Can I just say that I really want to read the next book now?
This book is a lot different than what I've read all year. It's straight to the point andCan I just say that I really want to read the next book now?
This book is a lot different than what I've read all year. It's straight to the point and aside from the fire power thingy, it also has a deep drama hidden inside.
First off, the main character, Corinne, is a teenager, so please cut her some slack. The author made her sound like the everyday teen. She has insecurities, she has fears, she questions older people's decision for her, she wants more freedom... but that's all hardly possible because of her..um.. condition. I rooted for her because in all fairness to her character, she's resilient. She holds up and doesn't seem to crumble under pressure. I like that she's this kid who wants to look strong on the outside. She doesn't want people to view her as weak, which is just right because after all, fire is her element... and we all know fire IS STRONG. :)
Corinne meets Rowan and things start to change. She starts feeling other things. This is also right about the time her gran teaches her about her gift. Anyway, Rowan is what you would expect a hero to be. He's charming, nice, a great talker. I appreciate their banters because he's really sweet. However, he could be very persuasive and so like other hot-blooded teenagers. He's umm.. well, let's just say that he really likes to get hot and heavy with Corinne. He's almost perfect, so the twist to his character is so outrageously unexpected. I totally didn't see it coming. My feelings for this twist is still kind of vague. We'll see on the next book.
The love part in this book is actually quite cute, albeit a little abrupt. Even though they just met, the like at first sight works well. However, when I consider Corinne's age... I would thank her for trying to hold things back a little. Since their scenes have lots of kissing and um.. petting, it's just right to put a little limit for now since it's all so new. I commend her for not being swept away too fast. There, I just had to say that. ;)
Something also has to be said about the adults in this book. They did their best to take care of Corrine. As far as I could tell, the whole family loves her and is concerned about her well being. It's a nice touch. :) I wish for all of them to stay safe as the series goes by (this is a series, right?).
The ending promises a good continuation for Corinne's and her family's situation. I really want to know who wants her and what they want from her. I'm looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to how her character would grow. With all the things that has happened to her, she's bound to learn many things, right? I want to see that. I also want to see where her relationship with Rowan will go.
All in all, I'm giving this 3.5 fairy wings. It's a good start to a series.
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I have always been a big fan of assassins with some heart. This book blows it out of proportion because the plot doeA BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR MY 2014!
I have always been a big fan of assassins with some heart. This book blows it out of proportion because the plot doesn't only contain action packed scenes, it also has a good back story to go along with. There's also mystery and a hint of drama. However, what's the best here for me is the love part.
AVA AND OWEN SITTING ON A um...hmm.. STOLEN CAR... K-I-S-S-I-N-G!!!
Okay so that part didn't really happen, but their love story is still so cute!
You'd appreciate the cuteness because Owen is not a character that I could imagine being that open, that adorable and that... just plain macho mixed with romantic. They are perfect for each other!!!!
The story actually revolves around Ava killing someone accidentally and then getting shot at herself. From thereon, she goes on a wild goose chase to find the perpetrator, of course with my dear, dear OWEN. I said that the love part is cute, but some parts of this book is downright ugly. It's ugly because I would guess that it really is happening somewhere in the world. Be ready for some drama and open your minds for Owen. You have to understand why he is how he is. You also have to give Ava a shot. She's a perfect example of a woman who's still finding her own way in the world. I could probably relate to her a lot because I feel the same way. I'm still trying to figure things out for myself. She's like that. I think many readers would like her because she's adaptable and she's not whiny. It's really very surprising that her character is not portrayed as damsel, but also not a girl version of G.I. Joe. She's somewhere in between which makes her more interesting.
The ending sure is surprising. I didn't see it coming! I smell a series, so I have to ask the author about it. That would be awesome! I don't want to give out major spoilers, so I'll just say that there are a few VERY, VERY INTERESTING characters here that are worth writing about. Just saying. ;)
All in all, of course I'm giving this a perfect score!!! ...more
It's something that people say over and over again, and yet only a few dares to follow.
Gabby and Connor are two charaSHORT, HOT, PROFOUND.
It's something that people say over and over again, and yet only a few dares to follow.
Gabby and Connor are two characters who can't help but hide their real selves for different reasons. All around Gabby, people have certain expectations of her that when she doesn't conform to it, she gets hurt by their actions or words. On the other hand, Connor had a wild streak before that earned him such a bad rep with everyone in town. This story is them finding the balance between what people want them to be and who they really are.
Frankly speaking, I was opposed to what Gabby was disproving from the start. I always, always think that people can do as many things as they can. She was so darn set on disproving it while her own thoughts betray her. I still like her though because in the end, she did what we women should do. We should just be honest with what we want. Men aren't really the fortune tellers we think they are. :) Sometimes they need a big push and Gabby is successful at that.
I liked how Connor behaved around Gabby. I like how he tries really hard to be what he thinks Gabby would like. It's a show of courage when a man changes his ways for a woman. Little did he know that he need not change at all. :)
The story is pretty straightforward. I wanted to go to the bottom of it already, but the author made me wait, which is not such a bad thing, really. It's the anticipation that makes it even better! :)
HOTNESS FACTOR: 87% and above! ^_^
All in all, this is a short, hot read that will probably apply to many people. It's an authorly reminder that people should just be themselves. It's just added stress when we try to hide. Don't you agree?
