I listened to the audio tape of this novel. And boy do I wish there was a way to skip ahead and skim an audio book. As it is, I hung in there and listened to the entire 9+ hours. I’ve read other novels by Jodi Picoult and I loved them! Sadly, this is not her best work. When I picked it up, I hadn’t realized how early in her career she had written this novel.
The book starts off promising enough with the main character having amnesia. But then it goes into clique after clique. Meek geeky woman falls for gruff dominating rich man, who has a temper and abuses her. She blames herself, meeting the stereotype yet again, and stays with him for three years. It’s not hard to predict where the story is going, but there are moments were you get bored and wonder, why are we covering this?
This is a story many women in abusive relationships might experience, but that’s the thing, there’s no originality to it. It’s the same story we’ve heard before or read in newspapers. She doesn’t leave him until a baby comes into the mix and even then, we aren’t shown what she does with her life next, which is the part where the author might have come up with something original.
There is an Indian heritage thing mixed in, but really it is just a distractor side story. It wasn’t needed at all. It could have been removed entirely, along with the character Will, and the story would have unfolded just the same.
The childhood stories of the main characters, although entertaining, once again serve no real purpose. The stories are more there for a shock and awe factor, showing you horribly gruesome events that the characters lived through.
All in all, I would suggest skipping this book. Jodi Picoult has written much better novels that you should read instead.
I had high expectations for this film, especially considering the all-star cast, and for the most part, it delivered. The trailer portrays the story line well–CIA operative gets killed and in an effort to recover information only he knew, they transplant his thoughts/memories, into someone who suffered brain damage as a child, which means he has the unused space in his brain for the memories to go in. Of course, the only candidate is a psychopath who is in jail for murder.
There are several layers to the story that unfolds, the growth of the psychopath as he experiences memories that stir emotions he could never feel before, due to his brain damage, and the CIA battle to recover a weapon that controls the US nuclear warheads. The action is constant, acting spot on, plot full of twists and puzzles. My only complaint is how the patient is treated after the memory implantation. The rough way they treated him was silly, and obvious to not stir any answers to the CIA’s questions for info. The quick way they gave up and wanted him to be killed when he didn’t provide answers in the first five minutes after waking from surgery was ridiculous. First, you’d think they’d give him some recovery time, and second, after working that hard, investing all that $$, I doubt they’d give up that fast.
Overall, if you like action movies, or government suspense type thrillers, this is a good one to see.
Scales is your typical heroine origins story. And like all good origin stories, the main character is an orphan girl, coming of age and wanting to avoid the life fate has in store for her. Instead of her becoming a vampire, like most of these stories seem to go, she is a shape shifting gargoyle. A bit of originality—I can’t say I’ve read any other books about that. However, the book does follow the normal recipe a reader of young adult fiction has come to expect.
I will give the author credit, she is writing about what she knows. The author traveled and studied abroad, so low and behold, so is her character. This means the books is trustworthy in its facts. Nothing worse than an author writing about a country they have never visited.
The book didn’t emotionally pull me in, but the plot twists, upcoming reveals and secrets, are sure to keep any reader flipping the pages. I would say this book is marketed more toward young adults who enjoy fantasy novels. The con-play crowd are sure to enjoy this tale. So if that’s your thing, then you should def spice up your reading life by taking a break from dragons, zombies, and vampires—and give some gargoyles a try in “Scales.”
I received “Scales” for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Scales (Fate and Fire Trilogy) by Amity Green
The opening scene of this book quickly pulls you in. You are given a heroine with amnesia, who awakes in a strange place and is recovering from illness-possibly a plague. A person emerges from the shadows and asks to read her a book. In a way, the story unfolds like “the Notebook” in that the man is reading the history of this woman’s past live(s) to her, with the goal of her remembering her first life by the end of the story. Its pretty evident who she is, since there is one main woman in the storybook, but who the man is, is left a mystery until the end of the novel. Unless you are a good guesser that is.
