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
Fever is the first new adult romance book that I have had the pleasure**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Fever is the first new adult romance book that I have had the pleasure of reading from Melissa Pearl, and I enjoyed it so much that I am left wondering if there is anything this lady can't write the pants off of. I have loved her suspense/thrillers, her young adult paranormal, her young adult contemporaries, and now this. The characters in Fever are not perfect, but that was kind of what I liked about them. It totally took me by surprise too, because I thought those particular traits (or really situation) would be something I would need to overcome and like them despite of, but the opposite occurred. I was rooting them on more than I thought possible.
Ella is a sweet and quirky young lady. I just adored her. I completely sympathized with her desire to please people. I have been known to yes someone to death and to go out of my way to try and make everyone happy, and I know first hand how stressful and disappointing it can be for yourself. I wanted her to grow her backbone so bad, but I know how hard that can be. I loved her love of Jazz. I thought it was also beautiful how her and Cole connected. And speaking of Cole, I can't even tell you how many ways I love him. He was so sweet and considerate and it was clear that he really saw Ella for who she was. (Which was wayy more than I could say for David.) The only thing that irked me a bit about Cole was how quickly he switched from being against anything relationship to thinking Ella was "the one". It was sweet but a little quick and unrealistic. But it didn't bother me too much because the actual romance between the two of them was not rushed at all. They were friends for most of the book and watching them connect on a friendship level was probably the sweetest part of the story for me.
It was hard to wrap my head around painting David as a bad guy. Because he wasn't, not really. But he very clearly was the wrong guy for Ella. He never really saw her. I felt so bad that he constantly took her places where there would be nothing for her to eat, and he didn't even seem to get it. Not to mention he would get mad at her when she mistakenly ordered something with wheat. But I could tell he wanted to be a good guy, he was just extremely selfish.
I loved how Melissa Pearl incorporated jazz music into the story. I can't wait to see which music will be featured in the next Songbird novel. The second book is about Ella's friend Morgan. I can't wait to read her story, but I really hope we will see more of Cole and Ella. I want to see some of the gluten free foods they were talking about. I know that may be a weird thing to fixate on, but that conversation they had made me go a little head over heels for Cole myself. Fever is just as much a romance story as it is watching two college students come into their own and grow as individuals. It was a wonderful read.
Just This Once is such a realistic love story. Of course, when I say realistic I don't mean that if you take a Vacation to New Zealand you are sure toJust This Once is such a realistic love story. Of course, when I say realistic I don't mean that if you take a Vacation to New Zealand you are sure to walk away with a perfect and famous rugby player, but Drew and Hannah were such real characters and the things they go through in the book are things that struck such a chord within me. I loved the natural progression of the story and it just made me happy. I felt happy watching Drew and Hannah fall for each other, and figure out a way if they could make it work.
I love Hannah, and I see so much of myself in her, but oh my gosh is she stubborn. She won't let anyone help her. I understand that she thinks she needs to be strong, I feel like I am like that too, and I also understand that opening yourself up to someone is a risk. But she took it so far. She wouldn't let anyone in. She had to grow up way too early and that was a big part of why she is the way she is but still she had Drew- possibly one of the most caring and giving guys EVER! And no matter what he was always trying to prove himself to her. She is lucky that he is just as stubborn as her because the average guy would have given up.
But Drew is pretty perfect. He likes to say that he is a simple guy. That he likes fishing and rugby and relaxing at home. But I wouldn't describe him as simple. I would describe him as the perfect guy. He loves to just relax and hang out, but he is such a good listener and you can tell that he really cares about everyone in his life. I wish more guys like him were out there. (preferably in florida lol) I do wish a little bit more happened with his "womanizing past". There were references to his past but as soon as he saw Hannah he never so much as looked at another woman so it was hard for me to imagine him just sleeping around. I would have liked to see his past worked into the story a little more.
Just This Once makes me want to book a trip to New Zealand right now! The description of the country and the togetherness of the community make it sound incredible. It sounds beautiful, and Rosalind James just put New Zealand on my travel list. Beautiful writing and a beautiful romance made me fall in love with Just This Once. It is a book that I would recommend whole heartedly to fans of contemporary romances. ...more
This book was beyond cute. I haven't read a good mermaid book in over a year, so I was past due for one. And this was the perfect series for me to picThis book was beyond cute. I haven't read a good mermaid book in over a year, so I was past due for one. And this was the perfect series for me to pick up. I have already started the second book because I didn't want the story to be over when I finished the first one. I have been reading so many new adult contemporaries lately (which I still love) that it was nice to switch it up to a cute paranormal young adult book.
Lily is a mermaid that is living on land for a while. Her dad is king of her mer kingdom, but he seems like the most loving, most understanding dad out there. Seriously, he was great. Lily seems just like a normal girl, except she has powers, like she can affect the temperature of water and she can craft minor items of clothing and stuff like that, and she loves salty baths. Lily goes to high school where she has a crush Brody, a guy on the swim team. She also has a best friend and an annoying next door neighbor Quince. It becomes apparent pretty quickly who the real love interest was going to be but that didn't bug me. I loved Quince and even though Lily "couldn't stand him" they were still beyond adorable together.
