Henry created a world where the sun never rose. AI really don't know what to say.
This book was dark. And, most certainly, twisted.
Yet full of hope.
Henry created a world where the sun never rose. A world where men were more than monsters. Where men, women and children could never even wish to leave. She infused this world with the characters of Wonderland. Deconstructed a happy little tea party. And subverted the character's, and reader's, expectations.
In the end blood has been shed, with gruesome detail, lives have been ruined and forgiveness isn't even an option.
To read main characters that are understandable, most certainly unapologetic, and full of flaws and violence made this journey memorable.
We want for them and we fear for them. And we see ourselves in them.
And now we simply pass the time until Henry gives us the next chance to follow Alice, and her Hatcher, down the new rabbit hole. ...more
Focus on Me was cheesy and sweet and ultimately touching. The last of the book was the best, in my opinion. It took on something that so many books eFocus on Me was cheesy and sweet and ultimately touching. The last ¼ of the book was the best, in my opinion. It took on something that so many books either gloss over or portray incredibly wrong; mental illness and the “redeeming” power of love.
There are so many books, movies and TV shows that have a character that experience some kind of mental disorder, whether it be depression or bipolar or anorexia etc., and then have the love of the MC fix everything.
And that is so infuriating!
Mainly for the fact that that is a very unhealthy idea.
Love isn’t a cure all.
One more time.
LOVE ISN’T A CURE ALL, ESPECIALLY FOR MENTAL ILLNESS!!
Finding someone who likes to be with you isn’t going to make all of the dark and bad thoughts that cross your mind go away. And to portray that happening over and over is to tell people that this is something that can happen, which is so damn ridiculous.
For a while I thought that Focus on Me was going to go this route. After the two get together Riley was so dependent on Colin. But, thankfully, they avert this. And then some.
Beyond this, however, Focus on Me was a fun, sexy read. The characters were written well. I loved Colin. He was all kinds of awesome. This book, and his character, made me aching for more books about sexy, gay, southern boys.
I wasn’t a fan of Riley at first. Probably because I kept picturing Justin from Queer as Folk (who I also didn’t really care for at first). But in the end I came around on him.
The writing was great, with the occasional problem of tell and not show. But it had me smiling at all the right scenes and blushing at all the right scenes (mostly because I ended up reading those scenes while I was at work…)
After all is said and done I truly enjoyed this read and can’t wait to get my hands on Justin and Landry’s story. (I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Justin!)
Thank you to Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
After Cruel Beauty my expectations for a "Beauty and the Beast" inspired tale were high, to say the least.
So I was skeptical when starting A Court ofAfter Cruel Beauty my expectations for a "Beauty and the Beast" inspired tale were high, to say the least.
So I was skeptical when starting A Court of Thorns and Roses.
I must say that I love that YA isn't shying away from sex nowadays. Honestly I am sick of books that have hot and heavy action that stop just shy of "the deed" for whatever reason. Sometimes there are justifications. Maybe the MC would lose their powers upon having sex. Or maybe they truly do have intimacy issues or just don't want to reach that point immediately.
I'm perfectly fine with those explanations. But there have been so many books in the past that stop short of the, seemingly, natural progress of the MCs relationship, for arbitrary reasons, that it just became annoying.
So to start this book and learn that Feyre is not only not a virgin, but uses physical intimacy as a "selfish" release from the dire nature of her poverty was so extremely realistic that I couldn't help but applaud Maas for stating it.
Sarah Maas writes in a way that pulls you straight into the story. The action scenes throughout the book were fantastically written.
As I read I kept comparing the book to Cruel Beauty, which is probably my favorite book read so far this year.
And, in ways, this novel didn't stack up.
But, in other, it exceeded the set expectations.
One of the biggest parts that I loved was the relationship with Feyre and Nesta.
Nesta was set up to be the stereotypical evil sister but was the only one to see through Tamlin's glamour and truly attempt to fight for her sister's life. Nesta wanted to make something of herself and I was so incredibly impressed with that, as it clashed with the usual portrayal of her archetype.
Feyre and Tamlin's relationship, while not perfect, was satisfying. Feyre dealing with her jealousy at Tamlin's Great Rite liaison and him, in turn, coming to terms with her relationship with Issac was nicely written.
As their relationship progressed:
In the beginning:
After they start showing feelings:
After their first kiss/etc:
When she leaves:
When she comes back:
I loved the way that Maas set up the story behind Pyrithia and how she managed to give a satisfying climax yet still weave enough storylines for the coming books.
All in all, I am counting the days before the second book is released. ...more
After reading through a few sketchy M/M Romances, I was so happy that Served Hot not only met the expectations I had, but blew far past them.
The charAfter reading through a few sketchy M/M Romances, I was so happy that Served Hot not only met the expectations I had, but blew far past them.
The characters were real and relatable. Robby and David's budding romance was the kind that modern rom-coms should take note of. I felt for David and his past experiences, but was completely on Robby's side when he needed to take a step back and protect himself.
The only thing that I didn't care for were the way the time skips were handled. I was fine with them being there, but in the eBook I was reading, they weren't always that clear.
And, can I say, how happy I was to find a M/M Romance that, while definitely having some good ole' sexy time, didn't rely on it for the entirety of the story.
Albert is now on my top list of M/M authors, and I've already requested the next book in this series!!
Thank you Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review
I don't think that I have ever identified more with a protagonist than I did with Camille. That's both terrifying and strangely hopeful...well done GiI don't think that I have ever identified more with a protagonist than I did with Camille. That's both terrifying and strangely hopeful...well done Gillian Flynn, well done...more