I always knew that Bella Andre was good. However, her romances weren't quite five star reads for me. Well, that was until Kissing Under The Mistletoe.I always knew that Bella Andre was good. However, her romances weren't quite five star reads for me. Well, that was until Kissing Under The Mistletoe.
This book is for sure a five star read. And Bella Andre at her finest. Perfect for the holidays, and perfect read for the end of 2014.
Storytelling is awesome, and I could see so much improvement from Bella Andre's earlier writings.
This by far is the best Sullivan book in the series. See how it all began, Mary and Jack's love story. The story that gave us the wonderful Sullivan siblings....more
Any book with LISA KLEYPAS sprawled all over the cover is a must read for me. Her books have constantly been 4-stars or 5-stars for me.
To be honest, IAny book with LISA KLEYPAS sprawled all over the cover is a must read for me. Her books have constantly been 4-stars or 5-stars for me.
To be honest, I do not remember Sugar Daddy much, which is the first book in the Travis' series. That was a 4-star read for me. However, Blue-Eyed Devil, I know I will not forget for a long time, since this book made me cry like a baby.
Haven Travis, an heiress who is set up on making her own path, makes her pick of a husband. Nick was her first boyfriend, first kiss and first everything. The old adage kicks in, "you never know a person, until you live under the same roof." Nick, who seemed like an OK fellow, is actually a narcissistic b*stard who beats the crap out of women. Haven endures for a while, until she is left with a broken hip and kicked out of the house for the night. I was bawling!
This book made me think of domestic abuse, and why women tolerate it. It seems so easy to leave, but I know once you're in it yourself, it's hard to cut loose.
Hardy Cates apparently was a main focus in the first book, but despite me not remembering much, I enjoyed this book more than Sugar Daddy. Hardy Cates was very patient, hard-working and sweet. He started as a blue-collared worker, but ended up rich.
Haven initially thinks that Hardy is using her to get back at her brother Gage, but Hardy was just really attracted to her. The build up of their romance is sweet and perfect. Their journey wasn't easy, but they got there.
Blue-Eyed Devil sure is my favorite Lisa Kleypas contemporary. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
It is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this bIt is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this book (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, friend, library), and read it, and finish it on the same day. Power of suggestion. Is it working?
A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons ★★★★★★★★★★ A RAVING TEN OUT OF FIVE STARS!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE READ FOR 2014. So far.
Look at that cover. It looks like a regular young adult contemporary romance book. *wrong buzzer sound*. There is no way this is a regular contemporary romance because this is an awesome magical one! And don’t forget the villains! It’s also action packed.
First let me point out that Heather Lyons’ writing is magical and lyrical. Beautiful use of adjectives and very superb storytelling, that I was like a hooked from the beginning.
The world the author builds is intriguing and yes, I was fangirling. Unfortunately, this book is sadly under the radar with only a couple reviews and there wasn’t much online either. What the author created was magical.
There are seven planes (human, dwarf, elven, gnome, fairy, goblin and Annar). There are magicals and non-magicals (AKA nons). They can live in either plane except Annar, which is exclusive for only the magicals. The nons do not know of the existence of the magicals, despite them being everywhere. There are different kinds of magicals and they are responsible for influencing events. A magical could either be an elemental, a seer, a storyteller, an intellectual, an emotional, a creator and many more. This story however focuses on Chloe, a creator. Creators are very rare and usually there are only two at a time. They are extremely powerful as they have the ability to create and destroy. Atlantis anyone? Chloe is next in line, as the previous creator is old and tired. He is very ready to relinquish his throne. But despite Chloe being the strongest magical around, she’s still a teenager and she’s stressed out of her head on how she can fit the bill of being creator. Destroying civilizations does not sit well with Chloe. Her parents also expect too much from her that her only refuge has been her dreams. She has fallen in love with a guy she dreamt of every night. Her dreams have been interactive until a couple of years ago, they just stop. This depresses her, until the guy in her dreams, Jonah, actually shows up in her class.
But Jonah doesn’t just pop up by himself. In tow is his twin brother Kellan. And let me just say that Chloe makes a connection with both of them.
You would think that a love triangle with twins would be disgusting. But let Heather prove you wrong. I don’t know which twin I am actually routing for, so I am team Switzerland.
I wish I could have made a better review, because I honestly think the books need to get out there cause it is very good. I encourage all Harry Potter and romance fans to get this book.
Zoo has blown my mind. And I say that in a good way.
