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Mini Reviews

June 17, 2014

Here are some mini reviews of several books that I read recently –  mini as in,  did I enjoy the story or not. I hate reviews that give away too many plot details but even so, these reviews are really brief.

Fortune’s Pawn – Rachel Bach

 
œF$¿Æ‘$8Òò¤»däå¸R8BISeries: Paradox #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Published: 5th November 2013
Links: Amazon    

Deviana Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. One of those is going to get her killed one day – but not just yet. 

Not when she just got a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble. And with a reputation for bad luck that makes one year as security detail on this ship equal to five years everywhere else – Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year might be more than even Devi can handle.

Fortune’s Pawn was recommended by Ilona Andrews on her blog so like the dedicated fan girl that I am, I duly read. Boy am I glad a did. Fortune’s Pawn is a good space opera with some interesting world building but it really excels with the main character Devi. She’s a take no prisoners kind of girl and I thought she was awesome. My Rating: 7.5 /10

The Year We Fell Down – Sarina Bowen

 
The Year We Fell DownSeries: The Ivy Years #1
Genre: NA Contemporary
Published: 20th March 2014
Links: Amazon     Goodreads

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen was a breath of fresh air. I read this one after a new adult binge featuring an abundance of whiny needy selfish heroines accompanied by some truly horrible so called heroes. So Hartley and Corey were fantastic. They were realistic, relate-able and layered characters. Most of all, they were nice.  My Rating: 7.5/10

 

Blue Notes – Carrie Lofty

  Blue Notes
Series: Stand alone
Genre: New Adult
Published: May 6th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens, a sizzling new adult novel featuring the tumultuous relationship between a young piano prodigy and a reluctant billionaire playboy—set against the vibrant backdrop of a New Orleans college campus.

After being bounced from foster family to foster family, Keeley, a talented pianist, is ready to start over as a junior at Tulane. But when she plays a small concert that attracts the attention of Jude, a brooding playboy and heir to an enormous fortune in the wake of his parents’ tragic death, suddenly Keeley’s life is thrown off balance once again.

Jude is the first person to confront her about the pain behind her music, and she struggles with whether or not to let him into her life, or to keep protecting herself from the hurt that relationships have caused her in the past. But Keeley’s about to learn that the melancholy young billionaire who appears to have everything he wants can open her eyes to exactly what she needs…

Blue Notes was a book that I had great expectations for – perhaps my expectations were a bit unrealistic because I was really disappointed by this one. So much so, that it was a DNF. My Rating: DNF

Night Broken – Patricia Briggs

 
Night Broken
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published:March 4th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

The reviews for Night Broken that I read across most blogs were overwhelmingly positive – I felt like the odd one out because I was really annoyed by Night Broken. I didn’t appreciate doormat Mercy nor dumb Adam – it was crazy how the entire situation was so easily manipulated by Christy. Patricia Briggs story was as per usual, well written and nicely plotted but I was a little fixated on the Mercy drama. My Rating: 6/10

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