CATCHALL I loved this book. It was absolutely dazzling. Lucy is a strong heroine, and it’s written so beautifully tha****FINAL RATING: 4.10 STARS****
CATCHALL I loved this book. It was absolutely dazzling. Lucy is a strong heroine, and it’s written so beautifully that it’s hard not to love. The world it’s set in is fantastic, and everything about it screams to be loved. Though not without its flaws, it’s such a beautiful book that it was impossible for me to walk away from it with anything but an overwhelmingly positive attitude.
THE HEROINE LUCY Lucy is a strong heroine who is extremely relatable. She’s needed in England, but she doesn’t want to go. She wants to stay isolated and live in peace, but she eventually realizes that she can’t hide forever. She has magic, strong magic, and that makes her responsible for helping others. Lucy has a really good heart, and she’s smart, but not so clairvoyant that she comes across as too powerful.
THE LOVE INTEREST NAT I didn’t love Nat as much as I remember loving him in the first book. He’s a bit foolish, and seems to question everything everyone else is doing. Even if he’s right, it’s not the smartest thing to do all the time. He’s stubborn, and doesn’t always make the right choices. It’s incredibly frustrating sometimes, to see him try to do everything on his own.
THE FRIENDS GABRIEL The moment I saw Gabriel, hearts came into my eyes, because he’s exactly my type, though he’s not right for Lucy, I don’t think. He can laugh at himself, he’s kind, and he’s a good friend to Lucy when she needs it. SYBIL I wasn’t sure what to think of Sybil at first. She’s a mysterious character, and it’s difficult to tell exactly whose side she’s on. But she’s a good friend to Lucy nonetheless, and she really helps her when she’s in a tough spot.
THE PLOT This book rings true because alchemy is something that was once a real, true obsession. In this book, it’s augmented by the fact that Lucy is a chantress. Instead of wanting to make gold, though, they want to make a special stone. It’s interesting to watch because it could be a similar plot to another historical fiction book, one that contains no magic at all.
Lucy must race to find the missing crucible, but she also must figure out what is going on at court and how to stop it. She may be forced to accept a marriage she does not want, and her beloved is not appearing a good option. Lucy has to get to the botton of what is happening before she can stop it, but as she searches for the missing crucible, things appear more complex than they first appeared.
The plot is considerably more intense than that of the first book, and for good reason. There’s no real chanters hunters on the loose anymore, but as the last remaining chanters, Lucy is under a different kind of pressure.
It’s a fast-paced type of book, and I kept turning the pages, dying to know what was going to happen next. It’s a wonderful, easy read type of book, and I didn’t put it down until I was done.
THE ROMANCE This book is light on romance, and there’s an awkward love triangle that never really goes anywhere, but aside from that, the romance is sweet. Lucy and Nat are an adorable couple, and it’s plain to see how much they care about each other. They’re both willing to take risks for the other, and they’re stronger together than apart.
THE WRITING Amy’s writing is gorgeous, and the world-building is truly spectacular. It’s historical fiction, but my favorite kind of historical fiction—the kind with a magical twist. She writes it in such a way that I can almost believe England really was that way once—it has the twist of truth, even though logically I know it’s not truth. The descriptive language could use work, but it’s still beautiful.
THE ENDING Chanters Alchemy wrapped up neatly and prettily, almost too much so, which is why this book didn’t get a higher rating. The ending seemed really rushed near the end and too easily to take entirely seriously. Everything worked out perfectly and it just seemed overly contrived to me. I like the ending, don’t get me wrong, but I think it would have had more impact if not everything had been wrapped up so prettily.
WRAPUP I adored this book, and at the time I’m writing this review I’ve already read the last book in the series, but you can be sure I’ll read anything Amy chooses to release in the future. Chantress Alchemy was a gorgeous, beguiling book and I’m sure I’d want more even if I didn’t already know what happens next. It was a pleasure to read something so beautiful and I highly recommend the series.
CATCHALL How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. There are many, many ways. Words alone cannot describe how incr*****FINAL RATING: 4.85 STARS*****
CATCHALL How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. There are many, many ways. Words alone cannot describe how incredible this book was. It is, without a doubt, easily in my top ten favorite books of all time. Maybe even top five. The characters are strong, the plot is exquisite, and the story flows right along. There’s even a touch of romance.
THE HEROINE CALAENA SARDOTHIEN Celaena is just as badass in this book as she is is the first two. Yet she has her weaknesses. She’s not a natural at everything, but with practice and hard work, she gets to the point where you can hardly tell. Celaena is strong, but she’s still recognizably human, and that’s one of the things that makes her who she is. She’s far from perfect, but she knows that. And her character development is incredible. She struggles with herself, and who she is, but she’s finally starting to see that.
THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS PRINCE ROWAN WHITETHORN Do you know I can’t remember the last time I loved a character this much? There’s no way it’s healthy, but here I am. Rowan is everything you’d expect of a fake prince on the outside: perfect, dangerous, and cunning. But on the inside, while he might still be some of those things, we can see that he, too, is flawed. He’s not perfect, and he definitely has inner turmoil. Yet he slowly learns to work through it. CAPTAIN CHAOL WESTFALL Chaol is a charmer, I think, because as a character he managed to win me over in this book. He’s made a huge sacrifice, for one thing, and he’s finally starting to see the implications of it. He’s not going to give in easily, though. He struggles with his loyalties, and questions who is the right person to follow. PRINCE DORIAN HAVILLARD Dorian goes through a lot of growth in this book. Where once he was definitely no more than a foolish boy, his magic has forced him to grow up quickly, and he’s learning that he must question everything. He wants to do one thing, but cannot help but do another at times. Dorian learns some lessons the hard way, and while it might not be easy, it helps his grow. AEDION ASHRYVER Aedion is maybe one of my favorite characters, ever. He’s done a lot of questionable things, and he isn’t proud of it, but he’s done what he had to do to stay alive, and sometimes that’s all you can do in his world. Aedion is one of the most fiercely loyal characters in this book, and he knows that he must continue to play his part if he wants to see his cousin restored. He struggles internally, but he’s not the type to let it show.
I never expected to love Sorscha as much as I did, or grow so attached to her. While I felt her character was a little underdeveloped, and some things about it confusing, I still adored her. She’s braver than she looks, and she’s willing to do a lot for both Dorian and herself. But she’s not selfish at all, and she’s so strong. Sorscha really is a powerful character, made more powerful by what she does near the end of the novel. MANON BLACKBEAK I have mixed feelings about Manon. On one hand, I admire her for her determination, but on the other she’s so extreme that I have difficulty relating to her. She’s ruthless, and it suits her, but makes her a very unreachable character. Still, she plays her part well, and she’s certainly determined. She doesn’t stop until she gets what she wants, no matter what it is.
THE PLOT If there are sufficient words to describe the plot of this novel in English, I don’t know them. This book was absolutely heartwrenching. It’s beautiful, but there’s sadness mixed in with all the happiness and the beautiful parts. Which is as it should be.
Sarah likes to peel back one layer of mystery away at a time—which is fine by me. It makes for an incredibly interesting story. There’s still so much we don’t know, and this book isn’t huge on revealing pieces of the puzzle, which is just as well. There’s so much else going on that adding more to the story might just be too much!
That doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on, however. There’s a lot going on. There’s a new army forming, for one thing—one kept secret, one that Celaena doesn’t know about. There’s Dorian and his magic, and there’s Celaena and her struggle to prove herself so she can learn more and unlock pieces of the puzzle.
Somehow, even though this plot is far from traditional, it managed to keep my interest very well. It’s not fast-paced, and yet it reads that way. It’s a very difficult book to put down.
THE ROMANCE This book only has a touch of romance (some people would say none) but in my opinion it’s there. It’s very soft and doesn’t call attention to itself, but the beginnings of a new relationship are often like that. It’s very sweet and gentle, and I like the way it really develops slowly, rather than immediately. It makes it seem more real, and more likely to be lasting. There’s also a romance with the prince and the healer—something that could have been cliché, but in the end was anything but.
THE WRITING Sarah’s writing is among the best I’ve ever read. She adds more voices in this book, and with them, we can see the diversity in her writing. It’s gorgeous. The characters each grow into themselves through Sarah’s writing. It’s descriptive, and really helps set the scene where the story takes place. It’s like you can visualize the beauty of Wendlyn and the harshness of Adarlan.
THE ENDING I loved the way this book ended. It’s bittersweet, since there’s some sadness, but there’s also a ray of hope. Not everything went as expected, or as planned, yet it’s not over till it’s over. I feel sad that certain things happened, but I think they had to. And with the end, this part of the story was neatly wrapped up and waiting for the next era of the story to continue. Not a killer cliffhanger in the traditional sense, but it left me with a sense of wanting nonetheless.
WRAPUP Heir of Fire was an incredible, amazing book, and I cannot wait for Queen of Shadows to be released. With stunning characters, a gorgeous setting, and a wickedly cool plot, this book won my heart easily. I’ll definitely read whatever Sarah releases for the rest of forever, and happily so.
CATCHALL I absolutely loved Intangible, so I was thrilled when I realized I would have the chance to read Imaginabl*****FINAL RATING: 4.80 STARS*****
CATCHALL I absolutely loved Intangible, so I was thrilled when I realized I would have the chance to read Imaginable. It was absolutely as lovely as its predecessor, perhaps even more gorgeous in some ways. Everything about it was just gorgeous and there was more romance, which I loved. The plot also moved forward in ways I didn't expect and there was so very, very little I didn't love about this book.
THE HERO LUKE I really like Luke because he's not perfect. He cares very, very deeply for Sera, to the point where sometimes he gets impulsive and makes mistakes. It's really sweet to see how much he cares for his sister but it never gets creepy and in this book he's much less overbearing. He wants to protect her, but he also allows her to make her own decisions. Meanwhile, he's struggling internally with some feelings as well. He exudes confidence on the outside, but he's more sensitive than he lets on.
THE HEROINE SERA Sera is an artist, which has always been one of my favorite things about her. She's also a healer and she hates to see anyone in pain, to the point where she will do things she doesn't want to to protect them. While that is dangerous, it is also admirable. I also really feel like Sera finds an inner strength that she didn't have in the first book. She's growing into her powers even more than Luke is, and she doesn't know what the right thing to do with them is all the time.
THE LIGHT ELF PROTECTOR FEY Fey might be my favorite simply because she's so strong but also not. She's been alive for literally hundreds of years, but she's more human than she first appears. Fey has one of the deepest senses of compassion I've ever seen, and she has a hard time reconciling her head and her heart. She knows what she should do but that often conflicts with what she wants to do. Her loyalties are really tested in this book and she has some very difficult choices to make, which I think she really handles well.
