Earth's Requiem is a story that takes place sometime in the future. The world we know is gone and we have been taken over by aliens. The only people left have magic and are controlled by the aliens, the Lemurians (aka the Old Ones). Aislinn had to side with the Lemurians or die like her mother and father. She doesn't understand why they are so interested in, but she will do what they say. While on a journey sent by her Lemurian magelord, Aislinn starts to make discoveries about herself. She also stumbles on another human who may actually be able to shed some light as to why the world has fallen.
Gimpel can pack quite a punch. This book starts off with a bang and doesn't let up. Our main character, Aislinn is definitely my kind of heroine. She is tough as nails and very determined to survive. She hates that she has to work for the Old Ones to survive, but it was that or the dark gods that were responsible for her parents death. So she is caught in the middle. Aislinn is a Mage and a Seeker. She soon finds out she may have more powers she didn't know about when she is discovered by a wolf named Rune. Only Hunters get animal bond mates and she knows she isn't a Hunter, but Rune may prove her wrong. I loved Rune. He was a lot like Aislinn. They are bother very stubborn and they have lost a lot. Neither one wants to put the other in danger. I loved the banter between them. They had such a great connection.
Aislinn and Rune then meet a fellow Hunter and bond mate, Fionn and his raven, Bella. Fionn was mouthwatering. I go nuts for an Irishman and he fit the bill perfectly. Fionn and Aislinn have both been alone for a very long time, but specifically Aislinn. Since the death of her parents, she tries not to have connections to people because it is so easy for someone to lose their life in the world they live in now. Anything and everything wants to kill you. She doesn't know what to make of how she feels about Fionn, but she knows it may be dangerous. Not to mention, Aislinn doesn't know about Fionn's special little secret yet. His secret may be enough to help Aislinn and probably the world.
This story was amazing. Gimpel really knows her world building. We are thrust into this new world and you feel like you are there. It was very easy to get lost in this book. The idea that the aliens we hear about one day come true and pretty much eradicate the world is quite scary. Aislinn wants a way to get rid of them and the dark gods. Both of which are bad and both want to use her for one reason or another and she doesn't know why. The journey she is sent on by her Lemurian magelord, Metae, is very dangerous. But that is nothing to what she finds out not only about herself, but the Lemurians and dark gods as well. The twists and turns that take place were insane. You won't believe what happens. Thank you Gimpel, you have made me very happy.
This is definitely a favorite read. It is full of so much imagination and is very fast paced. Also, I don't know about anyone else, but something about this book kind of reminded me of Karen M. Moning's Fever series. Well, bits and pieces anyway. Hell, the aliens and the dark gods actually had a very Fae-like quality to them. They take human forms and make themselves extremely attractive and control people through sex. The aliens and the dark gods were very scary especially the dark gods. So if you want a great Urban Fantasy, I would definitely recommend this to you. The sequel comes out in February and I can't wait until then. I think I am in love. ...more
Confessions of the First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) is one hell of a read. I didn't know what exactly I was getting into, I just knew it would be a lot of fun. I was right. Our main character, Cassie, was such a strong character to get behind. There were times I forgot she was only 15 because she seemed wise beyond her years. She had her head on straight and was very smart. I see why this book took place from her point of view. She is definitely someone that could survive the zombie apocalypse.
Cassie does become the first zombie slayer through a terrible accident. She is one of the guys. This, of course, makes other girls treat her differently, but she doesn't care. She likes video games, Star Wars and bb guns (a girl after my own heart). While she is at camp, her and her guy friends decide to play with some new bb guns. Things are going fine until Cassie shoots her crush in the head accidentally killing him. She knows he is dead, but before she can really panic, he rises. She knows instantly what he is and what she has to do. Cassie confesses and tries her best to warn people that zombies do exist. Of course, everyone thinks she is nuts until it happens a bit too often.
I really loved the tone of the book as well. This book follows Cassie and her friends, who are also teenagers. I like that we see how they are forced to stand on their own without any real adults around. Cassie is a great lead because she points out she is nowhere near perfect, but she wants to survive and wants her friends to survive. Like I said, Cassie seemed older, but you are reminded that they are just kids who have been thrown into the middle of the apocalypse. It gave a great feel to the book. It may be a book about zombies, but it had a realistic quality to it. Cassie is easy to relate to and you could see yourself in her shoes.
