Review: Master Of Crows by Grace Draven Author note: This fantasy romance contains adult situations and graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.
REVIReview: Master Of Crows by Grace Draven Author note: This fantasy romance contains adult situations and graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.
REVIEW: Master Of Crows is an adult fantasy novel that brings magic and sexy to new highs. I haven’t read adult fantasy in a very long time, I still don’t know why I stopped but I am happy to have chosen this book to start again. Master Of Crows is beautifully written, the setting is hunting and beautiful, and the story and characters are fantastic. Master of Crows is the story of Silhara an outcast and feared magician, who was born to serve as an avatar to the God of Corruption. The story flows beautifully, the author creates a beautiful world of magic and power where the character’s aren’t always in charge of their own destiny.
Silhara was born to be the avatar, the perfect vessel, strong and intelligent and with the skills needed by the God of Corruption. The God of Corruption is determined to rule the world and while Silhara is tempted by its power and promises of respect and devotion he isn’t easily seduced. He prefers to die than being a slave of Corruption, that’s until his heart falls for his apprentice. An unassuming woman who is in possession of a great gift, a gift that could give him power and life but one that could easily be his death.
I really enjoyed this story, the character development was fantastic. Their dialogue and interaction was funny and intelligent. Martise was lovely, from her calm and strong personality to her blunt and not so innocent flirts with Silhara, I loved her character. Silhara at times intuitive, yet always intelligent and calculating. His past one that inflicted suffering but that past shaped him into the man he became. His story developed beautifully, the author did a great job exploring his feelings and desires. The character developed at the same pace as the story flowed, never slowing but never feeling rushed.
The characters feelings developed slowly, this was not love at first sight which I enjoyed. Martise was not the typical damsel in distress, her character is strong and smart. It brings the balance necessary to the story, creating a funny yet intelligent interaction that at times makes you gasp, while in often times makes you giggle. I loved how their love grew and their actions dictated their future.
Master of Crows is a great steamy love story that pushes the boundaries of the genre. At times extremely sexy and imaginative, others beautiful and poetic. I can’t recommend this book enough, if you are looking for an unique story with touches of fantasy and beautiful world building yet a steamy and detailed romance this is the book for you. This story touches the reality of love and the sacrifices that comes with it, putting in question if love is a sacrifice all on its own....more
Review: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First program. I aReview: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First program. I am happy I did because Ticker was a lot of fun to read. Ticker is a YA Steampunk filled with adventure, science and witty characters. I enjoyed reading Ticker, the story was fun and entertaining. Penny Farthing is smart, beautiful and hardheaded. Her love for life usually put her in situations not always desired, her heart may be weak but her spirit is strong. The Farthing family suffers from a condition that threatens the women to die at a young age, after Penny’s older sister die suddenly during her eighteen birthday Penny knew it was just time before death claimed her too.
Penny’s way to mourn put her in a precarious situation when her selfish behavior caused her to have an accident and as a consequence her heart gave up. This accident started to unfold a chain of events that would put Penny’s life and those around her in great danger. The author gives us a great story, beautifully written and filled with fascinating description of old London. She also portrays the madness behind a scientist and his desire and need to evade and cheat death. His heart once broken by the death of his beloved Dimitria and a promise that would one day bring pain to those he once loved.
Mad scientist usually make great villains, that’s exactly the case of Calvin Warwick, a scientist whose grieve was deep and maddening enough to send him into a rampage of crime and murder all in the name of science. The action was non-stop, I liked how well and nicely paced the scenes were. The intensity of some of them quite graphic and thrilling. I enjoyed every aspect of this story. The romance though it wasn’t greatly developed it was paced nicely. It was not intense or the main focus, but it played an important part on bringing some of the characters together.
The characters were well rounded and smart, their interaction and dialog greatly developed and their connection beautifully exploit. The technology and science was nicely explored giving this story a unique and interesting twist. Ticker has all the needed ingredients to make the story interesting, it gives us human interaction, friendship, romance, deceit & forgiveness. All of this makes Ticker a fun and sweet holiday day that you would like to share.
