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Alicia Brewster’s Don’t Call Me Angel 3 out of 5

For all manga and comic book lovers, you will enjoy the beautiful images and the quirky style of writing Don’t Call Me Angel by Alicia Brewster provides.

A story which puts a lens on two fallen angels’ friendship after they escape from Hell, the main character Six quickly learns who her true friends are as the story progresses.

I thought Brewster did a very good job creating strong, likeable characters in the story. Even though Six and Alden’s friendship evolves as the story progresses, I was rooting for the two fallen angels to have a happy ending the whole time. They were both so engaging. Not only this, but it was also nice  to flip a page every once in a while and find a nice surprise for the eyes. I found myself flipping back through the story to look at all the pictures.

Even though I ended up liking the story, it still left me wanting.

Because I did not get a good enough reason for Six and Alden escaping from Hell early on, I wanted to know why should I care? I was searching for the heart. This I found more than halfway through the read. This story became more about learning how to tell your true enemies from your friends. After such a discovery, I wanted a stronger, more intense friendship between Alden and Six.

Once I got to the end, I wanted the information provided in the end to have been provided in the beginning. Everything finally made sense after reading the end. The very last scene was so spectacular, creating the intense rush I have gotten when reading some of my favorite books. After reading it, I looked up to the ceiling and said, “It ends now?”

All in all this was a very good read from an indie writer. Go, Miss. Brewster. You are well on your way to defining a generation.

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Reflection by Jessica Roberts: a 3/5 star read any preteen would love

“I still had forty long minutes with Miss Ice and Mister Fire Hands . . . Between the two of them I felt like fried ice cream.”

You want to learn how to write a good metaphor? Read Reflections by Jessica Roberts.

It tells the story of Heather, a methodical and untrusting young woman who is heading off to college.

When a jarring event puts her in a very vulnerable position, she has to learn how to break down her walls and trust.

The writing was poetry.

When Heather is heading to her first class of the day, the college hallway is described as a “fishbowl.” In my mind Heather is instantly morphed into a startled gold fish, unnerved by “the multitude on the outside of the glass.”

Not only did Roberts make good use of literary devices (this author used patterns ladies and gents), she also created strong tension between the character and her environment.

Goodness! Roberts knows how to use words to heighten the mood. Such actions as Heather having her arm touched becomes just as intense as a damsel being chased by thieves.

One of the problems I had with this novel is I disliked the third person to first person POV switches. Because Heather’s voice was not so different from the narrator’s,  I saw no need for them. The writing was strong enough for me to overlook the switches.

Problems I struggled to ignore were the slow pacing and the length of the chapters. A lot of the repetitive descriptions in the chapters could be cut out, making the novel perfect.

Even though Roberts did a very good job painting a realistic hospital environment, I could not get over Heather’s college experience. It seemed so high school to me.

To give Roberts some credit, I went to a university that took up a fourth of an entire town, making my college experience very different from Heather’s.

I give Reflections 3 stars. Readers ages 9 to 13 will thoroughly enjoy this book.  Go ahead Miss. Roberts! You’re on your way to defining a generation.

 “His voice pressed into my ear like a meteor trenching into the earth’s floor, sheathing my ear-way with deep, heat, hotter than his touch.”

Catherine Kean’s A Knight’s Temptation 3/5 stars

If you are an avid reader of historical romance, you will enjoy Catherine Kean’s A Knight’s Temptation.

Our two main characters, Aldwin Treynarde and Lady Leona Ramsey, begin the novel as childhood acquaintances.

A friendly game of pretend between Aldwin and Leona almost costs Lady Leona her life, resulting in Aldwin’s banishment from his family.

The prologue ends with Aldwin being punished for his wrongs, leaving a feeling of angst in my chest.

Such angst is soon wiped away when I flip the page.

Chapter one quickly starts off with Aldwin on a quest to recover a prized possession.

I love when novels just get straight to the point instead of leading the reader off into an endless back story.

One of the things I most enjoyed about this novel is the attention to setting.

Being able to envision the setting so vividly in my head kept me reading.

The characters were not stick-figures either.

I found both Aldwin and Leona to be enjoyable enough, both strong and well rounded characters, their conflict was engaging.

I must admit that historical romances are not my favorite kinds of books, but I found this read to be good enough for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

This is not Catherine Kean’s first novel.

Kean is a National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist with several other titles under her belt.

Her novel, Dance of Desire, was the launch title of Medallion Press’s Sapphire Jewel Imprint and won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards, as is written on her website.

Learn more about Kean at www.catherinekean.com

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The Wedding Beat: A 4/5 star romanctic comedy

Your incandescent smile short-circuited my brain. I can’t stop thinking about you, and I will be eternally grateful if you agree to have dinner with me.

                                                                – Gavin pg. 44 of my Nook

 Review: 4 Stars

The Wedding Beat is the kind of read where I found myself laughing out loud every minute or so at a quick and poignant joke buried in the literature.

For those who do not know, The Wedding Beat is a romantic comedy, about a  lonely wedding columnist’s quest for true love.

Gavin Green is a journalist for one of the nation’s leading newspapers, but writing stories about extravagant weddings is no fun when you’d rather be the one saying, “I do”.

Things seem to turn around when a beautiful travel writer walks into his life, opening his eyes to the possibility of making a connection deeper than pen and paper.

The sentences are so well written, the paragraphs so free of clichés’ and wordiness, allowing the chapters to read like the opening to headline news.

Yet I never expected anything less from a New York Times journalist.

The fact every chapter was structured so there was a beginning, a climax, and an end was the strawberry topping on my sundae.

Such structure evokes the same kind of feeling you get when your favorite television series ends for the week, and you find yourself waiting impatiently for the next week to roll around.

I would flip to the next chapter just to ease the feeling of lost in my chest.

Now I’m the kind of girl who’ll read anything as long as the plot is flawless and the style profound. However my tastes favor slow, character-driven novels where a lot of detail is not just given to characters, but the world in which they live.

What detail is in this book is there only to further the plot. So I have not noticed any long, drawn out descriptions of wedding halls, exotic cuisine, and blowing wind.

Such long descriptions can be used well to ease the reader into a new world, a technique I would have used in the beginning of the novel.

I found the first two chapters to be jarring, but by chapter four I was able to fasten my seatbelt and cruise through the rest of the book.

My favorite line

The way I look at it, Mike found me. He found me over and over. Even though I didn’t know that I was lost.

                                                – uttered by Amy pg. 63 of my Nook.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is a NYT bestselling  young adult novel, the first in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. From the reviews I read, it seemed to me to be along the lines of Twilight.

Her amazing ability to create trailers as seen below drew me in.

I was about to make a purchase until I read this hilarious review by user Sparrow:

The middle of this story is really, really douchey. It’s like when your friend falls in love, and it’s fun to talk about the boy she likes for a little while; and then your eyes glaze over, and she’s still talking; and then you get a little uncomfortable about the obscene level of detail she’s giving you (about what they ate for breakfast and how their elbows touched like fifty times, nothing exciting), and she’s still talking . . .

That’s hilarious. Yet what really had me laughing with my head thrown back was this:

I just wanted these kids to get a room, and then they did get a room, but kept telling me about everything. Gag. It was like being the third wheel in a makeout session that lasted foooooreeeeveeeer.

More of this Review can be read on Goodreads.

My view:

Personally, I’m still checking out a book by this author. She is, afterall, a successful writer in my genre.

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