Pages & Prose

Writer, wife, and mother. Diet Mtn Dew, books, RPGs, & Stephen King sustain me. I like video games, deep thinking, & belly laughs.

The Testing

The Testing - Joelle Charbonneau More to come...

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan  Cain As an introvert, I can't wait to read this...


Remembrance - Michelle Madow Meh...

More to come...

Going Too Far

Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols I liked the MC & liked the love interest but found, many times, that I was completely lost. The MC would go on some rant or start talking about something completely out of context and I was like "Huh?"

I thought the story was okay, the "Eff you I had-" came out of nowhere for me, though. Perhaps that's how it was suppose to be? I dunno, maybe I'm too old to get it? However, what irritated me most was the very adult like thinking the MC had through quite a bit of the book compared to sudden, stupid, childish thoughts.

Was I the only one who noticed this?

Still Waters

Still Waters - Emma Carlson Berne The main character is annoying, there is very little tension and/or creepiness, and the book ends (at least the main plot) abruptly.

The writing wasn't terrible, however I never really cared one way or the other about any of the characters. Well, none if them other than the MC, Hannah, whom I considered supremely selfish. Seriously, they could've been picked up by the Death Star & I wouldn't have cared...except to wonder why Vader found them so fascinating.

I kind of loathed Hannah, which is strange...usually I just find characters annoying. Perhaps it was her clear disrespect toward other peoples homes and belongings. Or perhaps it was her lackadaisical attitude toward work. Or it could have been her selfishness in the light of her boyfriends obvious apprehension. Whatever it was I actually disliked her enough to hope she would be picked up the Death Star or Jabba the Hutt. *sigh* i cant believe i actually said that and meant it...

I don't recommend this. It was a good premise and the author has talent, but it could have been so much better.

A Midsummer's Nightmare

A Midsummer's Nightmare - Kody Keplinger Okay...I freely admit...this book made me cry and cry hard. In a (mostly) good way. I'm a sucker for an emotional book that makes me cry (Jamie McGuire's A Beautiful Disaster and Annabel Joseph's Comfort Object being two of the most recent ones)and an even bigger sucker for emotional books that are well written. Like this one.

I began reading this because I thought it would be a quick, easy read on my day off. It started off that way, but changed a few chapters in. It surprised me because I thought it would be a funny story about a troubled teenage girl who has a breakthrough, becomes all shiny and new, and lives happily ever after. Well, it kind of was, was so much more than the formulaic YA story.

*More to come...


Fallen - Lauren Kate I found Luce boring & annoying.

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove - Lauren Kate 3.5 stars

Finding Claire Fletcher

Finding Claire Fletcher - Lisa  Regan [b:Finding Claire Fletcher|15753838|Finding Claire Fletcher|Lisa Regan||21449592] is a brutal, heart wrenching story of a girl kidnapped at age 15 and subjected to emotional, mental,and physical torture for 10 years. Through it all, Claire struggles to keep hold of hope, her memories of her life before her capture, and herself. Even when she feels helpless and despairing, she never stops fighting.

Honestly, Finding Claire Fletcher was truly a joy to read from the first page to the last. It was...awesome, amazing, thrilling, exciting, and many other descriptive words that I'm too enthralled to come up with at the moment.

[a:Lisa Regan|6443334|Lisa Regan|] is an incredibly talented author and I can't believe that FCF is her first novel. I found no fault with the writing and the descriptions were superb. I was engrossed from page one. I laughed, cried, and became infuriated along with Claire and because of Claire.

I would (and do) recommend this book to anyone. I can't say enough good things about FCF or Lisa Regan.

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin Excellent story, excellent writing, excellent everything! Loved it!

The Kiss Off

The Kiss Off - Sarah Billington You can read this and my other reviews at Pages & Prose

The Kiss Off was a quick, fun read and, while I had issues with some of the decisions the MC made, it had a good message.

I knew from the first sentence that this would be a quick read. The first chapter was a bit all over the place; the main character, Poppy, brought in a multitude of new characters within the first few pages. I had no idea who any of these people were and it took a bit to figure it out. [spoilers removed] Poppy was also a bit of an airhead with typical YA background parents, but I felt that she grew quite a bit in the story and learned a lesson. At first she annoyed me, but eventually, I kind of enjoyed her antics.

