Autumn and Summer are besties, and I want in on that. Autumn can do my hair and makeup, and Summer and I can drink whiskey t...moreI freaking love this book.
Autumn and Summer are besties, and I want in on that. Autumn can do my hair and makeup, and Summer and I can drink whiskey together. This needs to happen.
I saw a lot of myself in both girls, two strong, witty, and independent women. Autumn and I are a lot a like, the romantic book reader who's happy go lucky. But she's also smart about her love life, and tries to apply some level of foresight to her emotions. Her story actually had me the most excited to see what would come, who she would choose. There was a love triangle that didn't leave me feeling annoyed or frustrated. I totally understood where she was with both men. I should also note that I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. This was not done in an angsty, dramatic way. It was perfection.
Summer is a whiskey drinking hardass cynic. To watch her get owned is a serious delight. She's been hurt, and she wants to protect herself, but man, she never sees him coming, and he knocks her on her ass in the absolute best way. Everything she thought about love was wrong, and watching as she figures out what she wants in her life is a fantastic journey.
I laughed and smiled through the entire book. It's absolutely adorable with a healthy helping of steam. If you're looking for a fun, happy read, I absolutely recommend Autumn and Summer! (less)
I love fantasy, steampunk, history, and adventure, and this book delivered!
Lily is our antihero, an opium addict who's running from her past, racing a...moreI love fantasy, steampunk, history, and adventure, and this book delivered!
Lily is our antihero, an opium addict who's running from her past, racing airships with a lover in every port, where every opium den knows her name. When she's forced into a mysterious situation involving a relic of Aphrodite (FANGIRL FLAIL), she goes on a quest to find the relic and deliver it to safety. ADVENTURE, PEOPLE. Ancient temples, hidden texts, puzzles and just flat out cleverness abound. This is my Indiana Jones fantasy lol.
I really enjoyed this book so much, and read it in two sittings, which is something that as a writer and mom of three I rarely get a chance to do.
My only wish was that we were enveloped in the world more thoroughly. I didn't feel that I completely knew or was her, but I wanted to so badly. I didn't quite feel her love for Sal or Byron, or her shift of feelings. I'm super excited for the next book though, because as I understand it, these wants have been met in that book.
Great start to what looks to be a brilliant series! (less)
On a scale of one to five, this book is an eleven. I don't even know where to start.
*leaves to collect self* *blows nose super loud*
I don't even know where to start. From page one, Grey had me hooked with her quick wit and quirky perspective. I was immediately intrigued, wondering who Abby was, what happened to her in her life? WHAT goes in the urn? So many questions, but they were a gentle tug through the story, because once we met Beck, well...
Beck. Beck is my dream guy. He sees Abby and knows she needs someone to show her how to live. He's the perfect combination of charm and devotion, a beautiful, thoughtful, witty and loving guy, and the perfect match for Abby.
This is a story about Abby, though, about a girl who didn't think she would ever get a chance to live, and struggles to find a way to honor the life she's been given. I found the exploration of that so perfectly executed that I followed Abby through every step of her journey.
My absolute favorite thing about Grey's writing is the levity she brings to the page. Even when Abby is at one of her lowest points, she ends up in a gay bar called the Trancing Pranny, where Queen Bee is her surrogate fairy godmother/spirit guide and ends up dressing Abby up so she can judge a dance/stripoff.
Seriously, Grey makes this writing job look like this:
The last few chapters of this book just killed me. They were so good, so sweet, SO satisfying. The absolute last chapter, I cried like a small child, and had to read the last page twice because I couldn't see.
I cannot say enough about this book, other than I apologize in advance to all my friends because I'm a pusher, and I will not rest until everyone I know has read With This Heart.