Linda Terrutty

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  • Winter's Tale on Feb. 02, 2013
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    So, because this is a short story, I probably should not be so hard on it. I do love Emma Holly and read a lot of her books. I was especially intrigued with the whole frozen fairy and new "bad" girl at school story line. The preview I read made me want to read the book. However, a part of me struggles because of how fast they fall in love...and I get a little leery thinking an 18 year old is having crazy sex with someone who does come across as feeling like an 18-20 year old guy, but in truth is over 200. I'm no prude, but wow, the scene where she frees him is not something I would have done at 18 and with a statue. I did like December...she was confident, unafraid of taking risks, and came across pretty smart. Not enough to be out on her own with someone not from here - which was the other part that didn't sit well with me...the end with her parents, with her and Hans living on their own...not many 18 year olds walk away from rich parents who don't abuse them...and thrive. I get he is a fairy and lucky, but that still felt a little unrealistic to me. If you want a book with some hot sex scenes, this is a great short read for that...and the story line isn't bad either, but if you are like me, you may be left feeling that something was missing or a little too pat.
  • Winter's Tale on Feb. 02, 2013

    So, because this is a short story, I probably should not be so hard on it. I do love Emma Holly and read a lot of her books. I was especially intrigued with the whole frozen fairy and new "bad" girl at school story line. The preview I read made me want to read the book. However, a part of me struggles because of how fast they fall in love...and I get a little leery thinking an 18 year old is having crazy sex with someone who does come across as feeling like an 18-20 year old guy, but in truth is over 200. I'm no prude, but wow, the scene where she frees him is not something I would have done at 18 and with a statue. I did like December...she was confident, unafraid of taking risks, and came across pretty smart. Not enough to be out on her own with someone not from here - which was the other part that didn't sit well with me...the end with her parents, with her and Hans living on their own...not many 18 year olds walk away from rich parents who don't abuse them...and thrive. I get he is a fairy and lucky, but that still felt a little unrealistic to me. If you want a book with some hot sex scenes, this is a great short read for that...and the story line isn't bad either, but if you are like me, you may be left feeling that something was missing or a little too pat.
  • Dangerous on Feb. 07, 2013

    Aside from some of the grammatical errors (missing words, extra words, etc.), the story is pretty interesting...instead of making some people "special" with affinities everyone starts out that way and their choices determine if that changes. However, as is typical, some characters are very likeable whereas others are not. Ria, the main female character, is NOT likeable. She is extremely biased. In part, due to her upbringing and the fact that her parents are extremely bigoted against "magic disease carriers" -> these are individuals who have lost their magic and try to steal it from others through death. Adrian is one such person. Although he has done nothing to deserve her contempt, she treats him like a leper and thinks that all of them should be exterminated, like roaches. She does start to change that opinion once she becomes a disease carrier herself, but she still comes across as selfish and self-indulgent...a rich little girl who does not consider the world around her and is only interested in shopping. There are some redeeming qualities, but you do spend a lot of time wanting to kick her to the curb while you wait for her to grow up. Then there is Adrian...he acts like a dick for the most part, but given how he has been treated simply because he was born with the disease, there is that part of you that is sympathetic to him. Especially as it relates to how he treats Ria. If anyone deserved to be treated like crap, it is her. However, once she shows up at his dorm room after realizing she has the disease, he doesn't turn her away and instead helps her even when she STILL treats him like crap. Eventually they will develop a relationship, as other things start to heat up. Ria learns her brother is also a carrier and also working to learn what the government is covering up about the disease. Then there are the unfortunately casualties of Adrian and Ria...Paula and Michael are the two people who least deserve to be hurt, but are by the two people they loved. I have to admit that though I was annoyed with Ria and some of the decisions made, I could not stop reading the story. Is this for everyone? Probably not. Would I recommend it? Depends on what you like...not everyone will like this, but I have to admit, I've already picked up book 2.
  • Zeus (The God Chronicles #1) on June 01, 2013

    I'm on the fence with this one. I rated it 4 rather than 3 stars because I think it has a lot of potential. I love Greek mythology and any book that represents this is going on my TBR. Aside from some minor grammatical errors, there were some inconsistencies or things that just felt a little off. For example, Zeus is a God. He has been around a long time, yet he came off as a young twenty something year old guy trying to win over a sweet, innocent girl. Not some all powerful deity who just happened to be exiled temporarily. Wait! He did come across that way at first while in the club after having just met Karly, but then he drifted away from that. And most twenty something year old guys don't own a resort/casino in Vegas who aren't "harder/tougher". I think the author was trying to go for his coming across as someone used to getting what he wants to "changing" into a guy that Karly would be interested in, but he felt off. He was working too hard to get there at the start of their relationship. He does come to explain why he came off the way he did in the club, but he also stumbles through that conversation. Again, not how I would expect a deity to come across. We know Karly is 21 and off to Vegas to continue her education after completing 2 years of college in her home town. Small time girl overwhelmed by sin city, yep. Some of her responses were interesting too. She was angry about his being divorced because he had not told her when they first met. Um, when I first meet someone I don't start off with the negatives about myself such as "I was married, but turns out that was a big mistake". Those are things shared as a relationship develops (basically, when you know you want to be in one and are both on the same page). She runs away from her parents home and leaves her "boyfriend" there to explain why she ran off? BTW, I don't see the King of the Gods calling himself "boyfriend" nor giving goofy grins. Sexy, playful, cheeky, sure, but not goofy. So, I do love the idea of the story, but (and people, this could just be me) I think our hero needs to be a little more consistent than he came across. Karly eventually comes around and she is easier to believe than he was. Again, I did like the story line and will read the next book (Poseidon is my favorite brother), but I hope he is more reflective of what a God would be throughout the book and not just at the beginning and sprinkled here and there throughout the remainder of the story.
  • Erin The Fire Goddess: The Beginning on June 12, 2013

