The second book in the Night Huntress book started out SO GOOD AND SO SURPRISING! One quirkOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The second book in the Night Huntress book started out SO GOOD AND SO SURPRISING! One quirk about me, I have a bad habit of not reading synopsis'..... Yeah...it's not my best habit. I tend to read them IF IT'S A NEW BOOK FOR ME. But I usually don't read them in series.... I don't know why. I consider it a waste of my time and don't do it. I suck. I get it. Sue me. So, because I didn't read the synopsis, I didn't realize that this book takes place almost 5 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST BOOK! I did not see that coming!!!!!?!?
One Foot in the Grave was way better than the first book. Was it 4 or 5 star quality? I didn't think so. However, I do feel that there is potential for the following books in the series to reach 4 or 5 star quality. I'm just not quite there yet.
One thing that I felt was a little off point was how quickly Cat and Bones got back together. Shush it...that's not a spoiler. YOU KNEW THEY WERE GETTING BACK TOGETHER! I would have liked to see that drawn out a little longer. Bones should have been LIVID. Cat should have had to BEG for him back. I mean, seriously, she treated him like garbage. If someone up and left me and came back 5 YEARS LATER, I wouldn't just kiss them and be like "it's okay, baby, I forgive you. What's 5 years? It's just 5 years. I love you so much, and I'm going to love you forever and ever and ever." HELL TO THE DAMN NO. NO.NO.NO.NO.NO. I can't even say no ENOUGH!
Unfortunately for me, I liked Cat less than I did in the first book. The whole soldier/commander attitude thing that she now has going on is really weird and unattractive. I like that she stands up for herself and is super strong, but I would have liked to see a little bit more of the old Cat....or maybe just a different Cat. I definitely didn't want to see THIS Cat.
Bones was still hella on point. HELLO, BONES! Want my number? I'll totally give it to you! I LOVE HIM!
The action scenes were so much better in this book. The author didn't really do that weird thing that she does with action scenes. That makes me excited for future books.
Let me tell you, though, I LOVED IAN! Seriously, this author writes about the hottest hunks I've ever read about. FOR REAL. I'll take Ian any day of the week. I don't think that he has a book, yet, but he better be getting one soon. It's funny, because I read about Ian in Spade's book before coming over to this book. So, I originally got to see more of his fun personality than his assholish personality. And he has a piercing down under *wink wink*
Overall, I liked it a lot. I still didn't think that it quite reached 4 or 5 star potential. I think that we're still working up to that point. However, I'm VERY excited to read more of this series! ...more
Let me first be upfront and honest by admitting that I had absolutely no idea that this wasOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Let me first be upfront and honest by admitting that I had absolutely no idea that this was the second book in a series. Seriousl fail for me! It's definitely a book that CAN be read as a standalone, but I did miss a bunch of stuff that happened in the first book. Thankfully, all of that was reviewed all throughout the book so that I was never confused. But if it bugs you to read a series out of order, then do make sure to start with the first book.
Overall, I thought that The Wedding Pact was very well written and had an interesting concept. Personally, I had a really big issue with Carrigan being forced to marry a husband and being provided with a list of suitors from her father. I also had an issue with the feuding families and the gangster-ish type feel to all of the characters. Those things didn't really subtract from the writing, and therefore my rating, but it was definitely a little heavier feeling than I had originally anticipated. I do know that a large population of readers are going to absolutely adore this book, though!
HOLY. HOTNESS. That is all I have to say. The sexy time scenes in this book were OUTRAGEOUS. In a good way! In a steaming holy smokiness kind of way! They were sizzling! Katee Robert's sure knows how to write those kind of scenes [; Totally worth it!
