So I was at a new year's eve party at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guess what I was doing?
I was blazing through the book while there was a live band...moreSo I was at a new year's eve party at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guess what I was doing?
I was blazing through the book while there was a live band and a DJ trying to entertain me.
The book was that good.
Echo Emerson was the most popular girl in second year. She was little miss perfect. She was an honor student, was really pretty and has the high school jock as a boyfriend. It wouldn't get better than that. But Echo disappeared before the end of the year and came back the next as a totally different person. Echo is an empty shell of the person she used to be.
Noah Hutchins is the bad boy of the school. Recognized stoner and goes through girls like they're underwear. For him, girls are just one night stands.
Echo is in need of money, to fix her deceased brother's Corvette. She thought of it as a way to keep a piece of her brother still alive. Her school psychiatrist offers her money by tutoring bad boy Noah Hutchins. The two connect and fall in love from there.
Don't be deceived by the characters. They're not the shallow kids we mostly see on TV. They have problems and they're trying to deal with it. (less)
Sir Griffin Barry got a tattoo of a blue poppy on his face. He named his ship The Flying Poppy. All this for his wife named Poppy. The notion is actua...moreSir Griffin Barry got a tattoo of a blue poppy on his face. He named his ship The Flying Poppy. All this for his wife named Poppy. The notion is actually romantic. If someone named a ship after me and got a jasmine tattoo on his face too, I would be swept off my feet. However, Griffin Barry's effort is a big major fail! His wife's name is not Poppy! It's Phoebe. The mistake is probably lucky, because as Phoebe said, The Flying Phoebe wouldn't sound so good on Griffin's ship.
Sir Griffin Barry was married to Phoebe when he was seventeen. Phoebe has been twenty at that time. Phoebe was every young man's dream, meanwhile Griffin had been lanky and short. On his wedding night, Griffin caved and was abducted. Phoebe only thought that Griffin had runaway.
Griffin had been a successful privateer, though he did start as a pirate. And after getting in a bad fight, losing a cousin and almost his leg, he decides to go home after more than ten years and continue his marriage. He comes home to a wife who doesn't want him and three children that couldn't possibly be his.
Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James is a very quick but fun read. I do think that the romance between the H/h was rushed. Despite them being married for years, I find it hard to believe that they could just carry on, as if the years between did not exist. After years of separation, a day of reuniting was all it took for the H/h to proclaim their love for each other.
But despite my complaints, I still found this book enjoyable, which is what matters.(less)
For $2.99 in the Kindle store, I have to admit, I did not expect much.
But the Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is wonderfully crafted. It's so poignan...moreFor $2.99 in the Kindle store, I have to admit, I did not expect much.
But the Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is wonderfully crafted. It's so poignantly touching that I cannot stop thinking about it even if I finished it hours ago.
Camryn Bennett has problems but her recent fight with her best friend Natalie has pushed her over the edge and forced her to run away from home. She gets on the bus to nowhere. On the bus, she meets Andrew Parrish. Little did she know that that bus ride would change her life.
The characters have depth in them, despite them being in their 20s. I have highlighted so many wonderful quotes from the book. Here are a few:
"The truth is, we all have problems; we all go through hardships and pain, and my pain is paradise compared to a lot of people's and I really have no right to whine at all."
"You dwell on the past, you can't move forward. Spend too much time planning for the future and you just push yourself backwards or you stay stagnant in the same place all your life. Live in the moment, where everything is just right, take your time and limit your bad memories and you'll get wherever it is you're going a lot faster and with less bumps in the road along the way."
"Just say it. If after you say it and it doesn't feel right, then deal with that, but if you hold that shit in, the uncertainty will be the bigger bitch than the guilt will be."
J.A. Redmerski is now one of my to-look out for authors because The Edge of Never just made it to my favorites list! Highly recommended! :)(less)
What is wrong with me? Why do I always pine for the guy who the leading lady does not end up with? Why o why? First it was Adrian from the Vampire Aca...moreWhat is wrong with me? Why do I always pine for the guy who the leading lady does not end up with? Why o why? First it was Adrian from the Vampire Academy. Rose ended up with Dmitri. Then it was Kiyo (but that was before the murder issue). Eugenie ended up with Dorian? And now here in the Georgina Kincaid series. Oh Roman. (Please take note this doesn't always happen in Richelle Mead's books. This happens almost everytime I watch a movie or TV series or read a book. Like how Hermione ended up with Ron, though I wanted her for Harry Potter.
