Monday, September 30, 2013

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy 2.5 STARS

Forever Innocent
Synopsis"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.
Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.
When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.
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Overall- I think that this is a heartfelt, deep and well intentioned novel about a couple who lost their ban and are still trying to cope with the guilt when they happen to meet again and attempt to rekindle their love. Generally speaking, the story is beautiful and very interesting. But I feel that it missed the mark for me. This was nothing like Pulled by AL Jackson. I felt that even though the emotions were typical and the guilt a normal response, that there was a connection missing. Both main characters were frequently in their own head rather than ever discussing their thoughts or feelings, with anyone, much less each other. And while they connected over their son, it ended their and their love just seemed lost. I was VERY disappointed with the ending, which felt odd. But it was clear that this book is meant to set up the next book. 

Cover --Sexy
Rating: PG 13 
Overall: emotional roller coaster 
Characters:  Gavin and Corabelle
Page Turner: No
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend:Gavi
Genre New Adult Romance 
Sex Scenes: Yes
Setting University of San Diego

Plot- The general plot of the book is quite depressing in an of itself, and Im glad that I know right off the back that their baby died. Through the book, the reader learns all about the incident and the in between events (especially for Gavin) before meeting again. I knew it would be a very emotion filled book, and I was ready. However, I didnt connect with them, I connected with Corabelles depression, which is understandable. And I connected with the pain between the two, again understandable. But I couldnt connect with much pass that. Corabelle blamed herself, and took the guilt to an extreme, while Gavin blamed himself and took his guilt to a different extreme. I do think this type of feeling occurs, and is the norm. I even felt that their running into each other and the rawness of this shook them both. Where I start to have trouble is that the books pace just doesnt propel to want to keep reading. It takes place in the span of two weeks, with flashbacks throughout. During this time period though they have every extreme  and keep secrets and then get immature on each other. Each piece made sense and worked, but overall it lacked movement for me and I think thats what held me back. I felt that there was too much internal monologue and thought and not enough interaction between any of the characters. I was annoyed with so many flashbacks an quite honestly I would have preferred the flashback to have been a prologue rather than randomly throughout the book and oddly placed. It was hard sometimes to tell where the flashback started. 


CharactersGavin- I liked Gavin more than Corabelle. I found his story- his past- to be quite unrealistic and bizarre. It struck me as weird that he did certain things in his life. In fact I feel like I get to know Gavin's past but not his present whatsoever. Gavin was a loving man, but he was broken, and I appreciated that as a character I felt he grew some through the book, though not much. His anger is what eventually got to me. I didnt understand hs stalking and anger issues. I also didnt like the scenes with him at the garage, the story ended up talking more about cars than moving the plot forward. 

Rachel Hendrix as Corabelle - forever innocent

Corrabelle- I liked Corabelle overall, but found her depression to actually be too depressing. I think generally speaking her feelings and thoughts surrounding the death of her child were normal, but after 4 years I have to wonder why she never sought any "help" and that no one thought it was weird that they knew nothing about her or her life. Being shy is one thing, but she more than kept to herself. I liked the raw and normal emotions that I got off Corabelle. And some of her reactions to Gavin felt typical. There were quite a few moments though where I felt that she was being just weird. (the blacking out?) I didnt like the friends in this book.  They were annoying, they were all enabling her depression to continue, never saying anything to her about it. I did like that her friends were willing to stick up for her to Gavin when she was upset with him, but I was frustrated with her response to Gavin, which is exactly what she was at him for! Her weird response to pot (at the boys house) was beyond odd. In the end I dont feel that Corabelle grew as a character though developmentally, the character did open ip a little more and became more willing to listen to people by the end...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CONTRITION by Lee Strauss

CONTRITION by Lee Strauss 4 STARS 

Contrition (Perception Trilogy 3)Synopsis-  ...the farther you fall...
Zoe, Noah and the other plane crash survivors
are stranded in the Arizona desert.
They all have secrets,
and reasons to hide.
But they’re not alone.
Cyborg soldiers.
Humans and humanoids.
Who can be trusted?
Zoe’s life is in danger.
Noah must make an impossible choice.
Will their love survive their brokenness?
Will the world as they know it end before they can find out?

I really enjoyed the final book in this series! This was a great ending with a lot of difficult choices and quite a bit of twists and turns! I was surprised with some of the turn of events, and disappointed/saddened with many of them, but in the end, I enjoyed the entire book, series, and characters. Great overall futuristic dystopian series! 

