2012 Book Reviews

 

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This year has been rather hectic, and I haven’t been able to push myself to read more with all that’s going on. Hopefully I can at least read one book a month. :) Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think my reading would slow so drastically. A book at least every other day to this. What has my world come to? Well, anyway… here’s what I’ve got for you so far.

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Reena’s bookshelf: 2012-reads

City of Bones
3 of 5 stars true
I heard such great things about this book, I really wanted to like it A LOT. Unfortunately, it rather let me down. I’m thinking the series gets better as it progresses since I hear so many great things about the Mortal Instruments. I mig…
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Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words
3 of 5 stars true
This review also posted July 9, 2012 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://wp.me/pPz8s-2xJ

What can I say? The story line was interesting enough to keep me engaged. It wasn’t a book I spent hours reading at night, but it also didn’t…

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netgalley and 2012-reads

Head Rush
4 of 5 stars true
Lately I’ve been reading the ending of trilogies with one eye squinted in apprehension. :) I was pleased to find my fears were unjustified with Head Rush. The final book offered a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.

Expect my …

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What A Boy Wants
5 of 5 stars true
By far the best read I’ve had all year. I’m totally buying "What a Boy Needs" RIGHT NOW! I’ll add more to me review later. Right now I’ve got to get that book!

EDIT:
Okay… the review. Also posted July 2, 2012 on Ramblings of an Amateu…

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indie, 2012-favorite-reads, and 2012-reads

What A Boy Needs
5 of 5 stars true
My review also posted on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2012/07/novel-review-what-a-boy-needs-by-nyrae-dawn-giveaway/ Stop by and for a chance to win your copy. Giveaway ends July 7, 2012.

I’ll just come out…

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indie, 2012-reads, and 2012-favorite-reads

One Foot in the Grave
4 of 5 stars true
I have to say, I enjoyed this one better than the first. I’m pretty eager to see what Cat & Bones have for me next.
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At Grave's End
4 of 5 stars true
I’m seeing some definite improvement with this series as I advance through. This one started out with the good stuff and had very few everyday mundane things happening. This was a 3.5 star read for me, but since there are no half stars, …
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2012-reads

Destined for an Early Grave
4 of 5 stars true
The stories just keep getting better and better. I’m a bit sad… I don’t have the next book on my shelf. I’m also quite excited. I’ve found there are spinoff series featuring Vlad and Spade, whom I’m quite fond of. :) I’ll be honest, fo…
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This Side of the Grave
3 of 5 stars true
The blurb on the back of this work was a bit misleading. I thought the ghoul queen would have a greater role, but really her role was no more prevalent than the one she played in the last book. Yes, an important role, but I saw very litt…
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2012-reads

If I Tell
3 of 5 stars true
Reviewed also on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2012/07/novel-review-if-i-tell-by-janet-gurtler/

I’m going to start with the cover. Going into this book, I had no idea the girl was interracial (black/white)….

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netgalley, indie, reviewed, and 2012-reads

If I Tell
3 of 5 stars true
I’m going to start with the cover. Going into this book, I had no idea the girl was interracial (black/white). Now I’m not saying a gal like the one on the cover couldn’t be interracial. However, the description in the book made her seem…
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netgalley, 2012-reads, and reviewed

Stolen
5 of 5 stars true
Bravo!

I was looking for something short and sexy. This was it. In very few words, the author managed to create meaningful characters in addition to a plot which made me think "it could happen." :) The sex was hot and well-written. Defi…

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2012-reads and indie

The Immortal Rules
5 of 5 stars true
My review also on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2012/06/novel-review-the-immortal-rules-by-julie-kawaga/

This book was supplied to me by the publisher through NetGalley.

This was NOTHING like The Iron King…

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netgalley, 2012-reads, and reviewed

The Peculiars
2 of 5 stars true
Complete review available on my website: http://wp.me/pPz8s-2yd
This book surprised me a bit. I’d expect a lot more, but by the end of the book, not much had been resolved.

I wasn’t at all fond of the heroine. She thought she was quite …

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netgalley, reviewed, and 2012-reads

Ashen Winter
5 of 5 stars true
Fabulous sequel to Ashfall. I’m guessing there will be a third book in the series since it was a bit open-ended. I can’t believe I read the entire book in 24 hours.

Expect my review September 27, 2012 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: …

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netgalley, too-early-to-review, and 2012-reads

Someone Else, Somewhere Else
3 of 5 stars true

http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2012/05/short-story-review-someone-else-somewhere-else/

The first thing I noticed about this work was the narrative. I don’t recall ever reading a work in first person plural. This story was told from the per…

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2012-reads

Lorenzo il Magnifico
4 of 5 stars true
My review also on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/?p=9833

For the longest time… okay, for the last couple of years, I’ve wanted to read a romance written by a male. Lorenzo il Magnifico gave me that opportu…

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2012-reads

Insurgent
1 of 5 stars true
Hmmm…. I guess I’m a bit shocked. When this book came in the mail, my daughter and I debated who would read it first. Since I was in the middle of a book, she got it. :) At last my turn came. I hopped in, full of eager anticipation. I …
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The Last Girl
0 of 5 stars true
I’m going to have to reflect on this a bit. BSDM really isn’t my ‘cup of tea’ as Kitty likes to put it. Beyond the BSDM the style was interesting and reminded me a bit of The Story of O… the movie that is, since I’ve never read the boo…
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indie and 2012-reads

Replication: The Jason Experiment
3 of 5 stars true
Replication had two story lines. The first centered around Abbey, a gal who’s moved into a new school from DC to AK after her father landed a new job. I have to say, I wasn’t at all impressed with this portion of the novel. Abbey came of…
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netgalley, 2012-reads, and reviewed




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