I enjoyed finding out more about Jessie's mom and her dad in A Darker Past. I wanted more of them from the firsFull Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas
I enjoyed finding out more about Jessie's mom and her dad in A Darker Past. I wanted more of them from the first book, so I definitely was excited that Jus Accardo had them more in this story. Damien (Jessie's Dad) is starting to act like a dad. =)
For readers that liked to be warned ahead of time, there is a cliffhanger at the end. I know I have some reader friends that don't like cliffhangers, but this is a series worth reading if you enjoy young adult with a different kind of paranormal twist to it.
Overall, the second book was a very enjoyable, action-packed read that I had hard time putting down. I give it 4.5 moons and recommend it YA Paranormal readers out there.
Now, to patiently wait for the third book in the series from Jus Accardo. =)
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I love Greek mythology so when I read the synopsis of this book, I definitely knew I needed to check it out.
M.W. Muse tells a story of a girl named Legacy, who's life is changed the minute her guardian tells her the truth about her parents and what is going to happen to her when she turns 18. She does not believe her at first until she starts having strange dreams. Everything is about to fall in place though for Legacy. The hot boy she grew up with, Adin, asked her out, and she's going to have a job for summer. Although, another boy, River, comes into her life and he starts telling her stuff that is making her realize that her guardian may have told her the truth. Legacy though is going to realize not everything as it seems and she has to figure out the truth to her dreams and also keep herself alive for her 18th birthday because someone is out to kill her before than and River, the new guy knows who.
M.W. Muse does an amazing job on her take on Greek mythology and I liked how the characters are different takes on each greek god/goddess, except for a few characters that do not play a role in it. Legacy finds out the truth a little bit who she really is, but it takes awhile for her to find out. She also does not find out the truth on River and Adin until towards the end. I clicked very well with some of the characters, but others I did not. Adin had his moments where I could not get along with him. I did not like Ellen and Kate...but that is to be expected. Callie was Legacy's best friend and she was always there to help Legacy on trying to figure out what was going on, even though she really is not apart of it. It was slow at first to get into the storyline until it got interesting towards the end and towards the times Legacy was figuring out what was happening to her and who she was. The ending was what made me go into shock. Poor Legacy. She was just getting some happiness in her life and a certain person had to come into the book. Boo!!
I give this book 3.5 moons and I look forward to the second book. I just hope I find out a little bit more about Legacy and what is happening to her, Adin, and River. For some reason I have strong feelings for River more than I do Adin. I am not sure why though. Maybe it is because I feel terrible for him. You will have to read this book to find out why and come up with your own assumptions and who you like best. I recommend this book to young adult readers out there and readers who love mythology. You also will notice it falls in the New Adult genre when you read it...because the book definitely makes you go through certain emotions through certain characters...like for me, River. (poor guy) Don't get me wrong I like Adin, but he made me mad when he kept secrets from Legacy. ...more
This is not my usual genre in the last few months since I have been on a contemporary and suspense kick for awhReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
This is not my usual genre in the last few months since I have been on a contemporary and suspense kick for awhile, but when I read the description of "His Black Wings" I thought it would be something I would enjoy. I recommend to not really read the book's blurb though above because it will give the book away too much. At least that's my opinion. "His Black Wings" is about Claren Maidstone and how she has lost her parents to a boating accident and now is forced to flee and hide due to the man she was supposed to marry is out to get her because she harmed him and so did her dog. Claren ends up answering ad from Frederick Lowood to become has assistant, but she really does not assist him. Frederick has his own secret agenda of searching out Claren. He actually has been keeping an eye on her for awhile and has had it out for her family since his father died. Claren's family comes from a industry that ended up making Frederick's son the way he is. If anyone was to find out about Frederick's son, they would either want to experiment on him or send him to the one place that Frederick has been trying to forget about. Frederick ends up asking Claren to become his son's friend, but he's afraid that his son, Estrigan will be upset since he really hasn't been seen. He only comes out at night when the staff at his home are gone and he can move around freely or actually fly around freely. Estrigan is one of a kind...who has black wings. When Estrigan finds out Claren is living with them, he is upset about it, afraid she will run away screaming...instead he becomes intrigued with the girl and will do anything to know her, especially when he sees her crying one evening.
