Dive into the world of the Greek myths as one of the most well known stories is told in a new way. I didn’t know how Ms. Carter would remake the storyDive into the world of the Greek myths as one of the most well known stories is told in a new way. I didn’t know how Ms. Carter would remake the story and if it would be more traditional or modern, but she found a perfect balance which made this an overall great story. What worked in The Goddess Test were the characters, they were interesting as well as engaging adding to the complexity of the story. I found Kate to be a well throughout character with strength and vulnerable that I could relate to. The choices that she had to make were understandable and I enjoyed the journey and how she grew as a person. Henry was as complex as Kate and I enjoyed learning about him, his past and who he truly was. The relationship between Kate & Henry was intense and believable. The plot was intricately done as well as complicated. Full of mystery and surprises. I didn’t know what was going to happen next and I enjoyed the ride. Ms. Carter did a great job creating a fresh twist on the Greek mythology. While the story was complex the writing wasn’t. It was clear and easy to read, making the total experience enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to reading what’s next on Kate’s epic journey. Readers should defiantly give The Goddess Test a read. ...more
The last installment of the demonica series, Sin Undone ended with a well deserved bang. I devoured this story with it’s amazing characters and the crThe last installment of the demonica series, Sin Undone ended with a well deserved bang. I devoured this story with it’s amazing characters and the crazy lives they lived. Larissa Ione trapped me into her amazing world filled with uniquely dangerous creatures and the even more dangerous situations they find themselves in. In this final story of the demonica series we follow Sin, the only female Seminus demon in existence. Sin’s life got extremely complicated when she unleashed a global plague that started eliminating werewolves left and right with no cure in sight. When she was paired with Conall half vampire-half werewolf, who she has a history with and who hates her because he thinks she intentionally unleashed the plaque which is killing his people, things got interesting fast.
From the first demonica series Pleasure Unbound I was entranced by Ione's characters and they’re crazy adventures and I feel that Sin and Conall was craziest of all. Both very strong characters with strong personalities, convictions, and pasts that continued to haunt them while shaping who they are. This made it a pleasure to read how they came together to form of romantic bond tight enough to get through all the baggage they carried and the crazy situation being thrown at them.
The romance between Conall and Sin was sexy as it was exciting and dangerous. There’s so much sexual tension as well as the tension between their personalities that it left my heart racing. When together I didn’t know if they were going to jump each others bones or fight. As usual Ione did a great job creating this amazing world with such attention to detail that not for one moment did I feel any disconnection. There was so much action and adventure layered with danger and romance that I couldn’t read fast enough.
Readers old and new will instantly fall in love with Ione's characters and world. Ione has the ability to take creatures that are normally painted as evil and demented, giving them hope, dreams and feelings that I couldn’t help but feel attracted and I thank her for that. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for her next series Lords of Deliverance that I know I will love just as much. ...more
What an intense, engaging story. In The Arms of Stone Angels had me from the beginning of the story till the end. What worked for me within the storyWhat an intense, engaging story. In The Arms of Stone Angels had me from the beginning of the story till the end. What worked for me within the story was the deep intensity and the serious issues brought up from the beginning. Besides the engaging story were the characters that had to navigate the crazy world they live in. Brenna was an interesting character to get to know and explore with the adventures she had to go through. She was very strong in dealing with the things that happened to her. If it were me I know it would have driven me crazy. I understood the choices she had to make even though they were hard ones. The story took unpredictable turns that lead me on a crazy journey with Brenna and White Bird. There wasn’t much romance between the two but the adventure and drama made up for it. The writing was smooth and lyrical and didn’t leave me confused with what was happening. The use of Native American myths was well done, flowing well with adventure and drama. I really enjoyed this book and feel that readers will too. ...more
Ever since I picked up MacLean’s first historical romance Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake I was instantly drawn into her world of English soEver since I picked up MacLean’s first historical romance Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake I was instantly drawn into her world of English society and passion. In the third book to her Love by Numbers series the focus is on Juliana, the younger sister of twin brothers Gabriel and Nicolas St. John, who finds her love in the most unlikely person. The prim and proper Simon Pearson, Duke of Leighton. Now Simon has a great aversion to gossip and scandal which Juliana was cloaked in ever since she stepped into England and Gabriel and Nicolas’s lives, so I was curious and excited to figure out how her and Simon relationship would go. MacLean is known for bringing adventure and sizzling hot excitement to the historical London society and she defiantly brought it and more with this story. The romantic tension between Juliana and Simon was off the charts and I loved how Juliana’s strong personality slowly striped away at Simon’s cold proper shell, showing him to be the hot blooded male filled with passion that he kept tightly contained. From the start I was drawn into the story and was taken on a wild ride filled with scandals that I didn’t want to end. Though this is a romance with the predictable ending of happily ever after, MacLean made the journey sizzling hot and adventurous. With so much intrigue that ultimately me questioning all the way up until the end. Overall I really enjoyed everything about Eleven Scandals to Start To Win a Duke’s Heart and recommend this book to romance readers.
