Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and re...moreMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I have not received any compensation for this book. The tour host may have received compensation for scheduling the tour. However, I have received nothing and am not obligated to give a good review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book without really knowing what to expect. It sounded intriguing and so I decided to give it a shot. I've found a lot of really fun books that way and was excited to see what would happen with this book.
In one word this book was cute. It made me smile as I read about Amy and Chris's relationship. This book touched on body image problems and self-esteem; something that I think is a crucial topic in today's society, but I won't get into that right now.
I found the dialogue to be believable and compelling. I thought that the plot might have been predictable, but sometimes you just want a cute read that you can quickly read and leave with a smile on your face. This book fits the bill perfectly.
Amy was a character that I could relate to. She was stupid at times, but which one of us hasn't been stupid before--especially when it comes to love? I loved watching her grow and attempt to sort our her feelings.
Chris was just the classic good guy; the type of guy you are supposed to like. I loved watching him struggle with own doubts and fears as he tried to win Amy over.
This book switched between both of their perspectives which is absolutely something that I appreciate.
This book was cute and entertaining, but it lacked that extra something to bump it up to a 4. However, I still really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to all those who like cute high school romance stories.
In Summary: Rebecca's debut presents readers with a delightfully entertaining read that is bound to appeal to lovers of high school romance stories.
Warnings/Side-notes: Two instances of strong language. Some references to drinking. Overall, the content in this book is very mild. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it.
The Wrap-up: Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am glad that I got to read it. Rebecca's novel was a fast, fun, and delightful read. I normally am a harsher grader when it comes to stories about high school romances. Honestly, in most cases, what are they going to lead to? But I really loved how Rebecca set up this novel.
An enjoyable read that fans of young adult realistic contemporary romantic novels will enjoy reading.
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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars...moreAlso, be sure to check out this guest post and enter to win a copy of this book by clicking here. And now for my review.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book for review as part of the blog tour. I received no compensation for reviewing this book. However, Cami who sets up the blog was paid for her time in setting this tour up. Let me reiterate that the only compensation I got was the pleasure of reading this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay wow! I read the synopsis and saw the cover and immediately knew I had to read this book. Then my jaded side came out. I thought there was no way this book could be as good as I was expecting. I was right.
It was much better than I ever could have imagined. From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked. Sarah's writing drew me in from the get-go. I've read a million dystopian books and I always worry they are going to start being identical.
Then I read books like this one and I realize why I love this genre so much. Sarah's novel was frightening in the fact that it seemed all too plausible. Her characters rang drew; her words were beautifully constructed; her book resonated within me.
I already mentioned that the characters seemed so realistic. They were complex and I found myself sympathizing with them. None of the characters seemed flat. Something that I loved.
Plus, there was a love triangle. How can you not like a book with a good love triangle? Okay, I know some people don't like a love triangle but I do. And this one was so well-crafted.
Normally, I can easily pick which guy I like—not the case with this novel. I could not choose which guy I liked better. Sometimes I just get angry with the girl and think she's an idiot for stringing two guys along. That was also not the case with this novel. Their relationships seemed so real and I found myself so torn.
I finally know who I am a fan of and I must admit the answer genuinely surprised me. I'm not going to say whose side I am on because I don't want to give anything away. But just know this love triangle is brilliant.
The combination of her compellingly realistic characters combined with a world so horrific and yet intriguing to create a novel that never seemed dragged on. The pacing was perfect and that ending...let's just say I definitely have to read the sequel.
It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian that I enjoyed this much. The last time was when I read Starters by Lissa Price. (not to suggest the books are similar, because they aren't.) Her book was original, realistic, and compelling.
Basically, this book, this series, and this author have just made their way up to the top of my list for the year.
In Summary: A beautifully horrific world, shockingly realistic characters, and a masterful prose combine to make Sarah Dalton's Blemished a dystopian novel that readers will adore. Destined to become a popular read.
Warnings/Side-notes: This novel was actually quite clean. There are some very very very vague references to sex; however, I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody.
The Wrap-up: I really liked this novel. The dialogue rang true and the characters seemed so realistic as well. I didn't expect to love this novel as much as I did, but it blew me away. I for one can't wait to see what Dalton does next. (less)
This is a condensed version. This review will appear in an extended form on April 20here.
My overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off I'd like to thank...moreThis is a condensed version. This review will appear in an extended form on April 20here.
My overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off I'd like to thank Cami Hensley from Reading Addiction Blog Tours for inviting me to be part of this tour. See disclosure at end of this blog post for more information on how this tour was set up.
