Marvellous, simply marvellous! I loved it, just like I love this series. This is the first Sci-Fi seri**spoiler alert** *Contains detailed sex scenes*
Marvellous, simply marvellous! I loved it, just like I love this series. This is the first Sci-Fi series that I’ve ever actually loved and so far both books have been wonderful. I honestly believe this one was even better than the first book. The storyline was brilliant and I liked the relationship between Syn and Shahara. It was fast paced and fun, filled with humour and enough action and chemistry between the characters to keep you on your toes. The characters in this book were wonderful too. Syn, Shahara, Vic, Neo, Caillen (although I wanted to murder him over the things he said to Syn at one point. It was horrible and cruel and utterly undeserving.) Syn was incredible. Utterly incredible. He was so complex and complicated and everything about him seemed to clash with something else about him, and yet it all went together so well to make him the man he was. He was a thief, a crook, and yet he was noble and intelligent and kind too. He was a sophisticated man who could also survive and fit into the harshest environments out there. He was a chameleon so many ways, able to survive under any circumstances. I can’t believe the horrible life he’d led. From his very birth, life had conspired against him. He’d never been shown anyhing but cruelty and known nothing but betrayal his whole life, and it’s a miracle it didn’t destroy him. Considering who his father was the fact that he’d remained a good man, not tainted by his father’s evil was so wonderful, that seeing him knocked down time and time again due to something he had no control over as genetics was so sad! And of course let’s not forget those smokin’ good looks and that attitude and sarcastic nature to die for. I loved his sense of humour and how not even being out outnumbered and outclassed could destroy his mood at times.
Ahhh, now Shahara...she’s my kind of gal! I liked that she was a hard worker, tough and brave, while also being extremely vulnerable. She had a lot of issues hidden underneath, and it wasn’t until she met Syn that she began to realise how they truly affected her life. I actually didn’t hate her for betraying Syn the first time like I thought I would, because I could actually see why she did it. She thought she was getting a dangerous man off the streets and when she realised the truth, and what she had actually done, she went about her way of rectifying it. She realised she’d made a mistake and she faced up to it....not a lot of characters can do that nowadays so it’s always great to find one who does. I liked her sharp tongue and the way she met Syn comment for comment, snip for snip. It’s great when the chemistry and banter between the main characters are so good and those two had this in spades! The relationship between Syn and Shahara was brilliant! I love the way it developed and it didn’t feel rushed or anything. It was wonderfully paced and gradual—just the way I like things. One of the things that stood out for me was both of their histories and the issue that Shahara faced with her fear of intimacy, having been raped. I’ve read books with similar situations where the one character helps the other move past it and face their fear, but the difference with this was that Syn had been raped too. He actually knew the pain and humiliation she had felt. It wasn’t just that he could emphasize and that he cared about her...he understood, really, truly understood. It’s the first book I’ve read where both main characters were victims of the same degradation and I found that I really liked the way it was all written. Kenyon has done an incredible job here, just incredible!
Considering the way in which both books in the series were written for different publishing companies originally and the put together later on, something Sherrilyn Kenyon explains in a letter at the beginning of the book, everything thing fits together really well. There are some discrepancies. The main one standing out for me being the hospital scene from the first book, where Nykyrian is hurt at the end and both Syn and Shahara come to visit him. This scene wasn’t in the book and I actually found myself really disappointed by that. I was looking forward to it as I read the book, hoping to get a better insight into Syn’s feelings towards his friend, but it never came and having expected an emotional moment I was gutted. That’s the one part I think would have been epic in the book and I think it’s a real let down that it isn’t.
However in the whole this book was excellent; the best in the series so far! Now on to the next one..... ...more
Ahhh, another terrific book in a fabulous series. This is the only Sci-Fi series to date that I will w**spoiler alert** *Contains detailed sex scenes*
Ahhh, another terrific book in a fabulous series. This is the only Sci-Fi series to date that I will willingly read, and I love it. It’s not really a surprise that Sherrilyn Kenyon can make me love a series that is usually not my type of genre and I only adore her more as an author because of that! I really loved having the opportunity to see Syn and Shahara’s son. It was odd at first jumping ahead more than 20 years to when their baby was grown and living his own life, but as the story went on I really liked seeing how their whole world had changed. It was so nice to see Syn and Shahara back again along with Vic and Nero and characters who were only babies in the last book or had not yet been born. I liked both Devyn and Alix as characters, although there wasn’t anything overly exceptional or unique about them. It was so obvious to see from this book that Dev truly is his parent’s son, especially his father. They’re both so alike and I loved getting little glimpses into how they raised him and lived their life after the conclusion of the last book. I thought it was so great that Dev was so proud to be who he was and that he didn’t care what people thought of his family’s history. He was a very brave, honourable man and I thought it was great that he wanted to help people and do the right thing. I was lost to him the moment he saved Omari, regardless of what his boss said; I think that one action alone showed the kind of man he was.
I did like Alix, although I must say that there wasn’t anything about her that really “caught” me or captivated me all too much. I can understand why she did the things that she did, and I liked that she faced things more as the story progressed. While I did actually really like the romance and relationship between Devyn and Alix, I must say that at first I didn’t really see why they were so attracted to one another or where those feelings really came from. They seemed to want each other straight away and to me that just seemed like a tad forced; especially right at the beginning of the book. I really loved seeing Vic again. He’s such an awesome character and he cracks me up constantly with the things he says and the way he acts towards everyone. I like his little snips and I think it's sooo cute how much he cares for Syn and his family especially Dev. It was so good to see that Syn had worked on him and made him more human over the years. It’s got me thinking that I’d really like to see him perhaps find love one day. Although he’s Mecna, Syn has given him feelings and emotions and while he acts like a child a lot of the times, I think seeing him find someone to be with one day would be really great. It’s something I intend to keep my eye on.
Omari too. I’d like to see Devin’s son find a nice gal in a few years time. Actually to be perfectly honest, there are a tonne of characters that I’d love to see books about. I’m looking forward to Caillen’s book next and Darling’s after that, although I think the jumping back and forth in time may be annoying. I’m guessing (??) that Born of Shadow’s will be set sometime after Born of Fire (Syn and Shahara’s story) and not this one, as will Darlings after that. One thought that’s stuck with me is Darlings daughter. I thought that Darling was into men, so how did that happen? I guess it’s something I’ll learn in time, but until then, it’s something that will plague me. I hate having unanswered questions.
