I enjoyed this story. The plot was intriguing and the characters held the most spotlight. We're introduced to Lucinda "Luce" Price , who's going to a I enjoyed this story. The plot was intriguing and the characters held the most spotlight. We're introduced to Lucinda "Luce" Price , who's going to a new boarding school in Savanna Georgia called "Swords & Cross". Now this is no ordinary boarding school it's a correctional school for troubled kids, which made the plot much more interesting to me. Throughout the story Lace is going through the typical "new kid" syndrome, trying to be herself and make friends. Though mostly all the friends she meets are certified by the state to have "problems". The story had a nice flow though I felt that the pace could have been a little quicker with a little more action in the middle. What had me frustrated was surprisingly the romance between Lace and the mysterious and illusive Daniel. I can understand that it would be unrealistic if they met and just fell in love, but I felt that every time Daniel and Lace got close and the scene got intense (in a very good way) Daniel would just blow Lace off. Now ok that builds up the tension between them and that’s good but after while I was to the point were Lace should have stopped going after him and let him come after her. Though it did get a lot better when Daniel started to show his feelings for Lace and I loved the added love triangle when another gorgeous boy named Cam took an interest in Lace as well. It brought a nice new tension to the book where things were stared to get dull. Now the end of the story is were I fell in love. Action, action and dare I say more action!!!!! Things that was continually touched upon without any explanation was explained in a big, glorious way! Everything was coming into light and stuff was hitting the fan!! We had characters revealing their true selves, murder, and an epic battle! I have to say the ending saved the story from being an ordinary love story for me. It added the action that I craved in the beginning and an whole new level of adventure. With an ending like this I really want to read the next installment now!!!! (I'm seriously mad that I have to wait till the fall for it!!)
Kitanidis took the saying “Read my mind” to a whole new level in her debut story. Joy the main character that is just like every other girl except forKitanidis took the saying “Read my mind” to a whole new level in her debut story. Joy the main character that is just like every other girl except for one little talent. She can hear the voices of people around her. It’s a gift passed on to the females of her family which they called the Hearing. The story focused on how Joy deals with her ability and her life. What’s refreshing about Joy is that instead of trying to ignore her powers she embraces it. Using it to help those around her, making her popular but it seemed like nobody really knew who Joy was, including Joy herself. The major conflict was with her older sister Jessica who has the gift as well but instead of embracing her powers and helping people like Joy she did the exact opposite. Jessica decided to use her powers to drive people away, using her knowledge of people’s whispers to her own advantage. With her rebellious non caring attitude, Jessica brings the edge and mystery to the story just in the right moment. The sisters are like night and day bringing a great balance to the story. When Jessica goes missing is when things really picks up bringing the mystery and danger. I enjoyed the story allot for its uniqueness and how well Kitanidis did with capturing Joy and Jessica’s voices. The added romance between Joy and Jamie, the lone boy who had interesting secrets of his own, added to the story a well. This was a great story that kept me engaged from beginning to end. I feel that Kitanidis created an interesting world which I hope she turns into a series. I recommended this book to those interested in paranormal filled with mystery, romance and danger....more
While I usually don’t read Historical Romances, I have to say that lately I’ve been really shocked at the good historical romances I’ve been reading, While I usually don’t read Historical Romances, I have to say that lately I’ve been really shocked at the good historical romances I’ve been reading, including this one. I was totally intrigued in reading the synopsis on the back because one of the things that I don’t like about historical romances is how the main lady is so dependent and how timid and shy they are. But this was not the case with this story, though in the beginning our main character Callie spent her beginning years up until she turned 28 being just that, she then decided to take her life in her own hands and decided to start living by her own rules. And so she devised a list of all the things that she wanted to experience in life, not giving a care to her reputation or what others would think of her. In comes the devastatingly handsome Gabriel St. John Marques of Ralston to help her in her quest to find the real Callie. We are thrown into a high paced romance between the two as each of them find what they are really looking for in life thorough the adventure of accomplishing every task on Callie’s list. The romance was so hot and steamy and the relationship between Gabriel and Callie had me so engrossed in the story that I couldn’t put it down; I had to know how Callie was going to accomplish the next task and how Gabriel would factor in helping her. I loved reading how Gabriel slowly fell in love with Callie and how Callie found her independence. The historical time period only enhanced the plot line, giving added intrigue and dept to the story. The plot was interesting, the characters compelling and the romance hot; with all those factors this was a wonderful well told story. I would defiantly be reading more historical romances and would recommend this book!! ...more
Lori Foster is one of the best romance authors out there and with this new novel she brings a light entertaining romance. This could be read as a sta Lori Foster is one of the best romance authors out there and with this new novel she brings a light entertaining romance. This could be read as a stand alone or as a SBC fighters series. The story tells about Drew Black the face and founder of the SBC and how he falls in love with his PR advisor Gillian Noode who is hired against his will to clean up his act. There both very strong characters and it's very entertaining to read how they fall for each other. There's another mini romance in the story between an up and coming fighter named Brett Bullman and an advocate against sports with violence named Audrey, while their romance is totally different form Drew and Gillian it adds a nice balance. While Drew and Gillian's romance is fast hot and heavy. Brett and Audrey's relationship is soft and patient, both have qualities that I love and showcase how everybody loves differently and the obstacles they go through to keep that love. The story had it's fair share of action and danger bringing intrigue and spice. I liked the story and will continue to read Fosters books.
