Sara isn't your typical teenager. She rescues animals from boys with bad intentions, heals them, and she's friends with trolls and imps. She has a "shSara isn't your typical teenager. She rescues animals from boys with bad intentions, heals them, and she's friends with trolls and imps. She has a "shadow" side of herself that she isn't comfortable with, and she's spent her whole life pushing it into the back of her mind where it can't do any harm. Then Nikolas shows up, and her whole world becomes a lot more interesting.
I loved this book! I would've read it straight through in a couple of days, but another book I'd been waiting for was released, so I had to take a break from it. But the moment I was able to, I picked it up again and immediately got back into the story. I even had one of my supervisors speaking to me at one point and I didn't even realize it because I was so into the scene I was reading (yes, I can read recreationally at work).
Any book with werewolves automatically draws my attention, but this book didn't even need that to keep me hooked. There were so many interesting supernatural creatures introduced throughout that fit seamlessly into the story. It was very well-written, and I think anyone who likes urban fantasy would thoroughly enjoy it....more
Whoa! I just finished this book and I am completely and totally stunned! This was brilliantly written and perfectly paced. I literally could not stopWhoa! I just finished this book and I am completely and totally stunned! This was brilliantly written and perfectly paced. I literally could not stop reading it. I did NOTHING today but finish reading the second half of this book. I still can't believe it's over with. I can't wait to dive into book two!
Read this book! You will NOT regret it! I'd give it 10 stars if I could, but they're only allowing me five, and it's very rare that I read a book I feel is even worth that....more
While helping his brother, Anthony, track down Cameron in local taverns, they encounter Mac and Georgie. Thinking Mac is Cameron, they prepare to faceWhile helping his brother, Anthony, track down Cameron in local taverns, they encounter Mac and Georgie. Thinking Mac is Cameron, they prepare to face him only to realize they've made a mistake. Then they notice Georgie isn't the man she's posing as and when they blurt it out, they realize the whole tavern heard them. They escort Mac and Georgie out of the tavern and Georgie kicks James in the shin before running away. James was enthralled with her and gave chase, but quickly realized she'd already disappeared.
Later, Mac and Georgie realize to their dismay they don't have enough money to buy their passage back home to America from England, so they sign on to the Maiden Anne as its bo's'n and cabin boy. James immediately recognizes the cabin boy, "George," to be the woman he met in the tavern, so he plots to play her game but seduce her into revealing who she really is. His plan doesn't work out the way he expected...
Strong story line. It had me hooked from beginning to end, just as all the Malory novels do. I hope Lindsey writes more novels about them....more
This book made me feel a lot of emotions, something books don't normally do for me other than to create some suspense. I found myself cheering at EnzoThis book made me feel a lot of emotions, something books don't normally do for me other than to create some suspense. I found myself cheering at Enzo and feeling very sad at other times. The book is narrated by Enzo, who is a dog. He thinks a lot like a human, which he believes he will become in his next life. This story was so heartwarming, and I felt like I was actually IN the story with Enzo, seeing all of this take place alongside him.
I think the biggest reason I like this book is because of how much it made me think of my old dog. She was very smart, smarter than any other dog I've known before or since. I often wondered if she was a human in a dog's body. She could make sense of things around her and react on them in ways you would would not expect from a normal dog. So having read this book, I started to wonder if she had been a lot like Enzo.
I like a book that makes me wonder about my own life....more
Blaire's father disappeared without a trace and left few answers behind for her. Not wanting to become a ward of the state, she filed for emancipationBlaire's father disappeared without a trace and left few answers behind for her. Not wanting to become a ward of the state, she filed for emancipation and it was granted to her. She lives alone in her father's house, and her bills and money are handled by an agency while she goes to school.
Then her father shows up out of nowhere and gives her a cryptic message shortly before he dies: "I wasn't the one that disappeared, Blaire. You were!" This statement stays with the reader throughout the whole book. After a few more chapters, it's predictable what happened to Blaire, but the author does a fantastic job keeping the reader in suspense.
While searching for answers about her father, Blaire discovers she can travel through mirrors into alternate universes. But this ability comes with huge risks. Is Blaire willing to take them?
This story had some very strong character development, although Blaire felt a little weak in the beginning. Her bratty attitude turned me off to her in a big way, but this was dealt with nicely later in the story.
Mr. Rix introduced several concepts in the beginning of the book that stay with the reader throughout the whole story. Even though the climax is predictable and you know what's going to happen, you want to keep reading because the events taking place keep you enthralled. There are a bunch of little things that you really want to find out more about, and they're not answered until the very end of the novel. It was genius!
This is the second book by Dan Rix that I've read, and I have to say he has exceeded my expectations each time. He is a talented writer and clearly knows what he's doing to keep the reader fascinated and hanging on to every word until the very end. I loved Broken Symmetry, which kept me so engrossed, I found myself reading rather than doing other things I would normally do. Most of my reading occurs at work, but this was a story I couldn't put down, even when I was home. I recommend it to everyone! Now I'm off to check out this author's other works!...more
This book really blew me away! I found myself wishing there was more to read once I had finished the final page. She had just found Sloane, and I wantThis book really blew me away! I found myself wishing there was more to read once I had finished the final page. She had just found Sloane, and I wanted to read more about the two of them together. I fell in love with the other characters as well; Frank, Dawn, and Collins. They made a great team.
