THANK YOU CASSANDRA CLARE! This book is gripping and exciting and everything you could ever want from an epic ending to a series. Bonus, we get closur...moreTHANK YOU CASSANDRA CLARE! This book is gripping and exciting and everything you could ever want from an epic ending to a series. Bonus, we get closure with Tessa's story too. I held my breath many times and thought it would all end badly. So many authors these days love to kill off main characters and discard any hope of them living happily ever after. Don't get me wrong plenty of people die in this book. Things do not go easy on anyone. There's heartache and sadness all around and it seems hopeless at times. But to avoid to many spoilers, I'll just say it's a great read and it wraps everything up nicely and doesn't leave you guessing and wondering. So again I have to thank the author for being clever and talented and sharing it all with us. (less)
Sonia is given strict orders to never date or even think of kissing a boy. Sonia has special powers and if you come into contact with her saliva you w...moreSonia is given strict orders to never date or even think of kissing a boy. Sonia has special powers and if you come into contact with her saliva you will become her slave for life. Sonia’s mom has the same power but she won’t explain more, she keeps telling Sonia she will learn all about it when she turns 18. Sonia is going to graduate from high school and turn 18 in just two weeks. Most of Sonia’s friends are taking exotic trips for graduation but she’s going with her mom to Minnesota to learn about her special powers. Since her dad passed away in a car accident Sonia has tried not to cause her mom more heartache but she absolutely doesn’t want to take this boring trip.
Sonia’s emotions are out of control and her mom warns her that it’s because her flair is getting stronger. Her mom tells her that she is a Huldra and her special power to control people is called a flair. Sonia knows she is to never use her flair but when the school bully Savannah keeps bothering her, Sonia can’t help herself and she spits on her. She gets into trouble with the principle and he assigns her 10 hours of pulling weeds.
Sonia’s mom is troubled when Huldra’s keep disappearing but when her sister disappears, she is overly concerned. Sonia doesn’t know her aunts but doesn’t like seeing her Mom so upset.
When Sonia goes to the greenhouse after school to pull weeds she meets Anthony. He is gorgeous. He has intense light blue eyes and a great build. Sonia is surprised at how attracted she is to him. Anthony is rude one moment and then asking her out the next. Their teenager emotions are both out of control but it’s so much more than crushes pulling them together. Behind her mom’s back Sonia goes out with Anthony. He takes her to the ballet. Her favorite place because she use to be a dancer but since her Dad’s death she gave it up. When she gets a whole bunch of frantic messages from her mom she knows something is wrong. That is when Anthony comes clean and tells her who he really is. Sonia has to decide if she can trust him. Her mom has been kidnapped and the only person who can help her is Anthony. They call in reinforcements and the Lightalfars who live in Arizona agree to help them. They all meet together in New York and are planning to attack Wraithsong Island where the Darkalfars have taken Sonia’s mom. Nothing goes as planned. Sonia doesn’t know who the bad guys are and who the good guys are. All she wants is to rescue her Mom and she will do whatever it takes to accomplish that.
