I have seen this book around and honestly didn't know what to think about it. I wasn't much on the cover but for some reason I kept getting drawn backI have seen this book around and honestly didn't know what to think about it. I wasn't much on the cover but for some reason I kept getting drawn back to it. I started to read reviews and they were really good reviews.... so I read it, I loved it, I can't get over it.
Julie leaves home for college. When she gets to the address she supposed to live.. it doesn't exist. Her mother was conned. Now she is a stranger in a big city, no money, and no where to live. Julie's mother call and old college friend to the rescue. Julie now has a place to stay, still a stranger and no money, but a place to stay with a very interesting and odd family. The longer she stays at the Watkins house, the more confused she gets, and the more she falls in love... with everyone. Friendships are made and lost, hearts are broken, and devastating secrets are revealed. The Watkins house of mystery was not on Julie's college to do list, but its an experience she will never forget.
Oh I so loved this book. It was a great love story, coming of age, realistic fiction, mystery, and comedy all in one book. I really didn't know what to expect when I started the book, but it didn't take me long at all to fall in love with the story, the characters, and everything in between. The writing was great, full of comic relief when needed and very well paced. I did see the end coming, the book was a little predictable for me but I have to admit, even when I predicted it...the book would start making second guess myself... just to find out I was right. It was a very entertaining and enlightening read.
I loved the characters. Everyone who reads my reviews knows I am very character driven reader. I have to know my characters intimately. I felt that I knew these characters inside and out. I knew their reactions, their relationships, and their secrets... well I was pretty sure I knew their secrets. Every character was unique and had something to just adore about them. The main character Julie was amazing.. yes at times I wanted to knock her across the back of the head. She was clueless at times and very naive. That did change and she did grow throughout the story. What I loved about her was her attitude. She was very snarky... yup my favorite... but very positive and really wanted to do what she could for others. Celeste won my heart from the very beginning. A very troubled but sweet little girl. Smart, adorable, annoying (in the good way), I just wanted to take her home to be my little sister. Oh and Matt... Wonderful but I hated him all at the same time. There were many times in the book I was yelling at him. He was so stupid at times, I knew his heart and wanted him to follow it... but what is there to say... Stupid boy!!!! Finn was a great character too. Very sweet, smart, almost too good to be true.
For sure the best set of characters in any book I have read for a very long time!
A very memorable read. It did cause a book hangover and I am not sure how long it will take me to get over it! Really read it, it's just that good. ...more
I was very excited to read this book. I have been trying out a lot of New Adult books lately and I love mermaid books so I gave this one a try. I love I was very excited to read this book. I have been trying out a lot of New Adult books lately and I love mermaid books so I gave this one a try. I loved the book. It was a wonderfully entertaining, romantic, fun read. It was a bit gushy at times, and yes the romance is hard and fast, but hey I live in a fantasy world.
Meena is a mermaid. She was found by her adoptive parents when she was about a year old when a hurricane came through and they found her mother dead in a net, really sad. The human parents chose to raise Meena on a secluded island where they run a place called Flukes, an animal sanctuary, where dolphins are a mermaid's best friend.
Her father allows teenagers in need of community service to work at Flukes every summer, Blake enters. A bad boy on the outside but not on the inside, hot and a bit mouthy. So the love story begins and Meena discovers love and family history.
It was a sweet and sometimes steamy read. A bit more steamy then I was used too but I got over it. Sometimes I pretend I am actually an adult. I really liked the story, the mermaid lore, the love story, the dolphins, and the family love. Lots of good stuff!
I liked Meena a lot. She was sheltered, for good reason. She understood as much as she could of the world she lived in, but she never leaves the island for safety reasons and she does the best can. Her parents have done a pretty good job with the circumstances and they raised her to be a solid woman, but she is still naive at times. She has a sweet nature but she can be quite snarky, and I love snarky. She was a tough girl for living a secluded life and didn't simply sit back and take crap from others . I loved this about her. Blake is yum. He is eye candy but has a sweet soul too. He is a lot tougher on the outside then he is on the inside, but he knows when to let the tough guy out. I really did fall in love with Blake.
I absolutely loved that there were dolphins in the story. They brought in cute and fluffy, and yes I love cute and fluffy. My favorite character, Mitch the dolphin. I wish I had a dolphin for a brother!
The book was very past faced and hard to put down. The writing was good, the plot was good, the characters amazing, and the romance sweet.
I loved it and would read more if there was more. If you like sweet romance with some steamy scenes and don't mind soul-mates or insta-love then this is a great book to pick up. You will enjoy it. ...more
I want to start off this review with my thoughts on the cover. I love this cover. I fell in love with the cover. I know you are not supposed to judge I want to start off this review with my thoughts on the cover. I love this cover. I fell in love with the cover. I know you are not supposed to judge the book by its cover, but I wanted to read this book before I read the blurb because of the cover. It is so soft, beautiful, and magical, I had to have it.
