GOSH! Where to even begin with this book?! There was absolutely so much I loved about it.
Obviously this book is about a road trip, one that goes not exactly as planned. What I love about road trips is that it gives a person time to really think about some things sometimes. Road trips have those moments where everyone falls silent for a time and it really makes one reflect on things. Amy and Roger sure had things to reflect upon. They’re both going through different things, but in a way they connect because of this. I loved watching them start to build this friendship and opening up to each other slowly but surely. I loved that they each respected each other too. Never were they mean or cruel. If anything, they were supportive even when they knew the other was not making the best decision. I loved that. I have so much love for this relationship, you don’t even know. So many times we read books where the characters hurt each other, but this book was not that. It was refreshing and I admire it so greatly.
One of the most fun parts of this book is the sections where Amy is cataloging their trip in her journal. There’s pictures and notes about each state they go through. It made me feel like I was in the car with them, experiencing the same places. AND THE PLAYLISTS!!! Oh gosh. I would get so incredibly giddy at seeing some of my favorite songs listed! But I totally flipped out when I came across...
Excuse me while I tell you a little story here.... You see, The Format is a catalyst band in my life. My fiancé and I met at a The Format show back in 2004. The day he asked me to marry him, we took a small road trip up to Dallas (from Houston) to see the band now fronted by the former frontman of The Format (The Format broke up, btw). This new band he’s in is called fun. and they’re HUGE right now, but at the time they were just starting out. That night at the fun. concert, we ran into Nate (the frontman/singer) and my fiancé and I told him all about how we met at his The Format show back in 2004 and how we’d just gotten engaged and came out to see their show. I showed him my ring and he said “Oh, wow! That’s so cool!” We also took a picture with him that I cannot find anywhere. But it’s ok because that day is forever ingrained in my memory.
So that’s my The Format story and why I flipped out when I came across them in this book. :)
This book was everything I thought it would be and more. I loved all aspects of it. I can’t wait to read more Morgan Matson amazingness....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
I will confess that I was NOT a fan of Daemon after Obsidian. I know, I know...I’m pretty much one of the very few who could not get past his meanness toward Katy. But…he was REALLY mean, you guys!! He made me cry for her in that cafeteria scene! Anyway, my point is that I went into Onyx reluctantly. And only on the assurance from friends that he got better...
Hi. My name is Jess, and I am now a fan of Daemon.
I know! How did this happen?! Well, mostly it was his obvious regret for the way he treated Katy in the previous book. Second, it was how much he obviously cared about her and wanted to be with her. Third, he showed us his nice, caring side A LOT more. He redeemed himself in my eyes!!! And in Katy’s, for that matter, but Katy is one stubborn girl.
Katy was terrified to trust him, to even be close to him, because of the way he had treated her. She was trying to be careful and not fall for him. So she spends a lot of the time pushing him away or keeping him at arm’s length (which isn’t always easy for her). But let me tell you...those moments where she gives in are explosive and steamy and totally awesome. And Daemon isn’t the only one who changes. In fact, Katy goes through crazy changes in this book. All of which were fascinating.
In Onyx we also get to learn a lot more about the Luxen’s time in DOD custody. Everyone discovers so many things no one knew before. So many secrets are uncovered, to the point where you don’t know who to trust by the end. The whole ride is completely exciting and certainly nail-biting.
The end of this book was such a rollercoaster of emotions! I was devastated, I was elated, I was in disbelief, I was happy. It was a lot! But I wouldn’t change a thing. Well maybe one thing. :’(
I am very much looking forward to reading Opal. I have a feeling is going to be even crazier than Onyx and I can’t wait!...more
For me, The Scourge is a blend between The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan andRead this review on my blog! --> The Scourge by A.G. Henley
For me, The Scourge is a blend between The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and the movie The Village. I love both of those, so that made this book super enjoyable for me. A.G. Henley gave us a post-apocalyptic story where we immediately care and feel protective of our strong-willed main character. What I appreciated most about Fenn was just how honest and selfless she was. This may sound weird, but I was really excited that she was blind because I knew it would make her journey incredibly interesting.
