Fire of the the Sea is a young adult fantasy that incorporates a health**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Fire of the the Sea is a young adult fantasy that incorporates a healthy dose of mythology as well. I love the mixture of those two subgenres. And I think the mermaids and the norse mythology was a really interesting and well done mash up of sorts. I enjoyed Fire of the Sea. It was very information heavy at the beginning and I will admit that I had a hard time try to keep everyone and everything straight. Because there was so much going on, my attention waned a little throughout the first half of the story. However, the romance and the promise of action, prophecies and mythology was enough to keep my interest and finish the book. And I am glad that I did. Fire of the Sea turned out to be a good read.
I really felt for the main character, Aeva. She experiences a pretty life changing tragedy right at the start of the book and it paralyzes her with fear for a while. Which is a big deal because she is being primed to take over for her mer people when she comes of age. Another one of my favorite aspects of the book was the connection she had with her sword. I found that fascinating. The second the sword kind of attached itself to her arm and she could feel it pulsing within her, I knew it was going to play an interesting role in the story.
Interesting is the word of the day with Fire of the Sea. Even though I felt lost, confused and even a little bored at parts while read- the story line was interesting enough to always make me want to continue. I am glad that I stuck with this book. As soon as I heard the prophecy being announced I knew Gunnar would play a role and fulfill the mythology portion of the story. And I was right! The book takes place in the waters of Iceland, and norse mythology is featured. I love norse mythology and I thought it's addition really enhanced the story.
Fans of mermaids, prophecies and mythology with some romance thrown in, will enjoy Fire of the sea. Just don't give up on it at the beginning. It will be a lot of information to take in, but I think if you keep reading, you will be glad you stuck with the story.
Rules of Payne is a new adult or adult (I think it could go either**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 1.5/5
Rules of Payne is a new adult or adult (I think it could go either way) romantic comedy. I didn't really love the cover of the book, but I loved the summary of the book. I am a big fan of rules to follow type books, and office romances, especially in the comedy arena because it normally will lead to some very funny scenes. And I can see where some people would enjoy that aspect of Rules of Payne, but this book really did not work for me. I am sad to say it, but if based on the summary you think it will be a hit for you- I have linked a couple of reviews from people that really Enjoyed Rules of Payne.
Rules of Payne is the first book in the Cake Love series. And yes, the main character really liked cake. I really, really wanted to like Morgana. I so did. And Payne- Morgana's boss. I liked him ok, but my real issue came with Morgana. And that is almost a kiss of death for me. I wanted her to be ambitious and quirky and witty. And she was...kind of. It is hard to pin down exactly what my issue was with Morgana. Because I couldn't connect with her and that just ruined my chances with Rules of Payne. Morgana was funny, but she just wouldn't take a breath. She was exhausting. Her conversations always read to me like "and this. and this. and this! and this!!! and and andnand and and...etc" I couldn't really get to know her because she wouldn't slow down enough to let me.
This book is a very fast read, which was a good thing because if it had been much longer I am almost positive that I wouldn't have been able to get through it. I so very much wanted this to be a fun and sexy read, but it felt more cringe worthy than fun to me. I couldn't connect with the characters and the pace of the book seemed disjointed and always at a sprint. I couldn't get into it enough to enjoy it. So not the book for me, but for those of you that like instant gratification and funny (in its' own way) stories, you may completely fall in love with the Rules of Payne and Cake Love series like the readers below. Check it out if you think you will enjoy it more than I did, and please let me know your thoughts after reading it.
Into a Million Pieces is a young adult paranormal romance by Angel**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Into a Million Pieces is a young adult paranormal romance by Angela V. Cook. This is her debut novel. And it is about succubi! I was super excited because I think they are fascinating creatures, and I kind of love them ever since I found the show, Lost Girl, I have wanted to find some good books about the succubus. I found one Urban Fantasy story that I really liked, but I haven't found many others. (Please let me know if you have any recommendations for me!) Into a Million Pieces was an interesting take on a succubus, and is a quick and enjoyable read.
Allison and her twin sister, Jade are both succubi. But they couldn't be more different. Jade embraces what she is and she loves kissing boys. Allison dresses to hide herself and goes out of her way to stay away from every single male. Their mother went on a succubus bender and ended up killing herself when they were both very little. They live with their aunt, and are urged to steer clear of guys. I kind of wished that Allison or Jade had met another succubus that was outside of their family because I would have loved for them to learn more about themselves. I'm not sure if there is going to be another book or not, the ending kind of left it wide open. So, I hope that there is another book, and I hope that in it Allison will finally get some valid answers about herself.
Into a Million Pieces was a really sweet love story actually. I loved watching Allison and Ren interact. They met at the library, which is where Allison liked to spend her summer hiding out. There were minor hiccups and details that bugged me a bit while reading Into a Million Pieces, but only one thing really stands out at me. When Jade got beat up by a guy for not "putting out" and then she came home acting like it was no big deal at all. It made me lose all respect for Jade. But luckily, Allison was nothing like her sister and was a very relate able and likeable character. I also thought towards the end of the book things starting happening a little too quickly and there was a little too much shock value placed on the whirlwind of events. But I choose to focus on the relationship between Ren and Allison. That was the real winner in this story, in my opinion. I hope that there is another book because I feel like it would be a great chance for Allison to learn more about succubi, and I think it wouldn't have the things that irked me from this story. I would absolutely read more about Allison and Ren.
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.
Death's Academy is a middle grade book that is just so much fun. I don'**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Death's Academy is a middle grade book that is just so much fun. I don't read many middle grade books for my blog, but every once in a while one comes my way that I just can't let slip by me. And Death's Academy looked like some magical fun. And it was all that and more. Death's Academy is a school for "hoodies" aka reapers and "halos" aka angels.
Midnight or Night for short is a reaper, who is scared of not passing his entrance exam to get into school. It doesn't help matters that his dad is famous for something- and not in a good way, and Night has no idea what it even is. I loved Night and his awesome tech savvy friend, Mal. The two of them made a great team.
The world that Michael Bast created in Death's Academy will appeal to readers young and old alike. It was hilarious to see some of his references and drawings in the book. The reaper families each had their own hellhounds and they were dachshunds!! How adorable. There are plenty of magical creatures in this book to hold any readers interest, and it was cool to see unicorns as the bad guys. Michael Bast does a great job of flipping the world on its' head and changing things up. I loved figuring out just what it was that happened with his dad all those years ago and along the way Night goes on quite the adventure himself to rescue his friend.
