I do love a good space opera, and throw in a "Mercy Ship" (ie a floating brothel), a tortured hero, and a heroine with a strong dislike of prostitutioI do love a good space opera, and throw in a "Mercy Ship" (ie a floating brothel), a tortured hero, and a heroine with a strong dislike of prostitution, and I was instantly hooked.
This story features a fairly large cast of characters, each well-rounded with their own personalities and histories, and the camaraderie between the crew of the Bonnie Bell is what really sold it to me.
There were a few pacing issues, as well as not one but two Big Misunderstandings that made me want to shake everyone involved, but overall, it was a very enjoyable read, and I am interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
Both Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between aBoth Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between a 3.5 and a 4/5
Ahhh yes, Kuroshitsuji -- probably my favorite anime ever. How could I not pick up the manga?
I for one, was already familiar with the story presentedAhhh yes, Kuroshitsuji -- probably my favorite anime ever. How could I not pick up the manga?
I for one, was already familiar with the story presented in volume 1, so I often laughed when I picked up on differences between the book and the show, but I think everyone does that when having watched a film or show before reading the source material.
I've never reviewed a manga and will probably do it all wrong, but here it goes:
The artwork is GORGEOUS. There were several panels, especially the full page ones or the two page spreads that I want enlarged as prints on my wall.
The story was probably more humorous than the anime, if for no other reason than Sebastian kept referring to Ciel as a brat, which of course was then crossed out and replaced with "Young Master".
My one real disappointment was the lack of "I'm simply one hell of a butler" I picked up my copy from Amazon for my Kindle so I've no clue if this is a translation issue that occurred somewhere between the writing of the manga and the script for the anime, but it did hurt me to read it.
Or, of course, it could simply be that this phrase turns up in future volumes (which I plan on ordering very soon) We shall see.
So overall, I loved it, though my being obsessed with a fan of the anime most likely colored my perception a bit.
This steamy little novella was exactly what I was looking for when I went browsing for a quick bite to read.
With some of my favorite tropes -- fated tThis steamy little novella was exactly what I was looking for when I went browsing for a quick bite to read.
With some of my favorite tropes -- fated to be mated as well as enemies to lovers -- I of course loved the instant attraction and heat between Lauren and Max.
Some readers may be a little put off by the lack of character development, especially for those outside of our main couple, but honestly, I think most readers will be able to simply enjoy this tasty, sexy novella as it was intended.
Having come to this series without having read the first installment, I can say that this one easily stood well on its own, with both of our protagonists getting just as much history as was needed before jumping straight into their attraction for one another.
There's also a touch of action that I enjoyed, though personally I thought that plot line was tied up a bit too neatly a bit too early.
Overall, though, this was an enjoyable way to pass the time on a chilly evening, and I'd be interested in reading more from Ms. Stuart.
I adore this series so hard it hurts, even though Hailey Edwards is cruel to give us a love triangle and then make us wait for the rest of the story.I adore this series so hard it hurts, even though Hailey Edwards is cruel to give us a love triangle and then make us wait for the rest of the story.
For the record, I'm still #TeamShaw despite any asshattery on his side.
I'm not familiar with this series, but as a standalone I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice and sexy with plenty of action, and a satisfying ending even if iI'm not familiar with this series, but as a standalone I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice and sexy with plenty of action, and a satisfying ending even if it did leave plenty open for the next book.
Very entertaining, and I can't wait for the next installment.
Lawd have mercy, I love this series so much. I've tried to make this review as spoiler-free as possible, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, sLawd have mercy, I love this series so much. I've tried to make this review as spoiler-free as possible, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, so please forgive me if this is shorter than usual.
Even though Kit is far from "over" her experience from a previous book that left her damaged, she's made long strides in her recovery, and we finally get some progression with her relationship with Damon. And by progression, I of course mean that those of us on Team Damon will be cheering loudly by some of the things that happen.
I also loved Justin, though admittedly his sense of timing could be better in regards to some things, and I sincerely hope that he gets his own spin-off series some day. Our favorite Bad Boy Warrior Witch holds nothing back in this installment, and really took this as his time to shine.
Fans of the series are going to be thrilled with the progress that Kit has made, both on a personal level and in her relationships, and hallelujah there is finally steam in the series again. There's also the trademark action that we've come to expect from this author, and some truly beautiful twists in the plot that left me reeling.
