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
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!
A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce is part of the very successful Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, written by Jillian Stone. And if you readA Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce is part of the very successful Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, written by Jillian Stone. And if you read my reviews of the previous two books in this series, then you know that I'm in love with both Jillian Stone's writing style and her stories. So, it comes as no big surprise, that A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce, didn't fail to impress me!
I'm usually not a big fan of novellas, because in most cases, the story and the plot are pretty basic, and the character development is non existent. Not that I haven't been impressed or really liked novellas, but in most cases, they fail me. So, I'm more than happy to admit that even with a novella, Jillian Stone manages to retain the same quality in her writing, that makes her stories truly stand out!
A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce may be smaller than her full novels, but it's just as good as the previous two books in the series!
This story is about Inspector Bruce and Fiona, who fall in love during some seriously hot chemistry lessons and amidst a very dangerous setting! What's there not to love!
Inspector Bruce is as hot and smart and courageous as the rest of the Scotland Yard gentlemen, while Fiona is as independent as the previous two ladies we got to know in the previous books. One might believe that meeting characters that share the same qualities in each book in this series might be a little bit boring, but let me warn you here, that even though all the characters share some qualities, they are not alike, not by a long shot. You have enough reason to remember each and everyone of them for very different reasons :)
The story is again action packed, even if the resolution comes quicker due to the length of the story and probably for that very same reason, it was way to easy for me to guess the traitor. But even so, A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce was a highly enjoyable read!
All in all, Jillian Stone manages to make me love her work more book by book! And with all those tempting glances at Agent Gunn, I just can't wait to read his story! ...more
2.5 stars I don't know if there's sth wrong with me but even though Sentinel was exactly what I would expect it to be I still didn't manage to like it2.5 stars I don't know if there's sth wrong with me but even though Sentinel was exactly what I would expect it to be I still didn't manage to like it as much as I hoped. And I was bored while reading it. Too bored... Like I was reading sth I already read before a million times. Full review to be posted....more
Every time I have to write a review of one of Jennifer Armentrout's novels I face the same problem: How to write aReview first published at Ex Libris.
Every time I have to write a review of one of Jennifer Armentrout's novels I face the same problem: How to write a review without repeating myself over and over. I mean I think that I have said a thousand times already how great an author Armentrout is and how much I freaking love her stories! There, in fear of becoming repetitive I say it again: everytime I think this author can't become any better she just proves me wrong with her next novel. Apollyon was absolutely amazing! Not that I expected it to be any less...
The things that happen in this novel just broke my heart. Granted, I never was team Seth, but still, seeing him behaving the way he did in Apollyon just made me feel really sad. Because even though I always wanted Alex to end up with Aiden, still, I had a soft spot for Seth and really liked his character. Well, in Apollyon, although I still love him ( I can't help it! ) well, let's just say that his behavior made me wish for him to be stripped of his powers sooner rather than later... He acted like a jerk throughout the whole novel and although he can't help it, or does he?, he frustrated me more than a few times...
I won't say anything about the story. I hate spoilers. The only thing I will say is that Apollyon is one of the most action packed books in this series and really fast paced. All the things that keep happening, I promise you that you won't be able to put this book down until you reach the final page.
But, the best thing about Apollyon is how Armentrout develops all her characters in this novel. With the series reaching its end, Apollyon was the ideal book for all the characters to show signs of development according to all the hellish things that happen. And Alex is the character that has changed more than anyone else since the first book. She changed and matured so much you won't believe your eyes! Gone is the reckless Alex who acts first and then thinks of the consequences of her actions. Granted, reckless Alex was charming nonetheless but this Alex is so much better and I love her so much more!
As I love so much more this new edition of Aiden. Or rather not a new edition of him, but the fact that he finally gets all the space he was needed to show as his true self. Aiden's presence in Apollyon is dominating everything else. And I'm so glad that he finally gets to be the centre of attention. With Seth mostly not present in this book, Aiden reminded me why I loved him so much in Half- Blood.
Other than that expect from Apollyon what you usually expect from this author. Fast paced narration, non stop action and a heart-wrenching romance. The best part of the book is by far the one that takes place in the Underworld. All the descriptions and everything that happens while Aiden and Alex travel to the Underworld makes this part the most memorable of the whole story.
Verdict: Once more, Jennifer Armentrout delivers an incredible story in a way only she can. Sentinel, the final book of the series is bound to be the best one to come yet. And I so can't wait to read it!...more
Jennifer Estep just can't disappoint me! Midnight Frost was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be and then some! Oh wait, I think I have said thJennifer Estep just can't disappoint me! Midnight Frost was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be and then some! Oh wait, I think I have said that before about a book in the series, but hey, I'm not to blame, Mythos Academy is simply among my favorite series at the moment!