Lily accidentally bonds with Quince and she has to take him to her kingdom to sever the bond so she can bond with Brody. The whole book is about their adventures back and forth between land and her mer kingdom. I loved Quince. He kind of butts heads with Lily but he makes her passionate and fiery about life. I think he makes her a more lively and interesting person, or mermaid. I was so annoyed with Lily a few times when she kept making choices for the two of them. She kind of made up for it at the end but I just wanted to shake her and get her to see how great Quince was. I really liked Lily. She is responsible, and loyal and a great person. But man oh man is she stubborn. Quince gets her though, and he likes her despite all of her quirks. Lily made a decision at the end of the book that broke my heart. She kind of made up for it but I really just wanted her to go about things differently.
What I really liked about Forgive my Fins is that it was a journey for Lily more than anyone else. I know that sounds backwards, it should be a journey for Quince since he was being introduced to a completely new world, but it was much more growth for Lily than for Quince. He seemed to take everything in stride, but Lily needed a bit of a wake up call. I loved watching her progress, and sometimes her setbacks, and I loved watching her mature and grow. Another great thing about this book is that the ending is not a cliffhanger. It can be seen as a standalone almost because the second book picks up a different plotline. Something completely new happens, but it follows the same characters. I can't wait to see where Lily and Quince will end up next! ...more
The Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tensThe Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tense where we meet a man and a jilted woman, who casts a curse on the family and descendants of the man who wronged her. Then, we flash forward to the present where the current owner and family member of the house is losing her mind/memories and dying, supposedly from the curse. She gives the main house and most of the land to some of her estranged relatives. And she gives the other part of the land to the son of her longtime grounds keepers. Her niece, nephew and their father moved in and the story really begins.
The book is told in alternating point of view between the grandson of the grounds keeper- Ben and Aunt Genies Niece LJ. Ben's grandfather is really worried that LJ will be affected by the curse just like her aunt and he wants Ben to look out for her. And to keep her away from this well that somehow is connected to it all. I was super intrigued by the well, just like LJ. How could she not be. She moved into this huge old house and all over the place there are hand painted and number paintings of the same well. It would creep me out and intrigue me as well.
I loved the writing of the story and the concept of it. Even more, I loved Ben and LJ. The little dance that they did around each other, each holding back their feelings was beyond cute. Their flirting made my heart warm and put a smile on my face. What I wanted to see more of was the actual curse. It came up a lot in the beginning of the story, but then we kind of meandered along and we didn't find anything new about it until the end. We saw some effects that it was having on LJ, but other than that the curse plot line felt kind of slow. I want more on that creepy well! We only actually saw it in person once in the whole story! I hope there is more in the next book, because it has completely captured my attention.
The whole story is really well written and makes me long to read the next book to see what is going to happen. The characters will make an impact on you and their romance is very endearing. You will root for these two. The curse is teasing and will leave you wanting for more, but it is such a cool concept that it is just enough to whet your appetite. Bring on the second book! ...more
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
Flunked is the first book in an adorable middle grade series called **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Flunked is the first book in an adorable middle grade series called Fairy Tale Reform School. I really liked this book. It put a smile on my facethe whole time I was reading it. Yes, it was a younger read than I was used to, but it was perfectly suited for it's middle grade audience. The heroine is Gilly and is around 12 or 13. She is caught stealing a hair clip and is shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform School for the mischievous children on the path to becoming a villain. I think this is such a cute idea for a magical and funny story.
I really like that we got to see the "crime" that Gilly committed to get sent to reform school as it played out, rather than just starting the book with her already there and flashing back on what brought her in. I thought it gave the readers a great perspective on what her family is like, and gave us an idea of who Gilly is. I had a hard time calling her a mini villain because she didn't seem even close to evil, but I thought she did have some flair and interesting qualities that are not anything like your typical heroine. It made her more likeable, as strange as that sounds.
I loved the fairy tale reform school setting. The professors were all ex-villains. Come on, you know that sounds like a fun school to be at! And Gilly's friends are great. This book kind of had an Ella Enchanted feel to it. I'm not completely sure why, because the story is not even close to the same, but I just kind of pictured the town and the schools to be the kind of setting from the Ella Enchanted movie with Anne Hathaway. That kind of colorful faux olde world setting? (I would really love someone else that has read the book to tell me if they felt the same way, or if I am just weird?)
Bottom Line: Flunked is a super cute book in what I think will be a great middle grade series. Heck, not just for tweens. I liked this series, and I will be continuing on with it. I loved the humor in Jen Calonita's writing. Not to mention Flunked was a whole lotta fun to read.
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
I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover months ago. I was so curiou**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover months ago. I was so curious about these dragons and I loved the sky in the background behind the girl. This is a really hard review for me to write because there are so many things that I really loved about this book. But there were two things that didn't work for me, and they were fairly large things. I'm going to start with what I loved.
