This is the prequel to Shadowplay. And being mildly pedantic I read them in the intended order- Shadowplay and then Maelstrom. I enjoyed both immenselThis is the prequel to Shadowplay. And being mildly pedantic I read them in the intended order- Shadowplay and then Maelstrom. I enjoyed both immensely but I do think I would have enjoyed them even more had I read Maelstrom first.
Amalie is a Light Fae exile suffering from amnesia and living on a ranch in small town Fundy, Texas. Her past starts to catch up with her - starting with her boyfriend Nick who she literally disappeared on years ago- and soon it's not just hunky boyfriends knocking on the door! Psychotic brothers, creepy distant relatives and a whole lot of trouble! As the memories come flooding back though, so does her inherent power which makes Amalie a kick ass heroine.
The romance between Amalie and Nick is sweet and well written, and the theme of friendship and loyalty is strong throughout the book.
The book ends right where Shadowplay kicks off, so the flow of the story over the 2 books is seamless.
This is the third book of Elisa Paige's I have read, and I have loved all 3. The writing is good, the world building is excellent and the characters are believable. Another triumph for Ms Paige!...more
This is the sequel to Past Midnight, but could be read as a stand alone book.
There is a darker edge to this one compared to Past Midnight. Charlotte hThis is the sequel to Past Midnight, but could be read as a stand alone book.
There is a darker edge to this one compared to Past Midnight. Charlotte has some pretty heavy stuff to deal with- parental problems, relationship problems and a demon that is following her!
Despite this there is something refreshing and light about this series. Ms Purnhagen deals with these issues without overdramatising, keeping them realistic and believable. Charlottes reactions to events are believable and she is -as much as possible- a normal, likable girl.
The ending is not quite a cliffhanger but does make me interested enough to look out for the next in the series to see what will happen.
I enjoyed this story just as much as the first. It is a quick, interesting read and suitable for younger teens. ...more
**spoiler alert** Set in the same world as Stealing Time, but a seperate series Shadowplay is an action packed paranormal romance centering around a d**spoiler alert** Set in the same world as Stealing Time, but a seperate series Shadowplay is an action packed paranormal romance centering around a dark Fae named Mia. Mia is a half breed- half dark and half light Fae. Her father also happens to be the ruler of the Unseelie Court- and he doesn't have any kind of paternal feelings for his only surviving daughter.
She spends most of her time avoiding the Unseelie assassins sent by her father to kill her. When she finds herself accidentally caught up in a war between Vampires she doesn't imagine for a minute that she would find friends, or love. But she soon finds herself entangled with Roddie, a vampire who is determined to show Mia that there is more to life than pain and simply surviving.
There are plenty of fight scenes interspersed with the developing romance between vampire and Fae to keep things moving along at a comfortable pace, and by the end of the book, friendship and love are not the only things that Mia has gained that she thought impossible before.....
Another excellent story from a new author that I hope to see much more from in the future....more
This is a fast paced urban fantasy that kept me gripped throughout. I found myself thrust into Evies world from the first sentence and was hurtled aloThis is a fast paced urban fantasy that kept me gripped throughout. I found myself thrust into Evies world from the first sentence and was hurtled along at incredible speed as she struggles with terminal illness and is changed into a vampire- escaping death. The pace was a little disconcerting at first but I soon adjusted.
I liked the way that the author describes Evies change from human to vampire but I thought that she accepts that she is a vampire perhaps a bit too quickly. The vampire mythology isn't exactly groundbreaking, but is consistent and believable. One interesting element is Evie's development of a special ability after a freak accident and is something I hope is developed further over the series.
The romance between Evie and her maker James is a very large part of the book and they are very strongly connected. The attraction between them is obvious from the very beginning of the book and soon develops to the point where they can't bear to be apart. Despite this I found the romance between them sweet and endearing and not overbearing or forced.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It has similarities to other vampire novels that are popular at the moment and doesn't really break new ground. it's just a well written, entertaining urban fantasy with a cliffhanger ending that will make you impatient for the release of the second book.
