I lurk in the dark, but cannot be seen. Where the smell of death is often keen. Not alive, but still around. In the shadows I can be found. I know sec
I lurk in the dark, but cannot be seen. Where the smell of death is often keen. Not alive, but still around. In the shadows I can be found. I know secrets I cannot tell. Must find a way to escape this HELL! If I fail to break this ancient hex You too will be NEXT! - written by Beckie (me)
While pondering my words of what to say about this amazing book, this poem popped into my head, so I thought I would share it with you all since it's about the book. Now I dabble with writing poetry, and not often at that but for some reason this poem began to form in my mind. I like it quite well, don't you? It's written as if Delia is the author. Delia, our main character in the story was once alive but now is dead. In the beginning of the book Delia comes to inherit a rather large home from her recently deceased great-great Aunt Cordelia. Delia, her parents and her little sister Janie arrive at the home only to find out it's much more than a house but a former insane asylum used to house troubled girls properly named, Hysteria Hall.
On the first night inside Hysteria Hall things are already starting to get weird. Delia is hearing things in the night and seeing things from the corner of her eye. Screams come from down the hall from her sister Janie where she is found bound to her bed with straps. Delia wants to leave, like yesterday but is denied by her parents who feel she is just making things up. Little do they know things are about to get a LOT worse because something or someone is not about to let Delia leave.
Waking up the next morning Delia feels something is off. She hears screams from her family and goes to find out what has happened. She gets the shock of her life when she sees a dead body in a broken heap on the ground outside the house. A body she knows all too well...her own. Now devastated, scared and feeling lost Delia will have to rely on the other inhabitants who haunt the halls of Hysteria. Delia learns something very powerful and very evil has been killing residents of Hysteria Hall and if she is not careful her family will be next. She will need to unlock the mystery of the asylum before it's too late. Who can Delia trust and who is not who they appear to be?
You'll need to read the book to find out what lies next.
I am and forever will be a huge fan of the horror genre, not only in books but in movies as well. I love to be scared. I love the uncertainty of what will happen next. There's just something so fun and thrilling out being frightened. Katie Alender is my go-to author when I need a good scary read. The first books I read by her were the "Bad Girls Don't Die" series and let me tell you I was on the edge of my seat throughout the series. All three books I proudly own and have re-read. Katie is the QUEEN of Horror and knows how to masterfully craft her stories into something darkly haunting and originally frightening. Without a shadow of a doubt, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is my all time new favorite horror novel. It thrilled me, it gave me chills and at the end had me in tears.
This unforgettable read is one I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good scare, exquisite world-building, and a story that will leave you breathless.
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is one not to miss....you may be "sorry" you did. *evil laugh* ...more
The definition of Superlative is:of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing allMy review is also posted on my blog, Bittersweet Enchantment.
The definition of Superlative is:of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme.
This series is rightfully named in more ways the one. Author Jennifer Echols has once again written another book I that was not only extremely awesome but one I won't soon forget. Most Likely to Succeed is the third installment in this fun and flirty series. The story takes place within their senior year of high school with all the same characters we have grown to love from book one and two. This book focuses on vice-president of Student Council, Kaye Gordan and the school mascot, ladies man, and cute goofball, Sawyer De Luca.
Kaye is use to order and being the good girl she is brought up to be. Good grades, academics, and a boyfriend of three years....these's are what makes sense. Having a strict and overbearing Mother who always wants Kaye to be perfect is not easy, and is about to get a lot harder. Kaye and her boyfriend Aiden are not getting along and have been growing apart. Aiden has become mean, possessive, and distance. He's decided he wants a "break" from Kaye. Luckily Kaye was happy for the break because she has had a secret crush on Sawyer. Little does Kaye know Sawyer feels the same way. The problem is because they are both so different their relationship is strained. There are things Sawyer is not telling Kaye about his past as well as the issue of her Mother forbidding Kaye to date Sawyer. It's all one big mess, one that will either make or break this newfound romance. Are Kaye and Sawyer ready to fight for love or claim defeat? Read the book to find out!
There was just so much going on in this book, so much. I was cheering for Kaye and Sawyer. I totally ship them. Seeing how hard they fought to be with each other and dealing with their emotions is what really made this book stand out. There was so much conflict between both of them that they had to overcome and still find away to be honest with each other in order to make things work. Both characters grew up a lot during the process of the story. Kaye, seeing her life as her own and not living to please her Mother. Sawyer finally opening his heart to Kaye and allowing her to get close no matter what his past was or where his future lies.
I've said before in past reviews for Jennifer Echols books that she really knows how to make her readers fall in love with the characters and give them a romantic story that's unforgettable. This series keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next! ...more
Perfect Couple is the story of a boy and a girl who never thought twice about each other. Who barely haveReview also found @ myBittersweet Enchantment
Perfect Couple is the story of a boy and a girl who never thought twice about each other. Who barely have even spoken or much less hang out together. Until one day someone elects them for the yearbooks Superlatives, as the "Perfect Couple That Never Was". Now everything's about to change...