Cait is super spunky, sassy and fiercely independent. The story takes place in the future when supernatural creatures are mixed in with humans in the United States. In fact, the king is a vampire. Even though the story takes place in the future, it had a very old world feel to it. The laws, meant to "protect" women from being taken advantage of from supernaturals, were very restrictive, and even the writing had an old, historical feel to it. The writing was one of the things that I loved about this book. I thought Melissa Petreshock's writing style was wonderful. It was very rich and full bodied. Does that even make sense? I love how creative the writing can get in fantasies.
The story is driven by the fact that Cait had to petition the court to be able to live alone. She has a lot of money from her dead uncle, but the laws state that she must be betrothed to a man. The court does not allow her to be left alone but it does give her the option of choosing between three men. 1) the king- a vampire 2) Theo- a dragon that has sworn to protect Cait and 3) Dante- a demigod that turns out to be the original vampire. (Think Klaus or maybe Michael, his father.)
I really enjoyed getting to know each of the three guys. They are all very drawn to Cait, and I loved seeing how different they viewed romance. I was surprised at how much I ended up liking each of them in their own way. I thought for sure, it would be a clear pick for me. And it was, but it ended up being much closer than I thought. The romance in the story was great as well. very swoonworthy and I was rooting for Cait to be happy.
But now for the stuff that didn't work for me. We were just dumped into this world and they were throwing words and phrases and languages around without much explaining. It felt very jarring at the beginning of the story. I wish there was more back story into the creatures, the world, and the dragons before Theo claimed Cait as his ward. It would have helped things not seem so sudden. But my biggest problem was how crazy every went over Cait. I liked Cait too. I loved how sassy and independent that she was, but these were three ancient beings. They have been alive for thousands of years and all of a sudden this 21 year old shows up and they are all acting like she is the first woman they have ever seen in their lives. It was a little crazy. I just thought it should have been toned down a little bit.
I am certainly interested in reading the next book because I can't wait to see what is going to happen. This prophecy that the dragons kept glimpsing with Cait is going to play a big role and I feel like that is going to make more sense of things. When I was done with this book I was so torn with what to rate it. On one hand, I loved the romance and the writing and getting to know each of the well developed characters, but on the other hand all of insta-loves surrounding Cait felt forced to me. In the end, the romance won out. Once I was able to tell myself that Cait was just a really special woman because of her mysterious destiny, I was able to accept all of the hype surrounding her and I was able to just enjoy the story. ...more
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
Lately I have been in kind of a reading slump. It's not that I have been reading bad books, because I haven't, but I just haven't really gotten into tLately I have been in kind of a reading slump. It's not that I have been reading bad books, because I haven't, but I just haven't really gotten into the last few books that I have read. They just took me a lot longer than normal to get through. But I think I am officially over my reading slump! I'm pretty excited about this, and I'm also pretty excited about Final Life. It was such a great read! I thought the pacing was perfect, the characters were well developed and the story-line was really intriguing.
I think the real star of Final Life was Dominique. She was relatable, smart and intuitive. She was accepting of the supernatural but also a touch skeptical and questioning. She was a little stubborn and shy, but it rounded out her personality well, in my opinion. Farrell, Trent, Jan and Infiniti rounded out the cast of characters in Final Life and I really liked them all. We got to know Trent more than Farrell, which kind of bummed me out. Trent is a great guy, but I wanted to really get to know Farrell, and learn more about his thoughts and feelings. I think there is a really good chance of seeing more of him in book 2, so I can't wait for that!
I kind of wish we saw a little bit more of Infiniti and Dominique's friendship. At one point Infiniti said that Dominique was her best friend and she thanks her for their friendship. It was a really nice moment, but we didn't really get to see too many "best friend moments" throughout the book. I would have liked to see a little bit more of that as a backstory.
Overall, Final Life was such an excellent read. I read the book pretty quickly and I was left wishing I had book 2 in my possession so I could read it right away. I can't wait to see more of the Transhuman saga unfold. I am really interested in learning more about them. The writing is great, and the plot is even better. This is a series to look out for.
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
Right before I sat down to read this book, I watched Phantom of the Opera for the first time ever! I liked the movie but I was kind of bummed she didnRight before I sat down to read this book, I watched Phantom of the Opera for the first time ever! I liked the movie but I was kind of bummed she didn't end up with the Phantom. I have to say that I liked the book by Laura DeLuca even more than the movie! It was super creepy. I would not want to go to their high school, that's for sure. But fans of the movie phantom of the opera are sure to love this book!
This book is a total mystery. I could not figure out who the true opera ghost was until the very end and I was shocked right along with everyone else. Normally I am better at figuring these things out. But it is a true murder mystery book. I both loved and was scared of the mystery unfolding. The only thing I didn't totally love was the fact that no one seemed to be doing anything or saying anything about all of these kids getting injured, or even killed, from the drama department! I mean, it seems like a big deal to me, but no one put two and two together. Other than that, the book felt just like the movie Phantom of the Opera. It had the same dark, creepy feel with the threats of notes and Becca was so perfect. She was like a spunkier version of Christine.
As for the guys, it was a clear winner from the start. Tom was nice and all, but he never clicked for me. He was too caught up in appearances. Justyn just seems so sincere all the time. He really was a tortured soul. I just really liked him the whole time.
