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
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
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
The Boss's Fake Fiancee is soooo much better than the first book in this series Rules of Negotiation. So m Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
The Boss's Fake Fiancee is soooo much better than the first book in this series Rules of Negotiation. So much better that you can't even imagine it! It sucked me from the first page and until the very last one I just couldn't put it down. It's cute and sexy and fun and a romance title that I absolutely loved.
If you read my review of Rules of Negotiation, you know that I had some problems with the characters, but the writing style was so good that I managed to like it despite the fact that I couldn't connect with the characters. Well, in The Boss's Fake Fiancee, imagine the same exceptional writing style, but with characters I couldn't help but fall in love with. Both Melissa and Garth are characters I loved reading about, that I could connect with and care for them, something that I couldn't feel with Brit and Tori. And now that I think about it, Brit, my main problem in the first book, remains a character that I can't really like. I mean, as Melissa's older brother he was a secondary character in this one, and everytime he made his appearance I kind of remembered why I couldn't like him before.
Anyway, The Boss's Fake Fiancee is the story of Melissa, Brit's little sister and Garth a super smart billionaire and her boss, who are trapped in a fake marriage scenario that sooner rather than later becomes true. Well, I'm a sucker for the forced marriage of fake marriage trope and no matter how many stories like that I read, if they are well written, I can't resist but fall in love with them. And this one, is an exceptionally written one. It's not a long story but the character development is amazing, and even if the plot follows all the cliches of such stories, it still manages to stand out and be memorable. Mainly, because of the main couple. Melissa is the kind of female heroine I like reading about, caring and compassionate and I loved seeing her taking her life into her hands and putting both her mother and Brit in their place and demanding that they both stop judging her and her decisions. The scene with the wedding gowns was just precious!
Brit on the other hand was the challenge in this novel. Writing his character was the most difficult part of this novel in my opinion and the part where I appreciated Inara Scott all the most. The way she handled him and presented him was just perfect. Granted, I understood really soon what was the deal with him, but even so, his character was well researched and believable. I won't say anything more, I hate spoilers, but thumbs up to the author for writing him. He was my favorite part of the story.
All in all, The Boss's Fake Fiancee is a rather typical romantic story, that manages to stand out due to its characters and the author's incredible writing style. There's not a single moment you'll feel bored while reading it and I can't help but recommend it to all fans of romance. It's quick and cute and sexy. What are you waiting for? ...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!
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
I don't think that in my review of His Very Own Girl I'll say about Carrie Lofty something that I haven't Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I don't think that in my review of His Very Own Girl I'll say about Carrie Lofty something that I haven't already said. The woman is brilliant! Simple as that. It's not that her stories are always amazing (which they are) or perfect or I don't know, it's the fact that as an author, Carrie Lofty has that certain quality that defines her, that separates her and her writing style so that you could probably recognise her work, without knowing that it belongs to her.
His Very Own Girl is to this day, my favorite book by the author. As far as historical romances are concerned, this story is my first set in World War II and let me tell you it was incredible!
Personally speaking, World War II fascinates me and interests me like nothing else does. As a kid I would search and find anything that had to do with that period, from novels to documents but whatever I have read to this day is mostly from Greek history. I haven't read much about other countries along that time, and nothing about English history. So His Very Own Girl first and foremost satisfied my inner geek. It's so well researched and Lofty does a splendid job touching and communicating to her readers the feeling of that time that apart from enjoying myself with an excellent story I could actually learn a thing or two.
Carrie Lofty manages to capture the essence of that time period, the feelings, the way people lived, hoping for everything and nothing at the same time, enjoying what they could, while they could, including human relationships. Lofty managed to make her readers see and feel exactly how her heroes feel and what motivates their actions. It's not that this ability of hers as an author wasn't evident in her other stories, but in His Very Own Girl, I think she surpasses herself!
I won't tell much about the story. The premise is very informative and believe me, you don't need to know anything else to fall in love with this book. The amazing writing style, the character development and the setting will do the rest!
Lulu is one of my favorite characters, strong, independent the way Carrie Lofty always writes her heroines. She's not the damsel in distress waiting for her perfect hero to save the day. She's a woman of her own, ready to save the day and do whatever she can for what she believes just.
Joe on the other hand is the tortured hero you can't help but love and hope the best for him. Together they make an explosive couple the reader can identify with and care for.
The plot is evenly paced, full of action scenes and romantic ones along with some others that help you get the feeling of the time and compliment the whole story beyond imagination.
The secondary characters are well developed, as are the main ones, and in overall, there's nothing bad I could say about this book, even if I tried.
All in all, His Very Own Girl is a historical romance, no fan of the genre should miss and Carrie Lofty, one of the best authors you can find out there. She just has that remarkable ability that transforms normal stories to something extraordinary....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
Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors currently and for a good reason believe me! And CrReview originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors currently and for a good reason believe me! And Crimson Frost is just another sample of how great an author she really is. The newest instalment in Mythos Academy series is just brilliant!