Nobody really expects that after you die is when you really start to live, learning more about yourself and out of all things findingFirst Impressions
Nobody really expects that after you die is when you really start to live, learning more about yourself and out of all things finding connection…finding love. In Hereafter I was easily engrossed in a journey of self discovery and love all rolled into a supernatural setting that I couldn’t put down.
The mystery behind Amelia and how she came to be a ghost. There was so many different possibilities and I liked how Ms. Hudson played on each one keeping me guessing as well as questioning.
The romance between Amelia and Joshua, though some may find it quick and typical it tugged at my heart I was really entranced at how they came together and how their relationship formed. I mean how could a ghost and a human have a relationship? That question had me turning the pages to find the answer.
The underlining danger within the story. With the potential of Joshua being caught and labeled as crazy every time he was with Amelia. I really enjoyed the scene with him and Amelia and how he played it off, very smart. Plus the plans that the creepy / mysterious Eli had in store for Amelia.
I enjoyed getting to know Joshua’s family; it opened up the story and added depth to the world building as well as the plot. It gave additional knowledge to what was going on with Joshua and Amelia while also throwing another problem within their relationship.
The struggles that Amelia had to go through. Here is a story that the protagonist struggled and for a long time at that. Even when she was “awakened” the answers didn’t come easily to her. She had to push, scrap and dig for every memory to find the answers she was looking for. Even if it was too painful. In those struggles is when I connected with her the most.
Amelia: Was a great character that I really connected with in all her struggles. I liked how strong and vulnerable she was willing to open up her world with Joshua and herself and find the truth about what happened to her, no matter the outcome.
Joshua: Enjoyed how he was willing to go there with Amelia. Even though it was crazy and he ran the risk of being labeled crazy he saw something in her and didn’t let go. He was strong enough to ultimately not care what people saw or said. I can’t help but admire strong character.
Joshua’s Grandmother: She was the love/ hate character for me in this story. Loved her quirky personality and how she said how she felt no matter who was around, though I hated her closed minded attitude towards things. She thought she knew everything and that was that.
Eli: Mysterious creepy spirit guy who brought the spark to the story as well as humor.
Hereafter was a story that I found myself really enjoying. I got into Amelia and Joshua’s story and all the complications that went along with it. Ms. Hudson’s writing was clear and easy to understand. I flew passed those pages. There was a clear ending that left me satisfied but also left things unanswered for a continuation of the story which I look forward to. ...more
An interesting take on a known paranormal tale, I enjoyed reading Vesper. The story opens up with mystery and intrigue as Emily recounts the events leAn interesting take on a known paranormal tale, I enjoyed reading Vesper. The story opens up with mystery and intrigue as Emily recounts the events leading up to the sticky situation she now finds herself in, which instantly had me wanting to know more. What happen? How did she get to where she was? Where exactly was she? I enjoyed finding these questions out and so much more.
Emily was an interesting character and so was following her crazy life. What I enjoyed the most was the mystery of her dual personalities and what she would do next and what it would all lead to. The pacing flowed nicely. Each chapter held my attention building up to an interesting conclusion. What I feel was lacking a bit within the story was some sexual romantic tension between Emily and her romantic interest.
I did enjoy how the main focus of this story was on finding out what was really going on with Emily and her crazy mood swings. And boy was they crazy. But I could have use for more interaction with her unique kind and more variety of characters. Seeing how this is the start of a new series, I hope I’ll get to see and hear from more uniquely different characters and I hope to see more of Emily’s powers and what she can really do.
