This book, for me is perfection....shear perfection! 5 stars isn't even enough, just like perfection isn't a good enough word to describe it. So compl...moreThis book, for me is perfection....shear perfection! 5 stars isn't even enough, just like perfection isn't a good enough word to describe it. So compliments of Greta we have a new word: Electo-shock-amatic-squeeful-lusty-nom-nom-delight!!
Add about 100 more squee's and your getting closer;)
Kresley Cole as created an amazing supernatural world. She leaves nothing out: Demons, Valkyries, Wraths, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves...oh my! First lets start with the fact that the creatures of the Lore all live amongst the human world. So many times authors just act like humans don't exists, not here. They don't have a part, per say, in this book but they are there walking down the same streets as the Lore. I also love that Val Hal, along with many of Lore creatures, call their home New Orleans. Perfect right! If you have been there you know what I mean. If there is a place that could make you believe that the supernatural exist, it's there.
Then the characters....
Emmaline is part Valkyrie, part vampire. Her mother died, and she never knew her father, so she was raised by her crazy Valkyrie family at Val Hal. It's hard growing up in a house full of warriors who's biggest enemy happens to running through your veins. The vampire blood alone means that she will never truly belong here, the mix of the two means she will never belong anywhere. Not belonging anywhere takes a toll on a person after 70 years. She sets off to Paris in search of her father to find anything that connects her somewhere.
That's when he scents her, his mate. Over 1200 years he has waited to find his mate. But Lachlain is being tortured, and has been for 150 years, by the vampire king. Chained below in the catacombs, and fire, nothing can keep him from his mate. His mate that he has waited so long to find. Question is will Lachlain be able to accept that his mate is a member of the race that locked him in the fire? Even if he does will he be able to hold on to his sanity long enough to win her over?
This story was...ummm....there are no words. It is full of suspense and twists that will grip you. Lachlain and all his hotness will leave you breathless. The undeniable love between Emma & Lachlain is seamless. You will feel it pulling your heart apart before they even accept it. Oh and the way Emma grows, the way the two of them bring out the best in each other, and not just in the bedroom *waggles eyebrows*, it's awesome!
So this is the part where I would give this book my highest level of praise and tell you:
Buy it, rent it, borrow it, steal it if you have to, but you have to READ this book!! While that is true, it's just not enough, so let me add this:
Kill for it, shit die for it if you think you can read in the casket, but if you don't read this book well....I couldn't imagine a life without this, and you aren't truly living anyways;)
Greta many thanks for bringing me back to life with this book. I'm so glad that I do what you say! lolz(less)
I started this book because my good pal Danny over at Bewitched Bookworms is madly, and completely in love with this series.
As a general rule: If Dan...moreI started this book because my good pal Danny over at Bewitched Bookworms is madly, and completely in love with this series.
As a general rule: If Danny loves it, then I love it.
Well....I am sad to say that I just didn't get into this book as much as she did. I did like it, but there was things that just bothered me to no end.
Summary Mackayla is just your typical 22 yr. old party girl. She doesn't take life to seriously. Working at her local bar, hanging with friends, sun bathing by the pool, and knows more about the color of nail polish than a girl should, in my opinion.
Her life was perfect. It was easy....and then the phone rang. Nothing would ever be the same after that day. The day Alina died. The day that stemmed a series events, unraveling Macs life one detail at a time. The world would never be as simple as the world she thought she knew.
Pros Moning paints a great new world of darkness lurking in plain site. I love the idea that there is both good and bad fae. I love the setting in Dublin and the "dark zone." I even love Barrons and all his bras, stone cold comments. What can I say I fall for the bad boys with secrets, and no answers. It must be that element of danger that I like so much. *winks* And Barrons has DANGER written all over him.
Cons While over all I think this story is going to turn out to be great, epic even. (I've heard the next book is waaaayyyy better) This book just didn't quit live up to my expectations. I guess my main problem was with Mac. She was just sooo superficial at times, alot of times, that I thought I was going to lose it. I mean seriously why do I care that you are wearing Iceberry Pink nail polish, or Guys-like-pink lipstick?
