**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Prince's Bride is the second book in the adult contemporary romanc**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Prince's Bride is the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Modern Fairytales, by Diane Alberts. The books in this series are not related at all, from what I can tell, and can each be read as complete standalones. The Prince's Bride felt like part second chance love, and part The Princess Diaries movie. (the second one where she has to get married.) I really enjoyed this book. It is like a modern fairytale.
The Prince's Bride is told in dual narrative between Leo and Alicia. I liked the twist of the second chance love between these two. They really were teenage sweethearts, except she has no idea he was a prince then. They go their separate ways and don't see each other again for another 10 years. It all seems like happenstance that they find one another again, but all of that is explained in the book. I really, really liked Leo. Alicia was a little bit of a block head. I loved her, but sheesh is the girl stubborn. I got it at first. but come on....She has got to give a little. Leo is very determined, and I loved that about him. I wanted him to let go of his stoic exterior a little bit more though, because the readers gets to see inside his head, and he is nothing like the emotionless exterior that he presents to the world. He is so kind and heartfelt and genuine that you just want to hug him. My heart broke for him in this story.
Bottom line: The Prince's Bride is a fun feel good read. I really enjoyed this one. I don't typically read many prince/millionaire/billionaire books, but this one was perfect for me because I love a second chance love story. And I loved how genuine Leo was, and how spunky Alicia was. If you are a fan of fairytales or of second chance love stories, you will enjoy The Prince's Bride. I know I did.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Witchmate is part of the Skeleton Key book series. I really love the s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Witchmate is part of the Skeleton Key book series. I really love the set up of this series. It is a group of almost 30 authors, each one writing a book featuring a skeleton key that unlocks a secret world. But all of the books are vastly different. Different themes, different age groups and different sub genres. I just love that idea. So whether you like young adult, new adult or adult, you will be able to find a book for you. If you want to know more information about the series you can check out the website dedicated to the books.
Witchmate is up there as one of my favorite of the books I have read so far in the Skeleton Key series. I loved the set up of the series. Emma, the main character, is trying to pull off an art heist, when she gets locked into this vault and finds the skeleton key. It was a very exciting start to the story. And then, hello, what is there not to like. Shifters and witches fighting. Umm yes, please sign me up! Witchmate clocks in at about 140 pages, which puts it right in between a novella and novel, in my opinion. I liked it more than the novellas in the series that I have read and I think a little bit less than I enjoyed The Azure Kingdom by Michelle Dare. But perhaps that is only because that book was longer, and I wanted more of Emma's story. I really enjoyed Witchmate, and I can't wait to read more by Renee George because of it. This was the first book that I have read by her, and I have to say it has intrigued me to add her to my author watch list.
I loved Keir and Emma. I enjoyed the set up of the world too. It was a very fast paced story because the world is in the middle of a huge war between the wolves and the witches. Emma was an interesting twist in the whole thing. I really enjoyed this one. An unpected benefit to reading the Skeleton Key series is that it is introducing me to a lot of new authors that I have not previous read before. And I am finding some authors that I am really excited to read more from. Renee George is one of those authors. Thus far, I have been really impressed with the variety in these stories. And the covers. I love the key that is present on all of them, but other than that they are all very different, but at the same time they are very well done and fit very well together. I can't wait to see what I think of the other books in the series.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Azure Kingdom is part of the Skeleton Key book series. I really lo**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Azure Kingdom is part of the Skeleton Key book series. I really love the set up of this series. It is a group of almost 30 authors, each one writing a book featuring a skeleton key that unlocks a secret world. But all of the books are vastly different. Different themes, different age groups and different sub genres. I just love that idea. So whether you like young adult, new adult or adult, you will be able to find a book for you. If you want to know more information about the series you can check out the website dedicated to the books.
The Azure Kingdom is my favorite of the books I have read so far in the Skeleton Key series. It felt different and much more like a full length novel (because it was) than the previous two novellas I had read from the series. I also loved that this one had more of a high fantasy feel than a paranormal fantasy feel. The Azure Kingdom by Michelle Dare takes you to a fantasy world where kings and kingdoms are warring. I really liked that immediately there were knights from two very different kingdoms trying to convince Alison that she should be with them. I will admit that at the very start I was torn, but pretty quickly I jumped on board with team Luke.
The romance in The Azure Kingdom is excellent. It is all at once sweet and sexy. I am loving the Skeleton Key series more and more. I can't tell you how beyond thrilled I am that even though some of the books are on the shorter end, there are also longer stories in there. Thus far, I have been really impressed with the variety in these stories. And the covers. I love the key that is present on all of them, but other than that they are all very different, but at the same time they are very well done and fit very well together. The Azure Kingdom is the book to beat in this series. So far, out of the three that I have read, it is the clear winner. I can't wait to see what I think of the other books in the series.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Working It is the third book in the It Girl series by by Leah Marie Bro**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Working It is the third book in the It Girl series by by Leah Marie Brown. The It Girl Series are all adult romantic comedies, and each one can be read as a standalone. Working It is the first book that I have had the opportunity to read, but now that I have seen Vivia so much from this book, I am dying to read her story. She seems awesome! I enjoyed how witty and fun Working It was. It was the perfect mix of humor, chick lit, friendship and romance.
Fanny is a very posh, and some might say a bit of a B, lady who loses her job at a top fashion house and finds herself a little lost. She ends up at a non-profit in the middle of Alaska teaching a class. Working It is really a journey of self discovery for Fanny. I loved that she has such great friends. The friendships in this book made me smile almost as much as the romance did. I love Vivia and I really took a quick liking to Fanny's roommate at Teach them to Fish. She is quirky and a ton of fun. I would love for her to get her own book.
I really enjoyed Working It. It was a quick read that was a ton of fun. I had only two sticking points with the book. First, I thought it took a little while to really get rolling. I was kind of bored in the beginning, and the story really only started to catch my interest when Fanny arrived in Alaska. From there on out, Working It and I were friends. My main complaint is that I felt like the book was too short. Once I started to get into the characters and the relationships, I felt like the story flew by and I didn't get a chance to savore them r hang out with them long enough. Especially in regards to the romance. I felt like once things were really picking up with Calder and Fanny we were at 72% into the book and I was sad because I knew it would be over soon. I wanted to see more of them.
