Wow……just wow. It has been a LONG time since I’ve visited Morganville. It’s probably been eiOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Wow……just wow. It has been a LONG time since I’ve visited Morganville. It’s probably been eight or nine years since I first started reading this series. Not to make myself sound old or anything…
With it being SO long since I’ve read the Morganville books, I will admit that some of these stories confused me. I didn’t automatically remember who everyone was and what was going on. If that’s something that’s really going to bother you, I would highly suggest either re-reading the books or at least skimming over them. Some of you probably remember everything that happened and who everyone was. Others are going to have a slight problem remembering where everything left off and who everyone is.
Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that not every story in the book is equal. Some of the stories I really loved. Other stories, I was bored out of my mind. However, I will say that I mostly really liked and enjoyed this book. It was really the stories about the older vampires that were really tough to get through. I skimmed over Myrnin’s story, because I didn’t like it at all. I also had a really tough time getting through Amelie’s stories. I might just have butchered their names. Sorry, MV fans!
One thing that I really enjoyed about this collection of stories was how it really embraced stories from before the start of MV and during the beginning books. Those stories really made me remember how much I love the Morganville Vamps series and how much I enjoyed those four main characters. I also didn’t need a refresher for those stories. I remembered everything I needed to. I wasn’t confused at all!
On the bright side, for me, I didn’t read any free stories that Rachel Caine featured on her website or any of the stories in previous anthologies. So, all of these stories were 100% new to me. Some of you may have already read some of them, though. That being said, half of this book is completely new stories. So, if you’re feeling hesitant for that reason, just know that there is a huge chunk of new material in this book.
I’m usually not one for re-reading books or series. My TBR pile is larger than life at all times. I have library books, a ton of books in my room, Netgalley & Edelweiss books, plus review requests coming in daily. So, I never re-read books. I just don’t have the time. That being said, this book has made me want to re-read the Morganville Vampires series. And I will. I have every intention of re-reading this whole series this year. I just need to find the time for it. Not to mention that I never actually FINISHED Morganville. So, I have a ton to catch up on and to remember! I’ve very excited to reread this series & share all new reviews with you all!
OH! Another thing…I totally forgot to mention it. The romance between Shane & Claire and Michael & Eve was BEAUTIFUL in this book. I loved the opportunity to read those stories and to share in their romance. Some of those stories were SO CUTE! So worth it!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint was that some of the stories were difficult for me since I haven’t read the MV books in SO LONG. I also thought some of the stories could have been a little more entertaining. The majority of this book, though, was just like old times!...more
Gena Showalter seems to be a household name in regards to the bookish community. Even if you hOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Pavan.
Gena Showalter seems to be a household name in regards to the bookish community. Even if you haven’t read a book by her, you’ve probably heard of at least one of her series. I have only read a few of Gena Showalter’s novels, however the premise (and cover) of Firstlife drew my in straight away! However, I just wasn’t a fan of this one.
I want to start off by noting that the cover for Firstlife is gorgeous! If I was casually walking through a bookstore (or book aisle) I definitely would stop and pick up Firstlife just by the cover alone! They really hit the nail with this one. The colouring is beautiful and I think the two worlds showcased in the hourglass frame worked extremely well.
Unfortunately, the cover was one of the very few things I liked about Firstlife. I found this novel to be lacking in basically everything except world building. As with any book that is trying to detail a new world/worlds there is a fair amount of world building involved. Gena was able to create these very interesting type of ‘second life’ which was explored thoroughly throughout the book. The premise of these second lives was quite interesting.
The characters were an extreme let down for me. I just could not connect with any of them! I found Ten, the main character, quite annoying at times. I just did not understand why she was adamantly against choosing a side. Also her snark seemed a bit much, like she was trying too hard to be the feisty girl. I did think that her use of numbers could have been explored better, rather than have it shoved at us throughout the novel for the sake of it.
There was certainly romance within Firstlife. Killian and Archer are possible love interests, but once again I couldn’t connect with either character enough to actually ship him and Ten together. They both seemed to become infatuated with Ten pretty fast, though.
I found the writing style in Firstlife another reason why I couldn’t get into the story more. The pacing seemed a bit weird, with choppy scenes at one point then long winded explanations at another.
Overall, Firstlife had such great potential to be an amazing book, however in the end it fell a bit flat. I doubt I’ll be picking up the next book. However if you are a huge fan of Gena Showalter still give Firstlife a shot, you may end up liking more than I did!
Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion....more
My Sister Rosa is the first book I have read by author Justine Larbalestier, but now it certaiOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Pavan.
My Sister Rosa is the first book I have read by author Justine Larbalestier, but now it certainly won’t be the last! This book kept my on the edge of my seat until the very end-I just couldn’t get enough of the story.
Che, our narrator, is an amazing character. I haven’t read many books with a male only POV, however I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Rosa and the other characters through Che’s eyes. I felt such sympathy for him, especially since Rosa is his sister and he has always had to look out for her. It also doesn’t help that his own parents refuse to see the ‘real’ Rosa, or that some of his friends are even taken by her. What can Che do? Author Justine has created an amazingly complex character in Che.
“I like being loved. It makes it easier to get them to do what I want.”
I want to state that Rosa is scary AF!! As in I was constantly in a state of shock and fear over what I think Rosa could and would do next. Justine has created a huge fan in me with that alone. I have definitely not read about a 10 year old character like Rosa before. The way Justine has written about all the manipulation and both emotional and mental that Rosa inflicts onto others is insane! It is wonderful to see how authentic all the characters are within MSR-they don’t just have labels but their actions actively reflect their persona.
