Elemental gives readers a quick glimpse into Michael's past and why he acts the way he does. Very brief though, and best read, I think, as a supplemenElemental gives readers a quick glimpse into Michael's past and why he acts the way he does. Very brief though, and best read, I think, as a supplement to the series, rather than a true prequel. Still, love this series, and I cannot wait for Michael's book--such a strong hero!...more
I love this series; even though Spark is still my all-time favorite at this point, I've still enjoyed every book and novella from Kemmerer, and I don I love this series; even though Spark is still my all-time favorite at this point, I've still enjoyed every book and novella from Kemmerer, and I don't see that changing anytime soon!
This is a short story, but I still loved every page, and like with all of Kemmerer's writing, this story had a purpose in the over all series, showing us more about Hunter's past, where he comes from and setting up for the bigger picture in the series.
First few pages of this book, and I was already smiling, having a great time. I had to write down this quote:
"Does it scare you?" said Clare. "Living in a house with guns?"
Hunter smiled. "It's not like I wake up in the middle of the night to find them staring down at me."
"Shut up." She gave him a light shove. "No, I mean are you ever worried you'll accidentally get shot?"
"You mean, when I catch the assault rifle raiding the refrigerator? Like maybe it'll turn on me?"
Her breath caught again.
"You have an assault rifle in your house?"
"Sure. It's partial to lime Jell-O."
3.5 STARS! A quick, yet effective, look into Hunter's life, I think it even made me fall for Hunter a bit more, now I'm even more anxious to read more about him! The Elementals may well be my new favorite series, my go-to for a great story that is sure to keep me entertained! ...more
Hunter...oh, Hunter! My heart broke for him many times in this book. Many times. How can I not love Hunter? He's been through so much, doesn't know whHunter...oh, Hunter! My heart broke for him many times in this book. Many times. How can I not love Hunter? He's been through so much, doesn't know what he is suppose to do, who he can trust... As much as it pained me to see him struggle, I loved watching him slowly find himself in Spirit. It was a long, painful journey, but he did it. Does that mean his life is now perfect and easy? Hell no! But he knows who he is, what he believes in, and, more importantly, that trusting the right people (like the Merricks) does not make him weak.
Spirit is just as great as the previous books in the series, and yet this book is very different from the others. I loved every moment of it. I cried along side Hunter when he couldn't hold up his fake front anymore. I cried for his losses. I cried over his lack of trust, and friendship and love. Yet I also cheered for him, even laughed with him a time or two. Kemmerer has a talent, writing action packed novels with a heart---and I don't mean the romance, thought that is always nicely done, too. The heart I refer to is emotions, being able to find yourself, to find a connection with another person, whether it's a budding romance or a brother-like bond with the Merricks. Well done, Kemmerer, well done!
Gah, I love the interactions between the Merrick brothers, as well as the scenes with the Merricks and Hunter. They're not all huggy and nice, they're real. They are guys. Emotions? Pfft, push those aside and pretend they don't exist, but secretly yeah, they do have them. :) Love it! The sarcasm, the fights and arguments. And then the small “make up” scenes when they agree to be friends. Or, at the very least, not complete enemies. Even amongst the brothers, this happens often. They love each other, of course, but that doesn't mean they get along all the time!
Really, the conversations between Gabriel and Hunter are great. They're guys—they say one thing out loud, but really want to say something else. Stubborn men! But I loved every minute of it. Plus, you know I love Gabriel!
And the passion--- Oh, Hunter! Very lively and sexy; no complaints from me!
Wow! Yes, he does know what to do...can I throw myself at him? Please?
And my favorite scene, I think, came at the very end. * sigh * I blinked back more than a few tears at this part. Wake up, Hunter—you're not alone in the world, the Merricks are there for you, and Gabriel needs you as a friend as much as you need him! :D
4.5 STARS! Once again, Brigid Kemmerer has blown me away! Hunter's book both surprised me and yet gave me everything I expected! This is one series, one author, you do not want to miss. It's not just another paranormal, romance, it's not “just a YA” book. Kemmerer's books are so much more than that. Gabriel, barely, beats Hunter as my favorite Elemental, but I love Hunter, too, and Spirit is definitely going on my keeper shelf!
