I have never read any story that involved a faerie until I read The Faerie Ring. Well, unless you count Tinkerbell. Even then, I only did it because m...moreI have never read any story that involved a faerie until I read The Faerie Ring. Well, unless you count Tinkerbell. Even then, I only did it because my daughter must have REALLY wanted me to. See, I was never a big “faerie” girl…until now.
I started the book with a bit of reluctance, to be completely honest. Thankfully I new I had a deadline otherwise I probably would have put off reading it just based on my assumptions of faeries. I was absolutely hooked from the moment I started reading. I know, that phrase can often be overused, but I can’t help but say I was hooked. I felt like I had been drawn right back to London in 1871. So much so, that I swear I could hear the hooves of the horses clacking and feel the moist, cool air on my face.
While reading this book I felt the full spectrum of emotions. I could feel the pain and sadness of Tiki losing her parents and the anger, fear and disgust of dealing with a wretched uncle. The amount of love, compassion and gratitude that was shared with Tiki and her Charing Cross family was pouring from the pages. Each character brought such tangible characteristics without having spent and enormous amount of energy telling each individual story. I was amazed (and grateful) and how well the story flowed. There wasn’t ever a time in the story that I ever questioned how I got there or had to look back and wonder where I had just been for pages.
Reiker brought a new element to Tiki’s story and personality. It was obvious that he was to play a very significant role in Tiki’s future, but I was very uncertain what that role would be. I was very certain that he would end up being her adversary and found myself getting rather irritated at his presence. But, oh wait, no but, I would hate for this to be a spoiler of any kind, so if you really want to know what Reiker does or doesn’t do, you should pick up the book…
Anyway…The Faerie Ring turned out to be an incredibly delectable read. I guess if I had to describe it I would have to say it was a story with a soul. It was certainly more than just words on paper telling of a story. If you are looking to escape for a while, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Faerie Ring!(less)
It is always a joy to have a snarky female main character who you really like from the first few pages. Cris was just an average girl, not looking for...moreIt is always a joy to have a snarky female main character who you really like from the first few pages. Cris was just an average girl, not looking for love, but ended up having a whirlwind of a life. I really enjoyed all of her encounters with Tom. I must admit, I am kind of a sucker for British actors. I don't know what it is, but it is kind of my thing. So, that being said, I was kind of on Tom's side the whole time. I really understood Cris' reservations and apprehensions as her relationship with Tom grew stronger. Although I got to the point where I really wanted to reach into my Nook and just smack her. Her behavior and choices really infuriated me. I felt like that 'friend' who is always there, always giving advice and when you watch your friend make stupid decision after stupid decision and wallowing in her misery of stupid choices you want to just choke her. Yeah, that is how Cris, due to Renee's great talent, made me feel. The girl is lucky she was able to recover because I was really not liking her towards the end of the book. I guess that is credited to great writing though. When an author can create a character that I can really get tied to, that author quickly becomes one of my favorites that I can't wait to read more and more from. Renee, thanks to her great penning of Fanfare, is an author that I will be certain to want to read more from!
Fanfare is a great love story with a very likable cast. It is certainly a book that I recommend as a great summer read! Be sure to get your copy today! Renee's writing will be certain to not disappoint!(less)
TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was the first book in the WHISKEY CREEK series that I have read. I had grabbed an excerpt of one of Brenda's books a while...moreTAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was the first book in the WHISKEY CREEK series that I have read. I had grabbed an excerpt of one of Brenda's books a while ago and knew Brenda was an author that I wanted to read more of. Being a series, I was afraid that I would be missing something because I have yet to read the other books, but it proved unnecessary. It was very easy to fall right into Whiskey Creek. The beginning of the book did not play around. It did not take long for the story to get going, nor did it take long to champion for Sophia and her daughter Alexa. If you've ever been in love and lost that love, you will empathize with both Sophia and Ted. Novak was able to capture and stir feelings that I didn't even know were festering inside me. The memories of simpler days and first loves were a surprising and comforting effect of this story.
I loved this story. Not just the Sophia and Ted history and current story, but the entire story. Skip, what a jerk. His character was so easy to dislike, but he and his story gave this entire story such substance. Same with Stacy, he too was a very unlikable character, but added so much to the building of Sophia's story. Novak expertly created her characters and their stories so that they were real, tangible characters.
