I didn't love Abby in the first book, for whatever reason I just couldn't relate to her or feel any kind of connection. I enjoyed the book though and I didn't love Abby in the first book, for whatever reason I just couldn't relate to her or feel any kind of connection. I enjoyed the book though and the rich historical detail so I was more than willing to give the second book in the series a try and I am so glad that I did because I found from the very first chapter, that I liked Abby a little more than the last.
She grew on me. She wasn't the insufferable know it all that she seemed to be in the first book. She was more relatable and kind and I really was relieved about that because I really wanted to like her.
Merri was so much better too. No longer the spoiled brat she was in the first book. She was growing up and doing something about the way others saw her. She was making changes in her life for the better and Abby was right by her side helping her the whole way.
We also once again got to see John, who I really like. He is a great, kind character and I really enjoyed reading about him and his interactions with everyone, especially Abby. The sweet romance between them was very nice.
He also gets to help Merri and Abby as they are once again transported to another time through the computer system, only this time, the people they see, are people they know.
Twin sisters Beulah and Eulah, or more affectionately known as Boo and Yoo and of course, a whole slew of others as well.
I really liked the genealogy side of this one. It was so interesting and fun to read about.
There were a lot of sad moments in this one as well as Abby, Merri and John discovered things about the twins past relatives and their neighbors.
And there were some preachy moments that I wasn't expecting and while I don't mind a little religious talk this one did have a little more than I like but nothing over the top or overbearing.
The ending was a sweet one and left it wide open for another....more
I have to start off by mentioning the cover of this book because it is simply gorgeous! If the synopsis wouldn't have lured me in, this cover most ce I have to start off by mentioning the cover of this book because it is simply gorgeous! If the synopsis wouldn't have lured me in, this cover most certainly would have. I couldn't help but be drawn into the ethereal beauty and mystery of the girl and the faint ghostly outline of a boy.
Thankfully this just wasn't a pretty cover, the story inside was just as fabulous as the alluring cover of the outside.
And while this is a story about a girl and a ghost, this isn't your typical YA ghost love story. It is so much more. This book really took me by surprise. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into when I started this but what a great surprise it was. It is different and original and completely compelling.
Ever (what a fabulous name!) was a great character. She wasn't perfect, in fact she was downright awkward and clumsy at times and made some serious mistakes along the way and yet some how, that just made me like her all the more.
Frankie was amazing. I love how he called Ever Doll, something about it was just so sweet and made me smile every single time he said it to her. I apparently have a thing for guys giving girls pet names.
Toby was just as wonderful as Frankie, but not in the same way. He too was full of hotness and was slightly mysterious but you could tell that he really cared for Ever and wanted to be with her.
I don't always like love triangles, in fact I get tired of them but I didn't mind it in this one. Yes the love and emotions going on in this one were like being trapped in a tornado, Ever bouncing back and forth between who she liked more, who she was loyal too and who she wanted to love, but again, it just worked.
This really was one of those love triangles were it wasn't easy picking a favorite and I didn't envy Ever at all.
I even liked Ari, I think she was a fun addition. A little bit of the evil naughty that this storyline needed. The evil that you love to hate. You can sympathize with her a little because, she was after all in love, but at the same time, she is so nasty you just can't quite bring yourself to like her either.
Greg and Jessie were fun and great secondary characters. I loved Jessie, she was a great friend to Ever and always had her back.
This really was a fun new take on souls and ghosts and other things I won't get into because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone.
There were a lot more twists and turns in this than what I was expecting and the ending does leave you hanging but it also leaves you really anxious for the next installment because you want to know what happens next. What it means for Ever and Frankie and Toby. What Ari's bomb shell means for them all really.
I think Russo has created a wonderful story with loveable characters and I can't wait to see where she takes it from here.
I think this is a fabulous debut novel for her and what I am sure will be a very fun trilogy that I can see lots of people really enjoying and loving....more
I really wanted to make this last but I couldn't help it, it was so good that I completely devoured it. Now I am going to be sad until the next one isI really wanted to make this last but I couldn't help it, it was so good that I completely devoured it. Now I am going to be sad until the next one is out!
Full review to come soon!
Review: I adore Cambria, she is so amazing, as a person and as a writer and although I do adore her, my review of this series isn’t biased at all, because that just wouldn’t be cool. So I feel no guilt whatsoever in saying that I LOVE this series. I really, really do. It is just kick butt and made of awesomesauce.
And speaking of kick butt, let’s talk about Heven. I loved watching her get all fierce and protective in this installment. To really take charge and do what needed to be done. She is becoming so much stronger as this series progresses and I love seeing her character grow in each new book in every way a person can grow.
A lot of things happen to her and her family and friends and she keeps soldering on. New abilities, new secrets, disappointments, frustration and loss and yet, she is stronger than ever.