Has a passion for art and photography Parents are separated, lives with her Mom at a B&B they own Dating a boy name Kennedy, who is a total jerk Kind of a nerd, everyone loves her, dresses classy and vintage, accepting and kind Was elected the title "Perfect Couple That Never Was" with star quarterback Brody
High School jock star quarterback, hopes to play in college Is super hot but no conceited about it Dating "kind of" a cheerleader named Grace. Parents are divorced, lives with his Mom Was elected the title "Perfect Couple That Never Was" with school yearbook photogher, Harper
Harper and Brody seem to come from two different worlds, why they were paired together for this title for the yearbook has Harper totally baffled. She knows Brody is dating Grace. She knows she's dating as well and should not ever be thinking of Brody or how incredibly sexy he is. But more so, she knows Brody would never go for someone like her, glasses and all. Talking to Brody is now a must because Harper is in charge is taking the Superlatives photo's for the yearbook including her's and Brodys. To her surprise Brody is totally cool with the title, in fact he was even caught talking about it with her football friends. Could Brody maybe be into Harper? The more Harper and Brody spend time together because of the title they come to really get to know each other and both begin to feel something, a spark. A new friendship? Blooming romance? Possibly love? Against all odds, can two totally different people fall for each other or is the title "Perfect Couple That Never Was" spot on?!
Throughout the book I had such a mixed bag of feelings for this one. While I adored the first book in the series, Biggest Flirts this one was just not as good as I hoped it to be. I felt disconnected from the characters, I couldn't really form a bond with either Harper of Brody. The story felt rushed at times, and displaces in area's. I guess I just wanted more "POP, FIZZ, YEAAHHH" but I got "POP, FIZZ, Blah! The story itself was really good, the writing as always was beautifully done but there was just is missing element. I'm not sure how to describe it but have you ever watched a really good movie and you're enjoying it a lot but by the ending you're saying "That was it?!" Besides that I felt the book has a definite likability to it and was entertaining for the most part. If you love YA contemporary romance novels I would say give it a chance. Just because I wasn't blown away doesn't mean you won't be. There are a lot of great things about Perfect Couple I did love. Jennifer Echols knows her stuff when it comes to romance and writing steamy scenes between her characters. Although I only fell "in-like" and not "in-love" with Perfect Couple I will continue to read the rest of the series and remain a fan of the author. ...more
At one time or another most of us have dreamt of being a fairy tale character in a book or movie.My review can also be found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
At one time or another most of us have dreamt of being a fairy tale character in a book or movie. Whether you wished to be a princess in a tower awaiting your price to come and rescue you, or a evil queen bent on ruling the world. We all love the idea of having our happily ever after.
In the city of Beau Rivage fairy tales are real. The people of the Beau Rivage all are blessed or rather cused with one fairy tale or another. Vivian has the "Snow White" curse. We all know her story well. But what if the hired huntsman who is suppose to cut out her heart happens to be the love of her life. Hently and Viv have been friends all of their lives and now are in love. Hently knows what his curse says for him to do but is determined to find a way not to, for there is no way he could ever hurt the girl he loves.
Regina, Vivian's stepmother aka "The Evil Queen" is bent on killing Viv so she may be the fairest of the all. She will do whatever it takes to convince or force Hently to do what he is meant for, to cut out Viv's heart. Soon she becomes tired of waiting and decided to hire another huntsman to do the job for Hently. In the course of stopping the other huntsman from killing Viv, Hently disappears and is presumed dead. Viv is beside herself with grief and worry. Soon after an unexpected invitation arrives addressed to Viv to a underworld party which soon after lands her in a whole other world of problems. With turn of events, Viv now finds herself trapped in the underworld, like many others have come to be. Now Viv must find away to escape....but "someone" won't let her leave... To find out who and if she finally has her happily ever after, read the book!
First let me say I adored Kill Me Softly when I read it the beginning of 2012. When I found out that there was going to be another book in the series I was ecstatic! I knew I NEEDED to read it and ASAP. There was without a shadow of a doubt that once again I would adore the next book in the series. It was everything and more that I was expecting it to be. There was romance, mystery, adventure, and good vs evil. Tear you Apart was beautifully breath-taking and oh-so magical! I feel in love with the characters, the storyline and the enchanting world Sarah Cross crafted so perfectly around them. There were twists and turns I never saw coming. I laughed, cried, and cheered on Viv for she most definitely deserved her happy ending.
One other thing I really enjoyed about the book was how the characters from Kill Me Softy all made cameos in this book, and for the most part played much larger roles in Tear Me Apart than I expected them to. I felt they all blended well into the Snow White storyline and how the ending pans out.
Tear You Apart was so far my favorite book of this year. If you're going to read one fairy-tale retelling in 2015, TEAR YOU APART by Sarah Cross is absolutely the way to go. ...more
Personal note: Author Ron D. Voigts is my Dad. With that said I want to make sure that everyone understand that this doesn't reflect on my thoughts anPersonal note: Author Ron D. Voigts is my Dad. With that said I want to make sure that everyone understand that this doesn't reflect on my thoughts and feelings about his novel.
Before reading Strigoi: The Blood Bond I honestly had no clue what a "Strigoi" was. I had never really heard the name or looked into the meaning until my Dad decided to write about about one. My initial thought was "Oh great, another Vampire novel", like we don't have enough of those. I myself had tired of reading about Vampires. They are so very much overdone and possess similar stories. Although, I've learned Strigoi is different. They possess all of the traits on a vampire but have the ability to change their form, among other unique differences. With that said, now onto my review.
