A Blind Spot for Boys is so much more than just a cute young adult cont...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
A Blind Spot for Boys is so much more than just a cute young adult contemporary romance. It is about finding yourself, and experiencing new things, and family, and relationships and really so much more. There is also a really cute romance. :p I felt like I was discovering the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu right along with all of the hikers in the story. The beauty in Justina Chen's book is the writing. It was elegant and detailed. The story flowed along beautifully and I could vividly picture all of the scenes, even feel the horror of the mudslide.
Shana and Quattro have each experienced too much sadness for people their age. Quattro has lost his mother and Shana's father is suddenly going blind. They are each on this journey, or dream walk hike to Machu Picchu for different reasons. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, and they ended up each finding each other, but for me that was secondary to the whole storyline. It really wasn't but I still felt like there was a bigger message at play than just a romance. And I loved that about A Blind Spot for Boys.
I enjoyed how real the book felt. Justina Chen didn't sugar coat things. When Shana's dad first learns that he will lose his sight in 6 months, he does not take it well. In fact, he doesn't take it well for most of the book. This might sounds weird, but I really appreciated that. Not that I wanted him to be unhappy and take it out on his family, but come on! I know I wouldn't be all sunshine and roses if I found out something like that. I would be scared and grumpy and not pleasant. This book is about a different journey for each of the characters. It was a treat to see all of it. And Grace just stole my heart! I loved her!
A Blind Spot for boys is a powerful read. Shana is on the search for the kind of photos that will "crack your heart open" and that is really what this book is about. What will crack the hearts open of each of the characters. Plus it both made me yearn to go to Machu Picchu and at the same time, terrified to. It is such a beautiful place, and A Blind Spot for Boys was a beautiful story.
Yay for some good new adult paranormal. We need more of that, in my opi...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Yay for some good new adult paranormal. We need more of that, in my opinion. And yay for Alyssa Rose Ivy for creating an original storyline. It was part kidnapper story, part shifter and a whole lot of interesting. I really enjoyed Dire. I wasn't sure what to make of the romance a lot of the time. I liked Cage, and Hunter left me with mixed emotions. But I do know one thing for sure, I need to get my hands on a copy of Dusk as soon as possible because I am dying to know what is going to happen next. Alyssa Rose Ivy created this world I think set in the world of the Empire Chronicles and the Crescent Chronicles because the creatures are the same and a king was alluded to, but there hasn't been any character cross over yet (although I haven't completed the Empire Chronicles, so maybe there is) I think that was a really cool way to set up a book. I love that the paranormal world is the same one that I loved in Crescent Chronicles. It is not as daunting, but still felt fresh and different since we were exploring a different creature.
Cage and Mary Anne are driving home in a snowstorm when they are stranded and found by Hunter and his crew. Cage and Mary Anne have known each other their whole lives, but were never more than neighbors until this trip. I couldn't get a good read on Cage before the wolves were introduced. I didn't know if his feelings were genuine or not, and because of that I didn't write Hunter completely out. I am just a mess of emotions between the two of them. Yes, Cage seems to care about Mary Anne the more the book went on, and yes Hunter is technically the person holding them hostage, but I have no idea who I want the romance to be between. And the awesome thing about Dire is the book doesn't go one way or the other! There isn't really a ton of romance. The bulk of the story was set up on Mary Anne and this world she found herself thrown into.
I can't even get into how terrifying this must all be for Mary Anne and Cage. I mean being forcibly taken into this whole new world, and being so powerless to do anything is scary. I admired Mary Anne a lot. And I admired Cage for sticking by her side the whole time. He really does seem like a good guy.
Alyssa Rose Ivy certainly knows how to keep a girl on the edge of her seat. This was unlike any book that I have read in a while. I can't get a good read on what is going to happen in the coming books. Sure, I know some things, and I have a guess as to what the conflicts will be, but the Dire Wolves Chronicles is turning out to be anything but predictable. There was a lot of stage-setting in this Dire, and I feel like the romance and conflicts are really going to take off in Dusk. I am not revealing any of my "teams" or "sides" until I read the next book. But fans of Alyssa Rose Ivy will really enjoy Dire. It is another solidly enjoyable read. (not that I am surprised, I seem to love everything Alyssa writes.) People that are burned out on new adult contemporary should give new adult paranormal, and Dire, a chance!
