Sometimes endings make or break a book. In this case, the ending to The Red Queen saved it, at least in my opinion.
I've seen this book circling the bSometimes endings make or break a book. In this case, the ending to The Red Queen saved it, at least in my opinion.
I've seen this book circling the blogisphere for awhile now, and I had largely ignored it, despite many recommendations to read it stat! It wasn't that I didn't have an interest, but sometimes books are hyped too much for me to really believe they are that awesome. What I didn't like in the Red Queen Sometimes I got bored.
The Red Queen was a little slow for me in many of its sections. I wouldn't say I was necessarily bored reading it, but the pace lagged a little, especially in the parts where Mare is at the castle near the Stilts and circumnavigating her new life. I understand what Aveyard was trying to do; it was clearly character-building to set up the latter part of the novel. But I think that can be accomplished without the plot-dragging.
Nothing surprised me.
I was surprised by nothing, really. Not even the ending, despite that I did enjoy the ending. I was always suspicious of certain characters and when my suspicions panned out, it was a kind of a let-down to have been right the whole time. I don't like when an author leads the reader around by the nose and throws obvious hints as to what is going to happen. For me, that doesn't build anticipation, it just makes me impatient and ready to get on with things, since I'm sure I already know what is going to happen. I like when authors surprise me!
But that's not to say that I didn't like The Red Queen, because I do give it 4 stars.
Now...what I liked about The Red Queen Mare was an awesome protagonist.
I really loved Mare as a character. She comes from this broken part of her society, where there is no value placed on life unless you are wealthy or have an ability. It very much reminds me of Katniss from the Hunger Games, though I am loathe to compare anything to that franchise, because it isn't fair to either. However, their life experiences are very much the same: poor family, desolate living conditions, unfair disadvantages. Mare was a character with many flaws, but I thought those flaws made her the perfect heroine to this story.
So was Cal.
Cal, aka heir to the throne, was multi-faceted. He was extremely loyal to whatever causes he believed in, as well as to his family and his world. He was not a character who was easily blinded, but more so, I felt that he so badly wanted to see the good in his father's ideas and personality, that he was willing to ignore all the bad things that were happening right in front of him.
World-building was easy to get into.
The world-building was done pretty well. Aveyard describes the Stilts as brown and dirty and old, and the people in it as defeated and unable to fight. I felt a sense of acceptance from most of the Reds in this story that this was their life and it would never be better. Likewise, she describes the Silver cities as opulent and shiny...and ruthless. Much like the Capitol in Panem. There I go making another Hunger Games comparison!
That ending tho!
The ending was spectacular. Where the rest of the story dragged along a little bit, the ending was fast-paced, bloody and violent. Exactly the kind of ending I want to see in a novel like this. And while I wasn't surprised by who's and the how's, I was surprised by a few other things that I can't really talk about without spoiling the story for those who haven't read it yet.
Overall, a solid damn read, and I plan to get on the Glass Sword as soon as it's available to me.This book may have been provided in exchange for an honest review, and therefore will be noted on the original post.
Back off, ladies, Etienne St. Clair is my boyfriend. And I pretty much loved him, Anna and this entire novel from the start.
Everyone has told me how mBack off, ladies, Etienne St. Clair is my boyfriend. And I pretty much loved him, Anna and this entire novel from the start.
Everyone has told me how much they just adored ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, but I have always resisted, mostly because the hardback cover doesn’t do a lot for me and neither does the title. I’m the kind of reader you need to market from top to bottom. But Stephanie Perkins was in town with a handful of other authors in February for a signing and once again, friends were telling me how amazeballs her books are, so I broke my book-buying ban and grabbed them.
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS did not disappoint! It was fun and snarky and easy to read. It also didn’t lose the seriousness I like hidden within the pages of the novels I read. I like fluff when buried underneath are messages to the reader. I want to be able to nod along with the writing and be all, “I totally get you, giiiiirl.” ANNA is no exception. She is the quintessential American girl, is nerdy, but not ashamed of it, and wears Batman pajamas. I totally loved her.
Anna’s foray into a foreign country for the school year was both fun and heartbreaking as she tries to accept the changes in her life, the loss of her friends who are back home in the ATL, and new social customs. Oh and learning French. Can’t forget the French. Perkins’ descriptions really brought me into the book, and into Paris, SOAP, as I walked the streets with Anna and her Parisian friends. I could wax poetic about Perkins’ writing, but you’ve probably read it, I don’t need to. If you haven’t read it… ah! DO IT NOW.
The relationships Anna has to learn how to forge are brilliantly done and realistic: Anna and her parents, Etienne and his parents, Anna and Etienne. ANNA AND ETIENNE. Le sigh. The two of them together were ridiculously cute and romantic and I loved that they have so many misses. Anna’s friends bring such a nice roundness to the novel; there is something wrong with all of them, whether it’s insecurities, family troubles, liking a boy you know you can never have. Hey, we’ve all been there, right?