"His Black Wings" was an enjoyable read, but it did not capture my interest until the story of what Frederick was up to and how Estrigan came to have the black wings. I also liked finding out about the backstory of Frederick. I really thought the book started out slow and I actually thought I would not finish it until Claren moved into Frederick's house and Estrigan was introduced. He was ruthless to Claren at first and Calren just wanted to find out why. The moment Estrigan saw Claren with other males who wanted to capture her interest, he started changing. There was a lot going on with Frederick and what he was doing and then the guy, Kurten that Claren ended up hurting in the beginning and what his secret agenda was on trying to get Claren. He was actually annoying and I definitely believed he got what was coming to him in the end. Decker and Horace got my attention when they were fighting over Claren and they had a bigger role later on in the book. They cared a lot about Claren and just wanted her safe even though they did not know her well. All and all, this book got 3 stars. It was much different from what I am used to. It just did not capture my interest that I was hoping. It took me awhile to get into. I did enjoy certain characters over others. I enjoyed a different take of what Astrid wrote. It is not an Angel book. It has a different storyline all together which made it fascinating. It has a little steampunk to it, I believe which is one genre I definitely need to dive into more. Claren was a strong character who definitely keep me interested in as well. Estrigan will be my favorite though, even when he was mean to Claren. I recommend the book to YA Fantasy readers out there. You'll definitely enjoy this story that Astrid wrote. Maybe if I was not into a contemporary or suspense kick I would have enjoyed this book more. It definitely would be something I would have enjoyed as a kid or as a teen more.
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I feel like it has been forever since the last time I read the second book in the Gryphon series. How I missedReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
I feel like it has been forever since the last time I read the second book in the Gryphon series. How I missed Celeste and her family, as well as several other characters who stole my heart from the first two books.
Stacey Rourke puts Celeste through a lot harder dilemmas this time. She's faced with making a choice over sacrificing what is right to wrong and losing the one person she truly will anything for and love. She also is forced to deal with new enemies and old enemies together. She finds out though, that the one person she thinks hates her, really loves her and will do anything for her...until you break that person's heart again. The third installment to the Gryphon series leaves you wanting more after you read the last sentence since of course, Stacey Rourke leaves you with a cliffhanger. There a lot of questions in this book that made me even in shock just like Celeste was. She had no clue who to trust and I do not blame her one bit.
I enjoyed every minute of this book, but it broke my heart what Celeste had to do. =( I am hoping what she did will be fixed in the fourth book. I did end up falling for Rowan a little more, until of course he showed his other side again. That demon definitely has me confused. One minute I could give him a kiss and the other I could give him a swift kick in the butt.
One of the main attractions in the book was Alaina and Gabe's Wedding in the book that was definitely spectacular, but they had to deal with some bumps in the road before they got their happily ever after. They had Celeste, Kendall, and Gabe (when he was not dealing with wedding fiascos), Sophie, Big Mike and a few others to help save the day. Even Rowan...but not always. Geez...I have no clue about him.
What really had me in shock was one certain character coming forth to help Celeste when she did not even know she needed it.
Stacey Rourke has a way of bringing you in the story and feeling like you are with the characters along the ride and all you want for them is to defeat the demons that want them dead, especially, Celeste, the Conduit.
I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend it to young adult fantasy readers out there. Make sure if you have not read the first two books, The Conduit & Embrace, to read those first. Otherwise, you will definitely be lost a bit on what has happened in the previous books. I look forward to reading the fourth book and hopefully, Celeste will have a little easier, but that's highly unlikely (poor chosen one and all) and let's hope that Rowan gets his act together (that's another unlikely one). ...more
"The Conduit" is definitely a book I have never come across before. It was really a different kind of young aduReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
"The Conduit" is definitely a book I have never come across before. It was really a different kind of young adult book that I'm used to, but I did like it. Celeste Garrett and her siblings are sent to live with their Grams in Tennessee since their Mom is in Michigan trying to sell their house there. All Celeste wants to do when she gets there is head off to her college so she can start working on her degree. But...instead...she is being told she is destined to the save the world by a stranger who appears in the woods one day...this stranger of course is not human. Celeste's ancestors made a pack with the Gryphon many years ago and now Celeste is to be "The Conduit" and she will harness powers from the Gryphon. Her brother, Gabe and her sister, Kendall are also part of saving the world. If they do not accept their destiny, then the seekers (or otherwise known as demons) will take over the world. There is one seeker out to find Celeste already and seek her out for his boss since she holds the key to everything. If the seekers finds Celeste he will let his boss know and Celeste will be in danger. It is up to Celeste and her family to make sure the seeker never tells his boss. Here comes the training of a lifetime for Celeste and her siblings and of course some strange things start happening to all of them and now they really need to keep what they are hidden.
