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Book Review – Come Alive (Experiment in Terror #7) by Karina Halle

June 29, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013 1 Comment

Book Review – Come Alive (Experiment in Terror #7) by Karina HalleCome Alive by Karina Halle
Series: Experiment in Terror #7
Published by Metal Blonde Books on June 23rd 2013
Pages: 438
Genres: Diiiirrrrrrttyyy, Ghosties, Horror, Romance, Zombies
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Shooting Scars, Bold Tricks, Ashes to Ashes

three-stars

It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, con­vinc­ing Perry Palomino to open her­self to their bur­geon­ing rela­tion­ship has been more chal­leng­ing than hunt­ing ghosts, bat­tling demons and stalk­ing Sasquatch com­bined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror show run­ning is to take on a third part­ner in the form of the mys­te­ri­ous Max­imus Jacobs — all while inves­ti­gat­ing a sin­is­ter voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the per­fect South­ern storm and a recipe for dis­as­ter. Luck­ily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.

Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.

The Experiment in Terror series

Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror, #1) {Purchase} FREE!
Red Fox (Experiment in Terror, #2) {Purchase}
The Benson (Experiment in Terror, #2.5) {Purchase}
Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror, #3) {Purchase}
Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4) {Purchase}

On Demon Wings (Experiment in Terror #5) {Purchase}
Old Blood (Experiment in Terror #5.5) {Purchase}
The Dex-Files (Experiment in Terror #5.7) {Purchase}
Into the Hollow (Experiment in Terror #6) {Purchase}
And With Madness Comes the Light (Experiment in Terror #6.5) {Purchase}

You have no idea how much it pains me to give this book only a 3 star rating. The Experiment in Terror series is one of my favorites, ever, and I was anticipating this so very badly ever since I got hooked on this series earlier this year. I can’t say for sure whether it was my extremely (and possibly unrealistic) expectations that made this not as good or not but I definitely had some issues that nagged at me.I started reading this series because I love ghost novels especially because they aren’t so paranormal as to be completely out of this world; that there are instances where you could really feel this being fact. I absolutely loved Perry and Dex as a team and I loved watching their relationship grow over installments. But what I loved the absolute most was the well-blended way that Karina Halle mixed the two together. It wasn’t a paranormal novel and it wasn’t a romance novel, it was a perfect amalgamation of the two. And therein lies the main issue I had with this novel: the lack of blending.

While Into the Hollow left Dex and Perry’s relationship at an imbalance, I understood and expected drama to have to be sorted out in Come Alive. What I didn’t expect was for it to take up practically the entire first half with no plot in sight. Now don’t go get me wrong, I love me some Dex and Perry but it just felt way too focused on their crazy (and oftentimes unnecessary) drama and their equally crazy sex life. For those of you adverse to this, Come Alive toed the line of erotica and while I’m not against this, this is not what I’ve come to expect from these novels. If I wanted to read erotica, I would read erotica.

The other big issue I had: the point of view. I did read ‘The Dex-Files’ and while I enjoyed these short glimpses into Dex’s point of view, they weren’t my absolute favorite. I was a bit leery when I found out that Come Alive would be told solely from Dex’s point of view but of course I reserved judgment. WELL. Dex is one crazy fucker, I think we all know that, but being inside his head and knowing each and every one of his (mostly sexual) thoughts was a bit much. He’s just too much sometimes and can be quite intense. I wouldn’t be completely adverse to a story from his point of view again, however, I think I’d like it more if it was shared with Perry’s POV because, well, Perry is the absolute best.

Regardless, I’m still a die-hard fan and will gladly read anything Ms. Halle writes because she really is an amazing writer of truly entertaining stories. While this is not my favorite installment, the ending did hold much promise for future installments so this is far from my last Perry and Dex story.

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Book Review – Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown

June 22, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013 4 Comments

Book Review – Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan BrownInferno by Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon #4
Published by Knopf Doubleday on May 14th 2013
Pages: 482
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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one-star

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces...Dante's Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante's dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

Fans of this series have been waiting 4 years for the next installment. Yes, The Lost Symbol came out in 2009. Unfortunately, this does not read like he spent the full 4 years invested in making sure this was a masterpiece (he actually claims in an interview he spent 3 years researching this novel. *cough*bullshit*cough*). Inferno consists of a horribly muddled and dramatic plot, twists in the story that don’t even make sense and a whole slew of sections straight out of an encyclopedia.

