I love Haines' H&W Investigations series, so when I was offered a review copy of this book I jumped at the chance.
And this is such a fun read!
KimbI love Haines' H&W Investigations series, so when I was offered a review copy of this book I jumped at the chance.
And this is such a fun read!
Kimberly is in a difficult situation, but is doing her best to survive. She has a strong moral compass to guide her through. I liked Kimberly and wanted her to succeed. She contacts Cormac, who can help her find the familiar she's looking for. Cormac was a really cool and great character as well.
I loved reading about the two of them getting to know each other, Kimberly learning more about the other magical creatures they encounter, and about Kimberly's adventures in general.
(For fans of the H&W Investigations series there are a few cameos, btw.)
There were a few moments where I wanted to slap Kimberly. First when it was apparent she never watched any teen movie where a popular guy asks out an outcast girl, and a second time when she does something so stupidly dangerous, she might as well have gone skinny dipping in a lake full of alligators.
Those two events aside, I very much enjoyed this book, and I'll get my trotters on the print version as soon as it's on bookdepository. And I'll be keeping an eye out for more....more
I loved Hit, the first book in this series, so when the awesome Jeffe managed to get a signed copy of Strike for me I was over the moon. And I dove riI loved Hit, the first book in this series, so when the awesome Jeffe managed to get a signed copy of Strike for me I was over the moon. And I dove right in to read it of course.
This book is even better than the first.
Patsy and Wyatt join a group that fights against Valor, but soon they find that this might have landed them out of the frying pan, but into the fire.
Where in Hit the interaction was mainly between Patsy and Wyatt, here there are more people Patsy has to deal with. New characters get introduced. some are cool, some creepy, and others I wasn't sure about. Patsy and Wyatt will have to figure out who to trust and how to deal with those that might have bad intentions.
There's lots of action and Patsy has to stay sharp to survive, and to keep those important to her alive as well. She has to think on her feet, and at times she is forced to pick the lesser of two evils instead of being a hero and save the day.
I was on the edge of my seat and was rooting for Patsy to come out on top of the situation.
The ending is satisfying, but also makes me eager to find out what will happen next. I do hope there will be more books in this series, because I am hooked....more
I will confess I judged this book by its cover. I was convinced it would be more romance than SF. The kind where the lead characters are getting intimI will confess I judged this book by its cover. I was convinced it would be more romance than SF. The kind where the lead characters are getting intimate while the enemy is hot on their heels, but is kind enough to wait to strike until the sexy times are over.
Luckily I was wrong.
This is a SF Romance that balances the romance and the action really well. The story that develops once the lead characters are marooned is suspenseful, full of danger, and with only one moment where I wanted to kick Meg and Red for not staying focused on the task at hand. This being a novella the romance was a bit fast, but not unbelievably so.
The jungle planet they were stranded on was well described, and the alien creatures they encounter as well. All in all a very enjoyable read.
The one thing that bugged me was that one of the minor characters behaved a bit erratic. One moment she was clinging to Red so he could establish himself as protective alpha male, the next she remembered she was a snobby newly wed and was cuddling up with the hubby, acting petulant. I enjoyed the rest of the story enough that I'll just blame her behavior on the stressful situation though.
You might have noticed this is book 4 in a series, but it is perfectly readable as a standalone. From what I understand all books take place in the same universe, but each book is about a different couple. I have the first book (Wreck of the Nebula Dream) in my TBR pile. As it's described as "Titanic in Space" I think I'll have to read that one soon....more
I very much enjoyed the original Selection Trilogy, so I was curious about this standalone story by Cass.
And this is a pleasant read.
The instalove betI very much enjoyed the original Selection Trilogy, so I was curious about this standalone story by Cass.
And this is a pleasant read.
The instalove between Kahlen and Akinli is totally unbelievable, but for the sake of the story I went along with it.
It's not so much their relationship that was the most interesting. it was the relationship between Kahlen, the Ocean, and the other sirens I liked the best. The way each of the sirens copes with what she is and has to do, is what kept me reading to find out more.
To me this is more a story about friendship, devotion, growing up and making your own choices in life, than it is about love. The instalove between Kahlen and Akinli is more a catalyst to set Kahlen on her way to adulthood, to loosen her ties with the Ocean, who is the parent in this parable, than that it's the focus of this story.
All in all this is an enjoyable story and I'll put it on my keeper shelves next to Cass' other books. Next read: The Crown. Yes, I caved and bought it, just because I'm curious if it will turn out as I suspect it will....more
After reading The Heir I was sure I wouldn't pick up The Crown, I was that annoyed with The Heir. But then I read Happily Ever After (a collection ofAfter reading The Heir I was sure I wouldn't pick up The Crown, I was that annoyed with The Heir. But then I read Happily Ever After (a collection of novellas) which I enjoyed, and that together with my curiosity about how this story would end made me decide to give The Crown a try after all.
