bookjunkie57

bookjunkie57

Hi I'm Shannon and I'm a book-a-holic. OK so I know it is not a word but its so true. I love reading and I have a serious book buying/borrowing problem. I read everyday and there is no such thing as no time to read for me, but I always feel like there is not enough time to read.

I’ve decided to start a little Tumblr called Read With Me. It will be updates of the book(s) I am currently reading with full on spoiler reactions to the pages as I read them and perhaps a review at the end. We’ll see how this goes.  Read With Me

Review
2.5 Stars
Shadow Rider
Shadow Rider (The Shadow Series) - Christine Feehan

Shadow, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I can’t seem to let go of Christine Feehan

The Characters:

Francesca Cappello:
Stefano Ferraro:

The Story:

In the Why Did I Read this section I said I can’t let go of Christine Feehan and I should explain. Every book I’ve read in the past two years I say needs to be about 100 pages less. Shadow Rider is no exception. Though I think Feehan is a an awesome story teller who gives beautiful details about her characters and their surrounding areas (especially in the Leopard Series), she is now infamous for being repetitive. Really if Francesca said how beautiful she thought Stefano was one more time I was going to reach in the book and smack her.

Now that I got that off my chest let’s talk about what I liked. Super powerful, rich family that’s close and takes care of each other. Love it. Dispenser of justice to those who can not fight for themselves. Love it. Steaming hot couple who care deeply for each other. Yep, love it too. (I can ignore the instalove but just a warning). Crazy, maniac after our heroine, not original but I liked the author’s twist on him.

The climax of the books was good but also totally expected and What I really love is the set up for Nicoletta and Taviano and I’m disappointed that their book is not next. I will definitely be continuing the series however I hope I can get the audio versions as I think fair better with this particular author’s brand of storytelling.

Overall I enjoyed the broad strokes of the story.

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4.5 Stars
Wicked Abyss
Wicked Abyss - Kresley Cole, Robert Petkoff, Simon & Schuster Audio

 
Immortals After Dark, Book 18

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continuation of the series

The Characters:

Calliope “Lila” Barbot:
Abyssian “Sian” Infernas:

The Story:

I don’t remember these characters in any of the previous books but perhaps that is because I’ve missed the last two or three, no idea how. Unfamiliar-ness aside I really enjoyed this story. I listed to the audiobook in my car and found myself often reaching my destination but sitting in my car for a few minutes listening to the story, fine when you’re at the grocery store not too great when you are late for work.

There was definitely a power struggle between these two which I really enjoyed. As formidable as there are against each other I much preferred it when they finally teamed up. This book was full of laughs, smoking hot sex and great relationships.

The trickster king and queen shall reign together for a long time.


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4.5 Stars

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5 Stars
I Am Pusheen the Cat
I Am Pusheen the Cat - Claire Belton
 


I Picked Up This Book Because: The influence of a precocious 11 year old niece.

The Characters:

Pusheen the Cat: A very smart ball of fluff with the cutest toe-beans. Also know in my family as Lima Bean Cat.
Stormy: Cute little baby sister cat.

The Story:

This book was super cute. I am thrilled Pusheen hangs out with sloths and unicorns. I especially liked the How-To’s.

This would be a great collectors item or coffee table book

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5 Stars
 
 
 
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So, if anyone ever tells you no, of anyone says your voice isn't important or your dreams are too big, remember these women. They persisted and so should you.

She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World

Chelsea Clinton

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5 Stars
She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World
She Persisted - Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger

 


I Picked Up This Book Because: I saw an interview with Chelsea on The Tonight Show about the book and thought it was a great idea so when I say my local library had it I picked it up.


The Story:

This book was exactly what it says it is. Wonderful women who persisted to change the world. Beautiful quotes from each and vivid illustrations. I wish every little girl in the world could read this book.


The Random Thoughts:

I’m buying a few copies to donate to local schools.

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5 Stars

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3 Stars
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar (The Parasol Protectorate Book 6) - Gail Carriger

 
Parasol Protectorate, Book .5

I Picked Up This Book Because: I wanted to finish up the series and I’ve had this one waiting around for quite some time.

