Holy cow! This book was awesome! I have been on such a contemporary kick that I have been neglecting all of the other genres that I used to love. Incl...moreHoly cow! This book was awesome! I have been on such a contemporary kick that I have been neglecting all of the other genres that I used to love. Including fantasy and science fiction. Oh, how foolish I have been. 3:59 reminded me just how much I love these genres. I need to go find other fantasy books to read right away. I haven't experienced a Gretchen McNeil book yet, but I have no idea what I was waiting for. This book is easily the best written, most exciting book I have read all year. 3:59 is very science heavy, but I never felt lost or confused by the scientific jargon. You could tell that Gretchen clearly did her research and she explained everything we needed to know really well through Josie and Penelope. (the two science-y ones in the story.)
I loved that even though there are two doppelgangers, Josie and Jo in this story it was only told through Josie's point of view. It would have been easy to switch back and forth between her and Jo in the beginning of the book when they were first seeing each other through the mirror, but I was so excited that the point of view never switched. I thought it really added to the story to have Josie put everything together for herself. Josie is such a smart girl- brilliant really, but she is also just a teenage girl that recently got dumped by her boyfriend. So when she looked in the mirror and saw her boyfriend happy with her other self, she saw what she wanted to see. That is what made her go from a good character to a great character in my mind. That sounds silly, doesn't it? but she was so realistic. She isn't perfect, she made some mistakes, but she more than made up for them in the rest of the book.
There are so many twists and turns in 3:59, I couldn't even predict half of them. Which made for such an exciting read! I couldn't put this book down. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing. When I had to stop reading to run errands or to do some work, I was actually annoyed that real life was interrupting my reading time. Gretchen McNeil knows how to write creepy. Man, the Nox was something I would have nightmares about. I would hate to live in a world with them. But they were fascinating. Everything in her world was actually. If you are a "world building" fan, you will LOVE 3:59 because the detail and description in this book is grade A. I think 3:59 is a must read book of 2013. Whether you are a fan of fantasy and science fiction or not, you need to read this book. (less)
Just This Once is such a realistic love story. Of course, when I say realistic I don't mean that if you take a Vacation to New Zealand you are sure to...moreJust This Once is such a realistic love story. Of course, when I say realistic I don't mean that if you take a Vacation to New Zealand you are sure to walk away with a perfect and famous rugby player, but Drew and Hannah were such real characters and the things they go through in the book are things that struck such a chord within me. I loved the natural progression of the story and it just made me happy. I felt happy watching Drew and Hannah fall for each other, and figure out a way if they could make it work.
I love Hannah, and I see so much of myself in her, but oh my gosh is she stubborn. She won't let anyone help her. I understand that she thinks she needs to be strong, I feel like I am like that too, and I also understand that opening yourself up to someone is a risk. But she took it so far. She wouldn't let anyone in. She had to grow up way too early and that was a big part of why she is the way she is but still she had Drew- possibly one of the most caring and giving guys EVER! And no matter what he was always trying to prove himself to her. She is lucky that he is just as stubborn as her because the average guy would have given up.
But Drew is pretty perfect. He likes to say that he is a simple guy. That he likes fishing and rugby and relaxing at home. But I wouldn't describe him as simple. I would describe him as the perfect guy. He loves to just relax and hang out, but he is such a good listener and you can tell that he really cares about everyone in his life. I wish more guys like him were out there. (preferably in florida lol) I do wish a little bit more happened with his "womanizing past". There were references to his past but as soon as he saw Hannah he never so much as looked at another woman so it was hard for me to imagine him just sleeping around. I would have liked to see his past worked into the story a little more.
Just This Once makes me want to book a trip to New Zealand right now! The description of the country and the togetherness of the community make it sound incredible. It sounds beautiful, and Rosalind James just put New Zealand on my travel list. Beautiful writing and a beautiful romance made me fall in love with Just This Once. It is a book that I would recommend whole heartedly to fans of contemporary romances. (less)
This book was beyond cute. I haven't read a good mermaid book in over a year, so I was past due for one. And this was the perfect series for me to pic...moreThis book was beyond cute. I haven't read a good mermaid book in over a year, so I was past due for one. And this was the perfect series for me to pick up. I have already started the second book because I didn't want the story to be over when I finished the first one. I have been reading so many new adult contemporaries lately (which I still love) that it was nice to switch it up to a cute paranormal young adult book.
Lily is a mermaid that is living on land for a while. Her dad is king of her mer kingdom, but he seems like the most loving, most understanding dad out there. Seriously, he was great. Lily seems just like a normal girl, except she has powers, like she can affect the temperature of water and she can craft minor items of clothing and stuff like that, and she loves salty baths. Lily goes to high school where she has a crush Brody, a guy on the swim team. She also has a best friend and an annoying next door neighbor Quince. It becomes apparent pretty quickly who the real love interest was going to be but that didn't bug me. I loved Quince and even though Lily "couldn't stand him" they were still beyond adorable together.
Lily accidentally bonds with Quince and she has to take him to her kingdom to sever the bond so she can bond with Brody. The whole book is about their adventures back and forth between land and her mer kingdom. I loved Quince. He kind of butts heads with Lily but he makes her passionate and fiery about life. I think he makes her a more lively and interesting person, or mermaid. I was so annoyed with Lily a few times when she kept making choices for the two of them. She kind of made up for it at the end but I just wanted to shake her and get her to see how great Quince was. I really liked Lily. She is responsible, and loyal and a great person. But man oh man is she stubborn. Quince gets her though, and he likes her despite all of her quirks. Lily made a decision at the end of the book that broke my heart. She kind of made up for it but I really just wanted her to go about things differently.
What I really liked about Forgive my Fins is that it was a journey for Lily more than anyone else. I know that sounds backwards, it should be a journey for Quince since he was being introduced to a completely new world, but it was much more growth for Lily than for Quince. He seemed to take everything in stride, but Lily needed a bit of a wake up call. I loved watching her progress, and sometimes her setbacks, and I loved watching her mature and grow. Another great thing about this book is that the ending is not a cliffhanger. It can be seen as a standalone almost because the second book picks up a different plotline. Something completely new happens, but it follows the same characters. I can't wait to see where Lily and Quince will end up next! (less)
I just changed my Abbi Glines badge from "fan girl" to "super fan girl". Seriously, everything she writes becomes sparkly and amazing. At least for me...moreI just changed my Abbi Glines badge from "fan girl" to "super fan girl". Seriously, everything she writes becomes sparkly and amazing. At least for me. I loved Existence so much! Dank makes me all swoony and weak in the knees. One of my favorite books of 2011.