It's not really common for me to become really obsessed with a series, surely I do like and love many books but for me to lose my sleep just to read a few more chapters is a rare occurrence, especially lately. But Mythos Academy, is one of those few book series for me, that I would forget to sleep or eat just to know what happens next in the story. I remember saying it before, but Mythos Academy makes me feel like I'm reading Harry Potter again. It's not that the story is similar, it's just the way I feel towards those two series. And it's the first time that I ever compare a series with Harry Potter. So, you can guess from that how much I love Gwen's story.
Each book in Mythos Academy is amazing on it's own, but somehow each one of them is better than the previous, if that is even possible. Or maybe I feel that way because with each book the story progresses and I have new things to focus on, I don't really know. All I know is that Jennifer Estep has done an extremely good job with her YA series.
In Crimson Frost, the main feeling I had was that of frustration. Frustration of all the unjust things that kept happening to Gwen, at the fact that almost no one was able to see the truth. I was angry towards everyone in this book (well, apart from the good guys obviously) and all I wanted was for Gwen to be able to find a way to get out of that mess others put her in.
The romance between Logan and Gwen progresses to a whole other level and the ending just left me heartbroken for her. Needless to say that waiting for the next book to be published will be a real torture.
I think I have said it before, but I will mention it once more nevertheless. The best thing about this series is how things escalate from book to book. How the darkness grows and how Gwen has to face more difficult situations.
I won't say anything about the world building or the character development. They are incredible as always. The plot is also fast paced and action filled. And here, I'll also have to note that along with everything else, the action scenes are also getting more book by book and they are darker and more violent. Summing it up, every single aspect of this series is escalating until the final battle that is yet to come.
All in all, Mythos Academy is one of the best YA series out there. One I absolutely love and can't help but recommend to everyone....more
I have to admit it, when I first read the premise of Taste, I thought that I should expect something like Vampire Academy. I don't know why but someth I have to admit it, when I first read the premise of Taste, I thought that I should expect something like Vampire Academy. I don't know why but something about the fact that the story is set in a strange school, something about the name Demitri, and I just assumed that Taste would be a more or less typical YA story. Boy I was so wrong and I couldn't be happier about it!
Taste is so unique, so new a story that all my previous thoughts of any resemblance between Kate Evangelista's story and Vampire Academy or anything else for that matter scattered away really soon! I won't say why, believe me not knowing what mythical creature this story is about or anything else for that matter, made it all the better for me! Taste is a surprise of a YA novel!
Kate Evangelista's voice is strong and fresh and she has a remarkable ability to create so intricate worlds that it would be safe to say that we should expect great things from her. I strongly believe that she has much more to give and that in the future we will see stories of her become quite the sensation. I mean her world building is unlike anything I have read so far, fully detailed but not boring even for a single minute, and most of all understandable. Evangelista's writing is efficient and straight to the point. Not even for a single minute was I bored and as soon as I started reading this story, the surprises kept coming one after the other.
And for starters, the fact that from the premise I again assumed that the story would take place in school grounds. But again Evangelista surprised me with the way she presented her story and well, as I said in the beginning of this review there's nothing typical about Taste and nothing is exactly as it seems to be. From the narration to the world building everything screams awesomeness!
And the surprises don't end here. The ever present in so many YA titles nowadays love triangle doesn't make it's appearance! You heard me right. There might be two hot guys in this story, there might be some light flirting, just enough to spice things up, but at last, this is a story that doesn't deem necessary for its heroine to "struggle" to decide between two perfect guys when more important things in the story happen. As I said, Taste is fresh :)
And last but not least, I'd like to mention the heroine, Phoenix, a special character that will stick to my mind for a number of reasons. Evangelista did a splendid job describing her, the way she always felt lonely even in the middle of a large group of people, a girl who's deprived of love and attention, who may occasionally act in an impulsive way to get, her father's mostly, attention but who has a pure heart, who's brave and caring and everything good at heart.
All in all, Taste is a YA novel that took me by surprise with its freshness and its amazing and intriguing world building. Totally recommend it....more
I haven't even noticed that Jennifer Armentrout was preparing a short story under her pen name J. Lynn, so Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I haven't even noticed that Jennifer Armentrout was preparing a short story under her pen name J. Lynn, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review it I jumped right at it! And naturally I wasn't disappointed in the least!
Tempting the Best Man is the first sample of Armentrout's work in adult territory and I'll just say it: I was impressed! Surely, from her YA work we already knew that she has the ability to pull off sexy scenes and hot couples but well, with her adult story she proves she can do it for both a younger and a more mature audience.
Tempting the Best Man is a short story, one I devoured in a day since I just couldn't put it down as soon as I started reading it. Well, that is common for every book I read by the same author but it never fails to surprise me every single time :)
This story has enough character development for a short story, enough bickering and sexiness to satisfy everyone and make them want more... I knew I wanted more... I may have gotten my closure for Madison and Chase's story but still I just wanted more. Because Armentrout knows how to make her readers crave for more!
