The Accidental Kiss by Nicole Simone is a well written story that weaves unique voodoo mythology together with romance and danger.
Following teenager Sky Noel, The Accidental Kiss sees Sky move to the small town of Caster in Louisiana and slowly begin to learn the surprising truth about her heritage when a chance encounter with an alluring boy at her new school named Daemon shakes her hold on reality. As Sky learns the truth behind her DNA, a powerful voodoo priest will stop at nothing to sacrifice Sky for his own nefarious purposes and Daemon takes it upon himself to protect Sky, even though he’s more connected to the voodoo priest and Sky’s past than he’s willing to admit.
I have to be honest; I’m at a real mixed mind when it comes to this book. To begin with the concept was very promising and I loved the idea of the unique voodoo mythology hinted at within the story, but I don’t feel like there was enough of it to satisfy me. The premise held such possibility but personally I would have enjoyed exploring the heart of voodoo a tad more.
I did find that Simone had an excellent writing technique however. Her writing was flowing and detailed, with plenty of entertaining dialogue shared between her characters. The story was fast paced and forward moving, but my biggest issue was that I felt the relationship between Sky and Daemon was too much too soon. It seemed rushed, and rather than allowing something to unfold over time and develop between them, they seemed to feel so deeply out of the blue.
Unfortunately I just didn’t believe it, nor did I feel it, although I really wanted to. There was no build up to their "epic love" and I couldn’t believe that two people could love each other the way Sky and Daemon supposedly did after only a few days of knowing one another. After all, the entire book took place in around a week and at that point in time the two of them are so deeply "in love" that I felt it was being shoved down my throat.
I liked Sky and thought she had a lot of attitude. She was someone I could have really adored as a protagonist if not for the obsession she had over Daemon, something that became a bit grating after a while. Still, she was decent enough to follow and had a lot of interesting dialogue within the story.
Overall, The Accidental Kiss was a bit of a mixed bucket for me. It was readable, however with a lot of promise that fell short. Whether I’ll continue on with the series remains to be seen, however if you enjoy paranormal romance you may just enjoy this! (less)
Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman is a bewitching and magical story that will easily entertain and leave the reader ready for more with its fun storyline, romance and friendship!
I have to say, Crystal Magic was a really fun book to read. It was light and entertaining and easily kept me reading along; it was just an all-round good book to read. Madeline Freeman’s writing was flowing and detailed and easy to read. The story was well plotted and weaves friendship perfectly with the magical element that encompasses the story.
Following sixteen year old Kristyl Barnette a young woman who has spent the last few years of her life as an outcast and social pariah thanks to the things she can do and the strange occurrences that seem to happen in her presence, Crystal Magic sees Kristyl move to the small town of Clearwater when a tragedy forces to move in with her estranged aunt. Still reeling from her loss, Kristyl finds unexpected friendship and understanding at her new home and as Kristyl learns the truth about what she can do, the possibilities seem bigger than ever before.
I really enjoyed following Kristyl, also known as Krissa in this book. She was a likable heroine and Freeman tells her story well. Freeman weaves many different magical elements into Crystal Magic and I found it to be well thought out and plotted. Centering on Kristyl and this new stage of her life, Crystal Magic expectedly features the traditional teen drama and focuses a lot on Kristyl’s day to day life. Yet I didn’t find this in any way boring, and instead enjoyed the languid, but still entertaining, pace Freeman has set.
Kristyl finds herself faced with two very different groups of people in this novel and I thought their differences we notable, but also very minor. Owen, Lexie, Bria, Felix and West are the first to accept Krissa and welcome her into their circle of friends. Own proves to be an adorable romantic interest of Krissa and I like seeing her experience her first crush. Crystal, Brigit, Fox, Griffin and the others on the other hand appeal to Krissa’s magical side and can understand her in a way others can’t and yet there’s something about them that doesn’t sit well with me—I feel Freeman has a lot in story for Krissa and her acquaintances.
My only issue with this book is that despite it’s many surprises towards the end and the shocking ending, Crystal Magic didn’t answer some of the questions I had in the beginning of the book. Freeman sets things up well for the next installment, but still leaves me not completely satisfied, and yet ready for more!
Tortured Souls is the first novel in Kimber Leigh Wheaton’s The Orion Circle series and kicks off this ghostly new series where spirits mingle with demons and ghostly hauntings.
Following Kacie Ramsey, a seventeen year old girl who possesses the bewitching ability to see ghosts, Tortured Souls sees Kacie begin to accept and gain control over her abilities when she is saved by her crush Logan from a spirit at a party. When Logan helps initiate her into the Orion Circle, a group for people with supernatural abilities and ghost hunters alike, Kacie slowly begins to take control of her life. And yet when she embarks on her first investigation for the Orion Circle, Kacie discovers a demon hell-bent on using her physic abilities for his own gain and only if she manages to beat him will Kacie ever be safe.
Having previously loved and absolutely adored Kimber Leigh Wheaton’s debut novel Shadow Fire, I had such high hopes for Tortured Souls. And while it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I still found it to be an entertaining read. Personally, I found that Tortured Souls read younger than Wheaton’s previous book. While the story was enjoyable, I didn’t quite find the depth I was looking for and though I adored the detailed manner of the story, I felt the characters seemed a bit dense at times and the story moved in a predictable manner.
For the most part I liked Kacie as the main character, but I felt that she acted a little too emotional and immature at times. I wanted to follow a strong character, and while Wheaton allowed for a lot of growth within Kacie, her actions and reactions seemed a bit much at times.
Wheaton introduces us to quite a few characters within Tortured Souls, including numerous Orion Circle members. I liked that they were all different and had their own qualities to bring to the Circle. Rebecca, Raven, Carl and Daniel were awesome, as well as Logan who is Kacie’s love interest.
Although I wasn’t blown away, Tortured Souls is worth a read. If you enjoy ghostly tales with tones of supernatural themes then you’re bound to enjoy this! (less)
Luck of the Dragon in the first novel in Susannah Scott’s debut series that follows a bunch of dragon-shifters who own and operate the luxurious Crown Jewel Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and sees king of the dragons Alec meet the human who is set to steal his heart and become his destined mate.
