Friday, July 31, 2015

A Book Based On or Turned Into A TV series” 2015 Challenge; DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER by Jeff Lindsay

As some of you know, I was going to read A Game of Thrones as my “book based on or turned into a TV series”.  However, that book and I had to part ways.  I didn’t read through it fast enough, it was racking up late fees at the library, and I was pretty sure the same thing would happen if I checked it out again.  Therefore, I decided to look again.  That’s when I found this one.  Dexter was always a series I was curious about.  I even had it saved on my Netflix que, but was waiting till the right moment to start the series. What better way to introduce myself to it than to read its book?
Book 1 in the Dexter Series


Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened -- of himself or some other fiend.

4 out of 5 *Stars*

Dexter, Dexter, oh my Dexter!

I must say, this is a whole different experience from the traditional murder mystery.  Never before have I rooted for a serial killer, until now.  Dexter always claimed that he had no emotions, resulting in giving him an airy persona.  Well of course, that was until he killed someone.  Then, it was always about precision… business.  He knew who he was and what he was, and didn’t care.  Half the time that made his thoughts more funny than scary.  Or even thoughts that with anybody else it would be nothing, such as thoughts when his newspaper was late.   

“Really now. If you can’t get me my paper in time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people?”

I had to laugh at that, because literally nothing refrained him from killing people.  And in this weird and twisted way, it became funny.    

Then a new killer comes to town, and Dexter loves it.  All he wanted to do was play, but the rules of Harry (only kill people that deserve it) and his normal-person disguise prevented him from doing so.  That was until Dexter started to have dreams that told him when another murder would happen and how it was done.  That was where it got a little weird.  This is not a paranormal book, so how can he be telepathically linked to someone else.  So that begged the question, could it really just be Dexter that was unknowingly killing all these people?

The story brought you in, and made you think one thing, but then it threw something at you that made you think in a totally new direction.  It kept you guessing the entire way, until the end.  Ultimately, that was why I read through it so quickly.  I HATE unanswered puzzles, and that’s what this was to me. 

The issue that I had with the book was the characters.  It was as if the only character with any type of personality was Dexter.  Yes, being the main character, you have to have a strong personality, but you also need sub-characters with something deeper than what you find on the surface.  With that being said, it’s inevitable that the book would feel like a one-man show.  That would be true, except for the fact that Dexter repeatedly hat conversations with himself in his head.  Here’s just a couple…  

“I stumbled and fell flat-faced onto the hard rocky ground. I rose to my knees, mouth dry heart pounding, and paused to finger a rip in my beautiful Dacron bowling shirt. I pushed my fingertip through the hole and wiggled it at myself.  Hello, Dexter, where are you going? Hello, Mr. Finger, I don’t know.”  

“I collapsed onto the seat, clutching Barbie in my sweaty hands.  I turned her over. I bent her legs. I waved her arms. And what did you do last night, Dexter? Oh, I played with my dolls while a friend chopped up my sister.”

Overall, like I said, it was different.  I had heard great reviews of the Showtime series, and thought, why the hell not try out the books?  Am I glad I read it? Yes, because now I know.  Am I going to continue reading the series?  I doubt it.  It’s not the genre that I normally read, and it wasn’t addicting enough to suck me in.

This is where I normally do my comparison. The show verses the book…
In a lot of the reviews that I saw, if the person watched the show first, they didn’t care for the book.  The same went for the other way around.  Once I finished the book, I watched Season 1, Episode 1 of the series. The first episode took you close to halfway through the first book, which was surprising.  The storyline stayed the same, but what was off-putting to me was Dexter’s inner dialog was practically verbatim with the book.  I will be the first to slam anything that goes too far away from their corresponding book, but when it’s exactly the same, it feels as if I’m just reading the book again for a second time.  I liked the book, but not enough to read it again.  However, I did only watched the first episode, so I can’t give an accurate opinion about the entire series.  There’s so many people out there that really enjoy the show, so for all I know it could change, but for me it was a little dull.

Anyway, that was my honest and forthright opinion.  Do you agree, disagree, don’t really care but still wanna say something sweet to me?  Comment below!

Till next time…


 25 books down, 27 more to go!
Happy Reading, Everyone!!   

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HARMONY by Addison Jane

Holy Cow, it feels like forever and a day since I’ve been on here.  This summer has been crazy!  The kids are home for the summer.  Not only are they eating me out of house and home, but they’re also extremely loud all day long.  Plus, if I didn’t know for a fact that they loved each other, I would swear they were mortal enemies.  LOL 
Nah…  It’s been fun.  We’ve gotten to hang out so much more.  We even took a family vacation to South Dakota.  It was so beautiful there, and we had so much fun.
The beautiful Mount Rushmore!  I of course had to take a couple selfies, just me and my presidents. :)
Mount Rushmore Cave!  150 feet underground!!

