This book starts off where the first one ended. Ever and Damen are finally together and Damen’s teaching Ever how to master her new powers. EverythingThis book starts off where the first one ended. Ever and Damen are finally together and Damen’s teaching Ever how to master her new powers. Everything seems to have fallen into place but alas it cannot last. A new student Roman arrives and Ever scents that something is not right about him. Then Damen powers starts to weaken and is suddenly getting ill. Ever must travel to Summerland to try and save him. She is faced with a difficult decision. To stay and save Damen or go back to her family before the accident and try to change things.
There were many twists that I did not expect and had no idea what Ever would do. She made some decisions that were unexpected and a surprise to me but was interesting to read their outcome.
I cannot believe what happened in the end. Ever spent the entire time disliking Roman and was wary of him since the beginning then she throws all she has on the line and would trust what he says. She was in a desperate situation but what Roman was proposing was obviously a trap. The ending set up the story in the next book so I already have an idea of what might happen next.
It was still very good but I didn’t love it as much as the first book. ...more
Worried that his new crush might get d-listed. Sherman Mack starts an investigation to find out who is defiling girls in his new high school. It was vWorried that his new crush might get d-listed. Sherman Mack starts an investigation to find out who is defiling girls in his new high school. It was very funny book with a mix of mystery, romance and teen drama.
Sherman’s a little nerdy, a little naïve and overall a hilarious character. He’s always thinking of a new girl fantasy or a new fetish of his that he has just discovered. There are scenes that made me laugh out loud especially when he first starts his investigation and subsequently botches it. The mystery aspect is written in a light tone and wasn’t particularly suspenseful or thrilling. Sherman somehow always manages to get himself into some weird situation.
In the end everything is tied up nicely. There was a nice twist in the end where Sherman wasn’t even the one who figured out who the “Defiler” was. I would have never guessed that it was who it was until it was finally revealed. ...more
This book is the sequel to Rules of the Road also by Joan Bauer. But you could read it as a stand alone book which was what I did. Not having read theThis book is the sequel to Rules of the Road also by Joan Bauer. But you could read it as a stand alone book which was what I did. Not having read the first book it was a bit confusing at first but I finally figured everything out and ended up really liking the book.
Jenna Boller works at Gladstone Shoes as a sales clerk and personal assistant to her boss Mrs. Gladstone. The newly merged company is going through some tough changes and Mrs. Gladstone has Jenna get to the bottom of some of the company’s problems. She uncovers a company scandal that could send the company crashing down all while trying to manage new employee Tanner Cobb, a delinquent with a police record.
From the synopsis it seemed like Jenna and Tanner might get together but they don’t. By the end Jenna finally trusts Tanner and they develop a friendship instead. ...more
This was an okay read. It was a simple story and didn’t have a lot of depth. But somehow it kept me entertained and interested throughout the book. ThThis was an okay read. It was a simple story and didn’t have a lot of depth. But somehow it kept me entertained and interested throughout the book. There were no real standout characters. Shelby was my favorite just because she was the main character and it was told in her point of view. At times I did felt like she cared too much about helping others than herself and not thinking about the consequences. But she’s just a regular girl stuck in a bad situation.
Shelby and Austin’s romance developed a bit too fast. Shelby didn’t know much about Austin but would always come to his aid and help him. Also Austin trusted Shelby enough that he told her that he was a werewolf on their second night at camp. I just wished that there was more of a build-up to the moment when Shelby found out about that.
The ending was sweet and cute and I’m not sure if there might be a possible sequel?
This is the first book I’ve read about genies and it was everything I expected it to be – it was light and fun and a quick read.
Viola is your normal tThis is the first book I’ve read about genies and it was everything I expected it to be – it was light and fun and a quick read.
Viola is your normal teenage girl and someone that many people can easily relate to. I know there have been times where I have felt invisible and that nobody cares. I really liked Lawrence, Viola’s ex-boyfriend and best friend. Even though things didn’t work out romantically, he truly cares about her and is always looking out for her.
Usually you only get the perspective of one person but this book had alternating perspectives from both Viola and Jinn. You find out how they feel about each other and Jinn’s struggle over his relationship with Viola.
It was really original and different way of portraying genies. The fact that they live in a separate world and have their own way of doing things was very interesting to read about.
Divine by Choice is a continuation of Shannon’s story. She’s finally getting used to her new life as Goddess Incarnate of Epona in Partholon and all tDivine by Choice is a continuation of Shannon’s story. She’s finally getting used to her new life as Goddess Incarnate of Epona in Partholon and all the perks that come with the position. She’s happy—married to centaur High Shaman ClanFintan and expecting their first child together. But Shannon senses a darkness lingering in the shadows and suddenly she’s wretched back to Oklahoma and the life she left behind. Also crossing over from Partholon is Nuada who is back and determined to seek his revenge on Shannon. Now Shannon must find a way to destroy Nuada and find a way back to Partholon.
