It's no surprise I found Tempting the Best Man to be enjoyable and addicting. Jennifer L. My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
It's no surprise I found Tempting the Best Man to be enjoyable and addicting. Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn is her pen name for her adult novels) knows how to keep readers hooked. And she definitely knows how to make her stories scorching hot! I loved the hilarious banter and all the tension between Madison and Chase. They were great characters and made a perfect couple. I didn't want their story to end!
This actually would have been a perfect five stars for me if it weren't for the last bit. I know this story isn't as long as a regular novel, but I think the ending shouldn't have been rushed (at least it felt rushed to me). For the most part, this story had a good pace. But as soon as Madison and Chase did the deed...everything went faster. The conflict was resolved quickly. I wish it had been a little longer so the pacing and development wouldn't have had to speed up that much.
None of that overshadowed how fun and hot this book was though. I'm definitely looking forward to reading about the other Gamble brothers and more of J. Lynn's titles! ...more
Oh Aiden Aiden Aiden... I didn't need this novella to convince me that Aiden is amazing and badass 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!...more
Molasses is a short story featured in Review of Australian Fiction: Volume 3, Issue 4, and I was re 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!)...more
I really enjoyed it! I love Suki's character. She is seriously awesome and hilarious. It w My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I really enjoyed it! I love Suki's character. She is seriously awesome and hilarious. It was so great to know a bit more about what happened before Lila came into the picture. At first I was nervous that I wouldn't remember anything from Hunting Lila (it's been awhile since I've read it), but I was happy and pleasantly surprised to find that it was easy to follow. I just wish it were longer because I was having too much fun reading it! It also made me want the sequel Losing Lila even more. Cannot wait!...more
I love the cover, but I don't think the girl looks like Elliot... :|
Elliot was awesome!! And there were so many t4.5 stars
Just some random thoughts...
I love the cover, but I don't think the girl looks like Elliot... :|
Elliot was awesome!! And there were so many times I wanted to comfort her because some of the characters were just cruel to her. :'( Some seriously deserve to get slapped! Those characters made me so angry! I wish I could have gone in there and drop kicked them in the face! Thankfully, the ones who were redeemed (like I knew they would be) I was able to forgive. ;)
This book was inspired by Persuasion by Jane Austen, which I haven't read. I know it's suppose to be a love story, but the sci-fi aspect REALLY intrigued me and I wanted a bit more of that. Other than that I'm happy with everything and that it's a stand-alone.
I loved the ending, especially the last couple of lines. :')...more
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Something Like Normal featured one of the best male voices I've ever read. Probably the best, My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Something Like Normal featured one of the best male voices I've ever read. Probably the best, since I felt such a strong connection towards Travis. It was so authentic. Honestly, if I were guy, I would want to be someone like him. He was so real and honest. His story had me teary-eyed and my heart breaking throughout. Just thinking about some of the things that happened in this book makes me want to cry! But then, it also had me laughing out loud and swooning and smiling like crazy. I loved Travis's relationships with his mother, his fellow Marines, and Harper. Each stood out in their own way and played an important role in Travis's life after he came back from Afghanistan. I'm not sure what would have happened to Travis if he didn't have these awesome people, but I'm so glad they were there for him. He really needed them and their support.
I felt like I could relate to Travis in a way. My relationship with my father isn't the best either, and I know what it's like to have family in the military. It was a pretty emotional read for me, and I loved it. I pretty much adored everything about this book: Trish Doller's writing, the fantastic characters, and the amazing relationships. I was so sad when it was over. I just wanted more and more. I can't recommend this book enough!...more
I love the feeling of going into a novel, not knowing what to expect, and realizing right away that 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!...more
Before I started The Girl With Borrowed Wings, my sole reason for wanting to read it was the cover. My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Before I started The Girl With Borrowed Wings, my sole reason for wanting to read it was the cover. It easily lured me in, and I couldn't stop thinking about what kind of story could be inside a book with such a vibrant and gorgeous cover. Reading the summary made my curiosity grow even more. There are tons of books out there with amazing covers but with stories that don't live up to their covers' greatness. I had a good feeling about The Girl With Borrowed Wings though, and while it took some time for me to fall in love completely, it ended up being much more satisfying than I expected.
I wasn't prepared for this story at all. It really surprised me. The first couple of chapters were interesting, but I admit I wasn't exactly wow-ed. I remembered thinking, 'Where is this all going?' I came in with some expectations and was nervous when none were met right away. All I had to do was wait and be patient, though, because this story eventually crept up on me. I remember the exact moment when I suddenly realized I was in love with this book. It was an amazing feeling! However, at the same time, the moment I realized how much I cared was a moment during the book that had my heart breaking into pieces. It was very bittersweet.