Blood Beyond Darkness is the 4th and final book in the New Adult Parano...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Blood Beyond Darkness is the 4th and final book in the New Adult Paranormal, Darkness Series by Stacey Marie Brown. I can't believe that this series is done. I am still hoping that the author will come out with some novellas about the characters. I absolutely love this series. It is one of my favorites, so Blood Beyond Darkness was bittersweet for me. In some ways I didn't want to read it because I didn't want to be done with the series. Endings are hard for me. I don't like saying goodbye to characters that I have grown to love. The Darkness series is excellent. The attention to detail and world building is great and there is non stop action. Blood Beyond Darkness was basically all action from the first page until the last. We left off in the third book on the edge of a great war that threatened both the Seelie and Unseelie court as well as the earth realm. Blood Beyond Darkness is all about this war. There is no happy go lucky lovey dovey stuff. This book is hardcore and darker than the others.
This is a series that you need to read in order or you will be completely lost. But that is ok because the first three books are blow your mind good! I loved the 4th book as well, but Stacey Marie Brown does not hold any punches. Some of your favorite characters will live, but some of your favorites will die. A lot of people die. This is a huge war that spreads over multiple realms. I was not expecting the ending at all! The whole last quarter of the book took me by complete surprise.
Fans of the series might be upset about a few things that happen in the book, but there is a lot to love about this book. The whole cast of characters that you loved from the first 3 books all show up, and I do mean everyone! People you haven't seen in a book or two will be there and some of them will be very surprising. Ember and Eli are hot and cold as ever, just like always, but you do get some more answers on Eli's past. Craziness ensues. But I do love the two of them. I will say one thing about someone, not exactly a spoiler- but when Kennedy finally showed up she royally pissed me off. The way she was acting drove me crazy. But she eventually started acting more like the nice Kennedy. I love the cast of characters that Stacey Marie Brown has created- I can't even name them all. Obviously, I love Ember and Eli, but Cole, West, Lars, Cal and Simmons rank really high up there as well!
As I said before, the ending of this book was very bittersweet for me. In some ways, it was completely fitting for the story, but in some ways I wanted more of a happily ever after for everyone. But that just doesn't always happen with war. There are so many inbetween shades- it is not just winning and losing. The Darkest series will go down as one of my favorite paranormal series. I have loved all of the books and the characters. I can't wait to see what more people think. Did you love the ending? Was it bittersweet for you too? Do you want more books? I do! One thing is for sure- Stacey Marie Brown can write her butt off. Hats off to her for a fantastic series that I am sad to see an end to.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Bespoken is the first book by new author, Marie Michelle Coleman. It is...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Bespoken is the first book by new author, Marie Michelle Coleman. It is a new adult paranormal series called Nightangel and Daydreamer series. Casey lives two separate lives, one as a high powered, overworked associate in a large law firm, and the other as a pretty serious daydreamer. I enjoyed Bespoken. I had a few hiccups with it, but overall I thought it was a strong debut for Marie Michelle Coleman. Casey's daydreams are about a creature named Gabriel, who is a nightangel. I had never heard of a night angel before, so I was really intrigued.
Turns out a nightangel is part angel part vampire. That was certainly a cool combo. Casey was interesting. Some of the time, I really liked her and some of the time I couldn't figure out my feelings for her. I can't exactly pin down what it was about her that irked me, but whatever it was, it was pretty minor. Gabriel took a while to grow on me as well. But for very different reasons. Because Casey was all over the place in the start of the book, I had no idea whether she liked her daydream Gabriel or was scared of him. I really loved the descriptive writing in Bespoken. The daydream landscapes were always so vividly painted. I think that Marie Michelle Coleman did an excellent job describing everything.
Another one of my favorite parts of the story was actually watching Casey at her law firm. I know, I am probably the only one on earth that will say this because she was overworked most of the time, but I could just relate to the environment. (not necessarily just because of the work load though.) The whole law firm scene reminded me of my summer with "big law". I got a kick out of watching another associate go through the typical stuff.
