I love fairytale retellings, as is obvious by the fact that I’ve written a few. My favorite part of retellings is to be surprised by a twist in the st I love fairytale retellings, as is obvious by the fact that I’ve written a few. My favorite part of retellings is to be surprised by a twist in the story. In the debut novel by Sarah Boucher, Becoming Beauty, that’s exactly what happened.
Bella is a spoiled girl in spite of her fairly meager upbringing. She has a major sense of entitlement. When her father goes on a business trip, her request for a bauble from said trip sets in motion a series of events that land her as servant for the “Beast”, Phillip.
Add to that a mysterious past with a woman named Rose who Bella seems to be psychically connected with, and a loyal friend who becomes Bella’s only friend in the castle, and you immediately have a twist on the traditional tale. Where it goes from there is completely unexpected as the overindulged princess is brought to her knees.
Boucher has created a flawed heroine you’ll love, and a hero that isn’t what you expect. Prepare to be enchanted by this debut novel from a promising new author. I look forward to what comes from her next! ...more
4.5 stars. I'm a fan of Karey's. I loved both The Gift and My Own Mr. Darcy. So I was really looking forward to her newest book. I wasn't disappointed4.5 stars. I'm a fan of Karey's. I loved both The Gift and My Own Mr. Darcy. So I was really looking forward to her newest book. I wasn't disappointed. Karey has a way of writing these characters that throw you into a maelstrom of emotion because you're not sure who you're rooting for - or even why, sometimes. I thought I knew where this story was going and I was wrong. I can't tell you who I wanted Charlotte to end up with because it will give away the story. I am looking forward to the sequel to see how Charlotte's life plays out. I really want to see this character happy, and that shows how powerful Karey's writing is, that I care about this woman who is fictional. Great, true-to-life, contemporary romance. Another winner for Karey White....more
Unleashed is an original, edge-of-your-seat take on Jekyll and Hyde. McClellan weaves a tale of love and pain, and fighting for what you believe in, wUnleashed is an original, edge-of-your-seat take on Jekyll and Hyde. McClellan weaves a tale of love and pain, and fighting for what you believe in, with characters you won't easily forget. Claire has had more than her share of pain and loss, only to find herself the obsession of “Gage” (the “Hyde” persona). I had no idea who "Gage" was until it was revealed due to McClellan's skillful storytelling. Seriously, this is a tale that will leave you breathless until the last page! And probably beyond. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story....more
I love the idea of time-travel, and especially the idea that what might be done in the past can change our present. Like every author I have a book orI love the idea of time-travel, and especially the idea that what might be done in the past can change our present. Like every author I have a book or two in mind to explore this idea. (I know there’s a technical term for this, but am not sure which the right one is: The butterfly effect? Temporal paradox? Bootstrap paradox? Retrocausality? Take your pick. You get the idea.)
When I first read The Guns of Napoleon, I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in for an enjoyable ride using this idea with a real historical figure (Napoleon Bonaparte) and an unassuming professor who tries to spread his love for all things Napoleon to his disinterested students. A present day man used to today’s luxuries thrown into the rough past that he’s unprepared for has to figure out how to survive to get back home. Due to a mistake made by his time-travelling companion, history is changed and he eventually returns to an unexpected world, the only man with the knowledge of how it’s changed.
Peter Lean gives us Victor, who could be any one of us, and skillfully weaves a tale around his passion for history and the unexpected chance to get to witness firsthand the object of his great knowledge. Who among us wouldn’t jump at the same chance? Victor is a great character because he is us. The rest of the story is an added bonus. All of the secondary characters really only show up for a short time, but Lean manages to make their indelible impact on Victor’s life clear and concise in their scenes. Great authors are able to do that subtle trick without us even realizing they’re doing it.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of historical novels, this is one you’re going to enjoy. The history to me was secondary to a character study, and how even the smallest of our actions can have a profound effect on the world we live in. I look forward to reading the sequel to this novel. ...more
Resisting Atlantis is a fantastically fun ride, from the cool, snarky heroine (my favorite kind) to the drool-worthy hero. Jamie Canosa once again givResisting Atlantis is a fantastically fun ride, from the cool, snarky heroine (my favorite kind) to the drool-worthy hero. Jamie Canosa once again gives us unforgettable, amazing, courageous, fun, amusing, sexy characters and a story you'll be thinking about long past the last page, with a writing style that I adore.
Cora is just happily trucking through life as a college student who keeps to herself, and gets her homework done on time. One day, a stranger shows up in her room, telling her that not only is her name Cameron, but that her life is a lie. She’s really from Atlantis (yup, the one you’re thinking of) and while she might think he’s crazy, it isn’t long until she finds out she’s right. Now she’s thrust into the middle of a war she doesn’t remember, with people who are now strangers though they claim to know her, and into the role of a leader in spite of the fact that she can’t imagine it of herself. I love the uniqueness of this storyline. I mean, Atlantis! Cool idea.