Grrr. Now I CANNOT wait until the next book! It better get here soon! ...more
I literally devoured this book. I simply adore this series and the moment I start**spoiler alert** **Read in July 2011**
*Contians detailed sex scenes*
I literally devoured this book. I simply adore this series and the moment I started reading this book, I pretty much didn’t stop until I was finished. In fact, I read it in less than one day! I continue to love this world and the characters within. There’s a reason Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favourite authors; she constantly manages to create characters that are larger than life and that jump off the page and this book was no exception. In this book we’re back to the time period where the first two books are set and we continue on a few years after Born of Fire. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Born of Ice, but I’m glad to be back in this time and not in the future.
It’s impossible not to adore the characters in this series and really feel for them. While I obviously think Caillen and Desideria are brilliant, I love all the supporting characters too. Darling continues to be a fave, and I found I really enjoyed Dancer (Hauk) and Fain in this book. They’re both real pieces of work, but they constantly made me laugh and smile. I liked the new characters of Maris and Chayden, and I’d love to see more of both of them and of course I was ecstatic to see Syn, Shahara and Caillen’s other sisters back. Sherrilyn Kenyon has a brilliant way of bringing back all the characters you love and having them still play roles in the rest of the books. It’s so great falling in love with a couple and then still being able to see them in books down the track. There’s such a fantastic repour between all the characters in this series. They seem to get along so well, bickering and teasing one another constantly, and yet they stand by each other’s sides constantly. There’s a real sense of friendship that shines through, as it does with all Kenyon’s books, and it’s something that....to me....makes her books so great.
Gah, I loved Caillen. Love, love, loved him! He’s such a brilliant character and a guy a girl can easily love. He’s got a bit of an ego, but he’s decent and honourable, with a quirky sense of humour and a snarky attitude. He’s a real cutie and oh, so adorable at times. He’s the type of guy that you know will go down fighting and who’ll fight to the end. I loved that he never gave up and continuingly managed to get ahead of his enemies. He was a real survivor. One of the things that really endeared him to me was the love and respect he had for his sisters. They literally mean the world to him and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for them, even at his own expense. That’s real love there and it was so fabulous to find a male character that has a strong, ingrained respect for the women in his life. Sometimes it can be hard to find in novels. I really liked Desideria too. She was a very likeable heroine and perfectly balanced with a great amount of strength and vulnerability. I think she was a perfect match for Cai and it was nice to see her become more confident as the novel progressed. Not that she started out as weak, not by a long shot. She’s always been a tough gal, but I think she grew and was able to be more of herself throughout the time she knew Caillen, which was soooo nice to see.
I know some people may be upset with the lack of sex in this book and while personally I would have liked to see a little bit more of it, I also don’t feel it detracted from the book. Unlike some couples of the past, Caillen and Desideria didn’t jump straight into bed with one another, nor did they act upon their desires and impulses straight away, instead getting to know each other and to me this made the romance seem more realistic and believable. Theirs was such a nice romance. It was endearing and oh, so sweet. They brought out the best in one another and helped each other learn to trust and love without being afraid of getting hurt.
This book was filled with action and fight sequences galore. There’s enough excitement and humour to keep you on your toes. The next book in the series, Born Of Silence features Darling Cruel and I'm really looking forward to it. I know there is a lot of talk surrounding Darling and his.....ahhhh....sexual preferences.....at the moment, but I think in the end Sherrilyn Kenyon will deliver in typical Kenyon fashion.....exceptionally, that is. Cannot wait to get my hands on the next year, but the wait until next April is gonna kill me! ...more
**Firstly, thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy to read and review!**
Gee, Jana Oliver sure kn**spoiler alert** Read in October 2011
**Firstly, thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy to read and review!**
Gee, Jana Oliver sure knows how to write ‘em! I admit I’ve been a mixture of emotions and uncertainties since beginning Forbidden. There were so many things I loved about it, but unfortunately a few things I disliked as well. First off, this series still remains an exciting joyride; complete with action and romance and a storyline that just keeps getting better with the turn of each page. Oliver continued to build on her world with this book and as the storyline evolves it sucks you in deeper. The world is so rich and I truly love it. There’s a darkness to it, a raw intensity that bleeds through the pages and captivates you. The world of demon trappers is like nothing I’ve read before and I love getting lost in it with each book in the series.
As I mentioned there were a few things I disliked and a lot of that comes back to Riley and the choices she made. Oh, this girl.... I can’t deny that Riley is a strong female lead. In the world she lives in she stands out for her strength and her ability to continue on when I think others would have long given up, but during the course of this book she made so many bad choices. Some that I really think were unnecessary. And the problem is....I really like this girl. Riley is such a strong person that it’s hard reading a book and seeing her do the things that she does. I’d just love to give her a shake and set her straight. And yet at the same time, she continues to surprise me. Some of the things she did (not giving way any spoilers) took great courage and strength; she just needs to stop trusting the wrong people. Especially when the best thing she has is right in front of her eyes.....
Seriously, I just broke for Beck in this book. He won me over in Forsaken, but this book just cemented why he’s such a great character in my eyes. He lays himself bare in so many moments during this book and, while I admit his execution isn’t perfect, he generally wants to do right by Riley and keep his promise to Paul. He many have his flaws but Denver Beck continues to be one of my favourite male leads in fiction right now. He truly breaks the mould set by most leading men and it’s such a breath of fresh air to read about him. He just keeps getting kicked when he’s down and I really feel for him. He’s trying to be strong and protect Riley, while dealing with the conflicting feelings he has for her and trying to fill the void left by the loss of trappers from the first book.
Riley and Beck make me want to bang my head against a wall at times, they really do. They’re both so different, and yet they’re not. I think if they both let each other in, a lot of their problems would be solved. They assume so much of the other at times and they’re usually wrong. I loved the moments when they’re not at one another’s throats and they actually get along; Beck lets Riley in in a way he hasn’t anyone else and Riley relies on and trusts Beck in a way she doesn’t anyone else either—even if she can’t quite see that. Even though they don’t realise it, I think they both need each other and I’m looking forward to see if Jana Oliver can solve some of their problems in the next book.