Overall, I thought this was a solid read from a remarkable writer. It's difficult to really provide this one with a rating, though, because I didn't love the story line. On the other hand, I really liked the writing style. So, I'm just going to leave this by saying that Katee Robert's is an extraordinary writer and if you love adult contemporary/gangsterish type novels then this one is 100% for you! ...more
I also had this book in my pre-k class, and I’ve read it about fifty hundred million times.Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I also had this book in my pre-k class, and I’ve read it about fifty hundred million times. My 4-6 year olds were able to interact more with this book. While my daycare kids did enjoy it, I think some parts of it went a little bit over their heads. They definitely had some questions about why certain things happened, etc. They did enjoy it….just not as much as my pre-k students. However, they were able to tell me that the book was about a garbage truck!...more
When I was teaching pre-k with 4-6 years olds, I scheduled a whole week dedicated to Laura NOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
When I was teaching pre-k with 4-6 years olds, I scheduled a whole week dedicated to Laura Numeroff. I had everything planned out in my curriculum and the students did a whole bunch of fun things….they loved it! In my daycare, I have the following ages: 1,2,3,4. This book was a little too…..advanced for them. They didn’t seem to find the story very interesting and the pictures weren’t colorful or bold enough. I would definitely recommend this book for a slightly older age group (probably 4-6 is a good place to start.)...more
This was the first time that I read this book. The kids seemed to love it! The book is fullOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This was the first time that I read this book. The kids seemed to love it! The book is full of a whole bunch of adjectives, and we practiced describing our words both verbally and physically. There were a couple words in this book that the kids didn’t know, such as meek and fierce, but I just counteracted that by giving my own example of the word. I tried to break the words down and act them out for the kids to understand. They loved how hands on this book was!...more
I have been DYING to read this book! So, me being me, read the series COMPLETELY out of ordOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I have been DYING to read this book! So, me being me, read the series COMPLETELY out of order and started with book five! GO ME! It didn’t matter, though, because these books can be read out of order as standalones. The previous characters were mentioned throughout the book, but it was mostly just about Hawke and Vale.
OH. MY. LORD. This book was SMOKING HOT. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I even fanned myself down in some scenes! Holllllllly Smokes! This is a definite must read, especially for NA lovers and/or hockey/sports fans. YES, PLEASE!
I absolutely adored Hawke and Vale. There were a couple moments that each character sorta kinda got on my nerves, but it didn’t matter. LOVED THEM. They had so much chemistry together. I loved that they already had a past and had so much anger at each other 7 years later. I would have liked to see the two main characters prolong their relationship a little bit longer than they actually did. They jumped back into it a little sooner than expected. Didn’t really matter…but I thought that it would have added to the story.
Let me tell you, I NEVER cry in books. I can probably name all the books I’ve ever cried over on one hand. I just don’t have that emotion over books. While I didn’t exactly bawl over this book, I did cry. There were some super emotional scenes that just tugged at my heart strings. SO BEAUTIFUL.
I felt that the ending was a little bit rushed and cheesy. I would have liked to see it come together a little bit more than it actually did. Again, it wasn’t the biggest deal ever. Some books, especially in this genre, are just going to have some rushed, cheesy endings. I took it for what it was and still adored every moment.
I would 100% recommend this book to NA and adult lovers. I would also recommend this series as a great start for anyone who is wanting to venture into the NA genre. Sometimes really good NA books can be hard to find. This series is a great example of wonderful, hot, steamy, yummy NA writing. I NEED MORE!...more
I started out absolutely adoring this book! It was SO GOOD and so refreshing. However, I had to DNF it because I started to hate the main female leadI started out absolutely adoring this book! It was SO GOOD and so refreshing. However, I had to DNF it because I started to hate the main female lead SO MUCH. She was too uptight, constantly whined, and was super condescending to the male lead. Also....why was she eating salads on all of their dates? I HATED that message. Good lord, he's eating a steak in front of you and you're eating a SALAD? Also......please don't use the word "suckled" in sex scenes. That's just disgusting....more
The Game Plan started off really strong and had a really good concept, but ultimately just fell flat in the poor execution of the stDNF at around 50%.
The Game Plan started off really strong and had a really good concept, but ultimately just fell flat in the poor execution of the story line. The characters were unlikable, the basic plot like was unrealistic and a little offensive, and the progression of the story was way out of wack and went by at a ridiculous fast pace.
My absolute #1 main problem with The Game Plan was the main character. She was way too aggressive and in your face for my personal taste. Not to say that I wanted her to be a submissive mouse or anything, but she was just a bit too much.
That being said, I also was not a fan of the main male lead, either. Readers who enjoy super sensitive, emotional, lover not a fighter type of male leads will probably enjoy him. Readers who enjoy more bad boy, dominant characters might have an issues. I fall in the latter group. He was just waaaaaaaay too sensitive for my personal taste.
The progression of The Game Plan moved REALLY fast. The couple basically hooks up within the first chapter of the book and then the rest of the book is basically about them wanting to try a long distance relationship and blah blah blah. Super insta-lovey and way too dramatic. I would have liked to see more of a progression in their relationship. Maybe actually have the guy have to win over the girl, rather than winning her over right away. I did not like the pacing at all.
