Sometimes the second book in a series is not as good as the first. Other times it surpasses it. The Lost Saint definitely falls into the latter.
In The Dark Divine we are introduced to a unique race of werewolves who once hunted demons in the name of Heaven. Since then, they have fallen from grace and have to live with the consequences. Grace saved Daniel from that curse...but lost her brother to it in the process. Jude’s left home. Oh, also? She was infected herself. Awesome! (Not.)
I love Grace and Daniel together. You can just feel how strongly he loves her. But things start to change when Grace wants to learn to use her powers for good and to try to find Jude, but the people in her life think is too risky, including Daniel. Not only does he not want to help her train anymore, he’s been dodgy and keeping things from Grace lately.
Enter Talbot, sexy cowboy, fighter of evil, trainer extraordinaire. He basically gives Grace everything every one’s restricted her on: training, using her powers to kill demons, and looking for Jude. She is continually drawn and tempted by him, especially since he makes his interest in her fairly obvious. But our Grace will not fall that easily, folks!! Go, Grace!
This book is pretty heavy at times, but best friend April sure had some great lines that made me laugh! She keeps it from going over the edge, that’s for sure.
I seriously could not stop listening to this audiobook! The narrator, Eileen Stevens, is completely amazing. Her voice and pacing were spot on! I also thought she sounded familiar, and it turns out I have listened to her before! She’s read another favorite series of mine, The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! She does a great job on that one too. The Lost Saint was a fast-paced, action-packed sequel, with tons of emotional twists and turns! The ending was unexpected! I was sure of who the bad guy was and what everyone’s intentions were, but I guessed wrong, guys! Now, who can I bribe to get my hands on The Savage Grace? :)...more
Well I can honestly say this one’s my favorite so far. Yes, maybe it has to do with Astley,Read this review on my blog! --> Entice by Carrie Jones
Well I can honestly say this one’s my favorite so far. Yes, maybe it has to do with Astley, sweet, noble pixie king that he is...
This is not to say I don’t like Nick, but I find him kind of pushy and sometimes way too bossy. He’s just constantly trying to keep Zara sheltered, like a damsel in distress, whereas Astley treats her more like an equal. I also really loved how well Astley and Zara worked together. Sure, they’re on a quest to get Nick back, but that’s beside the point. I did sometimes feel like Zara was walking all over him though. I wanted to reach into the book and take Astley with me and take care of him forever and ever. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a weakling, he’s just extremely nice, but when it comes down to the wire, he’s every bit the king that he is. Have I talked enough about him yet? Yeah...it felt..lengthy. Lol But truthfully, it’s what really made this book for me! Was there really something else happening?
I actually listened to the audiobook instead of reading it. I’ve found it’s probably the only way I’ll be able to catch up on books that have been on my TBR pile for a long time. The narrator, Julia Whelan, has her accents down. I really enjoyed it! Although, like with most audiobooks, I had to speed up the narration. This is probably the most useful feature on my Audible app. Most audiobook narrators read sooo slowly! Why?!!? That’s always my main gripe.
I look forward to seeing how this series will end when Endure is out in, wait for it....May 2012! That’s a long time! In any case, I’ll be reading it. :) ...more
Every time I visit Cassel Sharpe, my heart breaks for him. When will our boy get a happy eRead this review on my blog! --> Red Glove by Holly Black
Every time I visit Cassel Sharpe, my heart breaks for him. When will our boy get a happy ending, Holly Black?! I hope it finally happens in Black Heart because he needs one after everything you’ve made him go through so far!
Cassel is one of those people who would rather see the people he loves happy, rather than be happy himself. His self-sacrificing breaks my heart at times. Even when he’s dealing with his twisted, selfish brothers, he’s doing it because he wants them to be happy in the end. Of course, for one of the brothers it’s impossible now, but more on him in a bit. I hate how some of the people in Cassel’s life only want to use him and how his friends, deep-down, distrust him a little. I want to jump in the book and defend Cassel! I feel like no one’s on his side sometimes! I don’t know why I feel he’s treated so unjustly, I mean, the boy can take care of himself...but who’s taking care of his heart? Cassel gets hurt a lot, and he covers it up so well. My heart breaks for him, I tell you!!
