I'm not sure what Pyxis is about even now that I've finished the book. I am a label type of girl, meaning I like to categorize my books by vampires, wI'm not sure what Pyxis is about even now that I've finished the book. I am a label type of girl, meaning I like to categorize my books by vampires, werewolves, etc. but for this one I had non. Well it's definitely a fantasy novel and a good one.
I can tell you for sure it has nothing to do with your typical paranormal books. I would say it has more to do with magic but I would have to see about that after reading the next book. The story ends right where things start to get clear about Corinne and what her destiny is.
The book starts when Corrine bakes some cupcakes and uses some stuff that were supposedly food colouring, only they weren't. Weird stuff begin to happen and she starts to investigate what those colourful bottles are that she found inside a box called Pyxis.
Now the romance part- because you know how much I love my stories to be accompanied by love stories. I liked the fact that Corinne and Mason already knew each other and there was already the initiation from being friends into something more. It was so refreshing because no matter how much I love it, it's beginning to be a little tiring the whole girl meets boy and fall in love without really knowing each other.
Mason was one of the main reasons I wanted to keep reading and not stop. I wanted to know what had happened between them and if they were going to end up together. The suspense lol! That and of course what the heck Pyxis is and what Corinne is and Mason. They may share mutual feelings but they have more in common than they think and an unbreakable connection.
Overall, I loved and I will keep reading the series. It's perfect for those who want something new and unpredictable. ...more
It's been a while since I read any books and I am glad I grabbed this one to start with. I really needed a good fast paced book to get me into readingIt's been a while since I read any books and I am glad I grabbed this one to start with. I really needed a good fast paced book to get me into reading again and this delivered.
Obsidian is the first book of the Lux series. So far 4 books have been published and #5 is on its way.
I must say that I don't really like books about aliens so much. Never thought I would pick up an alien book and didn't quite realize either what this book was about at the beginning. Someone raved how good this book was, plus it was cheap on Kindle... so here I am, glad I picked it up.
Obsidian is a fast paced story which I enjoy nowadays... and all the characters are enjoyable. Thankfully there was no annoying best friend to the main character which I hate the most. Katy, our main character, is pretty much in love with books (like we all are of course!) and you see that with her own book blog please! She is an enjoyable character, way too obsessed with Daemon if you ask me, but she is going through the whole process of 'I hate you but not really' and that's too frustrating watching as an outsider since they clearly like each other.
Daemon is still quite a mystery to me... not sure if I like him just yet. He was quite an asshole in the beginning which I guess he had his reasons but still.... he better step up his game on the second book in order to convince me! He does sound hot though ;)
I can't say much about the story without spoiling it and you get the main idea from the synopsis, but I can say it has the typical new girl in town full of weird things and then she discovers the school's hottest guy is an alien. Then story gets serious and things get real.
Overall I enjoyed it and can't wait for the second book. I would suggest picking up this book even if you are hesitant about the aliens thing. Honestly half way through the book I didn't care if it was about aliens or not because the story kept me from leaving. It was good! I know the second book will be even better and can't wait to find out what happens next!...more
Camille was something different. Hunting down werewolves in the Victorian era was something I hadn't read about before and this story delivered it wonCamille was something different. Hunting down werewolves in the Victorian era was something I hadn't read about before and this story delivered it wonderfully. Camille isn't doing what the girls at her age do. Instead of dancing with young men and socializing at balls, she spends her nights hunting down and killing werewolves. She never thought that she would fall in love with one of them.
Nathaniel Strider. I'm still not sure what I feel towards him. Sometimes he would do or say something and I would like him. Sometimes they way his life was described it would make me feel pity and sorry for him. He is a poor guy form the other side of town and he couldn't be more different than Camille. Camille has grown up always knowing that there is going to be a roof above her head and food on the table every night, while Strider searched every night for a place to sleep and his meals were days apart since the last.