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Kemmerer did a great job at sharing Nick's uncertainty about his future, about what he wants out of life and who he is. I'll admit, reading the previoKemmerer did a great job at sharing Nick's uncertainty about his future, about what he wants out of life and who he is. I'll admit, reading the previous books in the series, it never crossed my mind that Nick could be gay, but even after reading Breathless I'm not put off by it. Nick deserves to find his way in life, too, and even though I'm not typically comfortable reading about a gay relationship, I'm still going to read every book Kemmerer releases in this series! I'm curious to see how things turn out for Nick.
Another quick look into one of the Merrick brother's life, Breathless is a welcome "twist" to the series. :) And the kiss between Nick and Adam? Oh my... ...more
After reading Breathless, we found out that Nick is hiding something. Now, finally, inSecret, it all comes out. It's not pretty, it's not easy, and it
After reading Breathless, we found out that Nick is hiding something. Now, finally, inSecret, it all comes out. It's not pretty, it's not easy, and it's definitely not painless. Nick gets hurt, Gabriel gets hurt, even Adam and Quinn get hurt from it. But it needed to come out; Nick is gay.
I know I don't read m/m romances, but it's not because I'm against gays. To be honest, I'm more neutral than anything – but that's an entirely different story, and something that has nothing to do with this review. If anything, my reason for avoiding m/m is due more to the fact that I'm just not sure where to start, how to find the type of story, characters, and writing I would like. But, again, I'm getting off subject, sorry about that.
I'll admit, for a few brief moments after Breathless, I was worried that I wouldn't like Nick's book. Then I realized, two things. First, this is Kemmerer's writing; she could take the story ANYWHERE and I'd still love it. And two? I can't hide the fact that Ireally liked Adam and Nick's first kiss. Wow. And just that quickly, I was as anxious for Nick's book as I was for all the others.
Looking back now, I'm not sure why I hesitated, even for that brief time. Secret was everything I expect from Kemmerer and so much more!
Like with the rest of this series, Secret packs a punch – raw emotions, great characters, enough action and suspense that this should be a movie (assuming it wasn't butchered, like many books-turned-movies are), and, yes, a good dose of heat and desire. It's a YA series; there's nothing graphic (though, dirty girl that I am, I'll admit, I would happily have took some graphic somethin'-somethin', both in Gabriel and, now, Nick's books!). But man, does Kemmerer know how to write such fantastic sexual tension and desire, even without turning it into erotica!
I loved seeing Nick and Adam trying to figure out their relationship. Nick's new at it, but Adam's not exactly a pro, either. They both blush, which I loved watching, especially with Nick. They had their sweet moments, were I almost wanted to cry, and they also had their really hot moments, when it was literally slammed-into-the-wall passion. Either way, I was a very, very happy reader!
Adam was so sweet; he's perfect for Nick (and Nick is perfect for him, of course). I admit, I even started crushing on Adam a bit. I never once felt uncomfortable while reading this book; this was love, fresh and new and uncertain, no matter who the couple was.
I have to admit that Tyler really took me through a variety of emotions. I was very uncertain through the first part of the book, not sure which side he was on, what he might do to Quinn, etc. But looking back on it, why didn't I simply trust Kemmerer? I should know by now that she always makes it work in the end, and she did. Tyler changed, which did surprise me, but also made me smile. I think I liked the interactions between Tyler and Quinn almost as much as I did Nick and Adam.
I won't spoil anything, but I will say this – be prepared when you pick this one up. Reading Secret knocked me on my ass more than once, surprised at the new turn of events Kemmerer created. And I loved every minute of it. I flipped the pages like a woman possessed, needing the next surprise, yet dreading it, not wanting the book to end. When I finally hit the last page, I may have threw a fit. Just a small one. * pauses * Okay, fine, a LARGE fit. Is it October yet? I want Michael's book. No, scratch that, I want more Elementals. PERIOD. More Nick, more Gabriel, more Hunter – heck, even more Chirs. I just want more, Brigid, more, do you hear me?