In the beginning, it almost sounded like the main character Frenenqer was a wingless angel and that her father was God. I started believing that was the case because of the cover. This book actually wasn't about angels, but in a way, the father and God comparison was true. Frenenqer was an isolated and lonely girl who wanted to be free and her father was a controlling bastard with twisted ideas. I desperately wanted her father to be thrown over a cliff into crocodile-infested water. I wanted Frenenqer to take Sangris (who will I get to in a bit) up on his offer to rip her father to shreds. I don't think I've ever hated a character as much as I hated Frenenqer's father. In his goal to create the perfect daughter, he came off as an emotionless, out-of-touch prick. I won't say more because you'll have to see for yourself. Besides, it's time to focus on better things, like what made this book for me: Frenenqer and Sangris.
Frenenqer was a complicated character. It's almost hard to describe her. Although she acted docile around her father to please him, she wasn't timid and spineless in the least. She desired freedom above all else. The thing was, if she truly had the chance to be free, would she actually take it? And because of the way her parents treated her, she lacked certain emotions. Or she believed she wasn't capable of certain emotions. Like love. It made her seem like she was uncaring of others, but deep down she knew she cared. It made her a really frustrating person at times. There were some moments where I wanted to shake some sense into her because I believed she was being completely unfair. But I understood why she acted the way she did. And there were some moments where I wanted to hug and comfort her. So, it all balanced out, and I grew to really admire her character.
Her relationship with Sangris was the highlight of the novel for me. It was the reason why I fell in love with this book. Sangris is a Free person. Free people are capable of shape-shifting and traveling to any world they want. Although Free people tend to keep to themselves, Sangris wasn't afraid or uncomfortable to let Frenenqer in. He was an open book with her and couldn't help hanging around. He was fascinated and curious, even though Nenner (his nickname for her) was cold to him a lot of the time. After he started taking her to exotic cities and worlds so that she could experience freedom, it was clear that he had feelings for her. And that underneath all that sarcasm and mischievousness Sangris was really sweet and loved deeply. He was capable of all the feelings Frenenqer lacked, and he helped her see what she was missing. It was strange that, although their personalities and views were different, they still were able to understand each other in a way that no one else did. It was a special bond. I wish I could go on and on about them, especially Sangris, but just know that they were perfect together and their interactions with each other were my favorite parts of the novel.
As I got closer and closer to the end of The Girl With Borrowed Wings, I was not only scared of what would happen but also sad that it was almost over. I didn't want it to end. Thankfully the ending didn't destroy my heart like I feared, and I could see just how much Frenenqer had changed. It was wonderful to read. The Girl With Borrowed Wings was just the type of story that I needed to read. While I can't say everyone will fall in love with this book the way I did, I thought the story ended in a way that everyone could appreciate. It brought a huge smile to my face and got me close to tears. It was a story that resulted in pure happiness and love, and one that I can't recommend enough....more
Already loving this more than The Pace series! Speaking of 'the pace', The Syndicate really is fast-paced. It wasn't a problem to me though be4.5 stars
Already loving this more than The Pace series! Speaking of 'the pace', The Syndicate really is fast-paced. It wasn't a problem to me though because it just felt right. And in the beginning I thought this book was going to end up being the usual read, but it wasn't. It definitely had its moments. I was very impressed and love that it's in the male POV! I hope there's more books! :)...more
I seriously almost DIED during the part where the meaning of homo came up. OMG. Ava, you poor girl... This book was just so funny and full of4.5 stars
I seriously almost DIED during the part where the meaning of homo came up. OMG. Ava, you poor girl... This book was just so funny and full of many second-hand embarrassment moments. I really liked it! I can't believe it took me this long to read it. It was a great book. :)...more
I liked the Vampire Academy series. It was entertaining enough, but I never felt that reading it wa My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I liked the Vampire Academy series. It was entertaining enough, but I never felt that reading it was a top priority. For some reason, though, I REALLY wanted to read Bloodlines. I was way more excited for it than Last Sacrifice. I think knowing that Sydney, a human and an Alchemist, would be the main character made it sound very interesting to me. I liked Sydney from the VA series, and I wondered how different her story and her character would be from Rose's. Also, although I might not have cared as much for Adrian as other readers did, I was still really curious about what happened to him. So when I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Bloodlines, I went for it.
