Dead Hot & Turning to Dust? (Accidentally Dead, Again – A Book Review)

Accidentally Dead, Again
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Published: 2012

Accidentally Dead, Again

My Rating: Full boltFull bolt

 

Nina gets more than she bargains for when Sam is dropped on the doorstep of the Out in the Open Paranormal Support (OOPS) office unable to remember very much about how he was turned into a vampire. Enter Phoebe Reynolds, a young woman who claims to be Nina’s sister. She’s turned into a vampire in the midst of a fight between her and her new sister. Trying to process, or rather, not process it, Nina and her friends have to figure out how to help the two newest vampires after discovering that vampires are being experimented on and then turning to dust. They’ll all have to get to the bottom of it before both Sam and Phoebe disappear.

 

Every once in a while I’ll jump into the middle of a series. It mostly happens when I find the book in the wild—on a bargain shelf or dollar rack. That’s how it happened here.  I have started in the middle of a lot of series and loved them! And for being only $1.00 this book was fun.

This is basically a supernatural soap opera. The drama is like a prairie fire from the very start and it blazed hotter and hotter until the very end with romance that was red hot and fast paced with no holding back. Every once in a while you just need those steamy, muscle tensing parts. No shame from me, bookworms. It was pretty yummy.

The language was fun and extremely laid back. If you’re not into a lot of cursing from your characters then steer clear, but I didn’t have any issues with that. There was an abundance of puns, cliches, and sarcasm. All it of was both great and not so great. I can’t handle so many cliches, even if they are well placed. I feel like their something to use only in dabbles, not five a page. The punniness and sarcasm kept me hanging on. Sarcasm is my first language, English came second. Ask my mother. So while there was one thing that itched me, the overall language was fun and consistent.

Now, while this book was whipping me back and forth with the plot twists, the story didn’t get me entirely engulfed. Each over dramatic twist felt forced, like they were pulled out of nowhere. That made it difficult to get attached to the characters and the story, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have any favorites. I actually loved Nina. She’s a bipolar firecracker with no tolerance for stupidity. Reminds me of myself a little.

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More so, there was so much that didn’t need to be dragged out as much as it was. While I understood the main points getting drawn out, the repetition of small bits like vampire sleep, was something that grated me. It was pointed out too much. However, I loved seeing everything about being vampires as brand new through Sam and Phoebe’s eyes and how they were struggling with the adjustment, showing that not everyone can just skip to bloodsucking like it’s pie.

This isn’t one I think I’ll tackle again. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I enjoy paranormal novels to no end, but I feel like there just wasn’t enough to keep me captivated.  However, if you love the quick and steamy and nonstop drama, definitely pick up this book along with the rest of the series.

 

Quotables:

“What the fuck is next with you two? Invisibility? I don’t get it. You can jam your ass in a wall, dude. She can teleport and see her reflection. Swear to Christ, if you two can eat, even one bite, I’ll stake you myself.” (Nina, p. 92)

“We’re vampires, Sam. Sweet baby J, vampires really exist. They really drink blood. They really live forever. They have friends that are werewolves and demons.” (Phoebe to Sam, p. 177)

“Girls, I’m going to say this once. Keep it clean. And if you want to pummel each other like nothing more than common thugs—I will hit you with my shoe. Hard. Often. With so much glee.” (Wanda to Nina and Phoebe, p. 268)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? All I Have by Jennifer Lopez.

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Hey there, Duffy. (The DUFF – A Book Review)

The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger
Published: 2010

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Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend.

Bianca Piper is tough, witty and carefree. Nothing bothers her, not until Wesley Rush,  high school’s golden flirt (and the one we’ve all crushed and swooned and melted over before even though we also wanted to punch him) labels her a DUFF. In one swift fling her soda soaks him, and their complicated, flirty-ship begins. While handling, or rather  denying and running away from her parents’ divorce which has threatened her dad’s sobriety and her unrequited love for Toby Tucker, she now is grappling with Wesley’s words. Could he be right about her? Her two best friends, Jessica and Casey were pretty hot, but did that make her the DUFF? Unable to let it go, her life begins to spiral out of control and Wesley tags along for the ride.

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Bianca uses Wesley to further run away from her problems until she starts wondering…is he such a bad guy?

 

I remember the day I bought this book I wary because I’d seen the movie and I loved the movie. And so I didn’t read it until I felt okay enough that I wasn’t going to solely judge this book on the movie. That alone would ruin it for me. A SUPER rare thing happened though, after reading it. I LOVED both the movie AND the book!

The DUFF

They were amazing. Both of them are completely different, but it’s like they live in the same universe. If I could compare it I would say it’s like The Flash with its multiple earths. (If you haven’t seen the show or even read the comic books you have your work cut out for you.) Both Biancas shared problems of being a DUFF. And they both handled them differently. While the book Bianca tried to run away, the movie Bianca tried to change herself completely.

Now, I can’t tell you everything because that would be spoiler-y. But! What I can say is that I can relate to Bianca so very easily. We all can. It’s so easy to believe that we are not good enough. There’s always a small bit of insecurity. And you know what? That’s all-freaking-right.

This book was hilarious and lovable on so many levels. I think it’s a book that many up and coming of age teenagers should read, though, be warned there is a hint of sexual content. Bianca paves a path that many will be able to relate to such as family struggles or even having trouble getting out a single syllable to your crush. Upbeat and witty to my own heart, certainly pick up this book and do not put it down.

 

Quotables:

 

“…Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls. They chase him.”

(Wesley to Bianca, p. 28)

 

“Why couldn’t my life be a sitcom? Then again, even the Friends crowd had issues.”

(Bianca, p. 78)

 

“I felt like my world was finally spinning out of control. And this time, I couldn’t deny it. I couldn’t ignore it. And I definitely couldn’t escape it.”

(Bianca, p. 173)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Over My Head (Cable Car) by The Fray.