The story didn't contain many 'hunting werewolves' scenes except from the first one. But it did contain a lot of science which I loved. The moments between Camille and Strider were sweet and easy. They had a good chemistry from the first time they met. As the days passed and Strider's first moon was coming closer I fell for him harder as Camille did and anxiously turned the pages to find out what will happen. Will they find a cure or will Camille have to kill him.
The story is a mixture of paranormal romance and science. I would recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal books and enjoys science....more
It's going to be a very difficult review to write without spoiling the book to you but I must say that I haven't read anything like this before.
SavannIt's going to be a very difficult review to write without spoiling the book to you but I must say that I haven't read anything like this before.
Savannah is very enjoyable as a character and I got to like her from the first pages. Her throat at the beginning crept me out like it did her. She did everything she could to fix her throat and learn more about it. I liked that when she learned that the thing inside her throat was a weapon intended to kill something, she didn't back down and came to terms with what she had to do.
Reece is the only person who understands her and is somehow similar with Savannah. Together they try to understand what is in their throats before Ocrassa can find them.
Ocrassa is the bad guy or monster I would say of this story and the book contains chapters from it's point of view which I enjoyed. You can see and understand what Ocrassa is and what it did to stay alive and destroy everything around it. The Nyktmorph was the only thing that I liked from the beginning, even though it was bad it was somehow good too.
I found myself guessing constantly what will happen next and I never saw the big twist coming! I'm thinking about the book and I can't believe I never saw it! That's a good thing.
The book started slowly but then picked up really quickly and it left me turning pages so eagerly that I don't believe and haven't realized how it ended!
This book is unique and different and definitely creepy, combining horror with paranormal. Totally suggest reading this. ...more
Textual Healing is a fun read with funny and unpredictable characters. Andrew or Ace, was my favourite character after Orchid of course. You can't beat her! He is fun and easy to relate character and the chemistry between him and Hannah and mostly everyone else is great! The book is told by Ace's perspective and there are very few books that I've read that are from a male's perspective that were nicely done and liked. This one I loved!
There were a lot of funny moments and I can't count the times I laughed. Between the haiku-talking flower shop owner and pirate to the sugar glider. Which by the way had no idea what it is and looked like. I had to googled it. lol The whole book made me crank up. A smile spreads across my face whenever I remember some parts of the book. I would totally recommend this book if you like light quirky books with a lot of funny moments! ...more
This book falls into the contemporary romance category and it's the second book I read from this author. I must say I'm starting to become a fan of her books. Her writing is simple yet refreshing. I haven't read any other contemporary adult romance books, expect her other book Something About You. So I am not an expert on that area. But she managed to captivate me with her witty characters and laugh aloud moments.
Payton and J.D. are people that live to work. They are both on the run to become partner and that adds more fuel to they never ending arguments. J.D. I think is my favourite one. Such a nice guy, really. He doesn't seem so nice at first but in the ending from his part at least, just makes you forget everything. You couldn't deny the attraction between them from the first moment you see them together. Even though they argued all the time I couldn't see how they came and hated each other. It's a really good book and the author knows a great deal about lawyers. She was one. I loved the dialogue between those too. I'm more of a dialogue type so I love books with lots of it! And this one definitely has plenty.
Overall I liked this book a lot and I would read this again. I'm definitely going to read her other two books and I would suggest you picking one up too....more
I finally met Stephanie Plum. I had been hearing about these books but never really got around reading them until now. There are 16 books so far and One For The money is the first one.
We meet Stephanie Plum when she loses her job as a lingerie buyer, desperate to find a new one. She’s behind on her rent and her car has just been taken away. Not knowing where to turn, she goes to her cousin Vinnie who owns a bail-bond business.
She bacically blackmails Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond job worth $10.000 even though she doesn’t know anything about law enforcement and is afraid to use her new gun.
Even if this wasn't enough for Stephanie, now she has to put her emotions in control because the guy she’s looking for is a suspect for murder and she knows him very well. She once ran her car over him.