Now for my review. I thought that Andrea Heltsley's idea was very original, engaging, and intriguing. I found myself getting sucked into the tale and found myself wondering what was going to happen next and curious to see how the characters developed.
I thought the plot was excellent and I enjoyed reading about Cora and her friends' adventures. Cora was a character who really grew on me as the story progressed and I enjoyed getting inside her head.
I really enjoyed this novel; however, it lacked that something to make this a 4 star review. There were parts where I thought that the writing was rushed and not thoroughly developed.
However, having said that, let me repeat that I really enjoyed this book. I feel like the plot was great and that left me thoroughly intrigued with the tale.
In Summary: A novel that I enjoyed reading, but one that I wished had been more developed. I especially liked the plot and the characters and was intrigued.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising(less)
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the DAC tour. Thanks Lisa and Tara.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressio...moreMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the DAC tour. Thanks Lisa and Tara.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard really good things about this book going into it so I had really high expectations.
That's always dangerous. This book was nothing like I thought it would be, it was ten times better.
Echo and Noah were two characters who drew me in. Their stories, their personalities, their struggles, everything made them compelling to read about.
I generally don't like novels that have two first person narratives. This one made me rethink that prejudice. Both of the characters had such a strong voice that I never had to question whose perspective I was reading from.
The novel had a depth to it that I did not expect. I thought this novel would be a fairly shallow and forgettable book about a popular girl who fell from grace and fell for a unpopular bad boy.
That barely touches the surface of this novel. This novel was genuine and made me think about the way I view the world. This was a book that was all-consuming. I couldn't stop thinking about this book.
To those who like contemporary young adult realistic fiction with heavier subjects with incredible prose and compelling characters who face real problems you will love this book.
In Summary: McGarry's debut novel is nothing shy of brilliant. She masterfully combines the plot of a popular girl's fall from grace and a good girl falling for the boy from the wrong side of the tracks and breathes life into both of these cliched topics. Her characters are compelling, the plot intriguing, and the novel absolutely captivating.
Warnings/Side-notes: Lots of swearing and sexual tension. This is definitely for more mature young adult readers. However, it wasn't crude. I really liked this one.
The Wrap-up: I love this book. McGarry is definitely an author I'll be keeping tabs on. An incredible debut that I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read. Definitely recommend this one to anybody and everybody. One of my favorite young adult novels of the year. And easily, one that I'd consider buying.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Let's just say I loved this one. Seriously that's all I need to say.
Okay, since I'm supp...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Let's just say I loved this one. Seriously that's all I need to say.
Okay, since I'm supposed to be writing a review of this novel, I'll say a little bit more than that.
Travis has just returned from Afghanistan and everything is a mess. He watched his best friend die in front of him; his brother stole his girlfriend and his car; he has to deal with his father again; and his parents seem to be splitting up. Yep, life is not looking good for Travis.
And then he meets Harper. Travis unintentionally ruined Harper's life when she was only thirteen. So he's the last person she wants to see. She even punches him when she first sees him. And then something starts developing between Travis and Harper, but will it be enough to overcome both of their pasts?
I loved this novel for multiple reasons. Reason one, it was told from a male's perspective. So rarely do we get a story from just a male's perspective. Oftentimes, we get it from split personalities or from the girl's, but I loved diving into Travis's mind.
Travis was far from perfect. In fact, in some ways he was a really messed up guy. He has slept around with several girls, has bad language, and doesn't respect his parents. But he was just such a good guy. He cared about his mom and wanted what was right for her and he cared about Harper. He tried to do the right thing. He really was honorable.
I loved Travis's character and watching him deal with all of the issues that came from fighting in the war. Travis is easily one of my favorite literary characters.
Then there was Harper. I absolutely loved Harper. She was just so incredible. She was a strong woman and I loved the way she looked at life.
I loved the writing style in this novel too. Doller didn't shy away from dealing with tough issues. I really loved that. Her debut novel was fabulous and I can't wait to see what she does with her sophomore novel.
In Summary: Doller is a master at writing profound young adult/new adult fiction. Her characters are realistic, flawed, and beautiful. Doller has made a fan out of me and I'll definitely be adding her to my must-read list.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book is New Adult/Mature Young Adult. It talks about a 19-year-old dealing with PTSD. It has several instances of foul language and several sexual references. They are not graphic, but are definitely meant for a more mature audience.
The Wrap-up: This book is just beautiful. I absolutely loved it. I'm so glad I read it. If you're like me, you've heard a million people tell you read this one. You might have even been skeptical. I was, but I've been converted. This book is a must-read.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic file of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my hones...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic file of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I absolutely adore young adult fiction and Amish fiction, and so when I saw that my two favorite genres were combined, to say I was ecstatic is an understatement.
