First Thoughts: Celeste: 5 Stars Dark. Gritty. Intense. Raw. HOT. Loved it. *flails wildly*
Amy: 5 Stars! Could. Not. Put. It. Down. This series is fantastic! *flails with Celeste*
Jag: Oh ya baby! 5++++ stars. Page turning, intense, SEXY SEXY, did I mention SEXY, emotional roller coaster *grabs Celeste and Amy and group flails*
Plot, Setting, Pacing and Style: Celeste: This story picks up nearly where Promise Me Darkness left off, and it took about 1 page for my heart to start pounding. The war changed everything so dramatically, and the outcome looked so dire. Ryder has gone off to help look for Maddie’s best friend, Eva, but the wait for him to return is nearly unbearable. I knew there had to be a HEA, but man oh man, getting there was a serious nail biter and I was sweating bullets. Sometimes the setting in a story is fairly irrelevant, but here, I could picture the entire thing. The war has created a sense of desperation, and people were sent back to times like the great depression. I could feel the coldness in my bones, the dirt on their clothes, their hunger….Ms. Weaver made me feel like I lived in the Delaney house right along with them. The pacing was spot on. I had to restrain myself from reading faster to find out what would happen next. When Maddie was waiting for the return of the men, I am pretty sure I felt the weeks that went by just as she did. Waiting for a fever to break….yep, those days felt like years to me as well and I didn’t know which way it was going to go. It was told from Maddie’s POV (except for one part :) ) and I could feel her pain and hopelessness…it was heartbreaking, yet I loved being in her head.
Amy: One of the reasons I love this series so much is because of the consistency that flows constantly and seamlessly within the entire storyline and also in the authors writing as well. In sequels, I’ve noticed a lot lately that the tone of the story noticeably shifts away from the first book, thus having a different impact on readers, rather than having that ability to catapult us right back into the same feel and excitement the first installment provided.. I’m stoked to say that Promise Me Light is every bit as full of the same awesomeness that Promise Me Darkness had! I am so very impressed with the vividness, boldness and creativity behind Paige’s words and just how well her writing translates to readers. It’s an awesome thing really. The plot is perfectly constructed and unpredictable in my opinion (which I loved), and the pace was fast, exciting and totally engaging. This book is packed with action, drama, sadness and struggles, and topped off with a knock-your-socks-off heaping dose of smokin’ hot romance.. doesn’t get much better than this!
Jag: I can’t lie, I was sooo nervous for this book. Sequels so rarely live up to the hype of the first book but this book absolutely blew my expectations out.of.the.water. The world and characters that Paige Weaver so vividly manages to create in Promise Me Darkness are that much better in Promise Me Light. I love how she is able to maintain the integrity of the characters in this book while keeping the intensity and emotional angst I loved so much in the first book. Promise Me Lightness sucked me in from page one, had me biting my nails, reaching for my tissue, swooning over Ryder and clutching my chest. The pacing was perfect, the story was never predictable and damn if I don’t absolutely adore all of these characters. I felt like I was back on my favourite emotional roller coaster with some old friends. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this would make a great HBO series, can someone make this happen lol :)
The Characters: Celeste: To say that Maddie and Ryder have an intense love and need for each other is an understatement. They can’t exist without the other, and will do anything and go anywhere to make sure the other is happy and safe. Maddie finally knew she could not live without Ryder, but Ryder still didn’t feel that he deserved Maddie. I loved watching them learn that they just had to be together. Gavin, Cash, Brody and Eva were fantastic secondary characters, and I really mean it. I love them so much that I wish Paige would write a book about each one of them. They all have some serious demons, and I want to know what they are!
Amy: It’s a pretty awesome thing when you’re reading a book and you’re just as obsessed with the secondary characters as you are the main ones, and that’s how I felt with this cast of characters. I will say though, whenever Ryder or Gavin for that matter, stepped into a scene, my heart raced a little faster, because they’re both friggin’ hot and I love them and want BOTH. OF. THEM. BAAAAAAAD. but I loved everyone in this book.. Eva, Cash, Brody and Maddie.. They all had such specific importance and held their own in the storyline.. it’s pure greatness I tell ya!
Jag: Needless to say I’m all about Maddie and Ryder but there were two standout characters for me in this book. First, I really loved Gavin and I was surprised to see where his story went here (no spoilers for you peeps) I didn’t see that coming. I really need to get a little more Gavin going forward. Second was Cash. Dayum I am intrigued by Cash, so much so that I plan on blowing up Paige’s twitter for a Cash book. Cash seems so mysterious to me, quiet, watchful, protective…there’s a story there and I want to find out what it is.
Romance /Chemistry: Celeste: *smokes cigarette* oh, wait, what I am supposed to be discussing? That’s right, the sex chemistry. Yes, it is THAT HOT. Naughty, naughty, naughty Ryder and mama loved it. He certainly took control a lot more than I remembered and it was craaaaaazy delicious. What do I mean? Let’s just say he was pretty dominant and it was FREAKING SEXY AND HE HAD ME ON FIRE AND I WISH HE WERE REAL SO I COULD RUB HIS BEARD AND ALL OVER HIS ABS. Yep, prepare yourself, ladies.
Amy: Ryder, Ryder, Ryder.. For the love of all that is holy.. He can boss me around ANY DAY! No really, I’m serious. Ryder and all of his dominant goodness was epically hot. Maddie brings out the beast in her man without even trying and their chemistry literally explodes all over the pages. *fans self and steals Celeste’s cigarette* And not only that, but there’s also the more tender, intimate moments that they share as well and they’ll melt your heart, I swear it.
Jag: *fans self* What can I say about Maddie and Ryder…they are a sexy hot mess and the chemistry is beyond intense. Maddie’s known forever that she’s loved Ryder but always felt that she wasn’t what Ryder wanted. And Ryder, has always loved Maddie but never felt deserving of her. Their relationship is explosive, filled with the push and pull of two people who are destined to be together but just need to get out of their own way. Ryder in this book was all alpha male and that sh*t is hot, yep true it’s HOTT! On a serious note, Paige does an amazing job balancing the sexy hotness with the emotional intimacy and the result is heart pounding, stomach fluttering, swoons that you feel all the way to your toes.
Title/Cover: Celeste: The title is beyond perfect on so many levels…..read it and you will agree! The cover is pretty hot! I probably picture Ryder a little bit scruffier and dirtier, but hey, hot is hot!! I also love the blue as opposed to the red in Promise Me Darkness. This is one gorgeous set of books.
Amy: The cover is indeed gorgeous and the title’s perfect.. But if I’m being completely honest, I wish Ryder would of been portrayed in a darker, more rough and rugged way.. just because that’s how I envision him in my head.
Jag: Look at it people, LOOK AT THAT COVER! It’s sexy and gritty and dark, just like Ryder, just like the book. I have to agree with Amy though, my Ryder was darker looking, darker hair, but I can still get on board with this Ryder ;) .
Ending: Celeste: It can’t be over. It can’t. Yes, the epilogue gave me so much closure, so much light, but I STILL WANT MORE MORE MORE.
Amy: That epilogue? I died all over myself. The ending rounded the story off so well. I don’t want it to be over though!
Jag: *sobs* I read it too fast. I READ IT WAY TOO FAST! All I can say is the ending was the perfect closure for Ryder and Maddie, but I need more of these characters. I need to find out about Cash and Gavin and Brody and Eva, there are so many stories still left there.
