Dear Kristen, WOW. I don't know what to say. I've been skeptical of self published authors for certain reasons but you certainly came charging and f-inDear Kristen, WOW. I don't know what to say. I've been skeptical of self published authors for certain reasons but you certainly came charging and f-ing blew my brains and reasons out the window. I don't care about the sentence structure, vocabs, grammar or punctuation stuff or even the "get an editor" crap reviewers like to comment concerning self publish authors.
This is because I was so taken in and fell immediately in love with your beautiful and gorgeous writing where the characters come to life and are so real. You are truly a gem.
Yes, the content is brutal but it is a fact of life and a culture. It happens in history and you just gotta deal. But Circe and Lahn were so sweet. I could practically melt from all the sweetness pouring out of the savage brute, Lahn.
I even came to love and care deeply about the secondary characters like Diandra, Zahnin, Sabine and so many others - even Circe's girls. It was a brutal, cruel, slap-in-the-face world but oh, so alive and sweet.
The Golden Dynasty deeply affected and excited me to the very core and I thank you for sharing this exhilarating tale with us readers.
Yeah, you got it. I am a fan of Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from GoT. They rock!
Whoah, totally surprising. As I read The Golden Dynasty first, nothing, I say again, NOTHING could have beaten Lahn. If you've read it, you'll know whWhoah, totally surprising. As I read The Golden Dynasty first, nothing, I say again, NOTHING could have beaten Lahn. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean but I was really surprised by Fantastical. Oh my. I have my lack of sleep and panda eyes to totally prove it.
I started reading it at 4am after finishing Jennifer Ashley's The Duke's Perfect Wife. My few minutes turned to hours. I officially went to sleep at almost 9am!! Owh my gawd! Thank god it was Labor Day and I didn't have class.
I L.O.V.E Fantastical. It wasn't as riveting as TGD but it was so fluffy and lovable that I couldn't help falling in love with Tor, Cora and their world. It was awesome and great in it's own cute way. Its premise and Cora's character gave me a very, very Snow White-tish vibe.
I won't bore you with my gushing but I will just state a few of my favorite things:
1. Tor. He isn't Lahn but Tor has his own charisma and machoism. I found him h-a-w-t and so cute. Swoons.
2. Cora. She is so bubbly and kept reminding me of the Disney Princesses. When she bawled her eyes out to Tor and demanded to go home, it was so hilariously endearing and cute. What happened after that incident was yummy and also touching.
3. Noc. Ha! He was the other Tor and a very intriguing character. I look forward to read his own story - soon.
4. Phoebe. Cora's BFF is really supportive and showed what true friends should be.
5. Cora's parents (the heroine's parents, not the beyotch's one) were so cuteeeee.
6. APOLLO!!!!! Yeah, yeah, he only appeared in the epilogue but I was soooo EXCITED that his story's next. The ending of Wildest Dreams hinted at it but this time, it is absolutely certain. It is even mentioned in Kristen's website.
Fantastical was simply magical and amazing. I can't wait for Apollo's story. Kristen Ashley, you rock!...more
"I wouldn't expect love from you. I can't love you back.....Not won't. I can't love you......I am incapable of love. I will not offer it to you." - Ia"I wouldn't expect love from you. I can't love you back.....Not won't. I can't love you......I am incapable of love. I will not offer it to you." - Ian Mackenzie
I totally enjoyed reading The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. This was not the typical romance I thought it was because instead, it had murder cases in the mix. Awesome.
Lord Ian was unintentionally funny and such a dear. Ian Mackenzie was a veryyy brilliant man ever since he was young and the reason he was declared insane and admitted into an asylum to be "treated" was simply horrible. He was a very interesting character indeed and I was rooting and cheering for him all the way.
I really like Beth. I adore headstrong, brave and stubborn heroines who don't just sit there and obey everything they're told. That's what Beth was. She was a spunky and fiery-ass heroine and I LOVE her for it. I enjoyed her friendliness and interactions with her companion Katie, Lady Isabella, sweet Daniel and the rest of the Mackenzies.
Detective Inspector Fellows was an effective and totally annoying "villain". He was like a dog with a death grip who won't let loose no matter how you're shaking him - until Beth appeared and exposed his darkest and deepest secret. It was rather surprising as I didn't expected that twist. I knew he must have had personal grudges against the Mackenzies for how he was so tenaciously wanting to destroy them, but I totally didn't see that.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie isn't your typical romance read. It is served in a silver platter full of firecrackers.
