Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Five Flavors of Dumb

Five Flavors of Dumb- Antony John


Synopsis:
The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.
  The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
  The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
  Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.




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My thoughts:
This book is freaking awesome!
  Obviously, I was drawn into it because of how the synopsis is basically like, a deaf girl promoting a music group...So I was thinking, 'how is that possible...?' until I opened the book and READ. I honestly read this pretty fast, a lot faster than I've been reading other books. Mainly because of how great not only the writing is, but how great the plot itself is! You cannot not love this, I don't think.
  Words were woven into intricate sentences that just seemed to fit. Piper (the MC) was definitely someone to love and adore--she was so strong, and I loved her to bits. I didn't love her father though--he seemed to be an ass half of the time, and I was even pissed at parts, when he would say something insensitive that hurt Piper.
  Antony John is now the proud owner of a spot on my Authors-to-Look-Out-For list, and hell, I really can't wait to see what else he has to say! 5/5 Stars

Tall, Dark & Fangsome

Tall, Dark & Fangsome- Michelle Rowen


Synopsis:
  Sarah Dearly's vampire life is not all B-positive cocktails. A curse made her a nightwalker, the most vicious vamp there is; the charm she wears to curb her deadly tendencies is losing its juice; and a hunter from hell is turning up the heat. Gideon Chase will kill the ones she loves most if she doesn't obey his orders. That includes breaking up with master vampire Thierry and turning Gideon into an immortal vamp so he can escape a doom of eternal hellfire.
  Making things worse are Sarah's growing feelings for Gideon, a bad boy who keeps showing a vulnerable side . . . but is it for real? Will Sarah's dark side take over? Or can she cure herself of the nightwalker curse in time to stop Gideon and finally live happily ever after with Thierry... forever?




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My thoughts:
  The series ending, was, in a nutshell, awesome! I loved every word, but I was kind of sad to see it end. I've been so much in-tuned with Sarah Dearly that I was definitely hesitant to say goodbye.
  But, nonetheless, this addition is just as exciting and revealing as all of the others. Readers can't help but be drawn into the story, and hopefully like me, you'll be hanging on every word!
  Question: Is it just me, or is there always something exciting going on in this series? Seriously, it seems to me that Sarah doesn't ever catch a break...she's always in some kind of predicament or some sticky situation that she has got to get herself out of.
  Anyways, I loved this book. I was definitely happy to get it after recently finishing Stakes & Stilettos--what a cliff hanger that book was!
  So, if you've been reading this series, I highly suggest NOT stopping where you're at. Rowen is definitely in my Top-10 authors list, and hell, this series is in my Top-5 list! 5/5 Stars

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crescendo

Crescendo- Becca Fitzpatrick


Synopsis:
The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!
  Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.
  The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?


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My thoughts:


I cannot explain fully all of the emotions that seemed to be waging a war against each other while reading Crescendo. It was like being on solid ground one moment--smooth and steady--and then in the next, it shifts so quickly it can only be described as being on a roller coaster--all twisty, curvy, and fast as hell.
  Hush, Hush pales in comparison to its sequel! I know that if you have yet to read Crescendo you're probably thinking, "There's no topping Hush, Hush! It was so awesome!" But believe me, Fitzpatrick has. I don't know how, but she did, and I'm thankful for that. 
  Crescendo is just as awesome--if not more--in the action department as Hush, Hush. Its gripping, and truly thrilling. I enjoyed reading it each and every moment, and when I wasn't reading fast enough (dying to find out more!) I forced myself to read as fast as possible, while still being able to comprehend.
  Patch. Oh, Patch. Please, do not get me started on him. If I do, I will be here for hours, detailing every little thing that made me want to wring his neck until that stupid baseball cap pops off (No offence, Patch; I'm sure you look good in that hat!) 
  Saying it was hard to put down would be an understatement. Since, well, I did put it down, but not for long. Also saying that it was predictable would be a lie, though I did catch on (by guessing) late in the book what--or, well, who--was going on. Since I was so damn pissed off at what was happening, by the time it changed, tears of joy sprang to my eyes.
  And the best part? I have zero complaints about anything. Not one thing didn't feel fitting, not one word out of place. And I can't remember seeing a grammatical error either (though there's bound to be one in there somewhere...I was just too focused on reading to see it!).
  Fitzpatrick, you've done it again! I couldn't believe this book! And my God, that ending! Can you say dramatic-cliff hanger? Damn, I really hope the next book comes out, like, pronto! Please, please, please don't make us wait!
  5/5++ Stars 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Freefall

Freefall- Mindi Scott


Synopsis:
  How do you come back from the point of no return?
  Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up.
  Convinced that his own actions led to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.
  Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who needs saving . ..




