Torin, carrier of demon of disease, is my favorite Lord of the Underworld. He is the most doomed of them all and I just love good tragUpdate: 1/6/2015
Torin, carrier of demon of disease, is my favorite Lord of the Underworld. He is the most doomed of them all and I just love good tragedies. He has foregone the ability to touch another as this would either kill, transmit disease then start plagues.
Keeleycael is a worthy to Torin. Their lovestory is heartbreaking at first. Keys, determined to touch Torin, and Torin unable to fight the temptation to touch Keys, their love story was almost doomed from the start. Keys was willing to risk it all. She touches Torin and she gets infected three times! She tells Torin that she is stronger than his demon, and soon the demon will run out of diseases to give her. So heartbreaking.
I was mind blown by the ending! It had so much sense and so much science! I liked that Torin gets his HEA not by some gimmicky magic trick, but by science. I know it's a paranormal romance, but I like my paranormal romances a tad more believable. lol.
The puns on Torin's shirt are awesome! I should mention that I want one! Ladies, this would be good business, message me and I'll buy one if it is decent priced.
Also, let me say ladies, that Gena Showalter has her magic back. This is no holds barred LOTU book rivaling the first books in the series.
If Gena keeps this writing up, I do hope she writes on William, Galen, Hades then Cameo, in that order. ______ $1.99 on kindle store now 12/29/14!
I absolutely adored Heather Lyon's A Matter of Fate. It was such a pageturner and kept me at the edge of my seat. While reading that book, the feelingI absolutely adored Heather Lyon's A Matter of Fate. It was such a pageturner and kept me at the edge of my seat. While reading that book, the feeling when I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was felt evoked once more. Heather Lyons has then became one of my must reads. Though I must point out that despite being blown off my feet by A Matter of Fate, the whole series did not end up on my favorites list as it wasn't able to follow through.
I liked the idea of Medusa as a victim. Medusa, if you change it to MAGDUSA, turns to a Tagalog word which translates as to suffer. Which she did. One couldn't help but feel remorse for her. During her pre-gorgon years, Medusa had good looks that transfixed people. But she would have gladly traded it for a talent for music or art. Hating the attention, she decides to become one of Athena's handmaidens. She takes care of a man and ends up having feelings for him. The man asks her to run away with her, but bound by her duties as Athena's handmaiden, she refuses. A couple days later, feeling a bit of regret for not coming, the man comes back and forces himself on her. And this man happens to be *drumroll* Poseidon, the king of the seas.
So as if it's not suffering enough to be raped, Athena, the goddess of "wisdom" comes in the scene and decides to curse poor Medusa for desecrating her temple. Thus Medusa ending with a serpentine body and snakes as hair. Medusa is exiled, with only her plants and "girls" aka the snakes on her head.
Despite being a monster, Medusa is not a monster at all. She abhors taking lives and grieves for them.
I am thankful for some respite in Medusa's suffering. She has found a friend Mikkos, a sailor who she managed to not freeze to stone as she sensed his presence and was able to alert him. A couple years down the road, Mikkos loses sight and decides to visit Medusa to thank her for sparing his life.
Another friend is Hermes. I could gush about how Hermes is the new Adonis but let me refrain from fangirling.
What makes this short of a five star read was the dialogue. The writing is beautiful and descriptive but the characters are thousand-year old greek gods. Medusa herself is 2,000 years old. However, the dialogue between characters are too slang, and too ungodlike.
Knock, knock! Who is it? Twilight! Twilight who? Twilight. The book with vampires and werewolves. Twilight is it you? Yes, it is me!
Cause ‘Inescapable’, you are inescapably familiar to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Twilight series. But reading too much of the same thing gets old eventually.
So what do we have here?
Damsel who seems to be a magnet for danger. CHECK! Snobbish hunk who hates heroine at first bat. CHECK! Of course, the love triangle. CHECK! “I’m too dangerous for you, we can’t be together”. CHECK! Stalking windows. CHECK! Villains who want a piece of our heroine. CHECK! Hero who never gets old and filthy rich and driving jaw dropping cars but goes to school. CHECK!
I’m not bashing the book, I’m just trying to make a point. The book was enjoyable in some parts, but eye-rolling most parts.
So instead of vampires we get angels instead. And these angels' forms are stuck in, guess what age? In their late teens. And what do they do? Go to school. And take note these angels are a thousand years old. They should teach their teacher. Not the other way around. Deliver that history right!
Story revolves around Evie Claremont who goes to Claremont college on a scholarship. She meets a hot snob, Reed Wellington, who dislikes her instantly. We have the other love interest, Russell, who protects her from everything, even beings who can throw cars despite him knowing that he doesn’t have a chance.
I was initially opting for two stars, but author did catch me off guard with the ending, so I give another star. The writing is actually good, but as I said, too much of the same thing gets old. Probably if it wasn’t too Twilight-y, then this book probably had a chance.
So, I highly recommend this book to Twilight fans who don’t mind reliving it another time. ...more
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.
I can be a book cover wh*re. Look at that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous? Stunning, in fact.. But unfortunately, it ends theEndless by Amanda Gray ★★☆☆☆
I can be a book cover wh*re. Look at that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous? Stunning, in fact.. But unfortunately, it ends there.
