I started this book as soon as I finished The Tempering. It picks up right where we left Mackenzie and the boys homeless and wandering through the forI started this book as soon as I finished The Tempering. It picks up right where we left Mackenzie and the boys homeless and wandering through the forest. The sexual tension is ridiculous with a capital "R" and I found myself torn between who Mackenzie should choose. I liked how Adrianne put her characters in real situations where they didn't always make the best choice (Mackenzie, I'm talking about you) and they were forced to pay the consequences for that. In the mean time, there is so much action occurring around them that I really felt like I was totally wrapped up in their crazy werewolf world. We learn some new things about each of them and good or bad - they definitely set up the story for what's to come next. By the time one of the big secrets is revealed, I found myself yelling at my kindle because I was so involved! So thank you, Adrianne, and please give me the next book ASAP!
The Good: Great action, sexual tension, frustration, and character development.
The Issue: Without giving anything away, someone related to Mackenzie appears and I thought the character was a little too accepting and made me doubt their intentions even though I don't think I was supposed to.
In summary: A great follow-up book that will have you swept away with the wolves....more
I haven't read a true werewolf book in a while, and my how I missed them. The Tempering was just what I was in the mood for. A feisty, tough4.5 stars.
I haven't read a true werewolf book in a while, and my how I missed them. The Tempering was just what I was in the mood for. A feisty, tough protagonist. Turned against her will. And of course, the steamy, hot guys. Mackenzie's had a rough life and has made the most of it on her own, which makes her a little jaded. And while she was sassy and maybe a little hotheaded, I enjoyed her character. I felt like her emotions were real - I mean who wouldn't be upset over what they can't control? Geoff is an interesting one and I'm really curious to find out more about him and his past. I can't tell how I feel about him yet though, and for that, I give kudos to Adrianne. Keep me guessing - I love it! And with the twists thrown in there at the end...I had to immediately (like 5 seconds later) start reading book two.
The Good: Very enjoyable characters with unique personalities and a storyline that kept me wanting to read more (like until the kindle smashed me in the nose because I was so tired!)
The Issue: I think I would have liked to see more with Mackenzie and Liam and the time they spent together getting to know each other.
In Summary: A must read for fans of werewolves and paranormal stories! ...more
A good start to a series with a lot of potential. Still a number of unanswered questions by the end, but I will definitely read book two! I am intriguA good start to a series with a lot of potential. Still a number of unanswered questions by the end, but I will definitely read book two! I am intrigued....more
Another FABULOUS read by Sutton! Overfalls gave me the opportunity to get to know all of the crazy (crazy in a good way) characters we met in Finned,Another FABULOUS read by Sutton! Overfalls gave me the opportunity to get to know all of the crazy (crazy in a good way) characters we met in Finned, and I am so happy for that. Mariana is dealing with the typical teen problems. You know, like boys, friends, the school's queen bee, and of course, figuring out how to save them all. In a competition putting the normals squarely against the merps, friendships are tested and Sutton does a great job of building the tension. There's non-stop action and snark and realistic dialogue between a group of supernaturally talented friends all with their own quirks. I really enjoyed getting to see more of the underwater merp world in this book, and again, I am blown away by the imagination. There are such great descriptions that will totally suck you in (like the toystore!). And the end...whew. There's a lot going on and even though I'm a fan of cliffhangers, I really, REALLY can't wait to see where this story is going. Like CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER, SUTTON! Someone dies. Someone is discovered. And there's no doubt that the story will only get better from here. This is a MUST READ series! I promise you that it will be money (and time) well spent!
The Good: Even more character development in this one and a chance to see all of my favorites working/fighting together. Yep, Jex, I'm talking about you! Thanks for showing up to the party!
The Issue: More. I wanted more. NOW.
The Rating: Five conch. A fabulous second book to a series that is now one of my top favorites!
I will always love vampire stories, but I’m sorry to say that I don’t get all of the hype around this book. To me, it read like a first draft that I’dI will always love vampire stories, but I’m sorry to say that I don’t get all of the hype around this book. To me, it read like a first draft that I’d review in a critique group – and I think this story would have benefited greatly had a critique group been a part of its process. Between the zero character development, poor story structure, and really rough dialogue, I struggled to finish it. Having to name everything (The Sanctuary, The Cells, and many more) was distracting enough and then I just felt so…disappointed...that we didn’t get a chance to really know the characters and enjoy the setting. I do think the idea had potential, and in a perfect world, I’d love to see a totally updated version of the story. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to happen as there appears to be numerous sequels (which I’m not planning on reading). For the life of me, I can’t understand how Sophia went from the scared, I-must-run-away girl to “I’m in love with my captor”. And Derek – the 400 year old vampire – while he had the potential to be intriguing, I fear that the author missed a chance to make him that mysterious, old fashion, odd-speaking prince. So much more could have been done. Sigh. Had some of these issues been flushed out a little better, perhaps I could have jumped on board – at least a little more. But unfortunately they just weren’t. The whole book fell flat and all of the rave reviews tricked me. I suppose it just wasn’t for me. And thus, I must give A Shade of Vampire one of my lowest ratings ever.