“I’m never going to stop bothering you, Che”
The reason why MSR wasn’t a 5 star read was due to the pacing. It took me quite a while to get into the story as I found the beginning to be quite slow. I found myself continuously putting the book down in favour of doing something else, until I reached about half way through. Once I hit that mark I was thoroughly engrossed in MSR and could not put it down!
Justine’s writing style is fantastic, I loved how this book (for me) was very much character based, as in the interaction between different characters made the plot even more interesting. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed the story as much if all the characters didn’t POP the way they did individually. This aspect isn’t only for the main characters but all the side characters as well. Che’s friends where an awesome, diverse bunch, and each of them had a distinct persona that added a new element to the story.
Overall My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier was an amazing read. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a thrilling read!
I would like to thank Dymocks and Allen and Unwin for this review copy in exchange for my honest review....more
Through Fire & Sea was a solid YA fantasy that I would recommend to YA fantasy lovers, eOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Through Fire & Sea was a solid YA fantasy that I would recommend to YA fantasy lovers, especially leaning toward the younger side. It has everything you could ask for: magic, different realms, dragons, sea creatures, and a ton more! It’s fast paced and constantly keeps you on your toes, wondering what will happen next!
I have mixed feelings about Through Fire & Sea, but I mostly really enjoyed it! Part of my thing was that sometimes I really liked Leah and sometimes I didn’t. Likewise, sometimes I really liked Holly, and sometimes I didn’t. It was never consistent. I thought all of the characters could have used a bit more development, but overall it was a really good start!
I found the different worlds, as well as the dual perspectives, to be a little confusing. I wish that the focus would have just been on one girl and one world with a storyline there. There was just a lot going on all at once. Sometimes, that worked out really well! I enjoyed the fast paced non-ending action that went on throughout this whole book. It was just a lot to take in.
One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the dragon theme it had going on. Not only did I really like the dragon and the volcano people, but I thought they added oomph to the storyline. I’m really curious to see where that storyline will take place in the next book. IT BETTER CONTINUE!
While I did really enjoy this book, sometimes to the point of staying up well into the night, I did think that it had a bit too much going on at once. Not only did you have the four different realms and the two perspectives, but there was also the Hollywood & acting scene, the two different relationships, the mom drama, etc, etc, etc. It was just a little too much all at once. It was sometimes difficult to keep up on everything that was going on all at once.
I did really enjoy Through Fire & Sea. The only thing that I’ll say is that it did seem to edge a little bit on the younger side. Not to the point of being middle grade, but more like a younger teenager book. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I still enjoyed it! Based on the cover, though, I expected this one to be a little more upper fantasy/paranormal than it actually was.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I’m interested to see what will happen next in Amid Wind & Stone!...more
I feel dirty DNFing this book. I’ve been so loyal to this series, so I just wanted to plow tOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I feel dirty DNFing this book. I’ve been so loyal to this series, so I just wanted to plow through this one, but I couldn’t stand it. It’s not that the writing wasn’t good. It really just came down to not liking either of the main characters. Weird, since I’ve always been looking forward to Drew’s book.
It’s difficult to say whether my problem was mostly with Drew or with Indigo. On one hand, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Indigo….in any of the books. I’ve never really held much of an opinion of her, but I was also never really excited for her book. Reading about Indigo in Play of Passion, though was a whoooole different story. I couldn’t STAND her! She constantly whined about how strong and big and bad she was and how weak and not up to par Drew was. She went on and on and ON about how she couldn’t be with someone more submissive than her. That was also confusing because Drew isn’t a submissive. I understand that he’s not as dominant as Indigo….but, honestly, she was making him sound like a pup.
That brings me to Drew. In every other book, I’ve loved Drew. In this book, though, Indigo’s thoughts and opinions of Drew made him seem like a 16-year-old submissive little boy. And that wasn’t supposed to be the case at all. He’s still a dominant, just not as dominant as Indigo. With Indigo going on about that the entire book, I lost all respect for Drew and didn’t want to continue his story.
Play of Passion is going to be a really good read for readers who enjoy empowered females and strong, more dominant females. In my case, though, I do like to read about more submissive or at least equal females. I didn’t dig the whole “Indigo is more dominant than Drew” theme. Not that there was anything wrong with it. That’s just not my style of reading.
Unfortunately, I just couldn’t finish this one ]=...more
The first 20% of this book was absolutely amazing. It was action packed and constantly keptOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The first 20% of this book was absolutely amazing. It was action packed and constantly kept me on my toes. There’s this really awesome bridge/troll scene that will just knock your socks off! So good!
Then we hit the next 40% of the books and encountered a huge problem. It got REALLY boring. Like, it was almost painful to read boring. I wasn’t interested in the characters, there was absolutely no action, and it was just…..stuffy. Yes, stuffy is the correct word to describe 20% through 60% of the book.
It started to look up around 60% of the book. There were these two new characters (a vampire and a Fae) that I really enjoyed. Honestly, I hope that they get their own separate series, because I loved them that much. And during that part, things started to look up. I thought that maybe, just maybe, the book was recovering and things would start to pick up. I was sort of right…for awhile.
The last 20% of the book was awful. I was so bored that I actually skimmed, which I’ve never done in this series. Sure, there was action at the end. I just think that I had just sort of reached my limit.
One of my major problems with this book was the lack of chemistry between the characters. Mercy and Adam felt like this super old couple who didn’t have any romance between them. Sure, these books don’t need a ton of romance……but even the flirting seemed heavy and weighed down. There needed to be some sweetness or lightness to counteract how heavy this book was. Another issues was the relationship with Mercy/Adam/Jesse. Their interactions didn’t work. Adam didn’t seem like a real dad to Jesse, because he just seemed so stiff and formal around her. I needed to see some more character development.
