Jeff Gunhus did it again! The 5th book in The Templar Chronicles; Lord of the Demons is a fantaThis review was originally posted on Paperback Princess
Jeff Gunhus did it again! The 5th book in The Templar Chronicles; Lord of the Demons is a fantastic, fast-paced adventure that both kids and Adults would enjoy. Jack Templar and his group of Monster Hunters (some are slightly changed but alas they are hunters at heart) have set off to gain the third Jerusalem stones, as usual, their paths are rarely smooth sailing and they encounter many bizarre and dangerous beings on the way.
Lord of the Demons is like all the other Templar Chronicles, it's fast-paced, adventure-filled, nail-biting and scary at the best of times, what makes this series so much more enjoyable than some is the great characters that we get to know through their adventures. I love how I've seen the growth of the characters, how they've grown as a group and also individually. I really love the dynamics between their little group and found myself laughing out loud when they were bickering amongst each other.
I really love the camaraderie between them, and it was so easy to forget how young they are. They had maturity at the best of times but also the purity of a child's mind and I think that's what I love about the book, children aren't afraid to say what they think, and I like those dialogues when one of them would say things lacking filter, things that adults could only dream about saying out loud.
As usual the journey is tumultuous and dangerous and like all the books in the Templar Chronicles they are all fast paced and filled with adventures. Its definitely a series that you find yourself flipping through the pages and constantly saying "just one more chapter" and then at the end you find yourself breathless and unable to fully articulate in words how damn awesome the story was! I love this series and I could only imagine how much more fantastic it would have been if I read it when I was a child, this is certainly a series that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all age groups.
One of my favourite parts of the books still remain to be the "Warning" at the beginning, I find it really sets the mood and tone for the tumultuous and adventurous journey that anyone that continues to read the book will find themselves in. ...more
Kristin Bailey wrote a FANTASTIC debut novel! The Legacy of the Clockwork Key, the first book in the Secret Order Trilogy was so enjoyable that I coulKristin Bailey wrote a FANTASTIC debut novel! The Legacy of the Clockwork Key, the first book in the Secret Order Trilogy was so enjoyable that I could not put the book down! It was fast-paced filled with so many mysteries that you can't get enough of! Each turn of Meg's adventure has you eagerly anticipating for more.
Meg is a recently-orphaned young woman, now working as a maid at Lord Rathford's manor. Meg's life is mundane, boring and tiresome as her daily activity is repeated day in and day out without a change, that's how the Lord wants his manor ran...no changes...everything remains the same. Meg craves for any type of change no matter how little, so she decides to get the pocket watch she found near her burnt home working.
When Meg seeks the help of the Tinker boy, Will, they open up a whole new world filled with mystery, intrigue, danger and a secret society. Meg finds out that her Grandfather had faked his own death and maybe even still alive, that the tarnished and seemingly-broken pocket watch she possessed was not broken nor a pocket watch after all, it's a mechanical master key to solving this entire secret society's mystery. Meg and Will sets out on a journey to try and find her Grandfather and along the way solve the mystery that pushed her Grandfather to fake his own death.
The Legacy of the Clockwork Key is an amazing read! The plot and the concept of it's story is very original that it's unlike any other book I've read. Even the introductory chapters had a purpose and was not at all boring. The plot was fascinating and their adventure (without giving away spoilers) were filled with original aspects that reading this story was not only enjoyable but exciting. It's one of those books that have you gripping your seat, and biting your nails as you eagerly anticipate their next move.
The characters were relatable, I really enjoyed the fact that there was no instant love and you see the growth of their attraction...slowly but surely. I enjoyed the fact that the attraction between them slowly unfolded in front of you, not only are you told about the romance, you feel it! I think that's a really important aspect of any romance within any book. There are far too many books nowadays that have instant love so you don't actually feel the romance, you are more told about it.
The Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey is an adventurous steampunk novel that has the readers participating in Meg and Will's tumultuous journey. It's an extremely enjoyable journey that finished way too soon, that's how much I enjoyed this book! I am eagerly anticipating the consecutive books in this trilogy....more
Most Likely To Succeed by Jennifer Echols is the conclusion to the Superlatives series and what a coThis was originally posted on Paperback Princess.
