While inventive, interesting and bound to make you think, The Fire Seekers was slow going for me. With it's mish mash of scientific, mathematical andWhile inventive, interesting and bound to make you think, The Fire Seekers was slow going for me. With it's mish mash of scientific, mathematical and sometimes religious talk, it took awhile to get into the story, grasp exactly what the plot was and really feel like I had a handle on the storyline.
This often dragged and then would pick up with some new theory or discovery, only to lag again shortly after.
Without the very complex index in the back of the book, I think one would be completely lost and confused.
It was evident from the first page that the author was building a story with a slightly darker tone to it, one interspersed with a paranormal aspect. Lots of foreshadowing and hints on what was to come left you thinking and eager to know more.
While I never completely connected with the story nor with the main character Daniel, I was able to appreciate the intricate work and time the author put into the world building, artifacts, and cultures that were introduced throughout the story.
While the story wasn't plausible it did have just enough believability to truly make it interesting and thought provoking and while this might not have been something I would have picked up on my own, I am glad I took the time to read it even if it wasn't exactly for me. ...more
I have loved this series from the very beginning. It has a rather fun and original take on the fae with a slight steampunk Victorian feel that just maI have loved this series from the very beginning. It has a rather fun and original take on the fae with a slight steampunk Victorian feel that just makes it hard to resist.
This is one of the few series that even though this is the last book, I wasn't nervous in the least to read it. I just knew I was going to be in for a grand adventure and that is exactly what Connolly delivered with. In fact, I think this is by far my favorite book of the trilogy.
I loved Dorie. She isn't necessarily a fierce warrior or even a kick butt one but she is a headstrong girl that goes after what she wants. She has made a lot of mistakes in her life and being half fey, doesn't always know where she fits in in a world that is against everything she is a part of. She feels like she needs to atone for the sins of her family and fae heritage while also protecting them and her very human family and friends. She is torn between two lives, two worlds and it has taken her a lot to get to where she is by the story's end but I loved her journey.
I loved seeing glimpses of Jane and Helen (narrators of book one and two) and then of course seeing Dorie and Tam grow up and become adults. To see where everyone is in their lives, the battles they are fighting and how much the world they live in has both grown and become stunted with prejudice and hate.
This was a wonderfully written and satisfying conclusion to the series and one I soon won't be forgetting. ...more
Oh my goodness this was such a fun read. I think my stomach actually hurts from all the laughing, not to mention my cheeks! My smile might not ever beOh my goodness this was such a fun read. I think my stomach actually hurts from all the laughing, not to mention my cheeks! My smile might not ever be the same again.
What an absolutely fun foray into what it means to grow older and all the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly that goes with it.
This was fantastic and I just couldn't get enough of it!...more
Is there anything Riordan can'd do and can't do well? I am sure his family could answer that question better than I but as far as his writing goes, I wIs there anything Riordan can'd do and can't do well? I am sure his family could answer that question better than I but as far as his writing goes, I would have to say, no. No, there isn't anything this man can't write and have it not be spectacular.
This book ended up being so much...more than what I was expecting. So very funny in only the way Percy can be as well as a great addition to the series (both really) with all the helpful and insightful, not to mention gorgeous illustrations and summary on all the gods, demis, and minors.
I truly enjoyed this and know I will be using it to reference things with in the future as well....more
I have to come right out and say this up front and first before I discuss anything else about this book because it needs to be said and quite frankly,I have to come right out and say this up front and first before I discuss anything else about this book because it needs to be said and quite frankly, I just know it will come up in other reviews, or at least, I suspect it will. This book has some similarities to the Hunger Games. They are there, they are very much real and yet, this is a totally different book so don't be turned off by others saying it is a copy cat of sorts, because it is and it isn't.
There, I said it, now on to the good side of this book and the writing.
This is a fun read, it really is, similarities and all. Tella is no Katniss, she isn't bad ass and strong and hardened, quite the opposite. She is somewhat a girly girl (okay and a little crazy, the way her mind works and wonders had me cracking a smile more than once throughout the story) and has had a very soft and pampered (read rich) life. She is kind and loving and has great compassion for those around her but she isn't a hunter and she certainly wasn't cut out to be in this crazy game the author created. In fact the only thing she has going for her is love. The love she has for her brother and the sheer determination and will to win.