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t exactly gone the traditional route where this series is concerned; considering I read the second book, Stop Dragon My Heart Around prior to reading this first installment. In my defense, I didn’t know Stop Dragon My Heart Around was a sequel before I read it. I quickly realized I had missed a book though and set out to read Luck of the Dragon as soon as possible. I’ve finally had the chance to read Luck of the Dragon, and I have to say I’m thrilled to admit both books are as good as each other!
As a fan of PNR I’ve read lots of shifter tales, although this is one of the few dragon-shifter series I’ve read. I am however quite impressed with the world and characters Scott has written. They’re fresh and unique and endlessly likable. I’m already very invested in the lives of some of the minor characters and eager to hear their tales.
As far as characters go I really liked Lucy and Alec. Lucy is feisty and brave; willing to put herself in difficult situations to help out the brother she loves, but who continues to get himself in strife. Alec was bold, fierce and so, so sexy. As a leader he oozes confidence and goes after what he wants, which in this instance is Lucy.
I thought as individuals they were strong characters and I really enjoyed the romance Scott wrote where they were concerned. They had lovely chemistry and a great connection. I liked that they kept each other on their toes and that despite the struggles they faced and the mistakes made by one of them (not naming names here!) they managed to find their own happily ever after.
Having already read the second book featuring Leo and Tee, I’m already really excited to dive into the third book. Thanks to a little birdie (Susannah Scott!), I know what the third book will most likely feature Mei and Darius and I’m so ecstatic to read their tale! (less)
Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellison is a vividly written fantasy novel that weaves different elements of magic together with danger and forbidden romance in a well told story that will leave you eager for more!
I’ll be honest; it did take me a little while to find myself truly absorbed by Threats of Sky and Sea. That’s not to say there was anything wrong with the story or that it started out slow, because it didn’t; it just took a little while for me to become comfortable with the setting and the main character. Once I reached about a quarter way through, I did find myself beginning to become very invested in our heroines story and her plight; reading along eagerly.
Perfect for fans of Maria V. Snyder and Sarah J. Maas, Threats of Sky and Sea was a richly written and depicted book. Author Jennifer Ellison pays great attention to detail and doesn’t disappoint in describing and vividly depicting her world. Ellison’s writing is very beautiful and she does a good job with her world building. I think the reason I was a bit put off in the building is that Ellison does jump straight into the story and at first I was unsure of the individuals she features who wield and have control over different elements.
Threats of Sky and Sea follows sixteen year old Breena Rose, a young village girl who lives in a land ruled by a harsh and controlling king. Bree thinks herself a humble barmaid, living and running a bar with her father, but when three of the kings soldiers come looking for her father, Bree realises that everything she knew about herself isn’t exactly truth. Taken prisoner by the king, Breena soon begins to learn the truth as she becomes involved in politics and the kings sinister plans for their neighbouring country.
I must say I liked that our protagonist and heroine, Breena Rose was different. Bree was feisty and free-thinking and an outside the square character compared to all the others that accepted the king’s rule and didn’t fight out against all the horrid things he chose to do.
I thought Jennifer Ellison did a great job with her supporting characters also. I enjoyed their different dynamics and the different elements they brought to the storyline. Aleta and Caden were standouts as well as Tregle and our reigning villans, the King and Lady Katherine.
Threats of Sky and Sea has plenty of revelations to keep you entertained as the story steadily progresses, including a shocking ending that will change the very course of our heroines life. With Threats of Sky and Sea a rich fantasy tale and the first book in what looks to be an exciting series, I’m ready to head into the next instalment. (less)
Rules of Survival is a fun and flirty story by Jus Accardo that features an exciting story woven together with danger and mystery and topped off with characters who have a delectable chemistry!
This is my second novel by Jus Accardo (I’ve previously read Touch) and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. The concept is catchy and I really liked the characters and the chemistry they displayed. Their dynamic is my favourite kind to read about and I thought Accardo did a good job with the story; mixing mystery with excitement and danger. The situations our main characters kept finding themselves in were really entertaining to read unfold.
Rules of Survival follows Mikayla “Kayla” Morgan, an eighteen year old girl who is on the run and wanted for murder but whose life takes an interesting turn when she is caught by an arrogant and cocky, albeit attractive, bounty hunter named Shaun Denver and in order to keep her from escaping, handcuffs them together. As those really responsible for the murder attempt to silence Kayla once and for all from ever attempting to clear her name, Shaun and Kayla must form an uneasy truce as the gunmen hot on their tail close in when Shaun does the one thing Kayla might actually kill him for…..loses the key.
I will say I really liked Kayla in this book. The entire story is told from her point of view and I found her to be nice to follow. Kayla is quite street wise and the years spent living, and running, from the law with her mother have taught Kayla how to evade and escape, giving Kayla some serious survival skills. This is a girl who knows how to survive and how to plan ahead, using situations to her advantage. And yet it’s been a hard life, and now without her mother Kayla is lonely and ready to go on the straight and narrow; something that makes you feel for Kayla when you think of how hard her life would have been.
She may be capable, but Kayla certainly meets her match in Shaun. The cocky and arrogantly sexy bad-boy turned bounty hunter is a lot more than he appears and despite their differences the two bond as they attempt to solve the difficult circumstance they find themselves in. As Kayla and Shaun get to know each other, their truce of circumstance soon blossoms into something more; with grudging respect and tolerance soon paving the way for understanding and friendship and soon it becomes harder and harder for them to deny their mounting feelings for one another.
Jus Accardo does a great job keeping the tension between Kayla and Shaun intensely high throughout the entire novel! The attraction is there from the beginning, but as the story slowly unravels, things between Kayla and Shaun only get hotter; with the chemistry and dynamic making for some excellent dialogue and tension filled moments between them. This novel has some NA aspects, where Kayla and Shaun’s physical relationship is concerned, but Accardo, again, does a good job here.
Rules of Survival is fast-paced and mysterious, and just a really good read. You’ll find it hard not to become invested in seeing Kayla and Shaun learn the truth, and find it impossible not to be thrilled with how Jus Accardo writes this entire novel. Definitely worth a read! (less)
Shadow Fire is author Kimber Leigh Wheaton’s superbly addictive debut novel and is an incredibly romantic tale that blends elements of fantasy and magic together with wit, humor and danger.
