What is it about the New Adult genre that has drawn me in so fully? I am pretty far from a new adult. In fact most would consider me middle age. I am...moreWhat is it about the New Adult genre that has drawn me in so fully? I am pretty far from a new adult. In fact most would consider me middle age. I am quickly approaching my last year in my 30s, but I can't seem to get enough of the young adult and new adult genres. It's probably because the stories are so interesting and well-written. It may have to do with the fact that they don't mirror my life of work, kids, dishes, laundry and occasional date with my husband. It may be that they remind me of my early days with my husband, those crazy days in college. It may be a lot of things, but I have been drawn in so I expected a lot when I picked up Fall From Grace. What I expected and what I got were two entirely different things and I mean that in the best way possible.
I thought I took an emotional ride in Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens. Fall From Grace goes even further or at least it felt like it at the time. Christine Zolendz captures perfectly the rolling emotions and hormones of this age. The testing of boundaries, the high highs and the low lows. I loved Grace. She's had it tough and there is a lot that I learned about her in the book. She's fascinating, and definitely a multidimensional character. I found myself really rooting for her to make the right decision and find the love of her life. And Shane. Sex on legs Shane. Ahhh, what else is there to say. I love Shane, he's amazing, he's awful, and he's wonderful at the same time. He's a whole different man with Grace and I love that. I like watching him change. I love his character flaws and all. I love the sparks that fly between him and Grace and the sparks do fly. I never knew a book could be as hot as this one and not contain actual sex. Yes it's hard to believe, but let me tell you, there is heat.
The plot is amazing, it keeps moving. I was sucked right into the story from the first page even though I was a little confused. I love the paranormal twist to this one. It seems all normal and then there is the paranormal. It's really amazing how Ms. Zolendz wraps it all together so well, making it so believable and so much a part of the story that I never doubted it for one minute.
If you are looking for an emotional thrill-ride then open the pages of Fall From Grace. My only suggestion is to have Saving Grace handy so you can read it as soon as you finish because you won't be able to get enough of Shane and Grace and you will have to know how the story continues and finishes. I loved this book and it has further cemented my love of the New Adult Genre and my love of rock stars too. If I wasn't so happily married I think I would want my own Shane Maxton ;)(less)
I'm not sure I can do justice to this book and not give anything away. I loved this. It enthralled me, I did not want to put it down and when I had to...moreI'm not sure I can do justice to this book and not give anything away. I loved this. It enthralled me, I did not want to put it down and when I had to put it down to sleep, go to work, cook, you know do all those mundane things, I could not wait to pick it back up again to find out more about Liv.
Liv is intriguing from the start. She awakes from the coma and does not recognize her Mom or her Dad and has no real memories. So of course the reader, being me, was intrigued and wanted to know more. Ms. Madsen then proceeded to give me more in little bits and pieces through dreams and things that Liv remembers at various times, but are they true? Liv isn't sure, I wasn't sure. Thankfully to keep her from going crazy Liv has Spencer to lean on. But of course things aren't that simple. Liv is also trying to walk the line between being friends (and possibly more) with Spencer and remaining with the popular crowd that seems to have singled her out from the first day. I like how Ms. Madsen used typical high school situations as a backdrop in this book while Liv is trying to figure out who she is. It made it all the more powerful to me. Spencer is also a great character and friend for Liv because he has demons of his own and to find out more about him, you must read the book. But I will tell you I loved Spencer even though I wanted to choke him at times.
The plot speeds along with the memories, and Liv and Spencer's friendship growing against the backdrop of fitting in or not fitting in at high school. I enjoyed every page of this book. Though I felt the ending was just a bit rushed, I still felt it was a satisfactory and bombshell conclusion that was fitting of how the book was paced and plotted. When I walked away from this I was kind of sad it was over, but happy with the conclusion of the book.