I won't say much about the actual story of the book, it's so small and cute that any details would spoil the fun of it, so, all I'm going to say is that it's a fun and sexy story that won't disappoint any romance reader out there. You're guaranteed to spend a good time while reading it and trust me, you'll want more! And I sure hope that there are some plans for the rest Gamble brothers to get their own stories. They intrigued me to no end!...more
OMG!!! Grave Mercy is the best book I have read this year, and probably one of the best I will read. And I'm no Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
OMG!!! Grave Mercy is the best book I have read this year, and probably one of the best I will read. And I'm not saying that lightly. It's one of those books that just amaze you and you know that will remember for long after finishing reading it. It's simply incredible. The kind of book noone should miss the chance reading.
There's not a single thing I didn't like about Grave Mercy. Not a single one. And for once I feel so right to be drooling over a title from its premise alone. Cause what the premise promises, is exactly what you get from this book and then some. The plot is fascinating, intriguing and so beautifully woven that you get sucked into Ismae's world and you don't want to resurface anytime soon. From Ismae's education in the convent to become a skilled assassin, delivering Mortain's will, to her introduction in the Brittany's court, Grave Mercy is an amazing journey of a girl learning how to stand by her own choices and distinguishing the right from wrong in a world where you can trust noone and a wrong decision might result in innocents dying.
Grave Mercy combines fantasy and historical romance with a dash of magic and all that in its finest form. It's a YA novel, but not quite. It's not the typical YA title one would expect. It's so much more. It's dark and death is ever present in this story, but despite all that it shows how even surrounded in death one can shine. The writing style is amazing and the pace of the book even. While not heavy in romance it is one of the most romantic YA titles I have ever read.
All the characters in this book, main and secondary alike, are well developed and even better delivered, each and everyone of them with his/her own place in the story. Ismae is slowly developing before the readers' eyes and I couldn't help but love her. She's yet one of my favorite female characters. She's not the damsel in distress, she's strong, she acts first and never asks for forgiveness if she believes that her actions are justified according to her inner sense of justice. Duval on the other hand is one of the most honourable heroes I have ever read in a book. He's the kind of character who without speaking great words of love or doing impressive and heroic things all the time, managed only by his actions to grab my interest and make me fall in love with him. He slowly works his way into Ismae's and the readers' heart.
All in all, words can't possibly describe how much I loved Grave Mercy and how truly fascinating a novel it is! One thing is for sure. I will "stalk" LaFevers from now on. Her writing style is so good that I don't want to miss any of her work....more
Pushing the Limits is worth all the early buzz is getting and then some more... It's simply that good a bo Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Pushing the Limits is worth all the early buzz is getting and then some more... It's simply that good a book! It's the kind of book that you just have to read it, reach the last page and then continue on with your life. Yeah, that good.
It's no secret that this year has been a year of bad YA choices on my part, so subconsciously I stopped picking YA titles to read. Pushing the Limits was sitting in my TBR list for months before I decided to finally pick it up and now that I finished reading it, it kind of reminded me all the reasons I love reading this genre.
This book is amazing for so many different reasons and I can't possibly find one thing to say that I didn't like even if I tried. The writing style is incredible. The story flows easily, leaving the reader no room to feel bored or tired, and then there's that certain quality that makes Pushing the Limits a book you can't easily forget. Because this book, isn't your typical YA contemporary romance. Far from it. Pushing the Limits is the kind of book that talks about finding something worth fighting for, about finding meaning in your life when you think that everything is broken, a book that talks of hard things and knows how to handle them in a way that doesn't make them sound cheesy, but meaningful.
Pushing the Limits is the story of Echo, a girl who is deeply scarred both emotionally and phusically and doesn't even remember the details of her "accident" and Noah, the stoner guy who keeps changing foster homes but is nothing like what he seems to be.
I have to admit that from the premise alone, this book screams Perfect Chemistry all over. And I may have thought that they were alike for like a chapter or so. But it's nothing like it. Well, obviously they are both contemporary YA novels and they deal with two teenagers who are not what they seem to be but the resemblances stop right about there. Pushing the Limits deals with "hotter" issues, and in a really fascinating way. It's not centered on the romantic plot, the romance just comes along with the story, not being the main focus. And I found that refreshing. That way, when Echo and Noah finally get together, there weren't sparks flying everywhere, it just felt... natural.
As refreshing I found Noah's voice. At last, a fictional guy who thinks and sounds exactly like a guy his age would. He things about sex and envisions Echo in various sexy scenarios and not just lust after her in a non sexy and "innocent" kind of way. He wants to have sex with her exactly how any warm blooded teenage guy would. And McGarry gets that perfectly. I was kind of tired of fictional guys with minimum sexual urges and didn't even know about it. Sort of. Noah made me realize that in the most delicious way.
All in all, Pushing the Limits isn't an "easy" kind of novel. It's heart breaking and full of sorrow but also full of hope and need to change things for the better. I totally recommend it....more
The Shadow Reader is one of those books, that despite the fact that almost all of my trusted friend review Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
The Shadow Reader is one of those books, that despite the fact that almost all of my trusted friend reviewers absolutely loved, it took me an awfully lot time to finally decide to pick it up. Honestly, I don't know what I was doing for a whole year now and why I kept postponing reading this book. It's absolutely incredible and really one of the best UF debuts I have ever read!