I'm not going to say too much more. This really is a book you have to read for yourself if you like Phantom or murder mysteries in general. I loved the writing and the incorporation of the quotes and lines from the play. It was great. A real treat for Phantom of the Opera fans!...more
Love on the Ledge is the second book in the new adult contemporary roma**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Love on the Ledge is the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series, On the Verge. Each book is a standalone. When I joined the blog tour for Love on the Ledge, I didn't realize that it was the second book in the series. So I was a little wary, because while I have read series out of order and even skipped books a couple of times (not on purpose!), I do enjoy reading series in order more. But I have to say that Love on the Ledge read fabulously as a standalone book. I was never lost, and everything was fully explained. I didn't feel like I was being dropped into a world where the background was laid in another book. I can't wait to read more by Zoraida Cordova.
Love on the Ledge takes place in the weeks before a big family wedding. I loved how big of a family this was too. There were tons of cousins all around the same age. I was a little jealous, I think that would make family gatherings so much fun. Like an instant group of friends. Although, like I saw in Love on the Ledge, just because you are cousins and the same age, doesn't mean that you will get along with everyone. There is bound to be a mean girl in the group somewhere.
Love on the Ledge is told entirely from Sky's point of view. She is going through some pretty big life changes when the book starts. Her long term boyfriend cheated on her, and she is facing a potential career change, so she is in transition throughout the story. I really liked getting to know Sky. I loved that she was her own person and she had no problem doing what she wanted to do. Even with her meddling mom. And then there is Hayden. Hayden makes my heart skip a beat. I wanted to see some chapters from his point of view because he is just so darn loveable and sweet. Seriously, he is the best of guys.
It broke my heart when he told his story of how being the good guy has gotten him trampled over in the past. I was rooting so hard for him and Sky. It seemed so effortless when they were together. And that is something that you want to hold on to. Love on the Ledge is a great romance book. There is just enough drama to keep it interesting, but overall this is a really nice romance. I want to see more of Sky and Hayden! Give them another book! And if you have not checked out the on the verge series, start with Love on the Ledge.
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
I read book 1 and book 2 back to back so these are my thoughts on both of those books. This story is so much like a contemporary. Even though it has aI read book 1 and book 2 back to back so these are my thoughts on both of those books. This story is so much like a contemporary. Even though it has a supernatural element thrown in, I still think of this series as a contemporary series- is that weird? I really, really like it though. Kate is quirky and lovable, Jared is incredible, and the plot pacing is great. The Second Sight series is a keeper for me.
I enjoyed getting to break through Kate's defenses. She certainly doesn't make it easy for people to get to know her, that's for sure. Jared had to go out of his way multiple times before she even admitted she was ok being friends with him. Her visions do affect her a little too much, I think. She needs to learn a little distance. (this is probably the only thing I agree with Declan about)
Speaking of Declan, I don't like him. I don't necessarily think he is a bad person, I just don't like the things he has done since entering Kate's life. It seems like all he does is mess things up for her. He just needs to back off! Jared is so good for Kate and I think my heart broke a little at the end of New Revelations. I need Jared to be in book 3. I am fully on team Jared and I don't see anything swaying me from that choice.
The Second Sight series is great for fans of supernatural, and mystery/crime solving books. Kate uses her gift to help locate missing persons, which is awesome. I loved both the personal life storyline about Kate and her family and friends just as much as the mystery storyline. I flew through these two books. I liked the first one a little more than the second one, but I think that is because Declan wasn't in the first one. I would give the first book 4-4.5 gavels and the second one 3.5-4 gavels. (overall it is 4) I am super excited to read book 3, but I basically only have two goals for the book. One for the romantic interest and two that Kate's vision doesn't come true. I have high hopes. I think the Second Sight series is great!...more
I knew this book was for me right from the cover! I love me some hockey and especially some hockey players! I am a huge NHL fan(my team is the FloridaI knew this book was for me right from the cover! I love me some hockey and especially some hockey players! I am a huge NHL fan(my team is the Florida panthers) so it was really cool to read a book where hockey was the main focus. Taking shots takes you through all the trials and tribulations a relationship can face. it's a great realistic but still romantic story.
Shea is a dream come true! For real- sometimes he seemed too good to be true. Let's just say he put up with a lot with elli. not to say that Elli wasn't totally sweat and adorable. I loved her little country twang and her southern tendencies. She has had to deal with A LOT and I could understand why she was the way she was. But at times I just wanted to shake her and ask her to “wake up and come to her senses.” She had to see how amazing Shea is! I think I actually shook my kindle at one point. I mean he is prince charming on hockey skates! (which is the best kind of prince charming if you ask me) He completely adores Elli from the moment he meets her. That is just so sweet, and their whole relationship just comes to life through Taking Shots. Toni’s writing is so vivid. I loved how easy the book read.
Even though I thought that Elli needed to pull herself together and get a hold on her insecurities a little bit more, I was still rooting for her and Shea the whole time. There is just something about the two of them together. You can tell they just work. And you always want an imperfect, but real relationship to work. At least- I do.
