Oh yeah!!!! And finally I can safely say that I found my next favourite urban fantasy series!!! On one hand I can't understand why I waited so long toOh yeah!!!! And finally I can safely say that I found my next favourite urban fantasy series!!! On one hand I can't understand why I waited so long to pick this series up and on the other I m glad I did cause now I don't have to wait to read all those books at once! And I was so desperate to find sth that good to read! This one is the best book in the series so far and sth tells me that the rest is just as good!!!...more
This series is slowly becoming one of my favorites!Book by book I just get sucked in an intricately woven world and I just can't have enough of Kate'sThis series is slowly becoming one of my favorites!Book by book I just get sucked in an intricately woven world and I just can't have enough of Kate's adventures....more
I can't remember the last time I enjoyed so much a new high fantasy series!!! An Ember in the Ashes has it all!Well developed and great characters, thI can't remember the last time I enjoyed so much a new high fantasy series!!! An Ember in the Ashes has it all!Well developed and great characters, thick plot, action and a toe-curling romance. The world building is intricate and interesting and even if reading this book took me a bit more than usual I had a pretty hard time putting it down. Totally worth reading it!...more
To my great surprise the story couldn't hold my interest. Add to that the fact that Francesca annoyed me to no end and this book is probably the firstTo my great surprise the story couldn't hold my interest. Add to that the fact that Francesca annoyed me to no end and this book is probably the first one by Julia Quinn that I was eager to be finished with. I quite liked Francesca from the previous novels but not so much in this one... She lusted after Michael, didn't want to aknowledge her feelings for him (which was rather understandable) but she couldn't keep her hands off him either. Can't say I appreciated that I'm afraid. Michael was a great character though. ...more
Although I had a bit of a rough start with this one what with Amelia keep eavesdropping and hiding behind bushes like a lovesick puppie by the middleAlthough I had a bit of a rough start with this one what with Amelia keep eavesdropping and hiding behind bushes like a lovesick puppie by the middle I found myself completely immersed in the mystery. Granted, The Prophet isn't as creepy as the previous two books in the series and there's definitely something wrong with Amelia's character but in the end of day I did enjoy this book in overall. ...more
The Kingdom was still a great read, not as good as the first book in the series though. While reading this book I felt that something was missing and tThe Kingdom was still a great read, not as good as the first book in the series though. While reading this book I felt that something was missing and that certainly wasn't Devlin, whom I didn't really miss as much as I thought I would. Wonderfully creepy, The Kingdom is an amazing story and The Graveyard Queen one of the best series I read in a long time!...more
The perfect conclusion to one of the best series I have read in the past couple of years!The fact that I read it in almost a week while I'm completelyThe perfect conclusion to one of the best series I have read in the past couple of years!The fact that I read it in almost a week while I'm completely sleep deprived - given the fact I can now only read during the night - speaks volumes about how much I loved it. A series I can only highly recommend!...more
Julie James delivers a great and sweet romantic story once more! At least with this author I know that I will enjoy myself no matter what! It happenedJulie James delivers a great and sweet romantic story once more! At least with this author I know that I will enjoy myself no matter what! It happened One Wedding isn't her best story in the series but nevertheless it's a very enjoyable one and quite perfect for my current mood....more
Another great addition to a series that I really enjoyed reading from start to end. I just can't wait to get my hands on the new spin off series! The bAnother great addition to a series that I really enjoyed reading from start to end. I just can't wait to get my hands on the new spin off series! The best part of the book was by far when the story transported back in time and we got to learn everything that happened. If not for the many and repetitive sex scenes (I mean after a point I couldn't see the benefit of them) and the fact that everything wrapped up pretty easily and quickly at the end, this would be a solid 5 star rating. ...more
After absolutely loving the first two books in the series I just couldn't believe that I wouldn't even be able to finish this one... Couldn't connect wAfter absolutely loving the first two books in the series I just couldn't believe that I wouldn't even be able to finish this one... Couldn't connect with the characters, felt the story was unreal plus the hero's insta-lust didn't really help things for me. From the very first chapters it was obvious that this story would be more or less something that I have already read millions of times before and I just didn't have the patience to see if I was wrong. Pity because Gina L. Maxwell can do so much better!...more
Crash Into You is easily one of my most anticipated releases of this year and for one single reason: Katie McGarry can do noReview posted at Ex Libris
Crash Into You is easily one of my most anticipated releases of this year and for one single reason: Katie McGarry can do no wrong with her stories. And yes, as it was expected, the third book in the Pushing the Limits series is yet again incredibly good! No big surprises here, right? :)
I don't know exactly what is that distinct quality that makes Katie McGarry's stories such a success. Oh, there are plenty of reasons people love her books, be sure about that, but I still can't pinpoint exactly what it is that makes my heart break each time I read one of her stories. At times I think it's the characters and how well written and real they are that make me fall in love with them. But it's not just that. All of McGarry's characters have such a troubled past and present that you can nothing else but care about them. It's like somehow the author is giving voice and hope to all those teens out there that feel like the world is up against them. And she's doing it in the most impressive way!
