Thursday, June 28, 2012

Book Review: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Something Like Normal
By Trish Doller
Release Date: June 19th, 2012
Number of Pages: 142
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

My Review:
You know you've hit upon a pot of gold when you find it hard to put what you're feeling into words.

I have all these feelings inside me while reading SLN. I wanted to shake and slap Travis for his stupid behavior with Paige. I wanted to hug and kiss him for all that he has been through. I wanted to punch his dad for being such an asshole and congratulate his mom for stepping it up.  

I wanted to laugh and just chill with Kevlar and Moss. I wanted to get inked for the first time by Ellen and gorged myself like a pig with Jenny's delicious cooking. And I was just loving and cheering for Harper all the way.

Most of all, I wanted to say thank you to Trish Doller for this story and also to Charlie for being so alive in the pages of this book.

Something Like Normal was such a realistic story and I really loved the way it ended. It was right. It was perfect. It was really beautiful.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Review: Winter's Light (Winter Saga #2) by M.J. Hearle

Winter's Light (Winter Saga #2)
By M.J. Hearle
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Number of Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2 - ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Blake is gone.

He sacrificed himself to save Winter, leaving her alone, unprotected... hunted.

An ancient enemy is rising, but Winter is no longer the innocent girl who was fated to die at Pilgrim's Lament. She will not wait to be saved. She will do what she must to survive, even accept an unsavoury alliance with those who destroyed her love.

In the gathering darkness, the enemy of an enemy is not always a friend, and Winter must find the strength to stand alone and fight for the one she loves. For she is the key to unlocking the secrets beyond the veil of shadows.

And she is Blake's only hope.

My Review:
I was really excited for the sequel to Winter's Shadow and was expecting lots of action and excitement. But somehow, the story fell short for me. The beginning was slow going and I found myself putting it down quite often.

It only got me excited and glued to it when Sedoris and Benedict made their appearances. After that, it was up and down for me. Winter's performance was lacklustre this time around.

I was expecting more maturity and growth on her part but she was mostly depending on Sam and the Bane. She only started to show some steel and strength in the last few chapters. But I forgive her flaws as she was determined and confident of their love.

Blake's absence throughout the book was very apparent. It was pretty depressing. When Winter freed the prisoner and his real identity was revealed, it was utterly devastating.

Winter's Light was more like a setup and a bridge for the final book. I really hope to get lots of Blake and Winter moments in the next one. There just wasn't enough.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In My Mailbox #11

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

My dear precious followers, a HUGE apology for the extremely overdue IMM. Anyho, here you go. CheerS. As usual, leave me a comment to let me know your IMM for the week.

  • Something About You (FBI / US Attorney, # 1) by Julie James @Goodreads
  • A Lot Like Love (FBI / US Attorney, #2) by Julie James @Goodreads
  • About That Night (FBI / US Attorney, #3) by Julie James @Goodreads
  • Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James @Goodreads
  • Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham @Goodreads
  • Sound of the Heart by Genevieve Graham @Goodreads
  • Wicked As They Come (Blud, #1) by Deliliah S. Dawson @Goodreads
  • Extreme Exposure (I-Team, #1) by Pamela Clare @Goodreads


  • The Emerald City (Osland Trilogy, #1) by J.A. Beard @Goodreads
  • Conner by Miranda Stork @Goodreads
  • Glamorous Illusions (Grand Tour Series, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren @Goodreads
  • Carnal Gift (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #2) by Pamela Clare @Goodreads
  • Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #1) by Pamela Clare @Goodreads