The love story was really well done. It had depth and meaning, and it was also mature, which I was glad of. It fit the setting. Since Fenn is blind, she doesn’t choose her love by his looks, she chooses him by the person he actually is, which was a nice change from the normal “love at first sight.” We do get to meet two incredibly good guys in this book, but it wasn’t hard to see where Fenn’s heart would end up.
I thought perhaps this story had some magical elements to it, maybe having to do with Fenn’s protection against the Scourge or with other things later in the story, but the actual truth turned out to be a really feasible explanation to everything. There were a few twists to the story that I may have predicted early on, but it did not take away from the story one bit.
Overall this book was really well rounded. From story, to characters, to world-building, I enjoyed it very thoroughly. More people who are fans of the genre should totally pick it up. Especially at its very low price of $0.99 (or free for Amazon Prime members)!!...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
No lie, just the title alone and that cover image both intrigued me and scared me a littleRead this review on my blog! --> The Farm by Emily McKay
No lie, just the title alone and that cover image both intrigued me and scared me a little bit. I HAD to read this book!
As you can read from the synopsis, the world of The Farm is one terrifying place. The constant danger and imprisonment would completely break me down. I wouldn’t be able to survive, I can guarantee you this. The stakes and the tension in this book just keep rising and rising with each page. It really was hard to put down once it hits its stride. The first couple of chapters were a little slow, so don’t get discouraged because you’re going to be in for one hell of a ride.
While the story itself is very exciting, what really won me over were the characters. Both Lily and Mel had admirable characteristics. Both so different, yet the same, as only twins can be. I loved how they came first to each other, above everything else. While Lily was the tough one, Mel was the strong one, and I loved that. And Carter...oh, Carter. He was also one tough cookie, with his hidden agenda and all. I wanted to shake him a lot of the times. I did appreciate the fact that Emily McKay made him such a believable guy, because only real guys would think and say the things he did at times, lol. I am also SO completely intrigued by Sebastian’s character. I have a feeling that he is going to surprise me in the next book...
Lily and Mel are both very important to Carter and Sebastian’s agenda, but I’m still not sure how it’s all going to work. Especially after that ending! It’s going to be really interesting to see if the most affected character in the end will change in the next book. Fans of dark, post-apocalyptic worlds will devour this book. I, for one, am dying to continue this series!...more
I hadn’t thought about picking up Bared to You before because I felt it was just riding on the shirttails of the Fifty Shades success, what with the covers taking on the same kind of trend, and since I wasn’t interested in reading Fifty Shades I didn’t give this book a second thought. The reason I did end up reading it is because I got a review copy of the sequel, Reflected in You, and wasn’t going to read it without having read the first one. That’s just crazy! :P
I didn’t really set any expectations for this book and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the writing was actually really good. And it definitely hooks you in right away. What I wasn’t really blown away by was the characters. I thought Eva was kind of a drama queen, always storming off when she was upset. And what was up with her overly-dramatic jealousy?! And Gideon, while very sexy, was so possessive and needy, which are two characteristics I cannot take in a man. Those two things usually do come hand in hand for some reason. I just don’t find the whole “You’re mine! I need you, please don’t leave me.” thing attractive! Yeah, not sexy. Both of their pasts are so painful that I can see why they would gravitate to one another, but it was just way too much drama for my taste.
I did enjoy the moments where they were just being flirty with each other. Their banter could be cute sometimes. I wish we got more of those and less drama. Their smexy moments were also very hot and written really well.
All that being said, I do plan to continue on with the next book and see where it leads, and I hope I like it better. I have read a lot of people saying that this series is better written than Fifty Shades of Grey, so if you’re looking for something like it, maybe give Bared to You a try. :)...more
I was both nervous and really interested to read Who I Kissed just after reading whatRead this review on my blog! --> Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler
I was both nervous and really interested to read Who I Kissed just after reading what this book was about. A girl kisses a boy to make the one she likes jealous and he dies because of what you had as a snack? I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump into what appeared to be an emotional book. I’m glad I decided to just go with it.