The ending, oh, the ending. There's a major revelation at the end of the book, leaving it in somewhat of a cliffhanger, and as if I weren't already anxious for the next book, I'm now dying to see where the author is going with this.
As a side note, though, am I the only one hoping that we get a side story, perhaps a novella, that focuses on Chang? Pretty please? *dreamy sigh*
In the end though, this book was (thankfully) exactly what I expected -- an amazing entry into one of my favorite series, and one that left me whining when I turned the final page simply because I wasn't yet ready for it to end.
I have been waiting ages for this book, and it was well worth it. FoolisThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I have been waiting ages for this book, and it was well worth it. Foolish humans are still showing that they don't learn from their own history, and continue to chafe and push against the restrictions placed on them by the Others who rule the lands. Simon and the rest of the Others who run the Lakeside Courtyard may be the only thing that stands between the idiot humans and the truly terrifying Others who live in the wilderness areas, far beyond any human civilization.
As a lover of all things romance, I of course clung to every tiny hint that there may be something more between Simon and Meg, but it's not simply my romantic heart reading too much into things this time; even though we don't get anything as heavy-handed as them actually talking about their developing feelings, it's very obvious that Meg and Simon both have changed due to their unique relationship. Even though this is probably the slowest developing romance I have ever read, it's definitely there, and is just enough to keep the romance addict in me satisfied.
There is a very large cast of characters in this series, with even more new faces appearing in this installment, and so I have to say that I would not recommend that new readers try to pick this one up without having read the other two. While Ms. Bishop does a lovely job of refreshing our memories without hitting us over the head with it, the intricate relationships between all of the characters is something that readers need to have a basic understanding of before attempting to enjoy this one.
As with the other books in this series, I loved Ms. Bishop's skill at taking the mundane daily activities of her characters and turning each and every one of them into an insight into the individual players. There's a delicate balance between action and characterization in this series as a general rule, and Vision In Silver did an excellent job of moving the plot forward while still making every character feel like family.
I had a tiny issue with the somewhat cliffhanger of an ending, but overall, this was an excellent installment to what is already easily one of my favorite series of all time.
There's not much I enjoy more than a good revenge romance, and this one has all of the good points. Estranged lovers, TONS of angst, plenty of chemistThere's not much I enjoy more than a good revenge romance, and this one has all of the good points. Estranged lovers, TONS of angst, plenty of chemistry, and some delicious groveling. There were a few rather predictable plot points, but then again why read a Harlequin Presents if not for some of the predictable plot points? A solid 4/5, full review to follow closer to publication....more
Cute and sexy, great winter themed novella. Lacking a bit on the actual "Christmas" elements for me to consider it a true "Christmas" novella, but I eCute and sexy, great winter themed novella. Lacking a bit on the actual "Christmas" elements for me to consider it a true "Christmas" novella, but I enjoyed it anyway. Full review to follow. Solid 4/5....more
Oh how I've missed this series. There were a few issues that I think had more to do with editing than writing (as this was an ARC) so I'll need to cheOh how I've missed this series. There were a few issues that I think had more to do with editing than writing (as this was an ARC) so I'll need to check the final print version before mentioning, but overall, highly enjoyable. I do think newcomers would fare well without having to read the previous installments, but I would still suggest reading it in order. A solid 4/5 with a full review to follow closer to publication....more
I don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s noI don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s no denying that Pax was scrumptious from the moment he stepped onto the pages. There’s not much that I enjoy more than a deliciously tortured, yet honorable and protective man, and Pax had it in spades.
As for Ellie, I think it was her complete and somewhat willful blindness to the danger that she faced that made me want to shake her so badly. Sure, there were those around her who were taking pains to make sure she was kept in the dark, but even so, considering the trauma she’d faced as a child, I would have hoped that she’d been a little less naive when Very Bad Things started happening around her.
Through most of the book, though, I kept holding my breath, waiting for Ellie to find out that Pax was not exactly who he’d claimed to be, and instead was hired on to protect her from the blackmailer who’d targeted her father, and when the reveal happens, the fallout didn’t disappoint.
