**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Dark Embrace is actually the 4th book in the Dark Paradise series by A**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Dark Embrace is actually the 4th book in the Dark Paradise series by Angie Sandro. I actually had no idea because the cover looks totally different than the previous three covers (which I like a lot better than this one) and the first three books features a character named Mala. All of them featured Mala to my knowledge and Dark Embrace features her cousin Dena. I have not read the first three books in this series, and I was fine reading this one. There were a few moments where I wish I had a little more back story, but Dark Embrace can stand on its' own. It felt more like a companion series rather than a continuation to the Dark Paradise series. But either way, I absolutely loved Dark Embrace!
Dena is a great character. She is stubborn as a mule, but she is caring, compassionate and determined. And I appreciated how skeptical and distrustful she was of people. because holy cow, everyone in this book should not be trusted. Not even her. It is really hard for me to describe Dark Embrace, other than to say it is one fantastic paranormal mystery of a ride. You have this mysterious dark shadow that Dena seems to be the only one to see. And he seems to be kind of obsessed with her. And then you have all the people that seem to die around her. And then you have all the people trying to kill her. And it just keeps building. You learn one thing and three more mysteries and questions pop up.
Angie Sandro did a really fabulous job telling Dena's story. I loved how everything was presented and how all the events unfolded. I so badly wanted something specific to happen in this book and it did. And when it did, I was whooping for joy. I want to see more Dena stories. I hope this is not the end for her. Now that she knows what is going on, I want her to get her romance on. Even though there was plenty of romantic action in this book, which I absolutely loved, I hope that Dena takes a little more time in the next book to enjoy her relationship.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Lust is the second novel in the Allure Chronicles, a new adult paranorm**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Lust is the second novel in the Allure Chronicles, a new adult paranormal romance series. Lust picks up right after Lure left off, with Daisy and Owen having just found each other and the bomb of what Daisy having allure essence in her really means. It was one doozy of an ending, but then again the end of Lust was also pretty gut wrenching. Alyssa why do you do this to me?? Ugh I just love her books so much. And the Allure Chronicles has to be one of my favorite series of hers.
I love all of the characters, not only just Daisy and Owen, but Violet and Roland have special places in my heart as well. I was kind of hoping that we would see more of Roland in this book. Not because I dislike Owen. I really love him, I am just also intrigued by Owen and his connection with Daisy. Luckily, I have a feeling that I will be seeing a lot more of him in the next book. Wink wink.
Lust takes all of the characters on a world-wind high speed journey to try and fix what is happening to Daisy. I won't go into too much more detail about what exactly is happening because I love all the Allure history and characteristics Alyssa Rose Ivy explains in Lust. Things that I so want them to fix or find a workaround from because I love Daisy and Owens connection. I think there is something so pure and innocent about their feelings and the way they treat one another. I know that seems strange given everything you know about the series- the titles, the covers and the series name, but it is true! haha, they are just too cute together.
Another exciting moment in Lust for me, was when mention of Energo was made! Alyssa, you master you. (for those of you new to Alyssa's books, Energo is a land in another two of her series- the Forged Chronicles and the Afterglow Trilogy.) All of her series and worlds are coming together and linking up! I absolutely love it. I want to see some kind of chart or map made of all of Alyssa's series lands and the creatures that live there. Someone please make that!
Fans of New Adult paranormal romance need to read the Allure Chronicles. And it is great series to start with if you are new to Alyssa's works because it touches so many of her other series. Start with this one and then move off to any of the numerous other series that overlap. Comment below if you want suggestions for reading order, or more information about the other series. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
The Dreamer is the first book in a new, New Adult fantasy series,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 4.5/5
The Dreamer is the first book in a new, New Adult fantasy series, called the Dreamland Series. I loved this book. I found it to be well written, fresh, engaging and really creative. I loved the world within a world that Author E.J. Mellow created. The book starts out by Molly getting struck by lightening and ending up in the hospital. I thought it was funny that the doctor made an offhand comment that she might experience some weird dreams, which then sets off the whole rest of the story.
Because Molly does experience some weird dreams. Dreams that have her questioning what is real and what isn't. Molly gets transported to the same, very strange looking world in each of her dreams. A world where she is a special person called a dreamer, and that she might just play a pivotal role in their society and survival. I don't want to tell you much more than that because I loved the way E.J. Mellow painted the picture. She did a fantastic job with her world building, and I want you to experience terra sominum (can't remember the spelling, and can't find it in my kindle) for yourself.
