Really good!! It had unforgettable characters, a delightful sweet yet realistic romance and a lot more depth to the story than I was unexpecting. DefiReally good!! It had unforgettable characters, a delightful sweet yet realistic romance and a lot more depth to the story than I was unexpecting. Definitely worth a read! ...more
Boundless is a great end to my favorite angel series.
Again like with book #2 it took me a while to get into this story. I agree with other reviewers tBoundless is a great end to my favorite angel series.
Again like with book #2 it took me a while to get into this story. I agree with other reviewers that the first half was a little disappointing. It seem to lack that something special when it come to the characters' and their relationships (friendships and romantic). Will the last half was AMAZING (5+ stars)!!! I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know how it was going to all go down. And there was some awesome interactions between the characters. And a few surprises. (view spoiler)[I loved Clara seeing her mother, the trip to hell, Tucker and Clara in heaven and of course the epilogue. (hide spoiler)]
The angel side of things in this book was definitely the strongest out of all three.(view spoiler)[I wished they had gone to hell early. It was interesting to see the other side. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I was mostly happy with the way the book ended (view spoiler)[I am so happy she ended up with Tucker but my heart aches for Christian. He is such a fantastic guy going to hell and back for Clara (hide spoiler)]. And of course I am sad to see it end. I would love to see a spin off of this series.
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Another fantastic book by Sarah Ockler. I just love the way she writes. She would have to be one of my top ten favorite authors. Her prose i4.5 stars
Another fantastic book by Sarah Ockler. I just love the way she writes. She would have to be one of my top ten favorite authors. Her prose is gorgeous and full of emotion. There is always a great family dynamic and sweet romance (the woman knows how to write crush worthy guys). However, I will say that Hudson is probably my least favourite main character out of all of Ockler's books. I did like her but she frustrated me at times.
Overall, if you are a fan of Twenty Boy Summer and Fixing Delilah you should definitely pick this up.
All These Things I've Done was surprisingly good. I was completely captivated by this intriguing and tension filled story.
I have been reading quite aAll These Things I've Done was surprisingly good. I was completely captivated by this intriguing and tension filled story.
I have been reading quite a bit of dystopia lately and I loved that this novel did not focus on matching people or the government trying to control everybody. In the year 2083 they are plenty of problems and changes but overall it feels more like a realistic future. Chocolate is illegal (EEK! no chocolate would make me crazy) together with a million other things like caffeine, paper without a permit, phones, cameras. I felt the world was very convincing as it feels similar to the stories of the 1920's when alcohol was banned and smuggled in.
This is the first book of Zevin's I have read. I found her prose sharp and alluring. Writing that draws you in immediately. It was perfectly paced story that had a cleverly constructed plot and world.
Anya is part of the Balanchine Family, one of the most well known crime syndicates in the world. Her father use to be the head of it before he was murdered. Anya mother was also killed in a hit gone wrong. Now Anya is trying to do the best she can caring for her ill grandmother, her older brother Leo, who has a learning disability and her younger sister Natty. Anya is a mature, brave and compelling character. I love that she always but her family first. I found the secondary characters to be just as well crafted and likeable as Anya especially Leo and Natty.
Win, is the son of the head of the District Attorney Department and Anya's love interest. So it is has a little bit of the star crossed lovers thing going on. The romance between Anya and Win was passionate and yet sweet at the same time.
The mafia part of the storyline was probably the highlight for me though. I found myself fascinated by this mysterious and dangerous element of the story. I would definitely like to see it play an even bigger part in the next installment.
I am so happy All These Things I've Done is going to be a trilogy. Even though it ended in a good place I felt like the story was just getting started and it has left me desperately craving more.
Overall, I found All These Things I've Done to be a clever and engaging read. Zevin definitely delivers all the right elements in this impressive novel. ...more
In one sentence: Glow is an out of this world love story that takes you on a fast paced thrill ride.
I know some of yRating: 3.5 stars but just barely
In one sentence: Glow is an out of this world love story that takes you on a fast paced thrill ride.
I know some of you are reading the synopsis thinking spaceships, sci-fi, that is so not your thing but Glow isn't just for sci-fi fans. It definitely will appeal to fans of paranormal or dystopia reads with it's great blend of romance, adventure and suspense (I would call it light sci-fi). I know that with other sci-fi reads I have struggled with the world building but this is an effortless read that you become quickly absorbed in.
I loved that the action happened less than 50 pages in and from there on in it was a completely pulse pounding read. Every page seemed to be full of excitement and suspense. Although some events in the story seemed a little too convenient and hard to believe. But despite that I think the plot and the world Ryan has created is the strength of this book.
Glow is told in two points of view, Waverly and Keiran. I am a big fan of dual narration especially when it works well and flows seamlessly into each other and it definitely did in Glow. Without it I think I would have been lost as Waverly and Keiran were apart for majority of the story and it really helped give you the complete picture of what was going on.
Waverly is a compelling character. Mature, strong, a fighter and most importantly likeable. I love that she doesn't give up easily and isn't afraid to ask the hard questions.