Another major problem was the lack of action and the heaviness. Sure, there were some action packed scenes that impressed the heck out of me. There were also a ton of boring scenes that made my eyes crossed. It needed a better balance.
Overall, I’m really disappointed in this book, especially since I loved the most recent Alpha and Omega book! It was just too heavy and stuffy. It makes me super nervous to continue this series....more
I’m only three books into this series, but this one was a huge miss for me. It’s sad, reallyOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I’m only three books into this series, but this one was a huge miss for me. It’s sad, really, since I really enjoyed book 2. This one, though, just really missed the mark.
My biggest complaint about this book was that I just did NOT like Megan at all. I thought she whined all the time and was just boring as all else. She kept going on and on and on and ON about how she couldn’t be with Gabe, but then she jumped right back into his arms the first chance she got. Way to stick to your guns, lady!
Another complaint of mine were the sexy scenes. Since Megan was so boring, the sexy scenes were super vanilla and extra boring. Not my style at all.
Oh…..and ANOTHER thing…I couldn’t stand the kid! I don’t remember her name, so we’ll just call her the kid. She didn’t ACT like a 6-year-old. She acted more like a 13-year-old bratty child. There was huge confusion about the kids age.
On the bright side, I liked Gabe. However, the author sort of made him seem like a boring old man relationship-wise. He was just kinda….meh…by the end of it.
This book annoyed the crap out me, because I actually REALLY LIKED a big chunk of it. I didn't even start skimming it until about half way through. ThThis book annoyed the crap out me, because I actually REALLY LIKED a big chunk of it. I didn't even start skimming it until about half way through. The main female character was just way too broken. It kept hinting at all this awesome sex, but none of it ever happened because she freaked out any time he came close to her. I JUST COULDN'T STAND IT!...more
Ok…I have so many thoughts and feels over this book, I don’t really know where to begin. MyOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Ok…I have so many thoughts and feels over this book, I don’t really know where to begin. My overall thought? I thought that The Secret to Letting Go was a solid contemporary read that had a few quirks that bugged me.
The number one thing that I want to talk about is the dual POVs between Clover and Daniel. I absolutely adored the first POV (Daniels,) and I was super excited that we had another YA book with a male perspective. They don’t really exist in the bookosphere. I was completely stunned, though, when it switched over to Clover’s POV. I have a bad habit of not reading synopsis’, so I don’t know if that was in there, but I didn’t see it coming. And then it happened several more times! I’m not a reader who enjoys having the POV switch around like that. While I understand that some readers will enjoy hearing from both main characters, it rubbed me wrong.
Another thing that I want to discuss is the two main characters, Clover and Daniel. On one hand, I adored Daniel. I thought that he was an awesome male lead. Seriously, I could have read about him all day long. On the other hand, I couldn’t stand Clover…..for several different reasons, really. I thought she went on and on and on and ON about her secret for 65% of the book (probably because she did,) and it was just so DRAMATIC! I like suspense as much as the next person, but COME ONE, ALREADY! I needed it to get to the point a lot faster than it did! I was also really put off by how needy she was. Toward the end of the book, she begged Daniel several times to stay with her and to say her loved her and blah, blah, BLAH. I don’t like the message that females should resort to begging in their relationships. That was a big no, no for me.
What I did really like about this book were the twists and turns. Some of them I didn’t even see coming from a mile away! It was very suspenseful and kept me on my toes. So, kudos for that!
The Secret to Letting Go seemed to have a bit of an identity issue when it came to a genre/age range. Technically, this is a YA book. However, the main characters are 18 (college aged.) For me, I was lost in a YA book that technically should have drifted over into the NA range. 18-year-olds have sex. It happens. You can’t deny it. While attraction was addressed in this book, I thought that it was very PG for the ages addressed in this book.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a bit more dramatic than my reading tastes tend to prefer and there were some issues that bothered me in the book. Overall, though, I thought that it was a solid contemporary read that YA contemp/suspense/lovey readers will really enjoy!...more
I have been a huge fan of author Maria V. Snyder since the first Study Series book, Poison StuOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Pavan.
I have been a huge fan of author Maria V. Snyder since the first Study Series book, Poison Study, was released. Poison Study will forever be one of my all-time favourite books EVER! The world, characters and relationships all drew me in and I love that there are more books for me to get lost in! While Shadow Study was a fantastic book, Night Study really stepped it up!
Author Maria V. Snyder’s writing style is one to admire. The way she can seamlessly move from one scene to the next is wonderful, I never felt the change from POVs or chapters choppy or too quick. And I definitely enjoyed how this book was more “show” than “tell.” In all honesty though, Maria could write about anything and I’d read it! The plot, with its different twists and turn, kept me on the edge of my seat whilst reading. It was very hard to put this book down to do normal things like eating and sleeping.
Since Night Study starts the second after Shadow Study finishes, I found the novel to be an nonstop rollercoaster. I never felt that lull between chapters, I was engrossed every single second! Even though Night Study is technically the 7th book in the Chronicles of Ixia series, it is officially the second book in the Soulfinders Series. I don’t have a problem with that at all but I sometimes have issues with “second books” in trilogies/series, in many cases I feel like they are filler books and I tend to lose interest quickly. Thankfully I did not have this problem at all with Night Study!!
So, I could basically read about Yelena and Valek all day! I adore their relationship and thankfully Night Study had more chapters of them together. The level of sweetness between our two leads was off the charts, especially when they were discussing *THAT THING* (no spoilers, promise!). There were so many lines/quotes between the two that would just make me sigh and hug my IPad.
Here is one that isn’t spoilery from Valek “He’d risk being arrested for a night alone with Yelena. Hell, he’d risk his life.”-Valek, you sweetheart!
