I received this for review from the publisher via netgalThis is a condensed version of my review. To see it in its entirety, please follow this link.
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. ...more
Disclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read BiDisclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, she has been one of my favorite authors. I loved that novel so much and was looking forward to reading another novel by her. So when I saw that I had the chance to read this novel and share my opinions about it, I jumped at the chance.
This novel was incredible and was even better than I could have imagined. Ockler created another masterpiece with this one. I absolutely loved the characters Jude and Emilio. Their chemistry was undeniable. Both of these characters had their struggles and had a lot to overcome, but they were good people. I've been reading a lot of novels centered around the bad boy and the good girl combo. Emilio wasn't naughty, but he wasn't boring or ultra-nice either. He was just the perfect combo of nice and naughty.
Jude's dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and left Jude struggling to care for him. She thought that restoring his old bike would make things better. But if but her in a situation where she couldn't win. She vowed never to get near any of the Vargas' boys. The older two broke both of her sisters's hearts and they made her swear never to get involved with one. But helping her dad is worth it. I loved watching Jude grow up and become the person I knew she could be.
Jude had several older sisters who were always more than happy to help guide her and to tell her what to do, but Jude had never really taken the time to do what she wanted to. She figured that out in this novel.
The writing was poignant and masterfully written. Ockler is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Definitely recommend this one. ...more
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligaMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
The Characters: I really liked Hunter. He was well-written and I felt like the author did a good job at showcasing his voice.
Ever was a character that I liked, but one that I didn't feel like I really got to know as much as I would have liked to. I knew her past and the situation with her family, but I didn't really get to know what was going on in her head.
That's kind of how it was with Hunter too, but for some reason I felt more connected to him. Maybe, I didn't feel as connected to the characters because it was a novella and the author had less time to dive into their pasts.
Having said that, I did enjoy the characters. I thought some of them made idiotic decisions, but I still liked them.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I enjoyed this one. I thought the writing was great and enjoyed the plot line. It was an intriguing book and one that I read very quickly.
This book focuses primarily on romance, so romance readers should love this one. Fans of novels that focus more on characters, growth, and development probably won't like this one as much. For example, instead of focusing on Ever's grief over her father's death it focuses on the romance. I didn't mind, but for readers who like deep novels exploring grief and overcoming it, this novel isn't for you.
I really enjoyed the novel and am so glad I read it. I would be curious to read the rest in the series.
So why 3.5 stars? An enjoyable read and I really liked it, but not one that really stood out in a significant enough way to be a 4. Just a fun, light read, despite the dramatic beginning.
Warnings/Side-notes: New Adult, but as far as NA went this one was really clean. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to teens. There are a few sexual comments but there weren't any detailed sexual scenes. The Wrap-up: An enjoyable fun read. One that focuses on a cute romance and is actually quite well-written.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was free on Amazon and so I snagged it. I absolutely adored it. At first, I wasn't sMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was free on Amazon and so I snagged it. I absolutely adored it. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect or where the novel was going, but I was quickly sucked into the story.
This is paranormal at it's best. It's been a long time since I've read a good paranormal. This was one that reminded me why I like paranormal. The plot was intense, and even though I guessed some of what was going on, I couldn't put it down.
If you love kick-butt female protagonists, then Sara is what you're looking for. Seriously, this novel was incredibly well-written. I for one know I will be reading the sequel.
So why 4 stars? It was unique and it caught my attention. Great read.
The Wrap-up: A well-written book that I really enjoyed. This book is chock full of intrigue and suspense. A world you won't want to miss delving into.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was thoroughly intrigued with this novel from the moment I looked at the cover and read the synopsis. Once again I went in with high expectations, which is always dangerous. However, once again this book lived up to my expectations.
I was hooked from the moment I started reading this novel. There was just so much going on and every time I thought I figured out the plot there was a twist. That right there made this book good--any book that can keep me guessing is one I'll like.
I wouldn't say that I really liked any of the characters all that much except for Rosie. They all were slightly infuriating, but I think that was the point of the book.
This book was very powerfully written and I loved the parallel narratives of Rosie and Holly. Both of their stories intrigued me and left me wanting to read more.
