It’s been almost a year in Lucky Harbor since Chloe moved in to the inn with her sisters. And during that time, Chloe has matured from the reckless, wild child sister, into a very caring person. She no longer just thinks about herself, but considers how her actions reflect on her family and business.
I really liked that Chloe grew up, on her own, before a romance between her and Sawyer started. There had always been attraction there, but she was not ready to be with a man like him. And oh man, how I loved Sawyer. I loved his quiet strength, his huge, sweet heart, and let us not forget his sexy looks. I think I loved him more than Ford from the previous book, and Ford was hard to beat. I loved that it was such a build-up for these two. They couldn’t stand each other when they first met, then the attraction started, then somewhat of a friendship. When they finally give in to all that pent up attraction though, it was like fireworks! They were also a really fun couple when they were together; a lot of flirting and teasing. There were also some scary moments though, what with Sawyer being a cop and all, and also with Chloe’s severe asthma.
We get to see Maddie and Tara and Jax and Ford in this one. Their relationships are still going strong. It was fun seeing their takes on Chloe and Sawyer though. Of course, the guys tease Sawyer about it, but the girls think Chloe should not start anything with him. Not because they don’t love Sawyer, but because they think Chloe and him are too opposite. The thing is though, they’re the most alike than any of the other couples, they just don’t realize it right away.
This was my favorite Lucky Harbor book so far. Like the previous two, it was funny, sweet, and sexy, which really is the best combination when reading Contemporary Romance.(less)
As many of you have heard me say by now, Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series is one of my favorites ever. As far as paranormal mystery novels go, they don’t get better than this.
Spell Bound picks up right where Waking the Witch leaves off. Savannah has solved the case in Columbus and, oh yeah, she’s lost her powers. To put it more accurately, someone or something has taken them away from her. On top of that, there’s still a witch-hunter out there trying to kill her. But this is only the beginning of the problems that lay ahead, not even the half of it. I was truly in awe at how intelligently this mystery was woven. How every little thing would somehow be a huge discovery later. The way Kelley Armstrong tied in all of her characters into this book was just amazing. Seriously, my mind was blown!
You never really know how much romance you will get in the Otherworld books. The relationships Kelley creates are slow-building and long-lasting. And it also depends on who the main characters in the particular book are. It’s pretty safe to say that when it comes to Savannah and Adam, you won’t get the same level of romance as, say, with Clay and Elena, considering Savannah has yet to tell Adam that she’s loved him since she was twelve. Since he was twenty-three at the time she was twelve, it’s not as easy for him to realize he’s in love with her now that she’s a woman at twenty-one. The chemistry is there though, and they make such a good, fun pair...he just needs to open his eyes. The longing moments from Savannah for Adam are so heartbreaking sometimes! Nevertheless, I was really happy in the end. I may have squealed a little bit (or a lot). Haha.
As the synopsis mentions, all of the characters from this series are in this book at one point or another. They are either present or away taking care of other business, but they’re all mentioned. And I do mean ALL. It was so exciting to see them all working together again. While there have been other books in the series that have had several of the characters working together in them, there hadn’t been one where they all make an appearance at once. It really is a set up for the last book, where they will all fight together, and as exciting as it was, it also really sadden me because I know it’s coming to an end.
Really, I could go on and on and dissect every moment I loved, every character I was thrilled to see on the pages again, but I have to reign it in somewhere. Maybe after I read 13, the last book in this series, we can go over more. Of course, that’s a whole year from now unfortunately. Until then, if you have not yet read this series, I strongly recommend that you do. If you have, be assured that Spell Bound is another great installment.(less)
This review is about to get spoilery. You have been warned. :)
Let’s start with the part of the story that pained me most. My dearest Fortino. Still captured and repeatedly tortured at the hands of the enemy...for 15 months! It just broke my heart. I wish things had turned out differently for him, but I understand why they didn’t. It’s still very sad and unfair that it would happen to him of all people. My heart broke for Marcello at the end, during the funeral. I cried a little myself, but was comforted by Father Tomas’s words.
