I fell in love with Barbra's writing after reading her Stacy Justice series and I knew that after that I would read anything she had to write.
I was so...moreI fell in love with Barbra's writing after reading her Stacy Justice series and I knew that after that I would read anything she had to write.
I was so very happy to see that she was coming out with a new series that I didn't even hesitate to pick this one up and dive right in.
Goddesses, gods, demons, monsters and a murderer on the loose, all in Sin City? What’s not to love?
I really enjoyed this, it was a lot of fun. It had just the right amount of intrigue, action, romance, mythology lore and of course danger.
I loved how Barbra incorporated her Stacy Justice series into this with glimpses of Stacy and Chance and I really liked Tisi's hard as nails no nonsense attitude but the fact that she still had a softer side.
The banter between the gods and goddesses was great and I loved the dynamic of the group.
Archer was wonderful and I liked the chemistry between him and Tisi. Once again it was wonderful to see a canine companion in this novel, Cerberus was a fun addition and he reminded me a lot of Thor from Stacy's books.
I really think this series has a lot of potential. I am really looking forward to future installments. (less)
I am a sucker for anything Austen related, books, movies, retellings, you name it, I will read or watch it. I never worry about it ruining the classic...moreI am a sucker for anything Austen related, books, movies, retellings, you name it, I will read or watch it. I never worry about it ruining the classic or any other such nonsense because simply put, I just have fun with it.
But with all my Austen love, I have never read a retelling of Persuasion, at least, I don't think I have. I don't remember reading one although I have read many others that she has written so I jumped at the chance to. Why not? I loved the first, maybe I would even love this more modern version of the story.
After all, it never hurts to try. Right?
This was actually a really cute read and one that surprised me with, considering the rock star status, how realistic it felt.
Claire was definitely not mild and meek Anne Eliot from Austen's Persuasion but instead she was somewhat opinionated and feisty and even sarcastic at times. I like that the author changed her character and personality up but still kept the meat of the original feel of the story by having very similar circumstances of her break up with Jared (Wentworth) and keeping it all very entertaining and fun in the process by adding a modern twist and spin to it.
Overall this was a great modern retelling that I really enjoyed.(less)
I absolutely love this series and even though I knew this next book would not be about Torin and Raine I was eager to learn more about Eirik and of co...moreI absolutely love this series and even though I knew this next book would not be about Torin and Raine I was eager to learn more about Eirik and of course to learn what happened to Cora during the second book.
I won't go into too much detail about that because I don't want to give any spoilers away for the next book but I knew that Cora's story had to be an interesting one and I wanted every juicy detail and also, if I am being completely truthful here, I just wanted more of the world Ms. Walters created because I can't seem to get enough of it and I will take what I can get, Torin or no Torin.
And just when I think I couldn't possibly enjoy this series more..Walters goes and throws another twist into the storyline and did I mention another hottie to drool over? Echo. Yes Echo.
Move over Torin, you have competition!
I should be hanging my head in shame. I mean really, another cocky, smart mouthed bad boy that I just can't resist? I really am shameless. But there you have it, Walters knows how to write 'em so you fall in love with them, arrogant or not. And oh boy did I love Echo!!
He is everything I would hate in person but everything I seem to love in a book boyfriend. I know, I know, I am a walking contradiction. I can't help it. I love the sexual tension they create, I love their possessiveness, the heart of gold buried deep down and that when they do finally love, it is full force unstoppable would do anything for you type of love.
I love that we got more background on Grimnirs, Valkyries, Immortals, Norns and even the gods. This wasn't a middle book syndrome kind of story. It packed full of action, romance and lots of answers to all those questions we had in the first two books and even though Raine and Torin weren't the focus of this one, they had big enough roles in it to sooth the loss of them not being the main characters. I love Cora even more now that we got this intimate glimpse into her life, her thoughts and her feelings. I already loved her as a secondary characters but she rocked as a main.
We also get a whole lot of Andris (who I am just loving more and more as this series goes), Ingrid and Lavina and while there wasn't as much of Eirik as I was hoping for (appearances at the beginning and end of the story mainly) I did get enough of him to know that I want a book all his own. I want more of his family history, background, his training and his powers. Not to mention that I want him to finally be loved by someone. I couldn't help but feel for him by the end of the story and want more for him.
All in all, this was a fabulous addition to the series and just proves that Walters knows what she is doing and she is doing it well. This is one series that I will continue to read until Ms. Walters has nothing more to write. (less)
This is my first Alexandra Ivy book and I will be honest, I mainly picked this up because I was in desperate need of something new and fresh to read....moreThis is my first Alexandra Ivy book and I will be honest, I mainly picked this up because I was in desperate need of something new and fresh to read.