I admit I was shocked with Simon and Peter in this book; both have done one eighties from the last time we saw them, one in a good way and one in a not so good way. I was happy with Peter’s change, although it seemed sudden at first and as for Simon...pffft! Honestly, Riley doesn’t need him. I wasn’t surprised by the revelations about Ori at all. He completely lived up to my expectations, although I found some of the twists concerning him to be pretty interesting and I do wonder if they’ll have an impact on future storylines.
The ending of this book blew me away and had a few, “Whoa, no way,” moments. Riley’s world continues to get turned upside down and with these hunters in the picture now, I have a feeling this series is just getting started. I’m really excited with the ending and with everything that happens in the end, I’m just about ready to sell my soul if it’ll get me Forgiven sooner! ...more
Forgiven, the third book in The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver proves to be the best in the series so far with its blend of on your seat action, constant excitement, unparallel friendship and tantalizing romance!
If you’ve read any of my previous Demon Trapper reviews, you’ll be well aware that I love this series. I do; I really do. Jana Oliver’s dystopian world is one I love getting lost in. It’s raw and gritty and Oliver’s exceptional storytelling never fails to captivate me with each and every book. And Forgiven was no exception! This book showcases everything I love about this series and brings it to a whole new level as the stakes are raised and more than just lives are on the line. Told in dual perspectives, it’s fantastic trading back and forth between main characters Riley and Beck to get different views on the events within the book.
I was so thrilled with Riley in this book. After the events of the last book, she really embraces her mistakes and learns from them, growing throughout the course of Forgiven. Oliver writes her so easily emphasisable, that even when I want to shake some sense into her, I want to give her a cuddle too. I liked that she acknowledged her mistakes and that she took responsibility for the majority of them. There's a lot she has to make up for and I honestly felt that her actions in this book were here first steps towards that. Riley is truly growing into a strong leading lady; one that fights for the ones she loves and what she thinks is right. She’s embracing the trapper way of life, but she’s also her own person and it’s wonderful to follow her throughout the series!
As far as male leads go, Denver Beck is one of my favourites. He’s so raw and rough around the edges, but that strength and tenderness to him that we see during the series never fails to steal my heart. I love Beck; I soooo do! He’s such a sweetie, really he is. I think the fact that he has so many flaws and that he’s truly vulnerable and in no way perfect make him the fantastic character that he is. He often makes mistakes and his mouth runs off on him, especially where Riley’s concerned, and this leads to a lot of problems for him, but at his heart he’s such an incredibly good guy. You can see he wants to do right by Riley and her father and the Trappers Guild that have given him the life he leads. In Forgiven he has a lot of issues to work through and it was so endearing watching him do so; it made him so human.
I loved the relationship development between Riley and Beck throughout this book. I admit it seems like two steps forward, one step back with them, but for the most part they really grew together in Forgiven. One of the things I love about the relationship between the two of them is it feels real to me. They’re in no way perfect and they make their fair share of mistakes but when it really matters they’re there for one another. You just know there’s nothing they wouldn’t do to protect the other. Not only is that, but the sexual tension and connection between them is on fire in this book. It’s electric but tinged with so much sweetness and even though Oliver had me wanting to shout in frustration over how things end for them in this chapter of the series, I’m truly hopeful for them in the last book.
Weaving together some incredible fight sequences with magic, demons and tinges of humour, all the characters I’ve comes to love in this series are back! The demon presence in Georgia brings more of the church’s hunters to town and as they work alongside the trappers we love, the race to stop Armageddon is on in a non-stop action packed ride that will not disappoint you with its brilliance. Oliver leaves us all with unsolved questions and a cliff-hanger that has you wanting more. I’m desperate for the fourth and final book, Foretold and am anticipating one hell of an ending!
Sounds good, but oh no..... Daniel and Lucy? Sounds like Daniel and Luce in Fallen with the same storyline too. Not too much of a fan of Fallen. MaybeSounds good, but oh no..... Daniel and Lucy? Sounds like Daniel and Luce in Fallen with the same storyline too. Not too much of a fan of Fallen. Maybe this'll be better.
**Thank-you to HarperCollins Australia for providing me with a copy of this to read and review!**
Balthazar is the**spoiler alert** Read in March 2012
**Thank-you to HarperCollins Australia for providing me with a copy of this to read and review!**
Balthazar is the book all Evernight fans have been waiting for, and with its enthralling storyline it does not disappoint!
I’m a big fan of Claudia Gray. I’ve read all her books and while some may say vampires are done, I disagree when it comes to this series. The Evernight series never ceases to entertain me and while the storyline in Balthazar is nothing I haven’t seen before, Gray’s darkly gothic writing and beautiful storytelling had me captivated from the very first page.
Finally, finally we have Balthazar’s story. After all the wishing and the waiting, one of the most beloved if not saddest and loneliest characters finally get’s his story. We’ve all wanted this story and I’m pleased to say I’m thrilled with what Claudia Gray did! I’ve always loved Balthazar, but in this book I feel like we see a very different side to him. With the kindness and charm that he showed throughout the Evernight series hiding his true sadness, it’s in his story that we see the real pain he houses and we get to see the real Balthazar. There’s no denying that he’s sexy, with his dark good looks and appeal, but as he’s front and centre in this book, Gray’s ability to sweep us back into the various stages of Balthazar’s past allow us to see him as we’ve never seen him before. It’s almost like he’s a different character, but looking back I can see the hints of his true nature we saw throughout Evernight. And I liked what I saw—it was raw and it was horrible; sadder than I expected but I liked it none the less. He wasn’t so much just the 400 hundred vampire that he was, although there’s no doubt that he accomplished everything a vampire is, but rather a man conflicted and vulnerable at times.