I'm sure my review will not do the book justice, but I will try anyways. The characters make this book for me. Abbi Glines characters are all so wonderful. They are complex and likable, addicting and so believable. That is key for me, you get sucked right into their world and you feel like you belong in it. Like you are right there in the middle of the story. It's amazing. That's why I have such a hard time putting down her books. I get so absorbed in them that the next thing I know its 3 am and I'm still awake reading.
I LOVED Dank. He is so mysterious but right away you can tell that he is attached to Pagan. My only complaint about the whole book is that I wanted to see more of Dank. Im really hoping that in the next book we get to see a little bit of his POV. PLEASSEEE!? I'm a sucker for guy's point of view.
Pagan was a pretty cool main character too. She was logical and nice, but she was still a teenager. When love came into the equation she went a little crazy, like we all tend to do. I loved that you could feel Dank's emotions where Pagan was concerned. He had a crazy sense of desperation about him sometimes. I need to know more about him. I just need to.
This book had me on a crazy roller coaster ride. It was mysterious and just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, to threw me for a loop. I'm particularly talking about the last 15% of the book. So much happens near the end that you will need to hold onto your seat. But it is awesome and you will love every second of it. The last page had me super duper happy and shocked at the same time. My mind is already cranking at top speed trying to figure out what is going to happen next. I can't wait to find out. If you have not read any Abbi Glines books, you are really missing out! This is one book that I would pick up ASAP! (less)
The Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tens...moreThe Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tense where we meet a man and a jilted woman, who casts a curse on the family and descendants of the man who wronged her. Then, we flash forward to the present where the current owner and family member of the house is losing her mind/memories and dying, supposedly from the curse. She gives the main house and most of the land to some of her estranged relatives. And she gives the other part of the land to the son of her longtime grounds keepers. Her niece, nephew and their father moved in and the story really begins.
The book is told in alternating point of view between the grandson of the grounds keeper- Ben and Aunt Genies Niece LJ. Ben's grandfather is really worried that LJ will be affected by the curse just like her aunt and he wants Ben to look out for her. And to keep her away from this well that somehow is connected to it all. I was super intrigued by the well, just like LJ. How could she not be. She moved into this huge old house and all over the place there are hand painted and number paintings of the same well. It would creep me out and intrigue me as well.
I loved the writing of the story and the concept of it. Even more, I loved Ben and LJ. The little dance that they did around each other, each holding back their feelings was beyond cute. Their flirting made my heart warm and put a smile on my face. What I wanted to see more of was the actual curse. It came up a lot in the beginning of the story, but then we kind of meandered along and we didn't find anything new about it until the end. We saw some effects that it was having on LJ, but other than that the curse plot line felt kind of slow. I want more on that creepy well! We only actually saw it in person once in the whole story! I hope there is more in the next book, because it has completely captured my attention.
The whole story is really well written and makes me long to read the next book to see what is going to happen. The characters will make an impact on you and their romance is very endearing. You will root for these two. The curse is teasing and will leave you wanting for more, but it is such a cool concept that it is just enough to whet your appetite. Bring on the second book! (less)
I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover months ago. I was so curiou...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover months ago. I was so curious about these dragons and I loved the sky in the background behind the girl. This is a really hard review for me to write because there are so many things that I really loved about this book. But there were two things that didn't work for me, and they were fairly large things. I'm going to start with what I loved.
Cait is super spunky, sassy and fiercely independent. The story takes place in the future when supernatural creatures are mixed in with humans in the United States. In fact, the king is a vampire. Even though the story takes place in the future, it had a very old world feel to it. The laws, meant to "protect" women from being taken advantage of from supernaturals, were very restrictive, and even the writing had an old, historical feel to it. The writing was one of the things that I loved about this book. I thought Melissa Petreshock's writing style was wonderful. It was very rich and full bodied. Does that even make sense? I love how creative the writing can get in fantasies.
The story is driven by the fact that Cait had to petition the court to be able to live alone. She has a lot of money from her dead uncle, but the laws state that she must be betrothed to a man. The court does not allow her to be left alone but it does give her the option of choosing between three men. 1) the king- a vampire 2) Theo- a dragon that has sworn to protect Cait and 3) Dante- a demigod that turns out to be the original vampire. (Think Klaus or maybe Michael, his father.)
I really enjoyed getting to know each of the three guys. They are all very drawn to Cait, and I loved seeing how different they viewed romance. I was surprised at how much I ended up liking each of them in their own way. I thought for sure, it would be a clear pick for me. And it was, but it ended up being much closer than I thought. The romance in the story was great as well. very swoonworthy and I was rooting for Cait to be happy.
But now for the stuff that didn't work for me. We were just dumped into this world and they were throwing words and phrases and languages around without much explaining. It felt very jarring at the beginning of the story. I wish there was more back story into the creatures, the world, and the dragons before Theo claimed Cait as his ward. It would have helped things not seem so sudden. But my biggest problem was how crazy every went over Cait. I liked Cait too. I loved how sassy and independent that she was, but these were three ancient beings. They have been alive for thousands of years and all of a sudden this 21 year old shows up and they are all acting like she is the first woman they have ever seen in their lives. It was a little crazy. I just thought it should have been toned down a little bit.
I am certainly interested in reading the next book because I can't wait to see what is going to happen. This prophecy that the dragons kept glimpsing with Cait is going to play a big role and I feel like that is going to make more sense of things. When I was done with this book I was so torn with what to rate it. On one hand, I loved the romance and the writing and getting to know each of the well developed characters, but on the other hand all of insta-loves surrounding Cait felt forced to me. In the end, the romance won out. Once I was able to tell myself that Cait was just a really special woman because of her mysterious destiny, I was able to accept all of the hype surrounding her and I was able to just enjoy the story. (less)
Wow! This book was so much fun. It made me feel like I was living it up on the Las Vegas Strip right along side with Peyton, Savannah, and Courtney. T...moreWow! This book was so much fun. It made me feel like I was living it up on the Las Vegas Strip right along side with Peyton, Savannah, and Courtney. The three Diamond sisters are each so unique. The book was split up into multiple different characters views. The chapters each alternated between the diamond sisters and the resident "it" girl at their soon to be high school, Madison. There were also little sections scattered throughout from a school online website, where people were posting rumors and things that were going on. It reminded me of part Twitter, part Gossip girl blog. I thought it was a perfect add in to the atmosphere that the Diamond sisters found themselves living in.