All the Broken Pieces was a stellar contemporary Young Adult novel to me. It was suspenseful, it had romance (and not a love triangle) and an interesting premise. It's an interesting novel about finding yourself even beyond the amnesia angle and that's one of the reasons I loved it. The amnesia just added to it to make it suspenseful. If I read books for a second time, this would quickly go on my list to read again, it was just that good to me. So check it out if the premise interests you, I don't think you will find your time wasted while reading this one and I think you will find a new author to add to you shelf when you are done like I have.(less)
If you want a book to put you in the mood, I mean holiday spirit, then this is just the anthology for you (wink, wink).
Baby It's Cold Outside is made...moreIf you want a book to put you in the mood, I mean holiday spirit, then this is just the anthology for you (wink, wink).
Baby It's Cold Outside is made up of four stories by four authors that center around a freak storm that sets in on the East Coast from Christmas to New Year's. That's the connecting factor and the snowed in theme makes things very interesting for these four couples and sets the stage well to make these stories work in a short amount of time. I not only loved the snowed in theme, I also loved the holiday theme using Christmas and New Year's for the stories, not just one of the holidays. It made the stories really fun to read. So overall I loved the book, I found the overall theme worked well and the authors stories worked well together in the book. Now onto the individual stories.
'Tis the Season to Kiss Santa by Kate Hardy: Ahhh a somewhat tortured hero with a bad past, a girl from England all alone for the holidays, both thrown together to do a good deed that makes your heart melt (and theirs too) and then the snow storm hits and things heat up. What a story. I'm never sure if these thrown together stories can work, but Ms. Hardy and the other authors in this anthology made these stories work. The stories may be short, but you can feel the romance come about in 'Tis the Season to Kiss Santa. And hey she had me at the beginning with the main character named Mitch which is hubby's name. Loved this story, loved the romance and the love scenes could definitely melt frosting and snow. Great story and great intro to the book.
'Tis the Season to Love Shopping by Heidi Rice: This could be my favorite. A down on her luck hard-working girl goes to work on Christmas and runs into the playboy son of the store owner and then miscommunication ensues while the blizzard rages outside. Then playtime and fun begins and not only do inhibitions fall but hearts begin to as well. I love this. Loved the characters, Ryder was amazing and not what I expected at all and Kate was too. I loved how they were together, how things played out and how things turned out. Amazing story that gives hope and love to the holiday season.
'Tis the Sesaon to be Kissed by Amy Andrews: Now this may have been one of the hottest, tied with the last story. Tamara has had a rough year and she's just looking to settle down that's why she escapes to her friend's family cabin to avoid making a mistake on New Year's Eve and all is fine until drop-dead sexy Luke shows up. Luke has just returned from Afghanistan and while he's younger than Tamara he's seen more than he should and maybe he's not just looking for a fling anymore either. Wow, strip scrabble, dirty talk, drunk on eggnog at 9am, this one is hysterical and hot all in one. I love it and love the slightly younger man angle as well. Great read wish I had more of these two, but it works out quite well the way it is told. Another great addition to this anthology.
Tis the Season to be Tempted by Aimee Carter: I love old crush stories especially when it's ones where the guy feels like he can't touch the friend's younger sister. This one is hot and involves kitchen utensils used in fun ways. Wes and Evie just work together. Wes is a great protector of Evie but it's time for him to loosen up and Evie is just the way for him to do it so when they are stuck in a hotel room together (with those kitchen utensils) lets just say things heat up in a major way. But can they work out how they feel? You'll just have to read it and see. This one has the most angst packed in it's short format and I loved it. Great story, great characters and the heat will have you wishing for a blizzard yourself. 'Tis the Season to Be Tempted is a great way to finish off this anthology.(less)
I have enjoyed Michael Palmer books in the past so I was thrilled to accept Political Suicide for review. One of my first loves is adult suspense read...moreI have enjoyed Michael Palmer books in the past so I was thrilled to accept Political Suicide for review. One of my first loves is adult suspense reads and while I believe Michael started with medical thrillers, he has branched out into more political-type suspense thrillers. This is military centered and is a definite thriller. While it is the second book to feature main character Dr. Lou Welcome, it does not have to be read in order, I have not read in Oath of Office (I did get it from the library to read next) but I did not feel the least bit lost reading Political Suicide.