As much as I love Yelena and Valek, I absolutely adored the other characters as well. Having four different POVs was a treat as I loved reading from Yelana, Valek, Janco and Leif. Each voice or POV is so different and distinct, I really felt that I know each of the characters so much better. Especially Janco, as his thought process is hilarious, he brings an added humorous element to Night Study.
Altogether, Night Study is an amazing edition to Soulfinders series. If you are looking for wonderful characters, a fast-paced plot with a lot of twists and a romance that just makes you swoon then Night Study is the book you are looking for! Also if you haven’t picked up the rest of the series yet DO IT!
Also, Aussie fans, make sure you have signed up for Maria’s newsletter as she details her plans for the Australian visit! So far it’s: April 8-10, 2016 SupaNova Con in Gold Coast, Australia. April 12-14, 2016 Events in Sydney, Australia – stay tuned! April 15-17, 2016 SupaNova Con in Melbourne, Australia. (Taken directly from Maria’s newsletter)
*Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion*
Let me straight up with right now and tell you that I loved this book from the very first seOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Let me straight up with right now and tell you that I loved this book from the very first sentence. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful and powerful this book is. My heart feels like it grew 20 sizes, and I just want to cry all of my feelings into my pillow. I don’t even know how to fully express my love for this book.
The characters in this book were SO REALISTIC. I felt like I was with Jessie on her entire journey. Honestly, for most of the book, I just wanted to squeeze her tight and tell her how special she was. That, and I wanted to punch people out for being hideously rude to her. And the side characters? I mean it when I say that EVERYONE was perfection. I just….I can’t even.
I may gripe about her a lot, but my mom is my favorite person in the entire world. She is the most important person to me, and I would shank anyone who ever threatened her or our relationship. So….I was a total basketcase whenever Jessie’s mom was mentioned or when Jessie started missing her mom…..cause I can’t even imagine a world without mine. I don’t even think that I would survive it. There were so many quotes in this book that tore my heart to shreds and then threw it back in the blender for extra measures. This book was just way too beautiful.
I struggled with rating this book a 4 or a 5 based off of SN’s identity. I didn’t feel like it was that big of a shocker. Honestly, I figured out who SN was right away. There were a few moments that made me second guess myself, but I did know who it was and there were only a couple moments that made me question it. While I thought the ending reveal was tricky and a nice move on the author’s part, I would have liked to see a little more secrecy in SN’s identity. There was no part of me that went “OH MY GOD! THAT’S WHO SN IS!?” at the end of the book. I was more like “Called it. Knew it all along.”
I also loved how romantic this book was, as well as how much reality it included. I loved the fact that this book represented true aspects of high school life. As a female, I can admit that females are assholes…especially high school females. We can be catty, sneaky, mean, and vicious. Not that we can’t be nice, but there is NOTHING worse than female high school drama. Speaking from experience here. I just really liked the reality in this book.
Another thing that I sorta kinda struggled with were the adult figures in Jessie’s house. My initial instinct was to straight up hate both of them right away. It took a LONG TIME for me to accept and forgive them and acknowledge that they, also, are human beings. lol. Does that makes sense? At the end of the book, I really appreciated those scenes. However, I did have a lot of anger going on in some of their scenes.
Overall, I flat out adored this book. I can’t tell you how much you need to go preorder this book. It is so beautiful and romantic and real. It’s just….perfection. And at the end of the day, I give this baby 5 stars!...more
Soooo……I was super nervous to read books 7 & 8 in this series, because they’re not aboutOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Soooo……I was super nervous to read books 7 & 8 in this series, because they’re not about changelings. While they have the changelings in them, Dev & Max are not changelings. I KNEW that was going to bug me, because I’m a big fan of the mating bond and what not. While this book did start out good……it just didn’t work out & got WAY TOO DRAMATIC.
Let’s focus on Dev first. I LOVED HIM! If I could have just read about him, I would have been one happy camper. On the downside, I kind of felt like it power was a huge disappointment. I mean……WHY talk about his power so much if he never really did anything with it? Again, classing Nalini Singh. Build something up SO MUCH and then don’t do anything with it AT ALL. It was frustrating.
As for Katya…well…I had to look up her name before I could write this paragraph. What does that really say about her? She was………super dramatic. From start to finish. I couldn’t stand her.
I did like some of the side plot moments, but there really weren’t that may of them /=
One thing that I ABSOULTEY COULDN’T STAND were the excerpts from Matthew’s mom to Matthew. They really had no basis to the story. I mean, we didn’t even MEET Matthew. They took away from the book and were a HUGE waste of time!
This is the first book in this series that I actually skimmed through some of the pages. I hate to say that……but this book turned SO dramatic! I was just over the drama.
Overall, this was my least favorite book in this series /=...more
I was really looking forward to this book in the Psy-Changeling series, because I’m a BIG FAOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I was really looking forward to this book in the Psy-Changeling series, because I’m a BIG FAN of both Mercy and Riley! I wasn’t disappointed at all!! Not to mention….this book started out with a BANG!
The chemistry between Riley and Mercy was off the hook. I loved how they extremely disliked each other but still couldn’t fight their attraction to one another. I mean, Mercy TRIED….but Riley wouldn’t let her. Speaking of Riley….HOLY HOTNESS! I loved his dominant side SO MUCH! And I loved how Mercy tried to prove she was more dominant like 100% of the time. They were the perfect couple!
Another thing that I really liked about this book was all of the side scenes. Are you a fan of Hawke and Sienna? This book will MAKE. YOU. SWOON! This is actually the book that made me skip straight ahead to book 10 and read their book. GOD! And Lucas and Sascha? Their scenes were beautiful! Both of those couples need another book of their own. PLEASE!?
