I adored this story because I had so much fun reading it!
One thing I really enjoyed about this book were the characters. Genesis and Kerstrande have two very distinct voices that are nothing alike. Gene is almost too innocent and forgiving, sweet and nice but fun and eccentric. Kerstrande is grumpy, snarky, and more likely to give an insult than a compliment. They’re yin and yang and balance each other out nicely. In fact, the balance they give each other is a bit crucial to the story and explains some of the troubles they go through. Both Gene and Kerstrande have had a hard life but while Gene has made it his motto to just go forward, Kerstrande still lives somewhat in the past. Ashamed of who he is and what he has to do to survive, it’s not until being with Gene for a while that he realizes he doesn’t have to make things worse for himself. On the other hand, Kerstrande is able to give Gene the one thing he wants most – and that’s to be accepted and loved for everything he is, warts and all, even if Kerstrande doesn’t actually come out and say it. More than that, I loved how soft Kerstrande got around Gene (even when he was fighting those feelings) and even more that he let Gene nickname him KC.
This story took me on a slow but wild ride. It grabbed my attention from the beginning with the spectacular way Kerstrande and Gene met. There’s possession, jealousy, lust, love, distrust and heartbreak and a boat load of other emotions. Gene goes from a nobody to a star over night. From someone who barely knows his own powers to being thrust into the paranormal world without even knowing it or the dangers associated with it. Kerstrande is very hot and cold so a majority of the story is him trying to push Gene away but not being able to let him go. Overall, this book is about their journey, finding out who they are and accepting themselves and each other. One of the highlights of this story, though, is the back and forth between Gene and Kerstrande and the passion they have together. I felt like they had amazing chemistry with KC insulting Gene and Gene taking it in stride. It’s sort of sad but Gene understood why KC was so mean sometimes. Although, they don’t exactly know much of each other in the traditional sense, I was able to overlook that because of how much they go through together.
While I enjoyed this book immensely, there were some problems I had. Mostly, there were times when I was confused on what was going on, how and why some things happened but others didn’t, such as how Joel didn’t burn from the inside out but Hane did. Another thing, though, is that Kerstrande in the beginning was very firm on the fact he wasn’t gay to the point that was one of his main responses to whatever Gene was saying. However, he quickly overcame that objection so it had me wondering, was he in denial? Or was he just gay for Genesis? It’s not quite clear but either way I would have liked a little more detail on that because of how forcefully Kerstrande would tell Genesis that.
One thing readers should be aware of is that when Kerstrande and Gene start their unconventional relationship, Gene is underage. A few months shy of 18, in fact, while KC, the vampire, is a few years older…. Or is he… Anyway, they have sex although it’s not detailed but beautiful all the same and while I didn’t have a problem with this, I do understand that some readers might not take kindly to Gene being underage. So, this is me giving those readers fair warning. After all, this is a YA story ;) I will say that Gene is very mature most of the time to the point I kept forgetting he was so young.
Overall, a great story that I really loved reading. It had its faults but I was so caught up in the book and the characters, it was easy to overlook them. I can’t wait to see what else this author has coming out next because I adored the writing and the style. There’s a lot of stuff that happened within this story but I didn’t want to give many details on it. Mostly because I want the reader to experience it for themselves but also because I would just sound crazy if I tried to explain it all. LOL. I definitely recommend this to those who enjoy young adult paranormal fantasies and I hope those who decide to read it like it as much as I did :) (less)
I found this book a big surprise. It's one of those stories that sneaks up on you and won't let you put it down.
I enjoyed the story a lot. I enjoyed t...moreI found this book a big surprise. It's one of those stories that sneaks up on you and won't let you put it down.
I enjoyed the story a lot. I enjoyed the way the characters - Lance and Andrew - took the time to actually know each other before their declarations of 'mate' and 'love' came into play. I love the fact Lance is emotionally and physically damaged from his life as an orphan. I also liked how Andrew was willing to be patient with Lance. I found it sweet.
The beginning of this book was great. I loved the slowly developing relationship between Lance and Andrew. Since Lance doesn't trust easily, I liked seeing Andrew work for Lance's trust. That is essentially what the story revolves around. Lance finding out about himself, his nature, being a shifter, learning to trust people again and building a home. I found the book very engaging. I like the characters and this slightly different take on vampires and shifters as well as the world they inhabit.
