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The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) – Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) – Julie KagawaTitle: The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publishing Info: February 1, 2010 by Harlequin
Source: Library
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: July 28, 2012
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    Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
    When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
    But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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This was a really, really creative story and I loved how in depth the world of the fey was. But… I just don’t think faeries are my thing. I’m not a really big fantasy person and I think THE IRON KING unfortunately solidified that. 

I really enjoyed Meghan’s character, especially her interaction with Robbie/Puck. I adored their friendship and Puck was hands down my favorite character with all his spunk and joviality (is that a word?) — They made a great duo and Puck was the perfect sidekick/bodyguard.
I started getting into the whole relationship with Meghan and Ash towards the end too. It was another “forbidden love” that I really rooted for.

Overall, I think the whole faery world just is not for me. Not to say it’s not a good book — I did enjoy it — but I think I easily get lost in what I can’t relate to. The faery world and all magic, eccentric and wild creatures… too many tend to bog me down and I just get confused with trying to use so much of my imagination to create the pictures in my mind. I really need something I already know to draw from in order to piece together the worlds that I read in books and I guess my imagination isn’t what it used to be when I was kid because I just can’t get there anymore!

I also had way too many things I was comparing this story to that I couldn’t pick up an original storyline to detach from the ones I already knew. I had The Labyrinth in the beginning (baby brother gets taken by the faery realm (okay, so the Labyrinth was the Goblin Kking — And isn’t Toby a half-brother in that movie too?) and the packrats), Alice in Wonderland with Grimalkin as the Cheshire Cat, Harry Potter (some magic, I pictured the mermaids/lake creatures from the Goblet of Fire challenge), Narnia with all of the doors leading to different realms, City of Bones (glamour and the supernatural hidden in plain sight) and of course the whole thing is based off of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. So between all of those old stories rolling around in my head, I just couldn’t separate them from this one and make it original and new to me.

Really creative, I enjoyed the writing — especially the humor and the sarcastic/witty remarks — but I just think I’m not the intended audience unfortunately.

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Try it

Lots of good stuff coming out of the book. Just not for me though.

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Sex, Murder and a Double Latte – Kyra Davis

Sex, Murder and a Double Latte – Kyra DavisTitle: Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte (A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #1) by Kyra Davis
Publishing Info: April 1, 2006 by Harlequin
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 18, 2012

    When a mystery writer cries bloody murder, everyone blames her overactive imagination . . .
    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccinos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.
    When a filmmaker friend is brutally murdered in the manner of a death scene in one of his movies, Sophie becomes convinced that a copycat killer is on the loose -- and that she's the next target. If she doesn't solve the mystery, her own bestseller will spell out her doom. Cursing her grisly imagination (why, oh, why did she have to pick the ax?), Sophie engages in some real-life gumshoe tactics. The man who swoops in to save her in dark alleys is mysterious new love interest Anatoly Darinsky. Of course, if this were fiction, Anatoly would be her prime suspect . . .

Breaking It Down Further: Murder mystery writer Sophie Katz just finished her latest novel (early for once) and is happy as a clam… Until a string of unusual events makes her feel like her privacy and maybe her life is at stake. After her apartment is broken into and her car is vandalized, Sophie can’t help but feel a little uneasy… And even more uneasy when she makes the connection that all of the creepy coincidences piling up are taken directly out of her best seller Sex, Drugs, and Murder. Soon it moves beyond creepy and into murderous. Can Sophie solve the mystery of the murderer before she ends up as the victim of a crime she herself designed?

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So upon finishing, I have to say the end pushed me towards liking the book more. Thoughout the beginning and middle of the book, I felt like it was a little too fluffy for me. Sophie was likable enough, but there were too many “stereotypical” characters (gay best friend/hairdresser, best friend who owns a sex shop, best friend who’s a total “dumb blonde” type, overbearing Jewish mother, sister with a bratty kid). It just seemed like there were too many characters and not enough realness (is that a word?) in each person. Granted it’s supposed to be a lighter and more humorous piece, but I like a book where there are more real people with some token characters peppered in to be the ones who are over the top. As for the mystery, again through the beginning and middle I was almost disappointed. It seemed too easy. But then once I got really close to the end, it got really interesting! I thought I knew who Sophie’s stalker/soon-to-be-killer was, and then things get switched around again. So good job on that change, otherwise I may have had a very different opinion of this book! ALSO — A major thing which I can’t believe I almost forgot to include in my review! Even after reading, I’m still not sure if I think book-about-an-author’s-book was too easy to come up with and or a well-thought out and clever little idea. Really still not sure how I feel about it.

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3.5/5 stars
It was enjoyable, lots of silly moments and crazy characters, but just a little to overdone for me. The mystery was drawn out enough and Sophie did some good investigation, but I just didn’t feel like I’d come back to a second book.

Body Movers (Body Movers #1) – Stephanie Bond

Body Movers (Body Movers #1) – Stephanie BondTitle: Body Movers (Body Movers #1) by Stephanie Bond
Publishing Info: August 1, 2006 by Harlequin
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: April 29, 2012

So Carlotta Wren's life hasn't turned out as she'd planned. She didn't plan for her parents to skip bail for a white-collar crime, leaving her to raise her brother. She didn't plan on having the silver spoon ripped from her mouth and forgoing college to work retail. She didn't plan on her blue-blood fiancé dumping her. And she didn't plan on still being single ten years later, working at Neiman Marcus, with no idea where her fugitive parents are. But she's coping. Until
——her lovable brother is arrested, and the hunky cop decides to reopen her parents' case.
—her brother becomes a body mover for the morgue, and his sexy boss gets Carlotta involved.
—her former fiancé's wife (a good customer) is murdered, fingering Carlotta.
With three men in her life, Carlotta has added motivation to help bag a murderer to keep her own well-dressed body from being next on the list!