As far as the action scenes go…they could have been more enhanced. That does seem to be a theme with this series. I also would have liked to see more interactions between the two Changelings who came from Mercy’s grandma’s pack. I kind of felt like they were basically there for no reason since they didn’t really do all that much. I would have liked to see a bigger showdown. Nalini Singh has a habit of adding side plots that never really play out to their full potential. It’s annoying.
Overall, I really liked this book! BIG fan of Riley and Mercy! <3 Go read this entire series RIGHT NOW!...more
Holy, hotness! I finished this book last night, and I am still fanning myself! This book wasOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Holy, hotness! I finished this book last night, and I am still fanning myself! This book was SO GOOD! Seriously, I finished it in less than 24 hours. I don’t know how any other book in the Sullivan series will top this one. Nobody can be better than Marcus. NOBODY!
Marcus was such….I don’t even know how to describe him with words. I loved how dominant he was and how willing Bella Andre was to explore than dominancy in him. Nicola was so willing to accept that side of him…and oh, gosh. I’m still reeling over the hotness.
Believe it or not, I loved the age difference in this book. I was a little…..mehhhh…about the 11 year age difference between Marcus and Nicola. Believe me, though, when I tell you that it WORKED. I’m still all flustered while writing this review. Can you tell?
There were a few things that knocked off a half a star for this one. First, I didn’t like how Jill didn’t make a reappearance. She obviously cheated on Marcus so that he would pay more attention to her, and I was annoyed that she didn’t reappear somewhere in the book to cause some sort of scene. Second, where was the gay guy who was obsessed with Marcus in the first book? There were like 2 pages in the first book dedicated to his crush on Marcus and how Marcus always put up with it and treated him so nicely. WHERE DID HE GO!? Why was he even in the first book if he wasn’t going to reappear in the second book? I’m so confused. Lastly, it bugged me that Nicola was a pop singer. That whole storyline just seemed a little silly.
The ending did seem a bit rushed. I would have liked to see maybe a little bit of an extension of Marcus and Nicola’s relationship. I especially would have liked to see some more of the dominance come into play. However, I thought that Bella Andre did a beautiful job having Marcus fight for Nicola at the end. I really liked that!
Overall, I loved this book. Be prepared for the sizzle! If you were to just read one book in the Sullivan series, it damn well better bet this one!...more
This book was recommended to be by Erica over at The Book Cellar. We’re both a big fan of aOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This book was recommended to be by Erica over at The Book Cellar. We’re both a big fan of adult contemporaries. Since she’s read more of them than I have, I hit her up for some recs, and she sent me to this gem of a book. I’m so excited to have been introduced to the Sullivan series!!!
Chase and Chloe were such a cute couple to read about! Every page was full of romance and sweetness. It was just so beautiful! This is definitely not a book that is going to have suspense or drama. It’s just a beautiful romance that will tug at your heart strings.
My only real issue that I had with this book was that it was super insta-lovey. Both of the main characters were professing their undying love for each other within 48 hours of meeting each other. That’s just not realistic in any world. I’m not saying true love doesn’t exist, but it is impossible to fall head over heels in love with someone in 48 hours. Be real.
As for characters, Chloe bugged me a little bit. No, a lot a bit. I loved Chase to pieces, but Chloe came across as an old lady 100% of the time. As a character who was supposed to portray a 30 year-old, I would have pegged her more like 50. I know that’s kind of harsh, but she was just very bland. I also didn’t think that she represented a victim of abuse very well. While I liked the fact that she stood up for herself, the whole thing just seemed very unrealistic.
Overall, this one was a cute read. Would I read it again? Probably not, but I’m very excited to dive into some of the other characters!...more
I went into this one a little nervously, just because it centers around such a horrific, realistic subject (kidnapping and sexual assault). And unfortI went into this one a little nervously, just because it centers around such a horrific, realistic subject (kidnapping and sexual assault). And unfortunately I was right to be wary because I ended up not finishing it, though I’m sure it may appeal to other readers.
Basically The Voice tells the story of Audrey, a girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by someone very close to her. After she is rescued and returned home, she struggles to come to terms with what happened to her and move on with her life the best she can. However, this turns out to be harder than it seems because someone is out to get Audrey, and time is running out.
It started off interesting enough, it really did. It was hard to get through the first chapter or two about her kidnapping and captivity, but I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to her. After that, she goes to live with her Aunt Kate, which is pretty much where I started to have problems with the story. The thing is, a lot of it felt really rushed and unrealistic. We barely find out what happens to her while she’s kidnapped, and then all of a sudden she’s at home with her parents, and then two seconds later she’s living with Kate, who has a ton of problems of her own. It’s a lot of information thrown at you in a short period of time, honestly. I would’ve loved to learn more about her relationship with her parents, or adjusting to being back at home, or learning about her relationship with Kate. But instead she’s thrust into this new world, and then all of a sudden she’s meeting the hot brothers next door, and getting a makeover, and going to her new school. And it was just a bit much.
I wasn’t a fan of the characters either, sadly. Audrey was decent enough to read about, but parts of her inner dialogue were a bit odd at times. From what I read, her Aunt Kate seemed to be a somewhat interesting character, but at the same time she seemed to be almost a cardboard cut-out of the “cool, young aunt” character who doesn’t really have her life together. Same goes for the brothers next door, who pretty much followed the YA trope of the hot brothers, one of which is outgoing and overly friendly, and the other is brooding and seems to ‘hate’ the girl. Maybe they changed later on in the book, but from what I read, they just weren’t my cup of tea.
All in all, this wasn’t my favorite thing ever. I think it’s definitely an emotional read and may appeal to lovers of contemporary, but personally I wasn’t a huge fan.