Bottom line: Fans of chick lit will adore this series. Working It is a fun read that you can finish in one sitting. It takes a little bit of time to gain steam, but once the story gets going it is fast paced and zips right along to the very end. I think you will appreciate the friendships in this story most of all, but there is also a yummy romance with a scot that I loved. Overall, this was a fun read. I can't wait to read Vivia's story.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Love Charms and Other Catastrophes is the second book in the magical yo**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Love Charms and Other Catastrophes is the second book in the magical young adult series, Grimbaud by Kimberly Karalius. The first book, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters was one of my favorite books of 2015. It is the kind of book that puts a perma smile on your face, and Love Charms and Other Catastrophes is no different. You do need to read these books in order, so if you have not checked out the first book yet, you really do need to. The series is set in the magical town of Grimbaud. I love the cover of these books so much, because their whimsical feel helps me imagine Grimbaud with the same touch of whimsy. Does that make sense? The town also reminded me of the Kissing Town from the tv series The Tenth Kingdom (which is an amazing mini series if you have not watched it yet, you need to!) So the entire time I was reading, I was imagining the kissing town with love in the air, everywhere. (After I finished reading the first book, I told the author about this, and she confirmed that kissing town was part of her inspiration for Grimbaud! How exciting is that??)
Love Charms and Other Catastrophes picks up in the wake of the events of the first book. The gang has defeated Zita and all of her evil-ness has fled the town. But, in her place a whole bunch of different charm makers have taken up shop in Grimbaud. Some bad in their own way. Love starts to get a little nervous so he decides a contest is the key. Winner gets to take Zita's spot. Insert, our favorite student charm maker from book 1, Hijiri and you know where this is going.
I will admit that I was a little nervous about this story being about Hijiri. Not because I didn't like her in the first book. I did. But I just felt like I didn't really know her well. She was in the first book a good deal but I had my Fallon and Sebastian blinders on. But man, oh man did Hijiri prove me wrong. I am so happy that we had two plot lines going on. We had the love charm makers competition on one side and Hijiri's love life on the other. And getting to see Hijiri open up to love made her more personable to me. It made me like her. And who wouldn't love Ken. He was hand picked and delivered just for her! I mean come on. That is the stuff of daydreams.
Bottom line: If you liked Love Fortunes and Other Disasters you are going to love Love Charms and Other Catastrophes. It is every bit as fun and magical as the first book. I am completely loving this series. I hope I get to visit the town of Grimbaud many more times. This series is winner.
One Lucky Hero is the first in a new, adult contemporary romance serie**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
One Lucky Hero is the first in a new, adult contemporary romance series, called the Men in Uniform series, by Codi Gary. I loved this book! plain and simple. I really loved it. I thought it was an awesome romance full of wit, sass and good times. If you are looking for a feel good romance, this is it.
Violet and Dean (and Dilbert the dog!) totally won me over. They each have their own demons, but what I loved about them is that when they are around each other they seem to be so full of life. They can push each others demons away. They felt lighter when they were together, and that just made me smile. Plus I loved their back and forth banter. I have been really into books featuring military men in some way (I think I can blame it on watching American Grit...) and One Lucky Hero has to be one of my favorites.
Dean can brood with the best of them. So if that is your thing, get ready to swoon. Not to mention you get some puppy loving in this book too. Is it just me, or does a book with an adorable puppy in it automatically gain a few extra points? It totally does for me! Bring on more Dilbert! ;)
In all seriousness though, One Lucky Hero is far from all lighthearted fun. There are some serious issues being dealt with by the characters and there are some serious roadblocks for them to overcome. Overall, their journey was so worth it for me. I loved the characters and I love One Lucky Hero.
Surviving High School is a novel co-authored by vine superstar Lele Pon**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Surviving High School is a novel co-authored by vine superstar Lele Pons (and don't worry, I had never heard of her either. I am more of a youtube kind of gal.) and author Melissa De La Cruz. Surviving High School is a standalone young adult contemporary comedy. This book cracked me up. It is certainly not a book to take overly seriously. It is very irreverent, but hilarious! I loved all of the pop culture references, and the main character, Lele is a hoot. She is not the most serious or deep individuals ever to grace the halls of high school, but she cracked me up. I am not really sure if this is based at all on Lele's high school experience, and I don't know what to think if it was...even very loosely. Either way, this is a book to read, laugh and not take too seriously. If you do that, I think you will have a good time.
Surviving High School seems to be a very polarizing book for readers. People have either loved it or intensely disliked it. Honestly, I really enjoyed Surviving High School. I took it for what it is... a pop culture filled, irreverent and sarcastic story about a high school girl. It is kooky and wacky, and I get that may not be for everyone, but I think if you are in the mood to read something that will have you giggling away, this is the book for you. If this is not your cup of tea, then this is certainly not the book for you. But I thought it was a fun ride. Lele is a girl that goes insta-famous on the internet, and we get to watch how that rolls over to her "real-life". I loved this concept because in a world of social media stars, this could be a very real reality for some teens. I have no idea whether it would be this extreme for them or not, but it was fun reading, because it didn't seem so far to stretch for me. Sure it was over the top, but that added to the humor for me.
This book reminded me of Mean Girls, like the summary says, and also It's All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick. It has that same kind of hold nothing back, everyone and everything is fair game contemporary humor. It seemed like every sentence had a pop culture reference of some kind. I love stuff like that because I am kind of a pop culture junkie. (my head is full of all kinds of useless pop culture facts.) It kind of made me want to go watch Lele Pons vine video's to see if they are anything like the book, and to see if the Lele from the book is anything like the real life Lele. I would love to know how much of this overlaps with real Lele's life.
Bottom line: if you are looking for a light hearted read that is not serious at all, check out Surviving High School. Pull up your pop culture wikipedia and get ready to laugh.
The Star-Touched Queen is the debut young adult fantasy novel by Roshan**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Star-Touched Queen is the debut young adult fantasy novel by Roshani Chokshi. It is a blend of greek mythology and Indian folklore. While, I am very familiar with Greek mythology, I am admittedly not very familiar with much Indian Folklore. But starting out with The Star-Touched Queen certainly is going to set the bar very high. I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I am so blown away and impressed that this is author, Roshani Chokshi's debut novel. I never would have guessed that. She writes so beautifully. The Star-Touched Queen is a breathtaking tale.
The Star-Touched Queen tells the story of seventeen year old Maya, who as you can tell from the summary, is cursed. I instantly fell in love with Maya. I was more hesitant with Amar, though that was completely by design of Roshani. Eventually I warmed up to him, and the romance between the two of them turns out to be really beautiful as well. But as great as the romance is, everything is really great. The Star-Touched Queen is packed with exemplary world building, interesting characters, and plenty of action to keep you turning pages almost faster than you can read them. I could not put this book down.
