Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Mask Book Review

The Mask is a novel written by the Master of Terror, Owen West.  It is about a loving woman named Carol who wants to start a family.  Her and her husband Paul don't believe in ghosts, but haunting situations test their skepticism.  The first half of the novel was strictly setting the scene and it sort of dragged.  This story was interesting, but the style that it's being told was a little tasteless.  This is one of his earlier works and he was still developing his style.  The plot twists weren't all that shocking, but I don't want to compare him to Stephen King.  Owen West is his own man.  Owen West is the Master of Terror.  Owen West is Dean Koontz.
I bought it for 50 cents at a book fair a few months ago and I decided to really read it a couple of weeks ago.  Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Caught in the Act Book Review

Lori Foster's Caught in the Act is about an undercover cop, Mick, who falls in love with a suspense writer, Delilah. He's been watching her pass his favorite cafe and when he finally gets the courage to approach her, some jerk tried to shoot her.  Mick took a bullet for her which lead to Delilah kissing him.  The writing style was pretty good, everything was described beautifully and really painted itself in my mind.  I like how their love is so true, but I didn't like how they fell in love fast -- a little too fast for my taste.  I'd have preferred if their love started off small or unnoticed and then slowly grew.  I also didn't like how Delilah goes on like being a published writer isn't a big deal.  She is a bit of an enigma.  I remember the noting in my eBook that she was a sexy version of Annie Wilkes (the enigma from Misery).  Delilah's delicate and feminine, but she's a sucker for danger.  Overall, I give this story 3.5 out of 5.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"The Mouse on the Mile" Review

This is the second serial of Stephen King's "the Green Mile" serial novels.  

This story was a little hard for me to follow, because of all the characters and situations that were taking place.  A lot was happening in those 92 pages.  John Coffey (the serial novel's magic man) doesn't play a big role in "the Mouse on the Mile" and that was a letdown for me.  This serial just focuses of life on the mile before Coffey and how Mr. Jingles (the mouse) started off in the mile.

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I bought this one, and serials one and three, at a book fair for 50 cents each.  I finished the first book a few months ago and school has been ruling my life, so I just got back to this.

It's About Time Novella Review

This story was featured in the Bad Boys of Summer novella collection.

Erin McCarthy's It's About Time is about a prosecutor named Trish who believes that she's incapable of being loved.  She shares a pleasant commiseration with a lonely drunk at a bar.  They share their hearts to each other and reveal things they're afraid of admitting to themselves.  This was a fast read and it was perfectly paced.  It's About Time is a hilarious examination of modern love.  It is well-written and I'd love to read more of Erin McCarthy's work.  Overall 4/5 stars. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Secret Life of Bryan Book Review

Lori Foster's novel the Secret Life of Bryan is a modern romance between two people pretending to be things they're not. A bounty hunter disguised as a preacher falls for a woman of high society who's pretending to be a hooker.  This novel is funny and so real.  It made me think about the problems within a community.  We mostly think about the world at large because it's just so mainstream, but overlook the problems close by because they've become our norms.  This novel is so well-written and a quick read.  I finished it within five days.  4.5 out of 5 stars!  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Shining Book Review

I've been reading it on and off but I've finally finished the Shining by Stephen King.  It was a long read and it seemed to drag a bit.  The last 200 pages was when the action started to rise.  The author wanted to set the scene and every paragraph is full of imagery and atmosphere.  This was one of King's earlier works, so I believe his writing style was still developing.  Overall well-written.  3.5 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Luscious by Lori Foster- Story Review

Lori Foster's Luscious is the first novella in the Bad Boys of Summer collection.  The story is about a young woman named Bethany.  She's serious and independent, but quit her lame job and dumped her loser boyfriend.  She just wants to get her life in order and is not interested in any romance, but her sexy landlord keeps making it difficult.  This story is funny and kinky (in a sexy way, not Stephen King/Chuck Palahniuk way) and romantic.  The writing is very witty and easy simple to read.  I hope to model my work after Ms. Foster.  I give this story a five out of five.