Now the romance. Ooh la la, the romance. Novak certainly knows how to set the romantic tone, while keeping it clean and without telling too much. I was amazed at her ability to convey such electricity and love as well as disdain and grief. She is able to make these characters your friends, family, customers, even those you are in contact with that you may not really like. (less)
I knew that I would enjoy The Brenda Diaries from the first entry that I read. Margo has created a character so real that you swear you just went to l...moreI knew that I would enjoy The Brenda Diaries from the first entry that I read. Margo has created a character so real that you swear you just went to lunch with her. I really loved all of the tangible qualities of Brenda. Not to mention her take no bull attitude and tell it like it is snark. As you read The Brenda Diaries, you will feel like you are breaking all of the rules of social etiquette by breaking into her diary. Now, one would think you would feel a little bad, but don't worry, you won't. It is amazing how it grabs you and makes you want to read on, but you're afraid of getting caught! Reading Brenda's diary was almost as good as when I found my oldest sister Cory's diary. I say almost as good only because I was able to use Cory's diary as leverage to get away with some things back in the day.
Nonetheless, Brenda has quite the tale to tell. A tale to tell indeed. Plus, Brenda's gets a lot juicier than reading about new gaucho pants and John what's-his-name's feathered do. I must admit, looking back, my sister's diary really was lame...although finding out how the dent got in the car and a little info about some of her friends was pretty darn good info for a 11 year-old to hang over her sister's 18 year-old head!
I have no doubt that while you snoop in on Brenda you will have plenty of "oh no she didn't", laugh out loud, seriously Brenda moments!(less)
When I first started reading Phantom UniverseI had no idea what to expect. This is the first book of Laura Kreitzer's that I have read and I must say,...moreWhen I first started reading Phantom UniverseI had no idea what to expect. This is the first book of Laura Kreitzer's that I have read and I must say, I look forward to reading more from her. Phantom Universeis not my typical kind of read. Normally, I look for the more traditional love story. You know, girl falls in love, which is forbidden, they encounter drama and some obstacles, but in the end they find each other and live happily ever after. Well, although Summer does find a romantic interest, her story is anything but typical. I really got wrapped up into Summer's story. I could not believe how much her back-story tugged at my heartstrings. Maybe it was the mother in me and the fact I couldn't imagine being separated from my daughter, not knowing her fate.
I admired Summer's strength and ability to adapt to every situation that she was put in. I found myself looking at my daughter and wondering if she would have the strength to endure all that Summer went through. I am not sure that I would have the strength to endure what Summer went through. While I was reading I wanted to tell her to just talk, tell her story...reach out and be saved! But where would the story be in that, right?
It took me a little while to figure out exactly what had happened to Summer and Jaden when they found themselves being encountered by military patrol, but when I finally got it, it actually didn't seem too far-fetched. I tend to be get a bit disinterested if things get too quirky, but Laura had written the story so well that I was really wrapped up in Summer's story and could imagine every scenario in the book.
I also really enjoyed the supporting characters and would have liked a little more of their stories, especially Landon's. I am really hoping that in the books yet to come Landon's story, as well as the other friends in Summer's life, will be disclosed. I was really looking forward to getting to know Landon a little bit more, he really seemed like an interesting guy, and I couldn't help but wonder how he ended up in the same situation as Summer. If his past was like hers and if maybe he always knew they had a common bond other than slavery. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get more of Landon.
Look for Phantom Universeto be released on February 15, 2011. You can pre-order your copy now from http://laurakreitzer.com/summer-chron... on her personal website. Be sure to look for more from Laura, Foresaken Harbor will be next in this series...sure to not disappoint! Her Timeless series will also be sure to be a good read and I can't wait to break into it! (less)
When I was looking for a great book to break in my new reader I just couldn't resist downloading Anna and the French Kiss. I have been reading so many...moreWhen I was looking for a great book to break in my new reader I just couldn't resist downloading Anna and the French Kiss. I have been reading so many great tidbits about it, that it certainly did not disappoint. From the very beginning I was drawn into the life of Anna Oliphant. I was able to feel the Paris experience through Anna and her friends. I don't know how Stephanie managed to do it, but she was able to paint a vivid picture of Paris in my mind. Not only of Paris, but of each individual character as well. I identified with each and every character. I felt like I was back in 19...something, something...daydreaming of such an opportunity like Anna had and being whisked off my feet by young love (with a great accent, I might add).
