This was another great installment in the Paranormal Investigations series. We are given some much needed insight into Angelina and how she came to do...moreThis was another great installment in the Paranormal Investigations series. We are given some much needed insight into Angelina and how she came to do the things she did in the first book. It was so hard to watch her downfall and my heart broke for the girl. She goes through some pretty horrible things. This book was a lot darker than Playing Hooky, with some scenes that were quite disturbing. So for those who have read Playing Hooky be warned that this is not the same fun and lighthearted read.
Another person we are given some insight into is Hunter. The story is told in alternating POV's between Angelina and Hunter and I really liked this. I didn't know what to make of Hunter after book #1 but I came to understand him more from this book. I found myself liking him and wanting to find out more about him. I loved how these two broken people found each other when they needed each other most.
The characters in these books are very well written and you find yourself connecting with them. Even though the books are really short they are so captivating. The world that Rita and TJ have created is so imaginative and creative. In each book you find something new and I can't wait to see what is to come in Taking Chances. Even though I really liked this installment I can't wait to get back to Emma and Jason's story.
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This book was just all kinds of cute. I loved every second of it. After reading her sister's book, American Girl...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This book was just all kinds of cute. I loved every second of it. After reading her sister's book, American Girl on Saturn, and seeing that the band mentioned in that was featured in this book, I just had to read it. And like AGOS I adored this book! It had everything I had hoped and more.
This book centers around Becca and her friends and how one night at a concert will change their lives forever. We've all been there. Fantasizing about what it would be like to meet our favourite band, what it would be like to be friends with them, or even go out with one of its members. I can see myself acting so much like Becca. Trying to act cool on the outside but be completely dying on the inside. I loved this girl and how totally awesome she was. And I loved her crazy friend Carli too. Now even though I don't think Mutilated Arteries would be my sort of band or that I would be that attracted to the guys I still found myself really liking them. They all have great and unique personalities that shine through in their wacky outfits and crazy names. We have Nightmare, Banshee, Ink, Corpse and Sketch. They always go by their stage names which adds some mystery to them. Why does no one know their real names? Why are they always sleeping so much? And what's with Corpse's obsession with zombies and Banshee's obsession with blood? There is something different about this band and the girls are gonna be in for a big surprise when they find out what it is. I loved the paranormal element of the story. Even though the book was great as a contemporary, I think this made the book even better. I loved the twist and can't wait to find out more about it. The romance in the book is super sweet. I really loved Sketch and Corpse. Sketch was just adorable and Corpse is hilarious, if not a bit mad :P
Overall I simply loved this book. It is beautifully written and completely captivating. It was a heartwarming contemporary, but then add in the paranormal element and you've got yourself a terrific read. The Godwin sisters are fantastic writers and I loved the crossover between their books. I highly recommend this book to everyone and I can't wait for the next installment to learn more about this insane band. (less)
Ms Phoenix can't seem to do wrong. With every book of hers I read I just become more and more in awe of her brilliance...moreAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
Ms Phoenix can't seem to do wrong. With every book of hers I read I just become more and more in awe of her brilliance. This book was just full of awesome and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.
I think this is the first horror book I have read and I have to say it was quite freaky. All the things that were happening gave me the creeps. I was half tempted to sleep with the lights on after reading it. I got through it fairly quickly as I was glued from the very first page. I could not put it down. I needed to know what was gonna happen next. There was a lot of mystery and suspense to be had and of course a sizzling hot romance.
I always love Airicka's characters and it was no exception this time. Ana is a very likable and strong character. She goes through so much, questioning her sanity and fighting for her life. She never gives up and is just so brave. I loved watching how she handled things. There are one or two times when I feel she missed something so obvious but I forgave her as she was dealing with a lot. Now Rafe. Whoa mamma does Airicka know how to write smoking hot boys. This guy was totally swoon-worthy. The right amount of smart-ass and sweetheart you will immediately fall for this bad boy. My heart broke for Rafe though and what was going on in his home life. I wanted to wrap him up in my arms and never let him go. I loved his and Ana's relationship. I loved how they were both there for each other no matter what. The book is told in dual POV and I loved getting inside Rafe's head.