Anyway, Succubus Revealed is a pretty way to end up a pretty solid series. I remember as I was reading the first few books in the series, I was pretty sure that there was no way Richelle Mead could have saved up Georgina Kincaid's soul, but she did.
The rest of the gang, Hugh, Cody, Peter and Carter were still amazing. Their bantering is so cute. And one would think that hell was all about world domination. It was hilarious to see them fight over supremacy over bowling.
Seth Mortensen is still adorable, but Roman was just it for me. The lengths of his sacrifices for Georgina. It doesn't matter if he used to plot Georgina's death, he made up for it. (less)
Thorn Queen is definitely a pageturner. I opened the book at 10pm and finished hours later. I just couldn't put it down.
I think it is prerequisite, t...moreThorn Queen is definitely a pageturner. I opened the book at 10pm and finished hours later. I just couldn't put it down.
I think it is prerequisite, that you should read book 1 of the Dark Swan series, before reading this one. Though Richelle Mead provides adequate flashbacks for one to relate, the first book would help us understand Eugenie Markham better.
The book starts with Eugenie being queen of Thorn land. From book 1 she defeated Aeson, and managed to get his kingdom by infusing her spirit into the unclaimed land. (If a monarch dies, the land becomes unclaimed, and anyone with enough magic to sustain the land becomes the new leader, and the land bends to whatever the claimer's ideal is). Unfortunately for the subjects of Thorn land, Eugenie's ideal land is a desert in Arizona. It's absolutely hot and there a scarce amount of water sources and there's not enough food supply. Good thing is, like Arizona, Thorn Land is also rich in copper, which is major metal in the Otherworld.
The prophecy is still running amuck... The daughter of Storm King will bear a son, who will rule both the Otherworld and the human world. Eugenie is being plagued with suitors that made her want to bang her head on the wall. But there was a bigger problem. Some of her female subjects are gone missing. It happened to be that her subjects were being sold to human men. (Gentry, "aka fairies", want humans for their fertility. Humans would want gentry because they age slower and their chances of getting pregnant are very slim.) Eugenie wants to put a stop to this. She was so close, but was caught instead.
Oh Dorian. The things you do that make my heart melt.
I would love to tell you what happened but that would be spoiling the fun for you. But I can say, this is my favorite book in the series.
And as I said, Oh Dorian.
Wait, remember how I said this book was a pageturner? I just had to read the next book right after. I had to stick to just a couple of chapters since I do have to do something else than read. Oh the tragedy.
I got this free from the Kindle store, and the least I could do is like it, right?
But I am sorry, I did not.
I failed to relate to the characters and t...moreI got this free from the Kindle store, and the least I could do is like it, right?
But I am sorry, I did not.
I failed to relate to the characters and they remained unlikeable all through out the story. The protagonist Hartley St Clair Hughes, the duke of Derringer, is called heartless but he didn't strike me as heartless in any part of the book. Probably insensitive but not heartless. I really do not get the title. In the beginning of the book, he was already introduced as a kind spirit as he was willing to help Leandra Merrily Harcourt. Being a duke, Derringer could have had any girl he wanted but he picked Leandra because she had no means to support herself. Despite the time limit in which he had to find a wife to get his inheritance, I bet a duke could pick any girl he wanted.
Leandra, on the other hand, struck me as a woman with bipolar disorder. Here she is, agreeable this time, then suddenly mad the next. This happens all throughout the book and it was frustrating.
The love story between Derringer and Leandra was also not well developed. They were just suddenly in love but dodging the fact that they were.
There were also a lot of mysteries shuffling in the story, but not all of them were answered.
This book just frustrated me. Though I was able to finish it, my eyes were rolling most of the time. (less)
Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich is a cute, fun and quick read.
Maggie Toone is an English teacher who doesn't fit in. Her grandmother gives her a diar...moreWife for Hire by Janet Evanovich is a cute, fun and quick read.
Maggie Toone is an English teacher who doesn't fit in. Her grandmother gives her a diary, and asks her to make a book out of it. She decides to do it, but needs time off from work, but also needs an income while she writes it.
Hank Mallone is also a mitfit in his own town. He's a happy-go-lucky type of guy. But after years of having fun, Hank decides to set roots in his hometown. His grandmother left him an apple orchard. He decides to make a business for it, but needs a loan from the bank. The bank does not want to grant him a loan, because is known to not set any roots. So he decides to hire a wife so town folk would think he's finally settling down.