I also enjoyed that while the mystery and danger certainly took center stage, this book never had that “heavy” vibe that a lot of romantic suspense suffers from, though plenty of action that kept the story moving along. There was also a wonderful twist, just when I thought I’d figured out the whodunit, that had me gasping.
Of course, I have to mention that I do prefer my romances to be a bit on the steamy side, so the fade-to-black lovin’ isn’t really my style, though I know there are many readers out there who will appreciate it. Even so, I enjoyed the almost whirlwind feel to the romance, and couldn’t wait for them to get their Happily Ever After, which in the end was just as satisfying as I’d hoped.
Overall, this was an excellent debut novel, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars
For the sake of full disclosure and in accordance with FCC regulations, please note that I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review, and that I have personally known this author for several years prior to her pursuing a writing career....more
Yes, yes, I know I'm one of those people who pretty much thinks that Ilona Andrews can do no wrong, but that's only because they've had such practiceYes, yes, I know I'm one of those people who pretty much thinks that Ilona Andrews can do no wrong, but that's only because they've had such practice perfecting good urban fantasy with the Kate Daniels series and the Edge series (gone, but never forgotten *sigh*).
With this one, we have the trademark world-building, action, chemistry, secondary characters that you actually give a damn about, and just the right hook to leave you somewhat satisfied but gasping for more.
Basically, I can say with all honesty that I enjoyed this one just as much as I enjoyed the KD series, and I will be stalking this series for as long as it lasts.
I picked this one up purely because I saw it up for honors on the Goodreads Reader Choice Awards and I'd never even heard of it or the author.
I wasn'tI picked this one up purely because I saw it up for honors on the Goodreads Reader Choice Awards and I'd never even heard of it or the author.
I wasn't quite sure of it when I first read the description, because while I do love a good pretend-relationship story, I don't tend to go for the "gay for him" type of stories.. That said, I knew it couldn't be up for one of the top romances of the year if it wasn't something special, so I figured I'd give it a shot, and I'm glad that I did.
Great chemistry, believable bisexuality in our previously "hetero" hero, realistic tension and drama stemming from something other than the trials of Coming Out Of The Closet..
Honestly, the only thing I didn't care for was Noah's overblown bitchy comic relief. He annoyed me to no end and I wanted to slap the snot out him with an overpriced leopard print Manolo Blahnik.
Overall, though, it was a really solid romance, and highly recommended for anyone looking for a steamy, believable m/m contemporary.
This is a Quickie Review. The full review is available on The Romanceaholic as part of the Bippity Boppity Blog Tour (and there's a giveaway through NThis is a Quickie Review. The full review is available on The Romanceaholic as part of the Bippity Boppity Blog Tour (and there's a giveaway through November 13, 2014 where you could win a gift card or a digital copy of the book, so go check it out!).
The bottom line for me is very simple — I’m obsessed with this series already. From the characters and their powers, to the chemistry, to the world they live in, to the pulse-pounding action, and all the way through to the teaser ending that hints at the next book. While I won’t deny I was a bit growly at the fact that there was no actual love scene, that ended up being a minor complaint because my adoration for the rest of it was so overwhelming. In fact, I’ve already read it twice, and my long-time readers should know, that is not something I do often.
5/5 Stars, and I think I’ll go read it again while I stare forlornly at the calendar waiting for the sequel. ...more
I. I can't. I can't even. That's it. I can't even. That ending... I... *whimpers* Is Morning Star out yet?? (Full review to follow once I've recoveredI. I can't. I can't even. That's it. I can't even. That ending... I... *whimpers* Is Morning Star out yet?? (Full review to follow once I've recovered from the fangirl flailing)
This book broke my heart in so many ways. Love, hope, friendship, family, politics, loss, and betrayal are all beautifully interwoven into the story, and every action has a consequence -- some of which are truly devastating. It's hard to ignore some of the societal parallels between the futuristic society that Darrow lives in, and some of the slippery slope policies we have in our world today, and the balance of hope and helplessness, and the very harsh realities of revolution and war took my breath away.
Honestly, the only thing that I didn't love about this book isn't even something I truly hated so much as was frustrated by: the cliff-hanger ending. As I was reading the last chapter, I found myself holding my breath, then chanting "No no no no no" as I read, and the cliff-hanger that the author leaves us with this time had me screaming. As most readers are already familiar with this author's cliff-hanger ending from Red Rising, I won't spoil it for anyone, but I will say that this cliff-hanger was far more frustrating than the one in the previous book.
