Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green is the first book in her new series Of Demons and Angels and proves to be a fast, fun and highly enjoyable novel that left me raring for more!
Told through varying POV’s Star Crossed introduces us to Grace and Josh, two very different individuals whose lives change forever when they wake up to find they’re both dead and being offered second chances in their afterlives. Having lived a selfish and reckless life, Josh finds himself waking up as a Demon in the middle of Hell, whereas Heaven sent Grace is offered the chance to become an Angel if she can manage to save the soul of teenager Camden; the same soul Josh has been tasked with corrupting.
Facing the possibility of eternal damnation in the bowls of Hell if he can’t influence Camden to commit evil acts and damn his soul, the last thing Josh expects is to fall for Grace; especially seeing as they don’t actually know what the other is. Battling to claim Cam’s soul for their respective sides, Grace and Josh are about to discover there might be something more powerful than both Heaven and Hell; love.
I have to say I was really entertained by this novel. The writing was light and forward moving and made Soul Crossed a quick and easy read. Told through the dual point of views of both main characters, the dialogue was light and witty and wonderfully entertaining. It wasn’t too over powering and managed to compliment the Heaven versus Hell dynamic perfectly.
I really liked both main characters author Lisa Gail Green introduces us to. Grace and Josh were very different, but still managed to fall for one another and effect the other’s actions. Personally I think they “fell in love” with each other a bit fast for my liking, but at the same time I honestly felt their chemistry and their connection throughout the story. The attraction between them is there from the moment they meet and as Grace manages to bring out so much good in Josh that it’s hard not to become invested in their relationship.
He may have led a selfish life, and is now much do evil things as a Demon, but caring for Grace opens Josh’s eyes a lot and his assignment with Cam allows him to see what evil truly is. The face of evil isn’t what you’ll expect when heading into this novel.
A fast, endearing read, I was very happy with how Soul Crossed ended and find myself highly eager for the next book. Soul Crossed offers a sneak peak at the next novel, Soul Corrupted, and I for one can’t wait to see what happens to Grace and Josh next! ...more
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr is a steampunk murder mystery set amongst a dark London backdrop in the Victorian era that will appeal to fans of the genre and those who love a good who done mystery!
In a fresh retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, we follow Eliza Jekyll, the proper, perfectly put together daughter of the renowned Henry Jekyll in The Diabolical Miss Hyde. As a medical investigator who has inherited her fathers infliction Eliza houses her own second self in the form of Lizzie Hyde. Dwelling within Eliza, Lizzie is the polar opposite of Eliza, a saucy, impulsive and foul-mouthed woman who knows her way around the back-skirts of London and who often fights her way to the surface and takes control of the body they both share. As Eliza investigates a series of gruesome murders that are gripping London, she and Lizzie stumble into an unexpected discovery about their parentage and their connection to the murderer and must race to find the killer before they become his next victims.
Overall, The Diabolical Miss Hyde was a decent read. Author Violet Carr has thought well and hard about her steampunk world and weaves together all the best elements of the Victorian era with mechanical contraptions, electrical machines and chemistry to create a dark and vivid alternate London. I found myself easily enough enjoying Eliza and Lizzie’s tale, even if I did tire at some parts, and I certainly found myself caught up in the murder mystery Eliza investigates alongside London police; a mystery I found myself guessing at until the very end.
Though this novel is told predominately through the eyes of Eliza, I was surprised to find that Lizzie really was the star of the novel at times, although in hindsight, the name of the novel does give some of that away. Eliza was prim, proper and a fine lady despite her class, whereas Lizzie was impulsive, rash and often foulmouthed. The two share a body as a Jekyll and Hyde, but shift form with Lizzie is at the helm as a redheaded buxom beauty as opposed to Eliza who was fair and more refined.
Carr gives the girls a love interest in the form of Captain Remy Lafayette, a member of the Royal Society who assists Eliza in her investigations. Lafayette is a cocky and self-assured officer of the law who irks Eliza and appeals to Lizzie’s naughty side. Readers may be surprised to discover who has the better chemistry and connection with the Lafayette, but I certainly appreciated what Carr did and I find myself pondering what will happen next.
A dark and mysterious read, The Diabolical Miss Hyde draws readers into a world of danger, murder and steampunk and as the story concludes I find myself wondering what will happen to Eliza and Lizze next; so much so that I may just be tempted to pick up the next book! ...more
Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes is a delightfully fun contemporary romance that is an easy read with an addictive and sweet romance you’ll just devour whole!
Pretty, popular and athletic Alexis Dubois finds her summer plans taking a drastic turn when she is caught shoplifting a tube of lipstick from Smartmart, a convenience store that sells everything and anything. Rather than face charges that will remain on her permanent record she is given the opportunity to work there for the summer instead. As it seems like she is out of options, Lex resigns herself for a summer of boring shifts with a bunch of awkward people but soon discovers that Smartmart isn’t the hellish place she first thought. Plus the last thing Lex expected was to be attracted to her nerdy, loner manager Noah Grayson and fellow student at her high school; someone whose history with her friends would not make for an easy relationship. Their chemistry can't be denied and soon Lex and Noah find themselves on a whirlwind romance that is not without it's issues....
Paper or Plastic was a really fun book to read. It was sweet and charming, and a great way to spend an afternoon. I was very won over by the characters, romance and the storyline—I pretty much wished I could be working at Smartmart alongside Alexis. Though the concept is simple, the execution complimented the story so well and managed to showcase a great main character who undertook growth, a sizzling romance and plenty of quirky side characters who brought such life to Smartmart.
Alexis was a passionate and popular young woman who found her wants and desires change after working at Smartmart. Though she is popular, I loved that she came to care about the other Smartmart employees and that she enjoyed parts of her time at Smartmart. I think Alexis undertook enough personal growth to compliment her character while still managing to retain the essence of who she already was.
Personally I really loved the chemistry between Lex and Noah. Noah is a bit geeky and by the book, but he also has another side that I found really appealing in Paper or Plastic. There’s something very sexy about a man who loves his family and does right by them, something Noah does in spades in this book. He’s a generally good guy who is very intelligent and has ambition. Noah knows when to be cheeky or serious, and has an endearing shyness to him at times that you can’t help but adore!
Fun, fresh and a great summer read, Paper or Plastic truly did win me over from the opening chapter. Personally I'd love a second novel although I know that's a pipe dream; I'd love to see Lex and Noah take their summer romance back to school and see how things change. I found I loved the storyline and characters within Paper or Plastic and definitely urge those who love contemporary reads to check this out. ...more
Crown of Midnight is the superb sequel to Sarah J. Maas's riveting debut Throne of Glass and is another sensationally written story of political intrigue, fantasy and romance amongst a war torn backdrop.
Celaena Sardothien is back, deadlier than ever and ready to take back her freedom. Now the Kings Champion after the events of Throne of Glass, Celaena is continuing her journey to discover the truth about what is going on within the Kingdom, delving deep underground into long forgotten tunnels and tombs beneath the palace in search of answers. While serving as the kings assassin, for all her cunning and dare, Celeana is not willing to murder innocent people in the name of the King and instead chooses to fake deaths and tell lies to save those not deserving of the death she brings. Yet, as each lie brings her closer to discovery, dark forces within the palace make it clear that something even more dangerous is going on than Celaena can imagine. And then with the loss of someone she loves, Celaena is forever altered and soon on a mission to make those responsible pay......
Having enjoyed Throne of Glass immensely, it's a bit strange that it's taken me so long to continue on with the series, especially considering I have had both books in the series as well as a complication of all the short stories within the series, The Assassin's Blade, sitting on my shelf for a while now. So in saying that, I am glad I finally decided to delve back into this world.
There's no doubt in my mind that Sarah J. Maas is an extremely talented storyteller. As a debut novel, Throne of Glass made it clear that she was something special as a writer and in Crown of Midnight Maas only goes on to show just what she is capable of. Her world building and eye for detail paints a sensational picture of this fantasy world that completely draws the reader in. Weaving together danger and political intrigue, Maas manages to twist together a story where you never know what will happen next; drawing the reader on an emotionally charged journey where the adrenaline pumps the whole way through.
