Oh, no, why did I finish this book? Now I have to wait forever for the next one :(
This was so good. I love this series. As the characters get deeper iOh, no, why did I finish this book? Now I have to wait forever for the next one :(
This was so good. I love this series. As the characters get deeper into this crazy situation, you grow to love them more and more. Aiden is always amazing. Alex is awesome and strong and brave and funny. I kind of miss Seth, as ambivalent as that little shit is. I hope it turns out okay for him.
This story is so unpredictable. I love the developments along the way, the powers revealed, the allegiances. I love the developing romance. They are so friggin cute!
I knew which god was supporting Lucian and Seth about halfway through. (view spoiler)[As soon as Persephone showed Alex Ares' war room, I was like, 'Oh, yeah, of course it's Ares. What a dick.' Hephaestus, seriously, Alex? You were IN HIS SPOILS ROOM, for Pete's sake, and yet you suspected Haphaestus?! But I did not see the twist with Romvi coming. Very nice. (hide spoiler)]
One funny thing: I read the first two Vampire Diaries books between this and Deity and I was seriously confusing characters up. I know the series go in completely different directions, but holy moly are there a lot of similarities in the first book!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Like I said in my Half-Blood review, I read these books so quick that I'm not totally clear on which events were in which book :p But I love how the sLike I said in my Half-Blood review, I read these books so quick that I'm not totally clear on which events were in which book :p But I love how the series is progressing. I've enjoyed Seth's and Alex's developing relationship (view spoiler)[even though I'm obviously rooting for Aiden. (hide spoiler)] Their connection fascinates me and reminds me of Connection (my own book).
The plot gets thicker, and we see more of Alex's world and more people who will prove to be problems for her. I read this book so fast -- it's addicting! ["br"]>["br"]>...more
Easy read with lots of character development, romantic and sexual tension. Funny and heart-breaking at the same time. JesHoly. . .that ending. My god!
Easy read with lots of character development, romantic and sexual tension. Funny and heart-breaking at the same time. Jessica Sorensen is great with New Adult Romance! I fall in love with her characters and don't want to put the book down. I need that second book like NOW....more
I'm really liking this new adult romances! This reminded me of Easy. Actually, the characters reminded me a bit of my own novel, Connection, althoughI'm really liking this new adult romances! This reminded me of Easy. Actually, the characters reminded me a bit of my own novel, Connection, although of course the two go in completely different directions. Ella and Micha have been best friends for years, but eight months ago, Ella left her life behind on a night when things nearly fell apart for her. Micha has been looking for her everyday since she left, and when she finally comes home for the summer, things pick up right where they left off - yearning for each other but Ella unsure of losing control of another part of her life.
This story was a quick read and really held my attention. I read it in 1-2 days. The characters were really likable and real. Ella was dealing with some pretty crazy problems and Micha is supportive and loving and an all-around good guy. I like reading stories where the guy is chasing the girl instead of the other way around.
The romantic tension was great. The plot development good, too, nice pacing and addicting! More of a 4.5. I feel bad not giving it a 5 but I'd feel bad giving it a 5, too, just because 5 stars are typically those books that will stay with me no matter what or series that I will stan for till the day I die. Still, this is an awesome book, I definitely recommend it for fans of new adult romance. ...more
Wow! I really like the Lux series, but there's something about higher fantasy that I love -- when the characters are in a completely different societyWow! I really like the Lux series, but there's something about higher fantasy that I love -- when the characters are in a completely different society than ours. I loved loved loved this book. At first, Alex seems like your typical rebellious, headstrong female protagonist that has become so common in YA books. But she seriously grows on you, and her recklessness and courage become part of her character, not something just to further the plot or give the author an excuse to say "I wrote a strong female character!"
Aiden is pretty awesome -- strong, confident, sexy, patient, and understanding. Their romance is the star-crossed kind, and adds a lot of tension to their attraction.
I love stories that deal with oppression and prejudice. I've written quite a few myself -- I don't know why, something about the theme just gets to me, especially seeing how characters respond to it. The half-blood/pure-blood dynamics in this book make you kind of sick to your stomach, but the conflict is something that drives the story and really develops the characters. You see what kind of people the characters are based on how they respond (or don't) to the injustice of their society.
I read Half-Blood Pure, and Deity within the course of like a week so I don't want to write too much more because in my head I'm not sure which events were in this book and which ones were in Pure. Let me just say that the author keeps surprising you (although some things I did see coming) with twists and turns. The plot thickens with lots of different characters vying for their individual desires and wants. Alex is a great protagonist -- funny, strong, brave -- and I've loved seeing her develop over the series. I think I like this one more than the Lux one! Greek mythology gets me every time....more
Okay, that. . .was pretty awesome. I can understand why people are talking about this series so much. Intriguing world building, great romantic tensioOkay, that. . .was pretty awesome. I can understand why people are talking about this series so much. Intriguing world building, great romantic tension, good sense of humor, fun characters. Off to read the sequel!