Death's Academy is a quick and enjoyable read. I think younger readers will really enjoy this funny and quirky book about reapers. The ending stops before school at Death's Academy even starts, so I hope that means there will be a second book where we can see Night at school. I think that this series is going to be an easy hit among younger readers, and even older readers will appreciate this book. It was a great read.
Wow, I didn't even realize that this story was a re-telling of Beauty and The Beast until I was over half way into the story. Made me feel a little slWow, I didn't even realize that this story was a re-telling of Beauty and The Beast until I was over half way into the story. Made me feel a little slow. But in my defense, Jessa Russo did a fantastic job twisting and turning the beloved fairytale and completely flipping it on its' head. I loved her topsy turvy take on the story. Like any good fairy tale it all starts with a curse. Every 4 generations the cursed family's descendants have a daughter that will turn into a beast, and every 4th generation there is a son that can try and break the curse. Pretty cool, right?
It was such a fun ride. There are plenty of twists and turns. The insight into the characters was phenomenal. I loved the different points of views and the looks into each of the characters heads and thoughts. Holland is facing some serious inner turmoil and the author captured it perfectly. I could feel her tension jumping off the page. Holland has had a rough year at school. Her boyfriend dumped her and started dating her best friend, and that is really only the start of her problems. I enjoyed watching Holland's progression the most in the story. She is spunky and strong, but you can tell that she is scared and lonely too. She is such an interesting dichotomy for a character, and it fit the story theme perfectly.
And then there is Mick. Mick is desperate to save Holland. Oh, how I adored Mick. His loyalty and devotion to Holland, no matter how stubborn or foul tempered she was being was so nice. I was rooting for him as soon as I met him.
For the most part the book flowed along at a great brisk pace. There were a few instances where a chapter or two lagged, but my attention never waned for too long. There was plenty going on in the story at any given point to reel me back in. There is romance, magic, and lots of fun background information on the fairytale and curse. There are also bumps and twists along the way. Does Mick get to break the curse? Just who the heck is Donovan and where did he come from? What kind of beast does Holland turn into? (if any) My lips are sealed. Read Divide to find out! ...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
The Blonde is Anna Godbersen's first adult novel. And boy oh boy did she start off with a bang! (ha ha) The Blonde is the fictionalized historical telThe Blonde is Anna Godbersen's first adult novel. And boy oh boy did she start off with a bang! (ha ha) The Blonde is the fictionalized historical telling of Marilyn Monroe. Going off the premise...what is Marilyn Monroe was a spy. Does that sound cool? Well it really was. There is tons of classic Marilyn woven into these pages. Lot's of sexy, flirty Marilyn, and under it all- a very lonely woman. The story starts with a flashback to her childhood and from then on it flashes forward to the height of her fame. The chapters are each labeled with the location, month and year. It was a nice progression for the story. Sometimes there were multiple chapters per month and sometimes only a few.
The actual story line was wonderfully imaginative and addictive. I had so much fun reading about the actual historical events wrapped up in Godbersen's intriguing re-telling of it all. And the most impressive part was that she captured the spirit of Marilyn so well. I felt like I was reading some of Marilyn's lost diaries. Anna Godbersen introduces us to a russian man called Alexie who was the one that jump started Marilyn's career, simply saying that he would be calling in a "favor" later with her. And so started her secret career as a spy.
The espionage and spy thirller aspect of the story was the coolest melding of history and fictions. I just ate it all up. Anna Godbersen's writing is magic. That is the only way I know how to describe it. She casts this spell with her words as she weaves them into a story that even though you know is fiction, seems both too fantastical and yet somehow plausible. It is crazy. I had so much fun living in this re imagined view of history. I loved picturing Marilyn as this reluctant bombshell spy. It was a cool twist on her relationship with the President. The Blonde is so unlike other stories. It was so well thought out and expertly created. I loved The Blonde and I think you will too.
I freakin' love this series. I loved the first book, Best Kind of Broken, and I think I love**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I freakin' love this series. I loved the first book, Best Kind of Broken, and I think I loved Perfect Kind of Trouble even more. Perfect Kind of Trouble is the story of Darren (from book 1) and Kayla. I really like that this series takes places in the same small town, so you get to see a lot of the same secondary characters milling around. Chelsea Fine is so talented. She had me laughing, she had me tearing up, and then she had me laughing again.
This is a story of seeing past initial impressions of people. Both Kayla and Darren have plenty of thoughts on who the other person is. People talk in small towns, so their are plenty of rumors running around about both of them. Kayla comes home for her fathers funeral. A father who she has been estranged from for years. Darren was much closer to her father than she was. Hilarity, antics and plenty of UNST ensues when they find out that Old man Turner left a scavenger hunt for Kayla and Darren to find their inheritance. One catch- they have to do the scavenger hunt handcuffed together. Doesn't it just sound like the perfect set up for a hilarious and sexy book? Perfect Kind of Trouble is hilarious, sexy, and so much more.
For the sake of this review, let's just pretend that I'm not a wills and trusts attorney. It may not be the exact way that a will works, because this is a unique situation, but who cares? It is pure fun! And it didn't bug me one bit, because I felt like it was perfect for the story.
Chelsea can write characters like none other. I love her bickering love dynamic. It was pure pleasure watching Darren and Kayla go from severe dislike to something more to love. I loved watching them dig past their expectations and assumptions of the other person. This book will make you feel all sorts of things. It is at turns laugh out loud funny, and at times heartbreakingly sad. The Finding Fate series is MUST READ NEW ADULT. One of my favorite books of the year. ...more
The Accidental Socialite is one heck of a hilariously funny ride. You won't believe all of the crazy things one girl manages to get herself into. PaigThe Accidental Socialite is one heck of a hilariously funny ride. You won't believe all of the crazy things one girl manages to get herself into. Paige packs up and moves to London after she graduated from university. Armed with a degree, very little cash and a couple of suitcases she goes to make something of herself. And what she gets is one thing after another. She goes on an adventure all ride, but it not the one that she thought she would. She is a hoot, and The Accidental Socialite will have you laughing out loud more times than you can count. It was a lot like reality TV for me, you can't turn away. There were a few parts of the book where I felt like the storyline was dragging, and not really progressing anywhere. That was a bit tiring, but I still felt this need to find out what was going to happen to Paige next.