As with Gabriel and Hunter's books, Secret is going on my keeper shelf when it releases in print, and I'll be putting this one towards the top of my best of 2014 books. I'm already twitching, waiting until the official release date when I can share Nick and Adam's story with my friends. I'll have to put duct-tape over my mouth until they've finished the book though. And that, my fellow readers, is always the sign of an amazing book—dying to share it with others, ready to reread it at the drop of a hat, and wanting your own copy to pet and cuddle and lovingly mark favorite passages in. I'll be doing all of these things with Nick's book for years to come!
4 1/2 STARS!
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Wow. Just wow.... Spark drew me in from the very first page and I was instantly hooked--I want more! I didn't start the series with Storm, like I shouWow. Just wow.... Spark drew me in from the very first page and I was instantly hooked--I want more! I didn't start the series with Storm, like I should have, but I plan on buying it, as well as the novellas, and read the series in order. And yes, that will including a reread of this book while I wait for the next release! :)
Brigid Kemmerer has become a new favorite author of mine and I look forward to reading more of her work. I enjoy her writing--there's something compelling about it.
Gabriel is a great hero, very tortured and full of problems and I loved falling for him along side Layne. When he started to open up to Layne, and see her for who she really is...*sigh* I melted!
I loved Layne as well, she was a heroine to root for, and I felt for her. Her brother, Simon, was also a favorite of mine. And let's not forget Hunter and Gabriel's brothers--such a lucky town, all these hot guys in one spot! :D
4.5 STARS! Spark is truly a great book, which kept me reading even when I should have been doing other things. Sexy and addicting, I highly recommend this series. I found the paranormal element to be very interesting, but loved that the story was about the characters and their struggles, too, not just their powers. I can't wait to return to this world!
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I liked that Becca was a very strong heroine, and I admire her for all she's been through while still holding herself together.
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I liked that Becca was a very strong heroine, and I admire her for all she's been through while still holding herself together.
The story was great and really kicks off the series.
I loved meeting all the Merricks, and Hunter, too. 5 Strong, sexy guys--I want more of all of them! :)
The love-triangle between Hunter, Becca and Chris was a bit annoying, I'll admit. I felt confused--I knew who she'd end up with, of course, but I often wanted her to go with Hunter instead, as he seemed to be around Becca a bit more. I liked Chris, but I think I fell more for Hunter, and I look forward to reading his story.
After reading Spark, I had to go back and start the series in order. While I liked Spark a bit more than Storm, I still really enjoyed this one, and I read it very quickly, as Kemmerer pulled me right into the book from the beginning. I love this series, and I can't wait to read future books by this author! ...more
While this series has improved greatly with each book, Just One Drop is my favorite by far!
I loved how Jen's stubborn, wild, and witty side came out in this book. I also loved the banter between Decebel and Jen, especially the sexy build up between them. Even though this is a YA series, it is not for the younger teens, yet man fans of adult romances will also find this book to their liking.
The only real complain I have is this: I did find that the ending was far too rushed and felt incomplete. By the last page I was frustrated. However, Quinn did her job well—I'm anxious to read book four! :)
4.5 STARS! Full of witty remarks, a funny cheer or two (trust me, if you read it you will know what I'm talking about!), and enough sexy Alpha males to make any shifter fan extremely happy, Just One Drop is a must read! I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series, and I'm glad that despite my doubts with book 1 I stuck with it. This book reminded me of why I love trying new authors—you just never know what you'll find! ...more
Quinn Loftis continues her Grey Wolf series with Blood Rites. In this installment novel, Jacque and Fane's journey continues as they struggle through various trials that keep popping up--trials that keep them from bonding.
But there's another story (or two...) emerging in this book as well. Jen, Jacque's loud (but funny) best friend, plays a stronger role. It appears that she is not exactly human after all... Decebel, the Beta of Fane's pack, seems to have a case of “stubborn-jealous-protective-male-itis”for her. And let me tell you, the banter between the two is great!
Blood Rites grabbed my attention more than book one. By the end of this book I was, I'll admit, more interested in Jen's story than Jacque's. I'm really looking forward to reading Jen and Decebel's story in future books!
