In this installment we meet triplet number 2. She's a little naive and a bit TSTL (a few times you just want to go DUH BECCA!) but she's likea3.6 -3.9
In this installment we meet triplet number 2. She's a little naive and a bit TSTL (a few times you just want to go DUH BECCA!) but she's likeable. So is bad boy turned good Owen. He's fucked up and had this been a longer book where the main characters could've been fully developed, I'm sure we would have learned more.
Becca doesn't know she's adopted and has been in love with Owen almost all of her life. They were together and then he left. Simple as that. He loved her and then he left.
He returns at the beginning of a crime "spree" and finds evidence on his property and we learn more about his mother and a little about his time away.
Reggie is pretty awesome by the way.
This couple seemed to be a little more developed, possibly because this is a second chance romance, but it would've been nice to see them discuss the new change in Becca's life before being separated and rushing into danger.
And while I found the ressurection scene a little "hmm" it was still awesome.
I will let tip you off to the fact that this book, like the last, has a lot of loose ends.
There was a few...huh? Moments. I won't go into too much detail because this just came out yesterday but you'll see. There are moments, especially the end, where you're like...huh? no way. Didn't see that coming because there was literally no clues.
Also, I don't understand how both sisters so far have had no problem accepting that they are witches. They have few questions and are more than happy to embrace it even after a life of pretending that they are not "weird" and that magic is not real.
I could believe it from one sister but not both.
However, it was still a good book. Owen is the scene stealer FYI.
One of my favorite parts is when (view spoiler)[ Raye and Becca meet. It's pretty cool and it's also good to see that Raye is getting more adept magically and learning all about it as well. She comes off as informative and powerful. I would've liked to see more Becca and Raye time because there was one point when Raye was pleading with Becca to come back, she didn't really mention that she wanted to get to know her or Becca should stay because they're family, but instead kept talking about power, bloodlines, and destroying the V. Mali's. I don't know, they both got so used to throwing around the word family and Becca is about to traipse off on an adventure with them, that I thought more sentiment would be involved in that plear (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book should be a sequel and also, this book is not your typical YA. The book broaches topics that are addressed in books geared for older crow4.8
This book should be a sequel and also, this book is not your typical YA. The book broaches topics that are addressed in books geared for older crowds (sex, sexual teasing, one-night stands, alcoholism) and has some sexy time and innuedo. If you aren't into that or don't want to read about it, you shouldn't have read this and you SHOULDN'T read this.
I on the other hand, couldn't put it down. I read this in about 4 hours and devoured every bit of it despite the 15 year age difference between myself and Bianca.
Why? I'm the Duff or can be. Or was. I'm not fat and I don't particularly think I'm ugly but ... compared to my girl friends?
I wish I had this book when I was a teenager. I can so strongly relate to Bianca that it's weird. Granted, I wasn't sexually active (I was sort of the DUFF. Tall, gangly, funny, sassy with crazy curly hair, glasses, and a very weird fear of commitment/relationships) and my parents divorced when I was younger but yeah, her inner voice could've been my inner voice.
Despite being called the DUFF by Wesley, super hot, promiscuous Wesley, Bianca doesn't read that way. She is smart, self-aware, vulnerable, tough and at that point in her life when everything seems like it means more than it should.
Wesley, as arrogant and frustrating as he can be, is just as damaged and vulnerable as Bianca and I thoroughly enjoyed the way these two wound up.
It was Wesley who gave Bianca the moniker of Duff and took to calling her Duffy and it was because of this that both of their eyes were opened. Name-calling is not ok.(even though I really believe that Wesley thought he was being funny, and Bianca being tough didn't really let it show that the name bothered her) and neither is slut-shaming or just generally judging someone very harshly.
Both of these two develop into stronger people because of each other. There is something bigger and better than pride and prejudices toward each other.
OMG. Is this Keplinger's version of P&P because, that just hit me.