I love this story! I am hooked. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. I even started rereading the book right after I finished it just to experience it all over again. It’s Norse Mythology but it’s happening today. I absolutely love stories that make you think, this could be someone I know and make our world even more mystical. I’ve always been interested in Norway but now I’m obsessed with the folklore. There is plenty of action in this book and a heart gripping romance. My favorite is how it ties in with the other series by E.J. Squires, A Viking Blood saga. This seriously has surpassed all other YA series and is by far my favorite. I mean it; I’m more captivated than I ever was with Twilight, Hunger Games, or City of Bones. And if you know me, you know how much I loved those series. This is a different kind of paranormal/fantasy story and I want to know more about these magical people and places. (less)
Cara is hiding away in Albion Bay, California. As the local school bus driver everyone thinks she's just like them. And of course that's what Cara wan...moreCara is hiding away in Albion Bay, California. As the local school bus driver everyone thinks she's just like them. And of course that's what Cara wants them to believe. When her Grandpa leaves her the family business she doesn't want the millions of dollars until her small town needs a medical center to save the lives of people she's come to care about. Baseball-star Ryan Rea moves into town and Cara is the kind of woman he's looking for, beautiful, simple,and honest. He's been burnt before by women who just want him for his money and fame. Cara doesn't want to start a relationship with Ryan but he pursues her with all his sexy Texas charm. Cara can't deny the attraction between them. As a relationship develops Cara struggles with telling Ryan the truth. She desperately wants to keep her identity hidden. She can't go back to a lifestyle where people only like her for her money and the family name. Cara knows Ryan wouldn't be using her but will he really like her when he finds out she isn't the small-town girl he thinks she is? Ryan is "lip-smacking hot" but what really drew me into this story was Cara. You read about these rich heiress and you think they got it made. Love on the Line gave me an inside look on what life is really like for them. Not knowing who your real friends are and seeing how money destroys so many lives is truly heart breaking. No wonder why Cara wanted to get away. Jackie & Alex from book one, Love Bats Last, get to help out since Jackie knows what it's like to escape the world of money. Pamela writes so beautifully. She makes me want to be friends with her characters. I look at the rich and famous differently now. Baseball players are real people with big hearts. Those beautiful heiress on all the tabloids are struggling to fit in. I don't know if it's true or not but the way Pamela portrays them makes it all believable.(less)
Alana is a carefree artist who lives the party life. She loves Paris and spends most of her time there with her French boyfriend. Alana’s grandma pass...moreAlana is a carefree artist who lives the party life. She loves Paris and spends most of her time there with her French boyfriend. Alana’s grandma passes away and it devastates her because grandma is the only person who understood her. It completely surprises Alana when she inherits her grandma’s Olive Ranch in California. She wonders if grandma really did understand her. Alana isn't the responsible type. She doesn't know how to run a large working farm with a whole community of workers depending on her. She prefers to jet off to Italy or France whenever she wants. She certainly doesn't want to attend community meetings with neighbors to get grandma’s final project up and running. Working on getting permits for an electronic windmill is last thing on Alana’s priority list. Matt is a baseball player for the San Francisco Giants. When he takes a tour of the farm with his daughter Sophie there’s an instant attraction between him and Alana. Sophie is a bright young girl that Alana adores but she isn't ready to be a mom, much less a step mom. Alana and Matt are all wrong for each other, but the sexual attraction between them is boiling hot! In life sometimes you know it will hurt but you just have to test the water. Matt says it best. “When she smiled at him, his heart ignored all this rational caution and leapt.” When Matt see’s that not only is his heart going to be broken but his daughter’s heart is in danger too, he has to make some tough decisions. His first priority is always his daughter. Alana makes mistakes along the way in finding herself but grandma may have known what she was doing when she gave her the farm after all. In a very sweet moment Matt gives a very profound statement. “If I can’t love you at your worst, I don’t deserve you at your best.” I had so much fun reading this book. The settings and characters are all so real it feels like I’m there experiencing everything with my friends. You get to revisit and see how the characters from previous books in the Heart of the Game Series are doing. Matt and Alana both have older and wiser people in their lives giving them sound advice. So not only did I get to read a very sexy romance but I learned some life lessons along the way. (less)
