Body Heat featured Maura Mahoney, a woman who has never had much excitement in her thirty years of...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Body Heat featured Maura Mahoney, a woman who has never had much excitement in her thirty years of life, and Jesse Blue, a handsome man who may just be a criminal. Maura and Jesse couldn't be more opposite, but for some reason, they are very attracted to one other. The entire book is about them denying their attraction and having sexy fantasies about each other.
Maura was a pretty frustrating character. She tended to make assumptions about Jesse without asking for the truth. Jesse did too to an extent, but I didn't feel he was nearly as judgmental as Maura. Although this book had its serious moments here and there, it was definitely more of a funny and romantic read. Maura and Jesse were constantly fantasizing about each other. They weren't sweet and cute fantasies either. They were pretty damn hot! I actually didn't mind all these fantasies at first; however, after a while, I think they were overdone. I understood these characters really wanted each other, so I just wanted some actual interaction between them. I wanted those fantasies to become a reality. It eventually happened, of course, but the wait was a bit too long.
Body Heat was filled with drama, sexual tension, and humorous moments. The concept wasn't groundbreaking, but if you're looking for a light and easy read, this book might just be for you.(less)
The first book in the series Wither was strange. Well, that's one word I would use to describe it. Honestly, I was left feeling 'meh' about that book...moreThe first book in the series Wither was strange. Well, that's one word I would use to describe it. Honestly, I was left feeling 'meh' about that book because...it bored me. It really did. And what I've read of Fever, it already seems even weirder and more boring than Wither. I'm definitely not saying Wither is the better book. Both books are probably on the same level, but reading another book like Wither is not something I'm in the mood to go through again. I want to say I'm putting Fever on-hold for now, but...I doubt I'll pick it back up again to finish reading it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this series is just not for me.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC through a GoodReads giveaway.(less)
Alyson Noel's new series Soul Seekers takes place in the same world as her Immortals series. There'...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Alyson Noel's new series Soul Seekers takes place in the same world as her Immortals series. There's even a short story where Daire meets Ever, which can be read here. When I found out it was the same world, my curiosity for Fated actually faded a bit. I guess it's because I ended up really disappointed with the Immortals series and I was just hoping this new series would be something completely fresh. I'm not going to lie and say it didn't have it's unique moments or that it wasn't an improvement from the Immortals, but in the world of YA paranormal novels, Fated doesn't stand out.
Now, if you're a fan of the Immortals series, I think you will like this book. It has a slow and steady pace. The writing style is consistent. The main character Daire isn't as...well, let's say she doesn't make quite as many bad decisions as Ever. (I have to admit, though, that there were some instances where I saw bits of Ever in Daire. Hopefully Daire's decision-making doesn't go downhill from here. I am worried, since I didn't think Ever was so bad in Evermore either...and then the other books happened.) Also, there's still plenty of magick. There wasn't nearly as much romance as you would expect, but it's there. There's other similar qualities; however, I want to make it clear that I'm NOT saying it's a replica of the Immortals. I'm saying it felt like an Alyson Noel novel, which may be a good thing if you're a fan.
As for me, I won't be continuing this series. I might read reviews with spoilers of future books, but I'm definitely not going out of my way to read the rest. Fated was too long and tedious and boring to me, and I know I can expect the same in the next book. I definitely don't want to go through that three more times either! I don't believe Fated brings anything new to the genre, nor does it stand out at all amongst other YA paranormal novels. It was somewhat of an improvement from the Immortals and that's about it. (And this may be me being picky, but I don't like male characters with long hair. Dace, the love interest, has it, and it's such a huge turn off! So yeah, that sealed the deal for me.) I think I would only recommend Fated to those who are already Alyson Noel fans.(less)
Being homeless and living on a school bus for months doesn't stop Amber Appleton from being optimistic about life. She has her mother, Bobby Big Boy (...moreBeing homeless and living on a school bus for months doesn't stop Amber Appleton from being optimistic about life. She has her mother, Bobby Big Boy (her dog), friends, and of course, Jesus Christ. But after experiencing a very personal tragedy, Amber's confidence and hope in life breaks. And she begins to suffer through a depression that no one can seem to bring her out of.
I really liked Amber. She was an extremely giving and caring person. She was always looking out for everyone. I couldn't help but to HOPE that everything worked out for her in the end. (And I got to say, I liked whenever she would say Word or True? True. It really stood her out in my mind and made me like her character even more.)
