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For the last year, Miranda has been harboring a deep secret relatingThis book was provided for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
For the last year, Miranda has been harboring a deep secret relating to her parent’s death that has caused a rift between her sister and her. She decides to come clean, but before she can, she is taken by a stranger during a midnight swim. Awakening in the underwater world of Marin, she learns that King Marko arranged her kidnapping so that he could keep her as his bride. The women in Marin have become infertile and without an heir to the throne, he runs the risk of losing it to his deranged elder brother Damir. Miranda is desperate to escape, and befriends Marko’s personal guard, Robbie, in attempts to bargain her way out of the city. Trouble is brewing and terrible secrets are being revealed, Miranda will have to figure out who she can trust, and if she will ever get back home alive. Captivate wasn’t what I expected it to be. It starts off in past tense and either slowly changes to first person or else I just got used to it. I hate past tense. Always have, always will, it just throws me off when I am reading. I just prefer first and third person in “real” time. You also have to take note, that this book is from Australia, so the language and slang are written accordingly. It isn’t hard to follow really, the few times I felt a bit lost I could basically guess what was being said. That, and I have a bunch of British friends, so I knew some of the terms that the countries share. My biggest thing at first was the “misspelling” of certain words like “color”, but that is just because I am American. You learn how to spell something and then you start adding u’s into the words and even spell check is like “What is this nonsense?” None of this ruins or takes away from the story, it just threw me off and made the first bit slow to start until I fell into the groove of the book. I knew it was an Australian book and it still threw me, which is the only reason I mention it at all.
The story was nothing like I expected. Based on the synopsis and the listed genres for this novel, I expected a mer tale. I was expecting an underwater world where people could morph between human and mer depending if they were in the water or not. Instead, you are given a world where everyone is human, they just all live in a big dome underwater. There are mermaids in the story, but it is talked about in more of a mad scientist type of way than anything. The plot was unique and easy to follow and the character interactions were quite realistic. Some of the plot elements, such as the pull of the city that makes people not want to leave, felt a little convenient to me, but they didn’t take away from the story either. The traitors were relatively easy to spot for me, with the exception of the one who is caught in the middle there.
I found myself liking all of the characters. I especially liked Robbie. I had trouble warming up to Marko, much more trouble than Miranda did. I don’t completely agree with the quasi-triangle there, but at the same time, it felt right. I don’t know, I found myself rooting for the both of them and neither of them both at the same time.
The ending was the worst for me. Mostly, because I hate waiting between installments. It feels like the next book in the series will feature a large time skip that I really don’t want to deal with. I feel like there is more story happening right now, so I don’t want to wait the months into the future to see how things either mend, or more likely, fall apart.
I found this book to be highly entertaining and compelling and I will be looking forward to the second book in the series. While I was disappointed at the lack of real mermaids in the story, I still enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it to everyone.
Seven months have passed, and London and her friends aren’t any closer to rescuing Rye or getting the answers they so desperately need to defeat the TSeven months have passed, and London and her friends aren’t any closer to rescuing Rye or getting the answers they so desperately need to defeat the Tycoons. Everywhere they go, the Tycoons seem to be a half step behind them, catching up and keeping them on their toes so they can barely think straight. Add to that, London’s guilt that she hasn’t looked back and is slowly falling for Zen, and emotions are running high. Can they find the answers they need on the Astral Plane, or will their emotions keep them from growing and learning with their Others? Astral Tide jumps in after a bit of a time skip from Otherborn. Roughly seven months have past since the conclusion of the last book, and we find out that our group have been traveling from camp to camp trying to gather what they need to move forward with their plans. Relationships are evolving, emotions are growing, and the dreaming is spreading.
The story is simple really. They are on the run from the Tycoons, and somehow always getting caught. They are wearing out their welcome everywhere they go, because they are basically a plague on the world. Everyone who lets them in, gets hurt in the process. London is filled with guilt because it’s been seven months and they are still no closer to freeing Rye, and she is starting to fall for Zen despite herself.
Which brings us to the only reason this didn’t get another star. A love triangle. It will be the death of me. I foresee it! There is a part where London and another are told about a choice in the end that could end in their deaths. I just.. I froze when I saw the words on the page. It won’t happen until the next book, I am certain of that, and if it happens the way I think it will, I will cry forever. I hate love triangles where you root for the obvious loser instead of the one you are supposed to. I just, don’t see my favorite winning this one. That leaves me horribly disappointed. I get too invested into the romance in a story, and this is going to be a heart-wrenching one for me. I am falling too much in love with London, and by extension, the other characters. It just cannot end pretty. It won’t go my way. I am beyond depressed.
Speaking of the characters, you get to see a lot more Zen and Kim, and even Tora in this book than you did in the last one. I was really happy to see that. Kim remains a side character. The really endearing thing about him is his extreme loyalty. It is unshakable and I adore him for it. I loved seeing more and more about Zen. He is such a nice character and I just want to snuggle him forever. The story was very character driven, and because of it, they are learning more and more about what they need to do.