Peyton, Courtney, and Savannah are uprooted to live with their absentee father in Las vegas, and overnight their whole lives changes. I appreciated how well the girls each handled this huge change. Sure Peyton was a little grumpy, and sure Savannah was a little spend happy with all of her new money, but I thought overall, they handled themselves really well in this tough situation. I also thought that the celebrity lifestyle was portrayed to a t! Michelle Madow did such a fantastic job creating an atmosphere that seemed to realistic to how teenage/celebrity lifestyle seems to be. It is like the Las Vegas Gossip Girl. I ate it all up.
I really liked all of the Diamond Sisters because they were each so different and I feel like we got to know each of them really well, but if I had to rank them I like Courtney the most and Peyton the least. Courtney seemed like the most level headed of the three and i thought she made the best decisions overall. I liked Savannah, but I wish she was just one year older. She seemed so young at just 15, and everything she was doing just made her seem so much older. I think that is why I like the idea of her with Nick because he seemed to treat her the best. Peyton just seemed like such a sourpuss all the time and in some ways she acted the most immaturely. I understand where she was coming from, but attitude still bugged sometimes. At the end of the story, I started to get a glimpse of a much nicer Peyton, and that made me like her a lot more.
And then there is Madison. I have no idea what to think of her. I guess she was the "mean girl". And by I guess, I mean that she can be one heck of a B, but for some reason, I just want to believe her soft underbelly. I'm still deciding on who the real Madison is. I will have to get back to you on that one after I read the next book. And you better believe, I will be reading the next book. I am hooked on the world of the Secret Diamond Sisters and I can't wait to go back for more. (less)
This is quite possibly the best contemporary I have EVER read. I enjoyed every minute of The Vincent Boys. I didn't want it to end. It is one of those...moreThis is quite possibly the best contemporary I have EVER read. I enjoyed every minute of The Vincent Boys. I didn't want it to end. It is one of those books that you wish had unlimited pages to turn. You just want to keep reading it forever.
Beau is just plain awesomeness. He is just a guy made up purely of awesome! I want a few Beau's on hand at all times for me. Now you all know, that I am not normally one for the bad boys- but I didn't find Beau to be bad. Not really. He cared so much about Ashton, and he is such a great match for her. He really gets her, and that is the most important thing. I loved how Ashton could just be herself with Beau. Sawyer seems great, and I'm sure he is a great guy but he just seemed fake to me. I started to warm up to him at the very end. I know things must have been hard for him to deal with but still. I guess my main problem was that he wasn't Beau.
This book has such a steamy, awesome, and sweet romance. I could not get enough of it. It ended so perfectly that I am sure it is a stand alone book. And it works great as one, the problem is- I don't want it to be a stand alone. I want to read more about Ashton! So much more.
Abbi Glines tells such a great story in The Vincent Boys. I loved it so much. And I didn't just love the characters, the writing is what got to me. Abbi writes so well. You just can't stop turning the pages. You want more, but yet you want to pace yourself so you can savor the book. I can't say enough good things about this book. If you are looking for a cute contemporary with a wonderful romance, choose The Vincent Boys. You won't be sorry you did. (less)
I knew this book was for me right from the cover! I love me some hockey and especially some hockey players! I am a huge NHL fan(my team is the Florida...moreI knew this book was for me right from the cover! I love me some hockey and especially some hockey players! I am a huge NHL fan(my team is the Florida panthers) so it was really cool to read a book where hockey was the main focus. Taking shots takes you through all the trials and tribulations a relationship can face. it's a great realistic but still romantic story.
Shea is a dream come true! For real- sometimes he seemed too good to be true. Let's just say he put up with a lot with elli. not to say that Elli wasn't totally sweat and adorable. I loved her little country twang and her southern tendencies. She has had to deal with A LOT and I could understand why she was the way she was. But at times I just wanted to shake her and ask her to “wake up and come to her senses.” She had to see how amazing Shea is! I think I actually shook my kindle at one point. I mean he is prince charming on hockey skates! (which is the best kind of prince charming if you ask me) He completely adores Elli from the moment he meets her. That is just so sweet, and their whole relationship just comes to life through Taking Shots. Toni’s writing is so vivid. I loved how easy the book read.
Even though I thought that Elli needed to pull herself together and get a hold on her insecurities a little bit more, I was still rooting for her and Shea the whole time. There is just something about the two of them together. You can tell they just work. And you always want an imperfect, but real relationship to work. At least- I do.
The details in Taking Shots were so spot on and perfect. All the characters were useful and all the background information helped to further the story along. Nothing was added just to fill space. This was a very complete story, which is AWESOME! I loved every minute of Taking Shots. Toni definitely scored with this book! (please excuse my lame attempt at a sports pun.) (less)
Lately I have been in kind of a reading slump. It's not that I have been reading bad books, because I haven't, but I just haven't really gotten into t...moreLately I have been in kind of a reading slump. It's not that I have been reading bad books, because I haven't, but I just haven't really gotten into the last few books that I have read. They just took me a lot longer than normal to get through. But I think I am officially over my reading slump! I'm pretty excited about this, and I'm also pretty excited about Final Life. It was such a great read! I thought the pacing was perfect, the characters were well developed and the story-line was really intriguing.
I think the real star of Final Life was Dominique. She was relatable, smart and intuitive. She was accepting of the supernatural but also a touch skeptical and questioning. She was a little stubborn and shy, but it rounded out her personality well, in my opinion. Farrell, Trent, Jan and Infiniti rounded out the cast of characters in Final Life and I really liked them all. We got to know Trent more than Farrell, which kind of bummed me out. Trent is a great guy, but I wanted to really get to know Farrell, and learn more about his thoughts and feelings. I think there is a really good chance of seeing more of him in book 2, so I can't wait for that!
I kind of wish we saw a little bit more of Infiniti and Dominique's friendship. At one point Infiniti said that Dominique was her best friend and she thanks her for their friendship. It was a really nice moment, but we didn't really get to see too many "best friend moments" throughout the book. I would have liked to see a little bit more of that as a backstory.
