When I saw this book on the NetGalley I requested it because I always loved stories about menfolk, sir...moreMy Thoughts:
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When I saw this book on the NetGalley I requested it because I always loved stories about menfolk, sirens and so on. Surfacing is the first book in the Swans Landing Series; I have never heard of this series before so I really did not know what to expect.
Mara Westray, a sixteen year old girl, who moves to Swan Landing after her mother’s death to live with her father. For the moment she steps foot onto the island she know that there is something going on. People are not nice, they are avoiding her or are mean for no apparent reason. Mara was a great protagonist in this story; she had a lot to deal with for someone who is only sixteen years old. She took care of her mother and she had to watch her die, so she has a right to be acting out. Which teenager wouldn`t? Even though I understood why she was acting out, there were times I wanted to shake and say – just for once listen and think what people are trying to say.
I enjoyed the story and the mystery; it is one of those mysteries where the reader knows what Mara is before she does. You can pretty much figure it what she is by the end of the second chapter. I really liked the idea of finfolk and how they live among humans. There is a lot of tension and mistrust between the two, but not everyone is discriminating.
There was some character development throughout the story but I would’ve liked to see Mara grow more as a person. Supporting characters were great and likable, well most of them were. There were a lot of characters with a lot of unresolved issues and problems in their lives which causes them to act out. Sailor and her issues; Josh and his secret; and Mara and her father.
Overall this was a good story and I enjoyed reading it. Writing was good, there was some character development but it could’ve been better. I am interested to see how the story progresses in next book.
I also want to comment on the cover. I love this cover. It so simple yet so beautiful. There is just something about it that draws my attention to it; in this case less is more.
I give this books 3/5 STARS – HAPPY READING!!! (less)
When I first requested this book I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never even heard of this book or auth...more My Thoughts:
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When I first requested this book I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never even heard of this book or author for that matter. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised; I started to read the ebook as soon as I got it and I was sucked in. I knew by the time I finished first chapter that I was going to love this book. And I did.
Author did a great job with the world building and the history that I felt like I was living in the same world. And for a day or I was. I know that not all people like it when an author goes into detail description of history and world, but I do. I think that it integral part of a story otherwise how do you build a world with as little detail as possible. I usually always get annoyed when authors provide bare minimum world building vise, and I always have a hard time envisioning that world. But with this book it was not a problem.
I loved the characters in this book, they very real and multidimensional. John Charming was interesting, funny, entertaining, smart and sarcastic character. He and Sig had such a great chemistry and throughout the whole book I was rooting for them. Sig was another great character, I loved reading about her interaction with John and her messed up relationship with Stanislav.
Supporting characters, Molly, Callihan, Choo (I think that was his name), and Stanislav and his nephews were also great and entertaining. Stanislav was a messed up person and I disliked him; I couldn’t see what Sig saw in him. Out of the supporting characters I think Molly and Choo (the exterminator) were my favorite and I hope we get to see more of them in the book two.
I really do not want to give too much away, because I want those who have not read the book yet enjoy it as much as I did. All I am going to say is that it was very well written, entertaining and funny. There are great characters, great story line, mystery, great fight scenes and supernatural elements. Even Templar Knights are part of the story; this was interesting take on Templars.
If you have not hear of this novel yet, than I suggest that you go out and check it out. It was an awesomely entertaining read. But if you hear of it but not sure if you should read it, I suggest that you read or at least give it a try. You might end up loving it. I do not give 4 or 5 (out of 5 stars) very easily. I am actually stingy with my 4s and 5s. This book is 4.5 Stars, but since Goodreads does not have 4.5 it will have to be 4 starts.
So Harlequin Presents books are my secret pleasure. Once in a while I will go out and buy one and read it. But this time, Harlequin over...moreMy Thoughts:
So Harlequin Presents books are my secret pleasure. Once in a while I will go out and buy one and read it. But this time, Harlequin over at Netgalley were kind enough to allow me to read this galley.
This a story about two individuals, Audrey and Enzu who fall in love. Enzu is a billionaire (of course he is otherwise it would not be Harlequin Presents) and Audrey is just an every day girl who work for him. Long story short Enzu is seeking for a mother for his niece and nephew; he got the custody of kids after their mother and father passed away.
Story starts of with Audrey applying for the job of mother for the two kids. I have to say I really enjoyed reading this book. It is not your typical Harlequin Presents novel. Usually they are full of misunderstanding and miscommunication and doubts and so on. Not in this one, Audrey and Enzu are attracted to each other and they explore that attraction.
Overall this was a good read and I enjoyed reading it very much. So thank you Harlequin Presents and Netgalley for allowing me to review this galley. I have read some of other titles by Ms. Monroe and she has not disappointed me so far.
I give this book 3/5 STARS - HAPPY READING!!! (less)
I saw this book on my online ebook library catalog and I new I had to read it right away. I love books about Hades, or Hades and Persephone. I have re...moreI saw this book on my online ebook library catalog and I new I had to read it right away. I love books about Hades, or Hades and Persephone. I have read few books about Hades and Persephone, such as Goddess Test series which I enjoyed very much. When I started this book I was not sure what to expect. I have to say that I was not disappointed but I was not crazy in love with this book either. I think I need to read next book in the series to decide if I like this series.
