What a delightful story! I'd been having trouble this past year finding a 'normal', regular romance that will keep me interested and not go a4.5 stars
What a delightful story! I'd been having trouble this past year finding a 'normal', regular romance that will keep me interested and not go all 'meh' about 20-25 pages into the book...and Robyn Neeley delivered that treat to me in the form of this book!
The writing is fresh and absolutely delicious (pun intended - I'd also love some cupcakes from in there. Robyn, any chance we might get those recipes from you? *grin*) and the humour oftentimes sneaks up on you when you least expect it - like through dialogue, or that moment when Emma drops her poor cat, Magic, when she finds Jason on her doorstep.
The story had a feel of the TV show 'Charmed' - you know, the whole magic and spell angle, though I do wish Ms. Neeley had gone more into the how and why Emma's family can work magic and this spell. But it worked perfectly well as is, so I won't be a harpy and ask for more there. Though I do wish snooty Caitlyn would've gotten her come-uppance; rarely have I met a character as despicable and unnerving as her!
Pick up this book - you're gonna love it! It flies by in a blink, but yeah, you might want to stock up on come delectable cupcakes before delving in coz the Sugar Spoon bakery will make you ravenous for their (sounding!) delicious cupcakes!...more
Paranormal like it should be! From the very first book, there's something 'more' (pun intended!) about Ava and her world. Ms. Franklin writes with a fParanormal like it should be! From the very first book, there's something 'more' (pun intended!) about Ava and her world. Ms. Franklin writes with a flowing style prose that is very easy to get lost into her words and the world she paints in this series.
I loved the secondary characters almost as much as the protagonists, and the world of the Race was very original and well-executed.
Ms. Franklin takes the plot crescendo throughout this series and you cannot wait until you get to the last book so you can hunker down and have all the questions you've been asking yourself answered (yes, she does deliver all the answers!)
A very good series that falls more along the lines of NA but without a simpering miss as the heroine - definitely a win!
I'm a huge fan of Iron Age history, and when I heard this book takes place in that era, I jumped on it (yes, review copy obtained in exchange for an hI'm a huge fan of Iron Age history, and when I heard this book takes place in that era, I jumped on it (yes, review copy obtained in exchange for an honest review.) It had been alluded that this story resembled the fabled Game of Thrones, and since I had liked the TV version of that story, I thought, why not?
About one third through Age of Iron and I reckoned why I stopped watching Game of Thrones - way too bloody and violent for me. Yes, I'm a fluff lover and I know it! I turned page after page in this story asking myself what else would happen that might turn my stomach or add to the already-great shock factor.
But here's the thing - I did turn the page. On and on and on. Because the story was good; there's this element of suspense and these questions that you as a reader feels need to be answered, and this is what keeps you going with the tale. The characters are all drawn in shades of grey - neither is plain good or plain bad, and there's a grittiness and sort of resigned-to-their-fate feeling that feels very pertinent to that time period.
All in all, if you're into bloody fantasy and gore (even imagined pictures of them in your head!) doesn't repulse you, then this is the book for you....more
I'll admit it was a little hard to grasp Who's Who and What's What at the start of this book - my feeling being that this would've been better laid ouI'll admit it was a little hard to grasp Who's Who and What's What at the start of this book - my feeling being that this would've been better laid out on a screen, with visuals. The names were unfamiliar and they all talked of the people they knew but who were utmost strangers to us....
Then it all picks up, thank goodness, and from that point on, I can only say, Wow!
Carina Adly Mackenzie has penned a story that merges mythology from many cultures into the modern world as we know it. We've all seen it done with vampires and weres and witches, etc, but it was fresh and novel to see gods of olden cultures living right there among us.
With a decidely Gossip Girl/Upper East Side elite vibe, as well as that perpetual 'everyone is young and beautiful' aspect that I've come to ascribe to The CW network (where Ms. Mackenzie is a writer for one of their hit shows), the story had a definitive YA/NA vibe to it. The conflicts, however, were through the roof, and they keep you enthralled and well, sated, throughout the tale.
Definitely a fresh new take on the world of youth's elites in a big city, but with slants of glamour, magic, and world domination-type chaos coming into play. This book will keep you riveted! ...more
A delightful tale, sprinkled throughout with lots of ghost humour that will have you chuckling as you read along - their antics alone make th3.5 stars
A delightful tale, sprinkled throughout with lots of ghost humour that will have you chuckling as you read along - their antics alone make this book worth the read. The cast of characters comes together in a light and engaging way, and the author rarely, if ever, leaves a dull moment in with the many revelations and twists & turns she peppers the story with.
Absolutely fell in love with Max, from the minute he appeared in the book and thought the woman in the painting was watching him.
On the whole, a good ghost-filled mystery with dollops of relationships and romance thrown in to make an engaging tale. ...more
Thought I'd post about why I DNF'ed this book (since a lot of people asked me why when I mentioned...) I'm also not rating this book because of the DNFThought I'd post about why I DNF'ed this book (since a lot of people asked me why when I mentioned...) I'm also not rating this book because of the DNF, and also because I DNF'ed because of pet peeves of mine, not any fault with the story.
So... I didn't get past Chapter 1. Reason? Because Quinn's power recharges through sex. I hate this kind of trope, because too often, it's been used as an open door to throw in lots of sex scenes in a story. While I love good sex scenes when they're integrated organically into a story, having a trope that make it 'too easy' to throw a sex scene here and a sex scene there makes me wary.
That being said, since I didn't finish this book, it could also be that the author used this trope in a totally organic way - I wouldn't know, so I'm not pronouncing myself on the quality of this story.
I also dislike love triangles, esp when it looks one of the participants' interest will be totally unwarranted, and the heroine wavers between both men at some point or the other (too much limbo between Morelli and Ranger in the Stephanie Plum series turned me off that; sorry if this colours my vision). I don't think I would've picked this book if it were mentioned there's an unrequited love triangle in it - the blurb mentions nothing about this, and I also don't read reviews before starting a book.
So there you have it - why I DNF'ed this book. Wasn't my cup of tea, but that doesn't mean it couldn't/wouldn't be yours....more