As for the whole nightangel- gabriel- Casey aspect, I am having a really hard time reviewing without being too spoilery. Bespoken definitely took me by surprise a few times, and because of that I think this is just a book that you are better off experiencing for yourself. It took me a while to get into. The book starts off fine but very quickly we are thrown this new guy int he world and Casey is freaking out because it is her daydream. I just thought she handled the whole thing very strangely. I had no idea how she knew some of the things she knew about him and they weren't explained to us until much later on, if at all. So it was kind of a choppy start. Even her first daydream meeting with Gabriel after she saw him in her world was weird. But once I kept reading, the book kind of evened out and got better. I just fell into the flow of the story, I think. And once I did, I enjoyed Bespoken.This review was originally posted on Book Briefs(less)
Into the Fire is the first in a new young adult paranormal romance seri...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Into the Fire is the first in a new young adult paranormal romance series written by Kelly Hashway writing as Ashelyn Drake. Kelly wrote a really nice note at the start of the book explaining that that because Into the Fire is equal parts paranormal and romance she is using both her paranormal writing name as well as her romance writing name. Seeing as I love both paranormal and romance books, her foreword made me even more excited for Into the Fire. I have not yet experienced a book where the main character is a phoenix. Basically, the only phoenix I was familiar with before was Fawkes.
I think they are fascinating creatures and Ashelyn Drake did a great job making them her own in this book. Her Phoenixes get 5 lives, but the most important transition by far is between the first and second life for them. That is when they become a full phoenix and that is also the life where they forget everything about their first life. I am not quite sure why this is the only like they forget about, but I am guessing that it has something to do with the fact that they weren't a full phoenix before this first transition. But that isn't really something covered by the book.
The book starts out with Cara's brother going through the transition and everyone takes it pretty hard. I suppose it would be tough to watch someone you are so close with forget all about you. But this story is more about Cara and the new guy in town, Logan. Logan is beyond adorable. He is so cute with Cara. I loved that the book really was very evenly split between their romance and "imprint" and the phoenix history. I will say that I called the hunter right off the bat. I didn't want it to be who it was, but I was not surprised at the reveal towards the end.
You learn a lot of phoenixes and phoenix hunters in this book. I do wish we got a little bit more hunter history though. I think that would have been interesting. Either way, Into the Fire is a great read. The book flows along at a brisk pace and it is so easy to get swept up in the story. I read this book in one sitting and I enjoyed myself the whole time- right up until that humdinger of an ending! It was not what I wanted to happen at all! The second book had better do some damage control for that because it looked pretty serious left where it was. I can't wait to see what the author is going to do. I am going to continue this series for sure. If you are a fan of paranormal romance books and you are looking for a new creature to discover and fall in love with, check out Into the Fire and the Birth of the Phoenix series. I love finding series about unique paranormals, and Ashelyn Drake did a really good job with this one.
Make it Right is the second book in the Bowler University series by Meg...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Make it Right is the second book in the Bowler University series by Megan Erickson. Each book can be read as a standalone. Max made some mistakes in the first book, so it might actually be better for once if you read this one out of order. If you start with Make it Right, you won't be colored on your opinion of Max. But I really enjoyed reading these in order because Max's transformation was pretty impressive. Make it Right is a new adult contemporary romance and it is told in dual narrative between Max and Lea. We met Lea near the end of the first book, and as soon as she was introduced, I knew that I was going to love her as a main character. And I so did. She is a tough cookie, but a complete control freak. Control over everything made her feel safe after her accident as a kid.
I loved the author's note at the start of the book, about giving Max a second chance. Yes, he made some mistakes in the first book. Yes, he wasn't the picture perfect boyfriend for Kat, but I should put it out there that he wasn't an awful guy. He lost his patience a couple of times, and he made a big mistake with his friend Alec, but I was really excited to learn more about him and his family. And I was not let down at all. Megan Erickson did a fantastic job getting under the surface of Max. It was clear as day to see the differences between his family and Lea's family. Max and Lea had tons of issues thrown at them as a couple, but the more impressive progress made in Make it Right was the individual growth that they each exhibited by the end of the book. They each had their own demons to overcome before they would work as a couple.
Make it Right is a fantastic book. The romance and characters will make you feel lots of feels. You will swoon, and you will see a very different version of Max. It was so nice to see him find the girl that actually took a second to see past his facade and care about what he wanted. Lea took the time to actually see Max. It was touching. But more than anything, Make it Right made me happy because it solidified the fact that I found a new author love. You read one book by an author and you love it and you are excited. But when you read another book by the author and you love it too, and more than that you can see the quality of developed characters, and creative and satisfying plots, you start to get even more excited. Megan Erickson is an author that I am confident should be added to my auto buy book. Her books just make me happy. Up next is Make it Last, Cam's story- and I can't wait!