Needless to say, I loved Crash Into You! Maybe not so much as the previous two books in the series, but still, I enjoyed every single minute of reading Isaiah's story. You see Isaiah was by far my favorite character of the trio. Maybe because he was always feeling like no one ever cared for him, I don't know, all I know is that I had a soft spot for Isaiah from the very first book. And his story didn't disappoint me. Surely, it could have been a little bit better. After all, we're talking about a story written by Katie McGarry here and she has already proved that she can do much better than really good. She can do perfect! And if it wasn't for how quickly Isaiah fell in love with Rachel you might never hear a simple complain from me.
Anyway, I won't go into details about the plot of Crash Into You. If you have read the previous two books in the series you already know what to expect more or less. And that is a riveting story about two so very different people who are so broken inside but still have the strength to love and move on with their lives and finally emerge stronger from any difficulties they meet along their way. So no, I won't tell anything about the plot other than it is very well written and will keep you on your toes the whole time.
The chemistry between Isaiah and Rachel is sizzling even if their relationship progressed a little bit quicker than I would have liked while the characters are yet again the strongest part of the book. And not just the main ones. No, the brilliance of Katie McGarry's writing is that she can easily and just as well explore her secondary characters along with the main ones. She gives voice to everyone who participates in her stories no matter how small an appearance he/she makes.
Verdict: Katie McGarry delivers yet again a heart-breaking story that manages to stay with you long after you're finished reading it. Strong characters and a toe-curling romance are the best attributes of a story that manages to grab the reader's interest from the first until the last page. I just can't wait for the next book in the series to get published! ...more
Sins of a Wicked Princess is the third and last book in the Sinners Trio series by Anna Randol which follows the adventurReview published at Ex Libris
Sins of a Wicked Princess is the third and last book in the Sinners Trio series by Anna Randol which follows the adventures of three spies while they try to find their Happily Ever After. Considering how much I loved the second book in the series, Sins of a Ruthless Rogue, I had pretty high expectations from this book. And I'm happy to say that Anna Randol managed to deliver once more a story full of adventure, heartfelt emotion, and great characters that I couldn't possibly put down.
Before anything else, I have to note that the ARC I received for review was full of typos and mistakes something I seriously hope that will be fixed in the final copy. As a result the story wasn't smoothly flowing but that is something easily fixed. That being said, Sins of a Wicked Princess was an incredible book! I loved everything about it and mostly the leading couple. Both Ian and Juliana are characters that manage to stay with you long after you've finished reading their story, they are characters you can easily relate to and care for, thus making their story all the more a joy to read. Juliana is exactly the kind of heroine I like in my books. Not to mention that she's a princess! Yeah, I have a thing for princesses :P And Juliana is one of those princesses who care first of all for her people and then for themselves. She's ready to sacrifice herself or her personal happiness in order to secure a better future for her people. How many of our current political leaders can claim that? But the fact that she's responsible for a country doesn't stop her from being a very real woman with needs and insecurities and a wicked sense of humour!