Then again maybe that is just me, considering the fact that I have NO idea what the name of my nail polish is, but if I was to guess I would say something like Ravens Flock At Night? And that's when I actually wear it. SO I mean I'm just not that into the super girly stuff lolz.
Ok so that was pretty much my only complaint, but it happened so often that i simply couldn't over look it. That's why this is getting only 3 stars from me.
Giving credit where it's due. I do have to say though that at the very end when Mac steps up to the plate and kicks some serious butt....yea that was pretty much awesome, and I am hoping I will see more of that Mac in books to come. That's a Mac that I could get used to!!
Bottom line I am looking forward to seeing where this goes from here, and now I'm off to read the next installment!(less)
I mean first of all Bowen is so damn sexy that there were times I thought I might literally go crazy from his...moreThis is BY FAR my favorite IAD book YET!!
I mean first of all Bowen is so damn sexy that there were times I thought I might literally go crazy from his lustiness. Like I would maybe just hop in my car, grab the next flight to Scotland, and then immediately after landing grab the closest Scot I could get my hands on and.....Parental Advisory: The scenes inside Darkfallen's head contain graphic & adult content. Not suitable for all ages
But no really in this book Kresley Cole has simply out done herself. Even if you were to strip away all of the sexy fun time, which would make me a sad panda, you are left a story jammed pack with action, suspense, and twists you could never see coming. The plot is simply perfect. How it unfolds layer, by layer, and just when you think you have it all figured out she hits you with another blind sided twist. I couldn't read this book fast enough and I am already excited for when I'll get to read it again. It amazes me how at one minute I could be completely heartbroken for Bowen and hating Mari. To crying for Mari and needing to smack Bowen the next. It's all those emotions spun so well, then mixed with a passion that is sure to leave you breathless...along with a few other things *waggles eyebrows* that makes this book what it is. A paranormal romance that is sure to make you dive in over your head and never come up for air. Besides who needs air when they have a Lykae?
Oh for the love of BOB why can't Lykae be real? And why can't my hubs be bitten by one? *sighs*(less)
So this book was a little slow in the beginning. In fact it was so slow that I thought maybe I shouldn't finish it, but everyone told me that the seri...moreSo this book was a little slow in the beginning. In fact it was so slow that I thought maybe I shouldn't finish it, but everyone told me that the series gets better after the first book so I stuck it out.
While it does pick up and flesh out a bit towards the end, this book is still a little flat around the edges and just lacking something. I mean the scenes between Maddox and Ashlyn are both sweet and HOT at times but I felt it took to long to get to there. This just left me feeling bored on several occasions. I would have liked to see more between them two earlier on in the book rather than later.
Still by the end of the book I found myself less and less bored and even enjoying this story. Better yet I was compelled to jump right into the second book and I am here to tell you that the second book is WAY better. Overall I say read this and stick it out to get to book two, it will be worth it.(less)
When Greta told me I needed to read this, I jumped at it. As per usual I am so SO SO glad I did. But lets get something straight. When Greta tells me...moreWhen Greta told me I needed to read this, I jumped at it. As per usual I am so SO SO glad I did. But lets get something straight. When Greta tells me to read something, I do it, and then I usually feel a little dirty afterwards. *waggles eyebrows* If ya know what I mean. This book also left me feeling a bit dirty, but
NOT NOT NOT
in the way that you think. I feel worn raw by the sheer truth in all this.
Laura Wiess takes us on a journey into the lifes of teenagers Blair and Ardith. She takes you to a place that is dark, yet you still are able to find disturbing humour. This book is an unspoken truth of our youth. A big lump usual found hidden under the rug, now lies scattered across the floor for all the world to see....