Overall, this is a sweetly romantic novel that melts your heart in all the right places. ...more
I am a total and complete fan of the Shatter Me series. In fact, out of the three books and two novellas, only one has been less than and 5-star and tI am a total and complete fan of the Shatter Me series. In fact, out of the three books and two novellas, only one has been less than and 5-star and trust me when I say it wasn’t the writing, I just didn’t like that character too much. IGNITE ME is an epic conclusion that will satisfy all of Mafi’s fans…yes, even those “team” fans!
After the endings of the last few series I’ve read (and felt disappointed in), I was actually really scared to read IGNITE ME. I literally chanted to myself as I cracked open my ebook, “please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck.” There is nothing worse than a horrible ending to a really great series #I’mlookingatyouAllegiant!
But I was so blown away by this incredible ending, my fears were completely unfounded. IGNITE ME is not only excellent, but worthy of standing up with SHATTER ME and UNRAVEL ME. It is the ending to end all endings, it leaves you with hope and wanting more.
Mafi wraps the plot up neatly and still lets the reader choose some details for themselves. There are no definitive “afters” unless she someday chooses to write any (but I personally hope she doesn’t). Omega Point has been destroyed in battle and there are few survivors. Those who are left form an uneasy alliance with Warner who has his own agenda to play out. The love triangle between Juliette, Warner and Adam continues, but can I just say I’ve always thought there was only one right person for Juliette?
OH. CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVE YALL. DAYUM.
This is a young adult, so don’t worry, it’s clean (except for maybe some language here or there), but Mafi knows how to write sex scenes that JUST. GET. UNDER. YOUR. SKIN. I told my fiance to stop talking to me during dinner because it was almost too much to bear and he was breaking my concentration. And even though there is nothing naughty, it is still hotter than any of the steamiest adult sexy times I’ve read, which just goes to show it’s not the words but how you put them down. And homegirl knows how to put them down. Like, whoa.
I was really happy with the direction of this novel, and with Juliette’s character. Juliette spent much of SHATTER ME getting to know her powers and learning some self-confidence, and then the majority of UNRAVEL ME digressing into someone who needed to be sheltered and was very weak. Someone who should be pitied. She experiences major growth in IGNITE ME, and it is some of the best character growth I’ve seen. She went from someone who cried herself to sleep at night to a woman who could quite literally crack the earth or move mountains if she so chose.
A lot of IGNITE ME focuses on the romance aspect and resolution between characters, so if you’re expecting a ton of action, well…don’t. I will say there is a lot of buildup to a battle that didn’t take up much page time in the book, and normally this would irritate me in a “That’s it?!” fashion, but here it didn’t bother me in the slightest. It just seemed to work.
And I don’t think it needs to be said, but…
OF COURSE I’M STILL TEAMWARNER. DUH.
Stupendous finale. Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven. Only Friends fans will get that joke. ...more
Even though I had heard that Fracture Me was from Adam’s point of view, I still decided to read Fracture Me because there is this trend where novella’Even though I had heard that Fracture Me was from Adam’s point of view, I still decided to read Fracture Me because there is this trend where novella’s contain pertinent information for series books and need to be read to understand the next book in the story. The Shatter Me trilogy is no exception, so if you are thinking of skipping it because you’re #TeamWarner, don’t skip it! You still need to read it to find out what happens between Unravel Me and Ignite Me. But really the reason this I am not giving this a 4 or 5 is because I just don’t like Adam.
DON’T SKIP THIS BOOK, ADAM-HATERS.
That said, of the two novellas, and truthfully the entire series, this is the weakest and it’s all Adam’s fault. I really just don’t like him. He’s whiny, he doesn’t come off as very strong and he’s just blah. All talk, no action. Juliette needs someone strong. Someone who can touch her.
But I did notice some interesting things in Fracture Me and they make me sure – positive really – of who Juliette will ultimately end up with at the end of Ignite Me. You can only have one “this is the most important person in my life” person. Adam has one and Warner has one. And they are not the same. I’ll let you see if you can figure it out.
In Fracture Me, you’ll get lots of action, some despair, as the members of Omega Point deal with tragedy and set out on a rescue mission.
Oh and you also need to read it because the ending, omg. SERIOUSLY. I don’t know what you’re waiting for.
I first read Captivatedby Nora Roberts perhaps about 10 or 12 years ago, in the omnibus edition of the Donovan Legacy stories. I remember loving thisI first read Captivated by Nora Roberts perhaps about 10 or 12 years ago, in the omnibus edition of the Donovan Legacy stories. I remember loving this story of Morgana and Nash, mostly because I always enjoy romances where the two protagonists struggle to be together and need to resolve personal issues to do so. And also because #witchcraft.
Morgana is a witch. She's not the cackle-over-the-cauldron-while-she-mixes-potions kind of witch, but a modern witch who plays off her own eccentricities and runs a kitschy knick-knack shop in Monterey, California. She's confident and sexy, and basically the kind of woman we all want our daughters to be. Roberts writes her strongly, and you just can't help but to love her for her strength and tenacity to live an authentic life.