Overall Vesper was a great start to an interesting story that has the potential to be a great series. It was just enough action and mystery to keep me entertained and guessing at the same time. Looking forward to reading more from Jeff Sampson....more
Wither was such a captivating read for me. There was so many different emotions that the story invoked that at the end I felt like I’d gone on a journWither was such a captivating read for me. There was so many different emotions that the story invoked that at the end I felt like I’d gone on a journey instead of just reading about one. In a future world filled with a devastated environment with half of the world being wiped out and a deadly virus that shorten the human life span to 25 for males, 20 for females, Rhine finds herself as well as the whole female population lowered down to nothing more than prize positions to the highest bidder to become a breeder or a bride.
Fighting for a semblance of a normal life with her brother, Rhine life changes forever when she is captured and becomes one wife to a wealthy man living in a mansion far from home where she has to navigate the polygamous life style she’s been forced into while plotting an escape that could end in her being killed.
It hurt my heart to read the cruelty that Rhine and her sister wives had to go through. Several scenes had me wanting to scream in anger and frustration. I wondered if I lived in their world, would I have had the strength and cunningness to deal with what they had to deal with. I enjoyed being pulled into their world and watch how they had to navigate the mental mind field that was their lives. Each girl had strength and though the story was told through Rhine’s eyes I was still able to connect in some way to each of them and how they interacted and affected Rhine’s world.
DeStefano was able to pull my emotions into the story, making me feel for the characters whether it was happiness, pride, hate, or sadness. How one moment I felt a certain way about a character like hatred for Linden in the beginning but as the story unfolded my feelings morphed and changed to sadness and pity for him.
I would have liked to know more about Gabriel and his story. There seemed so much more to him then was told. And I would have liked more stolen moments between him and Rhine. The end really didn’t feel like an ending to me but a beginning full of possibilities for a continuation of the story.
Wither deals with serious issues like love, death, sex, freedom, in a great way that leaves me compelled to read on and see what would happen to these characters. I enjoyed reading Rhine’s story and to go on the emotional rollercoaster that DeStefano lead me on. Reads looking for a deeply compelling, thought proving tale that you can’t help but to feel should defiantly give Wither a read....more
With the influx of paranormal romances hitting the YA market I thought Die for Me would be one in the same. While it does have typical elements withinWith the influx of paranormal romances hitting the YA market I thought Die for Me would be one in the same. While it does have typical elements within the story it did have unique surprises that made it different. Which lead to an interesting story. I enjoyed how the story was set in romantic and exotic Paris, France which in my book automatically added diversity and freshness to the story. It was interesting to read how Kate, the main character, navigated her new surroundings and the handsome mysterious male Vincent. Who brought to her life new adventures and dangers. The romance between Kate and Vincent was typical and a bit fast for me, I would have liked for a bit more development and drama since how the ending played out this will clearly develop into a series. Though in the end it didn’t really detract from the story as a whole because while half the focus was set on their romance it was more on the discovery of the Revenants and how they affected and changed Kate’s life. What really captured me was the paranormal element within the story that Vincent and his friends brought. The Revenants were unique and intriguing, grabbing my attention from when they were first introduced with their powers and missions. I wish there were more of those intense scenes with the Revenants, watching them go to work and battle their enemies. Since the story was told in first person narrative through Kate’s point of view I found her to be a good strong character with a clear voice. Overall I found that I enjoyed Die for Me. Amy’s writing style was clear and entertaining and I look forward to reading more of Kate and Vincent’s story. ...more
Not knowing what to expect with Mercy, what I got instantly drew me into an intense story that I couldn’t pull away. From the start Mercy and her crazyNot knowing what to expect with Mercy, what I got instantly drew me into an intense story that I couldn’t pull away. From the start Mercy and her crazy story, the journey of finding out who she really is and what need to happen in the life she now found herself in. Mercy was a strong character with a strong personality that knew what needed to be done and wasn’t afraid to do it. Her relationship with Ryan was compelling yet mysterious adding to the story. There was clear growth and development between their relationship without them falling instantly in love with each other. What stood out for me within Mercy was the plot. The suspense and intrigue was just as compelling. Taking on a ride I didn’t know what would happen next and who it would happen to. The story was filled with edge and drama. Also with the classic mystery elements of Who’d done it? and missing person rolled into one. Ms. Lim’s writing was clear and uncomplicated. Even with the dual stories being told they somehow worked together. Overall, Mercy was an amazing read, filled with a balance of great characters and even greater story. The ending was like the cherry on top. Leading to a start of an engaging series that I can’t wait to read. ...more