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My thoughts:
Freefall was a great book!
I originally got it as a 'space' book--a book I read while waiting for a book I really want to read to either come out/get it. But once I started reading Freefall, I realized that I really should have had a different 'spacer book', since this is not a book to pass by!
  I don't really have complaints, just praise. One thing you should know is that I tend to stay away from guy POV's, since I really can't relate, what with me being a girl and all. But Freefall was easy to relate to! Seth is such a believable character it's uncanny. I couldn't believe how fast pages whizzed by, and not one moment was I stopping to think 'what is he talking about?' since somehow, Mindi Scott managed to make this book both original and interesting. I can't lie and say that I wanted to read it, but once my sister read it and raved about it, I had that thought that we've all had before: I gotta see what all the fuss is about! 
  I liked Rosetta (or, Riley, who she is for like, half the book...) and how she wasn't some stuck-up girl who refused to speak to Seth (or, 'Dick' as he's known to his friends...) just because he has a history. I found the concept, a guy being the last person to see his best friend alive and the first to see him dead, really attention grabbing. 
  Seth's troubling past definitely added to the mystique, and made him a character that I just couldn't wait to find out more about. Actually, all of the characters were enjoyable, a few more than others.
  Then, the ending. Oh, the ending! How marvelous! I smiled hugely when I read those last pages.
  I must say though, there were a few things that I felt were left a little hanging, but overall I liked the book, and reccommend it to fans of anything...well, cool. 4/5 stars

Friday, November 12, 2010

One Night That Changes Everything

One Night That Changes Everything- Lauren Barnholdt


Synopsis:
Eliza is in a full-blown panic. Her notebook has been stolen—the one that lists everything she wants but is afraid to go after. And the absolute worst person in the world has it: her ex-boyfriend, Cooper.
  Like it’s not enough Cooper was lying to Eliza for their entire relationship, now he and his friends are blackmailing her. They’re giving her just one night to complete the most humiliating tasks on her list or they’ll post her secrets online—including the ones that aren’t just about her.
  Eliza’s sure of only one thing: she isn’t going down without a fight. Cooper may have what’s left of her dignity, but she’s not the only one with something to hide …



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My thoughts:
Seeing as how this book started rather abruptly, I shall do the same:
  Was it just me, or did the MC CAPITALIZE HER WORDS A LOT? It was as though the author couldn't simply write, "I hate you!" and be like: she yelled this at the top of her lungs, nearly shouting. Every damn sentence ended with capitalization, and boy, was it annoying.
  Anyways, I'm not here to hate. I'm here to tell you how totally weird this book was (so...maybe I am hating?). For starters: Who in their right mind (please ignore me if you are not...) would write all of their fears down in a journal? I know that if I attempted, my journal would need to be well over 400 pages; for fears beginning with letters A-F. Sure, the story line was interesting and different, but c'mon. What could've possibly been so bad in that journal that the MC couldn't just be like, "I don't care if you have my journal, I don't need that anyways,"? Really?
  Eliza (I shall stop calling her MC now) was really whiny, in my opinion. Now, I'm not saying she was like some characters whose outlook on life is all: 'OMG; life sucks! Where's my razor...?' but she was annoying. Gotta say though, she was bold. Going up and doing the dares/fears was totally awesome: I know I would never get on stage and belt out I'm Bringing Sexy Back lyrics (but then again, I'm the one with the shirt that says: Sexy never left...), and dancing with the hottest guy in a club, while scantily dressed was interesting.
  So, yea, I liked the book: so sue me. I read it in less than two hours and pages seemed to fly. The ending was good, and I did laugh a lot, so I added a star for that. 2/5 Stars.

Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness- Kami Garcia/ Margaret Stohl


Synopsis:
  Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
  Sometimes life-ending.
  Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.


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My thoughts:
If you've read the book prior to Beautiful Darkness (why wouldn't you've?) then when you pick it up, you should think 'Okay, I know where we are...' and then read the book smoothly and easily.
  I'm just going to jump right into my thoughts here, and skip all the symbolism that I could probably use to detail the book.
  While I loved Beautiful Creatures, I just felt that Beautiful Darkness was a little...lacking. Sure, it was just as interesting and well written as the other one, don't get me wrong, but for some reason I just felt...bored with the book. It seemed to me that it droned on and on at points. And if I'm being honest, I will tell you two things: I hate guy POV's and Lena was being a plain bitch for like, the whole book. I don't mean to spoil it for you, but she was acting so weird I was just stunned!
  Beautiful Darkness also seemed, to me, that it wasn't as action packed as the other one. But then again, since Beautiful Creatures is the first in the series, it's bound to be with more details, action, and whatnot, right? Yea, but still. I felt annoyed, bored, awed and lastly, confused for the entire duration of the book.
  Regardless, I'm was happy with the ending. It was well written and thought out, so I will be sticking with the awesome duo that is Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. 5/5 Stars

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jane

Jane- April Lindner


Synopsis:
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.
  But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?
  An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.


