This was a surprise. This had been in my tbr pile for a while but I never got around to it. I'm not a fan of witches and I thought that this was how iThis was a surprise. This had been in my tbr pile for a while but I never got around to it. I'm not a fan of witches and I thought that this was how it might play out. I was wrong. Yay! I loved this, I loved Atticus and I loved Oberon. These two were fun and I loved their story. Atticus seems like a cool fellow. The druid thing is interesting and I'm very interested to see where his story goes.
I haven't read any books based on druids that I know of. This was a much needed break in all the other stories that seem to blend together with the werewolves or vampires or the like. I love different. I love being taken by surprise. I love fun, lively characters. I love good world building without it dulling the story or the experience. This book has managed to provide everything I love and give me a new series to continue reading.
This was a riveting read. And really sad. Most of the story is figured out early on but it made for a great read. There are several stories that takesThis was a riveting read. And really sad. Most of the story is figured out early on but it made for a great read. There are several stories that takes place in this, thanks to the time travel plot. Watching Em and Marina, it's easy to see how it would be hard to face this new task. I felt pulled into Em's side of things and how she was feeling and it made it hard even for me to accept the task she had at hand.
Em and Finn have failed 14 times that they know of before this new timeline starts. It's interesting with all that they change as they are back in time, how much they have to guess because they've changed the future a little bit. What I liked about this was they didn't have a new set of memories all of a sudden to make the story move along easier. They had to guess and figure out what was going on themselves since they are from two different timelines. I think this had a lot of thought put into it and enough creativity to not make it childish or dumb.
Overall, this was an exciting, emotional read. The ending was sad, but it felt right. I've only read a few time travel books and this one is definitely one of the better ones that I've read (and the first young adult one, I believe). With that in mind, this does read like a stand alone novel so I'm not sure how the sequel will work out....more
I was excited for this Beauty and the Beast retelling. After finishing, I'm not sure I'm excited anymore. The world building was confusing, I couldn'tI was excited for this Beauty and the Beast retelling. After finishing, I'm not sure I'm excited anymore. The world building was confusing, I couldn't tell if this was a fantasy world or historical, as it had some of the same things (such as greek mythology, roman empire) but everything else was different. Mostly, it was lacking anything in appeal and wonder as the author mixed and matched different world aspects together in an unseemly way.
You had your fairies, if you could call them that. Your gods and demi gods. You have myth and legends. You have everything just short of a kitchen sink tossed in. None of this helped with the story. Trying to keep it all straight and what it had to do with the story itself was near impossible.
I liked the idea of the arranged marriage. I liked the idea of Nyx (Belle) being bitter about her future. I liked how the beast liked her spirit. The rest ruined it. It seems I will continue for a retelling of Beauty and the Beast that hits the spot. This missed the mark....more
This was really enjoyable. I got lost in the pages for the first 3/4ths of the book. I loved the world, the mysterious guild and the demon riders. KyrThis was really enjoyable. I got lost in the pages for the first 3/4ths of the book. I loved the world, the mysterious guild and the demon riders. Kyra was interesting. She had some great skills but was really only interested in doing what it took to earn coin to make sure she and those she cared for didn't starve. She had no great ambition to overthrow the current class system, instead, she was used in a cause that was not her own. She got in trouble but then tried to make up for it. I liked that about her. She followed blindly for a while, having fun at the challenge of a new task, but doesn't continue to follow blindly but instead questions the motives of those who would have her obedience.
I enjoyed this but the ending was a bit rocky. Not rocky enough to keep me from reading the next book, but it left me feeling a bit let down after the great story before it. I'm very interested in where the story goes so hopefully the second book is a great sequel and not a dud....more
I took forever to get around to reading this. I started reading this when there were only a few parts online, but I have to admit, I hate reading on tI took forever to get around to reading this. I started reading this when there were only a few parts online, but I have to admit, I hate reading on the computer. I bought this and then forgot about it. It has sat, in my kindle, lonely and neglected. Why didn't I read this sooner? It was great fun. I think reading it part by part is not for me (I'm too impatient) and knowing I will have quite a while to wait if I want to wait for the second one to come out on ebook.
