WOW! In a sea of new adult novels that are sprouting everywhere, Wait for You is like a breath of fresh air. I just loved this one so very much!
My onl...moreWOW! In a sea of new adult novels that are sprouting everywhere, Wait for You is like a breath of fresh air. I just loved this one so very much!
My only experience with Jennifer Armentrout’s writing is Obsidian, which I adored as well. It seems to me that she is one of the best authors at creating characters that come alive within the story.
Avery is a very complicated character. There is a traumatic and painful event in her life that changed, not only the way she felt about herself, but her relationship with her parents and with her peers. Avery is afraid of letting everyone in, afraid of pain and rejection, so much fear. She needed help that was denied to her and I’m glad that she was able to rise above it all.
I love Cameron with a passion! He is one of the best male characters EVER. He is so sweet, considerate, romantic, gorgeous, not to mention that he has the patience of a saint. Even though he got into some trouble, he tried really hard to overcome all obstacles and I think that scare put things into perspective for him.
At the end, Cam was Avery’s salvation, the lifeline she needed to get her head above water and be willing to fight for something (or someone in this case). I can really appreciate that there was no instant love between them, but rather a friendship that evolved into something ‘more’.
Let me stop here and rant for a little bit. What the *#%& (insert your favorite curse word here) was wrong with Avery’s parents? I wish (not for the first time) that I can slap a fictional character silly! For crying out loud, they should be flogged and then thrown into the sea (it seems that I have a big imagination for torture). I am a mother and if someone were to even attempt something like that with one of my kids, I can assure you that all hell would break loose! **breathing hard** Glad I got that off my chest!
Cam’s family is what families should be like, with ups and downs, but sticking out for each other and accepting everything; the good and the bad. I was glad that Avery had a chance to meet them and realize that her parents are plain crazy.
The writing is awesome. Even if the plot is pretty simple, I can appreciate the details and the angst because it had a reason. I guess you can tell that I really liked Wait for You, I’m a declared Armentrout / Lynn fan for life!
About the cover: Pretty typical for new adult, I do like the black and white picture and the contrast of the red font. (less)
It is no secret that I loved Wait for Me, thus I couldn’t wait to read the same story from Cam’s point of view. I couldn’t imagine this story getting...moreIt is no secret that I loved Wait for Me, thus I couldn’t wait to read the same story from Cam’s point of view. I couldn’t imagine this story getting any better, but it did!
Since I wrote a full review for Wait for Me, I won’t go into the same details, but rather, let me tell you what I loved about Trust in Me. Cam’s mind is a much comfortable place to be. Don’t get me wrong, I understand Avery’s angst, self-doubt, and mistrust, but by contrast, Cam is just the opposite (opposites attract, right). While reading the first book and thought that Cam must have the patience of a saint, and indeed he does! Cam’s a guy. What do I mean by that? Well, he has a one-track mind (you get my meaning).
In Trust in Me we get to see the whole study (minus Avery’s angst as I mentioned before), plus what goes on with Cam when the two are not together. It also gives the reader a chance to get better acquainted with Cam’s friends, Oliver and Jase, as well as with Cam’s family, especially his sister. I also like that he’s not afraid to talk about feelings and confronts his rage to try to keep it under control.
As always, the fabulous Jennifer Armentrout cannot help but to write an amazing story. I love her writing style, it’s straightforward and beautiful at the same time. I really hope you give this story a try because it’s wonderful! (less)
Oh wow! I felt that when I opened this book I was given a rare jewel (pardon the corniness). Friends &...moreFind my original review here: Reading with ABC
Oh wow! I felt that when I opened this book I was given a rare jewel (pardon the corniness). Friends & Foes is, without a doubt, one of my favorite romances of all time.
What makes this book so good? The marvelous characters! They are flawed yet wonderful at the same time. Phillip (I have really good luck with characters with this name!), is an English spy and pretend dandy that cares deeply for his family. He is not fooling everyone with the charade, least of all Sorrel. Phillip is loyal, caring, and good natured. I love Phillip’s war tactics and rules!