Man, I’m bummed about this one. After practically devouring The Winner’s Curse (also by Marie Rutkoski), I was so excited to see that she had anotherMan, I’m bummed about this one. After practically devouring The Winner’s Curse (also by Marie Rutkoski), I was so excited to see that she had another book already out that looked right up my alley. Urban fantasy? Check. Badass heroine? Check. Hot dude who secretly isn’t the nice guy he claims to be? Check. But unfortunately, I just couldn’t really get into this one, despite wanting to so, so bad.
The Shadow Society tells the story of Darcy, a girl who was orphaned outside a fire department when she was five, and has always felt a little out of place. When the new guy at school takes a special interest in her, she can’t believe her luck! As they get closer, things seem to be going great, until…well…it turns out that she was right all along. She’s not normal at all, and Conn’s definitely not who he seems. And thus begins the wild ride alternate universes, infiltrating a secret society of Shades, and fighting tooth and nail to stay alive.
At first I was definitely digging this book. Darcy was likable enough, her friends were pretty funny, and the premise of her being something other than human kept me hooked. But after a while, there were just too many YA cliches that I couldn’t get past. Like the hot new guy takes an interest in the not-so-special normal girl. Which was fine, once you find out that the real reason he’s interested in her is because it’s his job to hunt down Shades, which is what Darcy is. But the thing is, his priorities change so fast and the budding relationship between them just felt so rushed. They become closer while he’s undercover because they’re working on a joint English project, and that’s all fine and good. But you never really experience that firsthand because time lapses pretty quick and the next thing you know they’re best friends and hanging out all the time. And then super fast he’s revealed to be the enemy, which in the book isn’t actually that soon because they’ve known each other for a few weeks already, but it feels fast cause it happens over the course of like, 3 chapters. But by that point they’re in love, and despite being the IBI (interdimensional bureau of investigation)’s best agent, he pretty much doesn’t give a crap about his job anymore and wants to keep Darcy safe. Yikes. Way too much insta-love for me!
The plot was slightly better, but again, some of the beginning events felt like they happened too quickly without a lot of explanation. It kind of seemed like Ms. Rutkoski just really wanted to get to a certain part of the book, so she was just moving really quickly through the more…boring parts? I guess? Even though to me, I would’ve liked to learn more about the agency Conn works for, and just more about the society in general. Oh well.
Anyway, I ended up DNF-ing this about halfway through, just because I was having a hard time staying focused and forcing myself to keep reading. I’m sure there’ll definitely be tons of fans of this book, but it felt a little too high school for me, with not enough substance to the plot to sustain it. And again, I’m SUPER bummed about this! I absolutely adored The Winner’s Curse, so I know what Ms. Rutkoski is capable of, but this one just didn’t deliver for me....more
I picked up The Bone Season originally because I’d been hearing some good things about it on Tumblr and Goodreads, and wanted to give it a try. Plus tI picked up The Bone Season originally because I’d been hearing some good things about it on Tumblr and Goodreads, and wanted to give it a try. Plus that cover is absolutely gorgeous and so intriguing!
The Bone Season is about a girl named Paige, who’s a rare type of clairvoyant in an alternate version of London where voyants are not only despised, but hunted down. She works for a “gang” of secret voyants, doing whatever tasks they ask of her, and manages to stay under the radar. Until one day she’s captured and is transported to a part of the country that she didn’t even know existed. It’s a place where voyants are valued as soldiers, and although she’s little more than a prisoner, at least she’s safe. But things aren’t what they seem, especially with her Rephaite keeper, and Paige soon finds herself in even more danger than she started.
There were parts of this book that I absolutely loved and then parts of it that I wasn’t overly impressed with. I can’t say this one blew me away, but it was definitely an enjoyable read!
For starters, the plot is incredibly unique and keeps you on your toes. The whole concept of the voyants in an alternate London was fascinating, as well as the fact that our heroine was a criminal who could watch her own back. The beginning was a little slow for me, but once Paige was captured and brought to the Rephaite city, things picked up. I loved learning about their secret society, and I loved learning about the Rephaim themselves. The whole thing was just really inventive and different from anything I’ve ever read!
The characters were a little less spectacular. Paige was a decent heroine, but I never was really able to connect with her. She seemed a little cold and distant at times, and all I wanted was to feel a little emotion from her, but it never really happened. Some people will definitely love her, but she wasn’t really my cup of tea. As for Warden, I felt similarly about him. He was mysterious and dangerous, but that’s all he ever was for me. We learned his backstory, but I felt that I never really got to know HIM, if you know what I mean. He seemed kind of flat and just…there.
While this book probably won’t go down as one of my favorites, it’s worth reading just for the world building and fast-paced plot! It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, that’s for sure....more
My thoughts are mixed on this one. I had seen it on Netgalley a while back and wanted to give it a try, so I finally got myself a copy, but unfortunatMy thoughts are mixed on this one. I had seen it on Netgalley a while back and wanted to give it a try, so I finally got myself a copy, but unfortunately wasn’t all that blown away by it. There were some definite positives to Stolen Songbird but there were also some parts that I found myself having a hard time getting past.
For starters, I was pretty hot and cold on the main character, Cécile. On one hand, she’s a young girl who thinks that she has her life figured out and knows that she wants to be a singer, only to find herself kidnapped on her way home and thrust into a secret society, where it turns out that she’s the key to breaking a super old curse. All things considered, she deals with this pretty realistically, complete with some freakouts and crying and general shock. She’s been taught that the people who have kidnapped her, aka trolls, are brutally cruel, and so she’s understandably pretty wary around them. But then it turns out that the guy who she is supposed to marry, the troll prince, is actually really gorgeous and not completely evil after all. And that’s when things start to take a turn for the worse. Not even halfway through the book, she’s already putting her trust in her kidnapper and most (not all, but most) fears are thrown to the wind. I get that the troll prince wasn’t all bad and that he actually had secretly good motives, but it all seemed a tiny bit Stockholm Syndrome-y to me with how fast she starts sympathizing with the people that ordered her entire life taken away.