Another thing that I really liked about this book was the relationship Ana had with her parents. In a lot of YA books the parents are either absent or not existent or are horrible. But Ana's parents were awesome. They were so loving and protective. I especially loved her Dad. He was adorable and so funny. I loved their interactions.
The story line is very fast-paced and there is never a dull moment. I just loved it. So beautifully written, the scenes will come to life before your eyes. It will scare the bejeesus out of you as well as leave you swooning over the intense romance. Another winner from a fantastic author. (less)
OK this is gonna be short and sweet because if I go on for too long I'm just gonna be gushing and rambling and you won...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
OK this is gonna be short and sweet because if I go on for too long I'm just gonna be gushing and rambling and you won't be able to keep up with me :P
As I stated in my review of Finding Kia, I absolutely love Kia and Adam. And I just loved them even more in this one. These two are just perfect for each other. And guess what?! We get Adam's POV!! Yay!!! I had never been so happy. This guy makes me swoon so hard! As for Kia? Seriously, everyone needs a friend like her. Completely loyal, amazingly trustworthy and totally kick-ass. She is one heroine to look up to.
Now, the main thing I want to talk about is Nessie. My god this poor girl! For most of the book I wanted to throttle her. Her treatment of Adam and Kia and her parents was horrible! But when I found out what she was going through? My heart broke for her. Airicka deals with a tough issue in this book. Bullying is something that a lot of people have gone through, myself included, and I want to applaud Airicka for how she tackles the issue. I teared up when I read of her own bullying history. There is a fantastic message in Revealing Kia and one I hope many will listen to. There were times when I was being bullied that I felt so alone and depressed. But I knew that I had genuine friends and that I shouldn't push them away. I found myself relating to Nessie. Even though I was never bullied to such an extreme, I still knew how she felt. I became so frustrated with her, screaming at her to not push everyone away, that she would get through this. By the end of the book I was there crying along with her, wanting to wrap her up and make the pain go away.
This is a beautifully written, heartbreaking read. I highly recommend this to those of us who have ever felt unloved or unwanted. Thank you Airicka for another phenomenal read. [PS: I would love a story about Kenny and Nessie. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge... ;)]
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I think this is my favourite book by Airicka that I have read so far. It was just brilliant! I utterly and truly loved it!
I loved every single thing...moreI think this is my favourite book by Airicka that I have read so far. It was just brilliant! I utterly and truly loved it!
I loved every single thing about this book but I especially loved Kia. Without a doubt my favourite character of Airicka's. She has such a great sarcastic wit. Nearly everything she said had me laughing out loud. Right from the first page I was highlighting sentences that I loved. But bless her soul she is such a klutz I think that just made me love her more though. Can I be friends with her? Pretty please? I related with her so much. I know how it feels to feel like you don't fit in or that the guy you like won't like you for you. I empathized with her and I got why she felt like she had to change her appearance. What surprised me though was how she dealt with certain situations. I wasn't expecting her to be so spunky. I doubly loved this about her. At one point I almost shouted out loud "You go girl!". The love interest, Adam, I also loved. Swoon personified right there. He was such a great character. Him and Kia just fit. They are perfect for each other.
I have two complaints however. It was waaaay too short!! I never wanted it to end!! I was so sucked in I finished it in no time. I tried so hard to savor it and make it last as long as possible but I couldn't. I just had to know what was gonna happen next and before I knew it I was finished :( My other complaint? The ending! Airicka how could you end it like that?! That's just cruel! If I bribe you with cookies will you give me the next book? ;)
Overall this is a fantastic book with a great message. It's about learning to love the real you, to be brave, and to take a shot at life. You never know what's waiting around the corner. I am eagerly awaiting book 2!(less)
This was one roller-coaster of a book. So much happens in such a short space of time. My emotions couldn't handle it a...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This was one roller-coaster of a book. So much happens in such a short space of time. My emotions couldn't handle it all. Many many secrets come out in Panic, loyalties are questioned and Rook must decide once and for all if she can finally let the past go and stop running.
