Friday, September 23, 2016

Review - Heroine Complex

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

5/5 gnomes

Gah, I really really loved this book. It has such a tremendous cover too, that I knew I wanted to read it ASAP (I mean who doesn't want to read about things like demonic cupcakes.) I'm drawn to super hero books and this one was awesome. I adored the blend of humor, relationships, and surprises.

I like the uniqueness of how the powers are obtained in this story. Here's hoping we see more of these interesting power in the next books.

The relationships in the story really help it shine. From Aveda and Evie on down to the rest of the crew. There are plenty of complications of course but that just makes for great reading. I love the friendship and family that is shown here and how things aren't perfect but they all find a way.

This book went to super status for me with that ending. I for one didn't foresee those twists and turns. I am really looking forward to reading more about these characters.

If you're a fan of super characters, humor, don't mind a lot of f-bombs, and some romance than this book is for you.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Heroine Complex

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

“Yeah, fuck you, you ’roided out Cakey Monster,” I muttered, narrowing my eyes at the remnants of the stupid thing.”

“And sometimes,” she said, “I just really want french fries.”

“The ability to accept any and all diva crap is a highly valued skill in personal assistants.”

“Can you save your man-bitchery for no time ever?” I shot back.”

“She was my oldest friend. She was my Heroic Trio compatriot. She had been there when I needed her. And she sure as hell knew how to manipulate me.”

“Focus on the anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to you blowing stuff up.”

“Goddammit, Dead-Inside-O-Tron.”

“I think you make the occasional mistake. Just like everyone.”

“I wanted to save the crazy, colorful, occasionally fucked-up world I was already living in. Was that personal growth or insanity?”

“I loooooved making him laugh. It wasn’t a gimme like it was with, say, Lucy. You had to work for that shit.”

No purple.”

“I like that you’re good and decent and kind. That you always look surprised when you laugh, like you genuinely weren’t expecting to laugh, ever.”

“We’ve both leveled up.”

“We had been wrong about so many things.”

“I was amassing Fun Demon Factoids like Pokemon.”

“Save your martyr-esque declarations for some weaker soul.”

“We’d come apart and come back to each other.”

“I love you the most, too. That’s probably why we make each other the most mad.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sentence Sneak Peek - Heroine Complex

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

The first sentence from each chapter of Heroine Complex, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

I AM NOT a superhero.”

“YOU KIND OF have the world’s worst job.”

THIS IS GONNA be a bitch to clean up.”

I HATE CRYING.

“I’M AFRAID MR. SPARKY was unsalvageable.”

“OFF, OFF . . . get it off!”

IN THE PANTHEON of Comforting Smells, I ranked McDonald’s french fry grease in the top five. Maybe top two, even.”

THE MOMENT I set foot in the ballroom, I was blinded by glittering light.”

“EVIE! GET IN HERE!”

I THOUGHT I was done running for the day.”

I COULDN’T STOP EATING.

“RISE AND SHINE, Supergirl!”

I’D NEVER RACED up a moving escalator before.”

I FLEW OUT of Nordstrom, zipping down the escalator, darting between shoppers, pushing my way out to the bustle of the street.”

THE DISEMBODIED HAND reached for my neck again.”

LUCY AND I worked out for two hours.”

“WOW,” NATE SAID after a few moments of awed silence.”

“WELL?”

THE NEXT WEEK whizzed by in a blur.”

AVEDA AND I stumbled home when the marine layer moved in, casting a sheen of gray sludge over everything.”

I’D LIKE TO be able to say I took the mature route.”

I’M GOING TO have nightmares.”

YOU’RE SURE IT’S not too much?”

WHAT THE FUCK.”

I WOKE UP in my bed, pillows surrounding me like a fort.”

I LET MY anger power me all the way to Pussy Queen, stomping through the ten-block walk with Lucy hot on my heels.”

MY EYES SNAPPED OPEN and I was instantly aware of three things: 1) I wasn’t dead.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mini Review - The Fixer

The Fixer by Jenny Holiday

3 out of 5 gnomes

A quick fun read. This is set in the early eighties so the slang and such feels a little jarring at first. I like the newspaper setting too.

It kind of feels like a cliche movie at times, yet you can't look away. It's predictable sure but the journey along the way is pretty great.

The love story is predictable sure, but they are quite the interesting couple.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mini Review - The Jock and the Fat Chick

The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters


2 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This story is pretty darn predictable but it is a fun read most of the time.  

Kevin is really bro-tastic aka he acts like he has to be a manly man all of the time. Then for good reasons he gets put into a cooking class or Domestic Tech (which I’m pretty sure is a really old fashioned name for that kind of class.) Cooking introduces him to Claire who is not who Kevin would normally be around. She sounds pretty normal but he and his friends only go out with the popular girls/cheerleaders.

Kevin and Claire make for an interesting combo and there are the obvious complications along the way. They both make some definitely not great decisions but it does feel earned when they find their way back to each other.

A certain part had me sobbing pretty good because I always worry just a bit too much when a dog in a story has issues.

Overall a quick read that could have used just a little more depth to it all.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sentence Sneak Peek - The Jock and the Fat Chick

The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters

The first sentence from each chapter of The Jock and the Fat Chick, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“I HAUL ASS ACROSS THE SCHOOL’S PLAYING field, the ball cupped in my lacrosse stick.”

“WEDNESDAY: DOM TECH DAY.”

“I’M AT SHREDS.”
“THERE’S NO COOKING IN THE NEXT DOM TECH class.”

“ON SATURDAY I WAKE UP AROUND TEN, WHICH is early considering I’m used to sleeping until eleven or twelve.”

“FIRST THING I DO ON SUNDAY IS WAKE UP AND plug my phone into its charger because I forgot to last night, and the battery’s dead.”

“THE NEXT DAY IN DOM TECH, IT’S LIKE I WAS never at Claire’s house or chatting with her last night.”

“THE SNOW-COVERED SOCCER FIELD MEANS Coach has us indoors, playing volleyball for gym.”

“I WAKE UP FEELING LIKE A NEW MAN.”
“I WALK INTO DOM TECH LIKE I’VE GOT THIS and I’m about to kick some ass.”

I NO LONGER HEAD DOWN THE EAST HALLWAY twice a week anymore.”

“THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS ARE FULL OF HOLIDAY stuff, shoveling driveways, buying a tree, and decorating it with popcorn strings and ornaments I made as a kid.”

“FIRST THING FLOODING MY VISION WHEN I awake is horses.”

“THE BELL RINGS AND I BACK MISSY AGAINST her locker and lean in for a hello-good-bye kiss before taking off.”

“CAN’T SLEEP.”

“I’M GLAD THE ARENA’S A DECENT HIKE FROM my house.”

“I END UP HEARING FROM THREE OTHER schools: Bemidji State, Davenport, and Bowling Green, all offering partial scholarships.”

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mini Review - No Parking at the End Times

2 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

I wanted to read the story based on the blurb. I think I was just expecting more from it all.

Abigail seemed a lot too accepting of the whole cult thing. I know you listen to your parents but when they go completely off the rails I think most people would hopefully try to find a way out a whole lot sooner.

Her brother almost has the right idea but definitely doesn’t go about it the right way.

The ending just kind of made me mad. I felt really unbelievable like they just waved a magic wand or something now and POOF, everything is okay. I think I just needed more information for everything and for the book to feel more believable.