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan was such a pleasant surprise for me. I...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan was such a pleasant surprise for me. I got this book sent to me for review consideration, without anyone submitting a review request. Normally, I don't do too many of those (except from major publishing houses). I like to vet all of my review books to try and be as sure as possible that I will enjoy the book. They normally go to the bottom of my TBR and end up getting buried. But this one caught my eye, and I put it in my normal review rotation. And boy am I glad did. The Hook Up was a great new adult contemporary romance. While the outcome was predictable, the road that this guy and gal took to get together was anything but. There were tons of bumps and roadblocks thrown at them, and not all of them predictable in the least. I found myself reading on just to see what was going to happen with them next.
Drew is the quarter back for a major football university in the south. So right off the bat, I could relate to the college campus and atmosphere that surrounded the game and the players. And I love me some college football, so that was a big plus as well. Anna is a smart and former high school outcast that wants nothing to do with the limelight. But it was clear from their very first meeting that there was a draw between the two of them. The Hook Up is told in classic New Adult Contemporary style- dual narrative between Drew and Anna. It was perfect because it let each person be the star of their version of the story.
I loved that Drew was the one that thought it was more love at first sight and Anna was the one that was stubborn beyond all reason. I got her hesitation, but holy cow was this girl stubborn. And drew kept trying and trying and Anna would take one baby step forward and multiple baby steps back. But she is such a sweet girl and through it all you could see the two of them really connecting. Anna and Drew were great characters. Just the kind I like to see in my romances. And Drew just made me want to eat him up!
The cool part about The Hook Up was that it didn't follow the "typical" contemporary story arch. You know the one: Guy and Girl meet, they dance around each other for the first 30-50% of the book and then they either get together or make a big move, then things are going great until about 70-80%, someone messes up big time and things are off. And then they get nicely wrapped up by about 95%. Don't get me wrong- with the right characters and the right plot line it is a formula that works well for me A LOT of the time. But it is nice to see Kristen Callihan mix it up with The Hook Up. After the characters get together you are thinking you are in for some smooth sailing until that one last bump comes along in the road. But no, that is not the case. You are up, you are down, happy, sad, frustrated, dragged left and right without warning. This book will keep you guessing and wondering just what the heck is going to happen next. I loved that about The Hook Up! If you like New Adult Contemporary romance and you like college football. Heck, just if you like books that are not cookie cutter, but still have all the satisfaction of a great romance and the happily ever after you crave- check out the hook up! I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and check out more from this author. It was a great find for me.
The Winter People was great. It ended up being very different than I th...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Winter People was great. It ended up being very different than I thought it would be. I'm not going to ruin the book by telling just what brand of fantasy or magic this was. I had an inkling while I was reading, and maybe it will be way more obvious to everyone else reading, but not knowing exactly what was going on or what exactly everyone was, was part of the magic of reading The Winter People. And it made me yearn to read more books like it. I really enjoyed the cold wintery atmosphere that Rebekah created.
I will warn you now, there is a love triangle- or really a love Quadrangle is more accurate. At one point there were so many guys that I didn't know what on earth was going on. But that feeling quickly passed and I was down to two viable guys. I will say now that I did go back and forth a couple of times throughout the book, but I am very pleased with the way everything turned out. I also really like that this is a standalone book. I love series, but every now and again you just need a good standalone to read from start to finish and have closure with the characters.
Even though the love and romance was a big part of the story--- and it was a great part, but the whole mystery of the curse was excellent as well. I loved watching Salome try and piece everything together. The history and background information was really detailed and well executed, but never over whelming.
I can't even imagine how hard it must have been on Salome, being labeled as crazy for her "episodes", especially when her mom and grandmother knew more than they were letting on to them. The most frustrating part about the whole book was the withholding of information from Salome. It was infuriating. I understand it was all part of the curse, but I still feel like the people in her life could have made more of an effort so she was so alone and in the dark about it all. But it was easy to see that her family did genuinely care about her. I also do wish that the issue of her father was resolved a little better. But that was just a minor detail in the course of the book.
The Winter People works fabulously as a standalone, and the result is a very satisfying story from start to finish. You will feel the bitter cold that Salome does, and you get to experience the whole curse, and lots of guys right along with her. She was an engaging character that was easily likable. I think the Winter People will appeal to all kinds of fantasy and magic fans.