Lord Greco. *sigh* Even though in Cascade he was revealed as an ally and old, loyal friend of Marcello, I could not get past the way he treated Gabi. Yes, she might have survived only because of him but it wasn’t enough for me to soften towards him. So naturally when he appeared in this book, as I knew he would, I started out hating him. My feelings of hate for him slowly simmered as he revealed more of himself, his feelings toward Gabi, and his dreams of peace. By the end I was just sad for him. I really hope he gets his happy ending someday.
You know who I’m sure will have a happy ending together? Luca and Lia. It’s just a matter of time before Lia finally falls completely in love with Luca. I’ll say it again, I honestly don’t know how she’s been able to not fall in love with him yet! I’d be a goner by now. Gabi and Lia’s parents, too, who have been reunited after they saved him from death by traveling back in time. I was so happy they were able to get Ben, the dad, back to ancient Italy. It was so fun seeing Marcello squirm, lol. It was also refreshing to see parents able to recognize when their daughter has grown up and is ready to take on things they may not be ready for.
Marcello really grew up in the time Gabi was gone. He become even more assertive and confident, but his love for Gabi was constant, unwavering. I love that about him. I’ve suspected since Waterfall where one of Gabi and Marcello’s paths would lead...and that is to the altar. However, I never imagined everything they would go through to get to that point. I thought the actual ceremony was lovely, and I really appreciated how Lisa T. Bergren approached the wedding night.
It would not have been a true ending to this series had these dear characters not gone through a couple major battles. Literally and figuratively speaking. Be it physically or emotionally, everyone battled someone or something and came through on the other side a better person.
This series will always be on my favorites list. You get so immersed in it, you forget you’re not actually living it, just reading it. Thank you, Lisa, for creating this for us.(less)
Chelsea hasn’t been the same person since waking up after her surgery. She feels lost now that she no longer has basketball to make her great. On the surface though, and around everyone at school, she acts like nothing’s changed, especially with her boyfriend, Gabe, who is more devoted to her than ever. It’s like she’s trying to convince herself that her feelings toward him are the same as before the accident, when in fact they’ve began to change along with everything else inside her.
Clint is quite possibly the most desirable, unattainable guy on Earth…or at least in his corner of it. He had love and lost it in a tragic way, and is not remotely interested in dating. However, Chelsea wakes up something in him and the more time they spend together, the more he opens up, but not without hesitation. He first pushes her away because he doesn’t feel he’s ready to feel what he’s feeling towards her.
Together, Chelsea and Clint begin to mend one another, each in their own way. By the time Chelsea’s vacation is over and she’s due to return home, they are almost whole again. I say almost because once they’re apart they realize all they want is each other.
I really enjoyed some of the side characters in this book. Brandon, Todd and Greg…I’m looking at you guys! Brandon, Chelsea’s younger brother, tried really hard to be Chelsea’s moral compass to no avail. I loved his enthusiasm for playing bass in the band with Todd and Greg. Todd and Greg are really great friends to Clint. I really liked their dynamic.
I should mention that I can’t really advocate the cheating. Having been on both ends of that spectrum (yes, teenage Jess was sometimes terrible), I know the hurt that goes along with it and I don’t recommend it, kids! If you’re not completely happy with someone, just end it; as hard as that may be.
With that said, I really enjoyed the romance between Chelsea and Clint. Holly Schindler, you devil, you! This book is steamy!! I'd definitely say it's for a more mature audience. I’m going to go out and by my own copy of Playing Hurt, because I know I’ll want to read this book again.
(Thanks to Jen from I Read Banned Books for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of her book tours. :))(less)
Although this book is about seven teens confronting their biggest phobias, it is all told from Will’s POV. I liked the creative way we see all of the teen’s stories through Will. Each one gets their own personalized cure. They reminded me of the Saw movies, where the person is alone in a room, except this book is nowhere near as sadistic. Not all of the teen’s phobias are revealed at first and Will’s certainly had a twist that we don’t discover until almost the end.