Overall, Final Life was such an excellent read. I read the book pretty quickly and I was left wishing I had book 2 in my possession so I could read it right away. I can't wait to see more of the Transhuman saga unfold. I am really interested in learning more about them. The writing is great, and the plot is even better. This is a series to look out for.
This is the fourth book I have read by Angie Stanton and by now I know that she is an author...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
This is the fourth book I have read by Angie Stanton and by now I know that she is an author that I can turn to when I am looking for a "cute pick me up" type of read. Her books always have cute guys and adorable romances. I have also been noticing that I have been reading a lot of Europe books lately. I think it it s a theme for summer. It is a theme that I am really enjoying. It helps make the book feel like a fun vacation. And speaking of vacations, the European cruise that Becca and her family went on sounded pretty awesome. And then on top of a pretty epic vacation, she goes and meets a PRINCE at her very first stop. I mean, it is every girls dream.
Becca and Nikolai meet they are instantly drawn to each other. It was a bit like insta love, but not exactly because the prince didn't take one look at Becca and fall in love. He looked at her and thought she was interesting because he some similarities in her. They both have problems with their parents- like every other teenage on the planet. So maybe it wasn't something totally unique that drew them together, but it was enough to catch his interest. Then once Nikolai met her, she kept his interest because she had no idea who he was. Nikolai is not used to people being able to speak freely around him, and I think that is what he liked the most. He felt like a normal teenager with her.
Royally Lost was a very cute story. The only hold up I had with it, was that it felt a bit unrealistic and convenient at times. For the cruise they stopped at a different city every day and for the first couple of cities Nikolai just happened to be there at the same time. He had run away from the palace and from his parents and he was free to go anywhere he wanted and he just happened to be in all the same places as Becca at the same times? After the first couple of "chance" meetings they started to make plans to meet up. And then at one of the ports he literally runs along side of the boat and jumps onto it. What?! Who can do that??? Minus those feats of happenstance and extreme athleticism, Royally Lost is a great book to sit by the pool with and just enjoy. It is endlessly cute and fun and it will make you smile. It reminded me of The Princess Diaries 2 movie. (i'm specifically thinking of the scene where Becca and Nikolai were out by the lake and they fell asleep and a paparazzi showed up.) Royally Lost might not be the most realistic book out there, but if you are someone who thinks it would be cool to go to Europe and to make a prince fall in love- ie. EVERYONE this book will make you smile.
Darkness of Light has made me excited for paranormal books again. They used to be the kind of young adult book that I read the most, but then I kind o...moreDarkness of Light has made me excited for paranormal books again. They used to be the kind of young adult book that I read the most, but then I kind of started to drift away from them. Darkness of Light reminded me why I love them so much. It is probably one of the best books I have read all year. I could not put it down. It has just enough mystery to keep you guessing and keep you flipping pages, but not too much to where you are pulling your hair out just to get some answers. Don't get me wrong, Ember doesn't get any satisfying answers from anyone until 3/4th into the book, but there is always so much going on that it didn't frustrate me. The plot was always moving forward. I never felt like it was stagnant or stalled in anyway. I loved the character development and the creatures in this book seemed fresh and unique.
Ember just wanted to know what she was. But at the same time, she kept holding out hope that she was normal. She saw all these crazy things happening around her, and I think on some level she always knew that she was different, but she just didn't want to admit it to herself. If I were her, I would have demanded answers much sooner, or done my own research to try and figure it out. I would have been experimenting with my powers. Anything to try and see what was going on. Especially because she was getting in trouble for the strange things that were happening. I felt bad for her though. The cops labeled her a trouble maker, and she thought she was crazy and that she was having hallucinations. That must have really taken a toll on her.
Eli was just as mysterious. I couldn't figure out what he was or what Ember was. That was one of the things that I loved about Darkness of Light. Stacey Marie Brown did such an awesome job telling an amazing story but still maintaining the mystery to keep you maddeningly interested. I have a few books on my TBR pile before I can get to the sequel and it is driving me crazy already! I just want to skip everything else I have to read so I can read the next book.
I loved the romance between Eli and Ember. Eli knew a lot more than Ember in terms of the paranormal. He grew up knowing what he was and what she was and he was supposed to hate her. It was interesting watching him struggle with himself and what he felt for her. Of course, for Ember that meant that he seemed hot and cold all the time. But I thought the build up between them was great. They would make a few steps towards friendship, and then something would inevitably happen that would push them further apart. I really like the two of them together, but in the end of the book I just wished that Eli would have taken a stand and done more for Ember. I guess we will see what happens in the next installment.
Darkness of Light is a fantastic book! I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't even realize I was done with the book or how much time I had spent reading the book until I came up for air at the last page. I just lost myself in the story completely. Which is something I love. I can't wait to read the next book. There are so many things I want to find out. I want to see more of Telin, a character we really only got to see in dreams so I don't have much of an opinion on him yet, and I really really want to see what is going to happen with Eli, as well as learning more about Ember's powers. Darkness of Light is one of the bext paranormal books I have read all year. This is going to be an amazing series.(less)
This book is so much fun. It is just the kind of cute romantic comedy that I needed. I instantly fell in love with the super chivalrous and teasingly...moreThis book is so much fun. It is just the kind of cute romantic comedy that I needed. I instantly fell in love with the super chivalrous and teasingly funny Ryan. (Even though I figured out most of his secrets, he was so sweet that I was rooting for him from the first time we met him.) and Hollie was a trip. She was so funny. She has such a big personality, but she manages to make it come off as endearing and not brash, so you can't help but fall in love with her.
I loved the resort setting and I really, really loved Hollie's fascination with Otters. I myself think otters are adorable little furballs. And don't even get me started on when they hold hands- I lose it! Hollie likes them even more than I do. She watches all kind of documentaries about them and has figurines...the whole nine yards. Must love Otters starts out with a peak into Hollie's lackluster relationship with Keith. I have no idea how she put up with him for 2 years. Holy cow the last week or so was enough for me to be completely sick of him. But then she dumps him and takes a little break from everything and that is when the story really gets good.
