I don't have enough love for this book. It actually started me writing science fiction. So, anyone who's suffered through my book, you have this to blI don't have enough love for this book. It actually started me writing science fiction. So, anyone who's suffered through my book, you have this to blame ;)...more
I’m a huge fan of Jenn’s work. Her The Rake and the Recluse is one of my favorite historical romances, and I was so excited to get an ARC of AbsoluteI’m a huge fan of Jenn’s work. Her The Rake and the Recluse is one of my favorite historical romances, and I was so excited to get an ARC of Absolute Surrender. The story revolves around three childhood friends—Amelia, Charles, and Hugh—who’ve come of age and are ready to do their duty to the Crown. Charles, the Duke of Castleberry, is hoping to wed Amelia, but there’s an issue.
Amelia has an undisclosed mental illness, possibly an extreme anxiety disorder, and only Hugh can stave off her episodes. And so begins one of the most interesting triangles I’ve read about in a while.
Absolute Surrender doesn’t boast a true love triangle, because the men involved aren’t fighting over Amelia’s heart; they both have a piece of it. They’re working to secure her future, hoping to keep Amelia out of Bedlam and also focusing on providing a way to care for Amelia’s mother.
What I loved most about this book is the fact that both Hugh and Charles want Amelia’s happiness above all else, leaving them to make often uncomfortable sacrifices to obtain this goal. Jenn has written a deep, complex love story that differs so much from the norm, and it fits the characters perfectly. And she’s included photographs, so there’s that bit of awesome for you as well.
Fans of historical romance should definitely invest in a copy of Absolute Surrender. ...more
Written in Stone is book #2 in Dunham’s Entwined Chronicles. We begin in Felicia’s POV as she’s dying, and then the fun really begins.
Dunham does a grWritten in Stone is book #2 in Dunham’s Entwined Chronicles. We begin in Felicia’s POV as she’s dying, and then the fun really begins.
Dunham does a great job with this short novella, giving us a solid sequel to "Fugue" (review here). She builds on the foundation laid in the previous book by introducing a grown-up Pax, who is the Prophet and also Lia's son. Throughout the novella, we’re treated to a small portion of the angels’ plans to deal with demons, and the many ways in which amnesiac Felicia can mess them up without even trying.
What I liked the most about Stone is that the plot remained unpredictable, even though we know what the angels are planning. Dunham throws in a few interesting curveballs that definitely keep the reader’s interest. It’s an easy read—could probably be tackled in an afternoon—but it’s also a complex read. The author gives us a great spin on good vs. evil, light vs. dark, and Felicia encompasses them both, being both angel and Fallen. She's a great dichotomy, and there are quite a few intense scenes in the book that chilled me. Add that to her fledgling relationship with Pax, and we have quite a bit of drama within a few pages. Dunham has proven that she knows how to hook a reader.
And again, Ariel proved herself to be my favorite. I really hope she gets some kind of spin-off or something. She’s just…so deliciously devious!
Do yourself a favor and pick up "Fugue" and Written in Stone for a fresh take on angels vs. demons....more
Tsavo Pride is a companion short story to Diamond’s novel Shifting Pride and brings the story of the Tsavo lions, the shifters Nickie Leone briefly reTsavo Pride is a companion short story to Diamond’s novel Shifting Pride and brings the story of the Tsavo lions, the shifters Nickie Leone briefly reads about as she’s learning about her true shifter nature—“For example, the lions of Tsavo, Africa, were frequently thought to have been shape-shifters gone rogue, former kings taking revenge on European invaders.”
That is exactly the story Diamond gives us. Though it’s brief, it’s also powerful and tragic. Diamond quickly tosses us into the mix as we watch the British, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Patterson, construct a railroad through the heart of Santamo’s territory. As the alpha of a two-man pack, Santamo takes it upon himself to figure out a way to stop Patterson. All the while, his brother and beta, Legeny, craves blood.