The characters are fascinating in Political Suicide. Dr. Lou Welcome is the center of the book. He is brought in to help his friend and the doctor that he is helping in the program he is involved in, Dr. Gary McHugh who is accused of murder of a Congressman who's wife he was sleeping with. But there is more to the story than meets the eye. Along with Lou there is also Sarah, Gary's attorney who I really enjoyed getting to know. Both characters were really great and interesting and well-developed and worked really well in the story. I liked how well they fit in the story and how they never felt forced.
The plot is captivating. It starts with a bang and never quits. It keeps delivering new twists and turns with each turn of the page. I could not put it down. I loved that this one was slightly different. No serial killers, I liked the elite military angle. A little scary but definitely interesting and mind-blowing at the same time. Mr. Palmer paces this one perfectly to keep your interest and not give too much away too soon. You know what is going on, but you really can't guess what is coming next, or at least I couldn't. I really like how this book is done and how it all turns out.
I love Dr. Lou Welcome, he has a great moral compass, he's a good friend, and he has a sense of humor. He really makes the book. This is definitely one of my favorite suspense books of the year just based on the great characters and the interesting premise. Pick it up, it's a new release from last week (don't let goodreads throw you, it's out now) and it would make a great Christmas present for the suspense lover in your life or for yourself. Hey we all deserve a great book!(less)
I thoroughly enjoy the historical fiction genre and I am careful about which ones I accept because I as I have stated before I am always scared I will...moreI thoroughly enjoy the historical fiction genre and I am careful about which ones I accept because I as I have stated before I am always scared I will get bogged down with facts and history in a historical novel. Not that it has happened yet and it definitely did not happen with The Emperor's Conspiracy.
The Emperor's Conspiracy is a very fast-paced plot based novel that had me flipping the pages as fast as I could to find out what would happen next in Charlotte Raven's world. I had no doubt that Charlotte would end up okay, but I wanted to know how and what the devil was going on. And it seemed like there was a lot going on. Ms. Diener does a wonderful job creating and weaving the plot in this novel and basing it on a historical fact that I did not know about at all which made it more interesting. I like telling my husband things that he did not know since he is a major history-buff. You can easily get caught up in Miss Raven's world which traverses the posh area of London and the seedy back alleyways as well.
I think there was mastery in the creation of Miss Charlotte Raven. Creating her as a chimney sweep who is transformed into a noblewoman so she knows both sides of London and can travel them both well. She is also still mired in both sides so that adds the extra interest and extra plotline to the book. I would have loved a little more depth to her character but realize the length of the novel and type of novel probably limited the character development some. We do see some of her development, but I want more Charlotte and also more of Edward. I feel he was more of a cardboard cutout that got filled in some. I liked him a lot, and feel he was a typical male of the time, and what he needed to be for his job, aloof and distant, but I wanted to know him just a little more. That said, I still enjoyed him and Charlotte as characters. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, though sometimes I was a little confused (but it could have been the medicines, I read this when I had a sinus infection, so I could have been addled some).
Overall this book was well worth my time and has me wanting to check out Ms. Diener's backlist and anything she writes in the future. She writes in a way that is easy to read and catches your interest from the first page. She knows how to plot well and tie up things without making it too pat. Her pacing was also well done, it never felt rushed, I felt the book moved along well. I was kind of sad it ended and to say goodbye to these wonderful characters. I wish I could see more of Charlotte and Edward, they were fun together. So if you enjoy a good nineteenth-century English suspense set in London then this is just the book for you. But be prepared to spend a few hours reading because you won't want to put it down. (less)
Another high-octane installment in the Mythos Academy series, Crimson Frost starts with Logan and Gwen's first date that goes all wrong and the end re...moreAnother high-octane installment in the Mythos Academy series, Crimson Frost starts with Logan and Gwen's first date that goes all wrong and the end result has Gwen on trial for setting Loki loose. Gwen and her friends know she didn't do it, but can they prove it in time to save her?