However, I was happy to see Jacque and Fane finally complete their bonding. The words they spoke to each other during the ceremony were enough to make me choke up a bit, as well as dream of my own man to love me like that! Werewolf genes completely optional, but appreciated! :)
4 STARS! So far this series seems to be getting better by the book. I can only hope this stays true for the next book. Although if it is “only” as enjoyable as Blood Rites, you won't hear a complaint from me! For a different YA paranormal series, be sure to pick up Loftis' books—you won't be disappointed!...more
I'll be honest—I had problems with Prince of Wolves. The writing was a bit awkward to read, and rather than feeling like I was in a story, it was more like I was being told that I was reading a story (does that even make sense?). I felt like the word choices didn't match the story being told, or the characters in it, and this bothered me, made the novel difficult to enjoy.
However, despite these flaws, I still found myself flipping the pages, curious to see how things turned out. I didn't mind the basic storyline, and even found it a bit unique (personally, I've yet to read a shapeshifter book for YA were the mated-pair theme comes into play so strongly). But the writing did stand in the way a bit, keeping me from loving this book.
Jacque's character didn't seem very solid to me; one moment she would say something this way, and the next she'd say it in a completely different way. The slang, the cliches and just odd words just didn't fit her, or her friends. At least in my opinion! Fane was okay, but again, not great as a character—I felt like I was missing something from him, too.
Now Jacque's two best friends didn't exactly steal the show, either. Jen has a wicked (literally--dirty) sense of humor, but most of the time I felt her jokes and wit were buried under all the writing issues. I wanted to like her, and the things she said, but more often than not she was just in the background, barely there. Sally...well, I can't really tell you much about Sally. For whatever reason, nothing comes to mind—so either she wasn't properly “explained” or the description didn't stick.
3 STARS! Still, when I finished Prince of Wolves, I found myself wanting to pick up Blood Rites, to see what happens next. In spite of the issues I may have with this one, I think this series is going to become a bit of a guilty pleasure. Books that I can't help but wanting to finish, even if they might not be 5 star candidates. And that's okay with me because 3 stars isn't anything to be upset about in my opinion, and the fact that I do wish to read the rest of the series eventually is a pretty good sign! ...more
For the first time in months, I was drawn into a story, completely captivated by its tale. Rift is a fantastic novel, a work of fantasy and sexy romance, and a book that reminded me why I love reading!
As much as I adored Rift, I will admit that it has a few flaws, a few areas of the book where the story slowed and the pace seemed bogged down. But it wasn't long before the action started again, and for this, and many other reasons, I still loved it enough to mark it as a favorite!
Ember is a great heroine, strong and determined and believable. Barrow was also great, a hero I wanted to meet—and perhaps fall for myself. :)
Even many of the other characters were entertaining. Kael, for example, had a great personality and sense of humor, and I'd love to read more of it in the future!
4.5 STARS! Simply put Andrea Cremer's newest is an amazing read. Filled with action and fantasy galore, it lead me to a world I didn't want to leave! And the romance between Ember and Barrow was sexy, yet sweet, and made me wish for my own Barrow to love. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel—I am dying to read more of Ember's tale, to see how everything turns out...and yes, to see more Barrow, too! Oh, totally random—but the cover and designs on the pages are simply beautiful! I loved seeing the Stonehenge image before each chapter; it only added to the overall magical feel of the novel. ...more
~*~*~*~ Another installment in the bestselling YA series, Morganville Vampires, another twist in the ongoing story. Black Dawn continues the story that was started when Claire Danvers was only sixteen and a newbie to Morganville. Fast-forward a few years and not only is she no longer quiet as naive and quiet, but she may be the only one able to save the town—both humans and vampires alike—from the terrible nightmare that is the draug.
There is just so much happening in this book, new twists and turns, new problems that arise and new terrors that form. It's not something that can be described or summarized—you simply have to read it. And while a person could read this book, or any of the others, out of order, I would still highly recommend that you read this series from start to finish to get the full enjoyment out of it.
I remember when this series first started. Claire was a heroine that I could stand behind, she was smart and driven to succeed, she was quiet, but yet able to stand up when the situation called for it. But as the series went on, I think we lost some of her unique character traits. She's different, changed—and I'm not completely sure that's a good thing. I miss the old Claire, the one that first drew me to this series.
