Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I'm Reading

Happy Wednesday everyone. It's really cold here and there's nothing better I like to do on a cold winter night than to curl up with a good book and I've had a few lately. All three of these I could not put down.

OCEAN KILLS by Jade Hart

Around the world, murderers and rapists pick off the innocent. Killing loved ones, separating families, and ruining lives. 

As an eight-year-old girl, Ocean witnessed her family’s massacre and something altered inside her. Twisting her genetic code… unlocking an ability to teleport.

Ocean Breeze was never destined to be normal, especially having been named after air-freshener. She’s a shadow, a ghost—a dark saviour of the innocent. Armed with a switchblade in her bra, and a box-cutter in her pocket, she hunts the filth of the world. 

Callan Bliss is a Sydney police officer whose skill-set is far above that of a normal cop. All his fellow officers see is a hard worker who loves to catch perpetrators and surf, but that’s because they don’t know about his past. When Callan arrests a suspicious-looking prostitute, he comes face-to-face with a self-confessed vigilante, and suddenly, his secrets aren’t so easy to keep silent.

Ocean hates the police with a passion, and has no intention of being held captive by a cop, even if he is sexy as hell. Teleporting from under his nose, Ocean hunts her next target—a man responsible for the largest sex ring in South Africa—and now he’s about to die. But she doesn’t count on Callan giving chase, nor the body-quaking lust that consumes them. However, Ocean's dark hobbies take precedence over what her heart wants—her thirst for murdering is killing her too, and not even Callan can save her.

The characters are wonderfully flawed and amazingly lovable. The story line is unique and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I literally could not put it down. Ocean's character is multifaceted. She is a character that you grieve, cheer, and weep for; even though essentially what she does is wrong, you can't help but love her for what she does and understand it. Callan's character is completely crush worthy. He knows not everything is black and white and is a perfect combination for Ocean. This story is dark, dangerous and delicious all at once. The only thing not to like... it ends. Can't wait for the next one to come out.


Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home where Claire's siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead. During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk, as well as the lives of her family. Connor is convinced that not only is Claire Fletcher alive, but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. Driven to see her again, he begins his own investigation, off the clock and without the police department's consent. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact, it may be deadly.

This is another darker book, but the story line is compelling. Claire is a wonderful character that you can't help but root for, even if sometimes you want to smack her. (In the very nicest way of course because of all she's been through) And you can't help but love Conor for the way that he goes after her even when he doesn't understand. The writing is fantastic and pulls you into the story. 


It’s stupid to fall for your brother’s ex. It’s even worse to enlist another’s help to win the ex over. But Brody is desperate and Hayley, his partner in American Sign Language, is more than willing to lend him a few tips. 

She’s the school’s matchmaker, and with her bizarre and positive personality, Brody finds her easy to talk to, even about the most awkward situations. Hayley’s tips seem to be working, but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker, he starts finding reasons to spend time with her, and not the girl he thought he was in love with. 

But Hayley isn’t ready to fall for anyone. Labeled the “Funny Fat Friend” within her group, her self image makes it impossible for Brody to share his feelings without Hayley shrugging it off as a joke. 

Convincing her Brody can, and did, fall for the “Funny Fat Friend” turns out to be harder than simply falling in love.

After both those dark books I needed something light and boy did this deliver. It is a fantastic book about first loves with hilarious characters you can't help but fall in love with. Hayley could be anyone. Even though she's labeled herself as the "funny fat friend" everyone has insecurities and can see themselves in her shoes, and what funny shoes they are. Brody is a complete cutie. I thought it might be a little different coming from a guys perspective but I liked it. It was nice being in Brody's head and seeing his train of thought. And I absolutely loved his reasons and how they were the chapter headings. This book is complete and utter awesomesauce!

Have you read these books? On your TBR list? Have a book you loved, let me know.



Annalisa Crawford said...

I've had Finding Claire Fletcher on my TBR list for ages. But actually, I want to read all of these.

Patsy said...

Curling up with a good book is a very sensible thing to do on a cold evening.

I've not read any of these yet.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing what you're reading. Ocean Kills sounds good though I don't really read adult fiction as I have too many MG and YA to read. I would have never guessed what it's about from the title.

I love curling up and reading.

Suzi said...

I've read Ocean Kills and Reasons. And totally agree with the things you said. Loved them both.

Nick Wilford said...

I've got Finding Claire Fletcher on my Kindle, looking forward to reading it. Thanks for reminding me about Ocean Kills, I need to put that on my list too!

ilima said...

I'm reading Reasons right now and am loving it.

Jenny S. Morris said...

I've read Oceans and Reasons and I totally agree with you! I've got Fletcher on my list!

Nicole said...

Curling up with a good book sounds wonderful!

Elise Fallson said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I've got one of these on my list to read, but need to check out the other two. (:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know all three of those awesome authors!!

Livia Peterson said...

I know these awesome authors and I want to read all their books! :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Man! Look at you go! I wish I could read as fast as you.... haha