Monday, December 26, 2011

Star Bright: A Review

Star Bright (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #9)Star Bright by Catherine Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to give this more stars, but couldn't. I liked the beginning. It was gripping and interesting. I could feel her panic and anxiety throughout most of the book, but where it feel short with me was it moved too slow. I find with Catherine Anderson books that they are generally way too long for what she writes about.

Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie Hall takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, where she finds work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by dangerously good-looking Parker Harrigan. But as their initial attraction blossoms, Rainie fears she can never escape retribution from the man who has sworn to kill her—and that her mere presence could jeopardize everything the Harrigan family holds dear.

I liked Rainie and Parker. I thought they were sweet, but the characters seemed like they were two dimensional trying to be three dimensional. And not quite pulling it off. Towards the end I kept skipping pages hoping it would just end. I think I'm going to stop reading Catherine Anderson for a while. She seems to do this a lot with her characters.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Morning Light: A Review

Morning Light (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #8)Morning Light by Catherine Anderson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I couldn't even finish it! It had a great plot and interesting characters, but it didn't need to be 300-400 pages long! Seriously! 200 pages and that would have been it. I liked Loni and thought she was very interesting, but Anderson took WAY too much time getting this guys together while trying to find the boy. Are you trying to find the boy or are you trying to hook up??

The story goes like this... a woman with the second sight has a vision about a boy lost in the woods and believes it is Clint's son. Only Clint tells her, he doesn't have a son. Turns out... maybe he does. Well the boy is lost in the woods with his trusty dog and Loni believes that only Clint can find him with her help.

Sounds it should be gripping and intense, right? But it's not. The beginning is rolling and then half way through I hit a dead end. Nothing was going on. I kept flipping through pages hoping that somewhere it'd pick up and get good again, but it didn't. So I put it down and let it go. I have to say when it comes to Catherine Anderson, she either hits it on the head and it's awesome or it's so horrible I can barely finish it.

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Annie's Song: A Review

Annie's SongAnnie's Song by Catherine Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everyone seems to think that Annie is a moron including the town's meanest drunk. After he rapes her and thinks nothing of it, his older brother steps in to offer his help. With Annie now pregnant and her parents more concerned about scandal than their own daughter's welfare Alex decides to marry her. Only after a few weeks he realizes she isn't an idiot, but deaf.

It was a hard read in the beginning just because there wasn't one character besides Annie and Maddy that I liked. I thought everyone in this book was horribly selfish. After Alex finally realizes that he can help her, things improve and Annie grows to love and trust him.

It was a quick read and one of Catherine Anderson's better books.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lily and the Major: A Review

Lily and the Major (Orphan Train, #1)Lily and the Major by Linda Lael Miller
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book, but Lily was kind of a combination of my favorite kind of character and my least favorite character and I just couldn't like it. I did finish it. I was getting literary whiplash from the two of them going Yes-No-Yes-Yes-No and so on and so forth. One minute she is proud and ambitious and then next he is using her. I did not like this male lead whatsoever! He was far too commanding and not in the sexy way.

I hated how everyone was saying "Marry him" when all he was offering was her to be his mistress. For real!!! I wanted to see a stronger female lead and she had all the potential to be one, but she just didn't get there. I had read Emma and the Outlaw before this and thought that was slightly better. I don't mind a touch of indecisive in characters, but it can't be the whole fecking book.

If you need to finish the series then fine read it, but if you want enjoyable characters skip this and go to the other two. I plan on reading Caroline and the Raider and hope that those two are better written than these two.

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