I had hard time figuring out what this book is. Is it crime? Mystery? Comedy? I think they it’s all of them. The story is a page turner and Stephanie is such a fun person. The chemistry between her and Joe Morelli was fantastic. I definitely want to see more of them. A better way of explaining this book is to give you some quotes from the book.
"I like the way you've let your hair go curly," he finally said. "Suits your personality. Lots of energy, not much control, sexy as hell," Joe Morelli to Stephanie Plum
"In my opinion, the only good spider is a dead spider, and women's rights aren't worth dick if they mean I can't ask a man to do my bug squashing." Stephanie Plum
"Hello," I called, gun now in hand, barely able to hear myself over the pounding of my heart. "Who's here?" Morelli sauntered out of the kitchen. "Just me. Put the gun away. We need to talk." "Jesus! You are so fucking arrogant. Did it ever occur to you I might shoot you with this gun?" "No. It never occurred to me." Stephanie and Joe
"You're a lunatic. You ran me over with a goddamn Buick." Joe Morelli to Stephanie Plum
"I attributed the incidence to temporary insanity, and in my own defence, I'd like to say I haven't run over anyone since." Stephanie
"Are you afraid of me?" "Uh... yes." The smile stayed fixed in place. "You should be. You locked me in a refrigerator truck with three dead people. Sooner or later I'm going to get you for it." Joe and Stephanie
"It's not the pizza, darlin', it’s my masculine presence." Joe Morelli"
These are just some of the quotes I love.
Overall I loved the book. It’s fun, light and a quick read. This is my first mystery-crime type of book. Although this genre is not my thing I loved it because of the witty characters. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys good comedy with a mix of mystery....more
The Dark Guardian series have something that makes me addicted to them. They aren't the best written books out there but the typical girl falls in lovThe Dark Guardian series have something that makes me addicted to them. They aren't the best written books out there but the typical girl falls in love, stumbles on an obstacle, overcomes it and they live happily ever after never fails to engross me.
It’s predictable like the other 3 previous books but it never stopped me from turning eagerly the pages to read more. I wish they were longer! (They are kind of short for my liking.)
In this book though, the story doesn't follow the same pattern as in the previous books. Hayden doesn’t live with the other Shifters since her ability of feeling other Shifter’s emotions prevent her from being close to them. It’s too overwhelming and staying among the humans and secluding herself from them is the best result until the creature comes.
The Harvester is one of the oldest creatures that the elders thought that was a myth. Now it’s at Wolford killing Shifters and has named its next victim. Hayden. Hayden runs away from Wolford and stays hidden among the humans, waiting for her first full moon and waiting for the Harvester. She never saw Daniel.
Daniel is the one who was assigned to bring her back; and Hayden on the way home, falls for him until she discovers something. Daniel is not what he seems to be.
Overall, I loved the book. It’s a new favourite and definitely recommend this for those who would like a light read and of course to the fans of this series. I hope there is more!...more
In the first book we are left with Lucas leaving Evernight, a school occupied mostly by vampires, because he was a vampire hunter. Bianca is a vampireIn the first book we are left with Lucas leaving Evernight, a school occupied mostly by vampires, because he was a vampire hunter. Bianca is a vampire-sort of. I put off reading this because I was so mad after reading the first book. I just couldn't believe how Bianca, since the series comes from her point of view, could actually lie about what she is. During the first half of Evernight you have no idea what is happening and then suddenly we discover Bianca is a vampire, drinking blood from cups all this time. Nevertheless, I got over it and got my hands on Stargazer because of Lucas. I just had to know more about him! And I did enjoy it!
The first pages seemed to pass really quickly. Bianca in this book wasn't shy at all. In the first book Evernight we begin to know her as a shy girl but a year after, she is more confident and sure about her self and her choices. Things between her and Lucas are hard since she is still in Evernight and he's somewhere else hunting vampires. Even though it seems impossible they still manage to see each other and each time their love grows stronger.
Evernight though is still creepy and holds more secrets, that I thought was possible. I mean, I never saw this kind of twist coming up. The author managed to surprise me once more (in a good way this time) with a twist in Bianca's life and I was a little bit socked how she managed to join vampires and ghosts into the story.