This review has the potential to become very spoilery, so I am trying to say less, but I can't quite find the words to show how reading The Star-Touched Queen made me feel. There are plenty of well written, good young adult stories. But the great stories are the ones that stay with you long after you finish reading them. The great ones are the ones that you just can't stop thinking about. And I just can't stop thinking about The Star-Touched Queen. It is a GREAT story.
After We Fall is the third book in the contemporary romance series, Tak**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
After We Fall is the third book in the contemporary romance series, Take the Fall by Marquita Valentine. I have not read either of the first two books in the series, but this one caught my eye. It was a heartbreaking story, but also a sweet one. It is told in dual narrative between Hunter and Evangeline. By the way, can we just talk about how pretty of a name that is? I just loved both of the characters names. Hunter is a strong name and Evangeline is so pretty. I thought they were very fitting.
Evangeline knows Hunter as the cop who was there the night she finally escaped her abusive ex husband. I would have thought that would be a comfort to her to see him again, but it was much more of an embarrassment for her. But Hunter is not someone that is easily deterred. He stuck by Evangeline and was as patient as could be. I admired that about him. Hunter is just a good guy, through and through. I do have to say that I found his extra curricular activity very out of character for his day job. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get them to add up to me. It didn't make any kind of sense, to me at least. It was the only aspect of the book I didn't love.
After We Fall is a bit heavier of a contemporary romance than I normally read, but I really enjoyed it. Sometimes it is nice to read a more somber book to balance out the light and fluffy books. (I still think I prefer the light and fluffy books most of the time.) My heart just broke for Evangeline. It would be hard for it not to. But she is a strong person and she is a survivor. It was nice to see her get her happily ever after as well.
Bottom line: After We Fall is a great book for people that enjoy darker contemporary romances. It deals with some tough issues, such as abuse. In the end, it is a lovely romance for two characters that are easy to root for. I enjoyed it.
Painting Sky is a new adult contemporary romance standalone from R**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Painting Sky is a new adult contemporary romance standalone from Rita Branches. It is hard to believe that this is Rita's debut novel because she really captured the essence of the characters so vividly. I didn't initially know what to think of the story. On one hand, I was immediately drawn into the little bubble that seemed to be created around Keith and Jane every time they came in contact with each other. But on the other hand, I was hoping for something a little more drastic from his brother. I mean yes he was a jerk, but it didn't seem so clear cut to me. In the end, it didn't matter because I was completely, head-over-heels in love with Keith and Jane, who seems so much more like a Sky to me.
Painting Sky is told entirely from Sky's point of view, and while I loved watching her sort out her feelings for Keith and come into her own, I really really wanted to hear some snippets from Keith. He is such a deep individual, that I wanted to peak inside of his head so very badly. This book wrapped me up tight in their little bubble and whisked me away from the world. I very nearly was late coming back from lunch because I forgot all about the time. I had withdrawal symptoms when I had to tear myself away from the story. And even when I doing other things, my thoughts kept straying back to Keith and Sky. That is the mark of a great book. I love it when characters and their story can affect me like that.
The only gripe I had with the story was with the other character's opinion of Keith. I hated how everyone other than Sky seemed to think he was the worst person on the planet. Even Sky's brother, Ryan, who is supposed to be his best friend, thought he was no good. That really bothered me, because no one seemed actually interested in getting to know who he was as a person. I didn't see anything to justify the kind of treatment he was receiving from everyone. It was disappointing, and unsupported with facts from the story, that Keith was portrayed that way to everyone. Obviously, you can tell that I am a huge Keith fan. I loved the way he was always looking out for Sky. It was very sweet.
Bottom line: if you love tortured character driven romances that will rock your world to its' very core, read Painting Sky. This is a book that will deeply affect you. I want more from Keith. I loved Painting Sky so much.
P.S. I just found out that this is not a standalone and the next book will be about Sky's brother Ryan. I hope we get to see more of Keith in that story.
The Player and the Pixie is the second book in the Rugby by author duo**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Player and the Pixie is the second book in the Rugby by author duo L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid. I am so excited that I read this book. Yes, I loved the first book in the series, but even more so this is my first 5 star book in a while. I have been on a 3.5 star reading kick for about a month now it feels like. It isn't what I would call a reading slump by any means, because I have actually been reading a ton lately, and I have been enjoying the books, but I just haven't really been crazy in love, over the top excited about a book for what feels like a while (but in reality might only be a couple of weeks AKA about 20 books ago.) The Player and The Pixie changed all of that! I freakin' loved this book. We are talking top books of 2016, loved! I liked it more than the first book in the series, which was also excellent by the way.
The Player and the Pixie is the story of Lucy and Sean. Sean is the resident jerk on the rugby team and Lucy is the sister of the guy that Sean is the biggest jerk to- Ronan. (you might remember him as the guy that broke up Ronan and his ex girlfriend from book one.) Yeah, there is no love lost between those two. But Lucy is like a breath of fresh air. She is just so sweet, with a side of spunk, that it was adorable to watch her get under Sean's skin. There is just something about the two of them together that I could not get enough of.
Penny Reid is one of my favorite romance authors to read because she is so incredibly talented at creating chemistry and fantastically real characters. Every single one of her books should be made into RomComs. I would marathon watch them all! And as much as I love Penny Reid, I equally love her writing with L.H. Cosway. I told myself this after I read the first book in the series, The Hooker and the Hermit, and I am telling myself it again. I need to read her other books! In fact, they are going on my wishlist this moment.
Ok, this is about to get weird. One of the things that I loved the most about Sean and about this book, was the premise. You can tell from the summary, but I just think it was so totally unique that this huge player and sports athlete womanizer would have this problem. I just loved that this was the route that the authors chose to go. It was unexpected. I have not read a book that took this tack, and I completely loved it.
Bottom line: Sean and Lucy, and The Player and the Pixie, are one of my favorite books couples of the year. They are so great together. I honestly can't imagine anyone not loving them. If you have not read this book, you are missing out. It is as simple as that. This book is a must read for fans of romantic comedies and contemporary romances. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. It will be a re-read of mine for years to come.
The Blood of the Hydra is the second book in the yo**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**YA ReviewMy Thoughts
The Blood of the Hydra is the second book in the young adult fantasy series by Michelle Madow, called Elementals. I love a mythology book and this series is extra interesting because it combines elemental magic, typically reserved for witches, along with mythology gods and demigods. I enjoyed the first book, but the second installment is so much better than the first book in my opinion. I loved The Blood of the Hydra. I liked all of the characters more, yes even Blake, and the quest in this installment was so great.