Sam. What can I say about Sam other than just when I think I can't love him anymore than I already do, he comes back and blows me away with his love for Heven. He is just amazing and truly one of my favorite make characters. If I had a book boyfriend, I would want it to be Sam.
This book was so intense, much more than the others have been. There is so much going on with Sam, Heven, Kimber, Cole. Gemma, Logan and now Riley (who I have to say I really like, even despite the, uh,, slightly crazy ending, I know, I know, but, there you have it.). And even though this book is intense, it still has its lighter moments. Moments when I had a smile on my face from the tender moments with Heven and Sam and even the funnier moments when I actually laughed out loud.
Once again I love that Cambria continued with the alternating POVs between Heven and Sam. I just love that about these books. That we get to look inside both their heads and know what they are thinking and feeling. It just adds so much to this series.
While there are lighter moments, there are also some pretty hard ones too. Not everyone makes it in this one. We lose some people and it about broke my heart but we get to make some new friends and allies as well. And while that doesn't make up for the ones that didn't make it, it does make me excited to see where this series will go next.
Once again Cambria has blown me away with her ability to draw me into the story and feel like I am a part of it. To completely captivate me with the world and characters she has created. She words memorize me and make me want more. I am always sad when I have come to the end of one of her stories. She is an amazing storyteller.
Each time I don't think the story or characters can be better she surprises me again. I adore this series. I know eventually it will have to come to an end and I really do not look forward to that day. I don't want to have this series end. It will be like losing a friend, lots of friends in this case.
Cambria has once again created a masterpiece and I am so thankful I have been a part of it. I can't wait to read more!
Ms. Perry and Ms. Dawn are two authors I already love on their own but together in one book? Even better. This duo is pretty dynamite.
This isn't yourMs. Perry and Ms. Dawn are two authors I already love on their own but together in one book? Even better. This duo is pretty dynamite.
This isn't your typical New Adult love story, far from it in fact. If you are looking for straight up romance you have come to the wrong place. However, if you are looking for one heck of a coming of age story all about discovering who you are and holding on to it even when that may mean changing everything about your life as you know it, then this is the story for you.
This is so much more than about two people finding their way in life. In fact, Penny pretty much has it all figured out. That girl is one tough chick. She knows what she wants out of life and she goes after it. She isn't someone to mess with. The girl has serious skills on the ice. She is a little bit fierce, a whole lot strong, and a little snarky at times. And she has no idea that when Bishop walks into her life that everything she know will change.
Bishop on the other hand really has nothing figured out. He's grouchy, he's hard to put up with and he has some serious anxiety issues that are starting to affect not only his career but his life as well. Not to mention the little problem he has with popping pills. The boy is a hot mess.
These two coming together couldn't be more weird and wonderful at the same time and this story has Dawn and Perry written all over it and I loved every minute of it.
Gramps is just amazing and everyone should have someone like him in there lives. He was everything a good grandparent (and parent) should be and I fell in love with his character.
This story really is more than meets the eye and it just goes to show that sometimes what we don't know we want, what we don't even know that we need, can be right in front of us. It can be something we never would have imagined. The complete opposite of everything we ever pictured in our life and yet, somehow it is exactly what we needed, when we needed it and that is the real story of Bishop and Penny. ...more
There are really only a handful of authors that are on my auto buy list and Nyrae happens to be one of them, for very good reason. I love how all of hThere are really only a handful of authors that are on my auto buy list and Nyrae happens to be one of them, for very good reason. I love how all of her stories suck me in and evoke so much emotion from me, it doesn't matter if it is one of her YA books, one of her NA books or even one of her adult stories, all of them are fabulous and I can always count on getting something that I need right when I need it.
She is my go to author when I need something to tug at my hear strings, when I need something heart felt and sincere. When I want characters that are real and amazing and people that I want to know and people that I grow to care about over the course of their story.
And oh how Nyrae broke my heart with this one. I can't remember a time I cried so much and so hard through a story. Colt was just amazing and his relationship with his mom was so real and raw and just simple beautiful. Colt was beautiful and so darn good and he didn't even know it. I saw right through that tough guy exterior of his. The moments with his mom were just..they were awesome and so so heart felt. I couldn't have asked for better scenes.
Gah Nyrae knows how to write a man. But not only does she know how to write a man but she can write a female character like no other as well and Chey was every bit as good and beautiful as Colt was. Once again, two very damaged people finding peace with each other and creating something so beautiful together that is becomes magnificent.
Nyrae has never let me down and this story is classic Nyrae. So real and beautiful and full of promise. I can't wait to read Facade, I know it will be every bit as wonderful as this one was. ...more
I was dying to start this after finishing Under the Never Sky.
As some of you may know, it took me a while to warm up to it but by the time I was doneI was dying to start this after finishing Under the Never Sky.
As some of you may know, it took me a while to warm up to it but by the time I was done I was in love. I loved the writing, the story and most of all the characters. How could I not after all?