Ian on the other hand is simply delicious. I don't have a thing for princesses alone. I have also a thing for spies and tortured heroes as well. And Ian is the perfect combination of genius, arrogance and sexiness. Honestly, I don't think Juliana could have a better man by her side, even if she tried :P Together they make the perfect couple. Their chemistry is really good and the reader cares for them and wants them to find their HEA.
As far as the plot is concerned, there's enough mystery to keep you turning the pages and betrayals to spice things up a bit. The writing style is really good and in overall, there wasn't a single moment where I felt bored or tired while reading Sins of a Wicked Princess. On the contrary. I stayed up late at night just to read a few more chapters :)
Verdict: Sins of a Wicked Princess is one of those books I really enjoyed reading. It combines mystery, intrigue and a good dose of romance and humour that I always appreciate in a book. And here I just have to note that this story manages to be sexy even if the sex scenes are limited. And that is another area where Anna Randol won me over. It's not the quantity of sex scenes that make a story sexy but the quality. A must read! ...more
The Burning Sky is an absolutely stunning YA debut for the acclaimed Historical Romance author Sherry Thomas. No4.5 stars Review published at Ex Libris
The Burning Sky is an absolutely stunning YA debut for the acclaimed Historical Romance author Sherry Thomas. Not that I expected anything less from Thomas, but Burning Sky surpassed even my wildest imaginations. Yeah, it was that good!
The Burning Sky was like reading Harry Potter, in a Victorian England setting and with high fantasy elements thrown in the mix just to spice things up a bit. The result is a mesmerizing book, told in a way only Thomas can, that fans of Fantasy will just sink their teeth into! This book has everything I search for in a good story: strong and easy to relate to characters, a toe curling romance and a fast paced plot full of mystery and twists. And the setting? The way Thomas merges reality with fiction, the way she blends together a very real London with a wonderful fantastical world was just perfect, for lack of a better description. There wasn't a single thing I didn't like in this book let me tell you. It was just amazing!
It's no news to me that Thomas can deliver heart warming romance. It's not just the way she is able to transform a couple's spark into words, it's also the way she portrays her characters that makes any romantic relationship between them believable. I could not care less about the characters (which I did!) but I would still love their romance and feel the spark between them. That's how great an author Thomas is! The world Thomas created is full of magic (with wands and all! I don't believe how much I missed the use of wands!) mystery, intrigue, betrayal, self sacrifice and love, love between lovers, between mother and child between friends. The kind of love that warms a person's heart and inspires him to work miracles. That's the kind of world I love and Thomas managed to give her readers the best of it.
The characters are great, both main and secondary ones and memorable. Iolanthe was amazing, the kind of heroine I love in my books. Strong, determined and courageous. Her reactions are believable, not like many heroines out there that are asked to die for a greater cause and agree to do it without a second thought. What sane person does that? She struggles with what she has to do but chooses to do it nonetheless.And that is why she's so great a character. As great character is also Titus. Clever and strong and ruthless. He's ready to do whatever he has to for what he believes right. Together as a couple, Iolanthe and Titus are just perfect!
I won't say anything about the plot, I don't want to spoil it for you. All I'm going to say is that you won't be able to put this book down for no reason. And if not for the quick way everything wrapped up in the end, this would be a more than 5 star rating if possible. But the ending kind of messed things up a bit. Not that it lessened my appreciation of the book, I just felt that it was little compared to how incredibly amazing the rest of it was.
Verdict: The Burning Sky is a story you don't want to miss for many reasons! Sherry Thomas proves that she can write a great story whether it is adult or YA, whether it is HR or High Fantasy. She's a great author who knows how to deliver a good story no matter what. I can't wait for the sequel!
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was an amazing read! I loved it so much that I couldn't possibly put itReview first published at Books to Brighten your Mood
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was an amazing read! I loved it so much that I couldn't possibly put it down as soon as I started reading it. Anna Randol delivered with her story exactly what the summary promised the reader and then some more. I just fell in love with it and now I'm dying to get my hands on the first book of this series.
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue is book 2 in the Sinners Trio series and I have to admit that I was a bit afraid in the beginning that I would have some problems with the story since I haven't read book one. But, Anna Randol did an amazing job introducing her world and characters to her readers so there wasn't a single moment that I felt lost anywhere in the story.