Overall, Ticker is a great YA Steampunk that would keep readers entertained. Fans of Kady Cross may find themselves enticed to read Ticker. If you chose to do so, you will not be disappointed....more
REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First pr**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First program. I am happy I did because Ticker was a lot of fun to read. Ticker is a YA Steampunk filled with adventure, science and witty characters.
I enjoyed reading Ticker, the story was fun and entertaining. Penny Farthing is smart, beautiful and hardheaded. Her love for life usually put her in situations not always desired, her heart may be weak but her spirit is strong. The Farthing family suffers from a condition that threatens the women to die at a young age, after Penny's older sister die suddenly during her eighteen birthday Penny knew it was just time before death claimed her too.
Penny's way to mourn put her in a precarious situation when her selfish behavior caused her to have an accident and as a consequence her heart gave up. This accident started to unfold a chain of events that would put Penny's life and those around her in great danger. The author gives us a great story, beautifully written and filled with fascinating description of old London. She also portrays the madness behind a scientist and his desire and need to evade and cheat death. His heart once broken by the death of his beloved Dimitria and a promise that would one day bring pain to those he once loved.
Mad scientist usually make great villains, that's exactly the case of Calvin Warwick, a scientist whose grieve was deep and maddening enough to send him into a rampage of crime and murder all in the name of science. The action was non-stop, I liked how well and nicely paced the scenes were. The intensity of some of them quite graphic and thrilling. I enjoyed every aspect of this story. The romance though it wasn't greatly developed it was paced nicely. It was not intense or the main focus, but it played an important part on bringing some of the characters together. The characters were well rounded and smart, their interaction and dialog greatly developed and their connection beautifully exploit. The technology and science was nicely explored giving this story a unique and interesting twist. Ticker has all the needed ingredients to make the story interesting, it gives us human interaction, friendship, romance, deceit & forgiveness. All of this makes Ticker a fun and sweet holiday day that you would like to share.
Overall, Ticker is a great YA Steampunk that would keep readers entertained. Fans of Kady Cross may find themselves enticed to read Ticker. If you chose to do so, you will not be disappointed....more
REVIEW: Blyssful Lies is the second installment in the Blyss Seri**Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog** Rating 4.5 of 5
**IT CONTAINS MINOR SPOILER**
REVIEW: Blyssful Lies is the second installment in the Blyss Series. The story starts right where Blyss left off, Julie is recuperating from a confrontation with Nick. I was skeptical at how good the 2nd installment would be, considering I felt the first book in the series “Blyss” left me feeling like there was not much substance to the characters and the plot. I am happy to say that I was blown away this time around by the quality of this installment. The characters are a lot more developed and intriguing, giving me exactly what I expected to see and feel from them. The sense of uncertainty that I felt when reading Blyss has dissipated and in its place a sense of contentment as been put in its place.
(view spoiler)[The plot has thickened and it brings a new development to the story. Julie and Travis are on the run; Travis felt it necessary to take Julie away from Nick not without considering the retaliation and the force in which he would attack. However, there is the possibility that is it not just Nick trying to get Julie back. (hide spoiler)] The situations in which these three characters have found themselves are a creation of the world in which they live in. Nick though again we don’t get much from him has promised revenge and I am looking forward to the cruelty to which I am sure he will subject both Julie and Travis. Nick is showing his vulnerability, however his control and strength keeps his mind steady while his heart is in turmoil.
Julie has gone from frail and scared to a tigress ready to pounce and take control of her life and do anything necessary to make it happen. I think there is more to Julie than her beauty, her character feels a lot stronger now than she did before. She shows a stronger voice and her actions mirror her thoughts. Travis on the other hand is acting on impulse and that surprised me. I felt that he was in control, opposite to Nick’s volatile persona; however that hasn’t proven to be the case. Travis is letting his feelings drive him; his heart has decided what’s best for him and Julie without judging the eminent danger in which they have put them both. The author has done a superb job exploring the feelings and emotions of these characters. She has given us a more mature Julie and a very vulnerable Travis without portraying him as weak. Nick sees control slipping from his hands and that is something I would’ve liked to see more of. The author has given us a lot more of Julie & Travis relationship, their feelings are being exposed and their attraction and sexual tension has grown exponentially. It is a treat to see them interact, their dialog flows easily, their banter is sexy and their sexual encounters explosive.