I loved the concept of the list that drew Sloane out of her shell. She started the book being a shy person that didn't want to be noticed or speak to anyone, but as sh became more determined and daring to finish the items on Sloane's list, her personality slowly started to change. It inspired me to make lists of things I should accomplish. What a great way to organize things! I never thought to use lists for this purpose. Usually, I only used them for grocery shopping.
Frank turned out to be someone unexpected. I pictured him as this really nerdy kid that was always doing things properly and stuck up his nose to the people around him. But he turned out to be a lot more down-to-earth and easy-going. He was just smart and knew how to speak to people so they'd listen to him.
Collins was the goofball, and I soon found myself sorry for him. He jokes around, trying to hide behind a goofy exterior, because he's afraid people won't like the real him. Emily makes him realize he's a great guy and should ask out people who may actually say "yes" to him. He always focused on trying to pick up people he KNEW would turn him down and used the cheesiest pick-up lines. Things worked out well for him when he finally asked Dawn out.
This book was well-written and really drew me into the story. This author is one I'll be keeping an eye on! ...more
I'm amazed by the impact this book had on me. I remember the rumor mill during junior high and high school all too well. I remember being teased by myI'm amazed by the impact this book had on me. I remember the rumor mill during junior high and high school all too well. I remember being teased by my peers, and the inevitable depression that followed. I was told I couldn't return to school after I confessed to a guidance counselor that I was thinking about suicide. I was evaluated by a therapist and told I could return to school, but my school told me I couldn't return unless a therapist they paid for evaluated me as well. My mother would have none of that, and I was doing a lot better emotionally once I wasn't around the peers that were causing me so many problems. The school administrators that were supposed to be there for me and help me find solutions to the crises told me I was the problem. It took YEARS for me to recover from what I went through at that time. It's only been the last couple of years that I can think back on that time without uncontrollable anger or overwhelming depression taking over me.
Then I pick up a book like this, and my heart goes out to Hannah. I've been there. I know what it's like, and I wish I could take this pain away from all the teenagers that are going through the same things. The fact is, we should NOT be allowing this kind of thing to happen in our schools. School administrators should know the signs and listen to the students when they come to them for problems. The students might not come out and say what's wrong, because they're honestly not sure they can trust an adult with the information, so they need to be trained on how to handle it properly. The way Mr. Porter did it in this book is not even CLOSE to how it should be handled.
When a book has me going through so many emotions, like this one did, I know it's not just a good book -- it's a GREAT book. And this should be read by many teenagers so they know to be aware of everything they say and do to their peers. Because when we think our actions don't have an effect, sometimes that's when they have the biggest impact....more
Very clear, strong writing style. This author doesn't disappoint the reader. Even when you read the description of her books and figure it isn't a topVery clear, strong writing style. This author doesn't disappoint the reader. Even when you read the description of her books and figure it isn't a topic you'd be interested in, you find yourself drawn into the story and the characters anyway. Highly recommended and looking forward to her new book, Handle With Care....more
I can't get this series out of my head! I was finished reading it two days ago, and yet I still find myself thinking about at random times. When I picI can't get this series out of my head! I was finished reading it two days ago, and yet I still find myself thinking about at random times. When I pick up my Kindle, I expect to be swept right back into the story, and I'm disappointed each time when I realize I'm in the middle of a different novel.
Needless to say, I can't wait for the third novel! ...more
I enjoyed Fire Country and Ice Country so much, I couldn't wait for the third book to come out. Little did I know, it was already published, somethingI enjoyed Fire Country and Ice Country so much, I couldn't wait for the third book to come out. Little did I know, it was already published, something I didn't learn until recently. As soon as I discovered I could purchase it, I did, and began reading it as soon as I possibly could. I finished it within eight hours because it was so good, I couldn't put it down.
I had thought this was the last book in the series, but I was wrong. There's another book that not only finished this series, but it also finishes another series, drawing the two worlds together into one final installment. I was very intrigued by this because it isn't something I've seen an author do before. I don't want to read the final book now until I've read the other series that it's connected to because I want to get the full experience. So as soon as I'm able to purchase the Dwellers Sage, I will be doing that!
Kudos, Mr. Estes! You've become one of my favorite authors! ...more
I often feel like the Mercy Thompson books end too abruptly. At the same time, I think they end spectacularly well.
Christy is one of those charactersI often feel like the Mercy Thompson books end too abruptly. At the same time, I think they end spectacularly well.
Christy is one of those characters you just love to hate, and I hope she dies in a fire. In this book, she almost did just that!
I liked how there was a lot more depth to Mercy and Adam's relationship. I also felt like I got to know some members of the pack a lot better. Honey and Mercy's relationship is healing, and I love how that's evolving.
I'm also really intrigued by the tibicena being in the pack, and I hope that develops more in the next novel.
Overall, a great book. Of course, that's why I continue to thoroughly enjoy this series!...more