There were times where things seemed to lag, but only for them to get rocked immediately. The lags are barely noticable. I would find myself starting to wonder when the story was going to pick up, just for it to toss me back into the squall, and I would realize, I had never left, the wind had just given me a chance to catch my breath. Second novels are usually so difficult to like because they are bridges, nothing more. They bridge the way to the third installment. That is how trilogies work. Book one is for world building and character introduction/development, book two is the bridge for preparing and build up to the final conflict, and book three is the end to all ends. Because of it, most of the bridge books end up being horrible and boring. While, I feel there might not have been enough progress made towards their final goal, this bridge was not boring in the least and is a regular tome of knowledge, giving us a lot of answers about the Astral that we were left with from the first book. I can’t fathom how it will go from here, and the semi-cliffhanger ending was confusing and a bit frustrating because I can’t see the direction like I feel I should be able to. I am horribly excited for the third installment. This series has hooked me in a way most dystopians can’t seem to do. ...more
Werewolves and Mermaids once lived in harmony, the werewolves protecting the Undine when they had to come ashore to the Dry. One night, all of that enWerewolves and Mermaids once lived in harmony, the werewolves protecting the Undine when they had to come ashore to the Dry. One night, all of that ended when the werewolves rebelled, leaving the blood of many Undine on the sand. Sixteen years have past since the Maiden Massacre and now the sole survivor of that night, Serena, is of age to get the job she will perform for her people. Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, it is her duty to seek out the werewolves and try to make peace. But as she learns more about the Were and the past of her people, she begins to question who her true enemies are, and who she can even trust.
First of all, can we talk about this cover please? It is seldom that a cover attracts my attention enough to even mention it, but this book ensnared my attention right from the start. This book cover in insanely beautiful and every other author in the world should be jealous. I can't wait to see the others in the series as they come out, because they are certain to be equally as beautiful.
At first glance, the plot wouldn't seem too unique, a dying mermaid race suffering from the harsh effects humans bring to the seas, but then you catch the word "werewolf" and everything goes off kilter. I found the beginning to be really slow for me. I had a hard time liking Serena until after she goes to the Dry and meets Lucas. The story is really nicely written. The trial seems random, and even at the end you don't fully see the purpose of it. It was meant to make the people love the reclusive Serena, but I don't feel like it accomplished that at all. It almost felt like a pointless plot point to me, serving only to bring about the punishment and nothing more, which is annoying really considering the amount of story time that it takes up.
The characters take a while to really latch on to. You want to like them, but it doesn't come easily. The synopsis makes you believe that the love interest will be Lucas, and once you meet Kai, you think there will be a love triangle, but things certainly aren't what they seem with this story. I like how things panned out, but the characters left me with more questions than answers for certain.
While this story left me more confused than anything, it was a great ride. I devoured every page and loved the whole things through. I wasn't floored by any means, but I was fully entertained and I look forward to the next in the series.
Being a redhead is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power and popularity and everyone knows it. Felicity’s life has been devoteBeing a redhead is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power and popularity and everyone knows it. Felicity’s life has been devoted to building her status in the redhead society. She is popular, has the perfect boyfriend, best friends, and is well on her way to winning the Miss Scarlet pageant, just like her mother before her. But her life starts tumbling down when she receives a note in her locker: “I know your secret.” Because Felicity’s hair color comes right from a bottle. If anyone found out she was really a “strawbie”, everything would be ruined. Her life, her friendships, her relationship, her mother’s expectations of her, her chances at art school, all of it, gone in an instant. But as the blackmailer’s demands begin to hurt her friends and loved ones, she has to wonder, how far is she willing to go to protect her secret? And will it even be worth it in the end? I expected this book to be entirely ridiculous. I wasn’t holding out much hope for it in the beginning, but it actually turned out to be quite enjoyable.
Felicity is borderline unbearable in the beginning. Her vanity is annoying and it feels like her worries should be unfounded until you really start reading through things. I wasn’t a fan of her boyfriend, Brent I think his name was? He was such a dull character that I didn’t find him memorable in the least. It was obvious she wasn’t meant to be with him and who she should be interested instead. Plus, she even said herself she wasn’t fond of Brent, so why should I care if she doesn’t? Her friends, Ivy and Hailey, are really sweet. I liked them a lot, especially Ivy. And Jonathon was such a cutie. I was rooting for him from the start. I couldn’t dislike Gabby. I knew there had to be more to her, and sure, once figuring her out I still didn’t adore her, but I understood her.
The plot is simple, but the flow is just perfect. Granted, it gets a little predictable. In the end, I knew her plan wouldn’t happen. I knew what she would end up doing. I had a feeling what the outcome would be, and I was right. But it didn’t matter because even with the predictability, I was entertained the whole way and actually rather impressed with how smoothly it was written. The build up of the town is perfect and you really begin to understand how important being a redhead is. She could really lose everything if she is discovered. It wouldn’t seem like it would be much out in the real world, but when the only world you have ever known is Scarletville, it’s hard to think about the outside world. Scarlet has been so sheltered, that she doesn’t know what is out there. It’s nice of her to start realizing what it really is that she wants, especially when she decided to go for it.
This was an easy, simple read with a nice, well-written story. Perfect for a rainy day or a desperate need for some contemporary drama. It was shockingly entertaining. Recommended.
The Caputo/Monte rivalry has gone on for decades, and no one in the respective families is even sure what started it at this point. They only know theThe Caputo/Monte rivalry has gone on for decades, and no one in the respective families is even sure what started it at this point. They only know they loathe one another and want the other’s Italian eatery to fail so they can mark themselves as the winners. After a Monte prank closes a struggling Cap’s for repairs, the Caputo family plan a grand reopening under the guise of their daughter, Gigi’s, sixteenth birthday party believing that not even a Monte would ruin a young girl’s party. When a handsome young man and his friend crash the party and takes Gigi’s first kiss, she finds herself quickly losing her heart to her enemy. Roman Monte shares her feelings, but being together is harder than they want it to be. Hoping to gain the approval of their families, they set out to discover the cause of the rift between them, hoping to right the wrongs to unite their families. Can they do it? Or will only a tragic ending bring their families together? I should probably start off by telling you, I never liked Romeo and Juliet. I first read it when I was about five years old and hated it from the get go. Yes, the Disney movies I grew up with were far reaching, but a three day relationship that resulted in six deaths and was toted as being a tragic romance just wasn’t doing it for me. In true Twisted Lit fashion, my dislike for Romeo and Juliet wasn’t a deal breaker for the story. If anything, Anyone But You made me enjoy the story slightly better.