While Who I Kissed is an emotional book, I never felt like it was dragging me down into some dark hole. It deals a lot with grieving and guilt, and with making not so right decisions, but it gives a sense that things will look up soon. That this is just a rough patch.
I liked the story very much. It opened my world up to how serious a food allergy can be. Not that I didn’t think it wasn’t serious before I read this, but not having anyone in my life having to deal with such issues didn’t really put it in perspective for me. I now feel a little more educated. Thank you, Janet Gurtler. I was so glad that this book didn’t turn into a witch hunt story though, where Sam is ostracized for what happened with Alex. I don’t think I could’ve handled people not seeing this for what it was, an horrible accident.
I enjoyed the characters as well. I wasn’t a fan of Sam’s decisions most of the time, but I can understand why they happened. I was just glad she came around in the end. I enjoyed Sam’s dad and aunt a lot, and it was nice seeing family so involved in the main character's life. The romance was a little rocky in this one, but it was to be expected due to the circumstances.
All in all, I really liked this book. It reminded me of Sarah Dessen’s books a little bit, which is always a very good thing, as I love Sarah Dessen. This won’t be the last I read of Janet Gurtler either. I plan to pick up her other books soon....more
This review is both easy and difficult to write. Easy because I get to tell you how much I loved every word, every punctuation. Difficult because the right words--the proper words--don’t seem to come to me.
Where to even begin?! I guess let’s start with the fact that this was one dark book. There was very little to be happy about really, what with a war taking place and all. So much death...days of blood and starlight, indeed. I think what helped me not get sucked into the darkness of the book were those moments of humor and love and sweetness. I think that had we not had those moments, brought to us not by the people we expect, this book would have been such a downer. So thank you, Laini, for giving us them when you couldn’t give us who we wanted. Geez...cryptic much, Jess? ;) I’ll tell you one thing...if you’re expecting this book to be a Karou and Akiva reconciliation book, it is not. What Laini Taylor has given us in regards to them is a much more realistic plot, where characters have to first find and forgive themselves before moving on to a real, lasting relationship, if that’s even possible for them. These characters have grave decisions on their hands that don’t revolve around their love story, and as much as I would have loved more romance, there wasn’t really a place for it for them just yet. I didn’t feel let down by this at any point because I saw the greater picture, so hopefully you won’t feel gypped either.
Once again, the setting painted such a vivid picture. I could taste the sand and feel the heat from the desert where Karou spent her days. And I could imagine so perfectly the countryside and mountains that were scoured throughout the course of the story. The battles and the blood and the magic, all so incredibly vivid!
Karou is so changed in this book. She’s ruled by guilt, and characters around her completely take advantage of that. Most of the book I just wanted her to get up and kick some butt! But sometimes it takes the help of quite a few others to get even a sliver of confidence back when you’re that low on yourself. And Akiva. *sigh* My poor, broken-hearted Akiva. He somehow found strength to choose to fight for so many things he thought were lost to him, including his own life. He held on to hope against all odds. Oh, Akiva. I love you so.
I also fell a little bit in love with quite a few secondary characters: Zuzana, Mik, Ziri, Hazael, and yes, even Liraz. They add so much depth to this book. This story could not have turned out as amazing without them. Some really surprised me and my heart broke for others, but all in all, they all have my heart.
There is a twist at the end that completely had me jumping off the couch exclaiming, “HOLY SHIT!”, as many of you who follow me on Twitter or Goodreads may have seen. I completely did not expect that!! It was such a genius move! I really thought Karou had made a horrible move in this particular moment, but wow...GENIUS!
So now here I sit, going over this book over and over in my head. I can’t let it go! My heart is completely owned by this series. How am I to wait a whole year for the next book?! How, I ask! I have a feeling fans may be split on their feelings toward Days of Blood & Starlight, but I have faith that they will see the purpose of this installment and why it was written the way it was. I’ll be on the side that finds it completely beautiful. *gets comfortable in her seat* But whatever you do, I implore you, do not put off reading this for very long....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
If you’re wondering if The Fangover is the equivalent of The Hangover but with vampirRead this review on my blog! --> The Fangover by Erin McCarthy
If you’re wondering if The Fangover is the equivalent of The Hangover but with vampires you’d be partially correct. The Fangover, while set in New Orleans and not Las Vegas, is a story about vampires waking up with one hell of a hangover and not remembering a damn thing about the night before. So much crazyness happens that they need to try to piece it together by retracing their steps.
