Compulsion is one heck of a read. I can see this book, and trilogy, app**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Compulsion is one heck of a read. I can see this book, and trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can't say that I have had too much experience in this particular genre, but if they are all like Compulsion, I need to start reading more of them. Compulsion was great. It had so many layers and such a depth to its' story.
You really had to pay attention or you would miss something. Compulsion really builds and builds so read each page carefully. A few times I felt myself getting swept up in the story and reading quicker and quicker to find out what was going to happen next and then before I knew it I felt a little lost, like I had missed something. The book actually started out that way for me. The name Mark was thrown around by the main character for like two or three chapters before I actually had any idea what his relation to Barrie was. But I think the author made some details and story aspects obscure on purpose to add to the mysterious atmosphere of the book. Once I got a couple of chapters in, knew who Mark was and found Barrie describing the pull she felt towards finding "lost" things, I knew this book was a keeper. I was hooked from that point on.
The story is crazy good, and it just keeps unfolding. Right when you think there couldn't possibly be any more, there is. I loved learning about the three plantation families, and the curse of the fire carrier. I loved seeing the Watson and Beaufort gift. I want Eight's gift more than Barrie's, that's for sure. The romance between Barrie and Eight is great as well. There are a lot of character in Compulsion, and I feel like there will only be more as the story continues, so there are a lot to keep track of. When you throw in spirits and all of the family tree members of the three families, it was a little hard to keep track of them all the time. Especially with how intertwined the three families are. Can anyone say drama and scandal galore? I ate it all up.
The characters are fantastic. I wasn't crazy about Barrie's name. It took me a while to get used to the main girl as a Barrie. But once you move past that, there are a whole cast of characters for you to either love or hate. I loved most of them. I had a love/hate relationship with Barrie's cousin, Cassie. But no matter which side you turn up on with her, there is no denying that she is an excellent addition to the story. Overall, I was so impressed with Martina Boone's creation in Compulsion. I loved the mixture of magic, curses, romance and just plain creepiness. It is a book that has left an impression on me, and I can't wait to see what she will bring us next.
I LOVED this book! Within the first 10 pages, I was hooked! And when I say hooked, I really mean it. I could not put the book down! I read it all in oI LOVED this book! Within the first 10 pages, I was hooked! And when I say hooked, I really mean it. I could not put the book down! I read it all in one sitting. New England Witch Chronicles is well written, interesting, and it flows really well. I was sucked right into the story and I loved every second of it.
Alex, or Lex, is a really likable character. She was loyal and strong willed. Her loyalty was what I liked the most about her. I have seen one too many flaky main characters in the past year, and it was starting to annoy me. These flaky flakerson characters see a cute guy and leave their friends/current bf/long time love interest in the dust. But not Lex, no she was loyal as loyal can be. I loved that about her.
I also really liked both guys in the story. Peter is so awesome! He was always there for Lex. I want Peter for myself! He is just so cute, and such a good friend to Lex. And while James was nice and hot and not nearly as annoying as Lex initially thought, it was always Peter that I was rooting for. I never disliked James though, so that should make for an interesting dynamic in future books.
I loved how Chelsea described the manifestation of Lex's powers. The whole lights episodes reminded me of Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. I can't wait to find out more about the history of witches in the next book. I can't wait to find out a lot of things in the next book! This series is going to be amazing!
This has been one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time! It is definitely making my top in 2011 book list! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. It has favorite series potential written all over it :) Get a copy of this book! Seriously, you should have ordered it yesterday!...more
This is quite possibly the best contemporary I have EVER read. I enjoyed every minute of The Vincent Boys. I didn't want it to end. It is one of thoseThis is quite possibly the best contemporary I have EVER read. I enjoyed every minute of The Vincent Boys. I didn't want it to end. It is one of those books that you wish had unlimited pages to turn. You just want to keep reading it forever.
Beau is just plain awesomeness. He is just a guy made up purely of awesome! I want a few Beau's on hand at all times for me. Now you all know, that I am not normally one for the bad boys- but I didn't find Beau to be bad. Not really. He cared so much about Ashton, and he is such a great match for her. He really gets her, and that is the most important thing. I loved how Ashton could just be herself with Beau. Sawyer seems great, and I'm sure he is a great guy but he just seemed fake to me. I started to warm up to him at the very end. I know things must have been hard for him to deal with but still. I guess my main problem was that he wasn't Beau.
This book has such a steamy, awesome, and sweet romance. I could not get enough of it. It ended so perfectly that I am sure it is a stand alone book. And it works great as one, the problem is- I don't want it to be a stand alone. I want to read more about Ashton! So much more.
Abbi Glines tells such a great story in The Vincent Boys. I loved it so much. And I didn't just love the characters, the writing is what got to me. Abbi writes so well. You just can't stop turning the pages. You want more, but yet you want to pace yourself so you can savor the book. I can't say enough good things about this book. If you are looking for a cute contemporary with a wonderful romance, choose The Vincent Boys. You won't be sorry you did. ...more
Holy cow! This book was awesome! I have been on such a contemporary kick that I have been neglecting all of the other genres that I used to love. InclHoly cow! This book was awesome! I have been on such a contemporary kick that I have been neglecting all of the other genres that I used to love. Including fantasy and science fiction. Oh, how foolish I have been. 3:59 reminded me just how much I love these genres. I need to go find other fantasy books to read right away. I haven't experienced a Gretchen McNeil book yet, but I have no idea what I was waiting for. This book is easily the best written, most exciting book I have read all year. 3:59 is very science heavy, but I never felt lost or confused by the scientific jargon. You could tell that Gretchen clearly did her research and she explained everything we needed to know really well through Josie and Penelope. (the two science-y ones in the story.)
I loved that even though there are two doppelgangers, Josie and Jo in this story it was only told through Josie's point of view. It would have been easy to switch back and forth between her and Jo in the beginning of the book when they were first seeing each other through the mirror, but I was so excited that the point of view never switched. I thought it really added to the story to have Josie put everything together for herself. Josie is such a smart girl- brilliant really, but she is also just a teenage girl that recently got dumped by her boyfriend. So when she looked in the mirror and saw her boyfriend happy with her other self, she saw what she wanted to see. That is what made her go from a good character to a great character in my mind. That sounds silly, doesn't it? but she was so realistic. She isn't perfect, she made some mistakes, but she more than made up for them in the rest of the book.
