City of Bones is a wonderful start to The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It is a story about love, deception, betrayal, family, and fri...moreCity of Bones is a wonderful start to The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It is a story about love, deception, betrayal, family, and friendship. I remember the first time I tried to read it, I wasn't able to get into the story line because I didn't think the plot was interesting. But thankfully, The Clockwork Angel changed all of that for me and I guess this is where it all began. I'm truly looking forward to reading more of Cassandra Clare's books and finding out how the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series are connected.
The story itself, is about a teenage girl named Clary Fray who is unsure of her identity in the world ever since she discovers that she is a Shadowhunter and who her real father is. Eventually, she is thrust into a world of Nephilim-- the Shadowhunters, the Downworlders-- werewolves, vampires, faeries, and even demons. But her life soon takes a turn for the worse, when she finds out that her mother was attacked by a demon and is rescued by a Shadowhunter named, Jace Wayland. I have to admit that the beginning was slow, but the author soon picks up the pace after Clary wakes up to find herself inside of the Institute where the Shadowhunters resides and meets Isabelle, Alex, and Jace. From the very beginning, I always knew that there was something special about Jace. He oddly reminds me of Will Herondale from The Clockwork Angel... so that must be a BIG clue as to who his parents are later in the books. I'll just have to wait and find out!
Let's take a deeper look on the characters of The Mortal Instruments series, shall we? Clary Fray is not only a tough heroine but she is also full of wit and backbone. She's not afraid to talk back to Jace and I absolutely love the chemistry between the two. Jace believes that she is beautiful, even if she doesn't know it, and I think that is the reason why he is attracted to her. As for Jace Wayland himself, he is sexy, sarcastic, and I have to say, a very intriguing character. And the ending of the book, holy cow. Another big betrayal and deception coming from the one and only Valentine. I never would have guessed it but I definitely refuse to believe that is true!
To sum up this review, this series has earned a place on my pedestal of books and I'm truly looking forward to reading more of these books. I can't believe I waited this long to start this series but hey, it's better late than never!(less)
Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway tells the story of two 'broken' individuals and the slow-burning romance that ignites...more** 4.5 BEAUTIFUL STARS **
Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway tells the story of two 'broken' individuals and the slow-burning romance that ignites between them. There is just something about the way Cosway writes that's just so darn beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Her heroes are always a contradiction and Shane is no exception! While shy and reserved in public, Shane is both commanding and sexy in private with Jade. Wow, who'd have thought?! I'm still shocked by how dynamic and explosive their relationship was!
From the get-go, Jade and Shane's first meeting would come to signify the beginning of their unique relationship throughout the book. Despite insisting on being only friends, Jade quickly becomes confused over her feelings for Shane as she continues to spend more time with him. On the other hand, Shane already knows whom he wants and that’s the one and only Jade Lennon. Every so often, Shane would touch and caress Jade... their relationship is filled with intense emotion and sexual chemistry, which was just torture by the way! And when these two finally decide to give in to the need... readers will be in for a ride.
However, there is more to their relationship than just the slow-burning romance between them. Jade and Shane are two individuals who are evidently broken by the life in which they lived in. All I can say is, everything came full circle. In the end, Still Life with Strings is a story about overcoming one's past and essentially finding love again. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic release by L.H. Cosway and I'm definitely looking forward to more!(less)
Let me just point out that Vision in White, the first book of the Bride Quartet series, has the power to melt you heart because of how sweet the hero...moreLet me just point out that Vision in White, the first book of the Bride Quartet series, has the power to melt you heart because of how sweet the hero can be. Carter has officially became one of my favorite GERD (geek and nerd all in one) heroes of all time. I absolutely love him and his character development throughout the entire story. The romance between Mackensie and Carter was just... heartachingly beautiful. Throughout the entire book, I've looked forward to every single one of their dates and meetings. For being my first Nora Roberts book, I'm really looking forward to her other books as well. ;)
CARTER, oh Carter. You are adorable for one. It's so bad that there were moments where I want to pinch your cheeks and you're older than me! He is the perfect husband material and I'm not going to lie, I have a soft spot for smart, clumsy, and patient fellows like him. Everything that he does for Mackensie is so sweet that I fell in love with his character more and more. What's not to love, huh? No wonder Mac had such a hard time trying to keep their relationship "simple," aha! It took awhile for her to realize her love for him... it was rather slow, but it was all worth it in the end. Carter's patience really did benefit him in the end, ya know. Anyway, I really did love the high school crush thing developing into true love. It's quite typical but really? It never gets old-- especially when the gal never notices the guy when they were teenagers, but when they meet again as adults, she falls pretty hard for him while his love for her has always been there. But yeah, the ending was perfection and let me forewarn you, it will cause you to feel all bubbly and warm. JUST SAYING!