Let me just begin by saying just how much I enjoyed this book. From the very opening chapter it really was a joy to read with its fun, light storyline that held all the aspects of danger and discovery I could ask for! High on the romance and featuring characters with a fantastic dynamic, Shadow Fire was very well written and told. Kimber Leigh Wheaton has created such an alluring world within it’s pages weaving together different elements of magic with mages, sorcerers and various creatures, some we’ve seen before and others created specifically for this series.
Shadow Fire is told through the eyes of Ashlyn, a simple but brave village girl who is chosen by her village to undertake a quest to find a sculpture of high importance that was stolen years ago and is thought to be hidden in dangerous ruins across the lands. As one of many maidens who have undertaken the quest to retrieve the sculpture over the years, none of whom have been successful nor have returned, Ashlyn faces the daunting task of braving horrendous monsters and dangerous lands if she hopes have even the slightest chance at succeeding.
Thankfully for Ashlyn, she has the mysterious and enigmatic mercenary Zane to accompany her on her quest, someone who sets Ashlyn’s blood on fire and appeals to her like no other. With her loyal wolf Shadow by her side, Ashlyn and Zane journey afar to find the sculpture, stumbling across numerous dangers as they do and various individuals and creatures who help, rather than hinder their expedition.
Honestly, I loved Ashlyn! I thought she was a great character to follow and loved how Wheaton wrote her. The growth she undertook during this novel while managing to retain her base personality was excellent. I thought Ashlyn was very natural and kind, but also brave when she needed to be. She connected well with those around her and made for a great heroine.
Ashlyn’s love interest in Shadow Fire comes in the form of Zane and boy do I love Zane. He’s such an alluring character and very, very sexy. He’s fierce and capable and willing to be naughty at times too. The romance between Ashlyn and Zane is a constant from the beginning and so much of this is due to Zane’s utter dedication to Ashlyn and his promise to protect her. Zane would do anything for Ashlyn, and although their romance develops quickly, it’s believable and very, very enjoyable. Wheaton keeps things progressing well, and Ashlyn and Zane’s relationship is always front and center amongst the already addictive storyline; making it impossible not to love these two!
Shadow Fire has a stunning main couple, but I was also swept away by pirate rouge Taranis and would have personally loved a story featuring him, although I was happy that Wheaton decided to give him his own happiness at the end of the book.
As an addictive story with plenty of unexpected character development, Shadow Fire will catch from its opening chapter and leave you wanting more. Wheaton weaves a beguiling story that has me ready to devour it’s companion novel upon its release. Definitely worth a read! (less)
Black Abaddon is the second book in the Vulcan Legacies series by Sasha Hibbs and is in my opinion even better than the first! Rife in danger and darkness, Black Abaddon is an addictive and heart pounding story with more shocking twists than you’ll know what to do with!
I have to say, Black Abaddon blew me away and I thoroughly enjoyed this book; more so than even the first instalment! Black Amaranth was a lot about learning about the world and meeting the characters. Hibbs focused a lot about introducing her beings and the histories of the characters, whereas in Black Abaddon, we’re forced to witness the evolution of some of the characters as the storyline steadily progressed.
At this point in time I really feel like I know the characters and Hibbs only enhances this as she writes some big developments into her storyline involving our main character Ally and those around her. Personally I really like all the characters in this book, admittedly some more than others, but regardless I think each brings something very different but intense to the character dynamic within the story.
The differences between all the characters, from their species to their personalities, to their relationships, are something I find very interesting in this series. Everyone from our main character Ally to Jessica, Dave, Eli, Lucy, Brandi, Uncle Argyle, Parthenia, Elizabeth, the gypsies, the Nashoba and especially Marik in Black Abaddon all managed to have an effect on me; I’m invested in all their relationships and lives. Even those we’re just meeting, like Mariah and the Nosforatu Nation intrigue me and those who aren’t what we first thought like Marik have me needing to know more.
At the end of Black Amaranth, Ally suffered a tremendous loss and is still reeling from this in Black Abaddon. She’s in pain and we see a great deal of agony from Ally in this book. Heartbroken and struggling to go on, Ally really struggles with her self belief in this book. Hibbs still continues to keep us on our toes, as Ally’s destiny is still unknown and revelation after revelation changing what we know about her and what she’s meant to do.
Relationships between some characters change, including the one between Ally and Marik. He may have been the big evil in the previous book, but Sasha Hibbs pulls a rabbit out of her hat with him and manages to explore him with some shocking revelations that will change the way Ally, and we see him in Black Abaddon. Honestly, this guy just breaks my heart! I’m so head over heels for him and completely absorbed in his own story. Marik is a very layered character. He’s made mistakes, but everything he ever did was for his family and those he loves; he was used by a great evil, and is now unable to move on.
I’m going to be honest here…I never felt Ally and Michael’s relationship in the first book. I wanted to, but I didn’t. I feel for Marik though and the way he feels for Ally. He truly cares about her and it saddens me that she doesn’t quite feel the same. She loves him, but not as deeply as he cares for her. I do wonder what Hibbs has in store for their relationship. I’m not really a fan of any love triangles, especially when a heroine seems set on one person, but I do actually love Marik. I think he deserves some happiness!
Black Abaddon races towards a jaw-dropping conclusion that is in no way expected. Honestly, I’m shell shocked by how the novel has concluded. Hibbs throws in some unexpected developments, but none more so than the final chapter! Believe me—Black Abaddon will have you begging for more!
Son of Set is the second instalment in Kelsey Ketch’s rich Descendants of Isis series and picks up almost instantly where the first book left off, again drawing the reader into a story where romance and attraction blend together with Ancient Egyptian gods and their ways to create a tantalizing and fast paced story you’re sure to love!
The Descendants of Isis series has been really fun to read so far. Personally, I really loved the first book and found I enjoyed Son of Set as equally as much. As a lover of all things Ancient Egyptian, Ketch appeals to this side of me that adores exploring their ancient myths and ideology; managing to take something so lush and weave it together in a modern setting with likable characters.
Son of Set is told in the third person, with the both Natti and Seth our focal points. Seeing the story unfold through both their eyes is an enlightening experience at times. We see both their individual struggles and fears, and I found it really interesting to see the others perception of certain events. Ketch does a good job writing conflicting characters that are deeply layered; especially where Seth is concerned and I loved struggling with my own perception of Seth and his actions.