The story is written in two parts, switching between time periods alternatively between chapters. While reading about the current goings-on about Gigi and Roman, you are also getting to see Nick and Benny’s interactions and what caused the feud between the Caputos and Montes to begin with. The chapters aren’t advertised with font or header effects to tell you from the start which time period you are reading, but after being jarred by the story a few chapters, I got into the habit of scanning the page for a name before diving back into the story. While that is something that bothers me, it might go unnoticable to someone else. I think I just get carried away by the story and forget that things might change. My galley didn’t start new chapters on a new page, and sometimes I found myself just skipping over the chapter titles as I read, which is a habit I have always had. The writing is done well enough though that you never need to re-read more than a paragraph if you get the same jolt as I did.
The characters are nice. It’s fun to see who is playing the part of the original in this modernization. While Gigi had more depth to her than Juliet did, the rest of the characters were still rather shallow in their development. This kept it similar to the original, but didn’t exactly make the new characters endearing. What really saved the story was the relationship between Nick and Benny in the past tense. Showing their relationship with one another, seeing what caused the feud, really saved the story for me. Yes, Benny over-reacted, but trying to place myself in his shoes, I understood it. He was being horribly stubborn, but after everything he had been through, I at least understood why. I found his story to be far more captivating than anything Gigi and Roman had to tell. Just as Romeo and Juliet fell for one another quickly, Roman and Gigi jumped into their relationship just as quickly. I found their relationship to be more believable, but I did like how the homage to the original was left intact in an obvious way instead of changing it to be unrecognizable.
I did really enjoy this book. I laughed, I cried, I had a nice time with it. My heart just broke for Benny, even once he started acting the jerk. I’ve recommended the series before, this book just re-enforces that recommendation.
Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of fRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of from the center of the action. When a student is found dead at a party Skye attends and she knows who might be involved, she has to deal with the idea of being an accessory to murder. As relationships shift and change around her, Skye starts to really take a look at her life, and she doesn't like what she sees. Can she really change herself now, or will harboring her secret destroy her first?
While not as good as Tempestuous was, Exposure was another great retelling of an old classic. Macbeth is probably one of Shakespeare's more difficult stories to try to modernize. While subtle, the homages to Macbeth were cleverly woven into each page. If you go looking for a flashy retelling, then you might be disappointed. Exposure was written in such a way to make a Shakespeare buff smile without alienating someone who has never read Macbeth. I believe that it was done well enough to make it easier to understand if you can match these new characters to their old counterparts.
The characters weren't as nice as I wanted them to be. Skye felt unlikable to me. For her to be "stunning" and not know it, and for her to be so tall and people to just overlook her, it didn't feel realistic. If you are "stunning" and tall and have model potential with a little bit of makeup, then how do people not notice you? Skye actually asks this same question in the book at their Prom. Everyone kept telling her how she was so beautiful and how they didn't recognize her, but what, she was ugly the day before? It's one thing to be withdrawn, but she just didn't feel as realistic as I wanted her to. She was also really hard to like. It wasn't until well into the story that I started to like her at all. I didn't understand what she saw in Craig. Not once. From A to B, I never saw Craig's appeal. Beth was seriously unbalanced. The rest of the characters were just alright. They didn't hold enough importance for me.
The story was nice. It held mystery and did well at capturing the essence of Macbeth as it went along, but the plot was lacking. Or maybe it just fell for me. I feel like most of the elements in the story served very little purpose, and yet I enjoyed every page. I loved the whole story and everything that happened. I just couldn't see the point of many things that happened and it left me uninvested in the story. It all wraps up in the end. The ending is unsettling. It isn't tragic by any means, but it is a bit of a downer. There is promise for joy again, but it's left on enough of a downer to leave you upset with things. Not enough to rage or cry, but enough that you might be disappointed.
While not as great as it's predecessor, it was still a good read and I did enjoy it. But if you are looking for warm fuzzies, look elsewhere. ...more
Alison is a young single mother who has just had her Power awakened. A descendant, born with the Angel's PowerRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Alison is a young single mother who has just had her Power awakened. A descendant, born with the Angel's Power in her, Alison is thrown into the world of the Order. Training with Order member, David, so that she can face the leader of their enemies, the Rising, she discovers her strength and Power as she learns to control her abilities. The Rising leader, Damien, fears her to be the Descendant, the prophesied one who is descended with all the Angel's powers, and the only one who can kill him. He will stop at nothing to see her dead, but Alison isn't going down without a fight.
Being that I have known Theresa Jones since she was about 10 years old, I was granted the pleasure of cheating. I was allowed to read the very first draft of this novel, and I have to say, the changes since then are fairly large. This novel has truly transformed. Seeing my name in the acknowledgements was the best gift I could have gotten.