Nash is the typical guy with the baggage of having had a rough start to life. His compensation is stories, and he loves to tell them to the masses through the silver screen. He's an avoider; he'd rather divert conversations to pleasant topics or make jokes, than fight about anything. He writes about the supernatural, but he's a skeptic and only believes what he can see. And who can blame him?
Seeing Morgana and Nash come together (because this is a Nora novel, so HEA is a given!), was so sweet. Nash is full of stereotypes and he applies them to all the things he sees around him, until he meets Morgana. It was so captivating to see how they challenged each other, smoothed out each other's rough edges to settle into a couple that fits like they were made for each other. Watching their story unfold, and seeing Nash slowly believe the unbelievable was incredibly sweet.
I just love Nora Roberts. She writes novels you can easily settle into, the kind that make you wish for flames crackling in the fireplace while you sip a mug of hot chocolate. Narrator 4-1-1 Therese Plummer is an awesome narrator! I was captivated (hehe) by her story-telling, and she played all the parts easily. She was just super easy to listen to and I would definitely buy more audios she has narrated.This book may have been provided in exchange for an honest review, and therefore will be noted on the original post....more
I'm not entirely sure how to review this without fangirling all over MacLeod Andrews....but I'ma give it my best damn shot.
Like Captivated, I firstI'm not entirely sure how to review this without fangirling all over MacLeod Andrews....but I'ma give it my best damn shot.
Like Captivated, I first read Entranced by Nora Roberts a little more than a decade ago. I absolutely love Roberts' paranormal romances. They feature strong, independent women, and men who are just sensitive enough to make you swoon, but not so overly sensitive that you want to roll your eyes backwards into your brain.
Basically, she writes the kind of men I'd bang (if I wasn't married and stuff - I love you, honey, please don't divorce me).
Whilst Captivated featured Morgana's story, Entranced focuses on her sexy older cousin, Sebastian, who is a bit of a psychic, but much more than that. Morgana's gift was true witchcraft; Sebastian's is being able to see someone's future, and tracking things by their psychic imprint (or something like that, because it's never really explained, it's just accepted that he can find people from things). Where Morgana uses her gift as an entrepreneur, Sebastian uses his to aid law enforcement in finding missing persons and/or criminals.
Let me take a moment here to say, I really love how she makes the Donovans humble, good-hearted people who use their gifts to harm none. Okay, just kidding, Sebastian isn't really so humble. But he's not an asshole, he's instead confident AND caring.
In some ways, I like Sebastian's story more than Morgana's. Now I'm familiar with the family and frankly, Sebastian sets my loins on fire, so there's that, too. But more than those things, he's strong without being overbearing, and he's mysterious. She makes you want to get to know him. And when he meets Mary Ellen, aka Mel, there are fireworks!
Mel is a PI in the Monterey area and has taken on the case of her friend Rose, whose little boy has gone missing. She's a cynic, much like Nash was in Captivated, and it's hard for her to accept that things are not always as she was told. So when Rose wants to meet the psychic to see if he can tell where her son was taken, Mel is derisive and insulted. But because she's a good person, she does it for her friend anyway.
The sparks fly between Sebastian and Mel immediately. He wants to prove to her his ability but it chaps his ass that he should need to prove anything, so he's reigning himself in. She wants him to go kick rocks, but she's stupidly attracted to him, and since there are no better leads than this "psychic business", she decides to work with him. Er, let him work with her, being a strong woman who don't need no man, and all that. And thus begins an uncomfortable and charming romance that sweeps them both unexpectedly from their feet. I really loved the verbal sparring and sexual tension between them.
Just another Nora novel to sink into on the beach or during a lazy weekend when you want to get that HEA! Narrator 4-1-1 Wow, see, so I managed to not spew my love of MacLeod Andrews' voice all over this review... until now. I cannot begin to tell you how sexy his voice is. It should be criminal. Will I listen to more audios by him? What a stupid question. I'm going to go out of my way to find more of his work, and stare at his picture. And just be a creep in general.This book may have been provided in exchange for an honest review, and therefore will be noted on the original post....more
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. Not because she writes stellar, thought-provoking novels, or thrilling novels, but because she has perfectNora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. Not because she writes stellar, thought-provoking novels, or thrilling novels, but because she has perfected a formula that is easy to settle into and just enjoy.
It’s also part of my issue with her novels: because she is formulaic, they almost never deviate and there are no surprises. She works in pairs and threes, especially in her paranormal novels, and it’s always very obvious where she is taking the story and that characters are going to get their HEA. But, like I said, that’s why she’s so enjoyable, too. You know what you’re gonna get.
Blood Brothers starts out innocently, and centered around 3 boyhood friends who accidentally open the portal for something evil that then terrorizes their small Maryland town for seven straight days every seven years. The townsfolk never remember what they’ve done, and each time is stronger and worse. The boys, now men, are nowhere close to solving how to close off whatever is terrorizing them, or knowing exactly what it is.
I enjoyed this, but I’m struggling to find much to say about it. It’s a standard Nora Roberts paranormal romance novel, so it has everything one of her fans is looking for. It’s comfortable, it’s easy to get into, and it’s fun. She always writes likable characters, because she’s just really perfected that. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever run into a character written by her I didn’t like. But I’m so used to her writing, that I’d like her to shake me up a bit, do something out of the ordinary. My favorite novels by her continue to be her earlier works like Montana Sky and Genuine Lies, because they’re different and dangerous. Now I think she just writes things that are…easy.
