Still Life with Strings is an artistic, sensual, heartwarming story of the strings of life pulling us together.
Every single page was its own beautiful...moreStill Life with Strings is an artistic, sensual, heartwarming story of the strings of life pulling us together.
Every single page was its own beautiful world.
I think this is the first book I’ve read that has a street performing heroine. It was neat, and as I found out why she does it, it became lovely.
I can’t say that I hated anything, it fully held my attention while I was reading, and also while I wasn’t. I found myself creating my own little musical world on the way to work to the sounds of the Arctic Monkeys. The time between readings, just an intermission of my life revolving around this book.
The Sharpie scene! So intimate, really interesting.
Jade’s musically inclined imagination. “The boat containing all our souls moves with the music, calm waves crashing against its sturdy sides.”
Dublin! Take me to Ireland right now.
Oh, and it was sexy as fuck.
Can someone FedEx me a Shane, please? Thanks.
Shane was such a broken hero. He made my heart ache, and I can’t say I didn’t grin like a fool every time he was genuinely happy.
Jade’s story was surprising, and I was so not prepared for what was revealed. I guess that about sums up this book. It is surprising, always.
“I’ve thought it a very appropriate description to compare the feeling to being “in lust” with a person to having butterflies in your stomach. But at the same time it irks me, because they always fail to mention how those butterflies have wings made of steel, cutting through your insides so that all you can feel is burning.” YES. OMG, FUCKING YES. No truer words.
The musical aspect is what drew me in. I love music, and to have L.H. Cosway express the exact feelings I have was a wonderful experience. The power it has to transport you to another world. Perfect.
I laughed and I cried. This book had everything I wanted, and I will certainly come back to Jade and Shane now and again. (less)
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve been infatuated with a demon. There seriously has to be some sort of internal moral compass that is being...moreOddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve been infatuated with a demon. There seriously has to be some sort of internal moral compass that is being disturbed. I blame Supernatural. “I fucking love Lucifer”, are words that have actually spilled forth from my mouth any time Mark Pellegrino is on screen. And that one time that my mom asked me what was up with Crowley and I told her he is my favorite demon of all time and she looked at me strange for a week or so.
That’s how I feel about Jax. Like, he’s obviously a tad evil (he’s got a demon floating around inside him for god sakes), but I couldn’t help but like it. So, with all that said, I have a total book boy crush on the son of Cain.
The premise of Ruined is very interesting. I was intrigued the second I read the tidbit about the descendants of Cain. I’m very familiar with the story of Cain and Abel, and I was excited to see how this would all play out.
I fell in love immediately. Ruined grabbed my attention like Pinterest grabs my attention when I have a stack of reports on my desk at work. Once I started I couldn’t stop. I didn’t want Sam and Jax’s story to end.
I had no problem wrapping up their backstory with the present. They obviously have some built up tension in there and I loved their banter.
Sam and Jax reminded me of Perry and Dex from Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series. And those books are my shit. So when I started comparing the two not even half way through Ruined, I was okay with where thing were going. They both have that relatable story that is easy to get involved in. (Minus the demons and supernatural shit in both series).
Jax is sexy as all hell (pun intended). He is sarcastic. He is a smart-ass. He is adorable. And he is sharing his body with a demon named Azirak. Whom I also grew to love, because basically they’re the same person.
Sam, possibly one of the strongest female characters I’ve ever read about, has some serious balls. Not once did I feel like anything she did was strictly for the love of a boy. She saw the greater picture. She’s cool.
Chase is this evil, manipulative villain that I really liked to begin with. Maybe I still like him. Don’t ask me. I don’t know. I believe the Flynn brothers really do love each other. They’re the only family either has.
Heckle!!! (I couldn’t help but thinking of Hoggle from Labyrinth the entire time). He was a pleasant surprise!
Action. Humor. Sexy twin brothers. A family curse with a twist.
I hate to say that a book “surprises” me, because that makes it seem like I went in thinking this book would be shit. I try to start a book with no pr...moreI hate to say that a book “surprises” me, because that makes it seem like I went in thinking this book would be shit. I try to start a book with no prior grievances. No spoilers. Reading no reviews. A fresh slate for me to make up my own mind.