I love the action and fast paced moments of the book as well as the more intense and frightening ones. She is traveling cross-country with her friends to reunite her friend, Rory with her twin sister, Lizzie.This is quite the coming-of-age story. It is about growing up and trying to survive when you don't really know what else to do, when you can't be an ignorant teenager anymore. Another aspect I loved were the laughs. Again, these are teenagers so you can expect some silly moments. Like Norman and the clown makeup. It sounds weird, but what he said made a weird sort of sense. He talks about how zombie movies always have one clown-turned-zombie. He feels like it is his duty to fill that quota if he is to die. Cassie and her friends are also quite the moviebuffs (man, I loved these guys).
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes zombies. If you were a fan of Warm Bodies, I think this would be up your alley. This is also just for anyone that wants great characters to root for. Cassie is your average girl who still has many things to experience. Her first time driving in this book was unforgettable, let me tell you. I love how she handles it, just like everything else. She does what she needs to and keeps moving straight. This is a YA novel I won't be forgetting anytime soon. It had all the right elements for me. You have to check this out. ...more
Easter's Lilly is an interesting read that follows a young woman's spiral into the mob world. Lilly is young and doesn't have a lot of life experience. She falls for a guy named Johnny that has quite the record. He is a drug dealer and quite possibly, a murderer. She has been warned to stay away from him from her father (who is a cop), that he is very dangerous. But her not listening has major repercussions. She is quickly sucked into a world she never thought she would enter. A world where drugs and murder are the norm. Lilly is now on the run for her life and who she is running from is the last person she would expect.
Oh boy. Talk about 180 degrees (maybe not a complete 180, but it is better from where I started). My feelings for this book went from one extreme to another. I have to say I ended up liking it, but it took a while to get there. This book was very close to being my very first DNF (Did Not Finish). Why, you may ask? I will tell you why. Lilly! Freaking Lilly! I couldn't stand her. I could probably write an essay on all the notes I wrote when she did something stupid and man, there were a lot. You guys know Bella Swan is the bane of my existence, Well, Lilly made Bella look like a genius. I understand she was naive, but there is a thin line between naive and stupid, and I think Lilly crossed it quite a few times. She was selfish as hell and I just couldn't put up with her anymore. Something awful happens to the man she supposedly loves and instead of crying or asking questions like a normal person, her first thing to say is. "I am all alone". This was ridiculous since she still had family who she abandoned (after a near miss), but again, it was all about a man, She just never acted the way someone would in extreme situations. After the incident, she turns around and starts thinking about the two other men that immediately enter her life after that. Her head always seemed to be in the clouds or something. But I stuck with this book even though I couldn't stand Lilly.
Close to the halfway point, the book started to change because we started to focus on other characters. Enter the most interesting and dangerous family ever, the Montiago brothers. We meet the men that are meant to protect Lilly. Hector, Max and Diego. Diego is the most dangerous one and the leader. He is married to Lilly now and wants her protected by his brothers, Hector and Max. Her and Max develop quite the connection in the book. As a matter of fact, she has great connections with all the men in this book and I don't get it. Lilly gets easily confused and falls in love with whoever is in her personal space. I didn't understand why the men were fighting over her. Even Hector (who I am so in love with), points out the things I am thinking. He talks about how confused Lilly can get and how she doesn't seem to understand certain situations. I loved all the men even Diego who you will hate and for good reason. The men carried this book well. Their mob life was scary and insane. Even amongst all their chaos, I love that they had personalities and were able to joke around, Hector and Max especially. Lilly doesn't deserve any of them, she just doesn't.
Like I said, the story kicks up nearly halfway when things with Diego really go south and we meet Jorge, who is also a fellow criminal (a very scary criminal). Things between Lilly and Max heat up and they know that if Diego found out, someone will definitely be dead. The FBI are now involved with their life and better yet, Lilly's dad is involved. They are on the run and Diego and Jorge are on their tracks. People are dropping like flies and worse yet, it seems as though they can't trust a lot of their friends. Someone has ratted them out and has been spying on them. It was quite a thrilling read to say the least. I couldn't believe where the book went. My mouth hit the floor.
