Crystal Cove is Lisa Kleypas' first take on the paranormal romance genre. It's not perfect, but I like how the ending tied nicely.
I liked the main chCrystal Cove is Lisa Kleypas' first take on the paranormal romance genre. It's not perfect, but I like how the ending tied nicely.
I liked the main characters. Justine was likeable despite her constant denial of something that is so obvious. And Justin's half Japanese descent seems so drool worthy. I like Caucasian men, but mix in a bit of Asian in them and they could sizzle. Well as long as the Asian part they get is not the height and small d*ck. I'm Asian so I am not being racist. Mocking your own race cannot make you racist, beside it's a well known fact.
Crystal Cove is cute and enjoyable but i would still prefer Lisa Kleypas devote her time writing historical romances which seem to be more of her forte. ...more
I like researching the next book I read on my kindle. I was kind of a compulsive book buyer. I see a kindle deal, I buy. I regretted it for a while asI like researching the next book I read on my kindle. I was kind of a compulsive book buyer. I see a kindle deal, I buy. I regretted it for a while as I had almost 200 books on my kindle that are unread. So I swore I would stop buying books until I clear out my "to read" books on my kindle for a bit. Only exception is if I am really enthralled by a series. So, before I read a book, I do my research. I read the synopsis, I check how many books are in the series, if it is available for lending or on scribd, and if not, how much is a book, and if the series is complete. I hate cliffhangers, so I refrain from reading series that are not done. Cause I end up to agitated as soon as I finish it, then I forget all about it, thus making it necessary to do another reread. And seriously, with my monstrous to read pile, I'd prefer to avoid a reread since there are so many books to read out there.
So I picked Pivot Point (first book of the series) because there was only two in the series, and the second book was available on scribd. So double check!
But oh my.. I honestly wish there was more. The plot is engaging and the characters are loveable. The setting is also sort-of unique. Imagine a little Hogwarts in Dallas, only the people have more specific abilities. Telekinesis, healing, mind erasers, perceptors?, etc. The possibilities are endless! Pivot Point is one of my favorite books for 2016 and I am genuinely sad that there are no more. Most of Kasie West's books are new adult or something? The covers definitely don't look like any paranormal romances.
Please Kasie, expand the Pivot Point universe! I'd love to see more characters. I wouldn't mind a couple more books....more
I really liked the first book. The premise was really promising. I had high hopes for the characters.
Book2 really fell short. By the middle part, I reI really liked the first book. The premise was really promising. I had high hopes for the characters.
Book2 really fell short. By the middle part, I really didn't care about Ava and Malachi's love story. It became too bland, repetitive and unnecessary.
However, I am continuing on with the series, just to find out why the fallen angels are so interested in Ava. In short, I want my theory verified. I have to note that I do not care much about the love aspect in this book though....more
The long and awaited battle between nemesis and gaia was so short,it was two pages. After building anticipation from the previous five books for theirThe long and awaited battle between nemesis and gaia was so short,it was two pages. After building anticipation from the previous five books for their battle, i was expecting more. The battle itself was very anti-climactic and disappointing. It wouldnt have hurt to have added another page.....more
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.
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as RichardI love the dramatized version of Neverwhere!
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as Richard Mayhew pretty clearly. And I've loved Natalie Dormer from the Tudors, so this dramatization just put a whole new level on audiobook listening.
Utterly transfixing and beguiling, I highly recommend this audiobook to all fellow audiobook listeners. Short book (only 3 hours and 48 minutes).
Richard Mayhew, has a full time job, and is engaged. One night, as he and and his fiance are roaming the streets of London, he sees a girl in need and on that spot, he decides to help her.
The girl he saves is Door. Guess why? Because she can open doors. Even if there really isn't a door. She exposes him to London below. And from then on, Richard Mayhew stops to exist on London above. His coworkers do not know him and his fiancee has no idea who he is. He tries to look for Door and then he enters London below.
What is London below? For one thing, it's magical and more beautiful than London above.
As Richard goes on a quest to help Door to get his identity back, he gains more than what he could ever fathom....more
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 there.
ThEndless 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.
I have emotional attachment to this book. I have not read this when I was younger. This has been read to me by a special someone when I was already 26I have emotional attachment to this book. I have not read this when I was younger. This has been read to me by a special someone when I was already 26 years and 1 day old. And it was very sweet. I am still smiling as I remember, and yes, I am sad about the pigs.
The only one who knows the real story of the three little pigs will be no one else but the "big bad wolf". But he wasn't really bad. He's just a big sick wolf.
Enjoyable and hilarious! A must read for all little kids (and all the kids at heart) out there who wants the truth and nothing but the truth,...more
Ludania, a country divided by classes. Each class has a specific langage that they should speak and Englaise is the universal languKnowledge is power.
Ludania, a country divided by classes. Each class has a specific langage that they should speak and Englaise is the universal language used to communicate between classes. Any person who dares to look up or attempt to listen to another class as they speak their language can result to execution. A very interesting world where knowledge could lead to death.
Charlaina can understand all languages, even if it's the first time she has heard it. It has remained their familly's secret. If anyone else would know, Charlaina would have been punished by death. Charlaina's family is in the merchant class, and they own a restaurant. A boy named Max catches her eye, which she later meets at an underground club. They talk, and she hears him talk in a language she had never heard before.
This is honestly a very challenging book to listen to. Don't get me wrong, the narrator, Casey Calloway is actually good. Her voice is not irritating when she shifts voices, and it's hard to get confused as she shifts characters. It's easy to follow along, but the storyline was just too hard to get into.
The Pledge is full of conspiracies and would have been interesting if I had only connected with the characters. This book had potential, but fell flat of my expectations....more