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Published by Skyhorse Publishing on June 7, 2016
Genres: Humor & Satire, Coming of Age
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Kieran’s love life didn’t get off to a good start. He threw up after his first kiss; he was beaten up by the first girl to have a crush on him; and after a mix-up with his first love letter, he could only sit back and watch as the entire school mistook him for a brutal murderer. By the time the hormones kicked in, Kieran had all but given up on love, but the worst was yet to come.
Relying on advice from friends who are just as dumb and just as clueless, Kieran weaves a stuttering, stumbling path through the world of adult dating. He lacks decorum, charisma, confidence—everything he needs to succeed. Despite that, there is one girl who changes him, one girl who eases his nerves and gives him hope. She is everything he had hoped for: beautiful, generous, funny—and she didn’t turn tail and run when she first saw him. But then, she disappears. Will Kieran find her again? And if he does, can his luck hold long enough to make a relationship with her last? What are the chances that all the mishaps and misadventures that go before, between, and after will put him off dating for good?
An Idiot in Love chronicles a series of unfortunate sexual encounters and relationships that every reader can appreciate and sympathize with.
An Idiot In Love by David Jester is touted as a funny romp through the life of a loser in love. While the main character was a loser, I did not find it very funny. Kieran is one of those guys where nothing seems to work out for. His dating life is a disaster, from throwing up on a girl to a series of misunderstanding making it look like he is stalking another, he just can’t win. But there is one girl, who flits through his life that may be just right for him, if only he could find her again.
While I did like the engaging writing style of the author, I found what he thought to be funny, crass or just downright rude. To me, there was not an emotional connection so I was never drawn to the main character. I also found part of the story line to be distasteful to people with mental health issues. This has a 3.3 star rating on Amazon and that is exactly where I would put it. A good read, but not a great one.
Favorite lines – In the cold light of a sober day, after an awkward meeting with a woman I realized wasn’t perfection personified, I realized that getting myself locked up in a psychiatric hospital probably wasn’t the best thing to do.
Biggest cliché – Wow, how do I keep screwing things up?
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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Trouble with Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau
Published by Harper Perennial on June 28, 2016
Genres: Women's Fiction, Coming of Age
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“The problem wasn’t so much that Lexie had taken the Klonopin. And it wasn’t even really that she had stolen them…The problem, as Lexie saw it, was that she had fallen asleep in the bed of the owner of the Klonopin. And the owner of the Klonopin was the wife of her lover….”
Lexie James escaped: after being abandoned by her alcoholic father, and kicked out of the apartment to make room for her mother’s boyfriend, Lexie made it on her own. She earned a Masters degree, conquered terrifying panic attacks, got engaged to the nicest guy she’d ever met, and landed a counseling job at the prestigious Ruxton Academy, a prep school for the moneyed children of the elite.
But as her wedding date nears, Lexie has doubts. Yes, she’s created the stable life she craved as a child, but is stability really what she wants? In her moment of indecision, Lexie strikes up a friendship with a Ruxton alumnus, the father of her favorite student. It’s a relationship that blows open Lexie’s carefully constructed life, and then dunks her into shocking situations with headline-worthy trouble.
The perfect cocktail of naughtiness, heart, adventure and humor, The Trouble with Lexie is a wild and poignant story of the choices we make to outrun our childhoods—and the choices we have to make to outrun our entangled adult lives.
The Trouble with Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau had some amazing moments, funny and real, these points really shone. However this book heavily features a general no-go for me, adultery, so I just didn’t click with it. Lexie is the counselor at a prestigious high school and is engaged to be married. Then a chance encounter with one of her student’s father changes everything she had planned for her future. As she sets on a path to her new happiness, Lexie will need to reevaluate all of her choices.
It was hard for me to root for a main character that was determined to ruin lives and relationships to get what she wants. While I really enjoyed the writing style and the very sharp turns of phrase the author used, I did not like any of the characters. It is hard for me to get into a read where I just don’t connect. There was a nice array of emotions in the read but it just wasn’t for me.
Favorite lines – The sadness inside Lexie ran like a wash cycle: circling, swirling, rotating, swishing. It came straight out of her mouth, eyes, and nose, everything wet and running. Lexie wanted to flip a switch and shut it all down. And somehow she did. Lexie flipped the switch. And the light in her head didn’t turn on again until the moment she was awakened…
Biggest cliché – I am not the problem.
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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne
Published by Harper Voyager on June 21, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Sagas
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A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.
Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the “Twins” grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire-lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked, until now.
Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny—a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.
When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters—Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.
These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun . . . and plunging their world into darkness.
In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne is the first epic saga type book I have read in a while that I just could not get into. Basically twins are bad and must be killed, as long ago twin Gods were banished and the fear is that human twins will unleash them and then the sun will burn out. I think that is the gist. This was a very confusing world for me and I did not find a character to latch onto to lead me through the tale. While the author wrote well, and the descriptions were fantastic, I just could not fully follow the story. I know there was a sect of priests looking for twins, a guy wandering about and a young boy and girl living in the streets and just trying to survive. And then there were so many other things going on that I was overwhelmed.
Now I could picture the hubs loving this book, as he really loves delving into the mythos of a fantasy world and discovering all of the little things that tie all of the seemingly disparate parts together, but for me, this was a tough one to get through. Now I have seen some amazing reviews of this, so keep in mind that this was just not for me, but it could be perfect for you, if you can follow along.
Favorite lines – There was only the anger, and his goals, and nothing would stand between them. The world would burn in the fire of his anger, if it came to it. There was no room for mercy.
Biggest cliché – The Gods told me to do it.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge