I honestly don't know where to start with this review, how to get the words from my mind to my fingers to the screen. It would take a whole novel to r...moreI honestly don't know where to start with this review, how to get the words from my mind to my fingers to the screen. It would take a whole novel to really tell you why I enjoyed this book so much, but I'll try to keep it short and sweet, and of course, non-spoilery!
I haven't read a book about vampires in so long that I couldn't honestly name you the last one I read. There was a time when vampires were all I read and I devoured so many books about them, but in recent times, it seems I cannot find one that intrigues me enough for me to pick it up. Sure, I still have unread vampire books on my Kindle, but when I come to choosing what to read, they are never at the top of the pile. All that changed when I saw Falling To Pieces. I don't know what came over me but I felt this intense desire, this deep need to read this book. And let me tell you, I am extremely glad I did. LT Kelly has this way of drawing you in and not letting you go, it's like she has the ability to cloud your mind so that all you see is her story and her characters become these real, tangible people that are there for you to discover and have fun while you do it. Does that sound silly to you? Maybe it does, but all I can tell you is for two days this book consumed me and I wouldn't have had it any other way. The character building was phenomenal. The world building was unquestionably imaginative and unique. The passion with which LT Kelly writes is what really sucks you in though. You can feel her love for and bond with each and every character, both good and bad. Teagan is a wonderful young vampire, living with her maker, Thomas. She does everything she is told without question. That is, until the night they arrive from America. They've moved to England and Teagan needs to feed. Whilst in search of something to snack on, she finds herself lusting after something else, a smell so intoxicating, she begins to feel desire for the first time in her vampire life - one-hundred and fifty years. Teagan cannot fathom the pooling of desire she is feeling and doesn't know what to do about it - she isn't even sure of exactly what it is she is feeling, so how does she satiate her desire?
Marc is a mystery. He's an enigma. Charismatic, devilishly handsome and of course, smells so intoxicating. He's desirable on all levels. Only, there's something that Teagan can't put her finger on, something 'other' about him. But he's not a vampire, she'd know if he was.
With how drawn she has become to Marc, will she find out 'what' he is and if she does, will it have an impact on the future of their relationship? Is what she feels for him too good to be true? Could it just be blood-lust? How will their respective families feel about the unexpected union of the two? What will the fallout be? Can Teagan and Marc survive all that is to come their way? There are so many questions here, and yet I cannot give you the answers you seek. Instead you must dive into the world of Teagan and Marc, using your heart to guide you.
Beautifully written, intricately woven with intrigue, desire, love, lust, guilt, hurt and betrayal, Falling To Pieces is an emotion-coaster that once you get off, you are left feeling the desire to go through it all over again just to be near the ones you have come to love. How LT Kelly managed to make me feel such powerful emotions over this, I will never know. I swooned over Marc. I felt stabbed in the back on Teagan's behalf. I wanted so much to hurt Gabriella, not to mention others along the way. My feelings were so up and down. One minute I was happy, the next, I was plummeted so low that I was crying over my Kindle. This is definitely going straight to the top of two piles, one is my 'to-be-read-again' and the other is 'most favourite'.(less)
First of all, I would like to say how absolutely stunning this cover is! I have hardly seen a cover more beautiful than this one. I don't really know w...moreFirst of all, I would like to say how absolutely stunning this cover is! I have hardly seen a cover more beautiful than this one. I don't really know where to begin this review. It's been less than 24 hours since I finished it and my feelings are all stilll a jumble. I went to bed late last night after finishing it and my head was a mess of incoherent sentences, my face tear stained and my heart heavy and light at the same time. How? You ask. I don't technically know. The end had me happy in one way and sad/mad in another. Sad/mad because I now have to wait until probably next Summer before a sequel comes out. Honestly, the only bad thing I could find about this story was that it had to end. Right from the moment I started reading, I was lost, submerged in another world entirely. I wasn't just reading the book, I was living it. I have to say it is hands down THE best YA book I have read in a long time and there have been some fantastic ones lately.
