Saturday, March 3, 2012

Reese by Lori Handeland Review

*This book is for adults*
Mass Market Paperback
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation 
Series: Rock Creek Six
Book 1/6

Book Description:


Haunted by the war, Reese has vowed to keep his past--and his pain--to himself. Now a gun for hire, he can't refuse schoolteacher Mary McKendrick's request to rid Rock Creek of the outlaws who threaten to destroy the town, as long as one thing is clear: When the job is done, he'll move on. Yet stubborn, pretty Mary is determined to unearth the secrets he guards like a hidden treasure--and with each soulful passionate kiss, Reese is finally tempted to dream of a future by her side and in her arms, hoping she'll want the only thing he has left to offer--his love.

My thoughts:

"Their friendship forged during the bloody battles of the war Between the States, they are men with nothing left but their honor: When one calls, the others answer-and this time they will gather in the tiny town of Rock Creek, Texas, where their brand of justice is the only possible salvation...and where each man will find a woman determined to open his heart to love."

This was the first western romance book I was able to finish. In previous reads, I felt like I was in two different time periods or too bored with western ways; Reese wasn't too western or too was just right. It had it's flaws but Reese's story was touching and made me decide it's not worth judging a book just by a few imperfections. Lori Handeland is a wonderful writer. Her book kept me entertained with very enjoyable characters from start to end.

Yes. The Characters. Specifically the Rock Creek Six!

Reese, Sullivan, Rico, Jed, Nate and Cash. Men I will never forget. They have the best personalities when you're in the mood to read a story with close guy-friends who have much respect for one another. Mary, the school teacher whom Reese has fallin in love with is another great character in the story, Reese and Mary's relationship was one the best.

All in all, the action, to the romance to the dialogue from the characters...everything came together splendidly. 

I'm currently reading Sullivan's story, book two in the Rock Creek Six Series, and it's just as good so far.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox 2.26.12

Hey readers, here are the books in my mailbox this week:


>Young Adult

~My goodness am I loving this so far. It's a western romance and I'm so glad to have found one that is readable for me. I know others want to be able to get lost in a good western romance but can't...stop abusing the search engines and try the Rock Creek Series my Lori Handeland and Linda Devlin(not sure if they're the same person); it's lively and will introduce you to fun-amusing characters.
~Gah! I can't wait to start Sullivan's story!
~After reading Breaking Point by Pamela Clare, which was an amazing read, I went on a spree for another adventure-suspense romance...figured Out of Control could help with my withdrawal symptoms *wink*

I found out about this book when I came across the sequel, The Kingdom, which releases March 27 2012. Usually I'm not interested in ghost stories but based on the book description and the first few pages...I thought I might like it.

Well that's all I got for now. What did you get in the Mailbox this week?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Review

Book Description:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My Review:

I feel like I'm the only one about to give a rating below 4 stars but I must be honest:

This was a "bipolar read" for me. The story was gripping but exasperating at the same time. I appreciate the sip of raw/original teen characters but I kept wishing for the point of the story to come already. Why? Because the characters got way too "I'm unlucky but unforgettably gifted" AND irritating with their "impressive" remarks, speeches, etc...

I don't want to spoil the book in any way so lastly, I will admit that I was a little intimidated at times but what really made me want to run from this book was the moral of the story that seemed to grow like a never-ending mosquito bite. Itchy as hell too.

Verdict: give it a try.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Audiobook Preview

This is interesting. I was surfing the web for some audiobooks and found a voiced excerpt of one of my favorite 2011 reads(
originally published in Australia in 2010. U.S release: Feb 14 2012), some of you may or may not of heard of it but this is Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley:

(It's the Aussie audiobook but still so exciting to have found this.)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley is a one of kind young adult book that is about a girl trying to find a famous graffiti artist; proud and determined, she sets to meet this boy until the day she dies. Not your typical love crazed obsessed chick living to meet some boy. It's much more than that.
Click here if you'd like to check out my review).

Official Book Description:

"Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers."

It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.

His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.

Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.

But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.