I began reading Big Sky Eyes at 10:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. Big mistake! About 30 minutes before I had initially planned on going to b...more4 1/2 stars...
I began reading Big Sky Eyes at 10:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. Big mistake! About 30 minutes before I had initially planned on going to bed I began one of those stories that you're lucky if you meet with once or twice a year! One of those books that you have a hard time putting down (no matter what time it is, or what you SHOULD be doing) because you've stepped into a special world and you just can't stop yourself from reading "just one more chapter". That's exactly what Big Sky Eyes was to me.
The most important factor in any book I read is that that heroine needs to be a likable kind of gal. Mackenna was everything I hold dear in a heroine. She was strong yet sweet and most importantly she played no games. There wasn't any big, stupid misunderstanding. Mackenna was in love with Brent and though she kept it to herself for a long time, she did it to preserve her friendship. And talk about a hero to remember! Brent was everything I ever look for in a hero. He wasn't perfect, far from it actually. But everything he did was in attempt to be a better person, a better man.
The fact that this was a first time self published book just amazes me! I can't remember seeing better quality editing and writing in an indie book.
The only small negative that bumped me down just a half star was... Once Mackenna and Brent finally got together. They admitted to each other that they were in love and from that point their relationship just took off. It felt a bit rushed and right up to the big climactic moment just felt to zoom by a bit too quick. I wanted more!!!
All together I loved it and would love to see what Sawyer Belle has for us next! (less)
I really don't know how Making Faces could have been done any better. The story was spectacular, the charecters completely lovable and the writing flo...moreI really don't know how Making Faces could have been done any better. The story was spectacular, the charecters completely lovable and the writing flowed pretty darn close to perfectly. This was my second book by Amy Harmon, and though her writing style (very mild on the steam factor)has historically not been my favorite I'm glad I found her!(less)
I had a hard time believing that this is the same author that wrote The Edge of Never. I didn't really care for that at all. And I'm almost ashamed to...moreI had a hard time believing that this is the same author that wrote The Edge of Never. I didn't really care for that at all. And I'm almost ashamed to say that if I would have known that fact, it would have detoured me from reading Killing Sarai and I would have missed out on what I'm confident is going to be a great series!
What a great voice J.A. Redmerski has! I loved her writing style, I loved her characters and I absolutely loved this story. Sarai has been held against her will for 9 years. She has kept herself alive by her pure will to live and in turn she is her capture's favorite toy. Until one day a savior in the form of a professional assassin shows up and her whole world changes.
I just can't get over how different Killing Sarai was than The Edge of Never. It is really impressive how an author can switch gears so drastically and effectively by going from an almost quirky NA book to such dark and scary subject matter as in Killing Sarai. It was pulled off to a "T" and I can't wait for the next addition to this series. (less)
I guess this was only "part 1" but I sure wan't thrilled with what is becoming Bliss and Dusty's reality. The story seems extremely rushed and not at...moreI guess this was only "part 1" but I sure wan't thrilled with what is becoming Bliss and Dusty's reality. The story seems extremely rushed and not at all as engaging as Dusty was. I'll wait patiently for the next part and hope it is pulled together a bit more. (less)
I have a hard time reviewing books that already have a thousand (or two) reviews. It feels as though what I want to say has already been said, so why...moreI have a hard time reviewing books that already have a thousand (or two) reviews. It feels as though what I want to say has already been said, so why bother. But in this case I don't think I've read anything that represents exactly how I felt about Styxx, so here it goes...
Finally! A Sherrilyn Kenyon book that has restored my faith in her Dark Hunter series! I was really getting discouraged. I seemed to be reading the same book about the same (new) hero who I really couldn't have cared less about. But Styxx??? What a twist! Our beloved Acheron isn't infallible after all? There are two sides to every story. Even when that initial story is told about one of my most beloved characters of all time.
Styxx has been misjudged and mistreated his entire life. The one person in his childhood he was able to love and connect with (his brother) was taken from him at a young age. From that point on Styxx endures some of the most horrific torture and abuse I have read in a book, ever. No one loves him, no one shows him any kindness or warmth. He is looked at to be a spoiled rotten arrogant prince who has everything. No One gives him the opportunity to show them that he is anything but. When Styxx meets Beth his world finally changes. He is treated with love, dignity and respect. He has found what he needs to ground him in a world that he has been desperately trying to get out of.
I really loved all the characters in Styxx. I saw a lot of my old favorites and even made some new ones. It truly takes a special writing gift to take a character who was previously loathed so much and make him into such a wonderful GOOD addition to the DH world. Sherrilyn Kenyon pulled that off to a really high degree. Styxx was wonderful and I loved him and his story to a point...
There are degrees of believe ability when you're reading a tortured hero's story. Prior to Styxx, Acheron was definitely the most tortured hero I've ever read. But Styxx's abuse makes Acheron's look like a naughty toddler's spanking. He endured everything Acheron did plus his own individual hells. To the point where some of the most significant tortures we read about in Acheron's story were a mere blip on Styxx's radar. Incident after incident of described HORRID treatment, torture, rape, seclusion, and being utterly misunderstood after a while grated on me. It was too over the top... I'm a cynic, I know (and yes, I know this is PARANORMAL fiction), but I will never believe that a character, fiction or nonfiction could be written that can 100% convince me that they can forgive others and come out on the flip side of such torture not only sane but so utterly nice as Styxx.
Overall Styxx really was great and I've been pacified for a while now to wait for the next big character's book. Savitar! Savitar! Savitar!
**spoiler alert** This was a DNF for me at about the 60% point. I know I read "fiction" and I choose to enter a book at my own risk, but this was just...more**spoiler alert** This was a DNF for me at about the 60% point. I know I read "fiction" and I choose to enter a book at my own risk, but this was just too unrealistic for me. It actually bordered on ridiculous. The hero was extremely ill, to the point where he could die within months of his illness. He was taking experimental drugs that made him feel sick and he was constantly throwing up and looking pale and loosing weight but he still has the ability to play college football? Not only that but he's the star quarterback? Just too over the top for me. Two completely conflicting situations (terminal illness and being an active college quarterback) just don't go together! (less)
It took a few days for me to absorb this one... I gave it 4 stars but for what is was, a story posted on a simple fan fic site, this rating system pit...moreIt took a few days for me to absorb this one... I gave it 4 stars but for what is was, a story posted on a simple fan fic site, this rating system pits Dusty against best selling authors. Those 4 stars say a ton about how remarkable this story truly was!
The characters were well developed and thought out. The story line was honest and realistic. I loved just about everything about these "people", even when I hated them. Addiction is a disease that not only affects the addict but everyone who loves them. Dusty represented a well thought out portrayal of what addiction can do. There were times I wanted to punch Bliss for not walking away from Dusty. But how do you give up on someone you love when they are not hurting you because they want to but because they are actually extremely ill? It was more than obvious Dusty loved Bliss, he was just caught in his disease so bad he didn't know any other way to deal with life and love.
I read Fifty Shades of Grey long before it became the phenomenon it is now. When it was "Master of the Universe" and a simple version of Twilight fan fic. Dusty and Fifty are NOTHING a like but when look back on my first read of Fifty, Dusty blows it away.
My only negative, which caused the one star knock down, was a very simple issue with editing. The story was just a bit too long with some parts that I had to skim because the words dragged on a bit.
Overall I loved it! I can only hope Dusty's story continues because I just don't want it to be over. It feels like there is so much more for us to unveil. (less)
If You Stay started out with a great big bang. I was absolutely hooked at the beginning. The characters were well developed, you knew exactly who they...moreIf You Stay started out with a great big bang. I was absolutely hooked at the beginning. The characters were well developed, you knew exactly who they were, what they were about, and how their lives were going to change once they established a relationship with one another. All character driven books should start out this way. There was no fluff, no unnecessary gibberish leading up to our introduction. Just the low down get to the point meat of their personalities and actions.
I only wish that the story had continued on with the same flow. At about 60% through I got extremely put off and annoyed and my rating dropped from the 5 stars I was going to give down to 3. The characters who I was growing to really like and care about suddenly took a turn towards the TSTL and unlikely. To change a character's personality all together is a completely different process than to gradually grow a character as an individual into a better version of themselves throughout the story. Mila started out as a sweet, caring almost goody too shoes heroine in the beginning. She was a woman who Pax grew to love so much that he wanted to be a better man because of her. This process of Pax recognizing his feelings was written awesome. Mila was awesome! When Pax was faced with the gruesome details of his past that he had previously suppressed he was an (understandable) mess. Mila's actions from that point on were out of character and just flat out unbelievable. I couldn't buy that the heroine we met in the beginning was the same woman who decided "tough love" was the best way to teach Pax his coping skills on how he should deal with his childhood trauma. This whole situation and how the characters handled themselves within it was ridiculous and so out of character that I actually put the book down for a couple days.
Overall I felt the writing and plot of If You Stay was wonderful. This was 1st person with alternating narratives between Pax and Mila. This process was pulled off excellently. This was a character driven book though, so I have to rate it on the characters and their development within the story. And the actions of the characters did not appear to me to be consistent with their personalities throughout the story. (less)
What a wicked, mucky, cluster of craziness! The kitchen sink of drama was thrown at this book! I'm having a hard time putting a star rating to it beca...moreWhat a wicked, mucky, cluster of craziness! The kitchen sink of drama was thrown at this book! I'm having a hard time putting a star rating to it because on one hand I thought the plot and the characters within Fallen Crest High were excellent. On the other hand however the execution, which most especially includes the editing really left a lot to be desired.
