First things first…the cover art for this book is mesmerising!
I initially thought that this was going to be a straight sequel to the superb3.5 stars.
First things first…the cover art for this book is mesmerising!
I initially thought that this was going to be a straight sequel to the superb ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’. I was expecting the action to pick up with the main character Twylla, so I was puzzled at the beginning why the characters didn’t seem familiar. I soon realised that this was more of a companion novel. It takes place in the same world originally created by Salisbury but features a new protagonist and approaches the story from a different direction. It’s not until near the end of the book that everything starts to make more sense and the threads of the plot weave together.
I enjoyed ‘The Sleeping Prince’ but I did find it quite slow. Most of the action in the first-half takes place in the home of Errin, a young apothecary-in-training who has been left alone to look after her mother. Her brother turns out to be Lief, who readers will be familiar with from the previous book. The only help Errin receives is from the mysterious Silas who she knows little about, except for the fact that she is unwittingly drawn to him.
When the neighbouring kingdom of Lormere is invaded by the Sleeping Prince, a fairy book nightmare come to life, Errin has to make the difficult decision to undertake a dangerous journey to save her mother.
At the start, I kept wishing for things to speed up a bit more. I liked Errin and I was intrigued by Silas but it was slow. Be warned. Don't give up too quickly. The second half of the book was much faster paced and featured a whole host of new and old faces. I was drawn more into the story and into Errin’s struggle and I started to really enjoy it.
The ending was such a cliffhanger and left me frantically checking that there weren’t just a few more pages to enjoy! It's going to be utter agony waiting for the next instalment.
Overall, not as gripping as ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ and suffers a little from middle book syndrome but sets things up deliciously at the end for the big finale....more
This is the second book in the Titan series, centered around Seth, the Apollyon and demigod Josie. 'The Power' continues their story and charts the grThis is the second book in the Titan series, centered around Seth, the Apollyon and demigod Josie. 'The Power' continues their story and charts the growing romance between them. Let me tell you, the romantic scenes in this instalment are off the charts! If you like kisses that sizzle and chemistry that absolutely crackles, then you will love this book. It's definitely aimed at a New Adult readership, as Josie and Seth become closer than ever before and toy with taking their relationship to the next level. There are some very steamy scenes indeed. Swoon! Seth however, wants to do the right thing by Josie, which doesn't include giving into his urge to feed from her aether.
I loved Seth so much in this book! He is really sweet, even when he's not trying to be. I love the fact that he's totally astounded by the fact that anyone could actually have fallen in love with him - and that innocence is so appealing. The plot swirls around the two of them, as Josie tries to control her new found abilities and Seth attempts to train her in their quest to rescue the other demigods.
I wasn't sure that any couple could compare to Kat and Daemon from Armentrout's Lux series, but Josie and Seth come pretty close. Steam was practically coming off the pages of my book at times!
This was a fantastic read which I devoured in one sitting. I don't think I'll be able to stand the wait for the next in the series. It's just so good, that you need to get your hands on a copy pronto. ...more
This book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone thatThis book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone that has already read the Lux series, but I can guarantee you that it is not in the slightest. In fact, seeing everything again but through Daemon's eyes this time, added an extra layer to the romance between himself and Katy. Where she sees him behaving like a jerk, being hot one minute and cold towards her the next, the reader sees him doing it to protect not only his sister Dee, but Katy too. He is determined to fight his feelings for her to keep her safe, but they are continually drawn to each other.
If you haven't read 'Obsidian' and this is your first introduction to the Lux series, then it would work perfectly well to read this one and then carry on with the rest of the books in the series. I don't think anyone would be able to resist getting caught up in the undeniable attraction and chemistry between Daemon and Katy. Sparks most definitely fly between them whenever they are anywhere near each other. It was also interesting to see how his perception of her changes as he gets to know her. His initial reaction that she is entirely average evolves very quickly.
What really came across was how much responsibility Daemon shoulders but also how there was never any doubt about his feelings for Katy. It seems almost inevitable that he was never going to be able to stay away from her for long, although he does his best to fight it.
I loved 'Oblivion' so much! I'm a massive Jennifer L.Armentrout fan and this series is one of my favourites. It was lovely getting to revisit all the characters and I fell for the romance all over again. This is yet another stunning five star book in the series. ...more
I was beyond excited to start reading ‘Jolly Foul Play’ by Robin Stevens. I’ve been on a bit of a crime kick lately and this series is one of the bestI was beyond excited to start reading ‘Jolly Foul Play’ by Robin Stevens. I’ve been on a bit of a crime kick lately and this series is one of the best. Wells and Wong return to investigate another crime, but this time they have their friends on hand for assistance. The setting of the book is glorious. Deepdean Boarding School is their home away from home. It’s the place where they can enjoy midnight feasts and tuck boxes filled to the brim with an assortment of sweet treats. It’s also, unfortunately, the scene of the crime. I love, no make that adore, stories which are set in boarding schools, so I was really pleased to see Robin Stevens revisiting the place where Hazel and Daisy’s detective society adventures first started.
