Anne Bishop is one of the best Fantasy writers around, in my opinion anyway. I was a big...moreYou can read my full review over at my blog: Nomalicious Reads
Anne Bishop is one of the best Fantasy writers around, in my opinion anyway. I was a big fan of her Black Jewels trilogy in high school, so when I only recently stumbled across Written in Red on audible, I was shocked I hadn't heard of it sooner... Well, I have been out of the book loop for a while, so I suppose I wasn't that surprised.
Anne Bishop is a master, Written in Red is an Adult Urban Fantasy book so masterfully written I couldn't put it down, Alexandra Harris did a fantastic job as the narrator, I just loved it when she voiced Sam's little Aroo when he is in wolf form, I'll never get sick of it.
It reads more like a fantasy than the usual urban fantasy books that everyone is familiar with. But even if you prefer one genre over the other, you will still find yourself falling steadily in love with the world and character's that Anne breathes life into.
Just a fair warning, the romance in Anne Bishop novels always tend to build slowly and steadily, so even though there is no clothes ripping and passionate love making... YET. The tension and hints of romance are all there and is so, so delicious. (Especially in book two, but that review is for another day. But I will say you can cut the tension with a knife, its so good.)
The world is crafted to perfection, the characters are amazing and the story is spellbinding. So I didn't mind at all about the slow romance, because we can see it coming... which I honestly prefer anyway.
Meg Corbyn is our heroine, she's damaged and a cassandra sangue aka a blood prophet that has been locked up her entire life, she's never been in the outside world and doesn't really know how to interact with people, especially the terra indigene aka shape shifters and many, many other creatures that go bump in the night.
Usually innocent, ignorant girls in books - even if they have a decent excuse, annoy the hell out of me, but not Meg. She was a great character who has common sense and ACTUALLY uses it! While sure, she was scared of the terra indigene to a degree, she treated them not only with fear, but with a simple straightforwardness and kindness that they were definitely not used to receiving. (less)
This book was such a delight. As soon as I read the synopsis I pre-ordered the book immediately...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
This book was such a delight. As soon as I read the synopsis I pre-ordered the book immediately, I had to have it. Once it arrived in the mail, I wanted to start it pronto... but since I had an essay due, I put it on my shelf where it sat for about a week or two staring at me, calling me to read it.
However, I decided to read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour first. Why? Because, it had been sitting on my shelf in paperback form for a very long time and Since You've Been Gone gave me the nudge to finally get into gear and read it. Also it was much lighter in my purse. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was also a delight, but I'll talk about that in it's own review.
Even though I thought Since You've Been Gone was a bit big and heavy in it's hardback form for my purse when I was going to uni last tuesday, I gave in and put it in anyway, I needed something to read on the way home and I couldn't resist any longer. I started at 3:30 in the afternoon while I was waiting for the train home and couldn't put it down, even though Emily annoyed me quite a bit in the beginning I kept reading, because I knew this was about her finding out she could be her own person without Sloane and suddenly it was 1 o'clock in the morning and I had a finished book in my hands.
It was simply breathtaking. This book will always hold a special place in my heart. This book makes me want to make EVERYONE read it, then give random, spontaneous and beautiful lists to them and receive lists in return... then do them, even the scary ones. This book is an adventure.
Morgan Matson, you're kinda my new hero.
We've all had a friend, who we love with all our hearts and maybe not notice when they were going through a rough time, who puts on a brave face, is the life of the party and who we look up to. This was Sloane. Also everyone has been or had a friend like Emily, who is happy to fade into the background and let others take the spotlight or take the lead and she doesn't have to make any big decisions by herself. I believe everyone has been Emily at least once in their life. Or more than once.
Yes, I wanted to shake Emily at the beginning of the novel a numerous amount of times, because she literally could not live without Sloane, well at least she thought she couldn't. But as time passed, and she gradually started to tick things off the list, she did crazy things by herself and others with her new friends. She could live without Sloane, she grew more confident, she could talk to strangers, look people in the eye, walk into a party alone.
Another thing I loved about this book, is that usually character like Sloane are depicted as controlling bitches who use characters like Emily because they can. Sloane does not do this, sure there are a few sketchy moments, like setting Emily up with Gideon, but that was also Emily's fault for just dating him because it was easy and because she got more time with Sloane. Sloane does try to get Emily out of her shell but is unsuccessful until she disappears and only leaves a list behind.
Sloane is a heartbreaking character and I would love to know more about her situation and even getting her own little happy ending. I actually would really like to see a book about Sloane and Lucien from Amy & Roger's Epic detour. If not together I would like to read books about both of them, but Lucien would definitely wait to make sure Sloane got safely inside after dropping her home. Wouldn't it be adorable?
Frank, is so adorable and lovely... where can I get one? Watching how he and Emily slowly got to know each other and fall in love was just fantastic, but then again anything that is not insta-love gets points in my book.