Sandy Williams has created a unique world, one that the action is never stopping and one where the fantasy element is so strong that makes The Shadow Reader a pure delight to read!
From the very first chapter where we meet McKenzie, the action is non-stop, the sexual tension between her and Aren sizzling hot and the world building incredibly intricate and fascinating. Honestly, those three elements are enough for me to never want to put a book down. And it has been a while since I picked an UF title that satisfied me so much in all those departments, so much in fact that it made me stay up late at night because I was unable to just put it down. I was promising myself that I would just read one final chapter and then I would be done for the night only to immediately start reading the next one because I just wanted to see what happens next! That's how good a book The Shadow Reader is!
McKenzie is strong and a perfect leading lady for this story, and even if she can't really fight that doesn't stop her from being badass! Her faith in what she believes is right is incredible, and even if she was stubborn to a fault, her devotion to the Court and the man she loved for 10 years showed her strength of character. A strength that was only highlighted further by her actions when her world turned upside down.
Aren on the other hand is deliciously hot and a man after my own heart, and the sexual tension between him and McKenzie was one of the reasons I couldn't possibly put this book down. His possessiveness was adorable and sexy as hell at the same time and I just LOVED him! I also loved Kyol, McKenzie's other love interest, and that says a lot about the way Sandy Williams chose to write her characters. And speaking of characters, the character development of main and secondary characters alike, is incredibly good. Because all of the characters here, even if they have a minor role in the plot aren't one dimensional and actually contribute to the whole story.
All in all, The Shadow Reader is an incredible UF debut that all fans of the genre should read. And I can't stress here enough that the only good thing that came out from me reading this book almost a year after its publication is the fact that its sequel is already here! So, I don't have to wait to get to the next book!...more
Remember me,having minor problems with the previous two books in the Chicagoland series?Well,after having read Twice Bitten;let me tell you,I'm ecstatic about this series!
Granted,I may have found the previous two books a bit slow and heavy on vampire politics analysis but Twice Bitten,is everything I expected this series to be from the beggining!And that is a fast paced,UF series,with just the right amount of romance to spice things up! From the moment I started reading Twice Bitten I just couldn't put it down.Shiftrs come into the picture and that means further complications but for once,reading about the politics of the situation couldn't bother me or bore me any less.I was sucked into Neill's world and I just didn't want to immerge from it any time soon.
I loved the way Merit's character develops from book to book.I love how Ethan behaves,even if that means that sometimes he's a total jerk...The tension between them is incredible!The way their relationship builts is among the best written I have encountered in a story!
Should I continue?Bottom line,I'm glad I decided to read the books in this series (well apart from the first one) back to back,cause certainly,Twice Bitten is incredible and having all the details fresh in my mind helped me understand the complicated world building a lot easier! Going to pick Hard Bitten right now!
You Don't Have to Say you Love Me by Sarra Manning surprised me!Really and pleasantly surprised me!Though why it came as a surprise since I only heard You Don't Have to Say you Love Me by Sarra Manning surprised me!Really and pleasantly surprised me!Though why it came as a surprise since I only heard good things about it, I really can't say.
Sarra Manning created a set of unique and quite memorable characters, whose story was a pure delight to read! Neve, the main heroine is a person with many personal problems let me say that before anything else. She has such a low self esteem I just wanted to smack some sense into her! Granted, her childhood (she was bullied at school) and the fact that she was really overweighted in the past are enough reasons to justify her low self esteem. Throughout the whole book she has such a false image of herself that most of the problems she has in her personal life are self inflicted. She keeps punishing herself and her body over and over again until the very end of the story. But despite the fact I couldn't agree with all her decisions, Neve is a real woman. A woman who has to deal with a really pressuring image, the media are imposing on us, with real problems that I couldn't help but love and see attributes of her in myself or in friends of mine. After all, who hasn't felt the pressure even once in her life to have the perfect body of models or actresses? We all had a diet even once in our life and never, I mean never we are satisfied with what we look at in our mirror. Even the most stunning woman has something that she dislikes about herself and works to improve. Whether I still agree with the pains we go through to achieve that elusive perfect image is a whole other matter.
Max, the hero, is a man with a lot of personal problems himself. Maybe of a different nature than those of Neve's but still, Max has his own issues... And let me just tell you that he's adorable! Seeing those two real characters trying to get past their personal problems and becoming happy first and foremost with themselves and then with everything else, was a pure delight!
The book is quite a long one, with many details, but I didn't feel tired or bored not for a single minute.The pacing of the story is even, the tension between the main characters delicious and all in all, Sarra Manning created a story that goes straight into the shelf with my favorite books!
Just do yourselves a favor and read this book.You won't regret it!...more
Maria V. Snyder just can't write a story that isn't amazing! Simple as that. This author is plainly brilli Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Maria V. Snyder just can't write a story that isn't amazing! Simple as that. This author is plainly brilliant and by each book of hers that I read she proves that over and over again. Scent of Magic is brilliant!
