Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series, brings readers back into the lives of Claire and Jamie Fraser. This book just confirmed m...moreDragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series, brings readers back into the lives of Claire and Jamie Fraser. This book just confirmed my love for this series.
All the original characters are back in this sequel but it also introduces readers to a bunch of new characters. Two of those characters play a prominent role in the story but I wasn’t all that impressed with them. Brianna Fraser and Roger Wakefield are introduced early in the book but readers are not given a lot of background information about either of them. I know this is a long series and these characters are going to play parts in the following books though so I’m assuming Diana Gabaldon did that on purpose. I liked them both but I look forward to finding out more about them.
As for the original cast of characters, I didn’t think it was possible to love them more but I was wrong. Jamie and Claire only grow more amazing throughout the course of the book. Claire is just as strong as she was in the first book, if not stronger. She may not fit the mold of women in the eighteenth century but she doesn’t care and neither does Jamie. Jamie is a strong man who loves Claire exactly the way she is. They are both stubborn and like to argue but I think that only added depth to their relationship. I loved Jamie but he was seriously hard-headed and made some very bad choices in Dragonfly in Amber. He did make up for them though.
The story is full of politics and mystery and a good amount of romance. The politics are what really had me hooked though. The majority of the story is set in the eighteenth century and it focuses on the rising of Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie.) I don’t know how much of the story was fact and how much was fiction but it was so captivating! This is definitely one of those books that will have you intrigued enough to actually look into more of the history surrounding the story.
Overall, Dragonfly in Amber is a solid sequel to Outlander. I’m continuing my binge read of this series with Voyager and I seriously need to get started after that crazy ending!(less)
After watching the first episode of the new Starz TV show, Outlander, I couldn’t resist picking up the first book in the series that it was adapted fr...moreAfter watching the first episode of the new Starz TV show, Outlander, I couldn’t resist picking up the first book in the series that it was adapted from. I’d heard about Outlander before watching the show but I’d never actually picked it up. I’m so glad the show gave me that final push to give the series a try.
Outlander is unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s such a mix of genres that I honestly have a hard time describing it when people ask about it. It’s definitely mostly historical fiction but it’s also romance with a hint of science fiction and fantasy. Outlander incorporates everything I love from all those genres and it all blends so perfectly in this series.
The characters are what will keep readers invested in Outlander. The book is long. The version I read was almost 900 pages but I never once felt the urge to stop reading. By 100 pages in I wanted to know everything that would happen to Claire, Jamie, Frank, Colum, Dougal, and the others. Every character is extremely unique and that’s hard to do with a cast of characters that is so large. Jamie and Claire were by far my favorites though. Their love story was absolutely amazing. Jamie was strong, fierce, protective, and kind. Yes there was one thing he did that I did not approve of but it didn’t change my opinion of him. (If you’ve read the book, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!) Claire was a lot like Jamie. She was strong and protective but she was also so smart and so outspoken. It definitely made for some interesting situations seeing as women weren’t really like that back then. She and Jamie butted heads quite a bit but it only made their relationship stronger. Also, don’t ever think you can trust someone in this book. Holy crap were they a bunch of backstabbers.
The first 100 pages are a little dull. Don’t let that stop you from reading though. Outlander is a wonderful start to the series of the same name and I’m eager to continue with the series. I’m 100% invested in the lives of these characters now.
Note: There are explicit scenes in Outlander. It is an adult novel. It contains graphic descriptions of torture and rape. You have been warned.(less)
When I saw Dearest Clementine on sale on Amazon, I decided to give it a shot. It was free, what could it hurt? Well, I realized there was a good reaso...moreWhen I saw Dearest Clementine on sale on Amazon, I decided to give it a shot. It was free, what could it hurt? Well, I realized there was a good reason it was free: it’d be a complete waste of money to actually pay for it.
Clementine was a grade A bitch. She was only nice to a handful of people and those people were her close friends. Hell, one of her roommates was even scared of her. When she first meets Gavin she’s not even willing to tell him her name and he’s nothing but nice. Clementine really didn’t have much personality either. It seemed all she had going for her was her looks.
Speaking of looks, the author spends way too much time talking about Clementine’s. It’s all about how gorgeous Clem is, how skinny, how lightweight, etc. We get it, she’s pretty! No need to mention it on every page.
There was also way too much going on, plotwise. There was this whole storyline with Clementine’s professor, another storyline about a missing girl, another storyline about Clementine being a YA writer but nobody knows it, another storyline involving Clementine’s cheating ex, etc. Holy crap! The sad part was that the book still wasn’t very gripping even with all that going on.
As for the love interest (or three) I didn’t mind him but I didn’t particularly like him either. He was very secretive and his secrets ended up being really stupid. If he had just talked to Clementine they would have had no drama in their relationship. Of course he couldn’t do that and Clementine freaked out because she had trust issues. Those trust issues revolved around her ex, Daren, who I actually maybe liked more than Gavin. And that is saying something. Sure he messed up but he apologized and seemed like a really sweet guy.
Overall, Dearest Clementine is one new adult novel that I cannot recommend. This is one series that I will not be continuing.(less)
Shatter, the final book in the True Believers series, was a wonderful conclusion to the series. Erin McCarthy’s new adult series is full of romance, h...moreShatter, the final book in the True Believers series, was a wonderful conclusion to the series. Erin McCarthy’s new adult series is full of romance, heartbreak, and tons of laughs.
