With gems like this, it's easy to see why readers love Simons so much:
"College was the great suppressor, the warm blanket that covered them all and maWith gems like this, it's easy to see why readers love Simons so much:
"College was the great suppressor, the warm blanket that covered them all and made them safe. How could you not fall in love in college?"
As soon as I thought I had everything figured out, she pulled the rug out from under me. I love a book that keeps me guessing, thus reading, til the end or close to it! I haven't read her other work, but judging by the subject alone I'd say this is rather different from some of her previous novels. It's great to see more fantasy authors become well-rounded writers and this book shows that Simons is versatile, not stale. I'd certainly read more contemporary from her, and now have a bit more interest in some of her previous series which til now, I've been hesitant to read due to mixed reviews. If you enjoy books that oscillate between lulling prose and gripping suspense, you'll enjoy Red Leaves.
My thanks to William Morrow/Harper Collins and TLC Book tours for the review opportunity!...more
"Nothing frightens me more than the faith in my daughter's eyes."
I don't feel even remotely qualified to review this book. Natchez Burning encapsulate"Nothing frightens me more than the faith in my daughter's eyes."
I don't feel even remotely qualified to review this book. Natchez Burning encapsulates everything I love about reading: stirring words, vivid imagery, nail-biting suspense and a message that stays with you long after you've turned the last page. Few books that are the first in a trilogy feel as complete as this novel. Although I'm certainly left wanting to know more and excited that there are in fact two more (rather large) pieces to this puzzle, I wasn't left feeling as if I started a journey and only made it one third of the way through. The author's familiarity with the territory shines within these passages, fully immersing you in the mud and blood as you tear your way through this hefty tome. I highly recommend setting aside a week of reading time, unless you're one of those lucky folks who can sit and read straight through almost 800 pages, in which case, shut your face and can we be friends?!
4.5 stars 18+ thanks to the publisher and tour host for the review opp...more
Whoa dude, this should come with a complimentary bucket of ice water, hold the salt! I was used to Halverson's writing from her fairy fantasy series sWhoa dude, this should come with a complimentary bucket of ice water, hold the salt! I was used to Halverson's writing from her fairy fantasy series so I was prepared for something hotter, but couldn't have known it would get so very detailed. As per her previous works I was immersed in another world, and there were some very interesting characters populating this story! I can definitely see why this book is generating some buzz- it's got some great scenes and combines historical romance, mystery, erotica and fighting female awesomeness! Although I'm not sure I'd want to continue the series, it is really a matter of time for me, because I enjoyed reading this, but I can only read erotica when everyone else is asleep, it's just my preference, and quite honestly, that is a rare thing to have any time to myself when my household are asleep. I'm usually asleep too! Overall I'd give this a rating of "a great read if you enjoy racy historical romance." My thanks to the tour host and author for the review opportunity....more
Another winner for "books to pack on vacation," is a quick to read, heartwarming story that will give you what life so often can not: resolutions to aAnother winner for "books to pack on vacation," is a quick to read, heartwarming story that will give you what life so often can not: resolutions to almost all of its problems. The most surprising thing to me was my connecting more with Nic than with G.G. As a mother I expected the latter to be someone I'd have more in common with, but her world view and tenacious attitude are just so far left of me, where the anxiety and insecurity of her daughter were all too familiar. I appreciated that the author wasn't really trying to make us like one or the other more, that you just naturally get drawn to the characters as the story moves along. Although the romances in this book weren't anything particularly sweltering or memorable, they were sweet and made sense in the context of the overall story. I've said it before and I have no doubt I'll say it again. You can enjoy a book that you won't read again. You can indulge in escapism and not have to defend your reading choices. Too many people speak as if every book should monumentally shift your perspective or have a lasting effect on you. will absolutely be that book for someone, it just wasn't for me. Every Wild Heart might not have been that book for me, but that doesn't mean it was poorly written. This author clearly has a way with words, and an audience, one I hope to continue to be part of it. I've been marking a couple of her books on my library list so that when I need another break from reading too much Stephen King (yes it's a thing) I know where to look!
3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book tours for the review opportunity!...more