I love the idea of an Amish-"English" love story. I'd read many fanfictions about Amish couples, but I'd never found a book whose plot intrigued me unI love the idea of an Amish-"English" love story. I'd read many fanfictions about Amish couples, but I'd never found a book whose plot intrigued me until this one came along.
In short, it could have been an okay book, it could have been a wonderful book, but to me, it was just irritating. First of all, the heroine falls in love (with who? But the hottest boy around, obviously!) in a matter of days. I just hate that kind of love, and isn't this story supposed to be realistic? It annoyed the heavens out of me when this seventeen-year-old girl took into consideration getting married and even pregnant just to stay with this boy she barely knew, and not even an outstanding prose (which there wasn't, if you're wondering) could make me forget that.
There isn't anything else to say, or anything else I could really focus on....more
Brilliant! This short story was so enthralling, I began looking for Firelight right after I finished it.
Never mind the references to the Beauty and thBrilliant! This short story was so enthralling, I began looking for Firelight right after I finished it.
Never mind the references to the Beauty and the Beast story (which is an old favourite of mine) that sparked off my curiosity right away, the writing alone would have been enough to keep me reading for its entire length and more. It was just so detailed and mysterious, and I had that awesome and rare feeling that everything in the book was exactly as it should have been.
The main characters was the feature I liked more - they felt very realistic and the author hit one of my soft spots by giving them both a characteristic that makes them feel, at least partly, a beast.
The only thing that was left too unexplored was Martin's side of the story, but I didn't like him that much, so it wasn't a big loss.
I really can't wait to read Firelight and, although I was sorry to learn that the second installment won't follow Archer and Miranda's story, I have a feeling I will come to like this series very much. ...more
Even though I was interested by the plot and the few pages had me quite intrigued, I couldn't get past the way too rushed relationship the two MC formEven though I was interested by the plot and the few pages had me quite intrigued, I couldn't get past the way too rushed relationship the two MC form and how soon their they fall in love and trust each other. And how Micheal immediately decides to be turned into a vampire, and then thinks that there may be some consequences to such a choice. In short, not my cup of tea....more
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed dancergirl, not because I had low expectations, but because I hadGripping, intriguing, exceptional novel!
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed dancergirl, not because I had low expectations, but because I hadn't foreseen such a powerful insight into the thoughts of a stalked teenager. That was for sure the best part of the book, the creepy feeling that I, as well as her, was being observed, too, and the heart that jumped in my throat at every twist in the story.
Considering I've followed ballet classes for ten years, the hit one of my weak spots by throwing dancing into the mix, with a result that, given the incredibly realistic descriptions, I consider quit impressing.
I'm really glad I discovered this book and I'm sure this will soon become one of my favorite young-adult suspense series....more
Past Perfect was a simple sweet novel about Chelsea, a reenacting teenage girl who struggles through a heartbreak, troubles with her famMy Rating: 3.5
Past Perfect was a simple sweet novel about Chelsea, a reenacting teenage girl who struggles through a heartbreak, troubles with her family, a fight with her best friend, her new crush and the most epic war between her neighbor reenactment village an her own.
I didn't think I would love the book so much (it would have been a full 4 stars if not for the disappearance of prince charming in the second half of the book and Chelsea rushed decision about the piece of news she had at the end) and I started it only after reading my Goodreads friends' enthusiastic reviews.
One of the best parts of Past Perfect was incredibly her life/job in the village. Even though I'd never given much thought to reenactment before, I am a sucker for anything set in a previous era, especially in the last two/three centuries, so I was curious and eager to know more about how such an experience would be, and I wasn't disappointed. Plus, the battle between the two teenage groups was total fun. (Except for the part where two girls ended up hurt. That freaked me out.)
About Chelsea's love life, the book finished got worse and worse from the beginning of the second half and left me quite dissatisfied, for we don't get to know what will really happen between her and Dan (who was actually a fantastic character, and I'm sorry we didn't get to see more of him.) Also, I didn't like Ezra at all, so I tended to get annoyed whenever he came up, and I couldn't stop relating him to the Ezra from Pretty Little Liars, which led some confusion on my part.
Overall, it was pretty good romance and I'd like to read more of Sales's books and her wonderful writing....more
Where Demons Fear to Tread was yet another of this summer reads' surprises and, much like for The King's Courtesan, I enjoyed this more thaRating: 3.5
Where Demons Fear to Tread was yet another of this summer reads' surprises and, much like for The King's Courtesan, I enjoyed this more than I expected.