I loved this book. I have loved this series from the start. I adore Gwen and her "not-so-sure about herself" self. I love that she has friends that will stick with her through thick and thin and I love that she has a snarky sword that Jennifer mentions in my interview with her. I love that all of this can tie together in book after book and keep me reading. I will confess to being scared before I read this. I read a review that kind of scared me, but then I read the book myself and found out that that review did not apply to me. Again we're all different. I felt this book was fresh even though it did have Gwen on trial and reviewed things she had done. I felt the characters continued to grow and were more developed and as most of you know that is one of my favorite things. And it added some characters as well. There was a lot of fresh material, and plenty to keep you interested from beginning to end.
The action definitely keeps the book moving. This is another example where my husband was watching You Tube videos and usually I am easily distracted, but I was so absorbed in Crimson Frost I was able to tune out all that was going on around me. That is the mark of a truly good book to me. Ms. Estep brought me right into Mythos Academy and among Gwen and her friends and gave me a front row seat. I was hooked from the first page until the last and I will be eagerly awaiting Midnight Frost. Do I really have to wait until August?
If you enjoy the Mythos Academy books, then this is another solid installment that reveals more about the world and the characters. The writing and pacing is solid. The book is intriguing and very hard to put down once you start. And it will leave you eager for the next book in the series. Thank you Ms. Estep for another entertaining book in this series!(less)
I have come to think of reading Ms. Carlson's Christmas books as a tradition and while I have to read them a little early for me in the season, they n...moreI have come to think of reading Ms. Carlson's Christmas books as a tradition and while I have to read them a little early for me in the season, they never fail to bring me good cheer and warm feelings when I read one of them. The Christmas Pony is no exception, in fact I think it's one of her best of the last three years that I have been reading.
The story focuses around a young girl who's family is making it for their small town after the great depression in 1937. All Lucy really wants for Christmas is the pony that is down the road that is for sale of trade, but she knows she probably won't get it. But that doesn't stop her for praying for it. Lucy lives with her Grandmother and widowed Mother and they take in boarders to make extra money so Lucy thinks it's magical when she happens to run into a beautiful woman and a well-dressed man in town that need a place to stay. And that's where the story and the magic start. Getting to know Lucy, George, Miriam and even annoying Veronica make the magic of this book. I adored George and his quiet wisdom and sweet ways with Lucy and Miriam.
Once you start reading this you won't want to put it down, and it's easy to read in an hour or so since it's under 200 pages. The magic of the Christmas season in the book will enthrall you and even though life isn't perfect for this little family you will learn to enjoy the little things right along with them. When I finished the book, I wanted to hug my little family, tell them I love them and carry the magic of The Christmas Pony with us right through Thanksgiving and into Advent and the Christmas season. Ms. Carlson captures the magic of the simple life, love and the spirit of giving so perfectly that you can't help closing this book with a smile on your face even if you are facing troubles in your life.
So I encourage you to grab this book, it's a quick read. It's uplifting, it's romantic, it's sweet. It's nice to see life through the eyes of a child and appreciate things that way. The Christmas Pony is a lovely book that I may just have to read again before Christmas.(less)
This is one of those books you are dying to finish and don't want to finish at the same time. You want to know what happens, but you don't want it to...moreThis is one of those books you are dying to finish and don't want to finish at the same time. You want to know what happens, but you don't want it to be over. It was my first Sinners on Tour book, I had great plans to read the first two books in the series before reading this one, but as usual, I didn't get to it before the deadline loomed for the review of Double Time. So I dove into this book which I later found out is supposed to be the last book in the series, but is being released third for some reason that I don't know and don't really care because I was able to read about Trey now.