    Contains SPOILERS First, (and I know the author is aware of this) I have to say the book was a little hard to read. And not because the author is from the UK (or Scottland?) and some of the terms were not what I was used to and it took me a few seconds to "translate" them into "American" english. It was the grammatical errors, missed / extra words, etc. that was distracting. I actually liked the story line and have become extremely fond of YA books. I think I actually read more about teenagers now than when I was a teenager. I know the author is working to have these corrected which I think would help immensely for future sales. Aside from the above, it was a little disturbing given the bullying from Jessica and the overall meanness of the other kids just because of her birthmark. I'm not saying we don't see this in schools, because we know teenagers can definitely be mean. And the fact that Sean and others ignored how Jessica treated her really bothered me. The fact that only her sister stood up for her and her parents were completely clueless. That she thought of herself as a freak because of the mark and people's responses to it. What I did like was that Sean was not bothered by her mark. And maybe that has to do with the fact that he was expecting it and knew it could fade after she became aware of her gift. I also could see him falling for her quickly, well, because again, he knew what to expect in a sense given he has been waiting for his soul mate. What I'm still confused by is why they do a complete about face in personality after awakening their gifts. Kelly explains her situation to Erin, but Sean doesn't. They just say that they all go through it. Now, what was a little off is how she fell for him so quickly. I don't expect to hear a 15 year old say "I love you" that soon after meeting someone, wait, I take it back. Yep, I can see a 15 year old who does not have any friends much less a boyfriend fall fast and hard. However, the fact that her parents are ok with the relationship and all of the hands on, even knowing why, is weird for me. I don't know if I could be that accepting with my daughter. Maybe if she wasn't 15... Seriously, the book has a lot of potential, but needs some clean up and maybe fleshing out of some of the areas that are still vague. Not sure why the Dr. was so "crazy" either which definitely needs some explaining and maybe that comes later. I had no problem finishing it, but I can see how others would not have liked it.
  • Rest Inn Peace on Nov. 08, 2013

    4.5 Stars LOL. I'm glad I am not the only one! What do I mean by that? If you have not read this book, you will be in for a bit of a um, how do I put this...shock, maybe? This book took me completely off guard. I didn't know what to expect, and it sounds like other readers had the same reaction. Why? Well, because although it was paranormal, it was surprisingly wacky, wonky, uh different. How? I'm probably not going to be able to explain this in a way that makes sense, but that is because the book was written in a way that not only snagged my attention, but also had me wondering if I should be slightly offended too. Cobra was one of the rawest, but most real characters. I'm talking foul-mouthed, rude, unapologetic, and yet I got him. No way would I speak to or around my child the way he did, but he also cared for her. She was all he had and although he was bull-headed and crude, I thought others were just a bit to harsh in their judgement of him. The dialogue in this book was hilarious. Lots of swearing, name calling, plain speaking, back talking smack. I mean, seriously, no filters. From the talking cat, gargoyle statue, hot native american fairy with pink wings, afro american disco ghost, to the zombies. Lots going on in here, but dang, it was fun to read as long as you are not one of those people who are easily offended by all of the above mentioned swearing, etc. You get a mystery, a bit of romance, quite a bit of murder, humor, and a bit of a cliffhanger. Of course you do. There is definitely another book coming and we had to be left wondering what will happen with Zoe, and I still don't trust the mayor. ;) Do I recommend this book? For a bit of "what the hell" and "seriously", absolutely. This was pure entertainment.
  • Dark Desires on Feb. 22, 2015

    I love historical romances. Toss in some intrigue and suspense and I'm hooked. I have to admit I had my suspicions early on as to who the killer was, but with the way the story unfolded and the characters realization of who it was slowly taking shape, I didn't lose patience or get bored with the story. Like so many other women, Darcie finds herself on the street when her step father loses all of his wealth. Desperate and starving, she seeks out the one person she hopes can help her, but finds that what awaits her is not a life she wants to lead. As a last resort, she is directed to seek employment with Dr. Damien Cole, but warned that he has secrets and can be dangerous. Yet when Darcie meets Damien, all she sees is someone who was kind enough to take her in and someone she is extremely attracted to. Working closely with him at his home, she starts to notice all of the strange things going on around Damien and begins to question his possible involvement in the murders taking place near her sister's business. Trying to reconcile what she sees and what she knows in her heart to be true, she isn't sure if she can trust him fully even as she finds herself falling in love with him. When someone she knows is murdered and Damien is accuse of committing the crime, Darcie cannot leave well enough alone and decides to do some investigating of her own, not knowing just how close she comes to becoming the killer's next victim. As I said, I suspected who the killer was within the first two chapters, but waiting for Darcie to put all of the clues together and come to the right conclusion while her relationship with Damien developed was entertaining. She was bright, but also restricted being a woman at a time when women had very little rights, and fearing she'd end up back on the streets. I may have guessed who the killer was, but not his link to her. That was a nice little surprise. Although a bit predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone who likes Amanda Quick's books, those being the first historical romance / suspense books I've read and loved. This has a similar feel to those and worth reading.