KumikoLei

KumikoLei
Lost In A Book

escaping reality one book at a time

I have a headache

Jabril  - D.B. Reynolds

My brain hurts.

 

The title is Jabril but I can think of a few more titles that would be a little more appropriate.

 

1. Raphael 2

2. Cyn

3. Raphael & Cyn: The Adventure Continues

4. Raphael vs. Jabril

 

Should I keep going?

 

Neh...

 

I was under the impression that Jabril was the hero and then I spent an ungodly amount of time trying to figure out how Jabril, the sexist, thieving, rapist vampire was going to redeem himself and who the heroine would be.

 

Whew... I was actually relieved that he was not the hero.

 

As far as the actual story, I enjoyed it but after the mental trauma I was kinda over it.

 

Makes me wonder if the whole series is basically Raphael & Cyn versus all the vampire lords. Unless someone can convince me otherwise I probably won't continue this series.

 

Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-jabril-vampires-in-america-2-by.html
After the Storm - Maya Banks

You know, when I got this book in the mail (the day before its official release date) I was ecstatic.

THANK YOU, Amazon Prime! 

I controlled myself quite well, I think. I didn't toss everything else aside and dive right in. I will admit, though, that I did sit and stroke the cover for a few days. And I did have conversations with Donovan about his muscles and his gun. What can I say? The cover had me enthralled.

Donovan’s story was not what I was expecting. It lacked the high-intensity suspense that the rest of the series has. I also thought the sexual tension and chemistry between Donovan and Eve was missing. There was no build-up. They meet and he loves her. It really needed to be drawn out a little bit.

Rusty and Sean, well, their chemistry was off the charts. I’m really excited for their story, whenever it happens.

The childrens, the childrens. Let me not forget the childrens. Eve's siblings - a major redeeming quality for this one.

My biggest problem: telling me on every page that Donovan has a soft spot for women and children. Well, yes, I know this from previous books in this series. And I think that reminding me once or twice in the first quarter of the book would have been sufficient.

And some of the dialog between Donovan and Eve had me cringing. All I kept thinking was how my husband would laugh at me if I said those things or how I would laugh at him if he said them.

Was I a little disappointed? Yeah.

Did I enjoy it? Yes, but not as much as the others in the series.

Will I read the next one? Of course, and I'll have my fingers crossed that KGI goes back to the over the top, high intensity suspense that it has always been.

I think I enjoyed caressing the cover just as much if not more than the story.

Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-after-storm-kgi-8-by-maya-banks.html

yep, yep... it was good

Kiss the Sky - Krista Ritchie,  Becca Ritchie

Oh. Wow. I'm really not sure where to start with this. 

5 ☆'s... Yeah, that doesn't happen too often. 

I absolutely loved this from beginning to end. Strong characters with strong relationships. Rose and Connor are absolutely perfect together. I knew this just from reading Addicted To You. You just can't deny it. 

We got to see the other side of Connor and Rose. And really? Who would've thought? 

Connor Cobalt... yeah, he's definitely going on the book boyfriend list. If I could hijack a time machine, I would go back and be a genius, overachiever, virgin just so I could find my own Connor Cobalt. 

I really don't know what to say, except that I don't have anything bad to say about this book. At all. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably read it again. 

I've been trying to figure out how to explain this and I'm not sure I'm going to get this right. Krista & Becca's books have this feel to them that is just kind of raw. It's the same feeling I get every time I watch Trainspotting and it has nothing to do with the subject matter. There is just something about them that draws me in and I can't quite articulate what that is. 

 

Copy received from authors in exchange for an honest review.

 

P.S.  If you click on the source link, there's a giveaway.

Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/kiss-sky-release-blitz-teaser-review.html

Confessions



It has a name... 

 

In about 2 weeks this will be me 

how the hell do I find these things?

Savaged by Slenderman - Bytch Williams

Bwahahaha

 

A question... (cause I'm wasting so much of the boss' time today)

Is there a job out there where I can get paid to read books and play on the internet all day?

