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)
Breaking Nova is the first novel I've ever read by Jessica Sorensen. I've heard lots of pr...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Breaking Nova is the first novel I've ever read by Jessica Sorensen. I've heard lots of praise for the author's other books, and I've been wanting to read some of them for awhile. Unfortunately, as an introduction to her works, I'm not sure Breaking Nova left a great impression.
One word that kept going through my head while reading this book was gloomy. When a story is moody and full of hard-hitting moments, I usually feel uncomfortable and hope it's all sunshine and rainbows by the end. Breaking Nova did make me feel a bit uncomfortable, but the most important thing it did not do was move me. I couldn't bring myself to cry or even tear up. I just wasn't able to connect with the story or the characters in any way. And I almost felt like there was too much tragedy involving the characters. Every single one of them had their own sob story, and it was all a big depressing mess.
Nova and Quinton were the main characters, and I can't say I found them to be interesting or memorable. All I can remember them doing throughout the book were two things: cry and smoke weed. Seriously, that's all they did the majority of the time! Nothing exciting happened with them as the story progressed. I was waiting for a huge, mind-blowing moment, but there really never was a major climax or anything. Very few was resolved and the things that were seemed to be fixed simply and quickly. I didn't even find the romance between Nova and Quinton swoon-worthy, especially when Nova kept comparing Quinton to her dead boyfriend and Quinton kept thinking about his dead girlfriend. It was a pretty emotionless reading experience for me that by the end I didn't care to know what happened to them next.
Sadly, Breaking Nova didn't leave an impact. It just wasn't a fulfilling or stunning read. It looks like there will be two more books in the series, and while I'm still willing to read the author's other novels, I already know I will not be continuing on with the Nova series. If you're a fan of Jessica Sorensen, Breaking Nova might be your cup of tea. However, if you've yet to read Jessica Sorensen, Breaking Nova might not be the best book to start off with.(less)
The first book in the Fall Away series Bully was one of my favorite books this year. As soon as I finished, I could not wait to read Madoc's story! Then the author announced she would be writing Bully in Jared's POV. While I was excited and curious to know his side of the story, I was kind of unsure how I felt about reading another version of Bully, no matter how much adored it. I didn't have to worry though because Penelope Douglas made sure Until You was more than just a retelling.
Reading from Jared's perspective was a way different experience than reading from Tate's perspective. Which should be expected, since they're not the same person. But what really stood out to me was how I felt about Jared. In my review for Bully, I stated how frustrated and angry I got with him and things that happened in the book. Maybe it's because I knew the outcome of some events and had already forgiven him by the end of Bully, but Jared didn't piss me off at all in this book. I felt sympathy and sadness and heartbroken for him from the very beginning. I also realized I (including Tate) was too quick in making assumptions about him during certain situations, even if it was warranted at the time and he quite frankly deserved it. But what Until You made me see was that there's always another side to a story and what we assume might not always be the truth.
I'm glad Until You gave us the much needed insight into Jared's complex thought process. His reasoning for treating Tate the way he did made sense to me before. It didn't make it okay, but I understood. People have their own ways of coping and bullying Tate was his. Learning what led up to the bullying and knowing how he felt about it and what made him change for the better, though, helped to explain his reasoning even more. And he just managed to surprise me in a good way. His need to convince himself that he hated Tate always ended up with him describing her in a way that made it clear he had strong feelings for her. She was everything to him and deep down he was ashamed for having hurt her. I just loved reading how he saw her and how much he wanted her forgiveness. And of course, I loved reading all the intense, hot moments they shared in his perspective.
Another thing I enjoyed about Until You was finding out what other characters had been up to when Tate wasn't around. K.C., Madoc, Jax, Tate's father, and Jared's parents all made more appearances, and some of them made me hope we would get to see more of them in the future books. Like Tate's father, because he's awesome and badass! And like K.C., because she's not as bad as she was made out to be in Bully (which made me very happy!), and she seems to have plenty of secrets I would really like to know about. Then there's Madoc and Jax. I had so much fun reading their interactions with Jared. They were hilarious and wonderful, and both have their own complicated stories to tell. I'm so glad they are going to be featured in their own books. Cannot wait to read them!
