...LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! D: What were the odds anyway? It’s a Beauty & the Beast type of story with a polar bear! :3
Actually East is a fairytale retelling of the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’, which is about this girl who is taken by a white bear as part of a deal, and everyone is horrified by this, but turns out she becomes the bear’s knight in shining armor when she has to save him from this dreadful troll queen. How awesome is that??
The writing in East is just plain beautiful and, truthfully, for me it was mind-blowing. Notice that this book is like 500 pages long, and I read it, nay!, devoured it from one day to the other. 500 pages!! BAM!!
The heroine, Rose, is just perfect and I could not get enough of her doings, I can honestly say she made me smile and even laugh out loud in pretty much every chapter. I loved her fierce determination, her daring demeanor, and how she never gives up on these impossible tasks that keep coming her way.
The romance is scarce, but so sweet that I can’t complain. <3
Wow, this was intense. I have to say, the first 100 pages or so were kind of weird, all because of the writing style that for some reason was a bit dif...moreWow, this was intense. I have to say, the first 100 pages or so were kind of weird, all because of the writing style that for some reason was a bit difficult for me to get used to. I also took my time adjusting to the characters, and getting to know them, for their actions can be confusing at first -- nonetheless this was a good thing because this way some them were actually surprising. Dark & tortured heroes are always my favorite type, and after this book Dain is probably on top of them all for me. I laughed my head off when he was attempting to intimidate Jessica and basically bullying her into marrying him (they bully each other into marriage actually), and thinking something like: Oh, I'll marry her, have my way with her how many times I wish, and then I'll just leave her to rot in the house all by herself while I and go back to my rakish ways, mwahahah! But immediately after she says “yes” he's all protective of her and starts making plans to buy a new mattress and bed sheets because his lady will not, for the name of all that is sacred, sleep in the same ones that so many other women before her did. Yeah Dain, you really don’t care about your bride.
Jess was a wonderful heroine, bright, passionate, and the complete opposite of the damsel in distress. I really have nothing more to say about this book besides that I liked it a lot and that this couple is a perfect match.
My cast, because I just had to:
Abbie Cornish as Jess
and because Dain is repeatedly described as a dark, gigantic in size, and a bit scary looking at first, man-beast: Conan the Barbarian/Khal Drogo Jason Momoa
(Btw, this book was given to me by slayra -- thank you again!)(less)
I loved it so, so, SO much! Every moment, every scene, every line. Everythin...more Take my heart, Ilona. I don’t need it anymore.
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My goodness…THIS BOOK.
I loved it so, so, SO much! Every moment, every scene, every line. Everything! Even the mythology was spot on this time. That Erra was nasty. It’s hard to believe she’s related to Kate. Ugh.
The beginning was so exciting, with Kate preparing the naked dinner and all, but then everything went wrong, and I was almost pulling my hair out, where the hell was Curran?! But the writers were right; it would have been too soon to have them all over each other, they needed just a little bit more of suffering. xD And when the time finally came for them to be together: OH. BOY. Run for your lives, people!
I absolutely *loved* the phantom poodle, Grendel, and I kind of missed him at the end, because after the battle he went MIA, but then again I was so scared for Curran that I couldn’t really care for any other character. Those final moments were CRAZY GOOD!! (view spoiler)[Loup-Curran holding Kate and Kate whispering into his furry ear—OMG—SUCH AN AMAZING SCENE. (hide spoiler)]
Kate kicking ass at the Keep blew my mind away – so funny how everyone kept telling her: “go easy, don’t challenge the alphas” and she goes in there and pretty much challenges everyone. She’s the biggest badass, EVER. (o.o)
I can’t even imagine what the next book will be like, but I can’t help to think that maybe, just maybe, Roland will finally come into action… on the other hand, there are 2 more books scheduled for this series after Magic Slays, so he could make Kate wait a little longer... *scared anyway* (Stay away, douche!)
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This is a great debut by Kristen Callihan, and I’m so, so glad that for once, a pretty cover did me good, because I fell completely in love with it si...moreThis is a great debut by Kristen Callihan, and I’m so, so glad that for once, a pretty cover did me good, because I fell completely in love with it since I first laid eyes on Firelight, and I just had to get myself a copy.
This book is part historical romance, part urban fantasy, with some horror involved and lots of mysteries to solve. The story also gave me a Beauty & the Beast vibe, which only improved my opinion about the author because that’s my favorite fairy tale. :D
It all begins with Miranda and Archer’s forced marriage – they don’t know each other, and at first Miranda is a bit frightened of her husband because he wears a mask all the time, and there’s something wrong with the right side of his body as well. But he refuses to let her know what his problem is, or to let her see what’s under the mask. Of course this doesn’t prevent Miranda to fall for this enigmatic, and oh so lonely man. I really enjoyed how their relationship evolves, how Miranda is the one who chases after him, how she takes his side every time, and how Archer never claims marital benefits until they are both crazy with longing for each other. HOT.
There’s also a killer on the loose in this story, supernatural powers relating to fire, a curse linked with immortality, and a scene with Miranda fighting a crazy b*itch with a flaming sword. Fun, fun, fun! :D
I could just say good things about this book, but I really need to get a couple of fails out of my chest: -- the dialogues can be a bit confusing at times, and… -- …there’s one awkward almost-kiss scene between the couple that killed the mood for me, because instead of actually kissing, they just touch tongues in a dark alley. Not lips, tongues. How weird is that? <_<
Nonetheless, I liked this book a lot, will be reading the next one in the series, and I can certainly recommend it. :)
Steamy Beauty and the Beast retelling! How come I didn't know about this until a certain scene happened, and another, and another, and another? You ca...moreSteamy Beauty and the Beast retelling! How come I didn't know about this until a certain scene happened, and another, and another, and another? You can't imagine my shock---a good shock, though.
Loved the badass heroine, Louvaen, and her practical, no-drama, excuse-you-I-ain't-no-damsel-in-distress personality. Not to mention the fact that she's like a she-wolf with a pup regarding her baby sister, Cinnia, and how Cinnia loves her back.
The author did a great job creating these characters, this world, and mixing them up with the classic elements of the fairytale. I found myself smiling every time I recognized something or someone.
She also did an amazing job retelling the curse, and dealing with the "Beast's" disfigurement. I mean, imagine writing a steamy version of Beauty and the Beast and having to figure out how to make the hero beastly, without turning this story into something... let's say *uncomfortable* for the reader. Draven nailed it though, the romance is lovely and hot.
Recommended, of course! It's so rare to find beautifully written fairytale retellings that feel like completely new stories--I know because I look for them constantly. Come to me, my beauties. (less)