“Danger is my middle name.” Maisie Danger Brown can actually say that. Maisie is not a typical teenager. She’s been pretty sheltered. She lives in Sal...more“Danger is my middle name.” Maisie Danger Brown can actually say that. Maisie is not a typical teenager. She’s been pretty sheltered. She lives in Salt Lake City and she’s home schooled. Being raised by two scientists’ parents makes her very book smart. Her only friend is Luther, a boy from her neighborhood. She always dreamed of being an Astronaut. When an opportunity to attend Astronaut summer boot camp in Texas comes along she jumps at the chance. She wants to get out and see more of the world. Maisie was born with one arm and her prosthetic arm she lovingly calls pincher. When she arrives at boot camp she decides to not wear uncomfortable pincher. Maisie isn’t use to all the people staring at her. She doesn’t let the mean comments bother her. In fact, she makes a joke when some boys gross out about her missing limb. A very good looking boy named Jonathon Wilder acts like her missing arm is no big deal and he flirts with her. Maisie is hooked. She experiences her first crush and first kiss. And she can tell you the exact number of kisses it was too. She’s paired off with a group of super geniuses and they are told whoever scores the best will take a ride into space. Of course Maisie’s diverse group is picked along with Wilder to go into space. Wilder suddenly dumps Maisie and she’s left sad and dejected. But she doesn’t let that stop her from enjoying the dream of a lifetime— going into space. This is when Maisie’s world turns upside down. I’ll try not to give more away about the story because you just need to read it for yourself with no spoilers. There are many twists and turns you’ll never predict. You won’t know who the bad guys are and who is good. Things seem so bleak and dark at times you can’t imagine how anything good will turn out. When I first heard about this book I was excited to read about a female superhero. This story wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be more comic book style. You know a lot of “POW!” “BANG! “ “KA-POW!” I was pleasantly surprised the story was even better. It has a realistic scientific feel to the process of becoming a superhero. Maisie is my new favorite main character. She’s a normal teenager with flutters in her stomach when a certain boy is near. But for her age she’s smart and takes the responsibility of the world on her shoulders. If you read Sci-fi books like “Ender’s Game” or enjoyed the movie you’ll love this book. It sort of reminds me of the 1986 movie “Space Camp.”But only at the beginning of the book, this story takes on a whole new original twist. I loved Luther and his usage of “Frak.” (It made me think of Battlestar Galactica. The old and much better one. My husband doesn’t agree. But turning Starbuck into a girl was detrimental in my eyes.) Dangerous even has a great romance. This is my kind of story— a mix of Superheroes, Sci-fi, Romance, and all wrapped nicely in a YA novel. (less)
Just in time for spring training baseball! Here's the second book of the "Heart of the Game Series" by Pamela Aares. I love spin off series because we...moreJust in time for spring training baseball! Here's the second book of the "Heart of the Game Series" by Pamela Aares. I love spin off series because we get to learn a little bit about the characters we fell in love with in book one. Alex and Jackie are doing well and helping our next love story along. Chloe McNalley meets Scotty Donavan at a charity event. They have an instant attraction and a very passionate kiss. They keep running into each other and they find they have a lot in common. They both love baseball. Scotty is a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and Chloe's dad owns the San Jose baseball team. Chloe's a professor of physics and they both love Cosmology. That’s where the similarities end. Chloe is from big money and Scotty is from small town in Nebraska who’s made it to the big league. When Chloe’s dad passes away he gives her the team. She knows plenty about baseball and wants to keep her dad's dreams alive. Scotty was traded to her team, one of the last things her father did before he died. That puts a major hinder on their promising romance. Owner and player dating would not look good but they can't seem to stay away from each other. A blackmailer who catches wind of Chloe and Scotty’s relationship forces her hand to make some hard decisions. The question that keeps you reading to the end is will their love survive? Pamela writes another hot, passionate love story about a wealthy, intelligent woman who loves her career and how a sexy baseball player comes in and steals her heart away. Scotty’s small town family makes him even more attractive and you can’t help fall in love with them all. Even though Chloe and Scotty are from two very different worlds you cheer for them to find the happiness they deserve. This is a great read as we get ready for baseball season to start. Play ball! (And get reading) (less)
