When the gate was opened and the curse lifted, everyone thought that life would be back to normal, but it’s too early to celebrate yet. Vienna decided...moreWhen the gate was opened and the curse lifted, everyone thought that life would be back to normal, but it’s too early to celebrate yet. Vienna decided not to wait for Rownan and set out to find a different entrance to Earth. Yara and Treygan won’t allow Rownan to travel through Harte alone. The three of them set out on a dangerous journey. Traveling through Harte won’t be easy, and no one returns from Hell the same. I felt like this book was much better than the first. The plot was far more entertaining and the flow was much nicer. Unlike Tangled Tides, the story was harder to predict and the manner of Harte was random and, in ways, terrifying. I found Harte to be a much more interesting place than anything we have seen so far.
I spotted better development with the characters but also, all of the mannerisms that annoyed me with the first book were toned down a bunch. The focus was also on Yara far less, which I enjoyed. It was nice to see the other characters get more attention. My favorites still weren’t seen much, but it was better than nothing. I was still not a fan of the characters.
This book certainly improves the series, but it’s hard to like a story when you can’t like the characters. So while I look forward to the next installment to see where the story goes, I’m not looking forward to dealing with Yara and Treygan again. If they were better characters and their romance more believable, I would be more fond of this series.
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)
Katy and Daemon are connected. After Katy tapped into Daemon's powers and killed an Arum, injuring herself horribly...moreReview originally posted at my blog
Katy and Daemon are connected. After Katy tapped into Daemon's powers and killed an Arum, injuring herself horribly, he healed her. Now she is connected to him because of the healing and it is driving her crazy. Daemon is set to prove he loves her, but Katy is certain it's just the connection driving his attentions and nothing more. Top make things worse, the DOD are in town and keeping their eyes a little too closely on Katy, Daemon and the other Luxen. So when a new boy comes to town, claiming to know what happened to her and that she is just like her and can help her train, she jumps at the chance. She sees it as a way to help protect Daemon, Dee, and their secret. Daemon views it as a betrayal and doesn't want her anywhere near the kid. When Katy sees someone who is supposed to be dead she realizes that everything is about to change. Half of what she has been told are lies and with the pressure mounting, not everyone is going to survive.
This series is addicting. I love the characters and I love the plot so much. Things started a little slowly for me. In Obsidian Katy and Daemon have this amazing sexual tension from the first page and it drives the story even faster for you. When Onyx began, that tension was missing for the most part. I was about 20% in before things started feeling like a Lux novel for me again.
The characters are all still wonderful. The tension between Daemon and Katy does eventually show up and it is just as wonderful as it was in Obsidian. These are two characters that are meant to be together. They are connected, and I don't just mean by the healing that Daemon did. The new character Blake isn't awful. I didn't really trust him from the beginning. There was something off about him. Then the doctor, Will. He threw me. I should've remembered him and I didn't so when his connections are revealed I was just as shocked as Katy was.
This novel was really meant to help pick up the plot and wow did it! The story is fairly fast-paced and the lies and secrets hide behind every corner. There is so much talk about Dawson and Bethany and how the DOD treats the Black family that you will really benefit from having read the prequel Shadows. If you haven't read it, then you should read it before you dive into Onyx. It will help you tremendously.
I recommend this series to everyone. It just keeps getting better and better. Jennifer L. Armentrout is a genius. I've only read the one series by her and yet it is enough to put her up in my top favorite author's list and guarantee that I will buy anything she puts out. (less)
Alison's story continues. With Damien dead, Lilith has taken over the Rising and is now set on making sure Alis...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Alison's story continues. With Damien dead, Lilith has taken over the Rising and is now set on making sure Alison dies for her crimes against them. With Alison's new marriage to David, Samantha's powers due to come in any day, and a new baby on the way, Alison has far too much to worry about than focusing on Lilith.
Sophomore novels are difficult. They are hard to master because you have to convey a certain amount of information in a short period. Hope is helping to prepare for a time skip, and it needs to set things up to allow for that to happen. Hope does a decent job of it, but there was some lacking.
The characters are all the same. You get to read more about Lilith and meet a few of the other Rising members, but otherwise the characters have not changed at all. They are still very likeable and leave you wanting to hate the bad ones and root for the good ones.