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I would say that it's written differently among other fairy books that I've read. It's a breath of fresh air. ThisThis book is very, very enigmatic.
I would say that it's written differently among other fairy books that I've read. It's a breath of fresh air. This would really make you think because there are blank spaces in the story. You'd really want to know what happened and what will happen.
The characters in this book are quite memorable. Elora, the dark princess is indeed such a force. Reading the book in her POV is such a change of scenery. I'm not really used to the heroine being this dark, but Elora made it all worth it. I am amazed with how she thinks. It's dark, and yet it's hopeful. She talks properly, which is just normal because of her heritage, but aside from that, there's just something about her that will make you root for her. Taylor on the other hand, will make you want to comfort him from the start. He has had a very bad perception of himself from the start. I'm pretty sure I wanted to hug him from the start. He doesn't give himself enough credit.
This story is about the two of them meeting each other and being what the other person needs. I really can't explain their relationship. Even the characters are confused about their relationship so.. haha! I can just tell you that the attraction is there. The way that they interact with each other goes deeper than most friendships, so you must read it. Once again, I really don't know what is it about the two of them that called to me the most. I just know that I wanted them to be together. I wanted them to have a happy ever after even if the circumstance made it so impossible.
This book actually tackles many things like gender equality, labels, parenting, guilt and friendship. I think the downside is that while it wants to take on such topics, there aren't enough pages to completely discuss it. Anyway, it's still a good take. My favorite is the gender equality side. I love Alexia! Haha!
So there... All in all, this book was worth the time. If dark fairies really exist, I want them to be like Elora. :)
EVERYONE, MAKE WAY FOR ONE OF MY TOP TEN BOOKS FOR 2014. GET YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS READY. IT'S ONE HELL OF A RIDE.
Disclaimer #1: I only had the titleEVERYONE, MAKE WAY FOR ONE OF MY TOP TEN BOOKS FOR 2014. GET YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS READY. IT'S ONE HELL OF A RIDE.
Disclaimer #1: I only had the title and the cover to go along with. I obviously read the blurb when I signed up, but I already forgot about it. I read the blurb again after finishing the book. My not reading the blurb added an air of mystery to the whole story. I'm not saying that this is what you should do too, I'm just saying that this is what happened.
Disclaimer #2: To those who have been following ny reviews, you already know this, but for those who don't, I would like to reiterate that I read with my heart. When I do reviews, there are times when I have to be detailed... For this one, I CAN'T BE THAT DETAILED, so I'll do the next best thing. I'll tell you guys how I FEEL about it.
Now onto the review...
How do you not cry for the beauty that is this book?
How do you not cry for the characters and their circumstances?
Calla is the daughter of a mortician. She's often teased about it, but we all know that it's not something to laugh about. She has a twin brother whom she really, really loves and to whom she's so attached to for a reason. She's that kind of a character who wants everything to be okay around her. She's loyal to people who matter. Loyal to the bone that she would do everything for them. I laughed and smiled with her character, I felt her frustration, her grief mingled with guilt.
By the end of this book, even though I was still feeling disoriented about everything, I always go back to the fact that her character lived throughout everything... And that is something that we should all commend her for.
Finn is a boy whom you'll feel sorry for all the time because of the things that life handed him. When you're not thinking about specific things about him, you'll find his character to be sweet, smart and utterly endearing. He has his demons, but one thing about him that no one can contest is that he really loves Calla. That's it and that's that.
Dare is one of the most resilient guys of my 2014 fiction world. I'm not saying that he's super strong and that he's a total badass (well, he is THAT too). I just can't imagine how he must have felt here while he's interacting with Calla. It takes a strong heart, a full conviction and a love like no other to do what he did.
I am very, very frustrated that I can't tell you more about his inner strength. Just know that Dare is someone that you'll look up to when all things are said and done. You'll salute him and you will be in awe because HE'S JUST THERE.
The plot, the plot, the plot... I actually have a hard time constructing this part of my review because I CANNOT, MUST NOT give out anything. I want everyone who will read this to have the full experience that I did.
Hmmm okay... So here goes:
The blurb says it all.
Kidding! Haha! It's just so hard...
The story revolves around Calla and her family. It revolves around their grief and their endurance as a family. There's also the creepy fact that they live in a funeral home. Somewhere along the way, Calla has appointed herself to be her twin brother's protector. She would do everything for him... But in the process, Finn could be dragging her down with all of his issues. When Dare comes into the picture, Calla dares to dream about a life with him.
Is it possible for her to have a life outside of her family? That's the question in the novel.
The author sure made me feel. I felt tons of emotions like curiosity, fear, love, anger, frustration, suspicions, sadness.. I cried a million tears near the end of this book. Let me tell you this: It was a challenge to be super silent when you're crying at 3 in the morning!!!
Once I finished crying, I was alright and I was sort of happy for them. Then I found out that this would be a trilogy!!! OMG!!! I totally cried again!!To be honest, it was a mixture of emotions that made me cry again. I cried because for one, the mysteries!!! I thought it would be all out in the open already, so I was 5% frustrated. Mostly, I cried of happiness because I would get to see more of Dare and Calla. I hope that the next book would be in DARE'S POV. It will be more awesome that way.
All in all... This book is amazing. I cannot tell you just how much. It's just so damn precious that no one should DARE pass this up.