I went into this novel with really high expectations. I love the premise, I loved the genre, and I absolutely adored the cover. I went in expecting to be wowed. That's exactly what happened.
I absolutely love books about forbidden romance and knowing how impossible this relationship was...I had to read it.
I loved Hopkins' writing style. She drew me in from the very first page. Her writing was compelling and intriguing. I absolutely adored her writing style. And then there was the plot line, I've already said I adored the general gist of the plot. However, the way Hopkins weaved her story was incredible. I fell in love with the characters and the story from the very beginning.
As for the main characters Noah and Rose, at times they annoyed me, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them. I loved watching them as they struggled to work out their emotions and love for each other.
Their love at times seemed slightly shallow, but that didn't bug me as much as I thought it would. And they gave up so much because of their love for each other.
This book definitely falls more on the young adult side then the Amish side, but I absolutely adored the tale. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel and will definitely be keeping this tabs on this novel.
In Summary: Basically, this book is the best of both worlds: Amish and young adult fiction combined into one incredibly written novel. Hopkins has artfully crafted a compelling novel that had me hooked from page one. I can't wait to see what's next.
The Wrap-up: I loved this novel. It combined two of my favorite genres which rarely happens. So when it does, I celebrate. This book was intriguing and brilliantly crafted. I definitely recommend this book.
I received this for review from the publisher via netgalley.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: WOW! I loved loved this book. From the moment I started reading it I was hooked. This was Lissa Price's debut novel and I'm definitely interested in seeing what else this author writes. I absolutely can't wait until the sequel. That ending literally killed me.
I loved the main character Callie and the way that Price depicted her. I really felt like I was inside this character's head. I loved hearing her thought process and seeing why she did the things she did. I loved her personality. Her determination and her willing to sacrifice left me awed.
I loved the premise of this novel and the way she executed the novel. This was one novel that I always found myself asking what was going to happen next. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out, she would insert some twist that was surprising but inevitable.
And then like I said that ending left me absolutely speechless and speculating for hours after I finished reading the novel. I turned the last page and wanted to reread the whole novel, but I convinced myself not to do that. I am, however, dying for the sequel to come out.
Lissa Price has definitely made a name for herself and has become an author I'm going to be keeping tabs on.
I've heard over and over that the market is flooded with dystopian novels...that may be true, but I still love them. Especially ones like this one, that come on the scene are so amazing that I'm left thinking ooh that society is so creepy and yet I'm absolutely enthralled and intrigued with what might happen next.
In Summary: AN AMAZING BOOK! One, that I definitely recommend. I can't wait for the sequel. (less)
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the DAC tours. Thanks Tara and Lisa for this wonderful opportunit...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the DAC tours. Thanks Tara and Lisa for this wonderful opportunity.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Wow! This book had such an original idea and was unlike anything I have ever read before. That automatically set this up to be a book I loved. Any book that presents a new idea in such a compelling idea automatically makes it on the top of my list.
I loved the characters Eva, Sean, Ray, and Mina Ma. Basically, every character left their mark. Their were some characters I wish had been more developed, but they were all so delightful to read about and left me thoroughly entertained.
Then there was the writing style. I adored this writing style. I used to be so prejudiced against novels written in first person and then I read so many incredible novels written in this perspective that I had to change my mind. Mandanna's writing style left me breathless. It was beautiful and allowed me to delve into Eva's mind.
Eva's life isn't her own. She can't do anything her other doesn't do and she has to do everything that her other wants to. But what happens when love enters the picture? Can you really share love? And then there was the question of whether or not Eva even has a soul and is worth saving.
This book was touching, poignant, entertaining, fast paced, and incredibly written. Basically this book was everything that a good book should be.
In Summary: Mandanna's debut novel was absolutely brilliant. She created an original story that is bound to stick with all those who read it. Beautiful prose mixed with intriguing characters. Definitely one I recommend.
The Wrap-up: This was a book that I couldn't put down. I just had to keep turning the pages until the very end and now I can't wait to see what happens next. This book and this author have definitely caught my attention and I can't wait to see what Mandanna comes up with next.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, let me thank Tara and Lisa for setting up the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Book Tours. Without them, I wouldn't have got to read this novel. So thanks again!
The moment I started reading this novel, I was absolutely enthralled. As soon as I read the first page, I knew that this was a book that was going to occupy my thoughts until I finished it.
I love this genre. Ever since I read Harry Potter and the somewhat Harry Potter-esque Charlie Bone series, I've loved series that centered around special/magical people who live in a boarding school.
However, having said that, Cashman's novel was very original and didn't feel like a knock-off of Harry Potter. If it had, I wouldn't have enjoyed this nearly as much. In this book people have "specials" or one magical ability. This is a concept that I have also loved.