Paige is a Canadian, and she is so clueless about pretty much everything about British culture. It was so funny to see her get words and phrases mixed up. Actually, I thought some of her funniest scenes were about the differences in cultural phrases. I loved her scene about "fannies". She thought she was talking about fanny packs and well, she wasn't. It was too funny. Plus, the whole Pickle sandwich fiasco. I was happy that her boss seemed to have a good sense of humor at least. I thought she was going to get fired countless times.
This is not your typical romance. It is not about finding that one great guy. It was more just like a series of unfortunate events and dates. It reminded me of the reality TV show, the Hills. Everyone is young and hot, there is so much drinking- every night of the week. These are adults in their 20s and 30s and they are out closing the clubs down 6-7 days a week. Way too much for me, but you can't help but be interested in it. This book is a guilty pleasure. Paige is a hot mess. She is falling all over herself, and bad thing after bad thing keeps happening to her. The media can't wait to tear her apart. But she is the train wreck of hot messes, you just can't stop watching. The humor is the highlight in The Accidental Socialite. Stephanie Wahlstrom is very talented and witty with her writing. I can't wait to read more humor from her, maybe a romantic comedy?...more
The Other Summer Girl is listed as a new adult contemporary romance. I would categorize it m**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
The Other Summer Girl is listed as a new adult contemporary romance. I would categorize it more as a Young Adult realistic fiction. There was romance, and it certainly took up a lot of the book, at least in the main characters eyes, but I think a much bigger focus of the book was watching Melanie adjust to college life during her freshman year. The Other Summer Girl is a difficult book for me to review, and I am going to attempt to explain why.
On one hand The Other Summer Girl is excellent. Sarah D. Towne's writing has this incredibly engaging and honest voice. I felt like I was sitting down talking to someone explain their freshman year of college. It felt so real. This book does an excellent job portraying the college experience for so many people. From dorm life to sororities to roommate issues, to parties. Everything was just like I remembered it. From a realistic fiction standpoint, The Other Summer Girl is fantastic. But... (yes, you knew that was coming)
The romance was just not what I was expecting. Melanie is so inexperienced when it comes to guys, and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it made her become all about Lleyton. It seemed like every moment of every day was Lleyton, Lleyton, Lleyton. Which would have been fine if I thought he was this amazing guy. But he just gave me an uneasy feeling every time I saw him. I wanted so badly to believe that he is this great guy, but all of these things kept happening that would make me just not trust him. I trusted that he liked Melanie, but I just didn't trust that she was the only one he "liked". And because Mel was just so young and fresh faced with everything, I just wanted to protect her from scummy guys.
But then again, I would remind myself that even though Lleyton might be a scumbag (or maybe not, but even if I thought he was.) that he was oh so very realistic. Not every book can be all sunshine and butterflies when it comes to romance. Not every guy is going to be into grand gestures, and sappy romance. Lleyton was like countless college guys. Some could even say that he didn't do a thing wrong. He was just "hanging out" with Melanie. He didn't put labels on anything, but you could tell that Melanie thought it was more than that.
Once I finished the book, I sat back and thought about it. Even though I disliked Lleyton most of the time, my realistic side won out. Sarah D. Towne wrote a great realistic fiction book. Not every romantic comedy ends with the love of your life HEA, especially during your freshman year in college. But if you look at the book from the perspective of Melanie's coming of age college experiences, this honestly can't be beaten. It is just so earnest, that you can't help me moved by it. Am I going to continue the series? Heck yes! I want to know exactly what is going on with Lleyton, and what it means for Melanie. Plus, I want Melanie to grow a bit of a backbone and I feel like we were just starting to see that side of her at the end of this book. If you are looking for something that reads like a peak into a girl's diaries, The Other Summer Girl is the book for you. ...more
Love Potions is the first book in the Warlocks MacGregor series. It follows one of the MacGr**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Love Potions is the first book in the Warlocks MacGregor series. It follows one of the MacGregor sons, Erik. I think that each of the books will follow a different member of the MacGregor clan, which will be very exciting because it is easy to see from this story how tight knit their family is. It is also so much fun to watch them joke around with each other. The MacGregors are a bunch of pranksters. And throw magic into the mix, and well let's just say that some of their pranks get a little inventive.
Erik is used to getting everything and everyone that he wants. Girls have a tendency to throw them him, so when he meets his next door neighbor and she doesn't give into him right away, he seems to be a little off kilter. I liked that Lydia was so strong willed. She seemed to be the only one able to put him in his place. Not even his brothers were able to accomplish this. Lydia is just what Erik needs. But Erik and Lydia do not have an easy road. I honestly did not know if they were going to end up together or not. Lydia has a bit of a temper on her, and rightfully so! I mean, this family shows up out of no where and bring magic and spells into her life, not to mention evil spirits. Throw in a love spell and you have a hot mess. But it was hilarious fun!
I do wish I had paid a little better attention to the glossary of terms at the start of the book because I didn't know some of the things that Erik was saying. Some were explained, but others weren't. I also wasn't super clear on what an Inthrall was. I know that they can suck a warlock's powers from him, sometimes to the point of death. Which seems pretty serious to me, but the MacGregor's never really seemed concerned. I wish that was explained a bit better, but it eventually gets explained and worked out.
Love Potions has stubborn, yet charming warlocks, lots of magic, tons of chemistry and a plot that you are sure to enjoy. This book was a lot of fun, and the MacGregors are great. I love their family and I can't wait to read all of the brothers, sister, and cousin's stories. ...more
A Risk Worth Taking is perfect for fans of Abbi Glines. It reminded me of While it Lasts fro**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
A Risk Worth Taking is perfect for fans of Abbi Glines. It reminded me of While it Lasts from her Sea Breeze series, and if you remember my review from that book you will know that Gage is pretty much my favorite guy ever. I am a HUGE fan of Heather's Paranormal Romance- the Dirty Blood series. They are my favorite werewolf/shifter books of all time, so I knew I had to read her New Adult contemporary, A Risk Worth Taking. And boy oh boy was I glad that I did. I heart-ed the heck out of this book!
Summer and Ford have awesome chemistry. They each have issues of their own that are holding them back from fully committing to each other. Summer's arise more at the start of the book and then somewhere along the line it shifts and Ford's becomes the one waging an inner struggle. Their story is told in dual narrative shifting between their Point of views. A personal favorite of mine for romances. I don't even know who I liked more. I just loved the both of them together. They made me smile and awh, they made hot and bothered and they even made me cry. Oh so many feels.