Told in the third person, Maas allows readers to witness the story unfold through the eyes of her numerous layered characters. Understandably Celaena, Dorian and Chaol are the most focal voices, although others pop up from time to time. Celaena continues to captivate readers with her dual nature and her contradictions; deadly assassin mingles with womanly innocence where Celaena is concerned, although a manner of startling developments within the story shake Celaena's foundation and drastically alter her desires within Crown of Midnight.
I honestly very much enjoy reading about Celaena's journey within this series, but boy does Sarah J. Maas know how to put her characters through the wringer at times. Crown of Midnight really is emotionally charged with Celaena experiencing so much joy, love and betrayal in this novel. Her pain leads her to make some drastic choices and Maas makes her readers feel every one, especially those who have a pertinent for Chaol, as he and Celaena's relationship takes a shocking turn.
Dorian and Chaol continue to stand by Celaena's side, the Crown Prince and the Captian of the Guard, two best friends who both love the same woman. Personally, I adore Chaol and Maas had me wanting to throw the book across the room at times with her developments, but there's no denying some of them make for sensationally emotional reading. As for Dorian, he is proving time and time again why he would make an amazing King should he get the chance and there's no doubt in my mind that should he take power he would change things forever. I can only hope this is something we see from Maas in one of the future novels.
Painful at times, heartbreaking and addictive to behold, Crown of Midnight is an excellent follow up to it's predecessor. Sarah J. Maas knows how to draw readers in and leave them begging for more, and with Crown of Midnight endings with a big discovery, I'm looking forward to beginning the next installment, Heir of Fire next.
Avery is an absolutely beautiful and sensationally told fantasy tale by Australian author Charlotte McConaghy that introduces readers to vivid and highly imaginative world with two sides at war and is a heartwarming, touching story of redemption, healing and power of allowing oneself to love again!
From beginning to end Avery blew me away; plain and simple. I headed into the novel with high expectations and Charlotte McConghy certainly met them. The moment I began Avery I was instantly drawn into the stunning world McConaghy has envisioned and swept up in the journeys of the four characters whose POV’s we follow throughout the novel.
Avery introduces readers two different warring lands; Kaya a place where people die in pairs after bonding with their other half and mate, and Pirenti, a land known for its formable soldiers and barbaric ways, ruled by a brutal Queen who aims to bring the Kayan people to their knees. Avery follows four very different individuals from both domains; Ava, a broken Kayan woman who lost her mate Avery two years before but miraculously managed to live on, becoming a shadow of her former self and driven only by revenge for her lost love; Ambrose, the second Prince of Pirenti, a fierce solider who captures Ava masquerading as Avery and takes “him” prisoner; Thorne, the eldest Prince of Pirenti, Ambrose’s brutal older brother who is a known killer and first in line for the Pirenti throne, and Roslyn, Thorne’s wishful wife who is mocked and scorned for her mental unstableness and who is at Thorne’s whim.
I really appreciated seeing this novel unfold through the varying POV’s. We’re introduced to two kingdoms at war with one another, with one as brutal and as barbaric as you can get, and yet author Charlotte McConghy manages to make you really feel about her characters. You can’t help but think about the complexity of human nature as you read this story. The line between good and evil blurs and who is in the right often changes from situation to situation. Our characters make bad choices and the wrong decisions and they don’t always do the right thing, but they’re so complex and layered, and really grow. Honestly it’s impossible to not become invested in their individual pursuits and dreams and as McConghy weaves their lives together, you’ll find yourself even more invested in the inevitable outcome.
The seemingly broken and vengeful Ava, also known as Avery is one of the four characters we follow, if not the most important one. Ava has been left a shell of the person she used to be after the death of her mate Avery, and this novel really is her story of learning to live, and love again. Ava’s thirst for revenge leads her to Pitrenti where a failed attempt to assassinate the Queen sees Ava dragged by Ambrose to one of Pirenti’s most infamous prisons. Along the way Ava, disguised as a boy and known as Avery begins to form an unexpected friendship with the formable warrior and soon finds herself actually feeling again, more so than she has in a long, long time.
Ava and Ambrose’s story is sensational to witness, but it’s not without its difficulties. Ava still feels so much pain over the loss of her mate in the beginning of the novel and it’s not until Ambrose helps her live again that she starts to even contemplate continuing on with a life without him. There’s plenty of guilt and then shame as she slowly falls for Ambrose, but seeing Ava slowly heal is a beautiful thing to watch.
Ambrose is a complex character in and of himself. In the beginning he is very cruel to Ava and doesn’t treat her the best, but as he begins to develop a friendship with “Avery” he starts to question his actions and adjust his responses. I honestly found seeing Ambrose fall for Ava to be beyond beautiful in so many ways. I mean, Ambrose falls in love with Avery, not Ava. Obviously they’re the same person, but he loved her as the boy he knew her to be, and her sex was never as issue. It was pure love; for a person and who they were inside and I found that so, so beautiful.
Thorne and Roselyn have their own hurdles to overcome in this book and I very much enjoyed seeing their journey as well. Both brothers have had horrendous childhoods and lives, something that really shows but I was happy to see Throne learn how he needed to treat Rose and do the right thing in the end.
Avery is an emotionally charged fantasy story and explores the possibilities of forgiveness and letting yourself move on. Charlotte McConghy weaves together a wonderful story of romance, danger and the strength of love and has won herself a fan in me! ...more
Not In The Script is the third novel in the If Only series, this time written by debut author Amy Finnegan and is a super adorable and seriously addictive Hollywood tale that features two amazing leads and a romance that is without a doubt swoon worthy!
Emma Taylor is a talented and resourceful Hollywood It Girl whose life takes an interesting turn when she steps into a new role on a hot up and coming new teen show. Excited to be working alongside her longtime crush, the last thing Emma expects is to find herself drawn to, and soon falling for, a different co-star than the one she once dreamed about. As a successful magazine and runway model, Jake Elliott is known around the world for his handsome face and perfect body, but it's the chance to try his hand at acting that offers him his biggest opportunity yet. Who cares if he's never acted before? Coyote Hills is sure to be a hit and as part of a stellar cast, Jake knows how much the role will help his family. If only he could stop thinking about his gorgeous co-star Emma.
But when the two finally give in to their undeniable attraction and start a secret relationship, both Emma and Jake discover that sometimes on-set romances don't necessarily end badly, if only they could out last the public storm surrounding each of their lives.....
Not in the Script is a seriously addictive and delicious read! As a behind the scenes look into Hollywood life, author Amy Finnegan draws her readers into the scandalous world of acting, tabloids and Hollywood drama, all the while weaving together a believable and adorable romance between two people who connect beautifully!
Unlike the other two novels in this series, and I use the word series loosely because each If Only novel is written by a different author and is a complete standalone tale, Not in the Script is the first book to be told through the POV's of both main characters--something I simply adore.d Heroine and love interest both have stories to tell; something that enhances the reading experience as you as the reader see through both Emma and Jake's eyes.
Emma and Jake are both very down to earth characters. Emma has been in the public eye since she was twelve, and as an eighteen year old who is living on her own and working in a cut throat world where her every move is scrutinized, Emma has managed to maintain her rationality and sense beautifully. She's a very normal girl, and despite her beauty and fame has not let it change her, something made obvious by Emma's desire to help her best friend Rachel at every chance she gets and her desire to open a foundation to help those who need it.
And Jake on the other hand is a guy through and through. He goofs off with his friends, makes jokes and plays the occasional game of soccer using paper cups with the other actors on set. He's stunningly good looking and definitely lives up to his nickname as "The Bod", but Jake is also a genuinely down to earth guy who would do absolutely anything for his family. There's something so enticing about a man who loves his mum the way Jake does in this novel. Can anyone say swoon?
