Beastly Beautiful had me hooked from the beginning! Although I didn't think it was perfect and flaw...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Beastly Beautiful had me hooked from the beginning! Although I didn't think it was perfect and flawless, there was something so unique and fascinating about the story. I couldn't help but to fall for it, especially the characters Teagan and Sir. I was actually bummed out when I reached the end of the book. All I wanted was more and more.
This entire novel was full of mystery. I think there was one thing I guessed correctly and that was only because there was a huge hint on the book cover. There were a lot more things that just baffled me at first. For example, the character known as Sir hired Teagan to preform some simple tasks (or what she liked to call rituals) at his condo while he was away for the night. They were all seriously easy tasks too. Things like set up a plate and a cup full of wine on the table and press 'play' on the stereo. And he wanted it to be done precisely with no questions asked. None of it made sense. Why were those tasks so random? Why did she have to do it exactly like he wanted? What is going on!? It was in no way hard to follow, and it'll all come together eventually, but when I started the book... I couldn't stop thinking how strange it was. Which wasn't a bad thing at all, though, because it definitely kept my attention!
I really really liked Sir. His personality was such a stand out. I'm not sure I'll be able to describe him properly... He's basically the type of male character I love to read about. He's intense and mysterious and very good-looking. I always got excited whenever he showed up. I also really liked the main character Teagan. Even though she made some poor decisions (which were actually understandable considering her desperation and the position she was in), I'm glad she didn't automatically trust Sir. She was strong enough to stand up for herself. I enjoyed their banter and loved when it became obvious they were attracted to each other. I couldn't wait for something more to happen between them. The anticipation was worth it.
I wish this book didn't have to end. Or that it was longer or maybe had a sequel. I almost felt like it was only a glimpse of the larger story. The ending was a little abrupt too. I kept trying to turn the page on my device, but there was nothing else. There were a couple of things that were resolved by the end; however, I think there were too many unanswered questions. Teagan was the biggest mystery, even though she was the main character. Not much was revealed about her past. And while I loved her relationship with Sir, I still would have liked to witness a bit more development and interaction. There were a few other things I would have liked more clarification on as well, but overall they didn't affect how I felt about everything else in the novel.
Beastly Beautiful was an enjoyable read for me. The story and characters intrigued and captivated me from the very start. It was exactly what I needed to read at the time, and it left me wanting more. If there was ever another book revolving around Teagan and Sir, I would definitely read it!(less)
Beautiful Disaster was one of those books that I expected to love, but it ended up leaving me with...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Beautiful Disaster was one of those books that I expected to love, but it ended up leaving me with a feeling of detachment and relief that it was over. Lots of readers loved it, and even though I could understand the appeal, I honestly felt like I had read an entirely different book. When I found out there would be another novel, I didn't think I would ever read it since the previous one wasn't a hit for me. But deep down I have to admit that I was still curious about it. I just really wanted to love these books! I thought that maybe I needed to see it all through Travis's eyes to finally fall in love with this story and these characters. Unfortunately, I felt the exact same way about Walking Disaster as I did Beautiful Disaster.
While Walking Disaster gives new insight into what was going through Travis's head during the previous book, I didn't feel like it had anything I hadn't already interpreted before about Travis's character. Just like I thought, and like this book proves, Travis is not a horrible person. He's vulnerable and feels strongly about things, and although he has issues and makes some poor choices at times, he's not so different from and quite honestly not as bad as certain males characters in other books I've read. He's also crazy about Abby. I expected the majority of his thoughts to revolve around her. I just didn't expect it to almost seem like that's all there was to him. He wasn't anyone without Abby. That sounds romantic and probably was the point, but I wish there had been more depth to him. That's actually the main thing I wanted to get out of this novel, so I was disappointed when it didn't happen.
Walking Disaster doesn't elaborate on everything that happened in Beautiful Disaster, which is a good thing because we don't need a repeat of every single detail. There is a down side to that, though, because there are some instances where you might be left wondering what exactly happened. It's like missing out on an inside joke. That's why I highly recommend not skipping Beautiful Disaster, if you're interested in reading this novel. Not only that it was much easier to dislike Abby. Again, you really need to read the story from Abby's perspective first. I can't say I particularly liked Abby before, but at least I was able to tolerate her. In this novel there were some parts where I hated her guts. Sometimes I couldn't wrap my head around why Travis even bothered with her. And quite frankly, I still find it hard to believe that she was the only good-looking girl who didn't want to sleep with him. The women at their college sound pathetic. Or maybe Travis didn't bother to look around. In the end, it doesn't matter because these two frustrating, drama magnets are perfect for each other.