There are so many twists and turns in 3:59, I couldn't even predict half of them. Which made for such an exciting read! I couldn't put this book down. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing. When I had to stop reading to run errands or to do some work, I was actually annoyed that real life was interrupting my reading time. Gretchen McNeil knows how to write creepy. Man, the Nox was something I would have nightmares about. I would hate to live in a world with them. But they were fascinating. Everything in her world was actually. If you are a "world building" fan, you will LOVE 3:59 because the detail and description in this book is grade A. I think 3:59 is a must read book of 2013. Whether you are a fan of fantasy and science fiction or not, you need to read this book. ...more
Darkness of Light has made me excited for paranormal books again. They used to be the kind of young adult book that I read the most, but then I kind oDarkness of Light has made me excited for paranormal books again. They used to be the kind of young adult book that I read the most, but then I kind of started to drift away from them. Darkness of Light reminded me why I love them so much. It is probably one of the best books I have read all year. I could not put it down. It has just enough mystery to keep you guessing and keep you flipping pages, but not too much to where you are pulling your hair out just to get some answers. Don't get me wrong, Ember doesn't get any satisfying answers from anyone until 3/4th into the book, but there is always so much going on that it didn't frustrate me. The plot was always moving forward. I never felt like it was stagnant or stalled in anyway. I loved the character development and the creatures in this book seemed fresh and unique.
Ember just wanted to know what she was. But at the same time, she kept holding out hope that she was normal. She saw all these crazy things happening around her, and I think on some level she always knew that she was different, but she just didn't want to admit it to herself. If I were her, I would have demanded answers much sooner, or done my own research to try and figure it out. I would have been experimenting with my powers. Anything to try and see what was going on. Especially because she was getting in trouble for the strange things that were happening. I felt bad for her though. The cops labeled her a trouble maker, and she thought she was crazy and that she was having hallucinations. That must have really taken a toll on her.
Eli was just as mysterious. I couldn't figure out what he was or what Ember was. That was one of the things that I loved about Darkness of Light. Stacey Marie Brown did such an awesome job telling an amazing story but still maintaining the mystery to keep you maddeningly interested. I have a few books on my TBR pile before I can get to the sequel and it is driving me crazy already! I just want to skip everything else I have to read so I can read the next book.
I loved the romance between Eli and Ember. Eli knew a lot more than Ember in terms of the paranormal. He grew up knowing what he was and what she was and he was supposed to hate her. It was interesting watching him struggle with himself and what he felt for her. Of course, for Ember that meant that he seemed hot and cold all the time. But I thought the build up between them was great. They would make a few steps towards friendship, and then something would inevitably happen that would push them further apart. I really like the two of them together, but in the end of the book I just wished that Eli would have taken a stand and done more for Ember. I guess we will see what happens in the next installment.
Darkness of Light is a fantastic book! I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't even realize I was done with the book or how much time I had spent reading the book until I came up for air at the last page. I just lost myself in the story completely. Which is something I love. I can't wait to read the next book. There are so many things I want to find out. I want to see more of Telin, a character we really only got to see in dreams so I don't have much of an opinion on him yet, and I really really want to see what is going to happen with Eli, as well as learning more about Ember's powers. Darkness of Light is one of the bext paranormal books I have read all year. This is going to be an amazing series....more
Note: I will try my best, but there will probably be some spoilers from the first two books. If you are new to the series, check out my review of The Collectors' Society HERE and my review of the Hidden Library HERE. These books need to be read in order. The Forgotten Mountain is the third book in the New Adult Fantasy Series, The Collectors' Society. And I have to first mention how much I love these covers. They are some of my favorite covers for any series. Which is fitting because The Collectors' Society is ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME. The First book, The Collectors' Society, was one of my favorite books of 2014, and The Hidden Library was another favorite. I can't remember a series where every single book has gotten a full 5/5 stars from me. But truth be told, the books in the Collectors' Society deserve more than 5 stars each. This is such an amazing series, and Heather Lyons really ripped my heart out with the Forgotten Mountain.
The Forgotten Mountain picks up right where the Hidden Library left off, with that awful ending. Because of what is going on with my poor Finn, a lot of this book is told through Alice's point of view. I really do love Alice. She is so strong and loyal and sharp. I love her ability to see through everything and read people so well. And I love that we still get words of advice from the catepillar. Heather Lyons has such a way with words, everytime I see her talk about someone from wonderful, I feel like I am reading Lewis Carroll himself. She has captured the essence of the books in her timelines so well, all the while putting her own crazy spin on them. In the Forgotten Mountain we get to see some Grimm Brother tales and their time lines. Creepy places, they are. Think the Brother's Grimm movie with Matt Damon, and not the Disney version of the tales.
I was so proud of myself for calling one of the villians in this book, but that one thing (lygari) was the only thing I seemed to get right. Heather Lyons continues to surprise and delight me with her masterful writing and story telling. I am so in awe of Heather and her writing. I read The Forgotten Mountain with wide eyes and dropped jaw, bouncing on the edge of my seat the whole time. The characters all hold a place in my heart, some I hate, some I love, and some totally creep me out, but everyone in this very large cast of characters are so distinct that they stay with me long after I put this book down.
Heather is the best at weaving different characters, clues, and minor plot points that come into play later. I just love reading her books, even when she does things that make me want to cry. Her writing is so exciting and emotional. I want to live inside this series. I just love it so much. Everyone needs to read these books. If you are looking for a fantasy series, an action series, a series for lovers of classic literature, a romance, or just a series that is original and so well done- you are looking at the Collectors' Society Series! It is all of those things and so much more. The ending of this book completely wrecked me. I need the next book now. I cannot say it enough, this is one of my all time favorite series. Read this series! If you haven't you are doing yourself a disservice.
I just changed my Abbi Glines badge from "fan girl" to "super fan girl". Seriously, everything she writes becomes sparkly and amazing. At least for meI just changed my Abbi Glines badge from "fan girl" to "super fan girl". Seriously, everything she writes becomes sparkly and amazing. At least for me. I loved Existence so much! Dank makes me all swoony and weak in the knees. One of my favorite books of 2011.
I'm sure my review will not do the book justice, but I will try anyways. The characters make this book for me. Abbi Glines characters are all so wonderful. They are complex and likable, addicting and so believable. That is key for me, you get sucked right into their world and you feel like you belong in it. Like you are right there in the middle of the story. It's amazing. That's why I have such a hard time putting down her books. I get so absorbed in them that the next thing I know its 3 am and I'm still awake reading.
I LOVED Dank. He is so mysterious but right away you can tell that he is attached to Pagan. My only complaint about the whole book is that I wanted to see more of Dank. Im really hoping that in the next book we get to see a little bit of his POV. PLEASSEEE!? I'm a sucker for guy's point of view.
Pagan was a pretty cool main character too. She was logical and nice, but she was still a teenager. When love came into the equation she went a little crazy, like we all tend to do. I loved that you could feel Dank's emotions where Pagan was concerned. He had a crazy sense of desperation about him sometimes. I need to know more about him. I just need to.