We were first introduced to Skye Tierney in the final Evernight book, Afterlife, and I must say she made an impression on me even back then as a human girl who managed to handle her discovery of vampires with surprising grace and bravery. I liked Skye in this book; she was easy to read about and follower---a worthy love interest for Balthazar. She was brave and had plenty of courage. She was rational, but very normal; reacting as I expected her to. I liked the little bit of fire Skye had at times too; tempting and baiting Balty no matter how hard he tried to resist—it was funny seeing a centuries old vampire so flustered by a mere mortal.
I was both thrilled and a tad disappointed with the relationship between Skye and Balthazar. Thrilled because I loved how Claudia Gray wrote it; Skye and Balthazar were both so comfortable with one another. Their relationship was without a doubt one of attraction yet it was built on the friendship that developed throughout the novel. It was sweet and endearing and passionate and fiery at the same time. From their heated stares and hilariously exchanged texts to their soft conversations and the laughs they shared, Balthazar and Skye had chemistry.....and this is also why I’m a tad disappointed. Balthazar and Skye have attended the same school for two years, why couldn’t they have found each other before now? I understand that writers don’t always plan certain things when they begin a series, but I would have loved to have seen their relationship throughout the entire Evernight series! Still, I’m thrilled to see them find each other now.
With an exciting plot full of danger and excitement that see’s Balthazar face people from his past Balthazar is a fantastic read! A few characters from the Evernight series make cameos and we finally get to see Balthazar get his long deserved happily ever after. I’m feeling satisfied with how this story ended, but there are still a few loose ends left untied if you ask me. I feel like Balthazar finally found the happiness he deserved by the end of this book and am thrilled Claudia Gray allowed us to see it! ...more
I was excited to get this book. It contained a couple short stories I’d been eager to read; Fire and Ice (From the League series) and Dragonswan (A prI was excited to get this book. It contained a couple short stories I’d been eager to read; Fire and Ice (From the League series) and Dragonswan (A prequel novella to the Dark Hunter series). I’m happy to say that I did enjoy it, although, if I was completely honest, I would have loved both stories to be longer; perhaps full length books. Even though both sets of main characters were great characters and had chemistry, everything seemed rushed, and I found it hard to completely buy their feelings as it didn’t feel like they’d known each other long enough to feel that way to me. Both stories were great though and I’m glad I read them. I also read Knightly Dreams. It was, ahh....interesting. Personally, I think it leans more towards the traditional romance novel and hero than a lot of other books. I could defiantly see the difference in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s later books and her earlier ones when she was writing under the pen name Kinley MacGregor. There was one thing I found that I really loved in this story though and that was the idea that books were actually a lot more real than we think, and that the stories inside them are actually real, as are the characters. The whole idea and world of that was fascinating. ...more
**spoiler alert** The Scorpio Races is a thrilling ride from author Maggie Stiefvater, full of unparallel danger and excitement!
As usual Stiefvater ma**spoiler alert** The Scorpio Races is a thrilling ride from author Maggie Stiefvater, full of unparallel danger and excitement!
As usual Stiefvater manages to spirit me away to another place with her captivating writing and magical talent of storytelling! Her beautifully written story will entrance you with its uniqueness and its plot will draw you in. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Rich in danger and excitement, the lore of the capaill uise, the water horses that feature in this story, is spectacular. The capaill uise are like nothing I’ve ever read about before. Forget sweet, innocent creatures of the sea, these horses are man-eaters, untamed and wild, born of the ocean and not meant to be tamed. And yet people do. Year after year, brave and somewhat suicidal men capture these creatures and train them all in an effort to enter a little race known as The Scorpio Races.
I found the world created in this book to be very interesting, although at times I wished for more explanation about its location and background. The small island town of Thisby blends together perfectly the world of sport horses and water horses that reside in it, as well as the town of people who live there. Stiefvater creates a fantastic cast of minor characters to populate her world and give it flair while focusing on her two main leads. Sometimes the story seemed to lag to me, perhaps because we weren’t getting straight to the races, but I didn’t feel bored.
While this is a story of water horses and the race they dominate, I feel like it is so much more than that. The actual Scorpio race itself spans merely a few pages at the end of the book, with the entire book being a climatic build up and voyage into the lives of two Thisby residents. As a reader we’re drawn intimately into the lives of Puck and Sean and the book focuses heavily on their lives and the struggles they face both inwardly and outwardly as they prepare to participate in the race, both for very different reasons.
Puck is a very brave young woman. Entering the race in a desperate desire to find a way to keep her family together, she’s seriously in over her head. With no experience in the race and without a capaill uise horse herself, she takes a real risk in participating. When her winning the race becomes a much more necessary thing, Puck needs to find strength in herself more than ever before. I really liked Puck. No one really wants her in the race, for various reasons, but she stands tall, never letting it make her back down. I felt Stiefvater wrote her beautifully and she managed to hold her voice in the town of Thisby. She grows as she finds friendship with Sean and I found her easy to like.
Sean Kendrick is a real intriguing character. Able to tame the water horses as much as anyone ever could, he understands these beasts and loves them for exactly what they are. He never changes them and I found him to be a really complex character. He knows what these man-eaters are, knows the dangers they posses, perhaps more than anyone and yet he loves them regardless. The bond he shares with his capaill uise stallion Corr is an enigma; as intriguing as it is odd. Personally, I’d never wanna be in the presence of these creatures, but he thrives there. There was something so magical about Sean himself. His calmness admist all the danger and his ability to stay relaxed, drew me to him as much as he drew Puck. He was one with the ocean, as part of the sea as he was the land.
The romance that develops between Puck and Sean isn’t an overwhelming theme throughout the book. Unlike most of Maggie’s other books, it’s a nice undertone that blends in with the rest of the story. Puck and Sean don’t need each other exactly, rather find comfort and friendship in each other in the lead up to the race that eventually leads to more. Sean is somewhat lonely, only ever connecting with his horse Corr and Puck has never had someone believe on her and take a chance on her the way Sean does.....it’s sweet. Their relationship never seems to fast or forced and it doesn’t feel too strong for the story. It fits in perfectly.
There is a lot of violence in this book, but I feel it only adds more authenticity to the tale. The never ending danger the horses possess and the things they do, never allow you to forget exactly what these violent creatures are. They’re not meant to be corralled or domesticated, instead belonging to the sea.