This Dante tale is anything but Divine (but is a bit of a comedy) – pun intended. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a fan. I know most people shun his works but I am admittedly a big fan of The Da Vinci Code. Looking back I can’t say for sure if I would still enjoy the novel today considering I read it ages ago and I’ve become much more of a critical reader, but I do keep picking up these books for some reason or another.

The main issue with Inferno is the fact that this book could easily be half in length if there wasn’t so much unnecessary detailing. He describes where they are in such vivid detail but it isn’t always relevant. With Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, the descriptions were useful in finding their next clue, where they needed to go next to obtain the next piece of the puzzle. While the descriptions are interesting it detracts from the actual story and makes Langdon appear to be some crazed tour-guide while he’s supposed to be in the middle of running for his life. The overall smugness he has bestowed upon Robert Langdon is obnoxious and disrupting.

“…although as an architecture enthusiast, he found it almost unthinkable to rush a trip along the Grand Canal.”

DUDE. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO KILL YOU. YOU’RE A FUCKING MORON. Yet despite his constant admiring of statuary and architecture he is constantly able to evade capture and certain death. DUN DUN DUN

The second issue was the strange, short chapters. They were always ended on some dramatic discovery that induced more eye-rolling than gasps of shock. The choice of position in breaks made it more melodramatic and annoying than a respite from the intensity of the story. And speaking of melodramatic and annoying, this book possesses one of the most absurd and histrionic endings I have ever had the misfortune of reading. I believe Mr. Brown had an intriguing concept for a story line, but he may have bit off more than he could chew because the execution of this story was truly abysmal.

I could write a full review based on what I like to consider the ‘lines-of-ridiculousness’. While I’ll spare you the majority of them, I couldn’t resist including a few. (I refuse to suffer alone.)

‘Normally, Langdon’s visits to the Palazzo Vecchio had begun here on the Piazza della Signoria, which, despite its overabundance of phalluses, had always been one of his favorite plazas in all of Europe.’

‘The statute before them depicted an obese, naked dwark straddling a giant turtle. The dwarf’s testicles were squashed against the turtle’s shell, and the turtle’s mouth was dribbling water, as if he were ill.’

And I’ll leave you with this fabulous Fifty Shades quip. Yes. You heard me right.

“Robert, we’re in book publishing. We don’t have access to private jets.”
“We both know you’re lying, my friend.”
Faukman sighed. “Okay, let me rephrase that. We don’t have access to private jets for authors of tomes about religious history. If you want to write Fifty Shades of Iconography, we can talk.”

So why is this #1 on the NYT bestseller’s list? Well, his past works while not of superior literary quality were still enjoyable enough so I’m assuming people just expected more (and expected him to maybe advance as a writer?) And of course, with the digs taken against the Vatican I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until they decide to ban this one too and spur even more sales.

I will occasionally recommend a particular drink that fits well with the book. In this case? I recommend ALL THE DRINKS. You’ll need them to get through this ridiculous disaster of a book.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday – UnSouled (Unwind Trilogy #3) by Neal Shusterman

June 19, 2013 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – UnSouled (Unwind Trilogy #3) by Neal ShustermanUnSouled Series: Unwind Dystology #3
on October 15th 2013
Pages: 403
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: eBook
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The story that began with Unwind continues.

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they're not just running away from something. This time, they're running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosivel;and everyone will be changed.

Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.

The Unwind Trilogy
UnStrung (Unwind, #1.5)UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
Unwind (Unwind Trilogy #1) {Purchase}
UnStrung (Unwind Trilogy #1.5) {Purchase}
UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #2) {Purchase}
This is definitely one of the most imaginative and disturbing series I have ever read. Are you looking forward to UnSouled? Have you read this series?
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Book Review – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

May 17, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013 10 Comments

Book Review – NOS4A2 by Joe HillNOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Published by William Morrow on April 30th 2013
Pages: 709
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, The Fireman: A Novel, Strange Weather

four-stars

NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

“Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.”

I’m going to avoid my normal spiel about the basics of the plot because unfortunately, anything I say sounds silly. Truly. Imaginary bridges. Soul sucking cars. Creepy vampire children. Christmasland. I just can’t do it justice and describe the enormity of the plot sufficiently. It also fails to fall under a single genre. It’s classic horror, paranormal and even a bit of a fantasy. I will say though, this is one extremely well-told story that brings to life everything that’s considered out of this world and makes it real.

