I'm a huge fan of Toni Aleo's Assassins Series, and Blue Lines made me love it even more! I loved the characters, the story, and the ending was just p...moreI'm a huge fan of Toni Aleo's Assassins Series, and Blue Lines made me love it even more! I loved the characters, the story, and the ending was just perfect! :D
One of the things I love most about the Assassins series is seeing all of the characters' lives interact, and I think it's awesome that we get to see the main characters from the previous books pop up in the newer ones. :D I also love that with Erik and Piper, we know them already! Piper appears quite a bit in the previous books and while we don't know Erik as well, we've seen him before, too, and I love that we finally get to read their story in Blue Lines!
I have to admit that my favourite part of Blue Lines was Piper herself. I loved her. She's just so unique and I love that she's always willing to go for her dreams, even if no one else believes she can accomplish them, she knows she can and that's what really matters. I really grew to love Erik, too. At first I just thought he was sexy...and that he was a total douche-bucket, but the more I got to know him, the more I understood why he acted the way he did, and I actually sympathized with him a lot. Sure, I still totally wanted to shake some sense into him, but I did understand him. I absolutely loved that Toni Aleo made Erik's actions so understandable. Even Piper made mistakes, but again, it was really easy to see where she was coming from. The characters were flawed, but were still easy to relate to. They just felt so real to me and I really loved that.
I've loved all of the characters in this series (especially Shea...I still love that guy so fricken much! :D), but I think that Piper and Erik are my favourite pairing so far. They compliment each other really well, and I think they make each other better people. They help each other grow so much and I just loved that. I also loved their chemistry and sexual tension! ;D
Overall, I loved Blue Lines! I loved seeing Piper and Erik get closer together, seeing them work together on each others' issues, and just getting to see their relationship evolve. Blue Lines was an amazing story, and I had a huge smile on my face once I finished...such a wonderful ending! Now that I've read Blue Lines, I also have a huge urge to reread the entire series, and I absolutely cannot wait for more from Toni Aleo!!! She's one of my favourite sports romance authors, and if you haven't tried one of her books yet, you seriously NEED to! (less)
Ever since I laid eyes on One's beautiful cover months ago...I knew that I had to read it, and once I read the blurb, I was completely sold! And it co...moreEver since I laid eyes on One's beautiful cover months ago...I knew that I had to read it, and once I read the blurb, I was completely sold! And it completely delivered and even surpassed all of my expectations! :D I absolutely loved every single moment that I was reading One, and I definitely plan to read it again in the future!
Leigh Ann Kopans has created a world that is not only imaginative, but is also reflective of world history as we know it. She has also created some of the most appealing and well-developed characters that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting through the written word. I absolutely loved Merrin, and I loved getting to know her...to learn her insecurities, and see Elias help her finally repair the rifts that her past had created. I also loved all of the moments where Elias and Merr were together...they were perfect together, and they totally gave me happy butterflies in my own tummy!
Along with amazing characters, and fantastic world-building, Kopans has crafted a story that will leave you desperate for more...and it will constantly have you turning the page as fast as you can possibly read. I loved the action, the suspense, and the mystery element that surrounded Merr's own search for a way to fix Ones. I'm a fan of trying to anticipate what's going to happen in a book, and Kopans kept me constantly guessing! I was riveted to the story, and surprised almost every time that Merrin was!
Overall, One was an amazing story! It was unique, impossibly to put down, and has a cast of characters that you will thoroughly enjoy getting to know! I'd recommend One to those who like books with intricate world-building that fits within the future of our own world. I think you'll also love this one if you enjoy romances where the girl's a little hesitant, but once she lets the boy in...the romance is pretty much magical. ;) This book is definitely "one" (hehe) of my favourite reads so far in 2013, and I wholeheartedly recommend it! :D
* This also appears on my blog and on other social media sites. * I was provided with a copy of One to give an honest review. All opinions are my own.(less)
I absolutely LOVED Beautiful Player...and I didn't want to stop reading at all! I pretty much read nonstop as soon as my pre-order downloaded to my Ko...moreI absolutely LOVED Beautiful Player...and I didn't want to stop reading at all! I pretty much read nonstop as soon as my pre-order downloaded to my Kobo this morning and have been in a reading bubble all day....so worth it! This book was fantastic and Hanna and Will were fantastic main characters! I loved every single moment of this one! :D