I’m a huge fan of Jamie’s work, her Dissidence series being one of my all-time favorites. My favorite vampire story happens to not star a certain sparkly vampire, but is Our Own Worst Enemies, also by Jamie. So when you have an author who you love so much, it almost becomes worrisome that you might not love their further works as much. With Jamie, I has as of yet to not completely adore everything she’s written. I’ll be honest, Resisting Atlantis is neck-and-neck with Dissidence now for favorite heroine and hero.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well told story, no matter your age. I can't wait for the sequel! ...more
As most people know by now, I'm a fan of Jamie Canosa. Two of my all-time favorite books are Dissidence and Our Own Worst Enemies, both by Jamie. SheAs most people know by now, I'm a fan of Jamie Canosa. Two of my all-time favorite books are Dissidence and Our Own Worst Enemies, both by Jamie. She has a real knack for writing characters that stay with you, and Em and Jay are no exceptions. It isn't often that I like a sequel better than the original (though it does happen, and seems to happen a lot with Jamie's books) and in the case of Now or Never Jamie has taken the story she began with Fight or Flight and made it that much more intriguing. They might be off the streets but that doesn't mean life has gotten easy for these two. Jay and Em are sympathetic and admirable, and their love story can make even the Grinch's heart beat faster. I absolutely recommend this or any other book by Jamie Canosa....more
At times heart breaking and at others emotionally lifting, Porcelain Keys is a fresh, heart wrenching take on boy-meets-girl. Two broken characters coAt times heart breaking and at others emotionally lifting, Porcelain Keys is a fresh, heart wrenching take on boy-meets-girl. Two broken characters come together to begin the long, hard process of helping one another heal, but only if they can allow themselves to open enough to be healed. Beard uses fantastic imagery through music to tell the tragic story of Aria and Thomas, taking the reader along on a swelling crescendo as if we're part of the song—and what a beautiful song it is. Strong writing, enthralling characters, realistic situations, and a love story to root for make this book a must-have for anyone who loves a well told story. ...more
As a huge fan of Jamie Canosa's Dissidence, I couldn't wait for the sequel. But then I worried it might not be as good as the first. Sometimes when yoAs a huge fan of Jamie Canosa's Dissidence, I couldn't wait for the sequel. But then I worried it might not be as good as the first. Sometimes when you're a little fanatical over something, any sequels will just disappoint. I can tell you right now that with the sequel, Vengeance, Jamie definitely didn't disappoint.
Vengeance begins right where Dissidence left off, in the wake of the explosion Kaleigh was right smack in the middle of. And the story never slows down. This time Kaleigh finds she has a new enemy to contend with. And she's contending with it in the midst of her overwhelming guilt and grief from how wrong things seem to have gone, and a strong desire for revenge that almost eclipses everything else.
This sequel is fast-paced, full of Kaleigh's fiery wit and sarcasm that so endeared me to her in the first book, and holds true to the love story that began when first she realized she had a choice to make between the two men who love her. I can't say enough good about this book. Once you start reading it, you won't be able to stop until you get to the perfect ending. If you're a fan of good writing, humor, romance, and non-stop action, then this book is one you won't want to miss. ...more
I'm a fan of Sherry's books. She's one of my favorite YA authors. The first time I read Unloveable (which is an awesome book and will soon be a movie!I'm a fan of Sherry's books. She's one of my favorite YA authors. The first time I read Unloveable (which is an awesome book and will soon be a movie! You can read my review from Amazon at the bottom of this post) I completely fell in love with Cole. You can ask Sherry how gaga I've been over him since then, and how excited I was when I found out she was writing a sequel starring the hunky, klutzy doc.
I had a hard time liking Lilah with him, but that has more to do with the fact that no one could be good enough for my Cole than any dislike of her character. I actually really liked Lilah. For growing up as a Dreser, the girl has an amazingly high sense of morals and knowing right from wrong. And while her reasons for heading to Port Fare are a bit devious, there's some sympathy for a girl who's being forced to do something she doesn't really want to do.
As for Cole . . . *sigh* Cole. Let me wipe the drool from my chin and calm my heart. I can't say enough good about this particular character. Is it weird to be in love with a fictional character? Cole is not just swoon-worthy. He's beyond swoon-worthy. He's dream-at-night-about worthy. A brilliant doctor who's a klutz constantly getting hurt and without much coordination, he is also gorgeous, kind, giving, and caring. Also, forgiving. He manages to find it in his heart to forgive what most people would find cause for hate. Hold on a minute while a have a little Cole fantasy . . .
Okay, I'm back.
Their love story is a cute one. I loved watching Lilah try to remain distant from Cole even as she tried to play him, but unable to resist the utter charm that is Cole. I won't give away too much of their story other than to say Sherry manages to play with your emotions and heartstrings throughout the book, and the ending was perfection (for me anyway). It was great to see Maggie and Seth again, and to watch them as they marry and begin their life together. It was also fun to see Booker (who I hope to see starring in his own book soon) and to see that Maggie hasn't let up on her teasing of him at all.
You don't necessarily need to read the first book to read Cole and Lilah's story in Unbelievable, but you might be a bit lost as to who some of the supporting characters are and why it means anything that Lilah is a Dreser if you don't. I suggest you read Unloveable, then immediately follow with this one. Lucky you, you won't have to wait as long as I did for the sequel! ...more
Kadie and her more reserved sister Maysha accidentally run across a really amazing find (the journal) when they’re traipsing through some old, abandonKadie and her more reserved sister Maysha accidentally run across a really amazing find (the journal) when they’re traipsing through some old, abandoned, falling down houses in the nearly abandoned town of Eureka, Utah. Deciding to follow the clues given in the journal, Kadie discovers not only more secrets and mysteries than she could have imagined, but she also meets the dashingly aloof Logan and his little daughter, Zahara.
I enjoyed the first part of the book while Kadie and Maysha are tracking down people from the journal, as well as some of the characters they came across in their quest. I have to admit, though, the book really came alive for me when Kadie and Logan unexpectedly find themselves stranded alone in the wilderness. For me, that was when Kadie really showed a backbone, learned a lot about herself and what she really desires from life. I quickly became a fan of Kadie and Logan and rooted for them to get together—in spite of Kadie’s fiancé Robert, who to me was kind of a stick-in-the-mud.
I’m a fan of Mandy Slack. I really enjoyed her first book, The Alias. As much as I liked that book, I think I like Tide Ever Rising even more. She has the ability to create characters who get under your skin and in your heart, and unforgettable stories. I look forward to reading more from Mandy in the future. ...more