About a month after events in Last Sacrifice, Sydney Sage's life continues to be effected by her decision to help Rose Hathaway. Other Alchemists, including her father, don't trust her, and she has nightmares of being sent to a re-education center, a secretive place where an Alchemist who has gotten too close to vampires is taken to "learn the errors of their ways" and eventually become a person less than themselves. When she is given orders to pose as Jill Dragomir's sister at a California human boarding school in order to prevent a Moroi civil war, she accepts so that she can protect her younger sister Zoe and prove her loyalty to the Alchemists. Right away, though, Sydney learns just how difficult it is protecting a vampire princess in a human world and that Alchemists may not know as much about vampires as they believed.
I don't feel like you should go into Bloodlines without at least knowing what happened in the Vampire Academy series; however, if you haven't read it, you'll just be like Sydney, missing details and information that VA readers would already know. The great thing about Sydney is that she's very intelligent. Her intelligence is her biggest strength, and she'll eventually figure out what she doesn't already know. People's first impressions of her is that she's spineless and lacking in some social skills. She is a little oblivious in certain social situations, but that's part of who she is and I really liked that about her. And the truth is Sydney's an observer and someone who likes to make sure her job is done efficiently without any problems. She likes to follow rules, but knows there are times when rules shouldn't always be followed. And she may not be a kick-ass fighter, but she's kick-ass in her own way. She has a sharp mind and is smart enough to handle herself in dangerous situations. I just thought Sydney was such an awesome character, and I found myself able to relate to her more than I could with Rose. She's part of the reason why I cannot wait to read the next book.
The supporting characters in this book were Adrian, Jill, and Eddie. Adrian played a much bigger role than I expected. I'm really glad for that because he was amazing! Hilarious and perceptive. Usually bickering with Sydney and protective of Jill and everyone. I feel like I understand him a whole lot better now, and I can't believe I never noticed how great he was while reading Vampire Academy. I know readers are wondering what happened to him after Last Sacrifice, and well... Like I mentioned, Bloodlines starts about a month after LS. He really is trying though. He just needs people to trust and believe in him. So far he's doing a very good job, and I admire his efforts. I'm definitely rooting for him; he deserves it!
Another thing I'm sure readers are wondering about is the romance and if it involves Adrian. If you're looking for romance in this book, I think you'll be disappointed. Romance was not a main focus in this book. I do believe something is developing, and I'm completely fine with the pace because I would much rather prefer a relationship and a romance to grow gradually instead of occurring instantly. That being said, I really can't wait to see where it goes! I'm crossing my fingers that it ends up how I'm hoping it will.
Now that I've read Bloodlines, I have to say that I'm already liking it more than Vampire Academy! I didn't want to put the book down. There wasn't as much fighting in Bloodlines (only because Sydney isn't a guardian like Rose), but there was definitely enough action and everything to keep me interested. I highly recommend Bloodlines to VA fans looking for a fresh start and a new heroine to root for and for those who just love Adrian! I know I'm extremely excited for book two, The Golden Lily!
After the devastating cliffhanger in Froi of the Exiles, I was dying to read Quintana of Charyn! It was my #1 anticipated novel of the year. When I goAfter the devastating cliffhanger in Froi of the Exiles, I was dying to read Quintana of Charyn! It was my #1 anticipated novel of the year. When I got a copy, I pretty much didn't stop for anything. Quintana of Charyn is probably one of the most satisfying conclusions I've ever read for a series. I was so happy with how everything turned out, and at the same time I was sad to see it end. I'm going to miss these characters and their intense relationships.
I wish I could write an awesome review to match the epicness of this book. It's just... Sometimes I find it a bit intimidating to review a Melina Marchetta novel. Not only because other reviewers have already said what I wanted to say in much better words, but because I'm always in such awe of her stories. It tends to leave me speechless, and I can never find the right words to describe my feelings. But trust me when I say that you should not miss out on this amazing series!...more
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!