Beautiful Disaster fans shouldn't be discouraged by my review. If you loved Abby's story, then I can imagine you'll love Travis's story as well. Maybe even more. And if you didn't love Beautiful Disaster, I'm not sure what you'll get out of Walking Disaster, expect maybe the same frustrations you got from the previous one. But I do think everyone will get a sense of closure once finishing this novel. Those wishing for a sequel will most likely be satisfied and happy with what's included at the end, so I highly recommend Walking Disaster to fans of Beautiful Disaster.(less)
In the beginning of Connection, I was kind of distracted by some of the unanswered questions. Why w...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
In the beginning of Connection, I was kind of distracted by some of the unanswered questions. Why weren't Anna and Aaron friends for nearly a year? How come Anna forgave him so quickly? And why did they share this powerful connection? The story actually wasn't slow-going at all. It did, however, take me a couple of chapters to warm up to the characters, which was why I wanted clarification on certain things quick. Thankfully as the story progressed answers were revealed, and by the halfway point, I became more interested and invested into the story.
Connection is a paranormal that revolves around two high school students, Aaron and Anna. They were best friends since they were 8-years-old and have had a special connection where they can basically read each others thoughts and feel each others emotions. After becoming close again after nearly a year apart, Aaron and Anna start to realize that their connection is becoming more intense and powerful. To make matters even more complicated, they find out they may not be the only pair out there with this type of connection and that they are already being watched.
While the story wouldn't be the same without the paranormal, the contemporary aspects were what I enjoyed the most. Like the relationship between Anna and Aaron and the dynamics they had with their family and other friends. I did think it was strange how quickly Anna and Aaron became friends again after not being friends at all for a year, especially after finding out what Aaron did. But once I realized Anna actually hadn't forgiven Aaron as much as I thought she had, I ended up feeling a whole lot better about their situation. And I'm so glad that afterwards their relationship didn't immediately evolve into something romantic. It was obvious they would get together, but it took time and there were many complications along the way. Such as Anna having a boyfriend, the horrible friend Aaron chose over Anna, and Anna questioning if she would even have feelings for Aaron had it not been for their connection. I just ended up liking both Aaron and Anna as characters. I loved Anna's rational side, how she tended to question things unlike Aaron. And I liked that Aaron made sure not to waver on his loyalty to Anna again, even when there were moments they really disagreed with each other. Basically they were likeable characters, and I appreciated that.
Connection was overall a pretty enjoyable read for me. The ending wasn't climactic, though, and I felt nothing involving the paranormal aspects were resolved. But at least Anna and Aaron's relationship developed nicely because like I said, it was my favorite thing about the novel. There's definitely more to come, and I'm looking forward to it.(less)
Bound to Moonlight is the second book in the Sisters of the Moon series. I would recommend reading...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Bound to Moonlight is the second book in the Sisters of the Moon series. I would recommend reading the first story called Bound to Night before this one because it introduces characters that appear in both books and are important to the story.
This series has been enjoyable for me so far. I had no expectations going in when I read book 1, and I ended up really liking Tasha and Jack's story. While that story is still my favorite, I found Bound to Moonlight to be an entertaining read all on it's own. It's about a woman with telepathic powers named Anya and the werewolf Sebastian, who played a pretty big part in Bound to Night. Anya happens to be one of the sisters that Tasha was searching for. Anya is a nice character. I liked her. Sebastian actually left the biggest impression on me in the first book, and I was happy he was getting his chance in the spotlight.
Since it's a short story, the pace is quick but there's enough action and hot, steamy moments. The only reason it didn't top Bound to Night for me is because I wanted a bit more from both Anya and Sebastian. I found Sebastian to be pretty tamed in this one, and Anya didn't stand out as much as Tasha. Overall, it was a good read, and I'm curious about the next book Bound to Secrets. (less)
Love's Greatest Gift is a novella about a woman named Meghan, desperately trying to find a bone mar...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Love's Greatest Gift is a novella about a woman named Meghan, desperately trying to find a bone marrow match for her 15-year-old daughter. When she goes back to her hometown to ask for help from her family, she ends up meeting her estranged husband who she hasn't seen in eight years.
It's a quick and easy read, and the story flowed nicely. It gave a pretty good glimpse of the characters, and I found myself rooting for Liam. He's an admirable person and just the type of man any woman would want to be with. Meghan, I admit, annoyed me a bit. I couldn't believe she would believe someone else over the man she has loved for years and years. She could have at least confronted Liam, but she chose to run away with their daughter. In the end, she did redeem herself in my eyes though.