It was interesting to watch Summer and Ford interact because they really are opposites in some ways, and similar in others. They are both stubborn, but Summer is way more logical, analytical, and a huge planner. The only thing Ford is analytical about are his plants. Everything else he is much more an easy going, live in the moment kind of guy. They balanced each other out, and ok sometimes they clashed head on. But it was so much fun to read about the two of them. I loved how passionate they were together, and their dates were so cute. I want to go out and recreate them.
This is a classic New Adult contemporary romance. Perfect for summer. It is emotional, hot and steamy and so worth the read. Heather creates awesome characters. It is what I love about her writing. She makes you feel like these are people that you know and care about. I get so invested and involved in her stories. I loved a Risk Worth Taking and I love Heather Hildenbrand's writing. She is on my short list of auto-read authors. ...more
I really enjoyed Aqua by M.A. George. It is a young adult paranormal, but it felt different**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I really enjoyed Aqua by M.A. George. It is a young adult paranormal, but it felt different than your typical book. For one thing, romance is certainly present in the story, but it was not the driving force. And for another, the main character Layla had to work VERY hard at developing her "abilities". She was not super powerful overnight. To put it simply, Aqua is an excellent book. The progression and pacing are detailed and purposeful. The characters are fleshed out and fully developed and the relationships are never forced.
Layla moves to a new house in a new city and state every year like clockwork on her birthday. Her mom and her aunt pack up everything and move to a new house. Always somewhere along the coast though. This time, they moved to Texas. Where Layla meets two guys down at the beach. One of which disappeared for quite a long time under the water and then inexplicably turned up completely dry on the beach minutes later. And that is just the start of the weird events for Layla.
Obviously you know the book has to do something with Water. But I am not telling you exactly what that is. I will tell you that you that there are two guys: Tristan and Pyke, there is no love triangle, you may hate Pyke, you may love Pyke, you will probably love Tristan (I do!), and that the writing is excellent and will make you not want to put the book down.
This book is on the longer end, so some of the scenes in the middle of the book felt kind of dragged out. It is slower paced than your average young adult book because the author takes you through all of the preparation before the action. I liked it because it felt completely realistic. If a teenage girl suddenly has her world turned upside down and supernatural introduced into it, she might not be an overnight superstar at whatever her ability is. Layla had to work at it. I haven't seen that in a long time in books. Plus the romance with Tristan is about as opposite of insta love as it gets in books. They don't even kiss until 80% into the story...of a 600 page book. I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel or not...the ending kind of leaves that open, but I certainly hope that there is. I want to see more of everyone. Even Pyke. ...more
Black Amaranth is a classic young adult paranormal storyline. Girl has lost her parents and**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Black Amaranth is a classic young adult paranormal storyline. Girl has lost her parents and has had secrets galore kept from her. Girl turns out to have some sort of powers and goes off to fulfill some sort of destiny/prophecy. It may be cliche, but it is a formula that works for me. I enjoy it because I like to see what the author can do with that basic plotline and how they can make it their own. I think Sasha Hibbs did a really good job creating interesting races of creatures and made a compelling history and story for them. Plus, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right up until the end.
I liked Ally and her gang of friends. I thought it was a little convenient and easy how everyone surrounding her ended up playing a role in her world, but overall it was interesting to see how they each fit in. I appreciated how inquisitive Ally was. She did not just stand for a simple explanation. She kept demanding until she got the answers she wanted, and she was smart enough to know to keep some pieces of information to herself. Too many times I see characters that are too trusting and a little naive. Ally was neither of those things. It was refreshing.
I loved Michael and the twins. I thought they were a great group of friends. I was on the fence about Marik for almost all of the story, and there were more than a few times that I wanted to kick Ally for her choices, but I will leave all of that for you to find out for yourself. I liked the various relationships, but everything was so obvious and in your face. Like with Eli, for instance. I would have liked a little bit more subtlety worked into his feelings. It would have made it seem more realistic to me. I hope that gets developed a bit more in the next book.
Because the world that Sasha Hibbs created is complex, and because we are seeing this through Ally's eyes and she is so new to all of this, parts of the book were pretty confusing. I think since we now know who most of the players are and what the creatures are, that won't be an issue in the next book. Even though I want to see some of the characters and relationships fleshed out a bit in the next book, the world and plot has grabbed my attention so much that I know I will be continuing the series. The ending of this book killed me! I did not see it coming at all, and I really have no idea how Ally will get herself out of this pickle. But I know one thing, I have to tune in to find out. ...more
What I loved about Just Breathe was how character driven the story was. The plot was good an**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
What I loved about Just Breathe was how character driven the story was. The plot was good and all, but the characters came to life. They made the story. We got to know both of the main characters so well, even though Just Breathe was told only from Elle's point of view, which is pretty impressive. Dominic shone through Elle and the reader gets a fantastic picture of who he is. Just Breathe really focuses on how Elle and Dominic are getting/have gotten over their respective last relationships, which did a number on each of them.
Elle is so cool. She is a librarian and she loves books just as much as I do. It was hilarious to see her get so genuinely mad about the person that was underlining some of phrases in the library books. She refused to continue reading one of them that had some underlining. It just ruined her reading experience. What I also loved about Elle was how excited she got to recommend books to others. She just lit up like a child at Christmas.
It was hard to see both Elle and Dominic so wrecked over their exes because they both seem like such genuinely good people. People you can't help but sympathize with. Elle is a complete sweetheart and Jason, her ex, just went out of town and somewhere during his trip stopped calling. She found out he moved away without a word. (and don't worry- his jerkiness does not end there.) Dominic's ex lied to him left and right. She did not have her life together at all. It was just so sad because Dominic seemed unreal. I can't imagine anyone not being blown away by him. Elle has a condition called synesthesia, which makes her sensitive to certain sounds and textures. Dominic went completely out of his way to make sure he planned "safe" and pretty amazing dates for the two of them. (like Zookeeper for a day! I want to do that!!)