And this book is much better than the previous one.
There's still a couple of things that made me grumble. For one: you don't introduce a character that has a big impact on a story in the second book of a duology.
Grumbles aside: I enjoyed this book a lot more than expected. Eadlyn is shaping up and taking action. I was pleasantly surprised to see she isn't falling for the guy I suspected when he was introduced in The Heir. Instead she's going for a guy I could actually root for.
There are some parts where I think the story stalled a bit, but the book gets better the farther in you get, and the ending was everything I hoped for, making up for the frustration that was The Heir.
All in all this is an enjoyable read and a nice ending to the whole Selection series. I will keep an eye out for other books by Cass...more
An old friend of B gets kidnapped and B has the opportunity to save him and others. But is it worth saving people if that meaAnother cool zombie read.
An old friend of B gets kidnapped and B has the opportunity to save him and others. But is it worth saving people if that means you might be endangering others?
I like how Shan manages to add serious issues into a story full of fights and zombie mayhem without those issues dragging the story down. It all fits perfectly together. B is learning and growing up, but she makes mistakes at times. After how this book ended I'm curious to see if B will continue to grow or if certain events will make her fall back.
I'm also still waiting to see if some of my suspicions will prove to be true.
All in all a fun, action packed book that also challenges you to think....more
This story is cool and all, but it takes a side road to the main storyline. I've seen this happening in Shan's Zom-B series as well, so it might be ShThis story is cool and all, but it takes a side road to the main storyline. I've seen this happening in Shan's Zom-B series as well, so it might be Shan's go to move to give the readers some extra excitement. There's a cool story, lots of action, but it's not necessary for the progression of the overall story.
Still it's a fun read. You learn more about Harkat, get to see Darren and Harkat fight some nasty critters, and there are explosions.
All in all a fun and action-packed read, but I hope the next book will move us forwards again....more
Ever wondered what would have happened if Vlad the Impaler (who was the inspiration for Dracula) was a woman?
Wonder no more and go read this book!
SeriEver wondered what would have happened if Vlad the Impaler (who was the inspiration for Dracula) was a woman?
Wonder no more and go read this book!
Seriously: this story is based on/inspired by the life of Vlad the Impaler, but the author decided to write Vlad as a girl to be able to explore some story ideas she found intriguing. and so Lada was born!
I will confess I loved this book. I loved both Lada and her brother Radu. They are displaced from their homeland and have to survive in a foreign country and a hostile court. Both find their own way to cope.
If I'm honest, I think I liked Radu just a little bit more than Lada. Radu is a sensitive young man, overlooked or bullied for most of his young life, and his longing for a friend, for love, is heartbreaking at times. I liked Lada as well, she's fierce, loyal, and doesn't let herself be caged, but at times she's a bit of a bully.
Lada's and Radu's relationship with each other and with Mehmed is a complex and interesting one. Together with their efforts to find a place to belong, and the intrigues at the court this made for a gripping read that I found hard to put down.
You can bet I'll be getting my trotters on the other books in this trilogy once they release. And I'll have to investigate the other books White has written....more
Although the lead characters are sixteen the book reads more as if it was written for Middle Grade in my opinion. There was lots of sThis a nice read.
Although the lead characters are sixteen the book reads more as if it was written for Middle Grade in my opinion. There was lots of suspense and action, but it lacked depth. Huge issues were tackled, but it all stayed near the surface. To be honest: I've read tons of Middle Grade books that took the reader deeper into the story than this book does.
The lead characters both have tons of things going on, but the lack of depth made that I didn't connect with them.
Still this book is entertaining. The action makes that this is a fast read, and I enjoyed the overall story. It ends in a way that leaves itself open for a sequel, but I'm not sure I'll pick that up if/when it releases though....more
I love Marcella's books, so when she asked me if I wanted to read and review her newest book Damned if He Does, a light Paranormal Romance I jumped atI love Marcella's books, so when she asked me if I wanted to read and review her newest book Damned if He Does, a light Paranormal Romance I jumped at the chance.
And this is such a good read.
Fiona isn't interested in a sexual relationship and has accepted that she will most probably stay single because of that. Then Dar enters her life and after a very rocky start of their relationship they learn more about each other, and they start to care about each other.
Fiona being who she is, this romance is all about emotional connection. I loved how the bond between her and Dar developed. The romantic story line is sweet, fun and heartwarming. I connected with Fiona from the start and rooted for her that everything would turn out ok. Dar is a cool character as well. He is a bit dense at times, but he goes through a lot of growth in this story.
The suspense story line is small, but fun. I loved how Satan was written and there was another demon I hope will get her own story. She came across as a character who has a very interesting story to tell.