This is a great blend of historical romance, paranormal romance and erotica in one novel. It is the first of Charlotte Featherstone's books that I havThis is a great blend of historical romance, paranormal romance and erotica in one novel. It is the first of Charlotte Featherstone's books that I have read and I am looking forward to the rest in this series.
The story centers around Chastity, the virtuous daughter of a nobleman and the living embodiment of her name, and Thane- a dark Faery Prince and the embodiment of Lust who needs her to break a curse on his court. Thane does everything he can to make Chastity fall in love with him and agree to come to his court with him. Chastity resists him at first but over time the two fall in love.
The story is well written, full of sexual tension and there are a lots of plot twists and turns to keep it interesting. Unusually I preferred the first half of the book to the second, as the world building was excellent and the sex scenes were not as frequent as in the second half.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal or historical romance novels with a bit of spice to them! ...more
**spoiler alert** I reviewed this book from an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley.
This is quite a short, quick, fun read and just like the previous bo**spoiler alert** I reviewed this book from an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley.
This is quite a short, quick, fun read and just like the previous book Manifest, reads a lot like a collection of journal entries.
Our narrator this time is Sasha Carrington, who we first met in Manifest through Krystals eyes. Sasha is another teenager who gets pretty much whatever she wants but I found her more instantly likeable and less whiny than Krystal. Sasha has a good sense of fairness and is willing to stand up for what she believes in, in the end.
Sasha has a lot on her plate- distant parents, bitchy girls at school and her first teenage crush is something of a 'starcrossed lovers' scenario- a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Then there are her growing 'powers' and the small matter of the darkness that is coming for her and her friends.
There are lots of interesting ideas throughout the book, but I think it was perhaps a little too short and had a feel of being something to set the scene ready for the third book.
There's just enough to keep you interested and by the end of the book the scene is well and truly set for an epic battle between light and dark but this particular book seemed to be missing a real, central storyline with any action of it's own.
We do meet the mysterious darkness which continues to threaten the Mystyx, but where Manifest had a story and mystery centred around a serial killer who is caught and brought to justice by our young heroes there is nothing really defining that happens in this book.
The book is very much a young adult book and I would place it firmly in the 14-16 year old category. As an adult reading this book I felt a little bit out of place but I can imagine that teenagers would identify strongly with the main characters. It does tackle some pretty serious issues for teenagers like race, segregation, cultural and social differences and peer pressure and these are handled well throughout.
Overall I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because although there are a lot of loose ends I enjoyed reading it. I think it is a great book for the teenage audience it is intended for and I am excited for the third book which I hope ties most of those loose ends up.
This is a standalone novel and the first I have read by Laura Kasischke. I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ThThis is a standalone novel and the first I have read by Laura Kasischke. I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The book is written from the different points of view of the four people in the blurb and also jumps back and forth in time. This made it a little confusing on occasions and I sometimes had to pause before starting a chapter to let my poor brain catch up. Most of the time it wasn't too much of an issue however, and it kept the book fresh and exciting with no time to get bored of one persons narrative.
There is an eerie feel throughout the book, a sense that something is amiss but the plot twists and turns and keep you guessing about both the main characters and what really happened to Nicole. Just as you think you know what might have happened, or think you understand one characters, something happens that changes your mind.
The relationships in the book were interesting, but I just didn't understand why Craig was so obsessed with Nicole and the level of obsession - he barely questioned anything she did, or stopped asking as soon as she pouted- was a bit too unrealistic for me.
I think that the POV I enjoyed most was Mira's. This was partly because I found the subject of death and death rituals fascinating (I would have loved to have been one of her students) and also that I found the relationship with her husband and its subsequent breakdown wonderfully and sensitively written.
With the books I have been reading I am used to either some questions left hanging to be picked up by the next in the series, or everything wrapped up In a neat little storyline bow. So imagine my initial surprise/dismay at not having the story fully concluded!