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My thoughts:
  I went out and bought Jane, but decided to wait a few days to start it. My 'TBR' pile was overflowing, so I thought, 'eh, I'll wait.' I'm damn sorry I did.
  When I started Jane, I didn't put it down until I was well past the first 100 pages. I was completely drawn into this book! What I believed would be a crappy-retelling turned out to be one of the best book's I've read this month; and Jane has definitely earned a place on my 'gold' shelf.
  The book doesn't start slow--if anything, it starts right in the middle of Jane's life. Her parent's have just died, we learn she's estranged from her siblings, and we also learn that she'll be homeless in less than a week unless she finds a job. So this alone makes readers sympathetic towards the MC, and I know that I was grateful when she got the job at Thornfield Park.
  I loved Maddie, Nico's little daughter. She was funny, and when she met Jane, she was down to the point with a, "I don't like you." Made me laugh aloud.
  Nico is an entirely different story. Jane insisted on calling him Mr. Rathburn for nearly the entire book. But, that doesn't make him any less interesting. In my opinion, it was fun learning about all the characters. And I seemed to actually care, whereas in most books I'm like, 'Yea, yea, get to the damn point already.'
  (*Tiny spoiler!*) I gotta say, the ending rocked. But, like all good books, the events leading up to the ending kinda made me upset. But, in the end, everything turned out okay.
  Jane is certainly not plain at all (well, the character is...not the book), and I look forward to any other books by April Lindner. 5/5 Stars

The DUFF (designated ugly fat friend)

The DUFF (designated ugly fat friend)- Kody Keplinger


Synopsis:
  Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
  But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
  Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.


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My thoughts:
The Duff was everything I could want in a book; a sassy MC, jerk-turns-out-to-be-not-so-jerky front man, and an interesting plot.
  I must admit, I love the title. I don't know why, but upon seeing the name, I wrote it down. Didn't even bother searching for a synopsis, because I just had a feeling that the book was going to be awesome. And, like always (ha-ha), I was right. The Duff is definitely different, and I think it's pretty easy to relate to.
  As the author says, everyone in a group of friends feels like 'The Duff', this is why I think that everyone will like this book! You can't not laugh at every turn of the page, or not feel sorry for how Wesley treats our MC (at first).
  Warning here: this book is not for readers who are looking for 'clean' books. Aside from the excessive use of the F word, Bianca and Wesley have sex a bunch of times (I counted four...there may've been more, but I can't remember), and although they're not adult-novel-graphic, it isn't like 'We slept together. The end' there are details, and I wouldn't put this on a list unless you're cool with the sex thing. I know that some parents proof-read books, backs of books, and so-on, so yea, just a heads-up. (I think I'd die if my parents read backs of half the books I read...not to cool, when your reading some steamy-romance novel and your dad decides to read the synopsis aloud...at dinner.)
  Okay, I'm rambling. Anyways, this book rocked, and I'm so totally looking forward to anything else by Kody Keplinger (cool name, I must say). 5/5+ (it's a first!) Stars

The Mediator: Shadowland



Synopsis:
  Suze is a mediator -- a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn't seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.
  But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy. There's a ghost with revenge on her mind ... and Suze happens to be in the way.


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My thoughts:
  I'm well aware that this series is a little old, but I've just recently started liking Meg Cabot (Airhead Series), so bear with me. Maybe you've read this already, or, maybe you're like me and just getting started. But one thing that I know for sure is that if you're a Cabot fan, this series is not something you want to miss.
  The plot, while not all too original, was probably like 'WOW' when it first came out. Someone seeing, talking, touching ghosts is different, since most books all the 'mediator' can do is see/talk to them. I liked Suze's gift, and I like how she didn't take advantage of it. She actually wanted to help the spirits, which is a plus, in my book.
  Suze isn't one of those irrational thinkers. She is though, funny as hell. I found myself laughing at random intervals, and not even knowing why. Just her wit and the way Cabot made her think was funny--in a good way.
  The book doesn't start off slow--I think it picks up and keeps getting better after like, chapter two. You're introduced to Jesse then, and that's where all the fun starts. The 'evil' spirit at her high school is really a crazy-loon of a girl who is convinced that Suze is trying to take over her old life (ha; funny).
  So, this book isn't boring. And when you see how many pages there are (304) just remember, that this is a 'mass market paperback', so the pages seem to be short, and you'll find your self breezing through them. I was so entranced with the book that while I was making my dinner in the toaster oven, I ended up burning it nearly to a crisp cause I wasn't paying attention! 4/5 Stars

