Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I decided to buy an early Christmas present for myself and picked up the iPad Air. It's slight. Slim. Speedy. I'm in love. So the first thing I did after I set it up was to explore iBooks and all the freebies that are available - something that I never really did with my old iPad.
After I downloaded the requisite Classics, I explored some more and found some romance, paranormal, and even some Young Adult. Well this is how I found Juliana Stone.
The first book of the Barker Triplets got me hooked. I've always been a fan of sports and romance and Offside features a retired hockey player who had no choice, but to hang up her skates due to a concussion.
The second book, Collide is about the middle Barker, who used to be the other half of a twosome trouble. Years go by; life happens. She then reinvented herself and became the responsible adult that everyone wanted her to be. But when her ex-partner in crime comes back, she starts craving for the reckless things she used to do.
The third book, Conceal is about the most troubled Barker. A former supermodel who lived way too fast and had fallen with a resounding thud from the life she used to know. When a big shot Hollywood actor sets his sights on a has-been junkie, she can't help but think that he's got an ulterior motive…and he does.
It only took one book. One freaking book to fall in love with Stone's characters and stories. Sure they are romance and slightly veering towards Erotica (okay, yes, it's Erotica) but man, when you're stuck in a reading rut, and you need something quick and dirty, Juliana Stone was the cure all for my slump.
Her characters have layers and personalities entirely their own. The male leads are hot and the sex even more so. But that's not the only draw of Stone's books. She's got some depth to each and everyone's stories: their father is losing his battle with symptoms of Alzheimer's, but their grandfather is far from going senile. The heroes also has problems of their own that just made them a bit more real and less than perfect. And of course, the triplets.
Billie-Jo has always dealt with the sexist perception that women are not allowed to play professional hockey. So she took her talent to Sweden (they allow women to play in men's league over there. Go Sweden!). But when she suffered a career-ending concussion, she had little choice but to go back to her hometown. Her book explores all the idiocy of men: sexist, chauvinist, no-girls-are-allowed-in-our-club attitude.
Bobbi-Jo didn't have a choice but to stick around while her older and younger sister goes off and have the lives they've always wanted. She grew up and became a no non-sense practical girl who is willing to marry a man slightly more exciting than a rice cake. But when prodigal son, Shane Gallagher gets out of prison, she starts thinking about what was waiting for her after she marries a man for practical reasons. Yeah well. That's no biggie, isn't it? Why would you hang around a guy who doesn't give you O? This one's a no-brainer.
The third book, Betty-Jo's story was one that I was dreading reading. Let's just say that the woman gets around in the first two books…that is, that's what Juliana wanted you to believe. Her story is heartbreaking and I think favourite among the three.
Sorry this has gone on too long. Just…just read them, will you?
Monday, December 2, 2013
If your bookstore is like mine, you should be able to find a stand filled with these Hard Case Crime books. They are hard to miss and even harder to ignore. The covers are simply gorgeous. Everything retro is all the rage nowadays so I'm not surprised that this genre is being given a new lease on life.
Mystery didn't really go away or had become less popular. What is being revived here is the gritty, harsh prose and the cover art worthy of a showing in an Art Gallery.
They are sold in mass market paperback format, trade paperbacks and the rare hardbacks. The last format, though, is scary expensive. I found one which I now regret ever buying. I opted to pick up the trade paperbacks because mass market is just not something I buy (personal preference - they look crap on my bookshelves. I'm anal, I know this.).
The authors who have signed up on this venture are quite an intimidating bunch and whose works are, admittedly, something I'm not familiar with. The more obvious of all is Stephen King. I've never really given his books a first glance. I just know that it's beyond my feeble mind. Michael Crichton as well and Lawrence Block. Right now, I'm in the middle of reading Choke Hold by Christa Faust. It's a story about an ex-porn actress who got saddled with the son of an ex when he got shot in the diner where she was a waitress. Without writing too much about it, let's just say there had been shootings, gore, and deaths within the first two chapters. It's freaking awesome and not at all the kind of books I'm used to reading.
I've found myself drawn to the covers of these books. I must admit that I was a little apprehensive. I'm not much of a crime/thriller reader so I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to read one, much less the eight that I've managed to collect in the last few weeks. Lo and behold, I'm actually enjoying them. They are fast reads. From what I've noticed so far is that the authors are more interested in telling you the nitty gritty than going by the descriptive route.
Anyway, feast your eyes on these covers.
Anyway, feast your eyes on these covers.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Hello there. This week's book haul shows improvement. Meaning, I spent very little. Go me! :) I got two books for review and the rest were bought. It's been a great reading week and also very productive in the creativity department. My obsession with black out poetry has taken over practically every waking moment that I have to spare. I'm behind on reviews but I'm not worried about that. As long as I'm reading, then I'm good. So this is my haul:
I technically only bought two books and a couple of graphic novels this week. This is perhaps the smallest haul I have on record. Simon & Schuster Canada rocks. Seriously. They're the only publisher who sends me books for review. I mean, unsolicited, that is. I only ask if they offer.
FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE by K.A. Tucker
THE OFFERING BY Kimberly Derting
THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink
SAGA Vol. I by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
SAGA Vol. II by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Ehmerged. These graphic novels, you guise. I want to marry it. Seriously. It's beyond words awesome. I read this back-to-back. I'll be posting my review (an attempt, anyway) next week.
That's it for this week! Thanks for reading. :)