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Review: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam WarMatterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I actually finished this book up a couple of weeks ago, but it has taken me that long to process what all was included in it, as well as to be able to write about it. At first I was skeptical about this, I mean, i had watched and loved We Were Soldiers, and wasn’t sure if I wanted to read another book like that, but this surpassed all expectations. It tells the story of a company battling for Matterhorn, a mountain on the border between Vietnam and Laos. You meet 2LT Mellas, a Princeton grad who joined the Marines because it would look good on his resume, not because he actually thought about having to deploy; 1LT Fitch in charge of the company, in a position that normally goes to a CAPT and his wanting to care for his soldiers, but also deal with the higher-ups. There are a host of other characters through-out but I can’t do justice to the vividness of how all these boys, because that is what they truly were, were portrayed. The individuals who were 18 and 19 years old, some of them on 2nd tours in country; the 21 and 22 year olds, sometimes on their 3 and 4th tours – filling roles that normally would be taken by much older and experienced Marines, but those just didn’t exist anymore. And then there was LtCol. Simpson, the officer in charge of the battalion, who seemed to be in it more for the glory and making himself look good than the success of his battalion – a old Marine from previous wars, it was obvious that he shouldn’t have been in charge of the battalion with the mistakes that were being made and the decisions that were forced upon the soldiers – days of no food and water, running out of ammunition because re-supply was unavailable.

There were times while I was reading it, that I reached down to wipe the jungle rot off my hands, his portrayl was that vivid. You felt the pain of the Marines, when their fellow soldiers died, especially the more popular ones. And the undertones of the Civil Rights movement in the US and how it affected the military – the Marines who followed the teachings of the Black Panthers, who would do anything to bring attention to the cause and the senior leadership, several of whom were racist and how they dealt with the Marines. The ending blew my mind as to what happened, then it seemed to start all over again

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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Lust

Lust (The Sins and The Virtues #1)Lust by Charlotte Featherstone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley

Previous to reading this I had heard the name Charlotte Featherstone mentioned as an author I should check out and I even have one of her other books sitting in my TBR pile, but for some reason I just kept bypassing her – now I want to kick myself for doing that. I loved this first book in her new series that mixed Georgian England with the legend of the Seelie and Unseelie in a hot erotic romance.

The premise is simple 7 Unseelie, including the King, are possessed by the 7 Sins (Lust, Envy, Wrath etc), and in order to save their court, they must pursuade the Virtues (Chastity, Prudence) to come and join them of their own free will. The first book in the series is about Thane, who is possessed with the sin of Lust and his matching virtue, Chastity, who attempts to live up to her name, but finds herself falling under Thane’s spell.

At the same time, the Virtures are being wooed by the Seelie court, who will spot nothing to prevent the Unseelie from matching with their virtures, because they want to see them ruined. Led by the Seelie Queen, Aline, who hates the Unseelie because of what their King once did to her.

I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series, but have a feeling it is going to be a painful wait for the rest of them to come out. This book will be available on Febuary 1, 2011 and I highly recommended for anyone who loves Paranormal romance, as well as Erotic Romance with Historical elements.

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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Chance to Win One of Two M/M Books

A friend of mine over on Goodreads is hosting a competition on her blog to win one of two paperback M/M romance books. The link to her blog is here: Harper’s Blog

The two books available are Infected: Bloodlines by Andrea Speed or According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux.

Good Luck!

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Devil’s Pact

Devil's PactDevil’s Pact by Samantha Cruise
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I don’t even know where to begin when describing what was wrong with this book…to start off, it could easily have been at least 100 pages short, if an editor had looked at it and I say that because it rambled, it was disjointed and it was like the author was aiming for a word count and didn’t really care how she got there…it was like a bad porno movie gone wrong…

the heroine (if you can call her that) is Megan a 4’11" 22 year old (or in that general age vicinity)…now i’m 5’3" (and readily admit i’m short), so I know exactly how tall she is supposed to be and Devin, one of the heros, is described as being 6’8" (ish)…that height difference about blows my mind…i can’t even imagine it…that’s nearly a 2 ft difference in their sized…it just don’t work…

honestly, if I could have given this book negative stars I probably would have…I DNF’d it the first time I started to read it, and the only reason I finished it this time was because I had it slotted into about 4 different challenges…I know for sure, i won’t be seeking this author out in the future…

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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Fever 1793

Fever 1793Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to admit that YA is normally not my thing, but in an effort to broaden my horizons this year, i have started to explore different genres and authors, with YA being just one of them. Having read previous novel by her (Speak) and enjoying it, I decided to seek out more of her books. Fever 1793 provides an account of a teenager who lived through the Yellow Fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia in, yes you guessed it, 1793. It was a relatively short read (I managed to finish it up in about 2 hours), but it was an area of history I am unfamiliar with and will likely seek out some more about it in the future. I look forward to reading more books by Laurie Halse Anderson. Next up on the pile by her is Wintergirls.

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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Twice Bitten

Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3)Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It takes a really good author for me to actually stop and put random status updates with comments about the book, mostly because its stuff I want to remember. But Chloe Neill managed to do it once again with this book. I loved the third installment in the Chicagoland Vampires series – the only problem is that now i have to wait until April/May for the next installment (totally not cool!) I did a happy dance when Merit and Ethan finally hooked up – heck it only took them two and a half books and then 2 chapters later wanted to hit Ethan upside the head when he did the, what I term, typical male routine! I’m still up in the air over whether i want to forgive him or not…it shall be decided in book 4, but he’s walking a thin line right now.

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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Against the Wind

Against the WindAgainst the Wind by Kat Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this copy of the book as an ARC from NetGalley. It has been a while since I’d read any Kat Martin and her last few books just hadn’t interested me (in fact, her last trilogy is still sitting on my TBR pile). But with a new contemporary series, I figured I would give her a try again. It wasn’t a hard read and was mildly entertaining, but everything in it just seemed so cliqued – Sarah is returning home after her abusive ex-husband is murdered and falls for her high school love (Jackson) – but there are bad guys still after her trying to get her back for stuff her husband did…

However, it was an entertaining read – I loved seeing the interactions between Jackson and Holly (her daughter), as well as the supporting characters (Nan, Jimmy and his sons, as well as Jackson’s brothers). The mystery/suspense part sort of just fizzled out for me – it was like it kept going and going with no solution until miraculously it was solved with about 15 pages to spare.

I’m ambivalent as to whether i’ll read the next 2 books in the trilogy, the only brother to sort of interest me is Dev, but the former spec ops guy is also an overdone story arc, so it will be interesting to see if Ms. Martin can come up with something unique.

Overall, i’d give the story a 3 (so it is inline with the goodreads stars) and would probably recommend to people who like lite suspense with their romance, but not the other way around.

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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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