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Book Review: Clarity 2 & 3 by Loretta Lost

Self Published Dec. 17, 2014
Self Published
Dec. 17, 2014

Book one was amazing, short but amazing. Look at the review here.

In book two, we pick off right before the wedding, right when Helen realizes her sister is about to make the worst mistake of her life. At the time, she is dangerously close to falling for the young doctor that wants to give Helen the sight she has never had.

In book three, everything comes together only to fall apart again. 

As I stated person before I loved loved loved book one. It was just the perfect amount of development, suspense and whimsical good stuff. However, book two was just okay. Book three wasn’t the best use of my time.

The first sign of trouble Helen wants to bail. She does this for all the books but it gets worst and worst to the point of annoyance in the last two books. Her growth was a disappointment because if things didn’t go smoothly or her way she was done with it. This is a very childish character and it was pissing me off.

Another issue that was killing me was why would you stay within an area of the person who ruined your life? She had choices and yet in her mind if something was going to happen then I guess it will happen. Man, Helen was weak. Which kills me because I never would have expected that from her.

Also the love interest . . .  way too perfect. Even when crap hit the fan the whole knight in shinning armor was too extreme. He did everything, he was passionate, smart, handsome, athletic and for the most part could do nothing wrong. It was unrealistic. Because when he did do a mistake, Helen couldn’t handle it -.-

I felt that I couldn’t get any real satisfaction in book two and three as compared to book one. No growth from Helen, the family issues were interesting to say the least, the unrealistic romance and the whining.

Overall, I was disappointed.

2 Pickles for both books. 

NetGalley Review: Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

Pamela Dorman Books Published Jan. 1, 2014 384 Pages
Pamela Dorman Books
Published Jan. 1, 2014
384 Pages

Charley Bordelon’s father has left her 800 acres of sugarcane land in Louisiana. At a chance to start over, she and her daughter leaves behind Los Angles to work for a what is consider a white man’s job and to live with her judgmental grandmother.

Completely lost in what she is doing Charley must deal with a homesick (rude ass) daughter, her half-brother, who she hasn’t seen in over ten years and desires she didn’t think she still had on top a down on its luck farm.

This book was very good idea. However, it was a dry read. Not much is really going on in this book really until the last few chapters.

Baszile has talent as a writer. It is there within the development of characters, scenery and the relationships between whites and blacks in the South.

But Charley does a lot of complaining, a lot of break downs, unsure-ness and a lot of allowing people to walk over her. It was hard to continue reading because I cannot say that I like her or for the most part any of the characters in this book.

Her brother was an ass and felt that everyone should bow down to him because he almost did something. Her Grandmother was too much. I understand her position in the family but it was a bit overkill that if she didn’t have it her way you was the worst human on this earth. Finally, her daughter needed to get her ass kick. Rude and disrespectful characters not just children is a huge pet peeve of mine and man that girl was horrible.

I feel that this book had so much to offer but there was too much down time and not enough issues for a lack of better term to fill the gaps. There also wasn’t enough back-story into the family, the father or even Charley.

Overall, 2 Pickles.

NetGalley Review: Phobic (The Forbidden Doors #1) by Courtney Pearson

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Piper Crenshaw lives in a weird house. She knows it and the town she lives in knows it. What the town may not exactly know is that the house is full of secrets, ones that Piper doesn’t even know. And it is the same house her mother committed murder. 

Determined to figure out the truth about the house, Piper opens a forbidden door and begins having flashbacks to the original owners.

Piper no longer thinks the house is weird but that the house is a live. 

I didn’t enjoy this book. There were good points that kept me dragging through but there wasn’t many.

Firstly, I really didn’t like Piper. She was the nerd, the girl who had really bad acne and had that only friend that was cool with everyone. I felt that Piper didn’t have enough life in her for me to really enjoy her.

I really hated her best friend Todd from the beginning to the end. He was a horrible friend. He didn’t have any concern about her feelings when he was hanging out with the kids making her life difficult. He wanted everyone to be happy because he was trying to get with the girl that hated Piper the most. I felt he was horrible and should not have been called a best friend.

Another thing I didn’t like about the book was that it was slow. The theme of a possessed house only got so far before it started losing its win. There wasn’t enough action involving the house for me. There wasn’t enough depth. The back story of the house was good but just not enough to win me over.

Overall, I give this book 1.5 Pickles.