There were two scenes where I got a bit choked up. One was the tragedy I mentioned before, which was so sad. It was something I wasn't expecting just from reading the summary. And although there is a tragedy, this book is filled with moments that make you laugh and moments that are uplifting. Which brings me to the other scene. It was where everyone came together for Amber. That showed how much everyone cared and how much Amber was appreciated. I smiled and got teary-eyed, and I'm so glad Amber was able to find the strength to pull through.
A great and inspiring read. :) Thank you goes out to the author, Matthew Quick, for sending me a copy of the book!(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)
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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)
In Demonkeepers, the Nightkeepers must find a way to access the library of their ancestors in order...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
In Demonkeepers, the Nightkeepers must find a way to access the library of their ancestors in order to acquire knowledge of new spells and prophecies. Their only hope in finding the library is with Lucius. A human who has the Prophet's power lying within him. However, after rituals and blood sacrifices fail, it is decided that another type of magic should be used to try and awaken Lucius's powers. Sex magic. Although not having seen Lucius in months and not truly knowing the status of their relationship, Jade, who is tired of being on the sidelines, volunteers.
Demonkeepers is the second book I've read in Jessica Andersen's "Final Prophecy" series. From reading Nightkeepers, there were some characters that I wanted to know more about, like Rabbit, Sven, Cara, and Jade. When I realized the fourth book was Jade and Lucius's story, I was very intrigued and couldn't wait to get started.
I must say that I really enjoyed the book. I liked Jade and Lucius. They were great characters, and I could easily connect with them. Both wanted to do more than what they felt they were actually capable of doing. Even though there were times where I was frustrated with them because they kept pulling back from each other, I thought they had an interesting (and hot) relationship. I was glad when they both began to realize that magic was not the only answer. And I was definitely rooting for them till the very end.
After reading this one, I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. Thank you goes out to the author, Jessica Andersen, for sending me a copy of the book! :)(less)
Edit: 2 months later, I finally received the book! Thanks!
-- Awesome, just won a copy through GoodReads. I own the first book in the series, and now I...moreEdit: 2 months later, I finally received the book! Thanks!
-- Awesome, just won a copy through GoodReads. I own the first book in the series, and now I plan on getting my hands on the other books. I enjoyed Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, and I'm already loving the Bloodlines series, so I hope I like this series too. :)(less)
I liked the book's cover and the book sounded like it would be a YA/adult crossover. That was my mistake. Because, after be...moreWon this through GoodReads.
I liked the book's cover and the book sounded like it would be a YA/adult crossover. That was my mistake. Because, after being notified that I won a copy through GoodReads, reviews started coming in that made me realize it was no where near what I thought it would be. I've skimmed through the book, and I don't believe I will be able to read it. It really isn't my cup of tea.(less)
I just found out I won a copy of NO ANGELS through a giveaway here on Goodreads. Not sure what to expect, but I'm looking forward to receiving and rea...moreI just found out I won a copy of NO ANGELS through a giveaway here on Goodreads. Not sure what to expect, but I'm looking forward to receiving and reading it!(less)
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Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and anger issues. The story takes place over the course of about three to four years, and through the book we get glimpses of how she is dealing with her issues and what she is doing to improve her life. Recovery is not always easy though, and we see that with Madeline and with the people she befriends at the rehab in Spring Meadows.
From the cover and the summary, I thought Recovery Road was going to be a love story, and while there is some romance here and there, it's not the main focus. It's about Madeline first and foremost. Her life and her recovery. If you're wondering about the romance, I will say that it's NOT all sunshine and rainbows. But, and although I felt Madeline fell in love with Stewart (the boy she met at rehab) rather quickly, my favorite parts in the book would have to be when Madeline was at Spring Meadows with Stewart.
As I mentioned, the book goes through a couple of years of Madeline's life. Because of this we're not always given the full details. Such as Madeline's life before and when she came to Spring Meadows or the story behind Stewart's situation and his problems. It's not hard to imagine, especially with what is revealed in the book; however, I wouldn't have minded more details about the characters' situations and explanations for their behaviors.
