This was sweet and whimsy and I liked the idea of the treasure map and all that entailed but I don't know, it felt a little too perfect and tralala le...moreThis was sweet and whimsy and I liked the idea of the treasure map and all that entailed but I don't know, it felt a little too perfect and tralala let's go skipping in the snow. And I guess I get it because it's a novella that's an escape and is maybe aimed to lighten the mood of the more heavier things going on in the full length novels. My mindset, however, is more in Karou's world so this didn't make a big impact on me. Maybe if I read it at a different time I'd be more into in. (less)
Initially I thought (dearly hoped) Phoebe would be paired with the rather mysterious Asa Makepeace but after reading this short I like what's been hin...moreInitially I thought (dearly hoped) Phoebe would be paired with the rather mysterious Asa Makepeace but after reading this short I like what's been hinted at. I actually think it'd be a great fit if it happens.
And sorry, I just can't keep it in because OMG!! (view spoiler)[ JOSEPH TINBOX! And that hug with Peach!! Yeah, I'm still shipping it. I mean it may be a while until they get a book (because they must be paired! Or else), I'm sure, but me thinks he'll first play the Ghost. Yes? No? Maybe so? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Out of the three sisters who've had books thus far, Julia's story has been my favorite. So of course I was really excited that she and Crank got a nov...moreOut of the three sisters who've had books thus far, Julia's story has been my favorite. So of course I was really excited that she and Crank got a novella. It was realistic to see a bump in their relationship, that not everything is sunshine and roses. Communication and trust is huge. It was a good lesson for them, a very important one.
Lastly, Carrie and Sean! They were fun. Especially Sean. Love him to pieces. (less)
Really good for such a short story. There isn't too much about Celie in the full-length books but I knew that any good friend of Isobel's h...more4.5 stars.
Really good for such a short story. There isn't too much about Celie in the full-length books but I knew that any good friend of Isobel's had to be awesome and Celie did prove that. There was more than meets the eye with her and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed following alongside her and a few of the secondary characters. Funny how even though it's a very short story, I got very attached to the characters. At first I was little thrown off being dropped into Belegonia and her real purpose for being there. Sort of how I felt with Froi of the Exiles. But once Celie's curiosity in this murder mystery grew mine did as well. I liked how it was done as well because it did feel like she was a real investigator. I also loved the twist reveal because I honesty didn't put that together. I mean I did figure that (view spoiler)[Tilde was alive (hide spoiler)] but everything else I hadn't a clue. I'm hoping that there's more closure for Celie and this story in the final book. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
D'awww. No family is cuter than the Ryder bunch. <3
Oh and I love the idea of a poker night with the SD and DR guys like this. How do I get an invi...moreD'awww. No family is cuter than the Ryder bunch. <3
Oh and I love the idea of a poker night with the SD and DR guys like this. How do I get an invite (so what if it's probably a guy night)? And can I sit next to Judd and Hawke? Or Drew? Dorian? I'd probably lose all my hands because I'd just be ogling them. Haha. (less)
I had to warn her out of courtesy before I slipped out of my towel and into the hot tub. I did not want her to faint and drown. Of course, if she did go under I would be honor bound to pull her out and revive her. That she appeared to not be wearing a bra did enter my mind. I would only peek a little. I was a gentleman, not a saint.
She listened while I explained all this and I realized how nice it was when we just talked. We sat quietly together, enjoying each other’s company. Her face lost its edge. I understood the edge – she needed it. If you look like you’re ready to fight, you can win most battles without throwing a single punch. But now, with her hair down, and her features relaxed, she looked beautiful. I wondered if she knew. No, probably not.
Why could nothing with Kate be simple? Why couldn’t Jim ever just come by to tell me that he had bowled a perfect game or benched a personal best. Maybe finally asked that weird tiger girl out.
“I did some checking. I got my sources.” “You asked Dali, didn’t you?” He broke into a rare grin, “Yep, she is damn smart, took her awhile but she dug most of this up.” “Does she know you like her?” “We aren’t talking about me. We are talking about you and your… hunny bunny.” “In that case, professor, I’m terribly sorry for interrupting your fascinating lecture on bullshit, please proceed.”
Just rating the last two novellas since I've rated the others already.
Declaration of Courtship, 4 stars.
I had hoped since Coop's first appearance in...moreJust rating the last two novellas since I've rated the others already.
