Solid was a fun and engaging read that I devoured in one sitting.
Workinger writing had a really great flow making it an effortlessRating: 3.5 stars
Solid was a fun and engaging read that I devoured in one sitting.
Workinger writing had a really great flow making it an effortless read from start to finish. The plot had a familiar feeling yet it managed to still surprise me a couple of times. The first half of the book had great pacing but the second half felt a little rushed and I would have liked it to be a little more detailed. That being said it is only 220 pages so I think Workinger fitted in as much as she could in that small amount of pages.
The characters are instantly likeable and definitely will bring a smile to your face. Clio, does feel like the average girl making her easy to relate too. While the secondary characters were an entertaining bunch. There is also some romance. But that is were I had a little trouble. While I thought it was sweet I couldn't understand why Clio and Jack had a instant connection. I would have like a little more build up.
Overall Solid was a good start to the series. It definitely left me wanting to read more....more
Favourite Quote: "I felt changed, soiled by the brutality of all I'd witnessed. Something had finally replaced teenage girls on my list of most heinoFavourite Quote: "I felt changed, soiled by the brutality of all I'd witnessed. Something had finally replaced teenage girls on my list of most heinous, and I didn't even know what to call it."
Gateway is good. Really good. I enjoyed everything about this novel - the strong writing, the believable characters, the captivating plot and the subtle but sweet romance.
Garner has written an impressive debut. Her writing is quick and engaging and the plot has quite a few surprising twists. Like I completely didn't see that coming twists and I mean none of them. And that is a hard thing to find these days. I really got caught up in this enthralling and convincing world and finished it within 24 hours.
Gateway is not all paranormal. At the start of the book Ember wakes up in a hospital after an attempted suicide. So it does deal with some serious issues briefly adding some more emotional depth to the story but it isn't a depressing read. It is still more of action-packed, mysterious type of story.
The characters are well rounded and well written. Ember, the main character, struggles with being different. She has a genuine narrative making it easy to relate and connect with her. While Taren is an intriguing character. He is the type of guy that is the first one there if anybody needs anything. Just a great guy.
There is a touch of romance between Ember and Taren. They have plenty of tension that builds up nicely as the story goes. It definitely has you eagerly reading to see if these two will act on their attraction.
Overall, Gateway is a exceptional dark and appealing paranormal novel. I can't wait to read more of this world....more
Favourite Quote:"What do you think you are doing?" she asked. Luke smiled the first genuine smile she'd ever seen from him. He yankeRating: 3.5 stars
Favourite Quote:"What do you think you are doing?" she asked. Luke smiled the first genuine smile she'd ever seen from him. He yanked her back to him. "I have no idea". And he kissed her with even more fervor than he had a few moments ago.
Elemental is part adventure, part love story, part supernatural and a whole lot of FUN. It wasn't a perfect read but I had a blast reading it and for me that is the most important thing.
Dominguez's writing is engaging. It was full of action and suspense and the pages just flew by. It is written from both Luke's and Eva's perspectives alternating each chapter and allowing us to get know both characters.
However there were times I found the story a little predictable and I wish it flowed a little more effortless but that been said it didn't stop me from enjoying it.
Eva and Luke are both terrific and entertaining characters. Eva is smart, strong, determined and the class valedictorian. While Luke is dangerous, protective, gorgeous (of course) and the guy at school that everyone avoids.
Their relationship starts from dislike, to tolerate, to like, to finally something more. I love watching it change. It's progression felt natural and they had great chemistry.
The ending wraps up nicely while never feeling rushed but at the same time leaves it open for more.
Overall Elemental was a pleasure to read. I will be definitely keeping an eye out to see what Tiffany Dominguez has install for us next.
Note: (view spoiler)[This book had a Luke I am your father moment. I couldn't help but laugh and think Star Wars. I still enjoyed it though (hide spoiler)].