The ending is very sweet and fitting to the story, but I couldn’t help but be left with some unanswered questions. Perhaps that’s just me, but considering this is one of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, I should be used to that. It ties up well, with possibilities for the characters and you’re left with a feeling of hope.
The Scorpio Races is a fantastically thrilling read that never lacks for danger and adventure, a book that will have you on the edge your seat when the action picks up and on your toes the entire way through. ...more
**spoiler alert** *Firstly, thank-you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with a copy to read and review*
Smoulder proves to be a captiv**spoiler alert** *Firstly, thank-you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with a copy to read and review*
Smoulder proves to be a captivating new tale by Brenna Yovanoff, one that draws you into a vivid world of fire and metal, alluring and captivating in its beauty and mythology!
I need to be honest, I wasn’t much a fan of Yovanoff’s The Replacement. While I enjoyed the writing something seemed to be missing to me, so I was unsure as to what I would find within the pages of Smoulder. I’m pleased to say that what I found was a beautifully descriptive story of two young individuals, Daphne and Truman in their quest the save Daphne’s brother from an enemy neither of them fully understood.
Brenna Yovanoff writes this story beautifully. The mythology and world she creates of Lucifer and Lilith is as interesting as it is entertaining, even as it takes a nice backdrop to Daphne’s journey. I’m very much a fan of this kind of lore and I enjoyed the way the author has woven it all together and even the other creatures she created as part of the story. I would have liked a bit more interaction with Lucifer and even Lilith, but that’s just me personally and even then I don’t feel like it detached anything from the story. I thought it was very interesting how she wove Daphne and Truman into one another’s lives and how she gave them the connections that she did.
Our two main characters are very interesting individuals. Daphne, the youngest daughter of Lilith and Lucifer has spent her life in Pandemonium, her father’s domain, yet she yearns for knowledge of the mortal world. She’s intrigued by it, even as happy as she seems being in Pandemonium in the beginning of the book, but she fears things about herself and what leaving would mean. I thought it was wonderful watching her find strength when she decided to go and attempt to find her brother and it was endearing watching her find her way in the mortal world. Even though she was part demon and held so many demonic qualities, she had a very innocent aura to her. There was no malice within her, not like her sisters and she only wanted to save her brother.
Truman Flynn is a very haunted, somewhat broken boy throughout the course of this book. He’s so lost and has more or less given up on life. He’s content to get drunk and smoke in an attempt to outrun his pain and he has no desire to really live. He’s devastated to find he’s still alive on more than one occasion and you can’t help but feel his anguish even as he tried to hide it from himself. Although he’s reluctant to help Daphne at first he soon finds himself drawn to her; the girl from his dreams and memories, and he allows her into his life.
Both Truman and Daphne learn so much from each other throughout the entire book. As they delve into her brother’s life, revealing some secrets that he’s willing to die to protect, Daphne begins to understand what it means to be human and she comes to understand her brothers feelings and actions a lot more. As they slowly begin to fall for one another during their journey, Daphne takes Truman’s pain and makes him feel something other than loss and anguish; she makes him feel alive......
There were quite a few twists that I didn’t see coming within the book. Many popped up out of nowhere and the revelations about Truman’s heritage were ones I just didn’t see coming and I certainly wondered if Yovanoff would be able to give us a happy ending or not. I’m happy with how it ended and this is an intriguing read that you won’t be disappointed you gave a go! ...more
**spoiler alert** *Firstly, thank-you to Allen & Unwin Australia for sending me an ARC of this*
Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel is one that will thrill**spoiler alert** *Firstly, thank-you to Allen & Unwin Australia for sending me an ARC of this*
Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel is one that will thrill readers, pulling them into a world and journey that just gets better with the turn of each page! Shatter Me’s riveting tale and incredible heroine will have you on the edge of your seat; eager for more and desperate for it to never end! Personally, I’m only just beginning to get into dystopian novels. They seem to be the craze lately and going into this book I’d heard so much about it and yet I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was so excited to get and ARC from Allen and Irwin. The premise sounded so good, but I wondered if it could live up to that.....and boy did it ever! This book blew me away. Simple as that.
The writing and the story itself caught me from the very first page and as I continued to read, Juliette and her journey and all the other characters cemented this book as one of the best I’ve read for a long, long time. The writing itself is different from a lot of books out there and yet it fits the book so beautifully. You can really feel Juliette’s fear and confusion and uncertainly with each word and it comes straight through the pages. You’re completely in her head and know her every feeling and emotion. Shatter Me is well written and descriptive; painting a perfect picture of the world and institute Juliette lives in. The book has a wonderful pace; each moment flows so well to the next and even when it seemed slow at times, there were plenty of things happening to keep you interested. It’s well thought out and I never once felt bored. In fact the whole time I was reading I didn’t want to put the book down!
Juliette was incredible, simply incredible. She has to be one of the most tormented, somewhat broken characters I’ve read about in YA for a long time and yet she’s oh, so strong. She’s been through so much and is in an impossible situation. She hates herself and what she is and what she has no control over, but there’s such a strong inner strength to her. She’s afraid of what she might accidently do and what she doesn’t want to happen. Even when she was betrayed and it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse, she never gave up or gave in, nor did she stop fighting or go against her morals. Even though she herself was treated so inhumanly, Juliette never one wavered in her own kindness and managed to keep hold of herself even when she was faced with cruelty and pain. Her goodness shone through more than anything and this coupled with her bravery in the face of danger made her a joy to read about. She has such a great heart and I love this gal!
I thought Adam was a really great character too. He’s such a well crafted male lead. He has it all; he’s good looking, tough, brave, sensitive, funny, sexy....and totally in love with Juliette. He’s the perfect package and was great to read about. It’s so wonderful to read about a guy with such a good heart himself. He cares about Juliette so deeply and is willing to do so much for her; including risk his own life to help her. What girl doesn’t want a guy like that?!? Oh, and he and is little brother....so freakin’ adorable. Boy, he could make me swoon at times and he and Juliette together were so electric. While I could see some people thinking that the relationship between Juliette and Adam moves fast, it really doesn’t. The history they share and the pasts they both have create such a great foundation for what is essentially an incredible relationship. With everything they’re both been through, and are going through with their changing world and changing lives, they find something in each other that is so sweet. How they feel about each other is so strong and they’ve got such chemistry together. The scenes between them held so much spark and when they kissed or touched it was so hot and sensual.
