Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

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“Jesus,” Dante interjected when the heavy quiet in the vehicle seemed endless. “All this touchy feely is making me itchy to kill something. How about we quit jerking each other off and go blow the roof off this mutha?”
Lara Adrian, Kiss of Midnight

 

Kiss of Midnight

Lara Adrian

Publication Date: 2007

Publisher: Bantam Books

Ratings on Goodreads: 3.94

Ratings on Amazon: 4.1

Yet another Erotic/Adventure Vampire book has graced my shelf this weekend. Kiss of Midnight has a fast paced plot that keeps the reader hooked until the end. I finished it in a day, although I did have to take a break here and there.

As far as Erotic stories go, this book delivered what was to be expected. It had several interesting plot points, but overall was seemingly pretty predictable.

If I’m being honest, I wish there was more Character Development. Like, a lot more. The characters seemed almost…dry. They said and did all the right things, but there wasn’t much of an emotional spark behind any of it. This could have been due to the amount of time spent in the main Character’s head, but even then the reader was told more than shown how she/he was feeling.

There were times that what the Characters did/said just didn’t seem practical.

There was also very little relationship development within the story. The secondary characters were exactly that; secondary, with even less development than the already lacking main characters.

There were plot holes that nagged at me throughout the story. Even after finishing it I had to ask myself, huh?

But with all that being said, I really did enjoy this book. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to continue  the series in hopes of the Character Development improving. I most likely will, since I’ve started it, but I wont be able to get through 11 other books without some improvement.

Overall Rating: 3.0

A little less than the average, strictly because I am such a junkie for Character Development and emotional angst. It could have easily been a 4.0 if it weren’t for my personal preferences.

 

Sequel or Series Continuation? There are 12 total in te Midnight Breed Series. See the below Goodreads link for more information.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/49140-midnight-breed

 

 

 

 

 

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Moving Onward

An average of 1 post every 2 months is a good rate, right? Right. *mumbles self-deprecating profanities*

It’s all about priorities. I haven’t been posting, but I have been reading and writing, a lot. It has taken a lot of effort to rewire my priorities, but I’m getting there. I am a very habitual individual- something either needs to be a habit or it isn’t going to get done. Ever.

Next on my priority development list is Dream Eras.

Stay tuned for Book Reviews, Book Rants, Writing Prompts, and other Literature related topics.

 

Oh, and guys? Camp Nanowrimo is less than a month away. ARE YOU READY!?

 

Carpe diem,

E

Book Review: Me Before You

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I am a frequent Reader.

By that I mean that it is no stretch for me to have read two or three full-length books in any given weekend. This weekend, in fact, I’ve read four. Each were wonderful pieces of work in their own form.

The last book I lost myself in this weekend (or five hours ago, to be exact) absolutely took my breath away.

 

Again, I am a frequent Reader. There are very few books that I don’t enjoy, but then again, there are very few books that leave me dumbfounded either.

“Me before you”, by Jojo Moyes, is one of those unexpected treasures I’ll revisit time and time again.

When I first began reading I thought the plot to be artfully simple. I stumbled upon the book after seeing a preview for its upcoming movie adaptation. Based on that 2 minute film roll I assumed it was going to be yet another Point A, Point B, Point C Romance novel.

It wasn’t.

In the 5 hours that it took me to devour this book I went through every emotion possible. I was overjoyed, heartbroken, enraged, and dumbfounded.

There are so many things that I could praise about this book, but the thing that deserves the most recognition is Moyes’ character development (or character arc, as I sometimes refer to it).

Will, the largest secondary character, is a master piece on his own. I can honestly say that this is one of the few times I would BEG for a companion novel to be written strictly from his perspective. It’s Louisa Clark, the main character, that completely has me in awe.

I’ve sat here for entirely too long attempting to summarize her character arc but I can’t seem to do it any justice.

She starts out as a seemingly mediocre individual and then slowly blossoms into this incredible,multifaceted character that makes the reader puzzle over how they would react in a similar situation.

 

Moyes took an extremely serious, dark topic and crafted a beautiful story around it.

Read this book.

I hope its depth affects you as much as it did me.

(I’m buying the sequel right…now)

 

 

 

Upcoming Reviews

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All I’ve been able to do lately is read! Not that I’m complaining, mind you! Here are some books I will be reviewing from my book binge over the last few weeks.

Rome by Jay Crownover

Jet by Jay Crowonver

Rule by Jaw Crowover

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan

Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Easy by Tammara Webb

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Reckless by S.C. Stephen

Effortless by S.C. Stephen

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephen

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Last but not least, one book that is actually on my book review challenge list!

Falling for Rachel and Convincing Alex by Nora Roberts

Book Review Challenge

 

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The local Friends of the Library organization held a sale recently  where anyone could come fill as many egg crate boxes as they wanted full of books, each for $8. I, being the obsessed reader that I am, rushed over and filled a box within a matter of minutes. Most of the books I chose weren’t ones that I would normally buy, but they grabbed my attention for one reason or another. My challenge to myself is to read through these books and review them as I go along. They all can’t be horrible, and I expect most of them to be quite entertaining. Here’s a list of the books that are now cluttering my already abused bookshelves:

By the Light of the Moon- Dean Koontz

The Oath- Frank Perett

Dragon Tears- Dean Koontz

The Flame Tree- Richard Lewis

The Calling-Inger Ash Wolfe

The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd

Falling for Rachel & Convincing Alex- Nora Roberts

Mother Earth Father Sky- Sue Harrison

The Morning River- Michael Gear

People of the Longhouse- W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear

People of the Lakes- W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Dark Summer- Iris Johansen

The Darkest Evening of the Year- Dean Koonts

Waiting- Fraink M. Robinson

Frozen- Kate Watterson

Empire Rising- Sam Barone

Chaosbound- David Farland

There is a nice assortment of genres within the group. I give no promises as to how long it will take for me to read this list, especially since I’m known to be drawn into other series so easily. I will, however, review every book that I read this year in hopes of helping someone else find their next favorite book.

