This book made me cry. A LOT. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but this was a really great end to the series. On one hand, I was happy with thThis book made me cry. A LOT. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but this was a really great end to the series. On one hand, I was happy with the ending; on the other hand, I'm really sad to say goodbye to these characters. I've grown to love all of them and I haven't been affected this much about finishing a series since completing the "Women of the Underworld" series by Kelley Armstrong. I will definitely go back and reread all of these books sometime in the future....more
This book definitely made up for Unravel Me. I absolutely loved Warner; I enjoyed learning more about him and appreciated the fact that he told JulietThis book definitely made up for Unravel Me. I absolutely loved Warner; I enjoyed learning more about him and appreciated the fact that he told Juliette to basically stop being a sniveling baby and own her powers. Juliette was a complete badass once she learned control. Better late than never I guess! I read Ignite Me in one sitting; it was impossible to put down. I'm assuming this is just a trilogy, but wish there was more in store for these characters....more
This one got better by the end, so I went ahead and gave it 4 stars because it kind of redeemed itself. Not as good as the first book, not by a long sThis one got better by the end, so I went ahead and gave it 4 stars because it kind of redeemed itself. Not as good as the first book, not by a long shot, but in the end it was an enjoyable read....more
I don't have much to say about this one. As much as I loved The Iron Knight, I could not stand this book. I didn't really care for Ethan, I couldn't sI don't have much to say about this one. As much as I loved The Iron Knight, I could not stand this book. I didn't really care for Ethan, I couldn't stand Kenzie. The only saving grace was Puck and Ash, but they weren't enough to save it. I think I'm pretty much done with this series. If I start to feel nostalgic, I'll just go back and reread the other books. ...more
Beached introduces us to a new heroine. True, we met Lecanora in Fish Out Of Water, but it was interesting to get to know her better. She is much diffBeached introduces us to a new heroine. True, we met Lecanora in Fish Out Of Water, but it was interesting to get to know her better. She is much different from Rania, her half-sister and main character in the prior novel. Unlike Rania, Lecanora lived in Aegira her whole life, only learning about life on land from afar. She is also heir to the throne; while the two women share a biological mother, Lunia, Lecanora was actually raised by the ruler of Aegira, Queen Imd. She was much more reserved and soft-spoken than her sister, believing that there was always an alternative to violence. She seemed so weak at first, and I wasn’t sure how she was going to assist in bringing down the evil sorcerer, Manos. Being faced with many difficult situations helped her grow and figure out who she was. She wasn’t just a princess, and she wasn’t a gun-toting badass like her sister. She learned what skills she possessed and that she was more powerful than she realized. Usually I like a lot of butt-kicking, but I respected how Lecanora didn’t lose who she was in the process, even though she went through some truly awful things.
I liked the blossoming romance between Lecanora and Doug. It struck me as a little weird that she was lusting after someone her sister had dated, but it all gets sorted out later in the book. It was sweet, because Lecanora had no experience with love or relationships, so she wasn’t sure what to do with her feelings at first. Not only was she exploring the land for the first time, she was also dealing with emotions that were very foreign to her. Doug never pushed her; in fact, he seemed to be so smitten with her that he wasn’t sure what to do either.
I absolutely refuse to ruin or spoil anything major about this book, but I do have to say this: there is a death that hit me really hard. I should have probably seen it coming, yet it hit me out of left field. I even teared up, especially when the other characters were reminiscing about the dearly departed person. I was pretty bummed out about that, and even held out hope for a few moments after it happened that they could be brought back to life somehow. Sadly, it was not to be.
There was really only one thing that I disliked about this book, and it was a person: Rania. Not so much her as a person; she was still a tough, strong-willed woman and I liked that about her. It was the way she spoke to Lecanora that drove me crazy. Any time she addressed her sister it was either, “Babe…” or “Princess…”. By about halfway I was ready to strangle her. The only other person (fictional) I know that says “Babe” that much is Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series. It’s annoying in that series and it was annoying here. Every once in a while would have been fine, but it was virtually every time Rania opened her mouth. All in all, though, this is a pretty minor irritation.