If you're in the mood for a short story about love and forgiveness set during the Christmas season, check out Love's Greatest Gift.(less)
Body Heat featured Maura Mahoney, a woman who has never had much excitement in her thirty years of...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Body Heat featured Maura Mahoney, a woman who has never had much excitement in her thirty years of life, and Jesse Blue, a handsome man who may just be a criminal. Maura and Jesse couldn't be more opposite, but for some reason, they are very attracted to one other. The entire book is about them denying their attraction and having sexy fantasies about each other.
Maura was a pretty frustrating character. She tended to make assumptions about Jesse without asking for the truth. Jesse did too to an extent, but I didn't feel he was nearly as judgmental as Maura. Although this book had its serious moments here and there, it was definitely more of a funny and romantic read. Maura and Jesse were constantly fantasizing about each other. They weren't sweet and cute fantasies either. They were pretty damn hot! I actually didn't mind all these fantasies at first; however, after a while, I think they were overdone. I understood these characters really wanted each other, so I just wanted some actual interaction between them. I wanted those fantasies to become a reality. It eventually happened, of course, but the wait was a bit too long.
Body Heat was filled with drama, sexual tension, and humorous moments. The concept wasn't groundbreaking, but if you're looking for a light and easy read, this book might just be for you.(less)
Valkyrie Symptoms is a short story prequel to Valkyrie Rising. It happens one day prior to the events in the main novel, and all 20 pages of it are fr...moreValkyrie Symptoms is a short story prequel to Valkyrie Rising. It happens one day prior to the events in the main novel, and all 20 pages of it are from Tucker's point-of-view. I loved Tuck in Valkyrie Rising, so it was great getting a glimpse inside his head. To know how he sees Ellie and to read more of the banter between them that I enjoyed in the full novel. I wish it were longer though because it went by too quick! But I am glad to have something else to read in this world. If you loved Tuck in Valkyrie Rising, you'll get another fix with this prequel.(less)
I have to admit that The Vincent Boys novels weren't on my radar of books I desperately needed to r...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I have to admit that The Vincent Boys novels weren't on my radar of books I desperately needed to read. But then I got my hands on copies of both and decided, Why not? They weren't long, and I was in the mood for something quick to read. It took me about 80 pages to finally get hooked into the first book The Vincent Boys. Once that happened I couldn't stop reading, and it ended up being a fun and enjoyable read for me. I was pleasantly surprised.
Needless to say I was super pumped and VERY curious about the second book The Vincent Brothers. Actually even before finishing The Vincent Boys, I had this strange desire to read it and had a feeling that I would like it more than its predecessor. Characters like Lana, who was introduced in the first novel, are ones that I always find myself rooting for. She was the underdog. A sweet girl with a huge crush on a guy who never seemed to notice her and was in love with someone else. I wanted to know how she would win Sawyer's heart. With the way The Vincent Boys ended, it almost seemed like it would be a piece of cake! I seriously was not prepared for what happened in The Vincent Brothers.
Sawyer left an impression in the previous novel but not a big one. He was the good, perfect boy. While I tend to like the nice guy, Sawyer seemed a bit too perfect. It was like he was hiding behind a facade. I felt that what happened between him and Ashton and Beau really gave him a chance to bring out his personality. He wasn't as clueless as he appeared to be, nor was he always a nice person. He could get angry and feel just as strongly as everyone else. I was still shocked when I began reading The Vincent Brothers though. After six months, I thought he would surely be over Ashton, but he was a lot more angrier and bitter. The way he acted towards Beau and Ashton's relationship and how he treated Lana (thankfully she knows how to stick up for herself!) in some instances made me wish someone would kick his ass. But I have to say that it made him a much more complex and interesting character, which is something I like to find in characters.
Ashton and Beau have a hot relationship, but the romance between Lana and Sawyer... It was SIZZLING! It was definitely more amped up compared to the first book. And Sawyer may not be as experienced as Beau, but man, does he learn quickly! Lana and Sawyer's chemistry was off the charts, and even though Sawyer wasn't quite over Ashton, it was clear just how much he wanted Lana. I was seriously fanning myself at some parts and felt like passing out over how extremely hot it got. Their moments together were my favorite in the book. I couldn't get enough of them. I just loved it! And I would totally go on and on about them, but I don't want to spoil it all for those who haven't read it yet.
