I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
Heart-pounding and thrilling, One Love's pacing was dizzying. TherI received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
Heart-pounding and thrilling, One Love's pacing was dizzying. There were no starts and stops- no passages to sit back and catch your breath. One Love's predecessor was a slower pace, where you just kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. There was no such wait with this installment. On every single page was something horrifying, emotional, kick-a$$/bad-a$$, and brutal.
The only thing I can say about this type of pacing in a book, is that I wasn't given time to process one event before getting smashed in the face with the next; with each event more horrifying than the last.
The jet-speed pacing was the difference between a 5 star read and the 4 star I gave One Love. There were moments I was confused, moments where my mind couldn't catch and fully comprehend the words I was reading. I became numb to the action, the misery, the horror, because I didn't get time to savor it. I didn't get time to think to myself, "Oh, my God. Did that just really happen?" before I was thrust into another similar scene.
This series is truly about choice. The wrong choice leading you down the wrong path. How once you make one wrong choice, you'll undoubtedly make another. Until it's compounded to the point that you've come full-circle and you find yourself buried beneath your bad decisions. In this, both Dornan and Juliette are to blame, in equal measure. Both flawed in the same way. Both acting and reacting in the same fashion.
I doubt I'm the only one, but I always have a thing for the psycho of the story.
St. Germain dubbed Dornan the anti-hero of the series. I tend to agree, but I also feel Julz is as well. I think I found the scenes our anti-heroes shared the most intriguing. They were basically the male and female equivalent of each other.
While their ages were 20 years apart, it made the reader wonder how Julie would act and react if she reached the age Dornan was currently at. Especially now, when she had no qualms of killing, maiming, torturing, and finding delight in watching the defilement and harm of others- someone who has been there, and knows exactly how it feels to be degraded like an animal. At 21, Julz isn't a budding sociopath; she's already there.
Yes, we feel her pain, her emotion, her regret. But oddly enough, I felt that from Dornan as well. He was 20 years our heroine's senior, and his heart was equally as hardened as hers. I doubt the Dornan of 21 behaved as the Juliette of 21...
One Love was and wasn't about the undying love between Jase and Julz. As I read the series as a whole, I felt there was a anti-romance happening beneath the surface.
In the author's note to readers at the end of the story, I agree with her statement. The anti-romance deserved the scene-time because it was more potent- raw. Powerful.
Jase and Julz are getting a full-length novel, we can explore their relationship then. Which I'm thankful for, because I had periods of thinking Jase was weak, nowhere near strong enough for Julz.
I give mad props to St. Germain for causing me to fall in love with her anti-hero, for finding myself siding with those causing wrong. My philosophy: In war, both sides are in the right (for their own gain). In this series, all parties were simultaneously right and wrong, and I found myself rooting for both, knowing there could only be one victor.
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I began reading, and I was slightly confused, asking myself who theI received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I began reading, and I was slightly confused, asking myself who the narrator was in relation to Bully. I couldn't place Fallon. So I stopped reading, and began debating if I should reread Bully, since I initially read it so very long ago. After consulting a book bud who read this prior to me, I was told Fallon was new to the reader. So, if you read this review before reading the book (something I do) then you've been schooled.
I was gripped by the story immediately. Fallon was a kick-ass sort of girl. Her internal monologue had me busting a gut, as well as tearing up a time or two.
Madoc was easy to love, and he was written as so very male. I say this because sometimes books with a dual perspective sound like the same voice no matter the narrator (the author's natural voice). Fallon and Madoc each had a distinct voice of their own in Rival. Thank goodness for their voice, or I'd have been even more confused. (I will explain this in the con section of the review)
I loved Bully, as I did its sequel. I laid in bed, planning on reading a few chapters, and ended up reading it from start to finish. Rival is NOT a tiny book. It took me over 7 hours, and I didn't finish until the sun was rising. I was thankful that I finally found a book that clicked with me after so many disappointments as of late. I've read book after book of smoke and mirrors, hiding the fact that it lacked in story behind scene after scene of mechanical sex. I cannot express how many times I've used the phrase I don't want sex with a side of story. I want a story with sex as the decadent dessert.
Proving less is more. Rival is very HOT. Smoking hot, yet done in a way to slowly build a banked fire that turns explosive. I haven't read a lot of erotica books that got me as bothered- squirming around uncomfortably- as Rival had me. Proof that when sex is the dessert, not the main dish, you appreciate the taste on the back of your tongue.