After reading and absolutely loving the first book in the Healer series, Touch of Power, Scent of Magic was among my most anticipated releases of 2012. And now that I read it, it seems that the time waiting for it to get published was well worth it. Scent of Magic just rocks!
Yeah, Kerrick and Avry weren't together apart from a few pages at the beginning and in the end, but still, I loved this book. I definitely missed the bickering between those two that added so much to the first story, but let's face the truth, even if they travelled together, the bickering would be much less considering the fact that they finally got together. And dividing the story in two, added way too many things on the whole plot. We got to learn so much more about Tohon's and Estrid's plans and many things became clearer, but still there are many answers to be given in the next book. As it is, I feel like I only got a glimpse of some things, like how and why both Death and Peace lilies interact the way they do with Avry. I just feel that there's more to it than simply because she's a healer and immune to their toxin.
Anyway, the story picks up immediately after the events of Touch of Power and Avry and Kerrick proceed in their own plans and paths until they finally meet again at the end of the book, where everything has changed for the worst. I mean that ending, just left me frustrated. Why oh why would you do this to us Maria??? To say that the end is a cliffhanger, would be an understatement. And not only because of the obvious thing that happens at the end, but also because of the implications of everything else that happens a few pages before... Oh, another long year of waiting...
All in all, Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite fantasy authors out there, one of the few authors who write a fantasy novel exactly the way I like it. She's simply that gifted an author and her books are always an amazing journey to fantastic lands....more
I just love, love, love Jennifer Estep! Honestly, her work is plainly brilliant! I mean, I couldn't possib Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I just love, love, love Jennifer Estep! Honestly, her work is plainly brilliant! I mean, I couldn't possibly believe that her Mythos Academy series could get any better, but Dark Frost proves me wrong! And I so enjoy to be proved wrong in this case!
Dark Frost, as the title indicates, gets a much darker tone compared to the previous two books of the series. And that is apparent from the very first chapters of this book. Honestly, I didn't expect for things to escalate so quickly in the story, but they did. And I so admire Estep for the way she progressed with her story that I don't have words to describe it.
In many cases, Dark Frost felt a lot for me like the Harry Potter series. There weren't any similarities, don't get me wrong. I just felt that this series takes slowly a much darker turn much like the Harry Potter series did after a point. The story becomes darker book by book, until the point of the final battle. I just have the feeling that the Mythos Academy will be one of those series, that book by book will get even better, even darker and even juicer until the final battle that will change the world.
Really, I won't say anything whatsoever about what happens in this book. Absolutely nothing. But believe me when I say, that as soon as you start reading Dark Frost there is no way you can put it down. So many things happen, in every aspect that will leave your mind reeling for days!
Dark Frost, is maybe my favorite book in the series so far, with everything that happens and the way the characters develop. Even when Gwen behaves in an unlikely way, I love the way she feels more real. All in all, Dark Frost, is just amazing! You will enjoy it as much as the previous two books in the series and then some more!...more
Jennifer L. Armentrout... just works her miracles one more time!!!Obsidian is... indescribably good!!!It's so good, that as soon as I finished reading it,I was at a total loss of what to pick up next and be able to take my mind off the amazingness of Obsidian!
I just loved Jennifer L. Armentrout's work from her very first book Half-Blood and all of her next books to be published got into my TBR list almost automatically!And after reading Obsidian,I can officially say that she is one of my top 5 favorite authors! Obsidian is the story of a quite common and oh so human girl and her next door alien friends.That's right,aliens!To be honest,I'm not that big of a fan of aliens or alien related books (although I really liked the couple of alien related books I read),but the premise sounded really good and since we are talking about an Armentrout book,I just knew I had to read it!And I'm so glad I did it!
Obsidian is a refreshingly smart book with heroes that stick to your mind,dialogues that cracked me up and a totally swoon worthy romance!Katy is smart,sassy,stubborn and all in all adorable!Daemon is infuriatingly arrogant, provocative and with a hot-cold attitude towards Katy that made me mad one minute and then immediately love him again!Their dialogues and the way they behaved towards each other are among my favorite parts of the book. In Obsidian,you may have an instant attraction but not an instant love.And that always works in advantage for the story in my book.Throughout the whole book,Katy and Daemon fight their attraction,fight their feelings towards each other and everything comes naturally.Katy isn't the girl you mess around without consequences and I loved her for that!
The world building was quite original for me,since I haven't read many sci-fi or alien related novels,so it certainly wasn't something I have read before.What I found a bit unbelievable was the fact that Dee wanted so much to befriend Katy -despite knowing why she probably shouldn't have- but ok!I moved forward really quickly! The story has an even pace,never letting you get bored,not for a single minute,and I literally devoured the book in about 24 hours.I simply couldn't put it down!
All in all,Obsidian is an amazing YA novel,one you won't be able to put down and one that I recommend to everyone!Jennifer L. Armentrout is just such an amazing author!...more
I think I have been waiting for Iced to get published for what it seems like forever and althouReview originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I think I have been waiting for Iced to get published for what it seems like forever and although I was dying to get my hands on this book, I only realised how much I had truly missed Karen Marie Moning's world when I actually started reading this book. To be honest, there are no words that I can use to describe how much I love "living" in Moning's Dublin. Iced is plainly AWESOME!