One of my issues, though minor, with book one was that I was not into Blake and his romance with Nicole. At all. And I am still not 100% sure that I am on board with them, it didn't bug me nearly as much as it did in the first book. Maybe because it wasn't as much of a focus. Instead we got to go on a super awesome quest, that fans of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey will love. And we not only get to see the whole gang, but we are also introduced to a few new characters. Chris, Kate and Danielle are my favorite characters in the book. (Yes, I said Danielle.) I think they are the most well rounded, interesting and relate able. I like Nicole enough, and oddly enough my favorite thing about her is the thing that she hates the most. I am super intrigued by her special power.
Let's talk about this quest. Nicole and the gang head off to Greece and this is where I really started bouncing up and down in my seat with excitement. I love a quest! And to get to see some of my favorite classic myth stories get revisited was a real treat. I think Michelle Madow did an excellent job with the Land of the Lotus Eaters. And I mean, really excellent. It was by far, my favorite part of the story. I cannot wait to see what is in store for our characters next. I hope to see more classic quests incorporated into the book and I hope to see some romance in store for Kate...ahem coughchriscough.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of YA mythology, this is a series you do not want to miss. Even if you were meh about the first book, I really urge you to pick up the second book because it is really, really great. Better than the first book. Fans of Percy Jackson will really dig this series. I can see the parallels more in this book than the first because this one was so focused on the greek gods and myths and the first book incorporated more of the elemental powers while laying the groundwork for the story and world. I am so happy that I loved The Blood of the Hydra as much as I did because I went from enjoying the series to need-to-get-my-hands-on-the-next-book-right-now.
No Love Allowed is the first in a young adult contemporary romance seri**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
No Love Allowed is the first in a young adult contemporary romance series by Kate Evangelista. I have read a few of Kate's books in the past, and I now know that when I pick up one of her books, it will be a fun and light-hearted romance. No Love Allowed was no different. I liked this story. It was not my favorite of Kate's books by any means, and I did have a few annoyances with it, but it was a fun and quick romance.
I bet you can tell where this story is going to go. As the title implies, the two main characters Caleb and Didi embark on a summer fake -nomance, with Caleb's big number one rule flashing over everything- You are not allowed to fall in love with him. I liked Caleb, but I loved Didi. While she is a bit of a scatterbrain and she might get on my nerves if I had to keep up with her in real life, in the pages of this book she was the perfect amount of spitfire and spunk for Caleb. I loved that she didn't take any crap from anyone. As soon as he told her that she couldn't fall in love with him, she shot right back that maybe he would be the one falling for her. She just made me smirk.
No Love Allowed is great for young adult readers who are looking for a quick romance read that is full of sass and lots of fun. The book is pretty predictable, and the characters are immature at times. Readers that get easily annoyed by those things might want to steer clear (but if so, do try another one of Kate's books because I have really enjoyed them. (I would recommend Romancing the Bookworm or Reaping me Softly) But there is no denying that No Love Allowed is a fun read. Give it a shot if you are looking for a quick and fluffy fun story.
Don't Get Caught is a hilarious young adult book by Kurt Dinan. I am no**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Don't Get Caught is a hilarious young adult book by Kurt Dinan. I am not exaggerating AT ALL when I say that my face was literally sore from all of the smiling and laughing I did while reading Don't Get Caught. (I'm not sure what that says about my face muscles. Maybe I need to be smiling more to work them out. I do suffer from Resting B Face..but I digress.) The point I am trying to make is Don't Get Caught is the most fun I have had reading a book in a long time. It is just screaming to get made into a movie. I would watch it over and over again.
There are so many things that I just loved about Don't Get Caught, but the main one is how I think this book will appeal to such a wide audience. I think readers old and young will laugh and love Max's story, and I think both guys and girls are perfect target audiences for this tale. it is hard to deny just how fun this book is. I love a young adult book with a male protagonist, and Max is every bit as silly and mischievous as I wanted him to be. Him and the rest of the water tower five lived up to all of my expectations.
The book is told in a series of "heist rules". I loved that. They ranged anywhere from "Rule #3- If questioned, be evasive" to "Rule #7- always get payback" to the obvious- DON'T GET CAUGHT. The ending left open the possibility for a sequel, and I for one and really, really, really hoping that we get one. Come on Kurt Dinan, please don't let us down. My face needs another laugh workout. (you can hold the cure for Resting B***h Face!)
Bottom line: Don't get Caught is pure fun. If this description from the summary makes you say "yes!", then you will love Don't Get Caught: "Oceans 11 meets The Breakfast Club in this entertaining, fast-paced debut filled with pranks and cons that will keep readers on their toes, never sure who’s pulling the strings or what’s coming next."
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**The Requiem Red is the first in a new, young adult series by Brynn Chap**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**The Requiem Red is the first in a new, young adult series by Brynn Chapman. The Requiem Red is a fantasy/horror/suspense/historical story, and that is a mix of genres that really works well for me. I enjoyed this story a lot, and it left me pretty desperately wanting the next book. Brynn Chapman clearly excels in books with a flair towards the historical. She can paint a time period picture unlike most authors. She has a gift in that regard.
I loved the mystery and suspenseful atmosphere Brynn created in The Requiem Red. The asylum setting is the perfect place for the creepies to set in. Throw a mystery into the mix and sprinkle in some fantasy elements, and you have a book that I was dying to read. Strangely enough, the thing that I normally crave and gravitate towards the most, the romance, was the thing that did the least for me in this instance. But even more strange, was the fact that it didn't bug me nearly as much as I thought it would. There are so many other things going on in the story, that the romance was kind of pushed to the back burner for me.
Let's take a moment to talk about, what was, in my opinion the real standout star of The Requiem Red. Brynn Chapman is a master storyteller. I loved her writing and I loved the way she set the stage for her tale. Each of her scenes were atmospheric and richly detailed. She is a very deliberate writer, and I think it is what made The Requiem Red shine. I loved the spooky asylum, I loved the characters, and I loved the Brynn not only let me into the world she created by opening the door, she dumped me right in the middle of it and led me on a guided tour that was breathtaking. Not to mention, she ended it leaving me anxious for the next book.
Life in the Lucky Zone is the second book in the Zone series, by Patric**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Life in the Lucky Zone is the second book in the Zone series, by Patricia B. Tighe. The Zone series are each young adult standalone novels told in dual narrative. While you can read these books by themselves, if you are given the chance, I think it would be nice to read them ion order. They follow a group of high school friends, and I loved the first book in the series. I liked this one too, but I think I enjoyed the couple from the first book, Life in the No Dating Zone, just a little bit more. However, the writing in Life in the Lucky Zone is very solid, and the romance will grow on you just as much as the characters will.
