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Unfortunately, I didn't like The Escape. I wish I did, but nothing in the story worke My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Unfortunately, I didn't like The Escape. I wish I did, but nothing in the story worked for me. All the characters suffered from a serious case of TSTL (too stupid to live). It must be one of those highly contagious diseases people are catching at the FEMA camps mentioned in the book. Because whoa. Their reasoning for doing some of the things they did made zero sense. They rarely used logic. It was unbelievable and a bit hilarious. I have no idea how they managed to survive everything that happened in this book, and I can't comprehend how they're even still living after the 'Pulse,' which happened a year ago and is the reason technology and most humans in America were wiped out. I guess these people are seriously lucky or everyone else around them is just dumber. Those are the only reasons that make sense to me.
I don't want to end this without saying at least something good about The Escape. So, I've thought of three things I liked. One would be that, although I haven't read the first book and all the books in the trilogy are connected, I didn't feel lost while reading this sequel. I was also able to read this fairly quickly. It was easy to get through. The final thing would be that I didn't get a headache, even though I wasn't enjoying it.
If you're still interested in reading this book or the entire trilogy, then that's your choice. I'm not going to tell anyone what they should or shouldn't read. But as for me, The Escape just wasn't for me, and I don't have any plans to read the other books....more
Shadowdance is the fourth book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series. I have yet to My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Shadowdance is the fourth book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series. I have yet to read the first three books, so I had no idea what to expect. I figured each book could be read as its own story, but since I wasn't familiar with the world found in this series, I still was a little unsure that I would be able to follow it as well had I read the previous books. I really had nothing to worry about, though, because once I started reading I was hooked and couldn't get enough of the fascinating characters and the unique world.
The story in Shadowdance revolves around the shifter Jack Talent and the Ghost in the Machine (or GIM) Mary Chase. They both work for the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals and are given orders to partner up and solve a case involving murders of demons and now shifters that began a year ago. Having to team up isn't easy, considering they've never been able to get along ever since they met four years ago. But what makes it even more complicated are Mary's suspicions of Jack's connection to the murders and the fact that someone out there is willing to do everything and anything to get Jack's blood.
Some of my favorite romances are ones where the two characters are constantly bickering but obviously have feelings for each other. Needless to say I loved Jack and Mary's banter and rivalry and the tension caused by their attraction to one another. They might have found it frustrating, but it was a lot of fun to read! Especially when their animosity towards each other started to evolve into sweet and touching and hot and steamy moments that had me swooning all over the place. Their relationship helped them both to become better people and to open up and confront their heartbreaking pasts as well. They were a lot similar than they realized, and together they found the happiness and love they've been missing and craving in their lives. I really couldn't get enough of them and their interactions. They were definitely the highlight of the novel for me.
As for Jack and Mary's mission of solving the murders, it ended up not being a simple or easy case. It became about more than just the murders. There were twists and turns as more and more characters were added to mix. It left Jack and Mary with more questions than answers, keeping them on their toes. I had no clue what it was all leading up to. Things that were revealed along the way surprised me just as much as them, and I started getting nervous for them both because the danger they faced continued to grow. Once everything finally collided, all I could do was hope that Jack and Mary would make it out together in one piece.
Shadowdance was a wonderful introduction for me to the Darkest London series. It was a thoroughly entertaining read that I found hard to put down. I loved everything about it, especially Jack and Mary and the development of their relationship from hate to love. I'm already looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, including the next novel Evernight and the first three I missed. If you love reading stories filled with romance and supernatural and steampunk elements, I highly recommend Shadowdance and the Darkest London series....more
I just found out I won a copy of Song of the Fireflies through a giveaway here on Goodreads. Awesome! I'm looking forward to receiving and reading it.I just found out I won a copy of Song of the Fireflies through a giveaway here on Goodreads. Awesome! I'm looking forward to receiving and reading it. :)...more
I'm on a roll with DNFing books this year! I'm pretty proud of myself because I really don't have time to read books I'm not going to like.
For SleepinI'm on a roll with DNFing books this year! I'm pretty proud of myself because I really don't have time to read books I'm not going to like.