This book was completely entertaining. I had such a fun time reading it. I felt like I was part of this zany band of friends and was walking along the streets of New Orleans with them. The authors did a fantastic job describing the setting as well. Having been to New Orleans several times, I could really picture everything with such clarity, but I imagine that even if you’ve never been you won’t have a hard time seeing yourself there either.
I really enjoyed all of the characters. Each of them had such unique personalities. Even the parrot! I really laughed quite a bit while reading. We get to see some smexy action from two of the band members, Wyatt and Cort, and they both definitely brought it. Though if I had to choose, I’d say I probably favored Cort over Wyatt. He just seemed oh so sexy. It must have been those eyes. :)
If you’re looking for a fun, stand-alone book, with some vampires, humor, and a great setting, The Fangover is the book for you.
In Before and Ever Since, Sharla Lovelace gives us such a compelling story. Not only was this a story about love—found, lost, and found again—but also about what makes a family a family. It’s also about secrets, the good and bad they can bring.
I completely loved this story. Aside from being compelling, it was also magical. I don’t think I’ve ever been so wrapped up in the lives of characters so quickly as I was with these, but that’s probably because Ms. Lovelace throws us for a whirlwind right from the start. I loved that! No build up, just...”get ready, folks! Shtuff’s about to hit the fan!” I didn’t expect to have such depth to the love story between Emily and Ben. I mean, they had a thing when they were teens, I didn’t realize how much bigger than a “thing” it actually was. It was one of those epic friendships from childhood that turns into love, only to have it break your heart in the end. But who did the breaking, reeeeally? I thought I knew...
But now Emily and Ben have gotten a second chance at...something, and no matter how hard they try to fight it, their sparks are undeniable and, oh, so obvious to everyone. I loved their chemistry. And I loved how it was all laced with this tension that was so very palpable. I also really enjoyed the complicated family dynamics. I loved Emily’s mom for wanting to go out and have an adventure. I really enjoyed Emily’s relationship with her daughter, and even the relationship with her sister.
I think the biggest surprise was finding out just how real and emotional this story turned out to be. Even with its fantasy/supernatural elements, where Emily somehow was seeing the past, even then it felt so real. The emotions from these characters were so vivid for me, I cried a few times toward the end. What can I say? When characters and their stories are written this well, I can’t help but feel so invested. And so for all these reasons, I’m really looking forward to reading more from this Texas author....more
I am one of many people who is a huge fan of this series. There’s just something about the Kowalski family that is completely engrossing. These Kowalski’s are the cousins though, and they come with a lot more baggage. Sign me up!
We actually meet Mitch Kowalski in Yours to Keep, and I can honestly say he left me all kinds of intrigued. He carries himself with the confidence of knowing he could get any woman he wants but, thankfully, isn’t actually cocky. So when Paige totally blows him off OF COURSE he’s going to chase her! It was really fun seeing him work a little for her, but it was only a matter of time before she gave in. I mean, the guy is irresistible! Mitch and Paige had great chemistry and I really enjoyed watching them unknowingly fall in love with each other.
I loved the fact that Paige had only been in town two years, yet she’d heard most all stories about teenage Mitch and his...talents. ;) She really did try to ignore him, bless her heart, but there was no way. He’s Mitch! And he has an amazing smile.
The setting of this Kowalski book, and I believe the next few to follow, is different than the first three. We are now in Whitford, Maine, and it is a small town, where everyone knows everybody and all of their business. No secret is safe...which makes for a completely fun setting! I love these type of towns, especially when we get to hear about all the trouble these Kowalskis got into as youngsters. The Kowalski family owns the North Star Lodge in town. It’s been passed down to Mith and his siblings now, and his brother Josh runs it for all of them. I think Josh’s story will turn out to be my favorite...but Ryan’s will probably be the more emotional one. Ryan is another of Mitch’s brothers we meet in this book.