Mad props to Penelope Douglas for making Until You its own story, instead of Bully 2.0, and nailing the male voice. That being said, I highly recommend reading Bully first before Until You because I think Tate's POV is just as important and you'll understand why Jared's story needed to be told when you're finished with Bully. Until You wrapped up any lingering questions or doubts about the Jared we met in Bully and was a satisfying conclusion to Tate and Jared's story. I'm already counting down the days to the next book in the series Rival!(less)
I won an advanced copy of 45 Pounds (More or Less) through a giveaway here on Goodreads! It sounds great! I'm looking forward to receiving it and read...moreI won an advanced copy of 45 Pounds (More or Less) through a giveaway here on Goodreads! It sounds great! I'm looking forward to receiving it and reading it. :)(less)
I only had a vague idea of what Battling Boy was about when I started reading it. But from my experience reading some of Paul Pope's other gr...more4.5 stars
I only had a vague idea of what Battling Boy was about when I started reading it. But from my experience reading some of Paul Pope's other graphic novels, I knew what I was going to get: awesome artwork, a wonderful story, and badass characters!
It was easy to become immersed in Battling Boy's journey. (Yes, Battling Boy is the main character's name!) He may be young, but he was cool and hilarious. I loved that he was brave, yet unsure of himself. That uncertainty is something that I think we can all relate to, no matter our age. What I also loved about this graphic novel was the humorous and smart dialogue and the non-stop, kickass action. And with that amazing artwork, it wasn't hard at all for me to enjoy this story.
Battling Boy was just a completely fun and engaging read. The ending was a bit abrupt and made me crave more. I'm looking forward to reading the second volume, and I'm hoping we don't have to wait too long for it because I need to know what happens next with these characters!(less)
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Foreplay is not the first novel I've read by Sophie Jordan. However, it's the first n...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Foreplay is not the first novel I've read by Sophie Jordan. However, it's the first new adult book written by her that I've read (her writing is perfect for the new adult genre!), and it's by far my favorite of her books I've read. I just loved it!
What made me enjoy Foreplay so much was the relationship between Pepper and Reece. It was hot! I felt like I had to fan myself nonstop whenever Reece was around because he was so intense. He was also patient and protective and at times vulnerable. Honestly, I was a bit jealous of Pepper (I want my own Reece!), but she was a great character as well. I liked her personality and understood the reasoning behind the choices that she made. I loved that although Pepper and Reece seemed to be completely different they were actually similar people. They have both gone through rough childhoods, and I'm glad they were able to find each other because they are perfect together and both deserved happiness.
I wish the last few chapters had the same pace as the rest of the story because I think things were resolved rather quickly. Still, it didn't take away my enjoyment of everything else. And the very end was really sweet! I'm looking forward to reading more new adult novels by Sophie Jordan, including the next book in the Ivy Chronicles.(less)
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In Relic, Eva decides to go through with the Testing in the place of her recently deceased bro...more 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.(less)
It's been a few days since I finished reading Fractured, and I've finally managed to calm myself do...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
It's been a few days since I finished reading Fractured, and I've finally managed to calm myself down enough to write a review. I'm really glad I took some time to absorb and process everything that happened in this book before I started writing it. Because, otherwise, my review would have been totally hysterical and all over the place. That doesn't mean I still won't mention how affected I was at times with certain things in Fractured, but now I'll make sure my thoughts are coherent and toned down enough to make sense.
Fractured is as addicting and captivating as its predecessor Sanctum, which was one of my favorite novels last year. There are some changes in the story such as the setting and the introduction of plenty of new characters, but it still has the same feel as the first book. Dark and terrifying. Emotional and powerful. There's also more kickass action and great character development. And there's even some fascinating revelations about the Mazikin and the Shadowlands that made the mission the characters were assigned much more complex and complicated.
