Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: Beloved Purgatory by Katherine Pine

Sometimes God has a good reason for breaking your heart.

I was really excited when I bought this book on Christmas. I loved the first book in the series and was anxious to read what was going to happen to Devi and Oz.

I admittedly enjoyed After Eden more but Beloved Purgatory was a good follow up. I only grew extremely tired of how Devi was constantly getting gross looking and dirty. Or how self-loathing she was and feeling undeserving of anything and her constantly “not getting it” and saying “I don’t understand.” How many times and ways can someone explain the same thing to her? I wish she was a little less dense.

I get not wanting a heroine to be like catnip to guys but there has to be a happy medium. She doesn’t have to be drop dead gorgeous but can she also not be covered in puke and hideous?

Back to how much I loved the story. I like all the twist, the scheming and betrayal. I think dealing with Angels, the Fallen, devils and Demons would involve all those things. You’d never know who to trust and Beloved Purgatory shows that extremely well. I mean seriously, can there truly be good guys when dealing with devils and demons?

A good book leaves you sighing with resolution and reeling with questions anew…Book 2 in the Fallen Angels series does that swimmingly.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade

I can honestly give this book 5 stars! I would give it 10 if I could. Alona and Will have to be the most likeable characters I have read in such a long time. I truly enjoyed this fun and light-hearted paranormal. It's books like this that keeps me reading.

Alona and Will had such a real and organic relationship. We saw them grow together in their bond and their characters. They made one another better and because of their bond growing stronger they, personally grew stronger. That's what a healthy relationship is all about.

I also enjoyed that even at the end they still have more places to go both in the relationship and in the series. Most YA involves insta-love, which is fine and epically romantic sometimes, but it is good to see the work and revelation that is normal in real life.
How I enjoyed my weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Some would say, CatholicKittie is biased. But me being in love with Gwen Hayes has nothing to do with my love of Falling Under…I love her because I love Falling Under as well as the rest of her stories. This woman is Midas. And to prove my unbiased love I will post my comments I made as I read Falling Under as well as my review. They were not all me drooling over her...okay some were but NOT all.

3/6: "Dear Gwen Hayes, when you write an English person, I imagine you are writing in an English accent, thus I read in an English accent and for hours afterwards, I think in an English accent."

"Yes, yay...the Gwen Hayes humor I love so much. I just laughed so hard bf must think I am insane."

"I hate when YA boys pay attention to other girls romantically besides the heroine even if it is just flirting. It takes the romance of it all from me. Is she not enough?!"

"Instead of bye I use to say cheerios back in the da da day, but not because I really thought the English said it. Gabe makes me LOL!"

"Still not in love with Haden. Gabe, yes. Haden, no. He is too hot and cold."

3/7: "That, that scene, is probably my favorite scene! All dark para romance needs a lite hearted scene with just fun being had!"

"Girly laughter and frustrated groan 2 seconds apart...he must think I'm bipolar. LOL It's not my fault! Blame this cracktastic book!"

"*gulp* If Haden said all those yummy things to me, I'd attack him in the best way. No way he'd walk out that door without some! Like a black hole eats stars huh? That just gave me a nerd-on!"

"Oh shit, that is effin the absolute hottest thing anybody ever said in history. Ho'boy! Page 171'll know...about her heart...*fans self.*"

**Got epically sick** **Tibit…I always seem to get the plague while reading Gwen Hayes’ books…I blame how effin romantic it is!**

3/10: "Shit just got real!"

"And that, is how you end a book! Dear Gwen Hayes, I heart you!"

Okay, as you can see, I HATED Haden…he was everything I hate in paranormal. He made the heroine question her hotness when we all know he is supposed to make her feel like the best thing on earth. He flirted, kissed and touched other girls…I was steaming. I was won over by page 171 and it only got better from there. The secondary characters were a little added awesomeness my favorite was Gabe and Vernie but as much as I loved Theia, I did not like her friends Donny most of all. She is something like Bipolar but they were much needed characters to add dimension to the story and the group.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review: Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Okay, I guess I should let the world know one fact about me first...I have a huge thing for bad boys. Now, for fact number two, my love of bad boys is eclipsed only by my soft spot for the mysterious good guy who had no idea he is good. This story had both and I was in delicious heaven I tell!

The story was pure brilliant, the setting brilliant (made me text my sister and ask her to move to NOLA with me), Pitre (bad boy I am sure I wasn't supposed to puddle over) and Dylan (can I just say O my frakkin Gawd, right now) those 2 lovely boys made my heart all a flutter. Those were the good points that made me race to read this story at a break neck pace and read much too late into the night. Trinity, our heroine, was interesting enough and she had some awesome traits I like in my YA girl. Angst, the angst, I love the angst! She also had some inner turmoil going on that made her hop off the pages but boy was that chic so flip floppy, I was often annoyed and Chase is so bland and wishy washy I can't figure what anyone would see in him. I think it was because the story started at a good point but their connection was already established and they had already started falling for each other so I didn't get to nosey in on it.

This book left me anxious waiting for the next installment and praying for more Pitre and Yes, oh yes...more Dylan.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: The Catastrophic History of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg

Admittedly, I have been a very absent blogger.  I have been neglectful, but ever looking for a book to pull me from my book funk.  I had grown weary of Paranormal…so weary of the genre.  The gggggrowly alphas, the bumbling heroines, I even got sick of the YA variety.  But I was still hopeful.  That hope was rewarded.

My daily browsing of the Walmart book section paid off big this weekend.  I often buy books from there (it’s the only story we have in my city.) but rarely do I buy the book, rush home, crack it open and never stop until the end.  It has been a while that I fell in love so fast and so completely.

I guess it is time to tell you the title of the book that ‘woke me up inside.’  The Catastrophic History of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg.  The book is amazing, beautiful, funny, heart breaking (heehee) and romantic.

 Brie's life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart - literally. But now that she's in heaven, Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend knows a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost - and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul who's been D&G (dead and gone) much longer than she… and who just might hold the key to her forever after. With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on… but how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

The book is full of music references that just made the book completely fun to read.  I looked forward to see how the lyrical chapter titles tied into what was going to happen next.  Brie was very likable, relatable and understandable.  It was easy to be swept into her emotions and feel them like they were your own…because we all have felt this way before or easily can.  There was only one time that seemed a little off to me.  Brie was in the middle of her dark moment with Patrick and she realized see was acting insane and regretted it but then went further and KEPT DOING IT!  It felt like it was done to push the two into the next plot but really didn’t make a lot of sense with what she was thinking, her realizing what she was saying, the regret and wanting to take it back but then the next second say more stupid crap. It was the only real wtf moment and though it was enough to piss me off, it wasn’t enough to ruin the story.

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