The story takes place in the present time. In the beginning we meet a very depressed and desperate man named, Alex Regal. Alex is about to commit suicide by blowing his brains out. He's soon to be divorced after finding his Wife in bed with another man. Alex feels killing himself is the only way out or is it? While the gun is literally in his mouth seconds away from firing there comes a knock at the door. A man named Krebs who is about to change Alex's life forever. He's inherited a large estate from a cousin he never knew he had. The home is in a unknown small town named Glade. Not many have ever heard of the town or ever will. With nothing else to lose Alex decided to give it go and check out the home. Little does he know, he may never be leaving again...
The town of Glade and the people in it are hiding a big secret. Nothing is as it seems. Upon visiting his late cousin's home and going over paperwork from the lawyer Alex decided to sell the house and be done with it. Upon leaving, his car mysterious breaks down, and now he's forced to stay. Alex comes to learn his cousin was mostly killed, and now something or someone is hunting him. The inhabitants of Glade will not let Alex leave, no matter what he tries all roads lead back to Glade. Alex is not the only outsider in Glade.
After having a huge fight with her boyfriend Krebs, and knocking him out, Maggie Morton accidentally discovers the town while driving to get away. She ends up hitting a tree and decided to walk to find civilization to call for a tow truck. Maggie ends up meeting Alex who also is new to the town. Soon Maggie is also taken prisoner as Alex is. As they both come learn more about Glade and the people who live here they discover something is definitely not right. Something very evil lives in the town of Glade and Alex and Maggie are about to come face to face with it. After a turn of events, the devilish truth about the town and it's people will soon be revealed.
And the truth.... will shock you!
My first thought after I finishing the book was "HOLY CRAP!, What did I just read?" My second thought was, "Wow, my Dad can really write!" Duh! Even though he has published a number of other novels before this one, I'd never read any of them. (sorry Dad) I don't know how but Ron has renewed my interest in Vampire books again. I was so blown away but how unique and fascinating this story truly was. It has it all; breakneck pacing, mystery, and paranormal horror unlike anything I've ever read. I ended up staying up until 2 AM finishing the book and even then I couldn't fall asleep right away. I was still reeling from what I had just read. The story, the characters, and thrilling mystery of the town were written perfectly crafted. There was never a dull moment. I loved how Ron took the classic tale of Vampires and made it his own.
I have in fact been told there will be sequel to the book. So, YAY! I highly recommend Strigoi: The Blood Bond to everyone. Honestly, I am so very proud of my Dad for writing such an amazing novel. (sorry for not reading your work sooner) *blushes* ...more
The A-Word picks up pretty much within days of where The Sweet Dead Life leaves off. Jenna is slowly tryiReview will contain some spoilers. Be warned.
The A-Word picks up pretty much within days of where The Sweet Dead Life leaves off. Jenna is slowly trying to get back to normal, hanging out with her BFF Maggie and even trying to catch the eye of a certain sexy football player, Ryan. Jenna has accepted that fact that her life will never be the same. Her brother is a ANGEL or A-Word as Jenna like to say still having problems saying the actual word. "EMT" Amber, Casey's "angel boss" still remains close by to keep an eye on Casey and Jenna. Casey doesn't understand why he still remains earth-bound especially after he's used up his ability to fly after saving Jenna. He did what he was sent to do, to protect Jenna. Why hasn't he moves on?
Amber suddenly becomes more and more distracted and distant. Something's going on. Jenna and Casey need to find out what. Out of the blue, a dead sexy older man named Bo, "Bo Shivers" (what a name! ;)) comes into the picture and he may end up being the key to finding out what's going on with Amber. Bo happens to be Amber's "Angel Boss" and knows more than he's letting on. Although, the main reason Bo is hanging around is Jenna but why? More mysteries than ever come out in The A-Word. Why is Amber acting strange, and how really did she die? Who is Bo Shivers and why is so attracted to Jenna. Will Casey even get to leave and be accepted into Heaven? Mostly, how is this all related to what happen last year?
All of these answers and more are revealed in The A-Word. You won't want to miss it!
There was so much going on this this book that at times I was confused to where the story was going. Once again I wanted MORE of the paranormal aspect added and while yes there was a lot about angels, I just wasn't enthralled by it. At times, I was even kind of bored. While book one gave me a good mystery, The A-Word fell short for me. I wasn't feeling Jenna's character as much as I did in book one. I also ended up really not caring much for Amber. Her story was just not very interesting at times for me.
The A-Word was very likale and has many great qualities. I feel more of the younger crown may take more from this one more so than I did. All in all, I will admit it was a fun read. Jenna is just a funny as ever, and I loved seeing her grow-up and fall in love. I really enjoyed seeing more of the secondary characters Maggie and Ryan get more of a involving role in The A-Word. They really bring the book together near the end nicely.
A definite read for Middle-Grade/YA readers but just as fun for adults never the less. :)...more
Using one word to sum up my feelings about Biggest Flirts it would be:
See? This is me. Well....not really, it's Rapunzel from Tangled butUsing one word to sum up my feelings about Biggest Flirts it would be:
See? This is me. Well....not really, it's Rapunzel from Tangled but you get the picture. :)
It's so very rare for me to I come across an extraordinary YA contemporary romance book and love everything about. I almost always find something, however minor that I didn't like about the book. Most times being characters flaws or insta-love. With Biggest Flirts, I found none. I loved every sweet second of this book and here's why.