So I guess when I say it surprised me, I mean that I didn’t expect to completely be swept up in their world. To research (and goddammit, did I do some googling), this disorder. The first book in a while to give me the wondering eye to the next page or a few paragraphs. I didn’t want it to end, but I HAD to know how it all ended. I was greedy for Fragile Line.
I loved it. Originality is something few and far between, and I sincerely appreciated it. The writing is fine and honest. The characters are interesting as hell.
Ellie’s past broke my heart. Gwen broke my heart, although she pissed me off a few times. Shane is a sweetheart. Griffin is hottie.
Yes, it is filled with high school drama. Yes, these kids should’ve just talked to their parents instead of dealing with this on their own.
But all that is background to the very interesting, very compelling story.
I really can’t say much about Fragile Line without giving too much away. It’s a neck breaker. A jaw dropping discovery in one girls life (or is it 2 girls?).
I had to step away from this book for a couple of days just because I felt like something terribly distressing was forthcoming, and I didn’t think I w...moreI had to step away from this book for a couple of days just because I felt like something terribly distressing was forthcoming, and I didn’t think I would be ready for it.
I related heavily to this book. Who would’ve thought that a middle grade book about a 12 year old boy would give this 22 year old girl the feels? I certainly wasn’t prepared for the story I got.
We’re going through a similar situation in my family that Adam, his mother, and his grandmother are going through in Three Bird Summer.
My granny used to be this strong, happy person. Then about three years ago, my grandpa passed and it has been downhill from there. She is losing her memory. She is fragile and depressed. She doesn’t leave the house. But every once in a while, when all the grandkids go visit, I catch a glimpse of the woman that I knew when I was a child. The lady who would wake up at the crack of dawn and put on a pot of coffee. She’d sit on the swing outside and push herself with a slippered foot, while telling me stories of her childhood. She had a smile on her face all day long. When I think of summer, I think of going to my grandparent’s house in the woods.
So yea, I understand this. I’ve had the same conversations with my mother about my grandmothers “slipping”. We’ve given the side eye to each other when she repeats questions or forgets what she was doing. It is the second saddest thing I’ve had to deal with. To watch someone you love slowly lose their reality.
“She wrapped her knobby fingers around her mug and sipped her coffee slowly, like medicine…She wore silver glasses-always the same shape and style. They were dull now, but her eyes glinted behind them when she was in the right mood.” YALL. This is so my grandmother!!
Adam is a great narrator and I loved being inside his thoughts. He is so confused about girls that it is adorable. I hope he knows at that age that girls are just as confused about boys.
Everything was so charmingly imagined. I felt like I was at the lake with him inside a canoe or walking through the woods alongside him and Alice.
Alice. SUCH A GREAT CHARACTER!! Funny. Sweet. A true pre-teen girl.
Not even going to lie, I was super invested in their search for the hidden treasure.
Three Bird Summer is a beautiful book about growing up and accepting things as they are. The past and future collide in a spectacular blend of emotions. The writing and expanse of descriptions is worth the read alone.
This book made me miss being a child. It made me miss my grandfather so damn much, it kills me. But it also made me appreciate what I had, and currently have now. I cried. I cried big, fat tears starting a few chapters in until the end of the book.
This is a story of family and finding lifelong friends in the precious moments of a boys childhood summer. I went in expecting something completely different, but came out with a story that I will certainly treasure for a long time.(less)
A Broken Fate picks up right where A Beautiful Fate left me-sucking in a breath with my eyes wide in surprise.
Everything from the first book is back,...moreA Broken Fate picks up right where A Beautiful Fate left me-sucking in a breath with my eyes wide in surprise.
Everything from the first book is back, and better than ever.
Mrs. Mann’s characters are lively and vibrant. A group I wouldn’t mind spending a day with. Although, I did find myself rolling my eyes at Ava more than once.