This book had me on a crazy roller coaster ride. It was mysterious and just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, to threw me for a loop. I'm particularly talking about the last 15% of the book. So much happens near the end that you will need to hold onto your seat. But it is awesome and you will love every second of it. The last page had me super duper happy and shocked at the same time. My mind is already cranking at top speed trying to figure out what is going to happen next. I can't wait to find out. If you have not read any Abbi Glines books, you are really missing out! This is one book that I would pick up ASAP! ...more
Crimson Bound is a standalone young adult fantasy. I am hesitant t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 4.5/5
Crimson Bound is a standalone young adult fantasy. I am hesitant to call it a re-telling or even a re-imagining of Little Red Riding hood (or the Girl with No Hands, which I have not read) because it is so utterly unique and different from anything I have read, that it almost isn't fair to Crimson Bound to be making those comparisons. I have not had the chance to read Cruel Beauty yet, but the book is basically at the very tippity top of my wishlist! I want it so bad, and I have to admit that I want it even worse after reading Crimson Bound.
It is hard for me to put into words the way that Crimson Bound made me feel, and exactly why I loved it so much. But I do know this...it was the writing. Rosamund Hodge is an incredible story teller. Her writing feels rich and thick. Her words wrap you up so completely until you are a part of the world she is creating. And oh, what a world! I bow down to her world building abilities. I loved the way she initially wove in the basics of the world and their myths through young Rachelle's lessons. After the first two chapters it took a couple more chapters for me to gain my bearings because the events jump ahead a bit in the beginning. But once you get your fantasy legs on, it is like a very creapy and wonderfully detailed playground for your imagination. I loved reading about the palaces and the Great Forest. I was all at once fascinated and terrified of it, alongside of Rachelle.
And speaking of Rachelle, I really liked her. Even when I was shaking my head at her, I still really really liked her. There is something compelling about her. She is complicated and her view of herself endeared her to me. She wasn't easy on herself. But the great characters didn't stop at Rachelle, the whole cast were excellently portrayed. I love that this book was set in French history. The salon's and salon ladies were a great addition, that I wouldn't have thought of with this book.
I am kind of in love with this book, and I know I am head over heels in love with Rosamund Hodge's writing. I need her to write more books because she transported me to another world that I could have sworn I could see, smell and touch while I was reading Crimson Bound. And if the beyond brilliant writing, and characters aren't enough, the plot of Crimson Bound will have you guessing up until the very end. I really enjoyed this book. You need to experience its' magic for yourself.
I read this book days ago and I had to stop myself from writing a review directly after or even a few days after because I was afraid it would be tooI read this book days ago and I had to stop myself from writing a review directly after or even a few days after because I was afraid it would be too gushy. So here I am, writing the review for my blog tour stop and I am still afraid that my review may be too gushy but I also want to let you guys know how much I absolutely LOVE this book. Lost is going to be on my top 10 list of 2013 and right now it is sitting right on top of that list in the number one spot. (And honestly I don't see that changing anytime soon.) Lost is powerful and emotional and just so great to read. Nadia Simonenko did such a great job with the writing. Lost is all about secrets, and how secrets can haunt you and being your own personal demon. I think there is just so much for people to relate to in the first book in the Lost and Found series.
Lost follows the story of two twenty somethings, Owen and Maria. Owen and Maria each have their own deep dark secrets that they are always carrying around with them. But through some sneakiness of their two friends they get to meet each other and get to know each other. It should be noted that Lost deals with some very real and troubling issues of abuse and rape, but I have never read another book that has handled those tough issues in such a delicate and amazing way. I just loved what Nadia did with the plot of this book. And Maria and Owen are two amazing characters. I love how loyal they each are. Once Maria saw that owen had a secret like her, she dubbed him "lost" as well and from that moment forward she never once wavered. She was always there for him, even though it was really hard for her at times. I loved that about her.
I'm normally not one to fall in love with lots of quotes from books but there were so many that just really resonated with me. One part of the book really spoke to me and I thought was just so beautiful and powerful. Owen was deciding whether or not he could share his secret with Maria. And when you tell someone a secret so deep there is a huge fear of rejection tied into it. And Maria just looked at Owen and thought, I know that look. He's told me his secret and now he is worried that I am going to hurt him with it. Oh man! I read that page probably 5 or 6 times before I was finally able to move on. I just think that Nadia's writing is so insightful and on point and I completely fell in love with all of it.
Maria and Owen's story is a tragic but beautiful one. I loved the romance that was in the book. It was never rushed, it never felt fake and it was always worked seamlessly into the bigger issue of the secrets and trust the two of them had with each other. And the best part is that I got the satisfaction of watching them get together (because they are just so perfect for each other) but right after the end of the book the author lets us know that this is just the beginning of Owen and Maria. I can't wait! I have not been this excited to read a sequel in a LONGGGGG time. This is one of those books that deserves more than my 5 gavel rating. I was blown away by Nadia's characters, story and most of all her incredible writing. Lost is a must read book of 2013. Must read for everyone. Do yourself a favor and read Lost today!...more
**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
Blood Debt is my first centaur book. I have to say that I was expecting the horse creatures from Harry Potter and I was wondering how much I would enjBlood Debt is my first centaur book. I have to say that I was expecting the horse creatures from Harry Potter and I was wondering how much I would enjoy a book about half horse creatures, but Nancy Straight's take on centaurs was so interesting! They weren't horses at all, they were just characterized as such because of how fast the men centaurs can run. I loved the magical world that was created in Blood Debt and I thought Nancy did an awesome job answering any questions we might have while still holding just enough cards in her pocket to make the story seem a bit mysterious.
The story follows Camille, or Cami as she preferred to be called. I really liked her. She was strong and independent but she had a tendency to be kind of rude through her stubbornness. I get that she doesn't like the ways and the customs of the centaurs but I thought she could have at least been a little more understanding. Her family was nothing but nice, warm and welcoming to her, and they never tried to force her into anything that she didn't want. I just thought she could have tried a little harder to be ok with things, or at least to not sound so rude in her refusals. But other than that I didn't have any problems with her. I liked her and I loved Drake. There was just something about him. He seems so pure and good. I had to stop reading for a while because of something that Camille's grandmother did to him in the book because I liked him so much.
I think that I would be an awesome centaur. I love how powerful women are in their society. They are really the ones that call a lot of the shots. They get to pick their husband out of tons of eligible guys and the guys are all tripping over themselves to get picked by a female centaur to continue on their family bloodline. There are way, way more men than their are women in centaur society. Plus the girls get all the cool gifts. I would be a little freaked out by all the mind reading and future seeing going on if I were Cami.
Blood Debt is such an awesome concept. Fans of YA paranormal romances need to check out this series. And the best part is that the second book is coming out pretty soon, I think. So not a ton of wait time inbetween books. Personally, I want the second book right now because I need to see what on earth is going on with Cami's friend Daniel from back home. I feel like there is something big there that we just don't have all the pieces to yet. Plus all of this Lost Herd business. I am dying to find out! Such a great book, it exceeded all of my expectations. ...more
Where Dead Bodies Lie is the first in the young adult paranormal/thrill**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Where Dead Bodies Lie is the first in the young adult paranormal/thriller series, called the Body Dowser series. And don't worry, just what exactly is a body dowser will be explained because I didn't know when I started reading either. Basically it is what her abilities are called. What I liked about Where Dead Bodies Lie is that the story and Kat Cazanav's writing draws you in right away. Some stories take a little while to really heat up in excitement, but I never felt that way with Where Dead Bodies Lie. The book starts off right in the middle of the action and within the first couple of pages we get a taste of what some of the Dowser abilities are.