Evie is a mask maker. She lives in a world where everybody wears a mask. This is essentially the person's identity. They wear masks of a certain colour to show what occupation they have. The only ones other than outsiders that don't really wear masks are the Lacies. Who are the Lacies? Read the book and you'll find out! Evie lives and works with her father who also makes masks - she hopes one day to be as good at it as he is. But one day, Evie's life is turned inside out, back to front and upside down. She's left having to make a decision that forces her into hiding. She goes into hiding at the Palace as a server. Armed with her new identity, new job and new home, Evie must learn to hide who she was and where she's from. But there's one person in the world that would find her anywhere she went, Aiden. *swoons* I fell utterly head over heels in love with Aiden. He's kind, gentle, thoughtful, compassionate, everything you could want in a man. He's a good friend to Evie and she can't even begin to imagine what life would be like without him, so she's amazed at how he found her but happy that he did. Living at the Palace has its ups and downs, it's not plain sailing by any means. But with Aiden by her side, Evie believes she'll cope with the tiresome tasks the Kitchen Mistress has her doing. Aiden is at the Palace for reasons Evie does not know, but she doesn't really care, as long as she has him to turn to at the end of a long day. Aiden manages to make everything seem that much better.
Life for Evie is hard but she's a strong girl and she won't let anything break her, no matter how hard some people try. I admire her strength and courage, she's a fighter and I always love it when a character is so fiercely independent. There is nothing worse than a woman that needs a man to validate her - in life as well as in fiction. It's nice to see she is not a weeping little thing that everyone must feel sorry for. Yes, she's got it tough, but she's a survivor. It's great to see her grow throughout the story too. She flourishes beautifully.
I fell in love with the magic of this storyline. I'll share with you my Goodreads status updates: At 61%: "This story is amazing. There's no better way to describe it, at least without the aid of a dictionary and too many characters for this status update! The neat little twists & turns have me marvelling and my head spinning. I am so carried away by the story arc. It's emotional, funny, heart-wrenching and sad. I really feel for poor Evie." At 65%: "Aiden is an enigma wrapped up in a mystery. I love him (a LOT) and Evie is such a wonderful girl - I want a HEA! Just ordered a signed copy of this book and I can't wait for it to arrive. It's so beautiful." At 91%: "I am a blubbering, snotty mess right now. I hoped this was how it would play out." But then just 2 pages later, I was thinking what the...?! I hadn't expected what happened. Then my last status was this: "Oh my sweet goodness!! What an ending! I have to say this is hands down THE best YA book I have read in a long time and there have been some pretty amazing ones, I can tell you. But this one? This had me glued to it with the intrigue of it all. I have cried so hard it's beyond words but I'll write my review tomorrow when I can think coherently. All I can say for now is WOW!!" As you can see by these remarks, I really loved this book. It had it all; mystery, intrigue, great world and character building as well as a great bit of drama. There are such neat little twists and turns that you really don't see until they happen. There was one thing I hoped for with all my heart, but I won't tell you what it is or whether I got my wish. All I will say is, I really didn't want it to be the end, when I got to the last page, tear-stained face and all, I just wanted a sequel to be able to pick up right away. I went to bed with my head a jumble of thoughts and it is only now that I can begin to unravel them.
Lauren Skidmore is a very talented author and I am awestruck by the fact that this is her debut novel. As an author myself, I can only dream of my readers being as in love with my work as I am Lauren's. She's got a captive audience in me for as long as she continues to write. Whatever she writes, I will continue to devour. Especially if I get more Aiden. He's definitely worth the book-hangover I have right now. Though, I don't like these withdrawal symptoms! Congratulations to a brilliant author on a beautifully written book that I hope goes on to become a best-seller. I am really looking forward to getting my signed copy in the mail! (less)
For a start, I must tell you that I finished reading this book the end of last week. It has taken me until now to compose myself enough to write a rev...more For a start, I must tell you that I finished reading this book the end of last week. It has taken me until now to compose myself enough to write a review. Talk about a book hangover - this hangover lasted for several days! Why did I take so long to write my review? Simple. I needed to distance myself from the book. Had I sat down and written a review as soon as I had finished, I would have spent too long talking about the things I enjoyed and I would have had to write SPOILER ALERT over the whole thing because I wouldn't have been able to keep it all in. I didn't want to do that. I don't like spoilers. So, on to what I thought....
