Originally posted on my blog I love a good young adult novel. Hell a good young adult series and I'm hoping this series will give me that. The first boOriginally posted on my blog I love a good young adult novel. Hell a good young adult series and I'm hoping this series will give me that. The first book has left me standing there with my mouth hanging open and pretty much shocked.
The book revolves around Karou an odd girl from a weird place. Though she's not really aware of where she is from or who she is. She helps a magical creature named Brimstone gather teeth from all around the world by using these weird door ways. She's also an art student who has blue hair no really it comes out of her head that color which is pretty bad ass. Anyways Karou meets a rather interesting boy named Akiva who is a seraphim.
Now we enter into a lot of typical young adult book tropes with this book, but the plot is so perfectly constructed that I can put that aside. Yes our main character is pretty much perfect and Akiva is the typical drop dead gorgeous guy, but it's honestly pretty easy to look past especially once you reach the end of the book. Because that ending will leave you with your mouth agape and almost in shock.
Hype that I've heard surrounding this book hasn't disappointed me from what I've heard about it. Unlike many young adult books that fall flat for me after hearing all the hype about them Taylor manages to not disappoint. The world created in this book is very unique and it didn't feel like anything I've ever read before.
The book lost points for me though because of how it ended. It was a terribly painful cliffhanger and I really do despise those. I also had to knock a few points off for the fact that it took me a long time to get into this book. Though once it picked up I was beyond hooked.
I give this book 4.5/5 stars and can't wait to pick up book two. Highly recommend it!...more
Steam punk victorian england, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and all things paranormal that is this book in a nutshell.
Plot: I really loved the plot. WSteam punk victorian england, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and all things paranormal that is this book in a nutshell.
Plot: I really loved the plot. We start by following Alexia around and meeting all these paranormal people and seeing the world. Which I felt like the world was built so beautifully. I loved where this plot went by the end of the book. Plenty of twists and turns. Along with a surprise as to who all was involved.
Heroine: Alexia was the perfect Alpha i'm in charge spinster female! I adored her. She lived by her own terms not her families and pushed aside their insults to her olive skin tone. She is a take charge and not care type of gal and I loved that.
Hero: Connall is amazing also. Great alpha male who was always left a little flustered by Alexia. I felt like he was alpha in all the right ways also not in the annoying 'i must protect you and you are mine' way.
Overall: 4 stars can't wait to read next one in series...more
Plot: 5 stars - I loved the plot. This book may be steampunk but it has zombies, nanobots, steam powered vehicles and airships. The world was amazing.Plot: 5 stars - I loved the plot. This book may be steampunk but it has zombies, nanobots, steam powered vehicles and airships. The world was amazing. I feel like Meljan Brook did such an amazing job building the world without shoving it in my face. Yes some of it was the usual romanticizing of Britain but in a work of fiction that doesn't really bother me.
Romance stuff: 4 stars - I know some people claim the 'rape' in the book is terrible, but I personally did not feel like it was rape or whatever you want to call it. The other sex scenes in the book were really well done and tasteful.
Heroine: 5 stars - I love how sassy and strong Mina is. There are a few moments where I wish she wasn't so strong and would have just confessed her feelings, but her character is that of a doing what is best for everyone not just herself.
Hero: 4 stars - He's very alpha male type. I liked him still though. Rhys came off as a strong male mostly due to his youth and it made sense. He had a rough life and this was how he learned to act. I think we saw him grow a lot as a character throughout the book. By the end I really liked him as a character though.
Total: 4.5 (leaning more towards a 5 for me)...more
Original review on rabidgummibear.wordpress.com I find that a most sci-fi space themed romance novels aren’t in worlds that are well built or interestiOriginal review on rabidgummibear.wordpress.com I find that a most sci-fi space themed romance novels aren’t in worlds that are well built or interesting. Assassin’s in Love was the exception for the rule of just avoid most sci-fi romance.
The story revolves around Rikki and Misha both assassin’s one with a guild one not. For a chunk of the book Misha is tracking Rikki down because he was getting framed for her kills. Then things take a crazy twist and we go on a pretty wild adventure that involves some revelations about the characters and their pasts.
I’m going to say that I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I felt like Rikki was pretty reasonable compared to other romance heroines. She was pretty badass which is what you’d want from an assassin. I loved how interesting DeLake made the world seem engaging and real. I even found myself enjoying the male lead way more than I thought I would. They both used what would seem like proper protocol with future weapons and were deadly but not to a fault. They both even had some flaws.
I have a few things I disliked though because the book starts to feel a little long and pretty dry in a few spots. I kept wishing the plot would move forward a bit more instead of going at a snails pace after the halfway point. Another thing was they jumped into the sexytimes which was great but then it disappeared quickly for a while which sucked.
Overall I think this book is well worth the read if you love romance novels and sci-fi! 4 out of 5 stars it is well worth the cash. ...more
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As someone familiar with Kenyon’s other series The Dark Hunters I was not surprised by how mOriginal review is located at rabidgummibear.wordpress.com
As someone familiar with Kenyon’s other series The Dark Hunters I was not surprised by how much I loved this book. Kenyon managed to create an intriguing space drama and my god did it make me fall in love.
The story revolves around a princess Kiera and an Assassin Nykyrian hired to protect her life. The novel opens with a heroic rescue from the worlds most feared outlaw Nemesis and then revolves around a group called the Sentella helping keep her safe from the bounty put out on her. Her father’s planet is at war and his enemies have placed a giant bounty on Kiera’s death. All that can ensure her protection is Nykyrian and his team.