For being an internet weekly story, this was well thought out. Ilona and Gordon pointed out at the end of this ebook how you can't go back and change something once you post it online. But I think they did a very good job on the story anyway, without being able to go back and redo it. It's fun and the world is exciting. I'm intrigued with the few stories that might be revealed later (please, please, please let them be worked out!) and the general idea of an innkeeper. Leave it to Ilona and Gordon to come up with something fun and unique time after time....more
This was probably a three star book but because of the great performance by Josh Goodman who narrated this book, it popped up a star. I was entrancedThis was probably a three star book but because of the great performance by Josh Goodman who narrated this book, it popped up a star. I was entranced at his voice and it made it a bit sexier with his deep voice ringing in my ears. He did the voices really well, the girls, the guys, everyone had their own voice.
I don't know what it is about a male voice reading an erotic book such as this, but it totally rocks my boat. Josh Goodman is on my list of narrators to look out for....more
There is a specific formula that this author writes with. All of the books so far have been the same story, just different characters. Normally, by noThere is a specific formula that this author writes with. All of the books so far have been the same story, just different characters. Normally, by now, I would be exasperated with it and call it quits. But there is something about these characters that keeps me coming back for more. I've devoured all of these novels in a matter of weeks and I'm ready to move on to the next. While that surprises me, I'm glad that the series hasn't declined to the point where I give up on these books.
At first, I was a bit disappointed that the next few characters weren't directly in the lives of Nina and Max. These books are written in one county, three small towns. So we are able to get multiple stories, while in some way connected, but with fresh characters. After reading through to this book, I've enjoyed the jumping around and eventually coming back to see characters from previous books.
So far, these are good reads. On to the next!...more
I was surprised after reading this. I was expecting a cute little book that was a quick read and a light romance. This was not the case. It was a quicI was surprised after reading this. I was expecting a cute little book that was a quick read and a light romance. This was not the case. It was a quick read, but this is not your ordinary fluffy romance novel. It had well developed characters who I could connect with and it had a great story. I almost didn't read it because the cover wasn't really catching my attention and that would have been a big mistake.
This has quite a story, I really liked this. At first it felt like there were two stories playing out and I enjoyed watching them play out and unfold. I enjoyed watching them all come together at the end. I enjoyed the internal struggle Nina had with both her current situation of a time out adventure and the hunk who is trying to convince her to stay.
I live in the Rocky Mountains and I really enjoyed a book that was set in the mountains I love. I could imagine the view from the bluffs and I could imagine what it would look like sitting on the back porch watching the sky change colors as the sun set. I think the author did a great job of showing off the landscape that Max had.
The only thing that bugged me was the nicknames. A few that felt weird were darling (I could be wrong, but I had always thought this was a southern nickname, not much for us in the west) and my lovely. But, they were small things. Endearments that just seemed weird.
But really, I'm excited to move on to the next novel, even though I had hoped it would continue with the characters we already met, but I'm sure it will be just as good....more
I just love this series. I read a few reviews that had me a bit nervous for this book, but I found it very enjoyable. I loved Hannah from the previousI just love this series. I read a few reviews that had me a bit nervous for this book, but I found it very enjoyable. I loved Hannah from the previous books. Her boy problems from school were fun girl problems for the other girls. Time has passed between then and when the book takes place, but I love how one tiny thing that reminds Hannah of Marco upends her whole world. This is very much your typical scared to give a hot guy a second chance plot setup. It had some interesting plot points (which were easy to guess) that made the story fun. I felt for Hannah, but there were moments I wanted her to just stop being so obstinate and just let Marco have that second chance.
This pales in comparison for the rest of the series, however. While, in my opinion, the first book is still the best so far, Fall from India Place isn't a bad addition. It's just doesn't have the same flow, the length as the first one and not enough interaction with her brother, Braden (they adore one another) and Hannah spends much of her time fending people off. While none of these make for a bad story, I had a bit higher hopes for things I wanted to see. While this was a bit short and ended too abruptly, as most new age books seem to end, I'm looking forward to Cole's book, now that he's grown up....more