The Vincent Brothers was a guilty pleasure read for me. It was completely addicting! I was hooked from the very beginning and stayed up long past my bedtime to finish it. I'm surprised by how much I adored this book and so very glad I gave it a chance. Lana and Sawyer were awesome characters, the story was fast-paced and intriguing, and the drama surprisingly gave it depth. It was enjoyable and fun, and honestly I wish it didn't have to end! If you love contemporaries with HOT romance and a lot of drama, I recommend you check out The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers!(less)
That last line. Wow. It has taken me a couple of days to process, but it's finally hit me how mind-...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
That last line. Wow. It has taken me a couple of days to process, but it's finally hit me how mind-blowing the revelation at the end was. Want to know my initial reaction to the last line? It went something like, 'Are you lying? Don't mess around like that.' I seriously did not believe it. My mind couldn't comprehend it fast enough. I just couldn't believe the ending could be that perfect! When I think back to everything that happened in the book, I'm left feeling stunned. Because it makes complete sense. The answer was always there. If you haven't read this book, you're probably confused and wondering what I'm talking about. You'll understand when you read it. You might even make the connection before you get to the end. But hopefully along the way, you'll fall in love with this novel too.
There's a reason why The Sea of Tranquility has been receiving so much praise. And it's all greatly deserved praise too. I can't even say there's one reason why I loved it. There's many reasons. It was such a moving and inspiring read. It had everything I always want to find in a novel: brilliant storytelling, wonderful and refreshing characters, and relationships that were developed gradually and perfectly. It filled me with all kinds of emotions, ranging from frustration and anger and sadness to happiness and joy and love, and left me feeling content and hopeful. This is a book I know I will still think about weeks and months to come.
The story is told from the perspectives of Nastya Kashnikov and Josh Bennett. Nastya and Josh are some of the most sympathetic characters I've read about. I adored them both dearly. I wanted to comfort them and make everything right for them. I wanted them to find happiness. Their journey wasn't an easy one though. I remember getting so frustrated with how things were playing out and then so sadden with some of the things that were revealed. But experiencing all those emotions was worth it. And I completely loved how the relationship between Nastya and Josh transformed throughout the novel. There was no insta-love. In fact, they pretty much disliked each other when they first met. For some reason, though, they couldn't stay away. They found solace with each other, and it was such a beautiful thing to witness.
Sometimes when a book becomes a favorite of mine, I usually find it really hard to express how I feel about it because I don't even know where to start. I just want to talk about everything! Basically, The Sea of Tranquility was an amazing and emotional read for me. It was a powerful debut by the author Katja Millay, and I will definitely be reading her next novels. The story continued to get better and better as the story progressed, the development of the characters and relationships was never rushed, and the ending gave me a sense of hope. It was perfect, and I can't recommend it enough.(less)
These Gamble books are such fun reads! They do what they're suppose to do, keeping me entertained a...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
These Gamble books are such fun reads! They do what they're suppose to do, keeping me entertained and causing me to fan myself over all the heat coming off the pages. I really loved Bridget and Chad's story even more than Madison and Chase's. It was hotter and steamier... Just the way I like it!
What I felt was a rushed ending in Tempting the Best Man was not the case at all for Tempting the Player! The story was longer and had what I thought was the right pacing for this story. I was truly satisified with everything, especially the ending. It's a wonderful addition to the Gamble Brothers trilogy, and I can't wait to read the final story about Chandler!
Really, there's not much more I can say that hasn't already been said, but definitely check out these books if you enjoy HOT contemporary romance.(less)
I was pretty impressed with the way Caterpillar made me feel. Even when some moments were a bit unb...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I was pretty impressed with the way Caterpillar made me feel. Even when some moments were a bit unbelievable or typical of the YA genre, there was just something about this book that I found really entertaining. I couldn't help but to enjoy it! It honestly was a guilty pleasure sort of read for me, and I truly am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
By the time I was done with chapter two, I was hooked into the story. It may have started off in a way that happens a lot in paranormal/sci-fi YA books (high school girl moves to a new city to live with a family member), but how the girl meets the boy was very different. When Cara meets Will, Will's trying to end his life. I think this scene is the one that stood out the most throughout the entire book. It's not something you can easily forget. And it's the one that made me start rooting for the characters and their relationship. After Cara basically saved Will and she went on her way, I couldn't wait for them to meet again. I knew it was the beginning of a sweet romance, and I wanted them to interact more. Thankfully the wait wasn't long at all!
