A lovely story in which two women reveal their inner thoughts, secrets, longings, and need for acceptance, a place to belong and, most of all, love. T...moreA lovely story in which two women reveal their inner thoughts, secrets, longings, and need for acceptance, a place to belong and, most of all, love. The words lift right off the pages for this book. So caught up in the story that I didn't realize that I had come to the end until I turned the back cover. Be prepared for tears, I went through more than a couple tissues XD. Although, I feel I've read or watched something similar I thought the writing was quite refreshing and honest. Marian and Kirby really came alive and I loved being able to go along the journey of life with them. I loved all the characters actually, even the characters that I wanted to hate. But I got there. The story was engaging from start to finish and I feel like I learned something valuable... Touched my heart, it did.
I would recommend to anyone who ever felt lost at some point... which is probably everyone XD
ETA: I was lucky enough to have won this from an ARC giveaway :) I'm looking forward to reading more of Giffin's work.(less)
What a page turner! Could not put the book down until I was finished. XD I hardly felt like I was reading a book, it fel...more**spoiler alert** 4 1/2 stars!
What a page turner! Could not put the book down until I was finished. XD I hardly felt like I was reading a book, it felt more like watching a movie. Lara Adrian created a world so vivid and so real, it was easy to immerse myself in it. The history, the details--just everything was very well done and tied together nicely.
I almost feared what my reaction would be after reading yet another book about vampires. I mean, I just felt like I lost interest after reading so many of the same theme and then getting disappointed because I found it lacking. Well, not THIS book. This book totally gives vampires a good name (haha, not sure if that's a good thing). Adrian's vampires are of a different sort. And I kind of love her take on the vampiric world.
This book turned out to be so much more than I expected. Filled with intrigue and suspense... it's smart and sexy. Loved it all.
The only reason I dropped half a star was because of the heroine, Gabrielle. [possible spoiler alert!] I just wished that she was more assertive. I wanted her to stand her ground and just be able to, I don't know, just be stronger. I guess I wanted more girl power. Now, don't get me wrong, her character was done really well. And I rooted for her, just wish she could have just been able to turn away at times. And I'm also not saying that I didn't want for her to be with Lucan because there is no denying that those two have chemistry. Chemistry like whoa. Lucan is one delicious vampire and he deserves to love and be loved. XD
Gah, difficult to explain without giving the story away! Just, I hope you read it anyway. For the story. For the characters. For the love. (less)
Read this after the second book, The Sweeting Thing. I think reading the series out of order doesn't hurt. Actually, I found myself far more invested...moreRead this after the second book, The Sweeting Thing. I think reading the series out of order doesn't hurt. Actually, I found myself far more invested in learning how the characters were introduced after having already getting a feel for them.
The characters are witty, lovable and so very real! This book, Simply Irresistible, touched close to home as I really felt like I could identify with Maddie. (And that has never happened before!) Maddie, the mediator, the middle child, oh, my heart reached out to her.
I love Jill Shalvis' characters. They all have layers. They're complex, and undeniably flawed. Their lives are not always pretty or easy, actually, it's downright heartbreaking at times. Seriously, I felt like these characters are REAL, like they are my best friends. People I want to hold and comfort and reach out to. Especially, Jax (hehehe), the hero of Simply Irresistible ;) Just... can I hold him now?
While reading this book, I found myself laughing and in tears. All sorts of feelings were happening. Sometimes I didn't even know why. It could have been a line that probably wasn't even meant to instill any emotion and yet, somehow, I found myself gutted. And it felt so good. Sooo good. Shaking with bubbly beautiful feelings kind of good. Difficult to explain, but imagine a teddy bear hugging you from the inside. Yeah. XD
Would definitely recommend to anyone--EVERYONE.
Can't wait to see what else is in store for these wonderful characters. Since I read book two already, up next is Head Over Heels. :) Chloe!!!(less)
Gah, I don't know what to say! This story, this amazing story took stories to a whole new level for me. Just tagging this... I was tempted to give it...moreGah, I don't know what to say! This story, this amazing story took stories to a whole new level for me. Just tagging this... I was tempted to give it all the tags! It's a historical romance with a bit of action, a bit of mystery, a touch of paranormal. A great mix to make this story special.
I found myself holding my breath for paragraphs, maybe even pages. It's sooo good! XD This book is a serious triple threat. Kick-ass characters. A plot with so many twists and turns, it took my breath away. And the way it's written, my gosh! I'm in love with how scenes lifted off the pages. And the dialogue had my insides all a flutter. The banter, the barbs, the sparring! LOL
Miranda and Archer are just so damn perfect. I could cry at the thought of them together.
