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 poignanFor $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! :)...more
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, tThorn 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.
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 bandSo 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. ...more
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 pBe 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? ...more
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 stil3.5 /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....more
Saw the trailer for the book at theater? Should I try it out?
So Ok, I did try the book out. The trailer was interesting enoughSaw the trailer for the book at theater? Should I try it out?
So Ok, I did try the book out. The trailer was interesting enough to spike my curiosity.
I liked the concept of the book being in the POV of the male character, Ethan Wate. It's different from main stream young adult fiction where it's the girl's swooning over the male lead, which sometimes ends up to mushy. Well in this case, it was the guy who was being mushy, but +1 star for being different.
Ethan has been dreaming of a girl falling over and over. The dreams become more realistic but he just classifies them as dreams. A new girl, Lena, is enrolled in the school. But Lena is an outcast, being nephew of Macom Ravenwood, owner of the so-called "haunted house" in the town. For some reason, Ethan is drawn to Lena. He cannot help but be with her.
Lena is a caster, in short, a witch. On her 16th birthday, she will become light or dark. She doesn't really have a choice. With Ethan, they try to control fate.
The first half of the book was enough to get me interested. I was going through the pages really quick, however, I couldn't say the same for the last half of the book. I felt like the pace was becoming slower and slower and slower.
The book is also the first of the Caster Chronicles series. I'm perfectly happy with the ending, and do not have the compulsion to read the next book. I applaud Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for that. Lately, I just feel that all authors are jumping the series bandwagon, leaving their books in cliffhangers and killing their readers with impatience just by waiting for the next book....more