2nd Review: The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal

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Book Information:

The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
Kensington Publishing/Books
Published in 2007
ISBN 0758220316
343 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Megha is a dowry bride in India. One day, she overhears her husband and mother-in-law talk about how to murder her. For fear of her life, she runs away to the only place where they won’t think to find her. Kiran helps hide her from his wicked relatives. However, when they begin to have feelings for each other, will this bring doom to them?

My feelings are pretty much the same as when I first read it. However, the redundancy got on my nerves more this time than the first time. And the fact that I endured reading the book again without smut just made my mood worse. >.>”

Anyways, like mentioned before, there is a lot of redundancy. For the first part of the book, it was really boring and makes you wonder why she put it there. Then, it turns out the author just repeats that part later on in the story, with only a little bit more detail. Also, this book is very slow paced with a little too much description. I was struggling to read the whole book again. :( It takes almost 200 pages for them to do gushy romantic things. :(

Even though there isn’t any detailed smut, there is several gushy, giddy puppy-love romantic parts. I don’t like reading that much romance without any kind of smut, if I do, I will read young adult books for it. There is sex mentioned and one not very detailed smut scene between Kiran and Megha, but other than that, you will get filled with romance and love. :X So those of you expecting more smut than romance, you will be disappointed, though, the romantic parts are (kind of) nice. ;)

It is sort of exciting with the characters, descriptions, and climaxes, but this book is not something I would read more than twice. The ending is very disappointing. I wish there was more of a complete ending as to whether or not Megha and Kiran get married. The point of this book, to me, was to mostly show women’s independence and how women, like men, can grow whenever something terrible happens and still lead a successful life.  It is a good book to encourage women to take a stand in things they know isn’t right for them or others, but as far as romance goes, it isn’t. :(

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Shobhan Bantwal
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet My Book Place

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

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Book Information:

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Vintage Books
Published in 1997
ISBN 0375706771
374 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Sibyl Danforth is a midwife in rural Vermont, but on one winter night, she made a fatal mistake that might put an end to her career. Now she faces the law, doctors, and her own conscience, while trying to prove that her patient really was dead before she did the emergency c-section. What will the jury deciding her fate pick? Guilty? Or, not guilty?

Okay, this is the second time I have read this book, and it is just as good as when I first read it. :D

Anyways, Sibyl’s story is told through the eyes of her daughter, when she is an adult. And even though this story is told when she is adult, you still get the feeling that she was channeling that time because it had a childlike air to it.

It also has a mixture of law, medical, family problems, and other interesting things. The description in this book is very well done, and you can tell that the author did a lot of research before jumping into writing this book.

The book was very engaging because of all the action and real life problems in it. Some parts you want to break down and cry, and other parts, where you actually want to read ahead and find out the outcome – since the court parts were kind of boring, exciting, and interesting all at the same time. ;)

It was a very touching story, and it felt very completed. I was very satisfied that I read this; even though it was my second time reading this book.

Anyways, I definitely recommend this book for pretty much anyone. It has a little bit of everything for everyone. However, there are some things that children definitely shouldn’t read about in it. It is also perfect for any class that is studying ethics or anyone who is planning on going into the medical field.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Chris Bohjalian
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet The Lost Entwife
$New_Bullet Croak

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

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Book Information:

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Balzer + Bray
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061853289
408 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Ann, the queen bee/drama queen, overhears the men talking about witchcraft. So she, Mercy, Margaret, and the other girls get an idea… They start accusing people as witches, but how long will this attention-grabber last?

I love reading historical fiction, especially if it has romance in it, so I like this book a little bit more. I gave it a higher rating than last time because of the fact I wasn’t in a rush to read it like last time. ^^;

I really do not like the format of the book (evocative verse) since it made it seem like a very short read. It kind of reminded me of the Dear America books, but shorter and a lot of POVs (points of view). Which brings me to who narrates, Ann, Margaret, and Mercy are the main narrators. It was pretty interesting to have each different girl have a POV, and it was surprising that the book still had a pretty good flow to the storyline despite the multiple POVs.