It has a low review here on goodreads, but I honestly enjoyed Zoo.
James Patterson and (let's notZoo has blown my mind. And I say that in a good way.
It has a low review here on goodreads, but I honestly enjoyed Zoo.
James Patterson and (let's not forget) Michael Ledwidge has created a world which I think could be a possibility. (I also believes zombies can be possible in the future, but please do not judge me).
Animal attacks are increasing in number, and only Dr Oz has noticed. He has called this phenomenon, HAC or human-animal conflict. He asks for aid from various organizations, but they all scoff at his ideas. He then gets a call from a friend in Botswana, and he realizes he gets a break which could actually make his career. He is told that lions are attacking tribes and he flies to Botswana. He witnesses the male lions are together, hunting humans. Apparently, in real life, there are only one to two male lions in a pride (depending on how big the pride is) and only the lionesses hunt. The lionesses are no where to be seen. Dr Oz survives and he is convinced that something is wrong. But still, no one important listens, despite his evidence, until it was too late.
Zoo is mind blowing and thought provoking. There are moral issues also tackled and you can't help but wonder if humans are actually doing more harm than good to the earth. Patterson and Ledwidge do a good job on explaining the hows and the whys and everything fits in like a puzzle piece. It is actually refreshing to read something that does not end in a cliffhanger (I am talking about all the other books that HAVE to be series, though they really shouldn't).
This audiobook is fucking awesome! Why. It's narrated by Samuel Jackson. I swear I could feel emotion rolling from him everytime he says "go the fuckThis audiobook is fucking awesome! Why. It's narrated by Samuel Jackson. I swear I could feel emotion rolling from him everytime he says "go the fuck to sleep". Audiobook was only six minutes, costs 1.09 and is fucking worth it.
Forgive me for the swear words, I think it's fucking appropriate given the name of the book....more
Adrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not loveAdrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not love him? He always had something witty to say. He camouflages himself by being arrogant and an ass, but we know he's all sweet deep inside. This lost chapter is a tiny peak back into Adrian's life again. I am reminded how much I used to go gaga over him when I was reading the Vampire Academy series.
Note: I have not read the Bloodlines series, and will only begin reading when all six books are out. I have experienced first hand that Richelle Mead's cliffhangers can be pretty brutal, and waiting til 2015 might just give me a heart attack....more
Dan Brown is one of those authors who can keep me thinking for days. It's been more than a week since I finished Inferno and it's still haunting my miDan Brown is one of those authors who can keep me thinking for days. It's been more than a week since I finished Inferno and it's still haunting my mind, bogling my wits out. Yes. It is that good.
Inferno is book 4 in the Robert Langdon series. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Book three, The Lost Symbol was not "Dan Brown"-ish at all. And yes, I just turned "Dan Brown" into an adjective. I have read all his books and I have loved all of them except Lost Symbol. I do not even remember what it was all about. But back to Inferno..
Robert Langdon is admitted in the hospital from a bullet wound in the head. He is also suffering from short-term memory loss. He has no recollection of why he is in Italy.. He wakes up from a nightmare. He had dreamed of a silver haired lady telling him to seek and find. He has no idea what it means but when someone barges in the ICU and shoots a doctor just to get to Robert Langdon, Langdon runs off with the assistance of Dr. Sienna Brooks. They go hide in Sienna's apartment. Sienna reveals something hidden in Langdon's coat, and with that starts the hunt for whatever the silver lady wanted him to seek.
The Lost Symbol is thought provoking. It's about a real problem the world is currently facing, but the solution would either be too impossible or too drastic. ...more
"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive D"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive Death Penalty". He was described in the book as: large, but not fat, sloppy-not grundy. His clothes seem worn, but not stylishly so. They were actually worn, and the legs were short enough to prove they'd been around for at least two inches of growth. And although most boys look pretentious in a distressed leather bomber jacket, it seemed natural on him"; "Always a little too big to be picked on, a little too mad-creepy to be in anyone's clique. He was always just there, through elementary school and middle school lingering in the background. He's quiet and inscrutable.
And all for good reason.
Bruiser has a strange ability. He can steal anyone's pain, physically and emotionally. As long as he cares about someone, he can steal away any hurt. There's a catch though. He absorbs it all into himself. That's why he's distant. Imagine if he had plenty of true friends, their pain would literally be the death of him.