Sorrel has a difficult life. Her childhood was not all that happy and her parents leave a lot to wish for. Nonetheless, Sorrel grew up to be fiercely loyal and caring, but forced herself to put on a tough façade to protect her heart. What I liked more about Sorel was that she refused to be a damsel in distress, she is a strong character and she can curse like a sailor to prove it! The banter between Philip and Sorrel is priceless! It is, in fact, a war of words that I enjoyed immensely.
All the characters are so well developed and unique. I love Crispin and Catherine (I have to read their story soon!), and Sorel’s siblings, Fennel and Marjie.
The plot is, all in all, good, but predictable. The writing, however, is an absolute gem. Everything, from the descriptions and especially, the dialogue are so good. The characterization, as you can probably tell from my inarticulate gushing above, is amazing. Ms. Eden managed to create a host of characters that will leave in my memory for a long while. My only objection for Friends & Foes is that I wished for an epilogue or something more at the ending, but maybe we will get to visit with Sorrel and Phillip in the next books of the series.
As you can imagine, I purchased another one of Ms. Eden’s books right away, Seeking Persephone, and I already read it (review coming soon :) If you enjoy historical romance, I highly recommend Friends & Foes.
I can’t wait to read more about the Jonquil brothers and thankfully there are seven of them :)
A quote for you:
“Let me see if I can guess your brother’s name” Phillip assumed a very speculative look. “I’ve got it! Horseradish.” “Horseradish.” “Knotweed, perhaps.” “Really, my lord.” Nutmet? Peppermint? Poppy? “Why on earth would my brother me named Poppy?”
About the cover: I have to confess that this is what made me buy this book. The cover is so pretty and delicate, don’t you think? (less)
Like the rest of the world I LOVED Angelfall. It took forever to get book two, and unlike it usually happens to me with sequels, I couldn’t w...more4.5 Stars
Like the rest of the world I LOVED Angelfall. It took forever to get book two, and unlike it usually happens to me with sequels, I couldn’t wait to read World After. It was not as good as its predecessor, but good nonetheless.
Penryn is still our kick-ass hero. Sorry, but there is no better way to describe her. She is loyal, stubborn, strong, fearless, smart, caring; in short, she’s awesome. After she comes back from the dead (almost literary), she is trying to reconcile her past with the crude reality of the world after the angel invasion and with Paige has become. Nothing is getting easier for anyone, but we learned a lot about angel politics, crazy scientists, Paige, and future plans.
Raffe (insert *sigh* here) is one hot angel. He’s loyal to Penryn (the only one on his side) and trying to find out what the heck happen with the rest of the angels, while still wearing demon wings. I think my disappointment with World After strives from the fact that Raffe and Penryn were NOT together for most of the book. It seems like once they were (maybe after 2/3rd?) the story became so much better.
The chemistry between Penryn and Raffe is absolutely amazing! Even if it is forbidden for an angel and a human to be together, and they are fully conscious of the fact, they can’t help what they feel. I hope that the next books have more time of them together.
The characterization is great. I love Dee and Dum, and their reliability to Penryn. Penryn’s mom is still crazy (there’s no cure for her kind of crazy!), but she’s still smart and her survival skills are uncanny; also she tries to keep her daughters safe the only way she knows how.
The plot and world building of this book is outstanding. You don’t know what to expect or when, it’s in constant horrific motion. This book is not for the faint of heart as the angels are even more ruthless and the mad science experiments are getting crazier by the minute. The writing is impeccable and easy to read (even when it’s not easy to digest what’s actually happening!).
It seems like Penryn & the End of Days will be a five book series, and of course it will take years for us to know the ending, but I wish the best for Penryn, Raffe and the rest of the World After. I can just hope that the next book won’t take two years to be published.
Some quotes for you:
“I look up to say something but he puts his finger to my lips and whispers, “Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”
“It is painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.”
“I kick him in the face point blank with my high heel. He wasn't expecting that. The Angel flies back off the stage. "It really is you,"says Raffe.”
“My only thought is that I am not going to end up truly dead this time in Raffe’s arms. I am not going to be one more wound on his soul.”