Biggest Flirts tells the story of two high school teens, Tia and Will. Will is the new kid in school after having recently moved from Minnesota. Tia is a native to sunny Florida. She's a total band geek, with lots of friends, a good sense of humor and a warm heart. By chance, Will and Tia meet at a party and get along right from the start. When things between them begin to heat up they end up finding a bed and getting hot and heavy really soon. Will wants more...he wants to date Tia and Tia...not so much. Tia doesn't want and boyfriend which yes is kind of odd for a teenage but for good reason. Her sisters have had some very bad luck with men and because of this Tia is scared to get involved with anyone or even allow herself to fall in love.
With both Will and Tia wanting different things they end up developing a friendship but ever as friends they are constantly flirting with each other. When Will decides to date someone else, things start to become much more interesting.
Once Tia and Will are given the school title of BIGGEST FLIRTS things get a lot more complicated. Tia and Will's "friendship" will be tested. Between Will's new jealous girlfriends and Tia's TRUE feeling for Will being named the biggest flirts may be the least of their worries.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this book was simply outstanding! Tia and Will were wonderful characters to read about and oh so fun! They both were perfectly crafted to fit into the story. I was washed away by how romantic this story was. The high school setting in the book was so real and grounded. I've never read about characters in a marching band in school but found I extremely enjoyed the this part. Will and Tia both being in the band definitely did most of their flirting there. I also adored the secondary characters in the book. Jennifer really did a fantastic job at defining them as well as Tia and Will.
What I enjoyed most about this book was of course the on and off again romance between Tia and Will. It was so sweet and swoon-worthy. I didn't want the story to end. I WHAT MORE! Please? *gives puppy dog eyes*
Jennifer Echols is the queen of YA romances. She really knows how to light a fire under the reader's heart. If you're a sucker for a sweet and sexy teen romance then the Biggest Flirts is the perfect read! ...more
I really wanted to like this book but atlast I did not. I was bored and turned off by the writing style. I felt the author just added to much uselessI really wanted to like this book but atlast I did not. I was bored and turned off by the writing style. I felt the author just added to much useless info. I am 99 pages in and just read anymore. Sorry.
Thank you to Jollyfish and the author for the chance to read this book but sadly it's just not my cup of tea. ...more
At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cMy review can also be found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cover is definitely creepy and very unique with name of the book beautifully designed to fix into the gate which is the main focus of the cover. Going into reading the book my expectations were at a all time high and after finishing it in a mere two days I am glad they were. I fell head over heal in love with Sweet Unrest. It was everything I wanted and more.
The story begins as Lucy Aimes and her family move to Louisiana because of her Father's job. He was chosen to curate and direct a antebellum sugar plantation outside of New Orleans. Lucy is not thrilled by the move but more so angry at being uprooted. She wanted nothing more than to remain in Chicago and attend an art institute, taking pictures, her one true passion.
As Lucy and her family get settled in their new home, a large estate which looks to have quite a history behind it. Soon Lucy meets a girl her age named, Chloe. Chloe is the daughter of a women who works for the sugar plantation. Lucy comes to find out that Chloe is into or believes in voodoo and knows a old woman who supposable is a voodoo queen. Lucy doesn't believe in such things, and is determined to show Chloe that these things just don't exist. Although after meeting Mama Legba, Lucy starts to wonder is anything this old lady said is true.
Lucy has had a recurring dream for as long as she can remember, although as of late her dream has been kept a bay, until now... While walking the grounds, Lucy sees a boy close to her age. He's breathtakingly beautiful and oh so mysterious but when Lucy tries to follow him into the woods he seeming vanishes. Days later "Fate" decides intervene and Lucy gets to meet this mysterious man. She learns his name is Alexander, he's french, and by the way he speaks it's as if he comes from another time. After meeting Alex, something happens to Lucy. He dreams have gotten worse, and more intense, scarier but what worries Lucy even more is now she is dreaming of Alex. A man she barely knows, a man who holds many secrets...and a woman who surprising looks a lot like Lucy herself. What do these dreams mean and why can't she seem to turn them off.
Lucy now struggles to understand what her dreams mean, who really is Alex and how voodoo and magic play a large part in it all.... The truth, will leave you breathless...
For me one of the biggest things I loved about the book was the romance between Lucy and Alex, and how the subject of past lives plays into the story. I have always been a huge fan of books about reincarnation, and finding your mate in the next life. It's so romantic. Just seeing Alex and Lucy connect during the course of the book was so raw and emotional for me. The ending had me in a full out crying fest, like seriously balling my eyes out. I loved the all of the characters in the story, even the side characters like Chloe and Mama Legba. Everyone played their part perfectly throughout the book.
I also really enjoyed the concept of voodoo and magic playing such a large part in the book. I've never read any books with this topic in it and I really think it gave the story such depth and excitement. Sweet Unrest was totally unlike anything I've read before. My only problem I had with the book was towards the middle the pacing seems to slow down some and drag but it wasn't so off putting that I stopped reading.
