Roar and Liv are a much different couple then Perry and Aria. Yet at the same time they’re very similar. They both have a deep abiding passio...more4.5 stars
Roar and Liv are a much different couple then Perry and Aria. Yet at the same time they’re very similar. They both have a deep abiding passion for each other. They’re both dedicated to each other. They both have obstacles that stand in the way of each others’ happiness.
What’s different is that they grew up with each other. They know each others’ habits. Yet that doesn’t mean they know each others’ thoughts. There’s still a level of mystery. That leads to misunderstandings, uncertainty, and insecurity. All the makings of a good romance story.
In this novella, the Roar and Liv is faced with hard choices. Do what’s best for their tribe or follow their hearts. It wasn’t as easy a choice as it seemed to be. So many people’s fates rested on their shoulders.
It’s told in the perspective of Roar. I loved that we got a look from his point of view because I always loved his character. I was always invested in his character from the very first time I read about him in Under the Never Sky. In Roar and and Liv, we get a chance to see what makes him tick.
This story fills in a lot of background not only in the form of Roar and Liv, but also in the form of Perry’s relationship with Vale and his sister. There’s a lot of information in this short. It was well done and I enjoyed it immensely. Not only did we get a glimpse of Roar’s perspective and more background about Perry, we also got to learn more about Liv.
I wished there were a whole book done with Roar as the lead. It would be great to see a spin-off series with him possibly in the future. My other wish was that I had read this novella before Through the Ever Night, but that’s my fault. Other then that I have no complaints.
Dawson and Bethany are the focus of Shadows and although they’re different, they are just as great a couple as Katy and Daemon. They have similar tast...moreDawson and Bethany are the focus of Shadows and although they’re different, they are just as great a couple as Katy and Daemon. They have similar tastes and they echo each others’ thoughts. Unlike Katy and Daemon, their attraction to each other was instantaneous. But just like Kate and Daemon they face fierce opposition by the other Lux to their relationship.
Bethany was softer then Katy. She wasn’t as outspoken and I loved that Bethany was an artist. She was almost shy, but she could still speak her mind if push came to shove. Dawson was so easygoing, but when Dawson had his back up against the wall he could become fierce. They meshed well.
What was the most telling was how Dawson and Bethany’s relationship effected Daemon. Shadows gave a lot of insight on Daemon’s motivations and actions toward Katy in Obisidan and later books. If Katy had known the history between Dawson and Bethany, you have to wonder if things would have changed between her and Daemon.
I loved Shadows because not only did I learn so much about Dawson and Bethany, I learned more about Daemon. It was romantic and sweet and it was also heartbreaking.
This prequel to the Death series was enlightening and revealed a lot about Clyde and Jeffrey Parker. I’m a b...moreRead my reviews here and on Akamai Reader!
This prequel to the Death series was enlightening and revealed a lot about Clyde and Jeffrey Parker. I’m a big fan of Tamara and her writing. This novella was no exception to how much I love her work.
When Jeffrey’s life falls apart as his paranormal powers start to awaken, his life falls apart. The Graysheets take control of his life and he’s changed forever. It was particularly tragic seeing how the Graysheets took over Jeffrey’s life.
I was really excited to get a glimpse of Jeffrey as a teenager. He’s exceptionally smart and precocious. He has to become incredibly tough because of all the trauma he’s gone through. He’s also extremely determined. Jeffrey showed a side of himself that we wouldn’t have otherwise seen.
Seeing Clyde when he was alive was surprising and delightful. Clyde was a great character to explore. On one hand you want his story to have a happy ending on the other hand you know it doesn’t end well. It was tough. I still thought his story was sweet.
I thought the transitions from one story to another were smooth. There was never a sense of being jarred out of your senses or of their being a stilted conversation lag. There’s also romance in the story, but I’ll leave you to read it to find out whose romance it is.
Although I wanted to read even more once the book was through, I didn’t get the sense of an incomplete story. I think all good books leave you with the sense of wanting to prolong the experience no matter what, just like this one did.(less)
**spoiler alert** I love the cover of this short 94 page novella. It’s gorgeous! So yes, I do judge a book by its cover and I did like this book. It w...more**spoiler alert** I love the cover of this short 94 page novella. It’s gorgeous! So yes, I do judge a book by its cover and I did like this book. It was exciting and romantic.
It begins with Ophelia in the service of the Lady Karina as a maid. She’s sent on an errand and ends up in the hands of Ethan. He helps her understand that the mark her bears is the sign that she is a member of an elite race. This race is meant to save the world from a cruel faction who is hellbent on genocide.