For Sleeping with the Entity, I got 20 pages in before I realized I just didn't care. The story and characters were a bit cheesy, and there was obvious info-dumping in the dialogue. It was weird. I made sure to skim the ending though. It still didn't sound interesting, and I don't think I'm missing much....more
After giving it some thought, I've decided to not finish reading 45 Pounds (More or Less). I really wanted to make it to the end, but all the characteAfter giving it some thought, I've decided to not finish reading 45 Pounds (More or Less). I really wanted to make it to the end, but all the characters were pretty much unlikable (I think they were suppose to be), which was making it extremely hard for me to get through the book. Also, the plot wasn't intriguing to me at all. I was bored and felt like I wasn't getting anywhere. This book just didn't work for me....more
I haven't picked back up No Angels in nearly a year. I wanted to read the rest of the book, but unfortunately, I've come to realize I probably won't bI haven't picked back up No Angels in nearly a year. I wanted to read the rest of the book, but unfortunately, I've come to realize I probably won't be doing that. I can't remember exactly where I left off. I just know that I wasn't quite hooked with the story. If I'm not enthralled with a book from the very beginning, then it's really hard for me to continue. I hope other readers have better luck with it than I did....more
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In Relic, Eva decides to go through with the Testing in the place of her recently deceased bro My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
In Relic, Eva decides to go through with the Testing in the place of her recently deceased brother. The Testing is a difficult and deadly ordeal where Testors use their skills and knowledge to find relics from the past in the Artic region. The whole point of it is to determine New North's next Chief Archon and to show the Aerie people how dangerous the world was back then. Sounds like the Testing would be scary and hard, right? With the way Eva flawlessly accomplishes everything, it actually seems like a walk in the park.
For the most part, this book wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. I wanted some heart-stopping action. But it was all pretty mellow. The journey to the Testing site had its moments; however, it went by rather quickly and ended up being anti-climatic. The actual Testing was the same way too. And I didn't find the whole thing with Eva and Elizabet to be interesting at all. The revelations near the end weren't surprising either, and Eva's situation with love interests Lukas and Jasper felt like the same old, same old.
While Relic may not have held my interest, it was an okay read that I was able to easily get through....more
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I think I would've had a slightly different experience had I read Prince of Wolves instead of My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I think I would've had a slightly different experience had I read Prince of Wolves instead of listened to the audio edition. By that I mean I don't believe I would have finished this book if I had tried reading it. The characters were annoying, and the romance was cheesy. I'm actually surprised I managed to get through the audio. But I have to say it wasn't easy to do even that. I fell asleep many times out of boredom and had to force myself to keep going. The only reason I continued to listen was because I was able to tune it out sometimes and still follow what was going on for the most part. It had a fairly predictable storyline, so that must have been why.
The narrator of the story did a pretty good job. Her narrating voice, though, was way better than the voices she used for some characters. Take Fane, for example. His accented voice combined with his cringe-worthy lines had me laughing and gave me second-hand embarrassment. He was a young wolf, but he sounded like an old, creaky Dracula. I thought I would have gotten use to it by the end or that his voice would have gotten better later on... That wasn't the case though. What this whole experience made me realize is that audiobooks just may not be for me....more
Time Thief centered around a supernatural group known as Travellers. Travellers can steal My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Time Thief centered around a supernatural group known as Travellers. Travellers can steal time from others and can actually go back in time with however many seconds, minutes, or days they've taken. Stealing time comes at a price, though, and the victims must be given payment in the form of silver, otherwise the Traveller will suffer the consequences. Taking too much time can also lead to death for either victim or Traveller. Both reasons seem to have kept Travellers in check for centuries.
The whole Traveller and time stealing thing was basically simple and easy to understand. Only once you got all the information. And in this book, it was spread throughout the story, which may be why I got a little lost at times. I remember when I was a third into the book there was a conversation between the main characters where one was explaining the time stuff to the other, and while that character was getting it, I was left feeling a bit confused. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book entirely. But for some reason I still think there was something I missed. I can't quite put my finger on what it was though.
Other than my slight confusion at times, the book was pretty fun! What made it that way were the main characters Kiya and Peter. Kiya was bubbly and quirky. She had a tendency to ramble and had a hard time keeping her mouth shut. She wasn't a mean-spirited person at all, but she was also not the type to back down from a fight. When other characters in the book managed to make her angry, I kind of just wanted to pat her head and say, "There, there." Peter was more of a serious, uptight person. Meeting Kiya threw him off though, and he gained a sense of humor and seemed more talkative than how I assumed he would be under normal circumstances. I did find some of the romantic things he thought and said to Kiya (and vice versa) cheesy, but I realized it suited their relationship, especially considering their personalities.
The other Travellers focused on in this book were the Faa family. They were being investigated by Peter (he's part of the Watch, basically the supernatural police) for murders that have occurred in the area. I think the Faas were always suppose to come off as distant and suspicious and irritating. I can't say I ever liked them, expect one of them who I won't name for possible spoilers. I didn't even like the grandmother. I felt she just stayed in the background while the men in her family did whatever they wanted, and she was too cold and concerned with blood purity. Sad thing was Peter is her grandson. He didn't grow up with them, so it was easy for all of them not to care, but I still felt bad for him. I almost wished things had gone a slightly different route by the end.