I was really curious to see where the immortality aspect would play into this story. I was definitely surprised. The unexpected ending and explanation to the kinks in each of the cures made this a unique story. I wouldn’t say it’s a happy ending, that’s for sure. It anything, I felt the teens, while cured of their phobias, were left unavenged for the things that were stolen from them. I was angry for them! We are left with the hope that justice will be served...some day.
Dark Eden was definitely an interesting read. It was a book that didn’t have me needing to read page after page in one seating, but it did leave me needing to find out how it all would play out. I was able to put it down...but it did not let me forget it. It would stew in my brain and leave me speculating about where it all would lead. It was mysterious, creepy, new, and even a little sad at the end.
Andrea Cremer, I bow down at your amazing story-telling. If you thought Nightshade was full of unique, incredibly interesting characters and original story, Wolfsbane will leave you wondering how it was possible for it to have gotten even better.
Wolfsbane truly felt like a “Part II”. Yes it picks up where Nightshade left off, but it’s also almost like a completely new story. I loved that!! We’re introduced to new characters (who I instantly took a liking to and I know you will, too) and we’re told new, accurate histories about the Guardians, Searchers and Keepers. It turns out some people have been lying for a very long time, and lying very well. Wolfsbane also had a lot more action than Nightshade. More battles, more casualties. It was really sad every time someone died!
In Nightshade, my stance in the battle of the boys was firm: Team Ren, all the way. I think something about Shay always having to be saved by Calla kind of turned me off. Well, lets just say that Wolfsbane Shay has grown into his inner wolf. He is more assertive and manly, deadly even, more sure of himself...and, well, it’s kind of hard not to take notice. I found myself very conflicted, as was Calla. Calla’s conflict in choosing between them stems more from her feelings of guilt for leaving Ren, whom she truly cares about, and her feelings of love towards Shay. I’m still Team Ren though. I’m just so much more sympathetic to Ren’s character and story than Shay’s. Le sigh, I always fall for the tortured boys. One thing I’m almost positive of though, is that Calla will choose Shay in the end. She kind of did already, from the start. I’ve made my peace with it in reading Wolfsbane. They really love each other! It’s so hard to admit that I feel it will turn out that way, but I think it’s inevitable. And can I just mention how much I LOVED that scene toward the end, with Shay and Calla in the garden!? The emotions and feelings between them were so palpable! Loved it. :)
In conclusion, I hated it. HAHA, KIDDING! It was a brilliant follow up to the already amazing Nightshade! I was so engrossed by it. Sure I missed Ren, but he is very present in this book, much to Shay’s dismay. And I’m guessing from the ending that he will be ALL OVER Bloodrose, and I for one cannot wait!
So at this point, it’s safe to say now that this has become one of my favorite Fey series. The Iron Queen is the by far my favorite of the three books out right now. There were some heart wrenching moments before in the previous two books, but this one slayed me in the end. Deep breaths, in and out. That was me while listening to the last couple of chapters of this audiobook. Of which, by the way, the narrator is AMAZING!
Meghan Chase. I never would have imagined the growth of this character. Her transformation into this fierce warrior was so great to experience. She is brave, yet vulnerable, and her inner strength is fueled by her selflessness. Yes, I have a total girl crush on Meghan Chase. This is something I could not say at the beginning of the series. And Ash...oh, fierce but sweet, sensitive Ash. If I were a poet, I’d...well, I’d write you a poem. Something that said how you make me swoon...how you make my heart soar. I’ve loved him from the start. Puck on the other hand? Haven’t always been a fan of his but he totally shined in this book. I think this line from the book best describes my feelings for these two fairies as it did for Meghan:
“I wanted to laugh with Puck and love with Ash.”
If you’ve read the book, you know where that line comes in. I’ll give you a moment to shed your tears. Go on... *wipes tears*
This book had so much story. It tied up all of Meghan’s loose ends. Some more neatly than others. Some were right out painful. I was really surprised at the turn of events at the very end. It was unexpected and unique. I don’t think there’s a series out there that has gone in this direction after three books, but I am INSANELY excited about The Iron Knight, which will be told from Ash’s POV. Maybe even Puck, too?! That would be even more amazing. (I’m just speculating about the Puck thing, I haven’t heard anything.)