I would without a doubt recommend Sweet Unrest to anyone who enjoys stories about past lives, ghosts, magic, and an epic love story which teaches us TRUE LOVE never dies. ...more
The much anticipated new release, RED HILL by Jamie McGuire made it's way across the blogosphereMy Review originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
The much anticipated new release, RED HILL by Jamie McGuire made it's way across the blogosphere causing excitement for zombie lovers everywhere. I myself was so very anxious to get my hands on a copy. So when a blog tour offer presented itself to me I jumped at the chance to join in and review Jamie's newest novel. I am a huge fan of the author having read Beautiful Disaster a while back. I knew to expected something fabulous once again. Alas, sadly I was disappointed. I was so hoping for a epic adventure, something new and fresh within the zombie craze. While, I didn't hate RED HILL per say. I didn't love it either.
There was a most definite love hate relationship for me while reading. So let me explain myself, and my reasoning behind these feelings throughout the book.
The Good, The Bad and The Zombies?
First the BAD, I myself am a huge fan of the comics and TV show "The Walking Dead" as I know many of you are as well. Red Hill had way to many similarities throughout the book. Now, I am in no way saying the plot was copied but it gave me the feeling I was reading or watching a episode of the show. The concept felt overdone and was like so many other zombie novels I have read before. It was difficult to find any unique or compelling attributes that set Red Hill apart for other zombie books out there. While I wouldn't say this is necessarily a bad thing, for others, but for me it became more tiresome than anything. I keep hoping for something new and thrilling to happen but I just didn't get that.
Other than my disappointment in concept I found myself being quite upset with another part of the story. ALL MY FAVORITE CHARTERERS DIED!!! All or most. I would get so involved in certain character(s) and their pasts then....BOOM, ....DEAD! I know, I know, some are bound to die at some point in the book. I mean we are dealing with a zombie apocalypse here, right? Jamie knew exactly how to make you fall in love with a character then only to later see him or her get killed in the end. Hmmm... not sure this was such a BAD thing but most definitely very sad for the reader and if your anything like you'll need a box of tissues nearing the end of the book.
The Good, In all honestly there was quite a bit of greatness in Red Hill. One being the main and secondary characters. As the story is being told from multiple POV's the reader actually can see the plot and story unfold from three different characters. Scarlet. Nathan. Miranda. All fighting their way to safely, in pursuit of reaching Red Hill. Each character with their own and unique story to tell. Somewhere in the middle their stories and lives become one. As each of them reach this safe haven, Scarlet, Nathan, Miranda (and of course many secondary characters) are now left to deal with not only the consent fear of approaching zombies but the unknown of what comes next.
Another thing I really loved about Red Hill is the romance between TWO certain characters...I can't say who or I would end up spoiling things but I enjoyed immensely how the Author Jamie McGuire found a way to write such a beautiful love story into such a sad and heartbreaking novel.
Last but not least more than anything the story within Scarlet's POV was for me the most emotional and heartbreaking to read, but in a good way. Scarlet without a doubt was the strongest character in the book and gave such a "NEVER GIVE UP" vive when it came to her lost daughters. Throughout everything her story gave me hope for a happy ending....
Shufflers, zombies, living dead, teds? o_0 Whatever Jamie decided to call them in her novel was perfectly fine with me. There was just the right amount of blood and gore in the book. Not too gruesome or scary, and not a bit anticlimactic in the least. I really enjoyed learning in the beginning how the infective being affected by the virus that pretty much changed the world we know it.
If you're a zombie die-hard fan or a "The Walking Dead" fan I would most definitely Red Hill. ...more
Author Michelle Madow pitched her new book, The Secret Diamond Sisters to me a few months aReview also posted on Bittersweet Enchantment
From a glance:
Author Michelle Madow pitched her new book, The Secret Diamond Sisters to me a few months ago and right away I knew I had to read/review it. Having worked with Michelle previously and after reading a couple of her other books I was excited to read this one. The whole premise of the book was outrageous! Three sisters become reunited with their long lost Father and become filthy rich all in one day. What's not to love? A dream come true! To have unlimited wealth to be able to purchase pretty much anything is something I know most of us only dream of, myself included. My initial thoughts: "THIS IS GOING TO BE EPIC!"
To describe the story in two words, they would be: Great Potential. Right from the beginning I was hooked, no not hooked, more like engaged. Right away you meet "the sisters", and right away something happens to end up leading them to their Father in which they have not seen since babies. Without much of a choice Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton are whisked away to the city of lights, Las Vegas and home of Daddy "Warbucks" Diamond. Each given their own penthouse sweet, a shiny new gold credit card, and not a clue about the man that is their Dad. Shopping spree's, spa days, VIP clubbing, and now with their new prestigious title, The Secret Diamond Sisters are who everyone is talking about. Between the hot guys (and potential boyfriends), the money and fame these three sisters soon come to find out more about their pasts, and why Daddy dearest had to stay away.
The Characters AKA The Sisters:
Savannah - For me she was the most likable character. Savannah behaved a lot like I would have done in her situation. Spend the money, meet hot guys and live it up! She was the sister to adapt to this new lifestyle the quickest and also tended to be the most upbeat sister in the book. I will say she was a little naive when it came to Vegas boys; rich, handsome and don't understand the meaning of the word "NO". At times, Savannah was to quick to say yes, and often to agreeable. All in all I felt Savannah took well to her new life and was the most enjoyable character.