There was nothing particularly original about either the plot or the characters, but the good writing and the amazing chemistry between the main characters almost made up for it.
There's not much to say, you're probably going to like it if you're into paranormal romance and battles between the good and the evil forces (and if you like redeemed heroes, then it's even better) and I'd recommend this for those in search of a light, sweet and steamy summer read. ...more
When I clicked on the request button on netGalley, this little voice inside my head (I think it might have been my brain) started whispeMy Rating: 1.5
When I clicked on the request button on netGalley, this little voice inside my head (I think it might have been my brain) started whispering: "Dear Clod, you're such a stupid, stupid girl."
Guess what? I should probably listen to my brain every now and then.
On the basis that, unlike the majority of people, I consider Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tragic, foolish and plain dumb (because seriously, how old are they, fifteen?), how was I supposed to like a book that was basically a retelling of that story plus a slightly hornier Romeo minus the incomparable talent of the Bard?
Yes, brain. You were right. Happy, now?
Anyway, that's not the only reason I didn't enjoy this book. I would have put up with a dramatic ending if the rest of the novel was good enough, but in my opinion, it was everything but.
I didn't mind the beginning, I like some magic every now and then, but things got down fast from there. I found the characters extremely flat and cliched, and the love story was more a joke than anything else. Also, I couldn't really get interested in the preparation of the play, nor in anything else.
And what about the sci-fi part? That felt so random and unbelievable that I started skipping pages just to get to the end.
Lots of people found this book funny, or at least cute. I guess it wasn't my cup of tea.
(The half star is because there were some parts who actually made me laugh. But that's it.)...more
It took me a while to warm up to Forbidden. I wasn't sure I liked a world with no emotions but fear and to be honest, I found myself quite bored at thIt took me a while to warm up to Forbidden. I wasn't sure I liked a world with no emotions but fear and to be honest, I found myself quite bored at the beginning.
When the main character Rom starts feeling, though, I was blown away by the author's powerful descriptions. After that, it didn't take long for me to become so engrossed in the story that I could think about little else.
The characters, also, were nothing short of fantastic: all of them so different, so minutely shaped, I was at the mercy of their POVs and their first tastes of emotions.
Another thing I really liked and I'd been missing for a while before I read this, was the almost medieval setting, not as much as costumes and celebrations, but as superstition, government organization and the structure of the citadel.
I was quite shocked at the end, and terribly sad too, but I'll like to see how Mr Dekker will continue this adventure of his and if they will, indeed, find a cure for "insensibility".
I'm really looking forward to reading the next installment in the Book of Mortals series, and I may also look for Dekker's other works....more
I loved the premise. I liked the choice of the paranormal creature (incubus). I liked the setting. I liked the mythoMy Rating: 1.5
I loved the premise. I liked the choice of the paranormal creature (incubus). I liked the setting. I liked the mythology attached to the story.
I pretty much despised everything else.
I couldn't become accustomed to the author's prose - it sounded too plastic to my ears and couldn't shake off the feeling that Ms Dark was trying with every single sentence to somehow wow me, and didn't manage to do it even once.
I think the main problem was the heroine. Beyond irritating, she didn't have a bit of a backbone and takes the news that supernatural creatures actually exist like it's no big deal (that really gets on my nerves).
The plot, though, didn't certainly make it better: beside wondering for almost the entire book where in the world the incubus had gone to, it didn't really catch my attention, and I found the graphic descriptions of sexual intercourse completely pointless, and let's not even get into the protagonist's relationships, because they felt so stereotyped and one-dimensional I stopped never even begun to care about their story.
In short, I found Demon Lover to be a very cliched, pretty boring and quite senseless novel which I should have probably stopped reading after the first two chapters, but I wonder if it's because of the book or because of me, since the majority of the reviewers have given a slightly different opinion....more
You Are My Only was not exactly how I expected it to be, and in this case, that is half a bad, half a good thing.
Actually, I could quite easily divideYou Are My Only was not exactly how I expected it to be, and in this case, that is half a bad, half a good thing.
Actually, I could quite easily divide in two sections all the things I did or didn't like: I really enjoyed the chapters from Sophie's POV, especially as the book evolved and I had a clearer idea of the story, but the Emmy's parts were just too confused to properly like them, and yet too heartrending to hate.
So basically, I kept going from total confusion, to curiosity, to enchantment over and over again, and at the end I couldn't understand if I was truly satisfied or if I was still waiting for something else.