Shannon Stacey writes this series in a way that makes it impossible not to feel part of it. I care about them SO MUCH! I really do! And I’m completely looking forward to reading what comes next....more
It was very exciting for me to find out that Julie Kagawa would be continuing to write the world of the Iron Fey in The Lost Prince, this time with Ethan, Meghan’s little brother, as the main character. Ethan stole our hearts as the sweet little boy with the brown, curly hair and blue eyes. It broke our hearts every time he would be left behind. Well, Ethan Chase is a baby no more...and his heartache over Meghan has turned into anger.
Having to reconcile little Ethan with the brooding, good-looking guy he turned into was only difficult for merely a moment. And even though he outwardly displays this persona, one of a tough, brooding loner, I could immediately tell that his heart was still the same: big and golden. It gets really difficult for him to keep up that disinterested façade when Mackenzie, or Kenzie for short, strolls into his life. Kenzie has got to be one of the easiest characters to like. Her personality is easy and friendly, and she is quick-witted, which is an attribute I love in my heroines.
The quest that Ethan is thrust into is not something he ever wanted to deal with. Having to rescue a friend from the Fey he hates, and having to accept their help in the process, was the last thing he ever imagined doing. But our Ethan has a heart of gold and would not let this go without a fight. And here is where things start to get really adventurous...in the Nevernever.
I was most excited to see how the Nevernever had changed since we last saw it in The Iron Knight. Julie Kagawa paints such a pretty picture of the progressive Iron Kingdom! The rest of the Nevernever is as it always was. And if we see the Iron Kingdom it means we see the Iron Court, right? YES! We pretty much see all our favorite and some not-so-favorite characters in this book. But the best surprise is the inclusion of a new character, one with silver hair that appears in The Iron Knight not as a real character...yet. I was not expecting this character to be in this series..had not even considered it! I think I was more excited to have him in this series than I am of Ethan! I won’t say the name, but if you know who I mean just vaguely tell me in the comments so we don’t ruin the surprise for others. :)
Overall, The Lost Prince has all the elements of adventure that I loved from the Iron Fey series. The only thing I felt was missing was that epic love story element...at least from Ethan, because we kind of do get it from our new character. It kind of made me hope that we maybe get a book from his point-of- view. Maybe? Hopefully? Pretty please, Julie!! :D In any case, Iron Fey fans will not be disappointed with this new spin-off....more
I was so lost, y'all. And I read 75% of it! I couldn't tell you what it was about. The main character was so inconsistent...one moment she was this loI was so lost, y'all. And I read 75% of it! I couldn't tell you what it was about. The main character was so inconsistent...one moment she was this lost spirit in a stranger's body, the next she was this bitchy girl, then in another she was all "I've always preferred bad boys." What?! I just didn't get it. At all....more
I have been somewhat intrigued by Rio, though I can’t say his was the book I was dyingRead this review on my blog! --> Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks
I have been somewhat intrigued by Rio, though I can’t say his was the book I was dying to read. I think part of it is that he isn’t a Kelly. When the main character is a Kelly, you get a lot more of the whole family dynamics, and that’s what I was essentially missing in while reading Echoes at Dawn. I was missing the Kelly clan!
Normally I also don’t complain about how quickly relationships develop in romance novels, but I really don’t get where Rio and Grace’s sprung from. Aside from their sexy intimate moments, I didn’t feel sparks. I also didn’t understand where their undying love for each other came from.
I did feel the story picked up for me in the last third of the book, but maybe not enough to really make an impact on my final thoughts on it. I really wanted to love it like the other books in the series but it was just not to be the case. The actual story wasn’t the problem for me, it had all the same great, action-filled elements that we see in this series...it was just I didn’t connect with these particular characters. I will for sure be continuing with the KGI series though. No doubt about that....more
WOW! Stealing Parker was really, really great! I don’t even know where to begin.