Most Likely To Succeed by Jennifer Echols is the conclusion to the Superlatives series and what a conclusion it was. I thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining and innocent short read and I cannot wait to read the first two books; Biggest Flirts and Perfect Couple. This New Adult Contemporary Romance was not necessarily an original concept but the writing, the characters and the chemistry between the star couple in this book made me giddy and swoony all at the same time, so I can only imagine the effect this series would have on teens.
"The Perfect Couple That Never Was," that's what the majority of the student population thought of Kaye and Sawyer, but it seemed that Kaye never entertained the possibility...after all she's been with her long-term boyfriend, Aidan for 3 years, but when the polls are returned, she can't help but start looking at Sawyer in a different way.
Jennifer Echol's character creation was truly amazing and I loved the realistic characters that I had a sneaking suspicion that these characters were loosely based on people that Jennifer knew. I loved the characters interaction and chemistry and Jennifer does a wonderful job in capturing teens in their true light. I can literally write pages on how much I love the characters, the character creation, the chemistry and interactions and on and on but I won't bore you all, just know that the characters made this book for me.
Sawyer and Kaye had a sweet, innocent kind of love but they had so many things and people blocking their way to happiness, but they deal with it well throughout the book. I loved how they persevered with their relationship despite knowing that maybe it would be easier to go their separate ways. I really felt that they dealt with most of the trials in a well and mature manner, and I'm so glad they got their happily ever after.
I loved the friendship between Harper, Tia and Kaye, I enjoyed the fact that they weren't your typical group of girls who all had the same interests, I really liked that Harper loves photography, Tia a bit of a playgirl and Kaye the popular cheer leader but despite their major differences they were still best friends. It's like their friendship has overcome the high school pressure from other peers and groups.
I also enjoyed the parts where we find out more about Sawyer and Kaye's history, I liked the revelations throughout the book e.g. why Kaye's Mum is the way she is, why Sawyer is the way he is to his Father etc.
Most Likely to Succeed is well-written with addictive characters that you want to pick up other books in the series immediately just to continue to live with them and feel the chemistry between them all. I sped through this book. From the very beginning, at the first Student Council meeting I felt the connection and chemistry between Kaye and Sawyer, that's why I couldn't put the book down, however, I was quite disappointed with the abrupt ending, this is truly the only complaint I have for this book. Having said that I will still continue to read Jennifer Echols books as this is a minor complaint compared to the enjoyment I have had in reading her books. ...more
Sisterhood is Deadly is a funny, light and fluffy chic-lit read with a dash of mystery. It's vThis review was originally posted on Paperback Princess.
Sisterhood is Deadly is a funny, light and fluffy chic-lit read with a dash of mystery. It's very sorority-filled so if you've been in a sorority you will find it even funnier as you'd be able to relate to what's going on. Unfortunately I did not go to College in the US so I was never able to be part of a sorority but I would have loved to have been so I love reading sorority books just to see what it's like.
Margot Blythe loves being part of a sorority, Delta Beta, so she continued to work for the Delta Beta head office when she graduated. Her job has her traveling the country helping other Chapter Advisors to solve minor problems, so when she was invited to her Alma-mater (home-Chapter) she was so excited to be back in her College dorm, but her homecoming reception wasn't exactly what she expected when the Chapter Advisor dropped dead whilst their doing their first Chapter meeting. She soon finds herself amidst a murder investigation and a sex phone scandal, can Margot Blythe save her precious Delta-Beta from this major PR drama?
Margot Blythe is incredibly hilarious, her immaturity and her all-consuming thoughts about the perfectness of Delta Beta is quite a laugh, I found myself laughing out loud so many times because of her naivety and ditziness. She reminded me somewhat of Reece Witherspoon's character in Legally Blonde.
"What were y'all reciting?" "Objection!" I glared at him. Hatfield looked stunned. "What in the world are you objecting to?" "You're asking about privileged information!" "Was a lawyer there? A doctor? A priest?"
Now he was talking crazy. "Of course not," I said. "You are asking about secret sorority rituals. We can't share those with anyone who has not been initiated, and that includes the police."
Casey is one of my favourite characters and I don't think that the book would have been the same without him and Margot's relationship. Casey is the PR representative sent from the Delta Beta head office, his main job is to ensure that the PR for the Sutton Chapter isn't damaged beyond repair, so when he arrives Margot and Casey goes all out to personally solve the mystery so that the Delta Beta name isn't tarnished.