On the contrary, the main plot was captivating and well exposed, and even though we can understand from the beginning how things are going to end, I still exhaled a breath of relief after everything was safely wrapped up.
Overall, a decent read that deals with an important subject and delivers something more than just mere words....more
Although I was hooked up at the beginning, what with the interesting main characters and the intriguing oh-so-hot halflings, this book turned out to bAlthough I was hooked up at the beginning, what with the interesting main characters and the intriguing oh-so-hot halflings, this book turned out to be just the umpteenth paranormal young-adult novel.
I don't if it is me, if I'm just reading the wrong books, if it's the wrong time of the year or if I just lost interest in this particular genre. What I know is that, halfling or not, this book doesn't unfortunately add anything to the book world. If anything, it just reminded me of how much I despise unjustified love at first sight and the profession of undying love mere weeks after meeting one's soul mate. Also, the fact that the reasons of the aforementioned love aren't at all mentioned nor explained. Oh, and that the MC is almost always in love with not one, but two über-perfect boys who, of course, for some godly law can't let themselves lover her back, blah, blah, blah.
Since the sound of my review is quite bitter, and I'm afraid that has more to do with the fact that I recently am not enjoying books as much as I should and want to, I'm gonna stop here and finish by saying that whereas I didn't really enjoy it, I think it's a perfectly respectable novel for those of you in search of a light read....more
First of all, don't get tricked by the awfully cute cover (seriously, it's such a waste), nor by the title, who obviously refersI am so not impressed.
First of all, don't get tricked by the awfully cute cover (seriously, it's such a waste), nor by the title, who obviously refers to the widely know legend of Tristan and Iseult, which I've actually never read, although I plan to do it soon.
So when I started this book, I was prepared for a simple, nice love story, a retelling of some sort of the original one, something romantic and dramatic and blah blah blah.
The first adjective that came to my mind, though, was ridiculous. Not only was the main character an incredible bore (and therefore the whole story was pretty much ruined by her silly ideas, her constant whining and, well, her presence), the plot also lacked in sense and realism, and I'm not even going to talk about the protagonists' relationship.
And if you going to conjure up some huge, mean serpent, at least try to do it well.
But it wasn't until the very last page that I realized just how bad this book was. Marriage??? How old are you, 8? I'm not writing one more word on this....more
Ward Against Death was an unexpected but welcome breath of fresh air in comparison with other paranormal romances. Actually, if I have to be accurate,Ward Against Death was an unexpected but welcome breath of fresh air in comparison with other paranormal romances. Actually, if I have to be accurate, I would call this book a (urban?) fantasy, although the hero does have a love interest in the heroine.
Let me start by telling how much I liked Ward. He put the freshness in the aforementioned breath of air. He was so different from the usual stereotyped hero, so clumsy, awkward and adorably naive, and yet so strong and faithful. It was truly impossible not to love him, whereas it took me some time to understand and like Celia, whose strength, both physical and psychological, often hid her true nature and wishes.
The novel was fast-paced, very smooth and captivating and I was completely taken by the protagonists' adventures and the ending left me quite satisfied and needing more. I'm really looking forward to read the next books in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer and I'm sure I won't be disappointed....more
I hate it when I drag along a book so much, I'm eventually bound to give it up, especially it has as much potential as Death Watch. It had everythiDNF
I hate it when I drag along a book so much, I'm eventually bound to give it up, especially it has as much potential as Death Watch. It had everything: an original world-building (and I still had a lot to discover), a lot of suspense, zombies! (always a good thing), an exceptional main character, an intriguing villain and a setting that managed to give me the creeps and blow my mind at the same time.
The things that probably made me stop reading were the increeeeeeeeedibly slow narration and the high number of questions I had throughout the first half of the book. And the fact that it didn't feel like it was getting anywhere.
Anyway, I think this book will be boon to fantasy lovers who don't mind slow - very slow - stories. And who knows, maybe I'll try this again if I'm in the right mood....more
Second in my long-postponed-reviews list, Saving June is definitely on of the best and deepest book I've read last year.
The book is basically the storSecond in my long-postponed-reviews list, Saving June is definitely on of the best and deepest book I've read last year.
The book is basically the story of an insecure girl trying to find peace after her sister's death. And what better way to do that than taking a road trip to California to scatter her ashes in the ocean in company with your secret-withholder best friend and this mysterious boy she's just met but who clearly knew her sister?