Diamond does an excellent job of getting the reader to crave more. Santamo’s dark imagery and defiance are palpable as we get the story from his first person viewpoint. He and his brother are not kind, yet there’s still a likeability to the alpha that keeps the reader invested in his revenge plot, even though in the end, it costs him everything he loves.
Readers who’ve loved Diamond’s intelligent and sometimes gritty world of shifter political intrigue would love Tsavo Pride, especially considering how this story helps shape our understanding of just how powerful the Leone line of black panthers truly is. By itself, Tsavo is able to stand on its own four paws as a beautifully tragic tale of how grief and anger and revenge can rob a person of what he desires most....more
When the Franks come to Ireland in search of a heretic, Brother Ciaran is thrown into a world of magic, Fae, and apocalyptic prophecies. Alongside hisWhen the Franks come to Ireland in search of a heretic, Brother Ciaran is thrown into a world of magic, Fae, and apocalyptic prophecies. Alongside his father-figure-slash-mentor Donall mac Taidg, he works to solve the riddles of Enoch’s Device, riddles which span over thousands of years and nearly every myth known to man. From the Nephilim of Judeo-Christianity to the Fae of Irish lore, the mythos of this book follows historical events as well as incorporating each of the world’s major religions. And it does it so well.
Any time a book attempts to unify the multiple mythologies of the world, it can go one of two ways: 1) It becomes a far-reaching mess of conjecture and grasping at straws, or 2) it manages to succeed in some parts, but not all because of the scope of the book. Somehow Finley connects the dots in a way that really made me wonder if the myths he incorporates truly have the same starting point.
The writing is beautifully fluid and transports the reader to the book’s various Dark Ages locations—Ireland; Cordoba, Spain; Paris; Selles-Sur-Cher in Central France, just to name a few. With Finley’s well-crafted characters, we journey through so many different locales and meet such interesting people.
There’s a definite good-vs.-evil vibe through this book, and in some instances, you don’t know entirely who’s playing on which side. A few times, I thought I had it pegged just to be proven wrong. There are a lot of twists and turns, several unexpected (and gruesome) deaths, and a lot of ground to cover. All in all, a refreshing twist on the religious thriller, and one that will have you turning pages from cover to cover as fast as you can.
Also, Donall is awesome.
There are a few places toward the middle of the book where I got lost and had to reread a few times, and a couple of times toward the end, I wasn’t sure of who was whom, so you may want to watch out for that. Also, there is a fair bit of surprising violence, and also a rape (which does have a purpose). If these things make you squelchy, you may want to steer away from this one.
Otherwise, GO GET THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY.
Good for fans of: mythology, religious thrillers like The Da Vinci Code, Irish monks being badass, apocalyptic prophecy, and magic....more
LOVED. I absolutely ADORE Taryn's writing, and Lightning is no exception. In a few (like, 50) pages, she gives us a fantastic heroine and a sexy heroLOVED. I absolutely ADORE Taryn's writing, and Lightning is no exception. In a few (like, 50) pages, she gives us a fantastic heroine and a sexy hero to root for, a great backstory, and some scintillating romance. I'm anxious to get my grubby little hands on Thunder. And anything else Taryn writes. ...more
I loved this book, and I was sad when I read the last words. Diamond has created such an interesting world, complete with complex pack politics and a I loved this book, and I was sad when I read the last words. Diamond has created such an interesting world, complete with complex pack politics and an engaging mystery, and nestled it so neatly within our own. I feel like I could walk out my door and find a new shifter friend, or enemy. What I appreciated most about Shifting Pride is the care Diamond takes in interspersing shifter info and lore into the story, be it with a book Nickie finds or folklore other shifters share with her. Diamond is very thorough in her world-building and it definitely adds to the overall realism of this shifter tale.
Diamond does a fantastic job keeping the pace snappy. She gives us just enough information without overloading the reader or making her plot predictable. With each new revelation, I was anxious to see how she manipulated the information and was not disappointed. I kept hanging on to each word, each sentence, each paragraph, each page, hoping right along with Nickie that she would soon be reunited with her dad.