I went through so many emotions during this. Frustration, love, anger, hate. My feelings for the characters kept switching back and forth. Ronin I love. I really do. But the dude needs to cool it with all the marriage and baby stuff. You're 22 dude! You've got plenty of time to settle down. I love how Rook told him she wasn't ready, that she wanted to go to college and everything first. We learn new things about Rooks past and my god I really don't know how that girl is still standing. The things she went through is just horrible. I felt sick at the thought of what was done to her. She has grown so much from the girl we saw in the first book. I love her and Ronin together but they were a bit too mushy mushy for me in this one. Some of the things they said, especially Ronin, were very soppy and that's saying something seeing as I'm a romantic and all. Saying that though I am sad that there story has come to an end.
We don't see as much of Spencer in this as I would have liked but we do see a lot of Ford. I swear I really do not know how I feel about him. One minute I was like "Dude, you're awesome" and the next I was like "Dude you crazy". He said some things that made me hate him but then the end, the epilogue, oh god my heart. I cried. When I heard he was getting his own book I was over the moon. I can't wait to learn more about this wonderful psycho.
The story has many twits and turns to keep you hooked. The ending felt a tiny bit rushed but overall it was a great ending to Rook and Ronin's story. I love this series and I'm sad to see it come to an end but I still have Spencer and Ford's books to look forward to. If you haven't read this series yet then I highly recommend it!
Favourite Quote: “I'll ruin everything if you touch me. I'll ruin us. I'll ruin this. I'll ruin you, just like you said. I'll ruin you and I'll ruin your life. And I love you too much to ruin you. So I'm leaving.” (Cue the tears!)(less)
I loved Tragic and I am so happy to say that Manic was just as good. Huss really has created a fantastic story here an...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I loved Tragic and I am so happy to say that Manic was just as good. Huss really has created a fantastic story here and I am so happy that I got to review these books.
In this book, Rook has taken on the STURGIS contract. But she really should have read the fine print before signing on the dotted line. She is after getting in way over her head, especially when she sees the cameramen setting up shop in the studio. Poor Rook. She really should have listened to Ronin before taking this job. And she realizes this straight away but that girl is one stubborn cookie and she isn't gonna let Ronin or Spencer, or new guy Ford tell her what to do.
I liked Rook for her spunk and her fighting spirit. The girl has guts. But by god she can make some stupid choices sometimes. I still love the girl but sometimes I felt like telling her to take a step back and really think about things before jumping in head first. She wants to do things her way but I still felt like she kind of let Ronin push her around too much. For someone who is escaping an abusive and controlling ex, she did seem to let other people make a lot of decisions for her. She didn't back down from the STURGIS contract, I'll give her that. She knew she made a mistake but she still stuck with it. I admired her tenacity.
The male characters I love in this book. Especially Spencer. He is hilarious and I wouldn't mind letting him paint on me ;) I would so love to see all the body art he painted on Rook, especially the last piece. From the way Huss described it it sounds amazing! Ford I didn't like at the start but he soon began to grow on me and by the end I loved him. I think he was a great friend to Rook, really looking out for her. I loved this quote from him.
“I’m not trying to fix you, I’m just trying to give you the tools to fix yourself.”
Him, Ronin and Spencer have a past together and it was exciting learning about them all. They really made a formidable trio. Ones not to be messed with. Ronin kind of annoyed me in this one. I can understand where he is coming from with not wanting Rook to do this contract and I completely understand his jealousy but his domineering crap pissed me off sometimes. I know he is Rook's manager as well as her boyfriend and he is only looking out for her. I loved that he was so caring and protective of her but I still think he needed to tone it down a bit and not keeping so many secrets from her. We got to learn a lot more about Ronin and some of it really surprised me. I loved that some of the story was in his POV as it really added to the overall story. Another thing that slightly bothered me was I kind of felt like they were maybe going a bit too fast in their relationship, especially with Ronin talking about wanting a family and everything. He's only 22 (I think). He has plenty of time before settling down. And Rook is 19. She should not need to be thinking about this. And I'm really glad that she told him she wanted to go to college. She had no intentions of starting a family any time soon.