Time Thief might not have ended well for everyone; however, it was the ending that Kiya and Peter deserved. Overall, the entire book kept me entertained and laughing here and there. It was easy to get sucked into the story. There's a book two planned that will be focusing on a character introduced in this book, and I can't help but to wonder what will happen next....more
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I would say Blood of the Pride managed to hold my interest, considering I was able to My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I would say Blood of the Pride managed to hold my interest, considering I was able to read it till the very end. However, I didn't think it was a stand out amongst other paranormal and urban fantasy novels I've read. I also felt that the characters weren't always consistent in the things they said. They would go on and on about the consequences of certain actions, yet later they would backtrack or change their mind. It was a little too convenient.
Blood of the Pride is book one in the series, and while I probably won't continue with it, I think if you want to give this book a shot you should go ahead and read it....more
Mind Games drove me crazy. At first I was intrigued when Fia and Adam met. The story was fast-paced My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Mind Games drove me crazy. At first I was intrigued when Fia and Adam met. The story was fast-paced, and it didn't take long for action to happen. I wanted to know where it was all leading. However, once Fia and Adam went their separate ways that's when things started going downhill, and I went from interested to irritated. Why? I mostly blame the characters.
I can't stand when characters are being manipulated and controlled like how Fia and her sister Annie were, so I understand why Fia was always angry and frustrated and explosive. But dear Lord, it wasn't easy reading from her perspective. She made me cranky as heck for the majority of the book. I liked Annie more, even though there were times where she made mistakes that made me facepalm hard.
I hated James. I really don't care if his intentions were good or if he had this grand scheme to end things. None of that mattered to me because all I could focus on was how he treated Annie, the sister of the girl he supposedly cares a lot about. You don't treat family like that. If one of my sisters were to end up with a guy who treated me or any of my sisters like crap, I would tell that motherfucker to go to hell and force my sister to choose between him and us. I was just disgusted with James's treatment of Annie. He came off as such a huge prick.
As for the other "love interest" Adam... He was kind of random and bland. Really, he seemed important to the story, but I felt he was overshadowed by some of the other characters in the end. Although I liked the whole Fia and Adam romance that seemed to be developing in the beginning, I honestly wasn't feeling it at all near the end. I would like to state now that I'm hoping for some Annie and Adam instead. Mwahaha! Hopefully Adam's as good as he sounds.
Okay, I realize this was more of a ramble about the characters than anything else. I couldn't help it. A story can be all over the place and still be a good read to me. But if I find the majority of the characters to be unlikable or unmemorable that's all I'll be able to focus on and that's exactly what happened with this book. If I ever decide to read the sequel to Mind Games, it would only be because I want to find out what happens to Annie. I'm not sure how much I'm going to care when the times comes though....more
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I expected to like Rush a whole lot more than I did. It had a unique 'game' concept, but I did My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I expected to like Rush a whole lot more than I did. It had a unique 'game' concept, but I didn't feel it ever really delivered. It just wasn't believable to me, and I was easily irritated with those in charge because they never gave clear cut answers.
Maybe I wouldn't have been as bothered with all that had I liked the characters. I didn't have any sort of connection to them. The protagonist Miki wasn't that bad, but I felt she was trying too hard to be tough and brave. And I thought she was quick in falling in love with Jackson, who annoyed me throughout because of his cryptic ways. I couldn't bring myself to believe in them or their romance. I'm also getting really tired of reading about the bitchy, manic best friend of the main character. Why is it always like that? In this case, it was Miki's friend Carly. I couldn't stand her. As for the rest of the characters...they pretty much fell flat to me.
Rush had an interesting premise, but I wasn't entirely convinced by either the plot or the characters. I'm glad I had a chance to read and finish it though. I just don't think it's enough for me to want to read the sequel....more
I haven't picked back up Immortal Light: Wide Awake since early 2013. I wanted to read the rest of the book, but I've come to realize I probably won'tI haven't picked back up Immortal Light: Wide Awake since early 2013. I wanted to read the rest of the book, but I've come to realize I probably won't be doing that. I think I remember the reason why I put it down in the first place. The protagonist Lucy just wasn't likable to me. It's hard for me to want to continue reading a book if I don't like the main character. I hope other readers enjoy it more than I did....more
Body Heat featured Maura Mahoney, a woman who has never had much excitement in her thirty years of 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....more
I was pretty impressed with the way Caterpillar made me feel. Even when some moments were a bit unb 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!...more
Liquid Lies is about a Secondary, an Ofarian, named Gwen Carroway. It's her story of growth and fin 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!...more
Hmm... I'm not sure when I'm going to finish this book. I think I stopped at chapter two or three. It was pretty intriguing, but the font size was a tHmm... I'm not sure when I'm going to finish this book. I think I stopped at chapter two or three. It was pretty intriguing, but the font size was a turn off. I actually skimmed the ending and was shocked by the romance. I don't even understand how those two ended up in a relationship...or whatever the heck that was. o_O Apparently this is going to be a series. It does make me wonder how the romance is going to turn out, so maybe I'll finish this one day......more
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has 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.
