Nope. Definitely not my cup of tea. I didn't like their relationship, and I hate love triangles. The ending was disappointing, and I just cannot relat...moreNope. Definitely not my cup of tea. I didn't like their relationship, and I hate love triangles. The ending was disappointing, and I just cannot relate to any of Colleen Hoover's heroines! To me, for some reason, they just seem ... there. Just present, standing there, no spark in them, barely active. I guess it's just me (but I had the same problem with Ugly Love), but I can't even explain it -- that just bothers me for some reason.
And I don't want to write about all the (little) things that bothered me because I have a book waiting for me, and I cannot really put my confused thoughts into words. Maybe some other day (no pun intended).
But the writing - oh, the writing. She sure does know how to write. (less)
Karina Halle never ceases to amaze, and Experiment in Terror has been getting better book after book, peeling off the layers of Dex and Perry, sploly...moreKarina Halle never ceases to amaze, and Experiment in Terror has been getting better book after book, peeling off the layers of Dex and Perry, sploly building up their relationship, showing its complex and raw nature, making me fall in love with them more each time I come to visit their world. Perry and Dex are one of the best book characters ever. THE best, actually.
There was definitely not enough Dex in it, but otherwise - it was a spectacular read, and this is nothing less than I would expect from Karina Halle....moreThere was definitely not enough Dex in it, but otherwise - it was a spectacular read, and this is nothing less than I would expect from Karina Halle. I'm getting a book boner every time I pick up one of her books. (Can I say boner here? ... Well I guess I just did. Twice.)
This one was so gritty and intense and a different kind of crazy/spooky. Here, Perry is dealing with demons INSIDE her, not the ones that can appear in front of her, hit her on the head, tie her to a tree, crawl up her body or chase her with the intent of raping her - well, not that sort of demons this time. Was it less frightening? NO. At the same time there is a shift in Perry and Dex's relationship and mr. Maximus swoops in and tries to save the day. Ugh, that ginger hotness and his ulterior motives! (I so want to believe his intentions, deep down, are actually pure, and that he is not a douche - I don't even know why I have a soft spot for him. Hm. I blame daddy issues or sumthin'. :D)
Plus, I watched that interview with "Perry and Dex". Holly cow, "Dex" is so unbelievably smokin'! (And Perry is also hot hot hot (I wanna be her)).
OK, I'm actually sporting a tiny little crush on Dex. A.k.a. Karina Halle's husband (yay, they got married - today!). Jaysus Crist, I'd just sit there and stare at him all day if he was mine. Other things, too (doooh :P), but first I'd just stare at him (shirtless, preferably).
In Slovenia we do not have many authors that write in New Adult genre. In fact, Lea J. is one of few I am aware of, and that is why I was so glad to s...moreIn Slovenia we do not have many authors that write in New Adult genre. In fact, Lea J. is one of few I am aware of, and that is why I was so glad to see she is writing books for us, "new" adults. Also, I support Slovenian authors who write in these difficult times that have affected the publishing world quite severely. There is little demand for books in Slovenia, because they are so expensive, and the books are expensive, because there is too little demand for books. Such a vicious circle we are caught in! Branching out of Slovenia is a smart move and this is exactly what Lea J. did. She reached out to English speaking readers and I hope they will be as pleased with what she has to offer as we in Slovenia are.
Beyond All Boundaries is a light, enjoyable summer read a girl is happy to read on a summer vacation, laying on the beach, sipping a mojito and having a jolly good time. Characters are likeable (with the exception of some nasty ones - they are introduced later on) and the plot is nothing complicated. There is a girl who likes pole dancing, a hot guy with mesmerizing blue eyes, a sex-crazed best friend and a stalker who has a penchant for orchids. Throw in some good old drama with the ex, car accidents and crazy people, and voila - Beyond All Boundaries!
P.s. And the sexy scenes were nicely written. I am pointing this out because in Slovenian language sexy scenes often don't sound so appealing and fluid and ... well, sexy (for the lack of a better word) - it's just kind of awkward. Do any of my fellow Slovenians read romance novels in Slovenian? Amanda Quick, for example? I remember reading her novels and laughing hysterically during the sexy scenes because they were hilarious. The words used, the klutzy descriptions of situations... Ah it was so hard to read and so awkward... Poor translator, I guess she was not that skilful in this department... :D However, there was one, only one word, that I had a problem with. When the female main character was in throes of passion, she "screamed like a banshee" ("Zadrla se je"). That threw me off a bit. I would have much preferred she "moan loudly" ((za)stokala) or something like that. (It's just that I always connected the verb "dreti se" with a wailing child or "dreti se kot jesihar". :D
Note: I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.(less)
My figurative brain matter is splattered all over the room, because this book blew my mind! I never imagined it could be so good. Explosive, sitting-o...moreMy figurative brain matter is splattered all over the room, because this book blew my mind! I never imagined it could be so good. Explosive, sitting-on-the-edge-of-my-chair, action-packed, imaginative, thrilling, exciting, freakin' fandabidozi!