I can't even... I want to say so much more but I don't want to spoil it. This story I think is best kept as a surprise. The thrills. The secrets. The adventure. The journey. All these elements just waiting to be explored, experienced.
I felt breathless. My heart still aches!
Miranda has become one of my all time favorite heroines. She's witty, smart... ugh, she's just a heroine of heroines.
Archer, the hero, I can't believe how many times I fell in love with this character. OMG, if he were real? The things I would do to this man. Sexy and so mysterious. So wonderfully good! And that just sums up my thoughts of him from the prologue!
And Miranda and Archer together? They are one of my favorite couples EVER, and totally meant to be XD
It was refreshing to read a love story like theirs, a love that is solid and unwavering. Their love is magic and scorching hot!
(ETA: Bought and read this book after having won Moonlight (the second book in the series). And what a win it was, for it introduced me to what I think has become one of my all time favorites! Thank you for the first-reads! Will read and review the second story soon!)(less)
I can hardly think after all the emotions. The feelings. Oh, how these feelings and thoughts are still resonating w...moreSizzling hot from start to finish!
I can hardly think after all the emotions. The feelings. Oh, how these feelings and thoughts are still resonating within me even after hours I had put my tablet down. And it was a struggle to put it down. I kept going back, wanting to re-read my favorite parts and just soak in these moments LaValle created.
LaValle's voice is very distinct and I'm kind of in love with the way she can string words together and create these profound sentences that unravel in such a moving way. Her voice. Her characters. Her characters' voices.
Both Lord Radford and Mazie are incredibly well developed. The way they speak, their personalities, so defined and complex. Love how they are so very telling in how they express themselves by their actions and words and words they choose not to say.
The chemistry between Lord Radford and Mazie is undeniable and present and so very real, it hurts in the most delicious way.
One thing that I absolutely loved about Radford and Mazie is that neither lost themselves, they stayed true to their character from start to finish! None of the OOC business to suit the plot. Mazie and Radford were all about learning who they were and learning to trust in that, whatever they were to be and become.
(view spoiler)[... Straitlaced, beautiful, Lord Radford was in for it as soon as he opened the door and laid his eyes upon Mazie, a woman like no other. A woman that would challenge him and test him and ultimately, bring out the worst and best in him. And Radford is such a MAN, it would have drove me crazy if he were not to be so evenly matched.
Situation and circumstance turned them into enemies, each unwilling to give into the lust that they each knew was there. Each too proud, headstrong and needing to protect themselves from the other. The game was on. Neither would give in, too much was at stake. Radford and Mazie were in their element as they exchanged witty barbs, and well placed retorts, hooks and blocks. However, at some point, it got personal. Too personal. Could they set aside their thoughts and listen to their hearts? Will it all be for naught? How could these two find it in themselves to trust their supposed enemy? The way of life hangs in the balance for both Mazie and Radford. Love would surely conquer all, or will it?
Questions, so many questions. One thing is for certain, while reading I never once stopped to question reading this story and wanting to know how it would end. My heart was invested from the very first kiss.
It took me hours to find myself able to compose my thoughts, and even now I am still reeling over what I just read. It is a beautiful thing, this feeling. So immersed was I in this story. To feel these feelings, to be filled with these wonderful emotions that LaValle evoked in me. By reading this intensely amazing, beautiful story, I found myself in laughter, in tears and holding my breath. Suspended in an emotional state where my heart just ached for Radford and Mazie. Their love is forbidden. Their love should be impossible, and yet... their love is a necessary love, a needed kind of love, a love that just took my breath away. (hide spoiler)]
Have I said too much? Surely, this story deserves more praise! More stars than I could give. After having read Leigh LaValle's thrilling debut novel, I am excited to say I am a fan and will most surely read her future works. I want more!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Just finished. Wow. Can't really gather all my thoughts yet. This story sure took me on for a ride. Please excuse my incoherent rambling. My feelings...moreJust finished. Wow. Can't really gather all my thoughts yet. This story sure took me on for a ride. Please excuse my incoherent rambling. My feelings are all over the place right now.
I read the summary thinking it was going to be a typical paranormal romance (even if I haven't read many paranormal romances, I knew the formula). Vampire like creatures. Shape-shifters and witches. Oh, and let's not forget the forbidden romance. Boy, was I wrong. There's so much more to it than that. And the more is just too much to speak of.
The details and the history involved placed me in a world that I couldn't help get lost in. I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading since the words flowed easily off the page. Love it when that happens.
Sophia seemed so real, her character was written with all these little complexities and yet, she was also simple, someone that I think anyone could relate to, which makes her all the more special.
I won't comment on Charles in fear of giving anything away. Can't have that. Must read it to find out. ;)
What I will say is that I was pleasantly surprised at how the story turned out. Loved the twists and turns. The story had just the right amount of angst, sexy-times, action, humor and drama to balance it all out. It started nice and slow and as the story progressed it quickly turned into a page-turner that was difficult to put down.