Ms. Caine knows how to draw a story out, to fill it with suspense and edge-of-your-seat thrills, while still throwing in a few good laughs here and there. It's one of the reasons why I enjoy her books. But I think the best part of Black Dawn was the relationship moments between Shane and Claire—and they were few and far between. I wish there had been more, because what was there was great. This book, like all the others, was filled with action. But it didn't quiet hold my full attention—maybe I'm just waiting for Claire and her friends to get their HEA, and it seems like instead a new problem is always getting thrown in their path. I'll be honest—their life really sucks right now!
4 STARS! If you are a fan of this series, like I am, then you'll love Black Dawn. If you have yet to read this series, I would suggest starting with book one, rather than just jumping right in. Caine does it again, giving her readers another Morganville Vampire book filled with trouble and thrills, suspense and action, not to mention a bit of romance and laughter thrown in, too. It's not my favorite book in the series, but it's still a really good choice for a day of reading. I can only hope that we get the finale for this series soon; I think the characters deserve their happily ever after—or at least a break from all the problems that come with living in Morganville, Texas. :)...more
Alyson Noel kicks off a new paranormal series, one that revolves around Native American myths and magic. Fated begins the story of Daire's journey to not only find out who she is, what she can do, but also what her destiny is—to prevent Coyote from throwing off the balance of life and turn their world into chaos. The battle for the souls has begun, and only Daire has the power as Seeker to stop it. But is she strong enough to do it?
First, may I just say that I absolutely love the cover for Fated? I know, I know, covers shouldn't matter, but I'll proudly admit it—I'm a cover whore! :) The prettier/sexier/yummier, the better! And Fated is just gorgeous; I'm tempted every time I pick it up to stroke it....
But back to the book itself. :)
I already knew that Alyson Noel has a real talent for writing fantasy novels, and she proves it yet again in the debut for her new Soul Seekers series. The writing is done nicely, and the story is interesting, allowing the reader to journey into the book easily, not wanting to come out until the very end!
I really loved this book because of the interesting fantasy elements we get. The magic and spirit animals, all based on Native American myths, added a unique spark to the story. I love Native American myths, so needless to say
I knew I was going to like this book!.
Daire's character is likeable, and easy to relate to. She wants to find where she belongs, what it's like to have a home and a purpose—and by the end of Fated she realizes that she's finally found one through the help of her grandmother, Paloma. I was glad to see that Daire never fell for the fake glamor of Hollywood, and she wasn't one of the hundreds of girls that just want to fit in with the popular crowd—by whatever means necessary. Instead, she was proud to be herself, even when that meant being seen as the outcast, the loner. I respected her for that, and enjoyed her story all the more because of it!
4 STARS! A wonderful start to what is no doubt going to be another great series by Alyson Noel, Fated brings a new twist to the YA paranormal genre! I cannot wait to see what happens next, as Daire's journey is only just beginning. She has a lot to learn, a lot to do, and I will definitely be coming back to see how she manages everything. Besides the great fantasy element, Fated also has a good dose of romance, sweet but with the promise for more. I'm curious to learn more about Dace's character, his skills, and his destiny, and to find out more about how and why they are fated to be together! ...more
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~*~*~*~*~ Kate Winters has spent the later part o
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~*~*~*~*~ Kate Winters has spent the later part of her teenage years preparing for the moment her mother would die, the day the cancer would win and take her away. Kate thinks of her life only in terms of “now”, with her mother still here, though very sick, and “after” when she will be all alone.
Following her mother's wishes, they move to Eden, Michigan, the place where her mother was born—and the place where she wishes to die. Kate doesn't want to move; what does it matter where they live if the outcome is still the same? But Kate never dreamed of the friends she would meet in Eden—or the future she would find waiting for her...
When something horrible happens to Kate's classmate, the dark and mysterious owner of Eden Manor, Henry, offers Kate a way to fix everything. Soon Kate finds herself in the middle of a new world, one where ancient myths and gods are not fiction, but rather true history. Can Kate survive the tests and become Henry's salvation—and his Queen?
Mythology + romance = a perfect story in my book, so it goes without saying that I loved The Goddess Test on principle. But as I read more of Kate's struggle, I realized that I also loved the book because of the way it was written, not just for the story that was told.