Sisterhood is Deadly is truly an entertaining and funny read. I know that sounds bizarre considering they're investigating a murder and phone sex scandal, and whilst the mystery comes together nicely at the end I think the main focus was more Margot and her saving the day more so than the mystery itself. I will definitely read more of Margot's story if Lindsay Emory releases more Sisterhood books and I don't think it'd be a bad idea, Margot can be like a sorority Nancy Drew....more
This was an amazing read, the plot line wasn't something amazing at the beginning, it reminded me slightly of Wings by Aprilynne Pike through most ofThis was an amazing read, the plot line wasn't something amazing at the beginning, it reminded me slightly of Wings by Aprilynne Pike through most of the books, but from the middle it gets quite fast paced as we are finally given a few revelations. I really enjoyed the interaction between Tamin and Faeyre. ...more
Confessions of a Queen B is an enjoyable, entertaining and light read and I devoured it quicklThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess.
Confessions of a Queen B is an enjoyable, entertaining and light read and I devoured it quickly but I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, but being a series I can understand this, and I am still looking forward to reading the consecutive books to the series.
Alexis Wyndham became Queen B soon after she was betrayed by her ex best friend who also happens to be the Queen Bee in her school. Everyone fears Alexis as she exploits scandalous events at school in her blog, The Eastline Spy. Alexis isn't concerned with making friends, she enjoys the fear that others have of her, she doesn't get picked on, and she lives her own life without the need for friends, but when she has the popular, gorgeous, Quarterback and High School sweet-heart trying to win her friendship she soon finds that she's not as tough as she thought she was.
Confessions of a Queen B is truly an entertaining read, it was filled with humour and sarcasm and I really enjoyed Alexis personality and the growing friendship between her and Brett. I enjoyed the depth of the characters, mostly Alexis and Brett. I liked how Brett wasn't perfect and that brought it to a more realistic level.
Another part of Confessions of a Queen B that I really liked was the blog posts from The Eastline Spy at the start of each chapter, being a blogger myself this really kept me entertained and interested and it gave me more of an insight on why people feared Alexis and also a little bit more about what type of kids Alexis went to school with, what happened at school etc. I found this writing technique to be fantastic and captivating.
Confessions of a Queen B is truly a light and fluffy Contemporary YA novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The use of blog entries allowed me to be more personally connected with Alexis, and the relationship between Alexis and Brett was well felt. I liked the main characters, but I only gave it 3 stars because I didn't feel that the book ended with much resolution, however, I do understand it's a series and I enjoyed it enough that I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. ...more
Eva is a confident writer, she believes in her stories and she can write, that much she knows..This review was originally posted at Paperback Princess
Eva is a confident writer, she believes in her stories and she can write, that much she knows...so she thinks.
"I do like it, Eva. It's well written. But that's all it is." He pauses, choosing his words. "There's a difference between writing that's fictional, and writing that's false," Mr. Roush continues. "Does that make sense?"
"You think my story is fake," I say.
Don't Ever Change is a coming of age story of a girl finishing High School, knowing what she has planned for the future, but soon realising that she may not have it all figured out as much as she thought she did. The summer before College is her time to "live" and write the wrongs (and that's not a spelling mistake).
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, Eva is unlikeable but she's real and her humour and wit is what made me really like her. Her commentary is funny and I liked how she was constantly composing stories in her mind about the events that are happening to her.
I veer pretty close to being an unlikeable character I'm at least aware of the fact. Which means I have the chance to stop what I'm doing and change, before I become so unlikeable that the reader gives up on me, shuts the book, and sends it flying across the room, disgusted.
I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Courtney and Eva and I loved the chemistry between them, even though Eva is a snob she humbles herself when it comes to her sister and I really liked that, it showed that her character has depth and growth.
Don't Ever Change are one of those "unputdownable" books and apart from Eva's character which I love, love, love due to her being realistic and even unlikeable, I also enjoyed the writing style. M. Beth Bloom wrote Don't Ever Change like Eva's memoir, and I was wondering if maybe these were all written as a personal experience, is M. Beth, Eva? You don't have to be an aspiring teen writer to appreciate this book because there's definitely a little Eva in all of us. ...more