"The Conduit" is a very humorous young adult story that I found very entertaining. It took me awhile to get into it until the Garrett siblings found out what they were destined to do. Celeste, Gabe, and Kendall are definitely siblings where they tend to fight with each other. There is one part between Celeste and Gabe that I could not stop laughing about. Gabe got his pride hurt...let's just say that. I connected very well with all three of the siblings when reading "The Conduit" and I cannot wait to read more about them in the second book. Poor Celeste, I felt terrible for her and when she was told the truth and I was even more sympathetic of her during the end of the book. =*( Stacey Rourke, left me hanging at the end and what happened to the boy that Celeste was having feelings for.
I recommend this book to readers who love the young adult genre and love fantasy and paranormal elements. Just be prepared to want to read the second book since you will definitely want to know what happens next to the Garret siblings.
I was provided a complimentary copy from YANR tours from the Author in exchange for an honest review....more
Excuse me while I contemplate how I'm going to get over the ending of "Embrace" and write this review. Stacey RReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Excuse me while I contemplate how I'm going to get over the ending of "Embrace" and write this review. Stacey Rourke left me hanging again. I love cliff hangers, but the ending of "Embrace" was just mind boggling for me since I want to know who that is that made Celeste scream. Ahhh!!! The torture of waiting since I will not be able to read the third book until I am done with my other review books that I need to read. I will be finding out though....very soon!
Celeste and her siblings our back and they are still dealing with the darkness. At the ending of "The Conduit" Celeste found out some disturbing news about one her friends who she was about to pour her heart out too...instead she had to break up their friendship. Now Celeste is determined more than ever to kill who is out there to get her. She is the chosen one and she has to keep her self from being killed. Still being hunted...but now from a new enemy that is hiding in the dark. Celeste ends up quitting school, causing a ruckus at home with her siblings and even gets herself in danger several times where she has find away out without her siblings. Celeste has decided to focus on her job at the cafe and focus on her training sessions with her guide and her siblings. She never imagined a guy would come into her life so soon after Alec...and she also never imagined a second guy who appeared out of thin air, warning her about the new enemy. Now she has two guys that she cannot keep out her head...well three if you count worrying about Alec still. But can she trust the guys that meets and whatever happened to Alec. Well...Celeste will find out in "Embrace" and she will have to decide what has to do after she sees him for the first time in months. She also has to decide if she trust the guy who keeps telling her about her enemy and also trust the gang of demons who say they are sent to kill her, but cannot. Instead they want to be her ally. What is she supposed to do...she's keeping her new demon friends a secret from her brother and sister and she's also keeping another secret from them. Does she trust her new friends or trust what she's destine to do.
First off, let me just say, "Embrace" was a very hard to put down book. Every time I had to step away from the book to take care of something around the house, I would find myself itching to get back to reading "Embrace". Celeste had so many inner and outer demons to work out in this book and I felt terrible for her. There were several times I wanted to slap her brother and sister for her, for being so cold towards their sister. I also wanted to slap Celeste around sometimes too because she could not judge who was the bad guy and who was the good guy. She also tended to not think, but act too quickly. She should have told her brother and sister from the beginning on what was happening around her. So many new characters were introduced in this book and may I just say I cannot choose who I love more now...Caleb or Rowan (you'll have to find out about them by reading the book)...and I still have mixed feelings for Alec after this book. What the heck is wrong with him and WHY?!!
Stacey Rourke definitely kept me on the edge of my seat in this book and this by far is the best book...probably until I read the next one. I just loved the action in this one and of course the secrets that came out. (Mainly about Gabe...and his new love interest...LOL) Poor Celeste...had no clue.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading young adult and loves a little bit of paranormal and fantasy. You'll definitely enjoy the Garrett siblings even more in "Embrace". You'll also fall in love with some of the male characters. *sigh*
Oh...just remember...Stacey will leave you hanging at the end of the book. At least I know "Sacrifice" released on Smashwords and I can go buy it and read when I have a chance after I am done reading other books. It's going to take a miracle to hold me back from reading it though. I need to know what is going to happen next. ...more
Seriously...I was left hanging at the end of this book and now I have to wait for the final book in the trilogyReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Seriously...I was left hanging at the end of this book and now I have to wait for the final book in the trilogy to find out what happened. (cue in screaming) I love Kristen Day's Daughters of the Sea Novels. I am in love with her characters that she created and I secretly wish Finn was REAL.
