Hallelujah! We are finally getting some long awaited answers in the Ghost Bird Series. From the beginning the author has kept the reader in the dark aHallelujah! We are finally getting some long awaited answers in the Ghost Bird Series. From the beginning the author has kept the reader in the dark about Sang's background as well as the true nature of the Academy. In "Friends vs. Family" we finally get some much awaited answers without too much being revealed.
Sang's mother's behavior has reached an all-time high in the abuse department but we finally discover the true nature of her illness. We also get a better feel for her sister, Marie, and believe me when I say she is more like her mother than we could ever want. She also begins treating Sang with such a blatant disregard that I wanted to slap her into next week.
I would love to say, Sang's father is better; but, honestly he is one selfish and self-centered mo fo. The sheer nastiness of her family causes the boys to step up to the plate and show her what being cherished and taken care of is all about. Sang learns that just because you are born into a family doesn't truly make people family.
While the boys come to her rescue time and time again they face the added challenge of what exactly are they going to do with her in both the long and short run. Even Mr. Blackthourne is stumped. They don't want to push her too quickly and lose her trust nor do they want to reveal too much about themselves or her past. Boy, what a tangled web.
For this of you who has been looking at this series but have not taken the plunge, what the heck are you waiting for? This gem will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing!...more
One of my Goodreads friends reviewed "First Days" and commented, "I don't know what the hell is going on, but I like it." Well, that about sums up howOne of my Goodreads friends reviewed "First Days" and commented, "I don't know what the hell is going on, but I like it." Well, that about sums up how I feel. C.L. Stone sure knows how to keep the reader on the edge of your seat and yet manage to avoid revealing too much information. If any other author had done this in a book, I would have been long gone to another book (lol).
This installment Sang and the guys are getting closer all the while tempers are rising at schol. You can definitely feel the tension between the administration and Dr. Blackbourne as well as between the academy students and the regular ones. Everyone just assumed Sang us part of the Academy and it's put her right in the middle of a war.
Meanwhile, Greg and his cronies escalate their pursuit of Sang and Dr. McCoy also has it out for her. She manages to survive all of the attention but Mommy Dearest is back at her cruel treatment. The question of Sang's real background comes into play and we are finally getting more information about the Academy and whose behind it. I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next.
If you're interested in this series be sure to pick up the four book set. It is cheaper than buying the first four books individually....more
I will be honest,initially when I began reading "Introductions" I thought the writing was pretty bad. The author keeping repeating the line 'her pare I will be honest,initially when I began reading "Introductions" I thought the writing was pretty bad. The author keeping repeating the line 'her parent's house' over and over. I thought, "Ugh, I am never going to make it through this." However, after the first chapter, the writing improved and I really began to enjoy the story. Sang,and her sister, Marie, have been kept shelter most of their lives from the outside world by an agoraphobic mother who is also a bit abusive. Her mother constantly warns her of the dangers of the outside world such as murderers and rapists. Sang longs for a bit of freedom and decides to sneak out of the house in the rain and spend the night in a new house being built up the street. Of course, that was before she was knocked over by a dog and she met Kota.
When Kota's dog knocks over Sang and injures her in the process, he takes her to his house where he attempts to treat her injuries. He also tries to find out what she was up to so late at night. When he discovers her secret he sets it upon himself to befriend her and bring her into his family of friends that include, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and the brothers North and Luke. They are bewildered and amazed at the callous way she is treated and decide they like having her around even if that means they have to sneak around to do it. They buy her a cell phone and teach her how to use it. As school quickly approaches, they give her advice as to what classes to take. The one thing they don't do is let her in on their little secret.
"Introdutions" felt more like a prequel because not much was really revealed about where this story is going or what the boys secret it. It basically is world building and introducing us to the various characters. I wish the author had set up a little more information as to where this series is headed; but, I am willing to read the next book to really see if this series has the potential I think it has. If nothing else, I am curious to find out whether or not my suspicions are right about Sang's mother as well as what the boys are up to. So, if you are the type of reading who doesn't like to be kept guessing, this book maynot be the one for you. I like a little mystery and therefore will be going on to the next book. ...more
(2.5 Stars) Despite all of incredible reviews, "The Shadow and the Rose" was a mediocre read for me at best. You see, it is difficult to care about th(2.5 Stars) Despite all of incredible reviews, "The Shadow and the Rose" was a mediocre read for me at best. You see, it is difficult to care about the outcome for characters who are rarely included into chapters. That was the case for me with the relationship between Tan aka Tanner and Joy. He is absent for most of book so not only did I not care about his out some I had a hard time believing he and Joy were truly in love.