“No one had ever determined his age, but he looked older than Keith Richards. He even looked a little like Keith Richards–a bald Keith with a mouthful of sharp little brown teeth.”

The ‘bad’ guy was fantastically written. Charles Talent Manx has nothing but the best intentions for the children he takes to Christmasland. He believes that he’s taking them from broken homes and saving them from a life that will be less than satisfactory. How does he know this for sure? Well, he doesn’t But he’s completely convinced himself regardless. Charles Max is complex and fascinating and is undeniably one of the finest written bad guys I’ve ever read.

“But everyone also lives in the world inside their own head. An inscape, a world of thought. In a world made of thought–in an inscape–every idea is a fact. Emotions are as real as gravity. Dreams are as powerful as history.”

Another thing I loved was how the characters came to terms with the fantasy aspects. Vic has a gift for being able to find lost things by crossing a bridge that she brushes aside as a result of a hyperactive imagination. She had a brief stint in a mental institution but slowly came to terms with the fact that everything is in fact real. Vic is an amazing character and despite the implausibility of it all, it was given a slow and appropriate build before Vic finally believed it herself. I’ve read so many stories where characters have a gift or something impossible occurs and too many times it’s not flushed out and explained so when the character(s) accepts it completely almost immediately it makes the characters actions from then on illogical. Vic may have been damaged and imperfect but she was entirely believable.

This was a solid five-star book for me and was a complete delight throughout. The last 15 pages or so? Fell flat. It inevitably dropped that solid five star rating down to four. Despite that though, it was a pleasure. What I loved most about this was as creepy and full of horror as NOS4A2 is it still manages to produce an almost involuntary comicalness. It’s obvious that the author had an immense amount of fun writing this. Joe Hill is unquestionably one incredibly gifted storyteller.

Final Note: For those of you who have read Heart Shaped Box, did any of you catch the reference to it?
“There was Craddock McDermott who claimed that his spirit existed in a favorite suit of his.”
I take that to mean the world of NOS4A2 and Heart Shaped Box are one in the same.

I can’t resist matching up a Christmas cocktail to go with this book. This is perfect for the chilly atmosphere nestled in these pages and would even warm up Charlie Max and his little ‘pint-size vampires’.


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Book Review – Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

January 12, 2013 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2013, YA 0 Comments

Book Review – Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi AshtonEverneath by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 24th 2012
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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two-half-stars

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her friends—before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s...

“Remembering is easy. It’s forgetting that’s hard.”

Nikki wants to forget. She wants to forget that the man responsible for her mothers death has been set free. She wants to forget about the girl she saw walking out of her boyfriends dorm room. She just wants to forget and to stop hurting. And Cole is the answer to her problems because he’s an Everliving. She stays with Cole in the Everneath as his Forfeit. He Fed on her energy for 100 years before she was empty and he was fully satisfied, but she didn’t die. She was able to Return to the living and her life and say the final goodbyes she wasn’t able to say the first time before she has to return to the Everneath for good.

I must say I was completely intrigued by the mythology aspects of this book and was the big reason I finally read this (well that and I ended up with an ARC of Everbound). But there was quite a difference between this and the original Hades and Persephone myth. There were also bits of Egyptian hieroglyphics/mythology that were thrown in which didn’t appear to have much connection to the original story and didn’t make much sense period. But I found the storyline to be strikingly similar to the Matrix. Weird statement, I know, but hear me out.

“After the Feed, the Forfeits are used to power the Everneath. They supply thew hole place with energy. Cole calls it a battery. One little cog in a giant generator.”

Human beings are harvested for their heat and small amount of electricity they produce which is then used to power the Matrix. With the Everneath, it seems as if emotions are harvested for energy but both concepts struck me as eerily similar. Especially since ultimately humans are being used as a power source.

The beginning of the story had a bit of a rough start. The Everneath and the entire Feeding process was poorly explained and left a lot of questions. But my big issue was the fact that Nikki reappears after being gone for 6 months (even though 100 years passed in the Everneath) but everyone brushes it off as her having simply ran away. From what knowledge we’re given about her character she was a good kid that didn’t act out or get into a lot of trouble but everyone is under the assumption that she had ran off and ended up going into rehab. And her father didn’t appear shocked at all and there was no reference to him even looking for her. Considering her father is the Mayor I would have expected there would’ve been a bit more attention given to her disappearance.

