Shadowdance is the fourth book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series. I have yet to...more 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.(less)
Four Years Later is the conclusion to the One Week Girlfriend Quartet. I was excited to read it because I've always liked Owen and couldn't w...more3.5 stars
Four Years Later is the conclusion to the One Week Girlfriend Quartet. I was excited to read it because I've always liked Owen and couldn't wait to read his story. However, I have to admit that I was disappointed in this book. Much like with Jen and Colin's story in Three Broken Promises, Owen and Chelsea's story never had the spark Drew and Fable's books had.
I think my main reason for not enjoying Four Years Later like I wanted to was because I had a difficult time connecting with Owen and Chelsea. I kept hoping and hoping I would eventually click with them, but it never happened. Chelsea didn't stand out to me, and Owen wasn't standing out like he did in the previous books. Their relationship felt instantaneous and rushed as well. The same could be said for the other couples, but at least they were believable to me. I just didn't feel much for Owen and Chelsea, and the unnecessary drama was the same old, same old.
I neither hated nor liked Four Years Later. It was just an okay read that I wished I could have loved. If you want to read this new adult quartet, I would still recommend it, especially the first two books and the novella about Drew and Fable.(less)
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After being blown away by One Week Girlfriend and having my heart crushed by the endi...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
After being blown away by One Week Girlfriend and having my heart crushed by the ending, I could not wait to devour the sequel Second Chance Boyfriend. While the first book is my still favorite since it had my emotions all over the place, this sequel was the perfect conclusion to Drew and Fable's whirlwind love story.
In the beginning, I worried it would take awhile before Drew and Fable reconciled, but thankfully it didn't take long, which was a nice parallel to how hard and fast they fell for each other in the previous book. Their connection was still as powerful and deep, and their love for each other was all kinds of hot. It made me extremely happy! Their relationship wasn't all sunshine and rainbows though. I'm actually glad because they needed to learn to truly open up and trust one another in order to move forward and be together. They just went through a lot in both books. Their story was heartbreaking and emotional, yet beautiful and hopeful. It feels so good to know two deserving people found love, comfort, and peace with each other.
Second Chance Boyfriend was everything a Drew and Fable fan could have hoped for and more. I couldn't get enough of their moments, and the ending left me with a smile on face. It makes me really excited to continue on with the next book in the series, Jen and Colin's story Three Broken Promises. It sounds good!(less)
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Wow, One Week Girlfriend really impressed me! I'm not sure what I expected. I guess I just did...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Wow, One Week Girlfriend really impressed me! I'm not sure what I expected. I guess I just didn't realize how good it was going to be. It's definitely one of the better new adult novels I've read.
The main characters Drew and Fable were such wonderful characters, and I was totally invested in their story. There was lots of heartache and deeply emotional and shocking moments that made me wish I could go in the book and hug them both. What made me feel better, though, was their relationship. I loved them together. Their relationship, the connection they shared, was intense and sweet and completely HOT. All I wanted was to read more and more of their interactions. I could not get enough!
One Week Girlfriend was an all around addicting and amazing read. The writing was great and the story flowed so well. The ending did upset and frustrate me, but it makes me want to read the sequel Second Chance Boyfriend even more. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!(less)
I'm surprised by how much I loved this book. Usually I can't stand tons of frustrating drama in one...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I'm surprised by how much I loved this book. Usually I can't stand tons of frustrating drama in one story, but Bully was so freaking addicting and good and had way more depth than I expected! Even when some of the characters pissed me off so much that I wanted to strangle them, I couldn't stop reading nor could I stop myself from enjoying it all. It was just a perfect guilty-pleasure read for me, and I can't wait to read more by this author.
One thing I loved about Bully was the main character Tate. She was tough and brave! With the cruel way her former best friend Jared treated her, she still managed to defend herself and keep her head held high. I didn't agree in the beginning with how she decided to handle the situation, but I know everyone has their own way of dealing with things. If she wanted to leave adults out of it, that was her choice to make. It might not have been considered the smart thing to do; however, I don't think it would have resolved anything for Tate if she had. I think she needed to confront Jared on her own terms, and I'm glad she was able to do so, even if she had to experience a lot of heartache.
Jared ended up being more complex than I thought he would be, which was a good thing. When he was introduced, I couldn't understand how he could bully someone who had been his best friend for years. I knew there had to be reason, and I hoped it would be a good enough reason, but I was still shocked at Jared's audacity to act that way towards Tate. He was an asshole, and I hated him! At first. I have to admit I was intrigued by him. I wanted to know his story as much Tate did, and I knew deep down he wasn't as horrible as he came off. He must have regrets. No one could be that heartless, right? Well, let's just say I appreciated how the author handled the whole thing with Jared.
Tate and Jared's complicated relationship throughout the book was full of tension and animosity. But there was also hot and steamy moments between them. I was fanning myself nonstop when those moments came. It may seem unbelievable for them to have any sort of romance, but I understood. Even though Jared relentlessly bullied her, Tate couldn't help having feelings for him. They had been very close for years, and she loved him way before he changed. It's not always easy letting go of the person you love. And it was quite obvious Jared wanted Tate just as much too, no matter how hard he tried to convince her otherwise. I just loved how their relationship developed. It wasn't easy and suited them and their situation.
Bully had me hooked from beginning to end. I don't think it will be for everyone, and I don't think everyone will be able to forgive some of the characters. But for me, I was satisfied with how things turned out. The entire book was unputdownable, the characters were memorable, and I loved all the intensely hot moments. I have to commend the author for writing such an addicting and well-done book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the Fall Away series!(less)