I loved the world built in this book. After one book I’ve become very invested in the Ichidian universe if not just more invested in the characters introduced in this series. This is nothing new I’m already a fan of Kenyon’s writing so I wasn’t surprised to find myself loving the characters. I was surprised at how adept she was at writing a space drama since that seemed more out of her normal writing realm, but it didn’t lack any.
I disliked a few moments in the book were I was wanting to yell at the characters for being so dense! I mean hellooo obviously he likes you but maybe as a reader I sometimes forget that generally speaking humans are pretty oblivious to others liking them. Other than that I never felt like the book had much else wrong.
This book is a total guilty pleasure for me like most Kenyon novels. I can’t express the amount of joy I had reading it and staying up late finishing it. Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 and it’s so worth the cash. I can not wait to continue reading this series. ...more
I'm not going to do my usual review methods for this book. I liked the universe, but I liked it because I could put my favorite scifi space themed worI'm not going to do my usual review methods for this book. I liked the universe, but I liked it because I could put my favorite scifi space themed world into it which was Mass Effect while I read it. Now the main character Chaz kind of sucks, but I liked Sully and Ren. I think this was my first true scifi book so maybe that's why i didn't enjoy it. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I won't be coming back for the next book most likely. I was also left super disappointed by the 'sex' scenes. I literally didn't even notice them. Overall okay book not my favorite not my most hated. I really wish I could have given this book like a 2.5/5 or something it literally is just mediocre....more
3 stars is not bad. This is a I liked it didn't love it will pick up the second in the series rating for me.
Heroine: 3 stars - Julia is annoying. The3 stars is not bad. This is a I liked it didn't love it will pick up the second in the series rating for me.
Heroine: 3 stars - Julia is annoying. The whole mourning and this and that in this book is just dreadful. By about halfway through I start to like Julia more and more. Then the end comes around and I felt more sympathy for her. I'm curious to how she will have grown in book 2.
Hero: 3 stars - Brisbane is fun. He's a sherlocky type hero with a bit of a mysterious past. We learn some about him, but in a lot of ways it feels like he should have some sort of paranomal ability beyond his one gift. They always mention 'how strong' he is and what not. Very vampirey to me.
Plot: 3 stars - It took well into halfway through the book for me to feel like okay this is really going somewhere then suddenly when I hit like 85% the plot was just uncovered and it all fell into place. I felt like the author didn't really leave us clues to who it was and until it was all revealed we had no idea. I don't like that in a mystery novel. I felt we should have gotten more hints or something. I just was so meh by the end of this book.
Quick and dirty review. I loved this book. I'm not a big fan of regency or these sorts of romance novels. I usually like more mystery in them honestlyQuick and dirty review. I loved this book. I'm not a big fan of regency or these sorts of romance novels. I usually like more mystery in them honestly. But holy crap I was hooked from the minute I started reading this one. The heroine, Callie is a likable plain jane type but she really isn't that plain. Hero is your typical rake who just doesn't give a damn to be honest. Callie finds herself a spinster at age 28 and decides to complete a list of things that men normally can do but women can't such as gambling. Lets just say I read half the book in a day and finished up the last half in two days due to life stuff happening. I would have happily read the whole thing in one sitting though. Highly recommend folks check it out....more
4.5/5 on a real scale. I can't give this book 5 stars it took me forever to read because of how wordy the book was. It's a long book so of course it h4.5/5 on a real scale. I can't give this book 5 stars it took me forever to read because of how wordy the book was. It's a long book so of course it has the moments where the story drags and feels never ending. It seemed for every one of those parts though there was something else amazing happening a few pages later.
It does take a while to get into the book though. The opening is boring and there is so much information thrown at you that you are overwhelmed. As you keep reading though the pieces and mass of details start to fall into place. Along with just having a purpose instead of just being thrown at you.
I think if you like high fantasy and political intrigue you will love this book.
I really can't wait to read the rest of this series....more
Review is from personal blog rabidgummibear.wordpress.com Now Outlander is a big book. A giant tome of kilts, time travel and adventure. Oh don't forgeReview is from personal blog rabidgummibear.wordpress.com Now Outlander is a big book. A giant tome of kilts, time travel and adventure. Oh don't forget the violence and rape too! It was interesting, not sure what I expected since I've always heard how amazing and incredible the book was and I think that skewed my end view on the entire book.
There were a few things I really liked about this book. One Claire was not your usual damsel in distress, she made her own choices often owned up to them and seemed like a very 3 dimensional character. Often in 'romance' novels we get very flat characters who are either a damsel or a bad-ass takes no names type. This is not the case in Outlander we quite possibly get one of the most 3 dimensional characters I've read in a romance book. Another awesome thing about this book is it's not just the before the marriage it's after and the many problems a marriage can have. Plus she shows the characters growing together as a couple instead of just leaving the reader to form the happy ever after.
The things I didn't like. Honestly the book was too long for me in some parts. That first 5% in the 1940s dragged. It took me ages to just get through that first chunk and that meant I was constantly putting the book down in boredom. The violence towards the end between Jamie and Randall was a bit too intense for me. I also felt like some of the ending portion was a bit too out of character for Jamie and that bothers me to have a character change so drastically in a way I wouldn't see them changing near the end of a book. Finally I hate a book that ends with a literal beginning to the second book and Outlander does that. Now at 600+ pages I feel like a book shouldn't do that and should give you a solid ending that doesn't leave you in a weird part of the unknown for the story.
Finally I'd score the book 3/5 stars and would say that if it sounds like something you'd enjoy reading it'd worth the cash. I was left intrigued enough by the ending to at some point pick up the second book in the series. ...more