This was a book that once I started reading, it stayed on my mind. I read this in one sitting and it's quite large...so that's saying something.
Basically, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was incredibly well-written, very moving, and had a great plot line. In other words, I loved reading it.
Warnings/Sidenotes: References to abortion that are pretty mild, but go into minimal detail, a scene where a character harms herself on purpose, minor language, and minor references to sex.
However, this list is making this novel sound much worse than it is. Overall, it's a really good book. I wouldn't recommend this novel to those who are sensitive toward these types of issues; however, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to most people I know....more
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligatedMy Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have loved some books by this author and then had mixed feelings about some others. Naturally, I was curious to see what I thought of this one.
I loved several aspects about this novel and other aspects drove me nuts. I'll start with the things that I liked.
I loved the characters and thought that they were very well developed. They seemed like real people. Both were flawed characters that definitely weren't perfect, and yet they were striving to put their flaws behind them. I loved how they complemented, challenged, and helped each grow.
I loved that the novel was set to the backdrop of the Library of Congress. That was fascinating.
Also, another part I enjoyed was how real the novel felt. The relationship didn't feel forced.
Things I didn't like. I thought the characters made some really stupid mistakes. It left me so frustrated. They kept throwing away their chance at happiness or just being stupid.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the novel.
So why 4 stars? It stood out from other novels. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the writing.
Warnings/Side-notes: Some tame references to violence.
The Wrap-up: The perfect novel for fans of romance, historical fiction, or Christian fiction. An intriguing read.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel in exchange for my review as part of the blog tour. I was not comMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel in exchange for my review as part of the blog tour. I was not compensated in any matter or obligated to write a good review. The tour host may have received some compensation for setting up the host, but I did not.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love this genre and so I went into this novel with high expectations I was expecting to find a story that drew me in and kept me anxiously turning the pages.I haven't read the first two in the series, but I never felt lost.
And Reina delivered. She created a novel that immediately caught my interest and kept me thoroughly entertained until the last page. I found myself racing to solve the crime and figure out exactly what was going on. The prose was fantastic. There were a few errors I caught, but on the whole the prose flowed seamlessly.
Plus, she managed to create complex characters who I loved reading about. Teresa was a character that you couldn't help but love even though she could be selfish and snobby. And I absolutely adored Pavel. He was definitely one intriguing character. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him and Teresa interact with one another.
And now let's talk about the plot line, Reina did a fantastic job at creating a story that drew me in. There were so many different elements that she masterfully wove together. Definitely a novel that kept me turning the pages.
In Summary: A fast pace suspense novel that left me turning the pages faster and faster. Reina crafts a compelling story with dimensional characters that you can't help but fall in love with.
Warnings/Side-notes: Minor swear words appear often and strong language appears a few times. References to drugs, alocohol, and sex. However, the sexual references are fairly vague and aren't very detailed. Definitely for more mature readers, but not crude in any way.
The Wrap-up: I was not prepared for the end. I won't say much more, because I don't want to give anything away. I feel torn about what happened. I love the novel so much and yet the ending seemed sudden. However, having said that, I still like this novel very much.
Despite the few errors I saw in this book, the book left me thoroughly intrigued. Definitely recommend this!
An Overview of the Novel: Jacqueline has been known as Jackie because her boyfriend wanted her to be his "Jackie," but theMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Jacqueline has been known as Jackie because her boyfriend wanted her to be his "Jackie," but then he dumps her because he needs to have some fun before he becomes a politician.
She's stunned. She never thought he'd dump her. She followed him to his preferred school and now she has no idea why. Then she's assaulted by his friend and if it hadn't been for some stranger named Lucas she would have been raped.
She's stunned, but she's drawn toward Lucas, but then there's also her tutor named Landon who she can't help but be attracted to either.
Lucas seems to be everywhere she turns around. The only question is whether or not Lucas feels the same way and if they can get over their pasts to make a future together.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was hesitant to read this one, but so many people loved it that I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I absolutley loved this one. It was such an incredible book.
I love reading books that have depths to them. This book had so much depth to it. I loved everything about this novel. Jacqueline and Lucas were surprisingly easy to relate to.