Gripes/suggestions/things that irked: Celeste: My biggest “gripe” is actually the flaws in a character, but understand this is not a gripe with the story telling. So no, it doesn’t change the fact that this story is a 5 star for me. Here it is: I wish Maddie had been a little less headstrong and had a stronger maternal instinct. I connected with her where her love for Ryder was concerned (no issues there lol), but her maternal instinct was kind of lacking; she seemed to love Ryder more than her baby. I guess I was disappointed in her for that. When she insisted to go with the men into town to look for Ryder, I cringed because it was pure foolishness. My other smaller issue (which can easily be fixed, Paige!): I felt a little “hungry” at the end regarding the other characters and would love to know how their lives played out…what’s my suggestion for this?—–> more books. ;)
Amy: My only gripe, and it’s really not even an actual gripe, more like a plead for more.. is being teased with all these awesome secondary characters and not knowing how their individual stories end! I MUST know what happens to everyone. Please Paige! Pleeeeaaassseee write more books!
Jag: I have to agree with both Celeste and Amy. At times I wanted to smack Maddie in the head for some of her choices and decisions, but it’s who she is and it’s how she is. And like Amy said….Please Paige! Pleeeeaaassseee write more books! AND talk to HBO!
Final Thoughts/Rec It? Celeste: YES. Read this and then reread it. I am still stuck with a book hangover that doesn’t seem to have a cure. Maybe we can convince Paige to write stories about Gavin, Cash, Brody and Eva (please).
Amy: OMG YES! Highly, highly recommend this series!
Jag: YES YES a thousand Ryders YES! I loved this series and can’t wait to revisit it on audio book again as soon as it comes out. #TEAMCash(less)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars! This book screams rock and roll!
The Pace, The Plot and The Writing..
Unfortunately, I had some issues with the pacing of the overall story. While I LOVED the edgy and unique environment that was created for this book, I just felt like things seriously stalled in certain places and unrealistically fast-forwarded in others. I’ve read a lot of stories influenced by or centered around music and I can honestly say that The Devil’s Tattoo is one of the first books where I could actually place myself within the scenes of a gig.. The author does a great job lacing her words with authenticity and vividness when it comes to the whole experience behind a concert. When both Will and Zoe were up on stage performing or even when they simply hung out in the venues after their shows, I was so curiously drawn in by their actions and behaviors as popular musicians. I will say though, the music vibe started off strong in the beginning of the story and flowed steadily through the middle, but seemed to fade off as Will and Zoe’s romance hit its high notes and I wish it would of remained constant throughout the entire book. However, I did love cover of this book, the title, the band names, and the bonds and friendships between the band mates. There’s definitely heaps of potential with this series..
Zoe Granger is a damaged woman that allowed the demons of her painful past to heavily influence the person that she is today.. Aside from her best friend and the guys from her band, she doesn’t have the energy for relationships but isn’t interested in one night stands either. Zoe’s character is complex and hard to relate to at times, she’s very intense and personally, I felt she came off pretty cold at times (even though I know she wasn’t..) but was still frustratingly intriguing all at the same time. She throws herself into this sort of rockstar goddess persona on stage, but when she steps away from the microphone, she reverts back into a socially awkward, closed off shell of the girl she used to be. Zoe uses music to escape her reality and eventually becomes the lead of The Devil’s Tattoo, unknowingly memorizing her fans, her band mates and most importantly, Will Strictland..
Will, Will, Will… There’s something immediately captivating about his character.. As one of the guys from the band, The Stabs, he carries around this reputation that has labeled him as bit of a ladies man (aka manwhore), something he may have been at one time but isn’t anymore. Especially after he lays eyes on the wildly beautiful Zoe Granger..
The romance between these two is complicated, confusing and for the most part, swoonworthy. What was frustrating as a reader, was the length of time it took for the pair to finally come to their senses and hookup already. There was heated, instantaneous attraction right from the very beginning, and while I understand why the progression of their relationship was hindered, I felt like some of the events and reactions of the characters were unnecessary and misplaced. It made for choppy translation in my opinion. I think if the importance of Zoe’s brokenness had been introduced earlier on in the story, it may have allowed me to better relate to her and her reasonings. It was those misunderstandings that disrupted the flow and made things a little too confusing for my taste. But, that aside, the chemistry is still undeniable and palpable!
I live for books that incorporate music into its storyline. It’s a difficult topic to write about too because there’s readers like me that are pretty demanding about capturing that “realness” of dark venues, loud music, passionate musicians with an all-consuming romance on top of it! Yes, there were some things that fell short for me when it comes to this book, but as I mentioned earlier, there’s quite a bit of potential as well. I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here!(less)
Hot, bad-ass rockstar.. Check. Awesome and emotional love story.. Check. Gr...moreI originally reviewed this awesome book on The Book Hookup!
Hot, bad-ass rockstar.. Check. Awesome and emotional love story.. Check. Great cover complete with guitar.. Check. Football/NFL talk.. Check. Holla! I’M IN LOVE!
Pace, Plot and Writing Style..
The beginning of this book starts off with a massive amount of intense emotions that will seriously break your heart. There’s so much unfortunate tragedy that immediately catapults this story into a league of it’s very own. I was almost instantly pulled into this world and fell in love with both the main characters, and with a character that we never even had the privilege to meet. As rockstar, Liam Westbury’s character is introduced to us, in the midst of all the revolving sadness, I honestly wanted to slap him and almost didn’t want to read anymore about him because really, who can be that selfish? Who throws away the love of his life, a football career and his best friends all because he felt like his head was going to explode? Well, as the story unfolds, we learn the reasons Liam ran and the more I thought about it, the more I understood.. not that it wasn’t painful doing so, but I kinda got it. I also think that eliciting such a responsive reaction similar to my own and other readers, shows this authors strength and the power of her words and thought process. The pace was perfect and I felt it flowed very well, transitioning seamlessly between Liam and Josie’s points of view. As for the plot, yes, at times it was a bit predictable BUT damn was it written well. I was so enamored with all the different elements music, hot rockstars and football.. OH MY! of the story to even care about that, in fact, I found myself desperately wanting the story to follow the direction it did. It was so great.
Liam: I didn’t want to love Liam. Early on in the story, I was horribly disappointed that he actually walked away from the girl he loved?! I mean, if you’re lucky enough to find a love like that, who’d be crazy enough to let it go like that, right?! I fought it and fought it, but as the story progressed and I began to somewhat understand the reasons he left and about the man he forced himself to become throughout the years afterwards because of it, I fell hard. He didn’t just storm onto the scene and take over, demanding for Josie to take him back either.. He was patient yet persistent and most importantly, very willing to prove that his feelings never died and that he was still very clearly in love with Josie. Liam’s character is so perfectly developed and pivotal to the storyline, and honestly.. who doesn’t obsess over love a motorcycle ridin’, tattooed, rockstar bad dude?! we all know I do!!
Josie: As a teenager, Josie was completely blindsided by Liam and his decision that she was no longer welcome in his life. She was left behind by the guy she adored and looked forward to a future with, with no explanation and no other option but to move on without him. Oh man, Josie’s POV’s seriously broke my heart.. The pain and just having no closure was enough to bring me to tears on multiple occasions. But even through Josie’s palpable sadness, you could sense her strength as well and I loved that. She didn’t just fall back into Liam’s arms, even though I’m sure she wanted to.. because I know I sure wanted to and OH AMY! .. He’s a fictional character! I just loved loving these two as much as I did.
Supporting Cast: Throughout Forever My Girl, we’re introduced to some other pretty amazing and memorable characters too. Liam’s band-mates, Josie and Liam’s family and friends – some playing very integral and guaranteed tear inducing parts in the story, and one very special little boy that will stitch your broken heart back up again! I’m really, really looking forward to reading more about some of these characters hopefully later on in the series!
This book was so well written and such a great start to this series! I can’t wait to check out more of Heidi’s writing!
♥ The Lowdown: Evelyn is a girl with a plan. She’s always had one for every...moreI orginally reviewed Lick with my blog mate, Christina on The Book Hookup!
