Book review of #Starstruck by Sariah Wilson

#Starstruck (#Lovestruck, #1)

This is a Cinderella story, where a fan catches the attention of a movie star when she tells him in a tweet that his last movie wasn’t up to par.  Chase knew that his last movie wasn’t good enough, but everyone around him kept telling him how amazing he was.  Only Zoe had the courage to tell him the truth.  And he desperately needed someone who would connect with him on a real level, where life wasn’t about Chase the movie star, but about Chase the man.

Yes, it’s totally unrealistic that a movie star will read all the hundreds and thousands of tweets he gets and then deliberately seek out someone who posted something less than complimentary.  I suppose it could happen, but I think you do have to suspend your sense of disbelief to buy into that scenario.  Once Zoe and Chase have actually met though, things start to feel more believable and the story flows pretty well from there.

There’s some predictability to it – Zoe comes up with all kinds of excuses as to why she shouldn’t tell her friend she’s dating a movie star they’ve both lusted after since they were 14.  It doesn’t take a crystal ball to realise that if she doesn’t tell her friend in time, her friend is going to find out in the worst way possible.  And the work thing was predictable too, I have to say.

There was a nice level of humour to the story.

“Zoe, I want to introduce you to Benjy, Kevin, and Chan. We’re talking about a project we’re hoping to do next year. But we just wrapped everything up, and I was about to walk everyone out.”
My jaw hit the floor so hard my face should have ached. Standing around his dining room table were Batman, Silent Bob, and Magic Mike.

I loved the cute factor of Zia and the rest of the family.  “I hits Cheese.”  Aww….

There were times when the relationship didn’t go so smoothly, and Zoe made mistakes and Chase made mistakes.  That helped to balance out the sweetness.  But it was a very sweet book.

So yeah, overall, a light, easy read, the humour and the cute factor saved it from being ordinary, and I enjoyed it.  It was a bit predictable, and Zoe’s lack of self-esteem (while probably realistic) was a little wearing.  There was no depth to this, no grit, but a nice, light read for summer.  It definitely made me smile, and it’s nice to read a book that makes you smile every now and then, am I right?  I gave it three stars, but I’d be open to reading the next book in the series.

A book review of Pure Healing by Aja James

Pure Healing (Pure/ Dark Ones #1)

Pure Healing is the first book in a series called Pure/Dark Ones.  So far there are five books in the series, although only the first two have been published so far.

This book reminds me very strongly of the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall and also the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian.  But more the Immortal Guardians one.  If you liked that, you’ll love this.

Similar to the Immortal Guardians, in this series, there are humans and others.  The bad others are vampires or Dark Ones.  The good others are Pure Ones.  I haven’t quite worked out how the others are different from humans.  It seems to be some kind of reincarnation after death.  The Pure Ones are not allowed to have sex except with their mate.  No mate, no sex.

This book is primarily about the romance between Rain and Valerius.  Rain is the Pure One’s healer.  Valerius is one of the elite protectors of the Pure Ones.

The role of the healer is an interesting one.  She appears to use her life force to heal, and so every ten years she needs to recharge her life force.  She does this by taking a consort for three months, and by drinking his blood and his…well, you know… she recharges enough for the next ten years.  The stronger the consort, the stronger the healer becomes.  And Valerius is the strongest of the Pure Ones.

Valerius is very old.  His father was a Roman gladiator.  After his father was killed, Valerius was sold as a sex slave.  This period of his life has left him unable to offer himself up to be Rain’s consort.  And yet, with Rain refusing to take the same consort more than once (there’s a story behind that), she’s down to weak men who will be unable to recharge her sufficiently to sustain her for the next ten years.

This book skips a little bit between various Pure Ones, and one Dark One, in order to set up various threads that will weave through the story arc.  I found it a little disorientating right at the start, because we start with the Pure One’s queen, and not either of the two main characters, but otherwise it was fine.

I gave the book four stars, and I was definitely keen to read more.  I was a little baffled though to realise that the next three books are all ‘dark’, and it’s only the fifth book in the series that goes back to the Pure Ones.  That seems weird to me.  Like maybe alternating would have been okay, but three dark ones in a row?  I guess I’ll have to read one and find out.  But this book hasn’t set me up to be a big fan of the Dark Ones, so…

But yeah, if you liked Immortal Guardians or the Midnight Breed series, definitely give this one a go.