Blair and Aridith are bff's. The bond that makes their friendship stronger, also seems to the misery that pulls them apart. Blair is the rich kid, who's parents believe that appearances are EVERYTHING. Blair is just an appearance, not a loved daughter as she should be, do not confuse the two. Blair spends most her time all alone in her big cold house, unless of course Ardith rescues her from her solitude.
Aridith is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks.Also not to be confused with the bad seed, because she is anything but. She spends all of her time at school working hard to get away from the stain on society, that is her family. While at home the parties are endless, the pervs know no boundaries, and the' keg squats in the corner, like the resident trolll. Aridith knows a world where little girls sleep with padlocks on the inside of their bedroom door, because you never know when being his daughter will stop being enough to keep his hands at bay. Ardith keeps Blair away from her stained home life at all cost, but when Christmas rolls around, and Blair is left alone, you can't leave the drunken house so you invite her over. Nothing was the same after that. Life's were changed, friendships strained, and consequences must be paid.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, because as you will see, sometimes in order to pay the piper others will have to be sacrificed.....
"You've both outgrown the girls you were defending, and the ones that stand in their place are now armed with powerful, adult-sanctioned weapons. Tomorrow. The end will mark the beginning.
I know I'm leaving you hanging, but I mean isn't that kinda the point?! But before I go I will give you a glimpse into this story with a quote from Ardith that just really stuck with me, in a so true, haunting kind of way.
"Time is not your friend. It doesn't care if you live fast or die slow, if you aren't or if you aren't. It was here before you arrived and will go on after you leave. Time doesn't care who wins or who loses, if your life span is empty, honorable or shameful. Time is indifferent. It simply doesn't give a shit."
I don't' really know how to rate this book...at times I wanted to give it 4 stars, at other 2, so in the end lets roll with 2.5? lolz
I bet you can alr...moreI don't' really know how to rate this book...at times I wanted to give it 4 stars, at other 2, so in the end lets roll with 2.5? lolz
I bet you can already guess since I can't even decide how to rate this book that my review will be equally all over the place;) So ummmm just hang on tight and we will try to make it through this together.
In my experience there are books you love, books you hate, and books that were just *shrugs*. Well now there is a new kind to add to that list. Books that leave you confused....here I found myself falling head over heels, then landing in a dark ally. Walking around befuddled, hitting my head a few times, tripping over a dumpster, then the sun comes back out, the birds start singing, life is good again. Then after going through all that out of no where I'm smacked in to face with the bat, left standing in the middle of a busy intersection, once again befuddled....and cold....so very very cold...
I mean Maggie is awesome. I love her and how she deals with her less than stellar life. Having to play the parent to her drunk of a mother. Worrying if today is the day that she will come home to find the house burnt down because drunko passed out with yet another cigarette in her hand. Getting lost in her own world inside her sketch book.
I even love the idea of Cole. Who at this point I'm not even quite sure what he is, but I'm gonna go with some kind of male succubus. Does that make him an incubus? Yea I don't know but once you read this, if you do, and you figure it out PLEASE come knock on my door and tell me!! I mean at the end of this story I still didn't get what he was. Or more importantly what was the lesson here. The relevance of this story escapes me.
Also the best way to describe the writing style is poetic gymnastics, or maybe a lyrical marathon of sorts. As for my feelings on that....much of the same, at times it was genius, at others it was forced and confusing leading me right back to befuddled.
Have I left you feeling befuddled at how many time I used the befuddled? LOLZ Well then maybe you know how this book left me feeling...(less)
Ummm so this is not what I thought it was gonna be. But still it was a fun, UBER fast read, and I've already faded into Fade.
He He He (yes clever, no...moreUmmm so this is not what I thought it was gonna be. But still it was a fun, UBER fast read, and I've already faded into Fade.
He He He (yes clever, no?)
So like this cute little story, I'm gonna give a cute little review!