This review won't follow my usual pattern where I get to discuss the writing style, or the character development or anything technical. No book written by Moning needs that from me. The writing style is perfect as usual and so are all the rest. Well, at least perfect for me. I can never find anything to bitch about while reading her books. To put it simple, Karen Marie Moning is one of the most brilliant authors currently and her stories are my obsession. Simple as that. So what I'll focus on in this review, will be just the story and my impression of it. Regarding everything else, consider them perfect :)
So, I have to admit that I was scarred like hell to start reading Iced. Fever series is like sacred to me, and this spin off series with Dani as the narrator, scarred me. I was afraid that Dani couldn't pull off being the center of the story for more than one reasons, first of them all, her age. Fever series is seriously hot, full of sexual tension and, well, sex, so reading a story being told from a 14 year old, no matter how different she is from other people her age, was a challenge on itself. Would there be any sex in it? Difficult considering how young Dani is. Would there be any form of romance? Difficult again. So, what would happen with one of the best attributes of this series, which is none other than the sexual tension? How on earth would Moning manage to pull it off? Well, somehow, she managed! Don't know how exactly that happened, but being so fecking brilliant an author like Moning is, she actually managed to write a story around a 14 year old, with hints of sexual tension, without offending the reader. She managed to maintain the whole atmosphere of the Fever series in a story with a really young heroine.
Before anything else, let me tell you that this story, isn't primarily targeted towards a YA audience. Even if the age of the heroine could permit that and even if there's not much sex in there, still it's not YA, not by a long shot. And if you haven't read the rest of the Fever books before, don't start with this one. You'll feel lost. There may be enough details to let the reader catch up with the story, but still, Moning's universe is so intricate and complicated that you'd feel lost. And either way, why miss the opportunity to read this series from the beginning? It's worth your time, believe me!
One other fear I had before starting Iced, was Dani herself. Granted, I was in the minority of people who didn't really dislike her and despite the fact that she killed Alina, I had a soft spot for her. I liked her sassy mouth and her bravado from the beginning, but still, I thought that it would be a challenge to accept her as a main player in the story. But yet again, Moning managed to write her in such a way, that at times, I even forgot all those things that irritated me on her on the previous books. Well, at times, I managed to forget her age and that speaks volumes...
And one of my last fears was how on earth I would read a Fever book where Barrons wouldn't be the main character and wouldn't dominate every single page of the story... Silly, I know, but Barrons IS the Fever series for me. Yeah, I know there are other amazing things about this series and I don't get to disregard them completely, but Barrons was the center of it all. For me at least. So how could I ever read a book where he wouldn't appear often? Impossible.
But, even if Barrons is absent in Iced, apart from a couple of scenes, Ryodan sure makes up for his "loss"! He may not be as hot and sexy as Barrons, but the potential is all there! And I'm pretty certain that by the time Dani is older and we will have the chance to fully appreciate him, Barrons will have some serious competition!
But Ryodan isn't the only possible romantic interest for Dani, although I both hope and believe that he will be the main one. There's also Dancer and Christian. And although I really loved Dancer, I'm afraid I can't say the same about Christian. And not because I didn't like him as a character both in his good and bad times, but because I found it too hard to believe how quickly he fell for Dani. I mean he just loves her and I can't see why! Or to phrase it better, I can see why he is interested in her but not how or when he felt that she's the one for him. It's just too convenient. You have a 14 year old who's really messed up and three seriously sexy guys are ready to die for her. It's just too much. And although I can see why Dancer cares for her and why Ryodan has his eyes set on her, Christian's interest is just too much.
Anyway, I can probably discuss about Iced forever, but the bottom line is that this is one hell of a book, an incredible story written in a way only Moning can do it. Fans of this series will absolutely love it and I'm no exception. I just can't wait for the next one! ...more
Julie Kagawa, works her miracles again!!! Yeah, The Immortal Rules is that good and then some more! I enjoyed e Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
Julie Kagawa, works her miracles again!!! Yeah, The Immortal Rules is that good and then some more! I enjoyed every single bit of this story and the world Kagawa created.
I remember saying it again in my previous reviews of The Iron Fey series but I just have to say it once more: Kagawa's best asset in my personal opinion is her ability to create unique, intricate and astoundingly well built worlds. There, I said it. She's one of the few authors I have encountered in the last couple of years, who has a unique way of envisioning incredible worlds and actually has the ability to make her readers "live" into that world. She has proven herself in the past and she proves it once more. The world in Immortal Rules is just amazing. Dark, violent and simply the kind of world that could travel me. One could rationally assume that The Immortal Rules would be a book about vampires we have more or less already read. Let's be honest, the vampire myth is one of the most used of the last years, so I personally was afraid that this story wouldn't be that unique... But no, Kagawa proves me wrong and I couldn't be more happy about it!