Either way, Nora Roberts fans will still like what she offers!
This is cute and some of her entries are certainly prophetic. The health clinic prank really made me laugh! Fans of the Something Borrowed series willThis is cute and some of her entries are certainly prophetic. The health clinic prank really made me laugh! Fans of the Something Borrowed series will like this short story....more
I wanted to fill this review with smart-ass memes of Katy Perry kissing Justin Bieber and play off tThis review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.
I wanted to fill this review with smart-ass memes of Katy Perry kissing Justin Bieber and play off the “I Kissed A Girl” song, but as I tried to do this and write the review in a light and off-hand way, I realized that The Miseducation of Cameron Post deserves more than that from me. Miseducation is a broad and defiant look into what it takes for a teenager to come into their own – especially when they are gay. It is beautiful and poignant, and to put it simply, it’s become a Bawdy Favorite. Danforth’s writing is fluid and in some instances, dreamy, pulling you into the story one word at a time, until you are surely gripped by the pages, a movie playing behind your eyes.
Cameron’s world changes in so many ways one day when she kisses her best friend, Irene. And then does it again, only to have their sleepover interrupted by the tragic news that her parents have died in a car accident on their way home from Quake Lake. Her first thought: thank god they didn’t find out I kissed a girl. And so begins the story of Cameron Post and her journey to finding herself, despite – and in spite of – the obstacles in her path: her conservative Aunt Ruth, Coley Taylor, Promise (a de-gaying boarding school for youth), and the other influences in her life.
Miseducation is unapologetic and honest. It’s a young adult novel, but it’s for mature teenagers and audiences, because the themes addressed inside these delicious, glorious pages are not for the weak or faint of heart. It’s already a tough job to grow up, but when you are radically “different,” especially in the late 80s and early 90s, when HIV/AIDS is considered an epidemic and the word gay is still taboo, it’s especially difficult to find yourself and figure out YOU. Cameron is a (lackadaisical &) defiant sort of character, determined that even though others see a path for her, she won’t take it. She’d rather kiss girls in abandoned hospitals or smoke weed with her best guy friend, Jaimie. She’s also not an “I’m a lesbian, hear me roar” type of girl, either. Instead, she questions herself, knowing that how she is “supposed” to feel isn’t how she does feel, so how does she reconcile that? She’s not openly destructive, she’s not depressed or a cutter. She just wants to be happy and she doesn’t want to deny who she really is, but at the same time, she wants to please the people who love her.
Her friend, Coley Taylor, changes everything, but I really don’t want to put too much emphasis on her as a character. I didn’t feel strongly for her one way or another, other than she is a catalyst for a lot of Big Things happening and transitioning the story. I did find scenes between Cameron and Coley hot, but more importantly, it didn’t matter that it happens between two girls. It could have been a girl and a boy, and it would have felt just as innocent to me, in the way that youth exploring their sexuality can be.
So many great and sad things, and enraging things, happen in Miseducation, and it’s saddening to know that a lot of this happens in real life to real people. I am not going to go into any more of the story, because there are so many horrid and wonderful things throughout the multiple years that span Cameron’s life in the novel, and they should be left as surprises to the reader.
Religion plays a large role in Miseducation, but it doesn’t feel overly preachy and heavy-handed. It’s more along the lines of Cameron trying to determine for herself where exactly God and sin fit in with her life, because she doesn’t feel like she’s sinning, even if her Aunt Ruth and those running Promise tell her so. There’s also the whole parents-have-died thing, and having to face the possibility of what comes after death. As you know, religion is complicated.
I admit I was frustrated with the ending. I wanted to know more about the future for these characters I grew to love, what becomes of them, rather than let my imagination run wild. I will, however, beg you to read it, because this review…it’s a cop out. It doesn’t do such great literature justice. Not in any way....more
I figured I needed to read Radiant before I get to Boundless, because you know these authors love to include lOriginally posted at The Bawdy Book Blog
I figured I needed to read Radiant before I get to Boundless, because you know these authors love to include little tidbits in their novellas. I didn’t want to feel left behind!
Radiant is told in alternating first-person, between Angela and Clara. They’ve taken off for Rome for the summer after their graduation, to stay with Angela’s Italian family. Angela manages to deftly avoid questions about the Italian boy she’s been seeing during her summers there; meanwhile, Clara continues to miss Tucker and have visions, going into catatonic-like states – sometimes right in front of the Zerbinos, who then talk about her in Italian, not knowing she understands every word they say.
She’s much nicer than I am.
Angela acts like a best friend should, however, and is her shield during their stay. But things change between the girls when Angela sees her ex for the first time in a year, and begins acting all kinds of Shady Suzy.