Persephone is a your every day teenager, with teenage problems. Or is she? Persephone finds out that she is a Goddess and she is goddess of spring. Her best friend is her priestess. She finds this hard to believe until she is attacked by Boreas and rescued by Hades, that is when she starts believing that she is a goddess, not fully matured yet.
Persephone was an interesting character, I liked her for the most part. She is smart, beautiful, and caring. She does not act like she is a goddess, she acts like she is your everyday teenager. For most of her life she was just a teenager, but that changed when she found out that she was a goddess.
I really liked how the author portrayed Hades in this story. He is old, old age wise but not physically. Hades was also interesting character, actually I found him more interesting than any other character in the story.
I enjoyed the romance between Hades and Persephone, it slowly developed over the course of the story. I like the fact that it was not rushed and they were not declaring love for each other on page two.
Over all this was a good read for me, but as much as I enjoyed reading I felt like there was something missing in the story. Maybe it was too short and not enough character development. I think that it had to do with the fact that Persephone's character was not developed enough, she thought she new best and made rush decisions. Persephone rational was - I was human therefore I know what's best for them.
I give this books 3/5 STARS - HAPPY READING!!! (less)
This was a fairly short story and an easy read, about a young man Freddie Watson who ends up traveling through French Pyrenees in 1928. Freddie has ne...moreThis was a fairly short story and an easy read, about a young man Freddie Watson who ends up traveling through French Pyrenees in 1928. Freddie has never really gotten over the death of his brother, he died in WWI. He was reported missing in action, there was no body to bury. Freddie has always been close to his older brother, he worshipped him and when he died he never gotten over it. Also his parents were not that helpful with dealing with the death of their son.
Fraddie ends up traveling through the French Pyrenees, his car breaks down while on the road and from here the story starts. I read the story in one sitting and I was intrigues. I really did not want to put it down. I am a lover of ghost stories, and this was nice little ghost story.
Story was well told, even though readers know that Fabrissa is a ghost, our main character is the last to figure it out. Well he is more so in denial than anything else. Even though we know that she is a ghost it does not really take away from the story. There was enough things going on with Freddie to keep the readers intrigued.
I loved how the author managed to incorporate the history of Cathars into this book. I know bit about Cathars history, but I never read anything about Cathar's in fiction. It was well done.
Characters were great, Freddie's character was so alive and intriguing that I kept wanting to know what will happen next. Overall this was a great read and I am glad that I decided on reading. I will have to check some more titles by Mosse, such as Labyrinth .
I give this book 4/5 STARS - HAPPY READING!!! (less)
Three high school friends, Gordon, Shelly and John. It not a story about Shelly so much as it is a story about Gordon and his sexual exploits. Which i...moreThree high school friends, Gordon, Shelly and John. It not a story about Shelly so much as it is a story about Gordon and his sexual exploits. Which is not surprising since Gordon is suppose to be Byron. I can not say that I know much about Byron, I just never found time to read anything of his. So I do not have a basis to judge Gordon and see that he is true to his characters. Same goes for Keats and Shelly.
I am not sure if I like this book, I certainly do not hate it. But I do think that it could be much better. I have a distinct feeling that the author was making fun of authors (maybe even the readers) of vampire YA (could be adult too) novels. Which I find in bad taste since the author who is making fun of others did not do such a great job of writing a book.
All the criticism aside, like I said this was a book about Gordon and his sexual exploits from very young age. Every chapter is about Gordon and his new conquest, girl of his age, teacher, sister and so on. It is not that I minded about his exploits at first, but I started to because that was all there was to Gordon. Every chapter there was new conquest. Mind you the story is being told by John Keats.
I don't think I liked any of the characters, Gordon, Shelly even John. They are all very off putting and part of me thinks that these are not the characters one can warm up too. They all have their own personal issues to deal with, some worse than others. Some reactions I did not understand, especially scene between Shelly and her father (I don't want to give too much away).
Overall this was good read, I did not love, but rather I kind of like it. Might be more appropriate to say I liked first have of it but than I started to dislike it. Kind of balances out to kind of liking it LOL. Writing was not to bad, there should have been more character development. I do have to say that book cover is great.
I give this book 3/5 STARS - HAPPY READING!!! (less)
I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere but never really paid much attention to it. Also I did not know that this book is a prequel to the Steampun...more I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere but never really paid much attention to it. Also I did not know that this book is a prequel to the Steampunk Chronicles series; I been wanting to read The Girl in the Steal Corset for some time now. Right after I finished reading I went to my local library to look for book one. I knew that they had it because I remember sing it.
This was a short novella with Finley Jayne as the main protagonist. Finley is a strange girl, bit rough, but she is kind and smart. I also liked the dark side of Finley, it was interesting and I wished that it was bit better portrayed but this is only novella author has time to do that is book one. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and it can be said that this is steampunk type of book. I often come across books that claim “steampunk” but never deliver. This is not the case with this book; I can not wait to start reading “The Girl in the Steal Corset”.
Finley is an interesting character and this novella was a great introduction to Finley. The author gives you enough information to keep you interested in the story, but not all is revealed which gives me something to look forward to in the other books in the series. I liked Finley dedication to Phoebe and her mother and how she took her position seriously, maybe too seriously. I wished that the ending was more complex, it was too easy in my opinion.
Overall this was a great read and I looking forward to “The Girl in the Steal Corset”. It was well written, lovable characters and interesting setting.
I give this book 4/5 STARS – HAPPY READING!!! (less)