Where the story failed is in pulling me into the timeframe and era of the characters. I was a little lost on imagining their world and for the most part just had to rely on myself to “guess” what 1813 B.C. in India would look like. It didn’t help that characters would go from speaking, in what I would call old timey type speech, like this, “I accede to your god Ashur’s will,” to saying a very modern phrase a few sentences later, “Let’s cut to the chase.” I mean, its hard to imagine the same character would go from speaking so proper to then so not, when addressing the same person, even if you take out the fact the phrases don’t fit in the same era.
Aside from my personal issues with timeline, the story does have a good flow and takes the readers on a adventure full of plot twists, magic, and everything you would expect to find in a fantasy novel-but set in ancient India. And with some very dark undertones.
I’m not sure if I’d classify this as a romance, even though I did compare it to the notebook. I’d say its more of a dark fantasy with a romance angle. So if you like dark fantasy novels, I’d suggest checking “The Samsaric” out.
I received “The Samsaric” for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
The Samsaric, by G.W.LWIN
This is the first romantic comedy I have read. For those who enjoy this genre, I’m sure this will be a hilarious delight. Since I have no novels to compare it too-I would say it reminded me of an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In my head, there was canned laughter and everything. If you are weary of reading this due to the “sex” which is implied in the title, rest assured, this book does not read like an erotica. It’s silly sex scenes, that I think daytime television could get away with.
The book starts off in one person’s head, then quickly branches to several others, so it was hard to get attached to someone, but sometimes comedies are like that, bouncing around to whoever can give them the best laugh. The characters all had very strong personalities that helped me to keep track of who’s head I was in.
I received “Sex Hell” for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Sex Hell, by Joe Cansano
I read these out of order, not realizing they were a series. Honestly, I enjoyed the sequel “But My Boyfriend Is” more. Watching the growth of a man who is bisexual make up his mind and admit who he is and wants to be with, very compelling. “Collision Course,” still written well, but seemed to drag on. The characters were highly original, I liked the description of Joey’s hair being cotton candy. Both characters are broken and find a way to heal each other by the end of the book. There are a lot of scenes that seemed extra and made the story drag on a bit longer than I thought was needed. It was almost too bogged down with background story. If a book is awesome, I’ll finish in no less than a week. I took a two month break while reading this one. Yup, I was not dying to know what happened next. If you want a book like that, read “Life, Over Easy” also by K.A. Mitchell. I couldn’t put that one down.
“But My Boyfriend Is,” focusing on one of the twins that is introduced in “Collision Course.” I struggled to tell them apart in “Collision Course,” but such was not the case in this novel. Yes, that could have been because one was badly injured and the other was narrating the story, but they were also given distinct personalities. Watching the twins find their own path was nearly as riveting as the unraveling love story between the two main characters. Again, I loved this story, it was a closeted gay man coming out story, and his recurring denial, great. I loved how his “sort of” boyfriend, helped him discover who he was and never got pushy. I’ll never forget the line of, “And you must be here to get your *&^! sucked.” Classic, and I wish I could see it in a movie someday. It sums up the story line well.
“Collision Course” by K.A. Mitchell
“But My Boyfriend Is” by K.A. Mitchell
Books by K.A. Mitchell are usually a safe bet for me, but this book has easily become one of my favorites. I enjoyed how a touch of supernatural was added to the story line, but it wasn’t so much that the book didn’t remain rooted in the modern world. The supernatural bit was also a side part, not the main focus of the story.
The love story wasn’t your quaint, two people meet and fall in love, plot either. They had their one night stand, then John went off and explored his sexuality with others. I think this is much truer to how things play out in real life. It’s rare that you meet someone and instantly decide you want to be with them. I am glad that in the end, they do have their happy ending, but I loved the route that took them there.
If you are a fan of K.A. Mitchell or M/M romance in general, this novel should be on your to-read list. You won’t be disappointed.
Life, Over Easy By K.A. Mitchell