Those are the qualities that make her kick butt. So yeah, she isn't Katniss, not at all.
And Guy is no Peeta, not even a Gail, well, maybe a little Gail. He is a fighter and he is roughened and all hard edges and badness but he isn't ...well I'm not going to say anymore about what he isn't. He is however, smart and wise and he too, is compassionate and that combined makes him a fabulous Contender. He isn't a bad boy and he isn't a good boy, he just is. And that 'is” is pretty fabulous in the end. Maybe not swoon worthy but worthy enough.
This was a good start to a new series. Lots of questions still left unanswered and there is lots left to learn and discover but I will definitely be along for the ride. I am really hoping the world will be explained just a little more in the next installment but overall, nicely done. ...more
If there is one thing you can count on about me it is that I love a good ghost story, it doesn't matter the time of day, year, season, month, I just lIf there is one thing you can count on about me it is that I love a good ghost story, it doesn't matter the time of day, year, season, month, I just love a good haunting tale that will leave you freaked out and sleeping with the lights on. Be it a murder mystery with vengeful spirits or a sweet tale of someone simply wanting to pass a message on to a loved one, I love them all.
This was the best kind of ghost story. One with a mixed blend of genres that will leave you breathless and completely enthralled. A dark tale set in a time long ago that is just as much rich in detail as it is in mystery.
You will be left swooning at the subtle sweet romance that is just enough lightness to really keep this story from being too much. From being too much about an evil madman on the loose murdering the innocent and from it being too haunting to want to continue. Instead you will be wrapped up in the story and eager to learn more and for Gabe and Jack to catch the culprit.
This has everything I love in a good historical, everything I love in a good ghost story, and everything I love in a really good suspenseful mystery.
The next book is high on my priority list because I can't wait for more....more
Langston's debut novel Whisper Falls is truly a wonderful read. One that draws you in with rich historic detail of the times and the mystery and buddiLangston's debut novel Whisper Falls is truly a wonderful read. One that draws you in with rich historic detail of the times and the mystery and budding romance between Susanna and Mark.
Susanna's life and hardships as an indentured servant in the the late 1790's were so interesting and heartbreaking. To think that we treated one another with so little respect and regard is hard to read about let alone stomach. To see how much they struggled and worked while at the whim of their master's every command was terrifying to see and truly a part of history that should never be forgotten or repeated. The Pratt family was...a piece of work. Their only redeeming quality were their children (well, the younger ones) and really, that was all owed to Susanna, not the Pratts. I have never wanted a husband and wife to get their just rewards as much as I did the Pratts.
Susanna by far had the more captivating voice of the two (the other being Mark's) and the history nerd in me couldn't help but love to read about her daily life, from tending the children to cooking, she did it all.
Mark surprised me, he ended up being strong and determined and a great friend for Susanna. Even though they were centuries apart they both experienced very similar situation that I think drew them to one another. They understood each other even if they didn't understand the times and it wasn't long before a friendship was forged.
Susanna was already a strong girl when her story began but to see her grow stronger, braver and to really stand up for herself was truly a treat. Especially when she was in a time and place when that just wasn't considered acceptable behavior for a woman let alone an indentured servant. She took charge, she changed her family's history and she did it all with little to no though of how it would impact her life and her future. She ended up being quite the kick butt girl and I loved her for it.
I started this knowing that there couldn't possibly be a future for Mark and Susanna, after all their relationship redefined “long distance” but I couldn't help rooting for them anyways. I couldn't help but want them to end up together and while I won't say if I got the happily ever after I wanted, I will say that I was satisfied with the ending....more
3.5 Stars! Last books in a series or trilogies are so hard. They are hard to read because you know they will be bittersweet, sometimes hard to say good3.5 Stars! Last books in a series or trilogies are so hard. They are hard to read because you know they will be bittersweet, sometimes hard to say goodbye too and sometimes even hard to write a review for. As I sit here and write this review, I find myself with something that doesn't happen very often, I find myself at a loss for words. This series has been quite the journey. One full of all things mystical. mythilogical and magical. Some good and some bad as all series go. Some things that I loved about it and others (coughlovetrianglecough) that I didn't.