This novel is really easy to read. The writing just flows, taking you on the journey. I would have liked to see a bit more emotion building. I got a tear in my eyes once or twice, but I would have really liked to be consumed by the novel. I thought at first, that maybe since I had read it before, that I was uneffected, but enough had changed that I feel I should have still been more moved. The lack of it wasn't enough to kill anything, just to make me miss having it there. I also would've liked a bit more uncertainty. There is a point where things are slightly predictable, thought that might be confidence leaking off the pages.
I really like the characters. Alison is a sweetheart who is just so full of love. Her reactions to things can be a bit heated, but she seems like the type who feels all her emotions quickly and strongly. Although she was forced to mature early for her age when she became a young mother, she still is the type to feel an emotion first and ask questions or find rational thought later. David is wonderful, though felt stiff at times. It might have to deal a lot with his age though. Samantha is precious, and I really would've liked to have seen more of her, but I know that this wasn't her story. I felt like Damien could've been more fleshed out as a character, but I was generally happy with him.
The plot is really easy to follow. Things are explained well, in a way you can grasp them easily without it making you feel like you are being talked down to. The story was really nice. Angels and Demons aren't usually my thing, but they are there in the history of this novel and not so much in the pages of it. I loved the way the powers were explained and described. It was really easy to imagine it in your head and just made me happy. More characters need awesome magic like this. The basis of things were simple. I feel like there will be much more to this, but that it will unfurl more in the future installments. I wish the tension building for the climax had been a bit more drawn out. While it was needed, the set up of the novel was just a little long compared to the climax, and the climax started off right after a short time skip, giving the tension less time to build up. The climax was well written, once again, would've liked a bit more tension, maybe a some more action, I was just left longing for it.
This was a really good start to the series, a great novel, and a fabulous debut. Completely worth picking up. Definitely recommend this to everyone. ...more
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He wRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He was human once.
This was a short novella that played as a bit of an origin story for Jonas. It is entirely from his point of view, flashing back and forth between his past life and his current one.
Jonas is a really intriguing character. So much is unknown about him, and this novella answers quite a few questions, while making you want to know him more. His origin is heartbreaking. As you read, your heart bleeds and your chest just bursts open. He rages, and you want to rage right along with him. It's awful, what happened to him, and it's saddening that this kind of thing was very real back then.
I was happy that I read this after I had finished Intangible. It wouldn't have mattered, storywise, as it only set up Jonas' place in the story a bit more. I liked reading this after though as I feel that knowing his origin has forever changed my outlook and opinion of him. I had more fun falling for his character in Intangible, and I feel like it would've been corrupted had I known this first. His origin makes you want to feel sorry for him, and if he could jump from the pages, I think he would be upset with you for feeling as such.
Definitely was worth the read, especially if you are as captured by this series as I am, but I do recommend reading it after Intangible. I think it will make it a better series for you if you do....more
Tatiana's world changed with a single kiss. Torn between her hatred for Azor andRead this and other reviews at my blog.
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Tatiana's world changed with a single kiss. Torn between her hatred for Azor and her unwanted love for him, she must fight through the bond's effects and decide what she really wants. But lies and deception run rampant in the kingdom, and if she doesn't find out who she can truly trust, and fast, she might not live to see things change. Everlost takes place at the same time as Evergreen, only from within Natatoria.
This book was really hard for me. The characters were the same as ever, although the entirety of the book until the very very end followed Tatiana and her bodyguard Jacob's point of views. The two of them, joined with Azor and a few supporting characters are the bulk what what you are exposed to until they very end.
The story and writing were amazing. There were a few plot holes, which have lingered throughout this series and never been fully addressed or fixed, but otherwise it was perfect. The writing is compelling and fast paced and leaves you wanting more with every turn of the page.
What didn't work for me, really was the point of views. In my review of book #2, Evergreen, I had said that not having an eye into the kingdom made the book unsettling for me. After reading Everlost, I can understand why the book didn't flop between the land and sea. It would've made the story too incredibly long and wouldn't have been possible to split between two novels because of the fact that the conflict would have taken far too long to build. Everlost was no different. Not having any knowledge of land, although you already know what happens there, was unsettling. This started out as Ash and Fin's story and then Everlost steals it and makes it Tatiana's story. I feel like the end of the novel didn't have enough resolution and stole the story away too extremely. There should have been a better balance.
Aside from those issues though, this was still a wonderful read. It attaches itself to you right away and you cling to the words, desperate to make it to the next page and see how things go. While I enjoyed every moment, I was left disappointed in the end. I'm not sure if this is the end of the series, but if it is, I am left saddened and unfulfilled....more
Undone is a novella to help give you more insight into the series, namely, into Ben. Undone is composed of threRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Undone is a novella to help give you more insight into the series, namely, into Ben. Undone is composed of three parts. The first part focuses on Ben's life before Unraveling, showing a bit of his family life and setting up his unquestioning devotion to his friends. I knew that his devotion to his friends was important, but you really don't understand fully how strong that bond is, or why until you really get to see things here.
The second section is, by far, the shortest. It shows some of the scenes from Unraveling from Ben's point of view. These are scenes that he finds to be important to him, things he will always remember. It helps to show some of the tension that Reid and Eli has when it came to Janelle. You could put the pieces together on your own, but this really helps to lay them out for you and set you up for things.
The third, and final, part is the longest and most in depth. This section talks about Ben's life after Unraveling, when he returns home. It quickly becomes apparent to Eli and him that they don't belong in their world anymore. Just as they are making plans to return to Janelle's world, something happens to change their plans.