But as with any good book, things are not always smooth sailing for the two of them. As much as you want everything to be roses and butterflies because they are both just such good people, I could tell that they each had secrets. Elle tells us what hers is and Dominic's were not hard to figure out. I spent a good portion of the book wondering when the other shoe was going to drop. And it did drop. But don't worry. Just Breathe is a really nicely wrapped up standalone so you will get the whole story, and it is a good one. A nice book that made me feel very content. (<-- That's an Elle thing.)...more
I expected this book to be a fun cute read. And it was, but it was also more than that. This**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I expected this book to be a fun cute read. And it was, but it was also more than that. This really was a coming of age story for Holly. She is a true numbers girl as Dax called her. She is outwardly emotionless- analytical, logical and a "fixer". The Chapel Wars is about Holly finding out what she wants, who she is and about finding her emotions really. She is only 17 but she takes on so much responsibility that it is really easy to overlook her young age.
I enjoyed Holly immensely. I adored her analogies and see how she explained things. Lindsey Leavitt did such a great job with the writing of this book. It felt very conversational and welcoming. Holly seemed like a friend of mine, and her story felt like we were catching up over coffee. Just like her grandfather said, you can't help but like Holly. She is like a breath of fresh air, swooping into every room. She has so much energy, she is always working. I was so impressed with how she handled everything with the chapel. Overlooking the minor fact that it would be hard for her to get the chapel outright when she was a minor, everything else felt very authentic. I liked exploring the Las Vegas Strip with Holly and Dax.
I loved Dax. I loved his accent. I loved how emotional he was. It was so much the opposite of Holly. It was adorable seeing him try and gauge her reaction and see what she was thinking of the two of them. It was nice to see the guy at a loss about that. Normally it is the girl that is always trying to "define the relationship."
The Chapel Wars was exactly what I was expecting in some aspects, and completely different in others. I didn't expect the outcome, and there were more than a few decisions and turning points in the book that surprised me. It kept me on my toes. This was my first experience with a Lindsey Leavitt book, and I am excited to read more of her works because her writing made me feel like I was best friends with the main character. ...more
Such a cute story. Wish you were Italian is the second book in the If Only series. But each**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Such a cute story. Wish you were Italian is the second book in the If Only series. But each book in the series is a standalone romance story written by a different author. If the other two books in the series are as adorable as this one, I need to read them too. Wish You Were Italian takes you on a fun adventure through some beautiful Italian cities.
Pippa is a fun loving girl, just looking for some freedom. Her mom is an art Gallery owner and she wants Pippa to follow in her footsteps. So she sends to her ITALY (!) to take a class on art. How freakin' awesome is that? But Pippa just wants to explore the country and take pictures. She doesn't want to work in an art gallery. She wants to be a photographer. So once she gets over to Italy, she makes the very impulsive decision to write to the art school and say she will not be attending and take these 3 months to herself. Her freedom summer. Which sounds awesome, but it is pretty dangerous for a 17 year old girl to be doing on her own. She does tell her friend and grandma at home where she will be staying, so she wasn't totally off the grid, but still. It made me a little nervous. Once you can get past that aspect, the story is crazy cute. It will make you smile.
Pippa makes friends really quickly in Italy. She even gets invited to stay with her new friend, Chiara's family. With her hot cousin, Bruno. But Bruno isn't the only guys she meets. At her first gelato stop, she meets Darren, a really cute and nice american boy. One of my favorite parts of the book was Pippa's friend back home's journal that she sent with Pippa. Each day she had different "tasks" for Pippa to complete. They were so much fun. I looked forward to see what new task Morgan would have in store for us that next day. It was a really cute way to kind of shape the story.
Wish You Were Italian is a really cute book for when you are looking for a feel good young adult contemporary romance. It was a little predictable, but sometimes that is just what I want. I want to pick up a book and know that it will make me smile. That is what you get with Wish you Were Italian. It left me craving an italian vacation, some pizza and some gelato. ...more
I Know Lucy is told from Zach's point of view. The chapters alternate between Zach, which is**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I Know Lucy is told from Zach's point of view. The chapters alternate between Zach, which is told in the first person, and Lucy, which is told in the Third person. It really worked for the story. Zach is the one trying to puzzle out the mystery that is Lucy, or Dani as he knows her, so Lucy's chapters are pieces of her past that allow the reader to slowly fill in the gap between when her parents were killed and Zach's present. I really loved watching how the story unfolded. Melissa Pearl is an excellent story teller.
I loved how smart and observant both Lucy and Zach are. I think that was one of the main things that drew them to each other. It was really interesting to see how similar their thought processes were. Zach is known as the "fixer" with his friends. He always picks girls that are a little crazy or off and he likes to play hero and save the day. His friends think that Lucy is just another one like that. But Zach is convinced that there is something different about her. He just doesn't know how right he is.
Lucy has had such an awful life. I felt so bad for what she had to witness and being on the run couldn't have been easy. As more and more of her past was revealed throughout the story, I felt myself hoping against hope that she was as good as she seemed. I was just like Zach. I wanted her to be this awesome girl. I didn't want to believe that she was going to do anything to hurt Zach or his friends. I ended up guessing correctly, but I am not going to tell you what I guessed or if it made me happy or sad. That will be for you to experience.
I Know Lucy was pretty powerful. I was really invested in Zach. I just wanted him to be happy, and of course I wanted Lucy to be happy as well. She has had it so rough. I might not have always admired her choices, but it would be hard to completely hate her. She is just a young girl trying to survive. I love Melissa Pearl's writing. Her stories are always so captivating. And with the ending of I Know Lucy, I kind of can't wait to get my hands on the next book. I am really interested to see what is going to happen next. This is not your typical YA love story at all. ...more
Essence takes place in two time periods. The chapters alternate between the present, 2009 an**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Essence takes place in two time periods. The chapters alternate between the present, 2009 and 1848. I really enjoyed trying to piece the mystery of what was happening together. I liked reading the dual stories because I just couldn't pinpoint what exactly was happening. Some of the characters were the same, but many of the characters in the two time periods were different not only in name, but also in personality. So I just couldn't figure out if they were all going to have "future/past" selves or if only one person was time traveling, or if it was something paranormal. But then again, that is kind of the point of the whole book. Trying to figure out just what was going on. And I thought the answer was really very interesting. I will warn you though, you have to wait pretty much the whole book, until the answer is revealed. It was kind of frustrating, but effective because now I really want to read the next book because I want to see how everything is going to work out.
Jocelyn is the main girl in the story, in both time periods. I really liked Jocelyn. In the past she was inquisitive and she loved to learn. She was unhappy with the role of women at the time because she wanted to go to university like all of her brothers. I liked her intelligence and spunk. She still was very true to the customs, but she wasn't blindly accepting of them. She wished things could be different. Jackson was her fiance in this time period and they are both very much in love. They have known each other their whole lives and their relationship is very sweet.