So, good friends, if you have not yet picked up this series, what in the world are you waiting for?! Also, for people wanting to try audiobooks, I recommend this one! :)(less)
I thought I knew what to expect with Maggie’s writing as I sat down to read The Scorpio Races, but wow, she outdid herself with this one!
Those of us who love Maggie Stiefvater’s other books know that her writing will be lyrical, that it just flows beautifully, and that the stories will be touching. There will also be kissing, and most definitely someone will die. All those things are in The Scorpio Races, except this time she has also created an incredible setting.
Thisby is this small spec of an island, where mythical water horses, or capall uisce, rise from the ocean in the fall. These horses are deadly and huge and each year there’s a race where those brave enough to ride them can win some money. I loved the atmosphere of this small island. The people all know and take care of each other and aside from the scary water horses, I think I’d enjoy some time in Thisby in the fall. Also, it left me wondering what it would be like in the spring and summer. This place left such an impression on me, that now, when I’m asked “What fictional land or place from a book would you like to live in or visit?”, I will not hesitate to answer “Thisby from The Scorpio Races.”
The story is told by Sean and Puck, whose actual name is Kate. They have never met before, which in such a small island is a big feat, but this year they’re both entering the races and their meeting was electric! Sparks!! Albeit, quiet sparks, but sparks nonetheless! :) Theirs was a romance that slowly bloomed into something beautiful and enduring. I loved watching them go from general interest, to respect, to friendship, and finally love.
I loved Puck. She is a little spitfire! I loved how important her brothers, their home, and her horse, Dove, were to her. And she proved she’d do anything for them by entering the races for a chance to win that money. Her relationship with her brothers really touched me. At first, I was really angry at Gabe for putting her and Finn in an even worse situation, but later, like Puck, I came around and understood why he needed to do what he planned. I absolutely ADORED Finn Connolly (the youngest brother)!! He was the source of light in this story. Whenever he was on the page, I was smiling. The people, especially the men, of the island do not make it easy on her once she enters. There’s never been a girl in the races before, especially one who’s not riding a water horse, and they try hard to intimidate her. Our girl is stronger than they realize, though. :)
Sean Kendrick. Oh, Sean Kendrick...I wanted to hug him and kiss his sad loneliness away!! Nobody does quiet, mysterious boys quite like Maggie. (See: Sam Roth or Luke Dillon) Sean has worked for the richest man on the island since he was 10 years old. He is a horse whisperer...literally!! No one can connect with horses like he does, and no one can train the capall uisce like him, either. One in particular, Corr, his winning mare, is connected to him like none of the others. Corr is the reason Sean needs to win the races.
While I thought the fact Sean and Puck both need to win the races would interfere with their blooming romance, I was please it made them sort of a team. Them against everyone else.
There are so many scenes I want to highlight and mark as favorite quotes from this book!! I will be vague about these two I really loved...if you’ve read the book already, tell me if you agree, and if you haven’t yet, come back after you do:
The boy with the bread for dinner (no, not that boy with the bread...that’s a different book) and the scene on the cliffs, where words that are needed are spoken. *SIGH* LOVED!
I think Maggie outdid herself with the beautiful imagery in this book. The island, the horses, the people, the festival and the food, the race, the ocean, the deaths, THAT ENDING!! It was all so incredibly vivid for me, visually and emotionally! I took my time reading The Scorpio Races just so I could savor it, because with every word, I was transported to this place and I did not want to leave it.(less)
Carnival of Souls is one of the most unique stories I’ve read this year so far. Melissa Marr has created this imaginative realm of daimons and witches, fights to the death, and so many secrets. It was amazinnnnnnnng!!
One of the things I loved about Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series was how many characters and love stories were in those books. In Carnival of Souls, we get the same thing. There isn’t just one boy and one girl, there’s two!! And their relationships are far beyond the normal romances in YA. There’s love, but there’s secrets too. So many that I know I’ll be in heart-wrenching pain when the truth comes out, because it cannot end well for any of them.