Lucas and Bianca's moments left me breathless and can't wait to grab Hourglass to see what happens to them next. They have so many obstacles to overcome that I wonder when they'll get a chance just to be.
I liked Balthazar's character growth. We got a glimpse of his life and how he was turned into a vampire. I liked him and it was hard not to route for him, since he has a major crush on Bianca. I loved Lucas, especially when he was jealous. He was irresistible. Lucas did also grow in this book. He learned that not everything around him is white and black, and learned, first to think then to act. Bianca played a huge role there.
Overall, I liked it. Claudia Gray managed to create an eerie atmosphere focusing on the romance and mysteries of Evernight. I would recommend reading this even if you slightly liked Evernight. This book is much better than Evernight and can hope the rest of the books are as good as this if not better....more
This is the third book, following Brittany as the story continues. The Dark Guardians still have Bio-Chrome to worry about but it's the last thing Brittany can think about. Her first full moon is approaching and she hasn't find a mate yet. No one seems intersted in her and the guy she loves has his own issues to solve.
Since no guy is steeping forward to help her with her first transformation and Connor isn't interested in her, she decides to take the leap alone. She will stand under the moon alone. Everything good so far unlesss you count the fact that she might die. If she goes through it alone big chances are, she dies.
Her first full moon comes and goes and she stays the same. She doesn't transform. Devastated and heart broken she returns to Wolford were everyone thinks she survived her first transformation. She finds it hard to tell the truth and believes that if the others find out, she'll be evicted out of their world and she doesn't want that.
Connor finally notices her and things steam up a bit between them but Bio-Chrome comes in. Although Brittany hates them for what they're doing to the Shifters she can't refuse to acknowledge what they do. She will risk everything for what she wants but that means risking Connor's life and his love not to mention the rest of the shifters.
The story develops quickly and we find Brittany pretending what she's not. She finds it hard especially when Connor finally shows interest in her but she knows he deserves more than her, a real shifter not a static.
I enjoyed this story but it lacked something. It seemed rushed and even though I wanted to, I wasn't convinced that Connor had gotten over Lindsey so quickly and now wanted Brittany. Hard to believe if you think what she did to him, which wasn't fair.
Overall I would recommend it to read it, especially if you have read the previous books. ...more
The second book of the Dark Guardians series follows the rest of the story through Lindsey's eyes which we see her as Kayla's best friend in the first book. Basically the story follows the groups' adventure but in her point of view.
Growing up knowing she was a werewolf made her love what she is and made her wonder what will happen if the rest of the world knew. They would have to hide what they are but as the Bio-Chrome group wants to capture some of them to prove that werewolves exist it makes their lives difficult.
While everyone is careful and waiting the next move from Bio-Chrome, Lindsey is torn between choosing Connor and Rafe as her mate. Time is passing fast as her first full moon is in two weeks. Connor is the right choice according to her parents and she believes it too.
He was always in her life, in every big occasion and he loved her much that Connor ended up tattooing her name as it was the way of a male declaring his mate. Lindsey was ok with that since he was the only one she had ever felt for until she started having those strong feelings that for Rafe that scared her and didn't know how to handle. She had known Rafe from her childhood as well as Connor but she never felt the urge and pull he had on her before.
The story is developing slowly as for the Bio-Chrome and the reviling of werewolves but seeing this romance develop in times of danger was satisfying. Don't pick these books if you are expecting clear adventure. It's a romance books and this is my favourite book so far. ...more
I had this book for a while before I picked it up. I'm not really interested in reading about the high societies of New York so I was a little hesitant at first. To be honest the cover was the thing that drew me close to it, and then I read the summary and it sounded like something I would enjoy. The book started slow and the four different points of view were a little confusing but after a few pages I managed to get used to it.