Collins is hilarious and I just love him, was really glad to see him and Dawn get together. My only Issue with the book was how Collins and Dawn treated Emily at the end, yeah it was understandable but I would have liked to have seen them resolve this before the end of the book. I mean I know they will, and Dawn may take a while to come around but I would have liked to have that resolved.
Just want to quickly mention Beckett the little ninja and Emily's little brother, I thought he was fantastic and only wish that he was in the book a bit more, because he was so much fun and made me want to hug him on multiple occasions.
I can go on talking about this book forever, I just loved it to pieces and can't wait to read more books that Morgan Matson creates. Now I must wait patiently until she writes the next, and until Second Chance Summer arrives in the mail!
Also to show how in love with this book I am, I might be buying a pair of red love heart shaped sunglasses on ebay. I have an obsession with sunglasses, and this book gives me an excuse to get yet another pair. I recommend this book to everyone, it is a fantastic read that will live in your heart forever.
Everyone who has read it, what are your thoughts and what part did you love the most? (less)
Over the last few day's I've been on an Urban Fantasy reading frenzy, I'm kind of sorry for all...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Over the last few day's I've been on an Urban Fantasy reading frenzy, I'm kind of sorry for all my goodreads friends and everyone on facebook who are witness to my slightly insane and sarcastic book updates over the last few days. Okay, I'm not that sorry.
Arcadia Bell is a Heroine that you don't want to mess with.
I fell in love with Jenn Bennett's world and the characters in it during Kindling the Moon. I was expecting something good, but nothing that great, and although I really enjoyed Kindling the Moon, my enjoyment and love for this series has been growing with each book.
My favourite character? Jupe wins hands down. I was a little sad when Jupe wasn't immediately in the book at page one, but like always, he doesn't take long to appear. I love watching Cady and Jupes relationship evolve, in each book they get closer.
Jupe is the most adorable teenage motormouth in existence, I just want to hug him to smithereens. He breaks your heart (in a good way) a little each book... especially in this one, when the rest of his family rolls into town.
I hope that Jenn decides to write a few books about grown up Jupe one day, because that would be an amazing thing to see!
Naturally Jupe is a package deal for Arcadia with his sexy as sin father, Lon. I must say even though He's a lot older than Cady and his mustache is described as a sexy pirate mustache, I try really really hard to forget he has one. That is his only flaw in my book, I don't care about his age, but the mustache freaks me out.
Arcadia aka Cady is the star of these books, she has crazy magical power which just gets even crazier in this book. I can't wait to see what lengths she'll achieve in the next book. I just hope that she can get rid of her psychopath mother once and for all.
My favourite thing about this book, well any book really is that there aren't a million love interests. Cady doesn't sleep around, she meets Lon in book one and they don't break up at the end of each book, or halfway in between. I always get happy when books like this exist and I hope that Cady and Lon stay together for the duration of the books.
I must say though, the end freaked me out. Only because I'm terrified about what will happen in book four. (MASSIVE SPOILER: (view spoiler)[I don't want her to lose the baby, I really really don't want her to lose the baby. So far Jenn hasn't followed the usual stereotypical lines of Urban Fantasy and I hope that she continues the trend so that Cady doesn't lose the baby. I think that would cause massive problems because, how can she fight her mother while pregnant? and god knows what the psychotic bitch would do if she found out Cady was pregnant, could she use the baby against her? My thoughts go on. But at least if she had the baby she wouldn't be able to run from her relationship with Lon and Jupe.
Although if Cady does lose the baby, that could cause conflict between her and Lon, it could either drive her away to protect them or make them stronger. It would give her free reign to cause hell for her mother. But I think It would be more interesting if she had the baby, but would probably give me a heart attack while reading because so much shit is going down. Anyone who's read the book, let me know your theories! (hide spoiler)] END OF SPOILERS)
I can't wait for the next book, It's going to be torture waiting till April, but hey at least it's my birthday month, so I'm sure that Banishing the Dark will be one of the many presents I buy myself.
So much happened in Binding the Shadows that I could keep writing this review forever, but heres a quick rundown... we discover douchebag Dare's true motives, Yvonne the mother of hell finally shows up, Hajo the crazy junkie makes a re-appearance and kind of made me fall a little in love him and Cady sits down with Jupe and Kar Yee and tells them her secrets.
All the Urban Fantasy lovers out there need to buy Kindling the Moon, if you haven't discovered the amazing world that Jenn Bennett has created, you're missing out, big time! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I'm really glad I listened to the audio book... because I was crying so hard at points that I doubt I would have been able to see the words on the pag...moreI'm really glad I listened to the audio book... because I was crying so hard at points that I doubt I would have been able to see the words on the page if I was actually reading it!