Flash forward to 2009 and Jackson moves in across the street from Jocelyn, who is a more confident version of her 1848 self. She excels in school and in sports and she seems really happy with her life. I liked 2009 Jocelyn a lot, maybe even more than past Jocelyn because she was getting to do what she always wanted. But every time Jocelyn sees Jackson she started feeling sick and when they touch she blacks out. This would freak me out so much. I would be as far away from him as possible. I thought it was strange that no one else put two and two together that these episodes were only happening in Jackson's presence. But for me they only added to the mystery. I had to see how they fit into it all. 2009 Jackson came on a little strong for my tastes, but he grew on me. I liked how determined and set he was on hanging out with Jocelyn.
My only critique of Essence was that the book was a little slow. It seemed like the whole book was setting the stage for book 2, where I feel like the real story will begin. That may not be a fair assessment, because there was a ton of character development and ground setting, but not a whole lot in plot advancement happened. It was still a really interesting story, and the reveal at the end took me by surprise, but I feel like the real action will be in book 2. At least I hope it is because I am interested in this series, but I hope the pace picks up a little. I am interested in seeing how Jackson and Jocelyn handle everything now. I anticipate enjoying book 2 more than this first book. Overall, Essence is an interesting concept, and is a lovely description of how different life can be for a girl in 1848 and 2009, with a large dash of mystery thrown in. ...more
Open Road Summer is a really heartwarming tale of two best friends. Dee is a country music r**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Open Road Summer is a really heartwarming tale of two best friends. Dee is a country music rising star. She is a teen music idol, and she is going on a summer tour. But what is awesome about the story is that she is the famous secondary character. The main character of the story is her best friend, Reagan. We still got to see Reagan and Dee be goofballs together, but this was Reagan's coming of age story. Hers and Matt. Matt was part of a family tween music group and now he is a solo performer. Teen heartthrob- all that. He is just a big ole sweetheart.
Reagan is a tough nut to crack. She seriously does not give anyone a pass. You can easily tell how much she loves Dee and how she would do anything for her, but other than Dee everyone kind of got the tough girl act. She would not give Matt an inch when she first met him. I thought it was cute that Matt liked her feisty side, and it was so much fun watching them banter back and forth. I loved how great of friends Dee and Matt were and I thought it was sweet when Reagan finally decided that Matt had good intentions and started to open up to him.
Matt, Dee and Reagan were each dealing with their own demons, and throughout the course of Open Road Summer we got learn about all of them and watch how they handled them. It was really a great story about each of the three friends. It was easy to forget how young they were(17 and 19) because they were handling with such grown up things. But they each snapped once or twice. None of them were perfect. Sometimes they were immature, sometimes they would lash out at another one without meaning too. But they always seemed very real.
Open Road Summer is a book that will make you smile, it will make you frown. It will make you feel connected to each and every one of the characters. Emery Lord did a wonderful job with her debut novel. It is so easy to fall in love with the characters- even Reagan will steal a piece of your heart. Even with her tough chick act, and her steel walls; she will make you believe in her and make you root for her. There are no love triangles, no unsupportive friends, no huge jerks(well there is one, but he was in the past the whole time. So I should say no current jerks.). It is just a really great story about friendship and love. ...more
Breakaway will have a story or two in it for everyone. Whether you like light and fluffy, da**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Breakaway will have a story or two in it for everyone. Whether you like light and fluffy, dark and gritty, cute, sexy, or smokin' hot, there are stories that will satisfy any romantic craving. I absolutely loved Breakaway. It was perfect for getting my quick romantic fixes. The stories were varying lengths and had completely different feels to them. I gravitated towards the longer stories and the cute and fun ones. But some of the darker ones were really interesting. I thought it was a really eclectic mix of Spring Break tales, but all of them had a very new adult vibe to them. Some of them were downright hot hot hot.
I liked a few of the stories so much that I had to drop everything, look the author up and write to them about their other books and buy them. I was also pleasantly surprised at how many stories there were in the book. It seemed like a pretty good length book, and there were 13 different stories for you to drink up and enjoy.
My favorite story in the book was Bunsen Burner Bingo by Penny Reid. And a few of my other top picks were Spider on a Plane by Ilsa Madden-Mills, Color Me Bad by Linda Barlow, Bling Ring in Mexico by Carly Carson, and Contacts by Farrah Farside.
Bunsen Burner Bingo was just beyond adorable. I want to see a full length book with the story of Katy and Martin. I loved that Martin was both this super smart science geek and a hot frat guy. Katy was someone who was burned in the past and hides behind her clothes and her science. This short story was laugh out loud funny and I want more!
Spider on a Plane was really cute too. It left me wanting more because of how everything ended. It is just begging for another scene once they get back to the house. Color Me Bad was awesome because of how long it was. It felt like the most completed story in the whole bunch. I felt like I got to know the characters the best, and the story was so full of twists and turns. Linda Barlow is someone I need to watch out for. If she could do that much in a novella, I must see what she can do with a full length.
Bling Ring in Mexico was a really sweet romance between two classmates that never got to know each other in school. Plus there is swimming with dolphins, how can you resist that? Contacts was a really great story about some girl who was getting used big time by a guy and gets swept off her feet by a much much nicer guy. Just the kind of thing to make me swoon. This is another one that I really want to see a full length book made out of.
I really enjoyed Breakaway. It put me right in the mood for summer. Fans of spring break, of new adult or of romance should check this book out. Read them one at a time when you are looking for a quick romance fix or read it all in one setting because you can't get enough of the fun, either way, Breakaway is sure to please. ...more
Wow, this book was really engaging. It is a retelling (kind of) of Goldilocks. But I found i**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Wow, this book was really engaging. It is a retelling (kind of) of Goldilocks. But I found it to be more of an awesome shifter paranormal romance/action adventure book. Hannah is annoyed when her father uproots her from her New York city life to bring her to the middle of nowhere to live in some random house in the woods. To say it was a change for her would be an understatement. I think she adjusted magnificently. If I was thrown in the woods with no electronics working, I would be pretty annoyed. But she just picked up and started to practice her cross country running. And that is where the book really started to get interesting.