The Characters:

Alessandro Tarabotti: I remember he is Alexia father and a curse breaker.
Georgia Worthington

The Story:

As I said previously it has been so long since I’ve read the Parasol Protectorate series that I don’t really remember the significance of this story. I know Alessandro is Alexia’s father, is Leticia her mother? And Floote is here though I can’t remember his relationship to Alexia either. Basically this just left me with a bunch of questions. I also had a reminder of how much I like Ms Carriger’s prose.


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3 Stars

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2.5 Stars
Rookie Move
Rookie Move (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen
 
Brooklyn Bruisers, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’ve enjoyed other books by Ms Bowen and wanted to explore more.

The Characters:

Leo Trevi:
Georgia Worthington

The Story:

It took me over two months to get this book read. That’s not to say it wasn’t a good story but it wasn’t a story that made me want to read it. Hell even the last 30 pages last night were a struggle. I can’t even pinpoint the main reason for my disinterest. The storyline was interesting, the characters were fine though Leo is being recalled a little flat. I just don’t know. I stuck with the uphill climb so I must have found something appealing.

Leo and Georgia are high school sweethearts separated by the tragic aftermath of Georgia's rape while she was away at tennis camp. Cut to 6 years later and they’ve been thrown back together by the young, might be psychic, billionaire Nate Katz (Katzenburger???).


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I really hope we see Silas again in future books.

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2.5 Stars
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3.5 Stars
The Baller
The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland
 

I Picked Up This Book Because: Freebie from Romance Read of Month Club

The Characters:

Brody Easton: Brody might be an *sshole but he is the sweetest one you will ever meet. He seriously had me swooning way too often.
Delilah Maddox Delilah was a great character. A really good match for Brody’s cocky arrogance.

The Story:

I was expecting a fun flirty sports romance and I got that but I also got so much more. I laughed, I yelled, I loved, I cried. No really, 1 am snot crying on my pillow and I still couldn’t put the book down. Brody and Delilah have somewhat of a whirlwind romance that is shadowed by past tragedies on both sides.

I could go on and on but I’ll let you all discover for yourselves how awesome this couple is.

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3.5 Stars
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3.5 Stars
Wishful Drinking
Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher

 

I Picked Up This Book Because: Celebrity bios are my thing now.

The Story:

Carrie is an interesting lady. In this book she is very open about her life, her family and her struggles.

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3.5 Stars

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3.5 Stars
Stillhouse Lake
Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine
Stillhouse Lake, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of Rachel’s Morganville Vampires series so I had to explore what she writes outside of the series.

The Characters:

Gwen Proctor a.k.a. Gina Royal:
Lanny Proctor, Connor Proctor, Javier Esparza, Sam Cade, Kezia Claremont, Melvin “Mel” Royal, Lancel Graham

The Story:

When you are the left behind family of a convicted serial murderer what becomes of your life? For Gwen and her kids it’s a special kind of hell. First blindsided by their family patriarch's crimes then arrested, harassed and always ready to run in fear of retaliation. (view spoiler)

Gwen has strength that I could not imagine. I would have broken down and given up so many times if I was her. I don’t even know what to say to adequately sum her up. THere aren’t words for the extent of a mother’s love I guess. This a battered and broken family that deserves so much more than what they’ve been given to deal with.

I can’t even wrap my head around Mel and Lancel. I’ll just leave that rant for any poor unsuspecting person who ask me about the last good book I’ve read.

This story ended on a cliffhanger but we do get closure for this first book. I still have a billion questions but I guess I will just have to wait for book two.

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3.75 Stars
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4.5 Stars
Ride Baby Ride
Ride Baby Ride (Thompson & Sons Book 1) - Vivian Arend
 
Thompson & Sons, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of Vivian Arend’s writing

The Characters:

Katy Thompson:
Gage Jenick:

The Story:

Gage finally has his moment to snag the woman of his dreams, who also happens to be his best friends little sister. Unfortunately this moment comes right before Gage is scheduled for a six month stint on the oil lines up north. Gage couldn’t wait, he declares his intentions and spends a passion filled night with Katy topped off with the promise of a relationship when her returns. In another turn of misfortune Katy has a car accident right after Gage leaves (literally right after) and loses her short term memory. She doesn’t remember her night with Gage, her breakup with her controlling ex and finds herself pregnant to boot.