This novella was actually really somber and heartwrenching. You are left feeling so sorry for Ben. I found it to be a great refresher to set me up to read Unbreakable, but it also leaves you desperate for the next installment. Surely Ben won't be left in such a state. Certainly things will change and a happy ending can be found.
I really find this novella to be an essential read for the series. It gives you such an understanding about Ben and his friends that it will only help you to like them more. Unraveling being told from Janelle's point of view made it harder to like Ben and his friends, and this fills that gap in the character display. You really would be best to read it after Unraveling though. I read a few reviews of people saying they read it first. It isn't listed as #1.5 for nothing. You will spoil yourself horribly if you read it before Unraveling. ...more
Twenty-two, about to graduate from college, and the only virgin among her friends, Bliss decides that it is timRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Twenty-two, about to graduate from college, and the only virgin among her friends, Bliss decides that it is time to lose her v-card. What better way than through a one-night stand right? Getting the gorgeous British man she met in the bar back to her place was the easy part, calming her nerves to sleep with him is another story. Creating a lame excuse, she leaves him naked in her bed. If that wasn't embarrassing enough, when she gets to her first class the next morning, the boy she had left naked in her bed is her new teacher.
I really liked this book. It wasn't overly imaginative or exceptionally great writing. It was just fun. You know that face you get when you get really good news? Like, the fluffy news face. Or maybe that face you get when your best friend tells you that your crush was just checking you out. You smile so large you can't contain it, you dance around a bit, and you squee in happiness. That's what this book was. It was a squee-worthy fluff-fest. It isn't the type of book to leave you with any deep emotions. It's a light read that is meant to make you smile and then let you get on with your life. It does it's job well.
I found it hard to get into Bliss' voice at first. It passed really quickly. I had this feeling that I wouldn't like her, or that her reasons for running out on the cute boy would make me dislike her or find her unbelievable. I found her quite believable. Her reactions to things made quite a bit of sense. Garrick was fabulous. I loved everything about him. I was a bit bothered to see a British male lead, as that is overdone in books I read lately, but whatever. Guilty please. I have no regrets.
The plot is light and simple. It is really easy to get through. I think what bothered me the most was that the timeline can get lost in things. There is one point where they exchange "I love yous" and it felt a bit abrupt for me. I had somehow expected that less time had past than had actually gone by. Otherwise the writing was smooth and quite enjoyable. There were quite a few times where I laughed out loud at something funny that Bliss would say, usually in her head.
All in all, this is a really nice read if you just want a quick squee. Perfect length for a rainstorm and completely easy to read in one sitting. ...more
Luke and his twin sister Sera have unusual abilities. Hers is a gift—she can heal with a touch of her hand. HisRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Luke and his twin sister Sera have unusual abilities. Hers is a gift—she can heal with a touch of her hand. His is a curse—he can see the future but he can’t do anything about it.
On a hike up the mountain, Luke has a vision unlike any other—one that leaves him terrified. Knowing that it will come true—and that he must do everything in his power to stop it—leaves his own future uncertain. Twins, Luke and Sera, have special abilities. She can heal someone with her touch, and he can see the future but can't do anything about it. On a hike up a mountain near their home, Luke has a vision unlike anything he ever had before. His visions are never wrong, and he just had the one he never wanted to see.
I love prequel novellas. I know a lot of people dislike them, but I think they are brilliant. They are an ideal way to see if you are going to like a story. It's a minimum time investment for great results. They are perfect to drum up interest in a story and get you hooked. Intuition does just that.
Luke and Sera are nice characters. Of course you don't learn too much about them, it's a teeny novella, but you get to see that they have a great relationship with one another and they are nice to see. They don't come off as annoying or whiny. They seem to be fairly level-headed considering they have these gifts to live with.
The plot is simple. They are on a hike and Luke is dealing with the pre-effects of his visions. He knows one is coming, but he doesn't know when it will arrive. He has a vision of someone being hurt and they go to try to stop it, but don't make it in time. Afterwards, he has a second vision, this time one that is more than he ever wanted to see. It's very straight forward. But the writing is done really well. You are slowly built up to this, and then hooked. You aren't left feeling overly emotional, but your interest is piqued and you know that the first novel in the series is going to be on your to-read list.
All in all a strong start to what looks like it will be an interesting series. Plus, the novella is $0.99 or less on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. What do you have to lose?...more
Jenna is a Green Teen activist from Jersey. She is all about saving the enviroment, but when her family decide that theyReview also posted at my blog
Jenna is a Green Teen activist from Jersey. She is all about saving the enviroment, but when her family decide that they will be staying with her grandma in Florida while her dad is on an overseas business trip, she decides that it's time to really become one with nature. Best way for her to do this, is to spend her summer in Canada at her Godmother Susie's home. She is excited to see the beauty of nature that her activism is so eager to save, and the hot boys are certainly not a downside either. She quickly realizes that her ideals are far from perfect, and that nature has a lot to teach her about herself.
After reading Getting Over Garrett Delaney, I was anxious to read something else by Abby McDonald and this was the first thing I could get my hands on. I was really worried I wouldn't like the story. I have no problem with conservation or activism, but they usually don't make for an entertaining read for me.
The characters were enjoyable. They weren't as fun as I had hoped they would be, but I did enjoy reading about them. The plot was really simple. Things kind of fell flat for me. The story seemed like it was going to have a real direction about it, and it ended up being just a coming of age story. It's like the summary was too hard to write for what the story was. Now, don't let that sell you off of it, because it was really fun to read.