Above all of that, this story is about friendship. About being open and learning to let go of fears and valuing those friendships. True friends are rarer than gold and with that comes the responsibility and the joys of having someone's trust and care. Casey and Jessica are her best friends and as she comes to realize, they are her Duffs sometimes and sometimes she is theirs but that's ok because "We are all fucking Duffs." and it means that you have friends.
Bianca is struggling with a lot throughout this book, her feelings, the way she handles them, her family, what she should be versus what she is and then her slut-shaming herself.
One of the best lines of the book, ironically enough comes from Wesley, "Bianca, whore is just a cheap word people use to cut each other down," he said, his voice softer. "It makes them feel better about their own mistakes. Using words like that is easier than really looking into the situation [...]" (pg 176)
And that's the honest to god truth.
This book ends rather neatly for a book about a messy and confusing time in life. However, I'm not going to complain....more
I feel like I pretty much finished this book. I don't remember too much about it other than feeling like there should've been a better connection betwI feel like I pretty much finished this book. I don't remember too much about it other than feeling like there should've been a better connection between the main leads and that the autism might not have been as realistic as it could've been.
It's all a little fuzzy to be honest but I felt I needed to write a review of some kind....more
Steamy, Embarrassing to try and maintain a straight face on the train, Good God Damn!, wow, kind of sex and teasing. And a relation4.2
Steamy, Embarrassing to try and maintain a straight face on the train, Good God Damn!, wow, kind of sex and teasing. And a relationship on top. I would have liked to see more relationship but I'm ok with how everything turned out.
Were there issues? Yep.
Could this have been fleshed out a bit better? Yup!
Did I enjoy it desire it's flaws?
Wish I knew more about Adam because he came off as a jerk. So did Sin.
Next two books oughta be interesting.
Fuller review to be posted when I'm not on my Kindle.
Great great ending to an awesome trilogy that features a kick-ass heroine (who develops!!!!) and an interesting, action packed, thoughtf
Great great ending to an awesome trilogy that features a kick-ass heroine (who develops!!!!) and an interesting, action packed, thoughtful plot.
There is romance but doesn't take away from either the plot or Devi (although it would have been nice to see Rupert more developed), in fact it makes her stronger.
Although (view spoiler)[ am I the only one who wondered why Devi didn't even think of trying to rescue Rupert when he was taken? I mean, I know that in the heat of the moment she had other things to do, but she could've at least thought it so that I wouldn't have to wonder about her love him) (hide spoiler)].
All in all, everything ended the way it should've. I was just a little disappointed that (view spoiler)[ Mabel lived. Or that Devi didn't at least punch her out when she got back from hyper space (hide spoiler)]
This series is perfect for those that loved the Sirantha Jax series and this that are fans of Tanya Huff's Valor series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Let me say that I read this in a few hours. It was addicting. I can't put my finger on it but I was hooked. Which is why a few issues bugged me.
Let me say that I read this in a few hours. It was addicting. I can't put my finger on it but I was hooked. Which is why a few issues bugged me.
This is a decent cozy about magic, skeptics, and psychics. It's on the darker side of cozy mysteries with a touch of humor. But at it's core it's about a woman who is currently denying her gifts.
We don't get to see too much of said gifts but that is due to Clyde forsaking them and poo-pooing the beliefs of her family members. Normally that would make her a jerk, but she has her reasons and two of them currently live with her. And they are pushy.
On the romantic side, I felt there was a lack of chemistry between Mac and Clyde and the vagueness of their past until the very end of the book. Then it just seemed weird and forced.
Also, the mystery itself was wrapped up too quickly. There was also a scene that had very little set-up, as if there had been a few pages devoted to the set-up but it was removed during edits. It was confusing.
With all that said, the story kept me hooked. Learning about Clyde and her past and reading about Clyde's dreams was pretty cool. She had some moments of, "no, bad police officer. You are being stupid", but even she admitted it and rationalized why. Points for an honest heroine.
All in all, a good entry into the cozy world and I look forward to the second....more
So Raine has a problem. She's still sort of attached to the semi-sentient rock of evil that the Goblins want, the Elves want to control her and the PaSo Raine has a problem. She's still sort of attached to the semi-sentient rock of evil that the Goblins want, the Elves want to control her and the Paladin wants to protect her.