Courtney - A quite, simple and one of the most down to earth girl you'd ever meet. Smart college bound Courtney was often shy and underestimated throughout the book. She didn't feel right about spending her Dad's money. She often turned down shopping with Savannah. You find out a big secret about Courtney that even she herself didn't know about. I was slightly bored with Courtneys' character. I wished she would have lighten up and have some fun.
Peyton - Ah, where do I begin... *sigh* Peyton was my least favorite of the sisters. She always had a bad attitude, and a snide comment for most everything. A rebel through and through. She was not at all happy about meeting her Father, and had no problem showing her discontentment. Payton managed to hoe it up with the first guy who showed interests in her. She hated her Father and his money, wanting nothing to do with either of them.
What I Loved:
The backdrop to the story, Las Vegas. I have never been there but would one day love to visit. I really enjoyed all the places the author took her readers throughout the book. Hotels, clubs, museums, theatres, and a vast look into the heart of the city. The Nightlife.
Overall I loved the idea of the story. Three girls find their long lost Daddy and with that comes wealth, excitement, and new adventures. I was really intoxicated by the sisters new lives and what would happen next. How they would handle new things, new guys, and seeing this new life change each of them so differently.
What I hated disliked:
Sadly, there were quite a few things I did not like about this book. First and foremost, THE POINT! Meaning, where was the story going, where does the climax happen, and simply "Now What?" The story at times was kind of sub par. I felt there was really not much of a point to the story in some cases. Yes, the girls were reunited with her Dad. Yes, they now are rich and popular and yes, jealousies and boy trouble are enviable. There was not a lot else going on. I wanted to see more between the girls and their Father, and less drama. I was bored at times and found myself picking up another book to read. Sufficed to say, I wanted more!
All in all...
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow was a fun read. It had it's ups and downs. I didn't LOVE the book but honestly didn't hate it either. I guess you could say I'm someplace in the middle. Would I read book 2? Of course! Even with it's lack of story progression I truly did enjoy reading it. Michelle Madow is a all around amazing author and at such a young age. I see more and more that her writing skills have grown and flourish. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
To anyone who loves a good contemporary romance or who has ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a ton of money and live like a queen than I highly suggest this book.
Wow, where do I begin... This is once again the end of an unforgettable and beautiful series that I will cherish reading forever. The story of Noah and Rose is one that I will always remember and keep close to my heart. I am saddened to have to say goodbye to them but happy knowing they finally found the happiness they so rightfully deserved.
If you've read Temptation and Belonging, book one and two in the series then I'm sure you know how much both Noah and Rose were forced to endure. Their love was constantly being tested and shunned by both Rose's and Noah's family. Like the books before, Forever picks up directly after Belonging ended. Rose is now faced with a brand new challenge, one that will change everything and everyone's life forever. This little miracle comes to be the answer to Noah and Rose's future together.
I must say the phrase "Saved the Best for Last" comes to mind after reading Forever. I adored both Temptation and Belonging to pieces but Forever *happy sigh* was nothing short of a literary masterpiece. The perfect ending to Noah and Rose's story. I went through so many different emotions while reading - excitement, sadness, joy, hopeful, "heartbreaking and full out balling my eyes out". Truly words cannot describe how beautiful and moving this book is. Often I found myself wishing I could jump into the story and scream "JUST LET NOAH AND ROSE BE TOGETHER, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!" Everyone and everything continuously tried to stop them from being with each other. What I loved about Rose and Noah is that no matter what challenges they had to go through throughout the series they both never gave up. Their love was so rare, and true that in the ending nothing could stop it, not even death itself.
Side note: Beware: There is a part in the book where you WILL need a box of tissues. I literally had to stop reading because my eyes were blurred with tears.
Another rare gem I found was the secondary characters. They all fit so well into the story and each of them were so richly developed throughout the series. I must say if I had to chose my favorites they would be Sarah (Noah's sister) and Sam (Rose's brother). I could totally see any of these characters getting their own novella.
I cannot say enough good things about Forever and the entire series. Karen Ann Hopkins without a doubt is one of my very favorite authors. Her books and writing style are exquisite. She really knows how to capture the reader's heart and tell a heartwarming/breaking romance like none other.
As a avid reader I come across many wonderful books. Ones that make youReview also posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment + Giveaway! Ends August 11th, 2013
As a avid reader I come across many wonderful books. Ones that make you think. Ones that break your heart. Ones that you will treasure forever and that you are proud to own. Only rarely you read a book that you know you will remember forever....that perfect book, a rare gem that shines among the rest.
A Really Awesome Mess is exactly that. 5 Stars for me does not cover the sheer awesomeness within these pages. Here's why...
The story is being told from dual narrators, Emmy and Justin. Both are living troubled lives.
Emmy got herself into trouble over an internet prank that some mean kids pulled on her. Of course she wanted payback but ended up getting into more trouble and evidently her family put Emmy into a mental health ward Reform School called Heartland Academy. Emmy is mad at her family at this obvious betrayal, and it doesn't help that she already feels like an outsider within her family. Why? She is adopted. Asian and looks nothing life her family, this causes her to feel out of place and sometimes unloved.
Justin on the other hand has both parents but they are divorced and live apart. While staying at his fathers home "something" happens with a girl Justin brought back to the house. His father just so happened to walk in on Justin and this girl in the middle of a "compromising situation". Days later Justin decided to swallow a bunch of tylenol...to kill himself...or a blatant cry for attention? Never the less he ends up in the same Reform School as Emmy.