“He glares at me. "I've had to watch you die once, isn't that enough?" "All you have to do is make sure it doesn't happen again." I give him a sunny smile. "Simple." "The only thing simple is you. Stubborn little..." His grumbles fades to a point where I can't hear them, but I suspect they're not compliments.”
About the cover: This one is not as pretty as Angelfall, but then again, these are Raffe’s new wings. Nothing is pretty in the World After. (less)
What I liked most about the book where its character...moreRate is 3.5 stars. Find the original review at Reading with ABC
Just for Now is a fun, steamy read.
What I liked most about the book where its characters. Jenna is separated from her husband (apparently in New Zealand the couple has to separate and wait two years before getting a divorce) because of something that happened with her ex (don’t want to spoil it for you). She has undergone both a spiritual and a physical change due to this. Jenna is very loving, a great teacher, has the patience of a saint and is working on her self-esteem. On the other hand Finn is a famous Rugby player that needs a nanny for six months. He is a home-boy, family man that is trying to provide a stable life for his two children.
The other main characters are, of course, Finn’s children, Harry and Sophie. They are very different from each other, but they both idolize their father. I also liked the Sarah, Finn’s meddlesome sister, as she has his best interests (and Jenna’s) at heart.
Overall I liked Just for Now, I think that I didn’t love it because of my own lack of interest in sports. This made it really hard for me to understand all the talk about rugby. Also, the book was really geared for the New Zealand and possibly Australian audiences; I found the language a bit confusing at times (I understand now why books are tailored to different audiences!). I could understand some of the words, for example, referring to a cell phone as a mobile; but others were a little harder for me to figure out, like Weet-Bix, brekkie, cossie and kiwi. Another thing is that this book has some pretty steamy scenes, so please be aware that it is for adults only.
The plot is simple and a tad cliché, but it is done very well and it kept my interest thought the story. The writing (other than the use of regionalisms) flows well and it’s very nice.
Here are some quotes for you:
“She looked at him doubtfully. He was certainly striking, with his height and powerful build, but his features were much too rough-hewn to be called handsome.” – Jenna
“Wow. That was the only word that came to mind. Despite their close quarters, she’d never seen him this closely without his shirt before. There was a lot of chest and shoulder there. A whole lot." – Jenna
“Bloody hell”, he said, breathing hard now too. “You’re like Disneyland. Everything I like best, all there for me. And I want to go on every ride” – Finn (less)
How Beauty Met the Beast is a novella that introduces the exciting world of the Underlight, and what a r...moreFind my original review here: Reading with ABC
How Beauty Met the Beast is a novella that introduces the exciting world of the Underlight, and what a ride it was!
The characters in this story are to die for! Jolie comes from money and power, but has chosen another path for herself. Her path leads her to an edgy type of entertainment as a burlesque dancer and that is how she ‘meets’ Hauk. Jolie is gorgeous and successful and she can have any man she wants. Hauk is a big man, he is tough, scarred inside and out, and somehow vulnerable. He has been shunned and rejected many times and has lost hope on any type of normal life. When Jolie and Hauk meet, I could actually see the fireworks! Their chemistry together is amazing and I love them both.
Jolie and Hauk are working together as he is helping him with a big problem (I hate to be cryptic, but I don’t want to give anything away). I love Whitney! She reminds me (in character) to my own 12-year-old. Aren’t they precious? Other characters are well fleshed out and I’m sure we will see more of them in the next book.
The plot and the story are a combination of paranormal and conspiracy theory with a bit of mythology for good measure. Since I don’t read a lot of adult-paranormal, I found it all refreshing. The world of the Underlight is very interesting. The writing is so good! It flows nicely and effortlessly, the characters are full of wit, sexual innuendo and just plain awesome. I still have unanswered questions, like why Hauk has the blackouts and his pain-sense. I will definitely read the next book in the series titled How Beauty Saved the Beast, due to be published in February.