In "Awaken", Anastasia aka Stasia, is supposed to travel to the Underworld before her 18th birthday to make a trip to a river that will help her become an immortal when she does turns 18. She must prepare for this trip ahead of time and her roommates/best friends help, as well as her boyfriend, Finn, she should be able to conquer it. Instead she's having to face some truths that are about to come out that may break her heart before she goes. She learns to be able to go to the Underworld, she needs to know exactly when to go. It's kind of hard when she does not know her true birthday. She will have to learn how to control her reverie's to find out her birthday and find out the truth of what is actually going to happen. Stasia is going to deal with one crazy Princess and her Mother who is the Queen of the Underworld who actually has to let her pass into the Underworld. She also has to deal with other people not wanting Stasia to become a true sea Goddess and intended leader to the Tykes.
Be prepared to go through some heartache in "Awaken" because Kristen Day definitely place some bombshells in this book that made me love/hate some characters and certain situations. (One being Finn, but only for a little while)
Stasia definitely grew even more in this book and is definitely ready to take the place of the Leader of the Tykes. If she can handle what she handled in this book, she definitely can take on anything. She's going to have to since there was a cliff hanger in "Awaken". The secondary characters, I loved as well....especially Ricker and Carmen. They sound like a old married couple who just will not admit they like each other. I love how Stasia's friends were there for her, especially towards the end.
I definitely was not prepared for what happened in this book. I loved Forsaken, and now I love Awaken. I was not expecting to love it as much as Forsaken, but Kristen Day definitely proved me wrong. Her Daughters of the Sea has become one of my FAVE Young Adult books this year and I'm anxiously waiting for the finale, Chosen. If there is one thing I love about Kristen Day is how she can make my emotions go haywire when reading. I about through my iPad across the room when Stasia got the biggest bombshell in her life from that wicked Princess Nadia. (Poor Stasia)
If your a fan of the young adult genre and love paranormal and mythology, you will definitely love this trilogy from Kristen Day. The last book in the trilogy comes out real soon and I'm definitely counting down to it. Thanks to YANR Blog Tours for introducing Kristen Day and her fabulous books to me. I received a complimentary copy of "Awaken" in exchange for an honest review....more
I received a complimentary copy of "Forsaken: A Daughter of the sea Novel" in an exchange for a honest review foReview also posted on Book Lovin Mamas
I received a complimentary copy of "Forsaken: A Daughter of the sea Novel" in an exchange for a honest review for the Blog Tour with YANR. Every once in awhile I find myself diving into a book that takes me away from the paranormal romance genre or erotica genre. There is just some days I need a break and when I read the description of "Forsaken", I knew it was a book I was going to enjoy reading. These are the kind of books, I would dive into as a pre-teen or teen to get away from the drama of homework. (Yes I said drama...because homework was crazy and still is today) Forsaken is about a girl, Hannah, who was orphaned as a infant and forced to go through several foster families until one family finally adopted her. Hannah has never felt like she belonged into the high society of her adopted family and certain events have started to happen to her lately. Her adopted-mother is making her see several doctors to find out why Hannah is having black outs and acting strange. She even swears that this one guy in her nightmares keeps re-appearing and warning her about certain things. One day though, she is forced to see a doctor that may know what is going on with Hannah. Hannah then is told to go away to a boarding school which she will fit in at more comfortably. When Hannah is sent to The House of Lorelei, she never fathomed that the guy in her nightmares was actually real and he saves her on the first day at the House of Lorelei. She also never believed that her nightmares were actually coming true. While Hannah is there, she starts to realize that the House Of Lorelei is very special and so are the people who go there, including her. Hannah is about to find out what happened to her real parents and what actually is going on with her. With the help of her new friends, and the guy in her nightmares, she will learn the truth of what she is supposed to do from now on. She will also have to survive because in one of her nightmares she knows someone is out to get her. My thoughts on Forsaken is that it was a very enjoyable read. I had a hard time putting it down. Well...it did only take me one day to read, that alone should tell you some thing. =) I have always been a fan of mythology and this book definitely dived into it a bit with several twists. Kristen Day explains what is going on very well and the story of what happened to Hannah and her parents. I love her take on the sea gods and goddesses and the differences of each of the students and where they fell underneath. This book is full of mystery, love, and action that will make you want more after reading it. Kristen Day's writing is fabulous and I cannot wait to see what happens next with the characters. I mean she did leave me hanging at the end, which was a doozy. When is the 2nd book coming out? My favorite scene is when Hannah goes to the dance. (sorry not giving it away) Let's just say, I was really happy for her. =) (I was even pondering what was special with her date, Finn) I recommend this book to anyone who loves the young adult genre and loves mythology. This is a definite read you will enjoy. Thanks to YANR for introducing this book and Kristen Day to me. =) ...more
(4.5 stars) I'm a HUGE fan of books of fairy tales and different takes of those tales...and when Alicia MicBook Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
(4.5 stars) I'm a HUGE fan of books of fairy tales and different takes of those tales...and when Alicia Michaels announced her first book to a new series...I definitely jumped at the chance to reading the first book. As a child, one of my favorite fairy tales was the story of Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf. "Daughter of the Red Dawn" definitely tells a different tale of Red Riding Hood and the wolf that is trying to kill her at her Grandma's house. Instead, the wolf ends up being the one person who Red Riding Hood will fall in love with and he tries to warn her that he's not what she thinks he is.