Radiant is a great teaser, and while I still haven’t gotten to read Boundless, it makes me that much more excited for it. It delivers juicy tidbits about the angels, and Angela in particular, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Because, dude, Angela has been keeping secrets. Secrets about boys, about her past, about everything! Her boyfriend – or whatever he is – Phen is someone I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’m leaning one particular way, based on his caginess, but he could surprise me in Boundless (if he’s in it). If there is one thing I think I learned from Radiant, it’s that I trust Clara’s judgement.
So, in short, I need Boundless. Like, yesterday....more
Easily one of the best novels I have ever read – er, listened to – Easy by Tammara Webber is emotional, uplifting, and empowering. I think every womanEasily one of the best novels I have ever read – er, listened to – Easy by Tammara Webber is emotional, uplifting, and empowering. I think every woman should read it.
Jacqueline Wallace followed her high school boyfriend to college, despite being an incredibly talented musician, where a music conservatory would have been better suited to her collegiate and musical needs and advancement. She was in love and shunned the criticism of her high school music teachers and her parents. Three years together with her boyfriend Kennedy and she thought she had most of her life figured out; she never thought he would dump her to “bang co-eds with shameless abandon.”
But he did. And the result of that leads her to a Greek party with her roommate, where one of Kennedy’s frat brothers sees an opening to Jacqueline, now that Kennedy is out of the way, for his own twisted agenda.
If you have read other reviews, you know that Easy opens with a near-rape scene. It’s uncomfortable, it’s controversial, but…it’s very real. Some books use rape, or any controversial topic, really, to make the book. And honestly, Easy is no different, but it’s incredibly well-done and delivered with a very specific message that when someone violates your body, you can recover from it if you are empowered to do so. It also shows that rape is not just about the two involved in the encounter: it’s like throwing a pebble into a pond, and watching the ripples spread out, because rape has adverse affects on those around the victim, not just the victim herself. Enter Lucas, bad boy-extraordinaire.
Lucas is the Bad Boy Ever Girl Dreams About, with his broad shoulders, gray eyes and shaggy, dark hair. He is not just a way for Jacqueline to get over Kennedy; he is a savior, he is her outlet for desire, he is her safe zone. He might be everything she ever wanted that she didn’t even know she craved. He is full of his own secrets, and no, he isn’t above reproach, but he walks through life knowing he isn’t perfect, and yet, I think he strives to achieve perfection.
Holy shitballs, I lusted after him.
Jacqueline’s roommate, Erin, is the friend every girl needs. She is brazen and confident, and always has her shit-kicking shoes on, no matter if they are platform heels or not. She’s also incredibly supportive when she finds out about Jacqueline’s attack and urges Jacqueline to become self-reliant and able to defend herself. She’s funny and, while the polar opposite to Jacqueline’s studious, quiet nature, not as brainless as she passes herself off to be in the beginning.
There are a myriad of other characters that really flesh out the story: Buck the Rapist, Kennedy the Ex-Boyfriend, Professor Heller, Mindy the Other Victim, the Greeks, and Landon the Tutor. They were all really great (well, except Buck, what a dickhead!) and they rounded out the story perfectly.
But let me tell you how Easy made me feel:
The first night after listening to the book, I dreamed I was raped. It was that well done and I was that emotionally disturbed by the story that I dreamed about it. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and every chance I had, I was listening to this book. It felt compulsory, like I needed to be there with Jacqueline to go through this time with her. My heart raced through the “pages” with Jacqueline and Lucas, and I railed against the obstacles that faced each of them and kept them from being together where they so obviously belonged. I wanted them together, dammit!
Rape is a very central theme to this story; even if it makes you uncomfortable, I still urge you to read it, because it elaborates how it knits people so closely together, and how a community of friends can build from it. It’s super-rare that a book makes me feel so emotionally attached to its characters and Easy deserves every star it has earned from me.
Tara Sands does a great job narrating the audio version of Easy by Tammara Webber. She has a wide range of voices, although she did sometimes mix them up between the characters, which would occasionally throw me off. It didn’t happen often, just enough for me to notice when I got into the story and was able to distinguish who was whom. Her pace and accents were fabulous and I will definitely look for more audios narrated by her....more
Boundless by Cynthia Hand was the perfect ending to a wonderful series that left the warm fuzzies inThis review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.