Oh wow! This was reviewed and recommended to me by The Story Siren. This is the first travelling theme story that I've read and I thought that the traOh wow! This was reviewed and recommended to me by The Story Siren. This is the first travelling theme story that I've read and I thought that the translation was done very well indeed. Gwen is a very funny and interesting character. Her unexpected thoughts and ideas always leave me laughing out loud. Lesley is really like Gwen's other half-brain. She was really supportive and loyal towards Gwen and I love how she always give good advises. No matter how cutting Dr. White is, I have a soft spot for him. Can't blame him for being the way he is. Gideon was such a patronizing pompous prat but oh! so beguilingly charming, sweet and gentle. I really enjoyed the other characters as well and am truly itching to get my hands on the sequel, Sapphire Blue.
The romance was so cute, clean and sweet. And rather brief. I want more....
I LOVE the cover so, so much. It gives off such an elegant and antique feeling about it. It truly complements the title and I can just imagine the amazing sapphire blue cover....more
Dear Julie, I wish I knew about you sooner but I guess it is much better to be later rather than never. The moment I read ~Tina~'s review on SomethingDear Julie, I wish I knew about you sooner but I guess it is much better to be later rather than never. The moment I read ~Tina~'s review on Something About You (FBI / US Attorney #1) and Patrica's review on this book, I was instantly attracted to you. But reading JTSMA was the one that did it because I was already in love with you even before halfway through the book.
I loved the world and characters you created. I love Taylor and Jason who are like two sides of the same coin. Taylor's confident, sassy and sharp attitude coupled with Jason's charming-crazy-cute-and-cheeky one created the perfect bomb.
I've always had great interest in history and law but somehow didn't pursue a course in it. Therefore, I truly enjoyed the court scenes and law jargon as well as being immersed in the blitzy, glitzy and paparazzi-crazy Hollywood world.
Julie James, you are the bomb. I even loved the secondary characters like Jeremy, Val, Kate and even Linda. I am so in love with you and your writing. JTSMA is all I can think about right now. I am going to go order all 5 of your books right now. You are now officially my favorite author and I really hope that you get to see this review.
Your new fan, Joy ♡
P/S: Patricia didn't directly recommend this book to me, but she just might as well did....more
Wow! It has been quite some time since I've come across such an enjoyable and engrossing romance story. Unlovable is simply amazing and downright unpuWow! It has been quite some time since I've come across such an enjoyable and engrossing romance story. Unlovable is simply amazing and downright unputdownable. The characters are strong, solid and very relatable.
The pace of the story and progression of relationship between Maggie and Seth were awesome. I'm mighty glad it isn't the cliche plot of falling deeply in love at first sight. Booker, Cole and Dwayne were great characters.
The romance is really awwwhhhh cupcakes sweet. Gammon resolved the problems and conflicts faced by the characters really well. It gives readers some insight on what to do if faced with similar situations. This is a really awesome and recommended read. I'm glad I purchased it. I got mine at Smashwords at only $1.99 and i'm sure it wouldn't hurt those who're thinking of reading it to support the author by purchasing this.
This was recommended to me by my fellow GR friend, Mocha. She told me it was good. It was. The beginning was great and alien. I was glad to read sometThis was recommended to me by my fellow GR friend, Mocha. She told me it was good. It was. The beginning was great and alien. I was glad to read something different rather than the usual werewolves, vampires thing. The idea of other worldly dimensions creatures crossing and breaking through the earth's quarantine was interesting. It was totally new and eye-opening. This is my first book about aliens using humans as a vessel to collect wyk (energy) and harvesting human blood. *shivers*
The only problem(s) I had was the blurb kind of ruined the surprise and mystery surrounding Aric. It shouldn't have revealed that he was a whisperer/seducer/charmer for the Innakis (the aliens). Although the storyline was good, there were many times when I could predict what would actually happened - and it did. The romance is those insta-love kind. Sweet, iffy and cheesy.
In my opinion, this is a rather light and breezy read - at least for me. Different but easy to understand and get through in a few hours....more
Update as of 21st Sept 2011: I was going through my reviews and happened to click on this; went through the book mentally which was stored in a space iUpdate as of 21st Sept 2011: I was going through my reviews and happened to click on this; went through the book mentally which was stored in a space in my brains and decided to elevate its status to four charming stars. And YES, I am continuing with this trilogy and am hyped up over the soon-to-be-released Angel Fever! FYI, I just placed an order for it in Bookdepo.