 

Just wondering...

 

If you know of this job, could you please point me in this direction.

 

Seriously, I would be like 

 

19 Quirky Conundrums Only Book Lovers Understand

old book

 OMG!! How come strangers know so much about me?!

 

via HuffPost:

 

1. Finding a comfortable reading position is a never-ending quest. Chair or bed? Side or back? In a box? With a fox?


2. On airplanes, you hesitantly flick on the overhead light while everyone else is napping.


3. Paper cuts may look like minor injuries, but the pain can be excruciating.


4. Walking and reading at the same time requires hand-eye coordination only professional athletes have been endowed with.


5. What on earth are you supposed to do with the jacket on a hardcover while you're reading it? Keep it on and risk damaging it? Take it off and store it in a weird nook, never to find it again?


6. Deciding what to read is a choice that presents you with an embarrassment of riches.


7. The typeface and page length of a book can seriously impact your reading experience, sometimes for the worse (sans-serif font is a huge no-no).


8. A book can be composed of the worst drivel you've ever laid eyes on, you're still afflicted with major guilt when you banish it to the "I Will Never Ever Ever Finish This. Like, Ever." shelf.


9. You lament time that you've wasted in the past; all of those hours scouring celebrity Twitters could have been put towards finally reading Moby Dick!

 

10. Some people count down the minutes until their lunch hour; you count down the minutes until Jeffery Eugenides or Donna Tartt releases their next book (roughly 5 million for Tartt, but who's counting?!)


11. Finishing a book you loved is like saying goodbye to a good friend. You've been through so much together! And while you may see each other again, it won't be quite the same.


12. Forget finding roommates; the most stressful thing about moving is figuring out a way to transport boxes upon boxes of heavy books.

 

13. You're constantly rethinking your bookshelf strategy. Should you color-coordinate, or take a more practical approach, such as publication date or alphabetization? Or, if you're feeling ambitious, should you tackle the autobiographical bookshelf, à la Rob Gordon from High Fidelity?


14. Your mood is directly impacted by the mood of the book that you're reading; your friends have learned to avoid you during Dostoyevsky months or Bret Easton Ellis weeks.


15. You take found books home like abandoned puppies, chirping, "Can we keep it?!" That'd be well and good if it didn't happen once a day.


16. One does not simply walk by a bookstore. One must poke around, at the very least, and one usually ends up filling one's tote bag with more books than one can carry.


17. "I don't read" is a relationship death knell, akin to "I loathe my mother" or "I enjoy upsetting kittens."


18. You may or may not own two (or three or four) copies of a beloved book. You can't help it, the redesigned covers are irresistible!

 

19. Laundry day and other important obligations get completely overlooked when you're in the middle of a great, un-put-downable book. "Same shirt Saturday"? Sorry you're not sorry. 

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/book-lover_n_4562002.html?ref=topbar
Source: http://mypenmyvoice.com/2012/08/14/books-and-cleverness

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

The Bitch - Les Edgerton

I tried, really I did.  I couldn't finish it.  Darn It.  It's called "The Bitch" and yes I read the synopsis... but for some reason I forgot all that criminal lingo I was supposed to know. *facepalm*  

 

And to be honest, I probably could have finished it and enjoyed it too, if it weren't so wordy.  To much, blah, blah, blah, not enough action.

Millionaires, Stalkers and Undies! Oh My!

Wanted Always  - Sarah Tork

Okay, see, here's the thing. The minute I say something like "I don't squee" or "I don't fangirl" or "I don't do gifs", I find myself doing those things not long after. I should have known better when I said "I don't rate with half stars". Look up! Do you see what I've done? There are some books that just turn me into a big "liar, liar, pants on fire". This one is latest to join that club.

I was just torn. I liked this book, but I thought it was better than 3 stars, but 4 stars seemed to high. Eh, anyway.

