Review: Wagon Train Cinderella by Shirley Kennedy

wagon train cinderellaReviewed by Janell

I bought this book on sale, because 1) I read a wagon train romance once when I was fourteen and really liked it; and 2) I like fairy tale retellings. Perhaps I should have done a little more research, because this book was not exciting and not much of a romance.

Callie is the servant/stepdaughter/Cinderella. She was left on the doorstep of the Whitaker family by someone who must have really hated their baby, because the Whitakers are horrible people. Pa is the overbearing, angry control freak whom you must not cross. Ma is bossy and lazy, and claims that her two daughters are too delicate to do any real work, so Callie does all the cooking and cleaning. They’re traveling to California, because Pa said so. [Read more…]

Review: Broken Play by Samantha Kane

broken playReviewed by Shelly

The first in Samantha Kane’s Birmingham Rebels series about a franchise NFL team, features a team roster that includes players with unsavory (addictions, anger management issues etc) pasts. This team represents the players’ last shot at being in the NFL. It’s their second year and they’ve just two big hires; they drafted RB, Danny Smith and hired a new assistant offensive coach, Marian Treadwell. Team Captain and center Cass Zielinski and TE Beau Perez are best friends and constant companions. Cass’s negotiations getting on the team included Beau and a front office position when he retires. [Read more…]

Review: Heart Mate by Robin D. Owens

heart mateReviewed by Jen

I am always looking for new series to love. I stumbled across the blurb to book 13 in this series and I was intrigued. I picked it up and was completely overwhelmed by the glossary and cast of characters, so I decided to go back to the beginning to see if I’d get a better understanding of the series on the ground floor. Turns out, yes, I did.  I understood everything.  But that didn’t mean I’m ever going to make it to book 13.
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Review: Push by Claire Wallis

pushReviewed by Carrie

I’m giving you fair warning that this is a total WTF book. You will either be intrigued by it or you will hate it. The main characters are extremely messed up. Their subsequent relationship is completely dysfunctional. To top it all off, there is a mother of a cliffhanger.  It just so happens that I like dark and twisted people and their stories.  The prologue reveals the end of the book and goes back to the beginning, so if you like to be surprised, skip it. [Read more…]

Review: Penumbra by Keri Arthur

penumbraReviewed by Jen

Why in the name of all that is holy would a publisher re-release a book series that has no ending?  It wasn’t until after I read Memory Zero that I realized these books had been previously published. That wasn’t a problem for me, but when I started reading other reviews, I found out that Keri Arthur had abandoned the series after book 3.  Surely, it wouldn’t be left unresolved… would it?  Yes. It would.  I reached out to the author on Twitter and asked if what I heard was true. She told me she wrote a new Epilogue for the end of Penumbra to tie up loose ends. This was enough to give me some hope for a resolution.  It shouldn’t have. [Read more…]

Review: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

hemlock groveReviewed by Jen

On a scale of 1 to 5, internally rate how much you love the following:

  • Terrible sentence structure and a complete disregard for the use of commas.
  • A self referential writer/ narrator.
  • Frequent use of the word “retard.”
  • ESP tied to the testicles of a main character.
  • Plot developments seemingly placed entirely for shock value.
  • Incest/ rape.
  • Giant gaps in the storyline with no explanation.
  • Major unanswered questions.
  • A conclusion that makes little or no sense.

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