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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 spentCaptured 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.
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First off, I just loved the fact that some of the book was set in my hometown Jacksonville, NC. Tha 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!
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I have only read a couple of books from a handful of adult series, so I'm not sure how the world, t My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I have only read a couple of books from a handful of adult series, so I'm not sure how the world, the story, and the characters in Fire and Ice would compare to the many books out there. But comparing it to the ones I've already read, Fire and Ice is definitely up there! It was an enjoyable read for me, and I think readers who like fantasy with plenty of steamy romance should give it a shot.
Before I started reading Fire and Ice, I was unsure how I would feel about it because there was hardly any ratings and reviews. However, now that I've read it, I'm surprised it doesn't have more readers, considering how popular indie books and books from small publishers are now nowadays. I know that finding editing mistakes here and there will turnoff some readers, but I thought the writing and story were good enough to make up for any minor mistakes in the book. The characters were likeable and funny, and the world was exciting and easy to visualize.
The focus of the story was the relationship between the main characters Sarica and Rosche. Rosche is a judge who bought all of Sarcia's father's debt, which means Rosche now owns all of his property including Sarica. Rosche has come across Sarica before and has wanted her ever since he first laid eyes on her, but Sarica doesn't realize Rosche's true intentions. She's under the impression that he only wants her for sex, especially since that's what her father's lenders planned to use her for before Rosche bought her, and to use her special gifts. It doesn't help that rumors have given Rosche a reputation as a cold and brutal person.
Because of all this, Sarica ends up making unfair assumptions about Rosche for most of the book. While it was frustrating at times, I can't entirely blame Sarica. Rosche doesn't really bother explaining the reasons behind his actions to her, and he's not great at communicating his feelings. Even when he thinks he's doing something nice for her, he doesn't consider how she would feel about it nor does he consider what she truly wants. Frustrating moments aside, I really liked Sarica (glad that she stood up for herself!) and Rosche (he was my favorite; love how caring he is). They were great characters, and their moments together were extremely sizzling.
The unique setting the author created was another aspect I enjoyed. The story is set on the planet Majien, one of five planets orbiting together. The planets are inhabited by different species, such as humans, Drakond, Risha, and a few others. (Sarica is actually half human, while Rosche is a Drakond.) There was enough history given about the people and technology so that readers would have a better understanding of the world, and it wasn't overwhelming. Not hard to follow at all. I thought the sci-fi elements were well done.
Fire and Ice was just very easy for me to get hooked into. It had plenty of tension and surprises and should satisfy those interested in a smoking, adventurous read. I can't help but to recommend it! It has even made me really curious about the rest of the books in this series and other books by Carrie Olguin. Hopefully they're as good as Fire and Ice!
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Incendiary centered around Chelsea and the ordeals she faced in trying to keep the local f My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Incendiary centered around Chelsea and the ordeals she faced in trying to keep the local first aid squad she is the captain of from being replaced, overcoming the tension between her and her older brother Brad, and having to deal with the feelings that arise when her ex-boyfriend Jake returns after 10 years.
There was a lot going on that I wouldn't have minded if the book were longer, if only to have more details and background. I think that there was so much more to learn about the history the characters shared, but all we got were glimpses. As a result I didn't feel like I really knew the characters or understood the emotional connections they had with each other. At the same time, I think there were too many events happening right after another that made the story seem unrealistic.
Also, there was an arsonist in the town 10 years ago who was never caught, and then suddenly fires start occurring around town when Chelsea's ex-boyfriend comes back. I think from the beginning it was pretty obvious who the arsonist was, and I believe the readers are suppose to know, but it made me wonder why it wasn't so obvious to the characters. Especially since there were other people investigating this person. To me, that aspect wasn't as mysterious or thrilling as it could have been.
All in all, I think readers who are interested in reading Incendiary should read it if they are looking for a quick, easy read where everything is pretty much resolved in the end....more