What I found to be really interesting about Life in the Lucky Zone, is that we not only knew the main character from the first book, but she was in a serious relationship at the time. I was expecting the second book to be about one of the other friends, Not Lindsey. Not to mention, Lindsey was not the nicest of friends, so I wasn't sure how she was going to be in this book. Turns out, I was really happy to get to see her grow and get to know her a bit better. She has layers and complexities to her personality, and I was very pleased we got to explore them a bit more. She surprised me.
I liked Trey so much. I went into the book thinking that he was going to be my favorite. (and I was right.) He hates Lindsey right off the bat, so watching them interact was pretty darn entertaining. Seeing their attraction and connection with one another grow and grow as the story went on was very satisfying. They ended up being a couple that I was rooting for much more than I initially thought I would be.
Bottom line: Patricia B. Tighe has done it again. Life in the Lucky Zone is a feel good romance if there ever was one. You will enjoy this lighthearted read if you are a fan of young adult contemporaries and like the bantering couple dynamic. If you enjoyed Life in the No Dating Zone, then you should pick up this next installment. Even if you are like me, and didn't like Lindsey from the first book, give this one a try- I think it will surprise you.
The Natural History of Us is the second book in the young adult contemp**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Natural History of Us is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris. Each of the books back be read as standalones, and they are each told in dual narrative between the book's main couple. The Natural History of Us features Justin and Peyton. I loved Justin and Peyton so much, and their story is just as cute as I wanted it to be.
NatHist_TCfrontThe Natural History of Us is told in dual narrative between Justin and Peyton, as well as told in a dual time line format- alternating between freshman year and senior year. Rachel Harris made a note in her afterword/acknowledgment section saying that both of these dual formats is not for the faint of heart, and I completely believe her. It is a lot to keep up with. (it makes me wonder how she wrote it too. Did she do all the freshman year stuff, and then the senior year events, or did she write it out alternating as she went?)
I ended up connecting with the senior year events more, and wanted to read through the freshman year chapters more quickly, but they are important to the storyline because it shows where the couple "went wrong" the first time. And I will admit, after seeing how Smitten past and present Justin are with Peyton, I was more than a little curious to see how they did fall apart in the first place. They seemed great for each other right from the first moment. Turns out, it was all very high school for their reasons, but I suppose that is fitting, since they were only 15 at the time.
Bottom Line: The Natural History of Us is a very cute story. I loved the class project. What I loved most of all was how hell bent Justin was on winning Peyton back. I am a sucker for a guy willing to go all out to get the girl he wants. And that is exactly what happened in this book. Read it if you are looking for a cute high school romance.
The Awakening of Ren Crown is the first book in the young adult fantasy**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Awakening of Ren Crown is the first book in the young adult fantasy & magic series, Ren Crown, by Anne Zoelle. It was very fun and very magical. I really enjoyed this book. And instead of doing a traditional review, I am going to give you reasons you should read this book, and this series.
I love a magical boarding school setting. The Awakening of Ren Crown takes place at Excelsince University, and it is every bit as magical as you would hope. Full of secrets, eccentric teachers and secrets. I loved how unique their take on magic was too. I knew right away when Ren was developing artistically when she made paints, that this was going to be an interesting take.
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2. The length. I love a long book, and this one clocked in at just under 400 pages, which is great for a young adult fantasy.
3. The characters! I loved how tenacious Ren was. She was dropped into this very new world, after a very traumatic experience and she never lost her footing. She just kept trucking along to help her brother. I admired the heck out of her.
4. The details, the writing and the world building. You can tell that author really put some thought into this series. Each detail seemed thoughtfully placed, and as a reader, I just eat all of that up! This book was really well done in that regard.
5. You can binge read the Ren Crown series! It looks like it is going to be a five book series and the first three books are currently out. Read them back to back to back for your instant gratification satisfaction! Book four looks like it will be releasing sometime this year.
And now for the things I didn't love. This book was a bit slow on the romance. There was a lot going on, so I didn't miss it all that much, but when I was done with the book, I had an oh yea moment, when I realized that things didn't really move along on that front. But I have hope for the next book. Now that the building blocks have been laid, there will be much more room for romance. And the other issue was just how much was going on in The Awakening of Ren Crown. We were thrust into action right from the very first page and it never really completely slowed down. It is a full immersion technique and you just have to get your bearings and learn the lay of the land on the fly as you read. It was well done, but led to confusion a couple of times. Nothing too big though.
Hold Your Breath is the first book in the adult romance series, called**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Hold Your Breath is the first book in the adult romance series, called Search and Rescue, by Katie Ruggle. Oooeee, did I love this book. So much love. Without a doubt, this is an author I want to be on the lookout for and a series I need to be continuing. I really loved everything about this book. I loved the characters (especially Callum), I loved the concept of a series centered around various responder units (Hold your Breath is about a search and rescue dive team, but there are also cops and firefights in the town that I think will get their own stories), I love the idea of a overarching plot line with a murderer throughout the books; and I really, really loved Callum. (did I already mention that?)
Hold your Breath is told in dual narrative between Callum and Lou. Lou is a new diver on the team and is relatively new to the area. Lou certainly has attached a fair bit of attention, and I have to believe that part of it is due to her winning personality and part of it is due to the remote location and nature of being in a small town in the middle of nowhere. If they were in a big city and every guy she encountered (young and old) tried to ask her out I would have probably rolled my eyes, but for some reason in this set of circumstances it was completely believable and felt genuine. Not to mention Lou only had eyes for Callum. (and I don't blame her one bit!)
Speaking of Callum, let's talk. He is currently in the lead for Book Briefs Book Boyfriend of 2016. Let's just say I am a big fan. He is take charge- the strong quiet type for sure, but he is also caring and very kind. And just a tad possessive, which you all know if exactly what I look for in my book boyfriends. (in fact, I am on a current mission to read more books that feature leading men like him...so leave me recs in the comments below. I have already started and stopped two perfectly good books because the guys just weren't Callum.)
Bottom line: Hold Your Breath will appeal to both readers of romance, as well as mystery/suspense novels. Each of the books in the series will focus on a new couple, but this is one that I would read in order because there is an over-arching murder mystery throughout the novels. Plus, Hold Your Breath is a fantastic read. You do not want to miss it.
Until it's Right is a new adult contemporary romance by author Jamie Ho**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Until it's Right is a new adult contemporary romance by author Jamie Howard. I love the idea behind the plot of Until it's Right. Girl meets guy at bar. guy gives girl number. girl gets number wrong and starts a text romance with wrong number guy. Not to mention her real life romance/friendship with her cute coworker. And oh, yea, he also happens to be her wrong number texting buddy. It was just too cute of a concept to pass up. It screams romantic comedy to me. And Until it's Right turned out to be even better than I was expecting it to be. I instantly fell in love with Kyle and Haley. This book has top pick of 2015 written all over it.