And now, let's talk about Mackensie! I went for her and Carter all the way because I love how she is with him. They're perfect for one another, even though Parker once said in the beginning that they were complete opposites. Although there's one thing that I find frustrating most of all about her, and that is her relationship with her mother, Linda. I didn't like how her mother had the power to control Mac's life and influence her relationship with Carter. It really wasn't fair and Mac just let it happen! What?! *Shrugs* Seriously, her mother was a whiny, selfish bitch but either way, she got what she deserved in the end, sorta. Mac finally toughened up and kicked some major butt! LOL.
I have a lot of favorite quotes in the book and let's just say they include Carter's moments with Mackensie AND BOB. OH GOD, BOB. He's like the best fail friend you meet at work, who gives you dating advice while Carter just face palms. It's so ridiculously funny that I love it! An example of such would be:
"If it winds up earlier, you should have a movie picked out. This is assuming she isn’t sending you the ‘let’s go back to my place’ signals. In that case—” “Don’t go there, Bob. Let’s just not go there."
Overall, I think I'm in love with this book and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. Giving a five-stars for this lovely book full of laughter, smiles, and most of all? An all consuming love that slowly grows and develops into a beautiful picture. :D(less)
I haven't written a review for any of Ms. Lorelei James' books yet-- well, except for Bran and Harper's book, Saddled and Spurred... so here is my con...moreI haven't written a review for any of Ms. Lorelei James' books yet-- well, except for Bran and Harper's book, Saddled and Spurred... so here is my contribution! Branded As Trouble is Colt's book with India/Indy. I love stories where friends become lovers so this was definitely my kind of book! Their romance was sweet and sexy hot. Wow, does Lorelei James know how to write some smokin' love scenes between her characters. Some of the characters in previous books have also made an appearance in here, so it may be a good thing to read them before or after just to refresh your memory. Anyway, if you're in the lookout for a super hot western erotica romance series, you should definitely check out this one!
Colt McKay happens to be the "black sheep" in the family, as read/seen from the previous books. He's had an alcohol problem for awhile and has been attending the AA ever since. For three years as a matter of fact. And there, he befriends and eventually falls in love with India Ellison. India is not your typical girl of course. She's tough-looking but has a heart of gold AND, she does tattooing for a living... which is often talked and looked down upin in the town that they all live in in Wyoming. Well, Colt and Indy meet and secretly fall in love with each other during their many years of friendship and neither one of them has made a move. Their friends to lovers phase finally begins when they both agree to start out slow and date each other. It's truly refreshing to see something like this happen in erotica romances!
Either way, things start off with a bang between the two and they eventually end up going from the dating stage to the lovers stage. Whoo! And boy, was it sexy! Of course, with any romance, there has to be conflict right?
Indy and Colt happen to have a few issues when it comes to trusting one another... so things get a little bit complicated. But beyond that, thankfully everything worked out and they decided to resolve their issues by trusting each other and apologizing to one another towards the end. Overall, this was another wonderful read in the series! I'm definitely looking forward to Cam and Domini's story in Shoulda Been A Cowboy next. 5/5 stars!(less)
And I thought Flat-Out Sexy was hot. This one is SMOKIN' hot, lol. I absolutely love the relationship between Ty and Imogen in this one. Yeah, I have...moreAnd I thought Flat-Out Sexy was hot. This one is SMOKIN' hot, lol. I absolutely love the relationship between Ty and Imogen in this one. Yeah, I have a thing for opposite atrractions. Who would have thought that Imogen, the shy and intellect girl with glasses would be able to win the hunk, Ty McCordle. I really enjoyed this book because it was cute, funny, and very sexy. Definitely looking forward to more from this author and this series!