The story was nice as well. It's a really good set up for the third novel. Information is conveyed nicely. It was the writing that stunted me. This novel felt rushed to me. I noticed quite a few errors that the editor obviously missed or that weren't fixed before publishing. Descriptive words were repeated in sentences too closely to one another. Scenes were either rushed or not described well enough. It didn't read nearly as smoothly and this was a final copy unlike the preview copies I read for Power. The mistakes are all tiny little things, but they are unfortunately noticable. I feel like it needed a few more read-throughs before handed off to the editor. I had expressed my thoughts to Theresa that I thought the release was a rush, but now I feel like a horrible friend for not reading this sooner and encouraging her a bit more to wait. Power sets you up to expect a certain level in her writing and Hope doesn't deliver it.
The story is what is most important, and it really was wonderful. I can't say much without spoiling it flat out, but I did really enjoy it. I just found that I couldn't lose myself in the story as much as I did before because I noticed the lack in the writing that I didn't expect. I hate to have to judge the novel by that, but people do judge those things. I would still recommend this story to anyone who is intrigued by the first book. It was a great story with wonderful characters. (less)
Ever notice how once someone enters your life, they are everywhere? Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend, Kennedy, to the college of his choice ju...moreEver notice how once someone enters your life, they are everywhere? Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend, Kennedy, to the college of his choice just to have him break up with her so he can play the field. While at a party in attempts to get her spirit back, she is attacked by her stalker and rescued by the mysterious and handsome Lucas. Lucas seems like the perfect person to help her forget about Kennedy, but her feelings grow quickly. At the same time, in attempts to not fail Econ, she begins emailing the intellegent tutor, Landon. Their email exchanges are fun and witty and she quickly begins to wonder about the man behind the emails. Now she has to dodge her ex, steer clear of her stalker as he spreads rumors of them hooking up, and try to see who she can actually trust as a connection between Lucas and her tutor arise.
I really loved this book. The story was well written and paced well. Usually, I am not a fan of drama, I like things to be fluffy and sweet. This book contains rape triggers, but it isnt the main focus of the story. The rapes werent graphic either. The most graphic of them was the first, and it was only an attempted rape. It went on to mention that it wasnt the girl's fault, and included a message of empowerment for the victim.
I enjoyed all of the characters except for Buck, but I think that was done purposely as you want to see him for the monster he is. I thought the characters were well developed. There are times where Lucas feels a little too good to be true, but you do learn his flaws as the story develops. Ive known guys like him so I cant say that he isnt a real possibility for a person.
Jacqueline and Lucas are perfect together. Their banter and interactions are wonderful to read through. Lucas is hot, you cannot deny that. He leaves fire where he goes, all men in novels should be so hot. It can almost seem like they fall for each other too quickly, but when two people are so perfect for each other, I cant see why time should matter much. I was weary about them getting together, a victim and her hero seldom work, but I feel that since she wasnt actually raped when he saved her that it worked out well. I wouldve been more worried had she clung to him after having actually been raped.
The story was perfect. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to reread it as soon as I was done. (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)
Maryah has done the impossible She is remembering things from her former lives after she chose to erase after h...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Maryah has done the impossible She is remembering things from her former lives after she chose to erase after her last one. While she would like nothing else than to indulge every moment in her love her Nathan and her new family, time is a luxury she does not have. Harmony’s soulmate, Gregory, is missing, and Maryah is the only one who can find him. She has to rush to strengthen her abilities so she can find him. But Harmony isn’t pleased with the idea of waiting, so she takes things into her own hands. What she finds, isn’t what she had expected.
This book was just as perfect as the first one and a brilliant continuation. I found much of it to be beautifully written. I especially liked this one passage talking about the loss of innocence and how perfect intercourse can be between two people when they really take the time of things. It’s not much of a spoiler, but behind a tag just in case you don’t want to read it. (view spoiler)[“I’m amazed and disheartened at how quickly adolescents lose their innocence nowadays. Everyone is in such a rush to give themselves over to someone physically without truly knowing the person to whom they are entrusting with their body and emotions. Unfortunately, it’s the only way you understand right now because it’s all you have experienced.” [...] “People used to be much more romantic and patient. The world moved at a slower pace and so did relationships. Sex is a sacred act which sadly, over the past few decades, has been demeaned and demoralized until it means almost nothing to most people. Very few still appreciate the emotional and spiritual connection that can and should take place when two bodies and souls are joined together.” [...] “When your heart and soul are in it, making love is not just special, Maryah— it’s magical. I would never deprive you of experiencing how incredible it can be. You need to know me first, and I need to know you— this you, not the memory of whom you used to be.” (hide spoiler)]
The characters were the same wonderful people that you met in the first novel. The character interactions are fantastic and wonderfully written. I did find that the long wait between the novels made me forget a few of the characters, even more so when their roles in the story were really minor. I have a general handle on who is who, but seriously, there are a lot of characters in this story to keep track of. That alone is what caused me to take off half a star.