Out of our two heroines, Mallory and Aya, I liked Aya most. Nothing against Mallory, but the problem with her character is that she’s pretty much in the dark about who she is throughout most of the book. She’s always being watched out for, and even though she’s more than capable of kicking someone’s ass, she’s almost babied the whole time. I actually fist-pumped at the end when she finally took control and started acting fierce.
Now Aya, started out fierce. The lengths she goes to to win a spot as a ruler of The City so that she doesn’t have to become just a wife and a mother with the daimon she loves are beyond most anyone’s capabilities, physically and emotionally. Aya is probably the one hiding the biggest secret of all, but you don’t have to wait long to learn what it is. I have my theories about her...parentage wise. But that’s all I’ll say about that because I don’t want to spoil anything.
Melissa Marr has a gift for creating male characters I instantly fall for, inspite of their flaws. Take Seth, Niall, Irial, and Keenan from Wicked Lovely for example. I LOVE ALL OF THEM! Ok, maybe not Keenan so much, lol, though I did feel for him. Here we have two new characters that had me swooning, Kaleb and Belias. I can’t help it..I love them already. And they couldn’t be more different from each other! Kaleb comes from the slums of The City. He’s a strong fighter and will do anything to protect and take care of his family. His heart is what really drew me to him. In turn, Belias is just a strong a fighter, but he is also high caste, meaning he’s practically royalty. What I found irresistible in him was his passion and devotion.
I loved the way they all had a voice in this book. I always want to hear what all the characters are going through and thinking. It makes the story so much more engrossing. Especially in one with so much depth. This book was also really bloody. It’s graphic, but not gross, which I really appreciated. I really loved the masks concept, that each color represented a service. That was really interesting and I hope we see more of it in future books.
Carnival of Souls swept me away, into a realm that was terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Its intricacies left me in awe and in wanting for it to continue beyond the last page.(less)
Lauren Oliver takes us on a magical adventure with so much heart at its core. You can’t help but root for this young girl. Liesl is such a sweet, bright soul. The friends Liesl makes on her quest to fulfill her father’s wishes are just as endearing. Po is so funny! He is very sarcastic for a ghost. Will is just a lonely boy who needs someone to care about him. These three unlikely friends have to deal with some pretty awful people in their lives. Evil stepmothers and abusive guardians, you can’t help but hate them. I really felt like I was on this journey with them.
I loved the way the boxes kept switching hands. I looked forward to seeing who would end up with each of the boxes. The imagery I got from this book was so vivid! The illustrations throughout the book also helped in that department. They were amazing and depicted the characters and emotions really well. They helped bring the story come to life even more.
I don’t read many Middle Grade books, but I plan to get myself a finished copy of this one to keep on my shelves for my family. It was really heartfelt with a great message of love and hope.
Brigitta is a girl who is at a point in her life where she’s trying to find where she fits or belongs in this world. Her family is very eccentric and she’s had a different kind of childhood. Brigitta’s very religious grandparents died a couple of years before and she was extremely close to her grandmother, so she’s taken up studying various religions in what seems an attempt to feel closer to her, or find her somehow. There is religious talk in this book, Brigitta talks about what her Christian grandmother taught her, but it felt true to the story and to the character, so it didn’t feel preachy in the least.
What I enjoyed most about The Summer of No Regrets was the romance between Brigitta and Luke. They were really sweet together. Though I must admit that it was hard to pinpoint what exactly drew Luke in at first, since he doesn’t really tell her the truth until the end. It was obvious that he cared about her a lot though. It was definitely not difficult to see why Brigitta would fall for Luke…he was gorgeous, sweet, and kind. But he wasn’t very open, which pretty much made Brigitta question everything, from who he was, to how he really felt about her. I also enjoyed getting a little insight into celebrities. That was kind of cool.
The Summer of No Regrets was a light, fun, romantic read. I’d recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen. I’ll be looking forward to more books by Katherine Grace Bond in the future.(less)
Since the moment I heard about this book, I wanted to read it. I was very intrigued by that synopsis! It turned out to be a lot more than that.