I dislike how the best friend eventually got painted out to be the villain, but the way the story needed to go, it was kind of needed. It becomes obvious right away that the friendship will crumble based on this summer. It's sad to lose friends, but considering Jenna really found herself, which seems like it was something she didn't have before, it was worth losing a friend over. It has to be a horrible thing to realize that you were trying so hard to fit in somewhere that you lost yourself, but Jenna handles the realization with her head held high.
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Rain Ramey has spent her life thinking she wasReview copy was provided by the author for an honest review. Review originally posted at arielavalon.com
Rain Ramey has spent her life thinking she was one person, just to learn she was kidnapped shortly after birth and belonged in a whole different world. Desperate to know why she was kidnapped, firmly believing that the Ramey's weren't bad people, Rain jumps into an investigation to learn more. Enlisting the help of the handsome and brooding River Scott, they begin to uncover a few truths and see there are more lies under the surface.
The very beginning of the story was hard to get into. The first few pages begin slowly, agonizingly slow. Once Rain makes it to Sloane Academy, it begins to pick up, but not a whole bunch. Her time in school starts off with her crossing the resident mean girl. Once the plot really begins to pick up though, this book becomes something you cannot put down. On the brightside, it's short. On the downside, it's short! The writing is really nice. There is a general flow about things that I found comforting as I read. There were little cliffhangers at the end of a lot of the chapters and some scenes that worked, but got a bit annoying after a while. It almost made the book feel like it was a read meant for a younger audience than it is.
The characters are nice and engaging, though some are predictable. Tom? Totally predictable. Owen, I think he is going to be predictable also, but that will need to be seen in a different part of the series. Rain was a nice heroine. I really did like her. She tried to adjust to things and she didn't come across as very whiny. I would have liked to see her make up her mind about her love interest a little bit. River I adored from the beginning. I love everything about his character.
This was a wonderful beginning to what looks like will round out to be a fabulous series. Highly recommended....more
Max decides that there has to be more to life for girls than pining for their exes after they are dumped. There has to beReview also posted at my blog
Max decides that there has to be more to life for girls than pining for their exes after they are dumped. There has to be a way to get over them faster and get on with their lives. Energized with the idea of getting over an ex after her own dumping, she sets out to create Ex Inc. Now she is the go-to for helping girls get over their exes and give them back the confidence they deserve. But when her own ex, Hugo, shows up in her neighborhood, she learns that she isn't as over him as she thought. With so many girls depending on her services, she might have to become her own client and get over Hugo for good.
I love cute little love stories like this. This story was really nice. I love the idea behind Ex Inc. It's one of those things that would be brilliant if it really existed. I can see how the Moments would be troublesome. Sure, they give the girls the confidence and knowledge that they are over the guys, but why trash the guys like that?
The characters are all enjoyable. They are all pretty well-rounded. Hugo was a jerk, plain and simple. I just loved watching the emotions the characters displayed. Watching them figure each other out as they went was really nice.
It's hard to say much about this without giving away spoilers, but just know that it was really cute and fluffy. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I laughed my way through it and didn't want to put it down....more
Twins, Sera and Luke have special gifts. Sera can heal anyone with her touch, and Luke can see the future, butRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Twins, Sera and Luke have special gifts. Sera can heal anyone with her touch, and Luke can see the future, but can't do anything about it. When Luke has a vision that predicts Sera's death, his gift starts to look more like a curse. But there are darker forces at work than either of them could have imagined. Others have learned about them and see their gifts as a curse and a danger to their very kind. Can Luke find a way to change Sera's fate, or will the dark forces at work do it for him, when they kill the both of them?
This novel was fantastic. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. I wasn't expecting a lot of what it delivered, which is my own fault for not trusting the Goodreads Genres anymore so I didn't even bother to read them. This was just, so wonderful.
Luke and Sera are amazing characters! They have such a fantastic bond with one another. I love their personalities. I love the comedic banter they share. I loved seeing their true love and devotion to one another. This is the type of love you want to see in a family. I am jealous of their closeness. Jonas is an interesting character. I didn't like him at first, but the more I saw him, the more I couldn't get enough of him. I would love to see Sera and Jonas have something between them at some point. The connection with his sister would make it borderline creepy, but it would still work. Fey, I liked in the beginning. As you begin to learn more about her, she starts to feel a little standoffish, but I still like her. Marc, I didn't like him from the beginning. Everything about him, I just didn't like. I don't feel like he deserved what he got, but I still don't like him.
The plot was amazing. It was written with a perfect flow, everything happened at just the right time. The tension building was superb. Every page draws you in more until you cannot put it down. As more elements of the story come to light, and you learn more along with the characters, you get so invested in the story and the characters. The one thing I didn't like what the changing of POVs. I love it when authors use these, but I don't like it when it isn't very clearly labeled. POVs would change between chapters, sometimes mid-chapter, and although there were decorative line breakers and the writing was fairly clear about who was speaking, it was still slightly unsettling. There were two times I can remember where I had to step back and re-read a paragraph because I was so absorbed in the story that I was reading too quickly and didn't catch the change and then got confused.
This book was fabulous, and if gifted kids, vampires, and elves are within your interests, then you are a fool not to give this book a shot. It was well worth it....more
For four months, Janelle has been trying to rebuild her life from the horrible catastrophes around the world, tRead this and other reviews at my blog.
For four months, Janelle has been trying to rebuild her life from the horrible catastrophes around the world, the loss of her father and best friend, and Ben Michaels left. He promised to return to her, and now time is passing and she is wishing and wishing it would happen soon. People in her world are coming up missing, and when Taylor Barclay shows up, she knows that the cases are more than she expected. Someone is running a human-trafficking ring and Ben is the IA's top suspect. Can her and Barclay join forces and prove Ben's innocence, or will Ben and everyone he loves be executed? When the evidence piles up, she begins to wonder if she really knew Ben like she thought.