The story continues to be wonderful. It has times where it is confusing, but most of that is because it is being drawn out so you learn things slowly. It wouldn’t be fair for you to know everything and Maryah not. It would make her impossible to deal with while you sat there wondering at her obliviousness. The climax happens far earlier than you would think it would, which leads to some confusion on the reader’s part. You need to just come to grips with the fact that it is being written with it’s own rules, and not the rules that govern other books in it’s genre. After the climax, the story is calm, but not boring. You see the consequences of the climax and see where things will be going. The book ends on a calm and loving scene between Maryah and Nathan. Or at least, it sort of ends calmly. At least until you reach the letter from Karen.
Karen does something completely unusual for an author and gives her readers a choice. You can either stop reading where you did, or continue on for a few more scenes that will end on a cliffhanger. She says not to worry, because you can always catch up in book three, which I expect will open with these few scenes. The scenes are perfect and a better suited ending to the novel. I didn’t find the cliffhanger to be as heart-stopping as one would expect from a cliff-hanger, though that might be because I was warned beforehand that the cliffhanger was coming. It does set up a significant amount of drama for the next installment and I can’t wait for it’s release.
This series continues to be addicting and is a wonderfully unique read. I highly recommend it to anyone fond of the supernatural, large loving families, romance, and danger.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(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.
For all purposes, the rating I give this is proper. I did not find this a variation so much as a deviation. If you want the rating of the novel itself...moreFor all purposes, the rating I give this is proper. I did not find this a variation so much as a deviation. If you want the rating of the novel itself, add a star. If you are looking at this with a love of Pride and Prejudice and want a true rating, look at what I gave it. This book, and it's series, left me unsatisfied as I went into this hoping for a variation and left having read little more than a harlequin romance.(less)
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)
Thank you Netgalley for providing my advance copy.
Jody is horribly addicted to her favorite band Regulators, es...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Thank you Netgalley for providing my advance copy.
Jody is horribly addicted to her favorite band Regulators, especially it's frontman Jackson Gatlin. She eat, sleeps, and breathes Jackson. So when she gets the chance to see Regulators in concert, she is super happy, waiting all day in the bitter cold for a front row perch. But things don't go as she plans, as she goes home with a concussion and Jackson himself, who she somehow managed to kidnap with a candy bar. Now she has the rock star holed up in her garage, and he doesn't really want to leave.
This book was nothing like I expected. It actually started out really boring. The chapters with the concert and the lining up outside the concert hall especially were turn offs for me. It was all inner monologue with lots of description. It gets better quickly after, but even then the book itself was rather slow paced.
The characters were good. I loved Mac so hard. He is just such a great guy. Jackson was a jerk and a half for a good portion of things. You kind of grow to understand him. He has no people skills, being a celebrity has killed any he might have had prior. Jody begins very unlikable. She is such a "hardcore" (see: "obsessed") fan that she is annoying. She gets better. Jackson quickly highlights her delusions and crushes her dreams. She spends a good part of the book being either really dense or really blind.
The story is actually really fabulous. The interactions between the characters all lead up to a very touching end. The tie ins with Jody's grandfather are perfect. He seems like he would've been such a fun old man, a "legend" as Jackson describes him. But the realization at the end is just brilliant. The ending makes up for what seems like a lame story. Everything builds and weaves rather slowly and when it all comes together at the end you are just left with fuzzy feelings. Not all of them are good fuzzies either. You are left feeling sorry for celebrities, feeling happy for Jackson's fate, feeling enthralled by the items that improve Mac and Jody's lives.
This was really a great book. It was hard to rate because of how slow it is for most of it. The ending really saved it. It was a great read, so I do recommend it. It will feel slow for a really long time, don't give up on it! It is worth finishing. (less)