Saving June is a story of grief, sorrow, and acceptance, but also about love, friendship and growing up, and learning to having enough faith in oneself. Saving June tells not only a physical trip, but also Harper's journey to find herself when all she feels is the absence of the sister she fears she hadn't loved enough.
I highly recommend this book to road trip, contemporary romance and young-adult lovers, but I believe everyone wouldn't find it any less than enjoyable....more
I didn't know The King's Courtesan was a sort of sequel to Libertine's Kiss, otherwise I would have read it first, but I guess it doesn't really matteI didn't know The King's Courtesan was a sort of sequel to Libertine's Kiss, otherwise I would have read it first, but I guess it doesn't really matter, since I lliked this one so much I'm sure I'll end up reading it soon anyway.
I must admit I wasn't expecting much from The King's Courtesan, I thought it was just a common historical romance, perfect for a summer read. What I didn't anticipate was the deep, charming and unusual cast of characters (I'd never read of a king's courtesan as a heroine before) and the hero's involving, if somewhat cliched, mission to regain his peace by avenging her sister's murder.
Although the plot was pretty standard in romance terms, I was engrossed by the protagonists' story and the development of their relationship and their feelings was one of the most realistic and romantic I'd ever read.
I'd recommend this book to all the lovers of a good historical romance, and to readers who don't mind a strong ans smart heroine. ...more
Even though The Kingdom didn't live up to my expectations (which I had probably set a bit too high after the astounding first installment, The RestoreEven though The Kingdom didn't live up to my expectations (which I had probably set a bit too high after the astounding first installment, The Restorer), I still enjoyed its creepy uniqueness and found myself enraptured all the same.
Amanda Stevens has the uncanny ability of evoking the most different kind of emotions from me: be it fear, curiosity, excitement, confusion, or simple need to know what will happen next, every single page she writes proves to be my favourite kind of emotional roller coaster.
Although I wasn't really comfortable with the author's decision to change the setting and almost all the characters from the first installment, the final result was still as eerily perfect as it was for the first book, and I was reassured at the end of the book that I would get to see Devlin again in the Graveyard Queen series.
No matter the flaws, The Kingdom was still an enchanting read, one I recommend to mystery and paranormal lovers and especially to the author's fans, with the assurance that they won't be disappointed....more
I didn't really know what to expect from Dreams of Significant Girls and I was surprised when I found myself really into it after thActual Rating: 3.5
I didn't really know what to expect from Dreams of Significant Girls and I was surprised when I found myself really into it after the first half of the book. It started off a bit slow, but after the first summer I was very curious about what would happen to the girls and their stories kept my attention up.
Aside from minor flaws and the fact that everything felt way too contemporary for me, I think it was a nice read, different from other realistic novels I've read and a nice change from my usual books....more
Seduction & Scandal was my first novel by Charlotte Featherstone and it left a good impression on me, even though it wasn't quite whMy Rating: 3.5
Seduction & Scandal was my first novel by Charlotte Featherstone and it left a good impression on me, even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting.
First of all, the prose was something so seductive in itself, and yet so completely alien, that I didn't know what to make of it. I suspect it is only a matter of habit, since I'm used to a more natural and concrete style of writing in romances, but I'm sure all I need is a little more time and that's why I've already put several of the author's other books on my to-read shelf.
The plot was sadly a bit more complicated, and confused, than I would have liked. I don't know the reason, but I had this nagging feeling that something was amiss, and that didn't let me enjoy the scorching hot love story as much as I'd hoped.
I liked the main characters and their friends, who are going to be the protagonists in the next installments, and the only things I'll complain about are the not-so-believable connection between Isabell's novel and her real life and the fact that we still don't know what happened to the relics - and more important, what the heck they are used for.
One last word about the covers of the Brethen Guardians series installments: aren't they gorgeous? I simply love the colours....more
I didn't like In a Treacherous Court as much as I expected to and I'm not sure that I'm going to read the next installments.
Although I liked the mainI didn't like In a Treacherous Court as much as I expected to and I'm not sure that I'm going to read the next installments.
Although I liked the main characters, I couldn't really feel a connection with them and even thought the book is supposed to be more a mystery than a romance, the way their relationship develops felt far too forced to me.
Also, I had hoped the plot would keep my attention for at least a couple of hours, but that didn't really happen, and even though some people may like it, I found it just meh.
I'm not saying it wasn't good or interesting, I was just expecting something different and a more captivating writing....more