It's between a 3 and 4 but leaning more towards 3. . I like the different and unique twist Weatherly had to the concept of angels being evil and feeding off humans in order to survive. The first time I read it, I only got 2-3 chapters in and then completely gave up on it. I gave it a second chance when I was looking for something sweet and cheesy. This book survived this time. Lucky you. I like the characters enough. They did not annoy to the extent of me wanting to roll my eyes. Other than that, everything was pretty okay. I do have to agree with Mocha Latte that it was a bit 'twilight-ish' especially the romance between the leads. Not that it's a terrible thing or anything but well maybe too sweet for my taste. I've never fallen in love so I have no idea how it actually feels like to be in love like that, so, it's not for me to judge how the romance should be played out. Maybe falling in love is like that. I dunno. Lol. But anyho, I still think that there were too many kissing and declarations of love over and over again. It got too overwhelming and sickeningly sweet. I was like, "Okay, they're going to kiss again and vow their undying love for each other". Sighs. I appreciated that the secrets were surprisingly quick to be revealed and all the actions were going full out throughout the book but then when they finally got together, everything kind of trickled and petered out. The story kept me interested enough to consider reading the sequel. I may or I may not. That depends on the level of cheesiness. I can only tolerate that much. ...more
I've never been a fan or reader of the Erotica genre because of the few times that I've come across them, basically they were just full of sex scenesI've never been a fan or reader of the Erotica genre because of the few times that I've come across them, basically they were just full of sex scenes with bad storylines, plots and characterisations. Thus, I've never wanted to read them again as they left a bad taste in my mouth. But, I was really cajoled and persuaded by my GR and book buddy Maria Mentzelidi to try it as it has surprised her too.
And I have to agree with her on this. It really surprised me too. Although the sex scenes were hot and all things yummy, what I appreciated most was the way the author wrote it. She made them flowed naturally as the story progressed. She made them beautiful and clean.
The story was written in Jocelyn's POV and you can see that she is a really nice and great character. The author also managed to capture and flashed out Austin's thoughts and feelings very clearly and he is such a sweet, sweet guy. The preconceived notions society has on sex workers and single mothers were brilliantly executed. It was a thought provoking read and made me rethink my perceptions regarding this issue.
All in all, Damaged Goods is a beautiful story with a solid storyline, plot and characterisations. This is what I call a good book.
P/S: I know others have mentioned it already but I just have to get it out of my system. My only gripe regarding this book is the cover. This book deserves a better cover. Seriously....more
I have a huge goofy grin on my face right now. Seriously. And I feel utterly foolish, ridiculous and silly - all in a great and awesome way. I don't cI have a huge goofy grin on my face right now. Seriously. And I feel utterly foolish, ridiculous and silly - all in a great and awesome way. I don't care that there are others saying this series is ridiculous and whatnot but I've never enjoyed an Adult Paranormal Romance like I have with this book and I know I'm tremendously late into starting this series. Nevertheless, better late than never right? The Black Dagger Brotherhood is so kickass awesome and I have Maria Mentzelidi to thank for all her gushings and persuadings. I am now officially a huge fan and convert of the BDB series. Now, on to the review.
The most important thing to me in a book is the main character. In order to fully get immerse and fall in love with the book in the process, you gotta have a connection and chemical reaction to the main characters as well as the rest of them who are going to stick around. Dark Lover has it all. I really like Beth and Wrath. They are awesome characters. Beth is perfect for Wrath because Wrath is a king. It is in his blood. He is a warrior and a leader who has a very strong will of his own and Beth has it in her as well to match his and tame him when need be. I didn't really mind the "instant attraction" paradigm used in Wrath's story. He is a vampire after all with animalistic instincts. I have to admit I kinda love the possessiveness and protectiveness they have over their loved ones and to see how much they actually cherish their shellans/hellrens and I simply have a weakness for the endearment leelan. I really enjoyed reading about and connecting with the hero and heroine.