♥ The Lowdown: Evelyn is a girl with a plan. She’s always had one for every facet of her life and as far as she’s concerned, the one for her future is set in stone. I guess she never heard the quote “best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” because getting totally wasted on her birthday in Vegas before marrying a rock god is definitely going to put a kink the grand scheme of things. Especially when she doesn’t remember any of it.
But that’s fine, she makes a new plan that goes a little something like, “No one ever has to know (Except his name is tattooed on her ass- Ooops!) and get an annulment/divorce ASAP.” But she’s quickly thrust into the life of being a rock musician’s wife whether she wants the role or not. After her safety is threatened, Evelyn is whisked away to spend quality time with her rocker husband and soon begins to understand what could have made her say “I do” so easily. But just when things seem like they may be working in the couple’s favor, some of David’s past threatens to crumble it before it ever truly gets started.
♥ Initial Thoughts and Rating:
Amy: Actual rating of 3! I was so stinkin’ excited for this book, but I’m sad to say it just kinda fell flat for me. I am a HUGE (like really HUGE!!) fan of books centered around music, the importance of music, and the effects it has on people and/or couples in general BUT along with all that fantastic music goodness, I also need depth with a natural flow of words and situations, layered with sexy rocker bad boys great characters and some sizzling romance! Now while this book did contain some of those things and they were conveyed quite well, there were other things that really missed the mark for me.
Amy: I’m actually still not sure how I feel about Evelyn. She was frustrating and a little wishy-washy.. and I honestly just never quite connected with her character.
Amy: I think I liked the idea around David (rockstar god) more than I actually liked his character. I LOVED MAL! He wasn’t a strong enough presence in my opinion, and I don’t mean that in a completely negative way.. Yes, he was an emotionally buttoned up guy with some intensity and fierceness behind him, and in the last couple of chapters of the book, his behavior was definitely swoonworthy to say the least, but he never really won me over. There just wasn’t that OMGGGGGGG DAVIDDDDD moment for me unfortunately.
–Other Secondary Characters:
Amy: I understand that this was David and Evelyn’s story, but I wish there would of been a little more focus on and introduction to the other guys in the band. I look forward to that in series like this- ones that focus on individual members of a group throughout each book- but there’s also important secondary stories being interwoven in the background at the same time and that didn’t come through in Lick.
♥ Writing and Plot:
Amy: I loved the beginning of the book! The premise and potential definitely had me all kinds of excited and I was on the edge of my chair during the first couple chapters, anxiously reading to find out how David and Evelyn were going to handle the crazy situation they had gotten themselves into, (I want to accidentally marry a rockstar.. No seriously, I really do. Can you imagine?! GAH!) but the way the story unfolded after that just felt exaggerated with too much drama for my liking. The story really kicked up a notch near the end of the book, which I thought was the strongest part of the story and is mainly the reason why I’m looking forward to book 2. The author did a great job with the emotional content at the end; I loved it. And finally, as far as the sexy times go, I have to agree with what Christina said below… there were too many poor/cheesy choices of descriptive words and dialogue used during the intimate scenes. Some parts were totally hot, but there were also a lot of not-so-hot moments as well. Boo.
♥ Rec It?
Amy: If you’re like me and books with any type of music inspired content generally make you a pretty happy camper, then I’d say yeah, maybe give it a shot. It was a quick read!
However, if you noticed the average rating on Goodreads of a 4.28 (as of 07/12/2013), I guess you could say that we’re in the minority on our opinion. It seems as though quite a few people enjoyed it more than us, so give it a go if it sounds like something that interest you. You may find that you quite like it.(less)
Left Drowning probably isn't for everyone. And I say that only because the story is built upon some tragic, mature and intense subject ma...moreMy thoughts..
Left Drowning probably isn't for everyone. And I say that only because the story is built upon some tragic, mature and intense subject matters that will indeed break your heart and leave you sobbing all over your kindle, but if you're a reader that can harness and understand the importance of the bad and be patient for all the good, then please.. you must read this book!
My favorite part of this story? The characters. And not just the main characters either. It was ALL of them!
It all begins with Blythe McGuire. She's drowning.. just barely keeping her head above the surface.. as she silently suffers from the untimely death of her parents along with the tragedy and guilt that surround it. The few relationships she has in life are botched and strained, including the one with her younger brother, James. Blythe has lost herself amidst her pain. It's just easier to surrender to the dark rather than fight it. Although Blythe was such a complex and emotionally overwhelming character, I was so intrigued and moved by her unknowing strength and awe-inspiring resilience. I was also kinda constantly pleading to my kindle *facepalm* with her to never give up. And there were so many times I really thought she was going to.. until she met Chris. And even after she did, I still wasn't so sure..
Chris Shepherd's past is unfathomable. He's a beautiful man with a beautiful soul and a cloudy opinion of what he thinks he deserves in life. He suffers from pain that won't allow him to love, a pain that may even be more complicated than Blythe's. But when Blythe and Chris meet up one afternoon, the tone of the story does a 180 and there's suddenly hope! Even without explanation, Jessica Park forces you to feel this instant and fateful connection that's really unlike any other connection I've ever read about before. As their relationship deepens, it also becomes more difficult because these two are battling their pasts that have forever haunted them. There were a lot of times I wanted to seriously strangle Chris. His behavior, at times, was insensitive and seemingly selfish, but once I found out why, I finally understood the reasons behind his actions. This isn't your typical love story. And that's just another reason why I loved it so much. Yes, there were happy times (and holy crap.. the sexy times? GAH! I could write a whole other review on that alone!) but Chris and Blythe had to overcome so much just to stay in each others lives. Even though they may have not been "together" throughout the entire book, their love for each other continued to grow and didn't falter regardless of the distance and obstacles they had to endure.
As for the supporting characters.. Left Drowning wouldn't have been what is was without Chris's siblings, Sabin, Eric and Estelle, along with Zach, Eric's partner, and James, Blythe's brother. I'm totally in love with each one of them. They accented the story and Blythe and Chris's characters beautifully, each in their own, unique ways. Usually, I'm thrilled for ONE superb character! Bonus for us, in this book, we got a whole cast of awesomeness!
I am still in awe of Jessica Park and the incredible talent she has. There is some seriously difficult situations here to discuss and in my opinion, topics were presented as straightforward as possible and evoked such a strong emotional reaction.. I'll definitely be reminiscing about this story for a long time to come! The storyline flowed along seamlessly and perfectly. The plot was unique, utterly heartbreaking and romantically breathtaking with a handful of unexpected twists and turns that had me clutching my chest as I read. I can't wait for more of her writing!
From emotional strength to music to physical strength to family bonds to friendship to fate.. there was constant inspiration throughout Left Drowning and I loved, loved, loved it! There were so many times when things were so dark and muddled and I thought to myself, good lord, how can this ever get better!? But as the story unfolds we learn, just as the characters do, that there is always hope and understanding and opportunity "to take a sad song and make it better.." ( Beatles lyric! #Imanerd )
The running aspect of the story touched me as well. I taught myself to run the same way Blythe did. I needed an outlet too. So I ran. And focused on the music flowing out of my ear buds because it made all of those conflicted emotions that life boldly inflicts on us everyday, just a little bit easier to handle. I really loved reading about Blythe's progression as a runner and how much something so simple helped her.. This book was just amazing on so many different levels!
"I have it in me to run for another ten minutes. And the playlist is calling my name. Chris is calling my name. Ten more minutes of running will give me ten more minutes to play in my private fantasy world where Chris doesn't pull his body away from mine, and he doesn't stop kissing me, touching my hair, or moving his hand under my shirt. He goes further, feeling every inch of my body.
And so I run in order to stay with him.."
The ending and final thoughts..