Author Ros Baxter did a great job with Beached. It was just as entertaining as Fish Out Of Water, and I liked being able to see the world from Lecanora’s perspective. It was nice being reunited with all of the characters I enjoyed from book 1 and it also added a few new, interesting individuals to the mix....more
Wow, what an amazing book. I see people all of the time say, “I love a strong female protagonist,” and I’ve personally read books where I thought theWow, what an amazing book. I see people all of the time say, “I love a strong female protagonist,” and I’ve personally read books where I thought the female lead was extremely brave, strong, and intelligent. Gwendolyn, the 17 year old heroine of The Cruelty, makes other characters pale in comparison. She undeniably had a rough life, with her mother being murdered and her father’s job causing them to relocate often. She was tough from the very beginning, but her transformation from high schooler into a one-woman rescue operation was really remarkable. It would take a certain kind of person to pull that off. I found myself wondering while reading if I would be capable of doing the things Gwendolyn did for someone I love. The answer is obvious; of course I would do anything I could to save my loved ones if they were in the same predicament. Even so, it seems like such an impossible situation and it would be hard not to fall into despair. She never wavers in her resolve to save her father. Watching Gwendolyn change and evolve as the novel progressed was amazing, but it was also sad. You know she’s done and seen things that no 17 year old should ever have to experience, and the person she was before is dead. She can never go back to just being a normal teenager again and that reality of that is disheartening.
Part of what drew me to this book was the similarity to the movie Taken with Liam Neeson. If you’ve never seen it, then all I have to say is, “What rock have you been living under?” It’s seriously awesome. In a few ways, the stories are similar. They both involve saving a loved one and sex trafficking. The plot of The Cruelty though is so much more awe-inspiring. Neeson’s character in Taken already had a “particular set of skills”. Gwendolyn had little knowledge of self-defense and wasn’t at all prepared for the dangers she had to face; she had to learn everything very quickly, with very little training, as time was of the essence. Her intelligence is what really aided her success. Brawn is good and sometimes necessary, especially where Gwendolyn found herself, but without smarts she never would have made it very far. I just can’t say enough good things about this character. What can I say, she’s my hero.
Author Scott Bergstrom gained a huge fan in me. Writing is definitely his calling; I was sucked into the amazing plot of The Cruelty from page one and hated to put it down even for a second. Seriously, I got agitated if I had to stop reading because I was desperate to find out what was going to happen next. This is Bergstrom’s first novel and I am already anxiously awaiting his next book. No pressure, but this girl needs more!
If I was pressed to say something critical about The Cruelty, it would probably be the ending. It felt a little abrupt to me, but I think that’s kind of the point. Gwendolyn’s life has been irrevocably changed; if you’re looking for an ending that ties up all the loose ends in a nice, tidy package, forget about it. You won’t find it here. I get that, and it’s ok. Sure, I’ll keep holding out hope that we’ll be able to revisit her in the future, but for now I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
I can’t recommend this book enough. Even if you’re thinking this isn’t a genre you would usually pick up, I highly suggest you step out of your comfort zone. The superb writing will be enough to get you hooked and I promise you will fall in love with the story and characters, because they really seem to come alive....more
What can I say about the protagonist, Lola? At times she was beyond infuriating, going out of her way to be difficult or stubborn. I wanted to reach iWhat can I say about the protagonist, Lola? At times she was beyond infuriating, going out of her way to be difficult or stubborn. I wanted to reach into the book and strangle her. Other times I found myself in awe of her never-ending drive to help change the world. It made me want to run out and volunteer. As Lola’s family said, “Everyone can make a difference, and together we can change the world.” Speaking of her family, I loved how quirky they were right from the start. Even when I wasn’t really into the novel, I thought her mom and dad were great. Their daughter was getting arrested and yet they couldn’t be more proud of her for standing up for what she believed in. Her sister, Emme, was also a big supporter, although she did so in a loud and not always helpful way. Her best friends, Heidi and Steve, were also a big part of her journey, and it was interesting to see how their lives changed over the 15 years as well.
The men in Lola’s life were essential to her story as well. First there was Wayne, her first love, who somehow wanted to be with her despite her intense stubborn streak (or maybe because of it). At first I couldn’t get over his name; petty I know, but I seriously don’t know any attractive people named Wayne. His saving grace is that he was Australian, and I’m a sucker for the accents. He seemed like a nice guy and he obviously felt something special for Lola. In my opinion though, we just didn’t get to know him well enough. We did get to ride along on their first dates and meeting his parents for the first time, through flashbacks, but after they broke up we didn’t get to see much of him. He only popped up when Lola got into trouble, which was about every 5 years. The only other guy she became semi-serious with was Clark. He was nice enough, but he was so strange; I spent most of the middle part of the novel trying to figure out if there just wasn’t any chemistry between them, or he was gay. Something great did come from their relationship, but I’ll leave that to you to find out when you read it.