And because of these hard things, I don't really know where to begin. I really liked the direction this was going, other than the slight hiccup of a love triangle in book two that thankfully worked itself out, I thought it would be smooth sailing from here. That all my questions would be answered and everything would come together nicely and neatly.
That didn't exactly happen, instead Hathway threw in another curve ball. As if being banished to Tartus itself and dealing with Hades wasn't bad enough, she had to throw in another love triangle of sorts. Now, before all you love triangle haters start rolling your eyes and groaning (trust me, I did too!) know that this one sort of makes sense. It goes with what is going on with the story and as much as I didn't like it, I could see it and feel it and I understood it. I understood that it was something Jodi's character needed to do in order to grow stronger and in order to put some past wrongs right.
And the best thing about it all was that Jodi was still as fierce, strong and brave as always. She never faltered in her ability to prove why she was the Chosen One. She is a capable leader and one that loves her friends with all she has. She isn't afraid to put herself in danger to help someone else out and she isn't afraid to admit when she is wrong and when she has made mistakes. Best of all, this still had all the stuff I liked from the first book and even more from the second.
Overall I think this was a great conclusion to the trilogy that held true to all three books, the plot and the characters. ...more
I really liked the first book in the series The Testing and I just knew that I would be moving on to the next because honestly, I had high hopes for iI really liked the first book in the series The Testing and I just knew that I would be moving on to the next because honestly, I had high hopes for it. Yes it reminds me a little (read very little) of the Hunger Games, but more than that, it was an adrenaline, heart pounding, fun filled read. Where you never knew what was around the next corner, who could be trusted or what was going to happen next.
I am happy to say, the second book stood up to the first and was every bit as good if not better than it's predecessor.
Charbonneau has managed to create a dystopian world disguised as good but really very cruel and sinister under the seams. A world where rulers aren't always the bad guys and even worse, the teachers teaching the next generation are even worse than the “bad guys”. A government every bit as corrupt and disturbing as the one that caused the destruction in the first place.
I was really hoping that the world and government would be explained in more depth and detail than it was in the first book, and while not everything was answered, we do get a lot of answers for those pesky questions from the first book and even some for those that pop up in this one.
I once again loved Cia, how strong and how smart she is. How willing to trust even when everything screams in her not to because of what she has seen and heard from her time in the Testing and from what very little she really knows about the people and agency that surrounds her.
There is so much corruption, so many secrets and so many unnecessary and cruel games that go on in the world that she lives in that I really can't even fathom it. What it must be like to live like she does. To see people die in front of her and to know that it is all in the name of the good of the land.
I was so glad to see Michal play a bigger role in this as well as some new, and every surprising allies and friends in the new group of students that join Cia in the dorms. Ian, Tomas, Will, Enzo, Stacia, Raffe, I really enjoyed all of them and not knowing who could be trusted and who was good or bad and who was just trying to survive.
The plot definitely thickened with the way this one ended and while it wasn't a total cliffhanger, it was definitely a put you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next move, at least, it was for me and I, for one, will be awaiting the next chapter in the story. ...more
Bren, Bren, Bren. I already knew I liked your cocky, bad boy heart of gold but now, now I love you.
I have to say this before really getting into anytBren, Bren, Bren. I already knew I liked your cocky, bad boy heart of gold but now, now I love you.
I have to say this before really getting into anything else, it says something big about the author's ability to pack so much punch into a novella. To make it feel like it is a complete story in and of itself.
It is no secret that I love this series, the writing captures you, pulls you in and refuses to let go. The fact that it is full of memorable characters who are witty, funny, loving and not to mention kick butt, doesn't hurt either.
Bren has always been somewhat of a mystery and to finally get not only a background on his past but a look into that perverted mind of his was so much fun! It proved how loyal, fierce and protective he is of the Wird sisters and of Dan. I really couldn't of asked for a better look into him.
The fact that we not only get some much needed Bren time but also a continuation of the series as a whole with Celia and Aric being very much present throughout was a huge bonus and one that I wasn't expecting.
I really can't do this series justice. It is just fabulous. It truly has everything a person could possibly ask for in a mind blowing, keep you on the edge of your set one minute and laughing out loud the next read.