Nikki’s whole reason for returning was to give her loved ones a proper goodbye but once she does she barely talks to anyone and acts like she wants nothing to do with Jack especially. She only had a certain amount of time before she had to return and she was wasting it. It really made me wonder why she went back at all. That whole bit didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Again, her whole reason for Returning was to say goodbye. She didn’t have any flicker of hope that she would be able to remain on earth, but as soon as she did she began to frantically come up with a plan. She decided to involve Jack on everything she had been through and his complete acceptance of everything including the bits about Cole feeding off her for 100 years was so completely unrealistic it was ridiculous. To use another Matrix reference, even Neo lost his shit and puked all over the place when he found the gruesome truth and he was a straight badass.

I must say though, despite the major issues I may have had with this novel, for some reason it still ended up being a super entertaining read. There wasn’t any instalove or even very much of a love triangle, although there are two male love interests. I have a feeling though that there’s more potential for a love triangle developing in future installments. The super fantastic ending wasn’t that super fantastic, however, it did manage to tug at my heart strings a bit. I’ll still be continuing this series despite my low rating because I feel that it still holds some potential. *fingers crossed*

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Book Review – The Twelve (The Passage #2) by Justin Cronin

November 6, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 1 Comment

Book Review – The Twelve (The Passage #2) by Justin CroninThe Twelve by Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage #2
Published by Ballantine Books on October 16th 2012
Pages: 626
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Paranormal, Vampires
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: The City of Mirrors

three-stars

THE EPIC STORY OF THE PASSAGE CONTINUES...

At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?

The Passage series

I felt like I waited half a lifetime for this to be released and I’ll admit, I’m pretty damn disappointed. The Passage blew me away and is one of my all-time favorites/ The Passage really took some patience and focus because Justin Cronin’s writing is so intricately detailed that it’s incredibly easy to miss something important but it was SO worth it. It all began with several individual story lines that had no apparent relation with one another but as time progressed they started to intersect with one another to form one hugely multi-faceted story. The Twelve brings that writing style back into the spotlight with a new array of characters and new storylines.

There were such an immense amount of characters and intersecting storylines from The Passage that I was more than a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to understand what was going on in The Twelve. Fortunately, we’re given a refresher in the form of biblical writings from “The Book of Twelves”. I thought that the way it was done in the prologue was sheer genius. (Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical at first by the biblical approach he took and continued to take throughout the extent of the book. It threw me a bit but Justin Cronin is a genius and it managed to work out.)

It’s strange though, because if you really think about it the original story line from The Passage was solely focused on government conspiracies and the creation of a virus that went completely wrong and was unleashed on the world after the virus was given to death-row-inmates. In The Twelve, the story is centered around a city where individuals are utilizing vampire blood in order to achieve immortality. A far cry from the original story, which was a bit of a disappointment because I would have loved to find out more about the original Twelve.

The main difference for me between The Passage and The Twelve is how the multiple storylines inevitably intersected. With The Passage it was seamless and once everything came together there was the big ‘Ahhh’ moment where everything was clear and the light bulb went on. For me, I think when the ‘Ahhh’ moment was intended to happen my reaction was more along the lines of ‘Uh… I still don’t get it.’ Completely riveting story lines, complex and detailed to the max, but ultimately lacked in coming full circle and left me with far too many questions than answers.

The City of Mirrors, the final installment, isn’t due out for 2 years but I will of course be reading it. I’m hoping that questions are finally answered and aren’t left as they have been: a bunch of hypothetical possibilities.

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Book Review – Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones

November 1, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 2 Comments

Book Review – Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda JonesFourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #4
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 30th 2012
Pages: 368
Genres: Funny-ha-ha, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left

four-half-stars

In Darynda Jones's Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.

Charley Davidson series

Considering I have a ton of ARCs I should really be catching up on, and considering how much I love Charley, I really should have known better than to tell myself, “Just one chapter!” But it didn’t even take a chapter, I was hooked by the opening paragraph.

‘I sat watching the Buy From Home Channel with my dead aunt Lillian and wondered what my life would’ve been like had I not just eaten an entire carton of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy with a mocha latter chaser. Probably about the same but it was something to think about.’

Oh, Charley. I missed you.

Charley was funny and full of snark (as usual) but after the incident from the last book she has a new sense of reality. She’s still fragile and recovering mentally and hasn’t even left the house in two months when the book begins. It takes a lot of work from everyone close to her (and a few margaritas) to get her close to normal, or as normal as Charley has ever been.

‘Surely my macking on some guy in an insane asylum wouldn’t hurt him. He’d been living with his stalker, for heaven’s sake.’