And for my romance fans out there- you need to read the Dreamer. I love Dev and Molly so much. That is also the only reason that I knocked 1/2 star off. Because of Molly's "real-life" boyfriend. Who is also very nice (kind of like Dean in Gilmore Girls. He was nice, but kind of boring, when put next to Rory's other choices.) And it is really, really hard to compare to Dev. I want the other guy out of the picture completely, and until that happens I will be a little sad. I hope to see lots more Molly and Dev in the next book.
And speaking of the next book, I already know it is going to be epic and action packed. So what does that mean for you? You need to read the Dreamer ASAP. This is a great find as a favorite series for me. I can't wait for the next book. I want it in my hands right now!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Sight is the first book in the Delcarta Sister's series. And I am not 1**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Sight is the first book in the Delcarta Sister's series. And I am not 100% sure the shape that the series is going to take, but this is how I hope it goes- There are 5 sisters. One set of twins and one set of triplets. Each one of them has premonitions featuring one of the five senses. This book focused on Savannah and and development of all of their gifts. Savannah has the gift of sight, but the cool thing is that if they all join hands, they can complete the vision through all of their senses. So I hope in future books that the sisters all stay together, and are all featured. Maybe with a different sister taking lead in each. Sight is a really, really cool concept. This book was a very short and quick read that kind of set the ground work for the situation I just described. It is a young adult paranormal series with a cute romance to boot.
I will tell you a little secret. Other than Savannah, I had a bit of a hard time telling the rest of the sisters apart. I couldn't keep their names straight, and I couldn't really distinguish their personalities. So the biggest hope that I have for the next book is that some time is really spent on making each of the sister's their own person. They all kind of seemed the same, but I am sure that isn't the case. I want to see more subtleties, details and differences come out in their personality in the next book in the series. I think that would help enrich the story even more.
I did really like the concept of the five of them having to be together to get a complete vision of the future. Savannah could only see what was going on, she couldn't hear it. Or taste it. Or smell things in the background. That being said, I think there are clear winners and not such winner as far as the senses go in this case. I would love sight or hearing, but I could pass on smell. Especially in most of the visions they got. But not only did Sight lay a good framework for future books, but there was a neat little mystery of an arsonist for the girls to solve. I thought Sight was good, but I think there is potential for the next books to be even better because they can explore the sisters as individuals more and give them a little more dimension. I also want to see more of Savannah and her beau. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**There needs to be more books like Forever For a Year. This book is so g**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**There needs to be more books like Forever For a Year. This book is so good, that I am sure my review will not do it justice. It is a story of first love, and the realization that even if we really want it to, that it may not last forever. I heart the heck out of this book. It made me feel every range of emotion, and I had to put it down multiple times just because I didn't want to finish it. I wanted to savor Forever for a Year.
Forever For a Year is told in dual perspective between Trevor and Carolina. It starts off right at the tender age of 14, where everything changes because they are starting high school. But Trevor and Carolina each approach the new school year with their own set of baggage and their own unique perspective to things and to life. I love Trevor and Carolina. My very favorite part of the book was their oh so unique voices. The writing style changed dramatically when the chapter and point of view switched. B.T. Gottfred did such a masterful job with the prose and personalities of Trevor and Carolina. It really was beautiful to read. Even when he was kind of breaking my heart.
Forever For a Year is a book that I want everyone to experience for themselves. Who doesn't love a story of first love from two characters that you want to hang out with, hug and just spend some more time with. I lived in Trevor and Carolina's world, and I became them while I was reading this book. That takes talent. There is a difference between reading a story about two people falling in and out of love, and reading a story so vivid and so real that you become them for 430 pages. That is the magic of Forever for a year. I know a lot of people on goodreads have less than positive things to say about this book, and the biggest claim is that the characters are immature. Umm, hello...does anyone remember being 14 years old? They are young. So yes, they act like 14 year olds. It didn't bother me. I thought it was incredibly realistic. Forever For a Year is a great example of a realistic look at first love. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Dare is the first book in a new, new adult paranormal romance series, c**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Dare is the first book in a new, new adult paranormal romance series, called The Nox. I have read, and loved, a bunch of T.A. Foster's new adult contemporary romances, but I have never read any paranormal book from her. So I was really excited to see about the Nox. Dare is the leader of the Nox, a group of panther shifters that protect the town of Sullen Grove. I really enjoyed the concept of Dare. The nox are formed of all female panther shifters that don't want to fulfill the destiny laid out for them by the council (the ruling body for shifters). Basically in shifter land, each female shifter is destined to a male shifter of some kind, and when they marry, or bond, the male shifter takes over their land and moves on to get his next wife. And then when the female shifter becomes pregnant with his cub, she loses all of her power to that cub. Totally not cool.
