I only look cute & innocent. I aspire to be Peggy Bundy only while watching crime drama & eating rice cakes. Also I read A LOT & dabble in telling tall tales. I have two little people who run around the house calling me Mom and a ring on my finger from Prince Charming. In other words I'm Married w/ Children.
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- I Loved You First
on Aug. 27, 2011
his seemed like an interesting concept for a book. It was definitely something I hadn't seen before. Basically Seth and Alex (Alexandria) have been best buds since first grade. Alex loves Seth but Seth is gay and only loves Alex as a friend, maybe little sister.
In the beginning of this book I didn't like either character, I found them both whiny and total drama queens. Alex is so wrapped up in being friends with Seth that it's he everything. Seth is so wrapped up in his facade and poor me routine to notice anything else. I really didn't like him as a character, and didn't feel he redeemed himself either. Perhaps I'm not being sympathetic enough but they way he treated Alex some one who was by his side defending him, it just pissed me off. Alex on the other hand grew on me as the story progressed, when I saw she was actually starting to grow and mature as the book went on I came to like her a lot more.
I enjoyed the sections with the secondary characters as well, they offered some much needed smiles in the book breaking the tension. I was actually routing for Dink, hoping him and Alex could get a happy for now ending. But the ending I did get was satisfying and didn't leave you hanging which added points.
I felt the story was decent yet I'm not sure it's for everybody. I feel it's a good story about a young women coming into her own. Yet felt other parts weren't as well done as they could have been. Over all I guess I'd have to say judge for yourself, as I think the perception of this book will change with the people who read it.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author.
- Zombie Night in Canada: 1st Period
on May 27, 2012
I had a really hard time writing this review. Mainly because this book isn't super great, and it isn't absolutely horrible. It's right dead (no pun intended) center middle of the road. The writings decent, the plot moves along at a good pace, with lots of action to keep you involved and routing for the good guys. There is a lot of head hopping, but for me that wasn't an issue. Yet it might have been the only glaring thing in the book was the misuse of multiple points of view.
There was a lot of telling and I understood why, but I wish the author could have found a better way to deliver that information. It was necessary that we learn it to know what's going on in the book, but just tossing it in there like that, well it felt like an info dump.
While there were a lot of characters, Xander, a hockey playing every man, and Dan, a cop, were the two I became invested in (although I use the term loosely). These were the two prominent characters, in my opinion, and they were good. You could empathize with them, they were average Joes, just trying to survive.
There was one small thing that peeked my interested and that was how the zombies acted and the fact that they became zombiecicles in the winter, that I found to be a stroke of genius. You never see zombies in the winter, except for that one movie with the Nazi zombies but I'm off track. The other thing that sets this book apart from others is it's set in Canada (if you didn't get that from the title) which gives it kind of a unique feel. If you're a fan of Night of the Living Dead movies then you'll probably like this book.
I received a copy from the author. It did not effect my opinion of the book.
- Raven's Quest - a Novella
on May 27, 2012
This was a very quick read. Lots of action, fast paced story line. I didn't get a real feel for the characters, due to the bam, bam, bam fastness of the book. At times it seemed a bit overwhelming, there was just so much story for such a short book. This looks like it's a side story that goes with a series, having not read the first book there were times I felt a bit lost.
I liked the idea behind the story and found it interesting. The world building was very creative. Although the twists would have been better if drawn out more, yet still worked. I found it slightly annoying how everything just fell into place for them. I didn't get the whole parallel universe thing. That topped with all the magic and shape shifting was just over whelming in this little package.
I feel that if this had been a full length book with the story line stretched out and more information given, it would have been a better book. It's a decent story as is but I would suggest reading book 1 to get a feel for the world and the characters before getting this one.
I received a copy from the author, it did not effect my opinion of the book.
- 77 Days in September
on June 10, 2012
The biggest thing that got me about this book was it could happen. That thought kept filtering through my mind as I read 77 Days in September. I had to wonder would my family survive something like that. I even fell asleep reading this one night and had a nightmare about it. Although that probably wasn't the authors intention.
As you can probably tell it was very enthralling, as I got farther into the book the harder it became to put it down. Mr Gorham shows all the aspects of human behavior. From the kindness of strangers to those that prey on anyone they perceive to be weaker than themselves. Kyle's love and dedication for his wife and family is inspiring. I had to keep reading to find out if he would make it and if Jennifer, his wife, plus his kids would survive. Just adapting to the world without electricity was a story in itself, add to that Kyle's journey from Texas to Montana on foot. Which was emotionally and physically draining for him, as well as highly dangerous.
Jennifer must face raising three kids without the luxuries of electricity, running water and phones. Most of all the security of knowing where her husband is and if he's ok. Seeing their community come together as well as what people do when faced with just surviving was interesting. I feel Mr Gorham did a really good job making this book realistic. The characters could have been your neighbor or any regular old Joe you meet on the street. Everything worked together to make this a very good and interesting book.
Received a copy of book from the author.