3.5/5 stars Evil Librarian is a mixture of humor, and demon-y paranorma...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
3.5/5 stars Evil Librarian is a mixture of humor, and demon-y paranormal. There are also some cute high school crushes and some not so cute ones. All in all this book was unique and a lot of fun. I never quite knew how to classify it in just one word or category. Evil Librarian is a lot of things, and what it comes down to is that it makes a young adult book that is refreshingly different.
Evil Librarian starts out with Cyn crushing hard on a guy. It was nice to see high school students and teenage girls, act like teenage girls. Too often I see either one of the extremes played out. Super immature or way too mature for high school. Cyn was very age appropriate. She had the right amount of maturity with a splash of crush obsessive-ness. The funny part was with Cyn's best friend- Annie. She was the no-nonsense no time for a thing as silly as a crush- kind of gal. But then she meets the new librarian. And she goes completely gaga.
Michelle Knudsen had the perfect mix of levity and humor with demon backstory and lore. It was cool. I loved that throughout it all there was a school play going on. And that it was Sweeny Todd...AND that all the demons love Sweeny Todd. I think it was quirky and funny. Cyn enlists the help of her crush to try and stop the Evil Librarian. And it was great because there was no insta love, no unbelievable "omg a demon...thats crazy but I totally believe you". Everyone was the right amount of skeptical. But eventually Ryan and Cyn get on the demon train and try to stop him.
Evil Librarian is a very fun read. Minus the fact that Cyn falls prey to the same ploy that most heroines do, that I still don't quite understand- she tries to save everyone herself. Hello! She has someone helping her that believes her and wants to keep her safe, and she still goes off and keeps secrets and tries to do it on her own. But other than that, I have no complaints with Evil Librarian. It was fun, funny, with a of touch of bid bag villian and a cute romance to boot. The summary says it best- Evil Librarian is perfect for readers "who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety)." Check it out!
House Immortal is the first in Devon Monk's new Urban Fantas...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
House Immortal is the first in Devon Monk's new Urban Fantasy Series of the same name. Man, I loved this book. I really loved everything about it. There are interesting, well developed characters, a kick ass plot with more twists and turns that you can even guess, and incredible world building. This is world building done right. Sometimes I think I love the world building in urban Fantasy books the most because it combines more traditional city like we are used to with all the magic and creativity of fantasy books. Devon Monk does an incredible job with her landscape. I loved that we got little bits and pieces of the Galvanized's history through the journal entry excerpts at the start of each chapter. That was a great way to work in some of the galvanized's history.
There is still so much mystery surrounding the Galvanized, and I can't wait to learn more about them and about what makes Matilda just a little different from them. The fact that she alone can make them feel things is fascinating to me. And their interaction with the houses is really interesting. Matilda is a great character as well. She is sharp and very inquisitive. She has no problem thinking for herself and questioning everything. Even I found myself doubting everyone. I had no idea who could be trusted.
The House system was well developed as well. There are so many houses and people that we are introduced to in this book, and surprisingly even the very minor characters that were only in a few scenes all had distinct personalities shine through. Devon Monk is a master story teller. There are so many things that I can't wait to learn more about. What makes Matilda different? What is going on with the soil on her farm? What else is in the journal? Not to mention everything going on with the different heads of houses. Plus there were a ton of bombs and surprises dropped on us in the last 15% of the book. There is no way you will be able to predict everything that happens in House Immortal.
House Immortal is the start of what looks to be a fantastic series. The action just keeps on building and building, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. This one is going to top my Urban Fantasy charts, I just know it! If you are a fan of Devon Monk, of Urban Fantasy, of Magic or heck just of books- you need to check out House Immortal.
The Jewel is the first in the young adult Dystopian series c...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5 stars
The Jewel is the first in the young adult Dystopian series called The Lone City. The set up is not a new one in the world of dystopian, but the story is still well done. I am interested in continuing this series. I like the set up of the surrogates and the augeries the most. I am very intrigued by the powers they possess, even if I still don't know quite why they do have them and why other people in their world doesn't. They are not your traditional "witches", if you can even call them that. I have a lot of questions about the world still left unanswered, but I grew to really like the characters and premise of the story.
Girls from the poorest circles are tested young, and all of the ones that show signs of having powers, called augeries, are sent away from their families to live in training centers to develop their powers. Once they are of age, they are sent to auctions where they are auctioned off to the royal and wealthy families from the inner circles to be their surrogates. Never to see their families again. This is the world we are thrust into head first, and you kind of have to figure out things as you go. I wish that I had a little more background information on this world. I didn't know how it came to be this way, or why it was structured the way it was, and a lot of my questions never got answered. But once the story picks up steam, you kind of get past that because the story-line is really interesting. I still had questions but I was more concerned with what was happening with Violet at her new house, with the Duchess of the Lake.