Another thing I loved about the paranormal element of Where Dead Bodies Lie is that this ability is passed down through the women in Stella's, the main character, family. But not only does the ability get passed down, but a talisman of sorts also gets passed down. And it was really cool to get to see the talisman work as a conduit for her ability. I don't recall any other young adult books that used this spin on paranormal abilities. I really liked it. Not to mention the fact that I am a sucker for a boarding school setting. Especially when said boarding school is for kids with special abilities and talents.
You will become Stella's biggest fan while reading Where Dead Bodies Lie. The story is told entirely from her point of view and the author slips inside her head often, which was great. I loved seeing her world and abilities through Stella's eyes. It also made the book feel more suspenseful. There are plenty of twists and turns and new and unknown things happening to Stella and I found myself right on the edge of my seat along with her.
I can't wait to continue this series. It has so much going for it. A great main character, plenty of interesting abilties and paranormal flair, and of course you have to stay tuned to find out just what the heck is going on with the guy, Kaff. (there is no insta love, don't worry!) If you like young adult paranormal, but are looking for a book that isn't like the hundreds of others out there, check out Where Dead Bodies Lie and the Body Dowser series. I think you will be happy you did.
Wow! Bridger was so great. I started writing a review right after I finished the book and all I was doing was gushing over and over again. So I decideWow! Bridger was so great. I started writing a review right after I finished the book and all I was doing was gushing over and over again. So I decided to wait a little bit, so my review was not just variations of "I love this book!" and "OMG Bridger was so great!". But now i'm back after a few hours and i'm still gushing. So why fight it? Let's gush people!
Bridger is going on my favorite's of 2011 shelf for sure! It is so exciting and the story is really well developed. A lot happens, and it is so fast paced, but at the same time you get such great background detail about everything. I loved the way the book was written. It throws a lot at you, and it can seem confusing at first but Megan does a great job of explaining everything. I thought Bridger was really unique.
Ash is such an interesting character. She can do some pretty cool things, and I have a feeling that we have only really touched the surface on her abilities. I can't wait to see what else she can do. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that I loved both Liam and Reese. What is a girl to do when presented with two equally awesome options? I normally like to root for one guy over the other, but both guys here are just so swoon worthy, it's tough to pick. I guess I will have to wait until the next book to make my decision.
My favorite part was how action packed and fast paced the book was. It drew me in completely. Multiple times while I was laying down reading, something would happen and I would bolt upright in bed. I just had to know what was going to happen next! I even got up with my kindle and was pacing around the room reading at one point! It literally kept me on my toes! Now is that doesn't scream "this is an awesome book!" I don't know what does.
I hate that I have to wait for the second book to come out. I want to read it right now! This book was awesome, great, wonderful and all things an amazing book should be. I thoroughly loved reading every minute of Bridger. Thank you so much Megan Curd!! :)
OMG Bridger was so great!! (I just had to get one last gush in there)...more
I love C.J. Duggan's books. She can write the heck out of New Adult con**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I love C.J. Duggan's books. She can write the heck out of New Adult contemporary romances. As an author on my auto-buy list, I was super excited to be a part of the Paradise City blog tour. Paradise City is the first book in C.J.'s Paradise series, which is a new adult contemporary romance series. Even though the main character is in high school, this had more of a new adult feel to it. Maybe younger new adult or a ya/na crossover. It is a little different than her Summer Boys series, in that each book does not work as a standalone. Here, you will need to read the series in order. And here, there is a cliffhanger. It caught me off guard because I have never experienced a cliffhanger in any of C.J. Duggan's other books, so I wasn't expecting it at all. And it is quite the cliffhanger, at that.
Cliffhanger aside, Paradise City is the same brand of feel good, fun and sexy romance that I have come to love from this author. I can't wait for the next book in the series already. Lexie grew up home schooled in a tiny Australian town. She is super smart, and for her 11th grade year in high school, her parents have finally agreed to let her move in with her aunt and cousin in the bigger town of Paradise. Lexie was so adorably excited about moving and going to a real high school. She was like a kid in the candy store when she got to Paradise. I loved it. She wanted ALL THE TEENAGE EXPERIENCES. And any good reader of new adult knows that means teenage romance.
I loved the way the students at school were divided into one of three different houses. I have no idea if that is how it is actually done in high school in Australia, but I would like to imagine that it is. Lexie totally got the best house too- Gilmore. (Gave me a total Gilmore Girls flashback) That is the house for the smart kids. The house for the beach bums, or cool kids was Kirkland, and that is where Boon and Luke and some of Lexie's cousin's friends are in. I knew right off the rat that most of the action was going to come from Lexie's interaction with this crowd. It took me a couple of minutes before I could get a read on Luke as a love interest, but once I did, I really enjoyed his interactions with Lexie.
Paradise City is a great romance with a great main character. I loved Lexie. A lot, a lot. And I liked the whole group of secondary characters as well. I am looking forward to seeing more of them in the next book, and getting to know them a little bit better. If you loved C.J. Duggan's Summer series, you should give Paradise City a try! And if you are new to C.J. Duggan's books, you need to get in the loop and grab all of her books. You will become addicted.
The Last One by Tawdra Kandle is the first book in a contemporary roman**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Last One by Tawdra Kandle is the first book in a contemporary romance series, called the One Series. It is told in dual narrative between Sam and Meghan, and I absolutely loved it. It is technically adult contemporary romance but I think it will appeal to fans of new adult and adult romances alike. The Last One allowed me to totally tune out the world. I could not put this book down, for anything or anyone. I was so engrossed with their story. I loved the dynamic between the two of them. They started out on the total wrong foot and became bicker buddies for a long time after that.
Sam had the wrong first impression of Meghan, but I loved the happenstance that brought them into each others lives for longer than their first meeting. Let me back up and explain. Meghan is a junior in college that has been having a rough time with some family stuff. So her and her best friend go out one night for carefree fun so Meghan can just let loose. Megahn and her friend end up broken down on the side of the rode and Sam comes to their assistance. Meghan is totally wasted and Sam thinks she is just some party college girl. Meghan meanwhile signs up to do a volunteer ArtCorps over the summer. A program that assigns an art student to be a volunteer teacher for a community in need of one. The student stays with a host family for the summer and gives free art classes to the kids in the community. Three guesses who is a part of Meghan's host family for the summer. And just like that you have all the ingredients you need for a sizzling and banter laced-, unresolved sexual tension filled, summer of a good time.