I really liked Lila in this book. I believe she loves Cassel, cursed or not, so I can’t wait to see how everything turns out in Black Heart. Sam and Daneca are as interesting as ever. Sam funny and quirky, and Daneca...Daneca’s secret surprised me!
Out of all of Cassel’s family members, the only one I like is his grandfather. His mother is just selfish and annoying, and his brothers are horrible. I wanted to smack his mom and punch Baron...again! I was most shocked that Philip was found murdered in this book. I didn’t like him, but I didn’t think Holly Black would kill him!! I’m still expecting this to turn out to be another con. It’s weird, but I really can’t believe he’s truly dead.
The world Holly Black has created in this Curse Workers series is just incredible. I love the cons, the mobster families, the worker’s abilities...it’s all so dark and mysterious!
This audiobook series is narrated by Jesse Eisenberg. Yes, he’s THAT guy. The Oscar nominated actor of The Social Network, Zombieland, Adventureland, and many others. He reads this series beautifully!! His narration brings out so many emotions that I may not have felt if I had actually read this book from print. If you’re looking for a series to listen to, I strongly suggest this one. ...more
This book was all about finding out what it will take to break the curse of Luce and Daniel’Read this review on my blog! --> Passion by Lauren Kate
This book was all about finding out what it will take to break the curse of Luce and Daniel’s relationship. Daniel cannot get involved, it’s against the rules, so it is all up to Luce. What we find is the heartbreaking history of a guy who has loved this girl for centuries on end, and him losing her every time. We get to witness his suffering first hand with each life that Luce stumbles to in their past. But it helps Luce discover just how deep and real his love for her is, so that she will no longer question it or him. And!! We finally get to know the details of the curse and how it will be broken. That is, if Satan doesn’t mess it up for everyone.
One thing I really, really loved about Passion is that it is told in alternating POVs! Daniel gets every other chapter! In the past, Lauren Kate has made the Prologues and Epilogues from his point-of-view, and I’ve really enjoyed them, so I was ecstatic that he was in this book so much. We also get the stories of some of the other angels, and their fall from Heaven. And we get to see why Cam and Roland have sided with Hell, which was really cool to read about, but sad at the same time.
While I enjoyed the historical aspects of the different lives Luce stumbled into, I was kind of hoping that we would stop stumbling into them about halfway through the book. But they go on...back, and further back, all the way to the end of the book. I wanted her to get it sooner so that we could go back to the present and move forward! This is my only complaint, and it really frustrated me.
By the end, it is clear that this book is building up for the grand finale, the last stand, the big showdown....ok, you get it. I cannot wait to see how this all will end in Rapture, which will be released June 2012! Also! I’m really looking forward to Fallen in Love (January 2012)!!...more
I wanted to review this book, but I don't think I can...it's just so much to cover that I don't even know where to begin! Incredible, unique story! II wanted to review this book, but I don't think I can...it's just so much to cover that I don't even know where to begin! Incredible, unique story! I cannot wait to see it adapted for television, which should be soon! Thanks, HBO!...more
I went into this book with a lot of apprehension. While I really liked Hush, Hush, CreRead this review on my blog! --> Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
I went into this book with a lot of apprehension. While I really liked Hush, Hush, Crescendo left me all kinds of pissed off. Silence really surprised me and I ended up really enjoying it.
I think mainly what was different was Nora and Patch’s relationship in this book. There is still that tension we love between them, but there’s isn’t the constant pushing away from Patch and whining about it from Nora. They actually let themselves enjoy one another and spend a few steamy scenes together in the second half of the book. Though I must say, more Patch wouldn’t have hurt anyone. Just saying.
Another thing I enjoyed was that we have some answers in this book and that Nora is actually in the know. I don’t know if it was the memory loss, but Nora acted a lot more brave and mature in this book. I was so happy to not have to see so much Marcie in this book because I totally despise her. Vee was also not around much and I didn’t find myself really missing her. Sorry, babe. I actually enjoyed Scott Parnell a lot in this book. He was cute and playful and flirty, but no worries, no love triangle surfaced from any of that.