The Duchess herself was one of the most interesting characters to me. She is really complex. Sometimes nice, sometimes cruel, and I longed to figure her out. We do get some glimpses into what makes her tick, but not enough yet. I hope to learn even more about her in the next book. Violet is one of the most powerful surrogates in her class and there are big plans for her. I don't want to give too much away, but there are a lot of classic dystopian themes and similarities woven throughout the story, so if you enjoy that kind of story, you will probably enjoy the Jewel. It has all the makings of a great dystopian, it just left me with a few too many who why, where and how questions to make the leap from like to love just yet.
I really liked this book. I like Violet and Ash, and I love the concept of the Augeries. I think we will be seeing many more cool things from them in the next book. I can't wait to see what the author is going to do next, but I want a few more world building foundational questions incorporated into the next book. The romance in The Jewel is light but enjoyable. I have no idea what the author is going to do with Violet and Ash in the next book, and I am more than a little excited to find out. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs(less)
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Throttle Me is the first book in the Men of Inked Series. It has been c...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Throttle Me is the first book in the Men of Inked Series. It has been classified by some people as new adult, but I think this is squarely in the adult contemporary romance category. It is the story of Suzy and City, or Joey as I prefer to think of him. Throttle Me is just as much a story about how Joey finds love, as it is a story about how Suzy finally lets go of herself and all of her preconceived notions of what the "right" guy will be like for her. City is the opposite of what she thought she would find in a guy, but I loved how persistent he was in showing her she was wrong about him.
City looks every bit the role of the "bad boy". He is tatted up, and has multiple piercings. Rides a bike and hangs out at seedy biker bars. But this guy has a heart of solid gold. Honestly, I liked him more than Suzy because no matter how many times City was great to Suzy and showed her that he was a good guy, Suzy just kept shooting him down repeatedly, even though it was clear that she had feelings for him. She just didn't want to give him a chance.
I really enjoyed Throttle Me. I have already started the second book, and I am enjoying that one as well. The books follow the Large Italian family that Joey comes from. He has multiple brothers and one sister. I am Italian too, so I could relate to a lot of the family dynamics, especially the big Sunday dinners that no one was allowed to miss. If you like your guys hard alphas on the outside with a little bit of a goey center, that might even surprise them, great romance, hot and sexy scenes, then the Men of Inked series is the one for you! The fourth book, Resist me just came out, so you can read them all back to back if you want! This review was originally posted on Book Briefs(less)
Fly is a short and read romantic read. I didn't think it would turn out...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Fly is a short and read romantic read. I didn't think it would turn out to be as romantic as it was. I thought it would be more sexy fun, which it was but it was also surprisingly sweet. I flew through Fly very quickly. It was an instant gratification, one sitting read that will perk up your afternoon or evening. Fly is the start of a new New Adult Contemporary series from T.A. Foster. At least I think it is. The book is a standalone but we met both Bolt and Skye's Single friends so I smell a series brewing! I normally don't read too many military books. I have no idea why, but I just haven't yet. Fly made me wonder what the heck I was waiting for.
Skye is a strong lady. I really liked her. And I loved that Bolt saw that she was different. I loved seeing Skye at work. I wanted her to succeed so badly with the tourism and zoo campaign. There was a small incident with one of her co-workers towards the end of the book that got my blood boiling, and then it wasn't brought up again. I really want to know what is going to happen with Mr. Jerk face. But he wasn't the focus of the story. Skye and Bolt were.
Right from the start, it was easy to see that Bolt and Skye had chemistry. I liked that Skye didn't enter the story until a couple of chapters in so we could see how Bolt normally acted and interacted with women. It showed us just how different Skye was. I think my very favorite Bolt was actually after he messed up for the first time with Skye. It was their first real fight and how he started acting afterwards, I thought was really telling. And he was so flippin' cute! It was adorable. T.A. Foster knows her way around a romance. Some of those scenes were pretty awesome. I may have re-read a few scenes again because they were too good for one reading.