Firstly, let me tell you I am in such awe of Gregg Olsen. As an author myself, I can honestly say my novels feel like a kind of 'ten a penny drivel' but Gregg is an author to beware of. He is my new idol. I think I have a bit of an author crush on him, if I'm honest. He has a way with words that cannot be explained, it has to be experienced first-hand. He is masterful and oh so very clever. He commands your attention in such a way that you dare not put the book down. This book was all-consuming and what every thriller should be!
I didn't know what to expect during reading Run, but I found myself shocked at the twists and turns, the nature of this particular beast, it was gripping and had my internal alarm bells ringing. The first thing I wanted to know was who "He" was and when I found out, it was like a knife in the heart, I mean, poor Rylee. Then, I had other questions that I needed the answer to the same way I need air to breathe. I was reading this book every spare moment I got. There was nothing in this book that disappointed me, absolutely NOTHING! The only bad thing about the whole story was the fact that it had to end. Run was dark and edgy, gritty and sinister, and super intense!! I was hooked from the first word to the last. I am in awe of what a terrific author Gregg is, and what a beautiful thing his mind must be, especially when it's dark and edgy. Run seriously has any book I've read recently beaten hands down for how addictive it is.
Rylee is a mere fifteen years old when she comes home one day to find her father dead, her brother next to his prone body and a message scrawled on the floor in blood, it says 'RUN'. It has to have been their mother who wrote it, she's nowhere to be found. Forced to flee their home and go on the run, Rylee and Hayden have no money, no family, no plan. All they know is they have to keep running if they are to survive. Rylee also knows she must find her mother before 'he' gets her. Or does he already have her? If so, where is he keeping her and why. All Rylee's life, they have been forced to up and move at but a moment's notice. They call it 'the switch' and they never know where they are going. It's best not to plan ahead, to just up and leave. Why? Well Rylee has never really understood. All she knows is she has never settled in one place long enough to make any friends, let alone a boyfriend. Now she's got to find out who the mysterious 'he' is that might have her mother and free her from him. How? She doesn't know. But she manages to come up with a plan and hopes that it will help her gather more intelligence about who he is as well as where. What ensues is a perilous journey that no fifteen year old should have to undertake. She won't call the police and thinks she is capable of everything that can possibly be thrown at her. But when she finds out who he is, what he wants with her mother - and more frighteningly - what he wants with Rylee, things take on a whole new meaning.
I was in the grips of this book from the start and the treacherous journey Rylee undertakes to rescue her mother is one of the most intriguing, haunting, bone-chilling I have read.
Gregg Olsen has to be one of my favourite authors. After reading the perfection that is Run, how could he not be? I am still thinking abut how awesome it was even though I finished it days ago. I know that it's the first book in the Vengeance series, I am hoping that means that there is more Rylee. It could mean one of two things, I guess. 1) the rest of the series is based around Rylee or 2) the rest of the series are about other characters and their lives. I personally hope it's option 1. I want need to know what happens to her from here. (less)
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first opened this book but what I got was a fast-paced, action packed, intriguing journey of a young girl who isn'...moreI wasn't sure what to expect when I first opened this book but what I got was a fast-paced, action packed, intriguing journey of a young girl who isn't all she seems to be. Jenny is a seemingly normal girl, as long as you don't count the dreams she experiences. At first, she doesn't realise the dreams are actually glimpses of herself in a past life. These dreams must mean something, but how does Jenny figure out what they mean and what she can do about it? Then there's the fact that she can touch someone and glimpse something about them. She makes sure these day to wear gloves in order to prevent herself getting caught in the misery of touching others. It can be pretty tough going when the person has lost someone and Jenny can see why or how. When she befriends Ben Daulton, the son of one of her father's clients, their friendship brings answers to questions Jenny didn't know she had. What ensues is a journey that is tumultuous for both Jenny and Ben but also for Nikolai, the mysterious boy Jenny feels drawn to in a way that cannot easily be explained. Nikolai's presence in her life intrigues Jenny, but also frightens her - for, how can she feel so much for a boy she has only just met? There's an intensity to their relationship that she could not have foretold. A race against the clock begins as Jenny, Nikolai and Ben try to outrun the Order, those who 'help people out of time'. The Order want to send Nikolai back to his own time or to the Bardo if he doesn't comply. But Jenny and Nikolai have only just found each other, how can they be expected to give up on each other and let the Order have their own way? This story tells about how love can span the here and now, across the decades and even across many past lifetimes. What would we do to be with the one we love? A passionate, funny, intriguing and compelling tale of love, loss, betrayal, friendship and an element of paranormal - ENDLESS will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you turn the ages as fast as you can in order to find out what will happen next to the trio. Amanda Gray spins a story so intricate and so passionate that you find yourself submerged in the story from the very first word until the last. (less)
