This is a great sequel! I loved that Messenger hooked me with her story, more so than I was excepting to be. Normally when it comes to sequel, rarely...moreThis is a great sequel! I loved that Messenger hooked me with her story, more so than I was excepting to be. Normally when it comes to sequel, rarely do I find myself not rolling my eyes at something. Yes, I just admitted I roll my eyes at books, but only when I can totally point out what's going to happen next. This wasn't a sequel where I could point out what was going to happen next. That's not for a lack of not trying either. It was a harder to predict what was going happen. I liked that. With this storyline the risks are higher, there's more danger, and holy cliff hanger, just kill me now, that ending was awesome. Also, I learned a new word in this book....haboob! Go ahead and laugh, and then go google it. It's a real word.
I love a good series, but there are times when I get so excited about reading a sequel that I worry if it will live up to the acceptations I've had for it. When I have to wait over a year to read the next book, it's easy to overly hype it up in my mind. Which I've done a time or two, or more. There have been times when I've read a sequel that the character journey that often times takes place in the second book, falls flat. When that happens I am left feeling that the characters in book two are not the characters I feel in love with in book one. Luckily that is not the case for this book. Shannon does a great job at continuing Audra and Vane's story. I liked seeing the journey they each took, both individually in part of the story, and together.
There were times I felt Audra was a little selfish in her journey, but it didn't take me long to realize there was a reason behind what she was doing. In her own quest, she learns more about herself, the dangers she and Vane are up against, and the importance of really protecting the things you love most. Not that she didn't get that before, but I think she realized the urgency of having to make choices, and sacrifices more so now then previously. Vane gets huge kudos from me for standing firm in his feelings for Audra, even when doubt creeps into his mind, and some of those around him tell him it's a mistake. Outside of their bond/relationship, both Vane and Audra are forced to group up more, and make some critical choices. This story was one that had both characters questioning and realizing their roles in all that's going on around them. Whether they want to have the roles they do or not, they are forced to step into them.
I love the sweet, romantic relationship Vane and Audra have. It not only fits them, but it's fitting for this series. Often times I love a relationship that has more sizzling chemistry, and snark, but the relationship these two have is refreshing, and suits the two of them perfectly. If it had been written any other way, it wouldn't have matched who the characters are. With this sequel there's a new element to Vane and Audra's relationship. I don't even know how to describe it. There's no questions about the loyalty, devotion and love they have for each other. There's a lot more danger that threatens to not only break the two of them apart, but it threatens those they care about, and everything they've been entrusted to protect. When their love and the one thing they both fiercely protect is threatened, one of them makes an ultimate sacrifice to protect more than just their relationship.....
Aw, yes, that lovely sacrifice leads right into the book's lovely cliff hanger. I knew something was going to happen, I just didn't except it to be that, though I should have. Messenger does a great job at dropping hints through out the story about that very thing that happens. No, I won't say what that thing is. Looking back over the story I had a feeling that something was going to happen, but I couldn't pin point what exactly that was. Now everything makes sense, because Messenger doesn't include things into her story unless there is a reason for them to be there. I like that about her style of writing. There's definitely more action in this book, more danger, and some great twists that leave me wishing book three was coming out sooner rather than having to wait another year to find out what happens.
As always, this is a SPOILER FREE review. There are too many plot twists and spoilers that I will NOT mention anything specific so that I don't spoil...moreAs always, this is a SPOILER FREE review. There are too many plot twists and spoilers that I will NOT mention anything specific so that I don't spoil anything for anyone.
I love it when a series picks up right where it left off, and gives you just enough to refresh your memory of the important parts that happened previously, but doesn't retell the entire first book. Claudia Gray does a great job at diving right back into her exciting series. Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine have already been through a lot, but now things are about to get a little bit more exciting and a lot more twisted. Things they thought they took care previously, come back to haunt them in this book. That's saying a lot, without giving anything away.
With reappearances of characters from Spellcasters, and Gray answering a lot of questions, it didn't take long for things in STEADFAST to pick up. Nadia, Mateo & Verlaine have a lot at stake in this book. Though together they have this strength and determination to not give up until they can stop the evil that's destroying their town and the people in it, individually they're all dealing with their own issues. While I still loved this group together, I really enjoyed getting to know Asa, this book's fabulously written villain / anti-hero. I love it when a new character enters the storyline, and totally surprises me.