The ending was perfect. What Ronin, Spencer and Ford did for Rook was awesome and completely genius. A lot of things got resolved and so I'm excited to see where Huss is gonna take the story from here. I really love this series. It's original and not that predictable. And it's slightly addictive lol. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a hot, sexy read with a whole host a smexy guys. (less)
I really liked this book. I had hopes that it would be a great read and I was not disappointed. This was a book I foun...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I really liked this book. I had hopes that it would be a great read and I was not disappointed. This was a book I found myself staying up all night to read, not realising that it was 3am and I was nearly finished it.
The main thing I loved about this book was Liam. A proper swoon worthy male. Not only is he from Scotland so he has a nice yummy accent, but he also a total gentleman. And he cooks! And he has the cutest nickname for Jillian I have ever come across in a book. I just loved everything about Liam. I did slightly wonder why he was so persistent with Jillian after a one night stand though. I also loved that the story was kind of backwards. They slept together and then they go about getting to know one another. It upped the sexual tension.
Jillian I have to admit I did not like at the start. She came across as a bitch. But then when I found out why she was a bitch to Liam and other guys I kind of started to sympathies with her. Even if she did over act a great deal to some things I still felt sorry for her and could understand why she was distancing herself from a relationship. And I hated her mother. I know deep deep down she just wanted to protect her child but my god she had an odd way of showing it. She was such a bitch to her and I'm glad Jillian stood up to her. Other characters I really liked were Jillian's friends. They were so caring and supportive. They stuck with her through thick and thin and I loved them for that.
Overall this was a fun and sexy read that will make you laugh but also pull on your heart strings. A great book for all NA contemporary lovers out there. I can't wait for the next book.(less)
I am always a bit two minds when it comes to short stories. Most of the time I feel that the book isn't long enough to...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I am always a bit two minds when it comes to short stories. Most of the time I feel that the book isn't long enough to deliver any real emotion or leave much of an impact on me. That being said I quite enjoyed this book. The author did a great job of making me care about the characters and I actually found myself getting emotional at some bits. I became invested in the characters and really wanted to see what would happen next with them. I liked how Jewel and Colin interacted with one another. I loved that the book was told in dual POV. Again though, as is the case with most short stories, we have the dreaded insta-love. Even though the book was spaced out over a summer it still felt like insta-love because of how short the book was. It felt a bit rushed, especially the ending. I would have loved if the book was longer and the ending wasn't has rushed. But overall this was a fun and romantic read.(less)
This book. Dear god this book. I went through so many different emotions while reading...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
* Possible spoilers for book #1*
This book. Dear god this book. I went through so many different emotions while reading this. I adored Live For You so I couldn't wait to jump into Only For You. I was so happy that I didn't have long to wait between books.
This is the conclusion of Rae and Cole's story and my god does their relationship go through the ringer in this. Nothing is ever plain sailing and that is definitely the case for these two. They go through so much in this and I just kept hoping and praying that they will get their happily ever after. I love these two and I so wanted them to be happy.
I have to say, Ms Valentine is evil! How could you start a book like that?! I had to re-read the prologue twice to make sure I was reading it right. Don't do that to my heart! I was so tempted to just skip straight to the end to see if it ended the way I hoped it would. Luckily I was able to restrain myself. And my god was my heart put to the test. I alternated between wanting to scream in frustration, cry in sadness, and laugh with happiness. The characters frustrated me to no end. I wanted to reach into my kindle and shake some sense into them. It was like watching a car crash. You know whats coming, you know you should look away, but you just can't. This book is just so gloriously addictive.