Most of the story takes place over her one week stay in Canada at a spa resort out in the middle of nature. Concierge Ryan is kind of the go to guy there. He seems to do everything. But there is also Miss Betty to fall in love with. That lady is super sweet, and darn it, I want to try some of her jam! There are plenty of hi-jinks fun that add to the comedy element of the romcom. Hollie is hilarious. She seems to think almost solely in stereotypes. When she first got to Canada she was surprised that she wasn't just handed a cup of maple syrup, for example. Plus, there is plenty of hockey talk in this story, which is also right up my alley.
The real magic of the story is watching Hollie find herself and find something special in her life. She is such a cool woman that you just want her to find that missing piece and happy. The romance is nice, slow and perfectly developed, and it doesn't even start out with Ryan as the main interest. Everything works out in the end, and there isn't even really a love triangle. Just some bumps along the road. I loved Must Love Otters. And don't worry- there are otters in this story for your coo-ing and awh-ing pleasure. Fans of Romantic Comedies and contemporary romance need to check this book out. (less)
I am still thinking about Lovely Vicious days after I read it. This book really affected me and left a mark on me. I ended up absolutely loving it. I...moreI am still thinking about Lovely Vicious days after I read it. This book really affected me and left a mark on me. I ended up absolutely loving it. I need to have the next book right now, not want. Need. I really, really want to read the next book right now. Sara Wolf did an amazing job creating a book that was beautiful in it's sadness. But that isn't the thing that most got to me. I have loved books before and books have made me think about them long after I read them before, but not quite like this. You see, in the first part of the book, I didn't think I was going to like it nearly as much as I did because of the main character, Isis. I liked her but she is so loud and kind of obnoxious and very much acted her age. I wanted to like her but she was just so over the top and in your face. But as I kept reading the book, I started to see what Jack saw about her, that it was just a front- a shield to protect her from what was happening. And I started to like her more. Her crazy personality became endearing to me and the story that Sara Wolf created sucked me in and took a hold of my heart.
Isis never wants to fall in love again. She was hurt in her past by a guy and it was bad enough to make her swear off all guys. So when she goes to a new school and sees this guy Jack being so callous and rude to sweet Kayla, something goes off inside of Isis and she makes it a mission to make him pay for being such a jerk to everyone. They call him the ice prince at school, and there is a reason for it. Jack is a jerk to her, he isn't going down with out a fight and he lashes back right at her. The interesting thing is that they are both people watchers and keen observers so they really get people and they each know the low blows to really get to the other one.
Isis becomes sucked in with the mystery of Jack and she starts digging around in his past for more ammo to destroy him. She goes over the top and she becomes obsessed with this war. She walks a very fine line between being a great character and being too annoying for me, but then the magic of the story starts to happen. Through this war Jack and Isis start breaking away at each others hard exteriors and they start to unintentionally get to know the person beneath. That is where the book gold is. It is not all sunshine and rainbows. It is sad, and beautiful and heartbreaking. I cried more than once. loved their journey. And then when I was so in love with the story Sara Wolf ripped my heart out with that ending! Holy cow. I just wanted to hug Jack, and Isis. I wanted someone to hug me! Heck, I don't know but most of all I just wanted the next book. Lovely Vicious was one crazy journey. This is an intense book. If you are like me and Isis just doesn't do it for you at the start, DON'T GIVE UP. This book is so beyond worth it. I think you will end up loving it! (or maybe she won't annoy you at all and you will love it all the way through.) Either way, Lovely Vicious is incredible. (less)
Essence takes place in two time periods. The chapters alternate between the present, 2009 an...more**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. (less)
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but i...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but it can be read as a standalone. I am going to tell you guys a dirty dirty secret of mine...I haven't read the books in the Hundred Oaks series yet. Shh! Please don't throw tomatoes. I have the first two books sitting on my kindle, but review books just took over my life and they just haven't been read yet. BUT, the good news is, I can attest that Breathe Annie Breathe can completely be read as a standalone. And I loved it! I am completely kicking myself in the butt for putting off the rest of the series for so long. I will be reading the rest of the books as soon as possible.
Annie is a tough young lady. That is what struck me the most about her. She had this amazing sweet sweet boyfriend for most of highschool, and he died. And she is carrying around guilt for that. I just felt awful for her. Before he lost his life way too soon, he was training for a marathon. So in his honor, Annie decides that she is going to train and run the marathon in his honor. Just reading about it made me tear up. I loved that this is how she chose to honor him. And I loved how the whole town got behind her. That takes strength and dedication. She signed up for a training coach.
I loved how the book progressed through her weekly runs with her running group and coach. It was nice to be able to meet some of the other runners in her group and get to know them a little as well. Liza was a nice surprise. I'm glad that the love interest was not her training coach, but rather his younger brother- little adrenaline junkie that he is. Their friendship was interesting to say the least. I loved watching the two of them interact. Jere is so fantastic with Annie. Kind and patient, I was so impressed with him.
I completely see what all the hype is with Miranda's books. She is just a talented author. She writes characters that you just want to grab lunch with, be friends with and hug. I want to hug all of the characters. Annie comes such a long way from page one to the end of the book. Watching her life progress is such a treat. I also really appreciated the fact that we got to see her go from high school to college.
I can so see why this series is a must read for young adult. It is everything that I want my young adult books to be. Fun, moving, detailed and developed. The main characters shine just as must as the secondary characters. You will love Annie and Jere. If you are like me, and you are one of the few people left on this earth that have not discovered the magic of Hundred Oaks, don't wait any longer! Grab Breathe Annie Breathe and fall in love. She even made me want to run... and that is no easy feat. I am going back to read the rest of the books now!
Crossing the Ice is the first in a new ice skating series by Jennifer C...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Crossing the Ice is the first in a new ice skating series by Jennifer Comeaux. It is a spin off series from her Edge series. The ice skaters from the Edge series are the coaches in the Ice series, so they make plenty of appearances. I never read the Edge series, but I so completely loved Crossing the Ice that I am excited to see what the Edge series is about. Figure Skating is my favorite sport in the winter Olympics, so I was really excited to see how Jennifer was going to be able to bring the sport to life through her book. And boy did she ever bring it life.
The routines in the series were particularly exciting for me to read, because I felt like I was actually watching the pairs figure skating on tv. It was pretty incredible how vividly Jennifer Comeaux was able to paint the scenes and how fluid and realistic they felt. Another favorite of the book for me was the main characters and their super sweet romance. It was so nice to see a quiet, nice shy guy get to be the swoon worthy star. And how swoon worthy he really was! I loved Josh. He is beyond thoughtful and ridiculously talented. I loved watching him play the piano and share with Courtney his ear for music. He really is crazy talented.
