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REVIEW // “Love You to Death” by Melissa March

11 Apr

I’ve been a terrible blogger, I know. I’ll try to do better. Off the top of my head I know that I have at least two other reviews that I need to post aside from this one.

Without further ado, my review of the brilliant New Adult novel “Love You to Death” by Melissa March.

“Love You to Death” by Melissa March

“Love You To Death” by Melissa March
5 Stars (MUST read!)
Contemporary New Adult

“Love You to Death” is the story of Seventeen-year-old Arden Elliot. Street name Cherry.

An orphan, Arden turns to the streets rather then live with an aunt who does nothing but trash talk Arden’s mother. She quickly forms a bond with Stewie, a young man in his twenties with the mental capacity of a nine-year-old.

When Arden meets Cass all of her warning bells go off, but Cass offer her food. Shoes without holes and clean socks. He helps her in her time of greatest need and soon enough, she’s his. Cass scares her and she knows that if she doesn’t escape, one day he will love her to death.

Along her great escape Arden meets Southern gentleman Gideon and while her heart is telling her yes, her mind is reminding her that she belongs to another and he will stop at nothing to find her.

I could not put this book down. Arden is smart and beautiful and has a real smart  mouth that I can appreciate. She’s so real that by the time I got to the end of the book I was almost crying because I felt like I had to say goodbye to some really good friends.

My favorite character in the book though was probably Sissy, Gideon’s grandmother. She’s a real country gal — overalls and all — and brings a lighthearted humor to the story.

March addresses a lot of deep issues in her book including homelessness and domestic abuse and she does it with such grace and tact that one has to admire her skills as a writer.

Seriously. This book is a must read and Melissa March is an author I’m going to be watching. I can’t wait to read what she comes out with next!

Buy It Here: http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/melissamarch/loveyoutodeath.html

Add to Goodreads Here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21825370-love-you-to-death

 

** Note: This book is published by the company I work for, I did design the cover art and do receive royalties for each copy sold, however I would never give a positive review to a book that I have not read and/or would not recommend. This book is a gem!

 

REVIEW ~ The Bleeding Crowd by Jessica Dall

27 Aug

“The Bleeding Crowd” by Jessica Dall

5 Stars “It Was Amazing”

“The Bleeding Crowd” is a dystopian New Adult novel that brings a new spin on feminism.

Dahlia is a young woman who has never seen a man before in her life. Her world is dominated by females and the men are kept locked away in “camps” and are only allowed out for the “physical needs” of the women, and for procreation. Most women don’t give them a second thought.

When we meet Dahlia she has just turned 20, the age at which a woman is allowed her very first encounter with a man. Five men are essentially put in a lineup in front of her, behind a two way mirror, and she has to pick one. Dahlia has no interest in men whatsoever, so she simply chooses one who is attractive enough and closest to her own age.

That’s not to say that Dahlia is a lesbian, oh no, all women are tested early on in life and if you are a lesbian you are quickly removed from society and sent to train to be a guard at the men’s camps because, obviously, lesbian’s cannot be corrupted by the men. Right?

Enter Ben, he has been chosen by Dahlia and is hers to be called upon for booty calls whenever she wants for a set period of time, before she is required to switch him out for “another model.” (Wouldn’t want any of the women to get too attached now would we?). Ben is a rebel, looking for anything to help the cause. However, he falls for Dahlia. Hard. But will Dahlia fall for him? Will she give up everything to be with a man? Fight for a cause she’s not sure she believes in?

I loved this book. The dialogue is cleaver and witty. When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about this book.

I loved the relationship between Dahlia and Ben. At one point, I chucked to myself because what popped into my head was the Taylor Swift song “The Way I Loved You” – specifically the lines “but I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain and it’s 2 AM and I’m cursing your name, you’re so in love that you act insane and that’s the way I loved you.” I think that about sums up their romance. They are both so stubborn, if they’re not fighting, they’re loving.

The other character that I really loved was Jude, Ben’s best friend. I’m not sure exactly what it is about him that I enjoyed so much, but I’ll tell you this, I wouldn’t mind reading more from his point of view!

The world itself is nicely built, I felt like this could in fact be a reality if humanity let things to that far.

To sum things up, If you like Dystopian NA (New Adult) romances, this is the book for you.

*** NOTE: This book does contain swearing and sexual content. Nothing graphic, but it is certainly for 18+

***Note: This book is published by the company I work for, but I stand by my review that this is an awesome book!

Buy it here:  http://melange-books.com/authors/jessicadall/bleedingcrowd.html

 

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REVIEW ~ INK: Fine Lines (book 1) by Bella Roccaforte

15 Aug

“INK: Fine Lines” book 1 by Bella Roccaforte Review

2 Stars “It Was OK”

INK: Fine Lines is the first in the series and follows Shay, a young woman aspiring to be a comic book artist. Her twin sister is dead, her mother is dead, and she is somewhat estranged from her father.

The story begins with Shay’s birthday, her on-again-off-again boyfriend Aiden shows up at her house and, despite her protests decides to crash at her place. Shay awakes from a nightmare and heads off to her art studio in her garage to draw out the scenes for her comic book, about a specter who is murdering people. Soon enough, Shay is arrested for a double murder and her world spirals out of control.

Onto the review…. To begin with, I won a free ebook copy ARC from a blog, I probably would never have paid for this with my own money.

THE GOOD:
This book is well written and the storyline concept is interesting.

The prologue starts out with a bloody, gruesome bang. I’m not really a fan of horror, but Ms. Roccaforte did a brilliant job writing the prologue murder scene.

This book also contained numerous one-liners that had me chuckling, always a good thing!

McNab. Finally, someone who seemed to move the story forward.

The end – something FINALLY happened and it was an epic WTF?!? moment.

THE BAD:
The cover. I’m sorry, but this cover does nothing for me. The angle of the girls face is just not appealing at all. The title is nice and big to read as a small image, so that’s about all the good I can say about it.

Once I got past the prologue I just kept waiting for something to happen. We get a lot of drama between our protagonist Shay and the men in her life – the bad boy Adien who constantly asks her to marry him, only to turn tail and run, and Eli, the childhood friend who has always been there for her, but has his own demons – namely, a drinking problem. I got sick of watching Shay switch between them at the drop of a hat. She’d be hardcore macking on Eli one minute, then an hour later sucking face with Aiden. Either pick one, or let them go.

If I had been editing this book I would have said, cut down the first half of the book, make the current ending the climax, and put a little more at the end. One of the key rules to writing is that something has to happen. You have to have a sense of urgency for the protagonist so that the story moves forward and the audience is engaged. I didn’t feel that hardly at all. Shay, in her head, was somewhat distressed about everything that was happening, but her actions didn’t reflect it. I can’t imagine, being accused of murder, and then going on with life as if nothing had happened.

I won’t be reading the next book in this series. Though I’m slightly curious to know WTF was going on in the last scene, I simply can’t bring myself to care enough to read it.

There are a number of good reviews out there, I seem to be in the minority, so if you liked this book: Great!

If you didn’t care for this book, well, you’re in good company.

And again, I’ll say, the book was well written. It was essentially the pacing I had trouble with.