In the woods Hannah eventually runs across giant wolves and bears. Her father was sent out to investigate a mine that was having a bunch of tunnels collapsing. And I just knew that somehow the wolves and/or bears were involved in it somehow. We learn pretty early on that Jake Bear is a bear shifter, but Hannah doesn't find out for a long time. The book is told in dual POV between Jake and Hannah. I really enjoyed reading Jake's sections because they explained his "connection" with Hannah. He didn't understand the pull he felt towards her.
I loved Hannah's personalities. She is a gentle and calm person, but when she wants to find something out she can be very determined and has a bit of a stubborn streak in her. I liked the bits of sassiness that peaked out of her from time to time.
I became so engrossed in this story. The pacing and plot was varied throughout the book. Sometimes it was nice and slow with lots of detail and other times it was fast and we were running through the woods with Jake involved in action packed fight scenes. I loved the romance between Jake and Hannah. They both seem like such great teens that you wanted to see them together.
I was fascinated by the spirits part of the story, but I will it was explained a little bit better. I was kind of confused on the history and the division between the wolves. Other than that though, I thought the story was super interesting. I loved Patria's writing style. She really did a great job telling a unique story. This is so much more than your average re-telling.
Give Me Reason is the first book (or Novella, because it was pretty short) in the reason ser**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Give Me Reason is the first book (or Novella, because it was pretty short) in the reason series. The reason series is now out in a four book set, so you can read them one right after the other. I love that, because it is so convenient to be able to just keep going after you finish the first book. Give Me Reason deals with abuse and some darker themes. It wasn't a happy book by any means.
We got to know Vivienne and a little of what she is going through and what she has gone through, but most of everything else is still a mystery. I saw Give Me Reason as the foundation layer to the reason series. We met Vivienne and Mikah, and we started to get to know them, but we hardly learned anything about Mikah at all. I do know that he is an incredible guy, but I still have no idea why he is doing what he is doing for Vivienne. And I don't blame her for being skeptical of his help. From her perspective, he was just a diner in her restaurant one night and then all of a sudden he was throwing money at her and taking care of her for no apparent reason. The only reason we got was from the very start of the story, where he had this feeling and this pull towards her. I'm not sure that even he knows what it means yet, but I can't wait to find out more about him in the next couple of books. I really like him and this start to the series was just enough to get my intrigue piqued.
Give Me Reason had a few slow moments in the middle, but the book really picked up momentum towards the end. The ending was intense and scary and crazy, and it made me super happy that I had the next book just a page flip away. I think once we get some more answers about Mikah in the next book this story will really be on a roll. Interesting start to a series with real potential. ...more
The Making of Nebraska Brown is so unlike anything I have read in years! It is jarring and e**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
The Making of Nebraska Brown is so unlike anything I have read in years! It is jarring and emotional, thought provoking, and intriguing in all the best ways possible. This is my second book that I have had the pleasure of reading by the talented Louise Caiola and my biggest takeaway is that both of her books have made me feel so many things.
Ana or Ann wakes up on the ground in the middle of Italy with no memory of how she got there. Last thing she remembers is being on a farm in Nebraska, which she finds out was 2 years ago. But then the story shifts once she makes her way back to what apparently is her house in Italy. The problem reverse and suddenly she can only remember things from her recent life as she experiencing them and she can’t remember anything from her past. She doesn’t know who to trust and she certainly doesn’t know what happened to her. A ton of different theories flew around in my head, but I wasn’t right about a single one of them.
I became so attached to Ana. Her thought process felt like my own. I trusted her instincts so much that if she didn’t trust something or someone, I didn’t trust them. I felt like I was living the story through her eyes. Louise Caiola has a wonderful talent of being able to transport you inside of her stories. I couldn’t put The Making of Nebraska Brown down. (ha) I had to find out what the heck had happened to her.
I never fully trusted Tommy. I don’t know why, but something just seemed off about him. I will say, that even though I was never completely on board with him. I kind of hoped for a little more from him at the end of the story. I wanted a little more resolution with that part.
The Making of Nebraska Brown is a fascinating mystery. It had to have been so scary and jarring for Ana to experience all of this. Not knowing what the heck was going on. Not knowing what was real and what wasn’t. Having to question everything- even herself. I really felt for her. But not once did I think she was crazy. This book is like a super satisfying, albeit sometimes sad, puzzle. Not everything is happy go lucky but it was still really satisfying to watch her finally start to put some pieces together and see her get closer to some answers. I can’t say enough good things about how refreshing and well done this book is. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your TBR. You will be thanking me. ...more
The Fortune Cafe is a really cute book with three mini love stories in it. The book is divid**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
The Fortune Cafe is a really cute book with three mini love stories in it. The book is divided into three different parts, and they are each different stories but all of the characters revolve around this one Chinese restaurant where the fortune cookies are rumored to be magic. And each of the stories has a cameo of who the next main character will be. I really liked seeing how the stories lightly overlapped like that. Once I saw who the second story was about and I remembered her from the first one, I kept reading the second story trying to guess who the third story would feature. It was really fun. It kind of reminded me of a Love, Actually type of movie with a bunch of different mini storylines going on and sometimes they cross over with other ones.
Emma, Lucy and Stella are the three ladies in The Fortune Cafe. I think I liked Emma's story the best. Hers was about a guy that had a crush on her in high school suddenly coming back into her life. It was so cute. I also really liked the luck theme going through "Lucky" Lucy's story. The stories are not pure fluff though. They each have their own unique hardships going on. One of the three girls starts out engaged and gets dumped by her jerk of a fiance. And another one has the stress of caring for her abusive and mentally ill mother. The stories each felt like glimpses into the real lives of these women.
You can't help but root for their happy endings. I really enjoyed The Fortune Cafe. It is a feel good book that is sure to put a smile on your face. Emma Stella and Lucky Lucy are each great characters and any one of them can easily turn out to be your favorite. This book made me want to go out and get some fortune cookies to see what my fortunes would be. The Fortune Cafe is feel good fun that I think fans of young adult and adult contemporaries will easily enjoy. ...more
Pan's Conquest is a quick read about romance between two very unlikely gods. Pan- the God of Fertility and Syrinx- the God of Chastity. Pan has pursuePan's Conquest is a quick read about romance between two very unlikely gods. Pan- the God of Fertility and Syrinx- the God of Chastity. Pan has pursued her for a long time. So much so in fact that Syrinx escaped their land to start over as a mortal on earth. The book starts out in their native forest and Pan is a bit of a horn dog player, and Syrinx is not having it. Sure, she is fighting off his pull, but she still doesn't want anything to do with him.