Every one of the characters in this book was excellent in my eyes. With such a strong plotline, this book needed an equally strong cast of characters to make it great and Ms. Mafi has done exactly that. Juliette and Adam of course are standouts, but Kenji, James, Warner, even the few characters we met at the end all give the book colour and depth. Even the “villain” was someone who intrigued me, even if I disliked him. The characters are so well developed even so early on in the trilogy and I’m excited about the prospect of getting to see them grow and change even more in future books. The ending of the book was really fitting if you ask me. This chapter of the series has come to an end and the next one is beginning. We learn so much about the world in this novel and what else is out there and the ending leaves me wanting....no, demanding, more.
Shatter Me is a tantalizing blend of the X-men and Hunger Games, with a bit of The Day After Tomorrow thrown in. This book is sure to be a hit with dystopian fans and readers alike, and with two more books promised in the series, I for one cannot wait to read the rest of Juliette’s journey! ...more
**spoiler alert** *Firstly, thank-you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a copy of this to read and review*
The Girl In The Steel Corset has got to**spoiler alert** *Firstly, thank-you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a copy of this to read and review*
The Girl In The Steel Corset has got to be one of the most exciting books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long, long time!
Honestly I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but from the very moment I started this book, I didn’t want to stop. Stepping foot (figuratively speaking) into this world is like stepping back in time and even into another dimension. Set in London in the late 1800’s, Kady Cross’s debut novel is a breath of fresh air in a YA genre saturated with books all of a similar nature. Unique and an exceptional steampunk novel, Cross blends Victorian London perfectly with action, adventure and even a hint of romance!
The world within this book is so descriptive and well thought out and you really find yourself lost to it as you read the tale. While I admit the technological aspect sometimes dragged on and seemed a bit much at times, it really added an aspect of authenticity to the story. Cross has backed up her world and creation with fantastic contraptions and specimens native to the time and even a bit before it too. The characters practically jumped off the page with their different personalities and I simply adored them all! Each and everyone won me over with their depth and well roundedness, especially with this being the first book in a new series. All with specialities of one form or another, no one ever felt like they were there simply because they needed to be. They had purpose within the story and this made them shine.
Our heroine Finley is the kind of girl you can really sink your teeth into. Flawed, yet strong willed and determined; someone who stands up for herself and can hold her own even in the toughest world, she was wonderful to read about. It may have something to do with having spilt personalities too, but this girl could kick serious butt when the need arose! She wasn’t above fear and unease, but she managed to rise above it and pushed on no matter what. Her voice was easy to follow through the tale and I can see great potential in her, even as she continues to grow. While being strong, she felt emotion and let it show as she made friends and began to fit into the new world she had discovered. Sam, Emily and Jasper were brilliant too, and I loved their personalities and role they had in the story, but in all honesty it was Griffin that really stood out for me.
While I admit I felt nothing for Jack Dandy what-so-ever for some reason, as a character and even as a potential love interest for Finley, Griffin on the other hand was brilliant! Griffin King, Duke of Greythrone, won me over early on and continued to captivate me as the story progressed with his good nature and strength of character. Born to wealth and in a position of power, one could understand if Griffin had succumbed to the trials that came along with this role and yet he hasn’t. Not at all. Even being as powerful as he obviously is he’s such a great guy. He truly wanted to do his best by Finely from the beginning; never wanting anything in return and not having an ulterior motive. With the book written in split POV’s, as readers we’re often gifted with the chance to get inside Griff’s head and he never disappoints. He’s charming and witty, but has a honest to god good heart. He’s one of those male leads that doesn’t have to be a bad boy to make you swoon and win you over----and I adored that about him. Yep. I’m smitten!
With excitement and mystery galore in this book, there was more than enough intrigue and questions to keep you guessing. The book speeds up in pace as questions are answered and races towards a final showdown between our heroes and their nemesis that has you on the edge of your seat. Finishing with a couple of loose ends left untied and an ending that has you itching for the next book, The Girl In The Sleet Corset is one adventure you don’t want to miss out on! ...more
**spoiler alert** **Firstly, I'd like to thank Allen & Unwin Australia for provding me with a copy of this to read and review!**
Drink Slay Love is**spoiler alert** **Firstly, I'd like to thank Allen & Unwin Australia for provding me with a copy of this to read and review!**
Drink Slay Love is an impossibly quirky story that will have you smiling and grinning over Pearls antics as she navigates her new world and feelings!
Sticking to a very traditional sense of vampires with an extremely fun twist, author Sarah Beth Durst entices you with Pearl’s tale. Durst’s writing style fits in with the story well and there’s a sense of sophistication to her writing, one that translates well with the centuries old vampires she writes about that litter Pearl’s family. I literally laughed out loud over some of the things Durst wrote into the story. Some of the lines she writes are so cheesy that they’re actually brilliant and I found it hard to keep a smile off my face on many occasions as I read.
Pearl is such a fantastic character to read about. She’s so complex and complicated and really makes the story what it is. Initially when I first began this book I worried over whether I would like Pearl or not. In the beginning of the story she comes across as somewhat mean and uncaring towards humans, which essentially she is, but she also has such a fun side to her that I enjoyed reading about. Her sarcastic attitude and quick tongue make for some interesting reading and her dislike for humans in the beginning of the book make her an intriguing character to follow. One of the things I found I liked best about Pearl is that she’s far from perfect. Described in the premise as “mostly evil”, this is very true of Pearl. Pearl is a vampire, through and through, and she makes no excuses for it. She sees humans as snacks and doesn’t care much for them.
As a vampire, she is self-centred and involved, but she changes. As the book progresses, it’s wonderful watching the growth Pearl undertakes as a result of her run in with Mr. Sparkly and Pointy, the unicorn that ultimately sets in motion the changes in Pearl. Seeing her befriend some of the humans, including Evan and Bethany, it’s nice seeing her develop a conscience. While she’ll never be exactly sweet and innocent, Pearly definitely becomes a better person, err vampire, and it shows in the choices she makes and actions she chooses later on in the story. She’s still remarkably flawed, but she wants to be better and that means so much.