Ophelia was very likable despite being so guarded. In fact, I liked her because she was so guarded. She was tough and, except for one glaring moment, she had all her wits about her. The one glaring moment came towards the end. She decided to lead Queen Callista away from Ethan and Lenore despite the fact that the Cruor have heightened senses? How could she forget that? I can only suppose it’s because she was a newborn.
Ethan wasn’t my favorite male lead. He was likable enough. I just couldn’t swoon over him. Mostly because he had this big secret over Ophelia that was never revealed. Maybe that’s a lead for another story or that was something from another book, but it irritated me.
The book had plenty of action. From the moment Ophelia was sent on her errand into the woods until the very last few pages, things were constantly in motion.
There was a strange point in the book where Robert was promised something big by Ethan. This promise led to Robert’s help in Ophelia’s introduction to the Maltorim’s asylum where Queen Callista resides. The promise was very mysterious and seemed to dangle in front of the reader like a carrot to a donkey but nothing ever came of it.
The magical races in this book are inventive and creative. Among them are the Ankou that shepherd Mort’s (dead souls) and are a little like fairies. Then there are the Cruor which are like vampires. There are also the dual-breeds which the Maltorim’s are determined to annihilate.
On the whole this book was a good if not great read. I’ll definitely look for the other books in this series.(less)
The opening fight scenes almost completely turned me off of this book. They were so corny! The dialogue...moreRead my reviews here and on the Akamai Reader!
The opening fight scenes almost completely turned me off of this book. They were so corny! The dialogue was completely laughable and hard to believe. I kept on plugging though and the book got better. Soon I became more invested in the characters as I got to know them. The bad lines happened less and less often. I was able to concentrate on the storyline a lot more even if the storyline wasn’t much better then the corny dialogue.
Basically Janie’s life is centered on her Seeker duties of killing the undead. The undead being all vampires and vampire/demon hybrids or Daychildren. Then she meets Kai who throws those definitions out the window and her life into confusion. The ensuing romance commences as they find out that a new breed of vampire is trying to be created by the Daychildren.
Janie was a somewhat likable character. She wasn’t that smart though. She took on a lair of Daychildren by herself and she was ill-equipped. I don’t consider that smart. Kai had to rescue her. It’s hard to get behind a girl who can’t really take care of herself.
Kai was pretty blind himself. Every other minute he’s rescuing her from one scrape or another then he’s saying “What am I thinking? You can take care of yourself.” That’s a contradiction. Obviously she can’t take care of herself if you have to swoop in on your motorcycle and save her every time you turn around.
Janie could still kick ass though. She had some mean fighting skills and she could hold her own in an evenly matched fight. She showed an independence of spirit I admired even if it was reckless to the point of stupidity. I admired her independence not her recklessness. She also showed a willingness to let her guard down when the time called for it.
Kai was sexy as all get out. There was a love triangle with Matt, the wresting captain, but Matt didn’t stand a chance. I mean, c’mon! Kai had that dark mysterious past going on for him. He was also very sweet when he wanted to be. And there was no denying the fire between Janie and Kai.
A big obstacle came between Kai and Janie. I won’t say what it was for fear of spoiling the book, but I find it hard to believe that Janie would ever just forgive and forget so easily. I had a really hard time suspending belief.
On the whole, it was a light and fun read that I enjoyed. I’ll look forward to reading the next in the series and I already plan on reading the prequel!(less)
I have to admit I was surprised with this book. When I started reading it, I...moreRead my reviews here and on the Akamai Reader!
Actually a 4.5 star rating.
I have to admit I was surprised with this book. When I started reading it, I forgot what it was about. Therefore I had no preconceived of notions of what it should have been about. I was really surprised at how good it was instead.
Blackwell is a freshman at a strict military school. He’s trying to escape his family and their sorcery. He’s just trying to keep his nose out of trouble when he finds himself in situations where he has to use his magic. I was able to completely immerse myself in the story of how he worked his way out of danger time and time again. I lost myself as he flung himself out of harm’s way here and there.
Ryan is smart and yet he’s humble. Yet he’s still confident. He’s resourceful and he’s creative. I loved spending time with him. I wouldn’t have minded him for a kid brother. There isn’t a romantic interest in the story but I didn’t mind that.