Another addicting read from Brigid Kemmerer that adds to the nonstop action and romance of the Elementals. Compelling characters, an exciting plot, anAnother addicting read from Brigid Kemmerer that adds to the nonstop action and romance of the Elementals. Compelling characters, an exciting plot, and intense romance. Yes, I loved this one just as much as the first! I was super lucky to get an ARC from the publisher -- thank you, Kensington!
So, Spark is a bit different from Storm, mostly because Gabriel and Layne are a lot different than Chris and Becca. But it's just as addicting!
The story was really neat. Fires are popping up all over town and Gabriel, being a Fire Elemental, is blamed for it when in actuality he's trying to help people escape. He's also trying to catch back up in math since his new substitute teacher caught on to him and Nick swapping places when a test came up. Tying it all together is girl in his class named Layne who is driving him crazy as he tries to figure her out. There is a lot of stuff going on, actually, but those are the big things.
I liked the chance we had to see into Gabriel's head. In Storm, he seems like kind of a hothead and in Spark, we see some of his motivation, some of what he's thinking and going through. I felt bad for him, but there were also times when I wanted to smack him upside the head. I think that's a sign of great characterization, when you can love and hate someone at the same time. Just like in real life.
Gabriel and Layne had really good chemistry. They were kind of all over the place, highs and lows, but their personalities made for a relationship like that. They're both kind of headstrong and stubborn and they were super cute together. I liked Layne and how she was different from Becca, being more reserved and having more secrets. I loved even the minor characters that Brigid Kemmerer introduces, especially Simon.
And the plot, like I said, was so addicting! Something new was always happening, whether it was something kind of character-driven like Gabriel and Layne getting to know each other, or something bigger and more intense, like another fire. I like how Kemmerer balances that all out, the characters and the action. She's one of my favorite new authors this year.
I'll be honest, I'm not that thrilled that the next book is about Hunter. I don't know, I can't get a read on that guy. I want to like him but he always seems to be looking out for himself. Maybe I'll like him more after Spirit. Which I still can't wait for, even if it is about Hunter. ...more
Technically not a short story, but a novelette or a novella or something. A short glimpse into Michael's friendship with a girl named Emily, who justTechnically not a short story, but a novelette or a novella or something. A short glimpse into Michael's friendship with a girl named Emily, who just so happens to be Tyler's sister. Interesting way to introduce the world of the Elementals. Also gave me a different perspective on Michael....more
Well, this is somewhere between 3 and 4. Very intriguing plot, lots of action, but the characters didn't really snag me. It does keep you on the edgeWell, this is somewhere between 3 and 4. Very intriguing plot, lots of action, but the characters didn't really snag me. It does keep you on the edge of your seat, but about in the middle, I got kind of bored. It picks up soon after, though, and the pacing in the second half is pretty good. Plus I liked Kira more towards the end, she was very determined and interesting. Longer review to come! I wrote it down on paper (imagine that!) and left the notebook at home.
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I liked this book, but something it keeping me from giving it 4 stars. The premise is very cool. In a future America, everyone can read minds and communicate with one another through a kind of mindspeak. Except for our main character Kira. She hasn't gone through the change yet, making her a zero and a social outcast. When she meets a mysterious boy named Simon, though, she finds out she's actually a jacker and she can control people through their minds, and she's not alone. . .
The writing is crisp and clear, and the story interesting. The second half is full of twists and turns and revelations. i think where the book was lacking, though, was in characterization. The story/plot itself was cool, but Kira, Simon, Raf -- they felt more two-dimensional than full-fledged characters. Kira does go through a lot and she's the most fully-fleshed character, but still I couldn't get a gull grasp on her. She was very determined and pretty badass towards the end, but when I try to picture Kira in the real world or another context, I can't. I'm not 100% what makes her tick, what she would be like if she weren't in danger all the time.
That aside, like I said, this was a very neat read. Great world building, very cool science fiction, and some awesome action!...more
Huh. I was expecting to enjoy this more, perhaps because I've heard so much about it. I did like it, but not that much. The character's romance was aHuh. I was expecting to enjoy this more, perhaps because I've heard so much about it. I did like it, but not that much. The character's romance was a bit too quick for me. I didn't really believe the whole "true love" thing. They spent most of the time kissing and the author didn't give us or the characters time to really get to know each other. I knew their basic personalities but not much more than that. The adults were pretty immature, too, and ended up really annoying me.
