Books are cheaper than heroin, but they DO add up....

Amy, Carrie, Chanin and Sarah buy (and read and review) their own stuff. They've been known to shop around from dealer to dealer looking for the best price. If you're interested in slipping them something to try out, just contact us.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Forgotten Lyrics: A Watersong Story by Amanda Hocking

What's better than a free book?  Not much, in my opinion.  But when you WIN a contest on an author's Facebook page and she gifts you the ebook of your choice....that's pretty cool.  That's how I came to read this book, in fact.  Side note/piece of free advice: if you aren't actively following your favorite author/authors on Facebook, I encourage you to do so.  Not only will you connect with other readers and gain some insight into your favorite author, you may also win something! 

Our loyal blog followers (Hi Mom!) will remember that I am an Amanda Hocking fan.  I've done other reviews of her books here and here.  In short, I like her work so I was not surprised that I liked this one too.  The difference between this one and the other Hocking books I have read is that is a novella.  Translation:  quick, easy read to make me feel better about having a stack of 8-10 books next to my bed in my "To Be Read" pile.  Need to feel accomplished?  Read a novella.

In this version, Daniel and John, two brothers are the unfortunate victims of a boating accident.  It's a bad one, too.  Enter Aggie, a siren with magical powers who breaks all sorts of siren rules (there are lots of those in their species, apparently) trying to save Daniel.  She risks being seen and brings a near-death Daniel to Delia, a secret a healer with special powers.  It is there that Daniel begins to heal and then continues his journey with Lydia, Delia's granddaughter.  Lydia is convinced she is the wrong person for the job, but does it anyway.  Besides, her grandmother said so, right?  Throughout the healing process, Daniel struggles with the details surrounding the accident and rescue.  Lydia and Daniel navigate the ordeal together and form what is a touching and possibly long-lasting relationship. And oh, I forgot to mention that this is part of the whole Watersong series by Hocking that is wildly popular.

Like I said, I am an Amanda Hocking fan.  I like her stuff, so I read it.  You know what else? I also have realistic expectations.   But there is a whole faction of her fans that is upset with this novella and have crucified her for even putting it out.  They complained it was too short (it's a novella, people!).  They complained that the boat accident scene was too long.  They wanted more character development.  And last but not least, they wanted more of the story to focus on Aggie.  Attention unrealistic readers: This isn't going to win the Pulitzer Prize.  It currently costs $1.99 on Kindle and nook.  And it's only 60 pages, for pete's sake!  Take it for what it is and get on with your life.

For me, it was entertaining and a nice (short) break from some of the heavier reads I have been trying to get through. You can definitely read it as a stand-alone or in conjunction with the entire series.  Either way, I recommend it.  And please, go easy on your favorite author.  Pin It

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn

Ahh, February in the Midwest.
So much fun, so much romance . . . or not.

I actually find February, despite it's brevity and it's major peppy holiday, fairly depressing here in Illinois.  More often than not the skies are grey.  The windy is biting, and the temperatures are hostile.  February is a reminder that winter is still here and kicking around.
Yadier Molina understands
the excitement of spring training

February has two bright spots.
First, pitchers and catchers report to spring training .
Second, February is followed by March which contains Spring Break.
(All educators hail Spring Break.)

So February's main appeal is its harbingers of greater, warmer, more entertaining things.  And that, the appreciation of imminent, warmer, more entertaining things is the main motivation most of us have for reading romance novels.  The first 80% of the book is February and the last 20% is Spring Break or baseball season or, less figuratively, happily ever after.

So in the spirit of February bringing you a better future, I bring you a fun, snarky nerdy romance called One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn.

One Con Glory is the story of Julie, a journalist who writes about comic conventions and other science fiction, nerd-type conventions, and her quest for a lost action figure.  In the process, she begrudgingly interviews the star of the remake of her favorite, short-lived sci-fi show. (Her missing action figure comes from the original version of that show.) He's a pretty boy who claims to be a nerd--just like his fans. Julie assumes that claim is nothing more than a publicity ploy meant to endear him to the show's fans, but when she meets him there's just something about him.  He has opinions that aren't boilerplate PR sound bites, and they're surprisingly similar to Julie's.

But Julie has focus and some serious defense mechanisms.  In order to get to her version of Spring Break or happily ever after, Julie has some soul-searching to do.  And, perhaps, a few public displays of emotion which are SO not Julie's thing.

Glory Gilmore,
said missing action figure
One Con Glory is, in a phrase, a nerdy beach read. I loved it, and if you're looking for something contemporary and sweet (but not cloying), I recommend One Con Glory.  As someone who loves Doctor Who and reads quite a bit of sci-fi and urban fantasy, it was great to see the story set in that world.  If you're not overly aware of the world of comic conventions, I'm pretty sure the details that go over your head won't detract from the story.  On the other hand, if you like your romances heavy on the feeling and light on the adult language and heavy on the "we don't do that before we're married", this might be a bit too casual, snarky and f-bomby for you.

The book is $2.99 on Kindle and nook right now.

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