June 24, 2010

Review: Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

Sweet Misfortune: A Novel

After a terrible tragedy left Sophie an orphan at age 9 she always had trouble connecting in relationships. However a surprisingly fun blind date with Garrett slowly had her opening up to him but just days before their wedding, Garrett tucked tail and ran for the hills leaving Sophie devastated.

After picking herself up and dusting herself off Sophie creates Misfortune Cookies in Garrett's honor which become a best seller in her chocolate shop. They're fortune cookies with a twist. A delicious cookie dipped in bitter chocolate with not-so-good luck fortunes such as "The one you love is closer than you think. If you were smart, you'd start running."

Just when life starts looking brighter, Garrett walks back into her shop. He wants a chance to explain why he ran off but Sophie is having none of it. After much badgering, Sophie agrees to one date if at least 100 people respond to an ad that states, "Wanted: Happiness." and with Sophie judging what is true happiness from the responses it's going to be tough for Garrett to break down the wall Sophie built around her heart.

Aww, Sweet Misfortune actually made me cry! It was surprising that a male author could stir up such emotion in genre that female authors usually dominate. The only reason I couldn't give the book 5 stars is that it was just a little too predictable but it was still a "sweet" love story that I zoomed through in two days. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves a good contemporary romance. 

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June 23, 2010

Review: Play Dead by Ryan Brown

Play Dead

When the Killington Jackrabbits are one win away from being district champions, their biggest rival, the Elmwood Badgers, decides to tip the scales in their favor by jumping the jackrabbits quarterback, Cole Logan and chopping off a few fingers. This doesn't stop Cole though. It just makes him that much more determined to play.

When the badgers learn that Cole is still going to play they take things a step further and set up a road block meant to keep the jackrabbits from making it to their game. But things go horribly wrong and the bus plunges off a bridge into the river. With a bus full of boys in full gear there's no escaping from tiny bus windows and everyone except the coach who was not wearing pads and Cole who was not on the bus, are killed.

Seeking revenge himself, Cole turns to his neighbor Black Mona who has the ability to raise the dead. But when you raise the dead with revenge in mind things go horribly wrong. The undead Jackrabbits have to finish what the Badgers started within 2 days or they can never move on. You'd think that with a team of Zombies it would be easy to defeat the rival team but when your opponents are pumped full of illegal steroids, think again.

I'm very much on the fence with this one. It was a pretty cool story but it was so full of clich├ęs. The handsome quarter back from the wrong side of the tracks, the rich obnoxious rival, the coach with a hot daughter that hates football and the small town sheriff that gives the good guys breaks. But accepting that this is a zombie story and not classic literature it is a pretty fun read. I recommend this one for anyone who wants a quick break from reality.

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