In Live For You we only got Rae and Cole's POV but in Only For You we are also given Jaxon Hunter's POV. I was all set to hate Jaxon. I really was. But that sneaky little fecker managed to worm his way into my heart. Even though I wanted to bash him across the head so many times, I still grew a soft spot for him. He was so intent on winning Rae back that he was blind to something that was right in front of him. Seriously, why are guys such fricking stubborn idiots? He managed to pull his head out of his ass long enough to do the right thing though. And then at end I find out he's getting his own book?? Hell. Yes. I can't WAIT for this, especially to find out more about Bliss Davenport, who we meet in Only For You.
Also, what the hell is with the parents in this series?? First Cole's mother, now his Dad? I seriously wanted to punch that SOB in the face. I get that the music industry can be ruthless and what not but this guy takes it to a whole other level. The things he has done is horrendous, especially to Jaxon, and I felt so much worse for him and Cole.
I can't recommend this book enough. This series is becoming a new favourite of mine. Full of drama, angst, backstabbing, heartbreak, and some seriously hot southern boys. Your love of all things country will increase and make you dream of finding your own boy from the south.(less)
This was a very enjoyable read. Filled with action and romance it had me hooked from the very first page. I really like...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This was a very enjoyable read. Filled with action and romance it had me hooked from the very first page. I really liked the characters. Although Skye has been through a lot she is still fighting on, even if she does spend most of her nights drinking her sorrows away. I liked her reaction when Xander first explained everything to her. It was realistic. She didn't just straight away believe him but I still think she gave in too quickly. Xander I loved. He is so loyal and protective of Skye. Their love is forbidden and they know it will never work but they can't fight their feelings for one another. I loved the back-story behind how Xander knew Skye. I thought that justified the somewhat insta-love. The story is told in dual POV so I really liked getting both Xander's and Skye's side of things. There is plenty of action and suspense that will keep the reader engaged in the story and there are plenty of twists and turns too. The story was kept moving and never lagged behind. Be warned. There is a mahoosive cliffhanger at the end! At first I didn't quite believe that that was the end. I kept turning the pages on my kindle looking for another page but nope. Now I can't wait for the second book to find out what the frick happened! A thoroughly exciting and engaging read.(less)
This was a really fun and extremely quick read. I loved it. The banter between Emma and Jason was incredible and there were many laugh o...moreBlog Tour Post
This was a really fun and extremely quick read. I loved it. The banter between Emma and Jason was incredible and there were many laugh out loud moments. As per previous birthdays, Jason takes Emma on an adventure that she'll never forget. He brings her in to a world that she never knew existed. I loved all the different creatures that were featured. I was really curious about Jason too. I'm pretty sure I know what his deal is but I'm looking forward to finding out more in the next book. From the very first page I couldn't get enough. It was very well written and captures the readers imagination. But the reasons I reduced a star were 1) I felt like it was waaay to short. It was only 100 pages. I would have loved for this to be a full length book. Because of the length I felt that things happened a bit too quickly. Which leads me to reason 2) When Emma is first introduced to all these creatures. I think she handled everything way too well. She never really questioned anything. She just took it all in her stride. I would have liked a bit more of a reaction out of her. Overall this was a quick, fun and exciting read that I would highly recommend.(less)
God this book was like a breath of fresh air. It was exactly what I want a book to be. It was just perfect.
The characters were brilliant! There was no...moreGod this book was like a breath of fresh air. It was exactly what I want a book to be. It was just perfect.
The characters were brilliant! There was no unnecessary drama or stupid decisions. They were so level headed. Rory I want to hug. She thought everything through, never jumped to silly conclusions and was not afraid to go after what she wanted when all was said and done. She stuck to her guns, was never whiny and was over all the most sensible character I've ever come across. I loved her because of that. Tyler I also loved. His situation broke my heart I just wanted to hug him and protect him from all the bad things in his life. He was so sweet and protective of Rory. He just wanted to do the right thing even if he ended up getting hurt. He wanted the best for Rory. Their relationship was so sweet and heart-warming, but at the same time heart-breaking. Rory's friends I loved as well. Even though they were like polar-opposites to Rory in the sense that they were party animals and she wasn't they were still great friends to her. They were so loyal and thought that they were doing the right thing by helping their friend out with her "situation". One tiny thing that slightly bugged me though was when Rory found out that her friends payed Tyler to sleep with her. She never even confronted her friends over it. I would have been a little bit more upset over that but I could still understand Rory's logic behind not telling them. She didn't want to start into a big fight with her friends because she didn't want to lose them but I still think she should have said something.