When we were first introduced to Ty in Flat-Out Sexy, he was characterized as a person who didn't care much about love or relationships. I mean heck, he did date Nikki afterall. But after meeting Imogen Wilson, everything pretty much changed and it all started bcause he couldn't pronounce her name right; calling her names such as Emma Jean, and even Engine. Imogen has always had a crush on Ty when she first met him and throughout the entire book, she tries to deny the fact that she might be falling in love with him because they were complete opposites. She never thought that a man like Ty, would never even notice her... until one unexpected rainy day, fate gave her a chance.
I absolutely love the romance between Imogen and Ty because I'm not really sure what their relationship first started out was! They were both extremely attracted to one another until finally, everything broke loose and they started having sex and then came the relationship. I don't exactly think that their relationship was called "friends with benefits" at first, but more like the first stages of dating. The moments that they had together was both sexy and very sweet at the same time. Not to mention their first time making love and many others to come! Whoo, was it steamy and hot. As for Ty's big secret, I don't think it was too bad. The ending had some complications between the two, but everything worked out in the end. :)
In all, I did find this book to be a very satisfying read. The heroine was smart, witty, and original in her own way. The hero was sexy, also witty in his own way because he often had many sexual innuendos, and funny. I loved this book and I'm definitely looking forward to reading Suzanne's book with Ryder! I'll be giving this one a 5 stars~(less)
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a funny and humorous book with a sudden twist that is entirely different from the norm of YA books. The story itself is...moreHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a funny and humorous book with a sudden twist that is entirely different from the norm of YA books. The story itself is about a teenage 'witch' named, Sophie Mercer, who gets into all kinds of trouble on her first day at the reformation school for the unnatural beings, called Hecate Hall. I absolutely love how Sophie's character is so witty, sarcastic, and she's not afraid to say what she thinks without being too straightforward. One her first day, she meets her crush, forms three powerful enemies in the school, and ends up with a vampire who happens to be the outcast of the school as her best friend and roommate. It's definitely a refreshing take from the normal paranormal books that I've read and I'm really loving it! Can't wait for the second installment of this series, Demon Glass.
As I've said, this book is funny and humorous but it also comes with a huge twist! I was absolutely shocked when I finished it and I'm dying to read more of what will happen to the girl named Sophie Mercer. I thought the romance between her and Archer Cross was rather cute and sad at the same time-- due to sudden development in the end. I do truly believe that he has feelings for her so I sure hope they'll somehow end up together in the end. But ah, yes. Every teenage angst book has to have a group that tortures the main heroine right? Well, in this book, you get exactly that! Hex Hall reminds me of Harry Potter meets Mean Girls who eventually meets Sabrina the Teenage Witch at the same time; it's so hilarious! But the main, MAIN villain of the story is a organization called The Eye that specializes in hunting down and wiping out the Prodigium (who are demons, witches, vampires, werewolves, faeries).
With that all said, I'm truly looking forward to the next book and I'm really curious as to where Sophie's adventure will lead. As for Archer, oh god. He is such a mysterious character that you can't help but fall in love with and hope that he and Sophie end up together. A big thumbs up to Rachel Hawkins because now, I'm instantly a fan! 5 out 5 stars for this lovely book.(less)
Too Good To Be True must be one of the most amusing and adorable book that I have read in a long time. Why? Well for one, the fact that Grace Emmerson...moreToo Good To Be True must be one of the most amusing and adorable book that I have read in a long time. Why? Well for one, the fact that Grace Emmerson pretends to have an imaginary boyfriend is hilarious and she can't help but be infactuated with her ex-convict neighbor, Callahan O' Shea. Their first meeting resulted in Grace hitting Callahan with her hockey stick in the head and it starts from there.
This was in fact my first book by Kristan Higgins and I think I'm in love. The romance was touching and delighful, the characters will leave you with a deep impression (especially Grace's friend Julian and her sister Margaret), and the story itself was funny and cute in every possible way. Although I did find that the romance was quite slow at first, the end made up for it and I definitely recommend this read to anyone that loves romantic comedy.(less)