Rival was filled with everything I love in an addictive book: angst, angst, and more angst. Frustration. Love/Hate back-and-forth banter, while often mean, it's just as humorous. A great side cast of characters that add to the story but never overpower the main couple. Chemistry. Emotion.
We continue to see the developing/evolving relationship between Bully's co-stars, keeping us connected, as well as several other sets of characters.
Jax? Are you the next book? Goodness, I hope so. Rival sets up the next book perfectly, creating a rabid reader, thirsting for more. If it's Jax's turn, I'm excited. That book will rock. Hard.
Okay, now for the cons. I only have 2. I was being picky with all those DNFs I've experienced, but I don't have much to complain about with Rival. But it does need to be said.
1: Formatting. I don't know if this is because I received a reviewer copy from Netgalley, or not. But the formatting was wonky, making it difficult for me to read. Several times over, I had to guess or reread to determine the narrator. Yes, the author placed their name as a subheading beneath the chapter. But with the formatting screwy, it was tucked in tightly, hiding, and the same font and size without bolding to distinguish it from the rest of the wording.
In fact, there were no page breaks, so I'd be reading along, not realizing I'd started another chapter. I know this makes me seem dim, but the lines were so tight, it was easy to overlook. The chapter was literally at the end of the previous chapter's last sentence.
Next, scene skipping. From one sentence to the next, we were in a new scene. I cannot express how many times I reread a page, trying to figure wth was going on. The character would be doing one thing, and then BAM! There was no extra spacing or anything to denote a change of scene. It was discombobulating.
Lastly, with the crunch, dialogue was pressed together. "How are you?" Fallon said to me. "I'm great," I replied. this happened a lot. With long dialogue, I'd be reading along, confused as to why a certain character was saying something, only to decipher it was the reply. After reading it over and over again, many times, I would deduce from the he said/she said what was going on.
While this doesn't detract from the story, it DID pull me from the story more times than I can count. I didn't change my rating because of it. But I thought I'd bring it to the author's attention, in case it wasn't just the Netgalley Kindle copy. It was very, VERY difficult to read.
2: Length of the book. It was a long book. I'm not necessarily saying that's a bad thing. I write epic-length books. I'm only stating this because it started to drag when I felt like it should have met its conclusion chapters ago. Fast-paced lovers may become bored, and even I began to skip to get to the conclusion. I loved the story, eager for whatever the author would give us. But near the last 3/4th, I was asking myself what role the scene I was reading played out in the bigger picture, and whether or not it could have been crunched down into other scenes.
Rival was a huge book packed with even more story, raw emotion, with a strong connection between the characters, and a great supporting side cast.
I'll read whatever Penelope Douglas writes. Thank you for allowing me to read for free, and for proving there are still great books out there to read. I began to lose faith during my book slump. I've been renewed, and now I'm hungry to hunt down another read.
I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this u4 stars Adult Fanfiction Status: complete
I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this unholy book. Oh, Passhenette1, you need to find me if you read this review. You and I are soul mates in our perversions. I write some wicked shit, but I hold back what's really going on in my head. But I won't from now on, since I found a location to post what would be banned otherwise.
Once you get past the beginning of the book, the incest becomes not-so taboo because you're desensitized to it. I'm not one for gratuitous sex. *cough cough* So yeah, there was little else, and it was the most perverse sex on the planet, with little or no rules of morality <-- which is why I ate it with a big spoonful of sugar, and left my 'no gratuitous sex' qualm behind. Don't expect any females in the cast of characters. You start to wonder where the book is gonna go... more sex? Just end on a sex scene? Where could it possibly go? & then Quinton finally enters stage left and changes the whole motherfuckin' orgy on its head.
There is something wrong with me as to why I become weak-willed for the psycho in this tale. Quentin is like the unholy alliance of every single one of my lunatic, sadistic, abusive characters. So intriguing in their wrongness.
I. Am. Fucked. In. The. Head
Wow, what a ride. My ass feels sore, and all I did was sit on it as I read this ass-ripper of a tale. ...more
3 1/2 stars. Solid Urban Fantasy, hitting all the points: world building, paranormal creatures, warring factions, super-human abilities, and action &a3 1/2 stars. Solid Urban Fantasy, hitting all the points: world building, paranormal creatures, warring factions, super-human abilities, and action & danger sequences. The usual sidekicks: hot alpha male, hot villain/could-be good guy, flighty new bff after years of never having a female friend (always annoying yet flirty, semi-dim), a surprising villain (usually female)that was thought to be on your team.
