Warnings/Side-notes: I put this first because this book is New Adult and is meant for more mature readers. This book isnMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Warnings/Side-notes: I put this first because this book is New Adult and is meant for more mature readers. This book isn't as explicit as adult but neither is it as vague as young adult. I'd recommend this for 18 and up. There is a lot of sexual tension in this novel as well as sexual scenes.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: WOW! I got this novel on Amazon for 99 cents because it was one that I could count towards my 2013 New Adult challenge and because the synopsis and the cover drew me in so absolutely that I had to read the novel.
Even though I had heard good things about this book on Goodreads, I didn't really have high expectations for it. I thought it would be a decent albeit forgettable read.
I never would have guessed it would become one of my favorites of the year. It was my third favorite realistic contemporary novel I read all year, but it easily could have been first.
Callie and Kayden were two characters that I fell in love with. They just seemed so real and the chemistry between them seemed undeniable. Some readers thought that Kayden should have recognized Callie when he first met her, but I don't think so.
He had endured a traumatic experience and Callie looked a heck of a lot different than when he had last seen her.
This novel was an emotional journey that sucked me. I flew through this book in one sitting and was left wanting more.
Sorensen had a way with writing. There were so many lines that were so quotable. Her writing style was lyrical and beautiful.
This book was surprisingly really good. I definitely recommend it.
In Summary: Sorenson's novels are bound to take readers on an emotional journal. Her writing is eloquently beautiful and her characters spring off the pages into real life. The pace never falters. This novel is definitely a must-read for all fans of realistic contemporary fiction.
The Wrap-up: All in all, I adored this book. The ending was shocking. I won't say too much because I don't want to give anything away. However, I know everything will work out. I can't wait to read the second in the series. Sorenson's writing is definitely addicting and I can't wait to read more by her.
Disclaimers: I bought a copy of this novel and then found out it was on Netgalley. I requested it through Netgalley and tMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I bought a copy of this novel and then found out it was on Netgalley. I requested it through Netgalley and that same day I got a copy in the mail.
Basically, I wanted to read it and then received a temporary e-galley from the publisher via Netgalley but I didn't read that copy. I'd still like to thank the publisher and Netgalley, however.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love Irene Hannon. I've read every single one of her romantic suspense novels and have loved every single one of them.
However, when I saw the synopsis of this one, I was worried. I just didn't feel as drawn to this story. I bought it simply because it was Irene Hannon. I went in with low expectations.
I should have known better. This is Irene Hannon we're talking about. I absolutely adored this novel. Hannon's writing is always captivating. From the very first page, I was hooked. I stayed up super late and finished this in one setting because I just couldn't put it down.
The chemistry between Moira and and Cal was undeniable. Cal's wife had died five years ealier and he still wasn't over her and yet he couldn't deny his feelings for Moira. There was also the fact that she was a client and he doesn't get involved with clients.
The suspense was also intriguing. Even though, I figured out what was going on fairly early, its was still gripping. I love how Hannon lets you delve into the villain's mind and see his motives and rationale for his actions. It makes for an incredible read.
In Summary: Irene Hannon is a queen at suspense. She writes gripping stories that leave you on the edge of your seats and fills them with complex characters who practically spring off the pages. Hannon is easily one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Warnings/Side-note: This novel isn't at all offensive and is quite clean. However, the subject matter is dark at times and targeted for adults. Teens could read these books and love them, but I wouldn't recommend them for young teens.
The Wrap-Up: A beautiful, gripping read that I devoured. Hannon is truly an incredible writer whom I adore. The Christian elements are never overdone. If you love romantic suspense, then give this one a shot. And if you love Christian romantic suspense, then this book as well as any by this author is for you.
Disclaimers: I received an arc for review as part of the DAC tours. Thanks Amy, Katelyn, Lisa, and Tara for setting up theMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an arc for review as part of the DAC tours. Thanks Amy, Katelyn, Lisa, and Tara for setting up these tours. I received this arc in exchange for posting my opinion about this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Juliet Moreau fell from grace and fell hard when her father was accused of scandal. He disappeared and nothing was ever proven. But it was enough to destroy her family's social status. Then her mother died and Juliet was left with nothing.
Now, at sixteen years old she works as maid for her father's old colleagues. She knows she's not going to get help from anybody. It's up to her to fend off unwanted advances. But when one takes it too far and she hears rumors that her father is alive, she sets out to find him.
When she runs into Montgomery, her father's old partner, and learns that her father is alive and practicing on an isolated island, she joins him and returns to her father.
What she finds there is enough to proof that the rumors about her father are true. Her father has went against science and is trying to replicate the creation of human life form. What Juliet finds is enough to repulse her, but it also is enough enough to fascinate her.
But when you have a father like Juliet's does that make her monster too?
Megan Shepherd's debut definitely caught my interest from the very beginning. I had no idea what to expect. I traditionally don't read this type of book, but this one just looked so gripping that I had to read it.
It didn't disappoint. Shepherd created a world that captivated me from page one and still has me captivated. I won't say anything about the ending other than to say it left me stunned and left me wanting more.
I've heard this book be described as both beautiful and heartbreaking and I couldn't agree more.
This book was such an intriguing tale of this story that has fascinated our culture for years. Shepherd's re-imagining will not disappoint. It had me turning the pages faster and faster. I caught most of the twists in the novel, but several left me stunned. This is one book that will leave you guessing from the first page to the last page.
So Why 4 Stars? So why 4 stars and not 5 or 3. I gave this book 4 stars because it was a memorable book. I'll remember reading this one long after I finished it. It was more memorable than several books I've read. However, it wasn't quite as memorable as some of the books I've read.
The writing was beautiful and made for an enjoyable book. I really liked it, but it lagged a little in the middle. Not enough to make me lose interest in a book, but enough to make it 4 stars and not 5.
In Summary: Megan Shepherd created an intriguing reimagining of this tale that will captivate and entertain. A beautiful yet heartbreaking book that will leave readers wanting more.
The Wrap-up: I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I thought I'd like it going into it, but I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I recommend this book to both fans of sci-fi/thrillers and to those who normally shy away from this genre.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the DAC tours. Thanks Tara and Lisa for this wonderful opportunitMy 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.
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