I am really happy to have read this second installment. Blyssful Lies is explosive & sexy. The action and sense of danger brings the most needed balance to the story without taking away the dark, romantic and sensual flow of the story. The plot is provocative and hasn’t steered away from its dark and painful nature while the characters have maintained and developed whole new levels of control, sadism and promise of pains. I am a big fan of anti—heroes and that is why I am rooting for Nick. I think readers will feel captivated by the new developments, by the romance and the possibility of great danger. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
REVIEW: I don’t usually follow a certain criteria when I read books, nor I tend to read boo**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: I don’t usually follow a certain criteria when I read books, nor I tend to read books in a series one right after the other. This is perhaps the 2nd time I do that since I have been reading and there is a good reason behind it. The Artists Trilogy is one of those series that leaves you craving for more. I wasn’t 100% sold on the trilogy when I read the first book (Sins & Needles), but now that I have read the 2nd book I am happy to see how much this trilogy has to offer.
Shooting Scars is book 2 in the trilogy and this time around I was overwhelmed by the quality of this installment. This series has turned out to be exquisitely addictive. The story as well as the characters have develop greatly this time around, the plot and the characters’ voice and presence feel stronger and with more purpose. The drama, angst and conflicts are non stop.
While I wasn’t entirely supportive of Ellie Watt on the first book, now I am enamored with her as a character. In her attempt to redeem herself after all the things she has done as a con artist and after having hurt Camden so deeply – Ellie goes back with Javier thinking that her sacrifice will give Camden a chance to reunite with his son and ex-wife. One can’t exactly say that Ellie is the selfless heroine who has put everyone else’s needs before her, not at all. She has been selfish & reckless. I think the author depicts Ellie exactly as her characters requires it. She doesn’t take away from the crude reality of Ellie’s life, she emphasizes the connection and history that exist between her and Javier and also explores the dark and deep needs that exist between them. It brings out the what if of life, making her question her true motives behind her selfless act to give up on her love for Camden. What I enjoyed the most on this installment is how well we get to know her emotions, not because she still suffers and hurts for Camden but because we also get to explore how her mind works.
The attraction between Ellie and Javier & Ellie and Camden isn’t necessarily an attraction made from love, but an attraction that seem to exist in the deepest and darkest part of the heart, one that requires more than just love. The confessions and actions that follow the capture of Ellie help us understand the close connection and the thin line that exist between love and hate & between need and obsession. The author manages to create a contrast between these characters while clearly exposing the derailed & dysfunctional passion that exist between them, showing us that their need for each other can only be measured by the intensity of their desired.
Shooting Scars has it all, passion, deceit, sex, love and never ending action, with a roller-coaster of emotions that add amazing twist and turns to a story that seems to catch every aspect of human nature. This story is captivating, there is so much more to it than a story one redemption and second chances. The complexity and always evolving characters add to the story the necessary suspense to make this a page turner. If you love anti-heroes & villains, then you are going to love Javier. I am a fan of anti-heroes & villains, for me Javier deserves happiness as much as any other character. I think we have yet to see to what extend his love and need for Ellie goes, and for Camden to demonstrate how far is he willing to go for the woman he loves....more
REVIEW: Master Over You is a very dark romance novel. There are times when stories are too raw, too painfu***Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog ***
REVIEW: Master Over You is a very dark romance novel. There are times when stories are too raw, too painful and all together to much to handle. Master Over You is one of those stories. The plot develops around human trafficking, a subject that is not only dark, raw & painful but one that holds a certain fascination.