Joy is a student as a prestigious academy whose primary focus is on the Performing Arts. Her mother died in a car accident and her father is off getting cancer treatments. As she struggles with all that is own her plate, the students at the academy hear t g at the famous supermodel, Melisande is coming to town. When she arrives she brings her entourage that includes Tan or Tanner, a boy who use to attend her school.
When Tan and Joy begin hanging out together, the students take notice; yet, not everyone is happy about this especially Melisande. Joy and Tan continue to see each other but in secret. Their budding relationship will have everlasting consequences. The question is will Joy or Tan survive?
As I stated, I just didn't really enjoyed this book. The plot was slow moving with very little action and the relationships were cursory at best. I felt Tan was a jerk by the way he treated Joy and I really didn't care what happens to him. It's difficult to say much more without giving away spoilers. Once again, read it for yourself and decide....more
(3.5 Stars) Becca Smith once again delivers a unique perspective of Greek mythology mixed with modern day problems with "Grigori Returned," the second(3.5 Stars) Becca Smith once again delivers a unique perspective of Greek mythology mixed with modern day problems with "Grigori Returned," the second book in the Atlas Series. The start begins right at the ending of book one when Kala kills her beloved, Jack. She doesn't even have time to grave before she is whisked away with Penny/ Pandora.
Kala discovers Penny has her own selfish reasons for wanting to help her. She wants to rescue her father, Hesphaestus, who currently being held prisoner in the 5th dimension of hell. Additionally, Kala's former run in with Atlas is proving to be interesting as new and unique abilities begin to emerge. As Kala begins searching in earnest for a way to reverse the curse, she is attacked on all fronts by General Clifton, Demons and now, Cronos. Of course, Asmodeus hasn't given up on his quest to destroy her, get in her pants or in her heart.
Still reeling from the death of Jack, Kala doesn't even want to consider another relationship; yet, she can't help but notice the connection she has with Talon. It is clear he wants her in every way. Roberta, General Turner's wife finds a way to communicate through telepathy with Kala and assists her whenever she can but Kala is the only one who can complete her mission or task as the Atlas.
There is plenty of action and subterfuge in this installment but quite honestly I quickly tired of the many scenes where Kala pops from place to place and confronting various foes. It was too much and really didn't move the plot forward very much. Quite honestly, it felt more like filler than anything else especially since so much of it was one recap of Greek myths after another. Also, I didn't like the way the author has Kala attracted to so many males in the story. Geez, she is a woman not a teen, she should know who she wants to be with. I hope many of my issues are resolved in the next book because this series has the potential to be amazing if a balance between mythology and present day events is achieved. We can only hope....more
(3.5 Stars) This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Imagine the heartache of losing your mother only to have your(3.5 Stars) This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Imagine the heartache of losing your mother only to have your father bus you off to the smallest of towns in Colorado, Misty Hills. Fifteen year old Vivian is sent to the care of two Aunts she never even knew existed. To make matters worse, she discovers that there is a curse on her family, her mother ran away never disclosing a huge secret that threatens to unravel everything Vivian thought she knew and she is in danger.
The plot for this story is very unique and full of mystery and intrigue. As I was reading, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next..Additionally, I enjoyed the characters and world building. So, if I enjoyed all of these aspects of this book, why did I only give it 3.5 Stars? Well, my biggest concern was while the writing was descriptive, it was somewhat devoid of emotions. There just wasn't enough figurative language. Additionally, I felt like more dialogue amongst the characters were needed. While I happen to enjoy cliffhangers, the ending of this story was extremely abrupt and took me by surprise to the point I wondered if I was missing some pages.
So, the question is did I enjoyed this book enough to recommend it and am I willing to go on with the series? The answer is yes to both of these questions. I believe this series could truly be remarkable if the author takes the time to address the aforementioned issues. As always, read this book for yourself and decide....more
"Devil May Care" puts our heroine, Muse, right where she doesn't want to be, working for the institute. Both Akil and Stefan have gone beyond the Veil"Devil May Care" puts our heroine, Muse, right where she doesn't want to be, working for the institute. Both Akil and Stefan have gone beyond the Veil and Muse is trying to figure out a way to rescue Stefan. However, no one except Muse believes he is still alive. Additionally, Adam has control Of Muse's demon and the demon is not happy about it.