Dare doesn't want to give up her territory, or lose her powers and ability to shift. She she gathers a group of other girls and tries to rebel, which is the set up for Dare. I love this idea and I also loved the more intricate details of the council and the bonding, which you will have to read to find out for yourself. I was fascinated by the way the magic worked with the shifters in this regard. T.A. Foster did an excellent job making Dare flow right along, and with making the nox her own.
Not to mention is has an addictive romance. I love T.A. Foster's romances, and I was happy to see that this was was just as wonderfully satisfying as her contemporary romances. Dare and Zac totally melted my heart. I love the way they were so drawn to each other. And I have to say, T.A. Foster really surprised me with several of the plot twists. Normally, I am pretty good about pinning down what is going to happen in books that are not thrillers or mysteries. And I had my idea of how this one was going to end in my head for about the whole second half of the book. But holy cow, I was totally off base! And I kind of loved that. T.A. Foster, you continue to surprise me in all the best ways! The Nox is already one of my favorite new adult/adult shifter series.This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Tangled Webs is one of those books where it was love at first glance. A**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Tangled Webs is one of those books where it was love at first glance. As soon as I saw the cover I fell in love. (side note: this is a beautifully designed book. Each of the chapters even has black and white lace designs on the pages. A wonderfully intricate touch, I thought.) I knew I wanted to read it. And then as soon as I saw the summary, and found out that Tangled Webs was about a blackmailer in historical London, called Lady A who collected secrets, I was even more excited! How amazingly cool does that sound? And then the plot thickens. When I finished Tangled Webs, I liked it and I thought it ended in a good place for a standalone. But then I went on goodreads and saw that it is the first in the Tangled Webs series. Whaaa? Now I am very intrigued to see where Lee Bross is going to take the next installment. I honestly thought it was wrapped up as a standalone, but I am interested to see what is going to happen next. My mind is already spinning with possibilities.
Arista is the mysterious Lady A. I really liked Arista. She is a survivor, but her years of fending for herself didn't make her overly hard and jaded. Sure, she was distrustful, but then again she is a blackmailer- so I guess it goes hand in hand with her business. But she wasn't corrupted to her core. She is still a good person, and I think Lee Bross does a great job of showing Arista's softer side through her interactions with her friend Becky. I loved how protective Becky and Arista were of each other. I also really enjoyed Arista's blooming friendship with Sophia. It was such a surprising treat that Sophia took Arista to the salons to see Voltaire. That was a great enlightenment element woven into the story. I hope we get to see more bits of history in the next book.
There were a couple of little things that I wish I had seen more of in Tangled Webs. Not really things I wanted done differently, because I rather enjoyed Lee's writing and storytelling, but some elements I wanted to see more of. Like the secrets Lady A traded in, for example. I wanted to know what the actual secrets were. We got to know one about the first exchange she had and then we got to find out one at the end of the book, but other than those two there weren't any other big (or even little) secret reveals about her "customers". I also wanted to see more romantic development between Arista and Grae. I love Grae to pieces, but it was basically instant infatuation between him and Arista. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of them together, and I really liked their shared passion of travel and the sea, but I thought there was a really great opportunity for some building blocks to be laid between the two of them when Arista found herself staying with Grae's father and family by happenstance. We didn't really get that. I just saw Grae totally besotted with Arista from start to finish.
Overall, Tangled Webs was a very good read. I loved the setting and the characters and the plotline was different than so many of the books I have been reading lately. Very refreshing. And while I do wish we got to see more in the way of slow build romantic development between Grae and Arista, as well as more secrets that Lady A collected, I think that these things will resolve themselves in the next book. I can't wait to see what Lee Bross has for us next. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
Jesse's Girl is the 6th standalone book in the hundred oaks**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** My Thoughts
Jesse's Girl is the 6th standalone book in the hundred oaks series. The hundred Oaks series are each young adult contemporary feel good romances. In Jesse's Girl we meet Maya, who is the younger brother of Sam (from Catching Jordan.) Sam and Jordan show up throughout the book, which I am sure will be a fan favorite, but I haven't read catching Jordan yet. Please don't stone me. I have read Breathe, Annie, Breathe and I plan to read all of the rest of the books in the series. Someday. I liked Jesse's Girl even more than I liked Breathe Annie Breathe. Miranda Kenneally does such a wonderful job with contemporary romances. Her books just make me feel good.