It was a bit difficult for me to connect with Henry, and I couldn't see much character in him. But I still liked him, and I hope to see his character emerge more as the series unfolds. Considering which god he is, there's so much potential for how he acts, who he is, and while I was a bit disappointed in him during this book, I have not given up on him yet!
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~*~*~*~ Schuyler and Jack are fighting, not only for their lives but for their love, the chance to be together forever. But one thing stands in their way—Jack's (Abbadon) bond with Mimi (Azrael). As long as their immortal bond still holds, they cannot be with anyone else. But the bond is not something that can be easily broken, and in trying to do so, they may just end up risking their own lives for nothing...
As any fan of this series knows, Melissa de la Cruz does not write a simple story. Oh no. Just when you believe that you may have things figured out, a new twist is thrown in, a new secret is learned, and you are back to fumbling in the dark with the characters, only seeing part of the overall scene, waiting for the lights to be turned on. In Lost in Time, Melissa does this yet again. But while the story may be complex and ever-changing, the basic premises still hold: finding out the full truth about the Blue Bloods' world, how Schuyler, a half-breed that should never have existed, fits into all of this, and whether or not Jack and Schuyler will ever get their chance to be together. While it would be nice if I could look you in the eye and tell you that all of that has been figured out within the pages of Lost in Time—I'd be lying. Melissa leaves us on yet another cliff hanger, waiting anxiously for the next, and final, installment in this captivating series!
There is simply too much going on in Lost in Time to even begin to explain it in a review—besides the fact that the explanations would be nothing more than a big spoiler for future readers. Because of this, I won't even try. Even after reading all of the books in this series (not including the final book, due to be released in another year), there were many times that I felt a bit lost while reading this one. I kept wondering if I had missed something—even going back to check that I did indeed have the previous books in this series—because one moment the story would be going along, and suddenly a new character would be mentioned, or a new task or secret that had been told, and I had no memory of ever reading about it. It seems like a lot of things were left out of the book, things that apparently happened right before Lost in Time started, or things that happen in between the chapters.
Speaking of chapters: rather than being told from one character's POV, this novel switches from three different stories (rotating chapters). One chapter will tell of Schuyler and Jack's struggles and adventures, the next would tell of Mimi's, and then it would switch to Allegra's (Gabrielle) memories from before Schuyler was even born. Each chapter would take place in a completely different time; there was no time line to follow while reading them. One moment, it would be only two weeks since Event A happened, next chapter it is suddenly two months—and we haven't heard about anything that happened in between! Perhaps dates at the beginning of each chapter would have helped...or else a different approach to the writing of the three separate stories. Either way, while it wasn't a complete mess by any means, it did make it a rougher ride than it needed to be.
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Anyone familiar with my review style knows that I often begin a review with a shortened summary of the book. However, upon finishing Shadows on the Moon, I pulled out my notebook...and found myself still staring at the blank paper ten minutes later. As much as I enjoyed Zoe Marriott's newest novel, I simply could not write a summary on it. It's impossible. The storyline is not simple; it cannot be summed up in a few brief sentences—at least not my sentences! If I tried to do so, not only would I ruin the beauty of this novel, but I'd probably confuse you while trying accurately explain it.
So I will limit my “summary” attempt to this brief sentence: Shadows on the Moon is a beautiful story of revenge—and how holding it in can turn hideous.
See? I told you I do not possess the words, nor the skill, to describe this tale. Now you are no doubt wondering what is so special about this book? Well, let me see if I can at least answer that question.
As I've explained before (see my other reviews on Marriott's work, here and here), Zoe Marriott has the rare ability to weave wonderful, relatable stories with a lush, fantasy setting. Though they may be completely make-believe, mere figments of Marriott's imagination, the story seems so real, so vivid, that you would think you were watching an actual scene unfold in front of your eyes. Marriott proves this yet again in Shadows on the Moon, putting enough rich details and flowing descriptions onto the pages to make them come alive in your hands.
However, while I was able to clearly picture the world, characters, and settings in her previous novels, I had a harder time doing so with Shadows on the Moon. It wasn't from lack of talent on Marriott's part (far from it!) but rather from the added complexity that this fantasy world had in it. I didn't have a clue what many of the outfits described in this book actually looked like—it was simply beyond any items I've seen and therefore could connect to the descriptions provided. For other readers, this may not be nearly as big of a problem.