The characters weren't developed enough as the author used third person narrative. I did love them of course especially Phoebe which was the only one who questioned everything about this society form the beginning. She and Nick I think make an adorable couple although we don't get to see many moments of them. I think the main reason I want to read the next book The Trust, is because of them and Nick's relationship with his best friend. Nick is such a good friend and person that he'll do anything for the ones he loves.
I found the story line simple and predictable. There weren't many surprises as I thought it may have and by the end of the book you'll be left with a lot of unanswered questions that I believe will be resolved in the next book.
Overall, I liked and found it addictive for some reason. I can't point at what it is but I want to find more about the characters and what are they going to do next. ...more
Following Chloe in this second book of the Darkest Powers trilogy was so much fun.
We get to see Chloe struggling with new information about her and along with Derek and Simon and Tori, travel from town to town to get to the only person they know that could get them a safe shelter and give them some explanations.
Along the road and some misfortune incidents, we get to see another Chloe. A girl that's struggling to keep that good old girl behavior she had, while everything around her keeps changing and she finds herself changing as well. She gets more aggressive and more independent. She starts loosing trust in almost everyone expect from the two brothers that promised her that they will keep her safe.
This was so much better than the first book. There is more action going on and we see another side of Tori I thought it never existed. In the first book I hated her but now I feel sorry for her. Derek seems to talk more now that they are on the run and Chloe getting to test her limits. Something she never thought of in her previous secure life.
Kelley Armstrong managed to deliver a sitting-on-the-edge book with quick passing pages that doesn’t make you bored at all. I couldn't guess what will happen next and that's a plus! It wasn't predictable at all! Overall I would say go grab the book now!...more
I loved Wondrous Strange! I had my doubts when I started reading it because I'm not into faeries that much but this book was a big surprise for me. Faeries are a little too creepy for me but this book managed to keep all those aspects and facts about faeries without the creepiness.
Wondrous Stange is told both by Kelley-a 17-year old actress, and Sonny-a guard of the Gate which connects the mortal world and faerie world. I loved those two! They had such a connection and they were both down to earth. And Sonny.... he was so kick-ass and so into Kelley from the first moment even though he wouldn't admit it. And I loved LOVED that scene where the two of them were reading from Kelley's script.
The writing was also fantastic, it flowed so nicely that I didn't want to stop reading. The plot is original and you can see that Lesley has a strong connection with theatre and I loved all those theatre-related scenes. There are references of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream play that I found interesting and let me tell you that you don't have to know Shakespeare's play to understand this book. Although it may make you want to read it.
All of the characters were fantastic even the minor ones, and I loved how Kelley didn't believe Sonny right away about the faeries. She actually laughs at his face, something you don't see often.
This book is perfect for those who don't like faeries because this one is so different from all the other faerie books and so good it'll make you want to know more about them....more
I have been hearing about Vampire Academy for a long time but I never picked it up for some reason. The covers of these books aren't so inviting but that wasn't really the reason but I'm glad to pick it up finally after having it for a year sitting on my bookshelf. I have to thank Melissa for that at Paranormally Romanced for making me read it. Thanks Melissa!
It's been a while since I read a book with such a kick-ass character. Rose was confident and blunt forward for anything she had in mind. She was a loyal friend and would do anything to protect Lisa. It was a relief for once to find out that the protagonists' best friend is actually a friend to them.
The story was a little hard to follow with the different kind of vampires, the good (Moroi Vampires) and the bad ones (Strigoi Vampires) and of course the guardians that protect Moroi vampires. Rose is training to become a guardian and hopes to be Lisa's guardian. The story is fast paced and I turned each page eagerly to learn what happens next. I liked Rose and Lisa. They sort of completed each other and that helped them a lot along the way.
The romance in this book wasn't what I was expecting. Everybody seems to be talking about Dimitri and I must admit it was one of the reasons I picked up this book, to find out about him. There aren't a lot of scenes with him and the scenes where we see him in are mostly the ones that he trains Rose. So you basically get to see them both and how they interact with each other. I didn't see the connection between them or liked Dimitri. I didn't dislike him either he was just.... there. I would say that I'm 'neutral' about him but I have 5 more books so you never know. Sorry Melissa if you're reading this you are probably planning my death. :) I tried! Saying that though I must also say that I haven't given up. I'll read the next books, which I plan soon, and see if I get to know more about Dimitri because you barely do in this book.