In this 5th installment of the Warriors of Poseidon series we're focused on Brennan and how he falls in love with Tiernan the reporter introduced in tIn this 5th installment of the Warriors of Poseidon series we're focused on Brennan and how he falls in love with Tiernan the reporter introduced in the passed book. I was excited to read about Brennan's story since he was cursed over two thousand years ago by Poseidon, losing all of his emotions until he set eyes on his one true mate. It was very interesting to see how he would handle all the emotions that came back to him when he came in contact with Tiernan. I loved the added intrigue with Tiernan's special powers and how it added to the progression of the plot. The plot in itself had me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next and how Tiernan and Brennan was going to stop the crazed scientists in league with the vampires to enslave the world. Besides the great plot the underlining theme was about redemption and how far one would go to be with the one they loved? Would you stay with the person knowing that every time they were out of your sight they would forget you even existed? The story was filled with action and drama and with such a great set up in the plot I felt that resolution between Brennan and Tiernan as achieved a bit too quickly. I know that this is a romance and all will end well but I felt that the romance could have been pushed a bit more. All in all this was a great story will all the elements going for it action, romance, danger. This book is defiantly one of the best in the series and I look forward to reading what will happen to Atlantis and the warriors that protect it!!...more
This book tells the story of Alexia Garcia who’s just your average teenager getting ready to graduate high school and begin her new life in college. This book tells the story of Alexia Garcia who’s just your average teenager getting ready to graduate high school and begin her new life in college. Living in a single family home with her mother and grandmother, Alexia is just your down to earth girl who is just trying to live her life, aside from the fact that she’s the splitting image of Kari Kingsley one of the biggest musical superstar. After a prank put Alexia’s picture on the internet, her striking resemblance made its way to Kari and her manager who offered Alexia the deal of a lifetime, pose as Kari’s double. Janette Rallison did a very good job capturing the essence and voice of a teenage girl trying to find out who she is. From the very beginning Alexia voice was clear and believable and I understood the reasoning for why she would take the offer. At first I thought that this would be a quick light read but in actuality Rallison brought up some important topics like family, identity and peer pressure. Rallison did a great job combining the important issues with the sparkling life of Hollywood and romance, making this an enjoyable read. The characters were very believable and the writing style flowed, though the plot was a bit predictable and the reasoning behind how Alexia and Kari looked so much alike was a bit too far fetched for me. Other than the few problems I had with the plot the story was entertaining. The cover art didn’t really enhance the story for me but it was realistic to the portrayal of the story. What really had me flipping through the pages was whether Alexia and Kari were going to get caught in the scheme and whether Alexia would reveal the secret she been holding. Overall I found this an enjoyable read and would recommend this book to those who want a mixture of light easy read with important underlining themes woven into the story as well....more
Since reading The Iron King I knew I was in for a crazy fantastical adventure filled with faeries as beautiful as they are deadly. In this second instSince reading The Iron King I knew I was in for a crazy fantastical adventure filled with faeries as beautiful as they are deadly. In this second installment The Iron Daughter, Meghan realized who she really is and the familial ties she has to the world of faeries and all the dangers that comes with it. After battling the iron king and barely getting out with her life and her brother, Meghan is thrust back into danger having to live in the cold dangerous territory of queen Mab, the winter queen who summoned her. If things aren’t complicated enough queen Mab is Ash’s mother, instantly turning Meghan and Ash into enemies, making the feelings that they have for each other forbidden. Meghan thinks she has an ally with Ash since she is in his terriory but she quickly realizes the way of faeries and the only person she can truly trust is herself.