The story did jump around a lot. Sometimes that can be very disorienting and confusing, but author Ros Baxter made an excellent choice of using bold headlines with each new section, detailing the date. Without them, I’m sure things would have been hard to follow.
Overall I enjoyed this book, yet I did have a few complaints. The first is that, while the characters were very witty and entertaining, I didn’t get involved with them. As weird as this may sound, when I finish a book I want to feel as though I just lost some best friends. If I truly connect with characters, I always feel a little depressed upon finishing; not completely pleasant, but it lets me know that I felt something for them. I didn’t have those feelings with this book. When I read the last page, I thought, “Huh, that was okay,”, and went about my day, not really thinking about the characters again until I sat down to write this review. The other complaint I have is about some of the dialogue words used. There was one page that contained “he/she sniffed” (in place of “he/she said”) three times. Another one that was used a lot was “purred”, and one time in particular seemed really out of context. The repetitiveness was annoying, but luckily it only occurred a few times throughout the course of the novel.
Lingerie For Felons felt more like chick lit to me than contemporary romance; that’s not a bad thing, I just wasn’t expecting it. I liked how the book spanned 15 years in Lola’s life, because it was interesting to see how she changed by the end. The few complaints I had kept me from rating it higher. I much preferred author Ros Baxter’s mermaid novel, Fish Out Of Water, but this was still a decent read.
On Parajunkee's View (where this review was originally posted) I gave the book 3.5 stars. Since half stars are not an option here on Goodreads, I rounded up....more
All I have to say is that this series is awesome! I love Bram, Nora, and all of the other quirky characters. I hope there's an announcement about bookAll I have to say is that this series is awesome! I love Bram, Nora, and all of the other quirky characters. I hope there's an announcement about book 3 soon because I have to know what happens next; the ending of Dearly, Beloved was great but I need more!...more
For as much as I complained about this book in the beginning (and I really didn't like it much at first), it turned out to be one I enjoyed. It stillFor as much as I complained about this book in the beginning (and I really didn't like it much at first), it turned out to be one I enjoyed. It still read a bit young at times, but after getting through about the first 1/4 of the book it picked up and I found myself connecting with the characters better. The moment where I found myself finally enjoying it was when Delilah had an incident during swim practice. I found myself laughing out loud and after that I couldn't wait to see what happened next....more
When I pick up a book that is supposed to be erotic and have hot sex scenes, I expect to be turned on reading it. I see people who praise 50 Shades ofWhen I pick up a book that is supposed to be erotic and have hot sex scenes, I expect to be turned on reading it. I see people who praise 50 Shades of Grey for being so steamy and an inspiration for the sex lives of all of these readers, and I just don't understand. Did we read the same book? There is no part of me that would want to be in a relationship like the one depicted in that train wreck of a trilogy and the sex scenes left a LOT to be desired. Which brings me to The Boss, which renewed my faith in erotic romance novels and opened my eyes to what a true, safe BDSM relationship is supposed to look like.
First of all, the characters are amazing. They feel completely real and what's more, they were likable. Sophie is a very down-to-earth young woman who isn't afraid to try new things and has an awesome, witty roommate named Holli. I liked the interactions between the two of them and appreciated the fact that they were such loyal, caring friends to each other. After reading the first few chapters, I realized that not only did I really love Sophie, but I wanted to BE her. I literally wanted to be able to jump in the book and take over her life. That might have just a little bit to do with Sophie's seductive older boss, Neil. Oh but Neil isn't a stranger to her; they had an "encounter" 6 years previously that she was never able to forget.