Emma and Jake have a really endearing relationship. Emma is hesitant to start anything with Jake due to her horrible history with co-stars and a crush by someone that makes things harder, so in the beginning, Emma and Jake really start out as friends only. However that changes as they seamlessly transition into two people in a relationship. Jake sees past all of Emma's fame and fortune to the girl she is at her base and Emma sees past Jakes looks to see the incredible guy he is. They're funny and flirty together and have a great chemistry. Basically I was rooting for them the whole time and paparazzi be damned, I wanted them to prove them all wrong.
Amy Finnegan gives Emma and Jake a great cast of characters to interact with in this novel with everyone from Emma's amazingly cute family to Jake's best friends and his amazing mother giving the novel such life. Emma and Jake discover new friends, and occasionally enemies on the set of Coyote Hills with their director and their co-stars making for some entertaining reading.
Smile inducing and insanely sweet, Not in the Scrip blends the ins and outs of Hollywood perfectly together with family, friendship and true love--Amy Finnegan hits the nail on the head and left this reader extremely satisfied....although I'd certainly love a companion novel with Kimmi in the future!
The first novel in Realm Lovejoy’s new Le Fay series, Henge is a marvelously imagined story that focuses around the Arthurian legends of Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. An urban fantasy set in modern day times, Henge is a unique twist on an old favorite that sees readers drawn into this intriguing world of magic and mayhem as Lovejoy sets up a great start to a promising new series.
Henge follows sixteen year old Morgan Le Fay, a talented fire user whose magic is more powerful than that of anyone else she knows and who has plans to become the Maven; the individual tasked with leading Prince Arthur to Excalibur, if only she can be drafted to Camelot and win Prince Arthurs favor. Wanting a chance to change the laws of Camelot after losing her mother at a young age, Morgan is invited to participate in the Rounds, an elite competition and series of tests tasked with examining her magic and other talented magic users her age in order to determine who is worthy of different rolls, including that of the Maven, within Camelot. During the rounds Morgan meets a number of gifted individuals including Merlin and Guinevere, and discovers that something sinister is going on within Camelot. A series of incidents make it clear someone wants to stop Morgan, only she doesn’t know who, and why……
Heading into Henge I was really excited. I’ve always been a fan of Arthurian legend and had high hopes for this novel; hopes I am thrilled to say were met with total abandon. I really enjoyed this book. Realm Lovejoy creates a very magical tale with Henge and a very promising start to a series that is shaping up very well. Set in modern times, Henge is an intriguing, yet extremely magical twist on everything that is Camelot, Excalibur, King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table…..basically everything Arthurian.
Our heroine in Henge is Morgan Le Fay, and in an ingenuous twist on the story, Morgan is an honorable, kickass heroine who has big plans for her future. She wants to serve Camelot and protect Prince Arthur and is willing to do anything she can to get into this position. Morgan comes from a family of powerful magic users, most notably her mother, a powerful woman who was executed for magic fueled crimes. Morgan is understandably angry over her mother’s death and it’s her desire to bring about change that fuels her hopes for her future. As a participant in the Rounds, Morgan has the opportunity to meet other talented magic users and see just what is out there magic wise—something that makes her appreciate what she can do all the more.
Lovejoy explores the different Arthurian characters wonderfully in Henge with many of the minor characters famous in their own rights. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding who is the good guy and who is the bad guy in this novel as Merlin, Mordred and even Lancelot seem to have their own agendas; none of which are brought to light in this novel, although it doesn’t stop you as the reader from speculating just what they have in store or what they are privy to.
Setting up a promising new world and ending on a small cliffhanger that will have you wanting to read the next book straight away nonetheless, Henge is a whimsical take of Arthurian legend and will entice you from the very beginning. Be prepared to want more as Realm Lovejoy plays with a fan favorite and gives it a fresh new vibe! ...more
The Body Electric by Beth Revis is an intriguing and mysterious futuristic tale that blends government intrigue and terrorism with romance and suspense in an unknown and exciting story that will leave you wanting more.
As someone who actually wasn’t a fan of Beth Revis’s debut Across the Universe, I was a little bit daunted heading into this novel. I didn’t know what to expect, but the premise looking promising and the storyline was enticing enough that I dived head first into the story. While it took a little while for the story to pick up, the world and the mystery surrounding the main characters history was something that caught me from the very beginning and had me eagerly reading along and trying to piece the clues together.
The Body Electric is set in the futuristic city of New Venice, Malta and follows Ella Shepherd a teenage girl who lives within New Venice. The Body Electric details a world where technology is advancing every day and science is literally opening doors into other people’s minds. As the daughter of two renowned scientists, Ella lives in a united and highly government controlled world after a massive war destroyed much of the country decades before. In this imaginative world Beth Revis has concocted, individuals wear cuffLINK devices on their wrists connected to tiny nanobots inside them that allow people to access online information, make calls, communicate, pay for things as well as almost everything else.
As the primary care giver to her terminally ill mother, Ella finds her already difficult life begin to unravel further when a series of supposed attacks from a group of rebels leads Ella to begin questioning everything she thought she knew about herself and those around her. The leader of the group claims they used to be in love despite Ella having no recollection of him. Her mother’s already deteriorating condition takes an unexpected twist. The leader of New Venice wants her to spy on the rebels using her mother’s technology and Ella’s ability to get into someone else’s mind and suddenly Ella beings displaying abilities and straits that aren’t quite normal. Or human. With her country on the brink of another war, Ella is guided by images of her dead father and must uncover the truth about her past if she can ever hope of having a future.
I have to say I was very impressed by this story. The main character was fantastic to follow and the world Revis has constructed was very interesting. All the hallmarks of a standard futuristic tale was there, but Revis still managed to explore something different within the story. I liked that Revis took her story from the usual American or English setting and set it in Malta. Now, I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I thought it was very clever how she managed to develop the story; I honestly had no clue as to why our main character Ella’s memory was so different than that of rebel leader Jack’s and I thought it extremely smart how Revis slowly brought clues about Ella to light. The ultimately discover of Ella’s past and the truth about why she was the way she was and what she could do was very exciting.
This story was fast moving and exciting for the majority of the way through. Beth Revis pens a likable herione in Ella; someone you vye for and honesty like. Ella’s relationship with rebel leader Jack was very well thought out and even though they had a history, I found their present to be wonderfully constructed too. They had great chemistry and Revis managed to develop their relationship while not compromising the rest of the action based, scientific and fast moving storyline.
Mysterious and edgy, The Body Electric ends very well, but I’m still really not ready to let the world and characters go. Beth Revis concludes the story in a way that could very well be the end, but with the discoveries at the end and the revelations brought to light, I for one would very much enjoy a sequel and seeing Revis expand on this world and story further….. ...more
How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield is an enticing and beguiling historical tale featuring a rough-around-the-edges young woman with a heart of gold and a stoic Duke who underestimates her, but ultimately finds himself drawn to the entrancing lady…..
How to Beguile a Duke is told through the varying POV’s of Catherine Malboeuf, a spirited young woman who has just arrived in England in the hopes of reclaiming a home that once belonged to her mother’s family in order to hopefully find clues to a family heirloom believed to be hidden on its grounds, and Nicholas Adair, the appealing and stoic Duke of Boulstridge who now owns the home, Walsley Manor, and who has no intention of selling.
Although the two come from very different social standings, sparks fly when the pair team up in the hopes of finding the expensive tiara Catherine refuses to return home without. But when a wager between them sees Catherine look to garner an offer of marriage in order to win Walsley Manor from Nicholas, both are unprepared for the attraction between them to blossom and soon both find the other may be exactly what they never knew they needed…..
Having previously read Ally Broadfield’s debut novel Just a Kiss, Broadfield has won me over with her detailed writing and charismatic characters. Though I’m not the biggest historical fan, I’m beginning to be won over, and its novels like How to Beguile a Duke that are getting me there.
Following Catherine and Nick was really an enjoyable experience. They’re understandably results of their standings and their time, but I liked that they both had fire and attitude. Catherine said what she thought, and though she tried very hard to be a lady, really was someone different. I liked that Broadfield had her fight social norms and tell Nicholas exactly what she was thinking.
