Nowhere But Here by Renée Carlino

Nowhere but HereNowhere but Here by Renée Carlino
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What an ever lovin’ cheese fest!
Meet Kate. She seems a little unbalanced.

“Are you sure you’re okay? You look like you might be in shock,” he said. I started to sway

My knees buckled. I braced myself against the railing outside of the building.”

“Right at that moment my knees buckled…”

“…my knees buckled, and I started to collapse.”

“My knees wobbled.”
This woman needs to see a doctor about that bum knee!

“When he let go, I stumbled to the side, not completely in control of my body.
It’s a wonder she didn’t crap herself!

Then there was the spectacular cheese.

“When I was with Jamie I forgot about everything else. Just the word “kiss” coming out of his mouth could freeze time.”

Meet Jamie. I suspect he dresses in drag and goes by the name Mary Sue.
“I’m taking you to GLIDE. It’s a homeless shelter that I volunteer at.”

“I stumbled just before I got to the truck.”
Oopsies! Good thing Jamie’s around now to help our somewhat disabled heroine. Don’t worry, he’s got Diabetes, so she gets to rescue him right back with granola bars and hypodermic needles!

“I stumbled but quickly regained my balance.
Way to go Kate! Good for you.

Not only do we get a Happily Ever After, (view spoiler) I can not believe I read the whole thing.

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The Feral Child by Che Golden

The Feral ChildThe Feral Child by Che Golden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the story, but the execution was a bit rough. Maddie was a hard MC to like, even given her difficult circumstances. I enjoyed Roisin, but found Danny’s character transformation too drastic to be believable. Maddie’s dog George was a favorite character and I thoroughly enjoyed it when he peed all over her. I felt the descriptions of the Fairy Court and its politics very vague. Not super wowwed by this one.

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Sneak Peek of Scan

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I thoroughly enjoyed my sneak peek of Scan, co written by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury. Now I’ve got to get myself a copy of the entire book, which was released on May 1st. It’s told from a male POV and is full of cool futuristic weaponry and lots of action. The 62 page sneak peek is available through a link on Sarah Fine’s Facebook page. I encourage you to, you know, take a peek.

Mortal Danger by Ann Agguire

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Meet Edith Kramer, a girl at the end of her rope. This brilliant, bullied girl has very logically planned her own death and is stopped the second before she tips over the edge.

Kian is unbelievably handsome, but he’s not one of the cruel ‘beautiful people’. He offers her a mysterious bargain that’ll enable her to get the revenge she’s so desperate for. Edie may have been about to end it all, but this girl’s no fool. In fact, she’s an incredible genius. She knows there’s another side to the coin, that paying for the favors Kian can grant could very well be a deal worse than simple death.

Thankfully, she accepts his offer and we have this amazing story as the result. This girl is going to make those bullies pay! “…it made me sick, that I could still be this full of hate. I knew for the sake of my own mental health I had to let it go. But I couldn’t. Not yet. Edie felt so real to me, I felt her pain and lonliness. I was never bullied as extremely as she was, but her despair and shame spoke to my heart.

Kian is an ally that she can’t exactly trust. She doesn’t know his agenda. Soon, it’s obvious that they’re out of their depth. Edie faces horrors she never knew existed.
“Only a lifetime of training in the school of If You Cry, We Win kept my poker face intact.”

The ‘powers that be’ in the big scheme of the plot were a little vague. I expect that the immortal power players will be fleshed out more in coming books. Though there were a few murky spots when I wasn’t sure where things were headed, my interest never wavered. I blame Edie, she’s a unique, brave character and I was emotionally invested.

“Pillar of salt. That was the only thing I knew about looking back, so I didn’t.”

At first, I mistakenly assumed that Edie’s scholarly parents didn’t care about her. So did Edie. It turns out, they’re just socially oblivious, thinking isolation & the sole pursuit of academics is normal behavior. Dating is a new thing for all of them, and her dad is full of hilarious warnings not to trust anyone with a penis! One of my favorite aspects of
the story was the relationship she developed with her parents.

I was concerned with the ‘looks versus person inside’ issue and wondered how the author would handle it. Edie’s mom is a strong feminist who’s not written as an extremest. I can 100% say that women were portrayed positively in this book and there weren’t any shallow messages that beauty will make you happy. 6 Stars and a Unicorn! Very highly recommended.

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The Story Guy by Marry Ann Rivers

The Story GuyThe Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Story Guy was surprisingly well written. There were laugh out loud funny parts. I enjoyed the main character, Carrie, so much. Her email is librariansdeweyitbetter@villagemail.com and her IM handle is “lieberries”. She caries a Reading is Sexy tote bag. She’s content with her life. Mostly. She’s a thirtysomething intelligent, accomplished woman. It’s just that she’s feeling a bit…alone. She reads the men’s personal ads because she finds them oddly touching. Sad. Angry. Desperate. She happens across an intriguing one, with a nice picture.

I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only. I won’t touch you below the shoulders. You can touch me anywhere. No dating, no hookups. I will meet you for as long as you meet me, so if you miss a Wednesday, we part as strangers. No pictures necessary, we can settle details via IM. Reply back with “Wednesdays Only” in the subject line.

Safe, sensible Carrie does something crazy. She answers the ad and meets this stranger for some lunch hour kissing in the park. Each Wednesday. She has a new spring in her step and this experience is helping her really know herself better. I can’t say much else without spoiling.

I was completely hooked by the blurb. Wednesdays at noon, kissing only. It sounds sweet! I was NOT expecting it to be so explicit. I know my friends are eye rolling, but I like my stuff fairly PG-13. I know there are usually some dirty bits in romances, but this was practically erotica. Okay, so I haven’t actually read any erotica for comparison, but it was pretty detailed. This is where I wish romance authors could put a sort of rating on their work. Manga has ratings on back covers similar to video game ratings. I don’t like this “life is like a box of chocolates” crapshoot. Right now, there are Christian romances and everything else. I’d like a way to navigate.

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