When I requested this book for a review I was expecting something dramatic, painful, filled with angst and raw emotions. I got exactly that, the story tells about the dark minds behind the act, and suffering of the victim of abuse, it also gives us the story of two characters that after suffering horrendous circumstances take a path for the worse. The plot was gripping and the characters crafted to show their darkest nature.
The characters are broken, ruined and violated in ways that would forever altered their future and their nature. I think that aspect of the story was beautifully exploit. However, the way in which the story flows between the two main characters is not what I expected. At some point during the story, we as readers are supposed to connect and be able to identify with the characters we read about. Angeline & Noah are very different, they are not your typical characters. One can’t identify Noah as the hero nor can one identify Angelina as the heroine. As characters they both have strong voices and strong personalities, however the lack of interaction and dialog between these characters makes it almost impossible to connect with their suffering and anguish.
The plot deals with each character separately, they both seem to be going on different paths. Neither Angeline or Noah maintain an open dialog, their inner monologue makes it difficult to connect them in a way that supports their love story, each held anger, passion and disturbing emotions that made them unique and passionate yet incompatible. Their hate runs deep, their sadness perhaps justified but their actions and reactions made them at times feel like there was no connection and that their love story was forced.
The story has a lot of repetition, Noah’s constant declaration of who he is and what does was a bit distracting. Noah’s inability to communicate and express his emotions was disconcerting. Angeline’s constant need to hurt Noah was exhausting and unnecessary. Though both characters shared a terrible past, they did not seem to share the same passion for the future. Their love did not have a strong foundation, Angeline’s anger and Noah’s detachment did not seem enough for a happily ever after, yes their sexual chemistry was high and explosive that did not give them enough to hold on to. Love doesn’t feed on sex, there is more to a relationship than the sexual connection, it needs passion, it needs understanding and mutual respect. These two characters did not do it for me.
The story is about second changes and found love, redemption and forgiveness. If you enjoy dark romance, dirty mouth anti-hero and an almost psychotic anti-heroine Master Over You is the story for you. Do not expect sweet talk and loving talk between the characters, do not expect undying love and acts of heroism. There is none of that, but do expect however a man who calls his woman a bitch and who seems to be more in-love with her body than her heart and soul, and who is unable to speak with passion or love to the woman he has promised to spend the rest of his life....more
REVIEW: Captivating Bridge is War’s story, one I was looking forward to and happy to have read. Wha**Originally posted @SinfulReads ** Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Captivating Bridge is War’s story, one I was looking forward to and happy to have read. What I like about War is not just his talent and his bad boy persona, I also loved the way he was described as sexy, broken, with a black heart and deliciously dangerous.
We all know War from his outburst of anger and his over the top personality that kept putting himself and those around him in situations that were less than desirable. War had a horrible childhood, an absent father and a less than loving mother, his reality was always rough, he was always getting in trouble and his though personality was part of his charm.
I enjoyed this story for many reasons, it showed up that behind every tough and uncontrollable guy there is a bleeding heart. I liked how the story focused so much in his feelings and how beautifully exploited they were. I was eager to find out what would trigger deeps emotions, how much was he willing to give in order to find that one woman who would forever heal his heart and make him the man he was destined to be. I enjoyed how brutal and raw his feelings were, how deep his suffering went and how his childhood affected him in ways that defined him as a man. Though I not always agree with how he acted and reacted to things on regards to his friends and relationships with women I do understand that at times the heart has a different plan from what your head and mind seems to have.
I think the author explored War’s demons beautifully, giving us a man who was not only broken, but who was guided by mistrust. She also gave us a guy who finally understood that life has a lot more to offer, and a man who was willing to show the world who he really was. His qualities went beyond that of a great artist, he knew when he was ready to change his life around and how much the people around him cared. I think that the author portray the reality of many people, the lack of substance in their life and how much love can change and affect us all in many ways.