With a quirky plotline and hilarious one-liners, there's a vast array of characters that add read colour to this book. I admit I was lost with all the Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins Pearl has, but they and all the unique humans she befriends add so much flair to the story. Evan and Bethany excel as well as the oh, so funny “vampire slayers” Zeke and Matt. Add in a few “popular types” and some athletes, and Durst manages to step outside these stereotypes and bring all these characters together with one common goal.
Full of twists, turns and hilarious situations, Drink Slay Love is a quirky read, with a plotline you’ll love and become immersed with. This is the perfect book to sit back and relax with; laughing and smiling over Pearl and her fabulous take on her worlds, both old and new. This is one book you won’t regret picking up!
This is my first book by Stacey Kennedy and the first book of the Wolf Track series I’ve ever tried. I must say that for what it was, I liked this novella. In all honesty, I’m not a big fan of short stories, as I tend to feel like they’re rushed and just when I tend to get into them, they’re over. And those were my only issues with this. I felt like Cash and Rylie didn’t really know each other too well before they were together, but I understand that that’s in the nature of these kinds of tales and that stories where mate play a role are often like that. I liked Cash. He was tough hero and I understood his pain. I was glad that he found happiness with Rylie, who I thought was okay by the way, and I was happy with the storyline and how this ended.
I am eternally a fan of Gena Showalter. One of the queens of Paranormal Romance, I always devour her b**spoiler alert**
*Contains detailed sex scenes*
I am eternally a fan of Gena Showalter. One of the queens of Paranormal Romance, I always devour her books and this one was no different. I admit I had a couple issues with the story, but overall I found it to be an easy, enjoyable read. Loosely based on the fairytale of Alice in Wonderland, this was an exciting start to what looks to be an interesting series by 4 very different authors. This book was fast paced and action packed, with plenty of romance to keep me entertained. The love scenes were steamy and I enjoyed the characters, even if the romance seemed to move a bit fast at times. However, with this kind of PRN book I guess I should kind of expect that and this was an exciting, fun read.
I liked both Jane and Nicolai and they were easy to read about. It was nice seeing Nicolai’s reason for needing Jane change. He went from needing her to help him escape to simple needing her period! She became his reason for living so quickly and it was actually really sweet. I guess we all dream of a sexy man...and it doesn’t hurt if he’s a vampire, to sweet us off our feet. Jane was an enjoyable enough heroine. She was intelligent and brave and I liked that she stood up to Nicolai and treated him as an equal. The only issue I had with Jane was that she was up and down over what she felt and how she acted at times. One minute she wanted answers for why she was suddenly in this strange world and the nest moment she accepted everything so easily as if none of this ever bothered her. I find this a bit unrealistic and a bit grating at times. I admit that there was nothing overly unique about these characters. In a lot of ways they were the generic type you expect to read about in one of these types of books, but that didn’t make them any less fun to read about.
In all honesty, I’m excited about the prospect of this series. Each book will feature a different couple and be written by a different author and I expect that all the elements will be interwoven though each book. I’m intrigued and will defiantly be reading the next book and most likely the entire series......
**spoiler alert** Silver Phoenix caught me with its beauty and adventure and this book was pretty much as good as the first, cementing this as one of**spoiler alert** Silver Phoenix caught me with its beauty and adventure and this book was pretty much as good as the first, cementing this as one of the most magical series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. The story was interesting and engaging and of course I adore the characters. I wasn’t sure I’d like this series when I began reading it, but Cindy Pon has created a lush, magic world, one that I’ve enjoyed getting lost in every second of the journey. This world is stunning and mythical and the characters are wonderful. It’s well written and descriptive and Pon captures the scene perfectly.
Ai Ling has been a fantastic heroine. She’s strong and brave, with vulnerabilities and issues just like everyone else. I love that she goes against most typical notions for her world and people and that she isn’t afraid to push boundaries and do things that would typically get her into trouble if she was caught. It’s been brilliant getting to be with Ai Ling again on her journey. This book was exciting from the very beginning and I was eager to see what she would get up to next. And whether she and Chen Yong would finally be together! I love Chen Yong. Have from the very first time we met him in the first book. He’s refined and subtle, but oh, he’s sexy too. I think it’s that quite type, that one who keeps things to himself that appeals to me. Oh, and the adorable way in which he cares for Ai Ling and takes care of her. These two characters are excellent, and when they’re together the story has just that little extra spark to it. All the scenes where they’re together are brilliant and I loved the way in which they slowly and gradually fell for one another over the course of these two books. It felt real and believable and was so incredibly sweet. I mean, you knew it was going to happen, and you could see it happening over time, but that didn't take away the thrill when it eventually all came out.
I have mixed emotions about how this book was set out to be honest. The different stories, one with Ai Ling in the current time and Zhong Ye 300 years before, surprised me at first. I didn’t expect it and there are things I both loved and hated about it. I actually was surprised by the person Zhong Ye used to be. From having known him in the first book, it was almost like he was a completely different person. The way he acted and his personality was nothing like what it was in Silver Phoenix. Plus, the relationship he shared with Silver Phoenix was nothing like what I came to believe in the first book. Theirs was actually a really sweet, very tender romance....until it was all destroyed in the end. Granted I do kinda understand why he became so twisted and angry and it does make me understand his motives and reasons a bit more, but now I just feel sad for him. That being said, I also felt kinda cheated with his parts being in the book. Obviously I’m not reading the book just because of Ai Ling and Chen Yong, but I would have liked to see more of them. We still got a great tale, with plenty of action with them, but Zhong Ye took away book space which could have featured them and their story. I wasn’t bored by his parts, but I admit I wasn’t quite as interested as I was with the rest of the book and I kept waiting to get back to Ai Ling and Chen Yong. Still, it was woven together beautifully and it finally allowed us to learn more about Silver Phoenix.