The details in Taking Shots were so spot on and perfect. All the characters were useful and all the background information helped to further the story along. Nothing was added just to fill space. This was a very complete story, which is AWESOME! I loved every minute of Taking Shots. Toni definitely scored with this book! (please excuse my lame attempt at a sports pun.) ...more
Tryst is a standalone new adult contemporary romance. It is a fun romp**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Tryst is a standalone new adult contemporary romance. It is a fun romp with the brothers best friend turned secret romance trope. It is a fun read that will have you fanning yourself. I am even more impressed when I found out that this was Alex Rosa's debut New Adult novel. Tryst is just what the name implies, a fun, sexy romance. It is the story of Skylar, a pre-med serious student and soccer player. She puts her schooling first, but after a nasty (and I do mean nasty) breakup she moves in with her older brother to continue attending college. I really did like the brother sister relationship that Skylar and Josh shared. I know she had her moments of doubt, but I feel like Josh really stepped up in the family department. (both of their parents passed away.)
And then you have Blake. Blake is josh's roommate and best friend out in LA. He is an enigma wrapped in a contradiction, but he is a yummy one at that. On one hand he seemed to open with Skylar, but in the other hand he didn't really open up about a lot of him at all. It takes a good part of the book to get to know Blake and the funny thing is, you don't even know that you don't know him until things start to get revealed. I know that sounds weird, but I was reading along and totally enjoying the story and I was thinking that Skylar was the one that needed to open up more, and that Blake was up front with her about himself. All that jazz and then bam, some stuff gets revealed about Blake and I was like "whoa! I had no idea he was even holding anything back." You just have to read to know what I am talking about. He is a complicated dude. But I really liked that about him. He is a good person at his core. And he has slamming chemistry with Skylar.
There are lots of roadblocks along the way and it has all the elements that you would expect this trope to have. The sneaking around leads to confusion and jealousy. It was a little predictable, but was nonetheless a very enjoyable ride. I can't wait to read more books by Alex Rosa. Tryst really delivered. If you are looking for a fun and sexy read, look no further than Tryst.
Burdened is the first book in the New Adult series of the same name. I**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Burdened is the first book in the New Adult series of the same name. I had such high hopes for Burdened. I thought the cover was pretty and creepy at the same time- perfect for the paranormal element of the story, and I thought the summary had lots of potential to unique and very interesting. I love stories involving being mated to someone. I thought this would be right up my alley, but I think by this point you are starting to see that a big BUT is coming.
And here it is...But Burdened just didn't work for me. I thought the story was ok, but the book on a whole was just a lot more cringe-worthy than it was enjoyable. I put this book down about 10 times, sometimes with the intention of not picking it up again, and sometimes because I just needed a break from it. But each time I convinced myself to go back because I wanted to see how the story would turn out. The plot was interesting. Which is what makes this review so tough for me.
I couldn't connect with the characters and I big reason for that was the writing. Now, I don't mean to say that the writing was not technically sound, good writing. It was. Peiri Ann is not a bad writer. It just felt like the book was trying to be something it wasn't. The writing didn't flow and it didn't feel conversational enough to me. It felt like the stiff, buttoned up writing of an academic paper. I just couldn't get it to fit in with the vibe of a new adult paranormal romance with magic and mystery swirling around. And then to top it off, the story didn't ever feel 100% believable to me. It felt forced and very convenient.
As much as it pains me to say it, Burdened just didn't work for me. Some books are just not meant to be, no matter how much you want them to be. But that is not to say that other people, and perhaps many, many other people, would not only enjoy but completely love the Burdened Series. I hope that you and all other future readers are those people. But I won't be continuing on with this series.
Love Latte and Mutants is the first book in the young adult scienc**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5
Love Latte and Mutants is the first book in the young adult science fiction Mutant Series. Piper's mother was experimented on before she was born and injected with Dolphin DNA. After some time (we don't really know too much of her mother's backstory yet) she escaped and had Piper. Piper is interesting because while she is completely human she had dolphin characteristics, like a blowhole which allows her to stay under water for 30 minutes. Piper does a good job keeping a low profile until a boy comes along and screws it all up. Just kidding...kind of. But Tyler did force her into the spotlight a lot more.
What I liked most about Piper was that she seemed to take on some siren-like qualities as well. Her voice was enchanting to males, so she had to hide that about her as well. Love Lattes and Mutants is a quick little read that I think sets up the series very nicely. I liked the book, but I feel like I have to read the second book before I really make up my mind about the Mutant series. This one almost felt like a precursor.
There were many things I loved in the story though. I loved Piper's connection with the dolphins and I loved her connection with her grandfather. I thought he was just the sweetest. Tyler is the one of the guys that grabbed my heart a little tighter. I don't know my feelings on Joel yet, but there is just something about Tyler that can't be ignored.
It takes a while for the action to get going in Love Lattes and Mutants, but once it does it pretty fast paced. Piper finds out a lot about the mysterious divers she kept evading in the ocean, and she finds out a little bit about the man heading up that organization. We will be learning more about him and his ultimate goals in the next book I am sure. The next book is slated to come out in 2016 and is titled Love Lattes and Angels. I will be interested to see where the book is going to take us next.