Nick on the other side was a Duke through and through, but he was also a kind man who had plenty of personality of this own. Sure he had honor and charm, but he was also cheeky at times and I enjoyed seeing him rile Catherine up—he knew how to push her buttons, and she certainly knew how to give it back.
Together, Catherine and Nicholas were sweet. There’s an underlying sexual tension to their relationship; the attraction is there, but neither willing to face it in the beginning. Eventually though they give into the inevitable with a few stolen kisses and a sexy parlor scene before Broadfield takes them to where readers hoped they would go……
Rich in high society, scandal and even mystery, How to Beguile a Duke is a great short historical read—can’t wait to see what Ally Broadfield writes next!
Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny is an incredibly fun and adorable debut novel that is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Kelly Oram and Morgan Matson! Fresh, flirty and addictive from the beginning, Kissing Frogs is a great contemporary twist on the frog prince that will have you jumping for joy.
Following sixteen year old Jessica Scott, a pretty and popular teenage girl who finds her perfect plans for the summer turned upside down when the discovery that she is failing Biology sees her head to Panama with the science club to help protect some endangered frogs from extinction, Kissing Frogs is light and fun from it’s opening chapter. As a series of unexpected events lead Jess to question just what she wants for her future, this former nerd turned party princess see the inclusion of the boy who used to tease her constantly as a girl change a lot more than her attitude as Jess discovers she’s more than a pretty face….
Honestly, Kissing Frogs was just a really fun, enjoyable book to read. The storyline is fairly basic, and nothing too overly dramatic happens, but author Alisha Sevigny does a great job of keeping her reader entertained with plenty of sweet moments, blossoming friendships and budding romances.
Main character Jess was great to follow with her down to earth, likable nature and willingness to change. Jess had been caught up in being popular after reinventing herself and as her trip to Panama opens her eyes, she begins to see what is really important. I liked Jess and I liked seeing her make new friends and learn a lot.
Travis was sweet as a love interest for Jess, but she had another fighters for her attention in the form Enrique, the sexy Panamanian and briefly Miles, her boyfriend. Personally I thought Travis was the cute one, and it’s understandable that Jess finds her prince where she does. Light and quite addictive, Kissing Frogs will entertain you from beginning to end and is a perfect summer read!
Legacy by Ellery A. Kane was a well paced and well thought out novel that surprised me with it's exciting storyline and tangible characters. Set in an alternate future where drugs can alter your emotions and military forces control society to an extent, Legacy was a wonderful debut!
Following eighteen year old Alexandra "Lex" Knightly, Legacy is set in the alternate future of 2041 where society is a shadow of it's former self and pharmaceutical companies produce drugs that suppress fear and uncertainty, working together with military forces known as Guardians to create super soldiers incapable of feeling fear and disobeying orders. As the daughter of the forensic psychiatrist who first came up with the emotion altering drug known as Emovere, Lex finds herself entering the deserted city of San Francisco to meet up with a group known as the Resistance in order to potentially take down the Guardians and bring to light the truth about Emovere and its devastating side affects.
Heading into Legacy, I wasn't completely sure what I should expect. The description sounded promising, but if I'm honest the cover didn't go a long way to fuelling my imagination. Still I was hopeful. And I'm thrilled to say Legacy encompasses the saying that you shouldn't judge a book by it's over. Ellery A. Kane's debut novel was a very exciting story that has obviously been very well thought out and constructed.
I quite liked Lex as the main character and have to commend Kane on writing a heroine easy to like and follow. Lex takes on a hard task when she risks entering San Fransisco to find the Resistance and even though she is untrained and afraid, she faces her fears knowing that she has the potential to save lives.
All the characters we meet throughout the story compliment the plot line beautifully. I enjoyed seeing Lex make friends with some ex-Guardians and see Kane explore the damages harsh childhoods and painful pasts have had on the individuals treated with Emovere.
I was very satisfied with Lex and her relationship with Quin McAllister, the tough and fractured former Guardian who helps her throughout the story and quickly wins her heart. While admittedly I felt Lex and Quin "fell in love" too soon, I did believe their feelings and their romance. By the end of the book it was no surprising at all that they felt so deeply about each other after all they had been through but I would have liked a slower process of them getting there. Quin had some very real demons he needed to face and I appreciated Ellery A. Kane forcing him to face hard truths and growth requirements in Lecacy.
My only issue with this story is that I would have liked to explore the world within Legacy just a little bit more. I'm very intrigued to see exactly how society got to be the way it is in 2041 and can only hope Kane expands on this some more should she write a sequel and continue on with the series.
Legacy concludes very well, with Lex and her friends taking on powerful individuals to bring to light the truth about what is going on, and in saying that Legacy could very easily be a stand alone novel. And yet, despite how well it concludes, I do hope Ellery A. Kane writes a sequel as I wouldn't mind the chance to see and learn a bit more about this world and about these characters.
Expertly written and sensationally paced, The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel is a fantastic dystopian novel that proves to be one of my favorite books of the year! This debut novel is impossible to put down and even more impossible to forget as Engel introduces readers to an enticing new world with characters you can’t help but fall in love with!
Set in a futuristic dystopian world that was once torn apart by war and is continuously plagued by disease and social differences, The Book if Ivy introduces readers to a world where young men and women from two different sides of the social divide are paired up and married off at the age of sixteen in an attempt to increase population and maintain the fragile peace that has existed since one side of the war triumphed over the other and took control of the government and law enforcement.
Told though the eyes of Ivy Westfall, Amy Engel tells an addictive tale of romance and personal grown. As the youngest daughter of a man wanting to overthrow the president of their nation, Ivy has a lot expected of her, the least of which being that she is expected to kill Bishop Lattimer, the son of the president and Ivy’s new husband. In a world where woman find themselves married off to perfect strangers and expected to be a "wives" straight away, Bishop surprises Ivy when he doesn’t expect anything of her; instead choosing to treat her with kindness and respect. Always told the Lattimer’s were monsters, Ivy faces tough choice after tough choice when she must choose between acting out her families wishes or being true to the young man who is slowly worming his way into her heart…..
I have to say I really liked Ivy in this novel. She’s a young woman who has been taught and treated a certain way her whole life. Those who love her and those she love have ingrained certain ideas and beliefs into her that it’s not until she marries Bishop and is out on her own that she slowly begins to see a different side of things. Ivy is sweet and innocent, but brave in her thoughts and hopes. She has her own opinions and isn’t afraid to show them. She wants to make the world a better place and even if she’s misguided in the beginning I genuinely enjoyed seeing her eyes opened by knowing Bishop and spending time with him.
Bishop won me over in The Book of Ivy with his quiet, thinking nature and his ability to look at the bigger picture. There is something so incredibly sexy and appealing about a man who is kind and considerate and has honor, something Bishop has in spades. He’s not at all what Ivy expected and I really appreciated how Engel has written their relationship. In all honesty, the slowly developing relationship between Ivy and Bishop is a highlight of the novel; perfectly explored and developed.
Ivy and Bishop are different in many ways but both think and feel very similar at times too. They come from different sides of the social spectrum and are both influenced by their family. Forced to marry without really having a say, it would be no surprise if they hated each other. Instead Bishop’s straightforward and sincere nature win Ivy over as he encourages her to think for herself and treats her with nothing but kindness and respect. Ivy and Bishop have great chemistry that Amy Engel explores perfectly as Ivy slowly finds herself falling for Bishop. He’s a perfect gentleman and it’s understandable that he manages to get past her defenses.
As Ivy learns some hard truths and life lessons throughout the story, Amy Engel will utterly captivate her readers with her intense new world and wonderful characters. Ivy makes a difficult choice at the end of The Book of Ivy that sees her torn from everyone she loves and I cannot wait to see what Engel plans next! ...more
Cambria Hebert's latest release #Nerd is an extremely addictive and fun novel that weaves together a beautiful tale of romance between two characters you can't help but love!
Told through the dual POV's of collage students, Rimmel and Romeo, #Nerd follows two very different individuals who find themselves falling for someone on the other side of the social track as Cambria Hebert writes an adorable story of friendship, romance and unexpected love. When nerd and self proclaimed loner Rimmel is selected to tutor Romeo, a popular and womanizing jock who is failing many of his subjects, the last thing either expects to find is a kindred spirit in the other.
