These books do get better and better. I am a little in love with Dean Heyward di Laurentis. The Life of Dean is sweet indeed. Probably the hottest ofThese books do get better and better. I am a little in love with Dean Heyward di Laurentis. The Life of Dean is sweet indeed. Probably the hottest of the three, I really liked how much chemistry Allie and Dean had with each other. The progression from sex buddies to friendship to a relationship was really fun to read. I may have even cried a little at the end. Officially addicted to Elle Kennedy's writing - can't wait for book 4!...more
Breezed through this book. I think I liked it a bit more than the first, which is rare for me. Something about Logan and Grace's chemistry and relatioBreezed through this book. I think I liked it a bit more than the first, which is rare for me. Something about Logan and Grace's chemistry and relationship really stuck. These books are fast becoming favourites. Elle needs to write faster!...more
Read this book way too quickly, but it was just too enjoyable not to. I bought this after seeing Elle Kennedy's books filling my Goodreads timeline anRead this book way too quickly, but it was just too enjoyable not to. I bought this after seeing Elle Kennedy's books filling my Goodreads timeline and the great reviews from friends I trust, that aren't the biggest fans of NA. If they loved this book, then I knew it was something special.
It really was. I love a good hate-love relationship and the geeky girl/popular guy trope and this book had all of that and more in spades. It ticked all the right boxes in what I look for in an NA book: banter, sizzling chemistry and character growth. The dialogue is laugh out loud funny and the sex scenes are hot.
After Hannah Wells gets an 'A' in an impossibly difficult class, she gets noticed by hockey team captain Garrett Graham who pesters her to tutor him, much to her annoyance. After presenting an offer she couldn't refuse, she finally caves. They both have hidden skeletons in their pasts, but I love how well the author dealt with these difficult issues. The characters, setting, issues and relationship genuinely felt authentically university-set.
Basically, I loved it and I will recommend it to anyone who wants to read a well-crafted contemporary college love story. Will be reading the rest of the series and the author's other books!...more
DNF. I gave it half the book, but I honestly couldn't read any more without my eyes glazing over. I'm not invested in Mare, who I don't think has growDNF. I gave it half the book, but I honestly couldn't read any more without my eyes glazing over. I'm not invested in Mare, who I don't think has grown up since the last book. There are too many new, forgettable characters, and the writing was very jumbled. I felt like the characters were constantly jumping from one place to another and I couldn't clearly follow their journey. All in all, I was disinterested and even though everyone has kept telling me to stick it out to the end, I don't think I can....more
I don't even know where to start with this book. Just when I thought Pierce Brown couldn't surprise me anymore than he did with Red Rising, he gorydamI don't even know where to start with this book. Just when I thought Pierce Brown couldn't surprise me anymore than he did with Red Rising, he gorydamn well does it with Golden Son. Utterly unpredictable, in the best of ways. I couldn't stop reading and had no idea where the story would go and I loved it. It was utter madness in space.
Darrow, now a Peerless Scarred, is working for the Augustus family, the same man that ordered the death of his wife, Eo. Without spoiling too much, he makes a huge mistake, becomes public enemy number one of the Bellonas, gets fired, gets rehired, makes deals with everyone. He's up and down more times than a yo-yo throughout the story and is less of a Gary Stu. Also, the supporting cast are wonderful. Mustang, Sevro, Roque, the Jackal, the Sovereign, Fitchner are all deeply interesting, flawed characters with their own plans and agendas. I had absolutely no idea who's on who's side.
Plus, Pierce Brown also manages to give us a load of feels even with the background of death, destruction and intergalactic war. WHY PIERCE WHY?! I'm so glad I decided to read it close to the release of Morning Star. I think the wait would have been agonising. ...more
4.5 stars. An entertaining and unique read. I admit I haven't read a lot of sci-fi (only Orson Scott Card, Alfred Bester, Pierce Brown, Amie Kaufman,4.5 stars. An entertaining and unique read. I admit I haven't read a lot of sci-fi (only Orson Scott Card, Alfred Bester, Pierce Brown, Amie Kaufman, etc), none of which I would count as 'high sci-fi' (to take a term from fantasy), so I didn't know what to expect.
Taking place some time in the future, 5 big families/corporations (known as Dragons) dominate life on the moon. The moon is a progressive place for opportunity. Terms used throughout the book are based on a lot of different languages - Portuguese, Afrikaans, Korean, to name a few. Sexual preference is fluid. Everything is a contract. You have to pay a daily rate for your four basic elements to survive: air, water, carbon and data. Everyone has an AI familiar. The moon is also a harsh place, and it can kill you in an instant.
The story follows the Corta family, the newest of the 5 Dragons. They quickly rose to power due to matriarch Adriana Corta's enterpreneurial tenacity. It follows the lives of her 5 children and grandchildren. The story is reminiscent of Game of Thrones in space - large families vying for power, intermarrying and trying to trump and crash the other dynasties.
It was hard to get going at the start. I was immediately confused because to be honest, there isn't much of a plot, or at least not an obvious one. It follows the 5 Corta children, Rafa, Luca, Ariel, Carlinhos, Wagner and several beautifully written chapters are Adriana's stream of thought. Once you read through the rest of the book, with the moon runs, the assassination attempts, the parties, weddings, race for business, and politics, you get so involved in these amazingly developed characters, you can't stop reading. Then the last 10% of so hits and the plot reveals itself and you wonder how you've missed it this whole time.
I would highly recommend it for fans of sci-fi and anyone who loves a good dynastic family story with lots of intrigue, politics and fantastic writing. I can't wait for the sequel....more