There is so much more to this story than just Rory trying to lose her virginity. It is as much Tyler's story as it is hers. The situation that he is in is so heartbreaking and crushing and you really feel for him. I so wanted everything to work out for these two because Tyler really deserved to have a happy ending.
If I keep babbling on I'm just gonna start repeating myself. All you need to know is that this book is perfect and you need to read it! Do it! You won't regret it. And I cannot wait for the next book for Jessica and Riley's story :) I know it's gonna be just as awesome.
I was provided with an ecopy on this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This was an interesting read. It had a bit of everything. I love books about mythology so that was the main reason I w...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This was an interesting read. It had a bit of everything. I love books about mythology so that was the main reason I was attracted to this book. This one was about gods/goddesses that I never heard of before which I immediately liked. It wasn't the same overdone story-line, even if it did have elements similar to other books I've read. I was really intrigued by Nadine's visions and the reason behind them. When everything was revealed at the end I kind of guessed most of it already but that didn't make it any less exciting and gripping. The story wasn't that fast-paced but it was never boring. The visions that Nadine was having kept me engaged. I also wanted to find out more about Victor and Micah.
Nadine I didn't really like though. I never connected with her. I thought she was whiny and kept going back and forth between Victor and Micah. As you all probably know by now I hate love-triangles and although I didn't actually hate this one I wasn't overly fond of it either. Normally I have a clear favourite but in this one neither guy really stood out more than the other. Throughout the entire book I didn't know whether they actually liked Nadine or whether they were just using her for their own gain. I also felt there was too much attention put on the love story and not enough on all the other things going on. I felt more could have been explained about the darkness and why giant bats kept attaching Nadine.
Overall I liked the story even though the love story bugged me and the characters annoyed me. I will definitely read the next book as I want to find out more about the gods/goddesses.(less)
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!(less)
This was a unique and very different take on the regular dystopian genre. Ms Silver has created something quite fascin...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This was a unique and very different take on the regular dystopian genre. Ms Silver has created something quite fascinating which I know a lot of people will really enjoy. She has taken the regular themes of starvation, energy crisis, and government overlords and added a new element in the form of these Otherborns. I thought the concept of people not dreaming was really interesting and baffling. You would think to yourself, "How could someone not dream??" So I was more than curious has to find out about this world where nothing New is created, everything is reprocessed over and over again, and where dreaming is a crime. Silver did a excellent job in building up the world in which London and her friends live. She describes the environment so well that you can really get a feel for the harshness and cruelty of it. In contrast to that you have the beautiful and captivating astral world that the Others reside in. This however is where I started getting confused and my brain got a bit fuzzled. When Silver starts to explain the Other's and what there purpose is and all the different layers of the astral I couldn't really keep up. This is why I don't really read Sci-fi books because I don't really have the head for em :P I know some people will really like this aspect of the story but for me I thought it was just a bit too much. I feel like it could have been made a whole lot simpler. Even though a lot of the book is spent explaining the astral realm and the Other's and everything I was still left not fully understanding everything. I think Silver made it more complicated than it should have been. London I thought was a good protagonist. For most of the book she was the voice of reason and had a good head on her. Other times though she did get a bit over-reactive and whiny. Basically a teenager starting to show signs of maturity. And her relationship with Rye I didn't get. I understood that they were friends but I didn't really see how she was in love with him. They have been friends their entire life so it's not insta-love or anything but I just didn't see what she was attracted too. I felt that Rye was a bit self-centered and even though he claims to love her too I just didn't see it. The overall story was fast-paced and engaging. Not keep you on the edge of your seat or anything but still have you wondering what was gonna happen next. The ending will leave you with many questions and have you waiting for the next one. I recommend this one for sci-fi and dystopian lovers who are looking for something original.