My final thoughts on this one are easy to sum up -- it was bloodydamn amazing, and after you read it, come find me on Twitter so that we can cry together about the long wait until Morning Star.
Billed as a gender-swapped retelling of Snow White, this fun historicalThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Billed as a gender-swapped retelling of Snow White, this fun historical fantasy debut novel from Elizabeth Vail was entertaining and romantic. I loved the blend of historical and fantasy elements, and I've always been a sucker for characters with a secret identity. I enjoyed Frederick's belief that his magic was deadly, and that he had to keep a tight control over his emotions in order to protect everyone around him, and more than that, I loved how Charlotte continually pushed his limits without always meaning to.
Though I prefer my romances to be steamy, I did enjoy the chemistry between Charlotte and Frederick, especially the reminder that while he may be a footman, he was still a man, which is something Charlotte had a tendency to forget at times.
There were a few pacing issues that stood out to me, where the story would hit a lull that made me think that it was winding down to a conclusion before revving back up to more action, but even with these issues, I still found it a very enjoyable read, and a great deal at the current price....more
This book, nay, this entire series, has been such a roller coaster thus far, and I for one love it.
I take notes as I read so that when it comes time tThis book, nay, this entire series, has been such a roller coaster thus far, and I for one love it.
I take notes as I read so that when it comes time to write these reviews, I’ll (hopefully) be able to form somewhat coherent sentences. Yet, when I glance over my notes for this installment, I find that it’s mostly filled with expletives, excited exclamation points, quite a bit of angry underlining, and, well, even more colorful expletives. That, in turn, pretty much sums up my feelings in reading this book.
I will attempt to distill my wildly flailing emotions over this story into something readable, while still refraining from giving away too much in the way of actual storyline.
Here we go.
We open the story to find Cherry still dried out from her laudanum addiction thanks to her guardian turned tutor turned friend, Lord Ashmore. Unfortunately for her, this means she’s still not quite at her physical peak, nor does she have the opium to give her the false courage and bravado she’s relied on since she began her reckless career as a Collector.
Hawke is still help prisoner at the Menagerie, but the real question remains as always — is he a prisoner of the Veil because they truly have control over him, or because he chooses to remain under their thumb for reasons that are his own?
Cherry has a lot of amends to make — Communion, Zylphia, the younger Lord Compton, and even her old servants may have been marked by the Veil for her previous antics, and it is yet unknown as to which ones may prove to be allies and which ones may have decided that their own hides are more valuable than whatever previous loyalty they may have felt towards Cherry.
We very quickly find a familiar and terrifying face from Cherry’s past has become a major player in the Menagerie, and the Veil itself has expanded its territory with the help of the Ferrymen. Not only that, but their horrifying experiments on the people under their rule have created a new breed of fighter to do their dirty work.
With Cherry’s fall from grace both from society and from her position as Collector, she finds herself in a sort of a no man’s land, unable to move as freely as she used to, with none of the easy welcome she’s accustomed to either above or below London’s fog.
Hawke’s horrifying behavior the last time we saw him left Cherry hurt and confused, and, stubborn as ever, she’s still continuing to refuse to heed the warnings from coming from practically everyone involved with the situation, nor has she yet taken to heart Ashmore’s lessons on learning to walk before you run in regards to her newfound knowledge of alchemy.
I find that that’s all I can really say without giving away spoilers. Everything else that I had angrily underlined or followed by multiple exclamation points gave away a major plot point. I will say, however, that this was one hell of a ride, full of action, adventure, and emotional turmoil, and the very last thing in my notebook was yet another very colorful expletive, followed by several exclamation points. Infer from that what you will.
A very solid 5/5 Stars and I cannot WAIT to get my greedy little hands on the next (and I think final?) installment....more
Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other peopleF*CK yes.
Now I want to go read the rest of the series.
Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other people as part of their priestly duties (my own personal hangup, oh well), but that wasn't dwelled upon, and was probably explained in earlier books.
Some readers may be a bit bothered by the fact the protagonists are "underage" for most of the book, but in their world, it obviously wasn't an issue, so it wasn't an issue for me either.