I was in a reading slump before I started Wait for You. I'm not surprised it helped me out of it be...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I was in a reading slump before I started Wait for You. I'm not surprised it helped me out of it because J. Lynn's (she's also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout) books always get me wanting to read. Wait for You is Lynn's first new adult novel, and I'm desperately hoping there's more to come. I LOVE all her stories, but I felt this one had the most depth to it than any of her others so far. It was such a sweet story about finding love and learning to trust and live again after a traumatic experience.
Drama is to be expected, considering what this book is about. But it's not overdone. It didn't cause me to want to roll my eyes or pull my hair out or even fling my device through the window. It was realistic and believable and everything that happened just flowed nicely, never rushed or drawn out. It made the book that much harder to put down and made me root for the characters even more through it all.
Avery has to be J. Lynn's most likeable and relatable female character. She's a smart, nice and great person. She was a loner for the past few years and not quite trusting of everyone, but she had her reasons for acting the way she did around people. She also made mistakes when it came to Cam and was able to admit it and apologize when she was in the wrong. It may have been a little frustrating because all I wanted was for them to be happy together, but it was understandable and never irritating. Avery reacted the way any normal person would in her position.
Cam is the type of male character everybody can't help but to fall in love with. He can't be boxed into one label. He's far from perfect (although that's debatable hehe), but he's no longer the bad boy he use to be. He's just a good person. He's patient and understanding, and along with his great sense of humor, he can also be pretty charming, hot, and confident. I'm so glad he could be all that and banter with Avery without being an overbearing jerk! Cam had an amazing personality, and it made him much more attractive in my eyes.
Avery and Cam's relationship was my favorite thing about the novel. They both opened up more around each other, and I believe they became better people because they had each other. They could joke around and have fun or have serious and thoughtful conversations. Not only that, they shared some very hot and intimate moments that had me swooning. J. Lynn is known for her romances that cause readers to fan themselves, but Wait for You took it to another level. Sex wasn't there just to add smut to the story though. All the scenes were well done and fit right into the story.
I finished Wait for You with a happy sigh. It is definitely one of the author's best love stories, and it had an ending that the characters greatly deserved. Everything that needed a resolution was given one. And I think it's awesome that the author gave it the potential for a companion novel or two but did it in a way that made it so that it's not necessarily required. Wait for You is a sweet, yet passionate story that I recommend to every fan of new adult books.(less)
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)
Next time I read a Trish Doller novel, I'm going to make sure I have tissues nearby. I mean, I expe...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Next time I read a Trish Doller novel, I'm going to make sure I have tissues nearby. I mean, I expected to cry while reading her debut Something Like Normal. I just didn't realize how much I would with Where the Stars Still Shine. I really don't know how the author does it, but she can make a scene powerful and emotional using only a few words. It's pretty amazing.
I felt an immediate connection to Callie and her story. I wasn't at all bothered by the fact that she chose to keep quiet about some of the things she had gone through because that's just what she's use to doing and how she's coped the majority of her life. And after everything she's had to endure, I was so inspired by her inner strength and ability to keep moving forward even though she was vulnerable and scared and sometimes thought it would be so much easier to just run away. I think what kept her grounded, though, was the normalcy she craved for years and years that she finally had. A life with family and friends that care about her and love her, and a future that doesn't seem quite as impossible now.
Which brings me to what I loved the most about this novel: the relationships Callie had with the people around her. Her interactions with her family, new friends, and even Alex, the guy she was seeing, were well done and seemed realistic given her situation. Her relationship with Alex was one of my favorites. While they grew up differently and had their own problems to deal with, they were drawn to each other and connected in a way no one truly seemed to understand. But it felt right for them, and I loved what they shared. All these people helped Callie grow and open up in some way, and knowing that they are in her life gives me hope that things will only continue to get better for her.