Natti is a very likable character and she’s always been a strong one to follow. I truly like her as she is, but it was interesting seeing a different side of her in Son of Set. The abuse she suffered in her short time at the hands of Seth’s father Sean has had quite an impact on her physique and she is a very fragile young woman at the beginning of the book. Obviously this changes over the course of the story, but Natti struggles with whether or not she can truly trust Seth. Her questioning over his intensions and his ability to control her emotionally are something that are quite a focal issue for her. And really it’s quite understandable; Natti has strong feelings for Seth, physically and emotionally, but how much is actually her as opposed to what he makes, and sometimes forces her to feel?
The conundrum that is Seth O’Keefe continues to intrigue me in this book. Seth is one of those characters where it would be so easy to dislike him based on some of the things he does to get his way; either by force or coercion, but at the same time, the internal struggle he puts himself through make it really hard to do so. Seth has grown up his whole life holding himself in higher regards than the mere mortals around him. Those of influence in his life, especially his father, are cruel and manipulative; uncaring about others and constantly taking their free will away from them in the name of their god Set. And Seth’s always been told this is alright. Is it any wonder he continues to struggle as he does, at times giving in to his darker nature?
It’s not until Seth began to care about Natti as more than a mere sexual conquest in the first book that he began to question the world around him and go against what he’s been taught his whole life. Seth’s still making mistakes and still seems to fall into his old patterns at times, but I honestly feel like he’s trying. And it’s this attempt to better himself that tends to win my good graces—I just really like that Seth is so complex. It makes reading about him more powerful and exciting. I feel like I struggle along with Seth and sometimes want to scream at him when he makes a wrong choice, but as Seth’s decisions are becoming more and more for Natti’s benefit, I’m loving Seth more.
It goes without saying that Natra and Seth have a romantic relationship throughout the series, but this is something they struggle with a lot. Natti’s internal battle over whether or not she can trust Seth makes it difficult for her to accept Seth’s constant advances. Seth knows what he wants---Natti—and doesn’t shy away from trying to win her affections. Granted sometimes he doesn’t go about things the right way, but Seth truly cares deeply for Natti and may already be in love with her. Natti on the other can cares for Seth, but spends a lot of her time afraid what she feels isn’t real.
Personally, I love the tension and attraction these two exhibit together and I honestly feel when you strip everything all back and take away all the unnecessary issues they face they’re a great couple. Ketch likes to keep us on our toes with this will-they-or-won’t-they thing they have going on, but I can’t wait to see this resolved indefinitely.
The sexual aspect and tone of Son of Set is a much darker aspect to the story than anything else and I’m not sure if I like it. I understand it’s inclusion by Ketch and think it is clever to have her characters feature such a sexual nature but at the same time the dark attitude of some of the characters doesn’t sit well with me. Many of the male characters, mostly the Sons of Set have so little regard for women; they’re cruel and merciless; turning women senseless and using them for their own sexual gratification. This is rape in so many ways and I can’t get over the unease I feel when reading about it.
Sexual issues aside, Son of Set is a fantastic read. The characters are likable and the storylines endlessly intriguing. Kelsey Ketch’s ending of Son of Set was just plain cruel though. I mean, really?!?! How can it end like that?!? Seriously! I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but to race through a heart stopping and tension filled story just to have it end in the manner in which it did is so very cheeky. I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment and if you’re a fan of Ancient Egyptian tales or want something different then I highly recommend this series! (less)
Forgiven is a lovely short, but well written, introduction to Rachel Morgan’s new Trouble series and a perfect taste that will leave you ready to read more of this new adult contemporary series!
Having already read Rachel Morgan’s Creepy Hollow series it’s suffice to say that I’m a fan, but I was still impressed by this quick read that was so very different from what I’ve read by her before. Introducing us to her new series, as a novella Forgiven is short but sweet, yet Morgan manages to pack a lot of emotion and longing into its short 80 pages.
Told through the eyes of Julia and following her return to her home town of Durban in South Africa, Forgiven is a story of love and life, as Julia returns to the town she fled from almost a year ago with no notice, no reason. Julia had it all; she was popular, she had a wonderful boyfriend and a family that loved her dearly, and yet she ran away from it for reasons unknown. Even though the story is told through Julia’s eyes, we as the reader don’t know what past event triggered Julia’s flight response, and it’s not until towards the end of the story do you learn the startling event that made her run.
Personally I liked Julia. She was nice to follow and the kind of person whom you can’t help but like. I liked Julia’s sisters Sarah and Sophie and am excited knowing they’ll be featuring in two of the Trouble books as the main characters. We only get to meet them momentarily in Forgiven, but thanks to this short novella I’m already looking forward to reading their tales.
A short but sweet story, Forgiven is a tale you will breeze through! Rachel Morgan starts her series off excellently with this clean, but tempting introduction and has me ready and waiting for the rest of the series! Definitely worth a read! (less)
A well depicted steampunk novel set in the Wild West during the California gold rush, Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss is a detailed and authentic feeling steampunk tale that blends murder and mystery with excitement and just the perfect hint of romance!
Steam and Sensibility is described as steampunk with paranormal suspense, and although the paranormal aspect wasn’t overly there and prominent like I expected, I still enjoyed this story. Personally I wouldn’t head into the novel expecting a focal paranormal aspect; because it’s rather a small, minimal undertone to the rest of the story. And yet I feel this small hint instead complimented the book and allowed other aspects to shine.
Following nineteen year old Englishwoman Sensibility Grey, who moves to San Francisco after the death of her father to live with her estranged uncle, I will be the first to admit that it took a while for me to truly become absorbed in Steam and Sensibility. There wasn’t anything wrong with the story; it just took a while until my attention caught. That being said, I breezed through this well depicted story and by halfway, I was thoroughly caught up in the mysterious goings on our heroine found herself in involved in.
I found the setting for Steam and Sensibility to be a perfect blend of Wild West and British high class. Cowboys mixed with English noblemen and women in a setting right out of the old west that featured lovely hints of steampunk amongst the story. The plotline within Steam and Sensibility was very mysterious and exciting once we got into the very heart of things.
As we’re introduced to a bunch of different characters, all with their own plans and agendas, I found that following Sensibility was quite a nice experience. Obviously she is a typical young English woman; cultured and a bit sheltered but Sensibility is also extremely intelligent and this is something that sets her apart from others. With an inventor for a father, a love of tinkering with things is something she appears to have inherited and as the novel progresses this becomes more evident with the way she approaches things. Personally, I really like this about Sensibility and thought she was a nice heroine; the perfect blend of fragility and innocence with bravery and unexpected strength. Sensibility grows quite a lot throughout the novel, although she still has a long way to go.
