Fluff and warfare. Gorgeous, funny fluff with a generous helping of sass and attitude and loads of warfare. It was abundant with quirky characters andFluff and warfare. Gorgeous, funny fluff with a generous helping of sass and attitude and loads of warfare. It was abundant with quirky characters and ridiculous situations and I loved every bit of it all. As far as good light romance goes, this one was awesome and I want more! So I'm going to come back to Julie James' US Attourney/FBI Agent series next....more
Blair is priceless, I haven't laughed so much for some time :D and her mom wasn't all that behind her, especially with that scene at the end :D On theBlair is priceless, I haven't laughed so much for some time :D and her mom wasn't all that behind her, especially with that scene at the end :D On the whole, a fun and funny story....more
Magic illusions, second-story thievery and an amazing childhood that just sucked me in and took me back to when I was 10. No wonder the book hooked meMagic illusions, second-story thievery and an amazing childhood that just sucked me in and took me back to when I was 10. No wonder the book hooked me into pulling an all-nighter....more
Really, I was expecting another Fifty Shades type, with more porn than plot, but there was so much fuss about this one going thOkay, that was funny :D
Really, I was expecting another Fifty Shades type, with more porn than plot, but there was so much fuss about this one going through Goodreads, and with the rating so high, I had to check it out. Like Clive :D And yes, it has its faults and its roll-eye moments, but it has a plot (Yepee!) and the banter is delicious. The book may be light but the style of writing makes it come to life, proving that even light books deserve a good author. And as for the porn, it wasn't that saturated with it - the sexual innuendos were flying around like there was no tomorrow, in a very "sugary" way, but that was pretty much it for most of the book, allowing it space for lots of dialogue and development which so many other books lack.
So, if you are searching for a good at-the-beach read, a romantic comedy with lots of sparks, you might want to check this one out (then again, the snorts and fits of laughter it can produce can be a bad idea for a public place)....more
I seriously adore Kate Rorick a.k.a Kate Noble (the first not-written-by-a-regency-living-author regency I read was Compromised and I will forever beI seriously adore Kate Rorick a.k.a Kate Noble (the first not-written-by-a-regency-living-author regency I read was Compromised and I will forever be in love with it). I seriously adore The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (I can watch them a thousand times and still laugh my ass off). I had such high expectations for this companion to the webisodes, therefore, that maybe it's my own fault I feel a bit... not as happy with it. It was nice, and there were several interesting details that we could not see on the videos. Some of the university background got clearer, and some of the realisations Lizzie came to in the book (nice) were not shown in the webisodes. But the super-duper charged dialogue from the web series and the recounted in them situations are a level up in the entertainment ladder.
So, I give The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet a 3.5 rating (Damn you, Goodreads, do something about more exact star ratings; hear the voices (or keytaps) of thousands of reviewers concur!) and close it with happy, happy adorbs feels....more
Argh! The high was so high, but the aftermath takes me so low!
This withdrawal will kill me by the time book 2 comes out. Honestly, I had a hard timeArgh! The high was so high, but the aftermath takes me so low!
This withdrawal will kill me by the time book 2 comes out. Honestly, I had a hard time obsessing over the release of Burn for Me, I've been constantly checking the book on Goodreads (as if that would make it available for reading) and activery thinking "When will is be out already?" and "October must come quickly", and seriously, who wishes sunny, sultry August away?
Mental, that's what my state is when it comes to books by this author team. Really, someone should have me committed.
My instability aside, I'm very happy to report that Book 1 of the Hidden Legacy Trilogy lived up to my expectations (and I'd built them higher than an amplified Fire Prime's pillar) and still managed to surprise me. And what is more remarkable, though I can put it side by side with their Kate Daniels books, they are not the same. The characters, the worldbuilding, the kickassery, the quip free-for-alls are some of the awesome things Ilona Andrews books share but they do not sprout in a cookie-cutter fashion. Both the worldbuilding and the character arcs have their own allure and their independent inner glow.