Seventeen year old, Selena, only wish is to leave her small town of Twin Oaks, Texas and get away from the place where she never felt like she belonged at. She has known for awhile that she is different. She has an addiction of running and running fast. In fact, she is the fastest girl in town...or maybe in the world since normal teenagers should not run as fast as she can. One day, she comes across a boy in the field that has been watching her and she is drawn to him. Titus, who has been sent to kill Selena from the evil queen that wants to take over the land of Fallada (which is the other realm), is trying everything to warn Selena of what he is there to do. Instead, he finds himself falling for the beautiful Selena. Selena has no idea what to do with the sexy boy who is always there warning her about himself. Instead, she is about to find out the truth of who she really is and what she is supposed to do to save her people in another realm, she never thought would exist. Can a seventeen year old girl, who just wants to make a name of herself, save people she never knew existed and take in the real truth in one day? It's going to take the Queen of the Fae, Titus (the sexy, mysterious boy who has sharp canines), and a few other friends to help her decide on fulfilling her destiny as a Princess and Warrior.
My thoughts on "Daughter of the Red Dawn" because this book is definitely a great start to the series is that explained what happened to the land of Fallada very well. Alicia Michaels, also makes sure to give us ideas on what is next in the series and that there is a total of 7 princesses who need to be saved to defeat the evil queen that wants to take over Fallada and make humans slaves. (I know I left some stuff out above on explaining and that is because I do not want to spoil the story for anyone who is interested in reading it) I really liked the take on Red Riding Hood and the wolf in "Daughter of the Red Dawn". Titus, was one sexy wolf, who stole my heart the minute he was introduced. He had his reasons for trying to kill Selena in the beginning, but then he got help from Queen of the Fae later on in the story. Selena was kind of annoying when it came to finding out the truth of who she was and what she needed to do. She had a lot of support to help her through her destiny, but she was reluctant at first since the moment she was told who she was and that her life was a lie in the Human realm. Even the one person who watched over her, lied to her, but she had her reasons. I loved the quirky sayings talking about Jacob from Breaking Dawn...especially when the movie is coming out soon, which reminded me. =) I recommend this book to people who loves stories that tell another tale to our favorite fairy tales and readers who love the young adult genre. You'll love Alicia Michaels debut novel into her young adult series that takes off at a GREAT start and will make you want more. I'm looking forward to the next tale that will be told. =)
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I always find at least one YA book a year that keeps me entranced...and this was definitely one of them. I woulReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
I always find at least one YA book a year that keeps me entranced...and this was definitely one of them. I would have finished the book in one day, but having a teething baby girl who only wanted her Mama...well let's just say reading went on hold. Persephone or aka Kora because she rather go by her middle name, has been hearing someone call her name in the wind. She also has been having some mysterious things happen to her. She had her car almost blown around and a guy who came into her Mom's store who tried everything to grab her. He kept talking nonsense to Persephone when he was trying to grab her. Until...her Mom finally lets her know what she really is. She's a Goddess and her father happens to be none other than Zeus himself. Her best friend is also her priestess. There is only so much a girl can take, so Persephone runs away for awhile to collect her thoughts, instead...something is happening around her. The weather is turning chilly and the ground is turning to ice. A mysterious man walks into her life and saves her before something can really happen to her. The man...turns out to be Hades who is the God of the Underworld. He marks her as his bride to save her from whoever is trying to harm her. It is up to Hades and his minions to keep Persephone safe...but in the mean time Persephone is starting to feel towards Hades and Hades is keeping something from her. Can she really trust him? What are my thoughts on "Persephone" by Kaitlin Bevis...well...I had a hard time putting it down. A book where there is mythology, fantasy, and mystery. I have a weakness for the Gods and Goddesses. Loved studying them in school...and I hope I get a chance to go back to studying them in college. I loved Kaitlin's writing style and how she brought the Gods and Goddesses into the modern day. The story between Hades and Persephone is definitely a different take on what you are told as a kid, which is another reason why I loved reading this book. I actually adored Hades in this book. I loved how strong the character Persephone was when she was in underworld and how she helped out her friend at the end. I was surprised to find out who was helping the bad guy though. I was in shock when I learned it was a person that Persephone had grown to trust. I'm really looking forward to the next book now. =) I can't wait to find out what happens next. I recommend this book to YA readers out there and readers who have a fascination with mythology. This book will have you wanting more after you finish the last page (or in my case...my Ipad)....more