First things first, I highly recommend that you go read the novella Undone before you read this. It will help you out quite a bit in the way of not spending most of this novel hating Ben Michaels with a passion.
The great thing about these books, is really the writing style. They are written based on time stamps instead of real chapters, which is rather cool honestly, but it's the tone of things that makes them amazing. The tone of Unraveling was more upbeat. It was a fun story that quickly changed as the plot thickened and the suspense increased. Unbreakable didn't have that upbeat mood. It was dark from the start. If you weren't really paying attention and appreciating things, you would almost think that it was boring to read. But the tone that is set is amazing when you really look at it. It's a dark story and the tone of the novel really reinforces that.
The characters are changed. The world basically fell apart. They have all had to grow and mature faster than they should have. They are all still the characters that we know and love. I think the best part of this novel for me though, was Taylor Barclay. You want to hate him because of what you know of him in Unraveling, but I just couldn't. The more of him I saw, the more I liked, until I reached the point where I kept hoping for some romance between him and Janelle. I adore Barclay now.
The plot was very dark and wonderfully told. Pieces were perfectly woven together so that you had trouble predicting things. The character interactions and conflicts were perfectly timed and never took over the plot unless they were meant to.
If you are just reading through and not the type of person who really gets into a novel, you aren't going to like this. If you are the type who analyses things and commits to a novel until the last page, you will appreciate the nuances and writing style the whole way through. This series seems like it will only keep getting darker, and that might not be for everyone. I, however, will be reading the next installment as soon as possible upon release. ...more
Avery has spent years building up herself a perfect life. Her next plan? Working in a humanitarian program in CRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Avery has spent years building up herself a perfect life. Her next plan? Working in a humanitarian program in Costa Rica as part of her goals to become a doctor. The only problem, is that she is having trouble coming up with the rest of the cash for the trip. So when her former best friend, and biggest rival in all things academic offers her five hundred dollars for completing a small task, she jumps on it. All Avery has to do is steal Hannah's boyfriend, Zac, away. Easy right? But Zac is nothing like she expected. He is spontaneous, and impulsive, and doesn't appear to take anything seriously. But Avery is starting to see that maybe she isn't perfect, she is actually pretty broken. Maybe Zac is exactly what she needs in her life, but can she keep him in it if he finds out about her being the boyfriend thief?
Oh my gosh!! This book! You guys, this was so good. Simple plot, girl is perfect and full of order, boy is not ordered at all, things go crazy on the way to them being together. Typical young adult love story. The only other book I have read by Shana Norris is Troy High, which was really light and cute. It was a fast, fun read, that you don't really take seriously. You just read through and enjoy it, right? I was expecting something similar with The Boyfriend Thief, but that was not what I got. There was a light plot that was driven with deeper themes.
Avery is a bit of a mess. She has obvious OCD, she wants everything to be perfect, and she is determined to be the best. She thinks that she wasn't good enough, and that's why her mother left years ago, and so now she works to prove that she is good enough to keep everyone else in her life. In the process, she has pushed everyone away from the most part, giving her a reputation of being a bit of an ice queen. Zac is so full of energy and life. He has so many ideas he can't control them. But it seems like most people don't take him seriously, and his father is determined to have him go into the family business instead of considering what he wants. Hannah has a mom that just cannot accept anything less than perfection. Elliot has a bad reputation but is struggling to show he is a good guy. Molly just wants to be happy, but also wants to support her best friend. The characters in this book were amazing. This book should be a testament to how to create well-developed characters. The characters were entertaining and relatable. It was so easy to fall into their world and walk along side them.
The story is really simple, but the underlying issues with the characters, namely Avery, come forth slowly throughout the book. I loved watching Zac figure her out. He may not have known everything, but he really took the time to get to know her. His powers of observation were just perfect. I got really into this book. I had gone in expecting fluff, so I was rather shocked when I started sobbing like a baby over various events. I hadn't expected to get so attached to the characters.
This was a rather short read, I finished it much quicker than I had expected to, but it was worth every second. I loved everything about it. This was one of those stories where the characters were so amazing, I wish I could see more of them. I highly recommend this to everyone....more
When the principal announces that all senior students must participate in a mandatory marriage education program, Fiona thinks her life can't get anyWhen the principal announces that all senior students must participate in a mandatory marriage education program, Fiona thinks her life can't get any worse, that is until she meets her 'husband' Todd the jerky jock. Between pranks, fights, secrets, and hidden crushes can they made it through the program or will they be left without a diploma?
This book was horribly cute. The story was a lot of fun and really, I wish we had had a program like this when I was in school. I would've had so much fun with it, no matter who I ended up getting stuck with.
Fiona was a bit of a snob. Sure, she realizes it as she grows, but she was kind of an annoying character. The rest of the characters were nice, and I liked them quite a bit. I'm happy how things turn out with Johnny because for a while there I was really upset with Fiona for how she was treating him.
The read was light and funny, and I laughed quite a bit through the whole story. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fun, short, slice-of-life story to read. ...more
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Ash and Fin are already being separated right after they have bonded. Fin and his family are on**spoiler alert** Originally posted at arielavalon.com
Ash and Fin are already being separated right after they have bonded. Fin and his family are on the run from their kingdom and heading off to the safe house in Florida. The separation is painful to the both of them, but that is the least of their problems. Between Fin's cousin Colin hanging around Ash and the princess Galadriel hanging around Fin, and the secrets and lies being passed around, their problems are only beginning.