Maya is a tough cookie, but also one of the sweetest people ever. She wants to be a musician, but she has a little issue with stage fright when she sings solo. I liked that she wasn't this super talented, super amazing- no faults kind of girl. I really liked that she had some talent issues to work through. It made her seem more real. And I loved her with Jesse.
Maya and Jesse each have their own trust issues, for their own reasons. But watching them bicker until they couldn't help but get along was just way too cute for me. Yes, even though they had a hard time initially trusting one another, once they moved past it, they were both so supportive of the other. And that was heartwarming for me to read about. Each one of them had multiple times where they could have reverted, but Miranda handled every road block wonderfully, in my opinion.
Jesse's Girl is a great feel good read. This is the kind of read that I want to come home to after a long day of work, or a read that I want to pull out poolside. I really do need to read the rest of the series because I know that I will love them all. If you are looking for a well done young adult contemporary romance, try one of Miranda's books. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Shadowshaper is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Shadowshaper is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading from author Daniel José Older. It was a real experience. I don't get the chance to read a ton of very diverse young adult books. Sure, I will read books with a diverse character or odd element thrown in, but a truly diverse cast of characters featuring rich cultures that are different than my own...I don't read as many of those books as I should. And if you are anything like me, then you need to read Shadowshaper. It is a young adult Urban Fantasy where paintings literally come to life. Which was both creepy and utterly cool. The cover fits the book perfectly. I couldn't have imagined anything better for Sierra and the shadowshapers.
I both loved and was frustrated with the way the book started out. From reading the summary, I knew that the main character Sierra, was part of a secret order called the shadowshapers and that her ability stemmed from art. And then in the first page of the book Sierra saw a painting crying. I was pumped to get started on this journey that promised to be like Cassandra Clare. But it took a while to get going. And here is where my love and frustration came from. I really like the set up in a paranormal or urban fantasy book where the main character gets some mysterious clue. In this case it was a message from Sierra's not so lucid grandfather. And that message sets them off on a quest, which unveils said magic in the world around them. I love that set up, but I was just so darn excited to get to the fantasy element that I got a little impatient with the set up part.
But I still loved Shadowshaper. Once the ball gets rolling and Sierra gets in touch with Robbie, the plot speeds off and this book becomes so absorbing that you will have a hard time putting it down. The Latin american culture is one that I am only vaguely familiar with, and one that I have not read enough about in stories. Shadowshaper had me dusting off my 4 years of high school Spanish frequently. Don't worry, you can get by with context clues, but there are a lot of Spanish dusted throughout the story. I loved that though. It made the characters, and the voice, feel so authentic. Sierra and her friends also had a, let's also say, authentic dialect among them. It took me out of my comfort zone and took me a little longer to connect with them because it is kind of jarring, but I ended up loving all of the characters.
Shadowshaper is one of those books that I am just so happy that I read. Daniel José Older's writing is all his own, and I loved seeing such a distinct personality come through the pages of his story. This is a great example of not only a really well done book featuring a culture that should get more attention in young adult, but also just a really solidly good book. And yes, the urban fantasy was kick ass! That needs to be said. I want to go back to this world in Brooklyn with the shadowshapers. So freakin' cool!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Oh, how I love a good match maker story! And Miss Match is a great one.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Oh, how I love a good match maker story! And Miss Match is a great one. I loved the back and forth head butting/banter between Andrea and Blake. Miss Match is told in dual narrative between Blake and Andrea. Sometimes it was hard to decide whose point of view it was, but I always caught on pretty quickly. Miss Match is a perfect summer read- funny, light and of course, a great romance.
Andrea is strong willed and very intuitive and perceptive. I really like people with those qualities, and Andrea is no exception. Or maybe I should call her Drea like Blake seemed hell bent on doing at first. (I thought that was super cute.) And along with the inevitable (oh come on, you so knew it was going to happen!) romance between her and Blake, we also get a really great sibling relationship with her and Lacey. I loved watching the siblings go at it back and forth. She reminded me of me and my sister sometimes.