While parts of the writing were somewhat convoluted (see above paragraph), I think Ms. Billington has a flair for writing. She definitely had a tween/teens voice down pat. Good job!

There were many, many alcoholic and sexual references [spoilers removed] and I really found the lack of parental units/lack of discipline crazy. Maybe I'm behind the times?

Overall, I liked the book. I had issues with a few things, but it was as intended; a fun, fluffy read. I like the intended message and think the author did a great job writing a book that younger teens/tweens could relate to while giving them information on serious subjects. I applaud Ms. Billington for that.


Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris You can read this entire review and others at Pages & Prose

Okay, I know I need to review this, but I'm not sure where to start. I'm giving Deadlocked a 2/5 only because it did get better toward the end.

I suppose I should say that I've been readying the Sookie Stackhouse books for a few years and many of them I've loved. However, when I picked up this one I realized that I couldn't even remember what had happened in the previous two or three books. Everything blended together in this huge mish-mash of jumbled ideas. I felt kind of lost when I first started reading Deadlocked, but I soon figured out everything that was going on, which was a lot of nothing. Honestly, it would have been better if I hadn't even read this one.

I don't recommend this to fans and especially not to those new to the series. I suggest y'all just skip this one and call it a night. Read Ms. Harris's Harper Connelly series if you want a southern style paranormal story that's well written.

Rogue's Pawn

Rogue's Pawn - Jeffe Kennedy You can find this review and others at my review blog Pages & Prose


Jennifer lives a life of lies; lies to make her happy, to make her feel that everything is okay in her life. The problem?

The lies aren't working.

She's stuck in a relationship with a man she doesn't even like and she's plagued by dreams of a large, black dog. While at a party with the annoying fiance she leaves after a disagreement and takes a drive only to end up at the Devil's Tower (which confused me because I still have no idea what it was). She spends the night, decides to go for a walk the next morning (in heels and a cocktail dress, no less. Now, that's pure awesomeness!), and ends up in Fairie World.

That's when the fun starts. For Jennifer and the reader.

I have to say that Jennifer/Gwynn is one of my favorite heroines out of the books I've read lately. She's tough, intelligent, and, for the most part, highly logical. Those irritating ladies who seem to misplace logic as soon as they're faced with a hot guy get annoying. Jennifer was not one of those chicks and I loved it. Sure, I didn't agree with all of her decisions, but I understood why she did them. She was pretty badass.

The world was complex and well thought out. I loved that Fairie World was dark and somewhat sad. As an adult reader, I want the dark because not everything is bright and beautiful in life. That's how I picture my fairies. Gorgeous to look at and scary as hell up close. I was completely sucked into their world and didn't want to leave when the book ended. Only one series of books have had that effect on me, Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts, and that, in itself, was a revelation. I like/love certain books but I'm not sad to leave the world when they end like I was here.

Write more, Jeffe!

It took awhile for me to get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The reason I gave it 4.75 out of 5 stars is because in some places the writing was confusing. It was almost too much description, which I never thought I'd say. I'm aghast at my words! But, they're true. And, this is a small thing, but it bugged the crap out of me for some reason, stop talking about your contacts! I don't care about them. And, anyone who wears contacts knows that you never, ever put them in water to soak. Bad, bad Jennifer! My other complaint is that I still don't know what was so special about Jennifer/Gwynn or why Rogue called her. Fill me in!

Honestly, this book was awesome. Intelligent and beautifully written. I will definitely read more of Ms. Kennedy's books and I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys non-cookie cutter type heroines, heroes, and worlds.

Club Mephisto

Club Mephisto - Annabel Joseph Beautifully written, of course, Ms. Joseph never fails to deliver in that area, but thus wasn't one of my favorites

The Breakaway

The Breakaway - Michelle D. Argyle Must. Think. On. This. Before. Writing. Review.

I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's either a 2.5 or a 3. Can't make up my mind.

The Restorer

The Restorer - Amanda Stevens OMG, I'm in love with this book. When I get to my computer I shall tell you why...

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