I thought Cara was a likeable character. She's caring and compassionate. I didn't even find fault in her not being a people person. While that may make her sound like an ungrateful and stuck-up teenager, I felt like I understood where she was coming from. I actually could relate to her with the way she acted around people; it's kind of similar to how I am with people. She is a bit shy, gets embarrassed easily, and lacking some self-esteem. But unlike some main characters in certain other books, I felt Cara had very good reasons, and it made it easy to relate to her. Another thing I appreciated about Cara was her relationship with her older sister Liv. These two got along so well! And they're pretty hilarious when they joked around with one another. Siblings sticking together is something I like to find in books. It's just much more realistic to me than siblings who can't stand each other.
Will was another good character. I like nice guys. Ones who are sweet and kind. Reading the summary, it's quite obvious he's not an ordinary human. He's an alien who's been on Earth for over 60 years. It might sound creepy that he has disguised himself as a 23-year-old college student, but the way it's explained doesn't make it weird at all. (And at least he isn't pretending to be a high school kid!) What was refreshing about his character was that even though he's been on Earth for decades he hasn't tried to learn everything about every single subject. He's no genius just because he's an alien, and it was believable to me.
But I admit Will made me scratch my head at some points. When there were chapters from his POV, I was surprised at how clueless he was about things that don't require much brain power. For example, he had no idea what to do with mousse. Okay, I can understand if he doesn't get physics, but to not know what mousse is when he's been around for over half a century? Now that's completely unbelievable. I mean, it was only suppose to be a funny scene, but it did make me facepalm. In trying to make Will seem clueless and naive about womanly things (which wasn't convincing to begin with considering his past), he ended up lacking common sense at those moments. Even if he didn't know what mousse was, he could have easily read the label. Maybe his nerves caused him to act that way. Either way, the scene wasn't such a huge deal, but it wasn't something I could dismiss.
There were a few other things that I couldn't help but notice like how on some parts the pacing was too quick or how the high school scene was the same old same old (mean girls and such). But overall, they were minor in the scheme of things and really didn't overshadow my enjoyment of the book. (Plus, there was way more college scenes than high school scenes, so that's always great.) Caterpillar was an enthralling read for me from the very beginning. I liked the characters, the romance, and the story, and I cannot wait to know what happens to Cara and Will next. A good read!(less)
Historical fiction usually isn't a genre I seek out to read, but after finding out that Me...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Historical fiction usually isn't a genre I seek out to read, but after finding out that Megan Whalen Turner, the author of The Queen's Thief fantasy series, praised it as a "lovely read," I knew I had to give Passion Blue a chance. I'm so glad I did because it was such a beautiful and vivid story.
Passion Blue centered around a young woman named Giulia, who desperately wanted a family of her own so that she could be cherished and loved. It was easy to root for Giulia. She was a wonderful character and very relatable. Who wouldn't want to be loved? And why would you deny anyone that? After she was forced to go to Santa Marta to become a nun, I loved that she didn't lose hope and did whatever she could to reach her dream. Her bravery and determination were inspiring. She wasn't perfect, though. She made naive decisions, but I really appreciate characters who are strong enough to own up to their choices and admit when they are wrong. It was great seeing her learn from her mistakes and grow tremendously as a person.
I also loved how passionate Giulia was about both having a family and creating artwork. I'm glad she didn't focus completely on one of those things. In the beginning I was all for Giulia finding love. I felt she deserved that kind of happiness because she had been alone for a long time. Plus, I love romance. It's what I always want in the books I read. But as the story progressed, I began to realize how much she deeply loved drawing and painting. Seeing as this book was set hundreds of years ago in Italy, and having an idea of what was expected of women back then, I knew she wouldn't be able to seriously continue doing artwork if she left the convent. Still, I couldn't help but hope that somehow Giulia would be able to have both things in her life.
That's another thing I liked about this book. Giulia may have wanted a family and she may have wanted to paint, but in the end, she couldn't have both. She had to sacrifice one thing in order to gain the other. It was a hard choice, but it made the story much more realistic. It probably doesn't seem like it would result in a happy ending, but I truly believe the choice Giulia made at the end is what will bring her the most joy in her life. I was in complete support of the path she chose.
Passion Blue was a vibrant story about yearning and sacrifice and discovering what is the heart's true desire. It was a very satisfying read. I think readers who love a passionate and determined heroine and who appreciate realistic stories with a touch of fantasy in a historical setting will greatly enjoy Passion Blue.(less)
Three years ago Glory's father murdered her mother and paralyzed her younger brother Drake...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Three years ago Glory's father murdered her mother and paralyzed her younger brother Drake. Her father turned out to be a Deviant, which are humans with powerful and usually dangerous abilities. He was thrown out of the domed city of Haven and perished in the hands of the Shredders, psychotic creatures that enjoy torturing and killing humans. Since then, Glory has been taking care of her brother in secret. Because after the death of their parents, Glory and Drake have discovered that they are Deviants as well. And Deviants aren't welcomed in Haven.