Both Justin and Emmy want nothing to do with Heartland Academy and feel they shouldn't be there. Only until they meet each other things start to change. But what happens to them both throughout the story is what makes A Really Awesome Mess....A Really Awesome Book!
There is no doubt about it, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Every. Single. Page.
Now I have never read anything by Trish Cook or Brendan Halpin but after reading A Really Awesome Mess I definitely need to and soon. I totally love when two authors join together to write a book. There are very few that do this but let me tell you both Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin writing style has the perfect blend of humor, captivating characters, a heart wrenching story that I will never forget. One of the favorite parts of the book was seeing both Emmy and Justin grow together and separately. Although their journey was not a easy one they both somehow found the strength to hold on in each other. Another great aspect in the story was the secondary characters who also lived at Heartland Academy. They all really added so much to the book, helping the story come alive.
Everyone NEEDS to read A Really Awesome Mess. I definitely recommend it to all readers young and old. There is no doubt in my mind that his book will move you beyond words. For me it has already done just that and so much more. I want to thank Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin for writing such a beautiful and inspiring novel that will stay with me forever....more
Back in September 2012 I read and reviewed book 1 in the The Hybrid Chronicles, What's Left of Me and simply adored it. The concept of one body sharing two souls is both different and unique. This truly fascinated me to no end. Author, Kat Zhang has done it again and totally blown my mind. Her sequel novel, Once We Were picks up almost directly after What's left of Me ended. Addie and Eva along with a few of their hybrid friends have escaped the government and are now in hiding. Addie and Eva are now living a safe house with their friends who support hybrid's. Both trying to august and settle into their new lives; for now.
More than anything Addie and Eva long to learn how to "fade away". This is where one soul sleeps or pretty much disappears leaving the other one alone in the body but only temporary. Being able to fade gives each soul, Addie or Eva time in their body alone. This is something neither of them have ever had and so desperately want to experience especially when romance comes into the picture.
Addie and Eva long for a normal life and to be able to stop running; to live among others and to stop being looked upon as a Hybrid. Although that may never happen. The Government is still on the hunt for Addie/Eva and all Hybrid's. They will stop any nothing to find them; but how far will the Hybrid's go to secure their safety?
Once again Author Kat Zhang just totally rocked my socks off. I could not get enough! Addie and Eva's character's grew in leaps and bounds. Not only did their relationship grow with each other but with others in the book. I love seeing Eva fall in love and seeing "Addie" becoming more understanding of Eva's feelings.
Also, there was SO, SOOO much more action in the book. So much planning, scheming, and finally taking change when it comes to overruling the government. Although the way they decided to do it was not good but sure did bring a lot of conflict and action into the story.
The only thing I found a tad bit annoying was the pacing in the book. The beginning and ending was great but the middle was super slow and with some unnecessary dialogue. Overall the book really did live up to my expectations and without a doubt was a beautifully written sequel to What's Left of Me. Bravo Kat Zhang Bravo! I can't wait to find out what happens next! ...more
I simply adored Pushing The Limits... Dare You To rocked my world... I fell head over heals irrevocably andOriginally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
I simply adored Pushing The Limits... Dare You To rocked my world... I fell head over heals irrevocably and madly IN LOVE with Crash Into You!
Author Katie McGarry can do no wrong. She has and always will be one of my auto-buy authors. Every book Katie has written and ever will write I will buy and read. She could write a book all about the uses of toilet paper and I would still find it fascinating. For those of you who have not read this series or many only the first book I would highly suggest you do, now not later. Make no mistake I love both Pushing The Limits and Dare You To but, my God Crash Into You is now my new favorite and quite possibly one of my favorite books of all time.
Let's begin with the oh so yummy bad boy, Isaiah. If you've read Dare You To then you know he is deeply hurting from being rejected by "the one he loves" (or so he thinks), Beth. She never really loved Isaiah, not more than a friend. Isaiah, Beth and Noah come from broken homes or rather they all live with Foster parents, pretty much property of the state until the age 18.
Isaiah feels unloved, forgotten and angry, like really angry. Typical Bad Boy M.O. He really has no place to call home. His passion is cars, repairing them, building them but most of all driving. The need for speed is his one release.
In comes Rachel...
Rachel comes from a good and wealthy home. She has both Mom and Dad, and many protective brothers. Too protective if you ask Rachel. All looks good on the outside but really Rachel is a mess. Day in day out she puts on a happy face, tries to please her family, especially her Mom. Before Rachel was born she had a sister, one who died of cancer well before her time. Their Mother has never been able to let her first daughter go, and move on. She campaigns and raises money for the cure. Problem is Rachel's Mom guilts her into doing public speaking on behave of a sister she has never even meet. Now if that wasn't enough, Rachel hides a deadly secret only her bothers know, and could quite possibly be killing her from the inside out.
Like Isaiah, Rachel loves cars, and driving hers in the one way to feel free and alive.
So when a chance meeting having to do with...you guessed it, cars, brings both Rachel and Isaiah together in a turn of events that in one night will come to change everything for them both.
What to know what happens? HA, I bet you do! Read the book...like go now and read it....I'll wait...