THE HEAD VAMPIRE JONAS Jonas is so, so, so wonderful. I love him probably beyond logical reason, but whatever. He isn't afraid to do what he thinks he should be doing and he's protective of both twins, but particularly of Sera. He'll do anything to keep her safe and he's willing to take major risks to ensure that she is. Also, like a lot of the characters, he has some pretty deep-seated insecurities. He doesn't really let them physically show, but they're definitely hiding in his heart. He's brave, and he's loyal.
There are loads of other characters I'd love to mention, but if I mention one I would have to mention them all, and then this review would be longer than the book practically, and you'd get bored. So, go read about them. ;)
THE PLOT In Imaginable, the plot thickens. That sounds lame and cliché, but it's true, so forgive me. Not everyone is yet completely recovered from the betrayal they faced, especially Sera, and the threat of Lilith still looms in the background ominously. Yet the twins and their friends are facing bigger problems now.
Without veering into spoiler territory, Sera's ability to heal is causing problems for them all. She had only good intentions at first, but other people used her to warp and change her gift into an action that is something awful. There's a sort of bloody rebellion beginning to build, and if they don't manage to stop it everything will change for them, and not in the gumdrops and roses way.
I also like the treatment of magic, although that is also my main problem with this book. I like that the magic isn't perfect or flawless. There are definitely crutches and things it cannot do, and it is not perfect. However, sometimes the magic can do things that I find frankly ridiculous and at times it was too much for me to believe. So essentially, I do like the way magic is used, but it is also the main fault in my opinion.
It is a very fast-paced novel, and I definitely got caught up in the action. I really couldn't put it down either because something was always happening. The chapters ended in ginormous, intense cliffhangers and kept me reading on and on.
I also love that there is so much originality in the plot. I really feel like it is so unique from other books I've read. There are vampires and elves, yes, but there are also other types of creatures, including the particular introduction in this novel of a unique and monstrous one. It really belongs on its own level as far as urban fantasy goes.
THE ROMANCE I was so, so happy with the development of romance in this book as opposed to the last. Fey and Luke silently struggle with their feelings for each other, and waiting to see where they would go was immensely interesting. There are definitely some misunderstandings between them, and I kept hoping they would work them out. Jonas obviously cares deeply about Sera, but she's still not necessarily ready to open herself up to love again after what happened with a certain someone in the last book. Even so, she cannot deny her connection to him. It's all explosions and kissing and kind of fabulous.
THE WRITING I recognized J.'s talent from the very first paragraph of hers that I read, and I can honestly, legitimately say that it has only improved. It is absolutely gorgeous, peerless. The way she describes things is beyond beautiful, and she makes everything feel so unbelievably real. The dialogue and banter between the characters is also fun, and J. has an absolutely incredible sense of humor. I actually had to stop reading this book during class because I could not stop laughing. It never feels tacky, just genuine.
THE ENDING The ending was perfect. It doesn't resort to using a killer cliffhanger because it doesn't need to. The overall conflict definitely isn't resolved, but the immediate one is more or less. And yet, despite that, I still found myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was next. This book was wonderful but it wasn't enough. The ending was awesome, but in some ways it was almost doubly cruel.
WRAPUP Do I recommend this series? Abso-freaking-lutely. Go buy the first book if you haven't, and if you have then you need to read this book now. This is actually one of my favorite series, and I know I say that a lot, but this series is really something special. I will, of course, definitely be keeping up with the series. In fact, getting book three yesterday isn't soon enough for me.
CATCHALL Fairy Godmothers, Inc. surprised me by being one of my favorite reads of the year and ever. Books that rel*****FINAL RATING: 4.70 STARS*****
CATCHALL Fairy Godmothers, Inc. surprised me by being one of my favorite reads of the year and ever. Books that rely heavily on humor tend to be hit-or-miss for me since I apparently have a weird since of humor, but I loved it in this one. The two main characters are enormously entertaining, the plot was the fairytale-esque one you expect it to be and there were more twists than I could count. It is a brilliant concoction of laughter and love set in a gorgeous fairytale world.
THE HEROINE KATE Kate is a fairy godmother whose job is to help poor, abused girls find true love and marry princes, much like a Cinderella story. She doesn't approve of her company using "true love" potion, however, which is basically an aphrodisiac, and she never uses it herself. She won me over to her side the minute I found that out about her. She doesn't blindly follow what she's told, but she does her best to ensure that he clients are actually happy. Kate is strong-willed, a little stubborn, and has a sparkling sense of humor. She's no-nonsense, maybe a little bit dense, but cute.
THE LOVE INTEREST JON Jon is a hero who definitely had me swooning; I admit it freely. He's a gentleman from the very beginning and is willing to do almost anything to win Kate over (not that he really needs any help there). He, like Kate, has a wonderful sense of humor. He's also the one in the castle who really runs everything, even though his mother and older brother should really be doing that. Even so, he takes over. Jon is kindhearted and puts other people first, though like anyone he has his selfish moments.
THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS RELLIE I love Rellie. For some reason, it's impossible not to love herm even though she's the type of person that if you met them in real life you'd be hard-pressed to resist the urge to shut them up violently. Her ditziness works for her somehow, and she's sweet without trying to be. I also love how she has her moments, and that even if she's often silly she's genuine. And whimsical. NED Ned is sensitive and yet passionate; he's in love with Rellie from nearly the beginning but he doesn't want to act on it because he wants to let her get her happy ending with the prince. I love that he puts her happiness above his own. We also see him change surprisingly a lot from the beginning to the end of the book.
THE PLOT Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is officially an adult novel. The heroine and hero are both adults, as are the other characters. However, it reads very clean, and as far as I'm concerned it's got loads of crossover appeal. It's something I myself loved, and I have faith that YA readers will absolutely fall in love with it too. I think honestly that it is a book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
I love the world, too. It's very definitely a fantasy world, but there's also a very modern feel to it. It's the type of fantasy world you want to crawl into and live in. It's set up so vividly that it's easy to imagine and there's so much to love about it. There are illusions to several fairytales and even a nod to Greek mythology. It's actually similar to the world of Ella Enchanted–the movie version, the book is way different–but like, infinitely better.
There were so many plot twists–a few of which I probably should've seen coming, but never did. It was more fun that way, though. This book was fluffy and fun but it was also really intense and it actually physically made my heart race. It was thrilling and I got myself really invested into the story. Whenever something unexpected happened it would make me jump a little bit.
The fairytale lore was so much fun too. It's definitely in some ways drawing from several different fairytales, but it is also in many ways its own unique plot. I've certainly never read anything like it although I really wish there was more like this. Kate is a spunky heroine, and she really made this story just come to life.
I honestly don't really have any complaints about this book. There's just nothing I really feel the need to complain about! Every once in a while, that has to happen. This was pure fluffy fun, and yet it was more than that.
THE ROMANCE Surprisingly, I wouldn't call this instalove. I'm not sure why, bur I don't want to. Though the feelings seem to come quickly, they're not immediately acted upon, which I really liked. They get to know each other before that, even if there's strong attraction and chemistry on both sides. The romance is also messy–there were so many factors keeping everyone apart that at times it seemed unfixable. But hey, true love conquers all, right?
The secondary romance did happen a bit quickly for me, too quickly for me to really believe, but it didn't bother me all that much. I kind of just let it slide, but it's still notable.
THE WRITING This book is beautifully written. It tells the story from the alternating POVs of Kate and Jon–with someone else featured a few times. I won't say what other characters we get. I thought it was confusing at first to suddenly add in the POV of a new character but when I understood why it was done I could just kind of relax and enjoy the ride. It was nice getting the chance to see things from a new perspective. And of course, this writing is so much fun. There's so much humor evident in every word, and the descriptions are gorgeous.
THE ENDING You know that feeling when you're nearing the end of a book and everything is so messed up you feel like it can't possibly be fixed in time? That's how I felt reading this book. I was so, so worried that not everything would work out. There were definitely some unexpected endings. But I got the one I wanted, so I'm happy. I was very pleased with the way everything turned out and satisfied 100% with the way the story wrapped up. Neat and pretty, but with imperfections.
WRAPUP Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is one of the cutest books I've ever read, easy. I am definitely looking forward to more from Jenniffer! I'm sure she'll come up with something even more brilliant and I cannot wait to read it. I would definitely recommend this–to adults, to teenagers, to fans of contemporary romance, to fans of fantasy an retellings. It's one of my favorite books, so it comes with my high praises. Even if you think it wouldn't normally be your thing I really think you should give it a try. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
CATCHALL Honestly, I had no idea what to expect going into this book. I picked it up because the cover was pink and*****FINAL RATING: 4.90 STARS*****
CATCHALL Honestly, I had no idea what to expect going into this book. I picked it up because the cover was pink and pretty and I'd been craving a fantasy. I barely even skimmed over the blurb. I was as surprised as anyone else when I ended up completely falling in love with it. It is legitimately one of the best fantasy books I've ever read, with easily one of my top five favorite romances. Set in a gorgeous and intriguing world full of people who'll stop at nothing to rise to the top, The Rose Throne absolutely blew me away. It was my first book by Mette, but I guarantee it will not be my last.
THE HEROINES ISSA Issa is easily my favorite of our two heroines. She's clever and yet not weak. She's ladylike, and a true princess, but at the same time her courage is strong without being obnoxious. She knows her place but she also isn't afraid to risk everything just to help someone else. Issa has spunk and bravery, and yet she isn't insipid and she doesn't make her decisions without thinking about them. She does what she believes is right but she isn't impulsive. I freely admit that I have a massive girl crush on her. AILSBET Honestly, while I adored Issa, I had mixed feelings about Ailsbet. It's much harder to get a read on her character, and it was really difficult to figure out her true personality. I don't think she's an awful person, but she's definitely selfish. I do think she sometimes tries to see what's better for other people but she has so much pride that she has a hard time seeing past it.
THE LOVE INTERESTS KELLIN I am actually head over heels for Kellin, so, you know. I completely, utterly adore him. He has that whole strong and silent things going on, but then going further he's actually really sweet even if he doesn't always show it. Oh, and don't let's forget passionate. And sexy. Really, really sexy. He has a righteous heart, but he's not an idiot and he doesn't do things without taking precautions. He rebels against the bad in his own way, and his loyalty runs deep. UMBER I don't even know why I'm mentioning Umber, since I never really liked him and he didn't feel that important to me. At first I thought he might be decent, and he really did treat Ailsbet well. But we never really get to see his true intentions clearly, so it's difficult to judge him.