If a romance is going to win me over, it needs to be endearing and have great chemistry. Banter and URST never hurt either. And Miss Match has all of those elements and more. I really liked Blake's point of view, because it humanized him more to me. As soon as the book started out I thought he was a big jerk just like Andrea initially thought, but during his first voice passage, he broke down my resolve to dislike him a bit, and the more I heard from him the weaker my resolve got, until I was just a big ole puddle of a Blake fan.
Miss Match will be a great read for fans of match maker stories. It is a trope that never gets old with me. Yes, you know what is ultimately going to happen (maybe.) but so what that is half the fun for me in a feel good summer read. Miss Match was a really good time. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** You and Me and Him is a young adult contemporary that explores the age**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** You and Me and Him is a young adult contemporary that explores the age of old question of what happens when two best friends like the same guy. Will he come between the two friends? This review is going to be a bit different than my normal reviews because of the nature of the book, I don't want to give away any specifics, because I fear if I say something, anything at all it will give you some idea of how the whole Tom situation is going to turn out. And that would just not be any fun. So I will give you a basic rundown of You and Me and Him and leave the enjoyment of reading it and finding out what is going on with Maggie, Nash and Tom all for yourself.
First I need to start out by talking a bit about how much I love this cover. I think it fits the story perfectly, and I like that it isn't like multitudes of other YA contemporary covers out there. Ok, so the story. Maggie and Nash have been best friends forever. (and ever) They have an interesting friendship because their interests and personalities are pretty different. One thing they do have in common is their taste in guys. And whenever they see a guy that they like they calls dibs on him. (never mind asking the guy, if he himself prefers guys or girls. Maggie and Nash dibs away.) So when the new guy Tom shows up in town, they both spy him on the school bus and Nash calls dibs. And guess what...both Maggie and Nash end up crushing hard on Tom.
Tom seems like a genuinely nice guy, right off the bat, which I totally loved about him. I can easily see why Maggie and Nash like him so much. I am not going to say who I wanted Tom to end up liking, but I will say that the book is told entirely from Maggie's point of view, so it is kind of hard not to connect with her a little more- at least in the beginning. (and really the whole thing for me, but me liking Maggie more didn't necessarily influence who I wanted Tom with.) Have I confused you yet?
You and Me and Him is a really cute book about friendship and guys always inevitably seem to worm their way in between friends. Those high school years are rough. So yes, there are some immature moments, and some general teenage brattiness, but overall You and Me and Him is a great read that I would recommend to a wide range of fans of young adult. People that like overall light reads that will make you smile. Did you and Me and Him blow me away and change my life? No, but I did really enjoy it. I have really been into books with interesting friendship dynamics and You and Me and Him is a great book for that. That was my favorite part of the story, and I think Kris Dinnison did a fantastic job with Maggie and Nash.
3.5/5 Oh, holy hell! Black Iris is INTENSE! Leah Raeder certainly grabbe**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
3.5/5 Oh, holy hell! Black Iris is INTENSE! Leah Raeder certainly grabbed my attention with this book, that is for sure. I don't read books this dark and, well...messed up that often. Sometimes I will read a dark book. Or sometimes I will read a book with a totally f-ed up in the head main character, but I hardly ever read books that take it to the level that Leah Raeder did. Black Iris took me out of my comfort zone...and then some. And I have to say, I really, really liked it. Maybe that makes me a little dark and messed up too. I don't know. But what I do know, is that this book deserves every bit of attention it has gotten and more.
Black Iris is first and foremost a revenge story driven by the main character, Laney. From the moment, that Laney broke the "fourth wall" and told us that she was not going to be likeable or a hero, I knew I was going to like her. And her idea for revenge molts and changes so many times throughout the story. It really becomes a journey of self discovery, however unintentional that may have been for her. This book will not be for everyone. Laney is crass, and out there and so totally unapologetic in everything she does. I loved that about her, but I can see that she (not to mention the abundant drug use in Black Iris.) might be off putting to some. But Laney is Laney.
Black Iris is hard to explain. It almost took on a life of its' own for me. It is dark, and crazy, and so different from what I normally read that I just kept lapping up every well placed word Leah Raeder wrote. And let's talk about her writing for a second. I really really dug her writing style. It was all at once conversational, and then also metaphorical, abstract, poetic and kind of grandiose. I know that makes no kind of sense, but I swear that is what it seemed like while I was reading Black Iris. I felt like I was sitting in the same room as Laney watching the events unfold, and then in the next scene I was removed and watching something important unfold far away. Black Iris has layers, man. So many layers. If you are brave enough to take a dip in a deep, dark pool of depravity with truly beautiful writing, you should be reading Black Iris. But be warned, this is not just another contemporary new adult romance.