I'm sure it's like this for everyone - the first book in the series is the best and from then on it gets worse. Divergent trilogy, Hunger Games trilogy and I could go on. But this, this, this is just perfection! Each book better than its prequel. Gaaah. I'm excited. And sad that it's over. I've never wished more that a trilogy would be too short of a story for me. I want mooooreeee.
Thank you, Zemira. This series was the best recommendation EVAH! :)(less)
Lepo je videti, da slovenski avtorji ustvarjajo kaj na področju New Adult ("Frišno odrasli", haha), ker v Sloveniji ravno za starostno skupino mladih...moreLepo je videti, da slovenski avtorji ustvarjajo kaj na področju New Adult ("Frišno odrasli", haha), ker v Sloveniji ravno za starostno skupino mladih od 18-29 (recimo) ni veliko literature s tega žanra. Prav tako podpiram, da se širimo na tuj, ameriški trg, ker na žalost v Sloveniji po knjigah ni (večjega) povpraševanja in navala.
Preko vseh meja je luštno lahkotno poletno branje, kot nalašč za odklop možgančkov na plaži. Jaz sem jo sicer prebirala sredi najhujšega navala faksovskih obveznosti, sem pa v mislih bežala nekam na tropsko obalo ... Sicer je prisotna tudi bolj temačna tematika, in par scen je takih, da ti pulz poveča (na slab in dober način, if you know what I mean *pomiga z obrvmi*), ampak na koncu se vse srečno konča. Prisotnih je tudi dosti klišejev (view spoiler)[pridna punca, bad boy, grozen bivši, s seksom obsedena najboljša prijateljica ... :D (hide spoiler)], kar vsi veste, da ne maram, toda dandanes je v tem žanru bilo napisano že čisto vse in je težko kaj čisto originalnega napisat, pa sem se raje osredotočala na dobre stvari :D
I actually kind of gave up on Ren and Ally in their book, so I've decided to read this tidbit to see if there's a way to change my mind. Let's just sa...moreI actually kind of gave up on Ren and Ally in their book, so I've decided to read this tidbit to see if there's a way to change my mind. Let's just say I'm diving into Rock Chick world again. This time, hopefully, I'll manage to finish it.(less)
It is true that Red Fox is considerably better than its predecessor, Darkhouse. I enjoyed the complex and intense relationship between the main charac...moreIt is true that Red Fox is considerably better than its predecessor, Darkhouse. I enjoyed the complex and intense relationship between the main characters, the story was gripping; once you started reading, you weren't able to put the book down until you finished the last page. I remember I was sitting on the train yesterday, engrossed in a particularly action-packed and wickedly delicious scene, when a friend sat down next to me and demanded my attention. I almost ripped his throat out with my teeth the moment it dawned on me I was expected to carry a conversation with the dude until we get to our final destination (more than an hour away). Damn my good manners and social expectations, damn you!
And suffice it to say I will never be able to look at animals (not even cute little fluffy kitties) the same way ever again. My ol' ticker almost gave out a couple of times during the scenes with animals attacking and acting all creepy'n stuff. *shudders*
Can't wait to see what book no.3 has in store for me. But let's wait for the daylight. Daylight is my friend. (less)
I've heard many things about this book, especially that it follows the example of Beautiful Disaster and Fallen Too Far, but I disagree. Yes, there we...moreI've heard many things about this book, especially that it follows the example of Beautiful Disaster and Fallen Too Far, but I disagree. Yes, there were many clichés and predictable scenes, but it also brought some fresh aspects and interesting characters. I particularly liked the way the author decided to depict Brax, whose Boston accent was a pain in the butt of many reviewers. I actually quite liked his accent! It made him stand out from other guys, made him more real and layered. The heroine bugged me at first, but then I warmed up to her, which was a good thing, since I dislike dumb and childish heroines with passion. However, I hated the way she dealt with her ex. It was so illogical and stupid I can't even put it in words. All in all, I'm glad I picked up this book and will re-read it in the future. Maybe even buy a physical copy - the cover is beautiful.
Note: I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.(less)