The 24-year-old male NFL player VIRGIN aspect of this book was BEYOND unrealistic. Seriously? No. I guess it could happen............insert face here. That whole plot made the book really awkward and uncomfortable to read about it. And.....seriously. Guys are not good their first time. Don't get offended! Neither are girls! But it made the sex scenes SO UNREALISTIC. Come on, now
I am SO SICK AND TIRED of NA writers pulling off the no condom thing. Is that seriously what you want to promote to readers, especially teen readers who might be reading NA. Do you WANT them to think that it's acceptable to not wear a condom because they're on protection? That it's OKAY just to take someones word for it? That birth control works 100% of the time? MAKE YOUR DAMN CHARACTERS WEAR A FUCKING CONDOM!
Seriously....that shit pissed me off.
Overall...negative. Had real potential, though!...more
I am a huge fan of Kara Thomas. Kara also writes under the name Kara Taylor and is the authoOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, Reviewed by Nichole.
I am a huge fan of Kara Thomas. Kara also writes under the name Kara Taylor and is the author of the Prep School Confidential series, which I LOVED & hosted as our book of the month 2-3 times. She is a flawless writer with a huge talent. That being said, I was super anxious to dive into The Darkest Corners, because I’ll read anything that Kara writes. It’s just a given.
I did really like The Darkest Corners. I thought that the writing was amazing and the storyline was spooky and rivoting. However, I couldn’t finish it. This is a really weird case for me, because it’s not like I DNF’d this book. That is not the case at all. I LOVE Kara’s writing style. No…..this book scared the crap out of me. I was SO SCARED. I usually read in my bed at night for an hour or two….no. I could not read this book in the dark. It was giving me nightmares…I couldn’t do it. Instead, I tried to read the book during the day. Nope…..still scared me senseless. I would be freaking out checking every nook and cranny in my house.
Let me just tell you that I am a HUGE wimp. I didn’t really expect to get scared over a YA book, but I did. I love Kara…I love her writing style…I 100% recommend this book….but I ended up just being wayyyyyy too big of a wimp for it....more
The first 30% of this book was really good. However, it ended up having way to much of a chick lit feel to it. I was hoping to find something maybDNF.
The first 30% of this book was really good. However, it ended up having way to much of a chick lit feel to it. I was hoping to find something maybe a bit steamier or romantic.
As for the characters, I couldn't stand the female lead. She was just way too much to handle. I also didn't care for the group of guys who worked on a male blog. I don't prefer my men to be that sensitive and whatnot....it just didn't work for me.
The virginity aspect of this book was not only insulting, but it didn't work. Not only that, but they didn't actually have sex until like 85% of the book. And they started going on about it at like 14% of the book. That seemed like a BIG GAP. AND THEN, when they DID get to the sex scene? It lasted like 2 paragraphs. FOR REAL? That was the build up? SERIOUSLY? No, thanks.
Overall, not for me. I think this is going to apply maybe to older females who really enjoy chick lit....but I this this missed the target audience....more
I actually really enjoyed the first 41% of the book, but I just couldn't stand it after that. I didn't like either of the main characters (I espeDNF.
I actually really enjoyed the first 41% of the book, but I just couldn't stand it after that. I didn't like either of the main characters (I especially hated the female lead,) I didn't like how the females were treated in this book, I thought there were way too many shifter rules to keep track of, and, honestly, I just kept waiting for some form of bestiality to happen (it didn't!) This one just wasn't for me! ...more
I love a good werewolf story, even though I haven’t been able to read much of them lately. WOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I love a good werewolf story, even though I haven’t been able to read much of them lately. Waer was a wonderful way to bring myself back to the shape-shifter world. Author Meg Caddy has come into the bookish world on a high note and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Waer definitely starts off with a bang! Lowell, a Waer (waerwolf/werewolf), and his little brother Kemp are enjoying a day of hunting on their land. What starts as a seemingly normal day takes a turn for the strange as the boys find a washed up Waer, severely injured and disoriented-who can only seem to say one thing Kee va. I was instantly drawn into the story and it couldn’t wait to see where the mystery lead-and I certainly wasn’t disappointed!
Lowell and Lycaea (our injured Waer) are the main characters of Waer. Whilst I absolutely loved reading from Lowell’s POV I found it rather difficult to like Lycaea. Did I feel bad for what she had gone through? Absolutely, but I just wasn’t a fan of her for the most part. At certain times I would have that moment of connection where I would actually like Lycaea, but it was fleeting. However, this did not take away from the over enjoyment of the novel.