I got it, I read it, I loved it! An Amazing story of love, sacrifice, loyalty, friendship, and the line that lies between good and evil where something exists that is only what it is. There are lots of awesome character and very witty and emotional writing. All the ingredients needed for a great read.
Niko is a reaper who lives many lifetimes… he seems to start as a teenager and grows to an old man than does it again, all the while enforcing death certificates that his master (death) gives him. Arianne (love the name) is a high school girl that has had a crush on the school superstar (Niko) since he arrived at her school freshman year. Arianne has a best friend Ben, a loving and very close sister Carrie, and Darla, a very evil enemy at a school. Oh and she can see souls after the body dies. Niko and Arianne and are brought together, fall for each, and everything goes downhill from there.
So wonderful! I loved it from the first page to the last page. It is a fast paced, capturing, one sitting read. I was a little upset at the end… it kind of left me going “I need the next book like now” I love that feeling but only when the next book is available. The story was filled with love, a little mystery and intrigue, some action, sexy men, good friendship, lots of funny lines, sadness, death, sacrifice, it pretty much had it all, including things I didn’t see coming.
The writing was very entertaining. Kate has a way of making everything intense but also at the same time fun. I found myself snickering and giggling throughout the book. I was taken away by this book and found myself completely thrown into the book. The story did have some cliché things, like unpopular girl and the school hotty, insta-love, mystery surrounding the boy, a high school bully, and some family drama… but I didn’t care. The plot itself was refreshing and different for me and the writing so wonderful; I didn’t really notice the clichés. I have only read one reaper book and it was completely different. So I was happily entertained in my own little world.
The characters were all just crazy great. I loved the good and hated the bad and pretty enjoyed everyone in between.
Niko is just swoon worthy. Handsome, caring, loyal, witty, and clueless about humans while trying to fit in. His love for Arianne was pretty instantaneous and intense but it was his first love in all his many lifetimes. He was drawn in by it and amazed by it. Arianne is a very likeable character. She has her teeny girl moments where she becomes the whiny get over it girl, but for the most part she has a good head on her shoulders and seems to be pretty mature. She is going through a lot a home and meeting Niko seems to bring her a little joy during a very hard time. She learns he is not human and handles it pretty well and decides to figure out what he is on her own. She loves the research. Her love for Niko comes a little bit slower but still pretty fast and intense. Insta-love in YA does not bother me. They are teenagers and I feel the intensity is a little more realistic. What does bother me is love triangles and yay no triangle!
The secondary characters in this book are great too. Tomas the reaper is a loving mentor. Travis, another reaper, is just hilarious and from Texas…which is just hot. Love me some Texas Boys! Death is mysterious and dark but still seems to be personable. Darla is just plain nuts and mean girl doesn’t seem to do her justice. Ben is the loyal, understanding best friend. Carrie is the sister that everyone dreams of having. Janika, the not so nice reaper, is just plain evil and sadistic. A well rounded cast!
I loved it; my only complaint is that it was a little too short. I would have liked a little more. It didn’t feel like anything was missing or lacking. It was all there but I just wanted more. So… I will be getting the next book when available and be sad until it is.
I jumped on this book as soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis. I thought is sounded amazing, and it was. I am not even sure where to start wiI jumped on this book as soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis. I thought is sounded amazing, and it was. I am not even sure where to start with this review. The book was intriguing from the very first page. From the first word to the last word I was engrossed. A page turner for sure. The story has action, mystery, huge creep factor, a bit of romance, and a tad of sci-fi mixed in.
Cyclop Blaine is a teenage boy who lives with a gang that runs half the town. He was found around the age 5 starving and along, abandoned on the streets; He was taken in and taught the life of crime. He has a very useful gift, he can see snapshots a person’s future when he looks into their eyes.
When his adoptive father dies and his adoptive brother blames him for his death he is kicked out of the only home has known to move in with a new family. Not long after he finds a way to live a normal life, apartment, job, friends, he is kidnapped by a monster from his past. He is now faced with not only saving his own life but the lives of others that are trapped in the same basement. While he lives in captivity, he finds out that he is not alone and other secrets from his past.
I want to start with the characters. I absolutely adore Cyclop. He was easy to fall for, feel for, and root for. He has had a hard life handed to him, abuse, control, picked on, crime, abandoned, I mean could we do any more to this kid, yet he still keeps going. He keeps his chin up. He finds joy where he can and tries to deal with the rest one step at a time. He is a real fighter, selfless, and loyal. One of the best characters I have read in all year.
There are many other wonderful characters in this book, Amber, Kearney, and Jacob. The good people in Cyclop’s life. They bring good hearts, a reason to fight, and someone that understands what he is going through. They were great supportive characters, especially when we see so little of them each. The relationships throughout the book are either beautiful or devastating and give so much to the life of Cyclop.
The book is paced very well, not rushed and not slow. The writing was just my style, the world built was a world of crime, hate, abuse, it was hard to get through but there was always a light at the end of the tunnel each time his life took a turn for the bad. A very powerful read, beautiful and dark! ...more