Oh yeah, Raine is also part of the world's most notorious pirate family. So that makes her suspicious.
To make matters worse, the previous owner is out to get the Saghred and kill a bunch of innocent people in order to feed it. As a "guest" of the Isle of Mid, she's exactly where she should be. Unfortunately.
Tam, a friend who could be more, is also back. And dangerously attracted to the power that Raine now has at her finger tips. The power also likes him. It doesn't help that the two of them have an undeniable chemistry without ancient evil trying to tie them together.
She's not having a good month.
The Paladin, Mychael Eiliesor, is determined to protect her and the Isle. Even if it may end up contradicting each other. He's also gorgeous, a stickler for the law, sweet, powerful and dangerous. Pretty much Tam, without any darkness. Needless to say, Raine has a hankering for some Paladin kisses too.
Raine wants the connection to the Saghred gone, hence her stay with the Guardians. What she doesn't need is everyone trying to exact a pound of her flesh for crimes justified or imagined. In the midst of all of this, there's a kidnapping, no, make that several<\I> kidnappings to solve. And there's a connection to the Saghred.
This book was well paced and just a good urban fantasy. I like Raine, a lot, and I'm pulling for her. Just like I'm firmly rooted in Mychael's camp in terms of the romance.
Speaking of, this series should also appeal to those that aren't big fans of romance. There's enough in here to appeal to fans but not enough to turn people away. Raines is her own character, not there for a romance, but open to it. Which means the story comes first.
While slow, and at times frustrating (for different reasons other than pace), it really was a book that was made to build up the characters, the worldWhile slow, and at times frustrating (for different reasons other than pace), it really was a book that was made to build up the characters, the world and the inter-personal relationships of the characters. After about 80 pages I realized that the book wasn't slow but very detailed.
There were a few things that I just didn't understand and mainly it was all the secrecy. I understand Adhemar's subterfuge and in that sense, Miach's but .... then I didn't.
It was light on the romance that I've come to expect but it was romantic in the sense that Morgan and Miach were learning to trust and get to know another one another (view spoiler)[ which was why I understand Miach not saying anything to someone who hates magic but he could have said something to her way before they reached the castle (hide spoiler)].
Also, I have never been so glad to see a king get his random due by someone's fist or Morgan's taunts. What an ass.
It's a good book and I am very happy that I had the second one to start after finishing this, which is what I recommend if you're going to start this.
Still a decent fantasy read and, while not original, the writing definitely makes it feel like you've not read this particular plot in a while.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This took me a ridiculously long time to read and that's mostly because I am still not used to reading in an e-format despite reviewing things for NetThis took me a ridiculously long time to read and that's mostly because I am still not used to reading in an e-format despite reviewing things for NetGalley.
Speaking of. This is a NETGALLEY ARC that I received and this is my review.
It was ok.
I didn't love it, I didn't hate and sometimes I didn't care. Mostly that was about Lexi, whom should've just been left in a pit to die because he aggravated me and endangered Hedi way too much. And he just appeared weak. Even if he wasn't, even if he wasn't supposed to be, his actions spoke a lot louder than his intentions.
Ugh! This was not the way to end this book. There was way too much time spent in Hedi's head (which normally wouldn't have been bad) but there was not enough momentum to justify it. Yes there was action, yes Hedi matured and developed but the whole 'flashback' portion of the book just dragged a bit.
Did I enjoy this? As a whole, yes.
But did I want more. Yes.
This is an ARC so things may have been changed but I think I wanted less narrative and more dialogue.
Though truth be told, Hedi is one funny bitch. And I loved her references!
On another note: There needs to be a novella that talks about the Ra'hells in Canada. I would read the hell out of that. I want to know more about Anu and what happened with Cordelia. I need to know about Lexi now that he has slightly redeemed himself!
*This poorly written review (because I'm tired) was written in exchange for receiving an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher oh so many months go. And for readers like you*