Once back in Oklahoma Shannon meets Clint Freeman who is the mirror image of ClanFintan. Clint has been through a lot of struggles and heartbreak. He injured his back in a flight accident and finds solace deep in the forest where he was approached by Rhiannon and subsequently falls in love with her. Rhiannon is exactly what everyone said she is. She’s power hungry and determined to get what she wants even going so far as calling upon the dark powers for help. And when Clint realized the evil that Rhiannon possessed, he knew he had to find a way to send Rhiannon back to Partholon. I just felt so sorry for Clint because I saw him as a broken down version of ClanFintan. Seeing him struggle with his love for Shannon/Rhiannon, I just really wanted so badly for him to get his happy ending.
The pacing of the story really picked up in this book. A lot of the time Shannon was fatigued because she was always on the move with Clint trying to stop Rhiannon and Nuada. She also has some really tough decisions to make…whether to stay in Oklahoma or go back to Partholon. In Oklahoma she has her father and stepmother and if she leaves, she won’t be seeing them again but in Partholon, the people need Epona’s Chosen and it’s also where her love, ClanFintan is. It’s a hard choice either way, and I found myself breezing through the book wanting to know what Shannon’s final decision is....more
I had read a couple books in the House of Night series also by P.C. Cast and when I started reading this book; I could immediately see some of the simI had read a couple books in the House of Night series also by P.C. Cast and when I started reading this book; I could immediately see some of the similarities between the two series.
The story is about Shannon Parker who is a 35 year old English teacher from Oklahoma. Right after purchasing an ancient vase, she finds herself transported to the mystical world of Partholon where she has switched places with the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. Shannon’s from the 21st century and finds herself in a world where there is no technology or modern amenities, a point she constantly laments. Shannon’s a great character. She’s down to earth and sarcastic with a great sense of humor. And even though she’s become a goddess in Partholon surrounded by luxury, she’s still true to herself and doesn’t look down on others.
Divine by Mistake is a book filled with equal parts fantasy and romance. On the romance front, I didn’t know what to think of the centaurs at first. As Goddess Incarnate of Epona, Shannon finds herself betrothed and married to ClanFintan, a centaur and High Shaman. I’ve never read any romance featuring a centaur so like Shannon; I definitely had some questions about it and wondered about how it would work. What surprised me was how much I grew to like ClanFintan. It didn’t even matter that his bottom half was a horse because he was so sweet, protective to Shannon that I couldn’t help but love him.
Partholon is a fascinating world filled with mythology interlaced with Roman/Celtic themes. There were many places described in Partholon and one point Shannon flees to one place to another. For me, what was missing was a map of Partholon. A map for reference would be helpful because then you can see where everything is situated and it would be less confusing when reading the story. ...more
Opal is no Yelena that’s for sure. She’s a shy person and always hesitant but you can see the changes in her throughout the book and I’m sure that mor Opal is no Yelena that’s for sure. She’s a shy person and always hesitant but you can see the changes in her throughout the book and I’m sure that more will come in the next books. Many characters that we know from the previous series are in this series too and even Yelena makes a brief appearance.
We also get to learn about new and different types of magic. More of Opal’s glass magic is explored as she finds out that there are more to her powers. The magic of the Stormdancers is fascinating and that’s how we meet Kade. He’s a Stormdancer who’s still grieving for his sister--something that both he and Opal have in common.
I love Maria V. Snyder’s books and this was no exception. There’s plenty of action and adventure as Opal is sent out on missions from the Master Magicians. For those of you who have read Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study series, STORM GLASS, the first book in the Study series takes place in the same world. There’s no need to read the Poison Study series before starting this book but it’s really good so why not read that too. ...more
A wonderful first book to a new steampunk series by Arthur Slade. Modo is resourceful and clever and is able to use his training to adapt to the new eA wonderful first book to a new steampunk series by Arthur Slade. Modo is resourceful and clever and is able to use his training to adapt to the new environment that he is thrust into. He has feelings towards Octavia but is afraid to reveal his true deformed and ugly face to her, always transforming his appearance to that of a handsome knight. You can feel Modo’s heartache and pain of always having to conceal his true face and the reaction of people when they do see Modo’s hideous face. Modo was victorious in ruining The Clockwork Guild’s plans and I’m sure that that they will be back in the next book. This was my first steampunk read and the author did a great job of introducing me to this new genre. The story was fast paced and is packed with action and adventure. There was a gradual build to the climax which did not disappoint. ...more
I love a good romance and this book had it. I liked that Damen was all mysterious and you didn’t know what he was going to do. One day he’s all intereI love a good romance and this book had it. I liked that Damen was all mysterious and you didn’t know what he was going to do. One day he’s all interested in Ever and the next he’s flirting with Stacia and ignoring Ever. Yes there were some Twilight similarities and if you loved Twilight you will love this too.