Julie Kagawa has a great talent for storytelling. In creating this vast imaginative world filled with wonder and danger. I really enjoyed watching Meghan navigate the crazy world. And watched as she grew as a character as the different situations she got herself into affected her. The adventures were exciting as well as dangerous. There wasn’t a dull moment throughout the story and I was always surprised at what happened next. The romance between Meghan and Ash added complications to an otherwise complicated plot. The Iron Daughter was a great read filled with wonder, danger, suspense and romance that I know action seeking readers will greatly enjoy. ...more
This is the story of Zoey and the journey of her life dealing with the bad break up of her parents while keeping the perfect persona of being in totalThis is the story of Zoey and the journey of her life dealing with the bad break up of her parents while keeping the perfect persona of being in total control. When a horrible accident leads to her losing her memory, Zoey goes on a mission to try and remember what really happen on the night after her school's game and why her enemy Doug has sudden interest in her and why she is starting to have feelings for him. Once again Echols captured me from the first page and held my attention through out the whole story. I was flipping through the pages totally engaged in Zoey putting together the missing pieces of her memory and dealing with the drama of her family, Brandon and Doug and whether things will ultimately work out. I really enjoyed the growing chemistry between Zoey and Doug though she tries to hide behind the normalcy that Brandon her maybe boyfriend presents. Characters play such a huge role in stories and Echols did a great job creating realistic characters dealing with their own internal problems. Echols has the power to make me emotionally invested in her characters. I felt for Zoey and all the crap that she had to deal with, down to hating her father and how he treated her and her mother and sadness for her mother and how badly she was taking things. I understood were Zoey was coming from in trying to keep things together even though she knew things were falling apart around her. I also felt for Doug and how he had to navigate Zoey's world with the new feelings he had while trying to be there for her and protect his heart in the process. Echols writing was clear and understandable, making this a very enjoyable read for me. She really captured the essence of teenage life and all the struggles that comes with it. She was not afraid to tackle important issues like sex, depression, suicide and so much more which I really appreciated. The romance was hot, intense and a little graphic making this for mature readers (And I loved every bit of it!!!). I was in suspense thinking so many different scenarios of what really happen that night all the way up to the end. All in All this was great read that I definably recommend it and I can't wait to read more of Echols books!!!
This was an interestingly unique story. We follow Ashlyn Woods, our main character, on her way o her new school at the University of California at SanThis was an interestingly unique story. We follow Ashlyn Woods, our main character, on her way o her new school at the University of California at Santa Barbra from her home town of Berkley. This is a fresh start for her leaving behind the mess that was her life, with all the partying, drinking and destructive boyfriend Toby. Ashlyn was shocked that she was able to get into the school in the first place but quickly jumped at the opportunity. A new scenery and a new school Ashlyn is determined to get her life together. Things are going great until strange things begin happening to Ashlyn and she soon figures out that she is not and ordinary human but a Soterian. Her and four other kids are gifted with powers when the balance of good and evil is tipped more towards evil. Suddenly Ashlyn is thrown in this battle to fight the evil that is creating chaos in California, deal with finding her soul mate all the while making sure she doesn’t flunk out of college.
There was a nice pace to the story that made it an easy enjoyable read. The story was unique with the plot line and the history of the Soterians, making the story filled with suspense and danger. I enjoyed Ashlyn character and could understand her past and her motivations to want to change. It takes a strong person to really look at their lives, see what the needed to change, and actually do it. The romance between Ashlyn and Kai felt intense and real. It was great that Kai had some involvement with the Soterians but was more in the side lines and comfortable with it. He was Ashlyn’s solid supportive rock always there when she needed him and didn’t try to out shine or overpower her. What added to the story was that Ashlyn wasn’t alone, there were others going through what she was going through. Other students who were called to power, some she knew and other total strangers forced to come together as a team to stop this unknown evil. Though they didn’t fight the evil head on, there was some action with the evil influences within weak minded people set to carry out its plans. What would have made the story better for me would have been more danger and action. The story was more focused on discovery and understanding what was happening with Ashlyn and the others powers then on the actual confrontation of the evil. Though there was a moment or two that had me surprised but I wanted more. There was a lot of building up with the suspense, intensity and actions that I hope will come out in the future stories since Rising Shadow is the first book in the series. All in all I feel that this was a good story which will hopefully branch off into and even better series. ...more