Book Review: Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros
I needed this. For the past few months I’ve only been reading academic stuff and trying to mold myself into a writer. This is the first thing I’ve read for pleasure for months (except gossipy websites, of course). And honestly I needed a love story, a happy ending, a reason to drink high calorie hot beverages. I needed this.
So how’s the book, you ask? I liked it alot. I love epistolary-style novels. VOCAB! (An epistolary novel is a novel written a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are somtimes used.)
Well this one was told in Tweets. Tweets right?! I was expecting to be underwhelmed, but the author really fleshed out the characters in small 140 character snippets.
The heroine of our tale is Abbey, she is a once-famous writer who is struggling to remain relevant. And our Hero is Mark a mysterious follower who doesn’t fess up to much. They carry on a flirtatious online relationship until love blossoms. Then there’s a twist, #$%& gets real and there is an emotional payoff.
All in all, I really like the book. I hear there is an epilogue in the new print of the book (which I’m going to read for free at B&N this weekend.) And it also hit home, ‘cause for months I’ve been logging on to Yahoo! mail to chat with a nice man named Josh..that is probably too good to be true, and/or is too good for me. Apologies to the author for leaking my issues all over her adorably romantic book.
Profess Your Love (BW/AM Version) by Renee LaRuse
First off this was like a choose your own adventure of romance novels. The writer has made 2 versions of this book. One is the black lady + white guy = love and the other is black lady + asian guy = love.
I picked the asian guy one. Full disclosure: Richard Lui, Daniel Dae Kim, John Cho, and Masi Oka. I swear these men don’t get the respect they deserve.
Anyway, this was a good story, but it was just tooooo good to be true. He’s 23 or so, owns his own business, and in a moment of guts and glory he walks up to his professor during office hours and kisses her into oblivion. Seriously?!
It’s incredibly fantasy, but a 23 year old guy with a job whose willing to take you to a movie is miracle enough. But he woos the professor despite thier age difference and Stella inevitably gets her groove back.
Pretty good book but I couldn’t get over the pie in the sky lead. I wish he was more human and flawed.
The Ugly Girlfriend by Latrivia Nelson
I really enjoyed this one folks. It spoke to all my insecurites..being chubby, being brown, being underemployed, having crazy hot friends, thinking no one likes me.
But whaaaat? The fiction overlords see hope for even a wretch as I! In this story LaToya is a cleaning lady and although the title says ugly, but that’s not really accurate. She probably cute but not in a Barbie kinda way.
Well she ends up cleaning for a recently divorced handsome Irish transplant, accent and all. He sees how awesome she is, and how cool she is with his son. And bam…love. All over the place.
All in all this was an easy ebook read from B&N, so check it out.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Have you happened to have heard of this book? Kidding. I feel dumb trying to review this one since everyone on Earth has either read the book or seen the movie.
All I’ll say is the themes of poverty and class are so subtle and well written. Once I get all squared away I’ll be reading the rest of the series for sure.
The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter
This tale is set at the gate to hell. With this book I pushed the boundaries of my affection for paranormal romance for sure.
This is a short prequel story to her Lords of the Underworld series. Although it is well written and sweet, I just wasn’t feeling it.
I would recap the story, but it’s already so short that I will undoubtedly ruin it for you. But the scenes are tenderly written and my Baptist upbringing is in the way of touching stories set in hell.
The New York Five by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
On the second installment of “The New York” crew, life happens. Which was kind of a bummer. People are cheating on each other, someone dies, someone else gets knocked up.
Although the book may be true to life (not everyone finishes college, and life is complicated), it didn’t make for a ‘fun’ read like the first one. This graphic novel was all about growing up and watching the world carry your friends in all different directions.
Honestly, I wasn’t such a fan of this one…it just makes me want to track some folks down on FB to see if they’re ok. Maybe they’ll be a follow up, ‘cause I’d like to see if anyone turned out ok.
The New York Four by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
I hearted all over this book. The graphic novel follows Brooklyn native Riley. She is socially awkward and lives and dies with every text message. The book follows her trials of homelife, reconnecting with her sister, and trying to make friends during her freshman year at NYU.
I really wish the book was longer, and focused on just Riley. Her college friends were cool, but I needed more of a story to latch on to. Throughout the book the author provides fun little tidbits about New York hotspots which really makes the city another character in the story.
The artwork is lush and modern. The language is cool and snappy. Me likey long time.
Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
This is last book in the series. It follows Sin. She’s Lore’s sister, fellow assasin and all around badass. She’s damaged and abused and in need of some old fashion lovin’.
In the course of the craziness of life she meets a wareworlf paramedic named Conall. He’s also a tough character but he convinces Sin to feel her feelings and let someone in.
Alot of this series was based on extreme circumstances forcing the pairs together and watching the intensity of the situations bring them to love. This steamy parts in this one were pretty hot stuff though. Really intense and overwhelming at times.
I suppose I’d say the Demonica series was a job well done by Ione. Paranormal romance is usually ladden with so much detail that the characters can get lost in the world that was created for them. But the author did a really good job this time around.
Now on to a few books with pictures…
Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
So..yeah..I just had to finish this series. Maybe its the Virgo in me, but I needed closure.
Lore is a demon with a hand that can kill just by a simple touch. Idess is an angel in training sworn to protect important players on Earth. Well Lore has been held by this evil guy as an assassin. It’s all to help out his sister, but still…it’s a raw deal.
So Lore get his assignment and wouldn’t ya know it..he’s assigned to kill a guy that Idess is sworn to protect. They fight, they get steamy, they fight again. He falls for her tenacity and innocence…she falls for..well..I’m not sure. But it works people.
The best part of this book, IMHO, was the part that dealt with Idess being able to see lost spirits. She was able to help them pass into heaven and the author really wrote those scenes in a beautiful way.
Passion Unleased by Larissa Ione
In this series there is a really cute couple named Kynan and Gemma. In the early books I became somewhat invested in these two characters, but the author kinda glazed over thier romance and went on to another. So while I still enjoyed this book, I really wanted a full book dedicated to those two.
This book centers on Serena Kelly. She’s young, hot and a virgin with a secret. She’s really “Charmed” meaning she’s protected from all danger…as long as she stays as pure as the driven snow. Puritanical much?
But anway, one of the brothers, Wraith, is poisoned and the only way to save his life is to get that charm from Serena. That’s right he must take her virginity to live. (That’s right…it’s like “One @#$% to save them all!”
Well his initial plan is to woo and get her into bed quick, but she turns out to be a pretty awesome lady. Wraith starts to fall for her, and she starts to want to break all the rules with him.
This was a solid read, and the villans in the story really add some danger to this book. Very cat and mouse.