This book was totally amazing. I don't really know where to start or what to tell you without completely gushing and ruining your own enjoyment of thi...moreThis book was totally amazing. I don't really know where to start or what to tell you without completely gushing and ruining your own enjoyment of this story. I was asked if I wanted to read and review His Hometown Girl and of course, I couldn't refuse. I adore Karen Rock and have read the Camp Boyfriend series she wrote with her sister, Joanne. I wanted to read more of Karen's writing and was desperate to get my hands on this book in particular. I thought I was prepared for this story, boy was I wrong. I fell into this particular journey believing that I would adore the characters, but I didn't know jut how much it would affect me. I fell completely in love with Daniel Gleason, but it wasn't just him that I fell for. I have no real words to accurately describe what this book meant to me. It's a love story of a different kind. It's a powerful, emotional story of the love a mother has for her son and the lengths she will go to in order to give him the life he deserves - she will not only protect him but she will do the things she vowed not to do because it means giving her son the best life she can. This story is about learning to open your eyes to the bigger picture and not just solely focus on one small part of it. Tyler is autistic and so everything is just that much harder for single mom, Jodi. She wants to give him the best education she can, but with the fees for the private school being so high, Jodi has to really strive to achieve the promotion she is in line for. Midland have told Jodi that if she can go back to her hometown and acquire a certain amount of acreage from local farmers, then they will give her a bonus and a promotion. To Jodi, this is what she needs in order to give Tyler the best life possible. She doesn't really think of herself at all. She is, in fact, one of the most selfless characters I have come across. Daniel is her ex-boyfriend and also her biggest childhood rival, the competition between these two was always fierce. Daniel wants the local farmers to join his co-op in order to preserve their land, their farms, their families heritage but Jodi wants to swoop in and buy up all the farms in order to please Midland and get back to her life. Not only has her ex husband not seen Tyler, he has also sued to lower his child support payments. Life for mother and son is one obstacle after another and she needs to set things on a better path for their future.
Going back home was harder than Jodi thought. It stirred up those feelings she had for Daniel, it made her yearn for "home" but competing with that is a mother's love for her son and just what she will do in order to give him the life he needs.
For me, one of the biggest things was the fact that Daniel is amazing. He's got all the character traits that a girl could wish for, tall, handsome, winning smile - but what made him stand out for me was the fact that he was so accepting of Tyler. He didn't look at Tyler like he was disabled or a "problem to be solved" like many other people did. I am disabled myself and I know just how it is to be judged on your disability, not the person you are beneath the label. So when Daniel went and got Tyler the 'girl toy' (read HHG and you will know which scene I mean) it made me smile from ear to ear, and shed a tear or two because he's such an amazing guy. He's kind, thoughtful, patient, tender, loving and he loves Jodi and Tyler for who they are. Tyler deserves the whole world and this was Jodi's way of trying to give it to him. Was the journey hard? Definitely. Was it emotionally fraught? Definitely. Was it absolutely beautiful and compelling? HELL YES!(less)
I have just put this book down and wanted to write my review while it was fresh in my mind. The trouble is, I don't think I have enough words - at lea...more I have just put this book down and wanted to write my review while it was fresh in my mind. The trouble is, I don't think I have enough words - at least not coherent ones - that can sum this book up. It was beautiful, amazing, heart-wrenching, sad, happy... I felt so many emotions whilst reading it that it was like being on a roller coaster with the ups and downs, twists and turns, all things I didn't see coming. When I read Dear Emily, I didn't think it could get any better, but Trudy Stiles has gone and brought her A-game to the table yet again and blown me away. If you haven't read Dear Emily, then you are seriously missing out. You can read my review of it here.