And yet, when a challenge to get into a fraternity sees Romeo set out to win Rimmel over, the two of them find themselves in the middle of an unexpected romance as Rimmel surprises Romeo with her quiet and unpretentious nature--a far cry from the woman he usually spends his time with. Soon, what started out as a way to get into a fraternity becomes so much more as this charming and charismatic young man finds himself falling in love with a nerd.....
#Nerd truly was a fun book to read. Both Rimmel and Romeo are great characters to follow and although they're both so different, Cambria Hebert manages to have them compliment each other so perfectly. The storyline was simple, but so addictive. From the moment we are introduced to Rimmel and Romeo, I found myself absorbed in their romance. Obviously, you know what's going to happen to an extent, but that didn't make it any less exciting seeing these two people stumble through falling for each other.
Rimmel is awkward and clumsy and so very endearing. Reserved and quietly intelligent, she's such a sweet girl and it's impossible not to love her. Romeo on the other hand is cocky and self assured, completely aware of his looks and what he does to people. They see like polar opposites and in a lot of ways they are, but their relationship just works. Romeo manages to bring out another side to Rimmel; helping her become more confidant and comfortable in who she is, and Rimmel accepts Romeo for who he is without wanting anything from him, something he's not quite used to.
Their romance is sweet and endearing with plenty of chemistry. Hebert knows exactly how to explore their relationship at a perfect pace; giving readers exactly what they want without going too fast or holding too much back. I liked that Rimmel and Romeo got to know each other as they fell in love and Cambria Hebert chose to wait to explore their physical relationship until later in the novel.
High in romance and rich delectable chemistry, #Nerd is a great start to a promising new NA series and I'm looking forward to seeing it continue in the next novel. Cambria Hebert has made me fall in love with Rimmel and Romeo; now I'm ready for more!
Rusty Nailed is the electric follow up to Alice Clayton’s sensational rom-com Wallbanger, and is as easily as good as the first novel; drawing her readers back into the lives of Caroline, Simon and well….Clive. Rich in romance, sexual chemistry and laugh-out-loud moments, Rusty Nailed is a superb sequel that you just won’t want to miss!
After the amazing story that was Wallbanger, Alice Clayton certainly managed to captivate this reader’s attention once more; from the opening chapter of Rusty Nailed I was once more hooked! Caroline and Simon are as steamy, charismatic and adorable as ever and I certainly couldn’t get enough of them and their hilarious lives as the events of Rusty Nailed unfolded.
Now having been together for more than a year, Caroline and Simon are as strong, and as sexy, as ever, but a bunch of changes—including Jillian’s prolonged departure on her honeymoon, Simon’s extended time home and a duo of friends whose break-up are cause for a lot of awkward, albeit hilarious moments—to their lives see Caroline and Simon take big steps in their relationship. They’ll struggle, snuggle and prove just how amazing and perfect they are together in this new stage of their story…….
Honestly, Simon and Caroline are just so perfect for each other. Not only do I adore them as individuals, but Rusty Nailed only showcased how excellently they complement and strengthen each other. Caroline is a strong and independent woman and that hasn’t changed now that she is with Simon, and Simon is still his cheeky and smooth self, although a monogamous relationship with Caroline has actually seen him happier than he has been in many years.
Simon and Caroline have an incredible chemistry and ease with each other. They just fit so well. They understand and accept the other for exactly who they are and although they have the expected fights and issues you expect with all relationships, they manage to grow and flourish along the way—something both helped and hindered by their best friends Mimi and Ryan and Neil and Sophia, as well as their mentors/friends Jillian and Benjamin who finally tie the knot!
Clive is also back and slowly bonding with Simon in Rusty Nailed, something that certainly brought a smile to my face. The continued balance that is exhibited by Clayton through her delicious writing, cheeky moments, sensual romance and sex scenes between her characters make for some terrific reading. The friendships are as wonderful as ever between Caroline and her girls, and Simon and his boys and personally I can’t get enough of them all!
Sensual, sexy and just down right fun, Rusty Nailed is an incredible follow up to its predecessor that hits every nail on the head and then some! ...more
I feel that I must point out the only reason I bought this book was**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
I feel that I must point out the only reason I bought this book was to read Kresley Cole's story within, The Warlord Wants Forever, although I am a massive Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, so I may one day finally read her story as well, perhaps even the story from Jaid Black that features in the book.
However, until then, this review is for The Warlord Wants Forever only and I have to say it was a really nice introduction into Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, even though I have read other books in the series already. Perfectly paced and sensual, it may have been a novella, but it wasn't that short; meaning there was plenty of time to enjoy getting to know Myst and Nikolai Wroth as they got to know one another.
Myst was a really quirky female lead. She was ah...kinda crazy at times, but in a good way and I quite liked her. Nikolai was sexy as hell; a real warlord and together these two just oozed sex. The romance between them was swift, but not too much as to take away the entertainment factor as they struggled with thier differences.
Cole wrote the sex scenes incredibly hot--like fan yourself hot and I loved seeing Myst and Wroth lose themselves to each other. It was tantalizing. They're another great couple who compliment each other wonderfully.
All in all, a great little start to The Immortals After Dark series that I'm already halfway through and loving. Immortals After Dark fans will want to pick this book up to read about the first Valkayrie to fall for an enemy and begin the tradition!
Cinder & Ella is the sensational latest release from Kelly Oram and is an extremely entertaining and addictive contemporary read that blends tonnes of adorable moments with friendship, humor and romance. Oram introduces readers to a fun and sometimes emotional twist on Cinderella that will have you giggling, smiling and falling in love with the characters and their story a little bit more with the turn of every page!
Wow! Can I just start by saying what an amazing read Cinder and Ella was! Honestly, one of the best books I’ve read lately. Loosely set in Oram’s V is for Virgin world, Cinder & Ella is a deliciously fun twist on the Cinderella fairytale and features Kelly Oram’s trademark wit and humor woven together with a delectable romance and adorable friendship.
Cinder & Ella is told through the dual POV’s of teenager Ellamara "Ella" Rodriguez and her best friend and internet buddy, Cinder. A blogger and book lover, Ella is still managing to re-establish her life after a terrible accident left her horrendously scarred and took the life of her mother. Now living with the father who abandoned her years before, new stepmother and two "evil" stepsisters, Ella is struggling to adjust to life at a new school and new town, where she is bullied and ridiculed. Her only solace is reconnecting with Cinder, a boy she has spoken to online for years but has never actually met, not knowing that Cinder is actually heart-throb and acting sensation, Brian Oliver, the lead actor in her favorite book-turned-movie series.
I always seem to enjoy Kelly Oram’s novels and Cinder & Ella was no exception—in fact it may be my new favourite! As a reader and blogger I found it so easy to connect with and relate to Ella. Obviously I couldn’t understand exactly what she was going through, but it was easy to emphasise with Ella. Smart, witty and passionate about books, Ella was so very likable and I truly found myself rooting for her. Oram explores Ella’s Cinderella like life beautifully, but also manages to give it a fresh and fun twist that sees some of the "villain’s’ become friends. Honestly, it was just so much fun to read and I really didn’t want to put it down.
I adored the relationship Kelly Oram depicts between Ella and Cinder. From the moment Oram writes their first online interaction readers see in the book, it’s obvious they’ve got chemistry, and their quick, sharp banter makes for some really excellent scenes. I feel like Oram did a fantastic job with their relationship and I never once doubted the depth and authenticity of their feelings for one another. Perhaps it may have come across as strange that two people who had never met could love each other under different circumstances, but here are two people with a legitimate friendship that has developed over three years of connecting and communicating online. It had nothing to do with looks or status or fame—just the opposite actually, but Ella and Cinder honestly cared about each other and I was just dying for them to finally meet in person.