I should mention that I won this book from the author, and what a win it was! Thank you! I look forward to the next installment!(less)
I can't even write a review. My words cannot explain the feelings I am feeling. My feelings are even having feelings. I read this book from cover to c...moreI can't even write a review. My words cannot explain the feelings I am feeling. My feelings are even having feelings. I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. (Okay, I did take a break to eat and give myself a little talk to come to terms with things.) And I am exhausted, but in a really good way. In a way that I know I will want to read it again just so I could go through the whole experience again. I might have to wait and collect my thoughts first.
Just please do yourself a favor and read this breathtakingly beautiful story. And be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions. I cried. I laughed. I cried some more and laughed again. Then cried even harder. Till finally, I was just left with a surge of emotion that I can't quite describe, it left me in a state of awe and peacefulness. The Fault in Our Stars is a kind of book that I feel everyone should read.(less)
I was planning on not reading this right after finishing the second book because I wanted to savor it, but I'm in such torment. Peeta has been on my m...moreI was planning on not reading this right after finishing the second book because I wanted to savor it, but I'm in such torment. Peeta has been on my mind the WHOLE day. And it doesn't help that he was in my dreams last night. Never have my thoughts been so occupied by a fictional character. Peeta, what have you done to me? Gah!
I guess I'll have to read the third book soon, or I fear I may go insane!
ETA: I finished. And I think I went insane anyway. I mean, what did I even read? Quite possibly the most gut wrenching story I ever came across. No words to describe what I'm feeling right now. It's too much, and not enough.
Finished this the previous night, but I couldn't bring myself to leave a review after such a frustratingly abrupt ending. Yes, I'm frustrated. Don't g...moreFinished this the previous night, but I couldn't bring myself to leave a review after such a frustratingly abrupt ending. Yes, I'm frustrated. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this enthralling story about a cyborg who must find her true self after her world turns upside down. The world that she lives in is not just suffering from a plague, but hangs in the threat of war. Whether Cinder's world finds peace again, rests in her hands.
The reason for my frustration is that it DID end with a cliffhanger that had me pleading for more.
The story is, of course, a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. It's almost comforting to have those familiar elements woven into the story. However, I was still surprised at the twists and turns, and I was pleased to find myself immersed and lost in whatever path the story took me on.
The characters are quite simply charming.
Cinder is refreshing, I fell in love with her character right from the start. Witty. Strong. Independent. A real, true to heart girl.
Kai, next in line to be emperor of New Beijing, makes a perfect Prince Charming. Ever the gentleman, Kaito suits the swoon-worthy role and makes it his own while wearing a hoodie.
And can't have a Cinderella story without her evil step-mother and step-sisters. I won't spoil the fun of the interesting spin on the love-to-hate villains, but I happened to love it.
As for the fairy god-mother, well, again I won't spoil it. But I have to say, she is my favorite character no matter her form.
I loved the freshness and the direction of the story, and though the cliffhanger is leaving me hanging, I'll definitely hold on for the next installment of this wicked, steampunk-ish story that happened to break out of the mold of the classic Cinderella story and has left me quite thoroughly enchanted.(less)
Be still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you Tes...moreBe still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you Tessa for writing their story!
As this epic love story just needed telling.
Oh, Colin and Minerva. Truly one of my favorite couples of ALL time. Colin, so beautiful, so heartbreakingly sincere and genuine, and honest. And tragically misunderstood. Let me hold you Colin, just let me hold you! On the surface he plays the part of the relentless rake. But who is the man inside his shell? Just who is this man who knows how to touch, but is untouchable?
And then there is Minerva, who lives life behind spectacles to see things clearly, but unfortunately, the things of life and love remain quite a blur. So very intelligent in all things, but so unaware at the same time. She is hidden behind her own shell, will she be able to overcome her insecurities and allow herself to become the person deep inside?
What can possibly happen when Colin and Minerva embark on a week long journey together, alone and unattended? What these two come up with certainly surprised me again and again.
I am so very tempted to give away the details, wanting to share just what had me laughing, what had me tearing up. Every single page just had this certain little charming something. This delightful something that felt real and fresh and honest. It felt beautiful, uplifting and something beyond that that I can't put a name to, but I loved it. Loved it so very much that I feel that it's a MUST read, it would be a positively amazing thing if everyone could feel this feeling too. Love that leaves me giddy and filled with joy
Please note: I was fortunate to have been granted access to an advanced digital review copy of "A Week to Be Wicked" in Edelweiss by HarperCollins. The book will be released: March 27th 2012!(less)