A lot has happened since those early days. The two girls have solved crime in Daisy’s own home, as well as on board the Orient Express. They have formed a close bond, which this time is tested by another of Hazel’s friendships. Can they still manage to stick together through thick and thin to bring justice to Deepdean? It was interesting to see friction developing between the girls. They are very different characters but their personality traits have always worked well to complement each other. Hazel often has to take a bit of a backseat to Daisy who is more impulsive and headstrong but she has her own unique gifts which often have helped them to crack a case open. Although they are my two favourites, I really enjoyed getting to see their other friends become involved in helping them with the mystery too. Beanie is so sweet and good and Kitty and Lavinia are great side-kicks to have. They all have an important role to play in catching the guilty party.
As the story unravels, all the clues are laid out for the reader to follow. One of the things I enjoy the most is seeing if I can piece everything together and come up with my own theory about what happened and who was involved. Sometimes, I’m right but usually I’m way off the mark. It doesn’t matter though, it’s all part of the fun! There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings as the gang try to eliminate suspects one by one. As Society secretary, Hazel keeps comprehensive notes of the case and these always make great reading, as well as being extremely helpful.
Robin Stevens has done it again with another truly fantastic instalment of the Murder Most Unladylike series. I cannot get enough of these books and seeing the way the story ended, I have a feeling that the next one is going to be another rollicking ride. I can’t wait to join Hazel and Daisy again! ...more
'Tempting the Best Man' is the first book in the Gamble Brothers series, featuring the utterly irresistible Chase Gamble. You have been warned ladies!'Tempting the Best Man' is the first book in the Gamble Brothers series, featuring the utterly irresistible Chase Gamble. You have been warned ladies!
I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it, even though it is an adult, rather than a YA title. Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my absolute favourite authors and having her write an adult romance with a sexy hero, definitely ticked all my boxes. The romance scenes were actually a little tamer than I was expecting, although things did get pretty steamy at times.
The heroine of the story, Madison, has loved Chase ever since they were little. Having grown-up together, she has seen his good side and his bad (not that there is very much bad about him!) and she loves him still. If only she can made him see her as something other than his best friend's little sister. At her brother's wedding she gets the perfect opportunity to show him the new grown-up Madison, although there are plenty of obstacles in her path.
I enjoyed every single second of reading this story and the only negative thing I have to say about it, is that it was far too short. I wanted it to go on and on. It was so fab! Jennifer L. Armentrout writes such fantastic romances with couples who you absolutely fall in love with. I was rooting for Madison and Chase from the start and I enjoyed seeing the dynamics of their relationship change as they spent more time in each others company.
Next in the series is 'Tempting the Player' which features Chase's brother, Chad Gamble. I need to get my hands on it asap. ...more
This review is short but heartfelt. Read this book. Buy this book. Share this book with a friend. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged and youThis review is short but heartfelt. Read this book. Buy this book. Share this book with a friend. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged and your emotions scattered all over the place, then read these beautiful poems. Typewritten on scraps of paper and interspersed with Tyler Knott Gregson's own photography, this collection of poetry has been woven into a gem of a book. I have been dipping in and out of it ever since I first picked it up and my copy is now stuffed with scraps of people, marking all of my favourite poems. I will be reading these over and over again because they are just beautiful and they speak to me in a way that leaves me feeling like someone has just looked into my soul....more
'See How They Run' is the second book in the Embassy Row series and a fantastic read to kick off 2016! What a brilliant and gripping sequel to last ye'See How They Run' is the second book in the Embassy Row series and a fantastic read to kick off 2016! What a brilliant and gripping sequel to last year's 'All Fall Down'. Grace is still struggling with the secret she uncovered about her mother's death and there are plenty more surprises lying in wait for her.
The plot was really thrilling. Grace has to come to the rescue of handsome boy next door Alexei when trouble comes calling and he's accused of something he didn't do. She's not a girl to back down from a fight and even though she is dealing with her own traumas, she won't let him go it alone. I thought Ally Carter did a terrific job of keeping the story moving along swiftly, ensuring that I had to keep on and on reading. This is definitely a book that you will have to finish in one sitting.
I absolutely love the unique setting of this series. Embassy Row is full of political intrigue and conspiracy and it adds an additional element to the story that the countries are trying to avoid an international incident. It means that when Grace comes barrelling in, you know there is going to be trouble ahead.
Grace is not the easiest character to get to know and she is dealing with a lot of issues, but I find myself liking her more and more. I have my fingers crossed that her and Alexei might finally pair up because I think they would make a great couple.