I challenge each of you to do the same- locate a few books on your shelves that you have yet to read and dive in. Be sure to let us know what you think of them!

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening- L.J. Smith

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Evil will never find peace. It may triumph, but it will never find peace― L.J. Smith,

The Awakening

What’s good?

Yet another young adult book romanticizing vampires and emphasizing human frailty.

What’s amiss?

The characters are very shallowly constructed, the plot overly dramatic.

Like so many others I found myself picking this book up after watching the first season of the TV show. Which, for the record, I had several complaints of wishy-washyness and lack of plot development. After seeing what the show had to work with I can understand why. The entire book is very dramatic, the main character very shallow both in personality and in development. Even so, the book was enjoyable. I went on to read the next 2 books in the series, but after reading the summaries of the rest I decided I’d had enough. It seems having multiple people write this series wasn’t the best choice, as it seemingly fell apart and turned into a confusing and contradicting mess.

If you’ve read one or all of the series, what were your thoughts?

Ride The Wind- Lucia St. Clair Robson

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You should be happy to greet each day. And if you’re not happy, look inside yourself for the reason.-Lucia St. Clair Robson

If you enjoy books about Native Americans and you have yet to read Ride the Wind, I urge you to immediately change this. This book will break your heart, mend it, take it on the journey of a life time, and then break it again. What makes the sting of heart break a little more potent is that the story is based on real life events. Read it. You’ll never forget this one.

What’s good?

The imagery in this book is amazing. While a lot of the book is narrative it doesn’t take away from the experience. You’ll fall in love with the characters, the story, and everything between the two covers. Robson provides an in-depth view from both parties, and you’ll struggle to decide which is right or wrong, or if both are.

What’s amiss?

The only thing I can currently say is amiss with this one (after only reading it once) is the small amount of information given on Cynthia Ann Parker’s family after she is taken. There are little excerpts here and there, but I would have liked a little more information to try to form more of an opinion about them.

Carrie- Stephen King

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“People don’t get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don’t stop pulling the wings of flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.”
Stephen King, Carrie

I love King. Anyone who knows me knows he is one of my favorite authors. Dream Catcher, It, and Bag of Bones have held my interest over several years and several different readings. Carrie, however; isn’t going to be added to that list. Aspects of Carrier were amazing. It truly makes you question human nature and how one’s actions effect others. Bullying is an real life issue that many choose to ignore. I hope that the Movie that will be hitting theaters in the next few months doesn’t miss that important issue. Overall, it’s worth the read, but don’t expect to become as involved in it as some of King’s other novels.

What’s good?

The depth given to the main characters; The questioning of basic human behavior; the realistic issues hidden within the story.

What’s amiss?

The oversimplification of the plot.

Awakenings- Edward Lazellari

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Colby never screamed louder in his life. He could feel the gray man’s hand clamping his heart, but was too gripped with terror to realize there was little blood coming forth. Symian’s hand pulled the organ free of its attachments. Within moments, Symian held Colby’s still-beating heart in front of his face. He put it in the velvet bag, thumping like a trapped rat, and pulled the drawstring shut.- Edward Lazellari, Awakenings:2011

With Awakenings as his first novel, Edward Lazellari promises a spectacular career in Fantasy writing. There are very few fantasy novels I come across that can be deemed “original”, but Awakenings is one of them! In all honesty the book wasn’t anything like what I expected from reading the back cover or the prologue. It’s a rich mixture of magic, adventure, mystery, and small dash reality, all combined into a fast paced novel that will keep you turning the pages!

What’s good?

The story’s originality and the mixture of fiction elements (adventure, fantasy, mystery).

What’s amiss?

Fleeting secondary characters, slow start.

Family Secrets- Candice Kohl

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Esther Brown’s family is falling apart around her. Widowed and re-married with two daughters, Esther is unable to control her eldest daughter Geneva’s wayward ways and sends her to live in Ivy Glen with her sister Prudence and her husband, Brock Langtry. Esther’s attempt to find salvation for her child sets in motion a series of dramatic events that tests the bonds of one family as they discover ‘Family Secrets.’

     Kohl has delivered a magnificent novel in Family Secrets. It was a beautifully written novel that deserves recognition for the topic matter as well as the depth of the character’s and emotions within .The story encompasses the most important heartfelt emotions that each of us have experienced at one time or another. Her words spark the memory of a first love, the desire to belong unconditionally, forbidden love, and unavoidable heartbreak . She captures the overly charged emotions that coincide with coming of age and then, tugging at her reader’s heartstrings, she begins to explore each kind of love that can exist within one individual being. You will laugh with Hallie, suffer with Esther, hurt with Prudence and you will come of age with Geneva, encountering all the struggles that each family member faces during the early 1900’s. Most commendably, Candice Kohl captures the universal essence that each family contains; secrets.

      I was unable to put this book down once I began reading it. The topic matter is definitely not for younger readers, as the majority of the book dances around adult themes. However, this isn’t a book that should be overlooked. The depth of the characters and the themes behind them are breathtaking. From the moment you open the cover you will be stepping into the world in the early 1900’s, and it’s a trip you don’t want to miss.