Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3)

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After the werewolves were thrust into the spotlight, after their coming out, it forced the Marrok to tighten his rule on them. This means more executions and Charles is being sent out more and more. Anna tries to show the Marrok that it’s taking a toll on him. When he finally gives in, the Marrok sends Anna and Charles to help the FBI solve a serial killer case. While helping the FBI, Anna tries to get Charles to open up to about what is bothering him so much. This might be their biggest obstacle yet.

This is an excellent continuation of the book series. This book has expanded Charles as a character and makes him feel more rounded. I’m not saying that he wasn’t a good character before, but he seems more human. Anna has grown since the last book and that is probably because 1 year has passed since then. I love the introduction of the new Boston-based werewolves and the expansion of the world. It’s a strong book and interesting plot to continue the world’s narrative.

4/5



Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2)
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4)

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Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4)

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So after Charley had a heart-to-heart with Reye’s human father, which led to her being tortured, Charley has never been the same. While dealing with PTSD and feeling hurt after her father’s betrayal, Charley needed a few months to stew. After a client pulls her out of the house to solve the case of who is trying to kill her. Charley is forced to face her feelings and her overwhelming anxiety with life.

Though I have talk with people who complained about how Charley reacted to the end of the last book. I think it was worked with perfectly. Charley was given a layer of humanity which makes her feel a bit more real. Her reaction to PTSD was perfect for the type of person that she’s been written as. We get to see more of the relationships that Charley has formed. She begins to explore her powers more, which opens a lot of possibilities for the future. Though Reyes isn’t a huge part of this book at first, I really want him to become Charley’s partner rather than her protector.

It’s a good book to continue the series. There are some things that rubbed me the wrong way, like Pari’s past, but nothing to stop reading over.

4/5


Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)

Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1)

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Would you like some blood guts and revenge? If the answer is yes then this book is probably for you. Enter inside and you will meet Stark, also known as Sandman Slim by the supernatural. After surviving 11 years in hell, Stark is back with a vengeance and as the goal or killing the group of people who sent him down there.

Now, having the main character as an anti-hero is the toughest thing to master, but Kadrey did it right. Even though Stark is going around doing horrible things, he’s so well fleshed out as a character that you can’t help but feel for him. You end up rooting for him, because though he’s the bad guy he’s taking out bigger nasties. I liked this book and I think I will be continuing to read the series. in the future.

The Second Grave to the Left (Charley Davidson #2)

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Cookie brings Charley what looks to be a standard missing person case, but it gets turned on its head. The only clue that was left was a woman’s name, that links to another missing person’s case. On top of helping her best friend, Charley also starts looking for Reyes’ corporal body which he’s hidden. In an attempt to keep her safe from the demons, Reyes is planning on letting his body die. Given that Charley is a portal to heaven, the demons can’t touch her. Can she balance her plate as well convince Reyes that he should really tell him where his body is?

This book is fantastic. They expanded on Charley as well as Reyes. Though Reyes does step in every once and a while to help Charley, she grows and starts to understand her powers. She discovers that she isn’t as helpless as she thought she was. The chemistry between the 2 characters is still fantastic. Jones has a fantastically simple writing style and I love it. I so happy there are more books to come in this series.


First Grave On the Right (Charley Davidson #1)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3)

Every day

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I know that this isn’t the next book on the list, but I needed something a bit more happy and the library happened to receive this last week.

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Quick Summary:

This is going to be very hard to summarize better then the dust cover, but essentially the book follows an entity that skips body to body every day at midnight. They try to leave the body’s life as good as when he found it, or even better. They fall in love with a girl while in the body of the girl’s boyfriend. Thus the story begins and one of the odder romances begins. It’s a very good book, and does actually look into love in a deeper way than other books. Two thumbs up for me

Review:

Over all I like this book, it’s a nice quick read while still touching on deep topics. This is the first book in this list that I have truly enjoyed and wanted more. I was very happy to find out that there are 2 more books in the series. The story revolves around two main characters A, the body swapping entity, and Rhiannon, the girl A falls in love with. Their love story is not the typical but it is deep and loving.

This books breaks love down to it’s basics with out belittling the emotion. Most books (I want to say all but I’m sure I’m mistaken) look at love as a male or female falling for a male or female, while this book looks at a genderless entity falling in love with a girl. It explores the idea of how you can be attracted to anyone no matter their gender or your sexual preference.

I like how each chapter, no matter how short of long, depicted a day. You get introduced to the bodies at the beginning of each chapter, and you get to learn a little about them. Since the story is told by A you do miss  out a little about what is going on with Rhiannon, which does allow your imagination run wild. Though Levithan does a really good job utilizing A’s observation skills to fill in some of the blanks.

Over all I loved it, the flow was nice, and even though you are changing surroundings every chapter, it wasn’t jarring and you knew what was going on. This book has a strong recommendation from me

5 / 5

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Quick Summary:

“The Perk of Being a Wallflower” is a short novel written in first person through the form of letters. The book follows the main character, Charlie, through his difficulty getting through the lost of two people he was really close with, as well as his first love. The book is written in such a way that you only know a very small part of what is going on in the main character’s life. I find it an OK book, I feel like if you like following a teen and seeing how they deal with their life, this would be the book for you.

Review:

“The Perk of Being a Wallflower” has an interesting format when it comes to books. I haven’t read many books, if any, that are written in letter form. This format doesn’t allow to much insight into the character’s life. The restrictive view defiantly leaves the reader the ability to imagine more of the story then the author might want.

I feel like the main character in this story doesn’t evolve much, and remains very similar to the be beginning of the book until the very last letter. Now this may be due to the limitations of the format, but none of the characters seem to change much, except they go off to college. I’m certain that the limited change is due to the entire book being written in Charlie’s view point, but I would have like there to have been much more character development.

Had this been an anime I would have referenced it as a slice-of-life and left it at that, but since this is a book review I feel the need to expand this thought. This book really just follows Charlie around through his life and what happens in his life. Similar to a slice-of-life, it is focused on one specific time and group of friends. The entire book is finished within a year, but there are gaps between the letters as time passes. Charlie’s love story doesn’t really play much of a role in this book, but that is probably due to him being a wallflower and analyzing everybody else.

This is really all that I have to say about this book. I may just be too old for this book but this book just wasn’t for me.

3/5

Quick  thought on the movie:

I feel like the movie, though it cut a lot of parts of the book out, actually managed to expand on the story a little bit more. Since the book is written as a set of letters, the movie allow you to actually see what is going on around Charlie, other then what is written in the letter. Especially during the flash backs and the end of the book/movie. I much prefer the movie over the book, which is sad to say.