Being a huge fan of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I was beyond excited to find out there was going to be a series detailing the life of a teenage VictoBeing a huge fan of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I was beyond excited to find out there was going to be a series detailing the life of a teenage Victor Frankenstein. So, I had enormous expectations going into reading this book, and I am happy to say that Kenneth Oppel did not let me down at all.
Victor and his twin brother Konrad are 16 and staying at the family house in Geneva along with their cousin Elizabeth and close friend Henry. One day, they discover a hidden passage way that leads down to a secret room that the friends dub The Dark Library. Shortly afterward, Konrad falls mysteriously ill and Victor becomes obsessed with creating The Elixir of Life, a potion found in a book from the Dark Library, and sets out on a quest with Elizabeth and Henry to track down it's ingredients.
From the beginning, the 4 friends are pretty much isolated from everyone other than Victor and Konrad's parents, so they only have each other to rely on. And Victor uses a tiny cell in the basement of the family's chateau as his first laboratory. The Dark Library itself is completely underground and cut off from the rest of the house, and all of these things combined create this wonderfully creepy, claustrophobic feel.
Content Warning Even though this book deals with teenagers, and has been lumped into the YA genre, in my opinion it is much more of an adult read. Some of the scenes, especially towards the end are quite intense, and I also feel the need to point out, Victor ends up being portrayed as quite the horny teenager (something that only intensifies in the sequel Such Wicked Intent). So you know...just keep that in mind. ;)
My one complaint...and it truly is a bit nit-picky on my part: The love..quadrangle. I could understand having the conflict of Victor and Konrad both being in love with Elizabeth (though if I'm being honest, the fact that she was their cousin skeeved me out. Yes, I know it was much more common back in those days, but still...), but the addition of Henry also being smitten? Not really necessary.
The actual ending of the book was a bit of a surprise, though it probably shouldn't have been, but it still packed an emotional punch.
This was a truly wonderful, and atmospheric gem that is definitely deserving of a spot on my keeper shelf.
Not officially considered a DH book, this was the one that not only got me hooked on Sherri's writing, but also5++ Stars *All Time Favorite Book List*
Not officially considered a DH book, this was the one that not only got me hooked on Sherri's writing, but also the pararomance genre itself.
Sherrilyn has a knack for taking a seemingly ridiculous concept (Basic storyline of Fantasy Lover: an ancient Greek god is cursed into a book and he ends up being the willing sex slave of any woman who conjures him out of it, for the period of one month), and some how makes the characters and situations believable and compelling.
There were moments that made me laugh out loud, and moments that made me cry. Her love scenes were both erotic, and sweet and I couldn't help falling in love with Julian, and wanted him to finally find some sense of peace and happiness.
The series did in fact continue to improve, but this book will always hold a special place in my heart. It's a wonderful introduction into the world of the Dark Hunters, and highly recommended to any fan of para/romance.
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
Lachlin will go down as one of my very favorite leading men of all time. He's an intense, brooding, demanding, take charge hero...in other words, perfLachlin will go down as one of my very favorite leading men of all time. He's an intense, brooding, demanding, take charge hero...in other words, perfection in the eyes of yours truly. I have to say, that Ms Cole has a talent for writing insanely erotic scenes. The 'claiming' ritual nearly did me in. The only thing keeping me from giving this book 5 stars, was the fact that the last 60 or so pages were a bit drawn out and frustrating. But otherwise, an incredibly satisfying read....more
This book was emotionally exhausting. I mean, I feel like I need a week in Hawaii to recover from reading it.
I had made several a 4.5 stars
This book was emotionally exhausting. I mean, I feel like I need a week in Hawaii to recover from reading it.
I had made several attempts at reading this book, before it finally took hold of my brain and refused to let go. For the longest time I just could not get past my true and abiding hatred of Kiera. Now, I know that sounds rather harsh...and truly, I very rarely use the word 'hate', but if ever there was a fictional character that deserved that emotion...it's Kiera Allen.
But, despite my attitude towards one of the main characters...at around the 25-30% mark...some kind of switch finally flipped for me. I couldn't get enough of this book. I was completely sucked into the story and became emotionally invested in this love triangle from the bowels of hell.