THE PLOT From page one, I was instantly drawn into the world of The Rose Throne. Prophecies are always exciting, and I loved the way this one played out. I was really invested in seeing where it would go and I literally could not put this book down. I began reading it on a whim, but it soon turned out that this book had me wrapped around its…pages.
I loved how everything fit together. Issa wants to please her father, so she goes along with the idea of a loveless marriage to a much younger prince. There, she meets Ailsbet, the princess who is hiding her owns secrets. I loved getting the POV of both girls. Each one is hiding something, so it was interesting to see their struggles alone and yes, together.
I really enjoyed the fantasy elements too. In this world, women have magic of life, or neweyr, while men have magic of battle and death, taweyr. Of course, sometimes there are people born with no magic or people born with the "wrong" magic, which is a really interesting side plot that helped me in falling for Kellin. But, I really like the way the magic was employed. It's not necessarily central, but it's definitely important.
My main complaint is that when I later went back and looked over the blurb it is kind of misleading. Not so misleading that it destroys the whole book, but there are some noticeable things that just didn't match up. Still, I didn't think it was a huge deal.
So, yeah, I loved this. I really, really loved it. It is easily one of my top favorites of all time and maybe the best book I've read this year or at least way, way up there. I enjoyed this book so much I just want to cuddle with it.
THE ROMANCE Issa and Kellin are easily one of my top five favorite fictional couples ever, and that is a hard list to get on because it involves kicking someone off. But they did it. I absolutely, completely adore them together. They had chemistry from the very beginning, and for a while I worried it wouldn't go anywhere, especially as there were distractions. There's a sort of burning intensity between them that I love and though it isn't easy, love rarely is. I love the way they tease each other and yet take care of each other, and how they can't stay apart even when they try to.
THE WRITING I adore the writing in this book. I am in love with it. Both girls have distinct, clear voices, and even though their thoughts aren't always completely clear, they're still understandable. The word choice is gorgeous and uncomplicated. I love the way things are explained without being pushy, and though I wish there had been more descriptor language it was still so, so wonderful. Everything really flows and connects.
THE ENDING The ending has the hint of a resolution and what is going to happen next, but it still leaves room for more story to be told. There's definitely something of an HEA, though, at the same time, which I really liked and helped cement my deep love for this book. I'd love more, but the ending was still written in such a way that even if there isn't more, I can feel like the story came far enough along and was resolved satisfactorily.
WRAPUP The Rose Throne is currently a standalone, but Mette has two ideas for sequels drafted, which I would be hugely open to. Normally I'd appreciate that it's a standalone but in this case I'm dying for more so desperately that I really hope there's more. The ending was awesome but I still want more. I loved every bit of this. It's a seriously beautiful book and maybe the best thing I've read this year. Would I recommend this book? Duh. If you're a fantasy lover like me, don't think twice. Even if you're normally not huge on fantasy, please consider this one. It is really on its own level of amazingness.
CATCHALL I launched right into this book after reading Arson, not entirely sure what to expect. There's certainly anoth***FINAL RATING: 3.45 STARS***
CATCHALL I launched right into this book after reading Arson, not entirely sure what to expect. There's certainly another mix of danger and romance, although there's emphasis on suspense and it's more of an action novel than anything else. I definitely couldn't put it down once I picked it up and after two books I've grown attached to the characters and drawn in by the uniqueness of the plot.
THE HERO ARSON The first thing to know about Arson is that he's…quirky. That's the easiest way to put it. Still, there's something endearing about him. He's not a conventional hero but that doesn't make him bad. I love his determination, and how he stays strong even when everything basically sucks. He doesn't let his past mess with him too much but it really difficult to connect to him on a deeper level and I never really did.
THE HEROINE EMERY Emery's a sweet girl underneath everything, I think, although in this book she projected a much different image from that of the first. She definitely wasn't entirely the same girl. Her situation in this book really sucks, and while I wanted her to stay stronger, she starts to give in to the hopelessness. At the same time, it's really difficult to blame her. and she does pick herself up eventually, just like we could have hoped.
THE PLOT Ashes was a seriously intense book. It was much, much more intense than Arson. It's a seriously action-packed book with a smorgasbord of different characters with their own plots.
My main complaint is that it got really confusing. It was difficult to keep all the different plot lines straight, and they had a tendency to blend together. Eventually everything did become clear but while I was waiting for that to happen it was still rather frustrating.
I loved how fast-paced and action-oriented this book was, though. It constantly kept me guessing, taking twists I didn't expect. And though there was a ton of action that doesn't mean that there was no character growth, as there absolutely was. There was a nice balance between the plot and the characters.
I also am a gigantic fan of this book's originality. There's definitely some insane stuff in it that I don't recall seeing in books before, and though of course parts bear similarities to other books overall there was such a wonderful amount of new material that I let it go. I love original concepts and this definitely falls under that category.
So, although I had issues with it, I did really enjoy it. It totally redeemed itself and was an emotional, intense read.
THE ROMANCE I adore romance. But you guys probably know that. Still, the romance in this book was definitely interesting. It focuses in on Emery more than anyone, particularly with a new guy named Adam, who is really just creepy and weird, but I can't deny that there's chemistry there. Something about them kind of clicks somehow, and there's one scene in particular that was kind of gorgeous until Adam ruined it. I still like Arson with Emery, but we really didn't see that in this book so it's difficult to say what will happen in that path.
