Molly Harper is absolutely one of my favorite authors at the moment and A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses was a humor-filled romp that had me laMolly Harper is absolutely one of my favorite authors at the moment and A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses was a humor-filled romp that had me laughing out loud. Nola Leary comes to Half-Moon Hollow on a hunt for four magical artifacts to help bind a rival family as her family has done for centuries before her. When she gets to Kentucky, she finds that the items may be hidden in Jane Jameson's bookstore and she has a gorgeous next door neighbor that keeps distracting her from her mission. With a little help from some overzealous vampires, she might just find the items before the deadline and her rivals do.
I really enjoyed this book and I got swept along with the story almost immediately. Nola was a fun character and I loved the fact that she was a healer as well as a witch. I was also excited that Jane and the Scooby gang were a big part of the storyline and we got to catch up with them after the events of Jane's wedding. This book was filled with hilarious dialogue, hot romance with the next door neighbor and enough paranormal elements to keep you thoroughly entertained. This is the second book in the Half-Moon Hollow series and Molly Harper doesn't disappoint with this one. If you haven't read her books, you should be because she will keep you laughing until the very last page. ...more
I was waiting patiently to get my hands on Vicious because everything that this author writes is amazing. Vicious tells the story of Victor and Eli, tI was waiting patiently to get my hands on Vicious because everything that this author writes is amazing. Vicious tells the story of Victor and Eli, two intelligent, yet arrogant, college students who believe that they have the ability to become Extra-Ordinary individuals if they carefully create and experience near-death events. By coming back from the brink of death, they would develop supernatural abilities that would not only prove their thesis but put them in a higher class than those around them. Victor and Eli play with the delicate balance of their own lives and these events lead to tragedy and betrayal that will haunt them for years.
Vicious was such a great book for me because it reminded me so much of another novel, Frankenstein, that I still love after reading it so many years ago. Victor and Eli believed that by creating their own near-death experiences that they would achieve unbelievable power and used death to create a new life. By playing God, each of them had to deal with the tragic events that resulted, destroying a friendship and sending one character into the slow descent of madness. By becoming Extra-Ordinary, Eli believed that he had to right to get rid of others who had their own near-death experiences. Instead of becoming the hero he wanted to be, he in a way became a monster who had to be stopped before he harmed others. Now, Victor is on the hunt for his old friend and with each step that leads Victor to Eli, their story slowly unfolds in front of our eyes.
Vicious is an emotional thrill-ride about the consequences of life and death that is destined to become a literary classic. V.E. Schwab weaves a captivating tale that will haunt you well after you have finished reading the last page and I was sorry that we had to say goodbye to these characters. If Ms. Schwab isn’t on your list of authors to watch, she should be because every book is more amazing and thought-provoking than her last...more
Cassie lost her mother to a killer and has been haunted by that memory ever since. She also has the gift of being able to get into a person’s head andCassie lost her mother to a killer and has been haunted by that memory ever since. She also has the gift of being able to get into a person’s head and determine things about them just by looking at them. This talent gets her noticed by the FBI and they soon recruit her to be a part of a teenage task force known as The Naturals. The Naturals each have a different skill involving perception that helps agents solve cases and find the identity of killers that have eluded them. To Cassie, this means everything because there is one case that she has always wanted to find answers to, the unsolved murder of her mother and now a copycat killer is trying to finish what was started so long ago.
I loved the premise of this book when I first heard about it and The Naturals had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved Cassie and I could feel her initial apprehension about joining this group but I wouldn’t have been able to turn down an opportunity such as this either. The Naturals was an amazing thrill ride of suspense that made it hard for me to put down. I loved the dual viewpoints where the reader was able to see things through Cassie’s eyes as well as the killer’s eyes and knowing that made the book even more exciting. This was an intriguing story with engaging characters that has made me a permanent fan of of Ms. Barnes and hopeful that the sequel in this series is just as thrilling as The Naturals.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and this review will appear on Books-n-Kisses.com....more
Tori Anderson had big plans to race up the corporate ladder on her way to a partnership with her prestigious law firm. She was determined to not let aTori Anderson had big plans to race up the corporate ladder on her way to a partnership with her prestigious law firm. She was determined to not let anyone get too close to her so she wouldn't suffer the same heartbreak that plagued her ailing mother. When she meets Brit Bencher, CEO of Excorp, during a contract negotiation for one of her clients, all that begins to change. Brit is handsome, charming and confident, with the reputation of being able to have any woman with just a wink or a smile. He suddenly shows more than a professional interest in Tori that leaves her wondering if there is more to him than just being a playboy. Can she let down her emotional walls for the possibility of love or is Brit just playing her as part of the contract negotiations?
