I haven't read many novels about werewolves but I'm quickly becoming a fan of them. Hildenbrand's novel was very fast paced and full of great detail.I haven't read many novels about werewolves but I'm quickly becoming a fan of them. Hildenbrand's novel was very fast paced and full of great detail. I liked how it showed a unique side to the werewolf paranormal genre, with the inclusion of the hunters. Tara was an interesting character and she definitely grew a lot throughout the novel. I loved seeing the romantic tension between Tara and Wes, especially during their arguments. There were a ton of surprises in the book that I won't go into right now, but I am very excited for the sequel....more
Last spring, when I saw that someone had written a book about a girl who worked at a reenactment village, I just knew I had to read it. See, I love muLast spring, when I saw that someone had written a book about a girl who worked at a reenactment village, I just knew I had to read it. See, I love museums and have worked at my fair share of them. I'm no stranger to wearing historical costumes and understand just how awful it is to be without air-conditioning. Past Perfect was everything I expected it to be and so much more. Chelsea's sarcasm cracked me up and Sales totally captured the atmosphere of working at an open-air history museum. I loved Chelsea's interaction with the visitors because I could totally relate to being asked stupid questions and having to hide my cellphone while I was giving tours in costume.
The best part of Past Perfect was the rivalry between Essex Historical Colonial Village and Civil War Reenactment Land. Both parties came up with some great pranks, but the highlight of the war was Chelsea and Dan's forbidden romance. I don't blame Chelsea one bit for cavorting with the enemy because Dan is totally worth sneaking around. Any guy who loves history and looks good in historical costumes is ok in my book, even if he does work at Civil War Reenactment Land. Loved their banter that slowly turns into something more and also, one word: trampoline. That scene seriously gave me chills.
After I read Past Perfect I pushed so many other people to read it. I'm not sure if they actually read it because of me or not, but regardless all of the reviews have been nothing but positive. I will now read anything that Leila Sales writes because her sense of humor makes me laugh out loud. This is definitely my favorite book of the year and everyone should read it....more
Dream Smashers was a truly intense story full of strong characters and tough issues. At first the main character, Autumn seems like an ordinary girl,Dream Smashers was a truly intense story full of strong characters and tough issues. At first the main character, Autumn seems like an ordinary girl, until you learn about all the baggage she has to deal with every day of her life. The fact that she can’t rely on her own mother because she’s a meth addict is incredibly sad, but thankfully she has a kind and caring grandmother for support. When Autumn met Evan, I knew her life was going to become instantly better, and not in the way that everything gets magically fixed when you have a boyfriend, but because Evan is a genuinely nice person. He volunteers and goes to church but doesn’t go around forcing his religion on others, which makes me totally respect him. Most importantly he is there for Autumn when she needs him most, especially when it comes to dealing with her mother. This is a fantastic debut that really pulls at the heartstrings and makes you thankful for the life you have. I encourage everyone to pick up their own copy....more
I picked up a copy of Shade at Half-Price Books after hearing such good things about it from other bloggers. Ghosts never really appealed to me beforeI picked up a copy of Shade at Half-Price Books after hearing such good things about it from other bloggers. Ghosts never really appealed to me before but I decided to give them a fair chance. I'm very happy that I did because Shade was a wonderful novel full of romance, suspense and heartache. I felt very connected to all the characters and I didn't want their stories to end. The idea of living in a world where ghosts are considered normal is crazy but entertaining. Now, lets talk about the boys. I couldn't help feeling bad for Logan but Zachary is extremely good looking and that accent is to die for. I'm rooting for him and Aura. Right after finishing Shade I was able to read the sequel Shift which was equally as wonderful. Now I can't wait to read Shine....more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Solid last year, so when Shelley emailed me about the second book in the series, Settling, I was very excited to read it.I thoroughly enjoyed reading Solid last year, so when Shelley emailed me about the second book in the series, Settling, I was very excited to read it. I found the entire plot to be extremely unique and I love how all of the characters have their own stories and different abilities. I really thought I was still Team Jack and Clio going into the story but my opinion was quickly altered by the appearance of Ford. All I have to say about that is he better be in the next book and I want more sexual tension between him and Clio. Too bad there had to be so much drama surrounding them but I have faith that it will all work out if it's meant to be. In addition to the romance, there was a great mystery in this book and it was up to Clio and her friends to solve it. I hope that in the next book we will find out more about C9x and why it affected everyone differently. There was a small blurb about book 3 at the end of my e-book copy and it just makes me think that something major is about to happen....more
I picked up this book months ago but didn't get around to reading it until the Once Upon a Read-a-thon a couple days ago. I really enjoyed Louise's anI picked up this book months ago but didn't get around to reading it until the Once Upon a Read-a-thon a couple days ago. I really enjoyed Louise's antics and thought that it was very original to have the majority of the story set on the Titanic. I'm a huge historical fiction fan and as a future teacher I think this would be a great book to have in my classroom for younger readers who have an interest in different time periods. Louise was a unique character and her interests really stood out to me and made her easy to relate to since I also love classic movies and anything vintage. The illustrations throughout the book were gorgeous and definitely added to the plot. I'm looking forward to seeing what time period Louise will explore in the next book. ...more
I picked up this book because I was looking for a cute Valentine’s Day read. With the heart on the cover and a synopsis about cupid on the inside flapI picked up this book because I was looking for a cute Valentine’s Day read. With the heart on the cover and a synopsis about cupid on the inside flap, I thought I’d found the perfect read, but I was wrong. At first I really loved this book, but half way through my opinion completely changed. I can’t exactly pinpoint where or what triggered it, but I lost interest in the story line. What seemed cute and harmless before turned into annoyance.
The character of Realm (Lily?) was very distracting. I understood that she was supposed to be unlikeable, but if I had been Alice I would have kicked her out of my apartment and slammed the door in her face. She just seriously got on my nerves so much, that I dreaded any scenes with her. Part of me really wanted Alice to write her own novel, not the Cupid/Psyche story which was a little too cliché for my tastes. Tony was the only character I really liked and he wasn’t in the story enough. Errol totally took over at one point, and I know some people love him, but he creeped me out.
Despite my complaints about this novel, I did really like the writing style so I will try another one of Selfors’ novels in the future. I’ve heard good things about Coffeehouse Angel, so maybe that will be more to my taste. I just couldn’t find the events in Mad Love believable but maybe I went into it with the wrong impressions. ...more