I loved how quickly the book moved along. I was never bored. It was never dull. Yet there was always enough detail to keep you completely informed. The book never felt abbreviated or shortened. It was a complete story for a novella. There wasn’t even a teaser for the next book, which I liked. I enjoyed this book so much I really did want to keep on reading more of Ryan and his exploits anyway.(less)
This was a short story of only 20,000 words but it was complete and full in and of itself. You never got the sense that anything...moreActually a 3.5 rating.
This was a short story of only 20,000 words but it was complete and full in and of itself. You never got the sense that anything was abbreviated. There was a full cast of characters that were nicely developed. The plot was well paced and Rachel was nicely fleshed out.
Rachel is a hard nosed, motorcycle riding Rescue Medium. She’s conned into dispatching a wraith that is unusual in its behavior. She might have to go to extreme measures to dispatch it. You can see her wrestling with her conscience over what she needs to do and what she wants to do. The conflict provides nice tension in the story.
Sylvia was the perfect foil to Rachel. Selfish and spoiled, she was the contrast to the selfless Rescue Medium that Rachel was. Her character had room for some pity but pity is something I never felt for her.
There was a cloak and dagger bit that I didn’t care for but I can see where it was needed. The story stands up on its own without needing a sequel except for a few unanswered questions that I feel are minor. There are some spots that I felt were very cliched. I was able to read on through them though as the plot was still very intriguing.
On the whole a good story, just with some minor flaws.
Tiff Banks is a spunky woman with a talent for seeing and talking to the departed who have been violently slain. She has a quick wit an...more4.5 star rating
Tiff Banks is a spunky woman with a talent for seeing and talking to the departed who have been violently slain. She has a quick wit and she’s a no-nonsense kind of girl. I liked her from the very beginning.
On her quest to find a missing boy she meets Royal Mortensen, an Otherworldly. He’s mysterious, charming, and oh so sexy. They make a dynamic duo and I had a fun time riding along with them as they solved the mystery of why Lawrence went missing, who took him, and where he went.
The trust issues Tiff has are very real yet I loved the way she melted towards Royal in the end. Their romance is hot and steamy and she defies the sobriquet “Ice Queen” she’s earned herself among the police force.
I especially liked her interactions with her two ghostly roommates Mel and Jack. They provided comic relief. I hope they’re not left out of future books.
This was a very complete novella. It had a lot of action, a lot of romance, and a lot of story in so short a span. I can’t wait to delve into a full story by Welch.
After losing her parents in a fatal car accident, Ryleigh's aunt swoops in to save her. The first thing that happens when...moreCourtesy of The Akamai Reader
After losing her parents in a fatal car accident, Ryleigh's aunt swoops in to save her. The first thing that happens when she arrives at Aunt Vera's mansion? The butler locks Ryleigh in her room. And she just accepts it.
That was my first problem. My second was once she realized her parents hadn't died in the accident, she didn't insist on where she could find them. She was more fascinated by her heritage and her new cousins. Her cousins didn't have any powers of hypnosis either. When Ryleigh realizes her aunt monitors her every movement in school, she also doesn't cause a fuss. Again, she simply accepts it and tries to just work around it. For a girl that was rebelling against her parents in the beginning of the book, this was a complete 360 in comparison.
There was also the incident where Ryleigh accidentally got her friend Cyrus sick because of her awakening powers. She simply shrugged it off. She didn't once regret that or worry that it might happen again. But what I liked most about Ryleigh was her connection to her father. Except when she was physically present with him that connection seemed to vanish.
The relationship that stuck out was the one Ryleigh had with Tristan. Despite their perceived relationship as cousins they feel an immediate connection. I liked the way she built up a relationship with him. Although she felt an immediate attraction to him, she didn't give in to her feelings right away. To me, that was the highlight of the book.
Now the Fae in this book are actually all Halflings, half Fae, half Human. Let's put aside my disappointment I had that there weren't any full Fae in the book. It's neither here nor there. Halflings can't do full magic on their own. They need imps to facilitate the process. I thought the idea was imaginative but lacked something in actual execution. The imps themselves were a little too under developed. They seemed like nothing more then little puppets rather then beings of vital importance to the Halflings.
The way the Halflings wielded magic was by manipulating Chi. Myers never fully explains Chi. I thought it was a bit odd to use Chi as it's an Eastern concept and Fae is such a Western platform. The explanation would have gone a long way.
The language used in reference to the antagonist, Finar seemed more suited to a teenager then to a centuries old being.
"Finar was ticked off. It took him a long time to calm down to think about what to do."
It was hard to take him seriously when such juvenile words were used with him.
Ultimately, I wasn't very happy with this book. The imps didn't win me over nor did the behavior of Ryleigh.