Sinners Trio is a series about three crown spies and their respective love interests and if you know me, then you know how much I love agents or spies. The whole story of this book is reason enough for me to want to read it. Add to that an incredible and unusual setting, well developed characters and an even paced plot and you understand why I loved it!
The things I loved the most about Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was the fact that it was mostly set in Russia and the chemistry between Olivia and Clayton. I really enjoyed how Randol took her story outside of the confines of the English society and transferred it to an ice covered Russia. The descriptions were vivid and detailed and the whole point of view unbelievably fresh.
On the other hand, the chemistry between the main couple was scorching hot! There weren't many sex scenes in there but still this book was both sexy and sensual. Even if Randol hadn't written even one sex scene, her story would still be incredibly sexy. And here is the difference between an author who can stir emotions to her readers through her intricate writing and her focus on her characters' sentiments and an author who just tries to coax them out by blatant descriptions or by writing unnecessary sex scenes. It's the quality that matters and not the quantity and Randol seems to understand that perfectly.
Apart from that, the story is action packed, with just the right pace between the action and romantic scenes and just the right dose of everything. The character development is good and we get to know not only the main but the secondary characters as well. Maybe the fact that there are recurring characters between the books in this series helps Randol, but still, her work in the character department is really good. There's background not only for her main but her secondary characters as well, and everyone has a place in this story, and isn't just standing there ready to be used whenever the story demands it.
All in all, Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was a really pleasant surprise for me, a book I literally devoured and I just want more from this author. Totally recommend it....more
It's no secret that Claire Ashgrove's Curse of the Templars is among my favorite paranormal romance series currently. From the first book, Immortal HoIt's no secret that Claire Ashgrove's Curse of the Templars is among my favorite paranormal romance series currently. From the first book, Immortal Hope, I was fortunate enough to review until now, this series is just getting better book by book as well as more addictive :) Maybe because those books are about Templar Knights, whose myth I find very hard to resist, maybe because the writing style is simply amazing, but the bottom line is, that Claire Ashgrove has created a world that I just love to read about. Simple as that.
I mean, I really liked the first book. The second one was just as great but Immortal Trust was so good that I devoured it. And not only that but I didn't want it to end. I loved so much Chloe and Lucan's story that I didn't want for this book to reach its last page. Because who knows when the next book will be published? And Azazel is gaining more power book by book and I really need to see some of my favorite Knights find their Seraph and their salvation. See? Waiting for the next book to get published is plain torture!
Immortal Trust follows more or less the exact same pattern as the previous two books in the series but in this one I really loved both Chloe and Lucan as characters, more than I did the previous two couples. I really enjoyed how their romance developed and how believable Chloe was as a heroine, a quality that I found lacking a little bit both in Anne and definitely in Noelle. Chloe was as sceptical as any sane person would be when presented with the unbelievable without Noelle's stubbornness that made everything so difficult in the previous book. The only stubborn character in this book was Lucan, but still he was adorable.
One other reason I enjoyed so much Immortal Trust is Ashgrove's ability to describe beautiful places and artifacts in detail but in a way that she isn't tiring the reader. I had some problems with a few books recently, that delved into so much detail spoiling the whole narration. But Ashgrove's writing style is perfectly balanced, giving the reader the amount of detail and descriptions that are needed to imagine things and not lose your interest. And that is a balance not all authors can achieve so I really appreciate it when I find it.
All in all, The Curse of the Templars is among my favorite series at the moment and for a very good reason. The writing style is amazing, the world building unique and fresh and each story in this universe is just better than the previous was. And that says much when you're talking for a very good series of books to begin with. I just really hope that Immortal Trust won't be the last book published in this universe. There are so many things still left to be said!...more
What can I possibly say about Dare you To that could do this book justice? I mean honestly, once more, Katie McGarry delivers a heart wrenching story,What can I possibly say about Dare you To that could do this book justice? I mean honestly, once more, Katie McGarry delivers a heart wrenching story, a story so full of meaning and deep, that words can't possibly describe it. You just have to read this book to fully understand what I'm saying.