As for the prince, Tristan, he wasn’t really my favorite either. He was supposed to be snarky and cold, which he was, but he also ended up coming off a little pretentious sometimes, and kind of over the top. I’m aware that this was intentional, but he still rubbed me the wrong way. But don’t get me wrong – he had his moments where I caught myself swooning, cause he’s actually a big softy underneath all the asshole-ness.
I did enjoy the plot and the writing though! The whole concept of Trollus being this underground city trapped by a curse was fascinating, and I loved learning about their cruel society. The writing was really gorgeous too! My only complaint would be that some of the dialogue and scenes were written kind of strangely sometimes, and I occasionally had a hard time following the action. Other than that though, Danielle Jensen is definitely someone to keep an eye on!...more
I decided to check out The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson after hearing that this book was the next best historical fantasy series and after alsI decided to check out The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson after hearing that this book was the next best historical fantasy series and after also hearing a few comparisons to The Winner’s Curse, which has been my absolute favorite read of 2014 so far. So obviously, I had to give it a chance!
Unfortunately, it ended up not really being my cup of tea. This is such a hard review to do because I’m 100% positive that this book is going to have A TON of fans and that people are going to fall in love with Lia and her story. But I wasn’t one of those people, sadly. I ended up DNF-ing about halfway through, which I hated to do because I could tell it was an awesome story, but there were too many things that bothered me.
I guess for me, the biggest problem that I had was with the main character herself, Lia. She’s a princess and as is expected of her, she’s betrothed to the prince of a neighboring country in order to ensure safety and security for her kingdom (and her loved ones). However, Lia has apparently had enough of living a stifled life, so she decides to leave the prince at the altar and make a run for it with her maid servant to live amongst the commoners. This is hard for me because as a girl living in 2014, I can of course look at Lia’s situation and think, Oh my god, an arranged marriage sounds absolutely awful, I totally get why she ran away. But then thing is…this book ISN’T set in the 21st century. This is in a medieval time when this is a normal thing??? And Lia is the key to securing safety for her people and her family, but she basically just says “eff it!” and runs off in search of a simple life and true love, where she mouths off to random strangers and doesn’t give too much of a crap for how her family is dealing with the aftermath (even her brothers, who she claims to love SO much). I’m going to be honest, it disgusted me a little bit how selfish she was and I had a really hard time empathizing with her when it all blew up in her face. I was just kind of like…how did you not see this coming?
The second issue that I had was the romance. When Lia makes a run for it, two people come after her: the jilted prince she was supposed to marry, and an assassin from a neighboring kingdom ordered to kill her. She naturally goes for one of the guys, and I’m not going to say who but if you’ve read any YA I’m sure you can guess. And I was cool with her choice cause I was kind of digging that guy too, until he basically just loses his head after ONE encounter with her and turns into a sensitive pile of mush. WHICH IS FINE. Except it was totally out of character for this guy and happened waaaay too fast. And from there on, a huge chunk of the book was devoted to her romances with these two guys and not a whole lot else, other than her cheerily slaving away over peasant tasks. The guys were basically obsessed with her and seemed to pop up at literally EVERY opportunity to help her or save her or shoot her brooding looks. They were desperate, basically. And to be honest that’s not really my thing…I prefer a nice, slow build, personally.
HOWEVER, the writing was absolutely beautiful. As much as I wasn’t a fan of the story, I could definitely appreciate how gorgeous of a writer Mary Pearson is, oh my goodness. The scenes were perfectly described and I felt every character’s emotion so vividly. She is incredible and definitely someone to look out for. Even though I didn’t like this book, I’m 100% open to trying a future book.
All in all, I think a lot of people will like this book. If you’re a little (okay, a lot) cynical like me and not into cheesy romance/love triangles, then maybe you won’t. But I don’t think Mary Pearson has to worry cause I’m going to guess most people will eat this up. Definitely check it out!...more
The first thing that you need to know is that I’m obsessed with the story of Robin Hood. I’ve always loved any Robin Hood movie (but especially the DiThe first thing that you need to know is that I’m obsessed with the story of Robin Hood. I’ve always loved any Robin Hood movie (but especially the Disney version), have read tons of books about him, and I even lived in Nottingham, England for 4 months (with plenty of hiking through Sherwood Forest). So obviously when I heard about Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, I was over the moon. A Robin Hood retelling told through the eyes of a girl thief pretending to be a boy? Yes, please!
Unfortunately, while I did enjoy a lot of aspects of this novel, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
My biggest problem was with the heroine, Scarlet (or Will Scarlet as she’s known). At times I was totally in love with her, cause she was feisty, kick-ass, and didn’t take any crap from anyone. But at the same time, there were some very real moments when I wanted to throat-punch her. She was really, really mouthy and a little obnoxious sometimes. Her temper was through the roof for like 90% of the book, and she’d get set off for literally the tiniest things. And here’s the thing! I love my heroines feisty and bold. BUT Scarlet crossed the line from blunt into plain old annoying.
As for the love triangle (yes, there’s a love triangle, folks) between Scarlet, Robin, and Little John, I just wasn’t buying it. First off, Robin Hood was not the same Robin Hood that I love. He was quiet and angsty, with very little of the sass that is expected from Robin Hood, and it was honestly not very attractive. And then Little John was straight up an asshole. He was basically always rude to Scarlet, but then about halfway through a switch seems to flip in his head and all of a sudden he decides he wants her. I wasn’t believing a word of it, especially since through most of it he’s this notorious womanizer.