Throughout Steam and Sensibility we are introduced to a range of unique and different characters, including the rash and biting Miss Jane Algrave; a government officer who doesn’t play by anyone’s rule and the enigmatic and proud Mr. Night; a young lawyer who after a disastrous initial meeting, manages to set Sensibility’s heart a flutter, although not without a few difficult moments. As Sensibility learns who she can trust and who is out to deceive her, I really liked determining who was lying and out for themselves as apposed to noble and good.
Steam and Sensibility introduces us to an intriguing steampunk world that I honestly believe author Kirsten Weiss has big plans for. The introduction we have is sufficient for this story but I foresee a lot of world building and development in future stories.
Rich and proper, but with a western twist, Steam and Sensibility is an entertaining read that has me ready to read the next instalment! (less)
Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr is a lush and deeply magical tale where slight hints at violence and politics weave together with magic and glamour to create an alluring, riveting and at times romantic read that found me easily losing myself within its story!
Following seventeen year old Callie, I must admit I found myself very taken by Reflection Pond. The cover is stunning and the excitement within the story starts from the opening chapter when our heroine quite literally falls through into another world. Personally I’m a big lover of faerie stories but heading into Reflection Pond, though I adored the cover, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book. Diving straight into the story when Callie falls through a seemingly normal pond and into the stunning faerie city of Eirensae, I found Reflection Pond to be a beautiful and beguiling read!
The world Kacey Vanderkarr details in Reflection Pond was colorful and vivid and I was pleased by the character dynamic Vanderkarr incorporates between Callie that those she meets within Eirensae. Admittedly the chemistry and dynamic Callie shared with Rowen was the highlight of the book for me, but I was also entranced by the other aspects of the story and the characters Callie meets as she begins to find her place within Eirensae, and in life.
Told both in Callie and Rowen’s POV’s, I really appreciated being able to see things unfold through both their eyes. I loved having the chance to experience both their thoughts and feelings. Callie was a very interesting heroine to follow; it becomes quite obviously from early on in the story that she is a haunted individual and has had something very traumatic done to her in the past. I liked that Vanderkarr gave her some substance instead of having a heroine who has never experienced a difficult day in their life. Though we don’t yet know exactly what happened to Callie, I can certainly make a good guess, and it’s clear it still has a deep effect on her.
I really liked Callie; she was feisty and genuinely had a good heart and I found her lovely to follow. Callie comes a long way in the small space of one book as she comes to accept Eirensae as somewhere she belongs. With the powerful abilities she has and the importance she has in the future of Eirensae, I can’t wait to see how Vanderkarr develops her further.
Callie finds a wonderful match in Rowen, the male lead of Reflection Pond and Callie’s constant pain in the butt. Rowen is sharp, sarcastic and extremely guarded. He’s arrogant, brooding and has a shield up around himself to keep people from getting close. He fights people off with snarky comments and biting attitude. Though he’s a fierce fighter and brave warrior, his attitude has him coming across was a bit of an ass to all those around him. Just the way he likes, and needs. it. However Kacey Vanderkarr leaves us readers with no doubt in our minds that Rowen is honorable, courageous and an amazing person.
Scorned by those around him and treated as an outsider even though he does everything in his power to fit in, I found it no wonder that Rowen acted as he did. His actions relayed a troublesome young man who didn’t care about anything at all and preferred to be a loner when in reality being inside his mind showcased how deeply he wanted to be a part of Eirensae, and how much he yearned for people to accept him for what he was.
All the minor characters in this book were wonderful, but as I previously mentioned Callie and Rowen stole the show for me, as they were no doubt meant to. Interesting individually, together they took it to a whole other level. These two had great chemistry and energy together and I loved the dynamic Vanderkarr explores between them. They give the story that extra spark that makes every interaction between them thrilling and addicting!
Reflection Pond was wonderfully written with Kacey Vanderkarr detailing a very riveting world with sensational characters. Racing towards an exciting ending that opens up a brand new chapter to the story; I’m beyond excitedly looking forward to the next book to continue Callie and Rowen’s journey! (less)
Just a Kiss by Ally Broadfield is a spectacular historical romance novella that is perfectly written and features two beguiling characters whose chemistry sky-rockets off the pages. This story was breathtaking!
Can I just say how much I loved this novella? Seriously. I don't think I've ever rated a novella five stars before, but I'd be kidding myself if I didn't give Just a Kiss that perfect rating--it thoroughly deserves it! The amount of wit, humor and sass Ally Broadfield manages to pack into this 80 pages of romance is incredible.
Though I'd be honest and admit I wished this story was longer--simply because I was in love the the characters and their story and wasn't ready for it to end--I feel like Broadfield did a tremendous job making this story feel real, authentic and yet not rushed. The setting of this story is lush, vivid and perfectly depicts life of those in high society during 19th Century London. Glorious balls and debutantes mingle and help whisk you into a addictive story.
Told in dual POV, Just a Kiss follows Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley and a charismatic young man born into high society and Charlotte Lightwood, a simple but stubborn and striking young woman whose lives are about to intertwine. With his grandmothers health deteriorating, Sebastian needs to find a bride and he's hoping to find one this season. Ideally she'll be someone of sophistication and high class who will compliment his status. Charlotte, who has one season to find a husband or who must otherwise marry her sister-in-law's horrid brother in law unexpectedly catches Sebastian's eye and with her small stature but sharp tongue and opinions, he knows that though she appeals to him, he can't have her. And yet he can't get her off his mind, so proposes a bargain to her....he'll help find someone to court her if she helps him find a suitable bride.
The story moves in an obviously expected direction with the two slowly realizing over time that the person they truly want is the other, but I was in no was daunted by how Ally Broadfield wrote their story. The two main characters in Just a Kiss took my breath away! Both as individuals and together. Charlotte is smart, witty and quick thinking. She stands up for herself and has her own opinions and though she is a 19th century lady she is in no way unable to handle herself! Sebastian on the other hand is a real charmer and is charismatic, but he wasn't overly cocky and I appreciated that.