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I really wanted to read this book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. The thing that really caught my a...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I really wanted to read this book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. The thing that really caught my attention was the mention of horses. I have always loved horses. I loved learning about ranch life and I especially loved Argus. I nearly cried for that poor horse. I am a huge animal lover so I wanted to kill the people that mistreated him. I loved the whole aspect of Hannah teaching him how to trust people again.
The book starts off a bit slow but things begin to pick up around half way in. When Eric first hits Hannah I would have expected her to get out of there straight away. But instead she made excuses for him and stayed with him. This really annoyed me. There is no excuse for hitting the person you love. If a boyfriend ever hit me I would be gone in a flash. I wanted to scream at Hannah to get out of there, to tell someone what was happening. She was just so naive and made really stupid decisions.
Leo I liked. I thought he was a great love interest and I felt so bad for him that Hannah couldn't see what a great guy he was and leave that bastard Eric behind. He was a total cowboy, wearing the boots and hat. I totally swooned. Who doesn't love a hot cowboy ;)
Eric I seriously wanted to kill. That dude was psychotic! By the end though I felt the author let the character get away from her. He did stuff that I found really out there and very over the top. It didn't seem that realistic for this story.
The ending annoyed me too. I felt Hannah acted very blaze about the whole ordeal. She didn't seem to be affected at all by it which dumbfounded me. If I went through what she went through I wouldn't be all hunky dory the next day.
Overall it was a good story with a good premise but a lot of things annoyed me about it.
Side-note: A thing about this book, I feel it is best read in physical form. Leo and his family use a lot of Portuguese words throughout the story. There is an index at the start of the book with all the translations of the words so you can flip back to them but this is impossible to do in ebook format. (less)
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. How fricking awesome is that cover?! And then I read the blur...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. How fricking awesome is that cover?! And then I read the blurb and that made me want to read it even more. And this book did not disappoint. It was everything I thought it would be but at the same time it wasn't.
Tragic is about Rook, a homeless girl who has had a very hard life and is just trying to get through each day as it comes. One day luck happens to be on her side and her life changes forever. But will it be for the better or for the worse? I really liked Rook. Even though she makes some bad decisions she is just trying to get some control back in her life and to have some independence. I respected her for this. I also liked the way she handled things with Ronin. She doesn't give up on her dreams because of some guy and stands up for what she believes in. I really liked the chemistry between Rook and Ronin. It was definitely lust at first sight and their moments together are intense! And the photo shoots they do? They were HOT! It was running sort of close to insta-love though which I was a bit worried about.
The other thing I really liked about this book was the look into the world of modelling that we get. I was fascinated by what models have to do to get the perfect shot. Especially for these types of shots. Erotic photography is definitely not something that I imagine the average model could cope with. You would want to have some amount of confidence and strength.
The story was engaging and overall it felt very real. The way the characters acted, their reactions to situations and how the book ended. It just felt...real. And I really liked that. The story doesn't end on a cliffhanger as such but there is still so many unanswered questions. I am really looking forward to continuing on Rook and Ronin's story.(less)
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I had been dying to read it for ages. The authors have created a un...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I had been dying to read it for ages. The authors have created a unique and savage world. The whole concept of the brands and the Hole is what drew me to this book in the first place. The first half of the book was very intense and emotional. It starts off with a bang and never slows down. The authors don't shy away from the gory details so be warned. You will need a strong stomach to read some of the scenes. The authors did a great job of describing in detail the bloodiness and violence of the Hole. They aren't shy about it believe me. I felt that all the violence was believable though, it didn't feel over done.
One of the reasons though that I only gave 3 stars has to do with the main character, Lexi. This girl has gone through so much in her life and I really feel for her but she just annoyed me so much throughout the story. She was a very weak character and even though she kept saying that she was going to be strong and not let the Hole break her she never followed through with this. She depended an awful lot on other people, especially Cole. She practically turned into a zombie when he had to leave for a week on assignment. To me she didn't show any character development and she cried so fricking much throughout the story. I know she has had a shitty life and the stuff she has endured is truly horrible but the girl had no backbone. Her relationship with Cole I felt wasn't that healthy. She relied way too much on him and it was a bit like insta-love. I did like Cole but I didn't really like them as a couple.
