Kiss of A Star, the second book in the Artemis Lupine series p...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
Kiss of A Star, the second book in the Artemis Lupine series picks up right were we left off in Song of the Moon. With many things answered and more questioned asked, the characters and story held up well from the first book into this one. I do have to say that while the book was a tad on the short side and I felt that a few things were rushed, I was excited to see just where author Catherine Banks would take her characters next.
Artemis has changed so much from Song of the Moon, yet she’s still growing into herself as she continues to evolve both physically and mentally. With the continuing help, support and love of her Alpha and mate Ares, she further learns about her people and the many trials that loom for the halfbreed. She still has so many questions and things are about to get worse before they have a chance to get better. Artemis still wants the same things. To protect those that she loves and find out who’s after her. And Ares, he’s an alpha through and through. The only thing about him that rubs me the wrong way… in both books is that he never gives Artemis enough information. I understand he’s trying his hardest to protect her from everything, including herself, but that aspect of the story and his personality frustrated me here and there.
Characters old and new popped up throughout and lead too many twists and turns, some more shocking then others. It’s Banks imagination that has created strong characters and a plot that continues to lure me in and leave me ready for more.
The only down side, as mentioned above was the length of this second installment and how some key parts to the story felt somewhat rushed through. Did this take away from my overall enjoyment of Kiss of A Star? No, not at all. Would it have improved my enjoyment? Some what but let me explain that further. I really enjoy the story and characters and I simply wanted more. It’s not that it was lacking from the first book to the second, or in the series as a whole.
With an ending that’ll leave you wondering if what happened did in fact just happen, it forced me to reread the last few pages to make sure I wasn’t reading things incorrectly. With the turn of the last page… both times, I was surprised where Bank’s led the story and am eagerly awaiting the next book – Healed By Fire, in 2012. And oh, what a wait that’ll be.(less)
This was a quick read about growing up in the shadow of a sibling, about learning who you are and about... well many other things. Full review to foll...moreThis was a quick read about growing up in the shadow of a sibling, about learning who you are and about... well many other things. Full review to follow soon.(less)
3 Stars - Jenna and Jonahs Fauxmance is a cute, light, fun read about two lead characters whose lives are scripted on both on and off the screen. Bein...more3 Stars - Jenna and Jonahs Fauxmance is a cute, light, fun read about two lead characters whose lives are scripted on both on and off the screen. Being stars of a hit TV show isn’t easy, especially when you’re forced to live a lie off screen to keep ratings up.
Jenna and Jonah or Charlie and Fielding might be the “it couple” both on and off the screen, but what their fans don’t know is that it’s all fake. Jenna or Charlie... and Jonah… or Fielding might seem like that perfect couple but on the inside they pretty much hate each other. With snarky comments under their breath - giving away just how much they despise each other – Halpin & Franklin take readers on an adventure fueled by the paparazzi and the two characters passion for action. Or is it?
When trouble hits, Charlie and Fielding must go into hiding until it all blows over. It’s during this time that we start to learn who they are as people, instead of the actors they are forced to be 24/7. This is where the book that somewhat frustrated me. However, after thinking about everything, how each of the characters acted during this time in hiding, I understood it more. Being so far removed from their element, I can now see why some of their faults might be even more highlighted.
The story hit a couple of other rough spots here and there, and at times I found it hard to like either of the characters. I didn’t care for the end, I felt that the last few pages were somewhat lacking… However, I have to mention that the copy I read was an ARC, which means there is always a chance for changes in the finished version.
The book was otherwise entertaining and kept me reading to find out what would happen next for each character. How they would in the end impact each other and what road they would venture down next. It was nice to see them grow and question their lives and what either of the two might tackle next. I think that was one of the best parts about the whole story. Also, I’m a huge fan of alternating character chapters, and this book is written this way. It was great being able to see the story playing out from both Charlie and Fielding’s points of view.
All in all Jenna & Jonah’s is perfect for fans who love a cute story with characters that evolve over the course of the book. Anyone who loves alternating chapters as much as I do will also find much to love about this title. Enjoy!(less)
4.5 Stars - Betrayal is the second book in the Haunting Emma t...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
4.5 Stars - Betrayal is the second book in the Haunting Emma trilogy by author Lee Nichols. I first learned about this trilogy last year when the first book – Deception – was highlighted on a few blogs. I hadn’t heard of the book at that point, but I was more than interested in the story. I read the first book and that huge cliffhanger ending was and shocker to say the least. I was hooked from those first few pages and by the ending I couldn’t wait to read Betrayal.
Nichols story, characters and writing has made the first two books some of my favorites I’ve read this year and last. She knows how to draw you into the mystery and that of the ghostkeeper world, keeping the reader guessing just what might happen next.
Emma has so much to deal with in these first two books and if they are any indication, we know she’ll be up against even more in the final book in the trilogy. She’s still learning all that there is to know when it comes to who she is as a girl and also as a ghostkeeper. I find myself more and more drawn to Emma and her ever growing strength, especially as she continues to peel back all the layers of her present and the past. Not to mention the history of the ghostkeepers that she’s also learning about and coming to terms with. Nichols sprinkles Emma’s history and the ghostkeepers history throughout, giving you a much more rounded look at the world and her characters.
And then there’s Bennett – he has his own struggles in this book, and I have no idea just where he’ll come out after all that’s happened in this one. It was hard reading parts of the story – trying to see things from both Emma’s and Bennett’s side of things. He thinks he’s doing what’s best for Emma and the ghostkeepers in the long term, but, is he really? Needless to say, some shocking things happen, things I didn’t see coming and the only way to find the answers is in the third book that I can’t wait to get my hands on!
All in all, the Haunting Emma trilogy, for me is a must read. If you love ghosts and are looking for a good story, with great main and side characters then be sure to pick up a copy of the first two books today and keep an eye out for the third book – Surrender which will be released in December 2011. I love this series and I can’t wait to see what happens next!(less)