Overall this is a very original and beautiful Paranormal Romance. I can advice this to anyone who's looking for a well written and sweet paranormal read....more
It's written as if the lead character has written the story, and here I found my one little grumble: using 'big' words and acting aThis is a fun read.
It's written as if the lead character has written the story, and here I found my one little grumble: using 'big' words and acting as if your reader is stupid. Example: using the word umami and using a * at the bottom of the page with the explanation "look it up". Yeah...
That one grumble aside, I enjoyed this story.
Jules is a bit immature at times, but otherwise likeable enough. Her family is weird and they're in a sort of non-lethal vendetta with another pizzeria. Of course the boy Jules likes is working at the other pizzeria to add extra suspense to an already stressful situation.
The way Jules deals with her visions and with her family were fun to read if a bit far fetched at times. I didn't mind too much though: the story is fun enough to forgive some far out situations.
The ending was one of those 'let's throw this out here even though it's not absolutely necessary, so people will want to buy the next book' cliffhangers, so me being who I am, I most probably will only read the next book if I stumble into it. All in all an entertaining read though....more
Jeffe Kennedy is one of my must read everything I can get my trotters on authors, so you bet I wanted to read Lonen's War.
And this is a beautiful andJeffe Kennedy is one of my must read everything I can get my trotters on authors, so you bet I wanted to read Lonen's War.
And this is a beautiful and intense read.
Oria has been sheltered all her life, kept both ignorant and vulnerable, so when barbarians attack her city she is totally unprepared when circumstance puts her in charge of important decisions. Yet she shows she's stronger than even she herself ever thought possible.
Lonen on the other hand is used to a life of hard work and survival. Yet when he has to fight the Barra he is forced to acts that he believed to be unthinkable.
I loved both Oria and Lonen. They're from different worlds and seem to have nothing in common. Still apart from the necessity to work together there's a curiosity that draws them towards each other even without them really being aware of it just yet.
And the world building!
I loved the world Jeffe created for this story. The city where Oria lives sounds like a complex and magical place, while Lonen's homeland sounds much more practical and straightforwards. I love how the environment reflects the people who live in it and vice versa.
The story is intense, suspenseful, and filled with action, cool creatures and events. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.
All in all this is a wonderful start of the series, and I'll be getting my greedy trotters on the other books as well, because I want much much more. ...more
Mention post-apocalyptic and deadly infection in a blurb and you have my attention. So I was happy for a chance to read and review this book.
I will coMention post-apocalyptic and deadly infection in a blurb and you have my attention. So I was happy for a chance to read and review this book.
I will confess that the infected humans had a much too small part to play in this book in my opinion, but you know I love zombies, and zombie-like creatures.
That aside this is a really cool read.
Emmy is making decisions at times that I thought were much too rash, and dangerous. She really doesn't understand how much trouble the world and she herself are in. Still, she isn't a 'too stupid to live' heroine, more of a 'too ballsy and rash' heroine. But on the other hand she at least doesn't immediately give in to her attraction to what as far as she knows is a dangerous being. Overall she's an interesting, if at times tiring heroine.
I really liked the world building. The Silvers are very intriguing and their 'New World Order' frightening. I like that the Silvers have very different morals and think different than humans. It made them more alien and dangerous.
The story is gritty and Emmy has a hard time staying alive. There's a bit of a love/lust triangle going on, but I could understand why Emmy isn't willing to trust either guy, and is fighting her attraction to both.
All in all this is a suspenseful, cool read. I think it will appeal to both fans of UF and fans of post-apocalyptic reads. ...more
If you haven't noticed I love Rachel Aukes' Deadland Saga, I haven't been singing its praises loud enough. So when I was asked to read and review herIf you haven't noticed I love Rachel Aukes' Deadland Saga, I haven't been singing its praises loud enough. So when I was asked to read and review her new book Fringe Runner, I jumped at the chance.
And Fringe Runner is a great read!
Obviously the Deadland Saga is better in my opinion (Zombies!), but Fringe Runner is a seriously cool SF adventure.
Reyne is a cool lead character. He's not a virile cocky alpha dude, but instead an older seasoned captain, struggling with age and his past. His crew is very interesting as well. My favorite was Throttle, the pilot and Reyne's adopted daughter. All of them get caught up in events that might destroy the life they have, and even kill them if they can't figure out what's going on.
I was hooked from the start. Aukes knows how to write a compelling story. There is lots of action, conspiracies, and dangerous situations. I liked getting to know Reyne and his past, and was rooting for him and his crew to come out of their predicament alive.
The world building is well done without unnecessary info dumps and while some things stay vague, there's enough explanation to be able to picture the planets and people Reyne and his crew encounter.
Some of the major story lines got their solution in this book, making sure you aren't left totally frustrated when finishing the book, but there's enough still unresolved to make you eager for the next book.
All in all I very much enjoyed this book and will be keeping an eye out for the next....more