The ending was a real jaw dropper and I can't believe the curveball that Ally Carter has thrown in. How Grace deals with such an incredible revelation will be very interesting to see. I think it could change the whole dynamic of the series from here on in. ...more
This is the book that all Cam fans will have been waiting for. If you love a bad boy then Cam will have definitely caught your eye from his frequent aThis is the book that all Cam fans will have been waiting for. If you love a bad boy then Cam will have definitely caught your eye from his frequent appearances in the Fallen novels. While the latter books were focused on the eternal love affair between Luce and Daniel, Cam was the mysterious angel with a secret heartbreak that I wanted to see more of. He was always there in the background, although the details of his story were never revealed. Until now. Finally, Cam's story is unravelled in the brilliant 'Unforgiven'.
Cam and Lilith's past is gradually revealed in a series of flashbacks, while in the present he has to try and rescue Lilith from an eternal hell that she has been trapped in since they last parted. I really enjoyed the plot of 'Unforgiven'. It was well paced, the story kept me gripped and intrigued and I couldn't wait to see if Cam was going to win back the heart of the only girl he had ever loved. I was also interested to see what had really happened when the two were torn apart.
It was lovely getting to see Cam in an entirely new light. A softer, more gentle side to him was revealed and one where he is selfless and interested only in helping Lilith, even if it means sacrificing himself. I loved Cam and I really liked Lilith too. I think I appreciated them as a couple, even more than Luce and Daniel. Although Lilith is trapped in hell, I enjoyed seeing her beginning to open up and embrace her love of music which in turn leads to her opening herself to Cam and letting him back into her life and her heart.
I have had a bumpy relationship with Lauren Kate's Teardrop saga but she has a definite winner with this book. It was fabulous and Fallen fans should definitely go out and get their hands on a copy. You won't be disappointed! ...more
This book was exactly my cup of tea! Set in 1935, it's a detective story with a difference. The difference being that the detectives are teenage girlsThis book was exactly my cup of tea! Set in 1935, it's a detective story with a difference. The difference being that the detectives are teenage girls, Daisy and Hazel, who along with their two friends are determined to solve a crime which is committed in Daisy's own home. Of course, you know that they will leave no stone unturned in their quest to find the guilty party and solve the case.
I haven't read the first Wells and Wong mystery, 'A Murder Most Unladylike' but I'd heard enough about the series to know that I desperately wanted to read it for myself. I didn't really matter that I hadn't started with book one because this was a standalone story and it took me no time at all to become acquainted properly with the characters. Daisy is impetuous, quick thinking and clever, whereas Hazel balances out her spontaneity by being more of a think before you act kind of detective. However, you always know that she will stand by Daisy's side through thick and thin.
I loved the setting of the novel. Britain in the 1930's is one of my favourite periods so this appealed to me immensely. I also liked the fact that it was set at Fallingford, Daisy's home, with such a fabulous set of unusual characters staying at the house - Lord and Lady Hastings, eccentric Aunt Saskia, Uncle Felix, Daisy's brother Bertie and his friend Stephen and new governess Miss Alston. Everyone is under suspicion when a fatal crime is committed and it reminded me of a murder mystery party, where the culprit must be found before anyone is allowed to leave.
I thought that the narrative, told from Hazel's point of view, was brilliant. It drew me into the story instantly and I couldn't put the book down for a second. There were lots of exciting and important clues to be discovered and I loved following the girls' sleuthing. It was a bit like a really exciting game of cluedo!
There were so many things about this book which appealed to me and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries but is also looking for a mystery with a twist. The next book in the series is going to be called 'A First Class Murder' and I for one, can't wait to read it! ...more
Joss Stirling's SoulFinder series is one of my favourites. I love the whole idea of the Savant community and the fact that all these couples are destiJoss Stirling's SoulFinder series is one of my favourites. I love the whole idea of the Savant community and the fact that all these couples are destined to be together but have to find each other first.
'Angel Dares' was another terrific addition to the series. The main character Angel, meets Marcus, a fellow musician at a festival and is drawn to him through their music. He is originally distrustful of her gift and refuses to believe in the savant community which makes their relationship extremely difficult. Angel however, is such a positive person that she won't be deterred and tries to get him to change his mind, with often mixed results I might add.
I have to say that as much as I love this series, I am a little disappointed that the direction of the stories has shifted away from the Benedict brothers and instead has focussed on some of the younger characters. I would have loved to have seen the whole book based around Will and his personal search for his soulfinder but this was relegated to being nothing more than a sub-plot. I realise that some of the brothers are slightly older, so I can only imagine that they were deemed too old to be the central focus of a young-adult series. All the same, I miss seeing them at the heart of the story. There were glimpses of them in the book though which did keep me very happy.
I thought the plot was good, especially the inclusion of the threat which hangs over the heads of the savants. This led to a really dramatic conclusion which was both exciting and gripping.
Hopefully the next book in the series will be about Victor Benedict who has always been one of my favourites. I'm hoping that he will eventually be lucky in love! ...more