The chemistry between Neil and Sophie is palpable. He treats her with care and respect, and always considers her feelings first and foremost in everything they do. *SWOON*, seriously. The sex scenes were everything I hoped they would be and more. I think I enjoyed them even more because Sophie actually owns her sexuality. She knows what she likes in the bedroom, but is open to try just about anything. I confess, I don't know much about the BDSM lifestyle, however, I know the author is familiar with it and I feel like she did a great service by writing about what a healthy relationship is supposed to look like. Neil always made sure he explained the things they were going to do to make sure Sophie was on board, and he always made sure that she felt safe. If people want to experiment in their own sex lives, they would be much better off looking to this novel than 50 Shades.
Also, can I just say how much I love that Neil and Sophie have a rather large age gap? There's a little over 20 years between them, with her in her 20s and him in his 40s. I can completely relate to this! I'm 28 and my husband is 48. Older guys are hot to me; when I met my husband, I was 21 and had just gotten out of a horrible relationship with an immature, borderline abusive guy who was my age. Immediately I was drawn to how self-assured, confident, responsible, and sensible he was. Maybe that's not what all girls are looking for at the age, but we clicked immediately and the rest is history (been married 6 years on June 8th!) He also has two kids from a previous marriage, one of whom is 3 months older than me; luckily we've always gotten along really well. So I can relate to Sophie and know exactly the kinds of things she sees in Neil. You can't ignore intense chemistry and age is just a number!
I can't say enough good things about The Boss. It was steamy, romantic, funny, and kept my attention until the last page. The best part for all of you? The author has been putting up a new chapter every Friday, so if you want to find out what all the fuss is about then you can still get in on the action. Visit the novel's webpage at http://abigailbarnettestheboss.blogsp... and you can click on Table of Contents to choose Chapter 1 (or whatever chapter you need!)...more
The first few chapters of this book didn’t exactly wow me. The zombie premise seemed a little shaky and I was unsure if it would be a plot I could getThe first few chapters of this book didn’t exactly wow me. The zombie premise seemed a little shaky and I was unsure if it would be a plot I could get behind. The protagonist, Grayson, was extremely moody and standoffish due to the fact that he was unhappy with his lot in life. He didn’t want to be a zombie and knowing that there was little chance of him ever being a human again didn’t help any. Of course if you read the synopsis, you understand that the other main character, Cori, is supposedly his ticket to being human. I had trouble connecting with her in the very beginning as well; she was moody and didn’t want to get close to anyone since she was still trying to deal with her father’s death. That I could understand, I’ve been there too. Some of her interactions with Grayson came off as a bit childish, which was irritating at times, and there were moments that the dialogue seemed a little awkward. At a certain point though, not too far in to the novel, the things I found myself disliking just seemed to fade away. It hit a stride and the story flowed along smoothly; so much so that I couldn’t put it down.
I thought the relationship between Grayson and Cori was incredibly sweet. Sure, it wasn’t all sunshine and kittens, especially in the beginning. It took Cori a while to break down his defenses, but she was so patient and never gave up on him. For Grayson’s part, he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried his best to fit in with Cori’s friends. It was incredibly difficult for him, to change his way of thinking after 19 years of being a zombie; for her it seemed like he would do just about anything.
As I mentioned previously, I wasn’t sure if I would like this different spin on the typical zombie tale. I’m a fan of The Walking Dead, so mostly I associate zombies with decay and zero brain activity, except for their incessant drive to devour human flesh. Fatal definitely exceeded my expectations; I liked that the zombies were so human-like, at least until they hit the Age of Deterioration. It was something that happened at the end of their life and more closely resembled what we usually think of when we picture the undead. The way they kept themselves animated with drinking water (LOTS of water) was interesting as well.
The beginning started out a little rough for me, but once the story got going I loved Fatal. The characters were likable and I appreciated the fact that Grayson and Cori’s relationship wasn’t rushed; they had their ups and downs, yet never gave up on each other. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series has in store....more
I feel absolutely awful. I agreed to review this title last year, but due to personal issues I never got around to writing a review. And now, I can'tI feel absolutely awful. I agreed to review this title last year, but due to personal issues I never got around to writing a review. And now, I can't give it a detailed review like I want to, because I don't remember enough small details about it. I do remember, however, that I fell in love with this book. It was absolutely hilarious; I was actually laughing out loud, and often. It reminded me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series, with the predicaments that Amber got herself into and the incredibly quirky characters.