I felt a lot of emotions while reading this book. Possibly too many. There were times when I had to force myself to put the book down because I was getting so frustrated by what was going on that I actually gave myself a headache brooding over it all. How ridiculous is that?!
If i had to describe Kiera in one word...it would be selfish. From the very beginning Kiera is only interested in herself. She may pretend to be tortured by the thought of hurting both her boyfriend Denny and her 'lover in the nighttime' Kellan. But her narcissistic need to be the center of both men's lives proved otherwise. It is amazing to me that the girl was able to figure out how to drag herself out of bed in the morning on her own, since she seemed incapable of accomplishing the simplest tasks without either Denny or Kellan holding her hand. (view spoiler)[ My biggest pet peeve with Kiera is how blatantly she used both men. I mean...having wild monkey sex with Denny...knowing that Kallen can more than likely hear them going at it...and then acting hurt and confused when she realizes Kellan might be bothered by it? Not understanding why Kellan ran away when she and Denny got back together after the world's shortest break up? And yet...being highly indignant about Kellan having some wild monkey sex of his own when she had shoved the fact that she 'just wants to be friends' with him down his throat repeatedly? Yes...Kellan's manwhoring was over the top....way over the top TBH, but still... The way she continually played with Kellan's emotions only to end up pushing him away and running back to 'safe' Denny....made me sick. And here's where my headaches come in. GAH!!!! (hide spoiler)]
I have a real problem with weak female characters in books. And Kiera is just about the most insufferable twit I have ever come across. Both Kellan and Denny deserved far better than her ass. So much heartache and pain could have been avoided if Kiera had just pulled on her big girl panties and PICKED A PENIS instead of stubbornly holding on to both for as long as she could.
Now...after having said all that, you may be wondering why the hell I gave this book a 4.5 star rating. It's simple. The story...made me feel. It made me feel waaaaay too much, but damn if it didn't stir up all kinds of intense emotions in me. Which, in the end, is the sign of a helluva good read. Which this...despite all my ranting and raving...definitely was.
This booke made me groan, it made me curse, it made me want to punch Kiera in the vagina...several times.
But despite all of my issues with a certain character who I still consider to be Too Stupid To Live (I named a new shelf on here in her honor), I was completely swept up and riveted by this story. How I managed to survive the overwhelmingly torturous level of angst in this book boils down to two words: Kellan Kyle.
Kellan is the insane cross between a bad-boy rocker and a sweet & lost little boy. He has the swagger of a rock star... but he's also incredibly vulnerable and insecure. He has manwhorish tendencies, but not because he's gorgeous and has women throwing themselves at him left and right...which is true on both counts. He allows himself to seek comfort in sex because it's the only time he feels like someone might actually care about him. And if that fact right there doesn't at once make you fall for this character and break your heart at the same time...well then you are a stronger person than I, that's for damn sure.
He captured my heart and then ripped it to shreds, made my pulse race and finally in the end...he made suffering through this roller coaster of emotions that this book brought out in me, soooo worth it.["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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Call me jaded or it could just be that having been a huge fan of horror from an early age, i have gotten to the point where it truly takes a LOT to unnerve me. But, while reading the incredibly entertaining Anna Dressed In Blood, i found myself feeling more than a little unsettled several times.
Cas is the new kid at the local high school in a small town in Canada. He also happens to be a ghost hunter. He (along with his mother, a White Witch) travel around the country dispatching spirits, following in the footsteps of his deceased father. He has come to find the spirit known as Anna Dressed in Blood, a 16 year old girl who was murdered on her way to a party. The legend goes that anyone who steps inside Anna's house, never comes out, and she has been blamed for dozens of gruesome deaths over the years. But for some reason when Cas breaches her doorstep, she allows him to live.
At times this book was frightening, heart-breaking, funny and even romantic. I truly loved each and every character, no matter how minor they might have appeared to be. And while I could argue that this book should be allowed to stand on it's own....with no real need for a sequel, I have to admit, i am excited to see what comes next for Cas and his group of unlikely friends.