I guess lets start with Parker. Parker is a girl whose world was completely turned upside down when her mother decided to reveal that she’s gay. Parker is so lost that I just wanted to jump into the pages, take her hand, sit her down and tell her all the things she’s learned by the end of this book. It really broke my heart to see how lost she was, guys. I FELT for her, I really did. And all those bad decisions! It was like watching a train wreck about to happen. What also really got to me was all the people in her life that turned on her after her mom came out...especially her church. It’s one of my biggest problems with some churches and with people who claim to be Christian, how utterly ugly they are to other human beings. It gets my blood boiling, so lets move on before I start throwing f-bombs on this review. I was also really disappointed with the adults in Parker’s life. Way to be there, guys! I can’t believe nobody thought it strange or thought to talk with Parker about what she’s been going through, or why she quit playing softball so suddenly. Her feelings of abandonment came through so clearly and loudly. I had a lot of feelings with this book, ok! SO MANY FEELINGS!
So I had to be realistic going into this book and knowing that OBVIOUSLY the coach thing was not going to work out. Because while all those fun, flirty moments that developed into forbidden, steamy make-out sessions left me ALL KINDS of hot and bothered, I knew they were wrong. And like Parker questions, why do all those wrong things feel so good?! GAH! All I could do was wait for sh*t to hit the fan. And it was awful ya’ll and I felt so awful for her. Not him. He should’ve known better.
Who Parker does actually end up with is actually a little bit harder to pinpoint at the very beginning. You meet the boys in the book, and while you think it might be the best friend, if you’ve read Catching Jordan you know it won’t be him, so it leaves us wondering if the coach thing is really what we’re going with. I liked the slow development of this aspect of the story a lot because, for me, it gave some unpredictability, which is always nice.
Overall I completely loved this story because of how real it felt. I really love the authenticity and the honesty in Miranda’s writing. I seriously cannot wait to read more from her....more
I don’t think I’ve ever read a series that started out lukewarm for me then have me cRead this review on my blog! --> Entice by Jessica Shirvington
I don’t think I’ve ever read a series that started out lukewarm for me then have me completely freaking out about it’s amazing sequel. Nope, I’m sure there hasn’t been.
Entice took the story to a whole new level. Now that Violet is settling into her powers and no longer under the influence of Phoenix, she has become a truly admirable heroine. Sure, she still feels unsure about a lot of things, but when she knows she’s right on about something, her confidence shines. I really loved her growth in this book. Another added element to Entice was the addition of more characters closer to Violet’s age in the Grigori world. I cannot express to you how much I loved Spence in particular. He was truly endearing, even in his crazier moments.
I was really happy to see Violet and Lincoln explore their feelings for one another. Oh, boy, did they explore!! And even though Phoenix is still in the picture, it didn’t feel like much of a love triangle in this book, which I enjoyed. I will never complain about more Lincoln and less Phoenix, so please, Ms. Shirvington…more Lincoln, please! :D
Entice did feel like a whirlwind of a mission for this characters. There was a lot going on, and a lot to keep in mind for the rest of the books to come in this series. Never once did I find myself lost though. The pacing was perfect and definitely made for an unputdownable book!
While Entice might not end on the happiest of notes, I still found myself hopeful for these characters. I see a lot more crazyness to come in the next installment, but hopefully also a lot more of the steaminess I thoroughly enjoyed this time around. Fantastic sequel! I can now confidently say that I’m a fan of this series....more
Rachel and Ethan...I'm glad we get to see them come to a good place finally. This novella is a great addition to the series, especially if you've beenRachel and Ethan...I'm glad we get to see them come to a good place finally. This novella is a great addition to the series, especially if you've been curious about these two....more
From the moment I received Justice at Cardwell Ranch, I was totally intrigued. I mean, look at that cover! Hot cowboy? Sign me up!
The story is a murder mystery at its core, but it’s also about family and realizing where home really is. This is actually a sequel of sorts to Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch. It involves the same family and some of the same characters, but even though I hadn’t read the first one, it did not take away from Justice. It definitely stands very well on its own.