This is a must read series for any fan of urban fantasy, heck this is a must read series for any book lover period.
This was the perfect read to tide me over for the next book Cursed By Destiny and leave me salivating for more. ...more
By the time I picked this one up I was so ready for something different and fun and filled with steampunk. It has been way too long since I have readBy the time I picked this one up I was so ready for something different and fun and filled with steampunk. It has been way too long since I have read a good steampunk novel that I was seriously starting to have withdrawals.
I found something to ease my craving and more in Extracted. Jolley and Ficklin really are a dynamic duo. Throw in the steampunk factor and add in some time traveling along with some historic details and you have one heck of a ride that you won't want to get off from.
Jolley and Ficklin did a fabulous job with this action packed, non stop fun, debut novel. The characters are loveable and the changing point of views was so well done, they blended and meshed seamlessly. Each main character (and even the secondary characters) added an element to the story that wouldn't have been there otherwise. They felt fleshed out and tangible. I felt like I knew them and cared for them instantly.
The world building isn’t lacking either, it gives you just enough to answer those pesky questions that pop up along the ride and leave enough hints along the way that let you know there is so much more to the story than the first glance, so much more to be devoured and discovered.
How the Rifters work, The Hollows and the Telsa Institute were.. well, you really need to read this to find out all about them because it was so ingenious and creative how they all came together, how time travel all works and how memories are not something to take lightly and should never be forgotten that I can't even begin to explain it. How the things that hold their world together are unimaginable and so precious. With time travel being always on the cusps of creating a rift or a paradox or messing up all their futures altogether, it is a wonder how it was all pulled together, explained and understood, but it was and it was done well.
Lex is one swoon worthy male. Strong, loyal, loving and fierce, he is one book boyfriend you will want to have and claim as your own.
Ember was a great heroine. Strong, fierce, sweet and full of compassion. But don't let her loving side fool you, this girl knows how to kick butt and isn't shy about it. She takes charge when needed and I loved that about her. She sees the good in people even when they don't always deserve it.
Flynn, Gloves, Stein, Ethan, Kara, and Nobel were all fascinating characters in and of themselves. I have always said that secondary characters can make or break a good book, regardless of how fabulous the main characters are and in this case, they all added to the mystery and greatness that made up the pages of this novel.
I really look forward to reading the next installment. ...more
*Absolutely fabulous and perfect for this time of year!! Full review to come soon!*
I adore this series. I wasn't too sure about it at first, if I am b*Absolutely fabulous and perfect for this time of year!! Full review to come soon!*
I adore this series. I wasn't too sure about it at first, if I am being completely honest Sanctum had to win me over, but win me over it completely did. I couldn't help but not fall in love with the dark gritty world she created and the characters, equally desolate and equally as wonderful as well.
I mean, I dare anyone not to fall in love with Malachi. With his loyalty, his strength, his selflessness, his honor and his gentleness. I think it would be virtually impossible not to at least feel something for the tall dark and handsome man that won Lela over, heart and soul.
Fine created a world so rich in detail and utterly fascinating that it was hard not to get caught up in it. To not feel like you where there with them as a part of the dark and bleak world she created. A world that was filled with little hope and no love at all, at least until Lela and Malachi met and together made it better, together became better. Together became whole.
Needless to say, I was excited to start Fractured, to know what was in store for them and to get thrown back into their world and their new life and come on, isn't the cover on this gorgeous?
While this isn't as dark as Sanctum, nor as depressing, it isn't a happy sunshine and rainbows type of read either. In fact, I think I may have felt more while reading this than I did the first. I didn't want any obstacles to be in the way for Lela and Malachi and really, I should have known better. How could such a dark read turn into something light? Turns out, it can't and it doesn't.
There are struggles and trials and hardships and lots of them. For Lela, for Malachi and for their new guard and friends. No one is safe and no one is exempt from the harshness that has become Lela's new job and world.
Lela had become so strong, so fierce and I loved watching her grow in every way possible.