I'm unsure why, perhaps my mood, but the story didn't grip me and keep me interested. Maybe it was because the book hit all the points, making it cookie-cutter, insert character traits here, and predicable without bringing anything new to the genre. I love being surprised while I read, and that was missing for me.
I was able to put the book down, over and over, and it didn't matter if I finished the story or not. I didn't connect with the characters. Some essential spark was missing for me. I enjoy UF because romance is not front and center but slightly hiding in the background. While there were several characters that could become Sabina's future love interest, I felt no emotion, no chemistry at all.
I don't want this to be perceived as a negative review. My reading tastes are dictated by my mood. The Sabina Kane series hits all the points in the Urban Fantasy genre, the writing was solid, and the characters were authentic. The book just wasn't for me.
Will I continue on with the series: maybe- when I get a craving for more UF.
Would I read more from this author: I will read a few more books by Jaye Wells before I determine if the writing style is for me. so, yes.
I would recommend this series to readers of Urban Fantasy: Vamps and Mages and Demons, oh my!
By far my favorite part of the entire book, anything dealing with Sabina's pet demon- Mr. Giggles pulled my lips into a smile a few times, and even made me laugh out loud. ...more
Best of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful,Best of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful, but not as agonizing as reading the ending of one of my favorite series. ...more
The series and the author has a lot of potential. I expect to see some serious growth in the next few books and I hope the author goes back and rewritThe series and the author has a lot of potential. I expect to see some serious growth in the next few books and I hope the author goes back and rewrites Hell's Knights for its betterment. I had a few issues with the book, which I will explain, and then I will give a short review.
Possessive use in placement of plural usage. Several instances of the plural of Harley Davidson(s)written as Harley Davidson's. This was an issue many times over, not just on the branding of motorcycles. This is a rookie mistake that I hope to see the author grow out of. A lot of misplaced words, misspelled words, the use of I instead of Me(this is something many do, believing I is the proper use even when it is not), and improper overuse of commas that I believe will be found on a re-edit. I'm not putting the author down by any means; I've been there. The more you write the more the rules of grammar and punctuation solidify in your mind and you use them without thought. Bella Jewel has a lot of potential as a story teller, and time will tell on her growth as her own editor. Whether you have an editor or not, it's the writer's responsibility to self-edit to grow in their craft. Another issue for me was about 1/3-1/2 way point where the character of Addison began to act out of character. Another rookie mistake that is easy to overcome.
Mix of a review and my thoughts. I may be reading but my mind is always in edit-mode; not to put down the novel but to improve the novel.
Hell's Knights starts out gritty, dark, and hopeless. The backstory was more so intriguing than the current time frame. Written in past and present sections, with the past more passages than actual scenes. More unsolicited advice: expand the past sections of the novel; it's the backbone of the storyline.
I was looking for a read that would trap me, hold me hostage in the storyline, and not let me go until the end, and Hell's Knights did that for me. I also immediately wanted to read the next in the series. But since it was 3 a.m. I decided to get some rest so I could spend the day reading with a clear, non-zombiefied mind.
Bella Jewel didn't wimp out like other authors usually do. Scenes were brutal, vivid, and I felt pained reading them.
I'm an endearment hater, but even I was charmed by Cade's Sugar and even his constant bombardment ofshut the fuck up. Why? Because only Cade used the words- he owned them. Except around the 30% mark where Babe was used and I almost threw my paperwhite. That lazy replacement word is on my shitlist. Not sure why we had 6 Babes instead of sugar, and one from Addison said in a snide, 'knock that shit out' manner(thank goodness). That is something a good edit/rewrite would pick up.
The story pacing was a nice speed; not too fast or too slow. The description was adequate, this coming from someone who doesn't need every action, piece of clothing, and space described in great detail, so I thoroughly appreciated the lack.
One more, or two, piece(s)of unsolicited advice: Addison running off, acting naive and bullheaded, is completely out of character judging by her past. She is street smart. Addison knows Hell is coming for her. She wouldn't pull that bratty princess bullshit. That needs resolved. It makes Addison look mentally challenge and is one of the biggest beefs by all readers; making women look like irresponsible, irrational, hormonal idiots that don't use the brain in their pretty heads. The epilogue also needed expanded as well with the sex scene at odds with the scene itself. It felt... out of place.