Finally, Scarlet’s accent/dialect drove me CRAZY. She talked like a back-country hick (except English), with sentences like “He were mighty attractive to me.” That’s how the entire book is written. But oddly enough, nobody else seems to talk this way…they all speak in proper English. Which makes NO sense, because Scarlet of all people should speak properly due to what you find out about her character at the end.
All in all, I enjoyed parts of this book. I liked the unique take on the story of Robin Hood and I liked the way that the author’s storytelling was very quick and full of suspense. There was tons of action and I loved reading about it, even if I wasn’t a fan of the characters. Some people may really enjoy this series and want to check it out, but it wasn’t for me....more
I think that my first initial reaction to Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo is confusion. IOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I think that my first initial reaction to Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo is confusion. I don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way; I just didn’t understand why it was a contemporary book because it would have made one kick-ass paranormal book. A girl who works in a graveyard? Come on…that just calls for the spooks. That being said, I found it a little too dark of a contemporary for my personal taste. It had a really creepy feel to it that was, well, a little too creepy for me. That was to be expected in a contemporary book set in a graveyard and was probably the whole intention of the book. If it had been a paranormal, then I would have been 100% on board.
Jennifer Longo’s writing is absolutely beautiful and advanced. It’s very shocking to me that this is her debut book. Contemporary lovers will especially love this book because it has a crap ton of feels from page one all the way to the end of the book. Very beautiful writing and setting. The only negative thing that I can say about the writing is that sometimes big words were used and went over my head. Also, sometimes there wasn’t any translation for the Spanish conversations and I was so confused.
This is going to sound awful on my end…..but I would have loved this book a lot more without the parents. The problem was that I absolutely hated them from the very beginning and it can be really difficult to adore a book when you HATE a character. And I hated two…both the mom and the dad. Unfortunately, they were in a lot of scenes (especially the dad) and I was constantly gritting my teeth and rolling my eyes.
Overall, I thought that this was a unique take on a YA contemporary book, and I think that it’s going to be a big hit in the YA community. It’s very dark and has so many feels throughout the whole book….people are going to eat it up. Again, I would have liked it to be a paranormal instead of a contemporary but that’s just my personal taste. Contemporary lovers will adore this book!...more
I DNF’d this book 20% of the way through it. Basically, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I wasOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I DNF’d this book 20% of the way through it. Basically, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I was bored out of my mind, I didn’t overly love any of the characters, it seemed like something I had already read before, and where the heck was the magic? And if I had to read about Rune going into the forest one. more. time. I was going to scream.
Forest of Whispers seems like a book that is meant for a specific type of person….and that person was not me. I was expecting more heavy magic and an intense plot. What I got seemed a little more middle grade and flat. Again, though, I only made it 20% of the way through the book before I decided I couldn’t go any further. So, maybe it gets better. What I read, though, made me decide that this just wasn’t the book for me....more
This is a tough review for me to write, because I remember that I LOVED The 5th Wave. I hadOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This is a tough review for me to write, because I remember that I LOVED The 5th Wave. I had a really hard time getting into this book, though. In fact, I DNF’d it….if you didn’t already see that in the title above. It’s just that it’s been so long since I read The 5th Wave, and The Infinite Sea did not go into any background details AT. ALL. I also had a really hard time identifying who the characters were and keeping up with whose POV I was reading in each chapter.
I can’t remember how far I made it in this book. I think I made it around 100 or so pages before I finally just gave up. The writing style was extremely difficult to get into and I found it to be wayyyy too poetic for my personal taste. And seriously…….did I mention that I had no idea what was going on or who was talking?! Give some damn background info! The first book came out a year ago and I don’t like to reread books!
Ok….so I gave this one about 2 discs in the car. I was on like chapter 7 or 8 and I have no.Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Ok….so I gave this one about 2 discs in the car. I was on like chapter 7 or 8 and I have no. idea. what. the. hell. was. going. on. Nothing made sense! I didn’t understand the characters, the plot, the setting, the whole freaking concept…nothing! I honestly don’t even know what this book is about and that should have been covered within the first few chapters. I got to the point where I dreaded listening to it in the car because I was just so confused.
Who knows….maybe this is a better book to hold and read? But listening to it was just way too confusing...more
DNFing this book feels like a very sensitive, moronic, awkward thing to do. Definition: I’mOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
DNFing this book feels like a very sensitive, moronic, awkward thing to do. Definition: I’m not really sure how people are going to react. The title is Boy Meets Boy. Therefore, if I don’t like the book then that makes me come across as a judgmental jerk. Not the case at all. In fact, I wanted to read this title because of the male romance. I mean, come on, my favorite all time TV show is Queer as Folk. Yet, it wasn’t the male relationship that inevitable turned me away from this book. No, it was the complete fairy tale purple haze of nonsense that surrounded this book.
Everything in this book was completely unbelievable! I tried to shed away my judgment and look for some hidden meaning between the pages. I came away with nothing. There is no school, town, planet, whatever as insane as the settings included in this book. Nothing added up. Nothing made sense. Everything was way too over the top.
I’m not sure if the book became more mellow as it progressed (I only made it 50 pages in,) but I was literally getting a headache. You know that feeling you get when you’re required to read something for school and it feels like it’s taking 80 years just to finish one page? That’s how it felt reading this book. I felt as if I were being forced to read each and every page and it started to feel like a punishment. Reading shouldn’t be like that, so I put it down and picked something else up.
My judgment isn’t to say that the writing wasn’t brilliant, because it was. I was able to recognize the power of the writing and the romance Levithan breathes into every word. That didn’t cut it for me. It was just too unrealistic and over the top. And maybe that’s how the author wanted the book to be; maybe that’s why some people love the book so much. It didn’t work for me, though, and I have absolutely no interest in finishing it.