Another reason I only gave 3 stars has to do with the ending. I stated above that the book was very fast-paced and it was and even though I did like this, the ending was way too rushed. Everything just happened all of a sudden and kind of left me feeling a bit disorientated. And some things felt like they were thrown in more for shock value than to further the actual story. Some details were a bit unrealistic and this frustrated me.
So although there were a few things that annoyed me this book does have great potential. The whole concept of the story is unique and I can see this going somewhere great. The authors have a good writing style and they are very descriptive in there writing. I will definitely read the next book but overall I was left a bit disappointed.(less)
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 an...morePosted 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.(less)
This was a very interesting take on Irish folklore. I enjoyed the concept behind the Tuatha de Danaan and it was nice...moreBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This was a very interesting take on Irish folklore. I enjoyed the concept behind the Tuatha de Danaan and it was nice to see Tir na Nòg brought to life by the author. Being Irish I always enjoy reading books based on Irish mythology and seeing how it is brought into the modern world. The plot in TFO was really interesting and I liked learning about the fey and their world. There were twist and turns and you never knew who you could trust. You were left doubting yourself so many times as to who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. This kept the story exciting and had me second guessing things. But the reason I only gave the book 3 stars was because I didn't really like the characters, especially Allison. I can understand that she needs to look after her mother and everything which is a huge burden but she could go out with friends once in a while. For a twenty one year old she was practically a hermet. Her only real friend was her cousin who lived right next door. And I didn't really get the love interest Ethan. I didn't really get their attraction to one another. And I would class this as YA rather than NA as nothing happened in it to class it as NA. The only character that I kind of liked was Aodhan. He was the silent mysterious warrior type and I can't wait to see more of him. Overall the book was good but the characters kind of brought it down a bit. I will definitely read the next book as I am intrigued by the fey and their world.(less)
I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis made it sound really interesting and I wanted it to be good. But unfortunately it fell short. It...more2.5/5
I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis made it sound really interesting and I wanted it to be good. But unfortunately it fell short. It did not live up to my expectations and there were too many things that annoyed me so that is why I am only giving it 2.5 stars.
The story itself was slow moving. Nothing that overly exciting happened throughout the book. The world that the author created I have to admit was very imaginative and captivating. I liked learning about how Arkana came to be.
The characters did nothing for me in this book. I didn't connect to any of them and that is a big problem in my opinion. I didn't feel that the relationship between Molly and Victor was believable. It felt too forced. Molly I felt acted very childish and naive for her age and she just really got on my nerves at times. Victor I did not get. One minute he wants to kill Molly and the next he is declaring his love for her. It was done in such a short space of time that it didn't feel believable.
Another big issue I had with the book was the writing. It didn't flow and some sentences felt out of place and choppy. There were numerous grammatical errors which normally I can overlook but there were too many to ignore here.
There didn't seem to any definite plot or point to the book other than the relationship between Molly and Victor. It seemed like the author would just throw in something to keep the story interesting but instead it just felt out of place and unnecessary.
I know there are others who have loved the book but sadly it wasn't for me.
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Oh wow. Never has a such a short book left me so emotional. I loved Jonas from Intangible so when I heard he was getting his own book I was thrilled!...moreOh wow. Never has a such a short book left me so emotional. I loved Jonas from Intangible so when I heard he was getting his own book I was thrilled! But oh how my heart broke for him. Indomitable tells the story of Jonas' past and how he became a vampire. Being black he had to live as a slave and the things he went through were just horrible. It's just so heart-breaking to know that this is what people did actually go through years ago. Hearing the things Jonas did after he was turned you could fully understand why he did them. But even after all the pain and suffering he went through he still came out a better man, wanting to protect innocents. I can't wait for the next book to continue this amazing story.
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