I picked up Regrets Only when I needed a quick fun contemporary read, which is what I got. The story enters around an event planner, Suzanne, who wasI picked up Regrets Only when I needed a quick fun contemporary read, which is what I got. The story enters around an event planner, Suzanne, who was planning a big event for country star Dylan Burke. Unfortunately during the event, something goes very wrong and Suzanne's reputation as an event planner goes down the drain. Not only that, but it seems like someone is out to get Suzanne. Dylan comes to the rescue (for her career) and asks her to plan his sister's wedding, which she accepts.
Obviously sparks fly for Suzanne and Dylan.. however he is seven years younger... and Suzanne has commitment issues (to say the least). There's also the whole mystery behind who was out to get Suzanne. Unfortunately I felt the mystery was slightly unnecessary because it was underdeveloped and to be honest obstructed the flow of the story more than it gave it interest. Maybe because I read too many mystery novels. So take this mystery plot with a grain of salt. Suzanne and Dylan's relationship as somewhat messy.. but I mean, it is one of the times where it had reason to be messy. I really liked Suzanne and Dylan's friendship, and I wished it was developed more before jumping into the romance, but it was still enjoyable.
If you want to pick up a contemporary to get you out of a reading slump, or one you can read through quickly, then this is the one for you. Even if it isn't 100% memorable, at the time I was reading it, I was interested enough to sit and read for long stretches of time. This is a feat for me especially since I have only read 8 books in 2016 so far. ...more
The Rephaim series keeps getting better by each new book. This is the third book in this series and I honestly can say that Weston doesn't seem like sThe Rephaim series keeps getting better by each new book. This is the third book in this series and I honestly can say that Weston doesn't seem like she'll be slowing down. The plot twists and intertwined storylines and characters are just done so well that I can't help but obsess over this series even after I finished the book and also while waiting for the next one. This is not your typical angel story.. any preconceived opinions you have about YA angel books? throw them out because this series will shatter them for you. I am confident enough with this series to put out such a statement on my blog.
This will be a spoiler free review of this third book in this series. However three books in and I can tell you I really don't want this series to end. The next book, Burn, is the last one and I personally don't want to think about what'll happen after I'm done. No more waiting for the next book, no more of Gaby, Rafa, and Jude.. and no more of the fantastic secondary characters and the witty banter between everyone. This book does not only have a very original angel paranormal plot line, but the characters are what make this series so memorable and addicting to me, as a reader.
Gaby is one of the most authentically kick butt characters in YA I know.. she isn't kick butt because she's physically strong, or because she's a 'feminist' but she's kick butt because she's independent but isn't afraid to ask for help when she needs it. She's kick butt because she's smart, rational (most times), and puts her family and friends first. She's kick butt because she doesn't think sacrificing herself is the answer to everything (I'm looking at you dystopian female protagonists), and she is a girl who isn't afraid to be just that, a girl. I love her relationship with her brother Jude, and I love her relationship with Rafa (and boy do we get many entertaining scenes of those two during the series).
The plot line is about the fallen angels, the offsprings of those fallen angels, and the need for redemption.. however it's not that dark or complicated. It honestly reads like a movie. There is never a dull moment when it came to the plot and I honestly can't recommend it enough because I have not read a series that had the complete package. This is the third book and I really like the pacing of the whole paranormal/fantasy plot line progression doesn't leave room for any boring parts or lull. I can't recommend this series (and this book) enough. Honestly all three books, Shadows, Haze, and Shimmer have been excellent.. I can't really tell you which I liked more because I enjoyed them all immensely. If you are looking for an older YA/NA paranormal addicting series? this is the one for you. ...more
City of the Lost grabbed my attention by its tagline: I have ninety-six hours to prepare for my disappearance
Also the first sentence in the book? "I kCity of the Lost grabbed my attention by its tagline: I have ninety-six hours to prepare for my disappearance
Also the first sentence in the book? "I killed a man," I say to my new therapist.
I was immediately hooked and needed to read and find out what Casey's story was. The first 100 pages or so were very thrilling and exciting and I personally couldn't put the book down. I won't be revealing anything, even if you find out what happened in the first chapter, because I want you all to experience the thrill I experienced reading that. Fast forward 100 pages and we get a twist in the plot that I personally wasn't happy about. Casey and her friend move to "City of the Lost" to escape the past that is catching up to them. However immediately Casey, a detective, gets thrown in a murder mystery composed of a series of murders over the past couple of months.
It was hard for me to adjust to a much slower pace when the first 100 flew by, so it honestly took me a very long time to finish the rest of the book, however I did enjoy it. I loved how I didn't know the direction the author will take or how these mysteries tied to their past or if they even did tie to their past. I have to give some fair warning that some scenes are very gruesome and gory that I personally had to skim through, however I am a squirmish person but I was able to get past that. I was so wary and suspicious of everyone from that city (composed of 200 something people) and I liked that I was on high alert all throughout reading the novel.
I highly enjoyed my first Kelly Armstrong novel and I will definitely give any new mystery novel she writes a chance. The plot line was very unique and even the direction she took with the story and the ending were surprising. This unpredictability is often rare in many of the new releases and I welcomed it with open arms. ...more