Kelly Oram creates a great dynamic with not only Ella and Cinder, who are just too cute for words, but the other characters as well. As a fairytale retelling, you kind of expect the dynamics of Cinderella to be present, but I also appreciated seeing Ella bond with the family she is forced to live with as well as the friends she slowly makes in the book. Brian Oliver is a thrilling and cheeky leading man who truly adores Ella, and is willing to put her above his career as long as she’ll be with him. He loves her, and knows her and at the end of the day I found it beautiful that he loves her regardless of her scars.
Entrancing from beginning to end, Cinder & Ella was just a plain awesome read. Rich in friendship that develops into romance and non-stop wit, banter and sass, this novel is one you won’t want to miss and is perfect for fairytale fans and contemporary lovers alike!
Inevitable Detour is a fast paced and dangerous story that features dark themes and plenty of romance in S.R. Grey’s debut novel!
Inevitable Detour is told through the eyes of Essalin Brant a twenty-two year old college student whose boring and predictable life takes a drastic turn when her best friend Haven is kidnapped and the only person who believes Haven didn’t willingly leave on her own is Havens older brother and ex-military man Farren Shaw. When Farren decides to track down his sister using his connections, Essa invites herself along on the cross country journey and soon finds herself beginning to fall for Farren, the mysterious man she’s crushed on through photographs of Haven’s for years, but who she has only just met.
What starts out as a journey to rescue her best friend, soon drags Essa into the dangerous world of human trafficking and sex slavery as it becomes evidently clear that Farren’s secret life and work are possibly the reason behind his sister’s abduction, and getting to know Farren may put Essa in more danger than she can handle......
I’m going to be honest here; I’m at two minds when it comes to Inevitable Detour. To begin with the premise blew me away and I was very excited to read the story but I don’t think the novel quite lived up to expectations. And I also had a couple of issue’s with the storyline and characters that kept me from ever really becoming blown away by the story.
Essa is for the most part a likable main character and Farren is sexy and appealing as a military man who is trying to rescue his sister, but I think the author tried too hard to have Essa and Farren’s relationship start straight away. Rather than have these two connect and have a great chemistry that develops into something more, Essa is basically obsessed with Farren before she even meets him; completely blown away by his smouldering good looks and sexiness. I just felt like the story would have been better if their initial relationship developed more naturally.
And yet, Essa and Farren have a really good chemistry. There were some great tender moments shared between them during their journey that are obvious pinnacle points where Farren’s feelings for Essa are beginning to deepen and become something real. I liked these moments and interactions; they were some of my favourites during the story.
My other big issue was Haven and her response to what she had been though. Now I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but this young woman had been kidnapped, raped and shared by different men. She’d been abused and assaulted and I just feel like she reacted too easily about the whole situation. Even if someone goes along with an assault and multiple instances of forced sex to avoid being hurt too much, surely they’re going to be traumatised and effected—Haven wasn’t as much as I would have expected and seemed ready to move on and be happy too soon. This just didn’t seem realistic in my eyes.
Problems aside, Inevitable Detour weaves together a harrowing kidnapping with a cross country journey that sees two people fall in love. Despite its quirks, the novel was fast paced and exciting at times—I may possibly pick up the sequel after that killer cliff-hanger ending!
Demon From The Dark is another exciting book in the Immortals After**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Demon From The Dark is another exciting book in the Immortals After Dark series and another sexy romance from one of the premier names in Paranormal Romance!
Picking up shortly where the last book left off, we're introduced to The Order, the mysterious group of humans who were behind the kidnapping of the various main characters we were made aware of in the last book. Cole develops her world even more in this installment and I'm quite intrigued to see what will happen with The Order next.
I have to admit, I was a little bit unsure of this book in the beginning and unfortunately that was mostly because of Malkom and his actions. In the very beginning of the book I struggled to connect with his brusque nature and attitude. It was hard to accept his way of thinking and I almost found him unlikeable because of this. And yet once I became familiar with Malkom and his history, it was easy to become used to his gruff, almost animalistic was of thinking and I couldn't help but feel for the guy. For someone so fierce and tough, he was surprisingly fragile when it came to his psyche and his ability to trust. He got to me. He did. His second guessing himself as he quietly learnt that others could deem him worth something tugged at my heart strings.
Carrow was quite a nice female lead; likable and brave when need be, and I liked her both as an individual and together with Malkolm. Carrow wasn't the party girl I'd expected from previous brief glimpses within the series and the mothering instinct that came to the surface in her when Ruby became her responsibility was adorable.
Together Malkom and Carrow had a really tough relationship. They had a language and cultural barrier to break through between them and I quite liked exploring this. It made for some interesting reading, especially with Malkom's nature and experience within the world. Theirs was a very instinctual relationship and yet Malkom's inexperience warred with his fierce urge to "claim" Carrow from the get go.
High stakes and a great setting add to the experience of this book, as does the little witch Ruby which bring out the paternal instincts in both Carrow and Malkom. Malkom and Ruby's slow decent into friendship was the most adorable thing ever and the sweet moments between them added the cherry on the top to this story.
With a great ending, I'm really glad to have read this installment and yet very excited for the next! ...more
Pleasures of a Dark Prince is another great installment in the addi**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Pleasures of a Dark Prince is another great installment in the addictive and sensual Immortals After Dark series featuring Lykae Garreth and Valkerie Lucia the Archer!
This is plain and simple another great read. Pleasures of a Dark Prince, finally tells the tale of Lucia and Garreth--the Valkerie and Lykae we first met all the way in the first book, amidst Emma and Lachlain's tale, and yet who seemed to have their own connection and secrets of their own.
I really liked the way Kresley Cole wove Lucia and Garreth's tale together. I thought it was really interesting to learn that their story actually began long before Lachlain and Emma ever met. I thought the setting and plotline of this book was really interesting. Getting lost in the Amazon and facing massive gators, shifters and long dead God's proved to be highly entertaining--the atmosphere of the story was exhilarating.
I adored Lucia and thought she had such great strength and personality. She was a really likable heroine and someone I truly enjoyed reading about. Her history was really shocking and harsh, but I thought the way it impacted the story was really genius of Cole. It was somethingdifferent to explore.
Garreth was a really sexy Lykae. What can I say....there was something so very sexy about that Scott. I can certainly understand why Lucia fell for him. With his gruff and fierce alpha nature and he-man attitude, it was very easy to become drawn to him. He cared deeply for Lucia and fought everything for her--that determination and desire was very admirable and great to read about.
I really enjoyed the sensual relationship between Lucia and Garreth. Considering Lucia's history, it was very fitting to see Lucia re-discover passion and trust someone with her body and heart again. Their sexual tension was off the charts and very addictive to read about.
A thrilling and confronting ending, leaves three of the characters in strife and has me ready to dive straight into the next book pronto!
Deep Kiss of Winter is the 8th installment in the Immortals After D**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Deep Kiss of Winter is the 8th installment in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, however it is also a complication that houses Tempt Me Eternally, a novella in Gena Showalter's superb Alien Huntress series that features Macy and Brennan's story alongside Untouchable, Cole's story of Murdoch Wroth and the Valkyrie Daniela.
It's actually quite funny. I purchased Deep Kiss of Winter years ago when I was reading Showalter's Alien Huntress series; a series I might add I'm yet to post reviews of. I didn't bother reading the main story Untouchable at the time as I hadn't read any of the Immortals After Dark books and hadn't even considered them.
So in saying this, I was really excited when I got to up to Murdoch and Daniela's story and realized I already had their book sitting on my shelf. Cole's focal story of Untouchable takes place over a number of months and over the course of all the previous books in the series. Cole has often hinted that there was something going on between Daniela and Murdoch that we weren't seeing and it's in Deep Kiss of Winter that we finally get to discover exactly what that is and what they've been through.
I quite liked both Murdoch and Daniela and found them both to be strong characters in their own rights. What can I say? When it comes to the Wroth brothers in this series I'm a fan, and Murdoch is no exception. Daniela was a really sweet female lead too. I have to admit though; I wasn't expecting her to be so lonely and craving touch and affection so much. She really was starved for it.