Sam and Meghan are so great together but man oh man are they ever thick-headed. They are each so focused on not getting tied down, that they don't see a good thing when it is staring them in the face. They each need a good shaking from time to time, but that is all part of their journey. And what a journey it is. Fans of new adult and of contemporary romance alike will love Tawdra Kandle's writing. I could not get enough of Meghan and Sam. I can't wait to see what is going to be next in the series. It is Ali's story and I am super excited about that because that girl deserves her HEA.
*Note: I have seen this as Adult contemporary romance as well as New Adult contemporary romance. I think it would work for either of those categories.
By now it is no secret that I am absolutely IN LOVE with Penny Reid and this series. It is just wonderful. I think all fans of new adult and romantic comedies should read it. But instead of a normal review I am just going to give you 5 reasons why you need to read Elements of Chemistry.
Reasons to Read this series:
Yes, it is told in a serial format, but each of the parts really feels like a novel. I don't know how Penny Reid does it but her writing is so descriptive and her characters are so fleshed out. It's very impressive what she can do with 130-230 pages. Capture felt like a full length novel, and I didn't want it to end!
The characters. Oh my, Martin and Katy. Oh My. I can't even tell you how much I loved them. And no don't make me pick who I loved more, because I can't do it. They are just the most interesting mix of nerdy, sweet and sexy, and frustrating.
The romance. This should be number 1, because holy co valence bonds, is the romance hot. And perfect for the two of them. Their bickering is just as intense as their attraction. I totally didn't see some parts of this book coming, so I won't ruin the story for you, but through it all...the drama the sexy times, the fun times, everything, the romance is always top notch. I am so in love with Martin and Katy.
This story is laugh out loud funny. I love nerdy humor, and this is some great nerdy humor. And awkward humor, and just plain funny moments. This book had me smiling.
Quality Writing. I read a lot of books. Hundreds of books a year, and I have seen all kinds of writing. But I will say this. Penny Reid can writer her butt off. She knows how to write great characters, great romance, with a great plot, and her timing for humor, for drama and everything in between is perfect. I am such a fan of every single book I have read by her. One of my favorite authors. If you love yourself, you will read this book.
*A note about the series, and how the ordering works. This was something that confused me...is it the elements of chemistry series or the hypothesis series? Answer:
This is the last book in the Elements of Chemistry trilogy (ATTRACTION, HEAT, and CAPTURE). 2) Elements of Chemistry is the 1st "story" in the Hypothesis Series; There will be a Hypothesis series book once a year (so, New Adult once a year); each "story" may or may not be split into separate parts. It all depends on the needs of the characters/story. 3) The next story in the Hypothesis Series will focus on Abram and either Physics or Biology.
Nowhere But Here is the first book in a new young adult con**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 4.5/5 stars
Nowhere But Here is the first book in a new young adult contemporary series by Katie McGarry, called Thunder Road. 2015 is the year where I finally start to read some new- but-insanely-popular-YA-authors. Because guess what? I haven't read a Katie McGarry book yet. Craziness! I know. But when I saw that she had a new series coming out, I thought this was the perfect time for me to jump on the bandwagon and experience what all the ya romance hype is about. And I get it, people. I really do. I have never been one for motorcycle books. I know it is a huge trope out there, but I could never really get into it. Until now. I absolutely loved the family and brother ship that Katie McGarry painted with the Reign of Terror. Trust me, their name is way meaner than they actually are.
Nowhere But Here is told in dual narrative between Emily and Oz. Oz is the son of one of the big ups in the Reign of Terror and he has been itching to join the business, well, since forever. Emily is the long lost daughter of the head family of the chapter. And her past is shrouded in deep dark mysteries. I really liked the mysterious aspect that surrounded Emily and her mom. It was a fun element that I wasn't expecting in the story. I was fed up right along with Emily as she tried to sort out all of the lies and secrets that everyone was keeping from her.
But the main focus on the story is Emily and Oz. Oz is assigned to protect Emily from the ongoing riots between a forced rival of a motorcycle gang. And this other gang, seems like the bad kind. I liked that Katie McGarry distinguished between legit motorcycle groups that do things "legal" and aboveboard, and the other gangs that don't care so much about following the law. The romance between Oz and Emily was a wonderful slow burn romance. They certainly did not like each other at first glance, but rather what they felt built and evolved over time.
Katie McGarry has created a fantastic group of characters with a wonderful romance between Oz and Emily. This book had me bawling at the end. Full out bawling. I just loved it so much. I get what all the fuss is about with Katie McGarry. This lady writes seriously great romance. She made me fall in love with everyone, even the secondary characters that I didn't initially think I would care much about. This is a really great book for young adult fans, new adult fans and adult fans alike. 4.5/5 stars
3.5/5 Schooled is the first book in a new adult contemporary romance ser**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
3.5/5 Schooled is the first book in a new adult contemporary romance series called Travesty. Travesty is the name of a fashion brand created by two college best friends. The first book in the series is Lex, or Alexis', story. And the second book is Ava's story. I am not sure how many books there are going to be, or if after these first two is subsequent books will continue to follow new couples or will shift back to Lex and Ava. That is my preference, but I have a feeling the series will also follow some of their other friends like Jane.
Either way, the book was told entirely from Lex's point of view. I do wish that we had a smattering of chapters from Dylan because I love dual narrative in new adult contemporary romance, but it worked out ok with just Lex. I had a love hate relationship with Lex. I really liked her, but then sometimes she would just be so bull headed that I wanted to shake her and give up on her. She sabotaged everything it seems like. It is strange, because Lex herself is not a dramatic person, but if you remove her from the storyline all of the drama in Schooled would have been gone too.
Dylan was the best part of the story of Schooled for me. I thought it was so cute how he was with Lex. It was clear as day that he has always had a thing for her, and he was more than patient with her crazy moments. I know it sounds like I didn't like Lex, but I did. I really liked her with Dylan and I really liked her when she wasn't overthinking everything and she just let go. She was wonderful in those moments when she wasn't second guessing herself and all of her actions at every turn. Most of all, I just wanted Lex to let go and just Live. And I think that is what Dylan was able to bring out in her.
Schooled is a very easy flowing read. I really enjoyed it and I loved the romance. There are lots and lots of speedbumps along the way, but I think readers will be rooting for Dylan and Lex. I hope we get to check in with them more in Ava's story. For readers that love new adult romance in a college setting and don't mind a controlling main character, especially since the romance more than makes up for it, I think schooled and the travesty series is one for you to check out.
I feel like it has been so, so long since I have had a 5 star book read**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I feel like it has been so, so long since I have had a 5 star book read. But I am super happy to add Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius to my list of favorite 5 star books. This book made my heart smile. It got a little hairy and crazy at the end and I almost took .5 stars off my review rating, and then I about slapped myself. (That is a case of one of those times when I am thinking through my reviewer hat and letting it over weigh my emotions about a book, and I didn't want to do that here.) I just loved this book too much to give it anything less than 5 full stars.