Whoa! That is honestly the thought that keeps running through my h**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5
Whoa! That is honestly the thought that keeps running through my head. I just finished Push by Claire Wallis and my head is still spinning. This book is so totally messed up and crazy. And I don't care if it makes me messed up and crazy too, but I liked every send of this dysfunctional and dark thriller romance. The book is told in Emma and Davids point of view, and it alternates back and forth between the past and the present. But each chapter is clearly labeled, so I had no problem following the flow of the story. The book starts out with a chapter from each Emma and David's point of view describing the same event, and you are like "HOLY COW! Is what I think's about to happen, really about to happen??" And that sentence right there, should set the tone of the book. There will be a lot of Holy cow moments while reading Push.
You need to know right off the bat that Emma and David are messed up characters. They are. Know that and be ok with that because if you are a reader that can't handle dysfuntion, this is not the book for you. But if you like that kind of thing or if you are intrigued like I was, you should totally give Push a try because this will take you on one heck of an emotional and jaw dropping ride. And all I can say is you better hold on tight. Claire Wallis, I bow down to you. You totally messed with my head until I didn't know which way was up.
David has had 6 ex girlfriends that have all disappeared. And Emma acts like she has to prove to the world how strong she is, so when David comes into her like as a total creeper she doesn't immediately push him out. He is the apartment complex's handyman and when he comes in and immediately destroys her kitchen, I had another WTF moment. They are forced to spend time together and he rebuilds her kitchen and thus the crazy convoluted relationship they share glows into something kinda fascinating, kinda scary, and totally addictive. I won't even tell you how many times, I thought I had a theory about the crazy David, and how many times I was wrong. Well played Ms. Wallis. Well played.
Another thing I really liked about Push was that each of David's 6 ex girlfriends got a chapter spread out throughout Push so that you could get a glimpse into her story. And I have to tell you, each story delved a little bit into the madman that is David. I thought it really completed the picture that Claire Wallis so creepily and beautifully depicted. Push is a great read. Totally messed up, and totally different than anything else I have read in a long time. There is the mother of all cliffhangers though, so be prepared. Expect the unexpected.
Denton Little's Deathdate is a really funny, and strangely sweet read.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Denton Little's Deathdate is a really funny, and strangely sweet read. I can honestly say that I have never read anything quite like it. It is not the most believable book ever, but you just have to embrace the concept and go with it. If you can do that, you will have a blast on Denton's last 24 hours alive adventure. Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world in the future that is very much like the world we know today. Technology and living hasn't advanced too much, but there is one minor difference. In Denton's world, as soon as you are born they can tell you the date that you will die. They can't tell you how you will die, but they can predict 100% of the time, the day that you will die. And as you can imagine, this has caused some pretty strange customs to pop up.
Reading about the customs surrounding your deathdate were one of my favorite parts about this book. For instance, how would your funeral be if you actually spoke at it? And what kind of party would you throw if you knew it would be the night before you died? And Denton was an extra special case, because he was an "early". An "early" are those not so lucky individuals that die before they turn 18. Denton goes through all kinds of mini existential crisis's, so to speak in his last 24 hours, but he never stays down for too long.
This book is a ton of fun. I loved Denton. I loved, loved, loved his best friend Pow. I thought he was a great guy and so freakin' hilarious. Pow and Denton became friends in kindergarten because they were both earlies. Pow has a deathdate 1 month after Denton. So without spoiling the book, let me set the stage for you. Denton knows he is going to die in a day, but he has no idea what from. So he goes to his funeral, he goes to his party, and then he is supposed to sit in his house until "it" happens. But then Denton gets a weird purple splotch on his leg, and he freaks thinking that is he is going to die from, which yeah, I think is a valid concern. So he sets off to try and find out what it is, and he ends up unraveling a mystery. The mystery aspect of the book took me by surprise, but I was already in a jolly mood from Denton and Pow's adorable antics, so I happily went along for the ride.
Denton Little's Deathdate is a lighthearted read that is the most fun I have ever had reading or thinking about death. I don't think it is meant to be taken too seriously, and yes the deathdate thing didn't make a lot of sense the way it was explained, but who cares? The result was a story that will have you laughing your butt off and falling in love with a 17 year old guy that just wants to figure out what the heck is going on before he dies- "literally any minute now." This book was great. It is fresh and doesn't feel like every other ya out there. Give it a read.
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.
This is not your average happy go lucky book. It is intense! I should have prepared myself a little better for that. Once I got used to that I reallyThis is not your average happy go lucky book. It is intense! I should have prepared myself a little better for that. Once I got used to that I really got into Eve. It is pretty graphic in parts and it deals with a lot of serious subject matter, but it is so well written. So well written.