And Ms. Ivy doesn't mess around. From the very first pages we are immediately thrust into the world she created with a murder to solve, magic and mischief in the air, sexual tension already present and evil afoot. This is not a leisurely stroll in the park but rather a wild roller coaster of a ride that you need to be strapped in for.
I liked Callie from the get go and Duncan not long after. It is very evident that they have an attraction for one another and maybe even something more even though they both grew up in very different places and under very different circumstances.
The world building was slow as to not dump too much information on you at once which I appreciated. The feel of the world and characters she created was very much original in concept and design. The characters were nicely done although not quite as fleshed out as I would have liked.
The bad guy was evil with a twist I didn’t see coming and the good guys were good with all that comes between fighting the age old battle of good versus evil.
While the storyline wasn't anything unique or anything that blew me away, the characters and setting were, with the world of Valhalla, sentinels, soul seers, necromancers and many others that made the plot enjoyable and worth the read. The sexual tension was hot HOT and the steamy romance scenes even more so.
The secondary characters of Mave, Fane and Serra added a lot to the dynamic and feel of the book and overall this was a nice read with lots of action and romance as well as originality to make it a worthwhile read.(less)
I love that this was so different from most YA fantasy/paranormal romance reads. Not only was it originally published in Dutch and takes place in Aust...moreI love that this was so different from most YA fantasy/paranormal romance reads. Not only was it originally published in Dutch and takes place in Austria but the storyline is completely unique.
It is about a young girl Julia on the cusp of adulthood, still trying to figure it all out. Trying to follow her heart as well as her head and not having all the answers but being willing to open her heart up to love and forgiveness.
This is going to be so hard to get into without revealing way too much. I will say this, the storyline was engaging and endearing. Constantly showing how people can change, situation can change, sometimes all on their own and sometimes with a little help from others. But most importantly it is about the lessons we learn when we love.
That love, especially first love, is never perfect. In fact it is messy and chaotic and sometimes downright hurtful but we learn from it, sometimes valuable lessons that will change us forever. And most importantly Julia learns to not close her heart off to new possibilities because of one mistake, of one love gone wrong.
The storyline while original isn't completely without mystery or without predictability. Some parts you figure out or at least are pretty sure you know what will happen right away and others not so much, but either way, whether you figure it all out ahead of time or not, it is okay because the messages and the writing still draw you in and hold your attention. (less)
Already being a fan of Ms. Harvey I knew opening this that I was going to get a fun read with lovable characters and an enjoyable plot, and not only t...moreAlready being a fan of Ms. Harvey I knew opening this that I was going to get a fun read with lovable characters and an enjoyable plot, and not only that but my nerdy side was super excited about getting a paranormal set in the early 1800's as well. What is not to love about that time and era with grand balls and huge manor houses, debutantes and a time when men were charming and gentlemanly? Oh and did I mention the gorgeous dresses and horse drawn carriages and dancing the night away in grand ballrooms?
No? Well I should have because not only is this filled with three cousins I instantly fell in love with but all of the above mentioned as well. What's not to love?
Emma was feisty and headstrong and I knew she and I would be friends immediately. Penelope and Gretchen too were so smart, witty, and full of fire that I couldn’t help but warm up to them as well. I am a sucker for a heroine who isn't afraid to speak her mind and kick a little butt along the way to get the job done and these three cousins were the epitome of kick butt women, especially for their time and station on life.
It is no wonder after writing about vampires so well that Ms. Harvey would be able to transition into witches so seamlessly, she did an amazing job. Not only did she move into the folk lore of witches quite nicely but she pulled off multiple points of view just as well, which, let's face it doesn't always happen with dual point of views let alone with four.
This was such a fun entertaining read, with secondary characters as well set up and fleshed out as the main characters, and all just as lovable.
I love Cormac and his crazy sisters and Moira and One Eyed Joe almost as much as Emma and her cousins. Not to mention Theodora (in her spells and lucid moments), Ewan and the aunts as well. Truly this has a whole cast of characters that will get under your skin and refuse to be ignored.
The characters aren't the only great thing about this story, the plot, mystery and action are a huge bonus. Honestly I would have been over joyed just having a fun story with great characters but to actually have the mystery, danger, murders, romance and adventure as well gave this story a huge advantage and pushed it right up there to be one of my favorite YA reads this year.