Noel spent a lot of time building up Ever as a character and it showed. I felt what she was going through; her guilt, loss and knowing what others were saying about her at school.
I’m still not too sure about Haven. At times she seems like such a great friend but her feelings can change in an instant. I understand that it was Drina causing the friction between Ever and Haven but Haven kind of had a dark side even before Drina came along.
There are two things I wanted to know more about: Ever and Damen’s history and Summerland. There are hints and glimpses given but the whole story yet to be revealed. So I’m hoping it’s addressed more in the second book Blue Moon.
Before reading the book I knew it was going to be a sad book that would make me cry and it did just that.
From the very first page with Caitlin findingBefore reading the book I knew it was going to be a sad book that would make me cry and it did just that.
From the very first page with Caitlin finding out about Ingrid’s death the story drew me in. You get to see Caitlin’s grieving and her journey to pull herself out of the dark place she was in after Ingrid’s death.
You get to know so much more of Ingrid through her journal entries. Not only do you find out Caitlin’s reaction but you can see what Ingrid was going through and feel her pain as well. It just made the character come alive.
Another thing I want to mention is the cover. There’s nothing wrong with it and I really like it but after reading the book and knowing what the ending is, I just thought that the picture that Caitlin took of herself at the end would have made a great cover for the book as well....more
I started reading this book late at night and I think I read maybe two chapters and went to bed. My first impression from those two chapters was thatI started reading this book late at night and I think I read maybe two chapters and went to bed. My first impression from those two chapters was that there was a lot of “technical speak” which I didn’t really understand and got me a little confused. I read some more the next day and suprisingly found that I was being drawn into Molly's story.
I was surprised by how well Molly was portrayed. She’s a strong heroine with a quick mind especially in tight situations. It’s nice to see that as the story progressed, she really got more confident as the captain of the Persona.
I also loved the world that the author has created. I could picture the Palans and the Glemots and it was interesting for me to learn about the different aliens and the back story behind each race. The ending really left me hanging. It threw me for a loop and was something that I didn’t see coming. When I first started reading this book, I didn’t know what I was expecting but now I’m really excited to find out where Molly’s next adventure will lead her. ...more
I don’t know what to say about this book. It was amazing. I love it. Definitely for older teens as it has some mature sexual content. The story is tolI don’t know what to say about this book. It was amazing. I love it. Definitely for older teens as it has some mature sexual content. The story is told in alternating chapters from both Brittney and Alex. I really like knowing more about characters and whats in their heads. For the author to write it this way made me love the book even more and connect with both Brittney and Alex.
There was so much chemistry between Brittney and Alex; I couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t think I would like Brittney at first because I thought she would be the perfect blonde bimbo cheerleader but as you read you find out that she is nothing like that. She has family problems and insecurities that she keeps secret from others.
The writing was really great and it just flowed. It was very fast paced and I didn’t want to put the book down. It felt like I was there with Brittney and Alex. There were a lot of Spanish words in the dialogue. It didn’t feel forced and in fact enhanced the culture that was in the book. And I picked up a few Spanish words myself like “mamacita” and my personal favorite “chichis”. (lol)
Its one of those books that I’ll be rereading over and over. There’s also a sequel coming out in May which I’m now super excited about. ...more
The Splendor Falls is a hearty book at over 500 pages. There was a gradual build to the story which kept me mildly interested and invested. There wasThe Splendor Falls is a hearty book at over 500 pages. There was a gradual build to the story which kept me mildly interested and invested. There was not a lot happening in the beginning (most of it filler) and Rosemary Clement-Moore took too long setting up the story.
I really enjoyed the all the history and back story that was presented. I found myself really interested in the historical aspect of Old Cahawba and of Bluestone Manor. It helped tie the present with past and you could piece together everything that happened.
The only character that I really liked was Sylvie. I could really feel her heartache and pain over not been able to dance anymore. Rhys was mysterious but I wanted more from him. Shawn was overly charming which came off really fake and cocky to me. I didn’t particularly like Addie or Paula either.
Most of the action happened towards the end of the book with all the mysteries being unraveled. It was a good ending and tied up all the loose ends involving the past.