Cover: Pretty
Rating- PG 13
Characters:  Mary, Noah, Zoe, Taylor, Hannah, Rebecca, and Jazbel
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Last in Trilogy 
Recommend if You Like...The Eve
Book Boyfriend: Noah
Genre:  Young Adult 
Sex Scenes: No
Setting California, Arizona 

Plot --
The only downside of this book was figuring out the plot and overall purpose for the series. I never once thought about it during my reading the book, but afterwards did realize that the movement in the plot felt stagnant at times. That said, because the purpose was hard to figure out, it made the book that much more mysterious and interesting. Admittedly though, there were still times where I wasnt happy with the plot point, I disagreed with some of the things that occurred. But I can understand why the author made those decisions. 

The pace of this book felt really slow at times. especially when they were in the desert. Okay so for most of the book. I truly couldnt figure out where the book was going, were they going after the president, or hiding? What was their purpose, and I guess I struggled with this issue throughout the book. I also didnt like the back and forth emotions of Noah. The desert issues just felt so slow, and unnecessary at times. 

I think what made this book good were the moments of the book where I was in awe of the plots movement and evolved nature. I was pleasantly surprised with Zoe at times but Noah felt more one note in this book. 

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Brittany Snow as Zoe

Zoe- I like Zoe but I disliked her in this particular book the most. She was weak for most of the book and her passion seemed so lost and empty. I wanted her fiesty self back! However, given her point in the book, I was upset she was weak, it was part of the plot, it helped moved the plot point forward. I was happy with the way everything ended and it was a great final moment for her and Noah! I also liked the ending of the book and where it left her, it was perfect. 

Noah- Aw Noah. I loved him. He is so beautiful. He was always worried about Zoe and doing what was best for her, so incredibly selfless. It was a great love story for them, it was easy to see that there was passion yet that he was struggling to keep her safe 

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Taylor- I cant figure this one out. He was the most confusing of the characters. I know I dont like him regardless of the fact that at times he was helpful and useful. In the end he was selfish though and I hated him for that. I still dont understand the Fred incident, did he plan that? Oh well. 

Hannah- that poor girl! Shes pregnant and went through so much. But what she ened up doing to the family from the desert ( Noah and Zoe) is unforgivable to me. Her behavior was truly disappointing.

Rebecca- I understood her the least. I dont get her at all. Dont see how her character truly mattered. 
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Cyborgs in the Desert- I kind of liked the rogue cyborgs! They were awesome. LOL. Okay maybe not awesome, but certainly interesting...I was sad to see them go. 

Mary and Jazbel- I liked Jazbel but not Mary. I think Jazbel had a great heart and a lot of passion, but Mary just seemed angry all the time. I was disappointed with the outcome of their stories, but I think overall the author did a good job of recovering and creating a decent ending for them. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Volition by Lee Strauss

Volition by Lee Strauss 4 STARS

Volition (Perception Series, #2)Synopsis: What doesn't kill you...
Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody. 
They're in love.
Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.
Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.
And their fight for survival has only begun

*Personally, the synopsis of the book is rather confusing and does no justice for the book

I loved this book and think the series in in need of more publicity. I dont think enough people know about it, and in all honesty I dont really understand why! This is quite a good book, specifically the series. Its a fairly quick read, but a good young adult dystopian romance book. Its futuristic and has plenty of love, and action in it. I think there is a bit less mystery in this book than the last, but I think this 2nd installment is a stage for whats going to happen in the 3rd and final book, but its still great. I love seeing the relationship between Zoe and Noah as they try to find themselves in the new world they face. And the people they meet, Im so surprised by their reactions and the way they behave at times. Specifically I dont understand the Taylor character whatsoever. But I do like Mary and Jazbel and think they add a lot to the book.

Cover: Pretty
Rating- PG 13
Characters:  Mary, Noah, Zoe, Taylor, Hannah, Rebecca, and Jazbel
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend if You Like...
Book Boyfriend: Noah
Genre:  Young Adult 
Sex Scenes: No
Setting California, Reno, Utah, St. Louis 

Plot--I really enjoyed this book! The plot really moved forward in this book, there were so many different pieces that really begin to set the scene for the world that Zoe and Noah live in. The pacing in this novel felt pretty good, though it was slow at times, the build up was really great. I did not like the "cliff hanger" but it worked well with this book. There are some really good "twists" that make this book stand our from all the other futuristic books out there. I liked the POVs too, which really helped me understand the perspectives and reasons for the actions of Noah and Zoe. I also like the romance. The issues with the romance is far different than the other dystopian type novels Ive read recently, which was refreshing. 
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Zoe- I like Zoe, she is quirky, but shy, but at the end of the day she is strong and I appreciated her personality. Her naivety wasnt annoying, but felt normal and realistic.  Her thought process also felt genuine and not forced. I also enjoyed that her character wasnt excellent at everything, didnt know everything, and was trying t figure things out just like anyone else. 