A wonderfully entertaining joyride of a ghost story. ...more
Wonderfully written and brought to life. I love the fact that Caine wrote a supposedly 'YA' Vampire novel, that wasn't childish in any way. It lackedWonderfully written and brought to life. I love the fact that Caine wrote a supposedly 'YA' Vampire novel, that wasn't childish in any way. It lacked the cheesy, flowery dialogue that many of the books lumped into that genre' seem to favor. This story was smart, fast paced, believable and kept me up reading far too late last night.
In my opinion, this was just as good as Twilight, but had a much more adult edge to it (which i loved).
However...the last few paragraphs of this book, nearly gave me heart failure. I have never seen a book end with such a dramatic cliffhanger before, and all i can say is, thank goodness I have book 2!...more
Mortimer Moorecook is a desperate and dying man. Willing to do just about anything to survive the disease that is ravaging his body. After acquiring the so called "Dracula's Skull", he believes he has found the answer to his prayers. Within minutes of the skull arriving at his home, he sinks the elongated teeth into his own neck...
To say anything else about the actual storyline would take away from the enjoyment of discovering all the twisted nuances to this roller coaster of a novel.
As gory and twisted as this novel is (and trust me when i say, this is not for the squeamish), there is a hefty dose of delightfully warped black humor thrown into the mix, which only made me love this book more.
I am already a HUGE fan of JA Konrath/Jack Killborn, but this book makes me anxious to read more by the other authors as well.
Not for the fainthearted, but if you enjoy finding yourself giggling as you squirm in your seat, grab this book and dig in!
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5 ++++++ Stars
Having finished reading this a few days ago, i have been struggling ever since to try and put into words how much I enjoyed this book.
The Night Circus is a magical experience from start to finish.
The circus appears without warning.
Probably one of the best opening lines i have read in recent memory. it succeeds in grabbing you from the first lines, and I found myself staying up all night because i literally could not force myself to put this book down.
Le Cirque des Reves...The Circus Of Dreams, is a fitting name for the other-worldly attraction that captures the hearts and minds of so many people. At the heart of the circus are Celia and Marco...two illusionists trained from an early age by two very different but equally powerful magicians... pitted against each other in a mysterious competition that spans nearly 30 years. The way this secret competition ends up encompassing Celia and Marco's lives....and the lives of everyone associated with the Circus (both directly and behind the scenes) is the true heart of this beautiful story. Every aspect of the storytelling works on every level. From the characters, to the atmosphere, to the budding romance, and the sense of dread that falls over everyone as things begin to spiral out of control.
Every second I spent reading this book was a joy, and i look forward not only to reading this book again, but to devouring anything else Erin Morgenstern releases in the future....more
I have yet to read a novella by SK that i didn't wish had been a full book. She has a way of making characters come alive, like no one else. This storI have yet to read a novella by SK that i didn't wish had been a full book. She has a way of making characters come alive, like no one else. This story was sweet, romantic and heartbreaking all at once....more
Ah Lucky Harbor....how I wish I could somehow find a way to make you a real place so I could move there and find myself a hunky man to call my own.
ThiAh Lucky Harbor....how I wish I could somehow find a way to make you a real place so I could move there and find myself a hunky man to call my own.
This is the second book in the series, and I do believe my personal favorite to date. This time around the focus is on Tara, the unflappable, straight-laced sister to wild-child Chloe and slightly wacky and wonderful Maddie. Tara has decided to stay on in Lucky Harbor to try and help her sisters get their Mother's old B&B back up and running, serving as the resident chef and Mother Hen. But staying in town means seeing ex-boyfriend Ford on a daily basis. And things are complicated further by the arrival of both Tara's estranged husband - intent on winning her back, and the long lost daughter that Tara and Ford gave up for adoption years before.
Yes, the story line sounds a bit convoluted, but trust me...it works on every single level. This is not just a cliche' romance. This book has heart and will win over even the most jaded soul. It definitely won me over. I loved reading about the citizens of Lucky Harbor, and Tara and Ford's story was especially affecting due to the added element of first love, and the fact that they had a daughter together at such an early age.
I loved seeing Maddie & Jax again. And I will always enjoy spending time with all of the crazy residents of this quirky town. This book also happens to feature what was probably my favorite HEA moment of any romance I have read in recent memory (the ending had me more than a little teary-eyed).
This series is just flawless in my opinion, and Jill Shalvis is now at the top of my must-read authors list.
