Dark Eden captured and held my attention from the first page until the very last. I was deeply invested in what was going in with Will Besting and theDark Eden captured and held my attention from the first page until the very last. I was deeply invested in what was going in with Will Besting and the other 6 teenagers who went to Fort Eden with him. I didn't view any of the app things so that might would have improved my experience. I think that was part of the whole experience, but with the ARC I wasn't sure what to view when (I'm not very app savvy I will admit). Ignoring the app part, and just focusing on the book, as I said the book engaged me and there were definitely surprises around several turns in the book, but somehow the book just did not live up to it's hype for me. And I think it's just a personal thing because I know several reviewers have raved about this one. I think I went in expecting a little more. There was just something missing in the story for me and I can't quite put my hands on what it was. It seems like the plot was missing something.
I liked the characters, they were varied, but except for Will and Marisa, you really didn't get to know any of the rest of them. This is because the book is told from Will's point-of-view and because it is told this way and the nature of how the story takes place it is hard to get to know the other characters.
One thing I really liked was the suspense of finding out each characters' fears. That was fascinating and well done, so the book was definitely worth my time to read, it just wasn't one of my personal stellar reads of the year. ...more
A novel of friendship, love and perseverance, Sunset Bridge is a stunning look at how friends work together at life, love and in the face of danger anA novel of friendship, love and perseverance, Sunset Bridge is a stunning look at how friends work together at life, love and in the face of danger and disaster.
Sunset Bridge is a long book, but it flies by. It's also the third in the series, but I did not read the first two and although I feel I would have known the characters better in the first few pages if I had read the first two books, I feel that after those first few pages it really didn't matter. Ms. Richards gives enough background and the characters fill themselves out enough that I never felt lost. I got the gist of each character quickly. From the very outspoken Wanda to her much more reserved daughter Maggie. From the slightly addled older Alice to the not-quite-sure she's grown up Tracy. And Janya, the Indian woman who is the pillar that seems to hold them all up, I loved her though she was only here and there in this book. She is young but she is wise. She is quiet but she notices everything and when she speaks she has something wise to say. Each woman contributes something special to the group and makes the group whole. I liked that. I also liked that Ms. Richards stays true to females and makes it that they don't get along all the time. They aren't cat-fighting and the book is not unpleasant, it's just real.
At the heart of this book are several things. First Tracy is pregnant. Second Maggie is trying to decide what to do since leaving the police force and the only love of her life behind. Wanda has had the ultimate business proposition. Janya and her husband have an unusual blessing fall into their laps, and Alice may have a second chance at love. So as you can see the book is full of goings-on. So that is why it speeds by. But even though a lot is going on, the character building is never glossed over. Maggie and Tracy are probably the characters that undergo the most change in this book and I really enjoyed watching it. Ms. Richards is a master at character building and relationship building. At it's heart, Sunset Bridge is really a relationship book. Relationships between the women, and then romantic relationships as well.
Sunset Bridge really touched a chord in me. It showed me the good of community. It's something I have seen in the time after a hurricane and she demonstrates it here in this book. I loved watching these women with each other and each woman with their private thoughts. Sunset Bridge is a delightful novel to read on the waning days of summer and as we move into fall. If you enjoy a good relationship story then this is just the book for you. If you enjoy a character-driven story then this is the book for you. As for me, I'm now going back to read the first two book and any of Ms. Richards' earlier books that I can get my hands on. I have a new auto-read author.
The Full Moon Bride is a highly entertaining look at life for a woman straddling the line between trying to be American and sticking to her Indian rooThe Full Moon Bride is a highly entertaining look at life for a woman straddling the line between trying to be American and sticking to her Indian roots. Since Soorya has pursued her career as an environmental lawyer it has left little time to pursue romance and men so as she has approached thirty she has decided to go the old-fashioned Indian route of bridal viewings to find her a husband. It's not quite the same as arranged marriage, at least the parties involved get a chance to know each other, but it's still not the same as meeting a random man in a bar. But it's hard to meet random Indian men of her culture in a bar. After the first few are pretty bad, Soorya meets Roger who she finds an instant attraction to. However Roger has other things in mind and thus begins a back and forth play between the two that mirrors what often goes on between two people dating even though Roger and Soorya aren't really dating. Add in another interesting man and The Full Moon Bride is even more interesting.