Asa is a character who enters the scene and immediately had me thinking he was going to be turn out one way, when in fact this character is full of surprises. I actually ended up liking him. He's a character who owns what he is, and doesn't try to pretend to be otherwise, though he's put in a position that does hide his true identity at first.........
This book is simply adorable! From the cute story about the various kinds of kisses that exist in the world around us, to the lyrical words, and really cool illustrations, this book is a must have.
I loved the lyrical words. With passages like:
At any given moment, someone, somewhere, is blowing a kiss. And somewhere, someone is catching it.
Like thumbprints and snowflakes, no two are the same.
One of the really cool things about this book, is the story and the illustrations take readers on a journey. From the Public Market in Seattle, to the snow capped mountains in Aspen, the Texas State Fair in TX, a little league field Harlem and all the places in between, readers will enjoy the simple illustrations, vibrant colors, and little details about each city that the story takes them to.
Author Amy Gibson, and illustrator Maria Van Lieshout reminded me of why I love reading children's picture books. I have to say this is one of my favorite picture books I've read in awhile. Not only did my children love it, but I found myself at times wanting to cut out some of the illustrations, and lyrical words to put in a frame to hang in my library. I'd definitely recommend picking this one up! (less)
A deliciously written books for fans of cupcakes, and fairytales, this a children's book I highly recommend picking up. We absolutely loved it. Having...moreA deliciously written books for fans of cupcakes, and fairytales, this a children's book I highly recommend picking up. We absolutely loved it. Having a little girl who LOVES all things pink, cupcakes and imaginative play, this was the perfect book for her. I've loved all the times we've sat together reading this book. The story is simply adorable as are the illustrations. You can't go wrong with a cute story, adorable illustrations, and having a recipe for cupcakes included in the back of the book. Yes, I said a cupcake recipe! This is an irresistible book that's a must have for fans of all ages. (less)
This is a cute story about a bird, who's an early riser. She's not the only who gets up early. There's someone she's meeting when the sunrises, in the...moreThis is a cute story about a bird, who's an early riser. She's not the only who gets up early. There's someone she's meeting when the sunrises, in the garden. I enjoyed the fact that this story is simple in it's story telling, making it incredibly easy for toddlers and young readers to follow along. It's also a great beginning reader book. The illustrations are cute, and I loved that they're not overly detailed. This again is beneficial to young readers, as the vividly bright and catchy illustrations will hold their attention. This is a cute story worth picking up. This is a great book for toddlers & preschool aged children.(less)
oung readers can travel the world with City Cat! City Cat takes readers all over Europe, as City Cat stows away in the family luggage as they set off...moreoung readers can travel the world with City Cat! City Cat takes readers all over Europe, as City Cat stows away in the family luggage as they set off for a trip that takes them all over Europe. With stops in Italy, France, Spain, England, German and the Netherlands, young readers will enjoy learning fun facts about the various countries and cities as City Cat journeys around each city stop. With an adorable cat, fun & simple illustrations, City Cat makes a great addition for any home, classroom or library. It's one that is also educational, as at the end of the book the author includes fun facts about each of the cities that City Cat visits. This is a book we enjoyed, and one I'd recommend picking up. It will appeal to young readers, fans of adventures, travel, and of course, adorable for readers who adore cute cats.
We LOVED this book! You already can't go wrong with a cute cat story for kids, but with Yasmine Surovec's illustrations you've got a match made in cat...moreWe LOVED this book! You already can't go wrong with a cute cat story for kids, but with Yasmine Surovec's illustrations you've got a match made in cat heaven. This book is adorable! The story is just right for young children and beginning readers. The illustrations are FABULOUS! I absolutely love Yasmine's illustrations. The pictures along made the book for me. This is one book I'd definitely recommend picking up!