Once again, she is a tad off her rocker. She is a whole lotta paranoid, but given the circumstances, she has a right to it. Except for the way she treats Aggie.
Aggie is such a sweetheart (for the most part), and I love her character (anyone who loves Pinterest is a friend of mine). Ava completely disrespects her in every sense of the word. She is ungrateful of the fact that Ari’s family took her in and accepted her as is. She is thankful to be out of his parents’ house. Honey, they took you in when you needed them the most. Show a little gratitude please, dear. But, I let her off the hook because she is being hunted and I’m sure that can’t be easy on the nerves. She is still pretty kick ass, too. However, I feel that she is too self-reliant on Ari.
Ari. Swear to God, this man melts my heart. Ari is protective and gentle. He is such a darling and oh so sexy. Now that he and Ava are married, they are taking things much faster. He is still a gentleman, but he is definitely a little feistier. There is a certain part in this book where he says to Ava, “Let me hear it”, and those 4 words strung together are the sexiest things I’ve ever read in any book.
Max is the perfect addition to their already sweet little family. He broke my heart and I loved his part in the mythological element of this book.
“Oh, my God!” I said for the second time that morning. Rory put his hand up to stop me. “Please, Ava, don’t remind me,” he laughed. ^that is why I fucking love Rory. I’m not sure anything more needs to be said.
Julia, August. They’re back and sassy as ever. The perfect interlude when things get too crazy.
"I can't wait to be your grandma, Ava." -Margaux. This had me choking up and love that this will be a big part of the next book!
The twists in this book floored me and I can honestly say that I did not see most of it coming. I love that this one ended on a lighter note and didn’t cause me trauma, unlike A Beautiful Fate.
I cried, I laughed, I cringed through every one of Ava’s flashbacks. It took me longer to get through this one because I have been on a Supernatural binge for the last month, but once I snuggled up to it, I blocked out everything else. I love the way this story flows so easily, and I can’t wait to see how things turn out for the Alexanders. (less)
Reason 1: It was free on Netgalley and I figured why the hell not.
Reason 2: The synopsis is something that I had...moreI picked this book out for 2 reasons.
Reason 1: It was free on Netgalley and I figured why the hell not.
Reason 2: The synopsis is something that I had actually never read about before. Probably, and I realized this around about chapter 2, because it is an absolutely terrible thing to do to a friend. Real friends do not act like that. If they pine after their best friend’s boyfriend, they do not act on it. They do not try to get said boyfriend alone and trick him into loving you instead. Real friends are happy for their best friend’s relationships. I don’t care who saw who first, you cut that shit out.
And I was prepared to hate it just because of the friendship between Kayla and Raegan and the constant swooning over Talon. BUT I related way too much to Kayla that I couldn’t find it in my heart to hate her even a little bit. I wanted her to see her ways and get better and just kiss Wesley already because I knew that’s who she wanted anyways.
The plan Kayla and Wesley hatch is ridiculous. It’s not something people actually do, and that’s why I wanted to read it. It pissed me off much of the time. They were both selfish. Plain and simple. However, a few times throughout this book, they do realize how shitty they are being. Does that stop them though? Nope. They plan through until they indeed do break up their best friends relationships.
This book is prime example that there is no such thing as “just friends” between men and women. There are always feelings somewhere beneath the surface. They may never come up for air, but they are definitely alive.
Kayla’s obsession with Talon borderlines insanity. Swear to god, every two paragraphs she was talking about how sexy Talon was in his football jersey. How hot Talon was with his black hair. How good he looked while making out with his girlfriend. And the way he was described, I just didn’t see it. He was kind of boring actually and I preferred, of course, funny musician Wesley.
Wesley was hilarious! I have NEVER literally laughed out loud while reading, and then think about it at a later time and smile like a weirdo. He was sweet and says the sexiest, cutest things! What more could a girl ask for?
The banter between Kayla and Wesley was the best damn thing about Switched. They were absolutely adorable and it’s the kind of relationship every girl wants. You will just have to read this book to see all the clever things they come up with. It’s highly entertaining.