I would be lying if I said parts of this didn't make me mad, didn't break my heart and even make me a little sad. Ms. Fine threw in curves and twists I really had anticipated and she almost made me want to throw my book against the wall like a toddler throwing a fit because the book wasn't going the way I wanted it to. Where was the happiness I wanted? Why in the world did it have to end the way it did? It was cruel and unkind and..and..I just can not wait for the next book to be out. In fact, I am going to have a really hard time picking up anything else because I can already tell the whole book will be running through my mind for the next few days.
Ms. Fine, once again you have shown me what an incredibly great storyteller you are, no matter how upset I am at you right now for that horrific ending, I can not deny that you have talent and know how to draw me into your world and hold me captive. ...more
3.5 Stars! What happens when two sisters who were once close start to grow apart? When one starts to envy the other? When one wishes she had the life t3.5 Stars! What happens when two sisters who were once close start to grow apart? When one starts to envy the other? When one wishes she had the life that her twin sister leads? What would one of them do to get the life of the other? What and whom would she be willing to give up to get it and would it all be worth it in the end?
Okay so maybe that sounded a little more sinister than this story really is, because honestly, it isn't malicious at all, not really. It is, however a story about learning that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and things are not always what they seem to be and sometimes we have to learn it all the hard way, through trial and error and lots and lots of mistakes.
Jesse and Bryn are two sisters not only twins but as the years have gone by, two sisters that while they may look alike are really nothing at all like the other. One is popular and outgoing, spur of the moment and completely sure of herself. The other, smart, a little shy and not at all as outgoing as the other and really doesn't feel like she knows herself at all, or so she thought. One horrible night changes both their lives forever and nothing will ever be the same for either of them.
I love that even though "something" happens to Bryn in the very beginning of their story that we still get to see her and still get glimpses into what she is thinking and feeling, especially about Jesse and what Jesse tries to do and who she tries to become. I love the sisterly love that came out and the rivalry as well. I think anyone who has ever had a sibling feels this love and sometimes rivalry no matter how close they are.
I liked watching both sisters realize that things weren't always what they seem for the other and that they both grew along the way. I am always all about the growing. I like watching characters learn and grow along the way and this had a lot of that going on for both sisters. Neither of them had it easy after the accident and neither of them really knew the other as much as they thought they did. I loved watching their bond grow from a far in a very special way.
While I didn't connect to either sister as much as I would have liked to, I did like the lessons portrayed in this and did really appreciate all the author tried to show about love, life and things not always being what they seem.
I think the author did a nice job with this and even though I didn't enjoy this one as much as I have some of her other books in the past, she will continue to be an author that I pick up her books and read simply because I know that I will get some genuinely good storylines and good writing along the way.
Ooo this book. This book is something else. It went way beyond my “comfort” zone but oh boy was it worth it.
Two very broken people, but in a way thatOoo this book. This book is something else. It went way beyond my “comfort” zone but oh boy was it worth it.
Two very broken people, but in a way that I haven't read about before, finding and helping one another, all while fighting their own demons, passions and inner turmoil, well, there really is something beautiful about that. Even if that beauty is also filled with deep seeded pasts and secrets way beyond the norm and definitely beyond the norm in this genre. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it. It took me by surprise, the content of this one. But in typical Leighton fashion, the author handled it wonderfully, honestly, with the raw and grit we have come accustomed to from her and I shouldn't have expected anything less.
Samantha and Alec, well, really, I'm not going to say anything about them, other than to understand them, to understand this story, you are just going to have to read it for yourself. I can't really explain the emotions of this story, it just isn't something I think I can do and give Leighton and the book credit they deserve.
I wasn't comfortable with a lot of the subject matter of the story, mostly because I don't practice it and I don't understand it, but Leighton made me understand why it was important to Alec and Samantha and I have to give her huge props for that, because it wasn't easy. Only a really gifted writer can do that and once again, I shouldn't have expected anything less from her, she has blown me away time and time again with her ability to get down and dirty (not pun attended) and tackle those hard to hear and sometimes hard to read matters that are so real and make her characters really stand out and become real people. ...more
This is going to be hard to review without giving too much away but I will say that the history nerd in me really loved how this story wasn't just aboThis is going to be hard to review without giving too much away but I will say that the history nerd in me really loved how this story wasn't just about any couple in time, about any reincarnation of sorts, but rather about a very famous couple in French history. A classic french tale of a Romeo and his Juliet, the tale of Abelard and Heloise.
