Sometimes you need a heartfelt, sighing, sweet romance, and this is book fits the bill perfectly. This is such a satisfying romance, and as a bonus, fSometimes you need a heartfelt, sighing, sweet romance, and this is book fits the bill perfectly. This is such a satisfying romance, and as a bonus, features several very realistic children characters.
Children characters in romance books tend to be either absent or seriously stereotyped. The children in this book are very much fully developed and realistic, and add a touch of homey amusement to the story. It made the romance that much sweeter because it felt possible.
Gwyn’s situation was realistic and believable, and while meeting a hunky movie star isn’t very believable, it is the stuff of dreams, and romance stories. I really loved everything about this book and it made a great fantasy getaway as my weekend read....more
This book is hilarious! It’s Survivor meets The Bachelorette and is more amusing than you’d think possible. It also has some serious, and valid, pointThis book is hilarious! It’s Survivor meets The Bachelorette and is more amusing than you’d think possible. It also has some serious, and valid, points about looking at your past choices and evaluating them and yourself, but that’s nicely buried under the entertainment.
One the best things about this book, beside the continual LOL moments, are the characters. There are quite a few of them, but they are all nicely developed. I never mixed up any of the exes, and MC herself is quite the bundle. Everyone’s dialogue and actions were portrayed realistically and believably, even if they weren’t all likable. Don’t worry, most of them were though.
The whole idea of being dumped on a deserted island with all your exes is very scary, mainly because it involves taking a good look at the past choices you’ve made. How many people really do that? I found myself wondering how I’d react in such a situation, and beyond the obvious shudders, it made me think a bit about myself. That is exactly what MC does in the story, but it’s definitely more entertaining to read about someone else doing that than to do it yourself.
If you haven’t read this yet, I’d highly suggest it. This book will make a great beach read, and you’ll certainly appreciate being able to go inside and have a shower and a meal after you finish. Once you stop laughing, of course....more
This is such a powerful story about a girl born in a boy’s body. The reader really gets to journey with Christopher as she fights to become Emily. ItThis is such a powerful story about a girl born in a boy’s body. The reader really gets to journey with Christopher as she fights to become Emily. It felt like an insider view to a very personal and emotional struggle. I liked that the focus was on the psychological side, with Emily learning to embrace herself, and really coming to terms with the person she wants to be.
The story is primarily about Emily, but I really like the addition of Claire. Her character wasn’t just a vehicle to push education about transgender issues, she was fully developed with an incredibly complex and uplifting religious viewpoint. So often religious characters are used as stereotypes or cliches, but Claire was a great example of how modern Christianity can be.
There was no preaching or lecturing anywhere in this book, by any character, instead, it was an incredibly engaging and intriguing story. It was an emotional story, and one that I’m super happy to have read....more
This was a seriously messed up story. I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I like it or not, and I just can't decide. There are just so many elemThis was a seriously messed up story. I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I like it or not, and I just can't decide. There are just so many elements at play that it's difficult for me to figure out exactly what I thought of the book.
Camille has had a very messed up life, with a messed up family, and lived in a very messed up town. Combined, there was just nothing "normal" in the story, and I think this lack of backdrop made it hard to take in everything. And there was a lot to take in. Not just the current mystery of who is killing people, but also the multitude of issues that Camille has. It just made for an overwhelming dark and twisted story.
The audiobook narration was pretty good. The voice fit Camille, complete with small town Southern accent. There wasn't a lot of emotion or depth to the narration, but that seemed to fit Camille's character. There was a very melodic quality to it that made it easy to listen to.
Overall, while I'm not entirely sure I liked the story, it was a definite experience that I've thought about quite a bit. And every time I'm left thinking "what did I just read" because it was so messed up....more
The crying! I was not expecting so much death and sadness. I really didn’t think an urban fantasy series could make me cry so much, but the last bookThe crying! I was not expecting so much death and sadness. I really didn’t think an urban fantasy series could make me cry so much, but the last book got me started, and this one was just such a bawl fest. It was unexpected, and makes me realize how emotionally attached to the characters I am. It was so heartbreaking, but there were also some really sweet parts.