Anyways, despite the feeling of the book being too short, the author still managed to give the girls a good enough personality. And somehow with these personalities, the author was able to make people pity them because the author tries to give the girls a good enough personality and enough background life to notice them. Another thing I like about this book is that you also get to see a new side on how the girls are treated after they put an end to the accusing. In other books I’ve read about the witch trials, I don’t think any of the authors end the accusing and how society treats them afterwards.

I like the idea behind the book, however, it feels like something was missing from the book — it could have used a little bit more substance, action, and plot. I definitely would have liked it even more if it expanded it with more description and substance to it. >.>”  Also, it felt more like a junior fiction book than a young adult book, despite having a little sex scene in it. >.< However, that scene didn’t go that into detail, so you don’t have to worry about it too much. ^^

The idea is worth reading, but the lack of descriptions, details, and action makes it feel too incomplete and short. >.>”  I like this book a little bit better than when I first read it, but not by much.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Stephanie Hemphill
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Book Envy
$New_Bullet Simply Books
$New_Bullet My Reading Room
$New_Bullet Book Whisperer
$New_Bullet Dog-eared and Well-read

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Review: Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY

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Book Information:

Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY
Harper Teen
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061956973
262 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Academy Book 0.5 (Sunshine)

Edison Group Experiments Book ??
Kat Book 02 (Hunting Kat)

Not a series. (Bring Me to Life, Above, and Lilith)

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

An anthology of five different stories from five different authors. Click on the links to go directly to the review you want to read.

  1. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  2. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  3. Cast, Kristin – Above
  4. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  5. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  6. Feelings about the Book Overall

Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine

2 out of 5

Eric Dragomir has a reputation of being a player, and he has no intention of settling down. That is, until he meets Rhea Daniels, will she be able to tame the player within Eric? This is a prequel of Vampire Academy. Story about Lissa’s (Vasilisa) parents and how they met.

First of all, I have never read the Vampire Academy series, but I have heard that the series is good. Now if I were to base whether or not I would read the series from this short story, I would say no and run away from it.

The plot of this short story was so dull that it shouldn’t be put into a book. Maybe a free read, but not a book you have to pay money for. That was my very first issue with this story.

The second thing I didn’t like in this short was the characters’ personalities. They were all so very annoying and irritating. Rhea was very weak and docile, and that irritated me so much I nearly threw the book at one point. And Eric’s personality wasn’t much better. His “never had loved anyone” and player personality was teeth gritting and annoyed me further. Sure, I have read other books with these types of personalities, but the author was able to make the characters appear appealing to me – this story didn’t.

There are several other things I didn’t like about this short story like it lacked events and details, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying this book just to have a Vampire Academy series story to read. Borrow it from your library or friend first before you buy it.

So far, I am recommending staying far, far away from this book, and this is based only on this one story.

Oh, well. Onto the next story, even though I’m kind of not looking forward to reading it. >.>”

Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life

4 out of 5

Danika wins a contest to go to Sunderland Manor Art Academy, which is located in the UK. Forgetting the life she leaves behind, she finds the manor creepy, yet familiar. Not only that, she meets Braum there. Is there more to this manor, servants, and guy than what meets the eye?

I kind of got a feeling, while reading it, that this story’s plot was a spin-off of Dracula, but I don’t know for sure since I tend to not to read that many classics. ^^;

While reading it, this story was sometimes a little hard to follow, or it was for me (maybe I was sleepy), but it is pretty much explained towards the end of the short story. However, you might still have some questions about the story, characters, etc.

The characters’ personalities were all right, but you couldn’t really categorize the personalities they had since they were pretty much had many personalities that were well blended.

Also, this story had good enough details and descriptions, but I wish this story were a little bit longer (about as a long a novel). :P So far, I think that this story is the best one in this book. Definitely very good read, but I want to know and read more about it.

It would be worth the money to buy this book, if all the stories were like this one. ;) Oh, well. Onto the next story, but I’m definitely not looking forward to reading it since it is by Kristin Cast. :(

Cast, Kristin – Above

1 out of 5

Sol is an Other (vampire) from Above, and Rheena is from Below. However, Rheena has never fit in Below, so her parents allow her to go live Above. Shen then meets Sol Above. They find that they have similar feelings for each other, but how long will it last?

One thing, what the hell is with this story?! The author tries (and fails) in writing it like a poem, and it shows ever so well that it was badly written. Not only that, but the plot is definitely confusing at first, but it turns into something… awful? Strange? All together horrible? Take your pick.