Her love life is full of drama as usual and Donovan makes a (small) appearance to complete the love triangle going on. Strangely, this is one love triangle that doesn’t cause a negative reaction from me. I’m quite fond of both boys. 🙂 But, it was just a small appearance and Reyes is front and center in her life (as it should be.) The two butt heads for a short time until Charley can forgive him for his actions from book 3. He had an attitude problem for the vast majority of the book but he made amends for that. And then some.

Charley’s sister Gemma plays a larger role this time around and I loved what she brought to the story. Charley and Gemma have finally made amends and for the first time in their life they’re actually acting like sisters. One of their funniest moments was when everyone was concerned that Charley wasn’t sleeping so Gemma and Cookie resort to drinking margaritas (Cookie-a-ritas). The morning after conversation between Gemma and Charley:

“Have you seen my pants?”
“Speaking of which, how did you get home without them?”
“I borrowed a pair of your sweats. I ran into a convenience store with them on. I talked to neighbors out in their yard when I pulled up. And only after I got inside did I realize they had ‘Exit Only’ written across the back.”
“You stole my favorite sweats?”
“I wanted to die.”

I think I just died of laughter.

Charley finally gets some answers in this installment! What she’s capable of, why she’s here on Earth, and even why Reyes calls her Dutch which has bugging me FOREVER. I won’t ruin it for you but it was quite enlightening. Really opens up future storylines and how it’s going to go. As usual, this is one series I’m constantly pining for and cannot get enough of. Start the countdown for book 5 “Fifth Grave Past the Light” due out July 9th, 2013. Only 9 months. *sigh*

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Banned Books Week – The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx

October 5, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 0 Comments

Banned Books Week – The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star by Nikki SixxThe Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx
Published by MTV Books on September 18th 2005
Pages: 432
Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Format: eBook
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four-stars

In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented alongside riveting commentary from people who were there at the time, and from Nikki himself.
When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days -- sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers -- in a coke and heroin-fueled daze. The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.

Here, Nikki shares those diary entries -- some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre -- and reflects on that time. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more.

Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and shockingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom -- and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.

‘Welcome to my nightmare.’

On December 23, 1987 Nikki Sixx, bassist from Motley Crue, overdosed on heroin and was pronounced dead, but was miraculously revived by paramedics with two injections of adrenalin to the heart. The Heroin Diaries are his personal diary entries the year leading up to this day.

‘My bones were shaking…my heart was pounding…I thought I was going to explode. I’m glad I have you to talk to, to write this down…I tried to keep it all together, but then I gave in to the madness and became one with my insanity…’

Dealing with depression and a troubling childhood on top of his addictions, The Heroin Diaries is a brutal and raw recollection of life in a downward spiral but was nothing less than fascinating. Fascinating, in that he’s still alive today. December 23, 1987 was not his only encounter with death and certainly didn’t prevent him from staying away from drugs completely afterwards but it set in motion the changes he undergoes to get his life under control.

‘I can’t find a way out of this hole. i would like to say to myself, If you’re in a hole, put down the shovel, but I can’t.’

I burned through it in record time; I was fascinated, appalled, and beyond shocked with each page. This was a brutally honest depiction of the life of an addict, and I applaud him for having the strength to put this out there for all to see. I loved the various pictures, illustrations, and especially the current statements from people (that are still living) that were witnesses to the events that took place. Not what I would consider an ‘easy read’ but is definitely worth your time.

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Book Review – The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1) by Megan Crewe

July 24, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA 0 Comments

Book Review – The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1) by Megan CreweThe Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Series: Fallen World #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on January 24th 2012
Pages: 304
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars

It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you're dead.

When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for the island’s dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

Because how will she go on if there isn't?

Poignant and dizzying, The Way We Fall is the heart-wrenching story of one girl's bravery and unbeatable spirit as she challenges not just her fears, but her sense of what makes life worth living.

“Most people think the scariest thing is knowing that you’re going to die. It’s not. It’s knowing you might have to watch every single person you’ve ever loved – or even liked – waste away while you just stand there.”

There was something extremely enjoyable about this novel that I loved from the very start but unfortunately resulted in a mediocre overall opinion. The writing pace was very slow and detailed which reminded me a lot of The Age of Miracles (which I loved). I enjoy a slow build-up every now and then just as long as the climax is well worth it (which… hmm… what climax?). The writing style was at times difficult to grasp as it’s written in the form of journal entries/letters to a friend that Kaelyn no longer speaks to; a friend left the island before the virus came to be.