I could go on all day about Lilly. Now I will say, she slowly starts to show some spine later on in the book. The book really is about self-discovery, but Lilly does have some ways to go. I don't dislike her quite as much as I did in the beginning, but I am still not a fan. She still makes some very dumb decisions for me. Like I said, the men were amazing. This book would have gotten 5 stars if we followed them instead of Lilly. They were just so entertaining. They can be badasses one second and have me smiling the next. This book was thrilling and intriguing. I am glad I didn't give up on it like I thought I would. As much as I am not a fan of Lilly's, I did feel for her and her story. Serrano managed to make this book frustratingly fascinating. I have never seen anything like it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a romantic suspense featuring some insanely sexy mobsters. But be warned, if you like strong females, you will have some issues here like I did. I know this all is a growing experience for Lilly, so I am looking forward to seeing her snap out of it and know what she wants in the future. I am very curious about this series. This book ends on quite a cliffhanger and I do want more. ...more
Rekindled Dreams is a sweet and fast read about a small town romance. We follow a woman named Vena (or Elfie) who is on vacation. Her break, however, is anything but relaxing. She returns to her hometown in Montana and end up staying in an inn where her old teenage crush happens to live. The years apart have not diminished her feelings a bit and his special proposition won't help keep her feelings in check either.
I do love the cover of this book. But when I saw it, I was expecting a bit of a steamy read. This is not a steamy book, but it is still quite the romance. The story is fast and will make you smile. There are just a lot of great little moments that I really liked. The pace is great for this kind of set up and I really liked the characters.
Vena was an interesting lead. I liked her a lot. She had a great spirit that I really enjoyed. She was sassy and funny. She was a woman that knew what she wanted, well most of the time anyway. We meet her in a conference with her fiance/boss. It really didn't go over well, as you can imagine. I did have an issue with this, but I will get into that later. But when we see Vena back into her new town, she had a different energy to me. That may be due to her new hunk of a housemate, Finn (or Finnian). Vena had the biggest crush on Finn back in high school and coming back seeing the man he has become has made those feelings resurface tenfold. I can't blame her, Finn was mouthwatering. Why can't I just stumble on a sexy, shirtless Irishman at my front door? I think I deserve it, dammit! Nonetheless, Finn was amazing and had me smiling as well. I loved his straight forward attitude and how much he cared about Vena even though he had to keep things professional, so to speak. But the best thing about this book was seeing their relationship grow.
The plot was simple enough actually. Finn has no problem with letting Vena stay in his inn, but she must agree to something for his help. She has to become his fiancee for for two weeks. That is simple enough, right? They have to keep it all a secret at first so he can show her off at a special event. He is an up and coming politician in their little town and single men don't do well. He needs to make an impression. No to mention being set up with every single woman sent to him due to his nosy neighbors and his mother aren't working. He is very career-orientated and so is Vena. It was great watching them work at what they were good at and working together. I really liked the connection between these two. I definitely felt the chemistry.
Now for my issues, well issue. As I mentioned earlier, there was an issue with Vena and her fiance, Nick. We only get a few lines from the guy in the book and we see that Vena isn't happy with the guy (from the few lines, he seems like a bit of a turd). But that was it. There isn't a real consequence to this little scenario, so I just didn't see a point in having it there. It is mentioned and in a few chapters, it is no more. I would have pushed this a little further actually. But then again, it may change the tone of the book. It is a pretty light and sweet read and that may have darkened it a bit. Another little issue is I would have loved more backstory from the characters, specifically from Vena. We see that she had a deep connection with her grandparents and they basically made her into the woman she is now. I would have liked more on her past with her parents. It is still pretty clear that things were bad though. Her parents didn't seem to care much for her, just their expeditions really.
But despite my couple of issues, this was an enjoyable read. It is definitely a change of pace from the things I am use to reading. I forget that things can be simply normal sometimes and this reminded me of that. That was weird, wasn't it? Nonetheless, this was a fun read. Vena will have you laughing a lot in this book. "Hijinks" must be her middle name. The scenarios she finds herself in are very funny and entertaining. Something else that will make you laugh are Finn's neighbors, Tootie and Ruth. These two are those gossipy next door neighbors that know and see everything. I loved these two so much. They were just too much. I recommend this read if you are looking for something fast, sweet and funny....more