Until it's Right is the kind of book that will give you book butterflies. You know what I mean, while you are reading you catch yourself smiling like an idiot, because the book is just so darn cute. The characters are just so darn cute and the whole story gives you all the warm and fuzzies. That is Until it's Right in a nutshell. Kyle is swoon-worthy and such a sweetheart. And Haley is a great gal. It made me sad that neither one of them realized their own potential. Each one thought that they didn't measure up in some way, and that is just a darn shame. Kyle takes the cake for me though. I am such a sucker for a nerdy guy. and watching Kyle freeze up every time he was around Haley was just about the cutest thing ever. I loved the line about the only words that were coming into his head at his disposal were "potato" and "monkey" after Hayley smiled at him. (see what I mean about the smiling and the warm and fuzzies?!)
The story unfolds in a kind of predictable manner, which was just what I wanted. (if you want more about how I feel about predictable books, check out my post on them here)There were a few surprises up author Jamie Howard's sleeves, but not anything that completely blindsided me. Much of the focus of the book was on Haley and Kyle and their various relationships. They were the stars, and it was fitting because the book was told in dual narrative between the two of them, with Haley chapters being just a bit more frequent than Kyle's
Bottom line: If you like new adult contemporary romances that are really really well done feel good books, this is a must read for you. It will have you smiling, laughing and will leave you in a better mood than when you started to read it. Until It's Right is the definition of a feel good romance to me. Read it!
Winter Queen is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, call**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Winter Queen is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, call the Fairy Queens, by Amber Argyle. (and as a side note, you can get the first book for free by signing up for Amber's newsletter, HERE) The book is very fast paced and very action heavy. There were things that I really, really enjoyed about Winter Queen, and things that didn't work out so well for me. Overall, I did enjoy the book, but it was a bit meh for me. I can see this series really picking up in the second book though because all of the groundwork has been laid. I may very well enjoy the second book much more.
Let's start with something I loved about Winter Queen. I loved the main character, Ilyenna. I thought she was great. Compassionate, strong, flexible when she needed to be, and unyielding and stubborn when the situation called for strength. I admired the heck out her. In fact, if it wasn't for her, I would have put the book down multiple times. She is the reason that I kept reading. I also liked Rone, and I liked the connection that Ilyenna and Rone shared, but I really wanted to see it explored more. I don't feel like we got enough of the back story on the two of them. I didn't feel their romantic feelings. And I think I would have if we had gotten a better chance to see them when they were growing up or something more from their past. I also liked the Summer and Winter queen interaction in this story. I have read a few books about the fae and each of them deal with the seelie and unseelie courts a bit differently. I really like the depiction of the two fairy queens in this series, and I can't wait to see more of them in the next book.
But now for some of the things that didn't work for me. I am not a huge fan of big battle scenes. I will take them, but I prefer them to be somewhere in the middle of the story, so I have already had a chance to get the lay of the land, figure out who the characters and players are and decide where my alleigence lies. Winter Queen started out in a big battle that lasted about the first 20% of the story, and I had no idea really what was going on. There was a lot of fighting, but also there were a ton of new names, characters, tribes, and places that I didn't have any knowledge of. And as a result, I didn't really have much of a connection with them. That made it hard for me to start out on the best foot. Then I felt like the middle part, where Ilyenna was kidnapped and held by Darien, took up too much of the book. It felt kind of stagnant. I hated Darien, and I knew him and Ilyenna were going nowhere, so I just wanted her to get out of there so something new could happen. I wanted more about the fairy queens to unfold.
Overall, there were aspects of the Winter Queen that made me want to continue on with the series, but it was not a perfect book for me. It was just an ok read, but one that I think I would like to see where it could go. Now that we know the lay of the land and the characters a little better, I think this series has the potential to get a lot better.
Demon Princess is a young adult fantasy/ paranormal mash up and is the**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Demon Princess is a young adult fantasy/ paranormal mash up and is the first in the Demon Kingdom Fairy Tales series by Kassandra Lynn. I am such a sucker for fantasy and paranormal story that deal with royalty in some way. I just love a royal family (they normally have some awesome drama.) and I also can't resist some good ole magic in a castle. So when I saw Demon Princess had not only paranormal royalty, but also the magic of a promising fantasy element, and a gorgeous cover, I knew I couldn't pass this one up. And while I found it to be a little on the short side, I thought this was a promising start to what seems to be a cool series. I can't wait for the next book.
Demon Princess has a really great cast of characters. In fact, they were my favorite part of the story. I thought Adrianna (the main character), Keldrin, Xander and Razen all added something unique to the story and I appreciated that they each had a very distinct personality. Demon Princess will appeal to character driven readers. I found the world building and plot to be good as well, but because the story is rather short, there are still things I want answers, and still areas of the story that I am hoping are more fully developed and explored in the installments of the series to come.
This was a story that built for me. I had a bit of a hard time becoming invested and I had to put this book down a few times, but once I got about 20% into the story, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued by the book. It is one that gets better as it goes on, in my opinion. And the romance is one of those star crossed/forbidden love tropes, which I always enjoy. I can't wait to see more on the romance front in the next book.
Bottom line: if you are a fan of fantasy and paranormal stories featuring demons, magic and a forbidden love, Demon Princess is a quick read that I think you will enjoy. The series is one that I am going to keep my eye on.
Destroy me is the first book in the Crystal Gulf series. Destroy me is**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Destroy me is the first book in the Crystal Gulf series. Destroy me is a new adult contemporary romance by Shana Vanterpool. The Crystal Gulf series is published by swoon romance, and I know this might sound silly, but that fact right there made me want to read the book. I have had such great luck with all of the Swoon Romance imprint books that I have read. (and I have read a lot of them.) Some of them are light and fluffy, some of them are suspenseful and full of drama, and some of them take on darker undertones, but regardless of the atmosphere of the book, they all have one thing in common- a kick ass romance. And Destroy Me is no different. Don't get me wrong, this is not a fluffy light have no care romance. Destroy Me, as the name implies, is deliciously twisted and messed up. The characters all have their demons, none of them act perfectly, but their genuine chemistry seeps off the page. I could not tear myself away.
Destroy Me is told in dual narrative between Harley (p.s. I love her name!) and Bach. Harley is dating Dylan, who blindsides her by telling her he is going to the army for two years. Dylan asks Bach to watch out for Harley because they didn't leave on good terms and he wants her to wait for him. Plus, Dyan knows Harley would never go for a guy like Bach. Famous last words, right?