This is a hard book for me to review. It's unlike anything I have ever read before and truly hard to
4.5 Intellectually stimulating & erotic stars
This is a hard book for me to review. It's unlike anything I have ever read before and truly hard to categorize. As others have said before, this is NOT a romance novel. There is no classic HEA. But, it is however beautifully written with intensely real, and tortuously flawed characters.
Words are the thread in the fabric of the universe. You write because it brings you closer to God.
Nora is hands down one of the best female characters I have come across in a very long time. She's strong, feisty, and fearless. But also at times vastly insecure and confused as to what she truly wants out of life. She not only writes erotic BDSM novels, but lives it. Nora is a Switch (a person who acts as both a Dom and sub), and her past with an enigmatic man named Soren is the driving force of her life, even 5 years after "ending" their relationship.
"If you come back to me, will you run or will you crawl?" "I'll fly."
At the heart of The Siren is the relationship Nora has with three vastly different men.
Zach: Her prim & proper editor. Wes: Her virginal best friend and roommate. & Soren: Her God. In every sense of the word.
The relationships are all very complicated and I have to admit, only two of them worked for me. I had a distinct dislike for Zach from the very beginning. I realize he was supposed to appear to be a very standoffish and prudish Englishman, but there was something about his attitude that I just couldn't get past. He seemed to constantly look down on Nora, and while she seemed to laugh it off, and he appears to have a change of heart towards the end of the book...that aspect of the book never rang true for me.
Wesley may seem like an OTT 'aww, shucks' kind of Southern Boy, but I loved him to pieces. I know his character isn't very popular among the fans of the series, but I have always had a soft spot for sweet, romantic men. Probably the only thing keeping me from giving this a perfect 5 star rating was (view spoiler)[ when Nora forgot about the plans she had with Wes and instead spent the night with Zach. I can understand her being wrapped up in the excitement of finishing her book, and for finally being able to 'conquer' Zach...but my heart broke for Wes. He deserved to be treated so much better than that. (hide spoiler)].
Nora & and Wes' relationship may seem doomed for failure, but I really do enjoy their dynamic.
As for Soren? Talk about a complex, multi-layered character! I was shocked when his character was introduced and we found out exactly who...and what he was. Frankly, from the build up his character received through the first half of the book, I expected to hate him with a passion. But I didn't. At all. The scenes between Soren and Nora were probably my favorites in the book. So incredibly well done. And Reisz found a way to not only make me understand their relationship, but believe in it as well. Despite everything, I know that Soren and Nora love each other. In an incredibly dysfunctional and twisted way...but they do.
One of the things i loved about this book, and loved about the writing was that this was a much more realistic portrayal of a BDSM relationship. Not watered down like so many other books in the genre. It was brutal, and honest and completely realistic.
So, while this book may not have been perfect, it was an extremely intoxicating ride that I am more than willing to continue experiencing throughout the rest of the series.
My second KA read turned out to be nearly as enjoyable as my first!
So, going into this book I knew it would be almost impossible to sur6 stars!
My second KA read turned out to be nearly as enjoyable as my first!
So, going into this book I knew it would be almost impossible to surpass the love I had for the first book in the series, The Gamble. And while I had some issues with Tate in the beginning, and never quite warmed up to Lauren the way I did to Nina, this book still ended up blowing me away.
Let me just put this out there : THIS BOOK IS HUGE.
Technically The Gamble is slightly longer, but I have to admit Sweet Dreams felt like a much longer book. Not because I found it to be boring in any way...just because there was just so much going on. In fact about half way through I literally had to take a break from the book for a few hours just because I felt like I was trying to process too much information at one time and needed to give my poor brain a rest!
Tate is a much different breed of Alpha then my beloved Max was in The Gamble. First of all - Tate is an all out, balls-to-the-wall badass biker mofo. He was also much moodier and more dangerous. And in the beginning he said something about the heroine that I honestly didn't think I would be able to forgive him for. But thankfully I did manage to get past it (as did Lauren), and came to discover that with all his faults, Tate was indeed a wonderfully complex, if slightly cranky Alpha who I definitely ended up falling for in the end.