One of the greatest things I liked about this story is that it wasn't love and first sight. It wasn't a painful, forbidden love that so often is the root of romance. There was a lot of acceptance and friendship at the base of all relationship bonds in this book. Anna and her girlfriends were not waiting for their knight in shining armor to sweep them off their feet and forever be their protector. The female characters were conflicted, facing many dilemmas that a young woman may face, but they leaned on each other, their male friends, and often stood on their own, showing great independence, maturity and strength. All these characteristics that are so important for young women to see as examples and execute in their own lives.
I also love how the young men in Anna and the French Kiss are not the stereotypical hero. They struggle to find themselves as well and aren't as predictable as so often young male characters are. It was very refreshing to read a book that was so easy to get lost in, but yet so very real and believable, and all the while drawing you into its fairytale and young love.
While reading Anna and the French Kiss, I wanted to turn back time and then jet off to Paris myself. I found myself rooting for true love and getting so involved in the story, like I was right there with Anna and St. Clair! What an exciting way to rejuvinate young spirit and refresh memories of a time when life was a bit more carefree and whimsical.
There were only a few things about the book that I didn't particularly like. One was the cover...I am a total cover junky! I like to look back at the cover at various stages of reading to see how closely it relates to my vision of the book. The girl on the cover did not depict any of the characters, most especially Anna, so I felt it was a bit disjointed. I also would have liked a few 100 more pages or so! I was left wanting more of Anna, her friends, scorching accents and much more Paris!
I love, Love, LOVED Anna and the French Kiss. I found it to be a great book to kick off the New Year with! To be quite honest, I actually wanted to stay home and read it rather than to go ring in the new year with friends, it was that good! I couldn't imagine a better book to initiate my new website with! Kudos to Stephanie for an awesome read!!
The first of novel in the books was Slumber Party and I really enjoyed it. It took me a few pages to get into it and to get all the characters and the...moreThe first of novel in the books was Slumber Party and I really enjoyed it. It took me a few pages to get into it and to get all the characters and their stories straight, but once I got over that little hump, I really got into the mystery of the story. I really started to think outside of the box and get on board with Lara's suspicions of pyro-kinetics and spontaneous human combustion. I suspected everyone of the girls, and boys, in the evil-doings that were beginning to happen at the "slumber party". I started to feel certain unease about each character as they made thier way through the story, even before I knew what the story actually was. I really enjoy reading stories that grab me and keep me guessing and wondering. I do not like a predictable book, and Slumber Party certainly was not predictable.
The second novel was Weekend. It was equally intriguing, although a bit similar to the previous novel. Which isn't neccesarily bad. I did really enjoy the addition of the "holy man". It certainly added an element of mystery and certainly became an integral part of the story. It set a very unique setting for me and tied into the story nicely. It was very imaginative and creatively written. I was thoroughly surprised by the ending. I absolutely love being surprised by a story's ending!
Overall, both Slumber Party and Weekend were great reads. They both could have started off with a little more character clarification and information, and were a little shorter stories than I like to read, but other than that both were suspenseful and enjoyable reads.
I can't wait to see if Margo will continue with Raquel's story! I can totally see a bright future for Raquel and would absolutely love it if she encou...moreI can't wait to see if Margo will continue with Raquel's story! I can totally see a bright future for Raquel and would absolutely love it if she encounters some of her Belmore pals along her way up! I have already conjured up scenes with Raquel and Kyle...we all know his marriage is a sham anyway! Wouldn't it be great to see Randy and Raquel cross paths again. Let's certainly not forget Bert, Matthias and Rory!
"Good-bye To All That" was a wonderful read. A refreshing break from predictable, standard modern women's fiction. I highly recommend you grab a copy, get cozy and let "Good-bye To All That" take you out west to get lost in the inner workings of Hollywood and all the good juicy things you don't find on gossip TV!
