It has been a long time since I read the first book, Pretty Dark Nothing, and I admit that I forgot a lot of the finer details. But I remembered enou It has been a long time since I read the first book, Pretty Dark Nothing, and I admit that I forgot a lot of the finer details. But I remembered enough to know that I truly enjoyed it, and I was hoping that enjoyment would last through book 2. And it did! Whew!
Quinn, as a character, has grown in leaps and bounds. She is determined to save Aaron, who is believed to be dead, from the Underworld. She is fierce in this book, more so than the first. She is strong, and capable. Maybe a little bit reckless, but it is understandable. She doesn't care what anyone says, thinks about her, or does. Her goal is to save Aaron, and she will stop at nothing, or for no one. Aaron is another great character, and I really enjoyed his POV. He is MORE than he was in the first book, and it was interesting watching him grow as a character. As far as characters go, from the MC's to the secondaries, Heather Reid knows how to make personalities distinct. She knows how to give us characters that we can root for, and care about, and that is one of the best things about this series, by far.
Pretty Dark Sacrifice is fast-paced, and intense, and there were certain parts of the story that had me so wrapped up and engrossed, the world around me faded. There were some slow spots, and certain things that weren't perfect, but honestly? I just didn't care! All in all, I truly enjoyed this book. I am enjoying this series! The author definitely knows how to write a great book, and I look forward to more from her in the (near!) future!
Thanks to Month9Books for letting me read an ARC of this book! ...more
I wasn't so sure about this one, but heck! With a title like this one, how could I possibly not give it a shot! While it may not be a deep and3 1/2!
I wasn't so sure about this one, but heck! With a title like this one, how could I possibly not give it a shot! While it may not be a deep and thought-provoking story, it sure is fun and I was ready for book 2 as soon as I finished the final page!
Queen B Alexis takes no prisoners. She is the advocate for the bullied, the outer of wrongs. If you do something against the rules, or just something stupid and are dumb enough to get caught, Alexis will out you. Her blog, The Eastline Spy, was created her freshman year after her former bff/newly crowned popular girl, shattered her trust and Alexis decided to protect others like herself. And she is not afraid to out the most popular of the school, or even the faculty. Because of this, she is very isolated, with the exception of her 2 best friends. Then, in health class one day, the newest assignment is a baby! And partnering up is not a choice. She is partnered with Brett Pederson, most popular boy, QB, and the boy who Summer has her claws in. Uneasy at first, especially when Brett proves he isn't afraid of her, Alexis fights him at every turn. Slowly, however, she realizes they may have more in common than she thought. Is she willing to take the chance of ruining her Queen B status? Or will she run from the boy who has finally cracked her shell?
While the budding friendship between Alexis and Brett is the main focus of the story, there is a sub-plot that kept things interesting, especially towards the end. Someone has hidden a camera in the girls locker room, and has aired videos of the girls (including Lexi's popular cheerleader sister Taylor) on YouTube. Alexis is determined to find the culprit and make him pay, and Brett decides to help her. They learn some interesting things, about the cameraman, and each other along the way.
I truly adored this one. It is crude, there is lots of sex talk, language. Confessions is definitely not appropriate for younger teens, or anyone who is offended by these things. Normally, I am not a fan of them myself. But Crista managed to write a book that had me turning pages, and laughing out loud, while rooting for a hard to love, very misunderstood teenage girl and an almost too-good-to-be-true boy to finally just kiss already! Then she had the nerve to end it like THAT?! It might not be the most well written story ever, and there may not be huge life lessons to learn, but it is still a special book. And the lesson that is in it, while hidden under lots of humor, is still a lesson that every girl, woman, man and child should learn!
Books like this one normally don't catch my attention and keep it, but there are certain ones that I can't help but love. And this is definitely one of them. I absolutely cannot wait for he sequel! What will happen between Brett and Lexi next? Will Summer finally catch the perfect guy? And what case will the Queen B have to close and cover for The Eastline Spy next? I guess we will have to wait and see. Just, maybe don't make us wait too long, Crista?...more
I don't read a lot of Urban Fantasy, but I would definitely venture to put Winter into this category. And after reading it, I definitely wouldn't min I don't read a lot of Urban Fantasy, but I would definitely venture to put Winter into this category. And after reading it, I definitely wouldn't mind stepping into the genre more in the future! Plus, it is a story of the Fae, and that is always something I am up for. Winter hit the nail on the head, and I enjoyed it very much. While it did drag at times, the story was intriguing, the characters wonderfully developed, and the plot interesting.
I love the human world as seen by the fae in Winter. And when a Fae girl, Aine, is suddenly thrust into the mortal world, her eyes are opened to a place she never expected to see. And while she was understandable scared, she was tough and took a place in it rather than letting it beat her. Winter, our title character, was FANTASTIC. Tough, snarky exterior, but with a heart that wants nothing more than to protect those he loves, and right the wrongs of his past. He has a very unique disability, that intrigued me from the get go. I enjoyed learning more about this boy who holds the worlds on his shoulders. Richard, resident mechanic and all around awesome dude, and Lolo, the young dread-locked youngest of the crew, are humans friends of Winters, and they are like family, with the protection of a mouse named Gabby, who used to be a Fae woman. We meet many more characters as the story progresses, some Fae and some human, and they each add another layer to the story. Not a character is wasted.
What an interesting tale this was! From living underground, in forgotten train depots, to the poshest hotels in the Soho district, to Gloriana's fae world, Winter takes us on a heart stopping, nail biting adventure, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I very much look forward to continuing this story, and I hope we get the second book sooner rather than later.
Winter was truly a great read! I would have no problem recommending this one to anyone. It is on the darker side, so if that isn't your kind of thing, tread lightly. Otherwise, full steam ahead!...more