Monthly Archives: August 2014

Holding out for a miracle

The flowers blooming inside me
freeze and wither of their dying doom
The door is shut  and vessels seek for them another way
The call of the dying flora and fauna
grab a hold of the coming air
Its track is followed near and dear
spreading to all despair there
Adieu to all fruits who wish to bloom near
Hear, for a miracle is all we await here.

Safe Place by E.M. Tippetts

Safe place.  Seeing the title again has just reminded me of how fitting it is for the book. Lizzie and  Devon are a normal couple. She’s a celebrity and he’s a physical trainer.  They have history, a painful one. Probably not what you’re thinking, but history nonetheless.
Their story for me is strange. Maybe because I wasn’t expecting the story to be that.
I think Lizzie is too young and immature for Devon. She too sweet and alone. At times, I even felt Devon wasn’t worth all the trouble. Their relationship kept stopping and starting.  It was weird for me. They fell in love too quickly in my opinion but…
I sincerely don’t know how I really feel about this book. It made me cry several times, yet_
Their history made me cry and lizzie made me cry. I felt something was missing,  maybe that’s why I have mixed feelings about the book. I like it very much, some of the lines really stayed with me but… Lizzie was too young and their relationship was off balance.
That’s the word; off balance.  Something kept plaguing me about their relationship,  it is never balanced.  Nothing was equal at the same time or at the right time.
Nonetheless,  I still liked it very much. A novel that makes me feel something is definitely good, so I’d give it 3 stars.  Good, definitely, but it could be better.

*I was given a copy of this novel by netgalley in exchange for a honest review. *

Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce

Dang it’s good. Once in a while you run into books like Cindi Williams Chima ‘ s Gray wolves clan novels or Scarlett Dawn ‘ s King’s hall series and you just know you’ve hit the jackpot.  This is one of those times. This is a series that will keep you wanting more.
When I first read the synopsis, I had no idea that it carried so much depth. The synopsis was all simple and small in comparison to the depth and broadness of the story in its entirety.
The story starts with Isaura.  She is the thread that binds everyone together but her story is not the only one you will hear. Her story is the general plot, one that is not by any means finished in this book and everyone else’s stories are the subplots that somehow manage to enrichen the plot and sweeten the deal even more.
I expected to be bored by the novel.  I felt that Joyce’s choice of diction was what I would have chosen to start a novel, and since I don’t find my work riveting,  I assumed she’d bore me soon enough.  Not so. I was pleasantly surprised and happy to have run into this book. It delves into the facets of relationships, clan wise as well as filial.
I would most definitely recommend this book to people of all ages especially since people of all ages starred in it.
Joyce manages to give everyone a role that brings their lives and fortunes into the limelight so that nobody feels cheated, especially the reader. I did at one time feel eager to see Isaura but the drama that ensued made the wait worthwhile. 
I definitely love this book and will be giving it five stars.
*I was given an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

P.S I loooovvveee this book and I hope your opinion of my review of it has not been marred by its provenance. 

Recommendation: Buy it!

Reckless by Priscilla West

Just finished reading this beaut. I heard there was going to be a major cliffhanger,  but for me the end didn’t make me feel like I needed book two NOW. So, for those who can’t stand cliffhangers,  this cliff is not that steep. The book was great. The twist close to the end changed how I felt about the book, in a good way.
I had initially thought the book was the same as all the rockstar-esque books I’ve read my entire life. Don’t get me wrong, I love those books. This was no different.  I loved the exhilarating action that I got from hearing Jax sing and seeing Riley fall in love with him but until the twist, Jax and Riley were just another set of lovers with their own set of problems.  *Jax and Riley are the protagonists*
Near the end, with the so called twist as I’ve taken to calling it, Priscilla West gives us something to hate about Jax.  That changed everything for me (Although,  I do think the wounded soul thing has been overplayed a bit, but this is life, we are all wounded in some way or the other). West gives Jax more depth thankfully.  She gave him something more, although without it the book would have still been a delight, but this twist led us to the cliffhanger. 
(See what I did there_ Hint: Cliffhanger)

I think this book is worth a read, I’d give it 4 stars. It was what I was expecting,  but it also wasn’t. 

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.