Review: High Stakes

High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, Book 1)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: January 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 135,377

Synopsis

Unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is a nice guy-and a hot, casino-owning vampire. And with elections coming up, he’d like to find his First Lady-if his opponent’s hit men don’t find him first.

My Thoughts

This was a nice light read.  I enjoyed the witting characters and the life that Erin McCarthy brings to them.  I felt like I was dropped right in the middle of their world in Vegas and completely understood what was going on.  I enjoyed this lighter view of vampires and their habits.  Most vampire books are a bit dark but this one was really not.  The relationship between Alexis and Brittney was interesting and helped to me really understand each of these women.  There were some VERY hot sex scenes in this book.  Contraryy to the synopsis above this book was much more about the growing relationship between Ethan and Alexis that this political election.  The politic did add a bit of drama to the book but did not seem to be the main focus. 

My Rating

Overall , this was a good fun read.  I give it 3 out of 5 stars.  I would recommend this as a great book after some in depth stressful reads or just to pass the time.

Quick Review: Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud: A Novel

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 6,204

Synopsis

In a snug New England fishing village, Charlie St. Cloud tends the lawns and monuments of an ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that claimed his brother’s life, Charlie is graced with an extraordinary gift: He can see, talk to, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. Into this magical world comes Tess Carroll, a captivating woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that propels her into Charlie’s life. Their beautiful and uncommon connection leads to a race against time and a choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go — and the discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts.

My Review

I decided that I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.  I am always disappointed the other way around so I did.  The books was what I expected – a easy sad read with a decent ending.  I was pretty predictable but still a good read.  Would I pick it up and read it again, probably not but it was worth the read. I really don’t have a lot more to say about the story.  If you like a predicable story, this one is a good quick read.

3 of 5 stars

Review: Extraordinary

Extraordinary

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Hardcover , 400pp
  • Sales Rank: 12,334
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe—but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.
Soon she’ll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe’s ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn’t been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?

My Thoughts

I went into this book right after finishing Impossible and I have to say that I was pretty disappointed.  I came to expect great development in both story and characters.  

Format:

I had a really hard time with the flip back and forth between the two different story lines.  It left me confused and honestly a little lost.  For me I think, I would have rathered the story to run as one and all of the surprises at the end.  I felt like I was always missing something.

Characters:

I felt like I never really got to know Mallory, Phoebe and the other.  More like the story moved but I never got a great sense of who they were.  It seemed that it was just surface information until the very end where there was some deep feelings explored.

Overall, it was not a bad book just not my favorite.  I hope to see Werlin return to the style of writing displayed in Impossible.

My Rating:

3/5 Stars