There is also another love story in this book and it's between Lisa and Christian which I loved! I just wished I could see more of Christian and Lisa. I wouldn't think it could be possible but through the connection Rose and Lissa have, Rose can enter Lisa's mind and see and feel whatever Lisa is doing and feeling. So through those few moments we get to see and know more about Lisa.
Overall I loved the book. At first when I picked up this book I though I was holding a good romance involving vampires. Now when I hold the book, I'm thinking of holding a good kick-ass book. If you haven't read it and you have doubts about it don't worry just pick it up! ...more
In the second book we find Clary and Jace struggling to accept that they brother and sister and nothing more even thought their feelings tell otherwise. If that wasn’t enough they have to go through the stares and whispers as now everyone knows that they are Valentine’s children.
I loved this book as much as the first one and maybe more. You get to know the characters better and see the powerful but strange relationship Jace and Clary have. The drama is bigger and the pain and acceptance that Jace and Clary are siblings are enough to handle without the murders. Someone is murdering Downworlders and Simon is acting strange.
Magnus is acting as usual but somehow has focused more on Alec. Isabelle is insane as always and Jace more brooding as it can get. Valentine is supposed to be the villain but to me he didn’t seem like one. His actions seemed to be planted on the go and he lacked motivation. As the bad guy I thought I would some minions working for him.... where are they when you need them? I can’t think of a villain that didn’t have or didn’t control other people for personal use. But we find out later on why is that (on the 3rd book) so I am not going to spoil it for you. J
When the second mortal instrument is stolen though, they suspect Jace. Jace is now wondering what to do next to prove that he is innocent and for the first time we see him scared as he faces the accusations.
Overall.... I loved it! One of favourites for sure and I can’t wait for the third book. You should definitely read this one if you want a strong, suffering love story with a dark and funny adventure background.
I didn’t give it 5 stars as the previous book because I thought it needed more action scenes....more
I loved Perfect chemistry. It was so sweet! I don't really read YA contemporary romance since most of them are predictable but this one almost wasn't it. And what I mean about that? Well the ending. The author leads the story to an end most romance stories have but then something happens and you're not so sure.
Even though it was a YA book there was a sex scene in it and the author managed to describe it very well without being graphic at all. It was really a sweet scene and to my surprise it was from Alex's point of view. The book changes between Alex's POV and Brittany's POV. This way we get to know both of them how they feel and think.
I loved Alex. Such a nice guy even though he acted as a touch guy. Even though he is a gang member he had never actually done something pretty bad. And he tries to stay clean as possible. The only reason he's in it is to protect his family.
Brittany is you normal girl that tries to act perfect. Her life though isn't perfect as it looks like. It's better than Alex's but still, her family has big problems. You get to see that no matter how much money you have, money can't buy happiness. I love how this couple completed each other. They are so different and similar at the same time.
The writing was refreshing and I liked the voice of Alex the most. It's hard to capture a boy's voice when the author is woman but she managed well.
Overall I loved it. I had heard so much good things about this book that my expectations were high when I grabbed it and it didn't disappoint. The only thing I didn't like and it's the reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the ending. Not the final chapter but the conclusion in general. After a big event that changes both Alec and Brittany, the book felt rushed. I wish she could have taken it more slowly.
*For those who have read it* Another thing that it struck a little weird to me and didn't result in a lower star, since that's how the character is, is that Alec never said I love you to Brittany. He says and does other things to Brittany to prove his love but that simple word didn't escape his mouth. Not even in his thoughts. Call me old fashioned but I expect when two people love each other to express it verbally with those simple words. But I did get to feel how much Alex loved her. He wouldn't have gotten into much trouble for her, would he?...more