Kylie wasn’t the best at first but she quickly grew on me. She definitely put a lot of emphasis on what happened with Robin and Nathan but that was deserved. Maybe not so much on Robin’s part but for sure on Nathan’s. What made up for that though was Kylie’s great sense of humor. That was by far my favorite thing about her. One annoying trait of hers was how self conscious she was about her looks but that got better as the book went on. The love interest, Johnathon, was adorable. He was totally nerdy and so awesome. He didn’t know anything about girls, especially non-nerdy ones like Kylie. It was funny to see him fumble with Kylie. He was a really great guy though.
The one thing that wasn’t so great about Shatter was the drama. There was constant drama throughout the book and it got extremely annoying. I wanted to hit both Kylie and Johnathon. They were both smart people who did and said some very dumb things. I felt like a lot of the drama was unnecessary and just used to move the story along.
The ending was the best part. The epilogue tied everything up, not just for Kylie and Johnathon but for Riley, Jess, Robin, Phoenix, Rory, and Tyler as well. It was super cute and left me with the biggest smile on my face.
Overall, the True Believers series is fabulous for new adult fans who like fun stories with steamy romances. I hope Erin McCarthy continues to write new adult novels!(less)
I Want It That Way is Ann Aguirre’s first foray into the young adult genre and she definitely did it right! Nadia and Ty’s story captured my heart and...moreI Want It That Way is Ann Aguirre’s first foray into the young adult genre and she definitely did it right! Nadia and Ty’s story captured my heart and this series has some serious potential.
Nadia reminded me a lot of myself. She’s hardworking, driven, and pretty hard on herself. She is a full time college student who also has a part time job. She has very little free time but she still manages to maintain some great friendships and care about her family. Ty is similar to Nadia in that he’s working as well as putting himself through school but he’s also got a 4-year-old son to take care of. What little free time he has he spends with his son and his parents. Nadia and Ty don’t seem like they’d work since neither of them has much free time but what little time they do have they spend getting to know each other.
Nadia and Ty’s relationship seemed a little instalovey at first but that changed quickly. It was more that they were both instantly attracted to each other even though they both knew they couldn’t possibly work out. They decided to be friends and they really spent time getting to know each other. They definitely had chemistry though and I was just waiting for them to give into the attraction. They were not meant to be just friends, no matter what they thought.
The story wasn’t action-packed but it was still fast-paced. Once I started reading, I could not stop. I fell in love with Nadia and Ty’s story and I wanted to know if they’d get their happy ending. The story also does a great job introducing the characters that will be center stage in the following two books in the series. I wasn’t very impressed with Lauren but Max’s story is one I can’t wait for.
I Want It That Way is definitely a new adult book. There are some serious sexy times. I knew that Ann Aguirre could do romance but I had no idea they could be this steamy! She’s right up there with Jennifer Armentrout and Erin McCarthy in that category.
Overall, I Want It That Way is a fabulous new adult novel that I highly recommend. Ann Aguirre has been added to my list of favorite new adult authors and I can’t wait to read the second 2B novel.(less)
Gates of Thread and Stone is a strong debut from Lori M. Lee and a wonderful start to a new fantasy series. It’s got a little something for all reader...moreGates of Thread and Stone is a strong debut from Lori M. Lee and a wonderful start to a new fantasy series. It’s got a little something for all readers and I think it’s a great introduction to fantasy if that’s not a genre you’re familiar with.
The story starts off strong and continues that way throughout. I was hooked from the very first page. The pacing was fabulous and I never felt the urge to put the book down. It’s a quick read that will leave readers wanting more. There is mystery, romance, action, and deception woven through every page. I never could guess what was going to happen next. (Until the very end when I had a tiny inkling that something might happen!) Like I said, this book really has a little something for everyone. Also, the fantasy aspect of it wasn’t quite as strong as other young adult fantasy novels like Rae Carson’s or Leigh Bardugo’s. I don’t mean that in a bad way though. I think this would be a great introduction to the fantasy genre for people who may be a little intimidated by some of the other fantasy novels out there.
The characters were a little bit lacking for me. I never felt truly invested in their stories. When one of them was hurt or taken, I didn’t get all that upset. Kai, Avan, Reev, and the others felt a little unreal to me. I never got enough information about them to feel like I knew their stories. I know this is only the first in a series but by the end of the book I felt like I should have cared more than I did for the characters. They were far from terrible though. Kai was strong and self-sufficient. She didn’t require saving every other page. She could take care of herself and in fact, she could help others too. Avan and Kai shared a lot of characteristics and I think that was part of why they fought so much. They both wanted to look out for the other when really both of them could easily look out for themselves. Avan was a true gentleman though. He was protective of Kai but he didn’t try to stifle her independence. I liked that he was confident enough in himself to not need to put her down. Reev was the most lacking for me. I liked him but there were a lot of mysteries surrounding him and I feel like some of those mysteries still weren’t cleared up at the end of Gates of Thread and Stone.
Kai’s ability was another big issue of mine for most of the book. It went unexplained for quite some time. Kai would use her ability but as the reader, I didn’t have a clue what she was doing, how she was doing it, or how it could possibly help her. Not until one of the last few chapters was her ability explained and I felt confused about it even then. I think there will be a lot more exploring of Kai’s powers in the next book.
Overall, Gates of Thread and Stone didn’t wow me like I hoped but it did get me interested enough to check out the next book. Fantasy fans will enjoy this one.(less)