To turn my attention to the characters, I loved Claire. She was a character that felt real and one that I could relate to and understand. I loved watching her grow and progress throughout the novel.
And as for Dylan, I loved loved this character. However, I'm a succor for the mysterious boy who people warn you to stay away from angle. Dylan was a guy that I absolutely loved reading about. Dylan is definitely one who's making my crush list that's for sure.
In Summary: Overall, this novel was really well-written, very interesting, and a delightful read that has left me anxious to read the sequel. Very well done.(less)
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the Debut Author Challenge Blog Tour in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Tara and Lisa.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: In one sentence: A poignant read that drew me in from the start. This book was nothing like I thought it would be and yet it was ten times better. I've always loved this genre and even thought it was about a younger girl, I found myself falling in love with the story.
Hunt's debut novel definitely is one of the best realistic contemporary fiction novels I've read this year. Hunt created an all-star cast from even the most minor character to the main character Carley. I found myself thoroughly entertained by all of the characters and loved nearly all of them.
Carley was a character that I really liked. She's been in an abusive situation and yet she is still so caring and such a good person. Naturally, she's got her "issues" but she was a character that left me smiling and one that I loved reading about.
Mrs. Murphy was amazing. There is no other way to say it. I admired her from the moment Hunt introduced her in the novel. However, like I mentioned earlier, all of the characters in this book were fantastic.
The writing was fantastic. Hunt wrote in a compelling manner that left me feeling like I really was in Carley's head. I felt connected with her and consequently the whole story. The story flowed nicely and didn't lag. Definitely an amazing read. Read this one you won't regret it.
In Summary: A beautiful novel that I loved reading. Captivating characters, an intriguing plot, and a poignant writing style made for a brilliant read.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book deals with violence and abuse, but in a manner that I won't hesitate to recommend this to anybody despite their age.
The Wrap-up: Books about abuse have always held a soft spot for me. I feel like this is an issue that people don't talk about enough. Abuse is real and its effects are life-altering and traumatic for the victims. I loved that Hunt focused on this theme and admired the way she tackled writing this tale. It was beautiful and I loved reading it.
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book in exchange fore my...moreThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book in exchange fore my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: One of my fellow reviewers, Sara, said "I think I have an unhealthy interest in characters that suffer from memory loss." I'm first mate on the same ship. The idea of memory loss mixed in with an abusive relationship and I was hooked. That sounds morbid, but I love books where characters triumph over terrible things like abuse.
Allie managed to keep her abusive relationship a secret and those are the ones that break my heart. She didn't dare tell anybody the truth and that is terrible. And yet, Allie was a character that I really liked. She was one that I just wanted to hug and say don't you see how wonderful you are.
Enter Blake. I loved Blake from the moment he entered the novel. He was the best friend anybody could ask for and he stood beside Allie patiently. I loved watching Blake and Allie's relationship progress.
Another interesting aspect to this novel was watching Allie's memory return. Wolf kept me in suspense the whole time. Every time I thought that I had figured out how Trip died, she threw another curve at me.
Fans of dramatic realistic young adult novels will love this novel. I know I did. This novel was one that I couldn't read fast enough. Any time I had to stop reading, my mind remained centered on the novel and what would happen next.
In my book, Wolf's debut novel was a home-run and I definitely will keep tabs on her. Her writing was compelling, the characters intriguing, and the plot was incredible. A great novel. One of my favorites of the year. (less)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have mixed feelings about this one. I love retellings of P...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have mixed feelings about this one. I love retellings of Persephone and I had heard of really good things about this one. So naturally I went it with high expectations.
To be honest this novel was definitely nothing like I thought it would be. I didn't expect to be so drawn to Jack and I also expected to be drawn more to Cole. To be honest, I'm not sure who I'm rooting for.
Nikki was a character that I had a hard time connecting with. I mean I understand life is hard, but to agree to go down to the Everneath over a boy was something I really had issues over.
However, once I got past that initial premise I found the novel to be really intriguing. I felt like I really got to know Nikki's character. And the writing was solid. Also that ending was just wow. It made me really want to read the sequel.
So in short, I hated the actual premise of the novel (aka why Nikki went to the Everneath), but thought the retelling was intriguing. The plot, however, was extremely compelling and that ending was really addicting.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? The initial premise knocked it down to a 2, the ending knocked it up to a 4, and the last 10% of the novel was a 5. On the whole I'd say the novel was somewhere between a 3 and a 3.5. I'm super excited to read the sequel, so I'll bump it up to a 3.5
In Summary: A compelling novel that offered an intriguing take on a myth that I love reading about. I had some issues with the initial premise, but overall the novel was quite good.