Dear Tabitha is the story of a broken girl who seeks love, redemption and most importantly family. Tabby has never felt like she truly belonged, at least not since Trina died. All she wants is a family of her own. She needs to love and to be loved. She's grown up a lot since Dear Emily and it's good to see her in a good place in her life. But all that is under threat of collapse now that Alex is back and wants to see her. He's been on the road with the band but now he's home, he wants to see Tabby and nothing can prepare either of them for what is about to happen. In this book, we learn more about Tabby's past and the gruelling, despicable things she has had to endure. Trudy Stiles is an amazingly talented author and she has managed to create a tangled web of lies, abuse, rape and more hurt than one person should be able to handle. We see Tabby at her weakest point, but then we see her life progress and how she goes from broken to strong in one long journey. This is a story packed with so many powerful emotions that I found myself stopping reading to cry numerous times. It was a tumultuous journey for the reader as well as the characters, but that doesn't mean it can't end well. I won't spoil the ending for you - in fact I won't spoil anything at all by going into too much detail. Suffice to say though, the ending had me crying tears of a different kind. I absolutely loved the characters. From Tabby to Alex, Dax, Tristan, Kirsten and yeah, even Garrett and eventually, Seth. Seth made it initially hard to give a damn about him, but yeah, now I can't wait for the Forever Family book #3 which is his story.
You can be sure Dear Tabitha will have a place in my heart. I went through some similar things to Tabby and it endeared her to me all the more, I felt a real connection with her. That was one of the best things about this whole story, the characters were tangible, real, as though I could reach through the pages and touch them like they touched me. (less)
Where to start this review, that's the question. This book left me speechless for a while. I was in tears and couldn't see to type. This story is one of love, trust and inexplicable bonds - it really a true love tale. There are trials and tribulations along the way, but who better to face them with than your best friend?
Adria Catarr is our heroine and it's her journey we follow. It all starts one fateful night at the Midsummer Festival when she meets the crown prince, Lando Cardé. He's handsome and kind, pays her compliments and whisks her off her feet at the dance. Just like that, Adria believes she's in love and goes home with a feeling of joy in her heart. Upon finding out that Lando is in the dauphin of Masselia, Adria believes it's her destiny to find him and she sets off on a journey with her best friend Kaiden Sordell who is travelling to try and get a place at a very prestigious school.
We follow along as the two friends have an adventure together on their way to Masselia. Kaiden is in love with Adria and has been since they were children, but will he tell her and if so, will she reciprocate the feelings?
Adria is in for a bit of a shock upon her arrival in Masselia and Kaiden is in for a shock of his own. The pair are drawn back together and set off on another journey, this time a much more fateful one. This time, they seek out the Temple of the Red Mare. There, they will discover much more than they ever thought possible.
What truths will the pair reveal? That's for you to read the book and discover!
If you read this story, you won't be sorry you did. It was a beautiful novel, cleverly written so that you don't know what's around the corner. There is much laughter but also many tears to be beheld within the pages. This book should come with a warning that reads: "WARNING: A whole box of tissues required." I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I couldn't put it more honestly than this: The Lioness: A True Love Tale is a revitalising story of how true love is something that makes you rise. When you are in love, you don't fall, you rise. If it weighs you down, the truth is it probably isn't true love. It reminds you that love is something special that isn't taken by rights, it's given freely. (less)
Oh my god. Wow. Just WOW. This book proves what I already knew, Michelle Leighton isn't just an author - she's an über-talented author extraordinaire!...moreOh my god. Wow. Just WOW. This book proves what I already knew, Michelle Leighton isn't just an author - she's an über-talented author extraordinaire! She is beyond gifted. All The Pretty Lies has to be my favourite of her books! I cannot imagine a life without having experienced Hemi Spencer. Word alone cannot describe just how spectacular this book was. This book was an emotional roller coaster from the get-go. Sloane and Hemi played my heart strings and now refuse to let go of the little niche they have carved in my heart where they shall now forever reside. Amazing. Spectacular. Transcendent. These are just a few of the words I would use to sum up this story. (less)