I was so pleased with the ending of this book. There were plenty of, “awww,” moments and I must say I’m thrilled to see Ai Ling and Chen Yong get their happily ever after. Both these books have been a joy to read. They’ve been action packed and fun, yet sad and emotional at times too and I can’t be happier with how things have ended. The two main characters I’ve come to love in this series have found happiness with each other and discovered themselves and everything they wanted to throughout this series. I’m a little sad to let them go and the series to end up it’s been a fantastic ride and I’ve loved every moment of it! ...more
*This book was sent to me from the publisher Pan Macmillian Australia*
I loved this book. It drew me in and I couldn’t stop reading--I had to know what*This book was sent to me from the publisher Pan Macmillian Australia*
I loved this book. It drew me in and I couldn’t stop reading--I had to know what was going on! This is a hauntingly beautiful debut. Author M. J. Hearle weaves together a stunning gothic tale that mesmerised me and captivated me from the beginning. While I’ll be the first to admit the story starts out slow, weaving together and setting the story up, it’s in no way boring or uninteresting. The mystery and little bits and pieces that are thrown in here and there keep you entertained and eager to know what truly is going on. The idea of this story and the theme of the plotline are unique and not like a lot of books out there--the story is eerie and exciting at the same time.
Hearle writes beautifully. His writing flows and paints a dark picture that is beautiful. I admit I was a tad worried going into this book. Sometimes I find that male writers never really capture the essence of the heroine when their lead character is female. And yet Hearle has no problems here what-so-ever. I honestly loved Winter. He’s written her perfectly, making her easy to emphasise with and with a feminine voice. She was a terrific heroine, everything I could have asked for in this tale; realistic and normal, and yet brave and interesting--exactly what you need in these kind of supernatural tales. She reacted how I expect a normal person would when thrust into this kind of world making her someone that you actually enjoy following along on her journey. As for Blake, well he was intriguing to say the least. One of the things I actually enjoyed so much about this book was the mystery surrounding Blake. Throughout the majority of the tale we never know exactly what Blake is or who he is---we simply know he’s different and that he draws Winter who can’t deny he’s like no one she’s ever known. Blake was a very haunted young man, with many a secret. He was mysterious and it was impossible not to feel the drawl he had that Winter felt.
I only have one issue with this book, and it’s one that tends to impact on my feelings about a lot of books, especially paranormal YA. I’m not the biggest fan of the quick lust/desire-at-fist-sight, I-need-you-from-the-very-beginning type of romance. It’s impossible not to see, and feel, the passion in this book. It saturates the pages and heightens the emotions, however the characters barely know one another. Taking place over the course of a week, is it really possible to feel that deeply about a person so soon? I must say however that Hearle doesn’t rely on this and place such a big importance on this as other writers do. It’s there, it is, but it’s not there to the same extent as I have seen a lot in the past. It’s not sickening (thank god) and it didn’t bother me as much as it normally would, seeing as the brilliance of this novel made up for it.
This book is a tantalizing read with a great range of characters from the main two, Winter and Blake, to the few others that help to give the book flavour and difference. The ending is gripping and exciting and I could not stop reading! I needed to know what was going to happen next and the last few chapters had me needing the second, yet to be named book, stat! This book will entice you and draw you in and I recommend it to fans of the gothic and paranormal alike!
**spoiler alert** Firstly, thank-you to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending and ARC of this
Touch of Power will touch the deepest part of you and draw**spoiler alert** Firstly, thank-you to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending and ARC of this
Touch of Power will touch the deepest part of you and draw you deep within the world and magic that lingers in its pages! It’ll leave you immersed in the world and characters long after you’ve turned the last page and you’ll be dreading the moment when you have to leave!
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Maria V. Snyder any more than I already do....she goes and writes this! Set in the tradition of her brilliant Study series, Touch of Power marks the start of the captivating new Healers Trilogy by one of the queen’s of fantasy writing! I loved it---loooooved it. Honestly I can’t say it enough. The world within this book is vivid and magical—fantastic in its adventure and action and vibrant in the rich, mythical realm so beautifully crafted by Snyder. Everything I love about Snyder’s writing comes to life once more in this book and couldn’t get enough of it! This thrilling new series will appeal to fans of Poison Study and proves once more why Maria V. Snyder is the best at what she does. The storyline will catch you from the first page and each and every individual you meet as you read the story will endear it to you even more.
In Touch of Power, Snyder introduces us to Avry, a strong willed heroine who can heal anyone with the touch of her hand, drawing their injuries and diseases into herself. Avry is one of those heroines you itch to come across in fiction. She’s outspoken, with a sharp tongue and is unequivocally brave. Despite being on the run, she knows who she is and what she stands for. You can’t help but admire her as you follow her on her thrilling adventure. Avry is a young woman with spirit and fight and you’ll root for her as she faces danger, pain, anguish and must ultimately decide who she trusts and whose side she is on.
I can never fault Snyder’s characterisation. Never! She has an incredible way of creating well-rounded, well thought out characters. The main characters, the ones you’d expect to be full of life and flair practically jump off the page, but the vast array of minor characters also shine as each and every one of them has personality and depth, even at such an early stage in the trilogy. The interactions between Avry and the men who protect and support her on her journey will leave you grinning and chuckling, as Belen, Vinn, Quainn and even Flea all prove to be worthy allies of Avry both verbally and physically. You’ll want more of them, there’s no doubt about that.
Now, I cannot talk about this book or its characters without discussing our leading man and love interest—that just wouldn’t be right of me. And.....Kerrick rocks! I admit it took an ittie bitie bit of time to endear him to me, due to a single indiscretion he makes at the very beginning of the book, but as the novel progressed and our heroes faced even more danger, I fell in love with Kerrick. He’s the kind of male lead that always steals my heart. Strong and brave with a heart somewhat pained; he didn’t let anyone in and was content giving orders and following the mission. He was guarded and didn’t care about anything but saving his prince. Stone cold and stoic, the last thing he was expecting to find was Avry, a feisty Healer who met him order for order, comment and comment. I loved watching them spar together and fight verbally. Their bickering and then slow descent into friendship and ultimately something more was a high point in the story for me. What can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic and Snyder does romance within her books so well. It’s never overbearing; rather a gentle undertone to what is an incredible tale.
Fans of fantasy and Maria V. Snyder alike will devour this book. There isn’t a single moment where this stunning tale doesn’t shine and when you eventually do finish you’ll be praying for more, even as you turn the final page......