That said, I really liked Zellie's voice. She was funny and it was a joy to read along with her as all this stuff happened to her. Claire was a great best friend. I thought the idea of The Society was interesting and the turn of events at the failed rewind had me scratching my head (in a good way). I might check out the sequel, but to be honest, there are a lot of books I'd rather read.
It was short, though. And even shorter than I thought because the book was over at 85%! The rest was just samples from other books. I am all for promoting other authors in similar genres (and one of them is one of my favorite indie reads, Hush Money from Susan Bischoff), but when you are expecting a book of about 3000 locations and end up with something a lot shorter, it's frustrating. ...more
Another great book from Samantha Young! Read it one sitting. Great way to spend a Saturday. This second book in the series was a bit slower than the fAnother great book from Samantha Young! Read it one sitting. Great way to spend a Saturday. This second book in the series was a bit slower than the first and not as much happened, but I still liked it. Eden goes through a lot of change, and I really like her as a heroine, warts and all. The romance had the right amount of tension and development. Noah is pretty swoon-worthy.
So excited the trilogy is already finished so I can buy the third one right away!...more
Samantha Young is a YA author I consistently enjoy. Eden is Blessed, meaning she needs to consume human souls to survive. She struggles with this hungSamantha Young is a YA author I consistently enjoy. Eden is Blessed, meaning she needs to consume human souls to survive. She struggles with this hunger while her friend Noah searches for ways to redeem her. Of course, Eden has no idea that Noah knows about her, has no idea he's actually a warrior of Ankh.
It's been a couple weeks since I read this so not everything is fresh, but I loved this book! Unique fantasy, likable heroine even though she has a dark side, romantic tension, awesome action. The world building is great, the rate of revelation is perfect. I can't decide whether I like this one or Smokeless Fire more. Read both!...more
I really wanted this to be 5 stars, but the second half didn't quite impress me as much as the first half did. I still loved it, though! Great premiseI really wanted this to be 5 stars, but the second half didn't quite impress me as much as the first half did. I still loved it, though! Great premise, interesting characters, tragic love story. I just felt like the second half dragged a little bit and there were all kind of "revelations" that were either confusing or not that ground-breaking. I will definitely check out the next book in the series, though. I really want to know what happens and how everything turns out.
I'll write a longer review later, hopefully!...more
This was a unique paranormal novel. Not your typical one. (Like I know, reader of about five paranormal novels lol) I liked the writing and the story.This was a unique paranormal novel. Not your typical one. (Like I know, reader of about five paranormal novels lol) I liked the writing and the story. And Emily was cool. She's geeky and reserved at first, then struggles with her sudden reckless side. I think by the end of the novel, she had a little bit of both in her. Reminded me of The Summoning and its sequels.
The beginning was interesting, but it really picks up about halfway through. The story is a new on a paranormal aspect. It didn't answer a lot of my questions. Instead, by the end, I probably had more. But it seems like pretty cool world building and I'm excited to see where it will go. The parts in between with the transcripts I thought were a neat touch because it raises a lot of mystery. I'll need to check out the sequel. ...more
Wow, I loved it! Great fantasy, believable romance. the characters are super likable. A bit different from her urban fantasies, but it still has her dWow, I loved it! Great fantasy, believable romance. the characters are super likable. A bit different from her urban fantasies, but it still has her distinctive style. I love the action. I read through it pretty quickly because I enjoyed it so much! I marked it YA, but I think it has crossover potential. ...more
Hawkings has a great way of building suspense. I was on the edge of my seat this whole book. These main characteHere is my slightly longer review. . .
Hawkings has a great way of building suspense. I was on the edge of my seat this whole book. These main characters are badass and they really know how to get stuff done! I really liked reading this story, it flew by so quickly! I wanted it to be longer. The action and all the developments and science fiction to me was really cool and intriguing.
I think it could have benefited from just a tad more character development. I knew the girls' names and their "trademarks" but I would have liked to know more about Kayla and what made her tick. I really liked Mouse.
I am excited to read more of this series. Instead of post-apocalyptic like a lot of the things I've read, it's really apocalyptic, like all this crazy stuff is happening and I keep wondering if it's all connected or what. I would have liked some more answers--I feel like she raised a lot of questions but didn't answer hardly any! I'm not sure how to feel about this ending. Very cliffhanger-ish, so I will definitely check out the next one. ...more
Yeah, another book I finished in one sitting! I don't normally read Paranormal Romance, but I really liked Smokeless Fire (which, tbh, I don't consideYeah, another book I finished in one sitting! I don't normally read Paranormal Romance, but I really liked Smokeless Fire (which, tbh, I don't consider PNR) so I picked this one up for another dollar!