I so easily became addicted to Harley and Bach. I loved their bantering and bickering, and I really just loved who they were when they were together. I know there was no shortage of messed up things that went on in Destory Me, but I just could not tear myself away. If you like your new adult romances with some grit and some darker tones, this is a great book for you to check out. I can't wait to see who is going to be featured in the next story. I kind of want it to be Harley's crazy roommate and not Dylan.
YA ReviewMy ThoughtsHolding Court is a young adult mystery romance by K**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
YA ReviewMy ThoughtsHolding Court is a young adult mystery romance by K.C. Held. How could I not read Holding Court? I mean, come on, there are castles, history, oh and "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome". Described as "spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies." That just screams good time to me. And I was so right. Holding Court was such a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, it is one of the best books I have read in the past few months.
I believe that Holding Court is a standalone, but I am really hoping. No scratch that, I am begging K.C. Held to write another book with Jules and Grayson.(view spoiler)[ (I feel like their story deserves to be continued, since we didn't get to see them together at all) (hide spoiler)] Jules and her "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome" are my favorite. I just loved her. I want to be best friends with this girl. Plus, her and Grayson had full conversations quoting The Princess Bride. How can you not love them??
Holding Court is unlike anything I have read in a while. Jules takes a summer job at a medieval times type castle, playing the part of the Mad Maid, who spouts prophesies all day. Pretty, perfect right? Well, she soon finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Except no one believes her because she admittedly seems a little batty with her blurting problem. Her "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome" added tons of humor to the story. Holding Court is part comedy, part teenage love story, plus a cool mystery with historical fun facts interspersed. I really, really loved it. There needs to be another one! Whether it is a mystery or not, I don't care so much. I just want to see more Jules and Grayson. And Gran. (it should be noted, that I also want to see Jules best friend Cami, but I want the story to still be about Jules, so I am hesitant to mention her. Because what I think is going to happen is Cami is going to get her own story and Jules will be in the back ground. And i just love Jules so freakin' much. Ok side note over.)
Bottom line: read Holding Court. Just read it. You will laugh your butt off, and you will thank me.
The Riddle of Prague is the first book in the young adult series c**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Riddle of Prague is the first book in the young adult series called, The QuickSilver Legacy, by Laura DeBruce. The Riddle of Prague is a fast paced adventure story that will leave you bitten with the travel bug. At least, I know that's what it did for me. I immediately want to jump on a plane and go to Prague. However, I am unsure if I would have quite as magical a time as Hana, but it would be pretty amazing none the less.
Hana travels to Prague to gather some family items, and what she finds is a mystery way bigger than anything she could have imagined. I loved trying to puzzle together the pieces and clues that Lara DeBruce was dropping. It was all very well done. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you would like to know a little more about the story you can check out the survival guide to immortality that Laura DeBruce has put together, below my review. I think it will pique your interest about the QuickSilver Legacy even more.
The Riddle of Prague will take you on a whirlwind journey where you will have no idea who to trust. Sometimes those are the most fun books for me to read. I am pretty good at picking out twists and turns and certainly bad guys, but this book had me guessing and second guessing myself. It was a lot of fun, and I cann't wait to continue this story in the next book.
Bottom line: if you like young adult mystery adventures with more and a touch of magic, The Riddle of Prague and the QuickSilver Legacy series is a great one for you to check out.
Blackheath is a young adult fantasy & magic novel by Gabriella Lepo**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Blackheath is a young adult fantasy & magic novel by Gabriella Lepore. It is the first book in a new series. I found Blackheath to be an interesting and quick read. I think it will appeal to a younger, young adult audience as the writing and characters were a bit more superficial. Don't however; take that to be a bad thing. I enjoyed Blackheath and I think many readers will as well.
I find stories about witches to be really engaging reads, and if you throw a big kind of creepy old house in the mix, that automatically makes things even better, so I was excited. What excited me more was the fact that all of the witches in the Tomlins family were men. I think there are a very severe shortage of young adult witch stories feature male witches.
Maggie and Joel both started out a little whinny for my tastes, but both of them grew on me. There is certainly not insta love in this story, because Maggie and Joel seem to hate each other. but once they started talking the gap from bickering to crush was jumped rather quickly. It is one of the reasons that I think this story will appeal more to a younger crowd rather than an older one. The story is a quick read that moves at a very brisk pace. It kept me engaged to the very end, and I cannot wait to see what the author is going to do next with it. I want to know more about the golden light around Maggie, so I hope that comes up again.
In the next book, I want to see more of the back story of Maggie and Joel. It was briefly mentioned that they used to hang out during the summers, but we didn't really get to dive into why that stopped. I would like to see that explored a bit more. And there are lots more magic to come as well. I am very interested to see the interaction between the two covens, and I think Joel has some more secrets up his sleeve.
Bottom line: I thought this was a cute, quick read that kept me interested. I think it will appeal more to a younger audience looking for a magical witch read. The romance was cute and you can finish this one in just a couple of hours. I will be continuing this story for sure when I am looking for my next quick fix.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Curse of the Sphinx is the first book in the young adult, Sphinx series**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Curse of the Sphinx is the first book in the young adult, Sphinx series by Raye Wagner. What I liked the most about Curse of the Sphinx is that this is not a mythology lite book. This is full fledged mythology in all its' glory. You get dropped right into the action, so you would best be served if you have some kind of background knowledge on the players and workings of the worlds in Greek Mythology. One of my minors in college was greek mythology, and another minor was world mythology, so I knew a lot about the set up of the worlds, and a lot of the gods. Raye Wagner not only includes the big hitters, like Hera Hades, Hermes, Thanos, etc, but she also includes some of the lesser known gods, like the god of sweet talk and flattery- Hedylogus. I loved that. The mythology nerd in me was totally geeking out the whole time I was reading Curse of the Sphinx.
Curse of the Sphinx is about Hope, who as the name suggests is Sphinx, and you guessed it- is under a curse. I really liked Hope, but her mother had her so sheltered that she seemed a bit naive to me. I know that sounds strange, since she is what most people would consider to be a creature of myth that does not exist, but still she seemed too naive. Much of the first part of the story is told in a timeline that was based on the amount of days it had been since Hope's last move. I found this to be a cool concept, but a bit confusing. I didn't always know which move they were talking about. Was she at the same school? Was this still the same move? Or a different one? I would have really liked to have seen locations, along with the number of days. But the story still flowed really well, and moved at a brisk pace.