I apologize for not providing a more detailed review, but I plan on buying the book and rereading it so I write a better one. I don't expect my rating to change though; the book was hilarious and well written. ...more
I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters in this book, partly due to the fact that I found myself not connecting with them at all. They just seemed too gI wasn’t a huge fan of the characters in this book, partly due to the fact that I found myself not connecting with them at all. They just seemed too generic and not developed enough to remember after I was done reading. I didn’t anticipate how much their names would bug me. I imagine it’s hard for an author to pick just the right moniker for a main character, but the ones chosen for this book elicited some pretty funny images for me. There’s Dr. Dora Adler, which of course made me think of a certain cartoon girl who teaches kids Spanish, and Dirk Gunderson, who sounds like he stepped out of an 80s soap opera. I’m not done with Dirk though; he also has red hair, a fact that Dora fawns over often. There are two things when it comes to a man’s hair that turn me off, and they are red color and curliness. Now, before everyone jumps down my throat, keep in mind: this is my personal preference. I decided to Google “men with red hair” just to get a visual for what Dirk might look like with his rippling muscles and nope, wasn’t attracted to any of them. The best likeness I could come up with was Sheamus, a wrestler for the WWE, which didn’t help me like Dirk any better. Another problem I had with the characters was that the entire middle of the book was full of the same thoughts over and over again. For Dirk, it was a loop of him having feelings for Dora and thinking how hot she was, reminding himself they couldn’t be together because she’s not a werewolf, then thinking about how much he wanted to have sex with her, followed by him resigning to the fact that again, they couldn’t be together. Return to beginning of loop and repeat. With Dora it was more of a loop about how hot Dirk was, but she didn’t want to settle down, yet maybe they could just have sex, but she needed to focus on finding her brother and niece. Again, return to beginning of loop and repeat. Also, Dirk had an annoying habit of calling Dora “babe” a lot. That can be cute every once in a while, but it was on almost every page, sometimes several times on the same page. I’m not just picking on Dirk, it annoys me in other series too; a good example is Ranger in the Stephanie Plum series (sometimes “babe” was the only word he uttered to her). Plus, Dora had her own annoying repeated phrase that she gleaned from Star Trek, in which she said, “Damn it Jim, I’m a doctor not a ______.” Again, it was clever the first time, but ultimately overused.
The romance between Dirk and Dora wasn’t all bad. I enjoyed it best when he wasn’t obsessing about his erection and she wasn’t obsessing about how ridiculously attractive he was (yeah, we get it). He was very protective of her, which was sweet and, while in the beginning he had plans to take her straight to his pack, he understood her need to rescue her brother and niece before getting to safety herself. I thought the sex scene was fairly hot, and the lead up to it amped up the anticipation. Which also means that, although their inner monologues were full of thoughts about jumping into bed together, at least they didn’t act on it right away. That might have something to do with the fact that zombies were chasing them most of the time though. The one thing that did irritate me is how Dirk was always yelling “mine” in regards to Dora. I get it, the whole werewolf bond is very strong and he’s super protective of her. Really it just made me think of a caveman dragging his woman back to his place for sexy times, or possibly the seagulls from Finding Nemo, since he said it quite often.
I thought the werewolf and witch elements were pretty vanilla and didn’t stray far from the normal stereotypes you see. The witches even rode brooms (or in this case, a shovel and a hobby horse). I didn’t particularly like the rhymes that Dora had to say each time she wanted to use her witch powers; they were extremely corny and made me facepalm a few times. The zombies were an interesting addition and added a bit of suspense to the mix, which was a welcome distraction from some of the other things that didn’t work so well for me.
I enjoyed the action and suspense toward the end of the novel. I don’t want to give much away, but Dirk and Dora find themselves in a predicament with a different group of werewolves, the Benandanti. They are basically the werewolf equivalent of the Westboro Baptist Church, in that they are both groups of intolerant bozos who think they can do whatever they want. Dora was the one who really shined in this encounter, because she doesn’t just sit around and wait for Dirk to act. She takes control of the situation and shows that she truly is a heroine.
I wanted to love Apocalyptic Moon and it certainly had a lot of potential; for me, personally, it fell flat overall. My main problem was with the characters. I just couldn’t connect with them enough, and they were more apt to annoy me than to elicit any other, more positive response. What saved the overall grade from being lower was the ending, which just goes to show that a good strong finish can certainly help wipe a bad taste out of your mouth....more