I thought this would not be my type of read. It is historical christian fiction (not a huge fan of either) about the life of a woman who was sold as aI thought this would not be my type of read. It is historical christian fiction (not a huge fan of either) about the life of a woman who was sold as a child into prostitution and then later about the man who feel in love with her.
But Redeeming Love was just a beautiful and breathtaking read. Oh boy did it my make my heart hurt. I cried pretty much the whole way through this story. Angel (aka Sarah) is a character you become very quickly emotionally invested in and Michael is pretty much the perfect man. I don't think you will find a character more forgiving and loving then him.
Overall, this book deals with some intense issues but is worth the emotional journey it takes you on....more
Favourite Quote:We stood there for a moment, people swirling around us, laughing, greeting one another, kissing on both cheeks in Italian fashion. AnFavourite Quote:We stood there for a moment, people swirling around us, laughing, greeting one another, kissing on both cheeks in Italian fashion. And our deep stare into each other's eyes was as intense as a kiss of our own. It was like he was speaking to me, singing to me, all through that long, silent, sexy-as-all-get-out look.
Cascade is awesome. It is another brilliant and addictive addition to what is quickly becoming one of my favourite series. It has the perfect mix of adventure and romance making for a fully satisfying read.
I am still surprised at how captivated I am by this series especially since it is definitely kind of historical which is just not my thing at all. But that just goes to show how much of a incredible writer Lisa Tawn Bergren is. Her writing just keeps you completely captivated in this stunning tale.
The plot is fast paced that has a level of tension that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. Even more than the first instalment. It was like I could not read this fast enough.
I love spending time with these character as they bring humour and heart to this tale. Gabi is still the same strong heroine who's strenght and loyalty is inspiring. Marcello would have to be one of the kindest characters out there. And just when you think you couldn't possible swoon any harder for him you do. Then you have Lia and Luca and their banter provides lots of entertainment.
"Lia aimed shifted and waited watching one man peek out time and time again. She let her arrow fly anticipating his next peek at us and it pierced his eye.
“Okay that’s just going to make ’em mad ” I said.
“Three hundred and ninety-two ” she said to Luca tossing her braid over her shoulder and taking aim again.
“Saints in heaven ” he said to me rolling his eyes “how much deeper in love can I yet fall?"
The romance was beautiful. It made the romantic fool in me very very happy. Gabi and Marcello's relationship is sweet and tender. They definitely have that out of ordinary dreamy type of love.
Overall, Cascade was a perfect reading escape. It is passionate, meaningful and magical. The only problems is I need Torrent like right NOW!...more
My Favourite Quote:We froze. Neither of us moving, simply staring at each other if the other was going to move first. "You are," he whispered, "uncommonly stirring." He closed his eyes then, as if he had to in order to break the bond between us, then lifted me to the saddle and stare at the ground as he guided my feet into the stirrups.
AWESOME! I am not usually a fan of anything that slightly resembles historical fiction and well this is time travel back to Fourteenth-Century Italy. But I love everything about this book the setting, the characters, the history, the romance. It has to be one of my favourite series of 2011.
Bergen prose is elegant and magnetic while the plot is fast paced and addicting. Often with historical fiction I feel overloaded with information and sometimes a little bored but Waterfall was effortless read that had me on the edge of my seat. I was completely captivated by this story. Immediately when I finished it I looked up how long I would have to wait for the next one. It is one of those books that you just don't want to end thanks to the amazing writing of Bergren.
The characters are fantastic. And not just this main ones. The secondary character are just as strong and entertaining and I admit it is hard to pick a favourite. Gabi is a compelling character. Strong, mature and caring. She showed a lot of courage and I don't think I could have handle myself as well as she did if got sent back to Fourteenth-Century Italy and lost my sister. Then there is Marcello. My first thoughts was WOW. A fierce fighter, smart, loyal and kind. Gabi and Marcello has chemistry from page one. There is loads of tension and obstacles as their relationship builds slowly.
Overall, Waterfall is an electrifying and enthralling tale. Do not miss out on this awesome new series....more