You’d be surprised how much you missed something when you’ve been away for a while. I talked to someone recently about my love of reading and they mentioned how I should write reviews. I thought to myself ‘I do!’ but I knew that I hadn’t been consistent with writing them. I don’t think there is any real science behind it, I just think that my love for reading has suddenly outweighed my love for writing reviews.
Don’t get me wrong! I love love love to review novels but I just get so caught up in the stories that I end up reading the next novel and not writing the review. I have sooooo many book reviews to write. I’ve at least read 4 books a week for the last month and a half. Each of them will be getting a review, it’s just a matter of time.
I look forward to the long nights until I get them all done and I hope that you enjoy them.
I love feedback guys! If you hate my reviews, let me know! If you love my reviews, let me know! If you have read the book before, please…let me know and tell me how you felt about it!
You might be one to think that I am biased when it comes to this author…and I usually am. I have been reading novels by Lynsay Sands since I was in high school when I first fell in love with A Quick Bite. I took to her writing style almost immediately and couldn’t let go. Her descriptions, character analysis and plot twists really had me transfixed. Every time a new story came out I was immediately taken away. I’d say the hardest thing about being in love with a book series is waiting for the next one to come out. There was a period there when she wrote historical fiction instead of The Argeneau series and I was angry at her. Of course, with her being my favorite author, I read the historicals anyway (and loved them) but that was besides the point. So when the new story came out I was very happy.
I was waiting in line at Wal-Mart and it hit me, I hadn’t even glanced at the book section in a very long time, which if you know me is very unheard of, and I immediately ran over. I didn’t see anything and was thoroughly upset. I went to work that day and who but a coworker with the same novel interests held a new book by Lynsay Sands? I asked her where she got it and she said Wal-Mart! Ugh! I went back at 1am that night and searched every shelf. I just so happened to come across the last one, tucked behind a few other novels (someone was probably hiding it but I grabbed it…gotcha!). I read it in it’s entirety the next day. That is how dedicated I am to this author.
Now that you know how biased I am…on to the review. I must admit, I was very disappointed with this story. I’m not sure if it’s because this is like the…25th book in the series and she just ran out of things to come up with but…it wasn’t very good. I gobbled up the first few pages as the introduction of characters had me hooked, per us. I loved the opening scene. Closer to the middle of the book I had became irritated with the main female’s disposition. She just didn’t sit well with me. The main male definitely was on my good side. It wasn’t an issue of not being able to relate to the story, or that her usual prose was decommissioned. It was just that it seemed a little unrealistic; which is funny regarding a series about ‘good’ vampires searching for their life mates but nevertheless it was true.
By the end of the story I was so fed up with the book that it felt more like I was reading it just to finish. I have a (bad) habit of throwing books that I dislike and had I been at home or in a private place it definitely wouldn’t have been throw worthy. I was dissatisfied, intrigued and confused at the same time.
I saw that the author has another book in the series coming out soon and for the first time I’m a little apprehensive. Lynsay! Please come back to me! Come towards the light! If my writings aren’t good enough to be read you at least have to give me something to hope for the future!
Please…no more like About A Vampire. There, I think I got it out of my system. 🙂
I have read a few books but the last two that I finished that I will be doing reviews on within the next few days are below! I am also rereading the entire His Dark Materials collection by Philip Pullman, I read it when I was in highschool and can’t wait to start it again. It will most likely take a while as there are three larger books, I might break them up and do a review for each novel.
Lynsay Sands: About A Vampire and Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman
I look forward to writing these reviews and I hope you enjoy them!
Ok, so it’s not really happy news that I’ve come to share with you. I actually am doing a review on this book even though I did NOT read it. I know, I know! You guys are like WHAT!? I will admit that I thought twice about doing the review but since I already had it in my queue for books to read and review I thought why not.
I actually got this book on loaner from another reader at work and I thought it was going to be great. Outside of the last few Twilight books, I am actually an avid vampire-story reader. I love the new ideas that people come up with, the spins and twists and i love the seriousness in which they sell their plots.