I loved it from the get go. Gage and Katy had chemistry and such an easy rapport. This was a short and sweet and I hope we see them again in the future of the series.

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4 Stars
 
 
 
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4 Stars
Capture
CAPTURE: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis Series Book 3) - Penny Reid

  Elements of Chemistry, Book 3

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Kaitlyn Parker:
Martin Sandeke:

The Story:

The conclusion of Katy and Martin.

I was unequivocally hooked at this point. There was no way I couldn’t see if a reunion was made. Fortunately all went well. Now that darn Katy got in her own way so often I didn’t think they were going to make it. Her frequent exclamation of “GAH” and endless confusion were starting to get on my nerves. I like the changes that both characters made in the end. Martin practicing being nice is hilarious.

Overall this was a great series. I loved watching Katy and Martin fall in love. I would love to see them again in the future. *hint hint*

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4 Stars

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4 Stars
Heat
Heat: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis) (Volume 2) - Penny Reid

  Elements of Chemistry, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Kaitlyn Parker:
Martin Sandeke:

The Story:

In the second installment of Katy and Martin we get to know Martin better and we also get our heart broken. Yes, the inevitable break up happens and I cried my eyes out right along with Katy. The story gets so heartbreaking but I was still compelled to finish.

The Random Thoughts:

-Katy over thinks everything! And it’s beginning to get a bit annoying. (says the overthinker)

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4 Stars

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3.5 Stars
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years - Julie Andrews Edwards

I Picked Up This Book Because: Saw it in the library and was curious.

The Story:

This depicts Julie’s life up until she heads to LA to film Mary Poppins. I must say I was disappointed not to get the details of her time on set of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music as these were the two titles I was most familiar but I learned so much about her life prior that honestly there was no room for much more.

Julie was born with show business in her bones. I am not surprised at the amazing person she has become because she had an amazing, if difficult at times, start. I always enjoy listening to people tell their own story and Julie’s narration of her book was superb.

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3.5 Stars

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4 Stars
Attraction: Elements of Chemistry #1
Attraction: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis) (Volume 1) - Penny Reid

Hypothesis, Book 1.1

I Picked Up This Book Because: It was a Kindle freebie.

The Characters:

Martin Sandeke: Strong, possessive and a “jerk-face”
Kaitlyn “Katy” Parker: Logical, introvert, stupid smart.

The Story:

After Katy uncovers a plot to harm her lab partner, Martin he reveals his true feelings for her. Martin ends up whisking Katy and her best friend Sam away to a private island for a spring break getaway where they decide to take some time to get to know each other. Katy has already made up her mind that Martin and she will never happen but he does his best to try and change it.

This book reminded me what joy could be with reading. It was fun and free and covered a range of emotions. I felt an instant connection to Katy. We don’t learn much about Martin but I hear that changes in book two. He obviously has some things he needs to come to terms with and Katy is ready to take on that challenge. This really was a delight to read.


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4 Stars

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4 Stars
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart, Neil Strauss
I Picked Up This Book Because: Kevin Hart wrote it. You dog on right I’m going to read it.


This book depicts the beginnings of Kevin Hart. From short kid with zero free time, thanks to his mom’s determination to keep him off the streets, to the superstar funny man we all know and love today. It wasn’t an easy trip and his success didn’t happen overnight but it is so inspiring. Kevin has a drive and determination that so few people have. His ability to shrug off the negative, the rejections, the setbacks have surely served him well.

The book covers his personal life also. From growing up with a semi estranged dad who was on drugs to his mother’s protectiveness to his relationship with his ex-wife and the beginnings of his relationship with his current wife. I love the way he speaks of his children and how he wants them to know that they have because of his hustle and they will need to develop their own once they are adults.

I feel like this book is perfect for anyone who is ready to chase their dream. Who needs motivation and encouragement to keep going even with the plan is not working as you thought it would.

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I would have loved to listen to this in audiobook form. If Kevin narrates it's going to be amazingly funny.

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4 Stars