I was excited to read this book. I got my hands on it from Netgalley, but didn't get to read it until the day it released. Boo...I need to start readiI was excited to read this book. I got my hands on it from Netgalley, but didn't get to read it until the day it released. Boo...I need to start reading a book from there as soon as I get it so I can review it before the book is actually released. Oh well that's what happens when you overload yourself with too many books. This book was ALL about the first and only time Luce and Daniel spent Valentine's Day together. Sad, isn't it? Those two never get a friggin' break. Lauren Kate took us out of Luce's head and into several other characters, finally. Yeah!!!! We got a taste of Shelby and Miles. I adore those two. =) Finally, maybe those two will have a happily ever after and stop playing around and kiss already. Then came Roland's own love story. Although, it ended up being a sad ending for him...but not for his love of course, since he made a serious decision. Made me love him even more. It's never easy to give up your one true love to make them happy. What seriously threw me off, is when Lauren Kate, told Arriane's love story. Wow...wasn't expecting that, but it was really Sweet. Although, of course not another happy ending. Geez! Won't ruin it for anyone who hasn't read the book. I was actually a little upset on what happened to Arianne and her true love. Of course, the finale of the book was Daniel and Luce spending Valentine's Day together. Sweet, beautiful and happily ever....well not really. Sorry...we all know what happens to Luce eventually in every lifetime she's ever lived except her more recent one. At least she got to spend one lovely day with the love of her life. If you haven't read the series, you need to read it. Although, the first book is always going to be the best of the series. The 2nd and 3rd just didn't do it for me. I'm looking forward to reading "Rapture" though and you get a glimpse of the first chapter in this book. I always love sneak peeks. I loved how Lauren flowed each short story into once. Shelby and Miles when they ran into Roland, brought on his story and then Arianne came into Roland's story. It was a great transition. All and all...it was a short sweet read...but not exciting. It's a great Valentine's Day read, but don't think the short novellas are always happily ever afters. There's something to learn in each one. I'm just happy to have read that Daniel and Luce finally got something happy out of the deal. Now the countdown begins for "Rapture". Give me more Cam and I'll be a happy, giddy Book Mama. =) ...more
Review can be found on Book Lovin' Mamas. First off, forgive me for just now finishing this book. I was supposed to read and review it last month, butReview can be found on Book Lovin' Mamas. First off, forgive me for just now finishing this book. I was supposed to read and review it last month, but my Library never got to ordering this book in time for me to read it for the Random Reads Post for February. Boo to my Library! I ended up having to buy it through Amazon for my Kindle and then it took me awhile to read it due to my two College Courses I'm taking. Plus, having two children one that is under the age of 1 and the other who is in first grade...let's just say I can't devote to reading until late at night when they both are tucked away. After so many sleepless nights and running on coffee during the day, I finally finished reading "Dragonswood" last night and I just realized this was Book 2 to the Wilde Island Chronicles. Oh well...I thoroughly enjoyed this book though and I plan on reading the first book when I can get the chance too. I love reading about dragons and fairies. I've been fascinated with Dragons and even the Medieval times since I was a kid. If only Dragons were actually real and I would be on the back of one, flying to Ireland or Scotland right now because I would be one of the crazy girls who wasn't afraid of the fire breathing dragon with sharp talons. I would be the crazy girl who took care of the dragons and made sure no one killed them. I adore this World that Janet Lee Carey created in this book. I felt like I was in the book sometimes, the way she described everything and how I fell in love with each and every character. Dragonswood takes you in the life of Tess, who unfortunately has not lived a good life at all. She has been abused since day one from her Father, the Blacksmith. She is forced to run and hide after she is accused of being a Witch and unfortunately she puts her friends in the middle of it also. All because Tess and her friends were seen in Dragonswood...a place where humans don't ever go because of the Fey and Dragons. Tess has always been drawn to Dragonswood though. She finds out one day from her Mother that she is actually half-fey and her Father is a Fey. The Blacksmith has never been her biological father. Tess is thrown into this Fey World which she is not used to. Her real father wants her to fill the Fey Prophecy and bring the humans/fey/dragons all together. I won't go more into the description of the book because the synopsis above pretty much gives you a great detail of the book. I will tell you this, this book had me enthralled since the moment I read the first page to the last. If you enjoy a fantasy world full of princes, princesses, Kings, Queens, Knights, dragons, fairies, etc.....you will definitely enjoy this book. I look forward to reading more of these books from Janet and reading the first book...that I didn't know about since Goodreads didn't tell me. Grr! I won't hold it against Goodreads though...well at least for now. ...more
I always love reading books from new authors that I haven't tried out yet. I came across Robin P. Waldrop at Goodreads.com...which is my fave site toI always love reading books from new authors that I haven't tried out yet. I came across Robin P. Waldrop at Goodreads.com...which is my fave site to be on. Once I read the description of "Ties of the Blood Moon", I knew I had to see what it was all about.