Declaration of Courtship, 4 stars.
I had hoped since Coop's first appearance in Play of Passion that he'd get his own story. Just that small taste of him being teased for chasing a submissive was cute. I almost wish they could have had the full length novel rather than Riaz but oh well. I liked what we got and seeing a different dynamic between a super dominant and a super submissive. It was also nice getting to see a den from a different sector of SD's territory. Nalini opened a whole new can of worms because there are endless possibilities for more stories.
Texture of Intimacy, 4.5-5 stars.
Walker and Lara, one of my favorite pairings. They're such a wonderful solid, mature couple, kind of a quiet dark horse one, but no less amazing. Textbook-wise, you wonder how these two could be together with their outward dispositions but when taking a closer look, they couldn't be more perfect for each other. They're nurturers at heart, fiercely protective and caring of others in their own way. You see that when Walker talks to Judd and remembers Aden. Or when he comforts Sienna and thinks back to when she was an infant. He's always been the backbone of the Lauren family. Then there's Lara discussing private matters with Tai and Riordan, being someone others can feel comfortable to confide in. Or even that lovely family scene at the end with Marlee and Toby with both Walker and Lara.
Other notes: (view spoiler)[- Judd and Brenna watching a Say Yes to the Dress type of show, OMG. Is there a deleted scene for that? I need it. I want it. Now. Could you imagine the type of comments he'd have? LOL. - I loved getting a little more insight to Aden and the kind of person he was as a child and the fact that he follows some of Walker's leads. - Little Ben interrupting Walker and Lara's picnic. So cute. This pup is going to be a heartbreaker. And aww, they're gonna try for a baby. It's like Riley and Mercy stole their thunder with their pregnancy in Tangle of Need. But they did say it's tough to get pregnant, so... - Tai and Evie, ahh, young love, so sweet. I really liked that short talk between Tai and Lara. He's come a long way. Anyone remember when he was a little bit of a hothead and fought with Judd back in Caresssed By Ice? - Also, Riordan talking about his concerns with his developing relationship with Noelle, Zach's sister from DarkRiver. This younger generation (heck, even those young ones like Ben and Marlee) reminded me how they might be the center of the next set of books and arc for the Psy-C series. Well I hope it'll eventually come to that. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
4.5 stars. I loooove these characters. It was fun to see some of my favorites, and even not so favorites, in this short story. Little glimpses of the...more4.5 stars. I loooove these characters. It was fun to see some of my favorites, and even not so favorites, in this short story. Little glimpses of the young ones being so cute makes me antsy for their books (which they better get in the future!). This is definitely a must read for any avid Psy-C reader.(less)
Last Thanksgiving my cousin and I started talking about books. It seems to be a thing we do now every time we see each other. His latest read was Wool...moreLast Thanksgiving my cousin and I started talking about books. It seems to be a thing we do now every time we see each other. His latest read was Wool Omnibus. He gave me the lowdown and while I was listening, I admit I was a little confused about the premise. I think that night he actually gifted me with the omnibus. I read. I thought the first book was okay. It definitely wasn't what I expected at all, though. And I wasn't entirely sold on the story but I kept on going. It got a little better with the second book and my curiosity rose. And after that the books progressively got more exciting and more interesting. If you think it starts out slow, I suggest you at least get to the third title because I think that's when the real story begins. The first two serve somewhat like the prologue, the calm before the storm. I could see this series as a classic in the science-fiction world. It has that timeless feel that could be enjoyed by all ages anytime from now until who knows. It's just good storytelling.
Reviewed as I finished each book. Spoilers for the previous story (stories) will be found in subsequent reviews.
Wool (Wool #1) finished 12/5, 3 stars. I'm not really wowed by this short story but I'm intrigued enough to go on to the next one.
Proper Gauge (Wool #2) finished 12/12, 3.5 stars. I thought this was more interesting but slower paced than the previous installment. We get a glimpse of the Silo way of life in the different sections, seeing the politics, people, and how much goes into keeping things running as smoothly as possible. I had a suspicion of what was going to happen midway and it made me want to see the repercussions of such a tactic. I expect the next book will be a bit more exciting than this one.