SEE??? Wasn't that EPIC?!
HAHA, no really all I'm saying is that if you haven't read this series or Crash Into You, you must. Without a doubt Crash Into You is in my Top 5 Books read in 2013, or ever for that matter. There has never been a book so dear to me, so real and raw, so heartbreakingly beautiful and so (I'm at a loss for words), ah, EPIC! The story of Rachel and Isaiah is one I will never forget. A romance like no other and one that will leave you breathless for more.
Katie McGarry, again I must say YOU ARE A GOD, a reader's delight.
A mesmerising, and titillating romance that will keep it's readers flipping pages faster than the speed of light. A MUST read for anyone who wants to know what falling in love REALLY means.
Thank you, Katie McGarry (for being EPIC!), Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for my eARC. ...more
I am a sucker for a good ghost story. AnytReview orignally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment Also win a copy of the book as well. Click the link above.
I am a sucker for a good ghost story. Anything where one of the characters in the book is dead is a huge plus for me. I have always loved movies and books where someone is dead and needs to move on but won't until their unfinished business is complete on earth. Examples: Ghost (movie), Casper (movie), or even Hereafter (book). Those are only a few of my favorites. After reading Notes from Ghost Town I can now say this book fits right in with those. There were so many emotions going through my head while reading. The story really tugged on my heart-strings and by the end I was still in awe by what really happen....
Olivia Tithe is in love with her best friend Lucas Stern. She has loved him since the day they meet and even now in death. Lucas was murdered and the one suspect just so happens to be Olivia's Mother. Her mother is not well. She is living in a mental institution waiting for the courts ruling. After Lucas's died everything chanced for Olivia, her life, her family, and her sight. Olivia is now color blind, she sees only in shades of black, grey, and white. On a day like no other her lost love Lucas appears to her as a ghost. At first Olivia thinks she is going crazy like her Mother and refuses to believe what she is seeing. Lucas does not give up and appears to her once more and does something to make Olivia believe that this is real. While Lucas has forgotten a lot of his life and some of his memories have been lost there is one thing he does remember that Olivia's Mother did NOT kill him. The killer is still out there.....
With her Mothers trial coming up soon, Olivia must uncover the truth of who really killed Lucas to clear her mothers name and the one person who can help is dead.
Will Lucas's true killer be found before it't to late? The ending will leave you speechless....
I was instantly drawn to the story. From page one until the very end I was completely immersed in this book. There was so much raw emotions put into the story. The author's writing style is almost lyrical. The words just flow off the page and into your heart. Olivia is such a strong willed protagonist. Even through all she had to endure she never faulted in trying to find the truth of who killed Lucas. Her love for him guided Olivia along the way. I almost always find something I don't like about a certain character in a book but Notes from Ghost town simply put was perfect. I think the only thing that keep me from giving the book a 5 star rating was that the pacing was a little slow during the middle. Although I flew through the ending trying to solve this mystery for myself.
Notes from Ghost Town is a beautifully haunting tale that will keep you guessing who the killer is. Get your box of tissues ready because this epic love story is a guaranteed tearjerker....more
The story of Belonging picks up almost directly after the first book, Temptation ended. If youMy Review is originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
The story of Belonging picks up almost directly after the first book, Temptation ended. If you have not read Temptation yet this review may have a few subtle spoilers so please be aware of that before you continue on.
Rose and Noah are hopeless in love. From the moment they meet they somehow knew they were made for each other. Two half's of a perfect whole. There is just one problem that seems to always test their love..... He's Amish and she's not. Rose makes the difficult decision to leave her family and start a new life with Noah living...happily ever after. Eeh, not so much. Although Rose is desperate to see her way in living this new Amish lifestyle, there are so many different thing standing in her way. Her Father does not approve of his only daughter leaving the family to run off and live in this world he just does not understand or that fact that she is only 16 years old minor. The main challenge Rose faces is being accepted my Noah's family and the Amish community alike. She must gain the approval of the elders but most importantly the Bishop himself.
Throughout all of these hardships, Rose still tries her very best to fit in as a Amish and live in this primitive life. But will her love for Noah and his love for her be enough to change the minds of everyone who counts? Will their LOVE stand the true test of time....? I guess you'll have to read Belonging to find out.
After reading Temptation last year and really falling in love with the book, I could not wait to find out what happens next. Throughout Belonging I keep trying to put myself in Rose's place, seeing through eyes why she choose to change her entire life for the boy she so desperately loves. I so admired Rose for all the hard work she did, and how accepting she was to Noah, his family and the Amish community. There were times I would ask myself.... "If I was Rose would I give up everything for someone I so deeply loved?" I think the readers of this book will end up questioning that very idea as well. The author, Karen Ann Hopkins knows first hand about Amish community living so close to one herself. I really feel this gives her book such a realism that other Contemporary novels sometimes lack. Also, her writing style is very breezy and easy to read. Now although in the first book I had some minor problems with Noah (found here), and Temptation was a little to insta-love for me. Belonging seems dives deeper into Noah and Rose's relationship and how much they truly do love each other and the lengths they go to be together.
Belonging was as good as I expected it to be, maybe even better and even though I did have a couple things "problems" with the book (slow area's, and how Rose pretty much abandon her family), I feel the readers will fall in love with Noah and Rose all over again. ...more