With its fast pace and intriguing setting, Deviants was a book I found myself easily getting sucked into. The story was unique, yet familiar at the same time. For instance, the people in charge of Haven aren't that different from other authority figures found in most post-apocalyptic novels. They are strict, controlling, and keeping many secrets from the citizens. But I think that's to be expected in a world that was nearly destroyed. What stood out for me in this book was the world outside Haven. The Deviants and Shredders and how they came to be. I can't get into much detail, otherwise it would be a spoiler, but I wasn't expecting some of the things that happened and were revealed in this book. It made some moments pretty shocking and exciting.
Then there's the main character Glory. She's a determined girl who basically had to grow up quickly and become the parent to her younger brother. I like that she loves Drake and will do anything and everything to protect him. I did get frustrated with her a lot though. She had a tendency to not trust people and jump to conclusions quickly. It made sense that she would be that way, considering the betrayal she felt after what her father did, but there were instances where I felt she could have sought out answers first. There's also some romance in this book, a bit of a love-triangle involving Glory and two very different guys. I'm normally not a fan of love-triangles; however, while I think it's obvious who Glory will end up with, it doesn't seem like it's going to be easy. I'm actually really curious how this one is going to work out.
Deviants was an adventurous and thrilling start to a new series. As I mentioned before, it was a fast-paced read and very easy to become pulled into the story. I recommend it to those who can't get enough of the post-apocalyptic and dystopia genres.(less)
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I have to admit that the cover is what made me want to read this novella. It's very e...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I have to admit that the cover is what made me want to read this novella. It's very eye-catching and hot. Now, as for the actual story, it's a quick and easy read. I do think some of the things that happened in this novella would have been better in a full-length novel because I felt some things needed to be fleshed out more. And I didn't quite feel connected with the main characters Casey and James. Honestly, they aren't a pair that really stood out to me. And even though it basically had what's typically found in stories with dystopian settings, The Forever Contract was pretty good for a short story. There were a couple of moments that I wasn't expecting at all, so it was nice being surprised like that. If you love dystopian stories and want a fast read, I recommend The Forever Contract.(less)
Stitch began as a paranormal romance that was familiar and refreshing at the same time. It was familiar in that it was about a girl who was t...more4.5 stars
Stitch began as a paranormal romance that was familiar and refreshing at the same time. It was familiar in that it was about a girl who was trying to figure out what she wanted out of life while being haunted by the presence of a ghost only she could see. The refreshing aspects of it were that the girl was a college student (yay for new adult!) and that she was having recurring nightmares of a prison. Now, having strange dreams may seem typical of the paranormal genre, but in actuality, it played a big role in why the story wasn't just a paranormal
That's one thing I liked about Stitch and why I found it to be so unique. It can't be pegged to one genre. While it may have started off as a paranormal romance, it drastically transformed into a dystopian sci-fi later on. Having elements of various genres really amplified the mystery and suspense. I didn't see lots of things that were revealed coming, and I have to commend the author for managing to keep the story balanced even after adding another major genre into the mix.
Alessa, one of the main characters of Stitch, was likable and mature, and if it weren't for the dreams and the ghost, she would have seemed like a regular girl. The chapters within the first 100 or so pages were all from her perspective. Although the story was a bit slow-going during that time, it was nice getting to know her character and trying to solve the mystery of the ghost along with her. However, once the story passed over the 100-page mark, the story really began to pick up. We started getting chapters from another character's perspective, a character named Issac. I loved reading his chapters! Reading through a male's perspective tends to always be interesting and enjoyable to me.
Without revealing too much, there was a romance between Issac and Alessa. The love story was great, and my favorite parts of the novel were actually their moments together and finding out how they became a couple. I wanted to know even more about their relationship than what was shown in the novel though. Thankfully, from WinterHaven Books' interview with the author, we will be learning more about Alessa's and Issac's pasts in the sequel Shudder. I'm crossing my fingers that it means their relationship too!
Not only am I looking forward to knowing more about Alessa and Issac, I'm also looking forward to knowing more about the rest of the characters and the world. Stitch was a unique story and a great start to the trilogy. Whether you like paranormal, dystopia, sci-fi, or romance, Stitch had a good balance of each and more to satisfy a range of readers.(less)
Liquid Lies is about a Secondary, an Ofarian, named Gwen Carroway. It's her story of growth and fin...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Liquid Lies is about a Secondary, an Ofarian, named Gwen Carroway. It's her story of growth and finding the strength to help and protect the lives of others. And also, following her heart no matter what she has been told to believe her entire life. Through it all she falls in love with the dangerous, alluring Primary or human known as Reed Scott, who helps her along the way even though the secrets between them threaten to break the connection they share.