While I enjoyed the beginning immensely, the second half of the book became a bit too much for me. The story was very cute but once Lance and Andrew admitted their feelings for each other, the story was overridden with declarations of love and commitment. Overuses of 'I love you', 'my mate', 'my love' I got frustrated and annoyed with it. It was too lovey dovey for me. I was also confused in the beginning. I couldn't figure out whether Lance was just turning or already an experienced shifter because of the way the sentences were worded made it sound like he's done it before. In addition, the ending felt too rush. It was like Lance took a 180 turn from being so timid and scared to being overly confident and bold within a few paragraphs. It was odd and felt off.
In the end, the story was very good. I liked it a lot. While I had some issues, I still enjoyed it enough to the point I didn't want to put the book down. It was cute and slow in the beginning while a bit mushy in the end but still ended up being surprising. I look forward to seeing where this series goes because Lance definitely has an important mission in his future!(less)
2.5 stars - WARNING COMMENTS ARE FILLED WITH SPOILERS!
Argh, this one was so difficult to rate. I liked the book but there was some things I didn't lik...more2.5 stars - WARNING COMMENTS ARE FILLED WITH SPOILERS!
Argh, this one was so difficult to rate. I liked the book but there was some things I didn't like at all and some things I didn't feel were ever resolved.
I liked Aidan and I liked Hunter. Although Hunter was a big asshole a time or two but given he's a wolf and he's still grieving over his lost mate, I can push that aside. They are a good couple and they fall in love quickly because they form a symbiotic bond which is like a soul mate bond created by shared fluids. Kind of.
I liked the story especially since it's a bit different from other stories with inter-species matings. For one, this isn't just the run of the mill mating where a vampire and a wolf mate and then they fight off the prejudices from their packs and clans. No, this time it's a bit different because not only are there prejudices between the species but once Aidan and Hunter mated, they both started to change. Aidan taking on traits of a wolf and Hunter taking on traits of a vampire. It was fascinating. Something you don't see much in the overabundance of paranormals out there.
With that said I had problems with the book. IMHO, there was too much sex. Yes, they were kind of quick scenes but it was too much for such a short story. I could have overlooked that, though. My biggest problem with this story was the m/f content. Yeah, okay, there is a warning on the publishers sight and I can handle m/f when I need to but this is m/m, there should not be m/f in m/m if I had any say. That is the whole reason I read m/m is because I don't want females in my stories. But the one thing anyone looking to read this needs to know, that the publisher never specified on, is that this particular female Hunter has sex with is 17 years old! I can handle underage guys hooking up with older guys because, to me, there is a difference in the part that I know they will be underage. This I couldn't really handle. This teenage girl is hooking up with a guy more than twice her age and wants to mate him? On top of that, I felt it had no relevance to the story at all. In fact, I would have liked the story a lot more if they never had sex at all or at least Hunter tried to stop them from having sex. No, instead Hunter just goes along with it and then justifies it as having sex with her to keep her quiet about his vampire bites... Uh, hello, Hunter? She's a teenager female she lives to gossip! Especially to the alpha!
Anyway, that ruined my enjoyment of the story. And then on top of that, the story ends so abruptly, nothing is even solved. I can understand the part with the alpha not being solved, considering this is the first in a series, but I'd at least like for the part with Grace being Hunter's soon-to-be mate to be solved. So, I felt kind of disappointed with that because if the sex with Hunter and Grace would have been left out of the story, this would have been a good book for me but as it is, I only liked bits and pieces of it and just wanted it over with. So, I'm sorry, I can't recommend this book and I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series I'll read it one day since I already bought it but probably not anytime soon. At least not until I have some definite answers to the questions I have and know for a fact there won't be anymore fucking females. :-/(less)
I’m loving the Lost Shifter series and this book is a good addition to it.
Even though this is a short one, I still think we get just enough informati...moreI’m loving the Lost Shifter series and this book is a good addition to it.
Even though this is a short one, I still think we get just enough information on the characters. We see Owen and Garrett go from a one-night stand to can’t-get-you-out-of-my-head. I felt that their relationship was developed good because although the book is not long, it’s still focused on just them so we see how they go from that point to almost instant-love.
It’s cute how Owen is a computer genius and depicted as a shy guy who can’t talk to men he’s attracted to. Although, in this book, he’s completely bold with Garrett. Still, I love the interactions between the two and how even though Garrett wanted nothing but to keep their time together as a one-night stand, he just couldn’t help himself in going back for more and unknowingly falls for Owen, willing to do anything to save him when Owen leaves and gets kidnapped.
