So...I seem to always have the unpopular opinion. For me, the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber was a much more interesting read for me.4 - 4.5 stars.
So...I seem to always have the unpopular opinion. For me, the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber was a much more interesting read for me. I preferred all the quiet, emotional moments in DIA than the seemingly over-the-top adventures in the second half of Voyager. Not to say I didn't still devour this book like a starving man.
As with the first book, I found myself being extremely frustrated with Claire throughout Voyager. Constantly doubting Jaime when he has proven himself time and again to her. Yes, the situation with (view spoiler)[ LegHair (hide spoiler)] was messed up. BUT....she was gone for 20 flipping years!!! He wasn't supposed to have a life without her? It's not like her life didn't continue when she left him. And while she was admittedly far from happy with FR...it is extremely selfish of her to just assume that if Jaime did survive that he would remain alone forever. But...I digress. That is obviously a sore subject for me, Claire's double standard way of thinking....so I will leave it alone now.
Anyway, I liked the addition of the new characters...especially LJG. I for one think John Grey is in incredibly interesting addition to the series, and while I realize that fans either love him or hate him...i personally love him, and am even more excited to read his side books that tie into the main series.
So, to wrap up....I enjoyed Voyager quite a bit. Was it without bumps in the road for me? No. Did I find myself wanting to punch Claire in the face at times? Yes. But, the overall world that Gabaldon has created here is addictive and well written enough to keep me coming back for more....more
One of the best things about the Addicted series....besides the fact that it's probably the best written and emotionall 5+ I Love Lily & Lo Stars!
One of the best things about the Addicted series....besides the fact that it's probably the best written and emotionally fulfilling series out there right now...is the fact that K&B always give us a healthy dose of our favorite characters with each new release. There are no 50 page novellas to fill in the gap between regular books in the series. So, even though this is listed as book 1.5 in the series, it's a full length story. And I for one, couldn't be happier.
Ricochet focuses on Lily as she tries to cope with the absence of Lo, while he battles his alcohol addiction in rehab. Lily is of course, battling her own demons, and is struggling with the idea of staying committed and faithful to Lo while he's away. Which means no sex for 90 days. A tall order for a sex addict who has is without her support system for the very first time.
Going into this book, i was curious how K&B would handle Lily and Lo being apart, because one of the best parts of the first book, Addicted to You was the intense dynamic between them. But, if anything, this book solidified the reader's understanding of LiLo's unbreakable bond. These two people love each other enough to be strong for each other. To battle their demons separately in order to be stronger when they come back together.
This book is really where we start to get to know Rose and Connor....(my personal two favorite characters in the series). On the surface, Rose seems like an Ice Queen, but in reality she is fiercely loyal and devoted to those she loves. The way she loves and supports Lily, and makes it her mission to understand her sister's addiction...without question or judgement...is why Rose will always be the true backbone and hero of this entire series in my opinion. And then we have Connor (whom i will spend a GREAT deal of time drooling over in my reviews of later books in the series). He's an outsider to the group, but even though he appears to be arrogant and self-centered...okay, maybe he IS those things...but underneath it all, he is also fiercely loyal to those he cares about. In Lo, Connor finds his first true friend, and in Rose he finds a partner in crime.
Other reviewers have commented on this, but this book had some of the sexiest scenes that didn't involve two people being in the same room with each other. Let's just say Skype can be your friend.
When Lily and Lo finally do reunite, it is handled in a completely believable and realistic way. Yes, there are awkward moments, which is to be expected when one person has been off in rehab learning a completely new way to live. And yes, Lily does wonder if Lo will want to be with her now that he is on the road to recovery. Will he consider her too damaged, or a risk to his sobriety? Other authors may have decided to pile on the angst...separate the two characters...make them (and the reader) suffer through endless pages of them being miserable apart. But not in K&B's world. They know that they best, really the only, way that both Lily and Lo can hope to succeed in fighting their demons, is by doing so together. And i freaking love that.
I heart and soul of Lily & Lo's story, is their unwavering devotion to each other. And that is one of the many....many....reasons I love this series.
Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fi5 Truly Surprising Stars
Let's just get this out of the way first.
Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fifty Shades. And for some people, those two points would be enough to say far, far away from this book. This series has gotten a bad rap because of the fact that it has gone through very little editing from the original version that was posted online (other than the obvious name changes etc). But, this book surprised the hell out of me. In a very, very good way.
I have been pretty much burned out on the Fifty Shades/Crossfire clones that seem to pop up every week. But I picked this up while browsing in my local bookstore the other day, read the first 4 chapters standing there in the 'Romance' section, and found myself immediately hooked.
The first thing that struck me is that it is very well written. Yes, there are obvious similarities to Fifty Shades present, but the actual writing is actually very well done. There are no run on sentences, or instances of the same phrases used dozens of times. The author managed to take a storyline that has been done to death over the last year, and put a neat little twist on it that, for me, was really addictive and enjoyable.