However with Keiran I struggled to get a real sense of who his is. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed his point of view, it provided plenty of heart-stopping moments, but at times I felt his character was a little inconsistent. I also felt this way about Seth another important character. Sometimes they were nice honorable guys but the next minute they were being cruel and heartless. This may have been just because of their world was falling apart around them but I felt a little confused. I look forward to figuring them out in the next book.
Overall, Glow was a gripping and intense start to this series. I can't wait to see what happens next....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
This is the first Dessen book that actually really enjoyed. I have read Just Listen and Lock and Key and while I liked them I thought the plot tendedThis is the first Dessen book that actually really enjoyed. I have read Just Listen and Lock and Key and while I liked them I thought the plot tended to drag a lot. While with Dreamland I found it interesting and entertaining from start to finish.
There is no doubt that Dessen has beautiful prose. Some times a little too wordy for my liking but definitely thoughtful and gorgeous writing.
The characters were well developed and likeable. I even had a bit of a crush on bad boy Rogerson at the beginning until he did the unforgivable. So I liked that you could clearly see what Caitlyn was attracted to Rogerson in the first place.
Overall, this book has definitely encouraged me to read more of Dessen's work. Just a really good read. ...more
Favourite Quote:With my poor heart pounding wildly, his kiss spilled through my soul, and I was lost. His lips never left mine, yet he was all over mFavourite Quote:With my poor heart pounding wildly, his kiss spilled through my soul, and I was lost. His lips never left mine, yet he was all over my mouth. Never before had I felt anything this wonderful. I knew I'd pay dearly for my surrender, but I'd gladly pay it. I hoped this kiss would never end.
Wow! Unlovable was fantastic. It is such a sweet and tender tale that will appeal to any romantics at heart.
Unlovable is definitely an effortless and addictive read. I had other review books that I was meant to read before this but I thought I would have a little look just to see what it was like and ended up getting caught up in the plot (or should I say the romance) and finished it one sitting. Gammon is a debut author but you would never tell from her wonderful writing. Although it does feel like a guilty pleasure type of read.
While I found it easy to read the plot felt a little too perfect at times though. Did it stop me personally from enjoying it? No but it may bother some readers so be warned. (I could list though a bunch of my Goodreads friends who this would drive crazy).
Both Maggie and Seth are well rounded characters. Maggie has a rough life but shows a lot of strength for a a character that has had such a tough time. She is a sweetheart that always seems to put others first. Then you have Seth. A lovable guy with a big heart that would do anything to keep Maggie happy and safe. It would be impossible for anybody not to like these two.
There is also some interesting secondary characters like Cole and Booker. You just get the sense you are beginning to know them so it will be great to get their stories in Unbelievable and Unbearable.
Now on to the romance. For me it is the strongest part of the plot and my favourite aspect of the story. It definitely will make the the heart of any romantic melt. Seth and Maggie have plenty of dreamy romance moments that will make you go awwwwww (warning: some of Bookers friend may find it too sweet for their taste). But there relationship is not perfect as they have a few obstacles to over come but they never waiver about the way they feel for each other.
Overall, Unlovable is a passionate and engaging read that is perfect for fans of romance. Can't wait more of the Port Fare world in Unbelievable. ...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: "And yet, this is part of it too. This deep, dark grief - it kind of shakes you up, makes you appreciate life, love more. It opens yFavourite Quote: "And yet, this is part of it too. This deep, dark grief - it kind of shakes you up, makes you appreciate life, love more. It opens your heart."
The River of Time is one of my favourite series so I was super excited to get my hands on an early copy of the final installment Torrent. And what an incredible read! It was everything I hope for and so much more.
Again Lisa Tawn Bergren has written another exciting and suspense filled plot. There are so many pulse pounding moments as Gabi and her love ones are never far from danger. But it isn't just action and adventure but also a insightful and meaningful story. It reminds you to appreciate every moment you have.
Gosh, I adore these characters. They are the type you admire and who inspire you to be a better person. It is always hard to pick a favourite out of this outstanding bunch but it would have to be Gabi with her strength, courage and kindness. She really has grown and mature so much in the series. Then you have Marcello and he is much more than just an Italian hottie. He is smart, loyal, brave and has such a beautiful and caring soul. In this installment Gabi's family plays such a large part of the story. It is great to read a book with such strong and positive family presence.
Now, talk about swoon. Torrent had plenty of heart melting moments. And I was surprised as another character tempted my heart away from Marcello (which I thought impossible). I wish I could say more but I don't want to spoil the book for you. I am hoping (and begging) that Lisa Tawn Bergren will decide to write this character a spin off series because I am in love again!
Overall, Torrent was amazing. My favourite out of the three and a perfect end to an unforgettable series. If you like stories full of adventure and romance then this is a must read.
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
What a fun read. It has everything you need in a good romantic comedy escape. Great characters, plenty of laugh out loud moments and some steamy kisseWhat a fun read. It has everything you need in a good romantic comedy escape. Great characters, plenty of laugh out loud moments and some steamy kisses.
Highly recommend this book if you looking for an light and entertaining escape :) ...more