I liked the characters less in this book. The bond was made out to be this horribly painful thing in the first book, and yet here it was made out to be this annoying pest of a thing. It made the characters start to feel whiny. Fin and Galariel's interactions with each other got to me. For Fin's bond to be pestering him so hard, I don't really understand why she kept drawing him in. It made for a plot point that I felt could've been avoided. I know it was testing Fin's commitment, but it felt insulting that it needed to be there at all. Ash lying to Fin about Colin seemed more natural. She thought she could handle it and didn't want him to worry. Was it stupid? Yes, she should've told him, but I at least understand why she didn't whereas his "baby betrayals" weren't explained and didn't need to be there.
I was not a fan of Galariel or Jax, not at all. I know you don't see much of Jax, but there is something about both of their characters that really irks me. There are more secrets there that we aren't seeing. If there isn't then their characters just have annoying personalities.
The story became very very obvious shortly after Fin and his family arrived at the safe house, and even more obvious when Callahan slugged Colin. I know it was a bridge, setting things up for the return to the kingdom, but it was disappointing to have no eyes in the kingdom the entire novel and for it to almost drag along the way it did. The truth about Azor that came out felt a bit sudden. I feel like it should've been built up and hinted upon in the first book, even slightly and I don't recall that being the case.
Or will someone else make the choice for them if they can’t decide? This was the worst part of the summary. As soon as I read it I knew it would be true. The novel took a nosedive for me after that. Things started feeling anti-climatic. Ash and Fin's little heart-to-heart in the enclave didn't help either. She was so depressed and doubting about things and her emotions just didn't feel genuine. Sure, they made sense, but they didn't feel real enough. Fin's reassurance felt about the same. Afterwards Fin starts talking about the bond and how he feels its more of a mind over matter thing, a way to strengthen real feelings, not a forced feeling like it had seemed to be in the beginning of the book and in the first novel.
As much as all that sounds like I didn't like the book, or that it wasn't well written, I really did like it. I can't help but love the story and the characters and want to see what will happen. I do recommend the series still. ...more
This prequel covers the story of Grom and Nalia, third generation, first borns of their respected kingdoms. They are toThis can be read for free here.
This prequel covers the story of Grom and Nalia, third generation, first borns of their respected kingdoms. They are to be mated to keep the gifts of the generals available to their race. They start out disliking each other, but it quickly changes to love.
I know this was a prequel and meant to be short before of it, but it almost seemed a little too short. Their interactions were small and shallow. I really wasnt fond of either one of them. Grom is pigheaded and shallow and Nalia is stubborn and seems like a spoiled brat. Their relationship being more than attraction was pretty unbelievable to me. Their entire love affair feels like it was dependant on "the pull", the myth that two Syrena could feel drawn to each other as a way to make more powerful offspring.
I still couldnt help but rate it high. The purpose of a prequel is to make you want to read the main story and this one did just that. It opens up questions and makes you wonder how things are going to play out. I, once again, read the prequel after the first book and it only opened up more questions than anything. So while it felt shallow and unbelivable, it served its purpose wonderfully....more
Learning that her mother is the long lost Syrena princess that everyone believed to be dead was just the beginnRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Learning that her mother is the long lost Syrena princess that everyone believed to be dead was just the beginning. Now, the two kingdoms of Syrena are pitted against each other in a political struggle while Emma struggles internally with an identity crisis. As a half-blood, she is a freak in the human world and an abomination in the mer-world below the sea. When tensions below reach epic proportions, Emma must decide if she will honor Galen’s request to keep herself safe and unknown, or if she should reveal herself and her gift to save the Syrena below. I was not as impressed with this book as I was with the first one. I still like the series, but this book was enough to take it off my favorites list. It had barely made the cut, but this one just secured the idea that it was presumptuous to add it to that list so soon like I did.
The characters are mostly the same. The mother does a one-eighty on her personality, but with her secret revealed, that was to be expected. Grom basically had no personality and it was very very late into the game that I even started liking him a little bit. The villains and side characters felt rather hollow. If this weren’t a second novel, I would feel like no one was fleshed out. That characters just all became non-impressive and easily faded into the background.
The story had some issues, but it was still entertaining. It was enough to keep me reading despite the issues I had with the characters. I clearly remember in the first book that Emma had trouble breathing for that long under water, and then in this one she can suddenly stay under for hours? That felt wrong to me. The story was interesting but felt a little thin. That could be because of the characters or their motivations feeling garbled.
I almost feel like I should give it less stars, but I just can’t because I really did enjoy it. It felt almost rushed to me. There were just too many issues that I don’t associate with Anna Banks. The fact that it was still told from Emma’s point of view in first person and Galen’s in third was annoying. It’s almost jarring while you are reading really. Then there were a few scenes from Galen’s pov that were written in both first and third and left you confused for a few pages as to whose point of view it was.
I think the worst part of this though, was that there was a pointless death at the end. The death is basically hinted to, but never really led up to. There is no emotion with it. I expected to be bawling like an infant and I was hardly moved at all. But let’s add to that, there will be a sequel. This is working out to be a trilogy. This book had a nice clear-cut ending. It was vague and left things open to a continuation, but it really isn’t needed. So the idea of another one doesn’t feel right. I will still read it, but I can’t help but feel disappointed by it’s existence. ...more