Death, killings, and rape are normally not my cup of tea, but you have to put everything into context in this future dystopian world. It is not a place that I would like to be. (well, no one would like to be there I imagine)
Eve has been taught such bizarre things and she has such an incomplete view of the world. She is such a smart girl, I would have thought that would bug her more. I know it would bug me to find out everything I had been taught was wrong. I really liked Eve though, I thought she was a really complex character, and I was really invested in her well being. I loved that she wanted to teach the little boys how to read. That was so sweet. And Caleb was such a great guy. I was on team Caleb the whole time- I never gave up my faith in him. He was willing to sacrifice so much for her. He broke my heart.
Speaking of breaking my heart, I was not prepared for all the death and destruction. This book really got to me, it affected me. And even though it made me really sad multiple times, it was great! The story it told was so powerful.
The ending of Eve killed me! Totally killed me. I was so upset, I just sat there gaping for a good few minutes. There are a lot of things left unfinished and I need to read the next book. I have to know what happens. Eve is beautifully written, which is not easy to accomplish when you are writing about such destruction. Great book!
Abbi Glines knows romance. I would like to start out by saying that this is really upper YA and almost not YA at all. I would call it "new adult", whiAbbi Glines knows romance. I would like to start out by saying that this is really upper YA and almost not YA at all. I would call it "new adult", which is a new genre that I am really loving. (it's basically upper YA/adult crossover) I LOVED The Vincent Boys, and Beau is one of my all time favorite book boyfriends. I am pretty much obsessed with him. The Vincent Brothers is awesome too. I just love reading Abbi's books because this lady knows how to tell a story!
I liked Sawyer from The Vincent Boys. I loved how good he was, so I was really excited that he was getting his own book. And Lana just works so much better for him than Ash ever did, in my opinion. But I have to say, Sawyer disappointed a little bit in this book. I understand that he thought Ash was the love of his life, but he kind of acted like a jerk at some points in this book. He claimed to be the "good" brother, but he was openly using Lana for a little bit. And Ash always had the best of intentions and he was rude to her too. Now, I was not ready to give up on Sawyer. (even though he did sign with University of Florida- and I'm a Florida State Seminole for life- but I'll overlook that as a lapse in judgment) I kept rooting for him and Lana. Because Lana- she is AWESOME! I just loved her- so I wanted Sawyer to snap out his attitude for her sake. And he did snap out of his funk and then he was the same lovable Sawyer. I missed him and was really happy to see him back on track.
Really the best thing about this book is watching how two people can affect each others lives and actually help shape the kind of person you can be. It was incredible watching Lana and Sawyer change each other. (in a good way). I loved them together and I loved reading about their journey. It wasn't all fun and games, but then again- neither is life. Beau and Ash also have a role in this book and they are as cute as ever. I want to read another book about Beau!! He is my favorite Vincent Brother by far. The Vincent Boys series are some of the best contemporary romances that I have ever read. This is a great summer read. ...more
Halfway Perfect is a young adult novel by Julie Cross and Mark Per**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5
Halfway Perfect is a young adult novel by Julie Cross and Mark Perini. It is about the not so pretty underside of the modeling world. I loved that Julie Cross paired up with a model turned writer to collaborate on this book. I thought that both Julie Cross and Mark Perini did an excellent job. I felt like I was at the castings with Eve, Elana and Alex. And while this book was darker than I initially thought it would be, it was a really good read.
Eve used to be an up and coming model when she was a young teenager, and then something happened and she walked away from the whole world right after she landed a huge designer shoot. It was scandalous. But Eve didn't care so much about the rumors that spread about her, and she starts the story enrolled at Columbia. I loved that she worked hard against everything working against her and got herself to an ivy league school. Props to her! In fact, overall I really loved Eve. There were a few minor incidents and things where I didn't agree with her decisions, but overall, I thought she was a great character. And the way that Julie Cross and Mark Perini slowly fed you more breadcrumb tidbits about her life and her past made it seem like we were always getting to know her better and better. I liked that. She was constantly developing as a character.
And her and Alex are so darn cute together. I loved the nicknames that gave each other in their phone. And I really liked how each of them interacted with Elana, who I thought was the most mature 14 year old in the world. I don't know how she did it all at such a young age. Halfway Perfect is part drama, part romance, part fictionalized expose, and totally addictive. I think this would make a great CW show. It has all the juicy drama that makes those shows fun. Halfway Perfect is a great read for those people that enjoy upper young adult romances with a side of drama and a dash of grit.
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
Bound is the first in the new adult paranormal romance series of t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Bound is the first in the new adult paranormal romance series of the same name. I really enjoyed Bound. I thought it was a great mixture of atypical romance, lots of paranormal creatures, curses, and magic. Yes, there is a lot going on in this book. AM Hudson kept revealing new layer after new layer as the story went on. I wouldn't really call them twists, but I felt like the plot just kept getting more developed and more complex as the story evolved. It was kind of a neat story telling technique. And I loved that while Bound had a very strong romance element, it was totally unlike any romance I have been reading. Ric and Lora are not like YA and NA couples. Not at all. You will have to read the book to know what I am saying because I don't want to ruin the story. But there is no insta love in this one. Ric and Lora are a series long work in progress kind of romance. And I am really digging that about them. A lot!