This is definitely not a book you can just pick up for the hell of it. Reading the first in the series is a must and I don't think it will cost you anything but the couple of hours to read it. I believe its still free. Fair warning, though, if you do read the first one, you will either be all "WTF was that? And it just ends?" or you will be all "Did I really waste my time on this?"

I'll be honest, I was all, "WTF". I did have some issues with the first that were missing in #2, so YAY!

This is definitely not a work of fine literature, but it is funny as hell. Let me start by telling you what you can expect.

1. Millionaire man-whore with a penchant for women's underwear.
2. Millionaire brat sibling rivalry.
3. Stalker with a mental illness.
4. Wayward twenty-something girl with a verbally abusive mother.
5. Cougars with waiters in closets.
6. A pair of "zebra striped" undies.

This one picks up right where the last one stopped and Marissa's mindset has completely changed in a matter of hours. She had been in self-pity mode, singing the "woe is me" song, but all of a sudden she has a backbone and is taking up for herself. Personally, I think the thong laced with "skank juice" may have had something to do with it.

This time around the things that were coming out of Marissa's mouth were priceless. 

Xander, Xander, Xander. He is like the love-able little mischief maker that no matter what he does, he always ends up in a precarious situation. You just can't get mad at him.

And we meet Liam. Whew! I was left wondering what his weird fetish would be.

And now, soon as I get my mess together, I'll be reading #3.

Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-wanted-always-xander-barns-2-by.html

Raphael (Not the Ninja Turtle)

Raphael  - D.B. Reynolds

I had heard so many great things about this series so I was excited to read this.  Then, after I read it, I started wondering if everyone else read the same thing I did. (FYI, the new cover is so much better than this one)

 

Don't get me wrong, I liked it... well, most of it.  And the things I didn't like were mostly with details and with a certain character who confuses me and with the ending.

 

Raphael.  How could I not like him?  He's ruthless, he's bad-ass, he's arrogant and he's a vampire (and not the sparkly kind).  The story of how he was turned was tragic but interesting.  I would have liked a little more about his relationship with his sister.  And I couldn't help but feel like the only reason he was after Cyn was because she was a challenge.  I mean, I get it, he's an arrogant, old-as-shit vampire who is used to women throwing themselves at him and Cyn shut him down.  Poor baby.

 

Cyn.  Miss Conundrum.  At first I thought she was very intelligent.  I mean she has to have some smarts, right?  She's a private investigator.  But then I realized maybe her investigative and intuitive skills are lacking a bit.  Her friend, the undercover, umm... yeah.  That was kind of obvious and she had no clue until they actually arrived at the party.  Other than that, it really bugged me that the whole problem between her and Raphael (aside from the blood-drinking) was her thinking that he was finished with her because after they had sex he took a shower by himself.  That is just the strangest thought process.  Especially since her booty-call friend, who she has a purely sexual relationship with, showers with her after sex.  I'm not even sure if I'm explaining that the way I want to.  Like I said, she confuses me.

 

I'm just going to throw this out there because it bugged me, I read it twice to be sure.  Unless I really did completely miss a sentence or two (twice).  I think Raphael had sex with Cyn without even taking her pants off.  I tell you, that is one talented vampire.  He unbuttoned them and he unzipped them and he put his hand in them and then all of a sudden, he's in.  And by the way, who the hell has sex in the middle of a shoot-out?

 

And then I got to the end.  I was all "that's it, that's the ending".  I even kept tapping the page turn to see if there was more, but there wasn't.  I mean, if its going to end that way, what was the point of the story?

 

I know it sounds like I really didn't like it, but I did for the most part.  I liked the story-line and I liked the vampires and I'm interested in reading the next one.  I tend to find, more often than not, that the first book in a series is not as good as the subsequent books.  So I will cross my fingers and forge on.

 

Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-raphael-vampires-in-america-1-by.html

can't fight this feeling anymore...

Fighting Love - Abby Niles

Tommy & Julie. Yeahhhhh *insert breathy sigh*...