The world in Immortal Rules is engrossing, dark and something that I haven't read before. I really liked the idea of some kind of zombie-vampires, I loved how at last vampires experience bloodlust, that despite their best intentions, not consuming blood turns them into mindless beasts, and to not tire you with my endless gushing, there wasn't a simple thing I didn't like about this book :)
Allison is one of my favorite characters and not because I agreed with all her decisions or the way she acted the whole time. She is one of my favorite characters because she was a fighter. She fought for her life constantly. She fought for what she believed was right, even if that was wrong. Was she stubborn? Did her actions result in disaster occasionally? Sure. But all that made her believable. A character that made mistakes and had to live with them. And let's face it. There's no perfect hero as there is no perfect person. And for all that, Allison is one of my favorite characters.
The story was rather long and it wasn't always easy-flowing. I admit there were parts I was a bit tired, but who cares? I'm a sucker for detailed worlds, even when they tire me a bit. I just want to know every single detail about how the story ticks and The Immortal Rules had all that.
All in all, Julie Kagawa delivers yet again a wonderful story that all lovers of YA literature just have to read. Believe me you won't regret it. I sure didn't :) ...more
Before I started reading Beautiful Disaster,I read a number of reviews describing this book as a kind of drug... Believe me,now that I actually read this book,I can't agree more with those reviewers or find a more accurate and simple description for it myself!
Beautiful Disaster is an amazing,incredible book,that stirs such emotions inside you,that you can't help but feel that you are in a constant emotional roller coaster while reading it. Jamie McGuire created a pair of main characters whose story will manage to stick to your mind for long after you'll finish reading this book.Abby "Pigeon" is an intricate and well built character,smart,independent and stong minded but with so many flaws on the same time that she feels real,and even if I didn't agree with her decisions or the way she thought the whole time,I understood her and could totally see her as the girl next door. Travis,God Travis,what can I say about him...?So deeply troubled,so full of himself Travis but so irresistible and down to earth that I couldn't help myself but fall in love with his inner, or not so inner, child!
Apart from the main characters,Jamie McGuire did a splendid job with her secondary ones as well.From Abby's best friend and Travis's cousin,to their families,this book has a set of characters that stay with you,that you can understand them and relate to them,that you can love,cry and hate with them. As I said,Beautiful Disaster is a constant emotional roller coaster of a book!Abby's and Travis's relationship is built right in front of the reader's eyes,you witness them struggle to get what they want from their life,to built the relationship of their dreams and making the one mistake after the other and the whole time you are with them,eager to see how the story unfolds,how they are going to straighten up every new mess they create!I just loved this book.I loved the way it made me feel and the fact that while I'm writing this review almost two weeks after I finished it,I still remember everything about it clearly!
Beautiful Disaster is an incredible contemporary novel you will either hate or love,there's no compromise about it.This story will either drag you down its path or make you want to bang your head with the protagonists' decisions.Either way,everyone should totally read it!And while I'm at it,thanks to Giota once more for insisting to read this book ASAP!...more
WOW!!!I mean WOW...! I just finished reading Angelfall and I truly can't find the right words to describe my feReviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
WOW!!!I mean WOW...! I just finished reading Angelfall and I truly can't find the right words to describe my feelings right now. I didn't just enjoy reading this book, I'm not merely ecstatic about it. No, I loved it so much, that I just can't remember when exactly was the last time I fell so in love with a book.Surely, I have really liked other books, but Angelfall is just better. It's among those books that I will re-read again and again and never stop feeling amazed with it!
Susan Ee is an incredible author. The pacing of her story is exploding! As soon as I started reading this book, from the very first page, I just couldn't put it down. I caught myself reading in the middle of the night, thinking that that would be the last chapter I would read for the day, only to immediately start the next one and think again that I would just stop after that... Yeah right!As if that would be possible. The story just screams for your attention from the beginning and even when you reach the end, believe me, you'll just want more. Cause honestly, that ending just kills me.
Angelfall is a post apocalyptic story of a girl who allies with the very enemy to save her sister. And her very enemy is an angel. Cause you see in the world Susan Ee envisioned for her story, angels are the bad guys, who for reasons unclear have attacked all human kind, living behind them a world were people fight each other for supplies, starve to death and even go as far as reach cannibalism. The world of Angelfall is dark, gory but utterly fascinating in its cruelty. The characters are so well developed that the reader can't help but feel close to them and I found myself more than once anxious about what will happen to them.
Believe me, trying to put my thoughts into this review right now is really difficult. I just feel so overwhelmed. And how could I not feel that way, when there's not a single thing that I didn't like about Angelfall. Honestly, nothing! Susan Ee, knows exactly how she wants her story to progress, she isn't just going along with the story. She knows how to make her reader understand the way her heroes feel through their actions. The book may not be heavy on the romantic plot but believe me when I say that it's the most emotional read I had in a long time. Some of the scenes in the end of the book just broke my heart.
All in all, all the words in the world won't do justice to the brilliance of Angelfall! Just grab a copy and read it for yourself. You can't possibly regret it!
