First of all let me just say that if this book was anything other than a Harry Potter story my rating would be lower... As it is, considering I absoluFirst of all let me just say that if this book was anything other than a Harry Potter story my rating would be lower... As it is, considering I absolutely love this series, I ended up liking this story even if, let's face it, it's a mediocre one at best...
I know it's a script, but even so, everything in this story feels rushed and underdeveloped. The characters have no depth or much of a development even if we already know most of them. And that says a lot... The plot is a huge mess and even if I appreciated the humorous tone of the writing style, still, that alone couldn't save the whole thing.
Like I said, I mostly enjoyed this book but it wasn't anything like the rest of the series in any aspect. I'm not feeling exactly disappointed, but then again I didn't have many expectations to begin with. I was sceptical towards this new book and rightfully so... It doesn't remind the rest of the books in any way. Maybe I should blame the script form, maybe the fact that it's not written by J.K. Rowling, I don't know, all I know is that I couldn't feel the magic, not like before......more
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
And we have a winner!!! It's been quite sometime since I loved an urban fantasy book so much! Dare I say that I enjoyed this one more than Kate DanielsAnd we have a winner!!! It's been quite sometime since I loved an urban fantasy book so much! Dare I say that I enjoyed this one more than Kate Daniels??? I sure loved it equally!!!
Can't wait for the next book in the series to get published. Totally recommend 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