Jordan Cardwell tried very hard to leave his Montana roots behind, and for a while he succeeded, but he’s now a different man than he’d been the last time he was home and things are feeling more right than ever. Especially with Liza Turner around.
Jordan’s childhood best friend committed suicide their senior year, and it has always seemed like such an unbelievable act to Jordan. Considering his best friend was independent, hard working, and very much looking forward to seeing the world after graduation. So when he gets a phone call dredging it all up, he is determined to find out what really happened to him. Except then someone killed his source. So Liza decides to help Jordan while at the same time solving the murder of the source. Right off the bat, Jordan and Liza have great chemistry together. They worked well together too.
As the mystery unravels piece by piece, we get to meet all kinds of interesting characters. We also get to see a lot of Jordan’s family.
I really enjoyed this book, and as hard as I tried to guess who the guilty party was, I never did get it quite right. I’m also going to look up the first book in this duology and learn more about the Cardwell family. :)...more
Embrace is definitely a different take on angels and grigori lore. But there were more things I found irritating than things I liked.
For one, our main character, Violet, acted really irrational most of the book. She started out really likeable but certain things happened that ended up making her, at times, completely annoying. DO NOT WORRY THOUGH! There’s a reason for all the crazyness. It’s just that at times I wanted to give up on her because I felt it lasted waaaaay too long. Practically to the end of the book. The main problem is that what may seem obvious to us, isn’t so to her.
There are two guys vying for Violet’s affections. One is a no-brainer and the other is more of a you-cannot-be-buying-his-BS type. Lincoln is our no-brainer. Violet loves him. She’s loved him since he walked into her kicking-butt class and asked her to train with him solo. He’s older than her, which was different from other YA books, but he never crossed the line with her, which is another reason why he’s a no-brainer. He has his reasons, and maybe those reasons aren’t going to hold him back much longer. Especially when a certain dark character comes into play.
Enter Phoenix. Even his name is dark. I guess Phoenix is supposed to come off as the dark, brooding, sexy type…but to me he was just a creeper. He is also older than Vi, and he has no qualms about taking things way past the line with her. He made it really hard for me to feel anything else for him, especially when he always acted so possessive and angry. So yeah, I didn’t really care for him much.
One thing I thought was done well was the intimacy aspect. Sometimes a girl’s first time isn’t perfect, whether it’d be the wrong person, time, or place. And sometimes afterwards, they question why they did it, why they fell into the heat of the moment. It happens! I appreciate Jessica Shirvington for writing something realistic in this.
Embrace, despite some of my irritations with some characters, did in fact have me turning the pages non-stop. I was into it! And it was also sometimes funny. Violet and her best friend had some great one liners that had me laughing out loud!
So if you’re a fan of angel books, I recommend adding this one to your TBR list. I’m looking forward to continuing the series with Entice, which was just released September 4th!...more
HOLY CRAP!! THE ENDING!! For all of you who, like me, DIED A LITTLE INSIDE because of the outcome of a certain favorite character...YOU MUST READ THISHOLY CRAP!! THE ENDING!! For all of you who, like me, DIED A LITTLE INSIDE because of the outcome of a certain favorite character...YOU MUST READ THIS NOVELLA!! Also, if you've read RIFT, you'll recognize a couple of the names mentioned and will make you even more anxious for RISE....more
This is a great continuation of what happened after the end of Wolfsbane. Ansel AND Ren...my heart breaks for them. :( This novella is worth every penThis is a great continuation of what happened after the end of Wolfsbane. Ansel AND Ren...my heart breaks for them. :( This novella is worth every penny....more
Being a huge fan of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series, it was an automatic “Hell yes!!” whenRead this review on my blog! --> Rift by Andrea Cremer
Being a huge fan of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series, it was an automatic “Hell yes!!” when it came to reading this book. The unique and magical world and lore she’s created had so much room for backstory. Rift satisfied my very interested mind.
Set in the 1400s, Rift is the story of why and how the wolves in Nightshade came to be. There are scary monsters The Guard protects the world from, including zombies, goblins, and evil sorcerers. There aren’t many women called to serve in The Guard in this time period, but Ember feels it in the depths of her soul. She’s meant to be a warrior. Her spirit burns to be one.