The main players... Sam, Mason, and Logan were wonderful. Sam had reached her limit of people stepping on her. To the point where she just didn't care about really anything anymore. I saw a few reviews which referred to Fallen Crest High as very Cruel Intentionesk. I completely agree. The supporting players, Sam's mom, Logan's ex and mostly including the "Elite" were horrible, bitchy, privileged wenches who deserved any and all of the torment (from the Kade's) that they received on Sam's behalf. The Kade brothers were two of the most intriguing male lead characters I've read about in a YA/NA book. They were rude, crude and really didn't give a damn what any one else thought of them. They did what they wanted, when they wanted to and always came out on top. I waited with bated breath for the scenes within the book that included them. I was always anxious to read what they were going to do next.
This was a wonderful example of a strong character driven story where the personality of the heroine was very well developed and she was incredibly likable. Even the supporting characters had great depth. Where I felt a bit disappointed was in the execution of the story. There were several instances that I had to re-read the paragraph and still ended up with a "Huh, what the heck was that"? Some of the writing was a bit choppy and skipped around. One of the biggest "huh's" was I still have no idea what the characters looked like. The boy's mom and Sam's dad were the only characters who were described in depth physically. We got basic hair color but no real solid description that you can picture in your mind's eye what anyone looked like. Another part that I felt a bit lacking was the build up to Sam's relationship with the Kade brothers. They didn't know her, didn't try to get to know her in any way really and then they were just there, this huge all consuming part of her life. I was missing the dots that connected her to them on any kind of emotional or psychological level.
Bottom line is I did enjoy Fallen Crest High and will read the next book. I feel there is potential here for a great series and possibly a great new talent in the New Adult genre. I do however hope that there is more attention paid to the editing process for both plot and punctuation. (less)
I absolutely LOVED Pushing the Limits so when I saw there was a sequel, I jumped at the chance to read it. When I found out that Beth was the featured...moreI absolutely LOVED Pushing the Limits so when I saw there was a sequel, I jumped at the chance to read it. When I found out that Beth was the featured character in Dare You To, I rolled my eyes, kind of disappointed (I didn't really care for her in the previous book). After I sucked it up and decided to give Beth a chance, I'm so happy that I did! Dare You To was truly excellent.
Beth's life is rough. Her mother is a alcoholic, her father nowhere around, and after a horrible incident with her mother's abusive boyfriend she's forced into living with her recently re-surfaced uncle and his hoity toity wife. So when the local golden boy asks for her phone number she is immediately on guard. Boys like him don't like girl's like her.
On the outside Ryan's life is perfect. He's got the perfect look, the perfect pitch in baseball, and the cherry on top of a perfect family life. Or does he? Through the process of getting to know each other Beth and Ryan learn that what's on the surface isn't always what's on the inside.
It was heart wrenching to read about Beth and Ryan's struggles and then their eventual acceptance of one another. Katie McGarry can truly create a wonderful tortured character. Her grasp on the struggles that teenagers face on a regular basis, coupled with difficult parents added into the mix... she had me wanting to be a better parent myself. I never want my child to experience a sliver of what these characters live through and overcome on an almost hourly basis. And it's so real! Written for us in such a captivating and detailed manner, you can't help but hurt for these kids. Beth loved her mother so much. All she wanted was to help bring her out of the hell she was stuck in. The hell her mother created for herself and refused to leave! Even at the expense of her daughter's physical safety and emotional well being. It was as if Beth was the mother and she the daughter. And Ryan... he was so terrified of disappointing his father. He wanted so much to hold onto his parents that he almost let go of his brother who had actually made the choice to finally break free and live his OWN life. The best part of this book was the point where we realize that we have two teenagers on separate sides of the "tracks" and all though they have very different struggles with their families, they realize they have to work past those troubles in the same way. And being together as a couple makes them that much stronger as individuals.
My only disappointments in Dare You To is I wanted more depth inside Beth's relationships with the other girls. Not so much her mother. We saw a bunch of interaction with her mom and how she struggled with it. But more on how she overcame her loathing/fear of other girls her age. She eventually realized that Echo wasn't so bad. It was more than obvious that Echo and Noah were wonderful together and that Echo cared about Beth. I was hoping for more on that relationship. Echo sure does have her own significant "mama drama". I thought that a good heart to heart between her and Beth would have taken the cake! Lacey too... I wanted a bit more on the relationship between Beth and Lacey. Both past and present Lacey seemed like she loved Beth but Beth never really came off very appreciative of it.
So what am I saying here...??? My only negative about this book is that I loved the characters so much that I wanted to read more about them? This book could have been another 100 pages and it still wouldn't have been enough for me. That should tell it all! (less)