The Open Book

My name is Gypsy, I am 26. I am passionate about reading and writing. I write honest reviews and feel a sense of obligation to finish a book once started. I review here and on Goodreads. I am also a reviewer for First to Read, as well as NetGalley. 

     First To Read Professional Reader

No Interest in Love

— feeling tired
No Interest In Love: An All About Love Novel - Cassie Mae

I received this book from Netgalley, but overlooked that it's the second book in the series when I requested it. That being said it acted as it's own standalone book for the most part, which was nice. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book and got to see the characters from another view point. The book is told from the point of view of Jace (an actor), the arrogant player type who slowly comes around.

Jace lands an audition for an upcoming movie with a big celebrity and his agent Shay (all business and a case of bad luck) is tasked with getting him there. This opportunity is everything they want, the chance for Jace to make a name for himself, and Shay's opportunity to be taken seriously and maybe even get a promotion. Though as the trip pushes on they find the chemistry between them slowly start to blossom. Jace is left with a choice to either risk his dream and follow his heart, or grab his dream and risk what his heart desires.

I thought the book was well written, but unfortunately I've read too many books with the same romantic themed plot (arrogant player falls for innocent girl etc. etc.), and I started to lose interest halfway through. I did like that his history with Shay is written out like an actor's script, it gave the story more personality. Overall it was a cute story, with a somewhat predictable plot.

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— feeling hypnotized
Soundless - Richelle Mead

I read the first 2 chapters (Sneak Peak) for NetGalley. I must say, I found it very intriguing. As I approached the last page (of the second chapter), I was disappointed to see that I could read no further. This story has a very mystical feel about it. An entire village unable to hear is stuck on a mountain top with no way to get down. Relying solely on others to provide them with food they need to survive (in exchange for metals). I am truly excited to see how it progresses!


I will update my review when I've read the entire book.


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Sarah's War Journal

Sarah's War Journal - Cameron Glenn

(I received this book in exchange for an honest review.)


I felt this book read more often like a first person story (including dialog) rather than the journal of a 16 year old girl fighting for survival. This story is full of brave adolescents, who do what they can to survive. Sarah is a very brave and nostalgic teenage girl, who spends a lot of time pondering things. I liked the internal debates and view points she expressed on religion, politics, and so forth. However, I wish it had gotten more into the daily life of survival rather than ruminating on her past life and rambling on about what could be. Overall, I felt the writing had a great descriptive quality about it, and got better as it went on (I felt it picked up about halfway through). I enjoyed the story for what it was, and am glad to have read it.

The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse

— feeling smile

This book exceeded my expectations. I expected it to be cheesy, or just plain terrible, based on the description and some of the reviews I read. Truth is, I enjoyed it. If you're looking for an action packed zombie story, this is not it. There is no quest for a cure, and the majority of the monsters are the people themselves. This is a story about the crumbling of humanity, and the will to survive by any means necessary. I wish they'd gotten a little deeper into the virus, the mutants, or even the weather anomalies. I wouldn't call it humorous, though at times parts were amusing. I kind of felt bad for Verdell, and at one time or another wanted to slap everyone else in the book. This book focuses on the people in times of survival, and it's an enjoyable read if you can get past the missing elements of the typical apocalyptic book.


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The Clairvoyant's Glasses

— feeling big smile
The Clairvoyant's Glasses - Helen Goltz

This story was an enjoyable read. The quality of writing was very good and relatable, I loved that there were pieces of history mentioned throughout the story, it made everything feel more real. The characters had a lot of personality, which is always a plus. The main character (Sophie) started out superficial and greedy and slowly grew to a more respectable person (which I was thankful for, as disliking a main character can ruin the book).

However, I didn't quite understand why Sophie was so quick to forgive and forget that Daniel (pretty much a stranger) used and lied to her, she was barely upset at all. Her parents weren't mentioned much, which left me with questions.

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I excused the predictability of the book, seeing as it's the first book in the series (I have high hopes for this series). Despite a slow and predictable start, I look forward to reading more and learning what happens next!