As I have already said, I was never able to quite warm up to Lauren completely. There were several little things that annoyed me about her personality, and I am never fond of the heroine that every male within a 100 mile radius falls in love with. But having said that, Lauren and Tate's romance was a beautiful thing to watch unfold. I also loved her interactions with Tate's son, Jonas (who completely stole my heart).
The secondary characters were wonderful (I especially loved Shambles and Sunny) and the suspense element in the book worked very well, even though the actual conclusion of that part of the plot seemed a teeny bit rushed. Although considering this book was nearly 600 pages long nothing about it was too rushed. :P
Unlike many other reviewers, the fact that KA is so detail oriented in her stories (descriptions of what the characters are wearing etc) doesn't really bother me. The constant repetitiveness of certain phrases ("sorry?" "Come again?" etc) was a little bit bothersome, but again, KA's story was just so damn engaging that I was gladly able to look past the imperfections and just embrace my love for the characters and their world.
Once again I find myself sooo glad that I decided to give KA's books another try because I haven't enjoyed reading this much in far too long. I can't wait to dive into Lady Luck next!...more
It's rare that I finish a book and can't wait to write a review for it but at the same time I haven't a clue what I should say about somethi6 stars!!!
It's rare that I finish a book and can't wait to write a review for it but at the same time I haven't a clue what I should say about something that touched me as deeply as this book touched me. Many others have given incredibly eloquent reviews for this book, so I will bypass trying to sound like I know what I'm talking about as far as story line and world building goes, and instead focus on talking about the many things I loved about this book and these characters.
Shortly after finishing this book tonight a song popped up on my iPod that pretty much captured my version of Max & Nina and their amazingly beautiful relationship.
I walked, through the thickness of your heart Straight through the middle of your deepest, darkest dream I wrote the melody that brought you back to life, love Come hear it for yourself
Who says we're wrong for opening the wrong doors? Lock up, swallow the key You'll never replace me. 'Cause back then I told you, if you fall I'll fall too Wake up and feel the breeze You'll never replace me ~Replace Me by Andrew Belle
That's always been one of my favorite songs, but now it will forever have even deeper meaning for me.
Things I loved About The Gamble:
First and foremost? **MAX!!!
"Yes, I was right. Max was becoming more wonderful and I was in trouble."
You and me both, sister! Holy....cow. I recently wrote a review for another book where I was complaining that there was a difference between being a strong Alpha Male and being a bully. In my opinion...Max is the epitome of the perfect Alpha Male. Dominant? yes. Possessive? Hell yes. But mean and cruel? Never. Max literally adores Nina practically from the moment he first sees her, and he doesn't have any problem showing how he feels. Be it the fact that he is always touching her in some way, even in front of both their families. Or the way he remembers the small things, like how she likes her coffee, or if she drinks in the evening she'll be passed out dead asleep within a couple of hours. Or, most tellingly...and this comes at the very beginning of their relationship...the way he takes care of Nina when she is delirious with a fever. I mean, could there be a more perfect man?
"Found somethin' I want, don't tend to fuck around when that happens, Duchess. Ever."
"You think to slide back, settle for something that made you run away because you think it's safe, because it's familiar, because you're scared of taking a gamble on me. I'm warnin' you now, Duchess, I'm not gonna allow that."
Yeah...like I said...he's pretty much perfect. <3
"Only Holden Maxwell would think my neurotic was cute."
God, I loved this woman! And I think part of the reason I did was because I could somewhat relate to her. We have similar insecurities and I understood why she warred with herself over letting herself get close to Max, expecting that she would always be 'second best' to him. Which made their HEA that much sweeter. <3
And speaking of that HEA...
**The Epilogue Without giving anything away, all I can say is Swooooooooon!!! It wrapped up Nina & Max's story perfectly and I have to say I adored getting a glimpse inside the mind of Max at the very end of the book. It just capped off what had already been one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I have had in a really long time.
Funny thing is, several months ago I attempted to read this book and gave up without even making it to the end of the first chapter. I'm not sure if i was just not in the mood for a romance, or hell...maybe i was just in a crappy mood that day. Whatever the case may be, I am so glad...so glad...that i decided to give this book another shot. Because I absolutely loved every minute of the ride this time. And I can't wait to dive into more books by this author!