May 16, 2010

Lets Try This Again

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, May 16, 2010 1 comments
So I'm going to Europe, well I was supposed to go a month ago but because of the volcanic ash my flights were cancelled and it's possible they'll get cancelled again tomorrow. but who knows. Anyways I'll be taking a bit of a break for the next two weeks. Hopefully I'll be back with tons of photos to post!

May 2, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting -- Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, May 02, 2010 2 comments
The Body Finder
Author Kimberly Derting
Young Adult

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It had everything a book should have, romance, suspense, mystery, a supernatural ability to find dead bodies...
I was actually really impressed by this story. It was well thought out, it had a nice pace, it was written in third person (which I so prefer). The characters were easy to relate to, Violet reminded me a lot of myself at that age and the scenery was described perfectly (being from the pacific northwest myself I always love a good story that takes place in the forest here). And let me tell you the kissing scenes were hot! I had to fan myself with the book a couple of times! I can't tell you how much in love with Jay I am right now. I was really not expecting there to be a lot of romantic interaction in this book since it was about a serial killer but it had just the right amount to keep me turning those pages fast and furiously.
This book was so refreshingly different from a lot of what's out there right now. It was nice to see a book about a girl that was strong, had a good relationship with her parents, and she fell in love with her best friend. How many YA books now a days has the main character have only one parent, or divorced parents? Or how the best guy friend is in love with the main girl but she is in love with the new guy, and she just leaves her best friend high and dry? Too many to me it seems. Anyways I definitely it would recommend this book to any YA fantasy lover looking for a romantic/suspenseful read.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5

May 1, 2010

9 Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, May 01, 2010 3 comments

9 Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake

Adult Historical Romance
Author: Sarah MacLean

Summary: A lady does not smoke cheroot.

She does not ride astride.

She does not fence or attend duels.

She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing. But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love . .

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this novel. I liked the characters and the plot. However, there were quite a few things I didn't like. I'm very picky when it comes to historical romance novels, I've been reading this genre since I was 14 and so I know what I want when it comes to a romance book. What I look for is more romance less sex. To me sex scenes do not equal romance and this book had far to many sexual scenes for my taste. I thought the hero and heroine didn't spend enough time just talking to one another, instead every time they were together it was about something sexual. Personally I don't know how he fell in love with her based on their time together, but I've learned to accept that that is how it works in the world of romance novels. Anyways, this is just mostly my opinion, the writing itself was excellent and I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of this genre. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and quite a few lines that were just perfectly delivered at the right time. I most likely will read another by MacLean and I give this book 3 out of 5. I should probably say I rate historical romance novels a little more harshly than others because this is my favorite genre and I expect a lot of the books I read in it, so maybe if this book had been a different genre it would have gotten a higher rating.

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