Dare you To is one of those books that will just stay with you long after you've finished reading it. Much like with Pushing the Limits, the first book in this series, the second story is not just a romantic YA story between two deeply troubled teens. Oh no, it's so much more... One might think that with how popular the New Adult genre has become lately and how most of the books in that genre feature a deeply troubled hero and/or heroine, that Dare you To would almost feel like a repetition. One couldn't be more wrong about it. On the contrary, Dare you To, is a shining example of how one should write about troubled and emotionally scarred characters without becoming repetitive and shallow while handling such delicate issues. Katie McGarry is just the kind of author one should study in order to understand how to talk about difficult things not simply because that is the trend but because they actually have something important to say with their story. She's the author whose stories reminded me why I like so much to read about far from perfect heroes. I have to admit that lately, because more and more stories feature heroes with a troubled background but too shallowly portrayed, I had forgotten why I did. I'm glad that there are still authors out there that can remind me of how much can a complex character add to a story. A complex character that has a background that is.
Anyway, I don't know what more can I say to describe what a brilliant author Katie McGarry is. You simply have to read her books and you'll understand what I mean. I won't even say anything about the plot. I think it's better for Ryan and Beth to tell you their story for themselves. I will only say that Dare you To is a great story, an incredibly well written one, with characters that are flawed but real, like every real person is. Both main and secondary characters have a voice of their own and a place in the story. All characters have a great and solid background. In the end of day, Dare you To is just the kind of story that will speak directly to your heart. I almost cried for Beth, I cried at how she had to change herself in order to survive and how in the end all that she actually needed was for someone to care about her.
All in all, Dare you To is a story that no one should miss the opportunity reading. It's the best YA book that I read in quite sometime. Surely I loved other books too, but Katie McGarry managed once more with her story to remind me what it feels to read something that goes way further than just enjoying myself with a book. Dare you To is the kind of book that will make you cry, think and love. One of the best books of 2013!...more
If you read my review of the first book in Jax Garren's incredible Tales of the Underlight series, then you know that I fell in love with it! So, to sIf you read my review of the first book in Jax Garren's incredible Tales of the Underlight series, then you know that I fell in love with it! So, to say that I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book, would be an understatement. And even though it took me a while to finally read it *hangs head in shame* I can't even begin to describe how much I loved How Beauty Saved the Beast! Jax Garren is an author you need to watch out for. She's incredibly talented!
How Beauty Saved the Beast starts exactly where the first book ended and Jolie finds herself torn between her feelings for Hauk and her mission with the Underlight. The tension between them is simply delicious. They can't live without the other but still try to fight their feelings. They kiss and then they drive each other apart, all because they are afraid of what their feelings can cause. Not to the mission, but because of what those feelings mean for them. The way Jolie is jealous of Hauk is plainly adorable.
Apart from that, the second instalment, has everything that made me love so much the first book and then some. You still get the same beautifully written, character driven story but enhanced with some delicious sexual tension. How Beauty Saved the Beast may not be a very long story, but still, Jax Garren manages to explore every main and secondary character to his/her full potential. And that is what I love most about this series and this author. How all her characters have their own place in the story and evolve.
I won't say anything about the story itself, I hate spoilers, so the only thing I will say it is that it's fast paced and action packed. Jolie isn't just a pretty face. She can seriously kick some ass! And Hauk..., well, like I said, I have to love and care some much about a male character since Terrible from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series. Maybe because they are both deeply scarred heroes, both physically and emotionally. I don't know. What I know is, that both of them are among my favorite ever fictional characters!
All in all, Jax Garren doesn't disappoint with her second book and all I can say is that I can't possibly wait for the last book in the series!...more
As soon as I heard that there was a sequel to Her Forbidden Hero featuring Brady, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. You see, Laura Kaye intrigued me to no end with Brady's character,even if he appeared only shortly in Her Forbidden Hero and I was just dying to read his story.
Now that I read it, I just have to say that Laura Kaye can't disappoint with her work. Even if my feelings were a bit mixed towards certain parts of the story, in the end, I'm left with a sweet feeling, loving pretty much everything about One Night with a Hero.