I know this review sounds negative, pushy, and insulting. Actually, that is as far from the truth as possible. I give Bella Jewel mad props, and I see a huge potential in the writer and the series. With a little bit of work this could be a 5+ star read, and I loved the premise, the characters, and the series enough to want to see it succeed, not just in sales but in the story and editing as well. ...more
As a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especiallyAs a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especially one that isn't littered with curse words. First, I will say a few words about our protagonists. I wanted to lodge Deuce's sac somewhere in the vicinity of his throat. Eva was in need of a thorough bitch-slapping to gain some self-respect- repeatedly with a closed fist. *Hands Deuce & Eva some self-respect* Other than the main characters being a trainwreck and the overuse of BABY & BITCH *shudders in revulsion* I was highly entertained, smirking, sometimes ignited while blushing at Deuce's nasty talk, and laughing at a good portion of the dialogue. The book started perfectly, grabbing my ass in its rough fingers and not letting go. The initial encounters, both platonic and sexual were outstanding. It did wane a bit from the mid-point until the end where the characters were simultaneously acting in&out of character- confusing the f outta me. It was like, Why? How is this driving the story forward? Why do I as a reader have to figure out Deuce's motivations when I'm in his head during his narration? Why is he acting and reacting differently that his thought pattern? I would've liked to hear Deuce's fears instead of guessing that it was the case; I hope it was the case, anyway. Because if not, he was pretty irredeemable otherwise. But I forgave that because I had to know what was coming next even if it was predestined to end a specific way. While I was highly amused at the various ways the word F*ck was utilized, *truly, I was a dirty sailor in a past life* the feminist was clawing, screaming, dying to dig its way out of my throat and throw my beloved Kindle across the room. Yeah, I'm mighty big on respect for a woman, both from men and towards oneself. HUGE trigger for me, that. I understand the dynamic of their world and that women aren't respected as equals. I said I understood it... I didn't say I have to f'n like it, now did I? Second: I pretty much read the book in one sitting and immediately purchased UnBeautifully. Annoyingly frustrating or not, the characters engrossed me, and I loved the storyline for the most part. Curious to see where this series evolves, and do plan on reading the rest of Sheehan's work... just lay off the babies, will ya, PLEASE? I can't swallow that shit. Just can't. Drives me f'n batshit cray-cray. 'k, baby? ...more
my true feelings. Don't hate on me for stating my opinion. The first third was filler. It took too long to set up the premise of the book. It draggedmy true feelings. Don't hate on me for stating my opinion. The first third was filler. It took too long to set up the premise of the book. It dragged in pacing & over-description, causing me to become bored. I almost stopped reading out of frustration . The beginning is to hook you into the story & Ever After failed in that regard. By the mid-point it was finally exciting. It wasn't until the last quarter that I was engrossed.
Where it did shine was Trent & Rachel. This saved it from a 3 star rating for me. Their relationship is elegant & real. Reminiscent of classic novels where one touch spoke a thousand unsaid words. The connection,bond, resonates with the reader.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but was slightly angry. With the end of the Hollows series near, I wanted more... more bite, action, interaction. Less talk of the mundane. Laundry lists of every day life- clothing, kitchen, jenk's pixie dust, the meat on your sandwich. I don't need to know your arm moves when you walk, because that is how we all walk. We never did find out what her outfit was that was mentioned 50 times before the final showdown. The first three chapters was just that & nothing more. I, seriously, almost put the book down because of this issue. & what a pity, because I would've missed out on the last half of the book & that isn't MY fault, but Harrison's....more
Poison Princess ROCKED! Dark, twisted, fast-paced read. It is a paranormal dystopian fiction half-breed. Inventive, thrilling, and amazing chemistry,Poison Princess ROCKED! Dark, twisted, fast-paced read. It is a paranormal dystopian fiction half-breed. Inventive, thrilling, and amazing chemistry, and Kresley Cole doesn't wimp out. It was so brutal that I wouldn't let anyone under sixteen read it no matter their maturity. I wanted to post quotes from the book countless times. The ending made Death feel proud, but it made me feel proud for Kresley Cole. I cannot wait for the next in this new series. & I want to know more about Death!!!
I always worry when my favorite authors in the adult paranormal romance genre venture out to the YA genre. Some are good, some are mediocre, some are disasters. I think that Cole wrote Poison Princess BETTER than the IAD series & I'm in love with those Otherworlders!
***fangirling like an idiot. I have to start another book just to get this one from my thoughts. It was THAT good!! Tied for 1st place with Blood Red Road for the best book of 2012- IMO! ...more