This is a wonderful book. It's a Christian Romance and has many great life lessons. Ivy Clark has been on top of the world as a fashion model. An indu...moreThis is a wonderful book. It's a Christian Romance and has many great life lessons. Ivy Clark has been on top of the world as a fashion model. An industry where looks are everything Ivy is considered beyond her prime at the age of twenty-four. The only job she can land is modeling wedding gowns for the one person who should despise her, her stepmother Marilyn. Davis Knight is a talented photographer but doesn't take pictures anymore. He only agrees to take pictures of Ivy to help his Aunt out. The bridal show will raise money for his blind sister and the art school she wants to attend. Davis blames himself for his sister’s blindness and feels this is his punishment. At first, you don’t want to like Ivy but as you learn about her background you can’t help but feel sorry for her. Ivy was the result of an affair. Marilyn forgave Ivy’s father and destroyed any hopes Ivy's mom had of them being a happy family. Marilyn never had children of her own so she reached out to Ivy and had her visit them during the summer. That only made things worse. Ivy's father completely ignored her and she hated him for it. Ivy's Uncle took her under his wing as her agent and at the age of fourteen Ivy was thrown into a world that made her grow up way to fast. Ten years later, Ivy stood at her father’s funeral and felt nothing for the man. It was her Uncle who made her go. Davis remembered the sad little girl who would visit his Aunt Marilyn and had followed her career as a beautiful model. Ivy is use to being lusted after and she knew Davis was no different. When they are thrown together as model and photographer Davis can’t help being attracted to her but she is not the kind of woman he’s looking for. Ivy’s career is falling apart and Davis is the answer to getting it all back. Katie does a great job of giving us real people to care about and learn from. I cried my eyes out many times while reading this story— happy tears and sad tears. I suggest you don't plan anything for a day and curl up in your favorite reading spot and read this book. You will not be disappointed. (less)
JoJo Moyes does it again mixing a woman in the past with a woman today. Jennifer lives in 1960 where women are meant to look good on the arms of succe...moreJoJo Moyes does it again mixing a woman in the past with a woman today. Jennifer lives in 1960 where women are meant to look good on the arms of successful men. Jennifer wakes up from a coma with no memory of her marriage with her rich and successful husband Larry. Jennifer feels lost in her marriage and very detached from her husband. When she finds a love letter she is desperate to find the man who loved her so much. The story reminded me of many epic stories that I love, like; "The Vow," "An affair to remember," "Casablanca," and "The Notebook." When we jump ahead to 2003, journalist Ellie is struggling with her affair to a married man. When she finds the love letters from 1960 she thinks if their affair could make it through the hard times maybe hers will to. She's able to find Jennifer living right in London and learns from her experience. JoJo Moyes writes beautifully and gets you involved in her characters lives. This is a great read. (less)
This book wasn't what I thought it was. The name caught my attention but as I started reading I found it a little abstract as we start with a pregnant...moreThis book wasn't what I thought it was. The name caught my attention but as I started reading I found it a little abstract as we start with a pregnant women who has twins that are conjoined possibly because of the nuclear testing in Nevada. We jump ahead in time to a detective trying to crack a big case of murders before he retires and finds the conjoined twins in Lake Mead with blood all over them. The format is different but you get use to the lack of quotes and are able to follow who's speaking because of the distinct personality of each character. This isn't my usual genre I read but I was happy to find a little romance in the story. I couldn't rate it big because it isn't my kind of story but the author is a great writer and if you like abstract dark stories than this may become your favorite read. (less)
After the dragon summer camp is over, everyone has to return to their normal lives. Tori wants Jesse to break the rules and see her over the school ye...moreAfter the dragon summer camp is over, everyone has to return to their normal lives. Tori wants Jesse to break the rules and see her over the school year. As captain, he won’t do it and tells Tori to see other people. She’s crushed and cries on Dirk’s shoulder. As a spy, Dirk doesn't mind breaking the rules and sends Tori letters. Her dad’s a senator so it’s easy to track her down. They secretly start corresponding. Tori fears the eggs have hatched— her special skill is hearing what the dragons do. Dirk’s special power is dragon-sight and he claims to see nothing. Dr. B believes Dirk. Tori makes a surprise visit to Dirk’s football game to confirm that he hasn’t seen anything. Dirk’s a major player and Tori knows it, but he seems to really like her. Unlike Jesse, Dirk wants to be with her. When Jesse gets attacked, all the Slayers meet up to figure out how the Dragon Lord knows where they live. Everyone together is just what the Dragon Lord wants. This is a great sequel. I’m so Team Jesse, but I’m a little Team Dirk too. He’s a bad boy you can’t help feel sorry for. I’m a believer now in dragons and love the way the story makes mystical creatures come to life. I can’t wait until book 3. C.J. Hill writes thrilling action scenes and romance that will steal your heart. (less)
This is an epic tale with dragons, shape-shifters, darkelves and conquering Vikings. If you've enjoyed the history channels ‘Viking’ show and the ‘Lor...moreThis is an epic tale with dragons, shape-shifters, darkelves and conquering Vikings. If you've enjoyed the history channels ‘Viking’ show and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series you’ll love the world that E.J. Squires has created. The story is filled with action and heart breaking moments but a passionate love story is at the heart of it all.