What I loved about Ember was how she fought with herself all the time. She doesn’t want to be girly. She doesn’t want to pout or throw fits like a child, but no one has ever tested everything in her like Barrow has. She admires him, and she wants the same admiration and respect returned. Barrow, Barrow, Barrow. He was a walking contradiction. Fierce warrior, gentle soul. And even though the romance took a little while to kick in, I didn’t find myself minding too much. But once it did…oh, man. Ms. Cremer sure knows how to write’em. I was swooning at Barrow’s feet.
I was really nervous about the ending because we really don’t know Ember’s role quite yet. We know she’s important, and that something major will come in the next book, Rise, which of course, I’m dying to read NOW!
Even though this book is part of the Nightshade world, being that it’s a prequel, I think people will find it refreshing. I think maybe they’ll like it even more than the Nightshade trilogy. I love the Nightshade trilogy, but I think I loved this one more. I think Ember is more likeable than Calla, and that will appeal to some people who were turned off by her. In other words, if you were on the fence, jump off and join me on the Rift love train!...more
We hear about kids being bullied all the time; about them taking their lives because they justRead this review on my blog! --> Send by Patty Blount
We hear about kids being bullied all the time; about them taking their lives because they just can’t go on. It’s heartbreaking...but more so for the people in their lives who didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late. I know I’ve often wondered if the tormentors feel any guilt or remorse for their actions. Mostly I hope they do, and that they never even think about putting another living soul through the same thing.
Send by Patty Blount is the story of Dan, a teen who’s been on the tormenting side and went to juvie for it. I imagine it’s not easy writing a story from his point of view, but in a way it’s necessary because I now realize that some things are just mistakes, and that intent may count for everything.
I was completely engrossed by this book. For the reader, there’s no big mystery or plot twist, but that kind of adds to the suspense of what will happen if Dan’s truth is revealed. All the secrets he’s working hard to keep buried only leave us wondering if the next chapter is it. If it will happen then. It was the honesty and genuineness that really captured my heart though, as well as all of the characters in this book, but most especially Dan. I wanted so badly to reach into the pages and get him to understand so many things he couldn’t see because of his guilt.
I really enjoyed the writing as well. It was easy and I felt its voice rang true. I found it was completely believable of an 18 year old guy. There were a couple of repeat phrases I could have seen less of, but it didn’t take away from my experience.
The romance was another aspect of this book I really loved. It was a total Romeo and Juliet type of love story! And though the ending is not quite wrapped in a little bow like we sometimes like to see, it’s probably the most realistic situation I can imagine for these characters. It leaves me to imagine their future, one where things aren’t so tragic.
Send is book you MUST read. All of my YA Contemporary and Issue book fanatics will devour it. Don’t let it slip through your radar....more
What I liked most about this story was how it seemed to have a natural pace. It wasn’t rushed, which made it for a more believable love story. Though I did wish, as I did in Big Sky Country, that Hutch and Kendra had gotten together sooner, I guess it wouldn’t have had the same effect had it happened.
Another aspect I enjoyed was all the kids in this books, from newborns, to preschoolers, to teens, they all brought out sides in these characters that revealed so much about them. I love the sense of family between all them.
Big Sky Mountain was a bit of an emotional book, more so than the first one. And it started out with one of the most entertaining wedding scenes I’ve yet to read. I could see it all so clearly in my head, which made it so enjoyable.
Hutch and Kendra have great chemistry together, but I think that has to do more with the fact that Hutch Carmody exudes charm. I didn’t much like him in the first book, as he’s painting in a bit of a negative light, but I completely fell in love with him from the first page.
Hutch and Kendra’s friends, Boone and Tara, are the ones to watch next. They have that whole “I really don’t like you, but I’m somehow really intrigued by you” thing going on. We see a little more into Boone’s life in this book and it’s all a bit sad, so I’m hoping he gets a happy ending soon. Tara is still a complete mystery and I’m dying to know her story. I’m really enjoying this series a lot overall, and am looking forward to reading Big Sky River the moment it is out....more