THE WRITING The main thing that bothered me about this writing is that there were way too many POVs. At first I liked getting the insights and situations of so many characters but as the book wore on it was difficult to keep them all straight and I started to get annoyed. Other than that, I found this writing really nice. There's clear talent, and a lot of thought was obviously put into this. The detail is vivid but the world choice does lean towards the simple side.
THE ENDING While this didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted it to and kind of actually annoyed me in some ways, I'm still satisfied. It's a good, solid ending to a second book that didn't feel done on a whim. I can tell that it was well thought out and it was absolutely unexpected in a good way. It wasn't ideal but that's part of what made it real, I suppose.
WRAPUP I'll definitely be picking up the third book in this trilogy eagerly! I can't wait to find out what happens next and I'm certainly very much invested in this series. I'll also be keeping an eye on this author even after that to see what he comes up with next. Would I recommend this? If you're an action movie lover, yes. If you're a paranormal lover, yes. Yes.
CATCHALL The Breakaway was a haunting–and yet compelling–read. It's the kind of book that creeps up on you months after***FINAL RATING: 3.35 STARS***
CATCHALL The Breakaway was a haunting–and yet compelling–read. It's the kind of book that creeps up on you months after you turn the last page. It definitely deals with some tough, unconventional stuff, but everything is handled so well. I really did like it, despite its flaws and the fact that it gave me the creeps.
THE HEROINE NAOMI Naomi isn't a very strong character, and she's extremely difficult to relate to. She's lulled into a new life so easily with her kidnappers, and she believes her parents don't love her, much like any teenager. She has extremely questionable decision-making skills. I just couldn't connect to her or her voice. Her thought processes also didn't make much sense to me and she was kind of annoying.
THE LOVE INTEREST JESSE I don't like Jesse. I don't care that he's not really a bad guy, he's still a freaking kidnapper. He also kind of just goes along with everything for the longest time, making him kind of a pushover. He didn't appeal to me as a character at all, and while I think he's redeemable I don't think he redeemed himself. He made a lot of bad choices and while I think he can make them up it's going to take a lot more than what he did.
THE OTHER KIDNAPPERS I did leave out Steve because there's really not much to say about him ERIC I truly, truly do not understand how Naomi can care for Eric. Yeah, Stockholm can be strong stuff, I'm sure. But he threatened to kill her. And he got out a gun, and he was going to, and she still cares for him. As far as I'm concerned he's a sociopath and should be locked up for life. EVELYN Evelyn was sweet and genuinely caring, but she was also a major pushover. She got caught up in Eric's messes but instead of leaving him to it she decided to just go along with it. I think she might be redeemable too, but that's not a story for us to know.
THE PLOT It starts right off with the action, launching straight into the kidnapping itself. But especially in the beginning, there are tons of flashbacks. And Naomi starts to wonder which life is better. The one in which she lives now, kidnapped, or the one before? That seems like an easy question. But Naomi feels like she has nothing to return to.
Naomi's kidnappers want to make her feel at home so that she doesn't want to leave. And eventually, it begins to work. There's irony in the way it all ends, and the story certainly took directions that I didn't expect multiple times.
The Breakaway was a bit predictable, but not so much that it got overly frustrating. I knew how it was going to ultimately end, but the path it took to get there is not one I expected. I was pleased by the way everything turned out and though Naomi did a lot of things that were really dumb I tried not to pass too much judgment.
This is very different from things I've read before. Kidnapping is not a common theme in my favorite books, but I really enjoyed this book and want to read more like it now.
THE ROMANCE I'm not there's any way to not find this romance rather disturbing. It's classic Stockholm syndrome, and Naomi certainly has that. She finds herself feeling connected to Jesse even as she knows how wrong it is. And I can't say I blame her. I also hesitate to call it love. I think she might be in love with the idea of him, a savior. And I think he truly cares about her. But it's just not enough.
THE WRITING I really like this writing style, but Naomi's voice is so weak that I really couldn't enjoy it the way I wanted to. Michelle's writing is simple, and it tells things as they are. It worked for the story, but there were way too many times where Naomi thinks to herself and it just really got on my nerves. Even so, I love the way she describes things in such vivid detail.
THE ENDING The Breakaway ended on a very open note, leaving the reader not sure what was going to happen next but without being an actual cliffhanger. Naomi is going to have a lot of developing to do as a person, and her kidnappers are going to have to face the consequences of their actions. All in all, it was a satisfying ending.
WRAPUP The Breakaway was a very heavy read, but it was very enjoyable. I really, really liked it and am definitely going to read Bonded at some point, since it looks similar but I hear that it's even better. I would recommend this to most readers. It's not light reading material by any means, but sometimes you need something with substance.
CATCHALL New Adult is a relatively new genre, and even though I love it I actually don't read a lot of it because in****FINAL RATING: 4.40 STARS****
CATCHALL New Adult is a relatively new genre, and even though I love it I actually don't read a lot of it because in the hands of the wrong author the story lines often get very repetitive and formulaic. I am happy to say that that was not the case here! Wait For You was a fun, original New Adult story that focused beyond the romance and was a deeper story than I first expected.