Thanks to the author & GoodReads for the opportunity to read the book!...more
Before I had read this book, my expectations were a bit high. Going Too Far was the only Echols novel I had read, and it happened to be one of my favoBefore I had read this book, my expectations were a bit high. Going Too Far was the only Echols novel I had read, and it happened to be one of my favorite books! Thankfully this book was good too. The story felt believable to me. I loved that it was set in South Carolina. (That's where I live!) I really liked Leah and Grayson, although Grayson did frustrate me at times. Whenever they were around each other I could feel the tension between them and could tell they had some sizzling chemistry. I don't think I felt as connected to Grayon's twin and Leah's best friend, but at least the sparks between Leah and Grayson made up for it. I think Echols fans will really enjoy Such a Rush!...more
I have to admit that The Vincent Boys novels weren't on my radar of books I desperately needed to r 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!...more
Before Iced came out, I was really really hoping Dani was older. At least 17-years-old. Because I k My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Before Iced came out, I was really really hoping Dani was older. At least 17-years-old. Because I knew Ryodan and Christian were going to be interested in her. Then I found out Iced started off around the same time Shadowfever ended...and Dani was only going to be 14-years-old. I was a bit disappointed and thinking, 'Oh c'mon, how the hell is this going to work out?' I actually wanted some hot romance in Iced. But definitely not between a tween girl and two very older men! Geez!
Karen Marie Moning said that this Dani trilogy was going to be controversial and was no way in hell a YA novel, but she wouldn't go that far...right? Right. She didn't. I mean, yes, it was strange reading what Christian thought about Dani and how Ryodan was probably thinking along the same lines as Christian. But Dani... Dani wasn't on the same wave length as those guys. Nor was she annoying. She was awesome! And she can hold her own against all these men. Honestly, I can't help but to praise the author for never being afraid to go there and for creating such strong females.
(view spoiler)[Dani wasn't crazy-obsessed with losing her virginity as it almost seemed like she was in the previous books. She's weirded the hell out by Christian, and she thinks Ryodan is a sociopath. And she's not crushing on either of those guys like she was with V'lane and Barrons. In fact, I think the only guy she could be crushing on now is Dancer, who is a 17-year-old human. So, I'm glad Dani acts her age and is still her funny, tough and kickass-self! There's a lot more to her than that though. There were glimpses to a side of her I never expected. She's been through a lot with her mother and Rowena. I wonder what else will be revealed. Plus, there's something going on with her powers... I'm worried about her. But she'll make it through. I just know it. Go Dani!!
Ryodan was just like I expected. A scarier version of Barrons. Ryodan treated Dani pretty...harshly and unfair at times. I mean, she's just a kid! Of course, Ryodan and them have been around forever, and they view things a lot whole differently than us mortals. Not going to lie, even though I wish Dani could kick his ass around Dublin, I liked him. Ryodan was as intriguing as I thought he would be. And confusing. One moment he's scary as fuck and then he's acting all polite to Jo and Mac's mother. They tell Dani that he's a nice guy! What?? That's some crazy, complicated shit right there. But hey, it's like I expected. I'm glad Dani's clueless about his true intentions towards her because she would have freaked the hell out.
Christian... Oh Christian. I feel so bad for him. I thought he would still be more like himself, but sadly, he's not. He's turning into an Unseelie prince and acting/thinking like them. He's creepy and weird. Please, KMM, PLEASE change Christian back to human! Please! I miss his old self. I'm sure if he were human he wouldn't be all over Dani. Poor guy! He's like a joke now. Really don't think he has chance with Dani, even if she were older.
Dancer ended up surprising me. I really like him! He's nice and cute and smart. He looks out for Dani and isn't afraid to stand up to Ryodan and Christian. Considering he's only 17 and human..that shows how much balls Dancer has. If you think Barrons and his men are mysterious, just wait till you meet Dancer. I actually wouldn't mind him with Dani (although, I think in the end it'll be Dani/Ryodan). But since he's so mysterious, I'm kind of worried about him. I hope he's not evil. And I hope he isn't killed, if he isn't evil that is.
Lor is one of Barrons and Ryodan's men, and this guy... He's hilarious! I like him a lot. I hope there's more of him in the next books.
Jo. I. Could. Not. Stand. Her. She's currently in a "relationship" with Ryodan. Oh please, woman. Maybe I should feel sorry for her because she's so blind and foolish, but I have no sympathy for her at the moment. I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up like that bitter bitch who was with Barrons before Mac came along. I'm kind of annoyed with Ryodan on this one too. Not surprised he's with other women while waiting for Dani, but did it have to be someone who's important to Dani? Ugh. It's not like Jo is a bad person, but she annoys the hell out of me because now she thinks she's important. Go. Away. End this now Ryodan!