The ending was perfect. I love how it wrapped up. I loved the surprise from Reagan and Talon. I. Loved. It. All.
If you’re looking for something light and fresh to get lost in on a rainy weekend, Switched is where it’s at.(less)
The captivating cover drew me in and I knew that this wasn’t just another magic based book.
It is a thousand things more and then some.
Slumber is not j...moreThe captivating cover drew me in and I knew that this wasn’t just another magic based book.
It is a thousand things more and then some.
Slumber is not just a story of magical beings, it is a story of family and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.
Ruby is one of the strongest characters I have come across in a while and I absolutely loved her resolve. Her family came first every step of the way (yes, even above the sexy, mysterious creature known was Tam), and I always appreciate that in anyone!
In the beginning, Tam was great. Nice, yet I suspected something was up his sleeve. We see that something isn’t quite right with him. Vampire? Wizard?
But he isn’t either of those, folks. He is something worse.
And once I saw that one word, all my hope for this book vanished and I prayed that it wouldn’t turn out like so many of the other Fae books I have read.
It isn’t. It’s so much better.
These fairies, Tam’s crew, are some of the sickest, most vile versions of fairies that I’ve read about and I’m pretty sure I hate the fuckers. They don’t give a shit about anyone else, especially humans, and just waste as much as they want. Material values. A life of luxury with no morals.
But as Ruby gets dragged into their world with a few slips here and there, she ultimately comes out with her standards in check.
And I love that shit.
Her family is sweet and had me choking up at more than one part.
I love the way Tamara Blake entwined Ruby’s life with Tam’s. It is perfectly thought out and I couldn't have asked for a better ending. (less)
It seems that there are two types of romance-y books.
The first type is the kind where romance is front and center, and overthrows every other element...moreIt seems that there are two types of romance-y books.
The first type is the kind where romance is front and center, and overthrows every other element of the book. The kind where random sex happens at the absolute wrong moments and puts whatever important thing just happened in the dust.
The second is where the romance aspect slowly builds around the main point of the plot. Amongst the action and thrills, there is this gentle romantic tension that makes you giggle and grin. An equal blend of action or fantasy and romance.
I can happily say that this book (this entire series actually) falls into my favorite of the two: neither. It is a beautiful compilation of the two, but mostly a remix of the second type. The romance is there, but it is not all the plot revolves around. There are no unnecessary love scenes that would add nothing to the story. Everything happens for a perfect reason, and that is my favorite type of romance.
Becoming may just be my favorite in the Project Five Fifteen series. (I think I’ve said that for the other two books, but they just kept getting better).
The ending of As You Were left me shaking. (The betrayal!)! I was desperate for a next book, even though I knew this one would be the end.
There has never been a single moment in this series that I’ve been able to predict what would happen. That right there started my love for Project Five Fifteen. The awesome, kickass characters sealed the deal.
Ronnie is by far one of the strongest female characters that have ever been put to pen and paper. She loves Kalen with a fever, but Kalen loves her just as much. And they use that to their advantage. They use it to protect one another. To save one another.
And although Kalen is absolutely perfect, Ace takes the cake for me.
He is adorable. Sweet and genuine. He loves Ronnie just as much as Kalen does, but he protects her as if they are family.
And maybe that is what makes this series the best.
The strong connection of these boys. The will they have to survive. The lengths they will go to have each other’s back. The bond between Ronnie and her sister, Rachel. The loss of their father. Getting past their anger towards one another and becoming a unit again.
And blended delicately with all this romance and bonding are fight scenes that rival the latest Thor movie. Intense and extremely real! Edge of your seat action.
Oh, my god. I loved getting inside the guys heads and seeing what they feel. A play by play of every situation. That was a delightful surprise.
I’ve been with this series from the beginning and I’m so grateful that I got to experience all three books. Although the journey has ended, and I hate to see it go, the peace for the boys at the end of the book was totally worth it.
I want to thank Ms. Samantha Summers for the opportunity to be with the boys from the beginning. I just wanna pour some vodka out for the ones we lost along the way! (less)