What can I say about Better? It is yet another example of Summer Walden's all-consuming, fantastic writing. This story is where we find out a lot more...moreWhat can I say about Better? It is yet another example of Summer Walden's all-consuming, fantastic writing. This story is where we find out a lot more from Mark's POV. He is a 28 year old high school teacher who is in love with his student. He knows he'd lose his job if anyone found out but it turns out Cadence is more important than his job. Cadence's family knows about their relationship and now with it exposed, it's only a matter of time before the school finds out. Mark and Cadence are suddenly thrust out into the limelight and though they say 'what doesn't break you makes you stronger', there is something in the air that says the couple are fighting an uphill battle that makes them both question whether their love will survive. Cadence is a little girl lost in a grown-up world, she needs something to anchor her before she drifts off, lost at sea. She gets a job and she goes to college - but she didn't expect to feel the way she does about things. Mark has a secret. Though the couple have been together for a year, Cadence doesn't know what Mark has hidden in his past. Her attempts to find out fall flat. He knows he has to tell her, yet there's never going to be a "right time". We see their relationship progress and blossom. We are witness to the ups and downs of a relationship that everyone thought of as doomed to fail. Yes, there are trials and tribulations both must endure. But if you are anything like me, you will be rooting for them to pull through it all and come out stronger. I absolutely adore Mark, he really is one of my favourite love interests of 2013. I love Cadence too. Though she is prone to bouts of typical teenage behaviour, I felt a connection with her because I myself was in a relationship with a large age gap at her age. I was 17 and he was 36. I had 2 step-children and one step-grandchild to contend with and I really was a little girl lost in a world where grown-up was something I wanted to be, and I had to grow up fast in order to deal with the stresses and strains of such a relationship. so yes, I totally felt for Cadence. My Goodreads statuses said: 55%: "I've laughed and I've cried which, to me, means that Summer Walden has cast her spell upon me once more. I am having to go to bed now as I am finally at a point where I feel okay stopping - if not for the late hour (midnight) I would read it in one sitting. I have read 55% straight off and nowhere has felt like a place to break for sleep. and 100%: "I'm crying again! Who knew you could cry so much? I loved this book, this series. I wish there was more. I loved both Good and Better beyond belief!"
I cried at both books and that is because Summer Walden knows how to play on my emotions. She is an uber-talented author. I was up and down like a roller-coaster. But I wouldn't have it any other way. In essence, me being an emotional mess means that Summer did her job right.
If you haven't yet read Good or Better, then may I make a polite suggestion that you do? :D(less)
This book appealed to me because I know Summer Walden is a fantastic author and I wanted to know how she pulled this one off. I know some people will...more This book appealed to me because I know Summer Walden is a fantastic author and I wanted to know how she pulled this one off. I know some people will read this blurb and immediately be put off because the subject material is "taboo". However, it was the mere fact that it was taboo that peaked my interest.
Cadence Miller is a good girl. She goes to church, she's part of a good family. She seems like your typical god fearing teenager. That is until she ends up in a juvenile detention centre. She made one mistake, but it was a shockingly big one. So as punishment, she spent time in juvie. One day, a group from juvie are collecting trash from the side of the highway and Cadence sees a guy changing his tyre. This guy happens to be the most handsome guy she's ever seen. Shame she's in heer orange jumpsuit! Upon her release from juvie, Cadence must return to school. She expects the nasty, snide remarks. She expects her peers to act as though she has some disease and stay as far away from her as possible. What she doesn't expect is the gorgeous guy from the side of the highway to be at school. Worse still, he isn't a student. He's going to be her Math teacher! Cadence knows that falling for your teacher isn't exactly a wise idea - it's not like it could be reciprocated. He's her teacher, a totally "no go" zone. But they say you can't help who you fall for and in this case, that's exactly right. She falls for Mark Connelly. She convinces herself that it's all her and that he can't feel the same - but there are little things he says and does that niggle at her and make her question if he could actually feel anything for her. Mark knows that falling for his student isn't smart, but he can't help it. Since the day they met by the side of the highway, he's been attracted to her. When Mark finally confesses his attraction to Cadence, that's when she finally sees that her life can be good. It's been nothing short of Hell since she went to juvie and lost her friends. She makes one new friend at school, Avery - but Avery has her very own agenda for befriending Cadence. But Cadence doesn't care about Avery's agenda, as long as she covers for her so that she can sneak off and be with her teacher.