Here are some fun quotes:
“You have a nice smile, you know. You should use it more often.” “Don’t patronize me. I’m ugly as Hel’s bad half, and I don’t give a damn.” His smile grew as he stood up. “But then I don’t have to look at me…” Hauk talking to Catrina
When she smiled at him again, eyes shining with admiration, he know he would take on any pain, any struggle, any ordeal to have her look at him like that again” – Hauk
“Can I still tell him that you carried his butt? Because that’s just funny.” Jolie relaxed and followed her niece toward the door. “Yes you can tell him that part”. – Whitney and Jolie
About the cover: I love this cover! Jolie (not precisely as I imagined her), is wearing a burlesque costume with Hauk looking over her (with his trademark hoodie) and they are underground. I love how she is all ‘color’ and the rest are shades of gray.(less)
As the synopses states, Sam and Celaena have moved out of the Assassin’s Keep and are now living on their own, but they are not getting any work and t...moreAs the synopses states, Sam and Celaena have moved out of the Assassin’s Keep and are now living on their own, but they are not getting any work and their funds are seriously depleted. They are determined to get a new beginning together and negotiate with Arobynn to be able to leave the Assassin’s Guild in peace. The problem is that Arobynn is incapable of love and compassion, he is SO BAD! I have to say that I cried in this one, and if you read Throne of Glass or the preview, you know that it doesn’t end well; but in case you haven’t I will not tell you the ending. This novella is truly heartbreaking, not only because of what happens to Sam, but also because Celaena refuses to believe that Arobynn is the bastard that he is.
All these novellas are amazing! They seem much longer than what they really are because the writing is flawless, the characters are incredible and the plots are truly memorable. Please read these as well as the full length novel. They are awesome! (less)
This installment was bittersweet for me. The good part was that Sam and Celaena finally admitted their feelings for each other (well, sort of) and I l...moreThis installment was bittersweet for me. The good part was that Sam and Celaena finally admitted their feelings for each other (well, sort of) and I loved that part. Sam is so sweet and I love him! Arobynn keeps proving that he is a heartless bastard and manipulates Celaena into an awful position and forces her to do something she despises. This novella is a little slower, but it has more meaning in terms of feelings and what is to happen next. I just don’t understand how Celaena can still believe in Arobynn after all he has done. (less)
This novella starts about a month after Sam and Celaena return to the Assassin’s Keep and face Arobynn and the fact that they spoilt his business deal...moreThis novella starts about a month after Sam and Celaena return to the Assassin’s Keep and face Arobynn and the fact that they spoilt his business deal with the Pirate Lord. To say the least, Arobynn didn’t take it well and both Sam and Celaena were severely punished for their interference. Celaena is send to the middle of the desert to train with the Silent Assassins and here she makes one special friend. She faces some tribulations and a lot of pain in the process, but as expected she triumphs at the end. It is so difficult to understand how Ms. Maas creates characters that are so compelling in such a short number of pages; she is one talented author! The setting of this book was so rich and the differences between the desert and Adarlan so marked. I missed Sam and so did Celaena. Oh, and Arobynn is a bastard (I don’t want to curse, so that word will have to do for now ;) (less)
This was supposed to be our first glance at Celaena, and what a great introduction it is! We get to know a little bit about Arobynn and the way Celaen...moreThis was supposed to be our first glance at Celaena, and what a great introduction it is! We get to know a little bit about Arobynn and the way Celaena was raised. I have to say that it was a very hard childhood, full of violence, and competition that very few people would have survived. Regardless of this fact, Celaena remains a beacon of light, she is stubborn, compassionate, loyal, and all the way awesome! Sam is a great character that cares for Celaena a lot, he was raised also by Arobynn and fierce competition between him and Celaena was encouraged and expected. I love the way that both her and Sam where on the same page regarding slavery and how they worked together to free the prisoners of war and intimidate the Pirate Lord into letting them go unharmed. Of course now they have to go home and deal with the fact that they didn’t obey Arobynn’s orders… (less)
What an amazing book! The Boys of Summer turned out to be one of my favorite contemporary novels!
Tess, Ellie and Adam are starting year 12 and they are the best of friends that form a tight protective circle around each other. They know and accept one another for the amazing people that they are. At the same time I thing that each one of them enable each other to stay stagnant and unchanged, until they planned to work together at the Onslow hotel for the holidays. Due to unforeseen circumstances, only Ellie and Tess end of working and together they start hanging out with the “Onslow Boys” (named by Ellie after their town). The Onslow boys: Toby, Chris, Ringer, Stan and Sean, are 22-year-old, handsome, and a really great group of friends.