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is set in the magical town of Grimbaud. I love the cover of the book because its whimsical feel helped 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.
In Grimbaud when you get to high school, you can go to Zita's love shop and get your love fortune. And these fortunes are always right. Always. And with a town whose main focus is on love and finding your soul mate as early as possible, it should come as no surprise that everyone rushes to get their love fortune. So when a small group of teens get fortunes that in some way, shape or form say they will not find love, they band together to try and change their fates. I can't adequately explain how utterly, cute and fun this book is. I even have a perma-smile on my face just sitting here typing this review. I loved Fallon, I loved loved loved Sebastien. I was dying to find out what his fortune was because I knew he was a big softy underneath his flirty exterior. And I loved the two of them together. I want to see more books set in the town of Grimbaud. Please, please please Kimberly Karalius. Tell us what Hiriju does next!
Swoon Reads is a hit as far as I am concerned. I have read about 3 books from them now, and I have loved them all. Their idea of crowd sourcing the YA book before publishing them is genius. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is a book that I want to share with everyone. I love the idea of these love fortunes, and charms and really just a town that is in love with the idea of love. I loved the characters and the writing was downright enchanting. Kimberly Karalius needs to write her next book ASAP because there is a real possibility that I will just mope and re-read Love Fortunes and Other Disasters over and over again until she gives me something new to read. Read Love Fortunes and Other Disasters- and I will say you are welcome in advance.
Note: Now I am obsessed with finding a book about love spells or charms. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters kind of banned the use of love charms that were not created by Zita, so they didn't play a huge role in the story for the main, main characters. But I do want to find a book- preferably new adult or adult, that does make use of a love spell/charm. Does anyone have any suggestions?This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
I loved Open Road Summer by Emery Lord so much. (but then again, who didn't? Seriously, that book got such positive feedback it was awesome.) And I am beyond happy to say that she has done it again! All of the reviews that I have been reading for The Start of Me and You have been raving. I loved this book. I just want to hug it and have it with me at all times. Even now that I am done reading it. Emery Lord writes some of the best friendships I have ever read in young adult. I know that is a bold statement, but these are friendships that teens (and everyone) should look up to, and idolize. Paige, Tessa, Morgan, and Kayleigh are so there for one another. They would drop anything in a hot second if they thought one of their friends needed them. And they did. Over and over again. They never got sick of hearing someone complain about the same issue on repeat. They were patient, and understanding. Sure they got into little tiffs, but they always bounced back almost immediately. They were real best friends. I will never get sick of reading about this kind of supportive true friendship. I loved it. Not to mention, on top of that, the romance is great and the story makes you feel all kinds of warm and fuzzies.
The Start of Me and You takes place in a small town where one nickname or one incident can haunt you forever. For Paige that incident was when her new boyfriend drowned. Now she is always known as "girl whose boyfriend died" or Kyle's girlfriend, even though their relationship was still in the getting to know you phase. She was forever marked. I really felt for Paige, it was such a tough spot to be in and I applaud Emery Lord for describing the situation so well. There were facets of it that I hadn't even considered, but watching Paige live it took it to a whole different level for me. I love books that have lists, and the Start of Me and You had a list that Paige dubbed her new beginning list. I loved where her list took her. It took her to joining the quizbowl, which hello, I want to join one of those!!
I thought The Start of Me and You was a bit predictable in parts, but I enjoyed that about it because the things that I could predict were the things that I wanted to happen. Like the whole situation with her crush Ryan and his Cousin Max. This book is perfect for a feel good read. Case in point, I am still smiling as I sit here writing my review. I liked it even more than Open Road Summer. Emery Lord is on my auto buy list now because she knows how to write romances and more importantly, she knows how to write quality friendships. I can't get enough of her. The Start of Me and You is such a great book that I am already thinking about when I can re-read it. Fans of YA contemporary romance, of great characters and great friendships need to read The Start of Me and You.
I can't even accurately convey how much I enjoyed Boys Don't Knit (In**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I can't even accurately convey how much I enjoyed Boys Don't Knit (In Public). This book is kind of my new obsession. It has everything. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it has an awesome male protagonist. I can't say enough good things about this book. Other than, I think everyone needs to read it. Ben is a high school student in the UK and he has a pretty typical group of friends. They always seem to be getting into very minor teen trouble, but what's funny is that is so not Ben. He is kind of the opposite of all his friends in that regard, but he goes along with them anyway. And of course, he is the one that gets caught red-handed. So off to probation he goes, where is gets a "give something back" community service punishment and he has to take a local class. With slim pickings available he chooses knitting, thinking at least it was taught by his young and hot high school teacher. (Spoiler Alert- It isn't.)
Boys Don't Knit is told entirely from Ben's point of view through the form of journal entries. With letters and excerpts of things thrown in as well. I loved that Ben narrated this book through his journal. He is the most adorable, great, quirky, and totally funny guy. I want to hang out with him. I want to be his friend. Ben's antics of his knitting class and his Give something back project had me smiling and laughing on every page. I put this book down multiple times, not because I was bored, but because I just didn't want it to end.
The writing is perfect for the story. Very conversational, and packed with pop culture references and jokes galore. I can't imagine anyone not getting a chuckle out of something from Boys Don't Knit. If you don't laugh while reading this book, I don't trust you. (unless you are a robot)Readers will fall in love with Ben. They will fall in love with his ragtag group of friends, and with all of Ben's knitting creations. I love the pattern names he comes up with. I love how much of a worrier he is. (he takes a wholistic approach to worrying- that is, he worries about everything all the time.) I loved absolutely everything about this book, even the excerpts from his friends "novel"- "50 Shades of Graham" Not to mention I thought the way everyone in Ben's life came together was a really nice heartwarming message. This book just worked for me on every level. I think there is something for everyone in Boys Don't Knit. The book comes out March 24th so you should pre-order your copy today because this is one that you will not want to miss. Quirky fun and humor at its' finest!
Dirty Thoughts is the first book in a new New Adult series from Me**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 4.5/5
Dirty Thoughts is the first book in a new New Adult series from Megan Erickson, called the Mechanics of Love series. I love Megan Erickson, so I was extremely excited that she had a new series out, and I don't know why I was a little slow on the uptake, but I only realized who this series was about as soon as I started reading the book. Remember Max and Lea from Make it Right? Remember Max's yummy older brothers- Cal and Brent? The Mechanics of Love series is their stories! Super exciting, right?