Since I've become so invested in these characters and their journeys, I couldn't help how amped up my emotions were while reading this sequel. It was one of the reasons why I had such strong reactions to anything that happened to them, especially Lela and Malachi. They have already gone through so much in their lives and continue to go through a whole lot more. While there were moments scattered throughout that had me dying of happiness, other moments had me feeling a whole lot of frustration, anger, and sadness. Some moments just made everything seem hopeless and left me wondering why things couldn't be all sunshine and rainbows for them. I almost cried a couple times because it was overwhelming. But it's hard not to admire and love these characters for having the strength and passion to get through all these hardships.
For Lela and Malachi, they also have their own personal issues and issues with each other they have to sort out. They dream of having a future, and they wonder whether they'll ever have a chance to live a normal life without feeling like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Add in having to adjust quickly to their new life and surroundings, and it really causes a strain on their relationship. There were lots of misunderstandings and complications because of a lack of communication between them. It was painful to read, and I couldn't decide whether I wanted to hug or smack a certain someone. Thankfully, there were enough highs that had me melting and swooning (seriously, I was like *PASSES OUT* *HEART EXPLODES* during some parts) to balance out all the heartbreaking lows. And both Lela and Malachi at least got a chance to experience a little normalcy, even if it meant not experiencing it together.
I wish I could say that you shouldn't be nervous or scared, but then I would lying through my teeth. The great thing, though, is that Fractured kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was exhilarating and exciting, even when I was starting to feel panicked and stressed. I love everything about the world and the characters found in this series, and I desperately can't wait to know what Sarah Fine plans next for book three after Fractured's killer ending. I highly recommend this amazing series! (less)
Time Thief centered around a supernatural group known as Travellers. Travellers can steal...more 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.(less)
Levitating Las Vegas was such a strange and unpredictable book. It's the first paranormal...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Levitating Las Vegas was such a strange and unpredictable book. It's the first paranormal and the first new adult novel I've read by Jennifer Echols. It's so different from the other books I've read by her and also from other paranormal and new adult novels out there. It's actually not the weirdest story I've ever read, but it's definitely up there.
The main characters were 21-year-olds Holly and Elijah. What happened with them in the beginning was really bizarre that I couldn't tell at first if this book was a contemporary or paranormal or what. Thankfully it became clear afterwards. I liked Holly and Elijah for the most part. When their magic didn't get in the way of their emotions, they were interesting and funny and good together. But I have to admit I never entirely connected with them. The story focused a lot on their magical abilities and what was going on around them and to other characters like Kaylee. It made sense that would be the case since they still had a whole lot to learn and us readers needed to know more about the world in the story. However, when it came down to it, I mostly cared about what happened between Holly and Elijah than everything and everyone else.
Speaking of the other characters, I got frustrated with a lot of them. Especially Holly's parents and everyone else involved with keeping the magical powers a secret. I totally understand why it was necessary to not tell Holly and Elijah the truth, considering what happened to most their age with magical abilities, but it led to MANY moments that made me want to shake and smack the characters. Probably the one character that never ever irritated me in the book and the one I loved the most was Shane. He was a badass! I got angry with the way Kaylee treated him though. I know it was suppose to be funny. I just wish by the end she would have gotten over it because he proved himself to be a great guy.
Even though I got frustrated with the characters and wanted the book to focus more on certain aspects, I still found Levitating Las Vegas to be an engaging read. I had no idea what would happen at the end, and I really wanted to know! That being said, although this book is unique and original, I'm not sure it will be everyone's cup of tea.(less)
As soon as I read chapter one, I knew The Art of Wishing was going to be different from what I expe...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
As soon as I read chapter one, I knew The Art of Wishing was going to be different from what I expected. It did have some things I hoped to find: cute, romantic moments with a bit of drama and angst throughout. But what was different was that even though the characters were in high school, I had to keep reminding myself that they were in fact NOT in middle school. There were moments that would never be found in a middle-grade read, but it still read like it was for a younger audience. Since I didn't find the age of the characters believable, it was hard for me to connect with the story and the characters.