As soon as Charlotte and Sebastian meet these two ooze chemistry, and the witty banter shared between them was exciting to read. They were perfectly matched in their personalities and complimented each other very well. Due to the fact this is a novella, Ally Broadfield builds their relationship fast, but given the time and setting, this didn't seem like it was forced. Charlotte and Sebastian were tantalizing to read about together and the sensuality to their relationship was enjoyable in this historical romance.
A sharp and witty historical romance, Just a Kiss is a perfectly paced and sensual historic read! Short, but oh so sweet, Just a Kiss is perfect for YA/NA readers looking for a historical romance that isn't over the top. I'm very much looking to see what Ally Broadfield does next! (less)
Swimming with unique and different mythology and ripe with romance, Uncovering Cobbogoth will be perfect for those who love a good adventure!
In all honesty, Uncovering Cobbogoth was a bit of a mixed bucket for me. Heading into the story the archaeological aspect really appealed to me as did the sense of adventure the description promised. Unfortunately I don’t think Uncovering Cobbogoth completely lived up to my expectations. It was a good read, it was. Something was just missing for me; that special extra something that takes a good storyline and decent characters and makes it so much more.
I was impressed with author Hannah L. Clark’s ability to think outside the square in Uncovering Cobbogoth. It was very obvious she had a strong desire to create something unique and different, something she marginally does well, but there were times when this story fell flat for me. That being said, there were times where this book really shone. Clark’s writing was beautifully detailed, especially her careful descriptions of Cobbogoth, the magical and ancient world our heroine finds herself discovering throughout the story and the lush mythology she uses to support the storyline.
Told through the eyes of Norah Lukens, Uncovering Cobbogoth sees Norah delve into the magical and ancient world of the Cobbogothians. After the shocking and brutal murder of her uncle Jack, her only family, Norah finds herself piecing together the clues of her uncle’s past whilst learning the secrets of Cobbogoth; her uncle’s lifelong obsession.
Norah was a likable heroine; basic but easy to follow. She was brave where need be, asked questions, queried things and fought when she had to. I liked her, I did, but I felt like she was missing that extra something to take her from being a good heroine to one that knocks you off your feet. Still. She got the job done.
Norah has plenty of secrets to uncover in this story and I liked how Hannah L. Clark kept me on my toes as we uncovered things. I enjoyed being able to piece things together as Norah did and figure out who was friend and who was foe. I admit, with the complicated lore I was confused a couple of times as everything was difficult to wrap my head around at times. The motivations of some characters and their true natures were intriguing to uncover and I liked that Clark managed to surprise me when certain loyalties were revealed.
There’s a sweet underlining tone of romance between Norah and her best friend James that compliments the story. Norah and James are good friends have a sweet romance, something Clark builds on and gives importance within the story.
Featuring a fast paced storyline that kept me marginally entertained, Uncovering Cobbogoth is rife with secrets and action. I may be persuaded to pick up the second book!
Stop Dragon My Heart Around by Susannah Scott is fun and tantalizing PNR that weaves together romance and sensuality in this dragon-shifter read that is quite fun!
As the second book in Susannah Scott’s series set in Las Vegas and featuring dragon shifters, Stop Dragon My Heart Around was a really fun and enjoyable read. The title may have been cheesy, but Stop Dragon My Heart Around is a well written and excellently paced story. The characters were likable and have a fantastic chemistry and I’m already ready to read the next installment.
I will admit, heading into this book I wasn’t actually aware that it was a second book in a series, but having said that, I think this can easily be read as a standalone novel. Stop Dragon My Heart Around really does stand on it’s own merit, and Scott does a good job explaining her world for those who might not have previously experienced it.
Featuring a bunch of Dragon Shifters who own and operate the extravagant and lush Crown Jewel Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, I’m already a big fan of Scott’s characters. The main characters in this book were wonderful to read about and had all the connection and chemistry I could ask for, but the minor characters also stood on their own and already have me eager to read their stories.
Told through the eyes of casino operator and fire dragon Leo Ryan and casino hostess to high rollers and Native American firecracker, Tallulah "Tee", Stop Dragon My Heart Around focuses on Leo’s perusal of Tee, the human employee he is strongly attracted too, but who he knows he shouldn’t want because she isn’t his fated dragon mate and the woman who has secretly loved him for years. When the fate of Tee’s tribe is threatened, events lead Leo and Tee to finally give in to the sizzling connection that simmers between them and soon their relationship shines.
Leo and Tee were wonderful to read about. Their relationship was built on years of friendship that simmered with attraction and sees the two give into the desire they share for one another. Leo was strong and sexy and really a good guy. He was fierce and daring and deeply cared for Tee. Tee on the other hand was stubborn, sweet and finally went after what she wanted. Basically, I just really liked these two and together they were excellent.
Susannah Scott introduces us to a bunch of different characters in this series and perfectly explores Tee’s Paiute Native American heritage amongst the story. I was impressed with how she wove the big lights of a Las Vegas casino in with the Las Vegas desert and Tee’s people; it was a really great setting that complimented the characters well.
High in romance and featuring a very charismatic set of characters, Stop Dragon My Heart Around is a fantastic PNR that will leave you wanting to dive right back into this riveting world! (less)
Thrall by Jennifer Quintez is a fresh and exciting look at demons with personable characters and an intriguing storyline.
I was pleasantly surprised with Thrall. Thrall follows Braedyn Murphy, a sixteen year old girl who thinks she’s just like every other teenager until she learns that she’s actually a Lilitu- a demon that is descended from Lillith. As daughters of Lilith, Lilitu have the ability to control men and feed on their life essence to survive.
I was very impressed with this book. Thrall is well written and deeply enjoyable. Quintez's writing is solid and supports the book well; her main character's voice strong and easy to follow. Honestly, Thrall is just a good read and I found myself liking it a lot more than I expected.
Quintez jumps straight into the story once Braedyn learns what she is and picks up pace from then on. The story is well written and I was impressed with Quintez's mythology. I thought she did a good job building on the biblical tale of Lilith, and though demons decended from Lilith is something I'd seen before, I liked how she made it relevant to her story and weaved these demonic aspects into her tale.
I thought all the characters supported the story well; from main character Braedyn, to her father Murphy, to her friends Cassie, Royal and of course her love interest Lucas. The inclusion of demon hunters known as the Guard was fitting and the story wouldn't have been the same without them. Gretchen, Hale and especially Thane added some complexity to the story for Braedyn and helped shape her into the person she became by the end of the book.
