Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book review: Dead Heat

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs is the newest installment in the Alpha and Omega series. I love Patricia Briggs and by far my favorite series is the Mercy Thompson series that is also in this universe with Mercy being the foster child of Charles' father Bran.

I like the concept of the Spin off from Mercy but I am beginning to believe that Ms. Briggs is just not as in love with this storyline and evidenced by the writing.

Dead Heat opens with Charles and Anna having a conversation about the possibility of having a baby and other options for them to conceive like surrogacy. We then take a wild ride where Charles goes to visit and old friend and buy Anna a horse for her birthday. A fae targets the family of Charles' friend and he and Anna must find and stop the fae before it kidnaps the children.

Now here comes the Spoiler!!!!!!!!!

At no point during the course of the book do they talk about having kids again, although Anna does think about it when she catches glimpses of Charles interacting with the children. Then at the end of the book Charles tells her he would be ok with Adoption!!!!
Don't get me wrong... I have nothing against adoption and even thought it might be an option at the beginning of the book though they didn't discuss it. Then I thought they might run into an orphan were-child and adoption would come up then. But to bring adoption up at the end of the book with no supporting writing anywhere in the book just felt like Charles was copping out and left me with very mixed feelings.
All of the Alpha and Omega books feel rushed to me, you have all this intricate descriptions of horses and the stables and the landscape, but only spare about 2 paragraphs to tie up loose ends at the end of the book, instead of fleshing them out correctly.

Overall I gave this book 3/5, and that is only because the main storyline was concluded and left room for building of the series without leaving the reader wanting from this book. I will say it could have been better and I hope she doesn't let this carry over into the Mercy Thompson novels.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Goodreads Book Goals

So I started out 2015 with a goal of 50 books to read for the year. I choose this goal for myself because while I read extremely fast I also get burnt out easily and will go weeks without picking up a book to read.
Unfortunately this is what happened after I was laid up with the flu, but I'm back reading and writing about what I have read.

Not everything that I read gets a review so surprisingly I am over halfway through with my Goodreads goal for the year and I think I need to revisit the number.

What do you guys think I need to change my goal to? 100? 150? 200...books?

Let me know what your books goals are for the year and how close are you to completing them before the first half of the year is almost done?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Reads

This weekend I will be traveling to attend a Baby shower but I do intend to get some reading done.

This weeks weekend reads are:

Dead Heat By Patricia Briggs

This is the latest installment of the Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs and I just want to say that I dislike this cover only because it makes Charles look evil and Anna look blind. But we will see how it turns out. I will be reviewing this book later.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I really loved Eleanor and Park, and I'm hoping to get those feelings back that I had from that book. I hope Rainbow Rowell doesn't let me down.

And if there is still time I might try to fit in another book, But I think this is all that I am going to have time for this weekend. I'm already cheating because I started reading Attachments awhile back and just haven't gotten around to finishing the book.

What are you guys reading this weekend?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Review: Stormwalker

Stormwalker by Allyson James follows Janet Begay a young lady of Navajo descent who has been running away from her home and legacy. Janet is a Stormwalker, a being with strong earth magic that she inherited from her grandmother. She also carries within her very strong Beneath magic that she inherited from her mother whom she had never met until recently. Janet sits down in a diner and a young women sits down with her and claims to be her mother, or rather the carrier of the essence that is her mother. 
Janet learns that her mother has been using young women to seek out men to father a child that will ultimately be able to free her from Beneath. All the events in this book lead up to a grand show down between Janet and her mother.
Along for the ride was the god Coyote of the Navajo, Mick Burns a dragon who Janet has fallen in love with, and Nash Jones the Sheriff who possess a strange magical power of his own.

I really liked this book which is no surprise because I am a fan of paranormal urban fiction. I would give this book 4/5 stars because the author intimates that Janet is in search of herself and her place in the world but she continually allows others to tell her what to do and make her decisions for her. Overall a very good read and I would recommend it highly.

What have you guys been reading good lately? I need suggestions for good books.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Review: Love Edy

Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh is the story of an African American girl and an Indian boy who are raised together by their intellectual parents. Now in high school Edy realizes that she is in love with her best friend but she knows that they can't be because he has been promised in an arranged marriage. Now they are trapped by Culture and the wishes of parents who don't understand their own children.

I really liked this book. The concept of arranged marriage is not one that I have seen explored in books with the slant of one party being raised in the U.S. and the differences in cultures that are explored here. We also find the teens dealing with typical clique drama at school and with being ignored at home by parents who are more concerned with their careers. Shewanda Pugh has also written a sequel to this book titled Bittersweet and it is definitely on my must read list because Love Edy ended with a cliffhanger.

I gave this book 3/5 because the progression and character building was a little slow and was the majority of this book. I would recommend it as a read because the ending draws you in.