I love Tess’s voice. She was filled with insecurities and consciously chose to rise above them. She is smart, loyal to her friends, quirky, funny and beautiful. She isn’t perfect, in fact, just like real life, none of the characters are. But she grows a lot during the span of school break and I think that the same happens to Ellie.
All the Onslow boys are incredible, but so it happens, that Toby is the object of Tess’ affections. She has been watching him from afar for years, a fact that she had kept to herself. Toby is a really good guy, but quiet and he didn’t make his feelings clear from the beginning as he should have done. Especially since Tess was still 17, and going through her adolescent battles. At the end I fell in love with Toby, just like Tess did.
The characterization is superb, all of them having a distinct voice and personality. The Onslow boys, Adam, Ellie, even Rosanna and Melba are unique and add something to the story. The setting of The Boys of Summer is Australia and I found the descriptions of the natural beauty and of the town added a lot to substance. The writing is outstanding.
I will definitely read the rest of the books in the series, as I said when I started my incoherent excited babbling, I adore this book and I’m looking forward to visiting Onslow again! Beautiful and simple cover, right? (less)
Oh my! What an awesome book (*you can’t see me, but I’m doing a happy dance right now*)! I purchased a copy of Easy after seeing in many blogs and I c...moreOh my! What an awesome book (*you can’t see me, but I’m doing a happy dance right now*)! I purchased a copy of Easy after seeing in many blogs and I cannot tell you how good this book is. A gentle warning applies here: This book is for mature young adults as it contains language and has sexual scenes.
Jacqueline was a great character. She is obviously heartbroken and at a loss when her boyfriend of three years dumps her, but she quickly recovers from the shock and tries to go on with her life. She goes through a very traumatic event as well and tries to do the right thing about it. Jacqueline is smart, loyal, understanding and, at the end, brave and compassionate.
Lucas is probably one of my favorite male characters ever. Only a strong human being can overcome so much and come out shining on the other side. He is so considerate, tender, loving, talented, and so on and so forth (really, I can write a page about Lucas alone!). Amazing.
Other characters are well crafted and contribute significantly to the story. Erin, Kennedy, Dr. Heller, even Buck have their own, well defined personality. Overall, very good characterization throughout the story.
The plot was simple and surprising at the same time. It is easy to guess what is going on at the beginning, but then we are confronted with an even bigger twist later. Ms. Webber is an amazing writer. Take for instance this quote:
“Love is not the absence of logic but logic examined and recalculated heated and curved to fit inside the contours of the heart”
I also give Ms. Webber credit for touching on many difficult topics, especially when it comes to rape. This was done in a highly effective and tasteful manner. Good job!
Easy is a book that will stay with me for a long time, and one that I will probably re-read many times. PLEASE try this amazing story, you will not regret it. For my part I plan to read Ms. Webber’s books forevermore :)
About the cover: Very appropriate cover, with both Lucas and Jacqueline in such a tender moment. Beautiful! (less)
This will be a short review, appropriate for a short novella. I see Iron’s Prophesy as an introduction t...moreFind my original review here: Reading with ABC
This will be a short review, appropriate for a short novella. I see Iron’s Prophesy as an introduction to Ms. Kagawa’s new series, Call of the Forgotten, Ethan’s Chase story. As with all the books of the Iron Fey series, I really enjoyed this installment.
What can I say? If you’ve read my blog before you know that I adore Ash. He is one of the most romantic and awesome characters that I’ve ever read about and I could never get enough of him, ever. But moving on, I really enjoyed this short adventuret. It had all the required elements: fey, monsters, an impossible quest, a big party, a loving couple, a prophesy, and so much more. Most importantly, it has my favorite characters: Ash, Meghan, Grimalkin and Puck. Yes! Puck’s back and better than ever! Although I LOVE Ash, I really missed Puck too :)
The Oracle shows Meghan a future that is full of tragedy and involves an event between Ethan and her unborn child, which triggers the end of the Nevernever. Talking about heavy! Of course, Meghan and Ash know that the future is not written in stone and decide to have their child anyway (of course they did!)