Kat and the rest of sidhe-seers were... I hated Jo more, but I also couldn't stand them. I'm all for women power; however, I've never liked them in the previous books. They've always grated on my last nerve. And Dani is right. They are a bunch of sheep. Reading Kat's POV were the only boring parts in Iced. I wish she would have shut up and done something about her problems! But no... I really hope we get less of the sidhe-seers in the next books. Of course, that will never happen. (hide spoiler)]
Phew! Glad to get all that off my chest. When I finished Iced, I was seriously wishing Burned was already out because the ending was a surprise! Dani's such a great character, and I no longer have a problem with her being 14. I actually feel a bit bummed that's there's only two more books from her perspective. Are we going to get books about her when she's older? I hope so. Other characters I'm really looking forward to reading more about are Ryodan and Dancer. Yep. Overall, Iced was fun and addicting, and I cannot wait for more!...more
It's been two months since I've read Onyx. I can't remember all the things I wanted to say in my re My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
It's been two months since I've read Onyx. I can't remember all the things I wanted to say in my review, but I still remember all the strong emotions I felt while reading the book. Before I get to that, though, I want to start off with some happy things!
I pretty much stalked Jennifer L. Armentrout's Twitter and Facebook through the entire month of June, especially the first two weeks. It was during the time when she went on tour with the LUX cover models, Pepe and Sztella! I wish I could have made it to one of the events, but seeing pictures were enough. All the pictures JLA posted put a HUGE stupid smile on my face. I was fangirling like crazy; I couldn't get enough of Sztella and Pepe! It was almost like Katy and Daemon were real. haha I'm glad the tour happened when I started reading Onyx because after I was done with Onyx... I was left feeling a bit drained. There was so many devastating moments near the end. It broke my heart. Thankfully, there were lots of fun and adorable Sztella/Pepe pictures being tweeted and posted. Looking at those pictures cheered me up! I know it sounds weird, but it made me feel like Katy and Daemon were safe and happy.
Now for my thoughts on the book. While I was reading the first half, I wasn't quite sure what to expect next. Nothing extremely major had happened yet. But it was like the calm before the storm. I knew something big was going to be revealed. I just didn't realize how insane things were going to get and how emotionally draining it was going to be for me and the characters. One second I'm feeling calm, and then BAM! The next second I'm freaking the heck out! And then there was the ending. Wow. I was stunned. I couldn't decide if I wanted to cry tears of joy or sadness. It was extremely bittersweet. Onyx had plenty of moments that made laugh and smile and and swoon like a fangirl, but at the end, it left me with this deep feeling of sadness.
I really felt for the characters. (I even felt sorry for Blake! Now that's saying something.) They kept having to go through all these heartbreaking and dangerous situations. I'm not sure I would have been able to survive, so I'm proud of these characters for staying strong and never giving up. And because of these life-changing events, the characters grow and change tremendously. In Obsidian, I think we all can agree that Daemon was a real asshole to Katy, but we did see glimpses of his softer and kinder side. We got so much more of that in Onyx. Daemon has so much depth to him, and I loved that he's allowing Katy to see that side of him. I cannot wait to continue with this series, to find out what happens with these characters. I know things aren't going to go smoothly in Opal with the way things ended in this book; however, I really hope that Katy and Daemon and the rest of their group stay strong and eventually find happiness.
If you loved Obsidian, I don't see how you won't love Onyx. Onyx takes the series to a higher level and pretty much owns the first book! It's going to make you wish the third book was already out. Good thing we only have to wait till December for more....more
That last line. Wow. It has taken me a couple of days to process, but it's finally hit me how mind- 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....more
I didn't plan on writing a review for this book. All I wanted was to read something NOT for reviewi My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I didn't plan on writing a review for this book. All I wanted was to read something NOT for reviewing purposes. I couldn't help it though. I had to write a something, anything! Because I just cannot stop thinking about the world, the story, and the characters found in this AWESOME series.
Before I started Magic Bites, I heard a lot of readers say that although they love the series to pieces they weren't impressed with this book. I feel like I'm one of the few who loved it right away! And I loved Kate Daniels as soon as I met her too. She's sarcastic and honest and so freaking hilarious! One thing that I completely admire about Kate is her deep compassion. She's willing do whatever it takes to protect people. And even when she's acting all tough and badass, she shows the readers through her thoughts that she's scared and vulnerable on the inside. I love a character who is brave and stands her ground but willing to admit to herself when things are hard and impossible. It makes her easy to sympathize with and very relatable.