Yes, I pegged the general plot line, but I still really loved this novel. It was such a beautiful, moving read. I'm so glad I read it. Even if you don't love the New Adult genre, you should definitely check this one out. It's an incredible read.
Webber has just became a writer that I'll be keeping close tabs on. I loved everything about this novel. Everybody should go read this one. It's amazing.
So why 5 out of 5 stars? I loved everything about this novel. The characters, the writing, the plotline, and the depth that this novel had to it. So many novels skirt around having depth to them, but don't actually achieve that depth. This one did.
In Summary: A beautiful, poignant novel that I loved. It was slightly predictable, but overall it was just an incredible read.
The Wrap-up: Tammara is an excellent writer and this novel was an amazing read. The characters were incredibly well-developed. Overall, this novel was one of my all-time favorites. Definitely recommended.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligatMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: In one word this book was unbelievable. I absolutely adored it. Kenneally has always been one of my favorite YA authors and this was easily one of the best ones in the series.
The characters just felt so real. Annie was a character that I think was very relatable. She just felt realistic. She just lost her boyfriend and is running a race to honor him. She's got tough family situations, but Annie wasn't whiny. She took charge of her own future and I loved that. I liked that she didn't just sit around and mope.
Naturally, the writing was fantastic. This book drew me in from the very first page and didn't let me go until I'd read the very last page. It was a read that wasn't easy to put down.
The best type of books are the ones that make you think, that make you feel. This book was definitely one of those. I adored it. Definitely recommended.
So why 4 stars? Not quite 5 stars, but it came pretty close.
Can I read the series out of order? Yes.
Warnings/Side-notes: Some minor references to sex. 15+.
The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that captured my interest from the very first page. Definitely recommended and can't wait to see what the author comes up with next.
I loved loved loved this novel. I was hooked from the very first page to the very last page. After reading the first chapter, I knew I had to immediatI loved loved loved this novel. I was hooked from the very first page to the very last page. After reading the first chapter, I knew I had to immediately read this book and preferably in one sitting if possible. And that's exactly what I did.
Darby Rae is a masterful storyteller. She wove a beautiful, compelling novel that combined romance, suspense, faith, grief, and enough wit to keep anybody's attention.
I loved the characters. I love it when characters are witty and have scarcasm, this novel had all of that and more. I found myself laughing out loud in the most inconvienent places and at the most inconvienent times.
Deborah Davenport, alias Annie Logan, was the narrator for most of the novel. She was a character that I could relate to and fell in love with from the very beginning. From the very first page Lawrence intrigued me. And from the moment I saw Emmet interact with his best friends Chase and Mitch I was captivated. They are the type of friends that everybody should have. Darby Rae assembled an all-star cast in this masterfully composed novel.
I loved this book and definitely recommend buying and reading it. I will admit that I love romantic suspense and this novel is one of the best romantic suspense novels I've read in awhile.
It was funny, cute, adorable, romantic, suspesneful, and touched upon some of the harsher aspects of life in a way that blended into a beautifully written novel. Darby Rae is an author that I will definitely be keeping my eye on.
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An overview of the Novel: Julia Hollis' world comes crumbling down when her husband dies. She discovers that her husband, in whom she could see no wroAn overview of the Novel: Julia Hollis' world comes crumbling down when her husband dies. She discovers that her husband, in whom she could see no wrong, was actually a gambling addict. She finds herself penniless and homeless. Not sure what can be done to help her family, Julia starts searching for some way to provide them.
The answer is an old inn The Larkspur. Julia determines to open it up as a lodging home and begins praying that somehow they'll make it through the storm. What she didn't expect was to find new friends and maybe even a new love.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This novel is a cute read about a family who was dealt a hardblow and how they overcome it. I really loved the characterization in the novel and the plot. I felt the novel was maybe a tad long, and yet I really enjoyed reading it.
The plot was well-paced and I enjoyed watching Julia's growth. The novel is a cute read about overcoming loss and learning to depend on Christ.
So why 3 stars? While I really enjoyed it, it just lacked that extra something to really stand out to me enough to get 4.
The Wrap-up: This novel is really intriguing. A cute read about how we can overcome our trials and come to Christ. The Christian elements are woven nicely throughout the tale as to be not overbearing.
