Review for Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

TITLE: Attachments
AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
PUBLICATION DATE: April 14, 2011
PAGES: 336 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC / Audiobook
SOURCE: Publisher via NetGalley / Borrowed
RATING: 5 bows

Lincoln is the newsroom’s internet security officer. It sounds like a great title and when he applied for the job, he thought he would be building firewalls and securing company data. This, however, is not the case. Lincoln is paid to not only read through any flagged emails, but his boss openly encourages him to snoop through the employees emails and computers anytime the mood strikes, to keep people from wasting valuable time while at work. He absolutely hates it. Then Beth Fremont & Jennifer Scribner-Snyder’s email conversations get flagged and he can’t bring himself to report them. They are witty and heart-felt and enrapturing. By the time he realizes that he is falling for Beth, it’s much too late to just walk up and introduce himself. Is there possible relationship doomed or with Lincoln find a way to make it work?

All the main characters in this novel are equally lovable. Lincoln had adorable geeky nature and an addiction to school, which is an addiction I can completely understand. He can’t stop. He has finally gotten out into the real world with a job and he still finds himself eventually taking more classes at a community college. He just loves to learn, something I think all nerds can relate to. He’s so earnest and sweet and he hates feeling like a peeping tom by reading people’s emails….except with Beth & Jennifer, or maybe even more so with these two, but he can’t stop. The more he reads, the more attached he becomes and the more he wants to learn about these two.

Beth and Jennifer themselves are just as awesome. Beth’s obsession with cinema and her rocker boyfriend keep you wondering and Jennifer’s struggle with her husband’s desire to have a baby when she doesn’t feel ready is wholly relatable to me. Not that I’m at the point when my husband is demanding a baby, just that I wonder if that’s how I’m going to be when it’s really time to start having kids. Kids scare the shit out of me, they can be little monsters. But, that’s beside the point! Jennifer’s struggle makes the novel easier to relate to and Beth’s wit makes it funny. This is a girl who manages to make me laugh out loud with every snide comment. You don’t realize that shit is about to get serious until halfway through when it does start to get serious.

One of the things that was entirely lovable about this story is that it is an awkward romance that isn’t really a romance. The story if largely about Lincoln and Beth and if Lincoln will find a way to confess his feelings to Beth (and if it’ll work out), but you don’t get any of the over the top romance smexy scenes. Now don’t get me wrong, I like a sexy scene just as much as the next romance addict, but it was refreshing to see one focus more on the relationship rather than the bow chicka wow wow. So for all of you romance-phobs, don’t worry, you’ll find no bad euphemisms here.

I started this novel with a little trepidation. It sounded interesting and I really wanted to read it, but it’s my first Rainbow Rowell book and I’ve been told not all of her novels end happily. I like happy endings, in fact, that are required. So the closer I got to the end, the more I worried if this would all work out as beautifully as I imagined. For all those with the same fears, this works out well. It’s exactly the ending you hope for.
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The only issue I had with this was a very tiny one. The name bugged me. The whole novel, I was expecting things to be attached to the emails, but nothing ever was. I think there was a singular time that there was an attachment and that bugged me a bunch. I think the meaning of the title was more of the attachments people form, but I just felt a bit mislead because I was expected actual email attachments to at least be mentioned in the novel. I know, it’s a stupid complaint, but it would have made the title that much more perfect.

The bottom line is that I loved this novel, a lot. It kept me smiling and laughing and crying and emoting in general the entire way through. We get to see a lot of ups and a couple of downs from the amazing people who I have formed and attachment to. It was the perfect starter novel in Rainbow’s writing and if I didn’t want to read her novels already, this novel alone would have me adding them to by TBR pile. I don’t know really know how else to articulate that. I loved it, it was amazing, go read it now, k?

****Thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Plume for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

4 bows
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Review for Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Tammara Webber

Between The Lines by Tammara Webber

TITLE: Between The Lines
SERIES: Between The Lines #1
AUTHOR: Tammara Webber
PUBLICATION DATE: April 29, 2011
PUBLISHER: Independent
PAGES: 384 pages
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

After reading Easy, I was excited to get my hands on anything else by Tammara Webber and Between The Lines didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t quite as good as Easy, but it was still wonderful.

Emma Pierce gets her big acting break when she wins the lead role in a new modern-day adaption of Pride & Prejudice film costarring Hollywood’s current it boy, Ried Alexander. Ried, is a player, who now has his sights set on Emma. Then there is Graham Douglas, an indie actor who takes any decent acting gig, as long as it pays and who is falling for Emma despite his best efforts and the fact that Ried is obviously staking claim. Who will Emma choose? Oh, and let’s not forget Ried’s ex, Brooke who is Graham’s bestie and nabs the role of Caroline Bingley. Tension, Party of 4?

I didn’t even read the synopsis of this before I started it. I just ordered a copy online and jumped straight in. After about 40 or so pages, I did go back and read the synopsis and thought “Fuck, it’s a love triangle, what the hell have I gotten myself into?” The love triangle got on my nerves a lot less than I thought it would mostly because I didn’t like Ried at all. The story is told via Emma’s and Ried’s alternating perspectives and the more of Ried I read, the more I disliked him. Ried is that guy that every girl drools over, with his all American good looks and bad boy imagine, the one that we know is a womanizer but we secretly fantasize about being the one who can change that. All I can say is, good luck ladies. I don’t think this dick is ever going to change his ways. But Graham, on the other hand, I loved. Hot as hell, mysterious, friendly, caring, protective….mmmmmmhmmmmmm….The friendship between him and Emma is easy and their first kiss is the stuff of fantasy…then he goes out of town, she kisses Ried and it all goes to hell. See this face? It’s not a happy gnome face!

Let me calm down before I spoil everything. This novel is love triangle-y, but it ends perfectly with the people I wanted it to. The secrets that popped out later in the novel took me completely by surprise. I didn’t see any of them coming. The writing is perfect and easy to read. All I can really say is that I can’t wait to read book 2 and can I please get a chapter or two from Graham’s perspective?

Review for Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon by Jennifer L Armentrout

TITLE: Daimon
SERIES: Covenant #0.5
AUTHOR: Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: September 10, 2011
PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill Press
PAGES: 62 pages
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 5 stars

Wow, just fucking wow. I shouldn’t be this shocked because I knew Jennifer could write extraordinarily well , but fuck I just wasn’t expected this.

This novella follows Alexandria Andros on a journey away from everything she has ever known. The half-blood daughter of a god, she was yanked out of the school for half-bloods by her mother who would never explain why they had to leave, simply saying “it’s not safe.” That was three years ago and they are still on the run and she still has not explanation for why they had to leave. Then the daimons arrive and everything for her changes drastically again. Running for her life with a scant few hundred dollars and no one to turn to, Alexandria must find a way to stay alive, by any means necessary.

To be so short, this was utterly captivating. Again, I don’t know why I’m so surprised by this fact because I felt the same way about Jennifer’s Lux series. I loved Alexandria immediately. This is no shy, mousey heroine who is too caught up in her own drama to notice the outside world, no sir. I have a feeling that by the time I finish this series, Alex will be the very best example of bad-ass heroine. Once again, I get left with a cliffhanger but since the next book in the series (in fact the next several books) is already available, I’ll save that exhausted tirade for another day. I don’t mind it as much in her books because she has yet to fall prey to that second book syndrome and her books always seem worth the wait. With all that being said, please people, ignore the few negative reviews out there and get a copy of the novella. You’ll definitely enjoy it.