This book is simply beautiful. Both in it's words and illustrations. Author Jon J Muth does a brilliant job at introducing readers to Haiku, a poetic...moreThis book is simply beautiful. Both in it's words and illustrations. Author Jon J Muth does a brilliant job at introducing readers to Haiku, a poetic form that originated in Japan, to tell his story. I've not read a book written in Haiku, and I have to say I loved it. I worked perfect for Koo's story. We loved the illustrations and the telling of the different seasons. I felt like Jon captured the essence of what each of the four seasons brings and encompasses perfectly with Koo's story. My little girl loves this book! This one will be picking up when it hits book store shelves.
Fans of Koo's will love picking this book up. If you've not yet met Koo, the lovable Panda Bear, you're missing out. I'm going to be shocked if this book isn't up for an award this year. (less)
With Fall winding down, and Football season still going on, FALL BALL is the perfect book to pick up. With it's simplistic story, and simply fabulous...moreWith Fall winding down, and Football season still going on, FALL BALL is the perfect book to pick up. With it's simplistic story, and simply fabulous illustrations, Peter McCarty has created book that kids of all ages will love. Full of fun, friendship, football, and a cold snowy night, this is a book I would highly recommend picking up.
Who knew Demons and Gargoyles could be so hot? Okay, really who knew a tattooed demon could be so hot. Wait? Is that a clique? Trust me, you'll want t...moreWho knew Demons and Gargoyles could be so hot? Okay, really who knew a tattooed demon could be so hot. Wait? Is that a clique? Trust me, you'll want to know all you can about Roth once you start reading this book. Yes I realize asking the hot question is a bit silly considering this is a Jennifer L. Armentrout book. She can write about anything, and make it hot. This book is clearly no different than the books that have come before it.
I'm just surprised I fell for the demon in this book, especially since I fell in love with Jennifer's Gargoyles after reading the prequel to this book, Bitter Sweet Love (read my 5 star review here). Now I'm totally torn between her Gargoyles and Demons. I have to say Roth makes embracing the dark side so enticing. I have to give Layla huge props from not falling from Roth from the get go, though we see it's hard for her not to. Layla is one of those girls who isn't easily persuaded nor does she automatically fall for the hot boy.
White Hot Kiss is another fabulous Jennifer L. Armentrout book that needs to be added to your collection of Jennifer books. This book has plenty of snark, swoon worthy moments, and action that kept me glued to the pages. There were times I felt like I couldn't read through the pages fast enough, and other times I was trying to savor the little moments that took place between Layla and Roth, or Layla and Zayne. In summary, this book is HOT! For the love of Roth, can book two please be out already. I NEED MORE!
A sizzling romance! Be warned, once you pick up this book you won't put it down until you finish it. You will be sleep deprived, but you'll have a big...moreA sizzling romance! Be warned, once you pick up this book you won't put it down until you finish it. You will be sleep deprived, but you'll have a big ole' grin on your face after you read Isaiah and Rachel's story. This book is hot, fast paced, has plenty of hot character chemistry, a few fast cars, and plenty of trouble. I love this book's dual point of views.
Oh Isaiah! What is there not to love about this character. I love it when an author can make me fall in love with a character who comes across as a tough, fierce, someone you wouldn't want to mess with character. Isaiah is all this and then some. It's that then some that I loved finding out. Isaiah also has this fiercely loyal side. He's vulnerable in a way I hadn't excepted him to be, and that vulnerability makes him put on this hardcore shell, which I don't blame him for having. It's not like he's had an easy life. Abondoned by his mom, whom also has her own set of problems, Isaiah has grown up in the foster care system. Not only is he close to aging out, Isaiah does his best to stay out of trouble, but somehow trouble always finds him.
Rachel is trouble in a way Isaiah wasn't excepting. These two characters couldn't seem more opposite. Isaiah comes from the other side of the tracks so to speak, while Rachel comes from wealth and privilege. She's a private school student, who comes across as the good girl type who wouldn't ever do anything that would disappoint her parents. Rachel has her own secrets, and a home life that is far from normal. Like Isaiah, looks on the outside are definitely not what you get when you get to know Rachel. Isaiah and Rachel have more in common that you'd think. While Isaiah comes across on living life on the edge, Rachel is a sweet, wholesome girl who's love of cars and street racing brings her into Isaiah's life.