I know that with this short novella, Ash and Meghan’s story is now over, but I do hope we get to see a bit of them in the new series. (*pretty please*) Here are some of fun quotes:
“No, I’m not homesick. I might miss my kin, but my home is Mag Tuiredh, or wherever you wish to rule from…My home…is with you” – Ash
“Uh, guys? Puck glanced over his shoulder at us. Not to be rude and all, but this thing is starting to eye me like I’m a big tasty mouse. I hope you two are planning to join the party soon” – Puck
11:15: The Making of a Halfling is prequel to Halflings (see my review here) and it gives a nice introduction to their world.
This short story starts...more11:15: The Making of a Halfling is prequel to Halflings (see my review here) and it gives a nice introduction to their world.
This short story starts when Mace, Raven, Vine and Will just move to be near Nikki, but they hadn’t received an assignment yet. Will receives a message from heaven and the three Halflings have to stop an event that will happen at a certain time and at a certain place (that’s all they know too!)
The story is good and it explains why Vine is an active participant alongside his “brothers”. Also, Nikki makes a short appearance. The other very cool thing is that the story has a few illustrations that I am dying to see in color!
The Goddess Hunt is a short story that happens right after Kate leaves Henry for the first time to spend her six months apart from him. As you might r...moreThe Goddess Hunt is a short story that happens right after Kate leaves Henry for the first time to spend her six months apart from him. As you might recall from the end of The Goddess Test, her plan is to go to Greece with James. While in Greece she gets in the middle of a power struggle among gods that has been going on for over a thousand years.
I love The Goddess Hunt, and let me count the ways: 1)it was short and sweet, 2)we get to see how gods think, how petty they are, and how long they can hold a grudge for (after all they live forever, right?). 3) It also shows a stronger, fearless Kate, with firm ideas of what is right and wrong, 4) we also learn how much Kate really doesn’t understand about the inner workings of the family she just inherited. AND 5) we get a bit of insight about Henry since some parts are told from his point of view. I think this is what I liked the most, his pragmatic personality and his carefully concealed feelings (I assure you he has plenty!)
The Goddess Hunt is a short story that I really enjoyed (more than book #2 actually) and I hope we get to see more adventures like this in the next installments. A must read for Aimee Carter’s fans.
About the cover: Gorgeous like all the covers in the series :) (less)
Forbidden was a surprisingly good read or me. Surprising because, even though this is a book about angels it constructs a unique hierarchy that is eas...moreForbidden was a surprisingly good read or me. Surprising because, even though this is a book about angels it constructs a unique hierarchy that is easy to understand.
The story is told in the first person from Levi’s point of view. I found it refreshing to have a guy tell the story for a change. Levi is a Guard and his “Call” or his assignment, so to speak, is to watch over Hannah. There are many things that are forbidden for a Guard to do and somehow and without meaning to, Levi breaks the rules. What happens next is an incredible ride, packed with unique characters, action, and an introduction of the world of the Guardians. Hannah is stubborn, curious, brave, beautiful and good, and her life is turned upside down by a fact that is not her fault. I think Levi and her make a really good couple.
As I mentioned above the characters in the book are amazing. Besides Levi my favorite characters is Ethan. Oh boy! He is handsome, cocky, egocentric and rude, but he is so funny and he is loyal to the end. I can’t wait to see what happens next with him! Angie is a conundrum and the dialogue between her and Ethan is priceless! I trusted Clay right away and I hope he makes a good mentor for Levi.
The story is very original as well as the angel lore with its hierarchy and rules. Ms. Curd’s writing is easy to read, well-paced and flows nicely. As you can see I really enjoyed Forbidden and cannot wait for its sequel.
About the cover: Of course the angel in the cover is what the book is all about. I like the play of the light and dark, a symbol for the good and bad (and maybe even gray!) (less)
Hereafter is the first paranormal romance that I’ve read in which the main character is a ghost. In fact, the book is narrated from Amelia’s point of...moreHereafter is the first paranormal romance that I’ve read in which the main character is a ghost. In fact, the book is narrated from Amelia’s point of view and we know what it feels like to be a ghost, and be confused and lonely.