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What I Liked-
Much like the last book, the author here does a great job of world building and showing the slums of St.  Louis and other placed they are living in. Im surprised by some of the events and the people, but generally speaking I think it was really interesting the idea of "off the grid" being so difficult. The idea that technology will take over and rule our thoughts and the free world. the pacing was also really good, time went by without a hitch it wasnt too slow or too fast timing wise. I also liked some of the hitches that the author threw in there, though honestly how did Zoe not see the Taylor thing?!

What I didnt like-
I dont like Taylor or what he brings towards the end of the novel and become quite annoyed with his character and behavior throughout.

As a reminder, the political and religious themes are again present in this novel. I dont think the author tried to force either viewpoint, but I think it is important for people to know its there. In fact the author made sure to make points for both sides on all issues, which is the important fact. But if you absolutely hate things that reference these things, then you may not enjoy parts of the book, in MY opinion.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Scars and Songs by Christine Zolendz

Scars and Songs 5 stars 

Scars and Songs (Mad World, #3)Synopsis : Shane Maxton is front man for New York City’s popular rock band, Mad World. But he has secrets; he’s not what everybody thinks he is. He comes from an ancient world, from a different time, when angels walked among men. Read the story, through Shane’s eyes, of his forbidden love, his fall from grace and his inner turmoil from living with the irrational emotions of being human.

This is book 1 and 2 from Shanes point of view. 

descriptionOverall- IT ALL MAKES SO MUCH SENSE NOW! This book is just as amazing as the other two. I am astonished that I liked it as much as I did. Ive read other books like this and just didnt feel like I learned much from them, but in this instance, I felt like all the questions I have lingering from the first book were finally answered and revealed, and so much more. What an INTENSE and AMAZING book. I LOVED IT!!!

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Cover: Pretty
Rating: R
Characters: Grace, Shane, Lea, Conner ...
Page Turner: YES
Series Cont.? YES
Recommend: YES!!!
Book Boyfriend: Shane
Genre:  New Adult Romance, Paranormal
Sex Scenes: YES
Setting: New York City

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Plot--Eternal love exists here. Grace and Shanes love story continues in Shanes POV and the author does not disappoint in any way. Even though its the same book, and youre re reading some of the events, it doesnt feel that way. The emotions are different, the outlook is different, the reasoning, its all so different. Seeing things through Shanes perspective is so interesting. Every question that felt as if it was unanswered in the other books was answered here. Theres no question now as to what happened. Its not just the questions were answered but that everything falls into place. The plot points that left the reader confused baffled or disappointed were completely revealed. The plot moves forward differently in this book too. Instead of Gabriel and his moments with Grace its Shane and his ambition to make life count, and Michael that propel this novel forward. As Shane learns to love again and to feel again, he opens up to Grace and the world, and the events tend to follow that route. A great way to end this series (or leave it slightly open for a future novel :) ) The epilogue in this novel certainly leaves open the possibility and shows us a little glimpse into Shanes future. 


Shane- Oh baby. Once you get past the vulger thoughts and language (or if youre into that...) the book is quite amazing from Shanes POV. He is so much more intense that we realize from the other two books. And learning who he really is, is beautiful and a wonderful journey. Getting to know him all over again but in a new and enlightened fashion was so much fun! I fell in love all over again. This book was all about discovering Shane, who he was, who he became, who he left behind and so much more. Everything we missed out on in the other books was discovered here. I truly loved getting to know Shane and learning everything from his eyes. I didnt want it to end!!


Grace- Seeing things from Shanes point of view, made Grace appear different. If I hadnt read her perspective first, I would have been very lost and confused. I also dont think I would have liked her as much, I would have appreciated a little bit more into getting to know Grace, but realize that as the reader, Im expected to know Grace which is why I understand what he sees in her, and why he feels the way he does, her actions always make sense. Its so strange and yet intriguing and interesting and all the while I LOVED IT! They really are a match made in heaven! 

In the End-- I think this book is AWESOME! I am in awe of the authors ability to weave such a heart wrenching, sexually driven paranormal mystery! I only wish now, that she would publish the three books as one, weaving Shane and Graces POVs together. If it had been done the first time around it wouldnt have worked, but now that Ive read them all that is exactly how I want to re read it! 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Unspoken by Jen Frederick

Unspoken by Jen Frederick 4 STARS

Unspoken (Woodlands, #2)Synopsis- Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary. 
I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?
He's everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it's his charm. He's sliding his way into my heart and I'm afraid that he's going to be the one to break me.  Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered. 
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I'll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her. 
 She's everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she's been hurt too much in the past and I don't want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can't.