War’s story clearly explores the reality of an artist, a man who even when he is surrounded by people and fans still holds a deep, hallow and dark hole in his heart that is almost consuming and suffocating. His reality wasn’t any less or any more than the reality of a regular person, but his deep sense of self-destruction showed us how deep and uncertain life can become without the love and support of friends and family. I think Shaina was the perfect female character for War. Even with flaws and a damaged heart, she understood that their heart needed mending and they found in each other the needed support, understanding, and dedication to do just that. Her need to help and love those around her made her especially likeable because she was selfless and caring, giving War exactly what he needed. I think the author gave us the perfect story and end to War’s bleeding heart. I found myself hurting for him, he is my favorite character of the series and I am very glad to see him finally happy. A great story about second changes and found love, redemption and forgiveness.
**Originally posted @ SinfulReads - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Blyss is the first book of the series by the same name and the debut novel by J.C Cliff.**Originally posted @ SinfulReads - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Blyss is the first book of the series by the same name and the debut novel by J.C Cliff. Blyss is not your typical romance book, while it does have romance and very spicy sex scenes it also explores an interesting and explosive topic, sex trafficking. The characters are not necessarily complex and can be easily compared to others we have read in the past but that did not deter me from enjoying it.
Julianna Oakley is the daughter of a very affluent man, one who keep hidden a very dark secret. While I am not particularly attracted to “innocent” female characters I find Juliana to be a charming, sweet and funny. Not necessarily one that I would confess to love and admire but one I can see growing as a character.
The story pretty much flows slowly without major incidents until Julianna is kidnapped and forced into a world she knew nothing about. Not only is she exposed to the world of sex trafficking but she is also exposed to an experimental drug that “enhances” women's libido in ways never experienced before, giving the story an interesting twist.
The male characters are exactly what we have come to expect, sexy, beautiful, sexual, and experts in the art of sex. Travis who is the “hero” and Nick the “anti-hero,” have unique qualities but again nothing we haven’t seen in other characters before. While I would’ve liked to get to know Nick a bit more, the story focusses entirely on Julianna and Travis exposing their new found attraction and the awaking of feelings they didn’t think it was possible to experience. The author does a great job exposing Julianna’s feelings and the intensity of her turmoils, her new sexual awakening and her attraction to Travis, while at the same time exposes her internal debate between her guilt and her attraction towards her captor.
Though we can experience Travis strong voice, there is a lack of background on Nick making us weight his importance in the first book, which allows for a fairly easy prediction that book two will focus entirely on him. References to other books and characters were inconsequential to the story and unnecessary in certain scenes. I felt there was a lack of description and perhaps not enough background on sex trafficking and its consequences, which I think would’ve added the dark twist I was expecting to find in this story. Overall, I think the Blyss series has the necessary ingredients to pick the interest of readers who enjoy Fifty Shade of Grey, The Dark Duet & This Man Series. ...more
REVIEW: Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything is a great love story. One that left me won**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything is a great love story. One that left me wondering at what point in life do we know when love has arrived and how thin the line between love and lust really is. This story takes place in Germany during the last days of the German Democratic Republic. Maria a 16 year old girl is still trying to find herself in a changing world. There is no longer a wall separating the Eastern from the Western Germany and Maria finds herself growing in a society that is changing dramatically, and around her people and society are moving towards unison.
After meeting Johannes at a protest rally, Maria moved to the Brendels’ farm and was now living with Johannes. While she was trying to adjust to her new home Maria starts to questions her role with her new family and her future. Though she was in her final year of school her interest was slowly disappearing and she finds herself enjoying the stories she finds in her books more than attending school.
As she passes her days in the farm helping and learning things she meets Henner, a rough 40 year old man whose reality has roughen him up and has damaged him in unexplainable ways. As Maria start experiencing a certain attraction to Henner and him towards her, she starts to discover things she didn’t feel before. Her inexperience and curiosity slowly brings her into his arms. It is then that they embark into a love affair that at times is violent while other times raw and passionate.
“He lay awake at night, desiring her, and he had her.” I look over at Johannes, who’s still asleep and knows nothing. I ‘m utterly ashamed, and yet – I keep the note.