No Where to Run was an exciting story that had me on the edge. Sam and Sophie’s story was intense from the beginning. I was lead on a crazy ride throuNo Where to Run was an exciting story that had me on the edge. Sam and Sophie’s story was intense from the beginning. I was lead on a crazy ride throughout the story. Both Sam and Sophie were strong characters with unique vulnerabilities that they needed to deal and come to terms with. The romance between the main characters was intense and lit up the pages. I enjoyed the struggle and work that Sophie and Sam had to go through in order to build a solid relationship. It made their love more realistic, no love at first sight. They both brought different important elements to the story that made it more enjoyable to read how they would work it all out while staying alive. Besides the heated moments of romance the drama and danger of the plot brought as much suspense and intensity as the romance did. Fast pace and action packed I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. At some points I even wondered if Sophie and Sam would make it especially with Sam’s condition. Maya Banks did a good job balancing the romance and action. All the characters, besides the main characters were just as entertaining and important, setting up for a future series that I would like to read more about. Can’t wait to get inside the rest of the Kelly men’s lives. ...more
Across the Universe was an intense thought provoking sci-fi novel that had me in its grip from the opening paragraph and didn’t let me go. This was unAcross the Universe was an intense thought provoking sci-fi novel that had me in its grip from the opening paragraph and didn’t let me go. This was uniquely different story is set in the future following two teen aged kids, Amy and Elder, as they navigate the crazy society on board the space ship Godspeed which is filled with so much secrets and danger that if found out would drastically change Amy and Elder, plus all the passengers on board lives.
I really enjoyed reading Beth Revis’s intensely detailed world. Even though the story was set on the confining space ship it felt like a vast world filled with interesting sights and activities. Revis had a great writing style that made the story an easy, clear read with a pace that didn’t leave me bored or confused but satisfied.
Amy and Elder aren’t exactly your regular teenaged characters with the story set in the future their mindsets and goals are vastly different, making them as interesting as the plot itself. The split point of views between Elder and Amy gave great insight into both the characters lives and showcased their differences as well as their connection which tied in perfectly with the plot. Even though their mindsets were different from teens today, Amy and Elder were still relatable characters, going through relatable situations like finding who they were as individuals and being able to go with their convictions.
There were a lot of deep important themes that were raised within the story that left me thinking long after the story was over. Like the power of the individual, the importance of one’s voice and having the guts to stand up for what is right even if it means going against the norm and all that you know. Across the Universe was an amazing read filled with action, suspense, romance and danger. It re-opened my eyes to how great sci-fi genre can be and I feel that readers will greatly enjoy it. ...more
Its one thing to be shocked at finding out you’re actually a twin. But it goes to a whole other level when you find out that your twin is dead and theIts one thing to be shocked at finding out you’re actually a twin. But it goes to a whole other level when you find out that your twin is dead and the killer is using you to replace her and keep her death a secret. Emma finds herself in this exact crazy dilemma after she makes contact with her so called “twin” and receives an invitation from Sutton to meet up, things turn surreal after that. What Emma thinks will be a great unforgettable reunion is unforgettable in a totally different way. Leading a turn around in her other wise messed up world that drops her into a dangerous game of secrecies and lies. Emma and Sutton, though identical twins bring very different styles and unique views point to the story; it adds diversity and interest with he differently they see the world through their lives. I would have like for more resolutions within this story for all the unanswered questions within the story. It would have made for more balance. Though it is called The Lying Game. I enjoyed the intricate web that Sara Shepard created with the plot, even though we know from the beginning that Sutton is dead she still plays and active part in the story. The Lying Game is filled with so many twist and turns within the plot and the characters are interesting bringing together an exciting story that you will be compelled to read just to see how it ends. Sara Shepard takes the saying “Trust No one” to a whole new level. Readers who are interested in non stop danger and suspense will really enjoy The Lying Game. I look forward to reading what will happen next to Sutton and Emma and how further they will get themselves into the game of lies because how it ended I know the story is just getting started....more