Boundless by Cynthia Hand was the perfect ending to a wonderful series that left the warm fuzzies in my heart. Some would say it’s too perfect, but I thought it was just right. ;)
Clara and Angela have returned from Italy and are starting their first year at Stanford, with Christian in tow, because Stanford is where Angela knows her vision is supposed to come to life. Clara is still mourning the loss of her relationship with the cowboy hottie, Tucker; Christian is biding his time before he makes a move on Clara; and Angela is determined to work out more details of her vision, while maintaining her fabulous grades. It’s a damn shame life doesn’t go according to your plans, even when you’re an angelblood. The plot in Boundless is darker now, after everything that transpired in Hallowed. The Dark Wings are after Clara, and really, the Triplare. Sam is stalking Clara, but, he doesn’t seem like the typical Dark Wing to me. Something about him appeals to my sympathy, like he wants to be redeemable. He always has actually. Perhaps his sorrow reached through the pages to me! Angela is determined to complete her vision, if she could just understand it. She strikes me as selfish in Boundless, because her focus starts to be solely on herself, and I was frustrated with her. But I didn’t love her any less. The love triangle is in full effect. Clara loves Tucker but they aren’t together anymore. Add to that he’s human, and she is confident they can’t be together ever, because how would that even work? She’s always liked and been attracted to Christian, who likes and is attracted to her right back, but patiently waits for her to get over Tucker, before making a move. Tucker spends his time like any dumped cowboy: pissed off and missing his girl. Only one person is actually right for her, and I’m not spilling the beans! Here’s the thing: I never really expected to like the Unearthly series as much as I did. Truth be told, it’s kind of sweet for my tastes, but somehow I still love it to itty bitty pieces. I could go between the books and forget about the characters, but that didn’t mean they were forgettable; as soon as I cracked open those pages, I was lost to the Unearthly world once again, and it just doesn’t let me go once that happens. It’s become one of my favorite series. Boundless is a fabulous conclusion. It’s the kind of ending that you want for a series like this. Yes, it could be considered too tidy, because somehow everything works out but I liked that about it. I wanted all my favorite characters to be happy and satisfied for a change, not get a bittersweet ending where compromises are to be had. And I suppose compromises are had here, because not everyone gets their ultimate HEA (there is a love triangle after all!). Hand leaves enough open that she could potentially write a spinoff series and if she does, well…..Hand, you’ve made a believer in me. And…I am sad that it is over.
I don’t think that I can give The Fault In Our Stars the praise it most certainly deserves. SThis review was originally posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.
I don’t think that I can give The Fault In Our Stars the praise it most certainly deserves. So let me tell you a little story:
I’m driving down I-95 on my way to South Carolina last weekend to see my family for my cousin’s wedding. I decided I’d finish The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, because I had started it the weekend before and 7 hours in the car was the perfect time for some interrupted audiobook listening (without my boyfriend mocking me, I might add).
John Green’s writing nearly caused 1) an accident, because I was getting so wrapped up in the story, that I was spacing out and not really paying attention to the road (did I mention it rained my entire drive down?), and 2) me to pull over because The Fault In Our Stars caused me such excruciatingly painful (and awesome!) feels, that I didn’t think I could keep driving.
I had to turn it off and listen to Ke$ha for a little while. True story.
This was my first John Green novel. It won’t be my last. I Loved it with a capital “L”. Yep, capital “L” Love. The exquisite and emotional story tugged at me in ways very few novels have. I can probably tick them off on one hand, honestly. Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are like two star-crossed lovers in my mind. Fated, but their infinity together is unfairly small. Bound together by cancer, they bond, not just with each other, but with the idea that they will not live forever, so they MUST LIVE NOW. And live they do.
John Green doesn’t keep The Fault In Our Stars all sobs and heartbreak. He somehow knows what it’s like, that to have cancer, you must have a sense of humor about life and all the things in it. So many scenes, or small quotes from the characters themselves had me laughing out loud. I quickly fell in love with all of them. The story told from a teenaged girl’s point-of-view is brilliant brilliant BRILLIANT with a capital B. I’ve only been on one side of cancer; now I can say I’ve been on the other, through Hazel and Gus.
So, spoiler alert, we’re talking about kids with cancer. (view spoiler)[There is no happily-ever-after in this story. (hide spoiler)]There is only before and after. I appreciated the realistic concept, rather than a, “Surprise! You’re cured!” approach I think some authors would take. Green is not afraid to make his readers feel, or think. And that’s what The Fault In Our Stars does: it makes you think, about life, death, mortality, the Before and the After, and what you are making of your life now.
Basically what I’m saying is, this book deserves the highest praise and I bow down its greatness and John Green.
My Favorite Quote:
“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
This audiobook is narrated by Kate Rudd, who performs beautifully. I will certainly look for more novels narrated by her. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I like cowboys paired with romance paired with Christmas. It’s like magic to my brain and eyes and I just nI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I like cowboys paired with romance paired with Christmas. It’s like magic to my brain and eyes and I just nomnomnom it right up. A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne is no exception and I wish it had actually gone on a little longer, although, I suppose it was great just the way it was. This actually appears to be part of a series, and upon research on Goodreads, it seems I picked the 11th – and most recent – book in the series to grab up. Looks like I have some reading to do! A Cold Creek Noel centers on Caidy Bowman and Ben Caldwell, the new vet who has moved to town with his two children, with plans to escape his past. But Caidy is trying to escape hers, as well. Or rather, at least trying to forget it by stymieing herself from moving on, and staying at the Bowman ranch forever. Unfortunately (fortunately ) for her, Ben shakes her world up, forcing her to look herself in the mirror, and face her future. I enjoyed A Cold Creek Noel a lot! It had just the right amount of romance, without being overly sickeningly sweet, which for me, is the biggest turn-off in romance. The interplay between Caidy and Ben was great; there is a lot of push and pull between them, and as the reader, I know where I want them to end up, so it’s just frustrating enough to keep reading – and rooting – for them. I also really liked the familial bonds within the story and characters: it all felt very realistic, and not like the set of some Norman Rockwell painting where everything is hunky dory. Certainly there is conflict, but it’s obvious this family loves each other. The plot…I’m not sure what more I can say about the plot. It’s a standard romance novel, with a bit of holiday thrown in. Caidy really needs to go on a path of self-discovery before she can love someone else. And you know what? So does Ben, but they can also traverse the path together, as friends would. You know what else I really liked? The entire premise for this story begins with Caidy’s dog getting gored by her bull, prompting her to take Luke to see the vet. There is quite a bit of talk throughout the novel about the care of animals, and how much they can become family. This spoke volumes to me, but I really loved that it was done without being preachy. Overall, the setting was fabulous. I pictured everything as I believe the author intended, but it’s hard not to. I’ve been out in that area before (not specifically Utah, but out West in general) and it’s picturesque. I think this is a great romance novel to sink your teeth into, especially for the holiday season, and I know I’ll be looking up more from this author and, specifically, this series....more
While I didn’t dislike Home In Time for Christmas, it wasn’t without its faults. A very cuThis review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog>/a>.