It was such a beautiful, inspiring and emotional read! A book that rips out your heart yet leaves you smiling at the end of the book, Jessica Shirvington did an AMAZING job and I can't wait to read more from her.
Full review to come - because I honestly can't shut up about this book!(less)
Jessie Darker, is another great kick-ass heroine that Jus Accardo has cooked up for all of us....moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Jessie Darker, is another great kick-ass heroine that Jus Accardo has cooked up for all of us. I must say for everyone who is a big fan of Accardo's Denazen series, Darker Days does have all the amazing unique things I love about Jus's writing, although don't go in expecting Jessie to be just like Dez... because she isn't. But I'm not saying that in a bad way. Both girls are awesome, and both are different, just as they're meant to be.
But that doesn't make me love Darker Days any less. Jessie although badass, isn't as rough around the edges as our lovable Dez is. I didn't want to compare the books, because I hate doing that but I thought that Jessie was just an interesting comparison compared to Dez and I'm looking forward to reading more of both worlds and especially other characters that Jus will create in the future.
I want to compare Kale and Lukas too, I'm sure everyone already has but I can't help myself, both are equally delicious. I love how they both can be completely bad-ass, yet sexy and completely clueless to some of the rules of society in the same way. Kale obviously is a bit more oblivious to the ways of the world since he practically grew up in lock down. Lucas on the other hand is from a completely different time and would be considered a gentleman - which I'm sure that Jessie, as well as myself love but wishes he wasn't so 'gentlemanly' at times.
Okay enough comparing, time to talk about the book itself.
I love detective stories, so when I read the synopsis and discovered its a detective paranormal agency I was excited. Everything about the book was unique. I swear no one in the YA industry can write a book about a teenage detective without people scoffing and thinking about Veronica Mars and then comparing the book closely to the popular teen hit while they read. I've been guilty of doing this in the past and I'm happy to say that this didn't happen at all while I read Darker Days, maybe it was because of the paranormal aspect but once I started reading it didn't cross my mind at all until I was finished.
The only thing that made me a bit apprehensive about reading Darker Days was the mention of the seven deadly sins, but I shouldn't have worried at all. It was very well done and I really enjoyed what crazy antics the different sins brought to the table.
I thought the creative way that Jus used demons was great and I can't wait to find out more about different demons, and the ones we already know in the next book... things will clearly get a little crazy with everything that happened in the end.
I recommend Darker Days to all Jus Accardo fans and especially to readers who haven't picked up Denazen series, this book is definitely worth checking out for all paranormal YA lovers out there. (less)
Spartan Frost, is a delectable novella about our favourite Spartan Logan Quinn... I can just he...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Spartan Frost, is a delectable novella about our favourite Spartan Logan Quinn... I can just hear all my fellow Mythos Academy fan-girls sighs... Okay so drooling might be more accurate, on my behalf anyway.
Oh Logan, Logan, Logan. Our poor tortured sexy Spartan, I couldn't say how happy I am that Jennifer decided to put me out of my misery by writing this short novella to satisfy my Logan cravings... and to tell us his side of the story, of what had everyone (hopefully not just me) screaming for more after the painful cliff hanger in Crimson Frost.
But in normal Jennifer Estep fashion, she only puts us loyal fans out of our misery... until we get to the last page and we are thrown off the cliff once more. Damn you Estep, damn you! Not really, please forgive me, I love you.
Okay I need to stop tuning my inner crazy chick. I suppose this is what happens when you haven't wrote a review in a while. I apologise.
I really enjoyed seeing things from Logan's point of view, especially with how everything ended in Crimson Frost. We see how damaged he is after everything with Loki... and well, how damaged he was before Loki also.
Watching how both Logan and his father try to work on their complicated relationship was really touching too, both of them are so much alike and it will take time for them to rebuild their relationship, but you can see that although they are awkward with each other, they love each other and want to understand each other more. I'm hoping to see more progress on their relationship in Midnight Frost.
Another think I'm interested to see in Midnight Frost is if we will we get to read in Gwen and Logan's POV to see what's happening? Or will we just stick with Gwen all the way through like usual and hope that Logan appears soon enough. In all honesty I don't mind either way because Gwen is amazing and I never get bored reading in her POV, but think it would be interesting to have Logan their also to see how he deals with all his issues.
My only dissatisfaction about this novella... is that there is no Logan on the cover. Yes I'm being dramatic and petty, (bet everyone who read this thought I had something normal to be dissatisfied about) but since Logan is appropriately in love with Gwen, I'll let this one slide... also because whoever would have got picked for Logan probably wouldn't have satisfied my wildest fantasies anyway.
As you may have noticed, I'm beyond excited to get my hands on Midnight Frost now more than ever... because as stated above, Jennifer Estep really knows how to hurl us fans off a cliff and then as we climb dutifully back up again with the next book she kicks us right back down again... but I wouldn't have it any other way!