The writing, the setting (which I felt I could visualize clearly even though I've never been to Tarpon Springs), and of course, the characters and their relationships with each other were all aspects I loved about Where the Stars Still Shine. Trish Doller knows how to write beautiful and uplifting stories. Stories full of love and friendships that leave me with a tearful smile and a sense of hope. I'm already anticipating the release of her next novel, and if you have yet to read her novels, I highly recommend them both.(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)
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)
Oh Aiden Aiden Aiden... I didn't need this novella to convince me that Aiden is amazing and badass...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Oh Aiden Aiden Aiden... I didn't need this novella to convince me that Aiden is amazing and badass and the one for Alex. Because I already knew all this the moment he stepped back into Alex's life in Half-Blood, the first novel in the series. But I did desperately need this novella for my much needed Aiden fix AND to calm my nerves after reading the epicness that was Deity, which by the way ended on a huge cliffhanger! You can read my review for that book here.
Elixir begins where Deity, the third novel in the Covenant series, ended. (So, if you haven't read Deity, DO NOT read Elixir! It's going to majorly spoil Deity for you, and I promise you wouldn't want that.) If Deity left you traumatized and dying for the fourth novel Apollyon, be sure to read Elixir. You'll find out exactly what happened after the closing scene in Deity. This novella may only be 80 pages long, but it's packed with everything you expect to find in a Jennifer L. Armentrout novel. Character development, surprising revelations, and of course, romance.
What makes Elixir even better is that ALL of it is from Aiden's POV. And if you haven't already realized, I think he's the best male character in the series, and he's also one of my favorite male characters ever. He's intense, sweet, protective, and sexy. Seriously, I love Aiden to pieces. There was a part in the novella where he spoke Greek and holy crap... I don't even know how to read or speak Greek, but when he spoke that language... I was swooning like crazy. SO FREAKING HOT. The scene where it occurred actually wasn't a happy moment for him though. Throughout Elixir, you can feel how heartbroken and desperate he was to save Alex. He really would do anything for her, even sacrificing himself. He continues proving himself again and again, and I hope he gets the ending he undoubtedly deserves.
Elixir is a must read for Covenant fans, especially Aiden fans! It eased the pain of waiting for Apollyon just a bit, and it left me even more curious about how things will work out in that novel. Hopefully all the Aiden action we got in Deity and this novella continues into the final books of the series because he is truly an amazing character and person. I can't get enough of him!(less)
Friendship on Fire is one of the longer YA contemporaries I've read. The...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
May contain minor spoilers.
Friendship on Fire is one of the longer YA contemporaries I've read. There were times in the beginning of the novel where I found myself easily putting it down. The story was a bit slow-going, and I couldn't bring myself to become totally invested, which I figured was all a result of the novel's length. Once I got to a certain point later on, though, I realized it was mostly the main character Daisy who had been holding me back. Don't get me wrong. I do think Friendship on Fire could have still achieved the same message had it been shorter, but for me, it was Daisy and her relationships with the other characters that ultimately determined how I felt as I read the book. And while it took me some time to warm up to Daisy, as I got closer and closer to the end I kept wishing more pages would magically appear in my copy. I became that attached to Daisy's story.
Like I mentioned, Daisy initially wasn't my favorite character. I can appreciate a character who is strong-willed and has a fiery personality; however, it was the choices she made that were kind of a turn off. As I got further into the novel, I realized they weren't choices that most of us probably haven't made in our lives, and I began to accept the way things were happening. So, while it can still be a bit frustrating, Daisy's experiences were a necessary part of growing up, just like with any one else. She wouldn't have learned from her naive mistakes if she didn't go through all the situations she did. And comparing the person she was before to the person she is now, it's clear that she has matured greatly. It's a pretty amazing transformation.
Other than the two boys in her life (who I'll mention in a bit), Daisy's relationships with others evolved throughout the novel as well. Certain characters really surprised me in a good way, others in a completely bad way. There was one relationship that was constant throughout, and it was Daisy's relationship with her family. I love how her parents and older brothers were there for her and looked out for her. They let her figure things out on her own, even when they worried she wasn't making the best decisions. It was just great knowing that Daisy had a close and supportive family when she going through some important changes in her life.