For those who love Kate and Curran I'd say you'd be enamoured with Nevada and Rogan. Nevada is very flesh-and-blood, she is someone regular-Jane and regular-John can immediately relate to and yet admire - Neva has a certain deep-set badassery she shows through actions but that isn't tied up with her confidence; she's a moral touchstone who doesn't saddle a saintly high-horse, she is very aware of and content with her glass-half-full (when it looks almost empty to others) luck in life. Rogan, on the other hand, has a complete disregard for human life that would turn most heroes from an intriguing gray to a pitch black, especially when in contact with his more-or-less-unwilling-partner female lead. He is overly confident, and as Nevada says, has the attitude of "If I want something it is mine willingly, and if not, I can buy it or failing that - just take it.". Yet he still manages to get you to like and root for him, because his actions are right (if the motivation for them is not). And besides, there's the fact that he's very intelligent, very powerful, with a very intricate and intriguing backstory, and most of all - together, Nevada and Rogan burn through the pages, be it with snark, or tension, or sheer sexual hotness. You can immediately feel why they are good together and why they would be even better in the future, it's the old addage of opposites mix explosively but to an awesome effect - they would balance each other out and make one hell of a power couple. (Speaking of power, very nicely done with both their stories there.)
Having poured out my little characters crush, it must be said that the rest of the book is nowhere near overshadowed by their awesomeness. The worldbuilding is fascinating (I've been in love with the idea of the House system ever since I read Silver Shark and Of Swine and Roses ), the cast of supporting heroes and heroines is hilarious, adorable, infuriating, captivating, and then there is Grandma Frida. Good one, Ilona Andrews, thank you! for her. The storyline was as bumpy as its cast, veering and twisting without taking any long stretches or over-the-top turns; it held my nails between my teeth and my manicure in constant danger, all the way to the very end. Knowing that this was book 1 of 3 didn't help any - till the last chapter I wasn't sure where the authors would drop us off with a "See you later", whether it would be before or after some of the main conflict had been resolved and the battle with the main baddie taken place. Every chapter took me someplace new and catchy and I loved it.
Bottom line, I laughed and snorted, I cheered and jeered, I bit nails and I fell in love. And really, what more can you want from a story?...more
!Warning - if you haven't started this series, wait till august 2014 to do so, for they're dangerous for the peace of mind. Else you'd be facing the s!Warning - if you haven't started this series, wait till august 2014 to do so, for they're dangerous for the peace of mind. Else you'd be facing the same agonizingly sharp craving for the last one, and like me have to wait for it.
The books are really that good.
Dark, original, angsty and completely compelling.
This is one of the rare Regency-set series that has mostly a winter background, and it proves a delicious change to the pattern.
I loved Mara and Temple's book. It was just the right amount of angsty, just the right amount of scandalous. I thought Mara's character would steal the show and though it made quite a good try of it, I have to say that the kind-hearted giant beat her to the punch, strange as it might seem. The plot was, as seems to be the wonderful norm with Sarah MacLean, completely abnormal for a regency romance - unortodoxical in the way of the first two Scoundrels, and still original, making all three books surprisingly different for instalments in a single series. The trend of darkness continues, though the book was not without its laughs. And yes, Lavender was a darling, as were another couple of background characters. And I must say, I love the stance the Ladies of the Day take with the Ladies of the Night in this series - it is quite refreshing and honest.
No Duke Goes Unpunished kept me up, reading deep into the night without even realising it. Only to have me gaping at its parting shot at the end of the epilogue... and then guffawing with laughter....more
Read only Alphas:Origins by Ilona Andrews, and it was quite good. a whole, independent story and world. I only rate it 3 * cause I gave Silent Blade 4Read only Alphas:Origins by Ilona Andrews, and it was quite good. a whole, independent story and world. I only rate it 3 * cause I gave Silent Blade 4. Goodreads, when are the point-something's, like 3.8 coming?!...more