The romance was not rushed at all. Courtney and Josh baby stepped around each other for the first third of the book, and it was only through their tentative and behind the scenes friendship did they find out just how much they had in common and saw how compatible they were for each other. I really liked both Courtney and Josh, but it was really nice to see the dynamics between the two of them reversed. Don't get me wrong, Josh is all guy, but for once the author was not afraid to make the male character the more sensitive and emotionally fragile one. I mean that in only the best of ways. Josh was not afraid of his feelings for Courtney. And every time he got up the courage to flirt with her even the slightest bit, I swooned a little.
Crossing the Ice is marked as clean New Adult Contemporary romance. It is suitable for young adult readers as well. The plot of Crossing the Ice is not at all predictable. More than once I was surprised at the turn things were taking. Jennifer Comeaux is not afraid to crush your heart into a million little pieces, but luckily she is just as skilled at putting it all back together again. I was so utterly crushed, along with select characters, at something that happened. I felt their pain so clearly and I didn't know how any of us were going to recover. But then Jennifer worked some of her magic and the characters and I were suddenly ok. I loved it. Something that at first seemed so utterly awful, was turned into something that I now think is perfect. Crossing the Ice is a must read for fans of figure skating everywhere. You will fall in love with Josh and Courtney.
Whoa! Stitch was nothing like I was expecting. It surprised me so much. I went into it thinking it would be intriguing. Then I picked up the book a wh...moreWhoa! Stitch was nothing like I was expecting. It surprised me so much. I went into it thinking it would be intriguing. Then I picked up the book a while later and forgot what the summary said. So I start the story and I figure its a simple little ghost tale, and I expected to enjoy it. But I got so much more from Stitch, and it is not a simple story. Not at all! It is continuously morphing, which meant that it was always grabbing my interest. Once I really got into the story, I could not put it down. I loved it.
Alessa seems like such a sad soul. I felt so bad for her, but she really is a resilient character. She just keeps going on, like the little engine that could. (remember that kids story?) I do wish we got to see a little more of Nikiha though. It seemed like his storyline was unfinished. But in his place we got Issac. He just made me smile. I loved seeing snippets of the story from his POV. I can't wait to see more of his story. I feel like we only just scratched the surface with him, which makes me so excited for book 2.
The world in Stitch kind of blew my mind. I just kept sitting there thinking about the logistics of it for so long. It was so flippin' cool in a terrifying way! But I did love going over the details of it all and I can't wait to find out even more about it in the next book.
Stitch totally exceeded my expectations! And I love being surprised in a great way like this. It kept me guessing and kept me turning pages until the very end. It is a really great dystopian, so if you are a dystopian fan this would be a great trilogy for you to check out!(less)
Wow, Keep You From Harm was so good! Really good. I got it for review maybe a month or two ago and by the time I got around to reading it, I forgot t...more Wow, Keep You From Harm was so good! Really good. I got it for review maybe a month or two ago and by the time I got around to reading it, I forgot that it had a paranormal element to it. So when I started reading I thought it was going to be your normal contemporary, slightly angsty romance. But wow, was I wrong. I mean there was romance, and drama but there was also this really cool ability to heal woven in. I have read plenty of paranormal and special ability books, but Keep you From Harm felt fresh and different. It really felt like a contemporary drama/romance plus a paranormal. All wrapped up in one.
Raielle is breathtakingly beautiful and it seems like every single guy she comes into contact with seems to want her. But she is so jaded and consumed with just dealing with surviving her whole life that she genuinely seemed oblivious to her looks, which was kind of nice because she wasn’t rude or conceited AT ALL. She was very guarded, and sometimes that made her come off as kind of harsh and short with people, but once you got to know her she was the most selfless person ever. It was really incredible the lengths she would go to to help others.
When her brother came to get her, she had never even heard of him. Her mom kept him and the rest of her/and his family from her. So naturally, she was a little skeptical of him. She is just used to being on guard, that she is slow to open up to new people. I really wanted to like her brother, and I think I did like him, but I think a lot of my hesitance towards him was because of Raielle. She rubbed off on me, and I couldn’t help but feel some of her skepticism towards him.
The romance between Raielle and Lucas was great. They were instantly attracted to each other. I wouldn’t call it instant love, I would call it attraction. Because the love and romance took time to grow between the two of them and they faced their share of ups and downs. Overall, it was very realistic and more than a little drama and angst filled. But it worked for the two of them. They both have a past and they both have to face their past throughout the course of the story.
Keep you From Harm is such a great story. I couldn’t get enough of it. I was sad when it was done because I wanted to read more. It leaves you at kind of a pivotal moment. I wouldn’t say it is a cliffhanger per se, but it does leave you wondering what will happen next. There are so many levels to this story. There is the romance between Raielle and Lucas, who I absolutely LOVED, there is the relationship with Raielle and her newly found family, and then there is the mystery of her power and trying to find out more about it and her real father. I am really impressed with Keep you From Harm and it is a series that I will definitely be continuing. (less)
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 tel...moreThe 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.
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 sl...moreWow, 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! (less)
You know when you just want to hug a book when you are done with it? Rumor Has It is that ki...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
You know when you just want to hug a book when you are done with it? Rumor Has It is that kind of book. I just want to hug it and snuggle with it in bed for a while. This book just made me happy. Elizabeth Grace blew me away. It goes up there as one of the New Adult MUST READS. It is set up in what I am calling the classic new adult contemporary romance narration style. The books in the series can each be read as stand-alones, but the characters pop up in each of the books so you can check in on them. The book itself is told in dual narrative, with each chapter alternating between Ellie and Mason's point of view. This is my favorite narrative style. I just love to peak around in guys heads during romance books.
Ellie and Mason do not disappoint. They are funny, sexy, caring, and best of all multi-faceted. I loved the depth that Elisabeth Grace woven into her writing and characters. Ellie is just adorable, and Mason has a tough exterior with an ooey gooey marshmallow center. Another favorite of mine. They are both so good, inside and out, but neither of them is perfect. Ellie is a stubborn little thing and Mason had a tendency to jump to conclusions and has trust issues. It was these imperfections that made you go from like to love with them. And they are just magic together.