After reading Once in a Full Moon I’ve learned an important fact, never kiss a guy under a full moon especially after he’s just been bitten by a wolf.After reading Once in a Full Moon I’ve learned an important fact, never kiss a guy under a full moon especially after he’s just been bitten by a wolf. Bad idea. Things will just get crazy and he’ll turn into a wild animal…literally. Celeste learned that lesson the hard way, even though she fair warning but why would a seventeen year old listen to a physic right? They aren’t real right? Wrong. Once in a Full Moon had the potential to be a great uniquely interesting story but it fell a bit flat for me. Though towards the end had some interesting moments. The pacing of the beginning was a bit slow, since the story is told in first person by Celeste our main character we see her life through her eyes. Celeste thinks she has the perfect life with the best friends and the perfect boyfriend Nick, the most popular guy in school. Things get a bit interesting when Brandon comes into the picture and Celeste feels this intense connection to him. Just your typical high school romantic triangle. Through out the story there was something missing, I wanted more action, more spark. I wanted Celeste to have more conviction in her wants and decisions and not worry so much about what her friends wanted. Celeste wasn’t a strong enough character to hold the story. Speaking of her friends, I didn’t feel true friendship from Ivy or Abby half of the time. I don’t know if it was intentional but it felt like they just wanted her to be something that she wasn’t and keep to the status quo, not really listening or caring about her feelings. Nick wasn’t memorial at all; he just acted selfish and stuck up most of the time, only really focusing on him self. Which I wanted Celeste to drop him so bad but in the end there hast to be a character we love to hate and that was defiantly Nick for me.
After a couple of chapters in I started to fear the story would fall totally flat but Brandon did bring some small spark back into the story. When Celeste gave into her felling for Brandon and stopped listening to everyone and went with her heart, that’s when a bit of magic started to happen. Unfortunately it was so late in the story when it started. Brandon brought the intrigue and mysteriousness to the story that I liked. I wanted to see more of Brandon and have the chance to see inside his head. I feel this story would have worked better being told from Brandon’s point of view since all the interesting things were happening to him. Hopefully if this story continues into a series we can see things from Brandon’s point of view. Even though the pacing was a bit slow and I didn’t really care for the characters I found that did like what Ellen Schreiber was trying to do. Though the tale of the werewolf have been around for centuries. I like the strange twist that Ellen Schreiber created and how Celeste played as important role in the plot as Brandon. I wanted a stronger focus on the paranormal aspect and how Celeste and Brandon dealt with it. More action and reaction. I liked how the story ended leaving me curious and wanting to know more about how Celeste and Brandon relationship would survive. ...more
Love is a tricky thing to find, some search their whole life to find it, that connection with that one person who makes everything better. Who some hoLove is a tricky thing to find, some search their whole life to find it, that connection with that one person who makes everything better. Who some how gets you and understand you and care about you more than anything in the world and just want to see you happy. Many who think that they have found it are quickly shown that they were wrong. Finding that pure honest love with someone, other than your family members, who feels the exact same way is so hard to find but it doesn’t stop us from trying. Livia Stowe has had her experiences with love though short and not as many as some. After a hard year fighting and beating an illness that would have made the strongest of heart quiver in fear, seventeen year old Livia was ready to experience life and love and decided to visit her older brother Jeff, studying abroad from England at Princeton University for the summer. She lived in England her whole life and had not been able to travel or experience life like a normal girl because of her illness and being able to go to America was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up. Plus she thought what better way to really remember every experience but to create a private blog and catalogue everything while there. Livia was on a mission in America to have a fun summer fling with a sexy American boy while spending time with her brother. Surprisingly instead of a fun summer fling, Livia ended up finding love with Adam, who was a friend of Jeff and was from England too. The story quickly changed gears from Livia blogging about her sight seeing experiences in America to falling in love with Adam. I really liked Adam and how genuine he was and how he really cared about Livia, falling just as much a Livia did. Their journey in finding love was so heart warming and had me so emotionally invested. The relationship Livia’s family was so tight, which was nice to read about even though her parents were divorced. It was refreshing to see the strong bond they still had, showing that things could still be ok after a divorce. What really threw me off was how the story ended. Things were going great and then it just ended, leaving me totally undone. I have to admit there was some foreshadowing leading up to the end but it was still too abrupt to me. I felt that there was so much more story to be told and Livia and Adam deserved to have more. All in all, I felt that it just ended way to quickly, leaving me raw with emotion but other than that this was a good story showcasing that life is short and we all need to stop and really experience it. ...more