I am so impressed with the start of this series, the writing skills Ms. Harvey has always had really came out and shined bright and I can say with utmost confidence that I will eagerly be awaiting the release of the next book in the series. (less)
I am a huge, I mean HUGE Pride and Prejudice fan, as in, seen all the movies, read the books (multiple times!) and like retellings of the story fan. S...moreI am a huge, I mean HUGE Pride and Prejudice fan, as in, seen all the movies, read the books (multiple times!) and like retellings of the story fan. So of course I picked this one up, I mean how could I resist it and call myself a fan?
At any rate, I was expecting to fall immediately in love with this and you know what? I didn't. I have no idea why, maybe because I wasn't quite sure if I was going to love Spring. She wasn't quite as loveable as my beloved Lizzie or maybe it was the modernization, I am not sure but, at any rate, I had to push through this one for a few chapters and I was starting to wonder if this was going to be one of those reads that really let me down. One that didn't live up to its hype. But, I hung in there and it wasn't too much longer before I really was able to dig in and start to like it and relate to Spring a little better.
I would love to say that I connected with her but the fact of the matter is, I just didn't even though she has a lot of great traits I normally love in a heroine, she was smart, witty, feisty and even humorous at times. But, you know what? It didn't matter because I loved the love story nonetheless and really, that is all that mattered because, believe it or not, I loved Henry Knightly (how clever using another Austen character for a name!). There was just something about the arrogant (sometimes cocky) boy that I loved. Maybe because I knew he was at some point going to redeem him self like all good Mr. Darcy's eventually do.
Either way I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this very modernized tale of two people from very different social classes with very different views on the world coming together and creating one heck of a beautiful love story. This was so well done and is right up there with being one of my favorite retellings.(less)
I always love when I am pleasantly surprised by just how sweet and good a book that I had no expectations is.
It is fun to get a read, dive in and expe...moreI always love when I am pleasantly surprised by just how sweet and good a book that I had no expectations is.
It is fun to get a read, dive in and expect nothing but still secretly hope for the best. When that book turns into a fun, entertaining read that was actually hard to put down, it feels a little like winning a prize.
I read this in one sitting it was just so much fun and exactly what I needed to lighten things up after a couple of harder reads.
I love books about friends who turn into more because I just feel that is how it should be. Your significant other should be your best friend. The person you go to first for everything and that person whom you care about more than any other.
I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to love Kayla and Wesley, all things considered but, you know what? I completely did. In fact, I fell in love with all the characters, Kayla, Reagan, Wesley and Talon. They each had their own unique qualities that made them very likable and loveable. And even though they were all friends and yes, Kayla and Wesley had a plan to break apart Reagan and Talon, some how it just all worked and made them even more loveable. In most cases I would frown upon the girl code or the bro code being overlooked but not in this case.
I have to give the author credit for making this a laugh out loud read that defied all logic (in the friendship department) and still just worked and not only worked but was a fun cute read.
I would definitely pick up another book by this author in the future.(less)
The synopsis of this sounded like such a cute and fun read that I couldn’t resist picking it up. I always love tales about twins, I have no idea why o...moreThe synopsis of this sounded like such a cute and fun read that I couldn’t resist picking it up. I always love tales about twins, I have no idea why other than the fascination of what it must be like to live with someone that looks exactly like you, but isn't you. Someone that others associate with you so much that they are a part of you, whether for good or bad.
Plus this had the whole dual authors thing going for it and I was really curious to see how the authors were going to pull it off. Having never read something from either author I was excited to jump in and see what they had to offer.
What I got was a cute coming of age story about two twin sisters that couldn't be more unalike with each other if they tried. Two sisters searching for what truly makes them happy and going after it, darn the consequences of what others may think or judge them for.
There were a lot of tough situations in this story, falling for your sister's boyfriend, falling for your boyfriend's best friend, all those rules and codes growing up that you know are unbreakable. Those lines in relationships that you never cross, or at least, until now, you never were suppose to cross or even consider.
Somehow the authors took those rules and shattered them completely and...while they didn't come off as realistic as I would have liked for them too, they worked for the characters. I would like to think in real life sisters and best friends were that forgiving and unselfish but the truth of the matter is, that very rarely ever happens. So why I would like to say this story was completely relatable and believable it just wasn't for me.
While it was a cute read, it was sadly one I just never did connect with like I wanted to and I had a hard time getting into the lives of the characters and into the story itself. The ending left me wondering if there isn't a sequel planned or simply left with unanswered questions. I think too, I may have been the wrong target age group for this read. While it is considered young adult, it did have a more younger feel to it that may appeal to a much younger tween or very young adult age group. (less)