I think I've said that before but I can't help but saying it one more time: Mythos Academy is maybe the only series that reminds me a bit of Harry Potter, aka my favorite series of all time! Not that the plot or story or characters are similar in any way but because both series share the same quality for me. Each time I get a book of Mythos Academy in my hands I just want to lay back and savor every minute of it. And that, strangely, has happened to me only once before. Anyway, the thing is that Jennifer Estep managed to create an iressistible world, a story that one can read again and again and never get bored with it! Yes, I'm a huge fan of this series and how could I do otherwise? Everytime Gwen meets with her evil "twin" is just a delight to read!
I won't say anything about what happens in Midnight Frost. I hate spoilers. Just know that no fan will be disappointed with it. The writing style is just as good as it was in the previous books, the action almost non stop and even if Midnight Frost is a little bit slower than the previous book in the series, yet, there isn't a single moment I felt bored while reading it.
And here I will just have to make one tiny complain that has nothing to do with the value of the book but here I go: I missed logan in Midnight Frost. Yeah, I know one can't judge a book in terms of missing a beloved character but I really missed him! So much that everytime I turned a page I would wish that he would finally make his appearance. At least when he did make his appearance he kind of made up for his absense. That scene in the cave was undeniable my favorite in this book. Not the most romantic, but definitely a favorite and for more than one reasons.
Anyway, Mythos Academy is one of the best YA series I have read in a really long time and I just can't wait to get the next (and final?) book in my hands!...more
Oh well, there are absolutely no words to describe how brilliant an author Jennifer Armentrout reReview first published at Books to Brighten your Mood
Oh well, there are absolutely no words to describe how brilliant an author Jennifer Armentrout really is! And I'm afraid, that no matter what I say or what words I'll use to do it won't do her justice. Yeah, you guessed right, I absolutely loved Tempting the Player! No big surprise here, right?
Jennifer Armentrout is one of those authors whose work hasn't failed me even once to this day. Either she writes YA or adult, her stories are incredible and manage to stir such emotions that has made this author one of my absolute favourites!
Tempting the Player is her second adult contemporary romance in her Gamble Brothers series and its the story of Chad Gable and Bridget and if I just loved the story of the first Gable brother, Chase, let me tell you that I loved this one even more because somehow, it's even better! I don't how that is even possible but it's true! Chad and Bridget's story just blew me away with its humor and sexual tension and with how deliciously hot those sex scenes were!
Honestly, if there's one thing that Jennifer Armentrout can do perfect (and there are many more believe me!) that is building a painfully delicious sexual tension between her main couples. In every single title I read by this author, that is one department she never fails to deliver. Never! And not only that, but it seems that book by book, she gets even better if that is possible. I mean how many levels of sexual tension are there to get better and better by each book?
So be warned, Chad and Bridget share some really HOT scenes in Tempting the Player!
The story of Tempting the Player is rather typical, not big surprises here, but the way Jennifer Armentrout delivers her stories is what makes them so unique. It's not the actual stories that are so great (which they are now that I'm thinking about it) but it's also the way she writes them. Her sense of humor is just priceless!
All in all, Tempting the Player was a pure delight to read, a story all fans of the genre and all fans of the author shouldn't miss. It's simply wickedly entertaining!...more
4.5 stars Well, you know me, anything Jeaniene Frost writes is on my auto-buy and read list! Especially when we're talking about her Night Prince serie4.5 stars Well, you know me, anything Jeaniene Frost writes is on my auto-buy and read list! Especially when we're talking about her Night Prince series about Vlad, whose story I've been dying to read ever since he appeared on the Night Huntress series! And once more Frost delivers a wickedly amazing story that can't disappoint any of her fans!
To be honest, I really don't know what to say to describe one of Frost's books that hasn't already been said either from other reviewers or I haven't already said in my past reviews of her books. The woman is pure genius, the way she writes her characters and the way she knows exactly how to deliver incredibly sexy and hot romance without even trying so hard like other authors do. Everything in her stories come just naturally and never forced, whether we're talking about her characters emotions or how an action scene goes down.
That being said and even though I really liked Twice Tempted I also had a couple of problems with it. And here let me just clarify that I still loved pretty much everything about this book and I simply couldn't put it down but still, because we're talking about a Jeaniene Frost book and my expectations are always pretty high, I couldn't help but notice a couple of things. And the first one of those is the fact that this story seemed like something the author had already said in the past. It wasn't original. Here, I said it. While reading Twice Tempted I found myself feeling like the author was a bit tired while writing this story or simply didn't know how to make it move forward. And because of that the pace of the story was a bit uneven. There were parts were everything was going smoothly and other parts were the story dragged a bit. And during those parts is where I, for the first time while reading a book by this author, rolled my eyes a bit. I won't elaborate on what made me roll my eyes, I hate spoilers, but you'll know if you read this book.
Other than that, Vlad is delicious as always, Kira is as great a character as in the first book, the secondary characters are developed and have a voice of their own, to sum it up, other than what I said above we have a great book, written in a way only Frost can. On the bonus side, the action scenes were great something that I remember I had missed in the first book of the series.