I loved this story. Tori was such a great character, that was so strong and seemed to have everything under control. She had a successful career as an attorney and was able to take care of her ailing mother. The only thing that she was missing was love. When Brit presented the opportunity for a romantic fling, I'm so glad that she took a chance because even though she didn't want to admit it, she was lonely. She realized that all her friends had loved ones and families while she just had a cat. Brit, on the other hand, was so used to micromanaging everyone in his life including his siblings. Tori made him want more out of his own life instead of trying to run everyone else's. This was a delightful romantic story that makes you believe in taking chances on love and that everyone can find their happy ending. ...more
This was a very short yet cute tale about Stacey and Daniel who finally meet after conversing online for years. Stacey is the assistant to Marcus whoThis was a very short yet cute tale about Stacey and Daniel who finally meet after conversing online for years. Stacey is the assistant to Marcus who just happens to be the best friend of Daniel. When they both decide to meet at Marcus' big Stampede event both are afraid that the other would be disappointed. Sparks fly when they finally get together and Stacey hopes that Daniel will finally be the hot cowboy she has been looking for....more
This was a hauntingly romantic story with dramatic characters and a rich atmosphere that just adds to its Gothic storyline. Violet and her brother, LuThis was a hauntingly romantic story with dramatic characters and a rich atmosphere that just adds to its Gothic storyline. Violet and her brother, Luke, are living on their own ever since their parents left to study art in Paris. To make ends meet, Violet rents out the cottage behind their home to the mysterious and charming River West. Violet and River start spending a lot of time with one another and Violet soon begins to develop feelings for this handsome young man. Around the time of River’s arrival in town, strange events occur around Violet and her friends, which leads her to believe that River may have ulterior motives for being there. Is River a victim of circumstance or is he behind all the mysterious occurrences?
River was definitely a bad boy, someone who you know will break your heart but you can’t help falling in love with him anyways. He was so charming, smart and everyone automatically liked him on sight. But that was his downfall. If someone seems to be too good to be true, they usually are and I always felt that River was hiding something from Violet throughout the course of the book.
Violet was such a sweet girl and I connected with her from the very beginning. She was trying to keep everything together with her parents and her beloved grandmother gone, and she had this inner strength that you usually don’t see with girls that age. Even though she was a smart young girl, she still had this innocence about her, especially when it came to boys and relationships. Watching Violet fall in love for the first time brought back memories because that first love is always bittersweet and even though she believes that River may be responsible for the mysterious events plaguing the town, she can’t help falling for him.
Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea is a great novel that is bound to become a classic. With its timeless characters and darkly rich scenery, April Genevieve Tucholke is a master storyteller and I can’t wait to see what she creates next....more
Katy moved to West Virginia and was feeling the loneliness of losing her father and having to start over. She meets Dee and Daemon, her next-door neigKaty moved to West Virginia and was feeling the loneliness of losing her father and having to start over. She meets Dee and Daemon, her next-door neighbors, and was excited to finally be able to make some friends. Daemon was standoffish but very good-looking while his sister, Dee, was absolutely adorable. There is a serial killer in their small town and there is more to Dee and Daemon than meets the eye.
I absolutely loved this book! It had the right amount of mystery, science fiction and romance. I liked the Katy and Daemon relationship that no matter what he dished out in insults, he got back in spades from Katy. She was strong and she wasn't going to let Daemon put her in a position where she felt vulnerable. Even when she found out about Dee and Daemon's heritage, it didn't shock her, it just made her connect more with them because they were outsiders as well. Great novel and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel next year....more
Georgia Milton has seen her share of hardships, living in poverty after losing her husband, she struggles to make ends meet. One day while walking dowGeorgia Milton has seen her share of hardships, living in poverty after losing her husband, she struggles to make ends meet. One day while walking down Broadway she notices a handsome wealthy man who is definitely out place among the people of New York City. This dark-haired stranger struggles to get her attention and is injured trying to save Georgia’s belongings from a young thief. Roderick Tremayne wakes up after the accident with no recollection of who he is and Georgia takes him into her home until his true family can be located. The two never imagined that they would find a love like no other and Roderick doesn’t care if he ever returns home. He wants to stay with his beautiful savior forever until one day his memory returns and his true relatives have come to retrieve him. Georgia and Roderick are from completely different worlds and their love may not be enough for her to be accepted among his peers. But Georgia has a plan that may help them both achieve their happy ending, bringing her back to Roderick’s side for good.
I absolutely adore this author! Every book that I have read from her just keeps getting better and better. I liked the story where they met and he lost his memory so he was able to jump into her world without reservations and helped her with everything that she needed to do to live. Georgia was so used to having a hard life and being associated with unsavory characters but that is what made her who she was. I loved that she had this great giving nature where she took Roderick into her home when she didn’t have to. The passion and chemistry between these two characters was amazing and you could see that they weren’t going to separate from one another without a fight. One of the best parts of this book is the ending where Georgia was finally able to enter Roderick’s social circle after spending time apart with hilarious results. Great book by a great author. Can’t wait to read the next installment in this series. ...more