I was right to be excited about this one because I loved it even more than the first.
I love Roar, I love Perry and I really do love Aria (way more than I expected). It seems, once I warmed up to them, that was all it took to get me hooked.
There was just a little bit more in all of this. More romance, more fun, more action, more drama, more adventure, just more. And how can you go wrong with more?
This was a fabulous sequel and honestly, I could end this review there and be done, be satisfied with it.
It didn't suffer from second book syndrome or lacking dialogue or lack of character growth or connections. It didn't lack in anything. Nothing at all and if we are being honest with ourselves, how often does that really happen with second books in trilogies or even series these days? Not nearly enough.
So yeah, I am not going to say anything more about this one other than you need to start this series if you haven't because it really is a stand out series. It really is a different read and it really is worth it.
I am so glad I listened to all my friends and just went with it and finally dived in.
There is harshness and sadness and anger and frustration and dangers everywhere but there is also so much hope for new beginnings in the Still Blue, and love and friendship between the friends and tribe. So much left to do and left unsaid and left to uncover. I am so very nervous about starting that last book but once again, I know it will be worth it. ...more
I really enjoyed reading this sweet romance. Being a fan of the show The Bachelorette and its brother show The Bachelor I got a kick out of this new I really enjoyed reading this sweet romance. Being a fan of the show The Bachelorette and its brother show The Bachelor I got a kick out of this new take on the show, how it works and getting a real (so to speak) view of what the bachelorette must feel going on so many dates with so many men in a short amount of time.
I mean really what woman wouldn't want 20, or in this case, 21 handsome eligible men all vying for her attention? Taycee, that's who!
This quite possibly might be her worst nightmare brought to life.
I have to say, I really liked Taycee. She was a loveable character that would do just about anything for the town she loves and lives in as well as the friends she cares about. She is smart and headstrong, has a sense of humor and loves life.
Jessa was pretty great too. I really liked her and Taycee together, I do wish we would have saw just a little bit more of her though. I really liked her sense of humor and no nonsense way.
Luke was great too even if he was pretty clueless in the beginning so much so that I wanted to give him a good smack upside the head. He had his incredibly sweet and thoughtful moments and later some pretty romantic ones as well. I liked that he pushed her in a way that she needed to be pushed, both in her love life and her business life.
Overall this was a great sweet clean romance that I would recommend to anyone. It was well written with likeable characters, a fun small town setting and a nice weekend read. ...more
Okay so this wasn't exactly that happy go lucky romance that I normally read during this time of the year, nor was this one anywhere near the summer lOkay so this wasn't exactly that happy go lucky romance that I normally read during this time of the year, nor was this one anywhere near the summer list of must read books I had created in my head, but I think that is exactly why this one was so darn good. It wasn't expected. I hadn't planned on picking it up and honestly, at the time, the only reason that I did was because I was in sort of a slump. I needed something different and not romance related (gasp, I know, I can't believe I just typed that). I needed something darker and something that would completely pull me away and put me in another place and mind set.
This did that and then some. And to ease that nagging voice in my head that demands romance, this even had just enough of the hot stuff to keep her happy and satiated.
I don't know what my problem is sometimes, I see the glowing reviews and praise and still, I hesitate to pick up a book and try it. I don't know, maybe I fear it won't live up to the hype. Not really sure but either way, we all do it. We buy a book based on a recommendation and then it sits there in our TBR piles and grows dusty and forgotten.
Can I just say, I am so glad I pulled this one out and dusted it off?
This was deliciously dark and called out to me in ways a book hasn't for a while now. It pulled me right out of my book slump and made me forget all about it as I was quickly thrown into the world the author had created.
This isn't a lighthearted easy read. In fact, at times it will make you grimace and maybe even blush but we can't help but be fascinated with it all and be drawn into the story as what happened to Liya slowly unravels and unfolds and her new life begins.
This was so well done. I have read a lot of vamp books in my life and this one truly does stand out, not because anything about it is new necessarily new or unique but because the writing and the story are just that good.
I absolutely love Greek mythology so when I saw the synopsis on this one I knew that I needed to try it. I mean a god that was also a match maker. ButI absolutely love Greek mythology so when I saw the synopsis on this one I knew that I needed to try it. I mean a god that was also a match maker. But not just any match maker, a match maker that was once scorned and has sworn off love of his own forever?
Yep, a must read for me. Add the added bonus of mixing romance and mythology together and I am so there.
This book really was a fun (and hot!!) read. Yes it is very much adult (lots of usage of the f word and some sensual scenes) and while it could have done a little without all the swearing, at the same time, it was sort of fitting when it was used and didn't deter from the story at all.
This wasn't my normal read but I liked it and would recommend it to anyone wanting a good light romance read with that HEA we all love to have.
I really enjoyed this read and I really hope the author tells Dion and Ari's story next because I know there is so much there that wasn't told and I want to read their happily ever after too!