The ending was perfection. Blythe and Chris's relationship was never an easy one. Constant, trying circumstances kept them fighting for the connection they shared, each other and their families. I am so extremely lucky to be one of the readers chosen to preview Left Drowning before it releases in just a few short weeks.. I just couldn't put this book down! It's a work of art. It's actually books like this one that make me flail and gush and cry all over myself. It's an amazing thing really.. An unexplainable gift to readers like myself that live for these kinds of stories. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book and I cannot wait for more of Jessica Park's writing!(less)
Let’s start this review off a little bit backwards and talk about the end...more I reviewed this book with my blog-mates, Ana and Celeste, on The Book Hookup!
Let’s start this review off a little bit backwards and talk about the ending first…
Actual rating: 5 stars) Alright.. while I definitely understand why things happened the way they did and I almost respect the characters now even more than I did throughout the story, I’m not gonna lie and say my heart wasn’t breaking a little bit because of the ending. This was a different kind of cliffhanger for me.. I’m so emotionally attached now to these characters! Jeez.. the minute book 2 comes out.. I’ll be ALL.OVER.IT!
Ryland Dare and Araya Noelle. Thoughts on their individual pasts and the romance they shared..
Araya is such a beautifully written character. Everything about her.. Her simplicity. Her innocence. Her strength. I’m enamored by her! Her childhood was a happy one. She was surrounded by her passion, dancing, and the love her mother wrapped her in, but that suddenly changed one fateful day when an accident took everything from her. It was impossible not to admire Araya and want her to break free of her fears and live again.. And then one day at the park, a football lands in her lap and the guy with the gentle and concerned voice, finally sparks some light in her darkness. Ryland Dare is a ladies man. No-strings-attached physical intimacy is his game when it comes to women. He truly believes that he can never do forever with someone. He’s darkened by his own painful childhood and undesired expectations from his father, a man he wants to be nothing like.. His life is complicated and overwhelming and when he meets Araya, he knows almost immediately that she will be the one and only exception to his rule.. *le sigh* The chemistry between these two is so palpable and it’s not only in the lust department. Araya and Ryland have a unique and special connection. It’s really quite beautiful and I couldn’t get enough of it.
When you look back on this story, what’s the first thing that comes to mind and why?
All it takes is for that one special person to walk into someone’s life and drastically upturn their world, impacting their life forever. And, that’s exactly what happened in this book. I’m a person that truly believes in soul mates.. and the person that is your soulmate doesn’t necessarily have to be the one you end up with either. A soul mate to me, is a person that helps you look inside yourself, makes you feel alive and free, and makes you want to be a better person because of them and I believe that’s what Araya and Ryland are to one another.. each others soul mate. They bring out the best in each other.
In just a few words, describe the supporting characters of the story..
Worst. Dad. Ever.
Another horrible parent!
Such a reckless guy but oh so loyal and supportive at the same time.. I loved him.
Thank god for Annie!
Carl and Nina.
This story was seriously chalked full of bad parents. These poor kids!
The plot and pacing..
The pacing was perfect. God, I couldn’t put this book down! And just when I thought I had the story figured out, the plot flew off in another direction leaving me breathless, heartbroken or furious.. or sometimes all three! I loved this book. It was told so unbelievably well.
The title and the cover..
I was totally in love with the first cover.. This one is pretty too though.. I just feel like it’s a bit too sexual for this story. The title is so very fitting!
Would you recommend?
The Edge of Darkness is a prime example of why I adore the New Adult genre so much. I almost feel like I can’t do it judge with words alone. You gotta read this so you can see for yourself why it’s so amazing. GO!
Whoa. JLA you've outdone yourself! Hunter certainly gives our beloved Daemon a run for his money! *winkwink* Obsession was an instantly captivating, f...moreWhoa. JLA you've outdone yourself! Hunter certainly gives our beloved Daemon a run for his money! *winkwink* Obsession was an instantly captivating, fast paced story with yet another fantastic set of characters (Hunter = O.M.G.). If you haven't yet checked out Jennifer's Lux series, umm.. RUN! but definitely check this one out too.. It was great to see things on the other side of the fence if you will and learn more about the Arum. The concept of this world created is just awesome and so unique and intriguing. LOVED everything about this book!(less)
Eyre House is a New Adult/Gothic Contemporary read that recasts the story of Jane Eyre and it was good! I loved that the book is told...moreThe characters..
Eyre House is a New Adult/Gothic Contemporary read that recasts the story of Jane Eyre and it was good! I loved that the book is told from character Evan Richardson’s point of view, the swoonworthy, tattooed ridden, supposed bad boy with the painful and unfortunate past that pretty much holds the entire story together on his own.. in my opinion. Evan is unfairly judged by his tattoo and his motorcycle and the instability that surrounds him, but really he’s just a decent man with a huge heart that is trying to pick up the pieces of his life, and that’s how he ends up at Eyre House. Wait.. Did I mention how sexy he is? No? My bad. OMG. He’s delicious! He’s such a strong and well constructed character.. Bravo Caitlin! Love him!
Ginny Eyre is the story’s heroine and the daughter of Evan’s new boss at Eyre house, and I unfortunately could not connect with her at all. She drove me crazy actually. I wanted to love her, I really did, but as the book went on, I just got more and more irritated with her instead. Now Ginny isn’t your typical girl.. she’s feisty and a bit reckless and will mostly stop at nothing to get what she wants. She lives with a tragic past and harbors many secrets and I felt for her, but I just didn’t care for the way she interacted with Evan. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t really elaborate, but I thought she seemed a bit fake at times, immature and just too forward for my liking. For half of the book, I almost felt like she was only after Evan to prove her character, not because she felt something for him beyond the physical and that bothered me especially since I knew there were moments of genuine, palpable feelings between them. I just wish Ginny’s character could of been a bit more down to earth.. I think it would of made her more relateable.
The romance and Creepiness Factors..
Alright, so I may have not loved Ms. Eyre the way I did Evan, but that aside, there’s no denying that these two had some serious chemistry. Evan cannot resist Ginny and Ginny loves to distract Evan, especially when it comes to all the ghostly (and non ghostly) incidents that keep happening at Eyre House. Before I get into talking about haunted houses and all that, let me say this about the romance awesomeness of the story.. REVIVING HIS BIKE’S ENGINE *DURING* NAUGHTY TIME?!? Holy freakin’ hell. Definitely one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read. Seriously. Combustive.
I LOVED that the author was able to combine a passionate romance with some dark and creepy elements and end up with a story that kept you flipping through the pages to find out what happens next! It’s honestly been a long time since I’ve read a book that had me interestingly spooked as I tried to guess where the storyline was going. It was great! The book isn’t scary by any means, but there’s some unexplained events and hushed whispers of the past that keep occurring in Eyre House and it’ll definitely keep you on your toes as you read!
Eyre House is a great tale with a fresh take on an old classic story. I enjoyed this book and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Caitlin Greer’s writing in the future!(less)
Originally reviewed with my blog mates, Celeste and Ana, on The Book Hookup!
**We received a copy of this book from the author, but that did not influen...moreOriginally reviewed with my blog mates, Celeste and Ana, on The Book Hookup!
**We received a copy of this book from the author, but that did not influence the review**
First Thoughts: Celeste: I’m OBSESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy: Whoa. Just WHOA!
Ana: More than I expected!!
Plot, Setting, Pacing and Style: Celeste: This was a new adult story in an apocalyptic setting…so not only were Maddie and Ryder dealing with their issues as friends/lovers, they also had to fight for their lives. I was hooked! The pacing was 100% perfect; the burn was exquisite and I may or may not have been fanning myself as my stomach did flips the entire book. I love the way Ms. Weaver tells a story and I will now read ANYTHING she writes.
Amy: This book was written SO.DANG.WELL! This may sound silly, but the background details of this story reminded me a lot of the TV series, The Walking Dead (BEST SHOW EVER!), just without the zombies.. Maddie and Ryder are trying to survive in a devastated world where the odds are constantly against them. Everyday is a fight to exist and there’s always another challenge behind every move they make, including the whiplash rush of emotions that consumes these two characters. The pacing was perfect and the storyline flowed along flawlessly. Paige Weaver definitely has a way with words.. her writing style is both captivating and addicting!