Casting Off (Wool #3) finished 12/14, 4 stars. Okay, Hugh Howey, YOU GOT ME. You have me hooked. Bravo. For the first time since starting this series I actually was into the story, more than just a little curious. I have to attribute that to Jules for her tenacity and desire to find answers. There was a lot more meat to this section and slowly I'm learning more of the corruption going on. It was a very appropriate title—while Jules is cast off (view spoiler)[by Bernard there is the significance of Jules casting off the wool from her eyes, seeing IT and its deceit more clearly (hide spoiler)]. The ending is such a great cliffhanger. Honestly I almost cackled with glee. I'm eager to see what is to come (view spoiler)[for Jules and what the consequences are for Bernard. A side note: I really liked Lukas. I don't know what's to come but I do hope that wasn't the last of him. While I'm at it, I also enjoyed the Mechanics team (hide spoiler)].
The Unraveling (Wool #4) finished 1/15, 4.5 stars. This part was fantastic and my favorite one so far. These actually continuously get better and more exciting. I loved that we saw different perspectives of people from different areas in the silo. I really gotta admire the Mechanics and Supply for going all out though I do wonder if there would have been a less aggressive way to go about their plan. And the look into (view spoiler)[a whole other silo, #17, was cool though extremely tragic—both because it was wiped out and the fact that Solo has been alone all those years. I wonder what the next step would be for Jules to get her revenge because obviously her suit is messed up (hide spoiler)]. There were many different instances of unraveling so the title of this section spot on. Lastly, I applaud Howey for yet another cliffhanger ending. It was utter perfection.
The Stranded (Wool #5) finished 1/24, 4.5 stars. I must say this was another enlightening addition to the series. I really liked the twist (view spoiler)[the orphans in Silo 17 (hide spoiler)]. I had some inkling that a reveal like that would happen yet I was still surprised. And sadden. I can't help but feel a sense of pity.
Juliette was a warrior and a great character to follow. I also enjoyed the other POVs because they were crucial in understanding the history and workings of the silos. Just thinking of the history is mind boggling. Just wow.
I think this was a bittersweet end to the series. Or at least to this particular story of characters. There was some tragic losses. Some I'm still reeling from because even though it was a short time to know a few of these characters, I grew attached. But I was satisfied with the ending and the hope I saw on the horizon. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this! It's a short story so of course I WANT MORE, but I did like seeing a little of what was going on living at the time when the breakout oc...moreI liked this! It's a short story so of course I WANT MORE, but I did like seeing a little of what was going on living at the time when the breakout occurred from a survivor's POV. Some of it we already know or deduced but still it was interesting. (view spoiler)[So what I REALLY want more of is Robin and Austin, like scenes of what they go through as they tried to make the College enclave successful. And more importantly I'd enjoy more of their relationship at the settlement. It was nice that it did come in a circle from Endurance with that connection to Robin. (hide spoiler)](less)
"Mhm, Kate, the chief of security. Sexy. Who better to guard my body than the woman who owns it?"
"Curran, I will punch you."
"Rough play." Curran pretended to shiver in excitement.
I raised my fist and tapped his biceps lightly.
Curran and Kate continue to be one of my favorite fictional couples. I honestly don't think I could ever get tired of reading about them. I love that this wasn't a throwaway novella (not that those aren't fun), as in it had substance and added something to overall arc of the series. It was great that minor characters (like Jim or Ghastek) make appearances causing a few headaches for Kate and laughs for me. All in all, it's a must read for any Kate Daniels fan. (less)
Why isn't this a full-length novel? Not fair. I wanted some flashbacks and more time with these two characters in the present. Despite that and the (v...moreWhy isn't this a full-length novel? Not fair. I wanted some flashbacks and more time with these two characters in the present. Despite that and the (view spoiler)[(off-putting branding—I mean, seriously, what was that?) (hide spoiler)], I was pleased with the story. It did leave a grin on my face. Maybe Ms. Dare could visit this couple in another novella. I wish. Ha. (less)
A good start to the Brothers Sinister series. This novella follows Oliver's (the hero of book 2) parents when they first meet and fall in lo...more3.5 stars.
A good start to the Brothers Sinister series. This novella follows Oliver's (the hero of book 2) parents when they first meet and fall in love. I enjoyed both Hugo and Serena and thought their romance was sweet. And the Aftermaths & Beginnings epilogue, I loved it! I can't wait to see how (view spoiler)[the dynamic changed between the half-brothers, Robert and Oliver. (hide spoiler)] I think they could learn a lot from each other. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)