There was something about Liquid Lies that made it seem a little different, in a good way, from other paranormal romances I've read. Maybe it's because Gwen and Reed met and were attracted to each other before Reed found out he had to kidnap her, which made their interactions afterwards tense and exciting. It helped that they had interesting and likeable personalities. Or maybe it was because I thought the history between and about the enemy alien races of Ofarians and Tedrans was fascinating and even heartbreaking. Whatever it was, it was easy to become absorbed into the story.
Another thing I appreciated about the book was that some of secondary characters really stood out, but at the same time, managed not to take the spotlight entirely from Gwen and Reed. One was Genesai, another was Griffin (who I thought would get annoying, but actually, I ended up sympathizing for him. I hope that he'll eventually get his own story with a happy ending!). The secondary character that mainly stood out for me was Xavier, a Tedran. He truly shined in the novel, and I couldn't help but to take notice. There was so much depth to him. It wasn't hard to feel for him, to see how much the trauma he's had to endure affected him greatly. I wanted to comfort him! I'm so glad to know the next book in the series, A Taste of Ice, is about Xavier. And just from the sneak peek at the end of Liquid Lies, I know I'm going to like that book.
Liquid Lies was definitely a promising start to The Elementals series, and I'm looking forward to reading more. Thank you to the author & Goodreads for the chance to read Liquid Lies!(less)
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has even started hearing the voice of Ian, someone she has dreamed about for years, in her mind. She beings to realize that these dreams might be real after all when Ian reveals himself to her. Harmony was a fast-paced read filled with romance, vampires, and hints of Irish magic and lore.
I think the parts I liked the most were actually the scenes from Ian's perspective. I have always liked reading from a male's perspective and reading from Ian's view made it interesting. While the events in the book go by quickly and some things seem to have an easy resolution, not everything is resolved by the end. I guess that's why it's a planned series. I would recommend this book to those who can't get enough of YA vampire novels.
Thanks to Cambio Publishing & Goodreads for the chance to read Harmony!(less)
Captured was a novella that served its purpose in providing a steamy, quick read. I liked it. It entertained me for the entire amount of time I spent...moreCaptured was a novella that served its purpose in providing a steamy, quick read. I liked it. It entertained me for the entire amount of time I spent reading it. I almost wish it had been longer.
Thank you to the author & Goodreads for the chance to read Captured!(less)
I love the feeling of going into a novel, not knowing what to expect, and realizing right away that...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I love the feeling of going into a novel, not knowing what to expect, and realizing right away that I'm going to like it. And that as I get further in the story keeps getting better and better, and that once I'm done I just want more people to know about the book and to read it too! Sanctum was that type of read for me. The characters were multilayered and extremely likeable, the world was fascinating, and the story made it hard to stop reading. I can easily say that it is one of my top five favorite books this year! I'm so excited to read the next book in this series.
"Welcome to Suicide Gates!"
Those words and the frightening, otherworldly city where she first heard them have haunted Lela ever since she tried to end her life two years ago. Lela knows that place is where she could have ended up if she had died, but she doesn't realize how true that is until her best friend Nadia commits suicide. Lela starts having nightmares, visions, about Suicide Gates through her friend's eyes, and she becomes determined to save Nadia from that dark place even if she has to sacrifice herself in the process. The journey is nowhere near easy though. Suicide Gates is a harsh and bleak world. Everyone who ends up there must work hard to come to terms with what happened to them and to find strength within themselves so that they can finally move on. And not everyone is able to do that.
Lela's feelings towards Nadia were powerful and the driving force behind most of her decisions in Sanctum. She did everything she could to save Nadia, even if she later regretted the choices she made. This is one of the few books where I truly felt the strong bond a character has with a friend. I remember thinking that I wanted Lela to succeed, I wanted Nadia to be saved, and I wanted happiness for them both. It really was heartbreaking, and it made me just admire and adore Lela even more. She felt so real to me. She's been through so much in her life, yet she stays strong and focused for the friend who believed in her and made her a better person.