Ana: I really enjoyed the storytelling. This book felt different from others of it’s type. Even though some of the elements felt familiar, the author was able to put a spin on the situations and make them feel unique. The writing was smooth and the plot flowed well, making it easy and fun to read.
The MCs: Celeste: I’m in love with Ryder, Maddie, and the both of them together. I felt like I was Maddie. She wore her heart on her sleeve and didn’t played games. Of course Ryder was tougher to reel in, but man oh man, that was the beauty of him. I loved how they could never say no to each other.
Amy: Awesome pair of characters! I so love when that happens! Both Ryder and Maddie’s characters were so well developed and perfectly complimented the story and each other. Ryder Delaney is an emotionally charged bad boy that wears a suit of armor over his feelings and his heart. And boy, oh boy, is this guy a handful to deal with! He’s fiercely protective, jealous, moody, confusing, dark and overwhelming and I’m TOTALLY in love with him. (Lol) Ryder is willing to give his own life to protect the one woman he felt he didn’t deserve.. the woman that is also one of his best friends, but throughout the story, he painfully struggles tamp down and deny his feelings for Maddie because he doesn’t do relationships or love.. Or does he? *evil laugh* Maddie’s character, as well as her dialogue, really had an affect on me. I felt her pain and confusion. And her love and need for Ryder. I understood her and the reasons for the way she felt and found myself rooting her on to fight for both herself and the man that had always been “the one.”
Ana: I liked Maddie and found myself on her side in almost every situation. She’s intelligent and stronger than she appears. I must admit that I was torn by Ryder…I loved him, I hated him, I loved him…no…really!! He’s definitely swoonworthy! A bad boy fighting his own demons and denying himself what he want because it’s what he thinks is best…gets me every time! But he did confuse me. I’m not sure why he felt unworthy of Maddie, after all, he’s a good guy from a good family and they’ve been friends forever. Could he have low self esteem while still being cocky?!? At times it made me sad for him because he blocked his own path to happiness.
Romance /Chemistry/ Cold Shower Level: Celeste: hot hot hot!! 10 cold showers! Sweet lawd, that was smoking. I’m pretty sure I could feel the hormones jumping out of my kindle.
Amy: Holy heart palpitations! SO HOT! The chemistry between Maddie and Ryder is insanely delicious! (and tastefully well written too!) Just like them.. I couldn’t get enough!
Ana: Definite chemistry… the push and pull, the strong emotions, the angst and the passion… it was all there!
Title/Cover: Celeste: The cover is stunning and the title is amazing. I think I actually like the title of the next book a little more, Promise Me Light.
Amy: Beautiful and perfectly fitting.
Ana: Pretty cover and the title is a perfect fit for the book.
Ending: Celeste: How am I supposed to wait for the next book?
Amy: Brutal! I need book 2 NOW.
Ana: Really?!?! This is where you leave me?!?!?
Gripes/suggestions: Celeste: Honestly, I loved the entire thing, but if I were to nit-pick it was the overuse of some words, like bottom. Did that affect my love for the book? No way! Still awesome!
Amy: Ok, anyone that knows me, is irritatingly aware of my love for tattoos.. Dark, troubled, ripped, gorgeous dude with (meaningful/well placed) tattoos = me, puddle on the floor, (seriously) but I felt like the amount of times that his tattoos were mentioned was actually a wee bit excessive. Rather than having Maddie always internally expressing her attraction to Ryder’s body and his tattoos, I would of liked for her to actually tell him how she felt and maybe even shown him (while telling him) .. I know I would of! GAH!
Ana: What made this book good is what also made it frustrating for me. Ryder! More specifically, Ryder’s emotional rollercoaster. There were times I wanted to yell at him stop sulking, stop being angry, stop being over-protective…and, for gosh sake, make up his bloody mind already! But then, in the next chapter, I was OK with him again…so maybe I’m the one who needs to make up my mind! lol
Final thoughts/rec it? Celeste: A million times yes!!
This title was originally reviewed with my blogmate, Christina, on The Book Hookup!
♥ Initial Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 2.5/3 stars. I want...moreThis title was originally reviewed with my blogmate, Christina, on The Book Hookup!
♥ Initial Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 2.5/3 stars. I want to first declare that I am a HUGE fan of Simone’s. I adore her. I’ve probably read her Perfect Chemistry series about 25 times, no joke. But, I’m so bummed to say that Wild Cards fell almost completely flat for me. I wanted to love this book. I really did. It had all the things that I love to see in the stories I read; football talk, an undeniable and consuming romance and a set of badass characters.. while all those components were present, I never really felt that connection with the story and felt that the execution in the narrative and direction of the book was just too far off for me.
♥ What I Liked: There were brief glances at awesomeness.. I originally loved the idea of a girl conquering a guys game like football, and also the relationship she shared with her teammates. And even though I had some issues with story itself, it was a clever and inspiring concept for a book. I wouldn’t necessarily label Derek’s character as a “bad boy” either, but he was certainly intriguing.. I just wish we would of gotten to see more of what made him into the guy he was. There’s points of well written tension and affection between Derek and Ashtyn as well. And when it comes to Ashtyn’s character, had she been a little less aggressive in the beginning, I probably would of enjoyed reading about her more. I understand the need to show her as feisty and rigid because of the position of her character, but at the same time, I wish she wouldn’t of come across as such an ice queen straightaway. You can be the strongest of the strong and still be approachable.. but that’s just my opinion. Again, I LOVE SIMONE! And I’m a fan for life! Her ideas, her unique writing style that generally focuses on real topics and people, and her ability to illicit a wide range of emotions from her readers are just some of my favorite things about her.. this book just wasn’t for me.
♥ What I Struggled With: My biggest issue was honestly the lack of football content in the storyline. Maybe, being the massive football fanatic that I am, my expectations were just set too high; though, I’m not sure. I understand that there are a lot of integral parts that contribute to a storyline, but based on the blurb and the title and cover, I was really looking forward to and expecting a plot that was strongly structured around the game. Football played an extremely important role in both Ashtyn’s and Derek’s lives, I just wish that the importance would of been highlighted more effectively throughout the book.
Ashtyn’s character was a little too overpowering for my liking. Now normally, I’d be all WOOHOO! A GIRL THAT PLAYS FOOTBALL! OMG!, but she came off a bit harsh in those first couple of chapters and I felt like her character dominated the story and that Derek was more of a secondary character rather than the other half of the intended focus. I wish we would of learned more about Derek’s football career earlier on in the story too..
I also had a hard time following along with the progression of the story and keeping focus on the characters. I felt the flow and pace was a bit choppy, especially in the beginning of the story. And while Simone always does a great job with the tactfulness of her steamy scenes, I too felt the buildup for the pivotal intimate scene was a bit excessive and the actual act was a bit of a disappointment in the end. How exciting would it of been if that scene or maybe just even one of the more affectionately important scenes would of taken place on the turf of an empty football field? There was so much potential here.. but it unfortunately just missed the mark on too many points.
♥ Rec It? If you’re a hardcore fan of Simone’s, then yes, I would recommend it even though I’d unfortunately have to exclude this particular book from my favorites of her work.(less)
I originally reviewed this title with my blog mate, Celeste, on The Book Hookup!
First Thoughts.. Celeste: 4 stars! Let’s be real: I’m pretty sure I wa...moreI originally reviewed this title with my blog mate, Celeste, on The Book Hookup!
First Thoughts.. Celeste: 4 stars! Let’s be real: I’m pretty sure I was turned on the entire time I was reading this book. The hormones jumped off the pages.
Amy: 4 Stars! This book was intense, dark, edgy and raw! And, holy Remington Tate was it HOT!