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Night Huntress Series

Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost One Foot in the Grave - Jeaniene Frost At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost Destined for an Early Grave  - Jeaniene Frost This Side of the Grave - Jeaniene Frost One Grave at a Time - Jeaniene Frost Up From the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
— feeling amazing

I'm reviewing the series itself here (no spoilers). I read the entire series, and I have to say that it almost instantly became my favorite series of it's genre! I fell in love with both Cat and Bones right away. Cat is such a badass, and Bones is pretty much the prefect man in my eyes. All of the characters have such depth to their personalities, the story lines are always interesting, and the dialog is witty, sexy, and full of the right amount of attitude. I got pulled into their world, I was anxious, excited, laughing out loud. I couldn't put the books down, the only thing it left me wanting was more, which of course Jeaniene Frost delivered beautifully! Halfway to the Grave is wonderful, though I see it as an introduction, the story line definitely gets better. I go back all the time and reread certain parts from each of the books because they were so well written that I want to experience those parts again. The sex scenes were done well, and there were few enough of them that it didn't turn the books into some cheesy erotic novels. I recommend the series all the time to anyone who likes vampires and adult romance.


A Temptation of Angels

— feeling tired
A Temptation of Angels - Michelle Zink

This book was ok, but it failed to grip me the way I thought it would. I felt it had so much potential, but somehow still managed to leave me disappointed.

in my opinion Griffin was a very dry character with no appeal what-so-ever. The more I saw her being drawn to Griffin the more I wanted to put the book down and quit reading, but once I start a book I commit to seeing it to the end.

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At one point I felt I had to force myself through the rest of the book so I could move on to a different one. In all fairness, I feel I would have enjoyed the book more if I were in middle school,

however I still would have been disappointed with the ending and her falling in love with the most vanilla character in the entire book. I think it would have been better if I could feel something for them as a couple (as I'm very drawn to the romance aspect in books), but he lacked that certain depth, and failed to keep me interested.

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Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist series

— feeling big smile
The Vampire Shrink - Lynda Hilburn

I really liked this series (what I read of it). The story line was very original and creative. To the average person I think the psychologist part may be viewed as a bit cheesy (and at times it was tolerably cheesy), but to someone (such as myself) who loves psychology it makes for an interesting twist. I did have trouble finding some of the books either at the library or book stores which was a bit of a turn off. Despite that little hang up, what I did read of the series was interesting, original, romantic, and tolerably cheesy. I would recommend it to anyone into psychology, vampires, romance, and able to handle a little cheese.

The Do-Over

— feeling grin
The Do-Over - M.K. Schiller

I loved this book. It was funny, had wonderfully developed characters, and witty banter. Lanie is the adorable, smart, quirky girl who doesn't know her own potential, because the people in her life just plain suck! She meets Kyle, the sexy, one-night stand type, who has an arrogant edge to him. He agrees to help her try to win Brad's heart out of pity, amusement, and curiosity, romantic comedy ensues.

I only gave it 3.75 of 5 stars because the story line was somewhat unoriginal, reminded me of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady, or something along those lines. Overall, I felt it was a good and well written read, that I had trouble putting down. I would definitely recommend it to romantic comedy lovers.

Memoirs of a Geisha

— feeling hypnotized
Memoirs of a Geisha (Random House Large Print) - Arthur Golden

This book had a very magical feel about it, I enjoyed it a lot. That being said, it's hard for an American male to truly capture the perspective of a Japanese female. It lost major points in way of respect for me as not all of it is accurate, and he was sued by the retired geisha who helped supply him with information. I would also like to point out to readers that the book is inspired FICTION and should be read as such (the title can be a bit misleading). I would not recommend this book if you are simply interested in learning about the geisha world (as it is fiction), I would suggest reading a book either written by a geisha (as only they can capture what it was really like), or some sort of non-fiction-informative book. I would however recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a magical tale of another life time, one who realizes that fiction should not be taken at face value.

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