Penna’s mom owns a restaurant and Penna begins working there for the summer after David leaves. There we meet a whole cast of characters that play significant roles in this book, each in their own respective ways. I loved the sense of family amongst them that’s built in a place like that.
My favorite parts in this book are the ones with David and Penna. David and Penna are crazy for each other. Their love is so strong, it’s felt in these pages. And you might think that this book might be about cheating or about her messing up while he’s away, which is what I assumed at first, but it’s not, and I am glad it wasn’t.
While He Was Away opens a window into the life of a girl whose boyfriend has just gone off to war, and the struggles that come along with it. It tells the story of how she almost lost herself in the process. It’s important to not lose one’s identity in a relationship, even when the other person is not a million miles away fighting a war, but right next to you. It’s not your typical love story, but it leaves you with a feeling of hope.(less)
When I began reading, I didn’t realize just h...moreRead this review on my blog and enter for a chance to win ARC of this book! --> Tempest by Julie Cross
When I began reading, I didn’t realize just how much time traveling, or jumping, Jackson would be doing. I was worried that I would be confused or get lost by him going back and forth so often, but it was not the case at all. The book flows brilliantly with no hiccups in its pacing.
As you may have noticed, this book is narrated by a boy. That’s right! We don’t have nearly enough YA books narrated by boys. Jackson Meyer starts off as your typical nineteen-year-old guy, special abilities aside. Impulsive, fun, charming, afraid of commitment despite his strong feelings for his girlfriend...normal teen guy stuff. What makes him special--again, special abilities aside--is that he’s also loving, tender, and loyal. I loved that he loves music. There were some pretty awesome song mentions in this book that included some of my personal favorites! All these things made him such a real character. But as things begin to unravel in his life, he realizes that he has to be better, become more, if he wants to keep Holly safe, because his fears might just be the death of her. Ok, I must confess...I fell completely head-over-heels in love with Jackson. He had me laughing and swooning, which really is the best combo. Every girl wants a guy that is funny but can also sweep you off your feet. Well, at least this girl does. :) He also had some really heartbreaking moments in the book. I found myself with tears in my eyes at some of those.
We got to know Holly, Jackson’s girlfriend, in a unique way. We meet her as present day, 009 Holly, but we get to know her better as a seventeen-year-old, 007 Holly, when Jackson jumps back two years. She is sweet, fun, and impulsive. Her future self is also sweet and fun, but a little more reserved. I loved that while Jackson was in the past, he treated younger Holly with more care because of her age. Despite having already been with her in the future, he doesn’t want to take advantage of her now, no matter how much he wants her. I found that very admirable! I thought sex was treated very responsibly in this book, and at the same time, it also showed us all the love and emotions that can go along with it. Overall, their relationship was very romantic and I really loved their chemistry.
Jackson’s friend and partner in crime, Adam, was also a great source of laughter. Yes, he’s a science geek, but his dead-pan humor and rational personality give him a cool edge. Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was someone who always tugged at my heart. He’s fierce but has this huge heart, and I always believed in him. Remember those heartbreaking moments I mentioned before? A few involved Kevin and also Jackson’s twin sister, Courtney. I don’t want to get into Courtney too much in this review, because I feel that so much of that shapes Jackson after he gets stuck two years in the past. As far as the bad guys in the story go, it was very intriguing. I found myself on the fence pretty much until the end of the book.
The end of the book. *sigh* Oh, it was so sad! I know Jackson is doing the right thing, and I agree with it, but it is still heartbreaking! It's really good, though, don't get me wrong! Just sad...
Like Jackson says in this book, “Erase everything you’ve ever heard about time travel, because it will just confuse you.” This was a completely new take on time-traveling. Not only is Tempest incredibly unique, it is so smart and beyond heartfelt. There’s also nail-biting action and intrigue page after page! I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I can’t wait to see what else Julie Cross has in store for us in the rest of this series. I do know that it will be amazing, just like Tempest. I have zero doubts about that.(less)
Wow! What a great adventure this book was. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more adventurous than traveling through time, to a time period and world you have only read about, be it on purpose or by accident. In the case of Gabi and Lia Betarrini, it was completely accidental.