In the start of book two, Ailia and Soren are together finally. All is happy and right in their world. But the cloud hanging over them is ever present. They must defeat Eiesse before she kills Ailia the third and final time – which will separate them forever. We meet Soren and Ailia’s family and you fall in love with them instantly.
Meanwhile, Lucia has teamed up with Eiesse. Lucia doesn't trust Eiesse but to keep her Kingdom she must allow Eiesse to think they are working together, especially since they are united in ending Soren and Ailia.
When the all too important Aesira Jewel is stolen by a darkelf — once again Soren and Ailia have to separate. Soren has to find the darkelf before he takes the Aesira Jewel to Eiesse. Ailia has to travel south on the dragonship to avoid Eiesse finding and killing her.
Eiesse’s evil plot to break Soren and Ailia apart is working. Soren is captured by the darkelves and they torture him until he agrees to marry Nira. Ailia is being deceived by a shape-shifter who is posing as Soren. He’s cruel and he crushes Ailia’s spirit by making her think he doesn't love her anymore. She begins to believe she’s not capable of being the Great Sentinor.
Back at the Northlandic Kingdom, Queen Lucia has fallen in love with Erik, the leader of the Vikings. Lucia will only marry Erik if he conquers the surrounding lands. As a blood thirsty Viking, it’s a task he takes on with pleasure.
I can’t wait until book three. There's much to be done to collect the Aesira Jewel from the nine different realms. Will Queen Lucia and her Viking King silence Eiesse forever? Or will Soren and Ailia succeed in defeating Eiesse and finally be together? (less)
I absolutely love The Jane Austen Diaries series. I was interested in seeing how Fanny Price from Austen’s world would transform into today’s world. I...moreI absolutely love The Jane Austen Diaries series. I was interested in seeing how Fanny Price from Austen’s world would transform into today’s world. I instantly liked Lilly Price. Lilly stands up for herself and she doesn't mind being different. As a foster child she feels lucky to be part of the rich Benally family. They treat her poorly - Especially her foster sisters who make her feel inferior. Sean, her foster brother is the only friend she has and Lilly can’t help falling for him. (Don’t gross out.) They aren't blood and he’s the kindest and sweetest person she knows. When Sean gives her Princess Buttercup I adore him. But when Harrison & Julia Crawford move in next door and Sean’s attention turns to Julia, I don’t like the way he plays with Lilly’s heart. I guess he’s trying to be noble and not like his sister. Out of guilt, he tries to push the conceited Harrison Crawford onto her. Harrison is overly flirty with everyone but he sets his sights on Lilly--because she’s the only girl not to fall all over him. I must admit Harrison’s character is really irritating but just like Henry in Jane’s book we aren't suppose to trust him. When Harrison finds out Lilly’s secret - that she’s in love with her foster brother - He turns everyone against her. In the end, I admire Lilly for turning a bad situation around and touching people’s lives for the good.