Lowell, on the other hand, I adored. He was just a genuinely sweet guy. Lowell has had his world thrown upside down with the arrival of Lycaea, and combined with a certain tragedy (which shall not be spoiled) I was pleasantly surprised that we got see his emotions play out but also got to note how he held it together to help everyone else and himself.
I liked how the romance in Waer wasn’t the main focus. Yes it was definitely in there, and I did enjoy the heartfelt scenes, however it wasn’t the overall theme of the novel. There were other obviously pressing matters at hand which were talked about and acted upon without constant romance scenes.
The one thing that made me love Waer was the plot. I was just so interested and invested in what was going on! I had no parts that lagged for me and I didn’t want the novel to end at all! My only tiny problem with the end is that it seemed a tad rushed.
Overall, Waer by author Meg Caddy was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I most definitely am looking forward to read more from this author.
Thank you to Text Publishing for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review....more
The first thing I want to discuss about Atlantis Rising is the cover. I went into this bookOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The first thing I want to discuss about Atlantis Rising is the cover. I went into this book knowing that it wasn’t about mermaids, but the cover might be a little confusing to someone who hasn’t read the synopsis. So, this is your up front warning that Atlantis Rising is not about mermaids.
Atlantis Rising was a good read full of action, adventure, and a simmering romance. The characters were intriguing; I especially enjoyed Ian’s character [; Overall, the book always left me feeling curious as to what was going to happen next.
In terms of characters, I did enjoy them. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character, Alison. She was a little too strung tight and stressed out. Not that she didn’t have every right to be, it was just a little too much at times. I also didn’t overly care for her back and forthness with Ian. Sometimes, she wanted him. Other times, she couldn’t allow herself to be with him. I just wanted her to make up her mind already.
Another thing that slightly bothered me was the lack of plot settings. I felt like we kept jumping into the same scenes over and over again. They would be in class, Alison would be eating tofu lasagna, Alison would be putting a thought in someone’s head, they would be at Ian’s house or at the book store. Each time we revisited those settings, it felt like the same exact thing was happening as in the setting prior to it. I wanted more diversity of settings and occurrences.
The big showdown at the end of the book was action packed and interesting. I did feel like it was a little rushed and maybe leaned a bit more on the younger side of YA during that time. However, it built itself up nicely for the second book.
On a more positive side, Atlantis Rising was very easy to read. I demolished in just a couple days, which can sometimes be difficult for me. It had an intriguing storyline, as well as characters.
Overall, I thought that Atlantis Rising was a solid read. I feel like there’s probably some more room for improvement, but I’m betting that Atlantis Quest is going to start out with a bang. I would definitely recommend this to YA paranormal fans....more
It felt so good to dive back into the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. I forgot hOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
It felt so good to dive back into the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. I forgot how much I love Merit and Ethan and all of the vampire goodness in between. Wild Things started out really strong. It was action packed and full of adventure. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the shifters and a whole bunch of other supernaturals that made their appearance in this book.
The chemistry between Merit and Ethan was off the hook. I thought that Wild Things incorporated more emotional scenes between the two of them that we really haven’t seen before. Ethan was sort of coming out of his shell and showing more emotion and love toward Merit. The only thing that sort of bothered me between the two of them, and it was minor, was that the sexy scenes sort of seemed a little stiff and forced. It’s not that they were bad, they were just a little yawn worthy.
I did have a few complaints throughout Wild Things. 1) It seemed unrealistic and hard to believe that the humans dictated over the supernaturals and controlled their incarcerations and interrogations. In the previous book, Ethan killed a supernatural. Shouldn’t that be solved with the supernatural world? I wasn’t overly sure why the humans were in charge of that. Don’t they only dictate over human murders and issues? So, that really bugged me throughout the whole book, and I just couldn’t shake it. 2) I was slightly annoyed that there were some fancy words thrown in to exclude normal sounding words. Quite a few times I had to click the work on the Kindle to see what the definition was. That didn’t happen throughout the entire book, but it happened enough times that it really started to bug me. 3) Finally, there was a big chunk during the middle of the book that was just kind of boring. It didn’t last forever, but that section was really difficult to plow through.
What I really did enjoy about this book was they mystery aspect to it. Not all of the Chicagoland Vampire books have that aspect to them, and I really loved the carnival/kidnapping theme that was going on in Wild Things. I just found it really entertaining.
Overall, I really did enjoy this book. Chloe Neill has set it up so that the next so many books in this series have great potential and an endless storyline. I’m really excited to see what will happen next with Ethan and Merit and the whole vampire world!