Athan is another main character in the Sphinx series, and the story starts out in a scene with him and his father in the underworld. I was very intrigued by Athan. I hope we get to see some more build between him and Hope in the next book. I think they have a lot of potential. Curse of The Sphinx is a book where you get bits and pieces of the answers as you go along. This first book did a good job setting the stage, and building the world. I love that the Greek gods are still running the show in modern times. It was a unique concept for sure, and there is a lot of promise for the second book. I think there are great things to come in the Sphinx series.
How Willa Got Her Groove Back is the second book in the young adult, Cr**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
How Willa Got Her Groove Back is the second book in the young adult, Creative HeArts series. The Creative HeArts series in unique in the fact that each of the books is written by a different author. Tera Lynn Childs wrote the first book, Ten Things Sloane Hates about Tru, which is the first book in a Sloane and Tru trilogy. However, How Willa Got Her Groove Back is about completely different characters and it is by Emily McKay. The feature that ties all of the books together is that they are all high school contemporary romances, and they all center around couples in the arts in some way, shape or fashion. It is an interesting concept. I have not read the first book in the series, so I don't know if the books are going to rotate with the characters. For example, I know books 1-3 are each centered around a different couple, but I don't know if book 4 will continue this trend or if it will cycle back around and be book 2 out of 3 in the Sloane and True trilogy. Have I confused you yet?
Ok, in case you are totally confused about the structure of the overall series, let's talk about this book. How Willa Got Her Groove back is the story of Willa and Finn. It was a really cute story. When I finished reading it, I immediately wished that there was more to this book. (or that I had the second part of their story.) I felt like we left off at a really good part, and I want to know that happens next.
Willa is just a (sort of) ordinary girl. Or, as ordinary as you can be with a famous director for a father. But then her father gets engaged to a famous actress, and along with her comes her hot son. I bet you can see where this story is going. Except, it didn't...go there that is. There was a lot of hinting that it may be to come, but I both loved and was frustrated by the fact that there was only a lot of hinting. I loved it because this book was focused more on Willa and her reservations about the whole thing. And let me just say, I completely get it. Her life is going to be completely uprooted and changed, and she didn't get even the slightest heads up. But at the same time, man was she vocal and stubborn, and a bit of a brat about the whole thing. I love Willa, but I would have hoped that she would have been a bit more gracious after she was given time to settle down and adjust to the idea. Now for my frustration...I loved Finn. I found myself waiting for his chapters to come around because I was just so delighted in how protective he was of Willa.
Book two needs to get here ASAP and I for one and hoping for a whole lot of Willa and Finn. Or at least for Willa to open up a little and give him, and his mom a chance. Mia seems like a genuinely nice person, and Willa treated her pretty bad.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a contemporary romance book that is witty, well written and doesn't take any of the obvious moves, this is the book for you. It takes a well loved trope and goes the unexpected route, in my opinion. This first book is mainly focused on character building and growth, and the relationships (of all kinds) are slow burn and so enjoyable. I am a huge fan of How Willa Got her Groove Back. Bring me book two now, please!
Obsidian is the first in a new, young adult series by the same name by**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Obsidian is the first in a new, young adult series by the same name by Kimberly Loth. I loved Obsidian. I find Dragons to be fascinating creatures, and I loved that this was a fantasy and magical realism book. It takes place in our world, but with one major difference...dragons are real and can be spotted all over the place. That sounds both amazing and terrifying.
Obsidian is told in dual narrative between Obsidian (or Sid) the dragon king, and Aspen. Each dragon king is made to spend 10 years as a human before he can take the throne. In that time he has to complete a whole set of tasks, left from all of the dragons before him. I really liked that each dragon added an item or two to the list. (it will be really interesting to see what Obsidian decides to add at the end of his 10 year, as a side note.) Obsidian waits until he is about 500 years old to start his 10 years as a human. He doesn't want to be king. He honestly just wants to be left alone, but that is not the future for him. I found Obsidian to be a really interesting character. I loved his fascination with Aspen, and I loved getting inside his head.
Aspen is much more interested in dragons than people. I loved learning about her backstory with the dragons and why she admired them so much. Aspen has friends, but no one really understands her and her love for the winged creatures like she wants...until Sid. It was so much fun trying to watch Sid break down the steel barriers that Aspen had constructed around herself to keep him at a distance. There were many times when I thought it was going to be impossible for him to win her over. But that fun is better left for you to discover when you read Obsidian.
I cannot wait for the second book in the series. This is going to be a great one, I can already tell. I love the lore behind the Dragons, and Sid and Aspen have completely stolen my heart. I have no idea how they are going to make it work, or even if they will be able to at all, but I am dying to find out. This story does end on one heck of a cliffhanger, and I have no clue how they are going to worm their way out of this one, but Kimberly Loth has certainly captured my attention. Obsidian is a must read series for me now.
Bottom line: if you like dragons or fantasy, or magical realism Obsidian is a book that should be on your radar. It has great characters, a great story line, awesome dragons, and a really sweet romance. Something for everyone. It is a quick read that you should not miss.
Bryce is the first book in the new adult, Scandalous Boys series by Nat**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Bryce is the first book in the new adult, Scandalous Boys series by Natalie Decker. This is the first book that I have read by Natalie and I really enjoyed it. I loved contemporary romance books and I always enjoy a good, opposites attract story so this was right up my alley. Although I will say, that if you are feeling a bit burned out on new adult contemporary romances at the moment, I might give this one a pass . I really liked it, but I can see that it is much like a lot of the books in the genre. That doesn't get old for me, but I do acknowledge that it might for some people. So if that is you, wait and see what the next book in the series is like before you pick this one up.
Bryce is told in dual narrative between Bryce and Madison. They start the book out hating each other. Madison is Bryce's neighbor and she is always hanging around...because she has a crush on his best friend, Graham....who only seems to put up with Madison because she lets them copy his homework. This kind of irked me. I hate to see people get blatantly used like that, but luckily Bryce isn't the one using Madison, so it was easy for me to see past this pet peeve of mine. Bryce and Madison really start to bond when Madison's awful cousin comes into town and ends up staying with her family. I really loved to hate that girl. And she has no problem sweeping in and taking Graham from Madison, even though she doesn't really like him. (that is the kind of person she is.)
I enjoyed watching Bryce and Madison spend more time together because the change in Bryce was subtle but almost immediate. Madison and Bryce made each other better people. It was as simple as that. And that right there was my favorite aspect of the story. Bryce is a quick, feel good read about a couple that you want to root for, because each of them are better off when they are with the other.
Bottom line: Bryce is a fun story that will put a smile on your face. It is not the most original new adult contemporary ever written, but it is well done and it will make you feel good. And that is really all I am asking for in this genre of books.