My overall impression/thoughts: I really liked this book. This book is a sequel...I hadn't read the first one, but I didn't My rating: A solid 3 stars.
My overall impression/thoughts: I really liked this book. This book is a sequel...I hadn't read the first one, but I didn't feel lost throughout the novel. This book deals with how a young girl handles the aftermath of the death of her sister. I loved the genuine sincere tone that was maintained throughout the novel. I truly felt like I was looking into the mind of a young teenage girl. I didn't feel like I was looking through the mind of an adult author trying to portray a young girl's struggles after her younger sister's death.
Carol Lynch Williams is the author of The Chosen One, a novel that I adore. This novel isn't like that one in many ways. One, this novel is geared towards a younger audience. Two, this novel's writing style is much more simple, because Leah is younger.
The tone of this novel was dead-on. I thought it was a good read, but probably wouldn't buy it or reread it.
I was asked to professionally review this book for a news organization that I am associated with, this is not my professional review, but rather my opI was asked to professionally review this book for a news organization that I am associated with, this is not my professional review, but rather my opinions.
My mom fought a similar battle to the one that Rikki fought and won her battle only 3 months ago. That resulted in a deep feeling of pain and emotion from me. I immediately thought of my mom while reading and could see images of my mom while reading.
Because of experiences I've had, I knew what was going on from the very beginning. But that didn't mean I didn't like the book.
The characters were compelling, the plot was intriguing, and the writing style was fascinating. I usually don't like when novels jump from different first person views, but in this case, it atually didn't bother me in the slightest. Nunes did a good job of easily allowing me to remember who was speaking.
You know I actually really liked this novel. Some people might try to claim that the events in this novel were a little too far-fetched, but I disagreYou know I actually really liked this novel. Some people might try to claim that the events in this novel were a little too far-fetched, but I disagree.
This novel beautifully interweaves themes of faith, friendship, and family.
A great novel. I recieved this novel for review; however, I did honestly like this novel. I will be posting my official review on my blog soon. So stay tuned.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opiniMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was really excited to read this one. I had heard amazing things about it and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
I love this type of book. A book involving travel a "bad boy" who really isn't as bad as you think and a girl who just feels lost, usually from feeling like she's living in her perfect sister's shadows until suddenly that sister isn't so perfect anymore. Plus, this book was highly centered on music and for some reason books about music just seem to always be incredible.
It was set up to be an incredible novel and I couldn't wait to see if Harrington met my expectations.
She exceeded them. This novel blew me away. It's been three weeks since I read this one and I still am absolutely in love with Harrington's characters and her writing style. Her prose was beautiful and drew me in from the first page.
This novel is easily one of my favorites of the entire year. I know I've already touched upon the plot, the characters, and the writing style, but now I'm going to go in to more detail.
I loved Harper Scott. Yes, she was rough around the edges but I couldn't help but root for her. And then there was Jake, how could you not like Jake. He was just incredible.
This book left me feeling nearly every emotion possible; it made me want to laugh, cry, and at times left me absolutely furious. Any book that elicits such an emotional response is easily one I love.
In Summary: Hannah Harrington's debut novel is beautifully addicting and is bound to leave readers breathless. I adored everything about this book and definitely it recommend it to everybody. Definitely one worth reading.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book is a little rough around the edges. There are mentions of drugs, sex, suicide, and strong language. However, the sexual references were fairly vague and not too descriptive. This book wasn't clean, but neither was it filthy. I'd have no qualms about recommending this to mature teen readers.
The Wrap-up: I can't believe it took me so long to write this review, because I loved this book. It was beautiful and exceeded my expectations. Like I mentioned earlier, this book blew me away. Read this one. You won't regret it. This is one that I could easily see myself buying and reading again and again.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have mixed feelings about this one. I love retellings of PMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel:
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.
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 myThis 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. ...more
I went into this novel thinking that I would either hate it or love it. That it would either be fantasI received this book for review from the author.
I went into this novel thinking that I would either hate it or love it. That it would either be fantastic or just an average read.