First off, this is my first book I've read that has it's location in Alaska. Usually, when you read about Vampires it's in Louisiana or another southern state (except for Twilight of course). Werewolves are usually in northern Washington, Colorado, etc. It's time for a book to have most of it's action in Alaska. One state I would love to visit.
Robin P. Waldrop takes you into a different world of Werewolves and Vampires. They work together, actually. Well...kind of. The werewolves have been waiting for their princess to come back and take the throne. ***That's a storyline never used before...and I really enjoyed it***.
She throws in twists and turns you weren't expecting...like the ending. Really...Robin...that was not expected. I kept thinking other things, but you really threw me off. Sorry, everyone I'm not spoiling anything about this book. If you want to find out what Robin does, you need to read it for yourself. I hate giving out spoilers.
Now for one of the things that I wasn't really fond of...in the beginning it just dragged on, with a love development story between the characters. It did remind me a little bit about Twilight in the beginning, but after awhile, it took it a different turn...which made me like it again. Sometimes, having too much of a development of romance in the characters and not enough action, makes me want to put down a book and stop reading it. I can't stand heroines who also complain and whine. Genevieve did irritate me in parts of the books, but that's because she's a teenager. I remember being a teenager, but I'm glad I didn't act like her in certain parts of the book when she gave her Aunt a hard time.
I will say this, Robin, definitely had me loving the characters, Joseph and Luna in the book. I especially loved Joseph. There is just something about him, I like better than William. Luna of course is an amazing friend to Genevieve and I loved how Robin writes about the friendship between Luna and Genevieve. You don't usually see that in books. You usually just read about the romance, not friendship.
I recommend this to anyone who loves a different twist to the vampire/werewolf stories and who also loves twists and turns. You'll definitely get a few "What the heck" and "No way" in this book.
Thank you, Robin for giving me a chance to read/review your book. I look forward to reading more about these characters and find out what their next adventure is. ...more
When I read the Summary to this book, I was excited to read it. Another thing that made me excited was that it's a Volume which means there's more stories to come. I also knew there would be a GOOD Cliffhanger at the end and boy, was there. =) In the beginning of the story, you learn about Evie and what she's gone through and what she is still going through. She lives with her Grandmother after she lost her parents to a car accident. It's not a happy life for poor Evie. All I wanted to do was go through the book and hug her. She had been through so much and her Grandmother is definitely not a very caring person to her. I just wanted to slap her to wake her up. Evie goes walking in the woods and one day she meets Lucas in the woods who she never thought would change her world. Lucas ends up making her life more exciting and fulfilling. Although, in the mean time, Evie is changing drastically...and she has no idea why she's feeling so ill. She also feels that Lucas is being very odd. She doesn't understand what is going on and she wants to get to the bottom of it all. She knows something is different with Lucas. I absolutely adore Lucas in the story. He made Evie feel again which for any guy who can make a girl happy and make her realize happiness is out there...is definitely a GREAT guy. I like how T.J. Dell writes a different paranormal romance. She brings heartache, happiness and confusion all together. She writes two main characters who I fell in love with automatically. I felt sorry for Evie and even Lucas at certain parts of the story. When Lucas had to tell Evie his secret, I felt she took it out of proportion. Poor guy, didn't know what would happen. He needed a hug too in that part of the book. I can't wait for the next volume because T.J. Dell left an amazing cliffhanger. I kind of knew it would happen though. I know I would've done the same thing Evie did. Thank you T.J. Dell, for giving me a chance to read your book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It looks like I gave the book 4 stars...but I really say it's a 4.5 star book. Dang...couldn't put a half a star on Goodreads/Amazon. Wish they would already give that option already. Is it January yet...because I really want to read Volume 2 and find out what happens next to Lucas and Evie. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves cliffhangers, paranormal romance and loves reading YA....more
I have wanted to read Julie Kagawa books for awhile and jumped at the chance when I saw "The Immortal Rules" on NetgalReview also on Book Lovin Mamas