"Good-bye To All That" is a great book for book clubs to enjoy together, it will certainly leave you all with more than enough to talk about. I have to be upfront and say that due to some language and sexual content, I do not recommend this book for teens or those who are not comfortable reading such content. (less)
The Water Warsby Cameron Stracher was a well-written, gripping novel about times we can only hope we don't encounter. Stracher brings to light, throug...moreThe Water Warsby Cameron Stracher was a well-written, gripping novel about times we can only hope we don't encounter. Stracher brings to light, through a fictional platform, what the future could possibly hold if we don't become more aware of our over use and waste of our natural resources. It certainly was a gripping tale as Vera and her brother Will, travel across the country on a journey that they don't even know where they are headed or who they can trust.
The two kids seemed somewhat sheltered from the reality outside of their small town, or compound as I thought of it. The only real information they received was from school and from media, both of which seemed to be a little too controlled by the government. When Kai comes into the picture, so much seems to change for Vera and Will and their whole family. Kai's entrance into their lives is like a dessert bloom. He gave the kids and their dad something to look forward to for a change. Gave them hope and somewhat of a new lease. Before they knew it, their world was turned upside-down.
Some of the points that were made throughout the story were a little over-the-top on getting the environmental point across, but overall, I thought the message was a good one to try to drive home (assuming the over-all message of the book was a little more enviro-awareness). I do believe that the other message that I received from The Water Wars was that we should also be aware of the amount of control we allow ourselves to lose to governmental powers.
I believe that the book is a great book to introduce discussions on both, environmental and governmental issues with children and even older peer groups. It certainly would be a great book for teachers to use in the classroom. Certainly would recommend for parents to read with their children and open the floor for a multi-faceted discussion! (less)
I just don’t know where to begin. I cannot really explain what it was about the book that I loved so much. I think it is my desire for the dark. I sho...moreI just don’t know where to begin. I cannot really explain what it was about the book that I loved so much. I think it is my desire for the dark. I should really begin to worry about that, I have really been captivated by these types of books lately. Nonetheless, I was absolutely captivated at every turn of the page. Can’t gush enough over this one.
How many of us know of someone that we have believed to have sold their soul to the devil? Well, reading this book, I really wonder. I also started wondering if they ever mentioned anyone name Eryx. That is how drawn into Trinity’s writing I was. Seeing what petty little things people were willing to trade their pledge to Eryx for was almost sad. I tend to relate a lot of books I read to experiences and people in my real life. I certainly can say that I saw many parallels in modern day reality hidden in the fantasy of The Mephisto Covenant.
I really felt for Sasha and the incredible amount of betrayal she experienced. While reading I felt very connected to and protective of her. Her family was so terrible to her, it nearly made me cry. Then there was Jax. I really like the thought and care Jax put into his relationship with Sasha, careful not to be, yet again, another betrayal. There was a spark with those two in the very beginning and I liked how it was an earned relationship. I wasn’t quite sure of the choice that Sasha would make. There were so many moments that could have been very predictable, but were actually very surprising.
Overall the book was absolutely wonderful. As usual, I really could have used a little bit more! Hopefully there will be more to come. My only beef was the cover. I really think a more fitting cover would have been a depiction of the piece of “art”. I am really over YA books with covers of girls in dresses. I want a cover that tells me more about the story before I ever even open the pages.
I forgot how much I enjoyed reading romance! What a fabulous read. Not too much drama or sex to kill the book. It was a perfect blend of history, dram...moreI forgot how much I enjoyed reading romance! What a fabulous read. Not too much drama or sex to kill the book. It was a perfect blend of history, drama, romance, and mystery to make me leave reality and get lost in the story. The characters were very realistic and the writing was very smooth. It certainly restored my faith in true love. (less)
I really liked the voice that Cesya used. I felt that all the characters were very easy to identify with. All of the characters were so real and likab...moreI really liked the voice that Cesya used. I felt that all the characters were very easy to identify with. All of the characters were so real and likable, even the ones I shouldn’t like. The unlikables weren’t likable in a happy, cheery way, but they were so intricately created that they were enjoyable to read. Every manipulation and mood swing was literally felt through the pages.
The storyline was pretty darn good too! Not your Tinkerbell fairytale, that’s for sure. I can honestly say, I am now a fan of books about faeries. And demons. Very captivating story and certainly an amazing work of art for a debut novel. I am most certainly looking forward to more from Cesya!(less)