Dirty Thoughts is Cal's story. And it is a really sexy, fun and beautiful second chance love story. Cal was totally head over heels in love with his high school girlfriend, Jenna, and the feelings were mutual. For reasons that are revealed pretty early on in the story, they break up and Jenna moves away for ten years. Well, now she is back and Cal and Jenna's chemistry is stronger than ever. Cal is a stubborn one, so there are lots of ups and downs between the two of them. Even when they weren't "together" you could tell they could hardly resist each other. I am such a sucker for a good second chance romance with out of the world chemistry. And Megan Erickson can write chemistry like whoa.
Dirty Thoughts is told in dual narrative between Cal and Jenna, which as you know is my favorite narrative method for books that feature a strong romance element. I was thinking that Dirty Thoughts was going to be wonderful second chance romance with witty banter and out of this world sexual chemistry- and it totally was- but Megan Erickson threw a wrench in my nice easy plot when Asher showed up. So who is Asher? What does this mean for Cal and his family? What about Jenna and Cal? I will let you find out. But you do know right off the bat that it will be a fun and sexy journey with excellent writing, characters and of course top notch romance. The mechanics of love series is going to be another homerun for sure. I love it already! Give me more Megan!
Wow! This book grabbed me right away and did not release its hold until I had devoured it in one night. I seriously could not put this book down! It wWow! This book grabbed me right away and did not release its hold until I had devoured it in one night. I seriously could not put this book down! It was that good! Piper is awesome, and feisty and strong and everything I like my girl main characters to be.
The concept of this book was so original. If you like True blood, you will love this book. It reminded me of true blood, but different, and dare I say it- better. This book is so fast paced, it has you moving right along from one thing to the next and it never gives you a second to get bored or tired. Everything in Piper's Fury is really interesting. I was so into this book that I just had to know what was going to happen next. Most of the time when I am reading a book, i'll come to a certain page or part and think, "ok this is a good place to stop reading". I couldn't find that here, I just HAD to keep reading. And as much as I love Piper, I give most of the credit to Slade. He just had some quality about him that I loved reading about. I loved finding out tidbits of information about him and I love how strong his emotions are. He is passionate. Most of the time vampires are depicted so separate from humanity and I loved that Slade seemed to be so connected with his human side. Oh, and yea there is also the teensy, tiny little fact that Slade is HOT! I mean really hot, I loved the effect that he has on everyone- heck he was having that effect on me too! Even his name is hot.
So talking about Slade's hotness, I also wanted to mention how much I loved the development of Piper and Slade's relationship. It was awesome that even though Piper is so guarded, she could not maintain her guard around him. He calmed her, which is just so sweet and perfect. And then you get to the passionate part of their relationship... And let's just say it was HOT! (bet you didn't see that word choice coming) But honestly, that is really the only way to describe it. I cannot see how they are going to handle being friends in the next book. Something tells me that will not last too long. At least I hope it doesn't.
The ending of this book killed me. What a way to end it, now I totally do not want to have to wait for the next book to come out! I need to know what is going to happen right now! The cliffhanger sets up what I'm sure is going to be such an amazing second installment, and I can't wait to read it!
A word of warning about this book though- it is addicting, so I would suggest not reading it on a day where you have anything too important to do because you will not be able to put it down. Amazing book, one of my favorites this year!...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but i**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but it can be read as a standalone. I am going to tell you guys a dirty dirty secret of mine...I haven't read the books in the Hundred Oaks series yet. Shh! Please don't throw tomatoes. I have the first two books sitting on my kindle, but review books just took over my life and they just haven't been read yet. BUT, the good news is, I can attest that Breathe Annie Breathe can completely be read as a standalone. And I loved it! I am completely kicking myself in the butt for putting off the rest of the series for so long. I will be reading the rest of the books as soon as possible.
Annie is a tough young lady. That is what struck me the most about her. She had this amazing sweet sweet boyfriend for most of highschool, and he died. And she is carrying around guilt for that. I just felt awful for her. Before he lost his life way too soon, he was training for a marathon. So in his honor, Annie decides that she is going to train and run the marathon in his honor. Just reading about it made me tear up. I loved that this is how she chose to honor him. And I loved how the whole town got behind her. That takes strength and dedication. She signed up for a training coach.
I loved how the book progressed through her weekly runs with her running group and coach. It was nice to be able to meet some of the other runners in her group and get to know them a little as well. Liza was a nice surprise. I'm glad that the love interest was not her training coach, but rather his younger brother- little adrenaline junkie that he is. Their friendship was interesting to say the least. I loved watching the two of them interact. Jere is so fantastic with Annie. Kind and patient, I was so impressed with him.
I completely see what all the hype is with Miranda's books. She is just a talented author. She writes characters that you just want to grab lunch with, be friends with and hug. I want to hug all of the characters. Annie comes such a long way from page one to the end of the book. Watching her life progress is such a treat. I also really appreciated the fact that we got to see her go from high school to college.
I can so see why this series is a must read for young adult. It is everything that I want my young adult books to be. Fun, moving, detailed and developed. The main characters shine just as must as the secondary characters. You will love Annie and Jere. If you are like me, and you are one of the few people left on this earth that have not discovered the magic of Hundred Oaks, don't wait any longer! Grab Breathe Annie Breathe and fall in love. She even made me want to run... and that is no easy feat. I am going back to read the rest of the books now!
Melissa Pearl is an author that I have read a few books from now, and I am happy to say that I think I like each one of her books more and more. If yoMelissa Pearl is an author that I have read a few books from now, and I am happy to say that I think I like each one of her books more and more. If you have not read anything from her yet, you need to check her out because she is an awesome writer. I absolutely loved Betwixt. I wish it was a series or that we would get a little novella to check in on the characters because I wasn't ready to leave them when I finished the book. I had already fallen in love with them by that point.
I think my secret to really enjoying a book is not knowing exactly what is going on. I read the summary for Betwixt months and months ago when I was signing up for the blog tour, but I didn't re-read the summary when I went to pick up this book last week to read it. So I didn't remember what it was about really. It made the whole book seem more mysterious to me, and I was glad that I didn't read the summary right before picking it up because well, it does summarize the book pretty well. (that sounds silly, doesn't it? ok...moving on)
Nicole keeps a buffer between herself and almost everyone else. Even though only Dale could hear her, I loved that throughout the book we really got to know Nicole through everyone's eyes. I loved the journey that she went on. And man, oh man did I love Dale. He was just beyond cute. I want to read more about him. We got explanations and peeks inside of his past, but the book was more focused on Nicole, which made total sense.
Melissa Pearl has this incredible ability to suck you right into the story and make you so absorbed in it that you just cannot put the book down. I think I have read ALL of her books in one sitting. I couldn't put Betwixt down and I didn't want it to end. I love Melissa's writing, it brings everything to life. Melissa just made my shortlist of favorite YA authors. She consistently turns out quality books that I always love, what more could I ask for? Betwixt was one of my favorites of 2012. ...more
The Kiss of Deception is high fantasy at its' finest! Oh, how I loved it so. This book is almost 500 pages and I could not put it down. I finished itThe Kiss of Deception is high fantasy at its' finest! Oh, how I loved it so. This book is almost 500 pages and I could not put it down. I finished it in one night. It was that good. I was that person that brought my book everywhere with me. I read at the gym, I read while people were talking around me, I became a hermit just so I could keep reading. You get the picture.