While I couldn't relate on a cultural level to Soorya, I could relate as a woman and I found her culture fascinating to read about. I loved that she took her culture seriously as she grew older. I also enjoyed the things she learned about herself during the book. I liked that she was confident, but still a little self-conscious. I liked the look into her work life as well as her personal life, it really rounded her out as a person and helped the reader get to know her better.
At times I liked Roger and at times I didn't. I saw what was going on better than Soorya, but then again isn't it easier to see things from the outside looking in? I loved how they interacted together. You could really tell they could have good chemistry. I also liked Lou. Lou is handsome, he is suave, the older man, the kind man. There is no distrust there and there is chemistry there is well. So I liked the possible love triangle.
I was captivated by The Full Moon Bride. It was entertaining and enlightening. I loved Soorya's insights into her life. From the food, to her parents and grandmother, Soorya shares all of her life with the reader during the book and I think you will be as enchanted as I was. To me it was not only a tale of who she will ultimately fall for in the end, but a tale of her life and I found her life fascinating to read about and hard to put down. The Full Moon Bride is a great read for the end of summer, beginning of fall, for those coming cool nights or those last warm days, or really for any day you just want to be taken away to someone else's life for a little while. Come, enjoy, The Full Moon Bride....more
My first Kate White book was Hush last year and I was hooked so I was thrilled when The Sixes arrived in my mailbox. Add that it has a plot line aboutMy first Kate White book was Hush last year and I was hooked so I was thrilled when The Sixes arrived in my mailbox. Add that it has a plot line about secret societies and I couldn't wait to open this book. And it didn't disappoint. The Sixes had great suspense, secret societies and romance, it was the perfect book to keep me entertained over the weekend.
When Phoebe shows up on campus and people begin disappearing she uses her investigative reporting techniques as a favor to her friend Glenda to try and find out what is going on. Glenda has heard rumor of a secret society on campus and thinks Phoebe can get to the bottom of it. Phoebe is interested and goes to work and starts uncovering secrets but also becomes interested in another professor. I love the fact that every character that Phoebe comes in contact with eventually comes under suspicion. I never could quite figure out who the bad guy/girl was but that was one of the things that made the book exciting for me. The suspense is well-plotted through the whole book. Every time I felt I got close to figuring out who was doing the crimes or understanding the crimes, the story would move in another direction and I loved it.
I also loved the setting. A small college in Pennslyvania makes a great backdrop for a story of suspense like this and for one involving secret societies. I also loved the background of Glenda and Phoebe's friendship and how it went further into Phoebe's background during the story. I found the characters that were central to the story to be very interesting and well-developed.
The Sixes was a very entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat. I found Phoebe a character that was very easy to sympathize with and I enjoyed watching her work and seeing her come to terms with herself and her life during this book. A great weekend read for the end of summer and going into fall....more
I love Caridad Pineiro's books. Whether dealing with vampires or something new, she just seems to know how to balance the paranormal and the romance tI love Caridad Pineiro's books. Whether dealing with vampires or something new, she just seems to know how to balance the paranormal and the romance to bring me the story that I really want to read. In The Lost Ms. Pineiro is setting up for The Sin Eater series, and it takes quite a bit of set up because this isn't your typical paranormal that we as the readily understand. This is not vampires or werewolves. This is a whole new world and I am excited to read about it.
The Lost focuses on Adam and Bobbie for the romance and the setup of the world that Adam and the others of his race inhabit. I found the romance to be interesting, the chemistry was great between Adam and Bobbie. I wanted them together, even when there was difficulty I still rooted for them and felt like they should be together and hope to see more of them in the next book as well.
The romance is front and center in this book, but the setup of the world is also a lot of the book and it jumps around a lot and is probably my only complaint. But I understand that it had to be done. This is a complex world that will arc over several books and the development is key to this first book and to the books that follow. I am fascinated by the world and love that the author has branched out into something new and I really like this something new. I can't wait to read more in this series and really see where it goes. There is so much that can be done with it and I can't wait to see.