I think Cole did an awesome job with the romantic relationship in this book. Daniela and Murdoch faced some real trials in their journey to be together, the biggest issue being that they could never touch due to Daniela's race and heritage. They struggled to hold onto a relationship when they could never actually touch but in the end I think this really enhanced the strength of their love--even though they found being unable to touch hard, simply being apart wasn't an option. And I found this really beautiful and sweet.
It was wonderful seeing all the Wroth's together at the end of this book. They're all paired up now and have found their own happily ever after's but there are still so many characters yet to. I liked the introduction of Jadian in this book and hope we see more of him in the future; potentially with his own story!
All in all, another great read and one that left me yet again looking forward to the rest of the series! ...more
Kiss of a Demon King is the 7th Immortals After Dark book and is ye**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Kiss of a Demon King is the 7th Immortals After Dark book and is yet another sizzling tale brimming with sexual tension, romance and danger!
I have to say, after the last book I was really looking forward to reading this book. The moments we saw Sabine and Rydstrom together certainly made you wonder exactly what was happening between the two of them and where they were at. They seemed like enemies, and I have to say, seeing this side of their story though their eyes changed some of the moments of the last book for me--and I love Cole for doing that!
As individuals, I really liked Sabine and Rystrom. Sabine was nothing I expected her to be and for that I was really glad. Cole managed to create a really devilish female, who should by all rights be evil....and yet she wasn't. She was sassy and vain and proud, but also kind. I loved how Sabine was with the little demon Puck. It was a highlight of the book for me and absolutely hilarious in a really sweet way.
Rystrom was a very sexy male and very likable in this book. There's not much to say about him other than I think he was a great hero and match for Sabine.
The relationship between Rydstrom and Sabine was really intense. Sometimes you didn't know what they were to each other--they were ultimately enemies who wanted each other and seeing them fight for dominance over the other; unable to deny their attraction and deepening feelings was really entertaining to read about. I never knew where they would go next.
With another great book coming to a perfect ending, I'm off to begin the next one! ...more
Dark Desires After Dusk is yet another beguilling installment in th**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Dark Desires After Dusk is yet another beguilling installment in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole and is an exciting, sensual romance that will have you entranced the entire way through!
Alright, so I'm a fan of this series. After five books in, it's fair to say that the Immortals After Dark book are as addictive as they are exciting. Cole blends romance with brilliant characters and thrilling danger in each tale and Dark Desires After Dusk is no exception; choc-full of passion and tension.
I was really excited to read Cadeon's story. Ever since we met him in Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night, I've been eager to see him find his female, and after the ending of the pervious book, that briefly allowed us to see Cadeon with his fated female, I've been even more excited to see Cadeon win over his "human" Holly.
I really dug Cade in this book. He really was between a rock and a hard place for a lot of the story; torn between retrieving his brothers crown or protecting his female. Cade had a lot of hard choices to make, but I feel he handled himself very well. Holly was his, and he treated her as such. This cocky, arrogant demon was brought to his knees by this sweet, intelligent firecracker who was so much more than she appeared and I loved it!
Cole created a really great heroine to read about in Holly. She was very flawed with her OCD and her fears, but she comes into her own as the book progresses and she learns about her Valkyrie heritage; becoming a really strong person along the way.
I really liked the relationship they develops between Cade and Holly. There's is a very intense attraction that neither can deny, though Holly spends a lot of the book wishing she could and I really liked seeing Holly experience sex and passion for the first time with Cade. It was intense and steamy and very, very hot.
As this book comes to an end, I find myself more than ready to pick up Rydstrom's story to find out just what is happening between him and Sabine! ...more
Dark Deeds At Night's Edge is a thrilling, sensual ghostly tale in**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Dark Deeds At Night's Edge is a thrilling, sensual ghostly tale in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series!
I have to say, I'm quite enjoying this series. I may not have been a massive fan of the first book, but every story since has had me fall in love with the world and characters more and even more excited for the next story in the series!
Throughout the Immortals After Dark, we've seen werewolves and vampires and demons and valkyries, but in this book we meet our first ghost when Conrad Wroth, madman and crazed vampire finds himself entranced by a beautiful spirit that lives in the manor he's currently a prisoner of.
I really liked this story. I love how Kresley Cole weaves together each book with characters from the past and those we've yet to meet. In this installment, I was very invested in Conrad and Naomi's tale. Conrad really was sexy and despite his momentarily lapses of sanity....he was a really great man. I liked that he was inexperienced when it came to women, although he sure picked that up fast, and I think Cole have him a really great match in Naomi. She was a really wicked, sensual spirit who wasn't ashamed of her past and truly had a good heart.
One of the things I loved the most about this book was the fact that it takes a while for Naomi and Conrad to have a physical relationship due to the fact that she's well...a ghost. And yet the attraction and sexual tension is there; running rampant as they get to know one another. I thought it was wonderful seeing the two connect, especially seeing how Conrad was the only one who could actually see Naomi and Naomi was the only one who could get through to Conrad and break through the madness he suffered.
I was really thrilled with the ending of this book and find myself really eager for the next book, Caedon's story!
Screwdrivered is the saucy third installment in Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series and is another sassy story that, while featuring an new main character in the form of Vivian, Simon’s high school buddy we previously met in Rusty Nailed, features all the wit, sass and laughs typical of an Alice Clayton novel!
Told through the eyes of Vivian "Viv" Franklin, Screwdrivered sees the tattooed, pierced and just down right cheeky app designer’s life take an unexpected turn when a distant aunt dies and Vivian discovers herself the sole beneficiary to her will; inheriting a house, a car, a bunch of animals and a whole new world of trouble. Taking a step away from her own life, Vivian travels to the small country town her aunt called home to find a rundown house, a bunch of new friends and a librarian determined to put a halt to all of her plans, managing to find along the way everything she ever wanted, even if it wasn’t in exactly the package she expected…..
I honestly really loved this book. While I adore Caroline and Simon, it was also really refreshing to delve into the mind of a brand new character and a whole different life. We briefly met Viv in Rusty Nailed and when I learned Screwdrivered would be her story, I was very excited. Alice Clayton certainly doesn’t disappoint either in this heartwarming tale where opposites attract and finding a home is sometimes in the last place you expected or planned.
Vivian was a great main character to follow in this story. She’s bold, funny and independent. She can take care of herself, does what she wants and is not ashamed of who she is. In Screwdrivered, Viv’s life takes a drastic change, but it was so wonderful seeing her adapt and embrace things. The house she inherits literally changes her life and the small town it’s nestled in welcomes Viv with open arms as she finds such a wonder new chapter to her life there.
Alice Clayton includes two very different romance options for Viv in the forms of Hank, a rough and tumble cowboy and Clark, the stuffy and stoic librarian and head of the historical society who needs his feathers ruffled. It’s quite clear to readers from the very beginning where the story is heading in relation to Vivian’s love life and although I would normally not go into too much detail for fear of giving away spoilers, I just need to gush here about Clark. How cute it Clark?!?
It’s a story of opposites attracting with Vivian and Clark, with polite and proper Clark completely the opposite of rough around the edges Vivian, and yet the two work so well. They are so very adorable. There’s fire between them from the moment Clark takes it upon himself to stick his nose into Vivian’s renovation plans and although Clark is the last thing Viv thought she wanted in a man, the too slowly develop a very easy friendship that sees Vivian tease Clark and get him riled up; bringing out a different side to him that makes for some very entertaining reading. Their romance is sweet and develops slowly in a way that leaves you very satisfied as the reader when they eventually get together.
Another brilliant Alice Clayton novel, Screwdrivered will thrill readers with its witty dialogue and character dynamic. Great chemistry makes for some spectacularly entertaining scenes and will in no way disappoint! ...more
In the tradition of an Abbi Glines novel, Emma James debut tale A Little Faith is an emotional and driven story of friendship, loss and the potential moving on can bring. Featuring five luscious male specimens and a likable heroine, A Little Faith is a great start to a promising new NA series!