Mason makes my list of book boyfriends. I just love how focused he was to Ellie. He would do anything for her. And it is so easy to see that he really is such a caring and giving soul. Yes, he has a cocky exterior, but after their initial meeting, it almost never came out to play again. Mason just seemed to real with Ellie.
Rumor Has It is a damn near perfect book, in my opinion. It has fantastic swoon-worthy characters that still manage to be extremely realistic. The writing is conversational and really makes you feel like the characters thoughts are your thoughts. I felt like I was inside the characters heads. It was fantastic. And the plot. Oh, the plot will make you not want to put the book down. At one point towards the end, I almost screamed out loud because of something that happened. This book has me completely invested in it. I can see myself revisiting Ellie and Mason time and time again. I can't wait to read the next Limelight novel. If it is half as good as Rumor Has It, it will be great. If you like new adult, if you like romance, if you like contemporary or if you have never tried new adult, you need to read Rumor Has It. Just read the book- you will be thanking me later. (less)
Picture Perfect is the second book in the limelight series, but it can be read as a standalo...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Picture Perfect is the second book in the limelight series, but it can be read as a standalone. The first book, Rumor Has It, is about Ellie and Mason and this book is about Ellie's best friend Skye. Ellie and Mason make an appearance in the book, but this is completely Skye's story. I really like the theme that Elisabeth Grace has worked into this series. Neither of the characters are celebrities in this one, but Skye is the daughter of a politician, and Landon owns a PR company, so the media plays a role in this book as well. If you remember my review of Rumor Has It, you know that I COMPLETELY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. It was one of my favorite new adult romances ever! So Picture Perfect has some damn near impossible shoes to fill. Did I like it? Yes!! Did I love it as much as Ellie and Mason's story? No, but it was still a great read and a good edition to the Limelight series.
Skye is used to being the perfect daughter, and is calm cool and collected in almost situation. Until she meets Landon. She meets him in a nightclub after some drunk guy throws up on her. UMM, EWW!!! (Side note: Elisabeth Grace said this happened to a friend of hers. How crazy is that?!) He comes to her rescue and she acts very out of character for her and ends up in a heated lip lock with him. Fast forward to Monday, and she goes into her new job to meet her boss...Landon. Yep, right then and there I knew that I would enjoy this book as well. I did not envy Skye. I think I would have died of embarrassment, but she handled herself with class. Skye often acted with maturity beyond her age...not all the time, but most of the time, and I respected the heck out of her for that.
Landon was a treat. A yummy, yummy treat. He was a hot, young, successful professional with daddy issues. (I thought it was a happy coincidence that it was the girl with the great relationship with her father and the guy that had the strained relationship by the way.) So it should come as no surprise that he was used to girls throwing themselves at him. But what I liked about him was that he was able to recognize that Skye was different, and he didn't treat her or pursue her in the same way he would one of those one night stands. This is not a story where people start out as a one night stand and later want more. Landon and Skye were both attracted to each other, but because they worked together they didn't rush into anything. Their relationship was a gradual buildup and I loved every second of it. I also loved how protective he was of Skye. I love guys like him.
Picture Perfect was surprising, fun and oh so satisfying. It is so easy to root for Skye and Landon. So why didn't I love it as much as the first book. Well, the first book was just flippin' amazing. Ellie and Mason will continue to go down in my books as one of my favorite book couples. Their story felt longer and more detailed than Skye and Landon's. But the main reason is that Skye did something in Picture Perfect that is a book pet peeve of mine. Let me explain, Guy character tells Skye that she better do "X" or "bad thing Y" will happen. Oh, and she can't tell anyone. And what does Skye do? She doesn't go to her dad. She doesn't go to Landon. She just freaks out alone and tries to do what is she thinks is "best" for everyone and gives into guy character. And I am thinking, WHY!???! How would guy character know if she talked to her dad? He wouldn't. I just really don't like it when female characters fall so easily into this blackmail trap. This will probably not bother most readers, but it is a personal issue for me. I have seen it happen in many books and it just makes my eye go all twitchy. Thankfully, it was just a little part of the overall story, and like I said I can see many readers glossing right over it, and not giving it a second thought.
Picture Perfect is a great new adult contemporary romance. Told in dual narrative, the readers feel like they really get to know both Skye and Landon. Elisabeth Grace is a fantastic writer and she writes guys exactly how I like them. Super hot, slightly(or totally) alpha, slightly protective, and super sweet to their girl. I cannot wait to read the next book in the Limelight series. I am excited it is about another celebrity. If you have not read the Limelight series you need to. Even though these books can be read as standalones, start with Rumor Has It. You will love it.
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 it...moreThe 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. (less)
Note: this is a new adult book and it deals with mature themes such as rape, and explicit sex.
Going Under is beautifully written. I was really moved...moreNote: this is a new adult book and it deals with mature themes such as rape, and explicit sex.
Going Under is beautifully written. I was really moved by the writing in this book. S. Walden did an amazing job evoking emotion with her writing. Brooke is such a strong young lady. Even though some of the things she did were pretty dangerous and I wouldn't recommend her course of action, I completely understand why she felt like she needed to. I can't even imagine losing my best friend the way she lost hers. This book is about her journey really. Sure, there is also the "secret club of jerks" storyline that she is trying to get to the bottom to, but for me it was much more about justice for Beth and closure for Brooke.
Brooke is completely weighed down by her guilt for most of the book. She feels responsible for her best friends death because of certain things that happened before her death. But no one else blames Brooke. She only blames herself. And because of this guilt she hatches a plan to avenge Beth. And she spends most of the book figuring out a way to do it. Along the way, she meets Ryan and they seemed like magnets. They were instantly drawn to each other. Even though they both tried to keep their distance, they just couldn't stay away for long. But Ryan and Brooke each had their own secrets. (just like everyone else at the school, it seemed). There were a few twists and turns and theories thrown around at various points in the story but I thought it was pretty clear what was really going on. There wasn't too much mystery surrounding the secret club, but I still loved the way the story flowed.