If you liked the previous Lost Shifter books then you’ll definitely like this one and I can’t wait to see who the next Lost Shifter book is on and what happens then. :D (less)
This was a very interesting story and a very different one. You read about all these shapeshifters changing into other animals and everything but I ha...moreThis was a very interesting story and a very different one. You read about all these shapeshifters changing into other animals and everything but I haven't read much on a person changing into another person. And not knowing he can do it for thirty years.
I would love to give spoilers but I think for this book it'd be best if you just read it. It's short (not too short but definitely not a novel) and once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it down but there's something that happens at the end that I feel would ruin the story in the beginning if you heard about it before reading it. *sigh*
All I can tell you is this: You'll love this story. At first, I thought, it wouldn't be that interesting of a story considering it seems like a lot happens just from the blurb and the book was so short but once I started reading it, I was like 'Damn! I'm so glad I read Bronwyn Green's blog!' Lmao.There's a lot of detail in the book but not so much you feel overwhelmed by it. I fell in love with Leinad because he seems like a lost, broken man, who's whole world got turned upside down when he was a baby but then you'll still feel sorry for Daniel, too (the man who took over Leinad's life) even if he didn't it unknowingly.
*sigh* This is definitely a book I can read more than once and I'm hoping there will be a sequel because I don't think I'd ever get tired of either characters.
Midnight and Devlin are quite the pair. Devlin is a witch and Midnight is a functional draugr (zombie). D...moreAgain, no surprise that I love this one. Lol
Midnight and Devlin are quite the pair. Devlin is a witch and Midnight is a functional draugr (zombie). Devlin is arrogant, snappy and brash while Midnight is softer. He's polite, easy-going and caring. They both harvest an unrequited love for the other but there's reservations on Devlin's side that gives Midnight his doubts about Devlin's feelings. One thing I do love about Derr's books is how there's always someone who's snippy and snappy and while it's both Devlin and Midnight, it's mainly Devlin that's like that. Although Midnight always has some type of smile to give Devlin ranging from sweet and genuine to sarcastic and smug. It's pretty entertaining.
The mystery in the story is actually good. It took me a while to figure out who was resurrecting all the draugr. I thought it was done rather well and I liked the resolution to it all especially since it made Devlin pull his head out of his ass. Aside from the mystery and Midnight and Devlin's relationship, there's two side relationships that I found fascinating and would like to see more of.
All in all, a great book and while there are still editing misses, it's not as bad as some of LT3's other books and I really liked how this one had a more developed world to it. Now I'd just like more romance ;-)
I really enjoyed this one. It was loosely (and I do mean loosely) related to Prisoner and only in the respect that Kria and Salhara are mentioned. But...moreI really enjoyed this one. It was loosely (and I do mean loosely) related to Prisoner and only in the respect that Kria and Salhara are mentioned. But still just getting even that little piece of information made me want to re-read my all time favorite book. I will resist the temptation, though. Maybe.
Reyes and Kinnaird (I really like that name) made an adorable and funny pair. Reyes is all bookish and the King's sole secretary and Kinnaird is the King's falcon and pretty muscular and adventurous. Kinnaird is infatuated with Reyes but Reyes is playing hard to get. Well, technically, he really likes Kinnaird but doesn't think a relationship could work between them. There's just too many obstacles in their way; what with Kinnaird doing the King's errands all the time and their separate social statuses. Their individual personalities and abilities compliments each others, however, so they are actually a perfect fit and with the King's blessings and Reyes worrying it makes it harder and harder for Reyes not to give in. He does eventually but up until then he makes Kinnaird work for it which I highly enjoyed ^_^
This book was kind of a surprise to me. I knew I was going to like it (Megan Derr is my favorite author after all) but I was kind of expecting something else and when I got this I was pleasantly surprised. It's filled with suspense and mystery and I was overall just kind of shocked with what happens. Never saw that ending coming. The mystery is, if you look closely, a little obvious. I didn't actually get who was the bad guy until about half way through but that was mostly because I was too caught up in how cute Reyes was. Lol. And can I just say how sweet Kinnaird's flowers are? I think I loved that the most especially since he didn't stop doing his little 'ritual' even after he wooed Reyes into his clutches once and for all. I will say that I was highly intrigued by the twins and I'm hoping one day we'll get to see them again because I want to know if they can actually do what everyone just thinks is a legend!
Overall, this story is a surprisingly cute, suspenseful story. It's a simple read but you'll still be drawn into the story even if it's not to your liking, I think. Definitely recommended. (less)