Another confession, I had not read m/m/f before, was not even sure I would like it, but had heard such wonderful things about the series that I knew I had to try it. I knew I wouldn't judge the overall book on whether the sex scenes were for me or not. Well they were for me. I think Ms. Cunning does a wonderful job with them. But I'll get to that in a moment, I just needed to get my confessions out of the way.
The characters, anyone who reads my blog, knows I'm big on characters, and since this is a romance, it needs to have great characters. I did not know Trey or any of the band members of The Sinners or Exodus End before Double Time, but that's okay. I think Ms. Cunning does a great job getting you up-to-speed on the characters. And even the happily-ever-afters of the two books between Rock Hard and Double Time are a given and nothing essential was given away to spoil them in my opinion. So back to Trey, Reagan and Ethan. Oh my gosh, they are amazing. Reagan was so cool, love the tomboy, rock goddess image, love that she still squeals at seeing the members of Exodus End and The Sinners and doesn't take her position for granted. Love that she also seems to know what she's getting into and knows she'll probably get hurt, but still allows herself to fall for Trey. Her feelings are amazing and I love how they are shown in the book. Trey is tortured by his love for Brian and wants to get over it with Reagan, and the crazy thing is he finds he really has feelings for her. I loved watching that develop. He is such a teddy bear while still being incredibly sexy. And the banter between the two of them, just amazing, he truly has met his match in Reagan. Then add Ethan in and wow, do the three of them soar off the charts! Not as much is known about Ethan, the constraints of the book limited that I believe, but I felt like I knew him enough I was comfortable with his place in the relationship and how he grew into it. I liked Trey and Reagan the best, but probably because I was able to get to know them the best.
The plot was mainly moved along by the relationship and Trey's secret for the first half of the book and then their experimentation for the next quarter of the book. Then the suspense plot that was in the background through about half of the book ramped up for the last quarter and made things even more interesting. And it finishes out with more relationship happenings. I felt the plot moved very well, never dragged and kept me turning pages. I easily read the first 250 pages in one sitting and would have read more had my family not demanded supper. Of course I could not wait to get back to it.
One of my favorite things as I finished up Double Time was that the characters and plot will stay with me for some time. Yes the sex was hot and I enjoyed it, but there was deeper relationship meaning in the book as most of us women expect. It's erotica done the way it should be, a healthy dose of steamy sex with a great story and a happy ending. Just know it has m/m and m/m/f along with m/f sex in it, so if you know it's not your thing, then don't read it. If you haven't tried reading it and aren't sure, I can heartily recommend trying this one. :)(less)
Placebo is a great introduction to a new series featuring Jevin Banks and his cohorts Charlene, Xavier and Fionna. It also offers something different...morePlacebo is a great introduction to a new series featuring Jevin Banks and his cohorts Charlene, Xavier and Fionna. It also offers something different from Stephen James other series and most other suspense novels I've read, Jevin is an escape artist and illusionist. It definitely makes things interesting and lends a new feel to the suspense genre which usually revolves around PIs, FBI agents, police officers and the like.
The first part of the novel moves a little slow, but with good reason. In this first part Mr. James is taking the time to introduce the reader to the characters and give the reader a good feel for the characters and the situation he is about to put them in. While I state it's slow, I don't mean it's boring, I just mean it's not the breakneck pace that will come later. I found it to be interesting from the beginning because I enjoy getting to know characters, getting inside their heads and understanding their motivations. The reader definitely gets this in Placebo.
As the book continues the pace begins to ramp up and gets to the point that the only reason I put the book down is because I fell asleep and the book fell on my face (true story, I take a sleeping pill, so don't think the book bored me). I picked the book right back up the following morning and didn't set it down until I finished it.