Yes, the BDSM elements are on the tame side, but Nathaniel states up front that he isn't a sadist (unlike our misbegotten Mr Gray). But, the sex scenes are still hot and...unlike in FSoG, it didn't feel like I was reading the same scene over and over again.
Without giving anything away, i have to mention 'The Twist'. It might not have surprised some people, but it took me off guard, and I thought it was great as surprise endings go. It added another layer to Nathaniel's character that made him much more endearing (in my eyes anyway...but maybe not to some). If I have a complaint, it's over the actual ending...there isn't really one. The story just sort of....stops. That was the one aspect of the book that really reminded me of FSoG...no clear cut ending.
All in all, The Submissive was a surprisingly enjoyable and well done and erotic tale that I couldn't read fast enough. Can't wait to get a glimpse inside Nathaniel's head in The Dominant....more
This is the 3rd book (including #1.5 Ricochet) in what has quickly become my very favorite series! I ca
6 This-Series-Just-Keeps-Getting-Better Stars!!
This is the 3rd book (including #1.5 Ricochet) in what has quickly become my very favorite series! I can't even begin to express just how much I adore the way K&B write. They write with passion and love for these characters. They bring them to life so completely that they feel like living, breathing friends of mine that i have known forever. Which probably explains why I have found it VERY difficult to read anything else while making way through this series. Talk about having a book hangover!
This book picks up right after the end of Ricochet, with Lily and Lo attempting to live somewhat normal lives in the midst of battling their addictions (Lo to Alcohol, and Lily to sex). Just when things seem to be getting back on track for the couple, Lily begins receiving messages from someone threatening to go to the press about her addiction - thereby humiliating her friends and family.
Normally I would probably expect a plot like this to have an overload of unnessasry angst involved. But, while there is definitely tension and drama resulting from LiLo trying to figure out who's behind the threats...nothing is ever overdone or unnecessary in this series. One of the main things i absolutely LOVE about this series, and about K&B's writing style in particular, is the unwavering love and devotion among the characters. When they are faced with obstacles, they continue to battle through them together. Instead of pushing each other away.
These books aren't just about one or two people. All six of the main characters feel real and important to the overall storyline. Their friendships are sometimes hard and they push each other's buttons, but they truly are a close-knit, if more than a little dysfunctional, family. The issues they deal with are completely believable and nothing is glossed over. Lily and Lo struggle with their addictions every day, and they stumble more than once. Which only makes them more human. But through all the ups and downs, their support and love for each other never falters.
I know my reviews for these books probably sound like nothing but fangirl gushing. But, honestly....I AM a K&B fangirl, and I make no apologies for it. It has been a long time since i have found a series of books that I felt such a connection to. I am beyond grateful to be experiencing these stories now and look forward to supporting these wonderful ladies in the future.
I am almost at a loss for words after finishing this book.
It has been sitting on my6+++ captivating, obsessively readable, perfectly imperfect stars.
I am almost at a loss for words after finishing this book.
It has been sitting on my Kindle for so long, and I honestly have no idea why it took me this long to read it.
Over the last several months, I have been unable to read much YA fiction. I'm not sure if i was burned out on it, or if I just attempted to read too many books with similar storylines, but my list of YA books i haven't been able to finish is ridiculously long. But in much the same way that Colleen Hoover knocked me on my ass with her ability to blow the YA/NA genre apart with amazing characters and stories that captivate the imagination, Katie McGarry has given us Pushing The Limits. Hands down one of the the 5 best books I have ever read in my lifetime. Period.
I could sit here and go over every aspect of the book that I loved. Tell you all about the plot and the brilliant way that McGarry made this world come alive. But so many others have done a far better job than I ever could at expressing how much this story means on an emotional level. This is not your typical story of teen angst with cookie-cutter characters that everyone knows all too well. This story is dark and edgy. And raw. The pain and loneliness that both Echo and Noah feel...it's real and I felt and breathed every last bit of it right along with them.
When i write reviews I usually try and give an overview of how the book made me feel, and what I was thinking as i finished it. But, to be honest...this book had me feeling so incredibly emotional by the end that I would sound like even more of a sappy fangirl than i normally do when discussing a book that made this much of an impact on me. So...instead i decided to just go for stream of consciousness this time around.
In Echo and Noah, McGarry has given us two of the most beautifully and realistically brought to life characters that i have come across in a long time. They are both far from perfect, and neither one of them always make the right choices. But, they are strong and passionate, and deeply devoted to each other and their own unique versions of 'family'. Echo is one of the most inspiring and strongest female characters i have seen...especially in YA...in years, and I loved her to pieces. And Noah was the perfect blend of cocky 'bad-boy-who-really-isn't-bad, and sweet and vulnerable. He loves Echo and his little brothers so fiercely and his desire to have a real family again is heartbreaking, and it is impossible not to want him to find happiness.