As things changes around them in a promise of a better life, Maria understand that many of those changes can be consequential to her, Johaness is planning a future with her but in terms Maria plans a future that does not include him. For Maria life begins and ends with Henner, she is experiencing changes within her, the way her body and heart reacts to Henner isn’t the same as when she is with Johannes. Maria’s life changes but while the changes brings hope and contentment those changes also bring awareness. They are both aware of the consequences of their affair, her immaturity at times shows by her reactions and actions. Maria realizes that her heart and body reacts different when she is with Henner her sense of loyalty and compassion for her boyfriend Johannen pushes her into a deeper state of deceit. Maria give herself to Henner but not without realizing that by doing so everything has changed, she isn’t the same 16 year girl who she once was, she has now become a woman who looks into an uncertain future. Her desires and needs all include Henner, but while she dreams and wishes them to be together forever, she also wonders if the dream she is now living will end soon.
I think this story clearly shows us how difficult and different living in Germany in the 1990s was, not only for young teenagers but for a society that found itself gearing towards a new era of unison and development. The author did a superb job giving us a story in which love transcend age but not without consequences and judgement. Maria’s curiosity and wonder about the people’s past and secrets kept her self evaluating. Her interest in what they thought, what they felt and what drove their passion was a times beautifully explored. Maria however understood that sometimes some secrets are better left unknown and untold, especially when she wasn’t ready to share her own.
As Maria’s affair with Henner progresses so did the difficulties of keeping their affair going and in secret, her sense of deceit did not sit well with her and her feeling of guilt weighted heavily. I found the passion between these characters deep and raw, they were driven by the pure force of their attraction and experiences but they were also experiencing a new high which neither of them felt before.
The story narrative is fantastic, the author exposes a subject which may not sit well with many, a relationship between a teenage girl and an adult man is more than enough to bring more than one argument to the table. How can there be passion and love between them when the experience of one is as great as the inexperience of the other.When is love enough to justify aggression and violence. Nowhere in the story did the author forced these experiences on Maria, the story flawlessly shows a natural attraction between Maria & Henner. The story follows a natural rhythm, an affair that starts as sudden and it ends, a story in which characters have the need to experience love, lust and loss. The relationship between these two characters is told in such way that the reader can’t help but feel understanding and longing without judgement.
The reader will feel compelled to like Maria, her innocence as well as her desires brings us back to our younger years where curiosity and longing took us in path that weren’t always the right one. This is one of those stories one keep coming back to because it explores the reality of a young girl trying to find her in in a society that has been awaken into a reality of unison and acceptance. The reality of a girl whose eyes have been open to experience unknown to her, where her body and soul crave for something forbidden, and her heart brutally exposed to the ups and downs that love always offers....more
REVIEW: The title of a book should always entice readers to open the book, that’s exactly what happened wh***Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog ***
REVIEW: The title of a book should always entice readers to open the book, that’s exactly what happened when I saw Avenge Me by Maisey Yates. The title said READ ME and I was not able to walk away after that. I started reading the book with zero expectations hoping that it would surprise me and bring me excitement.
Avenge Me is the type of story that holds a unique plot and one that teases the reader enough to keep us entertained. They say revenge is best served cold, and that’s exactly the case in Avenge Me. What I liked about Avenge Me was the premise of the story. The plot is quite interesting, not necessarily complex but it is entertaining nevertheless. Avenge Me shows us the injustice forced upon Sarah a girl who found herself involved with the wrong person and ended up costing her her life, by giving us the heroic and selfless actions of a lawyer who fight to protect and advocate for women’s rights and safety. Yet it also exposes the reality that comes with power and that in many cases overshadow the true intentions of the anti-hero. Though the story doesn’t give a lot of details to start with, one can easily deduct from the first few chapters that the characters were very involved and connected in many ways which in terms made a lot of the outcome predictable.
The story lacks surprise and suspense which is something I have come to expect in this type of stories. However, the story does go into revealing who is responsible and who will take charge into making those involved pay in ways they wish never to experience. The main characters are introduced early in the story, their role are defined and presented with ease while letting us know who will form alliances, who is going to demand justice and who will find ways in which make the responsible pay.