The book seemed interesting, so I was glad that I got it on Netgalley on the read now list. It also had a very interesting beginning. It started with Jenny and some of her friends playing on the Ouija board. This causes Jenny to space out and the Ouija board gives Jenny a cryptic message.
Warning, my review may contain minor spoilers.
Jenny Kramer can see other people’s past life as she touches them. Thus, she wears gloves to avoid this. We are introduced to this ability, but we never get to see her use her powers.
Jenny’s father is an architect, who asks Jenny to help out once in a while. He brings Jenny to the Daulton house to take pictures. The Daultons want to hire Jenny’s father to flip a house. (Let me point out that an architect is supposed to design exterior of a house and inside layout. The Daultons wanted a cheap fix, and I bet employing an architect is expensive. I think a regular handyman or contractor would work in flipping houses.) As Jenny is taking pictures, she comes in the son’s room who is playing Moonlight Sonata on the piano. The tries not disturbing Ben, but she does and this causes them to get off on the wrong foot. But of course, this doesn’t last long. Jenny comes back to take more pictures and she goes to the attic and helps Ben segregate the trash upstairs. They come across a music box that plays Moonlight Sonata. It also comes with instructions to mesmerism. They do it, and they end up in the same dream.
On top of being her father’s assistant, Jenny is also painter. On the night of her exhibit, Jenny dreams of being Maria Romanov who has an illicit relationship with Nikolai. Who she of course meets up and they get all gooey eyed with each other.
Endless is not a stand-alone book. It is a start of a series. It actually reminds me of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. Both involves soulmates, but Lauren Kate’s is an angel version, where Amanda Gray’s is a time travel one. The time travel theory was an interesting concept. That all timelines are happening simultaneously, and you just have to cross over the other side. Endless honestly wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t stunning as its cover. As usual with a book of a series, this ends in a cliffhanger, but, I do not have the compulsion to pick up the next one.
-- I do feel bad that I am giving this book two stars, since I didn’t really have to pay for it, but I do have to be honest. Initially, I was giving it three stars, however, as I was writing my review, I felt like I had to go for less.
Facebook can lure you to do crazy things. Your friends do this, you most probably want to follow suit, like click on Facebook's make your movie for thFacebook can lure you to do crazy things. Your friends do this, you most probably want to follow suit, like click on Facebook's make your movie for their anniversary. Well, in lieu with your friends' posts, Facebook also has a gazillion ads like play Candy Crush or whatever silly game you will never have interest on playing. Or Zoosk, the best app for online dating. Or really useful stuff like scribd which offers $8.99 for unlimited reading of any book on their database! I was like WOW. (I tell you, Scribd is like Netflix but instead of movies, we got books). Or in my case, get lured into buying another kindle book to add on your already mountain like pile of kindle books. (In my defense, A Shade of Vampire only cost a couple of cents and said it did say it resembled Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, Twilight is my guilty pleasure. Don't judge.)
So yes, I ended up buying the book.
It is not Twilight-like at all. Except for the vampire part.
Well as the blurb says, Sofia is kidnapped and brought to an island. She gets spa treatments and the like, only to be offered to the prince Derek, who instantly falls in love with her. She also is attracted to the guy. (Talk about falling for someone dangerous. Like me falling for a guy on a motorbike with a goatee all the way to his waist and with tats all over his face, which will not happen BTW. But if he has a shaved head, I might reconsider.)
A Shade of Vampire starts very strong, but gets weak after the middle mark. The world building is eyebrow raising but very interesting. At first, I was genuinely involved with the characters but as I said, at the middle I disconnected with them.
A Shade of Vampire is a short and good read, but I do not feel the compulsion to go on with the series. (Yey, I missed the bullet by not jumping on a series that I have to wait for years to know how it concludes, and definitely works for me)....more
What would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it forWhat would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for seeing if the guy I am dating is worth my time of day. But that's just me. Emerson Taylor had different ideas. She kissed her way to get better grades. Her aunt has threatened to pull her out of private school if she does not improve her grades. Studying would have been a simple solution but studying is too hard for Emerson.
Emerson is obsessed with lip gloss. She was shallow and I had a hard time getting in the story. I honestly had to put the book down a couple of times. I also had the the compulsion to rant, therefore one status update for this book. I seldom put up status updates, but this book has frustrated me so much, I just had to.
But despite me wanting to throw my kindle against the wall (which I didn't do because I love my kindle), I still ended up giving this book 4 stars. Why? Emerson met a boy she cared about and she gradually salvaged herself by actually studying with Edwin McNeely. She has turned herself around, and made me change my opinion about this book too.
Also, here's a nice quote I got from the book which I like to share: "There was a time when I was so focused on achieving great things that I lost sight of who I was. I was concentrating so hard on the goal that I forgot to appreciate the climb." ...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
Too short for my liking, but still insanely good. This for sure is a classic Gena Showalter, with the steam and all that jazz. It would have been bettToo short for my liking, but still insanely good. This for sure is a classic Gena Showalter, with the steam and all that jazz. It would have been better if this was a full on novel rather than a novella....more