So if you are ready for something new in the paranormal romance genre then give The Lost a try, I don't think you will be disappointed. ...more
I will start this review by saying I have not read any of the the previous Blood Coven books. That said, it was really easy to get into Blood Ties andI will start this review by saying I have not read any of the the previous Blood Coven books. That said, it was really easy to get into Blood Ties and follow along. The first chapter has Sunny summarizing what has happened to her so far to get her to where she is at the start of Blood Ties. Of course this is brief so as not to bore those who have read the series, but enough detail so those of us just picking up Blood Ties can catch up. It was a good enough catch-up to me that I was able to follow along with the book. However I will say that now I want to go back and read the books because I am fascinated by this world that Mari Mancusi has created and want to read more about it. But I don't think you have to read the first 5 books to read Blood Ties.
Blood Ties follows Sunny as she wants to save her best friend Jayden's soul while her boyfriend Magnus is going about trying to save the vampire race from an all-out war and trying to protect Sunny and save Jayden's soul. Mischief and mayhem of course follow, there are misunderstandings, fights, kick-butt scenes, hot kisses and lots of fun. I found Blood Ties to be the type of brain candy that I really miss in young adult fiction. It's light, it's fun and it has action. It's fast-paced, doesn't require me to think to hard and keeps me engaged and keeps me reading. I liked it and I could not put it down. I read this with my kids playing in the water while we were out on the boat on Sunday and it was the perfect boat book. I only had to pause a few minute when my youngest was stung by a jellyfish. When that crisis was over (which was mainly handled by the daddy) I went right back to Sunny, Magnus, and Jayden's world.
Run, don't walk and pick this one up. I'm saving my pennies and getting the start of this series next on my Kindle so I can learn more about Sunny and her friends. I am also anxiously awaiting the next in the series because let me tell you this one wraps up nicely but then there is a cliffhanger to beat all cliffhangers and I can't wait to see what happens next! Great job Ms. Mancusi - you have scored another devout reader to your Blood Coven series....more
Alex Cross, I have been with him since my step-father-in-law told me about this amazing book he read called Along Came a Spider back when I was in colAlex Cross, I have been with him since my step-father-in-law told me about this amazing book he read called Along Came a Spider back when I was in college and it was amazing and it introduced me to thrillers and series books. Until then I had been bumping along reading horror by Stephen King, Dean Koontz (remember when he wrote horror books) and John Saul just to name a few) but James Patterson opened a whole new world to me that started with my beloved Alex Cross. Now I will admit there have been some bumps along the way and truthfully nothing compares to those first books like Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. But some of that was just the newness too. With all of that said I really enjoyed my yearly Alex Cross fix in Kill Alex Cross.
What do I love, I love that Alex is settled down now. I love that Nana mama is still around and kicking and can still make everyone tow the line. We all need someone like her in our lives, someone who loves us enough to tell us when we are messing up. I like seeing the glimpses of Alex's private life. But most of all I like seeing Alex on the case and I got plenty of that in this one. As usual with the short chapters we have all come to know James Patterson for, this one reads quick (I appreciate short chapters with kids because it makes a book easier to put down to do things). I flew through this even though I didn't want to because it means another year before I visit with Alex again.
Kill Alex Cross is also interesting because there are two storylines going through it that may or may not be connected. First the President's children have been kidnapped, but there are also strange terror attacks going on in Washington DC that have the city on edge as well. So it's a given to say that there is plenty of action and suspense in this one.
If you enjoy Alex Cross books, then grab this one when it comes out - it's a great addition and reminded me of some of the books of old. I enjoyed it, but then again I like most of the Alex Cross books just because I find sheer entertainment value in them and it is like visiting with an old friend once a year, a friend that has been with me for over 16 years now at least. Wow - it doesn't seem like that long, but I remember sitting in Pullen Park off of N.C. State's campus reading Along Came a Spider one day before class, (yes mom I probably should have been studying thermo) just like it was yesterday. Ahhh, book memories....more
Rene is different, he is OCD and he knows he is. He has a fascination with Batman and superheroes and stays away from all things dealing with the numbRene is different, he is OCD and he knows he is. He has a fascination with Batman and superheroes and stays away from all things dealing with the number 13. He knows that other kids find him strange, but he is strangely comfortable in his own skin. Except there are always those few kids that make life miserable for kids like Rene. That kid is Johnny van Slyke. But one day after meeting Gio and becoming friends with him (or as close to friends as anyone has been with Rene) Rene stands up to Johnny and then Rene's life is turned upside down and that's when Rene really learns about life, how to live and who the true superheroes are.