Shut up! I can too do a short review!! *huffs* *crosses arms over chest* lolz
I love how McMann brings some actual reality into this series. Unlike so many YA books out there, she gives us a look into the "real" high school kid. The drinking, drug experimenting, parties, the harsh reality of the 'less than stellar' parental units. You read so many good stories about teens, but never any mention of them doing anything teenish. I mean teens sneak out, teens drink, teens get in trouble. You see all of that here. McMann's writing style is also something that I could really get used to. Her thoughts are short, precise, and jumpy.
Look a squirrel.....
While some people hate it, I absolutely LOVED it. It made everything a really fast read. I liked that I could flipped back and find out what the exact day was. And how around page 81 I realized her writing was slowing building a aching hole in my chest. Threatening to get bigger and bigger as you went along. But I DID NOT cry!!!! Which is ultimately why this only gets 3 1/2 stars from me. This story is great. I find Janie & Cabel absolutely adorable, and so glad they have each other, but there was just not quite enough ka plow. If you know what I mean. The story builds nice. You can feel the big break about to happen, but then it doesn't come. I should have been crying like a baby with the way things were going. I didn't. I guess I just needed a bit more of a action ripping climax to make me go Squee.
All in all this is a good read and definitely worth a looksy:)(less)
This is the first book by James Patterson that I've picked up. Don't ask me why it took me so long, because I certainly couldn't answer you. None the...moreThis is the first book by James Patterson that I've picked up. Don't ask me why it took me so long, because I certainly couldn't answer you. None the less I'm glad I finally dove into his writing.
Max and the "flock" as they like to call themselves are just a group of kids that are far from anything normal. They were raised in a lab and their life consisted of one experiment after another. They even have wings and can fly. That is until the day the one of the scientist help them escape. Since then they have been hiding out with the scientist and he has been helping them develop their special powers. None of these kids have ever met their parents, and for all they know they were conceived in a test tube, but quickly Jeb becomes like a father to them. That is until one day he disappears. Max being the oldest of the bunch quickly steps in to take responsibility of the group. It's been almost two years since Jeb had vanished and just when they thought they were safe the Erasers, genetically mutated werewolf like people from the lab, come to drag them back to that horrible place, but they only get one...Angel. The youngest. And now it's up to Max and the flock to get her back before it's too late.
This whole book basically revolves around getting Angel back from the scientist before it's to late. Of course I'm not going to tell you if they do or not. You'll just have to read to find out. *winks* Still it's a great start to the series. There are a ton of little and big cliffhangers left open to answer in later books.
I loved Max. I mean at times she was a little immature sounding but then I had to remind myself that she was only 14 and therefore so was supposed to sound that way. I don't usually read books with characters that young. All my YA tends to lead towards older kids. I think this series could be read by a 13 year old without a problem. The chapters are short and keep you turning the pages, along with the fact that this whole book is packed full of action, makes this a good read for the younger reader. That and the writing is easy to read.
Overall this was a great start to a series and James Patterson's first attempt at YA is sure to win you over. I so can't wait to read more of this series, especially to learn more about the mysterious Fang.(less)
This is first book I have read in verse style, and I have to admit if they are all like this one then I think I have found a new...moreI so LOVED this book!!
This is first book I have read in verse style, and I have to admit if they are all like this one then I think I have found a new style I love:)
Ava is a sad and struggling teenager. Struggling with the death of her boyfriend, the love of her life. But aren't the all the love of your life when your that age?
Struggling with the fact that the guilt is eating her.
Struggling to move on as her friends all seem to and her parents are practically begging her too.
But how can life go on when his never will? No more casual french fries and chocolate shakes, hand in hand. No more dares. No more.....Jackson.
Ava ever the practical one while Jackson was always the risk taker. He breathed life into her world with promises of forever and always, but forever and always isn't always that long a time when the universe takes it all a way.
The writing style and pretty much everything about his book takes your breath away. It pulls your heart right out of your chest. The guilt and the lost of young love displayed so raw on the page had me misty eyed by page 19.
And to top it all off it is a super fun and fast read. Like I'm talking 1 1/2 to 2 hours tops!