I have wanted to read Julie Kagawa books for awhile and jumped at the chance when I saw "The Immortal Rules" on Netgalley. I have all of the Iron Fey books on my Kindle...but other books have taken precedence, but I plan on reading them this year. I'm glad I put other books on hold to read "The Immortal Rules" so I can find out what kind of writing style Julie Kagawa has. At the end of the book, Julie Kagawa said that she really never thought of jumping on the "Vampire" wagon. I'm glad she did though. =) I love reading books that Vampires are not the mushy, romantic, and sparkly kind...instead they are the feared, hated, killing monsters that we are used to reading them as. Julie creates a world where the Vampires run the Humans. Humans are either registered (give blood - they are given food, etc.) or they are unregistered (fend for themselves for food, etc.). Vampires live in the "Inner City" and humans live in the "Fringe". City Walls protect the fringe from the outside world which harbors rabids (which are souless creatures just like Vampires...but even Vampires fear them because they're a abomination of the Vampires). It's a crazy world where no one is safe from dying. I like how Julie just automatically puts the characters into danger and of course if you're close to certain characters already...just let's say you won't be after a few chapters. The main character, Allie is the focus of the book, and I definitely adored her character. She is strong, determined, and definitely fights back (emotionally and physically. She defies pretty much everything as human and a vampire. I won't get into the description of the book because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who is thinking about reading this book. Let's just say...be prepared for anything to happen. Reminder...do not get too attached to characters. Also...don't expect happy beginnings or endings for Allie. Allie was put through a lot in this book and I definitely will be reading the next installment. I did find that the book dragged in some parts and Julie did spend too much time in certain areas of the book, but in the end I loved this book. Recommend this book to anyone out there who has read Julie Kagawa before, loves the Paranormal YA Genre, who loves dystopian fiction, and loves MONSTERS that Vampires are supposed to be (not the Edward Cullen kind...)...more
I had the privilege of being apart of my first blog tour thanks to Cindy C. Bennett and her publisher, Cedar Fort. I received a ARC version of "Geek GI had the privilege of being apart of my first blog tour thanks to Cindy C. Bennett and her publisher, Cedar Fort. I received a ARC version of "Geek Girl" from the publisher last month and finally had time to read it the beginning of this month. I'm not used to reading Contemporary YA...but I have to say after reading "Geek Girl", I will branch back to Contemporary YA. The last time I read a YA like this was back in middle school which was about 11 years ago. My thoughts on Geek Girl, is I really loved the story to this book. Jen is definitely one character who had me crying in certain parts of the book, especially when she explained what happened to her and why she went into foster care. She had been rebel for awhile and every time she went into another foster family, she would find away to mess it up. Although, this time around, it was a boy who had her change and she truly learned that their were people out there that loved her. It was a bet that changed her life. A bet between her friends to have her change a geek boy into a rebel just like Jen. When she first met Trevor, she didn't know a boy like him could change her for the good. Trevor is definitely a ideal romantic teenage boy who would sweep any girl off her feet because he treats the girl with respect and dignity. He didn't change Jen himself, Jen changed herself for him because she started to realize she was falling in love with Trevor. She loved the boy who helped the elderly, went bowling with his family, and took his studies seriously. She didn't like taking him to parties because she knew he was uncomfortable. She enjoyed going to watch Sci-fi movies at Trevor's friends houses. She just loved hanging out with him. This is definitely a book a Mom of a teenager daughter or even a teenage girl herself in middle school or highschool who should read. Cindy C. Bennett takes you into a world of teenagers and what happens between the different worlds of rebel teens and geeks. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read contemporary YA and actually has a life lesson to it. Being a mother of two girls under the age of 7, this book definitely put in perspective what some teenagers will do and go through while their in school. I loved this book and that is why I gave it 5 stars. Thank you Cindy C. Bennett and Cedar Fort Publishing for giving me a chance to read and review this book for the Geek Girl Blog Tour. I definitely loved being apart of it. ...more