I loved this book. Rene is different. I have never had much dealings with people with OCD but I believe Mr. Blackstone has done his research. He does not paint Rene as a freak or anything of the sort, he just has orders and beliefs and ways of doing things. We all do, just not to the extent that Rene does. I also like Gio. Gio seems cool and befriends Rene, but has problems of his own and through Rene light is shed on his problems. The book is deep but reads as a fun read. I really enjoyed being in Rene's head from the beginning of the book until the end and seeing him grow and change and not change too. It was a really fun ride and this is a book I will definitely encourage my son to read when he is just a little bit older. A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie was definitely a great read!
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
On the parenting level: there is a little bit of bad language, nothing too out of place or too bad, no sex or real mention of anything beyond kissing. Rene is 14 and immature 14. There is one amusing scene that I won't go into detail, but if you son is 12 or older it won't kill your son to read I promise! (you can email me at crystalfulcher(at)ec.rr.com if you need to know what it was about)...more
Through two books I have been getting to know Jake and have been looking forward to a book devoted to him and I was not disappointed in my wait. I havThrough two books I have been getting to know Jake and have been looking forward to a book devoted to him and I was not disappointed in my wait. I have loved the Mystyx series from the first book and getting to know each person in each book. So far we have met Krystal and Sasha so it made sense that Jake would come next. I really like that the Jake in Mayhem becomes a different Jake than he has been in the earlier books. I loved getting to know Jake even more in this book.
The excitement level is also ratcheted up a notch in this book as the series is reaching it's mid-point. There is a lot of excitement in Mayhem and it made the book very interesting and hard to put down. I don't want to give anything away, but this is a very good book that has a lot of action, adventure and choices that have to be made. There is also romance and excitement between the characters. The book is just excitement all-around and I cannot wait until the next installment in this series. I have enjoyed this from book one and look forward through to the end of the series as well - Ms. Arthur knows how to write a fun and exciting series that captivates the reader.
One additional thing I would like to add is the fact that bullying is addressed in this book and I think Ms. Arthur does a great job addressing this very timely topic in this book with Jake's being bullied and how he has to handle it. Great job for tackling this in the book!...more
I have enjoyed the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz so I was anxious to read her new adult series as well so I pressed order as soon as it camI have enjoyed the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz so I was anxious to read her new adult series as well so I pressed order as soon as it came in my Amazon Vine newsletter and I'm glad I did. I think this will be another great series. I enjoyed learning about Freya, Ingrid and Joanna and their history and the ties to witchcraft and mythology. Ms. de la Cruz can always take something that seems to be used a lot (vampires, witches) and add a new dimension to it successfully and make a great book or series of books.
First off I thought the character development was interesting and well done in this book and I look forward to learning more about the Beauchamps in further books as well, but I felt like I got to know the three pretty well in this first book. The first book set the stage well for the future book without taking up too much time or feeling boring, it was just the opposite and had me turning pages rapidly to see what would happen next.
The plot was also interesting and had enough twists and turns to keep me very interested even reading in the middle of a very busy gym. I was drawn into the world of the Beauchamps on their end of the island and into their world of witchcraft and mythology. I loved it and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. There is romance, suspense, paranormal, zombies, just about anything you can want in The Witches of East End. There are even some visitors and references to characters from the Blue Bloods series, but it won't be a big deal if you haven't read those books - they are just passing references that will please you if you read the series and you won't care if you haven't.