The premise of this novel had me intrigued from the very beginning and the cover looked good, so I went in not really knowing what to expect. I ended up really enjoying it. This book was powerful and really well-written. I loved the main character Ryan from the get-go. He isn't perfect by any means, but in my opinion he's the perfect friend anybody could have.
The story line doesn't focus on his relationship with Emily, but rather his relationship with himself and the commitment he feels he owes his best friend. I really liked the story. It was touching, entertaining, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. After I finished reading it, I actually sat down and thought about what I just had read. Any book that can do that automatically is one that I like.
In Summary: A powerful, well-written, and touching book about friendship, self-identity, first love, and dealing with loss. Definitely comes recommended.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, as always, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review this novel.
And now for my thoughts: This may be the best Christian fiction novel I've read this year. I absolutely loved the characters, the plot, the writing, and just everything about this novel.
Daley's ability to create a world that readers will fall in love with. This is a book that I'm definitely going to be buying and one that I could see myself reading this one over and over again. I will also be anxiously waiting for the sequel to come out.
I'm going to start by talking about Wyatt and Kate. I loved both of these characters. They weren't perfect, but they were trying their hardest to live a righteous life and to be the best people they could. I loved their relationship and definitely hope we get to see them again in the sequel.
Daley's writing was enjoyable. The whole time I was intrigued by her tale. Her writing really was crisp and yet descriptive, inviting, and basically just beautifully crafted.
I also really liked the character Rose. Rose's courage and ability to overcome her past was touching and inspiring. I definitely loved learning about her story and hope to learn more about her in the sequel as well.
Basically, this novel was brilliantly written and one that I absolutely adored reading. It was cute, inspiring, fun, heart-breaking, informative, and entertaining at the same time. It touched upon some serious issues in society (prostitution), but did it in a way that is clean and could be read by anybody who could get past the initial shock that this novel centers around a sensitive issue....more
Disclaimers: I received an e-arc of this review from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
An Overview of the novel:My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Disclaimers: I received an e-arc of this review from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
An Overview of the novel: What if the God of Death was your father? What if it was your job to help him take people to him? Such an interesting premise. And that is where the story starts.
Ismae is the daughter of St. Mortain. That fact saves her from her fate to a doomed marriage. There they teach her the art of death--poisons, how to kill a man in so many different ways it's quite comical.
But when she gets an assignment that puts her in the middle of the court of Brittany, nothing is what is seems. She starts wondering who she can really trust and who exactly are the victims and who aren't. How is the daughter of death even supposed to act anyway? Can a daughter of death fall in love? Because that's beginning to look like a real possibility. With a million choices to make and not enough information to do it, Ismae needs to make a stand and pray that it is the right one.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The beginning of this book was hard for me to get into at the beginning, but the second Ismae met Duval and got into the high court, I started legitimately really enjoying the novel.
What an interesting concept. The daughter of death. I was deeply intrigued by this novel and enjoyed watching Ismae mature in the novel. She went from this girl with no confidence into an assassin, to so much more. It was beautifully portrayed.
LaFevers did a great job at creating suspense, drama, and intrigue. This novel is one that left me intrigued and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
So why 4 stars? I loved it, but the beginning was slow. For that I'll give it a 4.
Warnings/Side-notes: Vague references to sex. Nothing in great detail, but it it is mentioned. I would say age 14 and up.
The Wrap-up: LaFevers created an intriguing world set to the backdrop of the 1400s. Beautifully crafted, readers will eat this up.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd likThis is a condensed version. The extended version can be found here.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank World Literary Cafe Review Team for giving me a copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Like a lot of the books I've read lately, I went into this one with absolutely no expectations. I hadn't heard anything about this one. I ended up really enjoying reading it. The characters were well-developed and even though they did things that at times drove me nuts, they were still lovable.
Maggie is a single mom who is trying to keep her parents' ranch going after their death. Nobody thought she could do it, but she did. Now ten years later, everything is threatening to fall apart.
But that won't happen if Maggie has anything to say about it or for that matter her best friend Witt. I loved Witt's character and the way he was always so kind to Maggie.
Along with great characters, the novel was also pretty well-written. I was surprised to see this was classified as a western, but really it's just an adult romance. So if you like the genre, this one is worth reading. ...more