Shifting Pride is a must-read for anyone who enjoys an engaging story. Even if one strips away the shifter element, we’re still left with a great book about a daughter who will stop at nothing to bring her missing father home. ...more
I don't think I breathed through the last few chapters.
Tiffany's Original Sinners series gets better and better with each installment. The Prince feaI don't think I breathed through the last few chapters.
Tiffany's Original Sinners series gets better and better with each installment. The Prince features more of my favorite character, Mr. Kingsley Edge, and gives interesting background into his life and his relationship with everyone's favorite priest, Soren. I LOVE the way Tiffany organized this book. She gives us North (past and present) with King and Soren, and South with Nora and Wes, who've gone to Kentucky (woo hoo!) so Wes can introduce Nora to "his world." The Prince of Kentucky takes Nora to meet his family, good ol' southern aristocrats. Wes' dad is not a fan of Nora's by any means, but Wes' mother seems much more...not an asshole. There's a lot of twists and turns in both the North and South that make this book so addictive. And, you know, King.
I'm anxiously awaiting (and by anxiously awaiting, I mean completely freaking out) for the Mistress. Because our wonderful, sadistic author has left us with a cliffhanger that makes the Angel's ending seem like warm chocolate chip cookies.
Tiffany is a MASTER (Mistress?). I could not stop reading this incredible story.
There's a lot to absolutely love about this book. TheWow. Just...wow.
Tiffany is a MASTER (Mistress?). I could not stop reading this incredible story.
There's a lot to absolutely love about this book. The way Tiffany weaves these amazing tales of love and intrigue in a world so few truly know and understand is compelling, and at times hard to read. The character of the hour is Michael Demir, a somewhat minor character in The Siren who comes into his own as the titular Angel. Tiffany writes what is easily one of my all-time favorite romances between submissive Michael and Dom Griffin Fiske. Seriously unbelievable.
And of course, Kingsley. Just because he always needs to be mentioned....more
I. Loved. This. Loved it. It's some of the best science fiction I've read in a while, with two incredibly different main characters who discover thatI. Loved. This. Loved it. It's some of the best science fiction I've read in a while, with two incredibly different main characters who discover that they're not so different after all.
Yes, there are alien races, yes there are other planets, but deep down, what I love most about this book is that it's a book about people.
Keir has been ostracized his entire life because of his blue skin. Otherwise seemingly normal, Keir has been forced to hide in the shadows, scavenge for food, and fend off attackers since a young age. As a result, he's incredibly distrusting. When he first meets Quin, he's being held in a storage room, a beaten and battered prisoner. The pair manages to escape, leading them down a road where Keir finds not only acceptance, but a deep, abiding love.
Of course, that's not all, and you're gonna have to read the book to find out. The world(s) Pippa creates are wonderfully done, each having its own customs, lore, and geology. Nothing felt...contrived, or too difficult to understand, if that makes any sense. Each world the characters travel to feels like it could exist somewhere, and the different alien races are fleshed out with their own political issues, customs, etc.
At its heart, Keir is a story of love and redemption for both Keir and Quin, two incredibly broken people who find healing with one another. Though Keir has suffered the most physically and mentally, Quin has suffered emotionally. Immortal after the destruction of her world, Quin has traveled the stars searching for the being responsible for destroying everything and everyone she loved. She's loved and lost along the way, and each loss has left its scar. Once she starts falling for her Smurfin companion, she wonders if he could ever love her, but buries her feelings. The middle of the book is when their love story truly starts, and it's pretty amazing to read. I laughed and cried with both as they found their ways to each other.
And just FYI, the last 20 pages or so nearly scarred me. I was almost bawling.
Pippa Jay's Keir is most definitely a fantastic science fiction read (admittedly, I read it all in one day). It's also a fantastic read that happens to be science fiction. I would recommend this heavily....more