The main character Margo frustrated me. She had valid reasons for the way she acted and treated Oliver, the genie, during parts of the book, but some of the things she got upset over bugged me. She accused Oliver of lying about his age, yet she knew he was a genie and should have immediately put two and two together and known that he wasn't actually a 16-year-old kid. I mean, she referenced Aladdin and other stories, so I don't see why she never figured that out. As for Oliver, he didn't annoy me. I was fine with him. I thought his past was interesting. He was as up-front and honest as he could be with Margo. That being said, he kind of was a bit bland, and I didn't think he was swoon-worthy like Margo did.
It didn't take long for Margo and Oliver to fall for each other. I wasn't surprised by this, but their romance happened pretty quickly. While I did hope they found a way to be together, at the same time, I never felt the spark I like to find between two characters who love and care about each other. They had their reasons for liking each other. It just wasn't something I cared 100% about. Basically, I rooted for Margo and Oliver only because I knew I was suppose to, not because I found their relationship believable or epic.
The Art of Wishing had some of the drama and angst and romance I was expecting. Unfortunately, I never clicked with the story or the characters. It's an easy read to get through though. The ending left enough room for the sequel. I'm just wondering how this would lead to a third book (it's a planned trilogy). I won't be reading the rest, but if you're curious about this trilogy, then you might want to read this first book.(less)
Before I started reading Scan, I expected it to have action and suspense. But I wasn't fully prepared for just how nonstop the action would be! There...moreBefore I started reading Scan, I expected it to have action and suspense. But I wasn't fully prepared for just how nonstop the action would be! There was car chases and crashes, explosions, gun fights, and so much more. It was nerve-racking yet exciting, and I could not wait to find out what would happen to the characters and how the book would end.
Throughout the majority of his life, Tate's had to endure rigorous training in combat and master as many subjects and languages as he could all because that's what his father wanted. Tate doesn't know why his father puts him through this, and since both of his parents refuse to tell him, it unsurprisingly causes tons of friction between them. Once Tate finds out the truth, though, he has to use all the knowledge and skills he's learned in order to survive and protect his loved ones.
I couldn't help but to be just as frustrated as Tate was with his parents. I didn't feel like they had been fair to him, keeping all kinds of secrets and information from him that would have been really helpful to know as soon as the chaos started. But as the story went on and things became more and more dangerous and complicated, I began to realize right along with Tate that it was necessary and for his own good. He probably would have been blinded by his beliefs and wouldn't be as good of a person as he is now had he known everything from the very beginning.
If you're wondering what Tate's father had been hiding from his son, well, it was lots of things. But what it all involved was...ALIENS! Aliens that arrived on Earth about 400 years ago and look exactly like humans. But what started off the chaos was a small device, a scanner, Tate stole from his father that can reveal who is a human and who is an alien. Both sides wanted it badly, and while you would think the aliens were the evil ones, it wasn't that simple. Everyone seemed to have their own agenda, and like Tate, I didn't know who to trust! Even by the end, I still didn't know who the real enemy was, which was something I really liked because not all humans were good just like not all aliens were bad.
One other thing I would like to mention is the importance of the women in Tate's life. I'm glad that Tate's girlfriend Christina and his mother were involved with the mission of protecting the scanner. Tate's skills and resilience helped him a lot, but I don't think he would have made it without them at his side. They were tough, smart, and resourceful, and together they made an awesome team! I especially adored Christina. She didn't have the training Tate and his mother had, but she knew how to hold her own. I loved how much she was willing to help them, even when she was hurt or terrified. As for Tate and Christina's relationship, it was sweet and obvious that they cared deeply and felt strongly for each other. But because of what they were going through, they also had plenty of tense and uncomfortable moments. I hope they are able to overcome whatever issues they may have because I really want them to stick together.
Walter Jury and S.E. Fine have a written a truly thrilling and suspenseful story that had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. I have no idea what's in store for Tate, his mother, and Christina in the next book, but I can't wait to find out. If you're looking for a smart, action-packed book, you need to get your hands on a copy of Scan!(less)
Mind Games drove me crazy. At first I was intrigued when Fia and Adam met. The story was fast-paced...more 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.(less)