These characters were a bit older than the characters in her other stories. It felt a bit more mature. I loved hearing about Ben (Bolt) being a pilot.) I thought those were great additions to the story. The really sad part of Faith. I want her to get her second chance at love so bad. Plus I want to see Hollywood and Skye's friend get their stories as well. Fly is told in dual narrative, and is well written and well executed. This is a solid New Adult Contemporary Romance. T.A. Foster never disappoints. I have read, and enjoyed, all of her books except for the Ivy Grace Series. How did I miss that one? I need to read it ASAP!
Trial by Fire is a book filled with so many awesome elements. Not only...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Trial by Fire is a book filled with so many awesome elements. Not only are the characters fantastic, but the plot is original and the concept is thought provoking and utterly cool! It reminded me on an episode of the Big Bang theory where Sheldon is talking about an infinite number of universes and an Infinite number of different Sheldons. That is the world you get introduced to in Trial by Fire. Lily Proctor is in our world, and then she isn't. She is taken to a different world where a bunch of people are familiar to her, but everything else is so very different. Magic exists and witches rule. But that is only the beginning. Josephine Angelini does an incredible job of blending science with magic. These are witches, or crucibles as they are called, like I have never seen them before. I love that their magic stems from converting elements and substances that they take in from their surroundings.
The book starts out in our world, but Lily quickly leaves and the rest of the novel takes place in Lillian's world. Some of the characters up front confused me. I have no idea why Lily had a crush on her world's Tristan. I know they were best friends, but I didn't even get the vibe that he was a very good friend. He just seemed like a royal jerk. And the other character that confused me was Lillian. I know she is painted to be this power hungry killing machine, big bad villain. I do get why people would think that, she was hanging everyone in sight. But from her passages and her interactions with Lily, I just didn't get a completely evil vibe from her. I know she is holding back a lot of information, and a small part of me wants it to be a great justification so I don't have to dislike her. Because I don't hate her yet. I can't wait to find out more about her character in the next book. I just have a feeling it is going to be something good. But I will hate her in a second if she tries to encroach on Rowan! (just sayin')
I got really into the story. All of it. I loved the willstones, and I was just as fascinated by the whole relationship between magic and science as she was. I liked Rowan so much, but I don't blame Lily for being confused by him. He didn't give her too much to go on. I wanted to get inside his head a little more. But really, the whole cast of characters was great. There is so much action and detail going on in this story that you will never be bored. Trial by Fire is one of those books, where you get mad at the world for sending real life interruptions to your reading. I didn't want to put it down.
The cliffhanger at the end of this one left me cursing the fact that I have to wait so long for the next book. I am on the edge of my seat with this one. There are so many things that Josephine Angelini can do with the next book, and I can't wait to see what direction she takes the story in. I have tons of questions that I can't wait to delve into when the world walking really comes into play. This is a great one for fans of paranormal and witches. Trial by Fire is a riveting read that is delightfully original.
Man, I can't believe just a few weeks ago I was in a reading slump. I h...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Man, I can't believe just a few weeks ago I was in a reading slump. I have been loving the books I have picked up since SO FREAKIN' MUCH! Summers Temptation kept me up until 2:30 am on a work night because I couldn't stop reading. I have found my new book boyfriend, fell in love with the characters and the romance was just what I was looking for, and I didn't even know before I started reading. This is a great new adult contemporary. A great one!
Cassie is still reeling from her last heartbreak, and she has sworn off guys. Oh honey, I have heard that one before. But I give her props, she really stuck to it better than I thought she would be able to. She was able to convince herself that what she was doing was really no strings attached. But as much as I loved Cassie, I loved Tyler more. He was such an interesting conundrum. On one hand, he really did seem like such cold player, but then you get these little glimpses of the cracks in his facade. I lived for those moments. When we got to see the real Tyler. And each time, I liked him a little more.
I don't want to give too much away because this book is so fantastic as a complete story. There are ups and downs. Moments when I was smiling so big and cheering them on, and moments when I was close to tears. Lots and lots of feels in this one. I loved the characters quirks and by the end of the book, I was left with this overwhelming feeling of wanting to go back and read it again. I wish I had this one in a physical book so I could flag a bunch of pages and passages to go back and revisit again. I think this book stands alone, but there are still some things that I want answers on. Like the sick girl from the pictures Tyler has. I want to know more about her. I am super excited that there is going to be another book and it looks like it is still going to be about Cassie and Tyler! I can't wait. I love Tyler so much, that I want 6 more books about him!