The brothers. They are one messed up bunch but oh, so lovable. I love them all. Baggage, curses and all. It is so heartwarming to see them have each other's back, ready to defend and protect. And their banter with each other is very, very, very entertaining and OMG hilarious. I even love the doggen, Fritz. He is such an endearing character and reading his scenes was great. Even Beth's cat Boo is no exception although all it did was purr around the Brothers. Butch was a surprising one. I wasn't all that into him in the beginning. I found him a "hardass" and rather pushy-tough. But I quickly warmed up to him and totally was rooting for him with the rest of the brotherhoood all the way. It was so cute to see V and him buddying up over their fandom for the Red Sox and cozying up with the rest of the brothers. It was great to see them accepting him like one of their own - almost.
Readers have reviewed and commented that Marissa was a rather bland character. Yes, she is - in the beginning - but after that I realized I was wrong. Marissa was sheltered and protected all her life. She tries very hard to be presentable and wanting Wrath to actually want her as his true shellan. Her character is the totally opposite of Beth's. While Beth is all fire, Marissa is like a calm ocean. She is docile, elegant, naive and so innocent in so many ways. She has led a miserable life and I truly wish her to have a happy ending with (view spoiler)[Butch (hide spoiler)]. I really like Marissa. I found her a very sweet character.
All in all, I'm glad that I took Maria's advice and picked up this series. Although there were LOTS of things happening all at the same time, I could wrapped my head around it and keep up with all of it. Dark Lover or I can confidently say The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, has a healthy balance of action, hot sizzling romance, cute and hilarious banters and everything you need. I know there are some cheesiness and I seriously don't care.
Now, on to Lover Eternal.....*winks winks*
P/S: Thank god for the glossary at the beginning of the book. I would be so lost without it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Wow. This was so awesome. I love everything about it and I just can't pick one quote to share. The whole book itself is a memorable quote. It made meWow. This was so awesome. I love everything about it and I just can't pick one quote to share. The whole book itself is a memorable quote. It made me laugh, cry and fall in love with it all over again.
This is one hell of a book and Dylan is one crazy, lovable character. She has all these eccentric and insane ideas. She is full of life and is literally living life to the fullest. She is like a hurricane that tosses you inside out and upside down. She is like the sun that shines so bright you have to shield your eyes. But she stays. You remember her for all her quirkiness because she refuses to be normal. She outshines and she stand out.
Gray is such a wonderful and great guy. He shuts himself off from the world and life itself. He lets each day passes by as it is until he meets crazy Dylan. He is stubborn and determined. He is sweet and adoring. I love his devotion and the depth of love he has for Dylan. He knows what he wants and how he feels. He holds on to it and doesn't let go. He is like thunder and lighting and the moon that orbits around the earth. His chemistry, attraction and love with Dylan are undeniable and like dynamites. It blows up in your face and leaves you breathless, wanting for more.
First Comes Love is truly memorable and a keepsake. The ending left me dreamy and imaginative. It was a perfect end and start of a new beginning. Katie, you are awesome and I look forward to reading more of your writings.
This is one of my favorite quotes. For those who have read this book, you know where it is.
But I know who I love. And I'm figuring out that might be enough to live for."...more
Wow!! This was a deeply moving and emotional book. So well written with solid and engaging characters. I really look forward to reading more of Miss KWow!! This was a deeply moving and emotional book. So well written with solid and engaging characters. I really look forward to reading more of Miss Kent's works....more
This is a prequel to Half-Blood and Half-Blood picks up immediately from Daimon's ending. Daimon was interesting. Jennifer is a really great writer. SThis is a prequel to Half-Blood and Half-Blood picks up immediately from Daimon's ending. Daimon was interesting. Jennifer is a really great writer. She somehow is capable of bringing characters - no matter how minor or major their parts are -, their scenes and dialogues alive. I enjoyed the character of Alex. She is feisty, confident yet vulnerable at the same time. She was so lost and void of any hope when daimons attacked her home. She is trying hard to fit in in the mortal world and is mighty aware that she does not. You see, Alex is a half-blood, children from Pures(demigods) and mortals.
Although I did enjoy the characters, setting and plot of this short introduction to the Covenant series, there were many details in it that greatly resemble Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy. I try not to compare one book to another as my review policy is simply reviewing on how much I enjoyed or not a book. But, these details were rather out there and as a fan of VA, they were hard to miss. The elemental magic the Pures wield, the half-bloods and others. It was like a combination of VA and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus combined together.
Nevertheless, the story was still interesting and manages to suck you right in from the beginning till' the end. The ending of Daimon was a cliffhanger. A really good one which drives you to the edge of you seat and you just can't wait to dive straight into Half-Blood to find out what happens next.