Okay, I'll be honest...I had my doubts about this one. What with the 'Twilight'ish cover, I thought it would be one of those sterotypical new adult bo...moreOkay, I'll be honest...I had my doubts about this one. What with the 'Twilight'ish cover, I thought it would be one of those sterotypical new adult books, but I finished reading DARKSIDE SUN pretty frecking happy that I had. I actually don't read alot of new adult books, I'm more of a historical romance kinda gal but I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this. Darkside Sun deal with alot of really complex but awesome elements: the undead, ancient civilizations, parallel worlds and secret societies. It has a unique and interesting premise where wraiths come from parallel universes into our world, taking over human bodies and recking havoc. A secret scoiety is tasked with stopping them. Our Heroine,Addison is thrown right into the middle of the chaos, having to train to stop the wraiths with a group of very dysfunctional people. Addison has being seeing paranormal events since she was a little girl and when one of her episodes leads to her being late to Professor Asher Green's class, things take a turn. Asher turns out being part of the Mortal Machine--a group of immortals that protect the world from wraiths that want to take over. Soon, Addison is sucked into Asher's world, whether she wants to become part of it or not. But these wraiths want Addison and are willing to do what ever it takes to have her. At first, Addison first comes off as a bit dorky, shy and unconfident. I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character. She has always had to deal with messed up events like random dark holes that materialize out of nowhere that bring about a biting cold and scary creatures. Her life has never been normal and she always thought she wasn’t the most stable person. Which I could relate to....Not the random monsters clawing their way into our world but feeling unstable and trying to make myself as unnoticeable as possible. So, I really felt for her and bonded with her over that. When she gets thrown into this new world she acts like how a normal person would act. She ultimately accepts everything easily because she’s been dealing with the paranormal since she was a little girl. She definitely developed so much throughout the book. By the end, she wasn’t that unconfined girl anymore; she was a strong, confident woman, who was prepared to fight, despite her misgivings about the devastatingly handsome Asher and the Mortal Machine, she gives up everything to protect her father...and the world. Now, Our Hero: Asher Green; All I can say is...What a complete and utter ass (BUT SUPER SEXY). I wanted to hit him....like alot. Throughout most of the book, He acts like a jerk and Reasonably, Addison's feelings are conflicted because of this. He is cocky, arrogant and sometimes, down right mean but Asher brings tortured and brooding to a whole new level, which can never(at least for me) be a bad thing. However, Asher has demons of his own to fight, which we find out when we learn about his past. His past made me realize he wasn’t a bad guy, he just has some issues. And like Addison he did develop a bit in the story, though not as much as her. And what he did at the end...Oh, My, God....MY BABY!!! I can not wait to see where his character goes and how he develops through out the series. The romance in this novel was subdued, but you could always feel the tension. Asher was, well, Asher, and there were some rules that prohibited things like, well, touching. And those made things difficult. Romance wasn't exactly a main driver in this novel but I still loved every moment of Darkside Sun. There was never a dull moment and I look forward to reading the upcoming sequals. Adams crafted an intricate sequence of events that started on the first page of the novel and keeps hold of you until the last page. Darkside Sun was a refreshing paranormal novel -as paranormal romances can become repetitive but fortunately this was not-Complete with a whole new type of paranormal society, a budding romance, and a plot to-die-for, it's definitely a must read for Paranormal/New adult lovers. (less)
Dark Surrender is not what it's cover may suggest. It's a dark Gothic flavored historical romance that enthralls the reader with its well written plot...moreDark Surrender is not what it's cover may suggest. It's a dark Gothic flavored historical romance that enthralls the reader with its well written plot and diverse characters. Dark Surrender is atmospheric, the imagery and description outstanding. I for one, felt as if I was standing in Waldegrave Abbey. Violet Whitechapel has had a difficult life-having lived on the streets as a young orphan, having to depend on adults who would trick and manipulate her at every turn- Violet has finally found salvation working in an orphanage as an art teacher;One of the students is attacked by the new owner in front of Violet and she gets the student back to safety and Violet runs away thinking she will be blamed. Exhausted , out of money she finds herself on the doorstep of Waldegrave Abbey seeking shelter , surprised to actually find that it is inhabited. Allistair Waldegrave, the disturbingly alluring owner of Waldegrave Abbey offers Violet a position as his daughters governess. Alistair's life ended on the day his daughter was born. Born with an extreme allergy to the sun, he keeps her locked inside. He is desperate to find a cure for his nine year old daughter. From Here, The mystery truly begins. There is a running theme of 'Surviving' throughout the book, Violet has survived her rough life and continues to thrive and keep moving forward. Allistair fights for his daughter every day. As a couple Violet and Alastair are good.For me, their romance was fueled by the father/daughter relationship of Allstair and Lily. All in all, This was a beautiful story with mystery, romance and humor. Though this book was really good and had great characters etc I felt something was missing. I will read more by Erica Ridley given the opportunity but this book didn't quite hit the mark for me. Plot: 3 Stars Interesting plot line that lures you in with it's mystery and alluring Gothic atmosphere. Writing:5 stars Erica Ridley enchants readers with her attention to character development and the atmospheric descriptions. Ridley weaves an intricate tale in this Gothic Romance. Cover: 4 Stars Characters:4 stars I dare you to try reading this book and finish it WITHOUT loving the characters. You can't NOT love them! The characters of DARK SURRENDER all had one very important thing: Sass. And let me tell you, My sass senses were tingling. The Only thing that I didn't like is that the heroine, Violet seemed too outspoken for a Victorian set novel. Don't get me wrong, I love outspoken heroines as much as the next person, I just didn't expect her, sort of like a sucker punch.(less)
I blinked, and fall in love with Abandon, the first in this series. Then I promptly ordered the next two books from amazon.
Ahh, I love this series. Meg...moreI blinked, and fall in love with Abandon, the first in this series. Then I promptly ordered the next two books from amazon.
Ahh, I love this series. Meg Cabot seems to share the same love for Hades and Persephone as I do. Though this is a modern retelling there was some wonderful links to the myth, with Cabot's own style, with her own take and an intriguing plot line.
Like I said before, I love me some John Hayden. He can drag me to the underworld any day. Is it just me or does he remind anyone else of John Bender(Judd Nelson) in the breakfast club? Not in appearance (I have the perfect image of John in my head, Judd Nelson will be used for some other book) but in the dangerous quality about him. Pierce is as usual her entertaining self, and since I've already read the last book, let me tell you She gets wayyyy better and funnier.
My only problem with "Underworld" is that, I wish we got to see John and Pierce in the underworld much longer than we did. (less)
26/12/13 1:55AM: I want to write more of a review and I will get to it. But, I fist need to say this before I go to bed....This book is perfect and I...more26/12/13 1:55AM: I want to write more of a review and I will get to it. But, I fist need to say this before I go to bed....This book is perfect and I love it. My 'virgin' read of Linda Winstead Jones, and It will not be my last. THANK YOU, Emina! For the recommendation!! <3(less)
I read this book, way, WAY, WAY, back in the day! I was like 8?10?11? I sure as hell don't know, but I remember really loving this book. I found it at o...moreI read this book, way, WAY, WAY, back in the day! I was like 8?10?11? I sure as hell don't know, but I remember really loving this book. I found it at our local library, and even at that young age I adored Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice.
'The Secrets Of Love' is a quirky modern take on Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility but with added humor. If you do,indeed, love Jane Austen as much as I do, you should give this book a go. I was rather surprised when I saw this book was not on any Jane Austen related lists, ergo why not alot of people know about it.