I actually listened to the audiobook version instead of reading it because I really enjoy Caitlin Greer’s, the narrator, work with this series. If you are looking for a good series on audio, this is one you might want to check out.
I am really looking forward to what Becca Fitzpatrick has in store for us in Finale, the last book in this series. Hopefully Patch and Nora will finally get their happy ending. :)...more
Shadow and Bone is one of those books I've had on my shelves forever and I don't know why I didn't read it sooner. I LOVED IT. The world, the characters, THE DARKLING.
DAMMIT, THE DARKLING!
The Darkling had me like...
But by the end I was like...
It was a beautifully written book and it was wonderfully performed by Lauren Fortgang. It brought on SO many emotions. The world was so vivid and dark! I just completely fell in love with all of it. I can't wait to read on! I hear there's a Sturmhond or something I should keep an eye out for? ...more
I don’t think there’s another story that’s ever made me felt this way. My stomach was in knots the whole. time. I finished this book and felt no closure. Even though it was given, I could not ingest it.
By the middle of this book, I had a bad feeling about everyone except Evie. Well actually, I was kind of frustrated with Evie because she was so blind. All of the secondary characters are up to no good in this book. Not one. I was left in a rage when the lies and the suspicions started unraveling.
Then there’s Evie, who is left in an impossible position. I felt rage for her as well. Also rage for the person who would never find justice because we’d never really know the truth of what happened to him.
In the end, no one would live happily ever after, but Evie would learn from it and try to make sure that her life would never be that twisted again.
Now I’ll tell you what I really loved. What really saved this book for me was that it was the audiobook. The narrator, Caitlin Greer, is just phenomenal. (Sidenote: She also narrates Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series and does an incredible job.) I loved her narration for that 1940s, post-WWII era. It was just perfect! And it made me feel like I was in that time period. Also, the imagery was really to die for if you’re a fan of this time period. All I could picture was 1950s Miami, and Havana nights, even though this story takes place in 1940s Palm Beach. It just had that feel. It was really engrossing.
I say approach this book with caution. It does not have a happy ending, because really, who could be happy in this situation, but it will inspire strong emotions from you. Trust me....more
I’ve been a fan of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series since it first came out, and so I’ve always wanted to try Psy-Changeling. The only problem is that there’s like a billion out in this series already! So the challenge of starting at the beginning was a bit overwhelming at first. I figured the easiest way to get to them would be via audiobooks, and when I saw Slave to Sensation on sale on Audible.com, I jumped at the chance to own it and finally get started on this series.
The world of the Psy-Changeling series is one of power. The Psy control the world and the Changelings are considered an inferior species. I loved learning how it came to be this way and it was such an interesting and somewhat insane idea from the Psy. Turns out they think emotions is not for them. No, thanks. I’m good not having feelings ever again. Emotions are messy and they drive us to do crazy things! Lets get rid of them. That’s pretty much how it went down. I loved seeing the moments when Lucas would question if Sascha was a normal Psy, and also the unwanted reactions Sascha would have for Lucas and his world. I really liked both characters but didn’t find any attributes that made me looooove them.
I did guess correctly as to who was behind the attacks, so there was no element of surprise for me there. What I really did love was the dynamics of the pack. I found the other members intriguing enough to continue the series.
The narrator, Angela Dawe, does a fantastic job with this audiobook. Her pacing was dead-on and her dramatizations felt very genuine and were fantastic. Since she narrates the rest of the series, and I enjoyed her work, I may consider continuing it via audiobooks. I’m looking forward to getting to know these very intriguing Changelings a little better....more
This has always been one of those very established series I’ve been wanting to read. But of course, squeezing it in was always the problem. Until I got the audiobook! Perfect solution!
I don’t really know how to describe what completely won me over with this book. I loved all aspects of it, really. Mercy, a strong heroine. Adam, the alpha who completely intrigued me from the get go. The world building, which I’m guessing we’ve only seen a bit of, was totally magical. The plot was mysterious and exciting. The secondary characters had so much character, they completely cemented my feelings on how much I will enjoy the rest of this series. And the setting! I absolutely love the setting. Really, any book set in Washington state will be a winner for me. It’s one of my top places to visit one day.