First of all, let my clear what I mean by saying that I have mixed feelings towards certain parts of the story. At first, I found the pace of the story a little slow and the romantic part felt a bit rushed. You know me, when sex comes really soon in the story I rarely end up liking it. Not that I will judge a story only by that detail, but in most cases, when the sex comes before I have the chance to form any real attachment to the characters, I just can't connect with the hotness level of that said scene. And in One Night with a Hero, the first sex scene came way too quickly and as a result it was like I was just reading about two people having sex, without caring about how they felt or anything else. That first sex scene along with the next one were hot, but still, I couldn't really appreciate them.
Then, the pace of the story picked up and although it was cheesy at times, I had a great time while reading it. Only to be a bit disappointed with Brady and his behavior after a while until finally, the ending left me with a bittersweet feeling.
Yeah, One Night with a Hero was a bit of a roller coaster of a read for me. Not that I didn't like Laura Kaye's writing style, I absolutely loved it! She is one gifted writer and she made me enjoy a story that if written by any other author I don't think that I would enjoy as much.
The sex scenes are sexy and hot as hell but the character development was a bit inferior compared to the first book in the series.
Both Joss and Brady have so many emotional wounds and carry such a heavy emotional baggage that I definitely expected more in the character development department. As it is, both of them felt a little bit one-dimensional, with Joss' only highlighted aspect being her kindness while with Brady, all one could really see was his troubled past and how that affected his life. There aren't many other things the reader can say about them. And certainly, those aspects of their characters are crucial to the story, but there's more than that and I really wanted to see them. And after seeing how Kaye really can write a hero with a troubled past in the previous book, well, I kind of expected more.
But like I said in the beginning, despite not enjoying One Night with a Hero as much as I expected, I still liked it a great deal. Laura Kaye can definitely deliver in the romance department and despite some minor problems, what I remember the most about this story, aren't all those things that I somehow expected them to be better, but a cute and beautiful romantic story....more
When I picked up How Beauty Met the Beast, to be completely honest I didn't really know what to expect fro Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
When I picked up How Beauty Met the Beast, to be completely honest I didn't really know what to expect from it. The blurb was intriguing enough but I kind of have a bad history with retellings or stories based on fairy tales, so although I loved the blurb I was a bit sceptical towards it. And I'm glad to say that any doubt I might have that this book wasn't the right for me, vanished pretty fast, as soon as I started reading Jax Garren's story. Because let me tell you, it's one unbelievably amazing and great one!
From the very first chapters of How Beauty Met the Beast I just fell in love with everything about it. The characters, the writing style, the story, the setting, everything! It was simply fascinating! I didn't even mind that one seriously sexy scene came way too early in the story (in the second or third chapter if I remember correctly). And if you follow my reviews, you know that I usually have a problem with those awfully early sexy scenes, when I don't even have time to get to know the characters of a book and start caring for them. But nooooo, Jax Garren pulled of that scene despite the fact that we knew next to nothing about Jolie and Hauk. And for me to connect with a set of characters so soon in the narration is a rare occurrence...
The best part about How Beauty Met the Beast in my opinion are the characters and their development. It's a rather small story, not too long, but Garren has written a character oriented story, one that speaks through its characters and their actions rather than anything else. And for a book of such length that was an impressive achievement. Believe me when I say it, because I have read books twice the size of this one where the characters couldn't be more flat...
I really liked Jolie and the way she was portrayed, her reactions to situations couldn't be more believable and the kindness of her heart was just heart-warming. Hauk on the other side is simply incredible. He may be so scarred that his mere sight scares people but he's so smart and compassionate and sexy that in my mind he's the most beautiful person in the world. So, like I said, the characters in this title are its main advantage!
The story is fast paced, making it hard to put my ereader down but at the same time I was so enjoying myself while reading it, that I wished that it would take me longer to finish it. And I haven't felt that way for a book for a really long time now.
Surely, there are many things that are left unanswered by the end of the book and it's not completely clear how the world Jax Garren created really works but I guess that I'll get my answers in the next book which can't be released soon enough!
All in all, How Beauty Met the Beast is one spectacular debut novel I absolutely loved and can't wait to get its sequel on my hands. A must read!