Nothing felt forced, or rushed. The writing was descriptive and beautiful really. Going Under is a very powerful book. The strength that you see in Brooke is beautiful. She is someone that you are rooting for the whole time. I just loved her. Going under deals with some pretty mature and dark themes and there is some graphic scenes but it is just a great book. One that I would re-read for sure. (less)
Dark and Stormy is a very quick book about a love spell. When I started reading and saw that a love spell was at play, I was thinking “oh no”, but I w...moreDark and Stormy is a very quick book about a love spell. When I started reading and saw that a love spell was at play, I was thinking “oh no”, but I was pleasantly surprised that once the spell was cast the Regina and Reddick didn’t automatically start falling over themselves to get to the other person. It didn’t feel over the top or crazy cheesy. It was just a quick story about two people finally seeing how great they are for each other.
Regina and Reddick are both total workaholics. They live for the job and they are both very competitive. They are honestly like the same person. I feel like they actually would be a good match. They story gives you just enough set up and background information to allow you to get to know Regina, Reddick and their boss, but not much of anyone else. You get a glimpse of the other people in the office but they are mostly just background noise in the story. Once you take a day or two to explore the office, the magic of the spell starts to heat up between the two of them.
A storm forces them together and they bond over a project they are working on at night. I would have liked it more if this book seemed to be a fun start of something more and that was it. I would have liked them to just hint at future feelings, but Reddick full out thinks he is in love with Regina. That was the only thing that bugged me a little about the story. It was too quick for love, but other than that I thought this book was fun and sexy. I quick little story that was impressively developed for its mere 136 pages. You should read this book if you are looking for a quick magical weekend romance. (less)
I have seen some mixed review for this book. Some people loved how light and fun it was and thought it was a great summer romance, while others though...moreI have seen some mixed review for this book. Some people loved how light and fun it was and thought it was a great summer romance, while others thought it was played out or overdone. Nonetheless, I thought it looked adorable and I was really excited to read it. I am a sucker for fun beachy reads and an even bigger sucker for the boy/girl next door romances. I enjoyed the Summer of No Regrets. I can see what people are saying about a few things being kind of run of the mill in young adult, but it didn't bother me at all. It's a story line that the author can do so much with and it's a winner in my book. Personally, I love when authors take a storyline that may have been done a few times and put their own twist on it. Their writing really shines through that way to me. I get a better sense of the kind of author they are. And I have to say, Katherine Grace Bond really impressed me. I loved her characters and her writing was fun and engaging.
Brigitta is unique and kind of spunky. This is her story and you really get to see a lot of progress and growth from her as a character and as a young lady throughout the Summer of No regrets and that is a huge plus from me. I love being able to go from the first page to the last page and see lots of good character progression. Brigitta comes from a unique family as well. Her dad's religious views rub off on Brigitta in that she becomes almost obsessed with different religions and trying to see what would work best for her. I havent really seen that done in many young adult books before and I thought it was really interesting. And then Brigitta meets Luke. Sigh, oh Luke.
You guessed it, I really liked Luke. Right off the bat, you know he is hiding a secret. And I knew exactly what it was because I knew what the book was about but you get confusion from Brigitta and you go on this emotional rollercoaster ride with her while she is trying to figure it all out. At first, I thought she seemed a little immature about everything but she soon comes into her own and I thought that then her and Luke were a good match. I really liked reading about the two of them.
The Summer of No Regrets is a really interesting read. I think anyone that is looking for a cute and kind of quirky summer romance should check it out. The real star of the book is Katherine Grace Bond. I loved her writing style. She immediately drew me in and I can't wait to read another book of hers. (less)
Breakaway will have a story or two in it for everyone. Whether you like light and fluffy, da...more**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. (less)
The Best Laid Plans is one of those books where you start out liking it...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Best Laid Plans is one of those books where you start out liking it, and then you see something about one of the characters and you think "oh, I don't know about that..." and it makes you nervous about how it will affect your view of the book, but then you keep reading and the book just keeps getting better and better and you are super excited that you finished it. The Best Laid Plans was so good overall. I ended up loving Malcolm and Jayne, and their story was satisfying and their character growth was so impressive. But at more than one point, I saw myself thinking that it was all going to blow up in their faces and I just didn't know if I could watch it happen. Does that sound weird? Well, you are just going to have to read it to see what I mean.
Jayne and Malcolm are so similar in so many ways. Their high school stories shaped so much of the people that they became. It was interesting to get glimpses into their past scattered throughout the story, so we could piece together why they are the way that they are. Watching the two of them have to overcome and make peace with their pasts was one of my favorite parts of the stories. Oh, that and the fact that the two of them had some sizzling chemistry! Watching the two of them together was something else. It was hot. The Best Laid Plans is categorized as both new adult and adult on goodreads. I personally think it is more adult. The characters are 10 years out of high school and it had a more adult feel to it.
The Best Laid Plans is the perfect book to grab cold drink and hang out by the pool with, or to curl up with a blanket on a rainy day. Either way, you will get lost in the sexy romance. You may want to smack Malcolm a few times, I know I did, but you also probably won't be able to not fall under the spell that Tamara Mataya casts. The characters are so fully fleshed out. Their insecurities, their personalities, their thoughts and feelings all feel so vivid. It was truly a feat. I felt what they were feeling. That is always a sign of great writing to me.
This book was really cute. I think this would be a really good, fun beachy read. It is super fast paced and has a sweet romance. I thought that Sadie...moreThis book was really cute. I think this would be a really good, fun beachy read. It is super fast paced and has a sweet romance. I thought that Sadie was a bit naive, but very likable. I would have liked her to be a little less innocent about her looks if she is as pretty as she was described to be, but I can understand why she was that way. Her mother never gave her any attention.
I loved Jax. He seemed so genuine and down to earth, and also a bit cheesy. But it was soo cute on him! I also couldn't help but feel bad for Marcus. A spin off featuring him would be such an AWESOME book!! I can totally see him being a great main character and there is so much left undiscovered for him. I would love to read more about him, and see him get a happy ending like Sadie did.
The story in this book is so sweet and its funny, because even though the romance was meant to take center stage, I found myself so drawn to the family like dynamic that had formed around Sadie. I loved seeing all those people care about her and I enjoyed reading about her interactions with each of them.
But lets not forget about the romance. Breathe was such a sweet story about two genuinely nice people. I was so happy and satisfied with how everything turned out. This book just made me smile. And that is always nice to read something that just makes you plain happy.
A few of the cheesy moments between Jax and Sadie are the only reason I am not giving this book a 5/5. I really loved the story and thoroughly enjoyed Breathe. I can't wait to see what else Abbi Glines has in store for us! (less)