While I didn’t dislike Home In Time for Christmas, it wasn’t without its faults. A very cute Christmas read, if you can step outside of reality for a second – and forget a thing or two you learned in middle school history class.
Home In Time for Christmas centers around Jake and Melody, two people from very different times. Jake, a colonist from the 18th century, abruptly finds himself in 21st century Massachusetts, rather than the end of the noose from which he was dangling, right when Melody hits him with her car on a snowy, slick day. Thus begin a series of “I-don’t-believe-yous” and “This-can’t-be-reals” while Jake just wants to find a way home to his sister, feeling guilty for leaving her behind.
So…I like Christmas romance novels. There is something sweet about them that just makes my heart melt (and it’s hard to do that, no lie). I typically don’t deal well with insta-love in books, but Christmas romances work well for me because the season makes me feel squishy inside, so…I guess I can accept it LOL. Home In Time for Christmas was fun to read; the interplay between Melody and Jake was great, and actually, there was no feeling of insta-love (although timeline-wise, I guess not much time passes, so technically, it all still happens pretty fast) and their verbal sparring was entertaining. I also had a good time reading the repartee between Melody and the rest of her family; they are definitely an odd family, but odd families are always fun at Christmas.
The plot, while obviously not believable, because DUH, time travel isn’t possible as far as I know, was interesting and had a bit of the paranormal, which is something that really speaks to me. So now we’ve got Christmas + romance + paranormal. Should equal win, right?
It didn’t, not quite. Things went along rather swimmingly, with the exception of two things, and they are things I just can’t get past. Remember before how I said forget what you learned in middle school history? Well, in this story, Jake was being hanged in 1776, right after the Declaration of Independence was signed. He tells Melody all about the time period, and also discusses the Constitution. But….the Constitution wasn’t written for more than a decade later! Believe me, I know, I’ve seen it, it lives only about 20 miles from me. It surprises me that not only did the author get this detail wrong, but it passed through the editors and publisher as well.
The other thing that bothered me was the ending. I liked where it ended, but getting there in the last couple of chapters just felt like Graham was dragging it out for the sake of getting a few more words in the book. At one point, I was just rolling my eyes, like, get on with it already. So while I liked the book – a lot really – these two sticking points (and the numerous typos found all throughout the book – Harlequin, what’s up with that, I paid for this thing!) were enough to drop the rating from maybe a 3 ½ to a 2.
That said, I did enjoy it, and I think anyone who enjoys Christmas + Romance will enjoy Home In Time for Christmas, so I still recommend it....more
I am 100%, fully, irrevocably invested in the Covenant series now. What began, for me, as a questionable beginning, seemingly too similar to another sI am 100%, fully, irrevocably invested in the Covenant series now. What began, for me, as a questionable beginning, seemingly too similar to another series I’ve read and enjoyed, has become a favored set of books, books I would throw down with a fireman over, should my apartment catch ablaze and I need to save my worldly possessions (provided they weren’t ebooks and already on my iPad which would already be in my purse as I deftly jumped out my window to safety. Don’t worry, I’m on the ground floor.). Sorry, I got caught up. Jennifer Armentrout has created a world and a love story matched in very few other young adult books. Some would liken it to Rose and Dimitri of Vampire Academy (I do go on and on about that series, don’t I?), because it was epic and spanned across six novels. Armentrout also has the ability to make her reader (or at least ME) bounce back and forth in the love triangle. Am I Team Aiden or am I Team Seth? I thought I knew in the first book, and then I thought I was sure I knew who I liked in the second. Now I just don’t know. Damn that’s some good writing. Deity picks up shortly after Pure leaves off: Alex is back at the Covenant after returning from New York with Seth, trying to get over the trauma of having killed a Pure, and letting Aiden “cover it up.” She’s nearing the day of her Awakening, her bond with Seth is growing stronger, and she feels more conflicted than ever about him, but still maintains her love for Aiden. Compound that with the fact that someone on the Council wants her dead and she’s got herself a little quandary. She is desperately seeking to know who is trying to kill her, doesn’t know who to trust and is struggling between who she loves and whom to which she’s Fated. By the way, she ain’t a fan of Fate. All the characters take on so much more dimension in Deity, more than I thought possible, and this is something I give credit to any author, but I especially give credit to Armentrout for making me like a main character I was ambivalent to in the