I said that book 3 was my favourite of the series so far, and I have to change that now to say that book 4 is my new favourite. The narration of this book matched the first two books, and was spot on. There is a maturity to the voice that fits Toby, and the voices for the other characters are distinct and recognizable.
I want to wail and complain about the deaths in this book, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m just going to sit in a corner sobbing. It’s just so unfair, and makes me very worried about what will happen in future books. Any author that kills beloved characters is frightening!
The one element I didn’t really care for is the developing love triangle between Toby, Conner, and Tybalt. That’s just because I’m team Tybalt all the way though. Conner needs to just back up and get the heck away from her. Tybalt is way more amazing that Conner will ever be.
Overall, this story was amazing. I love this series, and can’t wait to see what happens next. If my heart can take it. If this book and the last one are any indication, I’ll need to keep my tissues handy. Seriously, when did urban fantasy get so emotional?...more
This just such a creative and intriguing book. It had twist after twist after twist that kept me guessing right to the end.
The narration style of theThis just such a creative and intriguing book. It had twist after twist after twist that kept me guessing right to the end.
The narration style of the book was a big draw for me. It’s told in 3 parts, with each part narrated by a different person: Catrin, Callum and Rachel. It was very interesting to see how each narrator added their own spin to the unfolding story.
The story itself was quite dark and moody. With missing children, tragic deaths affecting all the characters, and an overall backdrop of the war in the recent memories of all the residents, there were lots reasons for a dark feel. Somehow, the story never got too somber though, keeping the focus more on the mystery and thrill of the unfolding events.
Overall, this was a very intriguing story. There was an exciting mystery, and yet the story remained very character focused. It clearly showed how grief and tragedy affect everyone differently, and made for an emotional, yet still very thrilling read....more
This story sounded like it would be an interesting slow unravelling of a mystery, but I didn’t connect with either of the main characters, and so I DNThis story sounded like it would be an interesting slow unravelling of a mystery, but I didn’t connect with either of the main characters, and so I DNF’d at the 38% mark.
The first introduction to Adri was exciting as she’s living a nursing life in Africa, but she quickly comes back to the states, and is shown to be rather boring. Most of what I read was her complaining about why she was there, and how she didn’t want to be there. It was annoying, and boring.
Before I quit reading, there was one glimpse into Harper’s current life, but it was enough to make me just ugh and and not want to read more. It was just not appealing.
The basic premise of the book seems to be a very slow revealing of what happened between David, Adri and Harper, but I found I just didn’t care to know. None of the characters caught my attention, and so I chose not continue reading....more
This was a light-hearted and fun book, one I’d consider a pure entertainment read. I love heist stories, and this one is all about museum heists, withThis was a light-hearted and fun book, one I’d consider a pure entertainment read. I love heist stories, and this one is all about museum heists, with both the museum curator and the thief as main characters.
The book actually features two couples: Morgan and Quinn and Storm and Wolfe. There is more time spent on Storm and Wolfe, although the encounters between Morgan and Quinn are highly amusing when they do occur. While I liked all the characters, I thought there was more chemistry and depth between Morgan and Quinn.
This is definitely the first half of a story, without a really ending. You’ll definitely need the sequel in order to complete the whole story, but this first part is quite fun. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next as the excitement and adventure really get going....more
This was a very exciting and fun story, with a ton of twists and reveals. These elements, which made for a great read, make this book extremely hard tThis was a very exciting and fun story, with a ton of twists and reveals. These elements, which made for a great read, make this book extremely hard to review. There are so many surprises which affect everything that happens after that point, that mentioning almost anything would be a spoiler.
The story is told with alternating present time events, and flashbacks as Sophia remembers things. It was never confusing, and lent to the mysterious feel of the story. It helped me connect with and understand Sophia as she never seemed to know anything that the reader didn’t. It made the flashbacks even more important.
Overall, I know this is a rather vague review, but anything more would have spoilers. There is so much excitement in the story, and how everything is revealed that I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that this story is very exciting, and it will be interesting to see what happens next as events in the second book will be very different....more