Kate's past seemed like a vital aspect of the story. It's the main reason why she chooses to stay alone and not get close to anyone. However, we didn't learn much about her past by the end. Kate may be the main character, but she still has quite a bit of mystery surrounding her. I wasn't put out by it at all, since it's quite obvious we'll learn more in the next books. Plus, I was too busy enjoying everything else!
Something I couldn't wait to happen was the very first meeting between Kate and the Beast Lord Curran. I've heard such good things about Curran and his relationship with Kate. It took a couple of chapters for him to make an appearance, but once he did I was grinning like crazy. The banter between Kate and Curran was so much fun to read about, and he sounded so damn FINE. They definitely shared some chemistry. Even with the handful of scenes he appeared in, he managed to leave an impression with me and especially with Kate. And just like with Kate's past, I knew there would be more of Curran to come in the other books in the series.
Magic Bites was a wonderful and kickass start to the Kate Daniels series! It's set in a fascinating world of the future and filled with such likeable and fun characters. As soon as I finished, I wanted to immediately start book two, Magic Burns. Even if you don't end up loving Magic Bites, don't stop reading the series! The story and the characters continue to get better and better. You don't want to miss out on that!...more
Jesus. Christ. For months I had heard about how good of a read Angelfall was, and I had no doubt th 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....more
'You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth.'
Oh my god...this book! Wo My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
'You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth.'
Oh my god...this book! Wow. After enjoying Bloodlines immensely, it was pretty much inevitable that I would love The Golden Lily. This book exceeded all my expectations, and I'm more obsessed with this series now than I already was before. I just can't get enough of it!
In Bloodlines, the focus was on learning about the Alchemists and Sydney bonding with her new group of "siblings." We do learn a bit about the Alchemists, magic, and even the so-called vampire hunters in The Golden Lily, but I felt the story mostly revolved around getting to know Sydney more and her evolving relationships with the characters around her. There was slightly more action than in the previous book. It might not be as much as some want; however, I think there's lots of action to come later. And I can't help but to trust where Richelle Mead is going with this story because so far I'm very happy with how she's developing these characters and their relationships. Likeable characters and great relationships are always what I want in the books I read and this series has that, which is why I want to focus on my two favorite characters: Sydney and Adrian!
I adore Sydney and Adrian so much. Those two are some of the most awesome characters I've read about. They are both kind, funny (although, I don't think Sydney realizes how hilarious some of the things she says can be), smart (yes, Adrian is; just give him a chance!), and protective of others. And when they're together, they challenge and bring out the best in each other. Their relationship is perfect! I get a big smile on my face and my heart flutters whenever they interact or are even in the same room. I about died from happiness a couple of times while reading this book because of them. They are definitely the main reason why I love this series.
Sydney is still uptight at times, but she's opening up quickly and we're starting to see another side of her. While she hasn't gotten over her Alchemists beliefs just yet, she continues to make decisions based on what she believes is right. And some of her actions won't be viewed favorably by the Alchemists at all. It worries me, but I'm impressed with her bravery and glad she has a conscience, unlike other Alchemists. As for Adrian, he keeps surprising me. I feel so guilty now for not caring about him in Vampire Academy. We get to see more of his vulnerable side in this book, and it really hurt to see him down and upset because of the situation with his father and with what spirit does to his mind. I could also include the whole thing with Rose, but I won't. I really don't think it's about that anymore. He deserves a huge hug and so does Sydney!
I'm just loving and having lots of fun with the Bloodlines series. And if you thought the ending of the first book was crazy, wait until you read the ending of The Golden Lily. I had to reread it a couple of times because it was that good. It made me wish I had the next book in my hands right now! (I'm already stalking following Richelle Mead's tweets, hoping for ANY mention of the third book.) Thankfully I have other books to distract me in the meantime, but seriously. I need book three.
With amazing characters and relationships and a very intriguing story, Bloodlines is well on it's way to becoming one of my all time favorite series. I cannot wait to read more!
First reading: April 16-17, 2012 Second reading: February 16-26, 2013...more
This book was so heartbreaking and beautiful. The summary makes it seem like it would be all about My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
This book was so heartbreaking and beautiful. The summary makes it seem like it would be all about Pan's relationship with a guy named Hunter, but it's more than that. It's about her desperately trying to remember her past through the memories she has of her sister Morgan. Morgan was such an amazing person, and their relationship was precious, yet gut-wrenching because of their circumstance. Hunter was also a wonderful character. Sometimes a damaged girl like Pan needs a perfect guy who is patient and understanding. This book was another example of how great Australian YA fiction is, and I would highly recommend it to contemporary fans. ...more