beginning. Alex has done a lot of growing in these three books, so I can’t imagine what is in store for her next. I also knew there was more to Seth than met the eye, that he was keeping secrets, but the depth of those secrets, and the reasoning behind them (if I’ve even really learned them yet) was somewhat of a surprise. He has a cruel streak in him, but he’s not irredeemable. There is something good in him, if Alex can only draw it out. The small short at the end of Pure from Seth’s POV truly encapsulates his good nature, even if it’s inconsistent and he often hides it. Aiden is without a doubt the rock of these books, never changing, always constant and dependable. In fact, if you look up “dependable” in the dictionary, I bet you’ll find Aiden’s picture next to it. It’s hard for me to like to good boys sometimes, but I do like Aiden, and my fondness for him grew exponentially throughout Deity, although I can’t go into details. Let’s just say he’s the reason for my little Team Love Triangle crisis I have going on in my head. I’m sure you can guess by now that I thought Deity was an excellent follow-up to Half-Blood and Pure. But I wanted to throw… no, wait, I wanted to slug the book (except I can’t, because it’s digital) at someone or something when I reached the ending. Dammit, I was so mad! Unlike other fangirls, because I was very “meh” at the beginning of the series, I did no real research into how many books were in it. I very incorrectly assumed it was a trilogy and thought Alex would be getting her HEA at the end of Deity. I assumed wrong, and Deity ends on a ridiculously awful awesome cliffhanger that left me gnashing my teeth on my knuckles, whimpering because I can’t believe an author would do something so terrible to me like leave me with an ending like that. Oh wait, Karen Moning did it with Dreamfever. Excuse me while I go rock myself in a corner now....more
Buh-buh-buh-brilliant! Initially, a bit disappointed in the similarities between Half-Blood and Vampire Academy, PURE so vastly deviates from the VA sBuh-buh-buh-brilliant! Initially, a bit disappointed in the similarities between Half-Blood and Vampire Academy, PURE so vastly deviates from the VA storyline, I am floored by the plot twists. And jonesin’ for my next fix. Pure finds Alex at the Covenant, working on her training with Aiden…and Seth. She is the Second Apollyon, something to be feared – or praised and worshipped – for the future she might bring to her kind. She continues to struggle between her need for Aiden and her hatred at being fated for someone else, if the prophesies are correct. Fate’s a fickle bitch. Like I said, I had some misgivings regarding how similar Half-Blood was to Vampire Academy, and I created a cute little chart to show those similarities. But I was told by other readers that Pure is nothing like Vampire Academy, that it is fresh and full of awesome, and that I MUST give it a chance. Hell, it wasn’t hard to talk me into it, because I did enjoy the first one. Like, yeah, okay, I GET IT YOU GUYS, READ PURE. Yes, Pure is purely awesome. I loved it. Jennifer Armentrout takes the first book to a whole new level. Alex is fresh off the “I-just-killed-my-daemon-mom” boat and trying to move on, go to class, and train. She feels the pull between Aiden and Seth, something that confuses her on a level she isn’t used to. Not used to questioning herself, she stops to think more often and is less the petulant teenager she was in Half-Blood. She’s growing up, y’all, and I really like who she’s becoming. Seth is something of a mystery in Pure. I totally jumped on the Team Seth bandwagon. Aiden who? Seth may come off as cocky, but somewhere beneath that shiny exterior is a guy who I think really cares. Do I suspect that there is something else he isn’t telling us? Yes. But that just makes him sexy and dangerous, and this girl drooled all over her iPad during every one of his scenes. Nomnomnom. For you Team Aiden folks, never fear. He’s all over and then some in Pure. There isn’t a thing he wouldn’t do for Alex, and I do mean NOT ONE THING. He seems to deeply care, but it’s reminiscent of the whole “Edward Cullen I-have-to-quit-you-because-it’s-dangerous” façade he had going on. Please man, grow some balls already. Maybe I just like the bad boys; after all, I liked Adrian over Dimitri in Vampire Academy. The plot was very fresh. I really had a hard time putting it down, because I needed to know what happened next. Things have changed, halfs can become Daemons, it’s next to impossible to know them by sight, and…they are not just aether-crazed draining machines. They are capable of cognizant organization and planning. Oh, but let’s throw more into the mix: they aren’t the only threat to Alex and the Gang. Nope. But I’ll just leave it at that. There is also a lot of laughter, love, and fighting thrown in…Pure has some kick-ass action scenes. And it tore my heart up when a favorite character left us. Overall, Armentrout has created a fab second in a series, where often, the second lacks and is just the device to get you from first to third. That is not the case here; Pure is exciting and riveting, so much so, that I needed to have and read Deity immediately. So, uh…excuse me, I’ll BRB....more