Plot, Pacing and Style.. Amy: Told from Brooke’s point of view, Mine takes place at the start of a new season.. Remy and Brooke are finally together and their understanding and love for one another is growing stronger every day. Certain circumstances suddenly invade the stage and catapult these characters out of each others arms, forcing them to cope with an almost painfully difficult absence.
The plot was structured well, but the pacing throughout the story threw me off a bit unfortunately. Brooke was excessively vocal about her feelings for Remy this time around, and I felt that it somewhat halted the flow of the storyline. There were pages of inner dialogue consisting of Brooke discussing her love, faith in and desire for Remy.. Now I’d probably be a blathering, love-crazed fool if Remy was real my man too, but I just couldn’t ignore what seemed to be her constant stream of feelings all the time. I do love Katy’s writing though.. her words are packed with such an intense impact and vibrancy.
Celeste: Mine continued with Brooke and Remy’s story, and showed that a love so intense is never easy, but definitely oh so worth it. The entire book was about how deeply Remy and Brooke needed each other, and we definitely got to hear them declare their love many, many times. The pacing was easy, but it was a lot of the same story and thoughts over and over – it felt like Brooke was almost trapped in her own head. However, the chemistry between the two of them made me just want to keep burning through the pages.
The MCs.. Celeste: In this book both Remy and Brooke have admitted they love each other, but it seemed like they really still didn’t believe the other one could love them back as much. Even when there were times of doubt, there were never any games, which I loved. Both of these characters were always upfront about not only their love, but when they were upset too. I think they each got a little stronger by the end of the book, and it was because they truly completed the other one. They did irk me a little when they had to be away from the other one, it was really only a few days and not a year.
Amy: Remy is such a unique character. I’ve read a lot of books about bad boys.. *cough* A LOT. #Obsessed but, there aren’t many that can stand on the same level as Remington Tate. His presence in the story is completely addicting and he definitely makes this series the awesomeness that it is. Although he’s somewhat settled down with Brooke now, he never loses that dark and dangerous, bad-ass, fighter mentality and I love it. As for Brooke, like I said earlier, I was a little disappointed with her, but that aside, these two characters couldn’t of made this story what it is without each other.
Romance /Chemistry.. Amy: This book could literally combust from all the hotness within it. It’s insane! Brooke and Remy share a chemistry like no other.. Steaminess is just rolling off the pages and man o’ man can Katy Evans write some epic sex scenes. Rawr! I love, love, LOVE how Brooke and Remy use music to express their feelings for each other too.. It’s beautiful and romantic and hot and I WANT THAT!
Celeste: This book was sex, sex, sex and then some more sex, sex, sex. Holy cow. You might say to yourself, how could Ms. Evans write another sexy scene? I mean, we just had 10 sexy scenes where Remy and Brooke had to have each other or they would combust. Well, she writes them and I read them. Every. Single. Word. Now it was totally unrealistic, but still, that’s why we love romance novels. ;)
Title/Cover.. Celeste: The title is so perfect it’s not even funny. Perfectly perfect. The cover, I’m not so sure. Yes, it’s pretty sexy but totally inaccurate. When I was finished with the story I thought the cover didn’t go at all. But…….maybe it’s a symbolism type of cover? Then I guess it works. I still would have been happier with Remy on the cover.
Amy: I’m not so sure that the cover accurately portrays the stories greatness.. That said, it’s also very possible that I’m just greedy and wanted another ripped body shot of Remy on the cover.. However, the title is perfection.
Twists and Turns.. Amy: The major plot twist in the story definitely threw me, but in a good way and there certainly were some dips and veer-offs within the storyline, but I was honestly so obsessed with Remy and Brooke the whole time to really even notice any drama going on with secondary characters or for that drama to make any kind of impact on me.
Celeste: I’m pretty sure a few storylines (the Nora one and the one with Remy’s friends) were supposed to throw us a little bit, but neither one resonated with me. I never felt worried about them, or even really cared. Maybe because some of those relationships had never really been important to me. I can’t speak for everyone, so maybe it will shock the pants off of other people.
Ending.. Celeste: Oh, I got my HEA and I want to hug everyone.
Amy: *le sigh* The ending was executed so well..
Gripes/suggestions.. Amy: My issues were mainly with Brooke and her insecurity. I felt like she was much stronger in Real and I valued that in her character. Now I get that there are some key factors that play into all of this and insecurity is certainly a real possibly in the situation, I just wish she had been stronger and a little bit less vocal and repetitive about her feelings.
Celeste: I really did love this story, so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what more I wanted. I think maybe the secondary storylines besides the relationship. I would have loved if there was a little more danger. Now, I realize this was from Brooke’s POV, and I know Remy was keeping her in the dark about details. He told her more than once that “he was taking care of it” and she didn’t have to worry. Would it have been different from Remy’s POV? Maybe?? I wonder now if my questions get answered in Remy’s story?
Final Thoughts/Rec It? Celeste: Absolutely. I have been eagerly awaiting this story and just love Remy and Brook together. This series is a must read if you like a hot romance with a couple that needs each other like they need air to breathe.
Amy: YES! This series is so unique and the characters seriously sizzle together.. Definitely a must read!(less)
**NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However,...moreOriginal review can be seen on The Book Hookup..
**NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way.
Sum up the book in just a couple words.
A unique, suspenseful and completely addicting story built upon overpowering emotions and staggering secrets.
The cover is beautiful. Memorizing and dark.. I just love it!
The main characters: Ember and Eli.. And how about some Torin too?
Eli, Ember as well as Torin, all had this mysterious, intriguing side to their character.. something about them that always kept you guessing and wondering throughout the story.. It takes a very creative thought process and clever writing style to keep readers guessing till the very end and I’m so happy to say that Stacey Brown pulled it off beautifully. The characters were all written so amazingly well! And they complimented each other, the scenes and the entire storyline so perfectly. Eli and Ember have this bewildering magnetism, both as individual characters and together, as a couple if you will, that is completely captivating. The witty and intense banter between these two is so entertaining.. you won’t want to put the book down, I swear on it.
I think I can honestly say that there isn’t much depth to Eli’s vocalized words in the first half of the story (there’s a reason for this!) but yet we can somehow feel every.single.thing that he’s thinking and feeling from that crazy insane glare of his! (GAH!) Eli and Ember have a instantaneous connection that is so raw and explosive! The whole time I was reading, I’m thinking to myself, “He’s totally inflatuated with her. No, I was wrong.. He’s not. Wait, HE SO IS! Nope, he hates her. YES! No. Yes. No. OMG YESSSSSSSSS! What is wrong with this guy?!” Eli stirred contradictory feelings in Ember, infuriating, unnerving and calming her all at the same time! At times, he was so cruel and aloof, pushing Ember to tears and confused anger, making me want to seriously dropkick him across the room, but there was also something else too.. a burning attraction and powerful feelings that he couldn’t always hide. Eli’s brief moments of weakness made me crazy! (Totally in a good way!) This is one of the most epic, consuming and frustrating romances I’ve ever encountered in a book and I WANT MORE!
The paranormal surprises.
Ember knows she’s different and that something just isn’t quite right, but she has no idea that her world is about to unleash an unfamiliar kind of danger. A danger she never even knew existed and OMG I can’t wait to read more about it! I had no idea where this story was going (which is part of the reason I loved it so freakin’ much!) but let me just say, once the secrets were spoken, I was shocked, excited and even more addicted then I was before!
The plot and the pace. Any gripes?
I LOVE when I’m wrong when it comes to the direction of a plot.. And boy was I continuously thrown off track here! Pure awesomeness! This story was constructed perfectly and it unraveled equally as well. HURRY UP FALL.. I NEED BOOK 2!
*repeats* HURRY UP FALL.. I NEED BOOK 2!! As Celeste said earlier, WHIPLASH! What a roller coaster ride! Stacey’s writing is amazing! That ending was insanely good and totally unexpected!