I don't want to give anything away but, their tale is very much a tragedy and one that still involves a lot of mystery and intrigue to this day as very little is really truly known about their relationship. All that is left of their tale are some “love letters” and a man claiming to be their son and a whole lot of maybes.
This is so much more than just a tale of reincarnation though or even the tale of Pierre and Heloise. Yes it is about Austin and Julia, their current life and what brings them together once more. But it is also about science (which is funny considering that is what Pierre and Heloise discussed most in their letters to each other in real life) and two people brought together, both grieving and both dappling in something that was probably better left alone. Something that not only brought Julia and Austin together but something that has changed the lives of many around them.
Again, I don't want to say too much but there is definitely a paranormal element to this. One involving past lives, demons, possession, ghosts, old grudges, conspiracies and so much more that I can't even get into without giving away too many spoilers.
This really wasn't what I was expecting from this read at all, I was expecting just another average story about two people reunited over time. A tale about destiny and meant to be's.
I really loved the author's take on Heloise and Pierre and the obvious research she did into their story while make it true to the actual story but still giving it (obviously) a different twist in time (both then and now). It was different but in a good way. It made the story interesting and kept me wanting to read on. There were twists I didn't expect and things I didn't see coming.
As for the ending, I am not sure what to think of that, other than maybe a sequel is in the works? I can only hope that is what it means. ...more
Linda Grimes is a genius. It has to be said. She unerringly can combine the paranormal, witty banter, mystery, romance and down right great chemistryLinda Grimes is a genius. It has to be said. She unerringly can combine the paranormal, witty banter, mystery, romance and down right great chemistry between the characters into a flawless story that will have you laughing out loud one moment and swooning the next. She has managed to create one heck of a fabulous urban fantasy series like no other out there.
Imaginative, funny, action packed and still light enough that you can devour it in hours and wish there were more long after you put the story down. The characters are everything a good character should be whether they are the main character or a secondary character, they have the ability to capture the moment and make it their own. They are strong, kick butt, loyal and down right fierce when they have to be. Not to mention they have a few rather heart stopping, heart warming moments that will leave your blood pumping and your heart racing wanting more.
If I didn't love Grimes after reading In A Fix, I surely love her after reading Quick Fix. She had me laughing out loud, smiling, rolling my eyes, swooning and on the edge of my seat all within a single chapter of the story. This woman can write and write well.
We get more explanation into what adaptors are and not only that but we get to meet more of Ciel's family, which were a blast to meet. The romance gets ramped up and the all around action and feel of the story takes on a life in itself.
If you are looking for something completely new, entertaining, and something that will leave you smiling, this is a must read series. Truly one that stands out in the crowd.
I absolutely love the spin on mythology that Hashway created in this series. I have always loved Medusa and the fact that she isn't the villain in thiI absolutely love the spin on mythology that Hashway created in this series. I have always loved Medusa and the fact that she isn't the villain in this series but rather a hero and a victim is just fantastic and completely draws you into the story line.
I really enjoyed the first book but after the ending I was really curious and maybe even a little nervous about where the story would go from there. I really shouldn't have been worried because Hashway took this series, the mythology, the story line and the characters to a whole new level. This definitely didn't suffer from the dreaded middle book syndrome so many series are prone to, in fact it made me love this series that much more. There was a lot more depth to Jodi and Alex, not only in their relationship with one another but with their characters as a whole as well. Things don't come as easy to Jodi as they did in the first book and she really struggles with her powers. She is trying to understand them, learn how to use them as well as train the other Ophi and hopefully avoid an all out war with the Hades all while still being a girl and trying to form friendships with the other Ophi and earn their trust and respect.
I wouldn't say Jodi comes into her own in this as much as I would say that she learns from her mistakes and is constantly growing from them. She is learning who she can trust and that it is okay to ask for help when it is needed.
I loved where Hashway carried the story line and my only real complaint is that I didn't get more of the story and that this felt like it went way too fast. It will be very interesting to see where Hashway takes this series in the next book considering how all that happened and where she ended up but, I am convinced if anyone can pull it off, it is Hashway and I look forward to reading it. ...more