This was a very sweet and humorous book but it also had me an emotional wreck.
This is the story of a girl, Ashton, who is trying to live life to theThis was a very sweet and humorous book but it also had me an emotional wreck.
This is the story of a girl, Ashton, who is trying to live life to the fullest but is also running away from a future she can't escape. She has moved away from her privileged life to a small town where no one knows her. Unfortunately her old life soon catches up with her when Nathan Lockton is sent to find her. Nathan has done this many times before but this time is different. He can't help but be intrigued by this little spit-fire and soon he throws out all is rules just to get to know her. They arrange to become sex-buddies, no attachments, no getting close. But they soon realise that that's easier said than done.
I loved the chemistry between Ashton and Nathan. It was so cute and fun and I loved the banter between them. There were defo some swoon-worthy moments and although the whole sex deal they had going on might seem a little crude, King dealt with it in a very heartwarming way. I want a Nathan. I want a picnic under the stars! The story is told in dual POV and I loved that. We got to her about both their pasts and what they were feeling at the time. It made the story more real.
I have to say I am kicking myself for not figuring out sooner what is was that Ashton was running from. It was staring me right in the face but when it was revealed I was still shocked! I think maybe I was in denial because I knew that if it was that it would upset to no end! And it did! I can't deal with that I just get a pain in my chest thinking about the ways it could end :( I was silently begging that it end well. I couldn't deal if it didn't.
The only real complaint I have is I would have liked the ending to be a bit more dragged out. It was too short. I wanted more! :P A very heart-warming and heart-breaking book that will appeal to many contemporary fans. ...more
Frankie Rose truly has a way with words. This was an utterly brilliant and captivating read.
Raksha is the story of a girls fight to gain control over her life. To choose how she lives and what she feels. To not feel like a collard animal. I loved the world we are introduced to in this book. Even though it does have similarities to The Hunger Games and is reminiscent of so many dystopian books it still stands out in its own way. Many people have described it as Hunger Games meets Gladiator and that is exactly how I would describe it. Fighters are pitted against one another in a fight to the death in a Colosseum. People watch on cheering for blood. This is not a book for those with a weak stomach. There is no shortage of blood and gore and the way the author so thoroughly writes it will definitely leave you with a sick feeling to your stomach. The characters I think is what makes this story. Especially Kit. She has made my list of favourite heroines. She is one bad-ass chick. A force to be reckoned with. She is not one to takes things lying down and will fight till the very end. I loved being with her as she tried to come to grips with all these new emotions assaulting her system. She deals with them in such a realistic way. After being a hollow shell your entire life you aren't going to be able to handle this new life all that calmly. She reacts the way I expected someone in her position to react. And I especially loved the way she acts with Ryka. Ahh Ryka *happy sigh* He gave me warm fuzzies :) I loved loved loved the romance in this. There was no insta-love to be found. Yay! Thank you Rose! The relationship between Kit and Ryka progressed at a nice pace, they way you would expect it to. They start of weary of one another, not quite trusting each other. But that slowly grows into friendship and then something more. It was perfect. And please please please! Don't let there be a love triangle in the sequel. Pretty please? Don't ruin it. The story was quite exciting. You didn't know what was gonna happen next. The one thing I really liked were the fight scenes. The author really knows how to write a great fight scene. You could easily picture it in your mind as if a movie scene was playing out before you. The story isn't all about blood and violence though. It really makes you think and gives you pause. The difference in ideology between The Sanctuary(where Kit is from) and Freetown (where Ryka is from) was quite fascinating. It made you wonder who really was worse?
I'm not gonna go into anymore so I will just leave it there and tell you to read this book! If you loved Hunger Games, Divergent, and Under the Never Sky, then you will love this. A must read!...more
I loved the first book and I am delighted to say that book 2 did not disappoint. It was just as awesome and action-packed anPosted on The Shadow Realm
I loved the first book and I am delighted to say that book 2 did not disappoint. It was just as awesome and action-packed and left me wanting more.
Luke and Sera are great characters. I just love the relationship these two have. The constant back and forth banter is hilarious and their devotion and loyalty to each other is so touching. I really loved these two. Sera goes through a lot in this book. Vampires want her to use her power to change them and there are others out there who want her for her powers too. She is kidnapped and the gang must do what ever they can to rescue her. But will Sera come out of it the same person? Or will the things she is put through haunt her forever? Even though Sera is pretty much the "damsel in distress" throughout most of the book I still felt like she was a strong and determined person. She never stops fighting. Luke also goes through a lot. He has to deal with losing his sister, his other-half, and feeling like he can't do anything to help. He feels like his gift of Seeing is useless. But what he doesn't realize is that he has only just scratched the surface of his gift. There is still so much more that the two of them must learn.
The secondary characters I loved, especially Fey and Jonas. I loved the scenes with Fey and Luke. They are so cute and sweet and funny together. I love Jonas, even more so after reading his novella. My one complaint is that there was not enough of him in this book. I wish there were more scenes with him and Sera. I want those two together!
The story was fast paced with plenty of action and suspense. The story did not drag in any parts and I found myself flying through the book. I finished it in no time. I couldn't get enough of the world that Meyers had created. I loved how we got a bigger glimpse of the Realm and got to see some of the creatures that reside there.
Overall this was an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable read. Bring on the next one!
I was provided with an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review....more