The Darkest Frost is the first book in a two book series of the same n**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Darkest Frost is the first book in a two book series of the same name by author, Tanya Holmes. This is my first book I have had the pleasure of enjoying by Tanya, but I know it won't be my last. When finishing a book fills me with an almost all consuming want and need to have the next book in my hands at that very moment, I know I have found a winner. And that is exactly what happened with The Darkest Frost, it ends on a cliff hanger and I was dying to get my hands on the next book. Tanya-please! I need part two right now, and make it a nice long book because I do not want The Darkest Frost to be over.
It was so strange because the first couple of chapters of The Darkest Frost seemed so unassuming. I was reading along kind of ho-hum, thinking this would be a "like" book, but nothing more. And then somewhere around the 4th or 5th chapter- bamn! It hit me all at once, and from that point on I could not put this book down. I was riveted and a helpless passenger on the journey with Danielle (yes, I know that is not her name, but that is how I know her) Braden, and Xavier. Everything about this story fascinated me. I loved the idea of a psychic detective. I loved the mystery surrounding Dr. Death AKA Braden. And I ended up loving what was going on with him even more than I loved the idea of a psychic detective. Danielle was so cool. Her gift wasn't just one thing, it manifested itself differently in different situations. I really liked how much thought Tanya Holmes put into Danielle's abilities.
And then there is Braden. Closed off, and totally mysterious, he grabbed my attention right from the start. And before I go any further, i would be doing you all a disservice if I didn't mention that the romance in The Darkest Frost is out of this world. I lurved it so very much. And the cliffhanger reached right inside my body and clenched my heart. I need the second book to see what is going to happen. There are lots of hints as to the mystery surrounding Braden and his brother, and I peeled back that riddle pretty easily I have to say, but there is so much more to The Darkest Frost than solving that mystery. (the reader is told the secret anyway.) so the fact that I was able to deduce it didn't take anything away from my enjoyment of the book.
If you are a fan of gothic romances, paranormal romance, or urban fantasy this is the series for you. Check it out. I promise you won't be disappointed. I loved it so much, and I found a great new author in the process. This one is a hidden gem!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Sweet is a new young adult thriller/horror novel by Emmy Laybourne. Whe**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Sweet is a new young adult thriller/horror novel by Emmy Laybourne. When I was finished with sweet, I assumed it was a standalone, but goodreads says it is the first in the Sweet series. Now I am even more intrigued by the book than I was when I finished it, because I cannot wait to see what the author is going to do next with the series. It is going to be freakin' insane.
I really enjoyed Sweet. The idea behind it is scary as all get out...because of how realistic it seems. Solu is a brand new sweetener that is also a weight loss supplement. To celebrate the launch of this innovative new product that is promised to change the weight loss game, Solu pairs up with a luxury cruise line- bringing in celebrities along with normal cruise goers to partake in a luxury weight loss cruise! I love the idea of that, but what happens next is straight out of a horror film. (view spoiler)[And I can even count this as a kind of zombie-adjacent book. (which you may know that I hardly ever read.) Because that is what these people seemed like to me, after a few days taking solu. (hide spoiler)] I loved the idea behind the cruise taking a group weight and and after weight as a cruise theme. And the ship seemed first class, but everything else I want no part of. haha It made for a great read though! It was crazy seeing people trying to get more Solu. I thought it was brilliant the way Emmy Laybourne layered the undercurrent of addiction throughout Sweet.
Sweet is told in dual narrative between Tom and Laurel. Tom is the celebrity host of the cruise and Laurel is dragged along by her friend. Both Laurel and her friend can be called curvy, but Laurel's friend is obsessed with losing weight, and Laurel likes herself the way she is. I love how what a positive body image Laurel has of herself. And I really liked Tom's interactions with Laurel on this topic. Sweet was really interesting because on one hand, you had this crazy Solu epidemic, and on the other hand you have this really sweet budding romance between what seems to be an unlikely pair at first glance. The horror/thriller aspect of the book competed perfectly with the romance. It was a very entertaining pairing.
Sweet took me by total surprise. Once I started reading, and I got my first glimpse at what the solu was going to do, I didn't know how much I would end up enjoying Sweet. But I am so happy to say that this book surpassed all of my expectations. I really liked it and I want to read the short story prequel now. Not to mention that the ending, which I initially thought was a great ending to a standalone in this genre, now has me salivating for the next book. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more