When I had finished I was disappointed at first with all the loose ends left floating. On reflection, however, the ending given matched the tone of the book and ensured that the eerie atmosphere lingered with me long after the book was closed. And a clear sign to me of a good book is one that stays with you long after reading.
The book is an adult novel and contains explicit language and sexuality. The sexual scenes are not what I would consider gratuitous however, and actually add to the plot rather than being a distraction from it.
In all I would give this book 4/5 stars and wouldn't be surprised to see this on bestseller lists later this year....more
**spoiler alert** The third book in the Iron Fey series and definitely my favourite so far. The only negative I have is that the fourth book, Iron Kni**spoiler alert** The third book in the Iron Fey series and definitely my favourite so far. The only negative I have is that the fourth book, Iron Knight isn't due to be released for ages!
I was lucky enough to get an ARC for review to be able to read this one a little early and hope I will have the same opportunity with Iron Knight or the wait will kill me...
The Iron Queen picks up right where the Iron Daughter left off and is even more action packed. It also has more romance and heart wrenching decisions to be made by Meghan- who has grown and matured drastically through the series. She still has lingering insecurities but when needed she shoves them aside and makes the best decisions she can at the time. When she steps up to it, she's definitely a force to be reckoned with!
Some of her most difficult decisions are made for the 'greater good' and the decision to release Ash from his vow when she thinks she is going to die is definitely one of those. and would have been a tearjerker if I was more of a cryer...
Grimalkin remains mysterious and pops up just when he is needed throughout the book. I really hope Iron Knight will shed some light on exactly what he is and his role in the bigger picture as I am intrigued.
Plus there's a healthy dose of Ash and Puck throughout the book to keep a girl happy!
Another great installment in a fantastic series. If you haven't read them yet you really should give them a go!
Wow, for a book about mermaids this is pretty powerful stuff! Sarah Porter has created a darkly compelling tale of abused children, murderous mermaids and teenage bullying. The writing is good and it is easy to picture the world that is being created despite it being about fantasy creatures.
14 year old Luce has lost her mother and father and lives with her abusive uncle. She copes with this by mostly keeping quiet and not drawing attention to herself. Then one evening her uncle tries to inflict his worst assault yet.
The emotional pain of the incident and preceding events turns Luce into a mermaid. Mermaids are young girls who have been mistreated by the humans who were supposed to look after them. The Mermaids dislike humans because of their troubled human lives and delight in singing to boats that pass their way enchanting the humans aboard and causing them to jump into the ocean and drown.
Luce finds a home with a tribe of mermaids led by their queen Caterina. Caterina's character is fascinating and I changed my opinion of her several times as the story developed. Luce's devotion to Caterina was a bit much, however, almost bordering on obsession.
As more new mermaids join the tribe there is unrest among them which I suppose is kind of political but was more a demonstration of how teenage girls can behave toward each other and be either wonderful friends or bitter enemies from one day to the next, driven mostly by their own insecurities.
The most important thing to the mermaids is singing. A great voice is considered a gift and the best singer is always the Queen of the tribe. Luce's voice is amazing from the beginning which both pleases and threatens Caterina as existing Queen. Luce seems oblivious to how good her voice is at first, and even after she learns more about what she can do with her singing she has no desire to take Caterina's place. Luce also struggles with the killing humans part of being a mermaid and is torn between the intense need to sing and the guilt at what the singing does to the humans.
The power struggle between Luce, Caterina and a shallow selfish mermaid named Anais has some dramatic consequences which were left mostly hanging at the end of the book.
I was disappointed with the ending as the story just kind of stopped. I assume the next in the series will pick up from there but it was still quite disappointing to be left hanging.
The ending aside, I found the second half of the book better than the first. I didn't really get properly into the story until the ninth chapter and would have liked Luce's pre-mermaid life to have been expanded on a little more.
Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. ...more