I liked most of the characters, they have potential, however the plot left me wanting and waiting for that point where hell breaks loose and your are left gasping for air. The point of surprise never came and I was left waiting for a climax that was not going to happen. Don’t get me wrong, not everything is lost in this story. The chemistry between the characters is flawless and enticing. The dialog didn’t feel pushed or rushed and they had a simple yet easy voice that made them all quite likeable.
Austin is handsome, intelligent and the man any woman would love to have by her side. He is hunted by the death of his dear friend and feel responsible for all she suffered. Austin has a great personality and that’s one thing I think readers will find appealing about him. He is caring and sensible yet strong and imposing. I think Austin is what makes this story more interesting. His connection to the anti-hero makes him vulnerable but not at one instance he loses his predominance and control, I think he makes the story whole.
Katy is likeable, she demands justice for her sister and she would not rest until getting it done and making the person responsible pay. She would do anything to make sure this happen, even if she has to form an alliance with the least of people. While I think Katy is strong, sweet and intuitive I also think she come across as inexperience, driven by her rage and hate. I liked how mature she was but I was left feeling that she could’ve been a better character. Her decisions are at times rushed and not always thought-out and that could put her need and desire for revenge in jeopardy.
Overall Avenge Me is a good story, I liked the writing style and I think the series has great potential. It has the ingredients I look to find in dark romance, passion, power-hungry characters, sensibility, understanding, sex and unabashedly desire. I think the premise is there, though not execute to its full potential. I will read the other two books in the series because I want to see how far this revenge goes and how it all unfolds. But If like me you enjoy character driver stories you will also hope that the other characters in the story are better develop....more
REVIEW: Sins & Needles is the first book in the Artistry Trilogy, in this book we are intrOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: Sins & Needles is the first book in the Artistry Trilogy, in this book we are introduced to Eden (Ellie) Watts, a troubled, damaged twenty six year old woman whose life has being difficult and nightmarish from the start. At an early age, Eden learned the art of robbery, the art of lying and the tricks of hiding in plain sight. Her life has never been easy, she has done everything she needed to do to survive and to always stay ahead of the game.
Sins & Needles is quite different from many romance stories I have read. The concept unique, refreshing and interesting because it puts a different spin on the heroine. The plot flows between the present and a series of flash backs giving the reader an idea of what happened to Eden during her younger years and helps in a way set the grounds and justification for her actions.
The story flows as we get to know the many ways in which Ellie has been wronged by her parents and how her life slowly turned into a disaster. From her predispose future set on course by her parents, to the ways in which she rip the people she loves off and gets involved with the wrong man, this is one of the kind story, the author did a great job crafting Ellie’s character. Her anger, her dark nature and attitude makes her an interesting character. Though at times readers may accept her actions as a justification for her terrible childhood, readers may also find it difficult to agree with her reasoning and question her sense of survival. This dark romance has every bit of uncertainty, sexual desires, a combination of dark personalities & violent attraction between the characters. From the character callous ways in which she takes advantage of people she loves, to the way in which her expectations and egotistic attitude gets her from one trouble to the next, this story nicely maps out her life and exposes her vulnerabilities in many ways.
Sins & Needles has a bit of everything, the darkness that makes it interesting and the romance that makes it likeable adding a touch of spice to make it a hit. The male characters are enthusiastic and perhaps the one thing that adds edge to the story. This story will appeal to readers who like me enjoy flawed & broken characters and characters driven stories, but I have to question the reason behind her non stop and impulse in which she gets herself in one trouble after the other. Readers can expect rocky relationships, characters with selfish motivations and agendas but all the while maintaining redeemable qualities.
Sins & Needles is one of those stories that have many good things, enough to counter balance the negatives and one that readers may end up loving it as much as they hate it. It has a good story line and evolving characters with strong voices. If you enjoy stories where the heroine is not the usual damsel in distress then you will enjoy Sins & Needles....more