The ending of the book isn't want I expected or wanted, but there is some hope. For Madeline, at least. Recovery Road gives us a look into the life of Madeline during her gradual recovery, and I would recommend it to those looking for a fast-paced read about real issues that aren't solved simply and easily.(less)
It's been awhile since I read this book, so I can't say that I remember everything about it. I do know that I liked it for the most part, eve...more3.5 stars
It's been awhile since I read this book, so I can't say that I remember everything about it. I do know that I liked it for the most part, even though I remember thinking that some characters were a bit too perfect and that I didn't feel like I knew the leading female character Jocelyn well. Apparently she's a Homeland Security agent, but honestly, if I didn't know that before reading the book, it would have never crossed my mind. There was also another female character, Joelle, and her story was extremely heartbreaking. I wish things had ended differently for her because she was so sweet and deserved so much better.
I would also like to mention that Blood Destiny has very graphic and disturbing, gory violence. That doesn't bother me, but I think some readers will probably be very put off by that. So, just giving a warning to those who don't like to read those types of books.
Anyway, thanks to Tessa Dawn and GoodReads for the opportunity to read this book!(less)
I enjoyed a lot of things about Valkyrie Rising. The rich and refreshing setting of Norway. The way the mythology was woven nicely into the s...more4.5 stars
I enjoyed a lot of things about Valkyrie Rising. The rich and refreshing setting of Norway. The way the mythology was woven nicely into the story and the fact that it was filled with badass female warriors known as the Valkyries.
Ellie, the main character, was likeable and brave, and her brother's best friend and the love interest Tucker was my favorite because of his awesome personality and protectiveness of Ellie. All the characters were great and believable, and I loved how the romance played an important role that never once overshadowed everything else the book had to offer.
The pace and action really began to pick up at the halfway point, but the beginning was still as intriguing as the rest of the novel. Overall, I thought Valkyrie Rising was well done and thoroughly entertaining.(less)
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has even started hearing the voice of Ian, someone she has dreamed about for years, in her mind. She beings to realize that these dreams might be real after all when Ian reveals himself to her. Harmony was a fast-paced read filled with romance, vampires, and hints of Irish magic and lore.
I think the parts I liked the most were actually the scenes from Ian's perspective. I have always liked reading from a male's perspective and reading from Ian's view made it interesting. While the events in the book go by quickly and some things seem to have an easy resolution, not everything is resolved by the end. I guess that's why it's a planned series. I would recommend this book to those who can't get enough of YA vampire novels.
Thanks to Cambio Publishing & Goodreads for the chance to read Harmony!(less)
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I think I would've had a slightly different experience had I read Prince of Wolves instead of...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I think I would've had a slightly different experience had I read Prince of Wolves instead of listened to the audio edition. By that I mean I don't believe I would have finished this book if I had tried reading it. The characters were annoying, and the romance was cheesy. I'm actually surprised I managed to get through the audio. But I have to say it wasn't easy to do even that. I fell asleep many times out of boredom and had to force myself to keep going. The only reason I continued to listen was because I was able to tune it out sometimes and still follow what was going on for the most part. It had a fairly predictable storyline, so that must have been why.
The narrator of the story did a pretty good job. Her narrating voice, though, was way better than the voices she used for some characters. Take Fane, for example. His accented voice combined with his cringe-worthy lines had me laughing and gave me second-hand embarrassment. He was a young wolf, but he sounded like an old, creaky Dracula. I thought I would have gotten use to it by the end or that his voice would have gotten better later on... That wasn't the case though. What this whole experience made me realize is that audiobooks just may not be for me.(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)
First off, I just loved the fact that some of the book was set in my hometown Jacksonville, NC. Tha...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
First off, I just loved the fact that some of the book was set in my hometown Jacksonville, NC. That was really neat!
Hell on Wheels was about the relationship between Ali and Nate and how they worked together to take down the person who killed Ali's brother and Nate's best friend. I really liked the premise, but I felt only half the book was about the main characters. I think part of the reason the perspective switched to other characters was to set up stories for future books in the Black Knights, Inc. series. I realized I didn't mind as much in some instances, since I really enjoyed reading about Frank and Becky. However, I think it might have led to me not quite connecting with Ali and Nate. They did have some great moments, and I'm pretty much happy with how their story ended. I just wish I felt more connected with them. But overall, it was a fun and interesting read, and I would recommend it to romantic suspense fans!
Thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for the chance to read Hell on Wheels early!(less)
I have only read a couple of books from a handful of adult series, so I'm not sure how the world, t...more 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!(less)