Braedyn stars out as a very normal teenager, but when she learns of her true heritage Braedyn is quickly forced to adapt to face the consequences. Understandably Braedyn has some skepticism about what she has learnt and what she is being told, but must rapidly accept and come to terms with things once she witnesses the evil destruction caused by the Lilitu with her own eyes.
I liked Braedyn, I did. Her voice was smart and easy to follow. I'm anticipating a lot more growth from her throughout the series and expect to see her strengthen as a character even more in future books. Quintez has made it obvious that Braedyn walks a dangerous path and considering the abilities she expresses, but are yet to master, I don't doubt that Braedyn's journey is going to be a difficult one.
Over all I was really happy with this book. I liked the fast paced tone to it and thought Braedyn and her love interest had a good connection. I look forward to more from this series! (less)
Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis is a very fun and flirty novel that entertain from beginning to end and will have you wanting to find your own Prince Harry!
Waiting For Prince Harry was a downright fantastic read read. Flirty, fun and addictive, this book was very much a good rom-com; the kind of novel that would make a fabulous chick flick! Introducing us to Kylie Reed, a twenty-four year old designer, Waiting For Prince Harry follows Kylie’s journey to love when she quite literally falls into the lap of her very own ginger-haired hunk. As someone who secretly crushes on Prince Harry, Kylie is surprised when this mystery man manages to give the Prince a run for his money in the looks, attitude and charm department and soon finds herself realising the right person can bring out the best in her.
Eeeep! When I first heard about the premise for Waiting For Prince Harry I knew I had to read it. As someone who simply adores this particular royal (forget William; I’ve always wanted Harry!) Waiting For Prince Harry sounded right up my alley…..and I have to say Aven Ellis has done a great job with this story! Personally, I sped through this book, and could hardly put it down. Basically I wanted to keep reading and reading until the very end.
Though the writing may be basic, the characters and the chemistry they share in Waiting For Prince Harry shine from the very beginning! Main character Kylie Reed is a very normal young woman with a heart of gold. She’s a bit of a homebody and would prefer sewing and baking and watching movies at home over partying and clubbing any day. Kylie is happy to file all her dreams away "for the future" until she meets oh, so sexy Harrison Flynn, famous hockey player, redhead and dreamboat. Sparks fly and soon the two find themselves diving headfirst into L.O.V.E
Kylie was a great main character; she was likable and nice and so down to earth. It was easy to relate to her and put yourself in her shoes. She was the kind of girl you couldn’t help but like and end up vying for. Harrison on the other hand….what a character! This guy has me all weak in the knees and swoony. Harrison Flynn was an honest to goodness, good guy. He had money, fame and status but the things that mattered to him were the smaller things in life. He was funny and charming and endlessly sexy. As a hot-as-hell ginger and star athlete, Harrison has it all physically, but it’s his attitude and personality that won me over in this book. He really was a perfect all-round gentleman; certainly giving Prince Harry a run for his money as the most alluring redhead out there!
As soon as Kylie and Harrison meet, sparks life. I adore these two together, I really do! They have so much chemistry that every interaction between them is rife in attraction and tension. The dialogue between Kylie and Harrison smart and flirty, and Ellis keeps them witty and sassy together. They build such a strong relationship, and even though things move fast it never seems forced or rushed. They have their ups and downs, but as a couple they manage to better each other and it's so beautiful to witness. They have a magical relationship that is so beautiful and sweet--a girls dream!
Featuring a sexy romance, delectable dialogue and an addictive story, Waiting For Prince Harry is a brilliant contemporary read! (less)
Black Amaranth is the first book in the Vulcan Legacies series by Sasha Hibb and weaves together danger, darkness and the power of love and friendship in this unique twist on the traditional angelic tale.
I have to say, Black Amaranth was a real roller-coaster of information and mythology for me. Author Sasha Hibb’s impressed me with her different take on vampires, angels and werewolves in this book. I honestly feel like Hibb’s has made a very real attempt to take something we’ve all seen so many times and shake them up. And she does a decent job in doing so.
In Black Amaranth we are presented with a number of different beings: Seraphs; angels, Blaxxmiths; the result of Seraph’s breeding with mortals, Nosferatu: vampires, and werewolves. We also have gypsies making an appearance too. Weaving them all together, Hibb’s introduces us to Ally, a seventeen year old teenage girl who shockingly learns she is actually a Seraph, an angelic being, and more importantly is one that was long ago prophesized to either save the world or destroy it.
Hibbs also goes to great length to detail the history of the beings within her world, and while I appreciate this, it also left me very, very confused at times. So much sits on our heroine’s shoulders and as we learn just who, and what, she is, the way in which Hibbs explains her heritage and role within the prophecy had me very confused at times. I think its brilliant how everything is interconnected, and Hibb’s reveals things exactly when she should for maximum effect, but even as the first few chapters of the story ended, there are still a few parts where I don’t think I completely comprehended what is going on.
That being said, I did enjoy the story. Ally is a decent main character and the story progresses nicely. It felt a bit rushed in the beginning and towards the end, but Sasha Hibb’s managed to hold my attention regardless. I like the supernatural elements mixed together with the strong themes of love and friendship in the book. Ally has some true friendships and I loved the romantic elements Hibb’s has added in. Personally I didn’t quite feel the connection between Ally and her love interest Michael, but her best friend Jessica’s love/hate relationship with warrior Eli, as well as the connection shared by their siblings Dave and Lucy has me all excited to see where they would go.
Overall Black Amaranth is a worthy read. Hibb’s mixes all the elements for a good supernatural read together with some unique lore. Plenty of shocks and twists will keep you on your toes, as well as the discovery that no one is as they seem. Black Amaranth ends on a cliffhanger that shakes everything up that has me eager to read the next book! (less)
**spoiler alert** Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Rebekah L. Purdy for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!...more**spoiler alert** Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Rebekah L. Purdy for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!
The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy is a really cute and easy read, full of endearing friendships, humor and romance.
The premise of The Romeo Club is really quite simple; pretty, popular sixteen year old Delyla Denson has it all; awesome friends, hot-as boyfriend and is quite happy with her life....until she gives her geeky older brother a makeover to help him catch the girl of his dreams and then quickly gets roped into making over his friends as well. Welcome to "The Romeo Club" where Delyla teaches the guys how to act, talk, and be cool around girls. What entails is a lot of fun, laughs and disaster as this teen girl who harbors a secret "nerdy" side finds herself falling for her brothers best friend Trey, a guy who is also currently using his new found self to win over the beautiful girl of his dreams.