So it's taken me a while to finally pick up this series. Over a year of all my bloggin besties telling me that I needed to get my hands on it...and no...moreSo it's taken me a while to finally pick up this series. Over a year of all my bloggin besties telling me that I needed to get my hands on it...and now I have.
First we meet Beth. She's a field reporter for a small local newspaper, living in a small apartment, no man in her life unless you count her cat, and as far as she knows she's just a normal girl in her mid twenties. That is until this scary, totally HOT, guy in leather walks into her apartment. Equal parts terrified, intrigues, and turned on she doesn't know who or what to believe, but it doesn't take long for her to choose between the life she knows and the one he lives in.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I love the vampires and the lore surrounding them. I found Wrath to be terrifyingly HOT just like Beth does and that seemed to suck me into the story even more. I definitely wouldn't mind spending a few nights with one of the brothers from the brotherhood, but I would never want to be on their bad side. *winks* I will say there was one thing that really bothered me about these boys...Ok, they are huge, covered in scars and tatts, and wrapped in black leather which leads me to think of your typical bad boy/biker right? But then they are listening to rap music?! Hanging out in a club called Screamers where the clientele also dresses in black leather and yet the club is bumping JayZ?! I'm sorry but this was creating a mental oxymoron visual for me. I would expect them to listen to hard core heavy metal or something. Lol Yes, yes I know that I'm being nit picky but every time they mentioned the music I was thrown off for a second trying to picture these resident bad boys in leather rapping to Biggie. All of a sudden I'm picturing the boys in hooded sweatshirts, baggey jeans, and Timberlands. It just kept throwing me off.
Still I enjoyed the story and can't wait to read the next one, even thought I have to say...IAD wins the battle here ;)(less)
WOW! This book was so much better then the first book and the prequel to this series. In fact I think it redeemed this whole series for me.
Going into...moreWOW! This book was so much better then the first book and the prequel to this series. In fact I think it redeemed this whole series for me.
Going into this book I wasn't expecting to like it all that much. The first book just fell really flat for me, but a few friends suggested that I give this series a chance and read book two. I am so glad I did! This book took me by a total surprise. Not only with the fact that the story isn't flat and the characters are more fleshed out, but also the fact that this book centers around Lucien and Anya. With the way the first book sets everything up you would expect this book to be about Reyes and Danika, so when it turned out to be about Lucian and Anya I was surprised. I was surprised even more at how drawn I was to these two considering I never gave them much thought in book one, and I never would have guessed them as a couple.
Lucien can't stop thinking about the mysterious goddess that saved Maddox and Ashlyn and broke the death curse that tied him to Maddox every night. He doesn't know why he can't get he out of his head. I mean he has never even laid eyes on her before. But he's heard her voice in his heard, and he smelled her strawberries and cream scent, and now he can't stop. He still smells her around him at the weirdest times. Even when he's off carting souls to Hell in the spirit world.
Anya, Goddess of Anarchy, loves chaos. She lies all the time, steals just to even her out, and kills without batting an eyelash. Love isn't something the goddess is even possible of feeling. Lust however...yes lust she can do and right now she can't seem to get the scarred, yet sexy Lucien, Lord of the Underworld out of her heard. But it makes sense considering he is also the keeper of the demon of Death and who better for Anarchy than a demon? That is until Cronus steps in the picture and ruins what could have been a simple, yet sexy, game of lust.
What happens when the man you lust for is compelled to kill you by a higher power? And what happens when the women your supposed to kill turns into a women you can't live without? What's stronger? Love or a command from the king of the gods?
Of course I can't give you much more without giving it all away but, OMG this book was so good. It's not only packed full of action, but also with some majorly HOT scene that are sure to make your temperature rise. While I never gave much thought to these two in the previous book I can't get them out of my head now. I loved them together.