Cover- Aluring 
Rating: PG 13 
Characters: Bo, Ellie, AnnMarie, Noah, Ryan 
Page Turner: Sometimes
Series Cont.? Yes, different characters
Book Boyfriend: BO!
Genre: New Adult 
Sex Scenes: Yes
Setting- College 

Overall- I absolutely loved this book! I liked that it had angst and love but without being too over the top dramatic! I loved AM and Bo. They were such a lovely couple, both trying to figure out how best to LIVE their lives and learning that perhaps the best way is with each other. It is not necessary to read the first book, it follows a set of characters introduced in the first novel. What I like most about this novel though is the realism, even though there are some extremes throughout the book, which is to be expected I love that these two people come together and struggle in a more typical fashion.  It was relatable and very interesting! I love the characters and the depth that they have and the internal struggles that they each carry but begin to share with one another as a true relationship blossoms. 

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The overall plot of this novel isnt anything new, or overly "exciting" but it didnt need to be. It was full of raw emotion and moments that were not only realistic, and relatable, but moments that its easy to see actually occurring in front of my eyes. A true college experience. The book didnt drag either. I never once felt that it was boring or not moving fast enough through the issues. The pace and style felt normal. Like a relationship developing over time and over the course of getting to know one another, not just a physical connection that the two people felt. I loved following these characters through their journey. I also think that the side characters helped the characters become more in tune with themselves as real friends should. Like Ellie and Sasha, and Noah and the gang were more than side characters and instead true friends. 
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AnnMarie (AM) - I liked AM. She is down to Earth and normal. Shes got a great spirit that had been slightly crushed. Her story was refreshing. Mainly because the double standard is so true and certainly not fair. I was happy with the way she started standing up for herself and becoming more cognizant of how she she take care of herself in that situation. I loved the fight that gained throughout the novel and the passion you could see as she came into her own. A great coming of age persona.

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Bo- Oh Hot Damn. Bo is mighty fine. He has a temper, and hes hot headed. But he is also beautiful, he has a good heart, good intentions and is passionate. Hes fierce. Bo is more than just strong physically.  His journey was much like AnnMaries. He was fighting his battles in a different way than AM though. With his fists. But over the course of the novel, I was intrigued with the change that occurred, bit by by he learned that love could take away some of the anger and the pain. Which I thought was really beautiful. I liked reading from his POV because it gave me a better impression of how this man survived. I really really enjoyed his character, and hope I find my own Bo.

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Ellie and Ryan-- I liked Ellie and Ryan a lot. Even though they are the side characters, I was still really interested in their side story and hoped for the best. I loved that Ryan was such a sweetie to Ellie and that Ellie was so fiesty. Their story is sweet and Ryan is quite endearing. I would have liked to see more of them.

TV Premieres

Premiere Dates for Fall 2013 TV 

Alright, so get excited because its that time of year again!!! This is my favorite time of year, TV shows start up again now that its September and while Im a few days late, most of the good stuff doesnt start for another few weeks. Back at the end of the 2012 season (May or June) I posted a day by day calendar, but now Im giving an update on the actual premiere dates, which I know I need to mark my DVR for these shows.

I marked in italics the shows Ill be watching (how I dont know!)
What is most frustrating about this though is that many programs are mid season or late starting that are new, oh well such is life. But if you dont see your show on here there are two reasons for it; 1) its a show I dont watch, follow, care about or otherwise didnt think to mention putting it on here or 2) its not listed as having a premiere date as of now. But you can check here for more information:

So here it goes:


September 11 and 12 : X Factor
September 13: Haven
September 16: Bones; Sleepy Hollow
September  17: Dads; Brooklyn 99; New Girl; Mindy Project
September 20: Last man standing; the neighbors; shark tank
September 23: How I met your Mother; The voice; 2 Broke Girls; Mom; Blacklist; Castle; Hostages
September  24: SHIELD; NCIS; Goldbergs; NCIS LA; Trophy Wife; Lucky 7
September 25: Middle; Revolution; Back in the Game; Criminal Minds; SVU; Modern Family; CSI; Nashville
September 26: Big Bang; Parks and Rec; Millers; Crazy ones; Glee; Greys; Michael J Fox; Two and a half men; Elementary; Parenthood.
September  27 Dateline; Masterchef JR; undercover boss; hawaii five o; blue bloods;
September 29: 60 minutes; amazing race; once upon a time; simpsons; bobs; family guy; good wife; homeland; revenge; american dad; betrayal; mentalist
September 30: we are men


October 2: Super fun night; ironside; top chef
October 3: vampire diaries; welcome to the family; the originals; sean saves the world, scandal
October 7: hart of dixie; beauty and the beast
October 8: biggest loser; supernatural
October 9: arrow; tomorrows people; american horror story
October  10: once upon a time in wonderland
October  17: reign; white collar covert affairs
October  26: carrie diaries; grimm; dracula

Wow where will I find the time to watch all these amazing shows!? And thats not including midseason shows either!!! Eeek. Hopefully I have time to still read!

What are you most excited to watch?!