Amelia is, as I mentioned, a ghost of an 18-year-old girl that wonders around near the place of her death. I think she develops a strong personality with a very ferocious sense of right and wrong and protectiveness towards those few that she loves. Joshua is a sweetheart (not to mention gorgeous!), he is also protective, but ill equipped to defend Amelia. Eli is evil and obviously the bad guy (or known bad guy) of the story, he has a distorted sense of ownership and a twisted mind. I hoped that Jillian, Joshua’s sister turned out to be one of the “good guys”, but I guess we’ll see in the sequel. I did not like Josh’s grandmother at all. She had knowledge about ghosts and demons but sees everything as black and white and is unwilling to help Amelia. Other characters were minor, such as Joshua’s friends, and parents.
Hereafter’s plot was original and the story was paced nicely. I guess that this first book left a lot of questions unanswered and it was a bit confusing. I honestly don’t understand how a ghost and a human can be together (it’s just creepy, right?) and the instant-love from Josh’s side was a little unbelievable. I only have good things to say about Ms. Hudson’s writing. It was well paced, lyrical, and the descriptions seem to take a life of their own.
I will still read Arise, book two of the series due to be published this June, as I want to know how it will all work out for Amelia and Joshua.
About the cover: It is a beautiful cover, very appropriate for the plot as it shows Amelia as a ghost and the dark river.
I really enjoyed Existence (review here) and was eagerly waiting for Predestined, I have to say it did not disappoint.
The book starts about two month...moreI really enjoyed Existence (review here) and was eagerly waiting for Predestined, I have to say it did not disappoint.
The book starts about two months after the end of Existence. Dank and Pagan are doing great together, but then we learn that Leif has been present throughout Pagan’s life, taking care of her and making sure she was safe. It seems like an impossible situation, and this book contains a lot of background information about Pagan’s childhood. I feel sad for Leif, because although he is a bit misguided, he does care for Pagan. I have to say that I don't know anything about Voodoo and I felt a little uncomfortable by it.
Dank and Pagan’s relationship keeps growing and, as you might know, I’m a sucker for romance. I love each of their scenes together, and their total surrender of each other. Some unanticipated events took place in this installment, some were really sad (I’m not trying to be cryptic, just spoiler free).
The plot was original and unexpected, but with a happy outcome (or so I hope). The writing is easy to read, and with a good pace. Overall, I enjoyed Predestined and I will definitely read book #3, Ceaseless, due to be published in September of this year.
I have been dying to read this book for a while, but had to carve some time to do so as it is a long book (549 pages). I really enjoy Grave Mercy, alt...moreI have been dying to read this book for a while, but had to carve some time to do so as it is a long book (549 pages). I really enjoy Grave Mercy, although I have to warn that it might not be for everyone.
Grave Mercy is a historical ‘romance’ with a bit of the paranormal thrown in for good measure, targeted to young adults. The setting of the story is the duchy of Brittany (now part of France) in the 1400s and it’s a period in history that I haven’t read much about. I found the backdrop of the story fascinating, even if complicated to follow.
The story starts by introducing us to Ismae which had a very cruel upbringing and also the power that religion and superstition had on that time. I can see how the promise of a safe haven to live in, without fear and of a way to defend themselves from the brutality of the world can be very alluring, and even appear to be a blessing. The elements of the old religion made a lot of sense and were easy to understand and were the very important to the story along with all the political machinations.
Ismae is very brave, loyal, is a great judge of character, and is a no-nonsense type of person. She is only 17, but has learned a lot about how bad things could be, which makes her appreciate and recognize a good thing when she sees it. Another redeeming quality is that she uses her brain, instead of following instructions blindly. Gavriel Duval and Ismae’s are unwilling partners in the political game, and quickly learn to trust each other. Their romance grows very slowly, which I can appreciate and makes it more enjoyable and believable. I am also glad that there wasn’t a love triangle, and that Ismae didn’t stray from her beliefs and her feelings. I really love Duval!