I can't even begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading It Had to be You!It was just the perfect pick both for my mood and the circumstances reading it!I mean,what's best than reading a perfectly written romance while drinking your coffee and relaxing at a beach?Cause that's where I read the best part of this book!
I have to admit,that I somehow had a rough start with this book,what with all the names and the things that kept happening,but as soon as I got into it,I just couldn't put it down no matter what!I loved everything about it and everything about Susan Elizabeth Philips's writing!It was fast paced and straight to the point,while Ms Philips has an undeniable ability to stir such emotions in her readers that one can't help but "live" the story!
The characters where well developed,flawed and believable.Phoebe,for all her sexiness,carried such an emotional burden,that I actually felt frustrated for her.But despite her insecurities,her past problems and everything,she was such a strong and smart character,that you just liked her immediately!Same goes with Dan,although before realising what was going on with him in a really early incident in this book,I found him a bit strange,to say the least...(Don't want to tell anything more,but as soon as you reach that point you'll know exactly what I mean!)
Anyway,the story had the right amount of suspence,narration and romance and everything blend in perfectly!I'm just happy that I picked this book at that particular moment,cause it suited my mood exactly,although, I think that whenever should I read it,I would enjoy it as much!Totally recommended for fans of romantic literature!...more
Jeaniene Frost is back! And with a novel I highly anticipated from the moment I read that Vlad would final Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Jeaniene Frost is back! And with a novel I highly anticipated from the moment I read that Vlad would finally get not only one book but his own series of books! Once Burned, is here folks, and it's mind-blowingly amazing!
Vlad is HOT! Shock news here, I know, but I can't stress that enough. From the first moment his character was introduced in the Night Huntress books, it was love at first sight, kind of like my feelings towards Bones :) Well, I might be sentimental and Bones will always be first in my heart but Vlad is equally hot and sensual in ways Bones never "explored". His possessiveness, his arrogance, his natural sexiness, all that makes Vlad an alpha male of his own league! Do I need to gush a little more over how much I love Vlad or do you get the picture?
Leila was a nice character, strong and her power, well, I wasn't really expecting that. But coming to think about it Leila was the perfect match for Vlad with her ability to electrocute everyone except for him. Their chemistry was sizzling hot! The scene where Leila gets a flash of the future with Vlad "working" on the lower half of her body and their reaction to the vision afterwards was delightful! After all, it's no news that Jeaniene Frost knows how to pull off sexy scenes.
The plot is standard Jeaniene Frost book plot. Nothing extraordinary but at the same time I just found myself unable to put the book down. Which is common for me for all the books of this author. And a thing I really appreciated is that when things went south, Cat and Bones didn't make their appearance to save the day like in First Drop of Crimson for instance. Not that I would have minded, but I appreciated how Vlad took care things himself, not relying on anyone else. After all, I wasn't expecting anything less of him :)
Granted, Cat, Bones, Mencheres and Kira made their appearance but it was a short one, just to add a couple of funny notes in the narration. The scene where Bones teaches Leila how to bloke her mind was precious!
The thing I really loved, well, apart from all that sexiness, was how Frost worked on Vlad's history and background, presenting something fresh with a villain that has nothing to do with the previous books set in the same universe and I seriously hope that more than two books will eventually be written about Vlad. What can I say, I just can't get enough of him.
All in all, Once Burned was everything that I had hoped it will be, introducing a heroine I enjoyed reading about and preparing the ground for at least one more great book. Highly recommend it!...more
If it's even possible,I enjoyed reading Kiss of Frost even more so than Touch of Frost!And believe me when I'm saying that Touch of Frost was among the few new YA paranormal titles I loved this year!
Kiss of Frost picks up a few weeks after the ending of the first book and continues the story of Gwen,her adjusting as Nike's champion, her copying with her unrequited love towards Logan and her life in general at Mythos. This book has everything a good paranormal title, whether it is adult or YA, should have.Lot's and lot's of action and well delivered action scenes,enough mystery to not let you put the book down and the right amount of romance to just serve as the topping of a cake!Kiss of Frost has everything above plus well developed and believable characters,enough twists to keep you going (as it was even possible to stop reading this book,even without the twists...) and the revelation of some major things that makes the waiting for the next book to get published plainly unbearable!
Once more,I found myself struggling to not read this book in one sitting,sadly failing all my attempts...My mind was constantly on Gwen and her adventures!In this book,new characters are introduced,some of them good,some of them bad and the revelations towards the end are just excruciating...!That only makes me believe,that in the book (or hopefully books) to come we have to see many great things from Gwen! On the other hand,the romantic subplot of the story just made me all fuzzy inside...!I know it may sound a bit goofy,but it did!I love the even pace of the romantic relationship between Gwen and Logan and in case I haven't said it enough times already,I can't wait for the next book to get published!
All in all,Jennifer Estep,once more manages to deliver a uniquely built story,in an intricate and well built universe,that holds the interest of the reader until the very last word of the book!To anyone who has yet to read the first book of the series,I strongly recommend to do so!Believe me you won't regret it!...more