Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4.75

Synopsis:
   Erik "Fish" Fiskare loves the theater, but his guarded nature prefers backstage to center stage. While studying stagecraft at college, his spotlight turns on a talented dancer named Marguerite "Daisy" Bianco. Soon, Erik is drawn to a first love as soulful as it is passionate. For two years, the romance thrives within a tight-knit circle of artists and friends. Then a newcomer arrives: James, a brilliant but erratic dancer with a misguided infatuation and a burning desire to belong. 
   Rejection sets James on a course for destruction and when the smoke clears, Erik's world lies in ruins. He soon discovers that in the face of heartache, grief and betrayal, love is not always enough to make you stay. And sometimes, it's the only thing that can bring you back. 
   Spanning fifteen years and following a man's thrilling emotional journey back to the truth of himself, Laqueur's debut novel explores the dark side of devotion and the futility of running from one's past. The Man I Love is an epic tale of love and forgiveness that will linger longer after the last page is turned. 

Links to Buy:
Books-A-Million
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Amazon

Review:
   Wow.


   That's really all I can say for this book. I just went on such an emotional roller coaster reading this book... I honestly don't know where to start.
   I guess from the beginning.
   Right from the start, I knew this book was going to be great. The writing is flawless. Very few to no grammar mistakes and the style was just what I was looking for. It was poised and elegant, which took me by surprise because I didn't expect that coming from a book of this genre.
   I loved the writing, and then I loved the story. I'm not really into theatric art but I loved the way the elegance of the dancers matched the way the writing was. I loved learning about the behind-the-scenes of the stage. So much goes into production, it's crazy (new respect goes out to those who take part in any of it).
   But I guess what I loved the most is how Suanne really showcased the reality of grief, love, life, and so much more. You guys know me, I cannot do unrealistic situations. The Man I Love was so explicit in how Erik and his group of friends felt and went through life. Their decisions, though sometimes not rational, were realistic given the situation. It really felt as if I was looking into someone else's life.
   And man, do I feel for all of them. TMIL started off sad, but upbeat and hopeful. Turning into happiness and love; nothing could go wrong. But literally within minutes, life decides to take a 180 turn on the characters and it's... depressed, bleak... hopeless. But unlike most books, the bad times carried out for a good amount of the book. I liked that though, because it just shows how long it takes to get through something terrible. It doesn't always take days or months. Sometimes it takes years, and Suanne highlighted that. I think she did an exemplary job portraying both the good and bad in relationships and situations.
   I only have one critique but I'm not even sure if it's even a bad thing. It was a really long book; carried out to fifteen years with almost 600 pages. There were times when I felt as if it was just filler information, not important to the storyline and, honestly, boring. But then... throughout the book, you start to see everything connected. There was a reason why Suanne had it in the book. Like those freaking pepparkakor cookies. Why the heck do you need to know how they taste or why they were made? Trust me, THE ENDING. Everything had such a small yet significant job in the book and I really loved that. So I think the brief times I wanted to skip through a little dialog or explaining, I'm so glad I didn't.
   I'm honestly just so awed by this book and its story that's being held between two covers by its binding. I truly didn't think it'd be this good.
  Obviously, I recommend this book. It's a great read if you're looking for something that holds a lot of meaning between the lines.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Miranda's Rights by Lily Luchesi

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   The dead don't always rest easy...
   Retired detective, Danny Mancini, is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them... especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years. 

