Thursday, January 14, 2016

100 Words and a Quote


Author: Colleen Oakes
Publisher: SparkPress
Published: October 13, 2015
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I don't want to get too old for fairy tales, and I’m determined to keep it that way.  That’s why it breaks my heart that I had to DNF this Peter Pan re-telling through Wendy’s POV.  Turns out, Wendy and I just don’t get along.  In all fairness, I don’t think this is the type of story I’m completely in the mood for, and I do intend to pick this up at a later date to buddy-read with my daughter.  I didn’t find any fault with the writing, so this is a case of it’s not you… it’s Wendy me.  

      Word Count: 100  |  Rating: DNF  

Favorite Quote: “Books! More books than she had ever seen in her life, all waiting to be read!”

Title: Strong Enough 
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: Berkley
Published: August 4, 2015
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Strong Enough begins with an amazing prologue that immediately pulled me in, and this romantic suspense kept me captivated to the end.  Jasper King is a bounty hunter, and he is one intense protagonist.  When Muse Harper hires him to help find her missing father, they are both taken by surprise at how quickly they are drawn to each other.  Jasper isn’t the only man in this story who is full of secrets; and as Muse begins to unravel them one by one, she finds her life isn’t what she thought it was. A must for fans of M. Leighton. 
Word Count: 100 | Rating:   ★★1/2

Favorite Quote:
“‘Do you bite?’
‘No,’ I whisper.  ‘Do you?’
‘Only if you ask nicely.’” 

Author: A.J. Banner
Publisher: Lake Union 
Published: September 1, 2015
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I really enjoyed this fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat little mystery!  I read this book in two hours, and I just adore a fast read that keeps you guessing at who the main culprit is.  While the main story tied up nicely, there were a couple of side stories that got no resolution.  I would love a spin-off starring Fire Marshal Ryan Greene that could perhaps find room for closure for the side stories in this current installment.  I liked the writing style and enjoyed the characters as well as the plot.  I’ll definitely read more by this author. 
Word Count: 100 | Rating:  ★★★1/2

Favorite Quote: 
“Haven’t you heard the saying a woman is like a tea bag, you
never know what she’s made of until you dip her in hot water?”

Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer 
Publisher: Kensington Books 
Published: December 29, 2015
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I appreciated the premise of this story and its paranormal twist, but I was unable to connect to the characters who, like the plot, seemed to lack substance. This is a young adult book which truly felt young adult and might work better for the audience for which it was intended.  I believe my daughter would enjoy it aside from the domestic inequality in the female MC’s family, which is going to irk her as much as it did me. Even though this was a miss, I’m still game to read the author’s Elemental series, which has very positive reviews. 
Word Count: 100 | Rating:  ★★1/2

Favorite Quote:

“Hard to be afraid of someone when you realize they’re a little afraid of you.” 

Thank you to the publishers for providing copies of the above ARCs in exchange for my honest reviews.  

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  1. Oh Strong Enough... you know I love all things M. Leighton... and Thicker Than Water seems to be a love it or hate it book. But I read the first Elementals book and it was very good, I think you'll enjoy those. Lovely reviews wifey cakes.

  2. Love this post! I just adored Strong Enough and I'm so glad you did as well. :)

    *HUGGLES* You are amazing

  3. What a cool way to do this!

  4. I hope you like Wendy Darling more the next time you pick it up. I haven't read it, but the cover and description sound good. The Good Neighbor sounds very intriguing. Loved the reviews. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. Anonymous1/18/2016

    I love these mini reviews with quotes :) Great idea! <3 As always a wonderful post!


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