This book was beautiful, and romantic. And sad and heartbreaking. And uplifting and full of hope. It made me feel so many things, and cry the ugliest of tears. But then it made me smile and laugh like a crazy person. It touched me on a very deep and personal level, and I will never forget the experience....more
Once upon a time a jaded book nerd discovered a story that stood out among the sea of carbon copy FSOG wannabes and proceeded to knock her socks off.
TOnce upon a time a jaded book nerd discovered a story that stood out among the sea of carbon copy FSOG wannabes and proceeded to knock her socks off.
The first book in this trilogy, Night Owl was that book.
Now, this book nerd was more than a little picky when it came to her idea of the Perfect Leading Man. Broody, sensitive with a bit of possessiveness thrown in? Right up her alley. Throw in a dry sense of humor and one hell of a dirty mouth, and she was in heaven. Enter Matt Sky....and this humble book nerd was a goner.
Jump ahead a couple of years, and this same book nerd has decided it is FINALLY time to tackle the next book in the series.
After the first chapter, she remembered how much she had loved the first book, and sighed in contentment to be back inside the heads of these wonderful, unique characters. This feeling of contentment continued throughout the first half of the book.
And then....things started to go wrong.
The book nerd (i.e. Me) isn't sure the exact moment things began to fall apart. Maybe it was when Matt's being evasive turned into obsessively lying to cover his ass. Or, maybe it was when Hannah decided to not only start drooling over Matt's bother Nate (a good guy, and a likable character)...but also his OTHER brother, Seth (a broody musician who goes from being a totally douchey Alpha-asshat in the beginning, to having no balls whatsoever by the last act of the book). I guess Hannah is just SO IN LOVE with Matt that she can't control her hormones around any of the Sky men. If their father had been alive, I'm sure she would have started daydreaming about him as well.
There were just so...many...times...where Matt and Hannah's actions made little sense. Especially in the scope of the previous book. Yes, they went through some trust and lies issues in Night Owl...but the level of fuckery that was on display here was ridiculous. Matt has always been a loose cannon, he has real issues to deal with, and he definitely struggled here. But some of HANNAH'S behavior just boggled my mind.
**Warning: Spoil-filled rant ahead**
(view spoiler)[ Adding "I slept with Seth" at the end of the note to Matt. That was just a childish Fuck You, and completely unnecessary. And the icing on the cake, as it were? Giving Seth a HJ. Um, really?! Why?! Because you're mad at Matt? Because you're hurt? How about because you're a narcissistic slut face. Okay...that might sound harsh, but that scene really pissed me off, and i felt like that whole aspect to the story was ridiculous and not needed at all. Drama for drama sake. In the same vain, the scenes with Melanie groping Matt in his car. Again....added nothing but angst and drama to the book where it wasn't needed. (hide spoiler)]
Were the sex scenes still smoking hot? Hell yes. Was Matt's dirty mouth still on full display? Praise Sweet baby Jesus, it was. But....believe it or not, i need more than just great sex scenes to fully enjoy a book.
Considering the high ratings this book has gotten, i know these opinions are in the minority. And maybe my expectations were just too high for this book. But, this was one of the biggest let downs by a book I've had in a while. I almost feel like this was filler between the beginning and the end of Matt & Hannah's story. Maybe it should have remained a stand alone. I just wish i felt differently.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I dove into this book out of curiosity. It seemed like every one of my book blogging friends was readi
6+++ beautifully emotional and haunting stars!!!
I dove into this book out of curiosity. It seemed like every one of my book blogging friends was reading and reviewing this book lately. And while i very rarely seem to agree with the masses about books that receive a lot of hype, I decided to give it a try in the hopes that it might snap me out of my reading slump.
All i can say is, wow.
For the first time in months, i was IMMEDIATELY hooked on a story. Within the first couple of sentences, i knew this book was going to be one of those reading experiences that leave a lasting impression on me. Yes. I knew that quickly.
At first I thought, while incredibly addictive and well written, this was just going to be a hot, sexy read about a rich guy with a dirty mouth and the spunky girl that falls for him. But Night Owl ended up being so much more than that.
The first half of the book is very much an erotic story. The chemistry between Matt and Hannah is just ridiculous. I hereby crown this author the King/Queen of writing dirty talk. I seriously felt like I needed to smoke an entire pack of cigarettes after reading certain scenes.
And then we get to the latter half of the book.
The author throws us one hell of an emotional curveball that left me reeling and unable to tear my eyes away from my e-reader if my life had depended on it. Normally I am not a fan of an overload of angst, but here...because I cared so deeply for these characters and what happened to them...i completely bought the influx of emotion and pain.