All in all, Twice Tempted may be the first book by Jeaniene Frost I actually say something negative about in my review but still it's a great book. And that is why even though I had a couple of problems I still give it a 5 star rating. Well, I also have a soft spot for that author but I keep it a secret. No one knows about it :P...more
Oh well, what can I say about Deity and Jennifer L. Armentrout herself that I haven't already saiReview first published at Books to Brighten your Mood
Oh well, what can I say about Deity and Jennifer L. Armentrout herself that I haven't already said numerous times... To put it simply and efficiently, I absolutely LOVE this author. If I need to read something good, then all I have to do is pick one of her books and I'm absolutely certain that I will have an amazing time while reading it. Honestly, I just believe that there's no way this author will ever write a book that will disappoint me. Nope, no way!
Deity is phenomenal!!! I know that most people's favorite book is Pure, but somehow Pure didn't work for me the way Half-Blood and now Deity do. Not that Pure wasn't a good book, or I didn't like it, but Deity is so much better! The things that happen here, the romance, the action, everything is just perfect. I loved the way the plot progressed, the things that happened and even if I see the fans of a certain team being a bit disappointed by the turn of events, I personally thought that everything was just mind-blowingly good. Even the bad things.
Needless to say that I read Deity is a matter of hours... Well, I tend to do that with all of Armentrout's books :) As soon as I start reading one of her stories there's no way I'll be able to put them down unless I reach the end. And Deity has so many things going on that putting this book down is next to impossible :P I mean it's action packed, more than Pure was, it's heart-breaking and the romance just delicious! And the ending??? Why would you do that to us Jennifer? Why?
Alex is the same Alex we all love from the previous books, but in Deity I got to understand her motives and characters a little bit better. While her connection with Seth in Pure was presented as something she just couldn't resist, in Deity the reader gets to understand exactly how difficult is for Alex to choose on her own where Seth is concerned. Aiden is swoon worthy. Well, I guess you didn't expect anything less, right? You're absolutely right! Aiden is once more amazing and the romance between them, so sweet and so perfect! (If you're counting how many times I said the word perfect in this review, don't be surprised, I just have no other words to describe things :) )
Anyway, if you're a fan of The Covenant series, then you don't need me to urge you any further to pick this book up. If for some reason you haven't read this series yet, then you should. Believe me, you're in for a treat!...more
You know what a big JLA fan I am right? I mean from the moment I read this author's first book I fell in love wi3.5 stars Review published at Ex Libris
You know what a big JLA fan I am right? I mean from the moment I read this author's first book I fell in love with her writing style and her stories. A love that holds still after reading numerous of her releases! So, naturally, Opal was among my most anticipated releases. So why did it take me so long to finally get the book in my hands is beyond me. Even though I really wanted to read it, something was holding me back, almost like I felt that it wouldn't be exactly what I hoped it would be. And even though it wasn't a bad book, still it didn't really work for me.
Let me make myself clear. For any fan of the Lux series, Opal would be the ultimate book. The things that happen in this book kind of make sure of that. For me, not so much. For me, Opal felt like a bridge, the book were nothing really happens until the last chapters that eventually lead to some very interesting things that will undoubtedly happen in the next book. Maybe that is why it took me so painfully long to read it. Not that Opal was that long of a book, I just found myself reluctant to pick it up, certain that nothing really exciting would happen. Sure, Katy and Daemon's relationship develops further than the non stop bickering. And that was to be expected. But I missed all that bickering and the amazing dialogues that accompanied it. I missed how Daemon would tell something to show us how really full of himself is and how Katy would respond to that. I missed that certain quality that made their relationship stand out among the rest YA couples out there. In Opal, Katy and Daemon are just a common couple (as common as they can be) who decide that they should stop acting like kids and see a future together. And even if I totally understand that, I still miss the old status of things.
On another level, nothing really exciting happens in Opal. Sure Dee must deal with Adam's death and Dawson has to find his old self back and on top of that they have to save Beth but that sums up anything exciting going on in this book. And I may love Daemon and his smart mouth but I can only enjoy that many brief make out sessions. In Opal is like everyone is changed. Dee, Daemon, Katy, Dawson, Ash everyone. And maybe that was to be expected but like I said I kind of missed their old selves. And the total absence of action didn't help things for me. Yeah, Opal, is easily one of my least favorite books in the series even if like I said, some things that happen in it, almost guarantee that it will be the favorite for the majority of readers.
Anyway, the way this story ended also guarantees that every fan of this series will anxiously wait for the next book. It's a cliffhanger so at least I won't have to wait long to know what happens next :P And I'm pretty sure that Origin will be incredible! It has to be! JLA is that great an author!
Verdict: Opal wasn't exactly what I was hoping it to be even though, to be completely honoest, it's still a great book compared to some other titles I have read. Still, it was quite disappointing to see how all the characters I loved in this series changed. If it is for better or for worse, still remains to be seen....more