Meanwhile the gruesome and tortured bodies of female institute recruits are popping up around Boston. When Muse is called in to investigate the situation, she touches a chain that allows her to see it is none other than her nemesis, Damien behind the attacks. With the escalating violence he is sending a clear message that she still belongs to him.
One thing is clear, if Muse truly plans to rescue Stefan she will have to go into the Veil to do so. Also, there is a traitor among their ranks who is feeding information to Damien. The question is who is it? This was another good installment in the series. Ms DaCosta continues to amaze me with her ability to write a great, kickass heroine who is also quite vulnerable. She is a complicated woman who has suffered tremendously yet manages to consistently put the needs of others before her own. I also enjoy the action in the series. My only criticism is that the series is too dark most of the time.
For those of you who enjoy the paranormal, The Veil series is definitely one you need to check out. The characters are rich, the world building superb and the action is remarkable. Do yourself a favor and purchase this series today....more
I've always wondered exactly what happened so that Curran would stand Kate up for their big date..It has been hinted at but never truly revealed. "NakI've always wondered exactly what happened so that Curran would stand Kate up for their big date..It has been hinted at but never truly revealed. "Naked Dinner" finally answers my question.
Jim wakes up Curran for an unexpected meeting with Bea. Their meeting is interrupted when Jim receives a call advising him that Big Boris the bear has been murdered. When they arrive on the scene, Derek determines the sequence of events. Now, they just need to figure out the who.
As they go to see Boris' son-in-law it revealed that his wife has been kidnapped. In order to get her back alive, Curran will have to set up a sting operation for the killer's. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that the outcome would put him out of commission for his big night out. Oh, the things that happen when we least expect it.
I just love Kate and Curran and get the biggest kick out of reading the beastmaster's POV. Too bad men don't always understand how women react to things!...more
I've read a couple of Bella Forrest novels in the past and really enjoyed them. Unfortunately, "A Shade of Kiev" was a painful read for me. This bookI've read a couple of Bella Forrest novels in the past and really enjoyed them. Unfortunately, "A Shade of Kiev" was a painful read for me. This book definitely had a unique plot; but, that was not enough to save the page after page of dull descriptions and less than inspired dialogue..Additionally, I just wasn't much of a fan of the main character, Kiev.
I will allow others to recap this story line since there seems to be so many who enjoyed this read. However, I for one will not be going on with the series. Read it for yourself and decide....more
(3.5 Stars) First and foremost let me say that normally I am not a fan of books regarding the fae. Usually, there is a lot of violence against women, s(3.5 Stars) First and foremost let me say that normally I am not a fan of books regarding the fae. Usually, there is a lot of violence against women, some authors also don't do a very good job in helping with the face lore or pronunciation of the various words or names and the gods and goddesses are rather cruel and uninspired. This is not the case with Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. She does a wonderful job of explaining the lore as well as the correct pronunciation of the names. "Faelorehn" is a wonderful plot that outlines the life of adopted Meghan Elam who struggling with self identity. She has always known she was different yet manages to make friends with a group of misfits at her private school. After spotting a homeless man hanging around her school and seeing unusual creatures her life is forever changed.
Meghan meets Cade who introduces her to the world of the fae. He tells her that she is also fae and was sent to this realm either for her protection or because her parents didn't want her. As he has her uncover her heritage she becomes increasingly in danger. He begins to train her on how to protect herself but will it be enough?
Here's the thing. I enjoyed the premises of this read but this book suffered from two major problems: First, Meghan is whiney, pathetic, totally unable or unwilling to take care of herself and the second problem is it is hard to connect with characters or relationships between characters when there is little to no dialogue. This book contains page after page of incessant thinking by Meghan but hardly any time is spent between her and Cade. He is constantly running off; yet, we are to believe that she loves him. I had a difficult time connecting with these characters but felt that the plot had tremendous potential. So, now I must make the decision whether or not to read the next book in this trilogy. For the moment I think I'll pass. I can always try and read the second book at another time....more