The audiobook (Penguin Audiobooks, Released 9/1/09, length 9 hrs and 14 mins), narrated by Lorelei King, was so completely well done. Lorelei King’s performance is stellar. I was hanging on every word. I plan to continue this series via audiobooks, especially since they’re all read by Lorelei. It’s the type of story that, when read perfectly, is completely cinematic.
If you’re in the market for an adult urban-fantasy story, whether it be via audiobook, which I highly recommend, or just in print, you will do yourself a favor by picking up Mercy Thompson....more
As it turned out, I did end up reading/listening to a Christmas book in December! And I was glad with my choice too!
Shannon Stacey become one of my favorite authors in 2012. So when I saw this little gem for so cheap, I quickly snatched it up. It is SO worth your money, friends. This is a short story, but Shannon Stacey’s characters are so well rounded that it felt like a full-length book. I loved that!
This story was completely fun, sexy, and emotional. It really had so much depth. And those smexy moments...wowzers!! The story pace was so well done it felt like a full novel to me. Also, all the characters are very well developed. I loved how well rounded this novella was.
I don’t believe this audiobook is sold on its own anymore. It is now part of the Holiday Kisses anthology. In any case, MacLeod Andrews does a fantastic job reading this book. And it’s a short listen, at only 2 hrs and 4 mins.
As always, thank you for always delivering such great Contemporary Romance stories Ms. Stacey. I am very much looking forward to reading more of your books....more
So I was on twitter, and my friend Sarah (Storybound Girl) was tweeting some lines from Mindy Kaling’s show The Mindy Project. Of course, I retweeted them because they were FUNNY! I love that show. Then she asked if I’d read her book, and if I hadn’t, to check out the audiobook because it was GOOD. So, OF COURSE I listened!
Mindy Kaling’s autobiography is incredibly easy to relate to. If by the end you don’t feel like you’ve made a new friend, we probably won’t be friends. Her self-deprecating stories are endearing. Even the stories where she’s telling you about her successes are endearing. They don’t come off as snobby or showboaty. I’m telling you...you’re going to fall in (or more in) love with this woman. I loved that she talks about other actors I know. Kind of like getting first-hand true stories about them. I laughed so many times while listening to this. Sometimes while working and it totally got me weird looks, lol. I don’t care.
This audiobook is narrated by Mindy herself and she does such a great job. Only she could’ve narrated this and infused her comedy in just the right places. The audiobook is only 4 hours and 37 minutes long, so if you’re looking for a fast, fun listen... I must warn you though, there is a section toward the end that is not beneficial for those of us listening to the book. Even Mindy points this out. There’s a section where there are photographs instead of narrative...so yeah, I kind of need to find the book at my library or leaf through it at a bookstore to see them, because duh. Other than that, FANTASTIC audiobook! :)...more
Audiobook reread complete! Still a great story, though narrator tended to get shouty at times. Like, chill out, dude. Shouting does not equal vehemencAudiobook reread complete! Still a great story, though narrator tended to get shouty at times. Like, chill out, dude. Shouting does not equal vehemence....more
All the Bright Places is a book that’s going to mean different things to different people, but one thing is for sure, it’s going to mean something. It has to. But first you need to read it!
For me, All the Bright Places was a beautiful and sad story about two kids who are both suffering and how they come together. Their love story was sweet and romantic and it made me nostalgic. And even though they’re together, they each go through different journeys during the time we know them. Experiencing one's path to recovery and the other’s heartbreaking spiral was an eye-opening contrast on how having a supportive, open, attentive, involved family can save your life, and having the opposite can be your downfall.
I hope everyone who reads this book sees everything it is saying about mental illness: things about having and dealing or not dealing with mental illness, things about the families of people suffering from mental illness, and about people who love those with a mental illness. It’s hard. All of it is so hard. But you can see the possible outcomes of taking action or not, and wouldn’t you rather just do the right thing for those you love?! Be aware, be proactive, look for signs, take these things seriously, and most importantly, just be there.
I listened to the audiobook version of this book and both narrators did SUCH an incredible job. Their performances really enhanced the story and made these characters seem so real. I highly recommend it.
And so, again, everyone should read this book. The sooner, the better! And I cannot wait to see the movie, which I hope really makes it justice....more