I highly recommend this book - it's a very entertaining read that I found hard to put down....more
The Princess of Las Pulgas is an amazing book. I could not put it down. It felt real, dealt with real situations, played on real sympathies and reallyThe Princess of Las Pulgas is an amazing book. I could not put it down. It felt real, dealt with real situations, played on real sympathies and really didn't pull any punches. It's about finding yourself wherever you are and being true to yourself and knowing and finding your true friends. It is a feel-good book with important lessons and great entertainment value.
Carlie's life has dealt her a tough blow with the loss of her dad to cancer. While she's still reeling from that situation, she learns that she, her mom and her brother have to move from their house in Channing to Las Pulgas which is nowhere near the same type of area she is use to living in, it's a little rougher and their apartment is much smaller. Life is a big change for Carlie and her brother Keith and her mom as well. The high school is a real eye-opener for both of the siblings. Keith wants nothing to do with the track team, Carlie wants nothing to do with anyone, she wants to remain friends with her best friend Lena in Channing and her hopeful new boyfriend Sean who is also in Channing.
She however begins to meet some much more colorful people that teach her that people aren't always what they seem. The transition she faces is challenging but wonderful to watch. Both her, Keith and her mom have major changes to face and choices to make whether to accept what they have been given or just give up. The story is amazing and it flows so well. I love seeing Carlie change and also her brother Keith as well. The characters have very real reactions in this book and I loved getting to know the students as Las Pulgas was great too. Ms. McKenzie has a great way of bringing her characters to life and those characters shine in The Princess of Las Pulgas.
This will go down as one of my favorite YA books so far this year. It is just that enjoyable. If you want a wonderful contemporary YA novel then The Princess of Las Pulgas is for you....more
One thing I think sums this book up best is a statement in the Langdon Street Press' publicity page for Bloodspell and it says this: "Bloodspell is aOne thing I think sums this book up best is a statement in the Langdon Street Press' publicity page for Bloodspell and it says this: "Bloodspell is a story of feeling like an outsider, a love story and a story of triumph over adversity. Don't fall victim to what you are, but find the courage and strength to define who you are."
That truly sums up this book. But in a way it oversimplifies. I found this book to be very complex and engaging. It does hold true to the above statement. Victoria or "Tori" is an outsider and she is trying to figure out why and how to come to terms with who and what she is. When she starts attending a new school, she starts to fit in better and finds herself intrigued by a student at the nearby college who is often at the high school helping out, Christian. And there begins their love story. But their love story if fraught with difficulties. I like how this book made it different by each of them having their doubts at different times. It wasn't him always saying they couldn't be together or her always saying it. They both had doubts because of what they were and laws that governed witches and vampires.
I also found the witch and vampire element to be refreshing. I know there are witches in the Sookie Stackhouse series along with the vampires but I haven't seen this element as much in young adult fiction. It felt fresh and new. I especially like that the main focus was on Victoria and her learning to be a witch and control her special powers.
The first third of the book starts the world building and the defining of the characters which is enjoyable. But after about 100 pages this book really takes off and is action-filled. No long sappy scenes for the whole book - this is more about Tori finding herself and helping Christian and others as well. There are some great scenes where these two declare their love and while it's always in the background, I never felt the love story was the true focus. The focus was more on the inner struggles and that really made the book.
If you enjoy books with good character development and a lot of action then this is a book for you. I like how the ending is pretty much sewn up, but there are some open threads I could see possibly leading to another book, which would be awesome, but if there is not another book in the works involving Christian and Tori, I would be okay with that as well.
Some of my favorite quotes, first one that shows the struggle Tori faces (and how well the author puts it in Tori's words):
"Tori, she attacked you. You defended yourself and she lost. That was it," he said.
"You don't understand. I took her magic into myself, and even though it was filthy and cloying, I liked it. I liked the feeling of power and when I killed her I liked it even more! I loved it. It was so easy ... I reveled in taking ... the taking ..." Victoria gasped, unable to finish. "The blood takes and feeds ... and I am helpless against it."
Another fun quote that pokes fun at vampire lore and mainstream media at the moment (I think it shows the author has a great sense of humor). This is Christian talking about hiding being a vampire with Tori:
"Their scientists and forensic experts have the tools and technology now, not to mention all the books and films flaunting our secrets!"