I like them together. I was rooting for them the whole time. I melted at how sweet Tommy was toward Julie, through their whole lives. Their entire relationship since childhood just got to me.

Now they're all grown up and Julie bends over backwards for Tommy even when he's a royal fuck-up. And even when he's a royal fuck-up, he's still doing sweet shit. Frankly, I could've done without the manwhore history, 'cause if I was Julie, I don't think I could get over it. Eh, whatever.

I am glad they got it together in the end, despite Tommy's mess of a life and his worthiness issues. To be honest the whole "I'm not good enough" for you thing, got a little old.

**Side Note: To Tommy and the rest of the male species --
--"I want you"
--"No, I can't have you"
--"But I want you"
--"No, you deserve better"
--"Fuck it, I gotta have you"
--"No, I'm not good enough"
Yeah... all of that while you're working her up and then you leave her hanging. This is so not a good idea. Its enough to give a girl a complex and drive her straight into a locked room with 30 vibrators and a year's supply of batteries.

Overall I liked this okay and I may go back and read the first in this series. 'Cause, you know, how can I resist a muscled, possessive, alpha who has not a clue what the hell he wants? Nope, I can't resist it. Its a sickness.

Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-fighting-love-love-to-extreme-2.html

Review: Binds by Rebecca Espinoza

Binds - Rebecca  Espinoza
This was different and interesting. I did enjoy it and am curious about the next in the series, although I had my fair share of issues.

I liked the concept and it was told fairly well. The secondary characters were great. I loved, loved, loved Jinx. And the Sugar Skull Army was awesome.

My issues were more with the main characters.

Ophelia bothered me because she was just so wimpy, and yeah, I get she was beaten down by her husband and all that, but still, once she was away from him, she could have stepped it up a bit. And I just don't understand how she didn't have even the slightest inkling of what was going on or that she had any power. Little spurts of power here and there over the years, but I suppose she just thought it was normal to not know how you got somewhere in a flash or for your drink to spontaneously spew out of your glass for no reason at all.

Spencer, umm. I just didn't know what to do with him. One minute he's sad and grieving his wife and daughter and the next he's lusting after Ophelia. Even at the end when you find out who and what everyone really is, I still didn't get him. And really, I don't like him with Ophelia.

As far as Reece, I get it. He did something horrible and has been trying to make up for it. 

The ending ties everything together but it still left me a little confused. I mean I get who is who now but I don't understand why its being kept such a secret. I suppose book 2 will have the answers, right?

Copy won in a Booklikes giveaway

 

 
Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-binds-binds-1-by-rebecca-espinoza.html

Reading progress update: I've read 65%

Wanted Always  - Sarah Tork

"Come and get it bitch.  I've been waiting to do this all night, maybe for my entire life.  That's right, I time traveled from the future.  I've just come back from visiting you at the hospital where I put your nasty ass!"

 

 

I'm totally gonna use this the next time I'm trying to get into a bar fight. bwahahaha

The Dark Huntsman

The Dark Huntsman - Jessica Aspen

I will apologize in advance. I've been slacking. I read this about a month ago and am very, very behind on reviews. This one will be shorter because... well, I'm a slacker and waited way too long to write it. 

Anyhow, on with the show. 

I have read a few fairy tales done over with a twist, but for the most part they fell flat. They, for some reason, tended to be on the absurd side. But THIS. THIS is amazing. It twisted Snow White's story into something edgy and adult. I didn't want to put it down and I didn't want it to be over. 

Always being a fan of fairy tales and now being grown up and a fan of smexiness as well, I was in heaven with this. There are so many little things I really enjoyed about this and how it all ties together so nicely, I just can't put it all into words. 

I do believe this book has made me an instant fan of Jessica Aspen and The Tales of the Black Court series. 

*Copy won in a Goodreads giveaway.

Source: http://kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-dark-huntsman-tales-of-black.html

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