The idea may be simple, but there's no denying The Romeo Club is extremely catchy! The writing is basic but fitting and as a closet nerd, Delyla is a real nice heroine to read about; easy to like and follow. I may not have always appreciated her methods--hello sabotage--but I certainly appreciated Delyla's desire to admit her feelings and then fight for the guy she loves. I like the idea that the popular girl fell for the geek.
The guys in this book are just so sweet and geeky that you can't help but love them--from Delyla's sweet older brother Drake to nerds Kevin, C.C and of course Trey; all will make you smile with their "geekiness" and just want to give them a hug. The romance between Delyla and Trey is lovely and sweet, and I did feel their chemistry with their friendship a solid foundation that Purdy perfectly builds on.
Overall The Romeo Club is just a good wholesome read. The book isn't necessary long and once you start you be hard pressed to stop before you reach the end; quickly racing through this really fun and cute tale. (less)
Reaper’s Touch is an unexpectedly addictive and fresh story by Eleri Stone that weaves the old west together with zombies in this fun and deliciously told romance.
Personally, I found Reaper’s Touch to a fresh, exciting and enjoyable read. Launching into an intriguing story straight off the bat, Eleri Stone has thought outside the box with her western tale that mixes cowboys and zombies, or more specifically "Reaper’s" and "Ranger’s" together with danger and romance. I really liked the world Stone has thought out in this book. It’s different from anything I’ve read before, mixing an old western setting together with an alluring zombie tale.
Reaper’s Touch is well written, with likable characters and an engaging story. Told in dual POV, Reaper’s Touch depicts an old western style world where zombie-like individuals known as Reapers; unfortunate individuals who have been bitter and infected by a parasite that takes over than body and force them to crave and consume human flesh. Highly contagous to men and deadly to women, Reapers are a harsh danger and it’s up to the Rangers hunt them and society.
Following Ranger Abby and Reaper Jake—two people who are unlikely to be allies but who form an unexpected connection, Reaper’s Touch has a great character dynamic. Stone’s heroine Abby is feisty and willing, featuring unforseen vulnerabilities, and is genuinely easy to follow. Her voice is likable and the girl is able; making it near impossible not to like her.
Abby’s counterpart Jake is very much the tortured hero; tormented by what he is and the urges he experiences. Struggling to maintain control over his "rider", the parasite that dictates a lot of Jakes notions and urges, Jake is at times distant and moody, but is actually a good guy. Despite his Reaper status, Jake has managed to get a decent grip on the rider within him, thanks to decades of practice.
Honestly, I loved both Jake and Abby. I don’t have a bad word to say about them. As individuals they were great, and together they were even better. Even though this book is an adult book, I really liked the fact it wasn’t overly sexual. There are plenty of sexual undertones where Jake and Abby are concerned in Reaper’s Touch, but Eleri Stone does a good job of building upon the sexual tension and attraction that simmers between the two. The majority of physicality that happens between the two happens right at the end of the book, but the smaller moments of passion are more than enough to keep one entertained.
Abby and Jake have more than their fair share of obstacles to overcome. Even though Abby is insanely attracted to Jake she does struggle with the fact he is a Reaper throughout the story; someone I actually liked. This seemed realistic. Seeing Abby truly question her beliefs and idealisms where Reapers are concerned thanks to what she discovers in Jake was very fitting. Nothing she felt
seemed rushed or forced, and I really enjoyed seeing the two of them get to know one another and rely on one another as they fought to protect Abby’s people from Reapers.
My only issue was that the ending was a little too rushed for my liking. We spent the whole book building up to something; both Jake and Abby’s relationship and the possibility of a cure, and then it seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. Eleri Stone needed to detail this last chapter a bit better in my opinion; things were glossed over, that should have been explored in length.
Fast paced, exciting and deliciously romantic, Reaper’s Touch is a great read. Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, it’s battle time! (less)
Iron Pendulum is the exciting sequel to Megan Curd’s amazing steampunk adventure The Steel Lily and is another edge of your seat thrill ride that weaves dazzling romance with thrilling discovers and extreme danger as lives are on the line in the second book in The Periodic Series!
Megan Curd series does know how to write a brilliant steampunk tale. Iron Pendulum is a perfect mix of steampunk and dystopian that features a great cast of characters who share a fantastic dynamic and who continuously enhance a brilliant storyline. I’m very impressed how well written and well plotted this series is. Its obvious Curd has put a lot of thought into the development within her series. Certain revelations and developments go a long way to creating a solid developing story with plenty of history and back story.
Iron Pendulum continues to follow sixteen year old elementalist Avery Pike upon her return to Dome Four. After the shocking discoveries made by Avery and her friends in the first book, Avery and the resistance find themselves on a race against time to help the people of Dome Four who appear to be dying from lack of oxygen while also going up against a powerful enemy who wants complete control over the dome for himself.
As with the previous book I found Avery a thrilling heroine to follow. This fiery redhead with the multi colored eyes is a brave and passionate fighter who is willing to give everything and help people even when they don’t necessarily give her the respect and appreciation she deserves. Avery is one of those kick-ass characters who, while she doesn’t necessarily know when to censor her words or actions, is generally forward moving, quick thinking and daring. Avery loves her friends greatly and will do anything to protect those she cares about. Basically Avery rocks!
Megan Curd has penned a great heroine in Avery, but also manages to create a great cast of characters to compliment her. Jaxon, Sari and Alice return as well as Legs and Dana, with Dana having a more focal role in the story. Jaxon continues to be Avery’s solid love interest. Even the inclusion of a strapping her male character to the series does not interfere in Avery’s devotion and adoration for Jaxon as Megan Curd chooses to stay away from the stereotypical love triangle!
Incredibly shocking connections are discovered in this book with family connections popping up and a shocking betrayal just around the corner. Avery will face the shocking loss of someone she loves deeply and with every chapter of the book, the story just gets better and better!
Megan Curd has some incredible twists up her sleeves and as Iron Pendulum races towards an extremely climactic ending, readers will be left reeling and eagerly anticipating the next installment as Curd ends the story on a bit of a cliff-hanger! (less)