*A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This novella was a little discombobulating at first as it jumped from Zen to Verity’s points of views. It gained more cohesivene...moreActually a 3.5 rating.
This novella was a little discombobulating at first as it jumped from Zen to Verity’s points of views. It gained more cohesiveness towards the end though as the two joined forces to end Melantha’s vendetta against the gadje, those who wronged her gypsy tribe.
Nonetheless, the character development was still good. Zen was an inveterate gambler who got in too deep and made a desperate gamble to get out of debt. He learns the price is too high in the end. Verity was an estranged daughter who wanted to mend fences with her father only to find she was too late. Their paths cross when she goes on a search for the woman who may have caused the death of her father.
The Shadowland Zen learns of is inventive and horrific. At times I wondered if this book was more horror novel then fantasy. I think it was a combination of the two.
The end was very abrupt and unsatisfying. It felt like the story got chopped off at the knees. Maybe there will be more stories about Zen, maybe there won’t. It kind of felt like this was a teaser. Then again maybe it wasn’t. It was very bewildering.
Despite the fast-paced, inventive plot I can’t be completely happy with this story. Even though it left me unsettled like a good horror story should, I can’t be satisfied with the way the story ended or started off.
This short novella was action-packed. From the first moments in the ring to the last moments of the story, it was filled to the brim with violence. It...moreThis short novella was action-packed. From the first moments in the ring to the last moments of the story, it was filled to the brim with violence. It’s not that it was gory, it was just heart-stopping thrills.
Jessica is fighting for freedom from the werewolves who are threatening her life at the Compound. Her father doesn’t want to let her go. She shows a level-head and a strength of will that I admire.
This is a wonderful prelude to the full-length book Full Blooded. You’re given a taste of their world and of the independence of spirit Jessica has. For such a short novella this was also a very satisfying read, although the teaser of Full Blooded at the end was a little hard for me to take. I’ll have to wait for September for it to come out! (less)
Thirst is the first book in the Ava Delaney series and it got off to a great start. Ava is constantly thirsting for blood. She’s a ball of nerves over...moreThirst is the first book in the Ava Delaney series and it got off to a great start. Ava is constantly thirsting for blood. She’s a ball of nerves over it. What does she do to combat her thirst? She counts. I found that totally endearing.
Then there was Carl, the man she enthralled. She took care of him. She made sure she didn’t feed off of him and she was protective of him. Unlike some critics, I didn’t see any signs of a love connection there at all. Besides it would have been taking advantage of him. He was essentially drugged the whole time.
There were definite signs of a crush with Peter obviously. It was spelled out for you. He was definitely an intriguing character. I liked all the facets to him. You could tell he had his vulnerabilities yet he was very ruthless.
Then there was Eddie. He was an enigma. He had so many layers to his character. He was at once fatherly, then he was doing things that made you question his motives. Eddie is definitely a mystery.
The vampires in this book are great. I mentioned them earlier on the blog. They’re not shiny and pretty, they’re ugly and mottled and violent! Nothing about them is romantic in any way. They’re quite monstrous. I enjoy that about them. I feel like that’s how vampires should be.
To get the spell taken off of Carl it takes Ava and company on one wild turn after another. The spills never stop. It was one heart-stopping moment after another.
My one gripe is that this takes place in Ireland but this could actually take place in any city in the world. It has a generic world building effect and I was disappointed that there wasn’t more done with it.
This is an action packed novella and it reads very quickly. You can see the set up for the next book quite well but it doesn’t stop this book from being satisfying in and of itself. Ava Delaney is a heroine to look out for.(less)
For an 83 page novella, this story packs a lot of punch. A lot happens in a...moreActually a 3.5 star rating. Read my reviews here and on The Akamai Reader!
For an 83 page novella, this story packs a lot of punch. A lot happens in a short amount of time. It’s fun and fast-paced. The characters are lively and colorful. The contraptions are intriguing and are an integral part of the story.
The romance is sweet and heart-warming if somewhat predictable. Arrow was also a bit predictable and formulaic. Molly’s responses were just as predictable. I still enjoyed them though.
I thought it was strange for Molly to respond to Arrow with a “no worries”. There were other spots of dialogue I had a hard time getting a feel for.
I thought it was rather corny that her soap powder was so sought after. If you put aside that fact, it was an entertaining read. While I’m not quite certain this quite fits in the Steampunk genre as it takes place in the Wild West and this certainly is no literary gem, I”ll still look for the next in the series.(less)