I really liked the beginning of Beautiful Disaster when Abby first meets Travis. I was so My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I really liked the beginning of Beautiful Disaster when Abby first meets Travis. I was so glad it didn't take them long to meet. The relationship between Abby and Travis was what intrigued me the most from reading the book's summary. The good-girl and the bad-boy. I love it when opposites attract! But what I always realize about two people in a relationship that are labeled as "opposites" is that they're not entirely different from each other. And I think Abby and Travis are a good example of that. Both have their vulnerabilities and share other similar qualities. Even if it was hard for them to believe that their relationship would work out or that they were meant to be, it was obvious they cared about and loved each other deeply.
Before I started the book, I expected Abby and Travis's relationship to be drama-filled and to make me frustrated. So, as the story went on, I wasn't surprised with all the back and forth between them. That being said, though, I can't say that I completely liked some of the decisions Abby made, some of Travis's actions, and some of the ways they both reacted to things. And I do think that at times the drama was a bit too much. Maybe overboard. Definitely very frustrating. Some events seemed a bit unrealistic and convenient. Kind of what I usually see in soap operas. I can totally understand the appeal though. I know there have been times where, out of nowhere, I became addicted to all that drama in soaps, no matter how frustrated it made me. It's just hard to look away, especially when all you want is for everyone to be happy in the end.
And in the end, I was satisfied with how things turned out for Abby and Travis. To those who are interested in reading Beautiful Disaster, I would say...go for it! Just be prepared for the drama. It's definitely one of those guilty pleasure reads.
Btw, huge thanks to the awesome Jojo! I had been wanting to read this book for awhile, and she surprised me with a copy. Thank you, Jojo! <3...more
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has 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!...more
First off, I just loved the fact that some of the book was set in my hometown Jacksonville, NC. Tha 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!...more
Liquid Lies is about a Secondary, an Ofarian, named Gwen Carroway. It's her story of growth and fin 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!...more
Alyson Noel's new series Soul Seekers takes place in the same world as her Immortals series. There' 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....more
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 spentCaptured 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!...more
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 (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 (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!...more
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Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and 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....more
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke u My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke up with her, her parents are getting divorced, and she's been forced to see a psychologist after she tells her parents that a guy has been stalking her. A guy that apparently only she can see.
Things only get worse for Kylie when she's caught at a party with alcohol, and at the advice of the psychologist, Kylie's parents send her to Shadow Falls Camp for the summer. Shadow Falls is suppose to be a camp for troubled teens, but Kylie quickly realizes that no one at the camp is normal. Everyone is a supernatural, and there are all types: vampires, werewolves, fairies, shape-shifters, etc.
In this book, supernaturals can figure out if a person is a supernatural, and what type of supernatural they are, by reading the person's brain pattern. Kylie is different though. For some reason, no one is able to read her brain pattern. They know she's not a normal person, but that's about it. Kylie, thinking that they are wrong about her, spends the majority of the book wishing/hoping/praying that she is not a supernatural.
And I felt that's really all that happened in the book.
Other than Shadow Falls Camp being a promoter of peace between the different species of supernaturals, teenage supernaturals go to the camp to learn how to harness their powers. Or so it states in the book's summary. Throughout the book I was waiting to read some kind of scene like that, but it never happened. There was just a bunch of talking and questions from Kylie. It seemed most of her questions were not answered until later or at all because nobody seemed to know or have the answers. That was probably to add to the mystery, but I just wish it didn't take the entire book to find out whether or not Kylie was a supernatural. Especially since it was obvious that she's a supernatural (and it got pretty annoying how much she was in denial).
As for everything else in the book... I think the most intriguing scenes were with the "ghost stalker." When we found out the ghost's story, I was surprised. Didn't see it coming. I liked Kylie's new friends Miranda and Della. The bickering between Miranda and Della was pretty funny at times. The love-triangle... Well, I tend to dislike love-triangles. I didn't hate this one, but I wasn't impressed with it either. It was a typical love-triangle. Instant attraction. Kylie couldn't stop thinking about either Lucas or Derek. Oh, and her ex-boyfriend Trey. I thought I would be rooting for one of these guys by the end, but nope, I'm not. Not much progress.
Like I mentioned before, not all the questions were answered. There is still a lot of mystery. But I guess that's why this is a series, not a stand-alone. And even though I felt like there wasn't enough action in this book, I'm intrigued enough that I would probably read the sequel....more
Incendiary centered around Chelsea and the ordeals she faced in trying to keep the local f 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....more
In Demonkeepers, the Nightkeepers must find a way to access the library of their ancestors in order 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! :)...more
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, eve3.5 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!...more
I have mixed feelings for The Kissing Coach. A few parts where actually pretty good, some My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I have mixed feelings for The Kissing Coach. A few parts where actually pretty good, some were okay, but the rest for the most part left me feeling...disconnected.
I think overall this wasn't the type of story I enjoy reading. I never really warmed up to the main character Feather. She irritated me at times. I could not relate to her. Her past was the only aspect I thought was interesting about her. I found the love interest Devin to be a bit more likable, but like with Feather, he ended up frustrating me too.
While this story didn't impact me, it at least kept my interest enough that I was able to finish it. If you're curious about it, I would say go for it. It's a quick read....more
All the books had humor, but this one made me laugh so much. There was also more moments between Eugenides and theEugenides owned. It was so awesome.
All the books had humor, but this one made me laugh so much. There was also more moments between Eugenides and the queen, which made me Awww... I loved this book. It's my favorite out of the first three books. :)...more
I knew what would happen, but I kept thinking that maybe I was wrong. And when it did happen, it really hurt. It was so sad and heartbreaking. Even:'(
I knew what would happen, but I kept thinking that maybe I was wrong. And when it did happen, it really hurt. It was so sad and heartbreaking. Even though it made me feel that way, I loved it. This book was simply amazing, and I wish everyone would give this book a chance....more