“Life doesn’t get all up in your damn way because it wants you to just give up and let i...moreYou can see my full review at The Book Hookup
“Life doesn’t get all up in your damn way because it wants you to just give up and let it take control. Life wants you to fight it.”
Thoughts on This Girl..
This book was BUTTERFLYING amazing! I adored it. Heck, I adored the entire series. And for so many different reasons! It was like taking a reminiscent stroll down memory lane. Colleen retells this cherished, epic love story from Will’s point of view and it was such a beautiful way to end this touching story. I’m still astounded by impact these books have had on me. As I’ve said before, I can’t really find fitting words to truly describe how much these 3 brilliantly written books mean to me. Have you ever had a time in your life when you’re maybe feeling bit lost or hopeless or even just simply disappointed and you’re looking for something.. anything.. to change the way you view certain things?? Well that’s where I was when I picked up these books and about halfway thru Slammed, I realized all I really needed was Colleen Hoover’s inspiring and impressionable way with words..
I could not put this book down. Literally. I was completely riveted and captivated by Will’s reasoning’s and actions and feelings this time around.. There is so much emotion packed into every single page of this book.. It’s breathtaking and heartbreaking and quite honestly, just perfect.
Will, Layken and their romance..
Will and Layken had this instantaneous, super magnetic and totally swoonworthy whirlwind romance that will have you sighing and crying and yelling and swooning HARD all over the place. If you read this series for nothing other than to experience the romance aspect of it, then do it. Seriously. I promise you will fall in love with these characters and the love they share for one another just like I did.
The poetry and it’s role in the story..
O.M.G. I loved it. I absolutely loved it. Poetry is such a beautiful form of creative expression. Will and Layken’s relationship blossoms around these poetry readings also known as ‘slams‘.. Now I’ve always been a big fan of poetry, especially when it’s meaningful and romantic and descriptive like it is in these books, but I hadn’t heard of a poetry slam before.. (for those that don’t know, it’s basically a competition or performance between poets that recite their work to an audience and judges to be scored..) I’m now making it my mission this summer to find a poetry slam that I can attend because I MUST see this. In This Girl there’s some new poems that we didn’t see in books 1 and 2 and they are absolutely beautiful. I got goosebumps and butterflies and cried a little as I read through each one.. I think I might be a weeeeeeee bit emotional, eh? It’s powerful stuff! No judging! I can’t help it!
I seriously highlighted at least three quarters of this book! True story! And then the moment I turned that last page, I immediately went back to the beginning and flew through it again! Yes. It’s that wonderful. I highly, highly recommend this series as well as her Hopeless series and ANYTHING else penned by the brilliantly talented and amazing Colleen Hoover.(less)
This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.
**An ARC was received from the author but that did not influence our review**
Judge a book by it’s...moreThis book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.
**An ARC was received from the author but that did not influence our review**
Judge a book by it’s cover (first thoughts):
Celeste: Well, lookie lookie at that cover…and a hockey player? I’m So. In. I also adore Julie (I read her YA paranormal Ravyn’s Fall and loved it) so I knew I’d devour this one.
Amy: I love, love, love covers (and titles) that truly reflect a moment in time (or a specific word or line) from a story.. I can totally picture Ben and Georgia wrapped in each others arms like this!
Digging in (the story) ~ did it work?
Celeste: Georgia is a mess and trying to put the pieces of her life back together after hitting total rock bottom. While she is on the way to doing better she meets Ben Lancaster, the smoking hot hockey player that was just signed to the Flyers. A hot love affair is exactly what would bring her back down, but it seems like Ben is too much to resist. And yes, the attraction is mutual. A lot of times contemporary stories have some pretty heavy issues in them. While there were previous issues, Georgia had already been through them by the time we met her so there was nothing in this book that made me so upset or depressed. Exactly how I like my stories. :)
Amy: We all want what we can’t have, right? It’s inevitable. And Ben Lancaster wants the beautiful and deeply troubled, Georgia King. Georgia’s past involves a lot of selfish and reckless behavior, that hurt not only herself, but also the people she loves. She’s trying desperately to work through her issues and the mental illness that plagues her so that she get her life back on track. On her path of healing, she meets Ben. A gorgeous man that just so happens to play in the Nation Hockey League.. The story takes off from there as the two struggle with ghosts from their pasts and present day worries and fall in love. So basically yes, it worked!
The sex romance and chemistry:
Celeste: *smokes cigarette* I give this a 5 cold showers rating.
Amy: *laughs at Celeste* There were two points in this book that really captured my attention, one of which was the palpable chemistry between these two characters. The spark is instant and burns hotter as the story goes on!
Celeste: Loved them both. I don’t think I would have liked Georgia before her break down, but I certainly liked the one I met, the one who was trying to be good for herself.
Amy: I loved Georgia and all her complicated-ness! I prefer reading about strong willed-no nonsense-maybe a little too feisty type characters that can hold their own in a story, and Georgia can do just that! I’m in love with Ben. No seriously, I am. Ben is such a well written character… you honestly can’t help but love him. He’s a HOT hockey player people, come on! Ben’s also a rough and tough kind of dude, with a huge heart that knows exactly what he wants and goes after it relentlessly! Me = RAWR!
Celeste: Well, it was not a deep or complex story so if that is what you are looking for you won’t find it here. However, it drew me in and I was caught hook, line, and sinker into this world.
Amy: I was expecting to learn more about Georgia and Ben, like maybe a little more insight into their murky pasts, but things didn’t quite unfold that way. The storyline stayed relatively close to the surface considering some of the complex topics at hand, BUT it honestly didn’t take away from the story like I initially thought it would. More detail would of been great, but it wasn’t critical. There also was a bit of phrase repetition but again, it didn’t detour me from enjoying the book.
Celeste: Those that know my reading style know I don’t read a lot of contemporary stories but I certainly loved this one. I went to bed dreaming about Ben and wishing I could be Georgia.
Amy: I’m hoping in the next installment of this series, we’ll get a more in depth glance into Ben and Georgia’s lives and LOTS MORE SEXY TIMES! The Stillness of You had a great set of main characters that shared an intense love, and don’t forget, some smokin’ hot chemistry! I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next!
This book was originally reviewed as a group on The Book Hookup. (and I want to say that the author is all kinds of awesome.. but unfortunately this b...moreThis book was originally reviewed as a group on The Book Hookup. (and I want to say that the author is all kinds of awesome.. but unfortunately this book just didn't work for me..)
**We received a copy of this book for the blog tour but that did not influence the review**
Amy, Ana, Celeste and Jag put The Collector on our bottom shelf…
Describe The Collector in 3 words.
Amy: Dark. Light. Potential.
Ana: Boy gathers soul.
Celeste: Heaven. Hell. Souls.
Jag: Not hot enough
Initial thoughts on Dante Walker and did your perception of him change as the story progressed?
Amy: I’m not gonna lie, my expectations for this proclaimed ultimate bad-boy were sky high, and unfortunately I just never fully connected with Dante. There were a lot of the characteristics I loved about him; His cockiness. His arrogance. His sexiness.. you know, all the things we all love in our bad dudes, but it seemed like as the story went on, Dante became more and more of a softie and less and less of a bad boy.
Ana: I wanted to like Dante..I really did. But instead of the bad boy I was expecting, I actually got someone who was mean. His internal dialogue and side comments were self-centered and cold-hearted…even towards the Charlie. He did changed as the story progressed but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to redeem him in my eyes.
Celeste: I LOVED Dante when I first started the novel. His inner dialogue was fantastic. He was so cocky and full of himself and I couldn’t get enough. As the story went on he softened up so much (too much). He went from cold-hearted and selfish to kind and selfless, frankly a bit of a, well I can’t say the word here, but he was a pushover. It was actually a little too fast for me and not really believable. I preferred the original Dante. If he only had a soft spot for Charlie I could have bought it, but all of a sudden he sobbing at every person that he crossed paths with that was struggling.
