, as I started reading I thought it was a period novel, that’s how beautiful the writing is in this book. One of the best love stories I’ve read. I’m going to call it a Nicholas sparks-que story with charm and a great ending.

The Bad: The bad in my blog is very subjective, it can be bad in a bad way or it can be bad in a good way. This was bad in all sorts of good ways. ¬†I cried a river of tears on this book. It broke my heart twice towards the ending. It was so sweet… a word of caution, it may be bad for your heart!

The Ugly: WHY isn’t this book published traditionally already? I not only want this book in the front shelves of all book stores, I want a movie and souvenirs! It was that good.

Available on ebook and paperback from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Review: Lengths by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

The Good: Some of the character development is what motivated me to finish this book. I really enjoyed a lot of one liners and I think the dialogue was pretty funny and cute most of the time. My favorite character was Grandpa and the relationship that he had with his grandson Deo.

The Bad: The two main characters were extremely annoying at times. Deo joked 24/7. I was very turned off by how immature he could be. Whit is a lost cause throughout the story, she finally makes a few amendments by the end of the book. While this story had great character development for second characters, the main characters were not even two-dimensional.

The Ugly: I could only take a little bit of the main character’s tantrums at a time. I usually read novels in one sitting, two or three days max if they are long, but every time I read a chapter I had to take a break, these two were too intense.. and not in a good way.

Available in paperback and ebook at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Review: I Love You to Death by Natalie Ward

The Good: The ending for sure! To be fair, this book exceeded my expectations at the end. It was exactly what I expected yet I didn’t see it coming. The writer earned her stars with her craftiness and creativity. You also need to check out the amazing playing list. Every chapter title is meaningful and each chapter lists 3 songs that I absolutely loved. Also every chapter has a little introduction of sorts which sets the mood for the story.

The Bad: I almost gave up on this book 4% into it because of the British/Aussie? slang. This story is based in Boston with American characters, so i’m assuming the author is not American. Keep in mind that I never read¬†synopsis¬†and I don’t look up the authors before reading their books. For me it just takes away from the experience of reading a book. So to pick out slang problems at the¬†beginning¬†was a big turn off for me.

The Ugly: Before the 60% mark the dialogue in between Luke and Asha is so awkward. I found myself taking breaks just so I could get over what I had just read.

Book is available in paperback at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon, also on ebook for Kindle.

Review: Ruining Me by Nicole Reed

The Good: Character development. I liked the consistency of the scenarios, I was totally enveloped and immediately transported to Jay’s world. While there was a lot of tragedy, there were some bitter sweet moments in between the main character and her love interest.

The Bad: This book reminded me of the movie “Speak”. I’m not going to lie, this is a sad story and if you are not in the mood for a tragic plot with a cliffhanging ending. Skip this one. Now, if angst is your thing, you will love it.

The Ugly: This book needs editing. I am picky with that kind of stuff. The prose needs some help. The plot totally makes up for the flaws though!

Only available on e-book for Kindle and Nook

Review: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

The Good: I admire Lisa Genova’s writing, the way she transports the reader into the life of her characters. While her stories are not fairy tales, they are always showing the miracles that come with sacrifices. Left neglected is inspiring and down to earth real. I always have a hard time remembering that Lisa’s writing is fiction, this novel made me cry real tears.

The Bad: If you read Lisa Genova’s debut novel “Still Alice” and had high expectations like me, you won’t be¬†disappointed¬†but you won’t be satisfied either. Just lower the bar a bit and it will be perfect.

The Ugly: The price! $12.99 for the ebook at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Definitely get the paperback!

Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

The Good: As a typical second (filler) book, the plot moves smoothly picking up where it left off in Bared to You. Eva and Gideon are still getting to know each other, and this book focuses on how the characters earn each other’s trust.
The author’s writing is consistent and I personally enjoy her style.

The Bad:¬†It reads just like a filler book, lots of angst, self doubt and jealousy. The plot doesn’t move forward until towards the end.

The Ugly: The plot seemed lazy to me. While the character development is great, the lack of subplot makes this novel borderline boring.

Only available on e-book (for now) for Kindle and Nook

Review: Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole

The Good: I was sucked into the story and finished it in a few hours. I couldn’t put it down. I really loved the plot, character development was great and I loved the setting of the story.

The Bad: If you are not a picky reader like me, you will probably enjoy this book. I really liked it, I’m just sad that some of the scenes (with such great potential) were tragically rushed.

The Ugly: As I was reading this book I was wondering if it was a paranormal romance or a mystery. Well, it’s neither. You will find a semi-predictable twist towards the end that while credible, it lacks substance.

This is book 1 in a series, only available on e-book for Kindle and Nook