This is not my usual fair really (I think everyone knows that my usual fair involves people who can shape-shift or are werewolves or some such similar...moreThis is not my usual fair really (I think everyone knows that my usual fair involves people who can shape-shift or are werewolves or some such similar thing) but I have to say I think it's a pretty good read. I was hooked within a few pages, especially once they were on the island. I don't want to give a lot away, because it's got a certain intensity to it that I think could be ruined by my bathering, but this book has an exciting pace, two interesting characters, and some very real feeling issues. I mean, I'm not sure how likely it is that two random people could survive this (it has a certain Robinson Crusoe for the modern day romance reader to it) - okay I'm actually thinking about the likelyhood of my own survival here - but it certainly was compelling to be with them on that island and watch it shape the rest of their lives. (less)
These books look cute, yes. They're adorable. The covers are pretty and marketable and they come with matching dolls - and you know what? I don't care...moreThese books look cute, yes. They're adorable. The covers are pretty and marketable and they come with matching dolls - and you know what? I don't care that these dolls look like Bratz dolls anymore.
Why? Because the books have amazing, important messages that I love. First, Apple and Raven don't agree - Raven believes in freedom of choice and Apple wants nothing so much as she wants to fulfill her destiny and they fight and they argue and Apple doesn't know how to see Raven's side and Raven is struggling with all the arguments but do you know what? They are still friends. They still care about each other and their school and they want to close the rift between people even if they don't know how to do that yet. They're willing to fight without hating each other. And I love that. It seems to me that every time two girls are on the opposite side of an argument or belief they have to hate each other and tear each other down in outright or (perhaps even worse) passive aggressive ways and I despise it. These books don't do that. You might think you're going to hate Apple or hate Raven but the book really doesn't allow you to do either, even if you disagree with one or both of them at any given point.
When their friend ends up in trouble, they have to set aside all their disagreements and bring everyone on both sides together to help make it right. Apple learns to draw on the strength of others and Raven learns that she has strength she didn't know she had. They're both clever and smart and they love their friends fiercely.
This story shows time and again, a girl saving her own day and being the hero for the damsel in distress by being a strong leader and a good friend. It's beautiful.
It shows so much about how people can do the wrong thing when trying to do something good for the right reasons. Further it shows how sometimes doing the right thing for you is important even when other people will call it selfish. It shows how evil is selfish, but selfish isn't always evil. It's important to stand up for yourself and your friends, but that doesn't mean you have to stomp on other people in the process.
I just hope that people can look past the cute, pretty trappings and the little cutesy jokes to the heart of these books. (less)
I wasn't overly fond of Cait in the other stories and I certainly didn't have a high opinion of Dash considering his role in the last book in this ser...moreI wasn't overly fond of Cait in the other stories and I certainly didn't have a high opinion of Dash considering his role in the last book in this series so I was dubious when I started this one. But Dash surprised me and so did Cait. I expected to find them over stubborn and obtuse but they weren't. Yes, it took a little time for them to realize what they meant to each other and for Dash to win me over after his foolishness, but they weren't overly dramatic and I was surprised by how much I loved the side plot of Dash's family. I would like to see more of Dash with his family as these two crop up (hopefully) in other books in this series.
The plot in this one is relationship driven, but still manages to be fairly faced paced (carriage races! sleeping potions! dungeons and chains! oh my!). I have to say that I really enjoyed this addition to the series. (less)
Well, I'm sucked into this series for sure and I definitely I had a hard time putting it down, but as much as I'd been looking forward to this story s...moreWell, I'm sucked into this series for sure and I definitely I had a hard time putting it down, but as much as I'd been looking forward to this story since I saw Will and Priss together for the first time in "A Certain Wolfish Charm" I was a little annoyed with them. Every once in a while I kind of wanted to smack both of them and tell them to sit down and shut up while I explained what ridiculous people they were being. But I enjoyed the humor and getting to see all the characters I loved. (less)
I really enjoyed this romance - it was funny, it was sweet, and I liked the characters. I had a really hard time putting it down.
There is only one th...moreI really enjoyed this romance - it was funny, it was sweet, and I liked the characters. I had a really hard time putting it down.
There is only one thing still niggling at me. Let me see if I can explain.
The premise of the story is based on the fact that Lily is left to raise her nephew Oliver with the "help" of the boy's (2nd? 3rd?) cousin and guardian - Simon. The two are thrown together, fall in love, and raise the young boy together. Fun fact - Oliver, his father, and Simon are werewolves but Lily doesn't know she's surrounded by men who howl of the full moon.
Oliver's parents, including his werewolf father died in a carriage accident, but while reading the book Simon made werewolves sound damned near indestructable. What the hell happened? Did it fall of a Cliff in a raging river? So, that just kind of confuses me. (less)
I started this unsure. I love Shelly Laurenston's Magnus Pack and Pride series but I'm not all that big on her "Dragon Kin" series - I'm not sure what...moreI started this unsure. I love Shelly Laurenston's Magnus Pack and Pride series but I'm not all that big on her "Dragon Kin" series - I'm not sure what it is about that series, but I haven't been able to read very many of them - not that I haven't really enjoyed them, just that I haven't felt that obsessive pull to find out what happens in that world the way I have for her modern world with a twist. Given my lack of tenacity for the "Dragon Kin" series, I didn't know if I'd dig a story about warriors with sworn allegiances to Nordic gods/goddesses who happened to have retractable wings.
It only took a chapter or two for me to realize that I was going to be obsessed with these characters too which is frustrating since there aren't any other books currently out about this world and I haven't seen any mention of anything coming and OMG there had better be a follow up about about Tye and Janelle right effing quick because I neeeeeed that in my life stat - seriously.
It was fun to see that shifters exist in the same world as these Crows and Ravens - I'm hoping for some fun crossover stuff. (less)
What a great, surprisingly meaningful read. I had to laugh at this. Don't let the cover fool you, this is a gem of a read AND perfect for the boy in y...moreWhat a great, surprisingly meaningful read. I had to laugh at this. Don't let the cover fool you, this is a gem of a read AND perfect for the boy in your life.
The main character, finds himself breaking up with a lot of people - not because he's dating them, but because he's being paid to end other people's relationships.
Breaking up is hard to do and it seems like a great idea to everyone to have other people do it for them. Quentin is happy to do it until he learns the hard way that maybe, just maybe, breaking up is hard to do because it needs to be. (less)