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nightwood

Nightwood- Patricia Windsor


Synopsis:
  Casey, Gena, and Maryann can think of a way better use of a week than a senior trip to Washington, D.C. Casey's plan is simple. Ditch the trip to D.C., camp out at her parents' amazing cabin in Delonga, and accidentally "run into" Lane and his friends on their fishing trip. She knows the boys will be across the lake—her friends will thank her once they're up there.
  Three girls for three boys will be the perfect party. After all, what could be more fun than five days in the woods? No curfews, no rules, and no parents. No one will even know they're up there.
  And no one will hear them when they scream for help.
  When the first body shows up, it's shocking. When the knock comes on the back door, it's horrifying. And when they realize there's nowhere to hide, they'll wish they were already dead.
  Surviving a week in the woods is a going to be a whole lot harder than these girls could ever imagine.


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My thoughts:
 I was browsing my library when I came across this little book. In my mind, I kept thinking "I need something to read for Halloween" and I found Nightwood, and it seemed perfect.
  This book is not new (I think it was published in 2006) but it was so different than 'scary' books that you can easily find at a bookstore.
  Think cannibals and weird, nasty people. Basically, any Sci-Fy movie you can turn on the TV. Nightwood had a totally weird concept, and that's probably why I loved it so damn much. I liked the gore factor, and damn, the ending! I couldn't believe it! It definitely shocked me, and for once, I didn't ever get a chance to predict what was going to happen. Wish there was a sequel! 3/5 Stars

The Candidates

Delcroix Academy: The Candidates- Inara Scott


Synopsis:
  Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.
  But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.
  And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.


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My thoughts:
  If I'd have known that the M.C. of The Candidates was 14, I definitely wouldn't've picked it up. I prefer to read books about people who are my age or older, because I feel slightly weird reading about younger people. But, nonetheless, I did pick it up, and I liked it.
  The book starts off kinda slow, and I tired easily of Delcroix Academy descriptions. The whole place was overly exaggerated, and I was shaking my head at times.
  BUT, I did like Dancia (different name, eh?) and how she thought things through. Her power is cool, and this definitely earns the author points.
  Jack was cool, but we don't really get a good description of how Danica feels towards him. I did not like though, Cam. For some reason he just gave me a funny feeling.
  The book was predictable after the first...ten chapters. At least, it was obvious to me what was to come.
  The ending was cute, but I don't think that Inara Scott should've ended it as she did. It was a bit of a cliff hanger, readers not knowing (*spoiler*) what the hell was to become of Jack. I mean, he like, just left? How shady was that?
  Anyways, I liked the book. Even though it took me more time to read it then it should've, I will be reading the sequel, Delcroix Academy: The Watchers. 3/5 Stars

Personal Demons

Personal Demons- Lisa Desrochers


Synopsis:
  Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance—-even her closest friends—-and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him.
  What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy—-all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.
  But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.


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My thoughts:
Personal Demons, while it wasn't an original concept, was pretty interesting. I liked how Frannie, the M.C., thought. She was funny, and I liked her mind.
  But, if I liked Frannie, I LOVED Luc (short for Lucifer). I prefer the types of novels that are written in boy/girl verse, rather than just boy or girl. Really, I can't read a guy's POV because it's harder to relate to a dude when you're a girl.
  Anyways, the book, if anything, is never short of action. It seemed that something interesting was going on at all times. Be it Luc visiting his demon boss, or something else, you are sure to be sucked in.
  I have little complaints, but one of them is Frannie. I know, I know, I said I liked her. But, here is my pet-peeve: She has to choose between Luc and Gabriel. One minute its, "Ohh, Luc, I LOVE YOU!", two pages later, "Gabriel kissed me and ohh I loved it." Obviously, she didn't really think that (if she did, the book would've earned a spot in my burn pit with the rest of the crappy novels I've read in weeks past), but she did seem to have a wishywashy mind about things.  The writing was brilliant, and Desrochers did a great job describing situations, places, and people. I felt like I knew the characters by the time I closed the book. And hell, I'm dying for a sequel! 4/5 Stars
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