Links to Buy:
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Review:
   Hey guys! Wow, even I didn't think that I'd be back this soon! But seriously, this series is so good. If you guys haven't read my review for the first book, Stake-Out, go and read that first!
   Miranda's Rights, the sequel, goes more in depth with Angelica's family and history... Which I think is sooooo interesting. I mean she's lived for two hundred years so she must have a lot of stories to tell, haha. We only saw a fraction of her story, but I think it was amazing to flash back to a different time period. I also loved how we saw Fiona (the antagonist) in a different light. In the beginning, she wasn't so bad... though why she turned so evil was kind of... stupid. Like okay you're mad but you don't need to go all bat crazy (did I spoil anything?...).
   I also loved how Miranda came into the picture. Everything just fit together so perfectly with her story, and though I hate her guts, she was another perfect antagonist. I (personally) didn't really like the way Danny treated her though. They were about to get married and when she came back (admittedly a different species and twenty-something years later), it's like she didn't mean anything to him. Like at least have a little sympathy even though she's lost her mind.
   Don't get me wrong, I hate her and love triangles annoy me so much, but you know... at least be sympathetic, you know? Nonetheless, I loved her story and she even got her own book all about how insane she is!
   Danny and Angelica? Yeah I ship it. So hard.
   Lily does a fantastic job with the story, changing the POV at just the right time. Right when I want to know about someone's thoughts or actions, she changes the POV to that person, like she saw the future and knew exactly what I was going to be thinking.
   I did see a few more grammar mistakes than last time, but it was still on the minimal side and I was super happy about that.
   I flew through this book so fast. Miranda's Rights is faster paced because there's no need to build up the chemistry and story. Though I love the story and character development, I love the action that occurs within the book. SO many new faces and twists and turns (MAN, THAT FREAKING ENDING)!
   In the end, this book was so very pleasing. It did have a little bit more blood with more detail about vampire bites, but since the first book already got me into the vamp world, it was not a big deal for me at all.
   I really hope you guys read this series, even if you're not into vampire books, it's a great series to start expanding your horizons. The writing is very smooth, and if you like multiple POV's, well this has them. I personally cannot wait for the third book comes out in August! I'll definitely have the review for that coming up ASAP ;)
   Well I hope this review was enlightening, hopefully I didn't spoil too much! Haha stay tuned for another review coming up ;)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4.5

Synopsis:
   In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...
   Danny Mancini is given a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire! 
   The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral. 
   Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp. 
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica makes things more difficult than it should be. 

Links to Buy:
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Review:
   Wow... It's been since April since my last post! School definitely kept me busy :P But I'm proud that I put everything into school because my grades look amazingggg and it definitely paid off. Now, it's summer and I am finally free to read and review the list of books that have been requested...
   Starting with this one! This review has been a long time coming and I give a shout out to the author, Lily, for being so patient with me. I was so terrible in guessing how long it'd take me to write this review and I'm so embarrassed. But thank you for not yelling at me! Haha.
   Okay, Stake-Out is the first book that I've read that held vampires as one of the main types of characters. I actually don't know why I'm not into vampires. I guess I don't like reading about how the blood oozes out of someone's throat. But at the same time... I'm not one to get grossed out easily... Who knows. Anyway, Lily did an amazing job incorporating vampires and hunters (as well as other supernatural animals) without making the story too gory. I thoroughly enjoyed having the vampires in this book :)
   I also enjoyed the writing. Lily wrote in third person for the characters and I loved how it frequently changed POV's between Danny and Angelica. It was perfect knowing what each of them were thinking. Especially when 'the secret' gets out and everything hits the fan ;) I loved how there were very minimal grammar mistakes. It made reading much more smooth and enjoyable. It takes a lot to edit or hire an editor, but it's unbelievably worth it in the end for the reader.
   The only thing that got me was the overuse of the word 'perp'. I'm sure there are other variations of the term using different words that the author could have used, and I wish she did. I guess that's why I wasn't really into the book until after around the first half of the book. It gets tiring seeing the same word over and over again. Thankfully, Lily stopped using it so much after a little bit and it became a much more enjoyable read.
   Other than that, the book was amazing! I have already started reading book 2, Miranda's Rights hahaha. The epilogue of this book was so good; it really captivated me, wanting to know more about the two main characters' history and also hoping that their future brings them together again. Agh it's so hard writing this without giving everything away!!!
   All I can say is you must read this book. If you aren't a fan of vampires, this is a great book that slowly transitions you into loving it.
   It felt so good writing a review again and I can't wait to read a book and do another one! Don't worry, you guys won't have to wait as long as last time ;) I'm also reviewing book two of this series! So stay tuned for that ;)
   Hope you guys enjoyed! Must get back to reading ;)