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Book Review – Head Over Wheels

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Title: Head Over Wheels

Author: January Valentine

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Length: 391

Rating: 2.5 (Rounded up to 3)

Description/Synopsis:

Life is smooth sailing for Jewelia Delarosa, NYPD’s next super cop, or so she hopes. The twenty-one year old headstrong Latina from middle class Poughkeepsie has a lot to learn, and like it or not, James Ballou aka Indigo, is her designated teacher. The problem is, the wealthy and elusive med student has some baggage that’s preventing him from giving his heart to the woman who already has his mind. It’s one step forward, two steps back for the struggling Manhattan couple in this steamy New Adult romance.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well I suppose I should start off this review by saying that I got this book after receiving an email from the author requesting a review and they sent it to me fresh off the press! It was all very exciting for me.

Ok, I think my first miscommunication with this book was when I looked at the cover combined with the title. I feel it mislead me a little. By the title and the hot people kissing and the way it all just came together made me think that they were smoking hot people who rode motorbikes and were more on that side of things. Don’t get me wrong, motorbikes are mentioned and they do kinda ride them, but they aren’t in the story nearly as much just normal bikes are. Bikes just aren’t as steamy or hot as motorbikes. I did really really enjoy the little touch of putting simple character drawings at the beginning of the book though to kind of show were he characters tattoos are. As something that isn’t done that often it was nice to see.

Ok now onto the characters! I think they both suffer from just serious cases of PMS, and really I don’t know how they just didn’t kill each other or themselves. I would hate to be in that much emotional turmoil all the time over basically nothing.

Jewel I looked and was presented to be a strong character, but she just didn’t stand up for herself enough for my liking. After two weeks no contact she actually had every right to be all PMSy for a change but the second she looks at him she doesn’t even feel the need to discuss it anymore. I thought that was a bit of a draw back with her character.

Indigo just had too many names. I swear nearly everyone in the book had a different name for him. Though I can get people having nicknames, it just kind of felt like a solid name/nickname wasn’t chosen for him and thusly he just got every single name/nickname that could be thought of. That being said, I liked him. I mean really, who doesn’t like a bloody fine doctor? When it comes to romance novels things like that are generally going to draw people in because they want to place themselves with the smexy doctor who is all troubled and brooding. I can help him! Oh please oh please let me be the one to sooth his broken soul! Though the reason for his depression, though understandable, lasted way too long. The even happened years before he started seeing Jewel yet its the thing that creates all his PMS. The on the other end of the scale I feel that Jewel made him get over it way too quickly, Im sure her soothing powers are magical, but for something he has held onto so tightly for years, I find myself doubting she is that magical.

The Bitches as I dubbed them aka Indigo’s mother and his childhood friend Veronica, I liked. They served their purpose. They were trying to disrupt or break up our couple in a way that I thought was totally realistic and actually would probably happen in real life if someone was presented with the situations we are given in the book. I pleasantly hated them. Well done! Though, I didn’t like just how quickly our couple fell head over heels for each other. They had 5 dates, fought at least once each time, and then they were proclaiming love. I personally wouldn’t want to be in a situation like that.

The dialogue felt unrealistic to me however. Or at least in terms of how people talk where I live. Too many Babes and Babys being said.

In terms of theme not much happened until the end. SPOILER I didn’t like how Veronica turned out to be crazy and was framing Jewel for the robberies. Her character was realistic up until that point, and it was kind of random and didn’t really fit with the rest of the style and a strange way to bring the main characters closer together again.

I don’t know if it is because of the copy I got but there were some grammatical errors in there that bugged me.

I know sometimes it must seem like I just bitch about things are you must wonder why things get rated so high since I mainly say what bothered me. There are reasons! Despite anything I point out I still enjoyed it enough to rate it that high. I liked pretty much all the characters excluding moments of PMS and random character design changes, and I was more than happy to sit their and read about their lives.

 

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Book Review – A Fatal Likeness

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Title: A Fatal Likeness (Charles Maddox 2)

Author: Lynn Sheperd

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Length: 384

Rating: 2.5 Star (Rounded up to 3)

Description/Synopsis:

A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

In the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case. His client? The only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

Charles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy, but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife, Harriet, and he starts to question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what really happened was far more sinister than suicide.

As he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past, Charles discovers darker and more disturbing secrets, until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility that his own great-uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back more than thirty years.

The story of the Shelleys is one of love and death, of loss and betrayal. In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tom-All-Alone’s, Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story, which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day, and have never yet been fully explained.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I got this book from the author or someone associated with publishing the book on NetGalley. I am a bit ashamed to say that though I recieved this book before the publication date which was 20-08-13 for an honest review, that date has come and gone. I appologize for the lateness of this review, but I spose I will let myself off the hook by saying better late than never. So, finally, here is my review.

This story is fictioned based on real people and events, which isn’t normally something I would go for when lookig for something to read. I have to say that the cover and the title are the main things that peaked my interest about the book, specially as by the time I started reading it I had no idea what kind of book it was. I know, and still really don’t know, anything about the topic or the people, so Im going to be doing most of the review in the context that it is all pure fiction because thats what it mostly was to me. I also didn’t realise that this is was a second book in a series until I looked it up on Goodreads. Though I can see how story came before this one, I didn’t feel like I was really missing out on things that may have come before, and I don’t think it will effect anyone to read it just by itself like I did.

Ok first I guess I shall talk about the structure of the book. I don’t know if it was because of how it was written (the style is like pride and prejudice) or because I had to keep putting it down, but I found myself being seriously lost at some points, totally confused as to what on earth I was reading. At first I had serious issues with names. a lot of people are introduced and I had difficulties keeping up with who was who and who wanted what and who was responsible for things and blaaahhhh. I actually got really furious at section because I just had zero idea what was going on, ande It wasn’t supposed ot be that confusing. I almost just totally gave up on the book and never picked it up again, only the fact that I said I would reviewit and that I missed the date kept me going. I have to say that I amn kind of glad that I did, I enjoyed it far more towards the end when I had more time to read larger sections and things began to make more sense. I feel like I have to go back an reread the book again to fully what was going on all the time, but If I hadn’t been so confused at sections it very well could have gotten a better rating.

In terms of characters I felt myself get caught up in their concerns and theories to what on earth happened and why people care (something I didn’t really do al that much, it took me ages to  really be concerned as to why we were even being told this story). However, on the indivudual character basis I didn’t really care about any of them. I felt storry for the ones that died, and I thought the main character was a bloody idiot to not notice that someone working for him was pregnant and thusly ended up dying when things went bad. For someone who is supposed to notice and connect things for a living, it just blew my mind that he could be that stupid and blind to things going on in his own house.

For the overal theme and plot, if you look passed that for a good part I didn’t get why the story was being told, and that I was greatly confused for sections, I actually got pretty hooke don what was happening towards the end. When people started dying or when deaths started getting looked into I was much more interested.

Then at the end of the book there was authors notes on where the facts came from and what was altered and so on. I found this was helpful in clearing up some sections which I became lost in. It was a good summary I thought, but I only took it with a grain of salt. I wouldnt consider all the things said good facts unless I wanted to read up on them myself.