The overall characterization was really well done. We get to see Anne of Brittany, a sweet girl that is put in a very difficult position that I’m not sure that I could have ever understood at that age. She is constantly betrayed by the people that are supposed to be her allies. Other characters were really well crafted and made the story believable. I’m sure we will see more of all of them in the following books. All the ins and outs of the life at court can be confusing and seemed like a big theater performance at times.
The plot, as I’ve mentioned before, was a bit complicated, but not impossible to follow, keep in mind that this is based on past history! The writing was one of the best parts of the story. LaFevers has a way to making you feel like you know these characters, and I learned to care for them. The use of old words and sayings was also essential to the story.
Overall Grave Mercy is a great story, full of history, superstitions, religion, politics and romance. I will definitely read Dark Triumph, book # 2 due for publication sometime next year.
A very true fact that is repeated throughout the story: “People hear and see what they expect to hear and see”
Another favorite: “Ah” Duval says. “So this is what you didn’t want me to see. Poor Ismae”…”There is no shame is scar, Ismae”
About the cover: It’s a beautiful cover! We see Ismae in a beautiful red gown with a crossbow and in the background a castle. (less)
That’s how I feel for taking so long to read this book. It has been sitting in my Kindle for a long time, and I finally decided t...more*Slaps forehead* HARD
That’s how I feel for taking so long to read this book. It has been sitting in my Kindle for a long time, and I finally decided to check for myself what all the fuss was about. Well, now I know that Obsidian is an amazing book!
**At this point I have to make a quick side story. A few weeks ago I had to travel for business and of course, my trip took place on the first day of the FAA furlough. I was supposed to arrive at my destination at 2:00 and instead got there at 9:00! Anyway, I read the whole book and started another one (thank goodness for the longevity of my iPad’s battery!). End of whining (seriously one of the worst traveling experiences ever!) **
Did I mention that this book is amazing? The characters alone deserve a standing ovation. I mean Katy and Daemon together are a thing of beauty, I could actually see the sparks fly when they were close to each other. Katy is loyal, smart, well grounded, and brave. On the other hand, Daemon can be a bit abrasive and off putting (and gorgeous of course) but you can tell that he is a good guy deep down. I think he really enjoyed his babysitting duty. What do you think? Apart from them, we meet Dee and a few other high school friends and some of the other Lux that live close.
The plot is awesome! Did I mention that this book is about aliens? Such an incredible imagination! The story is full of discovery, twists and turns and even mystery. I’m not sure if I would have acted as cool as Katy did with all the strangeness going on, but I understand the allure. The writing is splendid, and goes hand in hand with the characterization. The story is action packed, even though we are introduced to a new sort of being and alien culture. I really don’t know what else to say about this incredible book, it’s a good thing I had all the time in the world to read it because I couldn’t put it down :) (less)
Just wow. I simply adored Die For Me and I was eager to visit with Vincent and Kate again in Until I Die. This book was poignantly beautiful.
One of th...moreJust wow. I simply adored Die For Me and I was eager to visit with Vincent and Kate again in Until I Die. This book was poignantly beautiful.
One of the main reasons I love this series is the characters. Ms. Plum knows how to make each one of her characters into an individual that we learn to love or hate. I really enjoy Jules (hint *can we get a happy ending for Jules?*), Georgia and Ambrose the most, although, as I said each one of these characters feels distinctive and alive.
I will not go on and on about Kate and Vincent, because we know them from the first book. Let me just say this: I love you Vincent! Now that that’s been said, we meet a few new characters in this installment, which I was very ambivalent about; I couldn’t bring myself to trust neither Violette nor Arthur.
The setting again plays a big role in the story. I mean, what could be more romantic than Paris? The story and the mythology of the revenants and the numa is very original and in Until I Die we get a lot more details that we didn’t know. The plot was well crafted, but the pace was slower than the first book. The writing is beautiful, it takes real talent to communicate really deep feelings, like the ones between Vincent and Kate, their sense of desperation and urgency to be together.
I still cannot believe the ending and I am hoping for a miracle, because I refuse to believe it! That cannot have happened. Needless to say, I cannot wait for If I Should Die, due to be published on May of next year.
About the cover: This over is also beautiful. I like the swirls, and the font. The colors are appropriately darker in this book. (less)