New Adult is a genre that needs more diversity in terms of the stories. Most of the books tend to be angsty contemporary romances. Just the other day, New Adult is a genre that needs more diversity in terms of the stories. Most of the books tend to be angsty contemporary romances. Just the other day, I was talking to my friend Nereyda and was lamenting the fact there weren't any unique NA books lately. Which is why I'm so glad to see books like Revive popping up in the genre.
Revive was a book that I was excited about reading. I have a thing for books with amnesia even though more often than not, they confuse. Revive started off with a bang. From the very beginning, I was engrossed in the mystery because it's the kind of start that hooks readers in. And the book never lost it its momentum. It continued to be action-packed throughout the entirety. There were multiple twists and turns that had me gasping because I didn't see them coming. The one thing that I have a gripe with in Revive were the flashbacks. Most of the book is told through flashbacks and changes in time line and that threw me off quite a bit, and I wound up being confused a few times. Regardless, once I was in the groove, there was no stopping me from reading. The sci-fi elements in Revive were also interesting, especially the idea of genetically engineered mutants. The main character, Sophia, wasn't one I instantly connected with. It was hard for me to bond with her because she was going through a seriously rough phase. The more we got to know about her, the better I related to her. Sophia was a badass character and I liked that she wasn't the stereotypical NA heroine. Her love interest, Kyle, was also a really sweet guy. Despite all the secrets and mystery surrounding him, I easily fell in love with him. He was the sort of guy who was a gentleman and was just plain loveable. I did wish the secondary characters were a bit more fleshed out, but I'm hoping that will happen in the next book.
All in all, Revive was a great start to this new and original sci-fi NA series. I'm certainly looking forward to being back with Sophia and finding out what's going on with Kyle. ...more
I started out liking this book, but this was plagued with so many YA cliches. I reckon if I hadn't listened to it on audio, I probably wouldn't have l I started out liking this book, but this was plagued with so many YA cliches. I reckon if I hadn't listened to it on audio, I probably wouldn't have liked it. I had mixed feelings about the narrators, but overall it was a good listen. Review to come!...more
Sweet and sexy! Seriously, is there any book that Joya Ryan can write that I won't love? I'm not complaining! I really hope there's going to be a RydeSweet and sexy! Seriously, is there any book that Joya Ryan can write that I won't love? I'm not complaining! I really hope there's going to be a Ryder book next, preferably with Lily. ...more
Spelled was one of my Waiting on Wednesday books a few months ago. As soon as I saw that fun cover and read the blurb, I knew I wanted to check this b Spelled was one of my Waiting on Wednesday books a few months ago. As soon as I saw that fun cover and read the blurb, I knew I wanted to check this book out. I'm so grateful I did because Spelled turned out to be one fun and hilarious read, perfect for readers looking for a lighter more humorous fantasy novel.
Dorthea, the protagonist of Spelled, a princess of Emerald, was an absolute riot. She was one spunky heroine who had me giggling like crazy throughout the book. I loved how this girl basically had no filter and was super awkward. All of it made her so endearing and being inside her head was just so much fun. At the start of the book, she was a little naive and selfish, which causes her to unleash a spell that ruins her kingdom, but we watch as she goes on this epic adventure to save her kingdom, growing in the process of it all. Her love interest and betrothed, Kato, also provided for some humorous scenes throughout the book. Her dynamics with him was very entertaining because she started off with hating him. They bond together as they Dorthea, attempts to fix her mistakes. It was especially funny because he was stuck in the form of a chimera. Still though, I loved how they grew to care for each other throughout the book and by the end, I was certainly rooting for them as a couple. Dorthea also had an awesome spitfire of a side kick in the form of Rexi, who also added to the fun of the book. She and Dorthea also had a rough start because of she think Dorthea is spoiled, but they do grow an interesting friendship throughout the book. The world in Spelled was just a medley of fun. I loved how Betsy Schow blended together fairy tales to craft this story. On Dorthea's adventure we meet all sorts of creatures, which made for an entertaining ride of a book. I was also under the impression that this was a stand-alone, but while things ended well with our heroine, there were things left open that could be further explored in a sequel. I, for one, would whole-heartedly pick up a sequel if it becomes available.
There's not much more I have to say about Spelled other than it's a book that is perfect for those of you just looking for a light, relaxing and hilarious adventure book. This is definitely worth picking up....more
Yeah no, that was a total mood killer. I also think the story was way too short for me to be convinced of the emotional relationship.
Sophie Jordan's book was slightly better for me, but yet again, it was too short and there really was no time to delve into the emotional complexities of the characters.
Overall, I'm a little disappointed because I was under the impression that this would be co-authored by the two authors, but it wasn't. It would have made for a better book if it had been in my opinion.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a lot of fun although the book did feel a bit like insta love since everything happened within 2 weeks. Still though, this was one sexy bookThis was a lot of fun although the book did feel a bit like insta love since everything happened within 2 weeks. Still though, this was one sexy book and can just every romance hero be named Sebastian because that is one HOT name. Joya Ryan is a new favorite Brazen author for certain. ...more