Caia left the pack ten years ago after her parents were killed, and she's lived in isolation with no one but Irini. When it's time to return, she finds out the pack is keeping a lot of secrets from her. Though it feels like the first time she's ever belonged, there are also things that are wrong. People seem to blame her for the murders that took place when she was young. She makes enemies with another girl her age named Alexa. When her emotions get the best of her, scary things happen. She also feels an instant connection to the Pack Leader, Lucien. What is the pack hiding from her, though?
To be honest, the beginning was a bit rough. The author throws you right in without any introductions or description. We're just dropped into this conversation. I was confused at first, but I trudged through. Caia arrives in her new home with the pack and slowly starts to adjust to her new life. School, the pack dynamics, living with the Pack Leader and his family, new friends, new enemies.
The characters were pretty interesting and unique. There were a lot of them, and some of the minor ones went straight over my head, but the author did a pretty good job of keeping them separate and distinct. Caia was cool, I liked her. She was calm and collected, but she still had a fierceness to her. The story had a nice pace to it, too. I never thought, 'ugh, let's move on!' I DID want to know what was going on, but that was more the urgency of, 'Wow, I can't read fast enough!'
The romance was nice. Of course I wanted them to jump right into each other's arms, but it was more realistic that things took longer. Towards the end, I feel like they were on a bit of a roller coaster, hating each other, then loving each other, then having screaming matches. But it's understandable with their personalities. I really want to pick up the next one to see what's in their future. At times, the whole "possessive male" annoyed me, but it's realistic, too, considering they are part wolf. I think she did a good job of balancing it, though. Yes, they're protective and slightly chauvinistic, but the women were also strong characters and the men were never dishonorable or anything. Well, I suppose you could argue Lucien was in a few of his lies. . .
I liked the worldbuilding and magic system. Some of it is familiar, of course, but I liked how she mixed Greek myths with the paranormal races of witches, werewolves, vampyres, etc. I'm not 100% clear on the origins of the war, but I think I got it. I'd probably have to read it again, but I don't really have plans of doing that. I'll be reading the next one! XD
Mechanics could use some work, but the storytelling was great and they only distracted me for a moment (or not at all!) before I kept reading. Looking forward to picking up the sequel! I know I'll have to wait until I have some free time because I probably won't be able to put it down. ;)...more
I had my eye on this trilogy for a while, but a sale for 99 cents made me pick up the first one about a month ago. I got the chance to finally start rI had my eye on this trilogy for a while, but a sale for 99 cents made me pick up the first one about a month ago. I got the chance to finally start reading it on Friday, and I finished it last night. To be honest, it's more of a 4.5, but I rounded up :) The story starts off with a great, endearing romance that sucked me in right away. Of course there was some stuff before that, but Gabriel and Amber's relationship was so enjoyable to read.
There's a healthy balance of mystery surrounding Amber's strange origins and we also get the chance to see the people who know more than Amber and the reader. Amber and Gabriel are both really likable while still having flaws. Actually, I take that back -- I can't think of any flaws in Gabriel yet! He's not your typical controlling, secretive, dark YA love interest. I don't really understand the appeal of YA novels that have an ordinary girl trying to find out the supernatural secret of her crush. I like YA where the girl has the secret, or she at least has something going on, too -- books like Unearthly, Hush Money, Solstice, and now Becoming by Raine Thomas.
About halfway through, things slow down a bit with a hefty infodump. I'm not sure how this could have been done differently, but I only retained part of the knowledge I know I'm supposed to have. I need an Estilorian encyclopedia or something because I can't keep track of all the different classes and histories and planes of existence (wait, there are only two, right?). Note to self: Google to see if there is something like this.
After said infodump, the pace is back up and running. Amber and Gabriel are faced with big choices and are soon heading to the Estilorian plane of existence to save the people, though I don't really know how. Honestly, I might need to run over certain parts again because I was reading so quickly because it was such a fun read.
I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll just say that I really liked the Estilorian plane. I liked the description (though sometimes it bordered on too much) and the very different field of the world. It's evident the author gave these people a distinct culture and traditions and really thought it through. I could definitely take a page or two from her book on worldbuilding, which I usually put on the back burner.
The ending climax was pretty cool -- some great action scenes with the girls really kicking ass. I'm excited for the next book, and I wish I would have bought it at 99 cents when I had the chance! But I'm happy to support a self-published author with the hefty fee of $2.99 ;)
In short, I recommend this trilogy for fans of YA fantasy, especially readers who enjoy romance, male love interests who are gentlemen, interesting female protagonists, and strong worldbuilding. A great addition to YA fantasy....more