Maggie and Hank are brought together by their own needs, but then blooms a love.
My thoughts about the romance, is Hank and Maggie had fallen in love too suddenly. It's just like suddenly there, so the romance part felt forced to me.
But solid three stars for enjoyability. I did chuckle a couple of times.(less)
Do not proceed if you are a Mary Balogh fan, or if you like this book. This is a rant more than a review.
I'm not a professional writer, but I do know...moreDo not proceed if you are a Mary Balogh fan, or if you like this book. This is a rant more than a review.
I'm not a professional writer, but I do know that a romance book should have two main characters. For the secondary characters, one to five is ok. Six to seven is already too much. But this book surpasses my seven limit since it had like a gazillion characters in it, all which were either called by name or by their respective titles like Duchess of Danbury or whatever. In my head, it was ok to forget them, but little did I know, that these gazillion characters will pop up again after a few pages of the book. I have to admit, that these numerous characters had hindered me from enjoying this read.
The main protagonists are Claudia Martin, owner of a girl's school and confirmed spinster, and Joseph I-forgot-his-lastname but thanks to research it's Joseph Fawcitt, Marquess of Attingsborough. The premise seems promising, but for me, this story is not remarkable in anyway. There was no chemistry between Claudia and Joseph. Joseph did not have any balls. He could not fight for Claudia even though he knew he loved her. It seemed like an honorable thing since Portia Hunt, his fiancee will be ruined for having two broken engagements, but still, he had no guts, because he made love to Claudia. He only pursued Claudia when Portia Hunt had run away. The ending also seemed force. This book was also more than 400 pages, and the story could have been cut short and it would have been more enjoyable. This book, aside from the gazillion characters also had a gazillion fillers. I did not enjoy this book, thus two stars.(less)
Be My Prince is the first book in the Royal Trilogy. I have never heard of this author before, until my co-worker lend me her book.
The few pages are p...moreBe My Prince is the first book in the Royal Trilogy. I have never heard of this author before, until my co-worker lend me her book.
The few pages are promising. The premise is a pageturner, despite it having lots of eye-rolling moments.
Spoilers ahead! Lady Alexandra Monroe has been secluded almost all her life. She was called the Hidden Gem of England. The only reason she has been brought out of society was because of the arrival of Prince Randolf of Petersbourg. Rumors have been spreading, that the future heir to the throne has visited to look for a wife. Lady Alexandra has somehow been trained to catch the eye of the prince, and catch his eye she did. However, for her it is all a rouse. She is true blood heir to the throne, before her father has been ousted from royalty by the militia. She hates Randolf, but she needs him to restore her to royalty. She needs a breather, so she goes out and meets a rogue. She feels attraction, but she has a goal so she disregards the stranger, who ends up being the prince's younger brother, Nicholas.
Why are my eyes rolling? (1)The author says that Alexandra has been sheltered and impoverished all her life, so I am wondering how does she know about arousal? I do not think that sex education books will be out there on the market readily available to young ladies. (2)She hates Randall because she feels that Randall has stolen her throne, but does not feel the same hatred or resentment towards Nicholas. How could she overlook that early on the story? The two are brothers, so that part did not make sense to me.
However, despite my eye-rolling moments, I was able to finish the book in one night. I was hooked. There were so many lies and deceit in the story, that I was always in the lookout for some more. The ending felt like it was cut short. But despite my claims, I still give this book solid four stars, for its entertainment value. Also, look at that cover. Isn't it lovely? (less)
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I stil...more3.5 /5 stars
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I still dare you to try this book.
Wicked Nights is the beginning of a new series, The Angels of the Dark.
I adored Zacharel. He's an angel, and he's on the verge of falling from grace. I liked the entire idea of Zacharel leading a band of angels that are all on the verge of losing their wings. All of them are tortured souls. Zacharel is almost perceived as heartless. So when he goes soft on a human, his warriors are surprised.
Annabelle Miller has been locked up in a psychiatric ward. She was blamed on the slaying of her parents. And the fact that she sees demons, which in truth she does, only adds fuel to her being cuckoo.
Everything is not as it seems. There was a greater plan on things. The ending was a surprise.
At first, the book was pageturner. But, when I was nearing the end, the book became an eyeroller. There were plenty of eye rolling moments for me. The book just became too cheesy. And I don't like my popcorn too cheesy, because then it gets too salty and the cheese sticks to my hand.
The series holds much promise so I will sure be reading the next book.(less)