The author also tries to take a new approach at describing events, characters, etc, but I hardly noticed them because I was too busy figuring out what the point of the story. It finally dawned to me who wrote the House of Night series, during the beginning books, her mother. This story was too horrible to even see how she even manages to write anything good and worthwhile.

Also, it is sheer luck I was able to make a summary about this short story.  I really wanted to rip and burn the pages. Yes, I was that irritated with it. It may seem gruesome, if you can actually figure out what the author was trying to say, but I hardly noticed because of my headache. I would have give it a 0 star rating, but I don’t have one. :(

This was by far the worst story in this book. Run far away from this story, and stay away from it.

*BREATHES* On to the next story. If this one irritates me, I’m turning it back into the library today.

Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat

4 out of 5

Kat, now a full vampire, is trying to get used to her instincts as a huntress. However, when she goes somewhere without Marguerite, she gets kidnapped by bounty hunters. During that time, she meets two boys, but are they there to help or hurt her?

After reading the free short story, I was hoping to see a little bit more information on everything, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Also, there is very little romance, but there isn’t so much to be really happy or excited about. I wish I could have seen more romance develop between Kat and one of the boys. (I’m not saying his name because it might spoil the short story a little. :P )

Anyways, the short story was still pretty good, but I think it would be better if the author did some full novels along with the short stories. The characters are still pretty interesting, like in the free short story, but I wish their personalities were a little bit more developed from the free short story I read.

I really do wish there was more to Kat’s part of the Edison Group Experiments, like the author does for Chloe and Maya (which I yet to read). This felt like a very short read, but this one is the other story I like in this book.

Well, onto the last story in this anthology. Wish me luck~

Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith

1 out of 5

Paul wishes to escape his reality full of people bullying and teasing him. And Lilith might have a way for him, but will he like the choice she will give him?

Disappointed, very disappointed. Meh, I guess I have to add more things to make it more like a review now. :(

Things I didn’t like is well, everything and anything. One, the plot reminded me of another supernatural book that I didn’t like that much – I don’t remember the title right at this moment. Two, this short story was too creepy and strange for me to really enjoy.

*SPOILER* It really reminded me about how depressed teenager commits suicide, but this story kind of adds a twist to it by adding supernatural characters to it. *END SPOILER* Also, the personality of Paul is so stereotypical for most other characters in his position.  And it is kind of hard to write characters like him and make them appealing to readers.

Anyways, overall, I was very disappointed in the story and the character’s personalities. I had trouble reading it because it was so bad. Now, it isn’t the worst story in this book, but it is still pretty bad.

Feelings about the Book Overall

Overall, this book is definitely not worth buying, much less reading. If you really want to read it, here is what I suggest (in order from what I like the most to what I liked the least):

  1. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  2. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  3. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  4. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  5. Cast, Kristin – Above

Only one or two stories are worth reading and paying for. The rest, I think they should be free reads or burned.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Richelle Mead
$New_Bullet Alyson Noel
$New_Bullet Kristin Cast
$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Francesca Lia Block
$New_Bullet Goodreads

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2nd Review: and Able by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

and Able by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758211767
352 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 03
Last Book in the Mercenary Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Claire has never had a passionate lover. However, when her life is in danger from something she has no idea about, Hotwire comes in to rescue her from it. Will they both be able to face their true feelings for each other before her attacker makes another move?

This book is a little less amusing than the other two books in this series, but it still had great descriptions and events. However, the indecisiveness of both Hotwire and Claire made their personalities different from how they are in the other books. Though, the other characters’ personalities are still all right. I found both of the main characters a little whiny and very annoying. :|

Yeah, I really didn’t like the main characters, but the descriptions, events, and smut were the only things I really liked about the book. The smut scenes were very yummy to read. *DROOLS* *SPOILER* It didn’t have any condom scenes like the last two books, but it did have a lot of arguing about him forgetting it. >.>” *END SPOILER*

Anyways, it still had a good blend of suspense and romance, but I could have done without the whining and the feelings conflict between Hotwire and Claire. It also had a pretty good ending for the book and the series, so I was pretty satisfied with how the series ended.

This is the last book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lucy Monroe
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Once Upon a Chapter

Places to Buy From:

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