I have to be honest here, A Little Faith is a hard book to review for me, predominately because I know the author personally through blogging and the world of books. I went into this novel hopeful, but also wanted to keep an open and unbiased mind. So in saying that, I was really liked A Little Faith and I was impressed with the amount of emotion author Emma James managed to convey in her debut. The opening chapter tugged on my heart strings and made me feel, as we witness the loss of an individual who was young and living their life in a horrendous event. As the novel progresses you come to understand the impact such a loss and the event that caused it had on the lives of a group of young people.
A Little Faith is told through varying POV’s, including that of main character Faith and see’s Faith head to Ocean Beach, a beach side suburb to visit the best friends of her brother Chance. Now I don’t want to give away spoilers, but Faith is still reeling from a devastating loss years prior and hopes this visit will give her what she needs to be able to move on and come to terms with her grief.
While the book does centre predominately around Faith, A Little Faith also introduces us to Harley, Text, Retro, Keanu and Levi, the best friends of Faith’s brother Chance, men whose lives were tremendously impacted when tragedy struck. Personally I really liked all the guys and found them to have their own unique personalities and traits. A Little Faith focusing solely around the lives of these characters and seeing them live is actually quite interesting—they’ve made a lot of themselves and I enjoyed seeing how James works the dynamics of their relationships together.
There’s a lot of possibility for future books, with each main character deserving of their own tale as well as some of the minor characters like Retro’s sister Phoenix and bartender Slade. I’m really interested to see each character fall in love with Retro the first with his Birdie and the others soon to follow if the first book is any indication of what James has planned.
A Little Faith is a fun and flirty start to a new NA series as well as a great debut. While the characters are already very well rounded, they have even more potential for future storylines and as author Emma James leaves this novel with readers beginning to find themselves invested in the lives of her characters, I for one look forward to seeing what happens next! ...more
Anna Soliveres’s debut novel, Violet Storm is a rich and descriptive forward moving dystopian novel that is deeply entertaining and blends together elements of sci-fi with danger, intrigue and betrayal.
Told through the eyes of Aeva Storm, a tough as nails athlete, Violet Storm is a futuristic dystopian that sees Aeva’s world turned upside down when her village is destroyed and she is kidnapped and modified into something more than human. Now struggling with her newfound abilities and the loss of time between when she was playing a Fila game to when she woke up drastically altered with her family presumed dead, Aeva finds herself at the centre of diabolical plan to overthrow her kingdom’s Monarch. Forced to play the role of someone she is not in order to get close to those in power, Aeva slowly discovers that she is the perfect weapon to bring about a new era where everyone are transformed into Modi’s (modified human beings) and only by making hard decisions will Aeva been able to save her people.
I’ll be honest here; I went into this novel not sure what to expect. The premise sounded promising, but at the same time didn’t give too much away. I had hopes I would enjoy it, but didn’t expect too much. I was ecstatic to discover from the opening chapter of the novel that the story was completely captivating.
Violet Storm was a rich dystopian read that follows a strong heroine and has an exciting storyline. I was entertained by its fast moving storyline and really enjoyed the character dynamic seen throughout the story. There were plenty of surprises and developments that altered the storyline from time to time and kept things moving in unpredictable directions.
As the main character, I very much liked Aeva. She’s clever and daring and has a lot of fight in her. That being said, Aeva really finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place in this novel; an unwilling pawn in a horrible plan to over throw her nations monarch. With those she loves threatened, Aeva doesn’t have a lot of choice, except to go along with a plan to assassinate her king. An athlete through and through, Aeva has a lot of fire in her and her modified body combines perfectly with her brave heart to see her fight to make the right choices, so matter how badly she wishes she didn’t have to.
Author Anna Soliveres introduces Aeva to two very different possible love interests over the course of the book although there isn’t any real romance within the story at this point in time. Personally I think there’s possibility with both guys and like them both, although I think the one Aeva meets first may just have a nose on the other guy in my mind.
Lush and exciting, Violet Storm races towards a thrilling ending that sees out heroine make a startling choice and surprises be revealed. Featuring a great ending that opens up a world of possibilities for Soliveres to develop the story further, I’m super excited to read the next book as soon as it’s released!
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! ...more
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!
Incubus is the second book in Jennifer Quintenz’s Daughters of Lilith series and is quite possibly even better than the first book! The stakes are higher and there’s a new danger to face as Braedyn and the Guard continue their fight against the Lillith in another exciting read by Quintenz!
I have to say I really enjoyed Incubus; possibly even more than the first book! With Quintenz’s world already established and the characters well known by now, I was thrilled with how the story is progressing and the developments that have come to light in this book. Sometimes sequels don’t live up to their predecessors; however Incubus manages to stand exceptionally well on its own two feet with its own individual story that still manages to feature an ongoing storyline from the previous book.
As with the previous book in this series, Incubus was very well written and author Jennifer Quintenz manages to pack a lot of action and surprises into the story. The tale is well written and the characters compliment each other beautifully. The introduction of some new characters to that story shake the foundation, but Quintenz explores them expertly; managing to include many unexpected developments.
Braedyn continues to grow and strengthen in her fight against the Lilitu, making some bad choices along the way that may affect not only those around her, but possibly the whole world. Personally I like Braedyn and I like seeing her face things head on. Admittedly she makes some tough choices in this book, some of which have horrendous results, but she’s learning and you can’t fault her desire to do the right thing.
Braedyn’s relationship with Lucas continues to be a focal point within the story considering they are still unable to act on their feeling without Lucas being tremendously hurt, or worse, killed. Quintenz continues to showcase a great relationship between Braedyn and her father Murphy and I’m even quite a fan of the unexpected friendship/alliance Braedyn has formed with Karayan—this was not something expected after her actions in the previous book, but Quintenz is beginning to depict a different side to Karayan that makes me wonder just how evil she really is.
Shocking betrayals and unexpected revelations see Incubus end with an unforeseen cliff-hanger that readers will simply not expect but will leave them raring to dive into the third instalment as soon as they’re physically able! ...more
Inheritance is the first book in Lisa Forrest’s Inheritance series and is a debut novel that explores ancient circus performers like never before in this unique and fresh tale!
I have to be honest; I was really excited to read this novel. I’m always excited to read new Aussie fiction, especially when the novel is set in Australia and Inheritance very much caught my attention the moment I read about its unique concept. Unfortunately, Inheritance didn’t completely live up to my expectations, although I will consider reading the next instalment to see how Forest continues to develop the story.
Inheritance follows seventeen year old Tallulah, a young woman who has always known she was different. When Tallulah begins training at the esteemed Cirque d’Avenir, a school for budding circus performers and artists, Tallulah discovers that the abilities and secrets she has always shared with her nanny Irena mark her as something special, a Cirkulatti. Drawn into dangerous Cirkulatti politics and a centuries old mystery, Tallulah slowly discovers that her abilities set her apart from even the Cirkulatti and mean she’s even more different than she ever imagined.
I think the concept within Inheritance is absolutely sensational. I’ve never seen such manner of circus performers explored and linked in the way Lisa Forrest manages to do so in Inheritance. And yet I don’t think it met the potential it displayed when I first began the book. I would have liked to spend a little more time understand all the different performers; clowns, strongmen, flamethrowers and more, rather than focuses so much on Tallulah’s life which in my eyes paled in comparison to the possibilities of the circus folk.
Overall I didn’t mind Tallulah as the main character, but where were times when I struggled to connect with her too. I understand Forrest wrote Tallulah’s character with the intention of her being powerful and having a huge importance to the Cirkulatti that we still don’t yet understand, but sometimes this came across as too obvious and I felt it was thrown in my face repeatedly when it wasn’t necessary.
I liked the different characters in this book and how they form different friendships with Tallulah. I would have liked to have seen more of certain individuals as they really would have complimented the story more. I was a bit perplexed by Tallulah’s love interests, as I thought one was too obvious and the other almost non-existent, although it was clear Forrest wanted to display a connection between Tallulah and this certain guy.
Inheritance is a very detailed book and races towards a climactic ending that sees betrayals come to light by some characters you’re simply not expecting. A solid start to a new series but an Aussie author; I may just be persuaded to pick up the second book to see what happens next! ...more