Overall this was a great read and I can't wait to see who is next to come in this series!!(less)
I've had this book on my list for a LONG time. I couldn't wait to finally find the time to read it. I knew without a doubt in the I would love it to p...moreI've had this book on my list for a LONG time. I couldn't wait to finally find the time to read it. I knew without a doubt in the I would love it to pieces, and I was ready to cry my eyes out...
Unfortunately this book just wasn't what I thought it would be. Or more importantly; it just didn't live up to my expectations. I know that I am probably going to be lynched for what I am about to say, but please try to keep in mind that a review is an opinion and I am entitled to have mine, and it doesn't always turn out to be a pretty one, so here goes.
I want to start by saying that I've had two people in my life commit suicide. One was related to me, the other was a friend. Both of them left a note, and I read them both. It was hard, raw, and painstakingly honest. It made me believe that for at least a moment I could feel what they felt...and it was horrible. Want to know what both of these notes had in common? Neither one of them blamed anyone but themselves.
This is where I had a problem with this book and with Hannah. The way she blames all these people. Did she ever stop to think while she was making these tapes just what exactly what she was doing to them? All these things she was accusing them for, and never once did she think "Will this hurt someone else?" I was especially upset over the part where she tells these people about Jessica's rape. I mean POOR JESSICA!! You can't just go telling the world those types of things! So while most loved this book and Hannah I just found her to be a bit whiny and yes, hypocritical.
Now that being said I did devour this book in one day. In fact in more like a five short hours. Every time I put the book down I found myself going back to it. But that wasn't so much because of the story per say, as much as it was about curiosity. I kept thinking that something was going to blow up at any moment that would lead to me understanding why Hannah did what she did. And I don't mean understand why she committed suicide, in the end I totally got that. She did it because she hated herself. But I wanted to understand why she made the tapes, beyond the obvious wanting to just call everyone out, but there wasn't any more to it than that really. She was just being kinda mean. It was one last bitch fest before the grand finale. Still I finished this book because I also got attached to Clay. I felt so sorry for him and what Hannah was doing to him. I just wanted to give him a hug. I think he needed one.
In the end this book just wasn't what I thought it would be. I thought it would be a girl with tapes telling her friends why she was gone. Not tapes bitching at people she wasn't even friends with. I really wish I could have enjoyed it more but I just couldn't. (less)
The title for this book couldn't be more spot on. This is definitely the darkest pleasure...period. But what else would you expect when dealing with R...moreThe title for this book couldn't be more spot on. This is definitely the darkest pleasure...period. But what else would you expect when dealing with Reyes, the demon Pain?
Reyes has suffered for thousands of years ever since he was forced to house the demon Pain inside him. He has to feed his demon pain on a daily bases rather it be through someone else's pain of his own, but Reyes can't stand the thought of inflicted pain on someone else so he self mutilates to sate his demon. Actually he takes self mutilation to whole a new level. Anyways...he can't take a lover. Hasn't for hundreds of years, because the he can only find pleasure in pain and as soon as he brings pain into the bedroom the women is compelled by his demon and turns to bloodlust so uncontrollable they do horrible things to the people around them long after the sex is over. Causing this bloodlust on innocent women just isn't something he can chance anymore...that is until he meets Danika. No matter how hard he tries to deny his feelings for her and fight his urges he just can't seem to. Even worse? His demon his even drawn to her.
Ok so I just want to give a general warning to the readers out there that this book may be a bit much for you to stomach. The amount of gore and disturbing self mutilation/masturbation might just make your stomach turn. I am in no way an easily disturbed person but this book did make me cringe a few times. Still it was a great story that I couldn't get enough of. I even found myself falling for Reyes. Him with all of his odd flaws. Just the way he tries so hard to overcome his demon, and how evident it is that he cares so much for the people around him. Also it will pull at your heart strings to see the shame he feels about what he is driven to do against his control. I really, really just wanted to hold him...to love him.
Overall this was another great addition to this series and I say if you can handle the disturbing parts with an open mind then you don't won't to miss this one.(less)