I enjoyed Placebo, I really enjoyed the characters the most. The plot was a little confusing at times, but it was exciting enough I could get past it. My only other complaint was it was a bit rushed at the end, probably victim to the development in the beginning which I wouldn't have wanted to lose. But all-in-all I found Placebo to be an enjoyable book. I like Jevin and his friends and can't wait to read the next book in this series. Characters make books for me and these characters and their jobs are different, fun and make the book exciting and leave me wanting more of them. Placebo is a very enjoyable suspense read, Steven James has done it again and has a dedicated reader for life with me.(less)
Warning: This story is addictive, emotionally draining and well-worth the time-spent reading it if you enjoy books like this. And to be honest I wasn'...moreWarning: This story is addictive, emotionally draining and well-worth the time-spent reading it if you enjoy books like this. And to be honest I wasn't sure I would enjoy a story like this. I don't like cheating stories. But I like this "New Adult" genre a lot and had been hearing so much about these books so when I was sent the ARC I knew I had to give it a try. What resulted was pretty much an uninterrupted reading of a 500+ page book, and I could pretty much let that speak for itself and let the review end here, but I'll clue you in to what made me like this book.
First this is fiction and truthfully we can all pick the type of fiction we like to read. Don't like the realistic stuff, don't read it. Me personally I don't read much sci-fi, but you might love it. But that's what makes the world a wonderful place. So Thoughtless has a place. It's realistic. There are people like Kiera, Denny and Kellan out there. Confused 20-somethings that want a relationship, want to do what's right and end up screwing things up no matter what. I was captivated by this thought. Captivated by Kiera's need to do what was right and her need to be safe. What woman can't relate to that (okay, I can). Denny is safe, Denny is right, but Kellan, oh Kellan, he's something else entirely.
Yes a lot of the book is going back and forth. It's an emotional roller coaster, but I never felt like it grew old or tired. I felt like each time each character was exploring something new. I think the author did a great job with the plotting, because honestly it's 500-pages of "who am I going to choose" but it never gets boring. I loved getting to know Kiera, Denny, Kellan plus the other bandmates, Kiera's co-workers and her sister. Each character was intriguing and had a great place in the story. I wanted more of each of them.
Finally, for those of you unsure of the heat-level of this in the recent climate of the "50-Shades" world, this is mild, there is sex, but just the typical romance novel variety. It's hot, it's sexy, but not out there. This is not erotica. This is romance. She just happens to be involved with two guys at the same time (but not in the same room, lol). I don't have anything against erotica, I enjoy it, but I don't want people to shy away from this book because of the cover image.
In the end, I would highly recommend this book for people who love relationship books that put them through the wringer. This isn't a happy-go-lucky romance novel. Yes there are happy parts, but there are parts that will parts that will equally have you wanting to kill all three of the main characters because of their stupidity with each other. But you keep reading because you care, because you want to know what happens, because somehow Kiera, Denny and Kellan worm their way into your heart and brain and you care. For those hours that you read this book, you will care, the author just has a way of making it happen. I know it did for me and I had to make myself not open my ARC of Effortless right away, but it will be opened soon, because I am eager to know what happens next. So give Thoughtless a chance and let it take you away for an afternoon or evening or two or however many it takes . . . (less)
Commencement is a good introduction to the Hellsbane series and the characters of Emma Jane and I hope Mihir. It's short, but it leaves you anxious to...moreCommencement is a good introduction to the Hellsbane series and the characters of Emma Jane and I hope Mihir. It's short, but it leaves you anxious to start the series which I think is just the point of this novella.
Even though it is short, it is action-packed which I think leads the way for a very interesting series. I also like the brief glimpse into Emma Jane and Mihir who I think will be great characters. Both are snarky, smart and fun. Emma Jane being the main character and older and Mihir is the side-kick geeky one who can provide the information and of course the crush on Emma as well. They have a fun friendship that I think will be great for the books that is why I am hopeful he will continue to be in the novels. The story in this novella provides both the interesting character development I look for (within the limited format) and the action-packed plot. It was a fast-paced read that had me flipping the pages on my Kindle non-stop until the end and then wanting the next book as soon as it was over.
If you want a great introduction to a new paranormal/urban fantasy new adult series, then this is it. I cannot wait for the first book in this series and to learn more about Emma Jane, her powers and what evils she will face.(less)