Bear Country! This place had the largest collection of black bears.  They got so close to the car, I could have just rolled down my window and petted them.  No!  I'm not that crazy to actually do it.

Storybook Island! How can I not go to a place that has the title "Storybook" in it! This was a great place for the kids to play, and even I got to read over the shoulder of the Cat in the Hat! 

A book store I just had to go in that was inside Wall Drug.  It smelled like fresh cut wood and book pages.  It was great! Even if most of the books were about ranching and the country.
While I was gone, I started reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter for my Reading Challenge, but once we got home, I wanted something a bit… should I say... naughtier.  What better way than to go into my MC romance collection.  So, without further ado…


HARMONY by Addison Jane
The Club Girl Diaries: Book 1

Harmony makes no excuses for who she is or what she’s done. For the past few years she’s been living as a club girl for the Brothers by Blood MC. The club girls are there for a purpose - to cook, to clean and to keep the men happy. She respects the club, respects the men and she follows the rules. Watching the men walk in and out of her life is strangely comforting, and a feeling she’s grown accustomed to. With a history of disappointments and false promises, all she wants is to have fun, play music and finish college. Being associated with the club, she can do that without having to risk her heart. That was until he showed up.

When Kit's father stepped down as president, he took the title with pride. The Brothers by Blood MC is his family, his home. Deciding to celebrate his new title with his brothers from a neighboring chapter, the last thing he expected was to find Harmony - a club girl with all the makings of a perfect old lady. The stunning blonde is beautiful, strong and fiercely independent. Harmony refuses to lower the walls she’s created around her heart, but the fire inside her and her love for the club fuel his need to have her by his side, and on the back of his bike.

When Harmony’s safety is threatened, Kit is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her and prove that she can trust him. But after a lifetime of broken promises, will it be enough?


 3.5 out of 5 *Stars*


Do you realize how many reviews I have that say something about how I put off reading the book for one reason or another?  It feels as if I say that way too much.  Same went for this one.  I purchased a few different MC books and this was my last pick.  It got good reviews and sounded interesting, but I was a little iffy on how the whole “club girl” romance would play out.
After finally deciding to give it a chance, I found that I loved the whole new prospective.  I wanted a heart stopping romance, and I didn’t feel that a “club girl” could give me that.  However, this was a great story!  The romance was there, along with the suspense, drama, and of course the hot alpha males. 
Kit was great and was by far my favorite character.  He’s the rugged, throw a woman over a shoulder and carry her away type.  Give a little?  No way! He wanted it all!

“I don’t want to just possess her body.  I wanted her mind, her fucking soul and I was going to have it.”

He wasn’t too hard core but definitely not a softy either.  It was a perfect mix.
Then there’s Harmony.  She’s strong willed and independent, with this problem of somehow always getting attacked.  I mean it.  What was it about this girl that said, “Beat me up today”? She had a deep passion for music.  This part of her was emphasized SO much that at times I thought it pulled away from the storyline.  It was a little too repetitive to me.  However, it did make for a great comparison.

“That was what Kit had become, he was my song in the silence.” 

There’s something I just don’t get about this book though.  It could possibly be my inability to connect to Harmony, but there was something off here.  It started off compelling, and even had a good run at keeping me enthralled.  However, at the point where the love between the two characters should be almost tangible, there was nothing.  It said all the right things, and did all the right stuff, but I was somehow detached from the story.  It was as if all the emotion had been used up at the beginning and it sort of fizzled out in the middle. 
I do have to say, one thing going for this book, that sets it apart from any other, is the commentary.  Some of the things that came out of the characters mouths were definitely interesting and completely original.  It wasn’t until halfway through the book that I started to keep track of them. 

“Dude is crazy dipped in deranged.”

“I hope I can be in on that, I want a place in line to kick him in the nuts.”

and how can we forget…

“My gun was aimed at the slimy asshole who looked like he not only had a carrot up his ass, but possibly the whole damn vegetable garden.”


Anyways, here’s my “overall”.  If you’re looking for a good book, this is definitely that.  However, if you’re looking for a powerful read that will stay with you for a while, I don’t think this one is up to the challenge. Like always, if you agree, disagree or have any questions, feel free to comment below.  Till next time…

Thanks for reading my thoughts and opinions.  Like I said, I’ve been super busy, but I have managed to get a few more books under my belt.  Stay tuned for their reviews and to see where a couple fit into my reading challenge. Talk to ya soon!