Mary E. Pearson did a fantastic job. I loved how she set up the chapters. This is what we know when we start the story. A princess runs away right before her arranged marriage. There is an assassin sent out to kill her, and the prince sets off to find her as well. The chapters are are told from different points of view titled Lia (the princess), the assassin and the prince. When Princess Lia gets to a town far enough away she acts as a barmaid, when two different guys come into town- Kaden and Rafe. Now we add chapters from each of their point of view to throw into the mix. We know that they are the assassin and the prince, but the kicker is that we don't know which is which. I loved how Mary E. Pearson did that. I had my guesses, but we don't find out who is who until pretty close to the end of the book. It was a brilliant writing style!
Each of the characters had such distinct personalities. It was easy to see why both guys were fond of Lia. She is strong, independent, spunky and a free thinker. I admired her bravery. Kaden and Rafe were each good in their own way. I am not going to go too much into them because the mystery surrounding their identities makes reading the book so much fun.
The action and adventure that you love from High Fantasy is very abundant in The Kiss of Deception. I enjoyed their adventures and learning about the history of the empires in their world through the prayers and songs. The world building was rich and detailed. This is a series that I know I will be continuing. It goes down in my book as one of the greats in young adult high fantasy. Fans of Maria V. Snyder and of fantasy in general cannot miss The Remnant Chronicles. The Kiss of Deception is easily one of the best books that I have read in 2014. ...more
Viper's Creed is a fantasy and quest lovers dream come true. The stage was set in the first book, and now in this book you just get to sit back and enViper's Creed is a fantasy and quest lovers dream come true. The stage was set in the first book, and now in this book you just get to sit back and enjoy every single page. I completely loved it. It seemed so different than most books that I have been reading lately. Especially the romance. I am a huge fan of this series.
Viper's Creed picks up a year after Sora's Quest left off, and Sora has been staying with and training with Lori. A strange and dangerous disease starts spreading over the lands and soon Sora finds herself off on another adventure. Along with a new sidekick, and two old ones. I am not sure what I think about the new addition to the group. Something about her seems off. But I do know that I love good ole Burn and bad ole Crash. And Crash is just as closed off and enigmatic as ever.
I said before that the romance is so unlike most I have encountered in a YA book. There is no insta love, no love triangle, no long time pining. But it is still so cute to watch Sora and Crash interact. Crash is a man of very, very, very few words. So pretty much everything about him is non-verbal. You can catch glimpses of him emotions and feelings through his actions. T.L. Shreffler has done a really amazing job telling a story without much dialogue at all from Crash, and that is not something that is easy to do. I do wish we saw a little bit more of Crash's point of view. We saw glimpses, but I found myself enjoying his parts of the story the most.
The Cat's Eye series is riveting. I loved it and I would put my review pile on hold if I had book 3 right now to read it right away. The adventure is really underway now. And we got more answers in this book so now I have a better idea of the next few legs of the journey. I have to say that I hope this turns out to be a very long series, because I have not had nearly enough yet. ...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!
This series just blows my mind. You guys all remember how much I LOVED Darkness of Light, and Fire in the Darkness delivered just as much as the first This series just blows my mind. You guys all remember how much I LOVED Darkness of Light, and Fire in the Darkness delivered just as much as the first book. I could not put it down. it kept me guessing right up until the end, and I think I actually gasped out loud a few times while reading.
Ember is awesome in Fire in the Darkness. She has this amazing dry sense of humor. She just deadpans these great one liners and she is constantly cracking me up. I love watching her zing Eli over and over again. But even though she is all fierce and kick butt and can totally hold her own, we get to see so many different sides to her. We see some of her darker Demon side, as well as a more vulnerable and dare I say it-softer side.
I was a little nervous when the book first started that we wouldn’t see much of Eli this time around. The book starts off a little after the first book left off, with Ember on the run from the Seelie Queen after she finally found out what she was. But never fear, soon enough Eli and his gang show up. Eli puts up a big front about doing what he needs to for his family and how everything was an act for him, but you can see right through him. I loved watching him and Ember interact. The way they bantered and pushed each others buttons was so funny, and so clearly filled with URST. And when he showed up in her dreamscape and didn’t like Torin, I squee-ed like a little girl.
But Eli isn’t the only guy in Fire in the Darkness. I have to say, I didn’t see the whole Lars thing coming! But that is the beauty of the darkness series. It keeps you on your toes. You won’t be able to put this book down. This is quickly turning out to be one of my favorite paranormal series, not just of the year, but of all time. There are so many new surprises in this book, I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone, so you will just have to experience the magic of Fire in the Darkness for yourself. ...more
Note: I will try my best, but there will probably be some spoilers from the first book. If you are new to the series, check out my review of The Collectors' Society HERE. These books need to be read in order. The Hidden Library is the second book in the New Adult Fantasy Series, The Collectors' Society. And I have to first mention how much I love these covers. I think they are beyond beautiful. Ok, on to the review. The First book, The Collectors' Society, was one of my favorite books of 2014, so I beyond excited to get my hands on the second book. And even more excited when I opened the book on my kindle and saw that I was quoted from my review of the first book. (This has to be the most epic week on the blog EVER! I believe that there are 3 five star reviews in one week and I am quoted in 2 books. Neither of those things have happened before!) This is an amazing follow up to the first book. I have no idea how Heather Lyons manages to do it, but this book really has it all. The characters are even more complex and rich, the storyline keeps getting better and better and the writing is thoughtful, funny, and so very emotional.
The Hidden Library picks up right where the first book left off, but this time we get to see so much more of Finn's point of view! I loved it. The writing switches off between Alice and Finn every couple of chapters, and everything was very labeled and the POV shifts flowed along with the storyline very well. For the first 20% of the book I was a smidge worried that The Hidden Library was going to be a slower read than the first book, but I was completely wrong. The story zips along. Not only do Finn and Alice have their hands full with villains, but they also go into many more timelines than they did in the first book. I loved that because I got to travel to more book worlds, which was one of the things that drew me towards this series in the first place.
Heather Lyons writing is something to talk about. This lady knows how to write. I love how she doesn't just use twists and turns for shock value, she uses them to layer on complexity and detail into her story. Not to mention she can make you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster ride. She will have you grieving on one page and laughing on the next. Every single sentence and character of hers evokes emotion. I can't emphasize how much I love that about this series. Her writing is masterful, and the Collectors' Society is a series that I can't get enough of. I need the next book right now. I want to go back to wonderland. :) This is not a series for fantasy lovers or new adult lovers. This is a series for all book lovers.