I love a book that can live up to the hype, and this one really did. Which is saying quite a bit since the hype is huge for this one. I also can't bel...moreI love a book that can live up to the hype, and this one really did. Which is saying quite a bit since the hype is huge for this one. I also can't believe this was a debut novel, which blows me away even more.
This is a YA romance dystopian book set in an apocalypse world where gods, angels, demons and other wicked creatures now dominate the earth. Humans are not prepared to fight for resistance, but between the human Penryn, the angel Raffe, and other great characters, leadership emerges to give the human world new hope.
This story ended with a satisfying conclusion, but it left me wanting more, more and more. I am so glad book two, World After, is coming out in just a few more days.
Wow, even better the second time through! So much happens in this story that it's easy to miss many of the details in the first read. This time I saw...moreWow, even better the second time through! So much happens in this story that it's easy to miss many of the details in the first read. This time I saw the story unfold from a very different perspective as I knew what was ahead of them. It made me really appreciate the talented Suzanne Collins. She created an amazing futuristic dystopian world, then showed it to us from the point-of-view of a seemingly insignificant young lady named Katniss. (Who turns out to be anything but insignificant).
If you haven't read it, don't write it off simply because it's classified as a young adult read, or worse because its being compared to the teen favorites Twilight and Harry Potter. I hate those comparisons, and in this case they are completely off the mark. I personally don't consider it a young adult book even though many of the lead characters are all teens.
Despite the YA classification, The Hunger Games addresses some very adult topics and is for mature minded people. It has a darker tone that will pull on all of your human emotions. It has a lot of action and violence, but not in a gratuitous way. It will make you think about the value of a human life, and how even great triumphs can be bitter sweet and come with a devastating cost.
Now I have to go re-read the final two in this book. Even though I know how it all ends, it feels like a fresh new read the second time around as I can see all of those clues more clearly, understand the strategies a bit better, and visualize the world with more depth. I loved this one, and I sure hope the movie does it justice. (less)
I think they call this kind of a book a 'sleeper', where it slowly creeps into popularity one review at a time until it becomes a bona fide and popula...moreI think they call this kind of a book a 'sleeper', where it slowly creeps into popularity one review at a time until it becomes a bona fide and popular hit. Written in 2002, published in 2005, and it just now seems to be finding its reading public. In the last year this book was recommended repeatedly both here and at Amazon, and I am so glad to have read it. Simply wonderful, and what a surprising and strong epilogue! Sniff, sniff...
I thought it lived up to the hype. If you like historicals with a southern charm, a small town simple kind of setting, and an emotional storyline that will pull out some tears, this one is for you. I was impressed. (less)
Wow, loved it. Thank you to everyone who recommended this gem.
A great enemies-to-lovers historical novella.
Some favorite quotes: (view spoiler)[ >>...moreWow, loved it. Thank you to everyone who recommended this gem.
A great enemies-to-lovers historical novella.
Some favorite quotes: (view spoiler)[ >> Maybe that’s what I have been looking for. When storms and rockslides threaten, I am looking for someone who will hold on to me and not let go.”
>> “I’ll be your friend in daylight. I’ll treat you as a comrade in every gas-lit ballroom. But alone, under moonlight, I’ll not pretend that I want you for anything but mine.”
>> Reality was the illusion.
>> “Over the years, everyone stumbles. That’s why I’ll be here for you—and you’ll be there for me. I don’t expect perfection. I want you, and you’re a thousand times better.” (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
5 'Smoking HOT & Funny' stars! BEST 99 CENTS I'VE SPENT IN A LONG TIME!
The story was short (80 pages?), but so tightly packed with a lot of great...more 5 'Smoking HOT & Funny' stars! BEST 99 CENTS I'VE SPENT IN A LONG TIME!
The story was short (80 pages?), but so tightly packed with a lot of great, yummy and sexy romance. I loved it, can't wait to see where this serial goes.
JUST ONE NIGHT is part 1 of a new erotic m/f adult romance serial by new-to-me author Elle Casey. This is not an NA/YA romance (a genre this author is known for), as the H/h are in their mid/late 30's. It is super HOT and charged with a lot of sexual tension and burning chemistry!
In this episode, William and Jennifer meet and proceed to burn up the sheets under the agreement of a one-night only affair. It had a Cinderella twist as these two attend a high-dollar charity ball, which I loved. What they didn't expect was connecting so well on an emotional level, and setting their hearts on fire wanting MORE.
In case you are wondering, it does NOT have BDSM, menage, anal or other more extreme erotic kinkiness (at least, not in this book!) It was just good old-fashion dirty smut. ;-)
William is my kind of hero! He is a super HOT, sexy, funny British guy who I adored! His wit was pure British, and his prowess is my kind of hot and sexy!! Best yet, he doesn't suffer from 'Asshole syndrome', which is becoming far too common in today's romance books. He is simply a great guy who goes after what he wants, he doesn't have a load of personal baggage, and he really, REALLY knows how to treat a lady right.
Jennifer was just as wonderful. She is a smart and down-to-earth heroine who is finding a new sexuality about her self. She is no doormat heroine either! Yeah!! (Another trope which is becoming far too common!)
These two meet under the oddest of circumstances. While personal ads in romance books have been done to death, I really enjoyed the spin we get on this one. William answers her ad, which Jennifer was very reluctant to post, only because his secretary prodded him to do so. Their first conversation was a crack up, and really set the tone and chemistry for these two.
This is a serial, so don't expect the HEA just yet. But I have no doubt that these two will get an awesome HEA when the time comes. It ends in a really good place, and will leave you both satisfied and wanting more.
The writing: One thing I really enjoyed most about this book was the authors writing voice, especially since she does a lot of 'show me' and allows her characters to tell the story. (LOVE THAT!) The dialogue between William and Jennifer felt real, and I never questioned the genuineness of their attraction. It was told in 3rd person, and we get alternating POVs from both William and Jennifer.
***Before you discount this serial, know this: I too am not fan of serial episode books because you have to buy each book by the episode. But I am so glad I did with this one, and I should warn you that you might miss out if you skip over this serial. If there ever was an exception this might just be that series. Was the 80 pages for this 'chapter' worth the .99 cents I spent? Yes, absolutely.***
According to the author's blog, new books will come out every two to three weeks.
A big thanks to my friend J for the recommendation! I wouldn't have found this series otherwise.(less)
A great character driven story that brings the roughness of the wild west to life. It had a slow pace to it, especially in the beginning, but it just...moreA great character driven story that brings the roughness of the wild west to life. It had a slow pace to it, especially in the beginning, but it just worked. I especially enjoyed the way the H/h could laugh and enjoy each other despite all the crazy hard times going on in their world. The dialogue between H/h was especially funny at times, and the story was told in a way that made you feel you were right there in the old west. I will read the next in this series for certain. Hope you enjoy it! (less)