Twenty-two, about to graduate from college, and the only virgin among her friends, Bliss decides that it is tim...moreRead 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. (less)
Jenna is a Green Teen activist from Jersey. She is all about saving the enviroment, but when her family decide that they...moreReview 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.
So while not as cute as Getting Over Garrett Delaney, it was a really cute story that I enjoyed reading. Really probably a 3.5 star book, but I'm feeling generous. (less)
Tempest is happy with her decision to embrace the mermaid side of herself, knowing that it was the right thing to do. Training is rigorous, but she kn...moreTempest is happy with her decision to embrace the mermaid side of herself, knowing that it was the right thing to do. Training is rigorous, but she knows it will be worth it in the end if she is to save her people. When her younger brother is injured, she abandons her life under the sea to rush to his side. Tensions rise as her two loves, Mark and Kona collide, forcing her to choose between them, and herself. While she is distracted on land, a battle erupts under the sea. Tiamat The story dragged. I felt like there wasn’t as much plot here as there needed to be, so events happened very slowly to make up for it. The climax waits for the last possible second, and while entertaining, it ended on a highly depressing note. Normally, I would like such a severity of the story, but it left that indigestion feeling. The action was well written and engaging, so it was a bit of a page turner, but I was less than thrilled with the ending.
The characters here haven’t changed much from the first novel. Tempest is growing a little and has become easier to tolerate, but that is about it really. I still love Kona, even if I have a feeling that I shouldn’t love him. I have a feeling the love triangle is going to ruin my love for him. Still not a fan of Mark. I want to be, but I just don’t dig him.
In a way, I enjoyed this book better than it’s predecessor, but it did have it’s flaws. Still one of the better mermaid series on the market right now that I have come across.
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He w...moreRead 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.(less)
Just before the start of her junior year, Janelle is hit by a truck and dies. When a booy she has never spoken to comes to focus infront of her eyes s...moreJust before the start of her junior year, Janelle is hit by a truck and dies. When a booy she has never spoken to comes to focus infront of her eyes she knows without a doubt that the loner Ben Michaels has somehow brought her back to life. Now her FBI father is trying to find anything he can about the John Doe who hit her with his truck, as it seems he appeared out of thin air. There is a clock counting down to something. When someone close to Janelle is killed, and she takes over her father's case it becomes apparent that the clock is counting down to the end of the world, and Janelle is in way over her head. She needs to learn what Ben Michaels did to her, and what he knows, and try not to fall in love with him in the process.
This book caught me off gaurd. Ive gotten to the point where I dont trust the labels people on goodreads gives to a book, so the sci-fi aspect kind of snuck up on me. The alternate universes thing was what got me, but I didnt have a problem with it.
I really enjoyed the characters. There were times that things seemed a little out-landish, but it was a sci-fi novel so I just went with it. I enjoyed everyone really. I thought Nick was sort of a pointless character, but I suppose he was needed so there would be a reason for Janelle to have to walk in front of the truck that hit her. I really loved Ben. It makes me sad that he never was brave enough to make a move on her before.
The story was nice to follow and didnt go too fast or slow for me really. There was a lot of science talk in there that I didnt want to be friends with, but it wasnt enough to be really offputting. The romance between Janelle and Ben was frustrating, but it made it a little more heartbreaking at the end. Even then though, the end felt numb to me. Just, how things worked out, they were fine in the moment, but once I stopped to collect my thoughts I realized how anti-climatic and robotic it was.
Even with its flaws, I still enjoyed the whole thing and am anxious for the next novel.(less)
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...moreReview 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.(less)
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 en...moreWerewolves 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.
After her mother abandoned her family six years ago for the call of the sea, Tempest is dreading her seventeenth birthday where she will have to choos...moreAfter her mother abandoned her family six years ago for the call of the sea, Tempest is dreading her seventeenth birthday where she will have to choose to remain human, or become a mermaid as well. She is certain that she will stay human. She has her loving father and two brothers, a super hot boyfriend, and great friends, why would she want to leave? But when her attraction to the sea and a mysterious and handsome new boy, Kai, become too much, her mind begins to change. Big things are happening under the waves though, and she just might be the key to saving the underwater world she was planning on rejecting. The characters were interesting. Tempest has a lot of rage at her mother and is over-dramatic about some things. She is trying to move on and have a life, but she really needs closure from what her mother put her through. She was very hot and cold about things, I felt like she wanted everything and nothing at the same time. For her age, I felt like she shouldn’t be having such a bratty middle schooler outlook on things. I wasn’t a big fan of Mark. He wasn’t a horrible male lead, but you know a triangle looms somewhere and he will be a key player and I just don’t like that. I was a big fan of Kona. Sure, he was harsher than Mark, but he also isn’t human, which gives him the excuse.
The story was nice, but simple. I felt like the build up happened really slow though. I felt like the climax came really late into the story. The interactions between Tempest and her mother left a lot to be wanted. I had expected more from it. When I first read this book, I didn’t know it would become a series, so I was saddened by the ending. Tempest is built up as this girl of prophecy and so when the climax is a minor skirmish, I was less than impressed. After finding out it was a series though, I was impressed. It was just the right taste of the series to make you curious what would happen next.
The book was a good start to the series and I did enjoy it, better than some of the other mermaid stories I have tried. Recommended.
This is a free novel that you can read right off the Author's website. I cant read long amounts of text on a computer screen since getting my kindle,...moreThis is a free novel that you can read right off the Author's website. I cant read long amounts of text on a computer screen since getting my kindle, so I took the time to copy/paste the whole thing into a document and send it off to my kindle. If you want, I can send it to you. Just ask. (less)