Suzume's character was one that I had a slightly harder time connecting to as well. She was very strong, surviving through everything life threw at her. And yet I couldn't get a solid fell for her true character. She was so obsessed with her plans for revenge, and while I could understand the reason behind it (her father and cousin's murder) I couldn't connect with it. By the end of the book, I was relieved that she finally made it past her all-consuming drive for revenge; it was quickly becoming an annoyance, at least for me. Much longer and I might have put the book aside...
Some of the themes in this book are not common, at least in most novels; nor are they ones to cast aside without much thought. Suzume enjoys causing herself pain, be it from cutting herself (with pins and other sharp objects she has nearby) or burning herself. I couldn't relate to it because, luckily, I have never had these thoughts before. But I know that such problems are far more common that many of us wish to believe, and I applaud Zoe for what she has done in this story. It's not an easy topic, and writing about it can probably be as emotionally draining as actually dealing with the problem. Zoe, you have done a truly wonderful job at explaining this to us, showing us what Suzume is feeling and the troubles she is dealing with. It was hard for me to read it at times, so I can only imagine how hard it was for you to create it.
As much as I enjoyed reading about all the customs that make up this fantasy world, I was more interested in the magic that Suzume and Otieno were suppose to have (shadow-weaving). Yet it was this aspect of the story that was pushed aside for the most part, and only the basics were explained. I wanted more, and I kept hoping for it, but I was left wanting by the time I reached the last page. I was also hoping for more of the romance between Suzume and Otieno, but again, I was left unfulfilled. Although I will say that what was there, for both the magic and the romance, was well done.
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The Eternal Ones continues with book two in the series, All You Desire. Haven and Iain are in hiding, trying to live out this lifetime they have together in peace, enjoying the deep love between them without any of the horrible interruptions they've had every time for the past 2,000 years. But though their love lasts forever, the peace will not. Soon Haven notices people watching her, following her, and she knows that once again their time may soon be up, if they aren't careful about who they trust...
When Haven is told that her best friend, and brother from a past life, is missing in New York after flying up there to meet his “soul mate”, another reincarnated soul, she is prepared to do anything to get him back safe and sound. Even if it means risking her life...and that of Iain, who is suppose to be dead as far as the rest of the world is concerned. It's a hard decision to make, but after all that Beau has helped her through over the years, she can't just forget about him and hope for the best. Needless to say she finds the quickest plane to New York, with Iain in tow; they both know the risk, yet they are determined to get in, get out (with Beau), and hopefully with Adam Rosier none the wiser. If only life was that simple....
There is so much going on in this book; every time you think you've got it figured out, Miller throws something new at you and suddenly you're not so sure anymore. I loved this, as it kept me on the edge of my seat and also made me think about what I was reading, trying to reach the next conclusion before Miller revealed it to us (though that rarely happened; she's too good). Besides being able to write an amazing mystery/suspense element into this book, Miller also excels at weaving into the story the complex emotions felt by the characters, especially Haven, Iain, and, to some degree, Adam. I may not have acted like Haven did, in fact I know that many of her actions and decisions in this book made me want to bang my head against the wall—or better yet, bang hers. But I still loved every moment of it, and in the end it all came together for a reason.
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This is book 10 in the bestselling Morganville Vampires series. The excellent storytelling by Rachel Caine hasn't dwindled one bit. Last Breath is just as thrilling and witty as book one, and twice as captivating!
There's never a sane (or dull) day in Morganville, Texas—that's something you learn quickly once you become a citizen. But when suddenly the vampires in the small town are concerned, even frightened, by a sudden message from a neighboring vamp community, one thing is clear: trouble is coming, and it is worse than anything Morganville has seen before. And frankly, that's saying something!
In between the chaos provoked by the message, another problem is brewing, this time between the two factions of the town. Eve and Michael have plans for their future, and it begins with the sound of wedding bells. But if the citizens, from either side, have their way, it will end in blood instead. Despite the sides, they both have the same core belief: Vampires and humans should not mingle, beyond one providing a meal for the other. Even Amelie, the town Founder and ruler has taken this side, for “the sake of the town”. Needless to say, neither Eve nor Michael will accept this answer, and so the fight begins!
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