Jag: I wanted to love Dante and this book so much but I think it fell short in the execution. The concept was great but Dante’s character, though cocky and confident at first, just never seemed ‘bad’ enough for me. He never had that edge that the bad boy needs, the edge that remains even after he falls in love. Dante went soft, too soft. I also had a difficult time getting a ‘visual’ on Dante, since it was written from his perspective I didn’t get any real glimpse into what he looked like. All the focus what on heinous looking Charlie. ::Kanye shrug::
The imperfectness that is Charlie Cooper..
Amy: I actually wished Charlie’s character would of just been a plain-jane type of girl, rather than almost repulsive or super pretty.. It would of made things a bit more relateable and believable for readers. I did love her overall though. Bad looks aside, she was admirably strong, kind, gentle and extremely loving. She may have been a bit of a nerd (which is exactly why I loved her) but she also wasn’t afraid to be who she was. The emphasis on how horrid looking she was just didn’t sit well with me.
Ana: I totally agree with Amy. I wish Charlie was been more “everyday”. She was a great girl who cared for others and the world she lived in but the huge focus on her crooked teeth, limp and bad hair left me cold.
Celeste: Well, Jag, looks like I’m the one with no soul here lol…while her soul is pure and full of good, she was physically unattractive. But that is part of what made Charlie, well, Charlie. No matter what she kept going and never lost faith in herself. She truly was a very strong person who had been through so much. I definitely admired her. She also had a great bit of spunk, which I didn’t expect but loved! (LOL when she named Dante’s car!!). I just couldn’t get past the ugly, especially the bad teeth and skin. Gross.
Jag: I just didn’t think she was all that and a bag of chips. I’m sorry she was sweet and nice and self-less but really REALLY he saw that much in her that his entire being changed. I could deal with the fact that she was FUG, but I just didn’t get it, any of it. I think Amy is right. she would have been more relatable had they just made her a plain Jane.
Amy: It just didn’t seem real for me.. Dante wasn’t physically attracted at all to Charlie in the beginning. It seemed like she just kinda grew on him. I understand that romance can develop as friendship progresses between people, but in this case, I just didn’t feel the chemistry or connection between the two characters.
Ana: I didn’t feel the heat. Maybe it was because it was so fast or maybe because my initial feelings about Dante made this transformation unbelievable but, either way, I didn’t get the tingles.
Celeste: Ack, I couldn’t feel it. Just personal taste, but this is where the story lost me. In Dante’s eyes Charlie was not attractive. So to me that means no chemistry. To me Charlie was like a kid sister to Dante and it just didn’t work for me at all.
Jag: FIZZLE not sizzle. I just never felt the unresolved sexual tension. There was no chemistry, no connection, I was let down.
Collectors vs. Liberators.
Amy: Such a unique take on angels and demons! Loved it.
Ana: Unique take on the whole angel/demon thing. I like that both heaven and hell are battling in a very tangible was for our souls.
Celeste: Now this part of the story is what I loved. It was a very original take on the whole angels/demons thing that has been done so many times. I think we only brushed the surface finding out about this world and their capabilities. I wish there had been more focus on this.
Jag: I really thought the concept and storyline were really unique. I’m always a fan of the good versus evil and I think the author’s spin on that had a lot of potential. She has left a lot to still discover in the next book.
Holy action and gold cuffs, Batman. And how about that ending?
Amy: The ending was probably my favorite part of the book. It was great! Things definitely got intense and we got some pretty cool insight into the world of the Liberators and Collectors.
Ana: Agreed…the ending was the best part. I felt like I was finally delving into that world and learning more about how everything works.
Celeste: The ending totally picked up for me! I wish there had been that much action all along because it gave the story the depth that I was craving. The whole concept of the cuffs and the metal was very cool.
Jag: I agree the ending picked up and was the best part of the book.
Was it rec worthy? Any hopes for book #2?
Amy: Gah, I so wanted to love this book bad.. The potential for the storyline is huge! I plan on reading The Liberator even though I had some issues with this story.. I still very much enjoyed the author’s writing style and sense of humor, and I’m curious to see how and if things change for and between Charlie and Dante. Everyone has their own thoughts and expectations on romance, that aside, there were some very good elements to this unique story so I’d say check it out and see what you think!
Ana: It’s always sad when I go into a book with great expectations and come out the other side disappointed. This happened to me. However, the beauty of books is that they affect people differently and I happen to know that lots of readers enjoyed this book. The writing was good and the story was unique…I just wasn’t fond of the execution. So, as for me, I don’t think I’ll be reading book 2.
Celeste: I love the whole concept of the collectors and the liberators….BUT I wish we had gotten a few more tidbits along the way about all the rules in this world, but maybe that was the idea….to wow me at the end? If the romance had worked for me I would have been more in love with this book. Sooooo no, I’m not going to read book 2. That is just a personal preference, so keep in mind this book could easily knock someone’s socks off if they were sold on the love affair between Dante and Charlie.
Jag: It hurts me not to love this book, I mean really people…Look.at.the.cover The writing was good, there were moments of humour, the story was unique but without the chemical spark of romance, I’m folding my cards and taking my money with me.(less)
Songbird is the newly revised edition of author Syrie James’ first published novel, originally written back in 1985. The story begins with a Californi...moreSongbird is the newly revised edition of author Syrie James’ first published novel, originally written back in 1985. The story begins with a California based DJ, Desiree Germain, and a heedless on air comment predicting a companies decline in stock.. To her surprise, a call comes in from a smoothing talking, irritated man that just so happens to be the owner of the company she just slammed! Shortly after dealing with this self inflicted uncomfortable situation, the person Desiree least expects to ever see, strolls into her booth and asks her to dinner! Despite her reservations, she agrees and triggers a whirlwind romance with the gorgeous entrepreneur, Kyle Harrison. And I just LOVED that the story setting takes place in mid-1980! I couldn’t help but smile every time I came across the vivid descriptions of the way things were during that point in time..
Desiree’s past is full of heart ache and disappointment. She’s tried her best to bury her emotions and redirected her focus to her furthering her career. Kyle’s attention and presence upturns her world as she struggles to admit how much she needs and wants him in her life. Desiree is a very well developed character and even though it was incredibly frustrating seeing her push him away, you can’t help but admire her determination to protect both her heart and the radio career she’s worked so hard for.
“No Desiree! she cautioned. He’s gorgeous and witty and incredibly sexy, but for God’s sake, don’t get carried away. Tomorrow he’ll fly back to his work and his life in Seattle, and you’ll be back to your comfortable, uncomplicated.. boring.. lonely.. routine.”
Kyle Harrison is one of the most persistent characters I’ve come across! This man knows exactly what he wants and goes after it relentlessly.
“I felt you respond to me,” he said. “I feel you responding now. You want me as much as I want you. Admit it.”
She squeezed her eyes shut, trying to block out the fiery eyes and sensuous lips so dangerously close to her own. She wanted to say no, but all she managed was: “Kyle, I-”
He cut off her next words with the pressure of his lips…
I loved the romance in this book! Desiree and Kyle had an instantaneous connection right from that first disgruntled phone call on her radio show. The chemistry between them is intense and the love that develops is truly heartwarming.
I adore stories that are inspired by or based upon music. Music to me is a necessity in life and helps express thoughts and feelings when spoken words just aren’t enough.. Songbird is such a beautifully written, almost lyrically told story about two people overcoming their fears and the profound love they share for one another. If you’re a fan of the romance genre and share my love of music influenced reads, I definitely recommend you check this book out!
“He loves you. He’s the music in your soul, the one who can set you free. Everything will work out if only you’re together. Nothing else matters. Nothing.”