Great job Jenni, once again you thrill me with your talent. It's a quick and easy read. I’m looking forward to the next book series.(less)
What a great sequel to Erasing Time! There are some very sad moments and plenty of funny moments too. C.J. Hill is a clever writer. It’s Dystopia, Tim...moreWhat a great sequel to Erasing Time! There are some very sad moments and plenty of funny moments too. C.J. Hill is a clever writer. It’s Dystopia, Time Traveling, and Romance all wrapped up in an Action Adventure Story. The book continues with the funny slang words we use that make no sense in the future.
Spoiler alert if you haven’t read book one:
The story continues with Taylor and Sheridan who got sucked up in a time machine to the 25th century. It’s only been a couple months since they escaped Traventon. They are living in Santa Fe. Sheridan and Joseph (In book one, Erasing Time he pretends to be Echo, his dead twin brother.) are in the beginnings of a developing relationship. The government in Santa Fe believes the time strainer is dangerous. Taylor and Joseph and some of Santa Fe’s finest military men are picked to go back and destroy the machine. The assignment is dangerous but all is going as planned until they learn everyone has their own secret mission. When Joseph uses the time machine to save his twin brother Echo it messes with time and now Sheridan never escaped from Traventon. Joseph has to save her before her mind is wiped clean. Echo is trying to help Taylor destroy the time strainer but he has his own agenda too and nothing is going smoothly. Will they be able to escape Traventon, again? (less)
Alex Tavonesi is a famous baseball player and heir to a vineyard in northern California. When he bumps into Jackie Brandon snooping around his vineyar...moreAlex Tavonesi is a famous baseball player and heir to a vineyard in northern California. When he bumps into Jackie Brandon snooping around his vineyard he’s instantly attracted to her. Jackie works as a veterinarian at the California Marine Mammal Center. She must get to the bottom of why seals and sea lions are mysteriously dying. She discovers a poisons substance being dumped into the water close by the vineyards. Alex volunteers at the marine center to get closer to Jackie but the last thing she’s looking for is a relationship, especially with a jock. As their attraction grows, Alex is having a hard time staying focused on his big hitting season and Jackie is distracted from uncovering the truth. The best way to describe this gripping romance story is “hot.” Alex is surprisingly a level headed sweetheart for being so rich and famous. Jackie is career minded and I enjoyed learning more about saving marine animals. My favorite reads are spin-off series by Nora Roberts and I’m happy to find another author I love reading as much. A great love story that will wrap you up in the steamy hot attraction between Alex and Jackie but the danger threatening their lives will keep you on edge. I’m looking forward to reading all of the In the Heart of the Game Series. (less)
It took me forever to read the last book in the series. And not because it isn't an excellent story, but I knew I wasn't going to like the ending base...moreIt took me forever to read the last book in the series. And not because it isn't an excellent story, but I knew I wasn't going to like the ending based off the major outrage by fans. I took my time reading because I wanted to savory Tris and Four’s relationship. They were finally, what I hoped, out of danger and could really enjoy each other. The truth, in their world they are never out of danger, and Tris and Four find themselves on different sides. Did I get a little tired of them bickering and almost breaking up? Sure. But reality is they were experiencing very stressful events. Life and death experiences can make anyone high strung.
There were so many quotes and thoughts that I absolutely loved from this story. For instances; when Christina says, “Being honest doesn’t mean you say whatever you want, whenever you want. It means what you choose to say is true.”
When Tris says, “… I think that no matter how smart, people usually see what they’re already looking for...”
And in the end I’m happy that Tris discovers, “And I know, without being told, that’s what love does, when it’s right— it makes you more than you were, more than you thought you could be.”
Did I like the ending? No, but I'm a happily-ever-after kind of reader. I live in reality, a world full of sorrow and death, so when I read I want to escape that reality. I understand there are plenty of people out there who love the tear-jerking sad stories. I don't mind reading them once in a while but I truly can't give them a 4 or 5 star rating because they aren't stories that I'm going to read over and over again.
"Allegiant” is a well written book. This is a great Dystopia series. And I became fully involved in Four and Tris's life.