THE HEROINE AVERY Avery actually really annoyed me sometimes, but despite that I did my best to sympathize with her. I know that she was suffering a lot, but there were so many times where she had a chance to say something and she didn't and it just got old. She had a really, majorly vulnerable side, but at the same time, she got really good at putting on a strong front. I really wanted her to grow a backbone, though. She turned out all right in the end, however.
THE LOVE INTEREST CAM Cam, in my opinion, is an awesome character but nowhere near realistic. He's a player, but when he meets Avery it's like an instant change and suddenly he's Mr. Pure and Amazing. Uh-huh. Sure. Whatever. Plus, he's way too patient and puts up with way too much. Any guy would have left, and who the heck could've blamed him? He's clearly an awesome guy, and don't get me wrong–I do love him. But that doesn't mean he was convincing.
THE PLOT Wait For You was a sweet yet sexy love story. But it's so much more than a love story at the same time. From the very first page, it's clear that something in Avery is broken, and she's running away from the past.
Boy meets girl. Girl pushes boy away. Boy keeps coming around. Girl finally lets boy in. You get the idea, right? It all felt a bit cyclical and frankly wasn't the met effective in holding my interest. Furthermore, it took for-freaking-ever for Avery's past to come out. It's not like I expected to be told right away, but by the middle of the book I was bored and just wanted to know what it was already.
Plus, it got really confusing at some points. There were times when I had no idea what the heck anyone was talking about and just felt totally lost.
But don't get me wrong, I loved this book even though I had issues with it.
I loved that it went deeper than the romance. The romance was important, but it wasn't wholly the focus. In order to come to terms with the present, Avery had to face her demons. And it was a painful experience, but in the end she gets through it.
The pacing was slow, but at the same time there was a lot of story to tell. Some things felt extraneous, but I still enjoyed most of those parts.
THE ROMANCE Well, an NA book is a romance. That's pretty much the definition. So of course there was a lot of romance. And from the very first page, sexual tension was crackling between Avery and Cam, yet they still took the time to build a mature relationship. So, no complaints there. Now, my main issue with the romance. Look, I'm not a prude, and I can handle fairly graphic sex, but it got to the point where this entire book started to feel like sex scenes and that was just really annoying. Jennifer had a good things going and then she went and just totally overdid it. I love Cam and Avery together, but seriously, I don't need to hear about every one of their trips to the bedroom.
THE WRITING Jennifer's writing is beautiful as always. I honestly don't know how she does it. Avery's voice is both broken and courageous, and somehow she can make so much emotion come across in so few words. It's nothing short of genius. Sometimes the way she phrased things was really confusing, though, for some reason, and it was difficult for me to get a really secure grip on the different settings. It was a bit distant.
THE ENDING The ending was sweet in a way I didn't expect after the contents of the book, but I loved it. You can feel the connection between Avery and Cam and it doesn't feel cheap or contrived. The conflict's been evened out, and the best part is that although there's a happy ending you can tell the story goes on, that the characters continue living.
WRAPUP Overall, I really enjoyed Wait For You and if New Adult's your thing, I'd absolutely recommend it. Like I said before, it is a bit heavy on the sex, though, so if you do read this you should keep that in mind. I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout, and though this was my first J. Lynn book I can guarantee it absolutely will not be my last.
CATCHALL After Bloodrose, I was hesitant to read this book, but I found it better than I could have ever hoped for. I****FINAL RATING: 4.00 STARS****
CATCHALL After Bloodrose, I was hesitant to read this book, but I found it better than I could have ever hoped for. It’s a captivating book with an incredible set of characters and an even more intriguing storyline. I loved every minute I spent reading it, and I don’t have a moment of regret that I picked this book up.
THE HEROINE ADRIADNE And is a badass, stellar young woman who struggles in this book against darkness that threatens to claim her. She’s always known exactly who she is, but now, she’s fighting alone against forces she doesn’t understand. Still, I really fell in love with her. Anne’s strong, and she’s not going to give in so easily.
THE LOVE INTEREST CONNOR Connor is still the same character I loved in the Nightshade series, with his quips that often lighten the mood. But now we really get to see that his character is actually a lot deeper than it first appears. He struggles with his relationship with Adne, as well as the fact that he wants to protect her but she won’t let herself be protected.
THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS RENIER I love Ren. This is no secret to those who know me well. He has an attitude, and he has his own agenda more than just following the one that was set for him. He works as well as he can to mess with Logan’s plan, and he struggles with the fact that he can’t do everything he wants to. But he’s not giving up so easily, either. SABINE I adore Sabine, but she’s unrecognizable from the girl we met in the Nightshade books. She’s strong, confident, and finally knows who she is. She’s protective and strong, and knows the extent of her ability to help. SARAH The moment I met Sarah, I knew I’d be able to relate to her, and I was right. She’s a grieving woman who misses her son, and I found her pain perfectly understandable. She wants to do anything to get him back, and in the process forgets who she is. Like any grieving person, though, she eventually comes out of it stronger. LOGAN Logan is the clear villain in the story, but because we also see the story through his eyes, we get a good sense of what he’s planning and what he’s willing to do to get there. He’s ruthless in his own way, and has a violent streak. But there’s also more to him than that.
THE PLOT Logan wants to find a way to bring Bosque Mar back, which seems like it would be boring. But it’s not. Not at all, actually. The story is written in such a way that it’s impossible to be bored.