This book had none of that. I began to read it and immediately from page one I thought it was horrible. I couldn’t take the awkward way the book portrayed some B-rated surfer movie meets Interview With A Vampire meets Clueless plot. Everything said was a “dude” or a “omigosh” or “…falls on the floor with head in hands” I just couldn’t take it. I did try and stick it out and read more of the novel but I was so out of touch with the characters from page one that I refused to read further. If I had been at home or in the comfort of an inclosed space (and if it weren’t a borrowed novel) i would have thrown it across the room as I am known to do with books disliked.
I was actually surprised also because I have read at least one or two other Kerrelyn Sparks novels and I for sure thought she was going to give me some semblance of a decent novel. I was surprised that this turned out to be a hippie soap opera for hot vampires.
So there you have it. I read the book but not in it’s entirety and this is my complete opinion of the novel. I guess now would be the perfect time to say I would NOT recommend this novel, not to anyone. However, I do know that someone will most likely go and read it just because I disliked it and that is fine also, good for them! I hope you like it!
Sexiest Vampire Alive on Amazon
So Vampires Never Cry Wolf was another one of the Buy 2 Get a 3rd FREE books that I bought from Books A Million. I really enjoyed this novel. It’s an easy read. I’d say that it had a pretty good balance between sex and story plot like any other romance novel. I would also say that sex, lust, very strong feelings of attraction were a main focus for the book though. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it was just that I saw so much more potential with the story line than the two main characters just having the hots for each other.
Of course there was also the Juliet and Romeo story plot with the two species having a strong vendetta against each other for the last millennia. I enjoyed how she solved that problem and how it there were somethings left unresolved. I have recently realized, during the brainstorming of my new novel, that a great number of books that have complete resolution at the end. Most romance novels have everything figured out by the time the last page rolls around. This family member is no longer estranged, the couple will live happily ever after, the mystery has been uncovered and brought to justice; etc. I have found that as long as our couple has had some sort of agreement, head nod, potential smiling or continuation of the relationship we are happy. I like how Humphreys left some things to be worked out after the book has already finished. She gave some in-depth explanations as to how their lives could be solved but they are still based on several in the future decisions each character would have to make later on after the pages are over. I admire her writing style in this sense. Way to go, Humphreys!
I’ve seen the it is apart of a book series! I’m sure you will encounter Sadie and Killian in another novel as well, don’t miss them too much! I definitely recommend you read this novel if you are new to the vampire crave and want to add a little wolf action to your story.
Vampires Never Cry Wolf on Amazon
This book was pretty great. I actually think it was a breath of fresh air from the recent novels. So far we’ve mostly been dealing with humans or vampires that obviously already knew about the fall of Atlantis and everything that it had to do with the nanos. This time we got a really different spin on how it was told. I believe Lynsay Sands is one of the only authors with a paranormal series that tells back story so vividly. Facts have been checked, questions have been answered and it fits so well into the current story.
Yes, I would say that if you were binge reading (which I’ve done a few times) the series then you might sigh when you realize it most be told all over again. Fortunately, Sands doesn’t tell it the exact same way twice! I didn’t feel compelled to skip over that part! (Which is a plus!)
Sherry, the main character, had a sort of historically feel about her. The way she and Basil interacted kind of made me feel like I was reading a historical romance thrown into modern day. Decidedly, I’m sure that was done on purpose. There was sort of a slow cadence to this book that the others didn’t have. I liked it alot. It didn’t make you want to put the book down, at all. The slower crawl of the book also kept you from feeling like you just binge watched an entire season on Netflix and your eyes are drying out. It made me smile, it made me laugh and definitely there was a little frustration in there also!
I hope you enjoy the book! I definitely recommend reading it!
P.S. The Immortal Who Loved Me is the newest installment in a long series about the Argeneau family. I would suggest starting from the beginning with A Quick Bite, the series is definitely superb!
The Immortal Who Loved Me on Amazon