After I was done reading Bound, I found out that Lora's parents have a whole series devoted to their story. I had no idea! I don't know how much it will benefit you to read their story first since we never actually met her parents in Bound, but we did see them through phone calls. I kind of liked starting with Bound first before reading her parents series because like Lora, I was kept completely in the dark with what she was and what the mystery surrounding her and her family was. And if I had read the other series first, I might have known too much to fully enjoy Bound. Maybe not, though? I would be curious to see reader's thoughts that read Lora's parents series first.
Bound was a good read. It took a while for the story to initially get going. It wasn't a slow start per say. I thought the book moved at a consistently moderate pace, but I felt like the story took a while to pick up. And there were various minute intricacies of the story that I didn't love, but overall, I thought Bound held my attention enough and was a fun enough read that I will for sure be continuing on in the series. And I really want to give A.M. Hudson's other series a read. I think I will enjoy them. Fans of New Adult paranormals and fans of paranormals that involve a whole host of creatures, the Bound series would be a great match for you.
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This is the fourth book I have read by Angie Stanton and by now I know that she is an author that I can turn to when I am looking for a "cute pick me up" type of read. Her books always have cute guys and adorable romances. I have also been noticing that I have been reading a lot of Europe books lately. I think it it s a theme for summer. It is a theme that I am really enjoying. It helps make the book feel like a fun vacation. And speaking of vacations, the European cruise that Becca and her family went on sounded pretty awesome. And then on top of a pretty epic vacation, she goes and meets a PRINCE at her very first stop. I mean, it is every girls dream.
Becca and Nikolai meet they are instantly drawn to each other. It was a bit like insta love, but not exactly because the prince didn't take one look at Becca and fall in love. He looked at her and thought she was interesting because he some similarities in her. They both have problems with their parents- like every other teenage on the planet. So maybe it wasn't something totally unique that drew them together, but it was enough to catch his interest. Then once Nikolai met her, she kept his interest because she had no idea who he was. Nikolai is not used to people being able to speak freely around him, and I think that is what he liked the most. He felt like a normal teenager with her.
Royally Lost was a very cute story. The only hold up I had with it, was that it felt a bit unrealistic and convenient at times. For the cruise they stopped at a different city every day and for the first couple of cities Nikolai just happened to be there at the same time. He had run away from the palace and from his parents and he was free to go anywhere he wanted and he just happened to be in all the same places as Becca at the same times? After the first couple of "chance" meetings they started to make plans to meet up. And then at one of the ports he literally runs along side of the boat and jumps onto it. What?! Who can do that??? Minus those feats of happenstance and extreme athleticism, Royally Lost is a great book to sit by the pool with and just enjoy. It is endlessly cute and fun and it will make you smile. It reminded me of The Princess Diaries 2 movie. (i'm specifically thinking of the scene where Becca and Nikolai were out by the lake and they fell asleep and a paparazzi showed up.) Royally Lost might not be the most realistic book out there, but if you are someone who thinks it would be cool to go to Europe and to make a prince fall in love- ie. EVERYONE this book will make you smile.
This book is so much fun. It is just the kind of cute romantic comedy that I needed. I instantly fell in love with the super chivalrous and teasinglyThis book is so much fun. It is just the kind of cute romantic comedy that I needed. I instantly fell in love with the super chivalrous and teasingly funny Ryan. (Even though I figured out most of his secrets, he was so sweet that I was rooting for him from the first time we met him.) and Hollie was a trip. She was so funny. She has such a big personality, but she manages to make it come off as endearing and not brash, so you can't help but fall in love with her.
I loved the resort setting and I really, really loved Hollie's fascination with Otters. I myself think otters are adorable little furballs. And don't even get me started on when they hold hands- I lose it! Hollie likes them even more than I do. She watches all kind of documentaries about them and has figurines...the whole nine yards. Must love Otters starts out with a peak into Hollie's lackluster relationship with Keith. I have no idea how she put up with him for 2 years. Holy cow the last week or so was enough for me to be completely sick of him. But then she dumps him and takes a little break from everything and that is when the story really gets good.
Most of the story takes place over her one week stay in Canada at a spa resort out in the middle of nature. Concierge Ryan is kind of the go to guy there. He seems to do everything. But there is also Miss Betty to fall in love with. That lady is super sweet, and darn it, I want to try some of her jam! There are plenty of hi-jinks fun that add to the comedy element of the romcom. Hollie is hilarious. She seems to think almost solely in stereotypes. When she first got to Canada she was surprised that she wasn't just handed a cup of maple syrup, for example. Plus, there is plenty of hockey talk in this story, which is also right up my alley.
The real magic of the story is watching Hollie find herself and find something special in her life. She is such a cool woman that you just want her to find that missing piece and happy. The romance is nice, slow and perfectly developed, and it doesn't even start out with Ryan as the main interest. Everything works out in the end, and there isn't even really a love triangle. Just some bumps along the road. I loved Must Love Otters. And don't worry- there are otters in this story for your coo-ing and awh-ing pleasure. Fans of Romantic Comedies and contemporary romance need to check this book out. ...more