Tennyson and Bronte Sternberger are twins. Born from literary teachers, they are named after literary idols. Bronte initally takes interest in Bruiser, thinking he is a stray and someone has to take him in. Tennyson is acting like a brother should and keeps his eyes on Bruiser, to a point where he follows him home to give him fair warning. We are then introduced to Bruiser's little brother, Cody. Cody's pet bull, Tri-tip dies. Tennyson gets to know Bruiser as they bond over the discarding of Tri-tip's remains. Tennyson actually thinks Bronte is good for Bruiser.
Bruiser is slowly let into the family, but Tennyson's family is falling apart. Bronte also gets Bruiser to have plenty of friends, but Bruiser gets to care for all of them, absorbing all the tiny little pains for himself. But a little of everything is too much.
Neal Shusterman does not fail to deliver. This is my second book from him, first is Unwind, which I absolutely loved. Bruiser is told in four POVs. Bruiser's was my favorite. His POV is smart and in prose. It is wonderfully written and morally challenging. And it delivers. It shows how susceptible humans are to turning the other way and ignoring what we do not want to see. Bruiser is definitely one of my favorites for 2013.
And I leave you with this: "In horse raicng they put these slats on either side of the horse's head, blocking creature's peripheral vision. They are called blinders. They don't actually blind the horse, but they allow the horse to see only what's right in front of it; otherwise it might freak out and lose the race. People live with blinders too, but ours are invisible, and much more sophisticated. Most of the time, we don't even know they're there. Maybe we need them though, because if we took everything all at once, we'd lose our minds. Or worse, our souls. We'd see, we'd hear, we'd feel so deeply that we might never resurface. So we make decisions, never realizing we're only seeing one-tenthof the whole. Then we cling to our narrow conclusion like our life depends on it."...more
I love that you don't look away and you stare unapolegetically, like you aren't ashamed that you can't stop watching me. It's all you want to do becauI love that you don't look away and you stare unapolegetically, like you aren't ashamed that you can't stop watching me. It's all you want to do because you think I'm the most amazing thing you've ever laid eyes on. I love how much you love me. -Cinderella
Finding Cinderella all starts with our prince charming meeting Cinderella. It wasn't in a glorious palace, resembling Cinderella's tower in disneyland, nor was there fireworks in the background, or Tinkerbell whizzing around. Cinderella was crying in the maintenance room, not knowing that Prince Charming, AKA Daniel Wesley was sleeping on the floor, trying to get away from the fact that they didn't give him fitth period. Daniel comforts Cinderella and they end up kissing. Cinderella rushes off, but Daniel is left wanting, so he waits for weeks for Cinderella to come back.
She does come back. But it's for the last time. She's leaving, so Cinderella and Daniel pretend to be in love. They both never had fallen in love. But in the maintenance room, in the dark, they pretend they do and they fall for it. Feelings were genuine, but Cinderella has left, and their identities kept secret from one another.
A year later, Daniel meet's Six. He's instantly drawn to her. And she the same.
Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is fast paced, well written and is a rollercoaster ride. One minute I was laughing and smiling, the next I am all sad and confused. But like after every rollercoaster I've been on, this one is surely exhilirating....more
There's no such thing as handsome princes, she told herself. There's no such thing as happily ever after. She looked up at Park. Into his golden greenThere's no such thing as handsome princes, she told herself. There's no such thing as happily ever after. She looked up at Park. Into his golden green eyes. You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I am yours. The me that's right now is yours. Always. -Eleanor in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Ahh, first love. Something to behold and something to reminisce about. It's something so beautiful that someone has come up with the expression "First love never dies".
The saying, whether true or not, this book is beautiful. It's as real as far as fiction books can go, touching that I could not help but smile as I flip the pages of my book (or in my case, my kindle).
The oddest couple, in terms of looks, Eleanor is a wild red haired non-anorexic girl, and Park being a green eyed Asian (specifically Korean); however their oddness may stand out, they make odd work.
"I want to be the last person who ever kisses you, too... That sounds bad, like a death threat or something. What I'm trying to say is, you're it. This is it for me."
First love. It could seem so sure. It inspires. It could sometimes work. But first love is definitely magical. Just like Eleanor & Park's....more
just for now by abbi glines went on sale on the kindle store. I bought it however just figured out that this is book four of a series. I think it workjust for now by abbi glines went on sale on the kindle store. I bought it however just figured out that this is book four of a series. I think it works as a stand alone but there are plenty of characters which I would love to get to know better.
just for now is an enjoyable book. I will sure watch out for the others....more