I loved the storyline for one reason alone: the possibility that something like this could truly happen was terrifying. The symptoms of the virus were described so well that when one of the infected had an itch that just wouldn’t go away I found myself feeling it too (at which point I had to take an immediate break and go walk outside). Something happened though around 60% when I came to the realization that the slow-paced and lack of build-up didn’t appear to actually be leading to anything. And then there was the ‘big revelation’ as to why some people were surviving and some weren’t… I was hoping for a bit more interesting of a reason. So I started losing interest. Life slowly kept getting worse but life went on, there was a predictable group of people that began doing anything they could to make others lives miserable… it was definitely lacking.

Other Random Issues
*I can’t remember a YA I’ve read, ever, that didn’t include a romance. (I’m sure I have but I really can’t think of one off the top of my head). But in this particular case I felt it was completely unnecessary and really should have been left out for the better.
*So Kaelyn was able to review all of these medical records and determine the correlation between all the survivors. Maybe she’s a genius (although considering she’s 16 and only taking high school Algebra I’d have to say no). It was all incredibly far-fetched that she could figure out a way to save the human race but in moments of crisis is constantly forgetting to WEAR THE DAMN FACE MASK.
*And uh… birds? View Spoiler »
*All this talk about self-defense training and I don’t see a single kimora or choke hold. Lame.

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Book Review – Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris

May 2, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 0 Comments

Book Review – Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine HarrisDeadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #12
Published by Ace on May 1, 2012
Pages: 336
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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one-star

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Everyone knows that Charlaine Harris books are not serious works of fiction, I don’t expect them to blow me away with their awesomeness. That is not why I read them. Up until this book I have considered this series to be a guilty pleasure of mine because despite the consistent ridiculous nature of these stories they were still fun and entertaining and I love them for no realistic reason.

I was not a huge fan of book 11 either but it wasn’t as downright awful as this installment (which is quite surprising, believe me.) If I hadn’t become such a dedicated reader over the years I wouldn’t have been able to make it past the first 10% of this one.

The problem with these books is that they seem to be produced so rapidly that absolutely zero thought seems to be put into their creation. In Deadlocked there is no new story, it seems like the same old shit just keeps happening again and again and too many details are put into the daily life of Sookie. Honestly? I couldn’t give a shit less if she shaved her legs or not. And the writing? Charlaine Harris, as stated above, does not write serious fiction – HOWEVER, she’s taken it to all new lows. Let me share with you a few lines that really had me wanting to rip my hair out:

‘Even I, who had already seen the whole package and knew how disagreeable Claude could be – even if I was feeling a little jolt of excitement down where I shouldn’t.’
(Claude. Her COUSIN. Barf.)

“You haven’t got the right to question me,” Niall said, in his most royal voice. “I am the only living prince of Faery.”
“I don’t know why that means I can’t ask you questions. I’m an American,” I said, standing tall.
(Sookie? I hate you. You’re an idiot.)

“I’m sorry I’ve upset you,” he said, even more miserably.
I felt guilty again.
(She felt guilty. Because she finally decided to tell her great-uncle that she would no longer sleep in the same bed as him. Even though they don’t have sex, well, it’s just become too weird and they should stop. Have I mentioned Sookie is an idiot?)

‘I stayed gossiping at the bar for a few minutes, and on the way home I filled up the car with gas. I got a chicken sandwich from the Sonic and drove home slowly.’
(Really? We really needed to know you went to Sonic? Really don’t care for the extra detail. In fact, it’s more annoying than informative.)

“Horst, don’t mistake Miss Stackhouse’s cheerful looks for any mental deficiency.”
(Why not? I do.)

Then there was the time when she referred to her great-uncle as ‘Sexy Farmer’ and another time when she had a conversation with her toes… and it pretty much stayed consistently horrible throughout the remaining pages.

What happened to this series?! Sookie is barely tolerable and she used to be a fun and interesting character. I loved when she finally got together with Eric because I loved Eric and the two of them together was so exciting. I think that died a long time ago though (or at least when the ice pack was introduced in the last book). Their relationship has grown dull and I’m sick of it all. Deadlocked was seriously disappointing.

I know that book 13 is supposed to be the final nail in the coffin of this series but I can’t even bring myself to get even mildly excited for it. So when you see that shit on my Currently Reading list be sure and point and laugh at me. I’ll deserve it.

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