Summers Temptation is such a tempting romance. Readers of New Adult will love this one! It is a winner! One of my favorites of 2014.
Storm Siren is going to be one of the Young Adult Fantasy greats. The k...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Storm Siren is going to be one of the Young Adult Fantasy greats. The kind of book that people are still talking about years from now and the kind of book where the hype gets bigger and bigger for each book. It already is that way for me. I absolutely loved this book! I devoured in one sitting. I was waiting to get my car repaired and it was the only time that I wasn't bored to tears in the waiting room. The book started off on the right note for me- it had a map of the world right at the start of the book. Personally, I think this should be a necessary addition to every fantasy book creating a new world. It just helps me paint the picture of the lands in my mind. So when the author is throwing out new locations and people, you are not as confused.
I loved the world that Mary Weber created. There are a lot a new names, and like any fantasy book, it takes a minute to gain your bearings in the new world, but Mary does a fantastic job immersing you within the culture right away. I never felt overly lost. I did wish for a little more back story on each of the different lands, but I think we will learn more in the next book. The action in the book starts in the very first chapter and we get a glimpse into the incredible powers that Nym has. She is a forbidden creature- an elemental and she can control storms and weather. Elementals are normally men and are killed on sight, so no one knows what exactly to make of her. She is a slave and after a fiasco at her slave auction, she is bought by a wealthy noble woman. That is where the real story starts. Watching Nym's powers develop was one of the most thrilling part of the book for me. She is incredible!
I loved the cast of characters. Nym and Eogan, along with Breck and Collin created a great group. I didn't love Breck as much as I wanted to and I was disappointed with Adora, but there were so many other things going on and characters for me to enjoy that I was never lacking in excitement while reading. I loved the hint of romance with Nym and Eogan. The romance is all about subtlety in this installment, but it plants the seed of much to come in the next book. If we can get past that nasty cliffhanger, that is! The less obvious romance, just made me love Eogan all the more. I can't wait for the next book. It is the kind of series that I know will jump to the top of my reading list whenever a new book comes out.
Entangled's line of "Bliss" books always put me in a good mood. They ar...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Entangled's line of "Bliss" books always put me in a good mood. They are feel good romances- plain and simple. keeping Mr. Right Now was great! It was the perfect mixture of sweet, sassy romantic fun that I needed. I find myself turning to these happy romantic "feel good" reads when I am particularly stressed, and Keeping Mr. Right Now did the trick, planting a big smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. The plot is a rather simple one, but when it is well done it is a plot line that works spectacularly for me. Hot guy is used to getting any girl he wants and is kind of a player. He is the "big man on campus" or in this case, a world class surfer. Enter a quiet and reserved girl that is so far from his normal type. There is normally some awesome clashing of characters and lots of chemistry. Call me a sucker, but I just love watching a guy meet the girl that makes him want something more permanent.
But Keeping Mr. Right Now is so much more than just a simple cliche. Robin Bielman delves deep into her character development. I loved both Sophie and Zane. Getting to know them and watching them really get to know the person beneath the surface in each other was beautiful. Sophie became more comfortable with herself and sassier as each page went by. You could see her peeling back layer by layer and letting her quick witted and thoughtful personality shine. And Zane had a lot of family issues to deal with throughout the course of the book. Sophie got under his skin slowly, but surely and I think it took Zane completely by surprise. I loved the natural progression to their friendship and something more that Robin Bielman created. It was very fluid and organic.
Keeping Mr. Right Now stands on its' own, but it had inklings of being the start for a standalone contemporary series that each book focuses on a different set of characters. Zane had a couple of male friends that were single and Sophie met a super awesome secondary character while she was on her job/vacation. It is a series setup that I have been noticing more and more of this year, and one that I am really loving. It is told in dual narrative so you get both the guy and girl perspective throughout. It is contemporary romance, but the main characters are young enough to fall into the New Adult Category, so it really could go either way.
I loved the insecurities that the author gave the characters, but Zane in particular. He was worried that he wouldn't be considered smart enough for the charitable organization that wanted to work with him. (he dropped out of school to surf full time.) I thought it gave an interesting perspective and layer to Zane. I thought Robin Bielman dealt with it wonderfully, as well. If you like fantastically written fun summer romances, you will absolutely love Keeping Mr. Right Now. Even if you are not a fan of the traditional "romance" book, you should give this one a try. I think Zane and Sophie will win you over. This book is so much fun.