Their accidental adventure begins early on in the book. Problem is, Gabi and Lia get separated in their attempt to stop what’s happening. Gabi’s reaction after stumbling out the tomb into a full on battle between Italian Knights was very believable. She firsts believes it to be some kind of reenactment or play, but I liked that she quickly came to terms with the reality of her situation. Those guys were not acting, they were really killing each other. She realizes that thinking things through and staying calm is probably the best way to make sense of things, not crying or crumbling down because you don’t know what to do. I loved her strength and her intelligence. She is unselfish and kind and certainly no damsel in distress. If there’s a character out there for girls to look up to, it’s her.
Gabi is taken in by Marcello Forelli and his Knights to his family’s castle. She explains to them she’s become separated from her sister, who she’d been with on a journey to find their mother. Marcello offers to help her search for her sister without hesitation. He is one of the most honorable and brave characters I’ve read. He was also, of course, very handsome and sweet. Oh, and betrothed to another. Aren’t the good ones always taken? The only problem being that Marcello and Gabi were undeniably drawn to each other from the start. These type of love stories always get me...right in the heart! I felt their yearning and my heart broke for them often.
Besides the heart-fluttering romance, we also get some great humor in this book. I laughed out loud several times throughout this book, courtesy of our awesome Gabi. She had these sarcastic inner dialogues with herself that were quite funny. Another character that brought the smiles was Luca Forelli, Marcello’s cousin, handsome charmer. He had all the same great qualities as Marcello, except he was free to flirt with anyone at anytime. No betrothed to hold him back. There is lots of action in this book. The fight scenes were very exciting and were never gory (a good thing).
Lisa T. Bergren has created such an epic adventure in Waterfall. The quests, the battles, the history, the romance...it truly makes for my kind of perfect book. If you need a break from the paranormal creatures of the night or the reality of life, this is the book you want. Trust me.
(This book was provided by the author and/or publisher for an honest review.)(less)
From the moment I started this book, I knew I’d better make myself comfortable. There was no way I was getting up before I finished it.
The book begins describing the awful crime done to Patrick, Cat’s once best friend. She hasn’t spoken to him since she was 13, when Cat suffered a traumatic experience herself. She closed herself off from the world and stopped talking to all of her friends, including Patrick, who until that point had always been at her side. Patrick then started hanging out with the guys in town that Cat hates, she calls them “the redneck posse”. They are mean and make fun of Patrick for being gay, but still, he sticks around.
Now, three years later, Patrick is in a coma, and nobody is doing much to try and find out what happened to him. Everyone, including the town sheriff, is convinced that it was done by out-of-towners and there’s little to no hope in finding them. But Cat suspects it was done by people in town, specifically his group of friends. Cat decides that being a ghost has lasted long enough, and that maybe if she hadn’t cut-off her relationship with Patrick this never would have happened. She takes it upon herself to find who is responsible.
Cat’s journey to find the perpetrator is not easy. In this small, tight-knit community people don’t often tell on each other. She often puts herself in dangerous situations to try and get any kind of leads. I admired her determination and strength, which didn’t come easy for her. She has been a shell of a girl up until this point and watching her breakout into her own person was really great to read.
On top of this, Cat also discovers the struggles her childhood friends are having with drugs. She never suspected that it was such a problem in her town. It’s painful to read and see how hard it is for some of them. While some are trying to get better, others are spiraling deeper and deeper.
When the unlikely perpetrator is discovered, I was so incredibly saddened. Mind you, I suspected who it was before the reveal, and yet it didn’t take away from the blow once it was out. When Cat is trying to get to him before he does any more damage, I was literally biting my nails. It was suspenseful! And I was so scared of the outcome.
I thought the ending of this book was incredibly touching. Lauren Myracle had me in tears. I’m definitely adding Shine to my list of favorites. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking book with some mystery, suspense, and a lot of heart, this is the book for you. Trust me, it’s not one you want to pass up.
(This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest review)(less)