Breaking It Down Further: Ten years after Carlotta Wren’s parents flee from the law for a white collar crime, her fiancé dumps her, and she’s stuck taking care of her younger brother Wesley, the bodies start piling up. Wesley has developed quite the gambling problem and owes large sums of money to his backers. Carlotta, working retail at Neiman Marcus, doesn’t make enough money to support this habit either and after getting caught hacking into government systems, Wesley is in even more trouble than where he started. Then after a harsh confrontation from her ex-fiance’s current wife Angela, all eyes are on Carlotta when Angela turns up dead after drowning in her own swimming pool. Did ex Peter kill her off after reuniting with Carlotta? Did Carlotta kill her off to get Peter back? Is there a new serial killer in Atlanta? While fending off three (yes, THREE) attractive men (Wesley’s new body-mover boss Coop, ex Peter, and the dreaded detective), can Carlotta solve a murder and keep her lust in check?

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Well, this was enjoyable, but I do have to say that I was hoping for better. Maybe since there were three possible romances, I really wanted one of them to start panning out. Coop’s lust for Carlotta is just a crush, she’s hopping back on the Peter-train against her better judgment, and I personally was also rooting for the detective (as well as Coop) just because she seemed to hate him so much that she liked him. As for the murder mystery, well played out, but still not quite the ending I wanted it to have. Carlotta does some good sleuthing and like any good mystery heroine, hunts down her own clues instead of leaving it to the professionals! Very good with that side of the novel, but I was even still just mildly disappointed with who ended up being the murderer here. Somehow just not satisfying. Maybe I was also led on by the fact that it was called Body Movers and I just expected all of the characters to be involved in the title business and not just her brothers happening upon it. Oh well. I did still like the characters that were introduced and I’d like to continue on in the series!

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3.5/5 stars
Well, I just couldn’t get enough out of it to give it 4 stars. I did like a lot of things about this book, but it was another one that after I finished reading it, I just still wasn’t happy. I really hope I like the next book in the series better! Definitely willing to keep on reading the series.

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This Pen for Hire by Laura Levine — Freelance writer Jaine is on the job when a mild-mannered geek is set up on a date with an aerobics instructor who turns up murdered
…OR…
Candy Apple Red by Nancy Bush — Okay, so confession is that I actually read the second book (Electric Blue) in this series (Jane Kelly) by accident. I actually didn’t like the 1st book as much as the 2nd, but I always say to start with the first!

Slightly Settled (Slightly #2) – Wendy Markham

Slightly Settled (Slightly #2) – Wendy MarkhamTitle: Slightly Settled (Slightly #2) by Wendy Markham
Publishing Info: February 1, 2004 by Harlequin
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: April 15, 2012

Top Two Don'ts for the Office Party.
--Don't dress in a revealing manner.
    (Translation: Don't wear the sexy scarlet, size-eight dress you couldn't fit into three months ago. The one that flaunts your firmed-up cleavage and newly discovered collarbones.)
    --Don't make a spectacle of yourself.
    (Translation: Don't get drunk and make out with a really cute stranger for the whole company to see; he could turn out to be your boss's roommate.)
    I didn't follow these tips and here I am with a hot new man in my life, Jack. But my friends are asking if I really want to bump into my boss in his boxers in the hallway of their apartment. After all, I am aiming for a promotion.
And now, not only does my ex want me back, but the guy I used to think was Mr. Right just kissed me!
Three months ago I couldn't hold on to one guy. Now three want me. When did my life become so complicated?

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Whew, after a couple of serious book reviews, this was a nice light-hearted one to breeze through. I always recommend reading the first book in a series first, of course, but even though I was a little blank on the first book, Settled transitioned easily and I felt well-informed on Tracey’s current life. As for the character of Tracey… Well, to put it lightly — Sometimes she’s a little too over the top for me. I was kind of annoyed with her being so eager to immediately make Jack her boyfriend after meeting him or turn Buckley into something more than friends and push the issue; she didn’t really act on it and it was more of an inner monologue running throughout the book. Then again, maybe I was just so annoyed because it kind of reminded how I used to be at times back in high school and even in college… Hell, maybe it’s a girl thing! I’m sure most of us do it at some point in time… I just found it a little distracting at times, but that’s really the driving force behind the novel.

I really did like the conflict that Tracey has between the developing relationships she has with Buckley and with Jack. She creates somewhat of a love triangle for herself and there comes a point in the book where you really don’t know who she’s going to choose. I’m actually really glad it came to that. I wasn’t expecting it and the author smoothly resolves the issue without (that we know of) severely damaging any characters.

Other than that, I thought the plot flowed really nicely throughout the book and you get a real sense of who the characters are and Wendy creates some really likable ones as well. Tracey grows up a little bit in this book so I look forward to seeing her progress in the next couple of novels!

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3.5/5 stars
I think I’ll stick with 3.5 stars for this one. I enjoyed the book a lot more towards the end when Tracey started to mellow out and things started to finally go the way she had been planning the whole time. I think I just got too annoyed in the beginning with her pushing the whole boyfriend/lusting after someone issue. She does struggle with the idea of being alone in the book and maybe I just didn’t connect with her on that level.