The Wrap-up: I'd recommend it. It truly was quite good. Just get past the reason why Nikki went to the Everneath and then it's a really intriguing read. I'm really hoping the next book is like the last 10% of this novel. It's bound to be interesting to see the least. I'm curious to see who wins out too--Cole or Jack.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I've seen this book popping up everywhere this last year. It seems like everybody loved...more My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I've seen this book popping up everywhere this last year. It seems like everybody loved it. So I decided I had to read it. I didn't really know what to expect. I just loved the cover and people seemed to like it so I gave it a shot.
When Ana was born, a soul named Ciana didn't return. Ciana was now lost forever and people accused Ana of stealing her place. Because in this world every soul is reincarnated. Ana lives with her mom Li in a secluded place. Nobody befriends her and Li hates her. When she finally reaches the age of 18, she decides to leave home. She quickly runs into a sylph, a dangerous creature who almost kills her. But she is saved by Sam and then he becomes her protector and agrees to teach her all she needs to.
But the other souls aren't as accepting as Sam is. And it is looking like somebody wants her dead. A novel of mystery, fantasy, and romance.
Okay, so I loved this book. I loved watching Sam and Ana interact. The chemistry between them was undeniable and left me wondering what would happen next the entire time.
Jodi did an excellent job of creating a world that fascinated me, character who sucked me into the story, and a plot line that thrilled me. This novel was great. I can't wait to see what happens next.
I haven't read a novel like this one before and I love reading imaginative books like this one.
In Summary: Jodi's debut novel was thrilling and incredible. I definitely can't wait to read the sequel. It's made it's way on to my 2013 must-read list.
The Wrap-up: A book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was well-written and I flew through it. Even though the two books are completely different, it kind of reminded me of Through the Ever Night and I loved that one too. Girl embarks on journey and meets guy who saves her. They aren't really that similar, but I loved them both and compare them in my mind. Definitely am glad I read this one.
Here's my review: First off, I'd like to thank Lisa and Tara from the DAC Tours for giving me this book to review. Thanks!
Now then, I have heard mixed...moreHere's my review: First off, I'd like to thank Lisa and Tara from the DAC Tours for giving me this book to review. Thanks!
Now then, I have heard mixed things about this book and went into it with mixed feelings. On the one hand I really really wanted to like it, on the other hand I kept looking for the error in the book that I'd heard about. I think I found that error, but I don't know if I would have if I hadn't been searching for it.
The book also is up for movie deals already and for the most part people seem to love it. But this is one of those books that people either love or hate and well for me personally I really liked it. I've been wanting to read this one for forever, and had been praying it would be good. It was. I know some people felt disjointed with all the time-travel and the character building, but I didn't. I liked learning more about the characters as the story progressed. In the beginning I didn't know much about them, and I loved learning about them through their actions.
Personally, I thought there was chemistry between Holly and Jackson. That's apparently up for dispute, but I thought they got along great. I loved both of those characters.
I really liked the plot, the characters, the writing, the format--basically I just really liked the book. And once again, like most of the books I've reviewed lately the ending left me dying for more. I really really want to read the sequel. 2013 is looking like it's going to be a great year.
First off I'd like to thank Tara and Lisa from DAC tours for giving me the book to review. Thanks!
I was constantly debating between 3.5 and 4 stars an...moreFirst off I'd like to thank Tara and Lisa from DAC tours for giving me the book to review. Thanks!
I was constantly debating between 3.5 and 4 stars and well I've decided on four. I thought Bridges' idea was very original, very intriguing, and very appealing. This new trend of historical paranormal novels is new for me and I was really curious to see what I would think of it. I've always loved historical fiction and I've always loved Russia, so this seemed like a perfect fit. I was intrigued by this book from the beginning.
Katerina was a character I immediately liked. She wasn't afraid to confront the social norms of the time, and she wasn't afraid to do what she wanted. She was strong, and yet there was a sense of vulnerability about her. I loved that.
I also loved George Alexandrovich from the beginning. He was strong, mysterious, and just a little dangerous (not to mention slightly off limits) so I loved him.
And then Prince Danilo, a character I also really liked. I don't want to say too much here, because I don't want to give anything away. But I'll just say I could see why Katerina was "inexplicably drawn to him" as the synopsis says.
The writing style was good, the characters were extremely likable, and I loved the setting, but something was missing for me. I can't figure out quite what was missing, but something was missing to make it a high four star rating or a five rating.
I did, however, love love love the ending. I am definitely excited to see what happens in the sequel which should be coming out in October of this year.