The Good: Potential. It’s there…just poorly executed (and very disappointing).
The Issue: Reads like a rough first draft at best and just a tough story to get through in its current form.
The Rating: 2 stars. Sorry to say that I wouldn’t recommend and I won’t be continuing the series. ...more
What an interesting take on a zombie novel. Typically we don't get to see the world from the perspective of the zombies, and I have to say that I realWhat an interesting take on a zombie novel. Typically we don't get to see the world from the perspective of the zombies, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. Trixie and Jack don't get much time together in the beginning of the book before the infection starts to spread. Jo did a wonderful job making me feel the pain and misery of having your body fail when your mind is still thoroughly intact. I mean, really, how awful would that be? And then to have friends and family hunt you down on top of that? No thanks. But I think it is a realistic scenario of how humans would respond to something like this. While I had a hard time believing that Trixie's brief Internet research would lead to a cure the CDC couldn't figure out on their own, I was able to look beyond that and enjoy the fast-paced action. Trixie, aside from eating her dog and leading the infected, also had a little "gift" of her own (won't spoil it), however, I didn't think that was flushed out as well as it could have been. Mostly I thought people were way too accepting of her abilities and not as freaked out as I would expect. Perhaps there is another book coming? I certainly hope so because the ending had me a little confused (and sad). But in all, this was an enjoyable read and I think anyone who enjoys zombies, post-apocalyptic, or action novels will certainly enjoy I. Zombie.
The Good: Likable characters and very intriguing storyline.
The Issue: I felt like there were some unanswered questions (like Trixie's "gift") and reaching plotlines (like two teenagers solving something the CDC couldn't).
The Rating: 4 stars. A different kind of zombie book with lots of action and gore! Just my cup of tea!
Katy's been captured and Daemon will get her back. Origin was BY FAR my favorite of the series. Be it because we got to hear from someone other than KKaty's been captured and Daemon will get her back. Origin was BY FAR my favorite of the series. Be it because we got to hear from someone other than Katy, or the fact that something intense happened in every chapter, I was one happy reader. We had suspense, fascinating new characters (and science), the death of main characters, and another cliffhanger that was just perfect (albeit, a cliffhanger). This book was solid and I couldn't put it down. The only time I felt like I could step away, was when Katy and Daemon took their little side trip in Vegas. I don't want to spoil it, but I felt like that step in their relationship was totally unnecessary and a little too much. Perhaps I'm biased or maybe I just didn't see the point. However, after that moment, all hell broke lose (again) and one thrill after another kept me on the edge of my seat. I was quite happy to see the the ending because I've been wondering about how the Black's actions would end up haunting them. As a whole, an excellent book and I can't wait to read the next!
The Good: Intense (emotionally, physically, pacing) and a lot of great action.
The Issue: Katy and Daemon's side trip to Vegas - kind of slowed things down for me.
Okay, where to start. First, Opal definitely had a faster pace than Onyx which was a big plus. Several interesting things happened throughout and I waOkay, where to start. First, Opal definitely had a faster pace than Onyx which was a big plus. Several interesting things happened throughout and I was happy to learn more about hybrids and the government (but still having an issue with the science). Not every character turned out to act in the way I expected them to and for that, I give the author credit. Yet while Katy evolved a bit in this one, I'm afraid Daemon did not. The super over-protectiveness and the inability to work with Katy as an equal tended to irk me, and really is the reason why I didn't rate this one a little bit higher. But I did like the action and expected the cliffhanger ending (as I would have written the same!). Meeting some new characters also sparked my interest in what we might find out in the next book. In all, a sexy romance thrown into life and death situations - just my cup of tea!
The Good: Faster action and a relationship moving forward.
The Issue: Cave-man Daemon.
In summary: Better than Opal and certainly had me buying the next one right away.
Having already read the rest of the (available) books, I have to say that was my least favorite. Although Daemon grew up a little in this one, at leasHaving already read the rest of the (available) books, I have to say that was my least favorite. Although Daemon grew up a little in this one, at least in terms of how he treats Katy, I found myself rather annoyed with her. Not dealing with her feelings for him and not trying to figure out what was happening to her, made her weaker than I would have wanted to see. I also could have dealt without all of the blogging details. That being said, I am glad to see that actions in Book One had consequences in Book Two. I think this has opened the door to some great plot lines and I'm very curious to see where the author goes with them. My one (rather big) hangup though is the whole powerful hybrid thing. I don't want to give too much away, but most of the time in nature hybrids are weaker, sterile, and don't live as long, among other things. Now, this by no way stopped me from reading, but I do hope this is addressed and explained a little better in later books. Setting reality aside (I mean, we are talking about aliens here!) this was a worthwhile read with some action toward the end that was needed to set up the next book.
The Good: I still liked the world and appreciated the ending that let me know there would be more coming in Book Three.
The Issue: Pace was a little too slow for my liking, a character refusing to see the obvious, and issues with the science.
In summary: An okay second book, but kept me interested enough to find out what happens next....more