While Logan’s busy with that, the Searchers race to stop him. Yet they don’t know exactly what they’re stopping, or even if anything needs stopping. With the Keepers scattered, they struggle to find their new place in the world, and there’s inner turmoil as well. The Searchers can’t agree on anything, it seems, and that divides them further.
It’s beautifully written, and that makes it such a pleasure to read. It’s an entertaining, intriguing story that drew me deeper with every page.
THE ROMANCE The romance in this book was tasteful and not overbearing in any way. Connor and Adne are perfect together, and yet their romance isn’t an easy one. There are a lot of obstacles in their way, made worse by the fact that they’re not always prepared to face them together. But, given some time, I think Connor and Adne will find that the best way to go forward is together.
THE WRITING Andrea’s writing has improved immensely since Nightshade. She flourishes under this new style of third person omniscient as opposed to first person and it’s beautiful. Despite not being directly inside each character’s head, we nonetheless get a really great sense of who they are and what they’re thinking. The continuation of the world-building is stellar, and are the characters.
THE ENDING I loved the way Snakeroot ended. It hit the perfect balance of cliffhanger and wrapping up the story neatly. Enough happened that it didn’t feel like a filler book, and yet by the end I was gripping the book and hoping for more.
WRAPUP Snakeroot was a beautiful continuation to the Nightshade series, and I’m glad it exists. I’ll definitely be reading the next book. I’d recommend it to any fans of Nightshade, and I’d also recommend it to people who are new to the series. It’s that good.
CATCHALL Honestly, when I went in to read this one, I thought it sounded cute. However, I really didn't have very hig****FINAL RATING: 4.25 STARS****
CATCHALL Honestly, when I went in to read this one, I thought it sounded cute. However, I really didn't have very high expectations. I thought it might be kind of a fun, light read to pass the time, and because I knew the concept would be so difficult to execute I was nervous about seeing how it would be done. Happily, however, The Rules for Disappearing exceeded all of my expectations and quickly became a favorite.
THE HEROINE MEGAN Obviously her name isn't actually Megan–it's just the current name she chose for herself–but giving away her actual name would be way lame, so I'm not going to do that, even though it feels really weird to call her Megan now. So anyway. I really like her. She's strong but she's also vulnerable, and very much a teenager. She keeps to herself and doesn't really want to open up to anyone when she knows she'll just leave again. Despite this, part of her still craves human company and she wants to confide in someone. She also ruthlessly searches for the truth. She was kind of annoying sometimes, but I let it go for the most part.
THE LOVE INTEREST ETHAN Ethan is sweet; he's the strong, local farm boy who instantly can tell there's more to Megan than she's letting on. He doesn't let her avoid him and he drives her to dig harder for the truth she's been wanting to find. He's very loyal to her, and he stands up for her even against his old friends. I liked his courage, and I really admired the way he didn't let her push him away. He really works hard to gain her trust.
THE PLOT A plot like this could so easily be overdone. It involves the Witness Protection Program and a girl who seems to have gaps in her memory. Yet, it never felt that way to me. Oh, yes, it had flaws. But being overdone was certainly not one of them.
From the very beginning, I was drawn into the plot. There always seemed to be this idea tucked away, an inkling that there was something we were missing, that didn't really get explained until very far into the book. The whole mystery aspect deepened the thriller aspect and made it that much more exciting and intriguing.
I loved the way Ethan supported Megan throughout her journey. He supports her from the beginning and gets her to put her faith in him, and he doesn't abandon her when some of the darker secrets from her past begin to surface. Instead, he stays right there beside her and even really comes through for her when she realizes what she has to do.
My main complaint is that some components of this book are awfully predictable. There was one thing in particular that I guessed at the beginning of the book and that should just never happen. There was at least one other significant thing too that I figured out early on so some of the suspense was really ruined for me. It didn't reveal everything, and it didn't keep me from loving the book, but it definitely affected me.
So, overall, I don't have any complaints other than that of predictability, which bothered me a lot less in this book than it probably should have. Eh.
THE ROMANCE The love story here is honestly adorable. There is literally no other way to describe it. It is absolutely, purely adorable and I love it hardcore. It actually develops and there's a lot of mistrust, suspicion, and hurt before they really learn to love each other. It's a very realistic romance and I think that's what really drew me to it so much. I do feel Ethan maybe put up with a bit more than any normal guy would have but hey. It's totally excusable.
THE WRITING My favorite part about this writing is the way Megan's voice matures throughout the book. At first, she comes across as rather childish and only near the end does she really start to mature. Seeing that progress directly was amazing. I also love the way everything is described. I could practically smell the pizza parlor, see the acres of farm stretching on. It was all so vivid and gorgeous. I do think the dialogue could have used some work but honestly, it was still marvelous.
THE ENDING I loved the ending. When I read it, I wasn't sure if this was a standalone or a series. For a standalone, the ending was gutsy but I would've loved it. Even so, I was relieved when I found out there was a sequel in the works. The ending is most definitely a cliffhanger and ominous without being cheesy. It was honestly the best ending and I really liked the way it was messy, because that was exactly how it needed to be.
WRAPUP So, yeah, though I didn't expect to, I really loved this book. I don't mean that in a bad way. I really loved this book, and I will definitely be adding the sequel to the list of books I absolutely must have. Now, who would I recommend this to? Honestly, there's really no one I wouldn't recommend this to. It's fast-paced and brill and the romance is cute and something I think most people will enjoy. So go on, give it a shot.