Buried just beneath the surface of this seriously sexy love story, lay some mighty dark themes. And the author handles it perfectly. Beautifully.
The problems that plague one of our main characters - problems which are revealed slowly and deliberately - are handled in an honest and unflinching way. And there is nothing sugar-coated about this character's struggle to come back from such a dark place. It's raw and emotionally exhausting to experience as a reader. Which is exactly how it should have been. That is brilliant storytelling, folks.
This wasn't an easy review to write. I don't want to give too much away, so it's hard to touch on certain aspects of the plot that moved me, angered me, made me blush, made me giggle, and me cry ugly tears.
Let me just say this. If you go into this book expecting a sexy little story about likable characters with lots of steamy goodness, fine. You will get all of that in spades. But, you will also get so much more. By the end you will feel like you have been on a journey with these characters. And, I for one, feel so privileged to have gone on that journey. And I can not wait to see what else this author has in store.
In a sea of FSOG and Bared to You knock offs...Night Owl blows the lid off the erotic fiction status quo, and sets the new standard.
EDIT 11-6-13: It is now a few days after I finished reading this book, and much to my surprise I have noticed that many...many people were really upset by the ending.
I have to be completely honest here. When I read the epilogue...(view spoiler)[I assumed that Matt had found a way to "kill off" the M. Pierce persona in favor of having a more 'regular' life. And that the creation of "W. Pierce" was either his new identity, or his writing collaboration with Hannah. I never for one second assumed that his character was literally going to die. However, most of the other readers (or at least a large majority of them) took the 'death of M.Pierce' at face value and are really upset.
Of course now looking back, I can understand why so many people are freaking out about it. Talking to some fellow readers I have heard some rather odd scenarios as to how the next two books will be playing out. A lot seem to think that the next two books will take a hard left turn into paranormal romance and involve Matt's ghost haunting Hannah. At face value, if that is the case...i would be a bit disappointed. Okay....a lot disappointed. I think that would be a big let down considering how incredibly powerful Night Owl was/is. (hide spoiler)]
Frankly, my head is spinning from all the different theories that have been thrown my way over the last couple of days. And all I can say is, January better hurry up and get here soon, because I NEED to know what happens next!!!
If I have learned anything by reading the first two books in this series, it is that Nicole Edwards is pretty much untouchable4-4.5 holy hotness stars
If I have learned anything by reading the first two books in this series, it is that Nicole Edwards is pretty much untouchable when it comes to writing super scorchingly hot sex scenes.
I adored the first book, Kaleb, and loved that it was pretty straight-forward in it's storytelling. Very little angst and heavy on the smutty goodness while still telling a sweet love story. With Zane, Edwards has added a heavy dose of angst (not one of my favorite plot devices), and a bit of OTT melodrama into the mix. And it is because of those two things that I am unable to give this book a 5 star rating.
Don't get me wrong. I really, really enjoyed this book. I love spending time with these characters and I love the family dynamic among the Walker brothers. However, as is so often the case for me lately...my main problem was with the female lead, V. I liked her spunkiness in the first book. But, here she was much too...whiny i guess is the only way i can describe it. Yes, i understand her being traumatized by the attack on Zane at the beginning of the book. But for me, far too much time was spent rehashing that one event. I found myself relating to Zane's attitude of wanting to move past that one incident, so I continually I found myself skimming the sections where we had to listen to V's inner monologue where she obsessed over the attack. Frankly I didn't like anything about that part of the plot, and could have done without it all together.
Now, moving on to what this book gets right....the smutty goodness.
I had no clue going into this book that Edwards was going to be teasing me with a little bit of M/M action. All I can say is, I approve and I wanted more!!
When I saw that Edwards was planning on a releasing a Walker brothers Holiday novella, I joked that it was going to turn into one massive orgy. Well, after reading this book...I might not be so far off. And I am TOTALLY okay with that.
The fact that so many of the side characters are involved with each other...it might have become a bit overwhelming and complicated, but for me...I loved it. One of the strongest aspect to these books are the characters and how they interact, so the more we get to see of them all, the happier I am.
And let me just state for the record....the Zane/Beau/V hook up (heavy on the Zane/Beau) was hands down one of the hottest scenes I have ever read.
If i had anything to complain about regarding that particular aspect of the book? The way Zane kept insisting to himself that he was 'only doing it for Beau'. Seriously?!
I mean, if you're going to include a M/M aspect to the story (which, if you hadn't guessed by now - I am totally on board for), the least you can do is have the characters embrace it. I mean, a guy is not going to have sex with another guy just to make the other guy happy. That is absolutely ridiculous. Period. End of debate.
Despite my problems with the book, I really did enjoy the heck out of it. And I can't wait to see what's in store for Travis. ;)