Syrinx becomes a florist on earth and she really enjoys her business, but she doesn't date ever. In fact, she has nothing to do with men. She only has one friend on earth; her assistant at the shop. I really did like her friendship, but one friend and a job isn't enough for her life. So when a handsome big client comes to the shop and takes an interest in Syrinx, her friend is all for it. She practically pushes him in Pan's lap.
What I liked about Pan's Conquest was that we got to see what Pan was like before and what he was like when he was in his mortal persona. And you could really see a big change in him. I loved the connection that he had with his butler. It was so sweet. Plus we really did get to see a softer side of him the more he got to know Syrinx. This was a Pan that I was rooting for. Back in the forest he was just looking for another notch on his belt, but on earth we get to see a change in him. Will it be something more for him? Will it work out with Syrinx? Pan's Conquest is a quick and fun read. I felt myself really connecting with the characters in just a short while and I was really rooting for them. ...more
The Romeo Club is a super cute match making book. Perfect for lounging by the pool or on the beach. Delyla helps her brother get a new look and the coThe Romeo Club is a super cute match making book. Perfect for lounging by the pool or on the beach. Delyla helps her brother get a new look and the confidence to ask out his popular crush and it works like a charm. Suddenly his three geeky friends all want help from his younger, but popular sister. Delyla needs money to buy a prom dress so she quickly starts up the Romeo Club to help out her brothers geeky friends who have never been kissed or even asked a girl out. But Delyla is convinced that with the right clothes and some romeo lessons that she can land each of them their crushes.
I really liked getting to know each of the three guys. They were hilarious and adorable. Delyla is like one of the guys too. She gets along great with her brother and all of his friends because she is secretly a huge dork too. She loves playing all kinds of video games, but people at school don't know about that because she is dating a popular jock and she is a soccer jock herself. I liked how she didn't fit into any of the high school stereotype boxes. She was smart, played sports and was a huge gamer.
Throughout the romeo club Delyla starts to get closer and closer to one of the guys. The book is a little predictable but it was satisfying because what you want to happen, does happen. I liked that. If it was full of huge twists and turns, then I probably wouldn't have gotten the outcome that I wanted from the start. The Romeo Club is a funny and super cute romantic read. It is a feel good book that I think is a perfect spring or summer beach read. ...more
This series is FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC!! I can't get enough of it. I am actually sad that there is only one more book left in the series. I knew the thirdThis series is FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC!! I can't get enough of it. I am actually sad that there is only one more book left in the series. I knew the third book would be awesome with the way the second book ended. (And one tip- Read the short story that fits in between of Book 2 and Book 3 to see what Eli went through in the time between the two of them. It is free on goodreads.) I love me some Eli and he was pretty mad at the end of the last book. With good reason, but mad is an understatement. I didn't know if he was going to kiss Ember when he saw her or kill her.
The Darkness series takes you all over the otherworld and explores both the light and dark sides of the Seelie court. I love how vast the world is. There are so many different kinds of Fae's running around. This is my favorite kind of paranormal book to read. One where there are tons of different creatures. Ember is so unique because she blows all the stereotypes out of the water. She doesn't fit into any group and she doesn't categorize people into any groups. She is friends with Demons, Dark Dwellers, Pixies, Fay, Sirens, and basically everything else in between. I love how even though she is the one that is going to bring a war between the light and the dark, I think she will also be the one to bring all of the different species together. She has a place with her dark dweller family and she has a nice place with the Unseelie King and the demon family. Plus, I love Cal and Simmons. They are just hilarious to me. I feel like the pranks they pulled and just their personalities provided some great comic relief.
Dwellers Of Darkness is the 3rd book in a 4 book series and I have loved every page of all three books. What I love the most about this story was Eli and Ember. I love Eli so much, and it is clearer than ever to me how right they are for each other. They challenge each other and get under the other one's skin. It is so much fun watching them rile each other up. And they finally admit their feelings to themselves! Let's just say it leads to some steamy scenes. Yay for that!
Dwellers of Darkness had a lot of planning for a big action step. Most of the real fighting action happened in the last third of the book, but the first two thirds of the book never felt slow. It was perfect pacing as always. I will admit that I did kind of see one of the twists coming, but it didn't take anything away from the story. It was satisfying that I got it right because I kept thinking it felt off. We learned a lot of secrets from various characters pasts and we got to know a lot more about many of the characters. It was a great third installment. The ending was crazy and I have no idea how Ember is going to pull everything off in the next book, but I can't wait to find out. One of my favorite paranormal series ever! It is a must read for anyone of fans of paranormal. I can't recommend this book enough.
Heather Hildenbrand continues to surprise me with the dirty blood series. This book took the storyline to a whole other level. So much was going on, IHeather Hildenbrand continues to surprise me with the dirty blood series. This book took the storyline to a whole other level. So much was going on, I am still trying to wrap my head around all of it. This is a great series. Blood Bond is really a book of discovery and answers in this series. Tara learns so much about herself, and we learn even more about CHAS and the hunter/werewolf society. A great installment in one of my favorite series.
I am so pleasantly surprised with how Tara handled herself in this book. She was on information overload. Seriously, I have no idea what I would have done if I had half the bombs that she had dropped on her. But she has really grown and she is so strong. I really admire her strength. And I love that Alex recognizes that strength and bravery in her. Blood Bond was much more focused on werewolf and hybrids than it was on the Wes Tara Alex love triangle, and while I missed my Tara and Alex moments from the second book, I was happy that the romance is not the main focus. Because now I can still hold out hope for Alex. I just love him. I like Wes too, but there is something about Alex and Tara. I think they push each other to be better. But even though Tara likes Alex, she is all about Wes. I am really pushing hard for this one to turn out my way, but I think I might be on the losing end of this love triangle. To be continued, I suppose.
The action is nonstop in Blood Bond. Tara has to deal with the George issue left over from the last story, plus she meets a crazy recluse scientist that holds lots of answers for her. And the crazy hybrids created by Miles pop up with a new master. All of these things get dealt with in this one book. Like I said, NON-STOP ACTION! I loved every second of it. I was on the edge of my seat- I couldn't read the pages fast enough. The ending killed me though. I need to read the next book to get to the bottom of it. I have a feeling there is much more than meets the eye with what happened. This is a must read series for anyone that likes paranormal books. ...more