Friendship on Fire is a bit like stories we've seen before. There's a girl (Daisy) who falls for the hot and douche-y guy (Nate) and can't see that her best friend (Roman) is actually the perfect guy for her. We know it'll either end badly or...yeah, who are we kidding? Even before reading it, I already had an idea of where Daisy's relationship with Nate was headed. It wasn't such of a surprise. What did surprise me was that I ended up feeling a bit sorry for Nate. Maybe I wasn't suppose to, but I did. Finding out about his home life made me understand why he became the person he is today. It doesn't excuse his behavior because he can definitely decide whether or not to be influenced by the people around him. I do believe his relationship with Daisy might have made him see things differently, and although I'm not sure how much he has changed or is willing to change as result, hopefully Nate realizes that it's not to late for him to become a better person. (view spoiler)[(Or maybe I'm all wrong about him and he just managed to manipulate me like he did Daisy and deserves to be miserable! Gahh!) (hide spoiler)]
Now, Roman. The best friend, the good guy, the underdog. Oh, Roman. Even though I knew he was the better choice for Daisy, I can't say that I felt much of anything for him in the beginning. Honestly, and I feel bad now for saying this, I remember thinking that he must be a pretty pathetic guy for still obviously pining over a girl who didn't seem like the greatest friend. I think the reason I didn't care about him was because I was seeing him through Daisy's eyes. Since she dismissed his feelings and her focus was always elsewhere, I didn't get to really know him. It led me not to care about him or give him a second thought. I was so wrong about him. Roman ended up being part of why I didn't want the book to end. He's definitely the perfect guy for Daisy. For many reasons, actually. I thought he was sweet and attentive. It just amazes me that, while I had zero interest in him at first, I was seriously swooning over him by the end! I love that! And I love that Daisy was able to realize that he's a very good friend and that she needed to appreciate him the way he deserves to be appreciated.
It took some time for me to get completely hooked into Friendship on Fire, but when it happened, I couldn't bring myself to put it down. Whether my initial feelings were because of the pacing and length or even the characters, I thought it was all worth it in the end. I really liked Daisy's gradual development into a mature character, and I'm happy with how things turned out for her and certain other characters. I'm usually impressed with Australian authors, and Danielle Weiler is no exception. I'm not sure if there's another novel by her in the works, but if there is, I'm looking forward it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Incendiary centered around Chelsea and the ordeals she faced in trying to keep the local f...more 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.(less)
Jesus. Christ. For months I had heard about how good of a read Angelfall was, and I had no doubt th...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Jesus. Christ. For months I had heard about how good of a read Angelfall was, and I had no doubt that I would like it once I got around to reading it. But hearing all the praise is different from actually experiencing the book. Because man... It wasn't just good. It was INSANELY good. At some points while I was reading, the pages were flying by so quickly that I had to force myself to put it down so that I wouldn't get closer to the last page. I didn't want it to ever end.
I loved every single thing about this book, especially the main characters Penryn and Raffe. Penryn was one of those rare teenage girls in young adult novels who is vulnerable yet mature, smart, resourceful, and kickass! She knows how to take charge and how to take care of herself and others. She does all this without having a personality and attitude that's loud, frustrating, or annoying. She also doesn't allow herself to get distracted by Raffe, no matter how attractive he is. Raffe was a bit of a mystery at times, but what we did see of him revealed how much of a quiet badass he is and how, for an angel, he actually has a caring and protective side. At least for Penryn. He's the type of male character I love to root for. Honestly, how could I not adore these two characters? They're amazing! And when they're together? Whoa. The connection they shared left me breathless. It's something I look forward to seeing more of in the next book.
Another aspect I loved about Angelfall was that it was a book about survival. Surviving a world that has been damaged and overtaken by angels, angels that aren't nice and cute. Before I started reading, I didn't realize how dark the book was going to be. It had non-stop action, and there were many terrifying and disturbing scenes throughout. It made the book more heart-pounding and exciting, and I really appreciate books that can manage to put some fear in me. Not only that, the story was addicting! Susan Ee's writing was wonderful, and I loved how easy it was to visualize the world she created. (I also loved that her fight scenes weren't cheesy. They were solid and fluid!) Angelfall didn't feel like the typical read about angels at all. It's a definite stand-out that I found quite impressive and refreshing.
I seriously need the next book in my life. I WISH it were out already. Angelfall has taken its place in a top position of my favorite 2012 reads. It definitely deserves and lives up to all the hype. It's the type of book I always hope to come across, and I'm so happy I finally got around to reading it. If you have not yet read Angelfall, what are you waiting for? You won't be disappointed. It's such a stunning and badass read that I can't recommend enough.(less)