Not only is Sanctum about friendship and sacrifice, it's about love and overcoming gripping fears bit by bit. After Lela arrives at Suicide Gates, she's captured by the Guards of the city. They know she's different from the humans who are suppose to be there, and she's interrogated by their brave and intimidating Captain, Malachi. Lela and Malachi don't trust each other at first, but once they open up, Lela begins to feel safe around Malachi and he begins to feel protective of her. There's a gut-wrenching reason why Lela wanted to die two years ago, and when Malachi finds out he helps her overcome some of her fears of allowing anyone, especially a man, to touch her. He's so respectful and let's her be in control. I absolutely loved their relationship. It was sweet and beautiful and touching. They are amazing people and brought out every single bit of goodness in each other. They are also kickass and helped each other survive along the way to finding Nadia. They're the main reason why I cannot wait to read the next book.
Sanctum brings up many heavy, emotional subjects and there are plenty of terrifying moments, but it still manages to be filled with hope and love. And when a story is awesome and has wonderful characters and relationships, it makes me really happy. The ending freaked me out so much though. (I was scared and praying it wouldn't end at a cliffhanger!) It also made me pumped for book two. I wish I could talk more about the unique world in Sanctum, but it's complex and something you need to discover and experience yourself. I highly recommend Sanctum, especially to those looking for a dark, yet hopeful read. It's easily one of the best YA urban fantasy novels I've ever read!(less)
First off, I just loved the fact that some of the book was set in my hometown Jacksonville, NC. Tha...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
First off, I just loved the fact that some of the book was set in my hometown Jacksonville, NC. That was really neat!
Hell on Wheels was about the relationship between Ali and Nate and how they worked together to take down the person who killed Ali's brother and Nate's best friend. I really liked the premise, but I felt only half the book was about the main characters. I think part of the reason the perspective switched to other characters was to set up stories for future books in the Black Knights, Inc. series. I realized I didn't mind as much in some instances, since I really enjoyed reading about Frank and Becky. However, I think it might have led to me not quite connecting with Ali and Nate. They did have some great moments, and I'm pretty much happy with how their story ended. I just wish I felt more connected with them. But overall, it was a fun and interesting read, and I would recommend it to romantic suspense fans!
Thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for the chance to read Hell on Wheels early!(less)
Molasses is a short story featured in Review of Australian Fiction: Volume 3, Issue 4, and I was re...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Molasses is a short story featured in Review of Australian Fiction: Volume 3, Issue 4, and I was really curious about it because I loved the author's first novel Raw Blue. I wondered what genre it was going to be, and it ended up being a contemporary with one particular scene that seemed almost magical.
I love the author's writing, and for a short story, this was really good. I didn't want it to end. I think it would have been even better if it were a full-length novel though! I was just very interested in knowing more about the main group of characters and their relationships with each other. When it was over, I was left craving more and more.
Fans of Kirsty Eagar and Australian YA fiction shouldn't miss out on Molasses. It'll be enough to satisfy you, if you can't get enough of stories set in Australia.
Every spring the King of Belegonia and his family stay at the Ferragost castle located off the coast of Belegonia. This year they invite Lady Celie of the Lumatere Flatlands to join them at Ferragost. While the arrival of the royal family is delayed by the weather, someone is murdered at Ferragost Castle and Celie decides to help the Castellan of the isle, Banyon, solve the murder. But it becomes tricky when Banyon suspects her of the murder and accuses her of being a spy for Lumatere.
Although it's a short story, Ferragost pretty much has everything I love to find in a Melina Marchetta story! There's always a surprise (or two or three!), something I never see coming. Even when I think I have the mystery solved, I never would have guessed the real reasons behind the characters' motives and actions. It tends to leave me in awe with my mouth hanging open and wondering how Melina Marchetta always manages to do this to her readers.
Melina's characters and the relationships in her stories are some of my favorites ever. Celie and her relationship with Banyon is no exception. On the outside Celie looks frail, but on the inside she's a total badass. I adored her! I also loved Banyon and Celie's interactions with him. Banyon doesn't seem to trust her and comes off as really rude, but there's an attraction there between them. So you can imagine the tension that builds whenever they're around each other. Celie will play a role in Quintana of Charyn, and I'm really really hoping Banyon will too! Even if it's a minor one, I don't care. He is up there with how I feel about the other male leads in the series. It amazes me how quickly and easily I can fall in love with Melina Marchetta characters. They are just that awesome.
According to Melina, Ferragost takes place around the same time as events in Quintana of Charyn but doesn't spoil anything. If you're a fan of the Lumatere Chronicles, I highly recommend you read Ferragost! It'll make you want the final book in the series even more, but at the same time it'll satisfy you and be the fix you need while you wait for QoC's release.
(Ferragost is featured in an issue of the online journal Review of Australlian Fiction. More info here. And it can be purchased here!)(less)