This book was nothing less than AMAZING! I was sucked in from the first word til the last. It was a wonderfully written, highly entertaining, page-turner. Let me share with you my Goodreads statuses so you get a feeling for how I felt while I was reading Good. At 53%, I wrote: "Holy fucking shit! This book is amazing! The only thing 'good' about this book is the title! Move over every fictional or even real man that came before... Enter, Mr Mark Connelly!! I always love reading Summer Walden's words but this? This is something else entirely - not mere words on a page, more like a movie in my head. I AM Cadence... I feel Mark's hands on her, lips kissing her... WOW!!" At 72%, I wrote: "Shit! I need to go to bed and I DO. NOT. WANT. TO!!! This book is amazing. So glad I bought Better earlier today (when I was only 35% into Good) You can guess what I'm reading next, right?! I've laughed, I've cried, felt like I've received a punch to the gut... This book has a hold over me and gives me goose bumps all over with a delicious chill in the warm air." At 84%, this was all I wrote: "I'm crying and snotting like a bloody baby!!" And when I finished, I said: "Oh. My. God!!!!!!! I am shaking right now. The ending has left my jaw on the floor and my heart in my throat. I need to read BETTER like I need to breathe oxygen! Summer Walden has done it again, she's totally amazed me and floored me and left me feeling... I'm not even sure how I feel apart from scared for Cadence and Mark and anticipating the next book!!"
This book provoked so many feelings in me. It was such a powerful story. I felt such a connection with Cadence, it was like I was her. I was totally and utterly in love with Mark Connelly and I needed the next book, Better, immediately. I downloaded it when I was around 25% into Good so that it would be waiting for me at the end. I love the way Summer writes and how she isn't afraid to write something that pushes the boundaries. Her writing style is all-consuming, I can't help but get encompassed by it. Yes, there were times when I wanted to slap Cadence for her immaturity, but then I am a 30 year old woman and she is only 17, so, it was to be expected that I would find her actions a little childish. Mark made me want to rage and to knock some sense into him too. The characters both had their flaws - but that's what made them feel so real. Who isn't flawed? If you can show me someone without flaws, I will show you a liar. I hope when you are considering whether or not to read this story that you will stop to think that yes, the subject matter is seemingly a little taboo, but in reality, Cadence was a consenting adult and nothing they did was illegal. (less)
So for those of you who know me well, you will know I am a sucker for any book written by Rachael Wade. She writes a few different genres and manages to pull them all off... to say well, would be an understatement, so let's say extraordinarily. This woman has an amazing talent and thank goodness she is kind enough to share it with us. As an author just starting out on my own journey, I can honestly say that I admire Rachael and how much hard work she puts into her books. I aspire to be just like her, but if I can't manage it, I want to at least be one one-hundredth of the author she is. Now, if you don't know me well, you might think I'm just trying to kiss butt here, but let me assure you that is not the case. Rachael is one of my favourite authors and has been since I first read Amaranth, the first book in The Resistance Trilogy. However, what really got me to sit up and take notice of her was Preservation. She wrote a book about a young woman and her college professor, something a lot of people see as a taboo subject. I read it in one sitting because it was so compelling and I could not put it down until finishing it at 2am where I cried like a baby. If you haven't read it, you really should because it's the first book in the trilogy that Declaration rounds off so beautifully. Where books one and two were about Kate and Ryan, this book is about one of the secondary characters, Kate's best friend, Carter Montgomery.
Carter did the one thing that he shouldn't have done. He fell in love with his best friend. Unfortunately Kate didn't reciprocate those feelings. This prompted Carter to make a change in his life and this story walks us through that change. First thing's first, he moved across the country. This completely upended his life in a good way, a great way, but you need to read the book for yourself to see what happened. You could choose to read this as a stand alone book or you can read the trilogy - but my suggestion would be to read Preservation, Reservation, Love and Relativity and then Declaration. That's the order I read them in.
As I said before, Rachael is an amazing author and this book, like the others that came before it, is an outstanding story. I felt a real connection with Carter and other characters. I love when I can not just read a book but fall head first into another life. There's emotional depth to the people and that is one of the things I love most about it. The people are real and tangible. They may only be fictional characters but Rachael breathed life into them. They made me laugh, they made me cry and most of all, they made me fall in love. It had been a while between reading the other books and this one, so although I knew of Carter before, I wasn't totally in love with the guy. However, this book took care of that. I fell in love with the little firecracker that is Whitney too!
I urge you all, if you haven't read these books, please do so. You don't know what you are missing! (less)
Review to come closer to publication but let me say, ladies mark your calendars - this is a real tear-jerking, heart-string pulling, emotion-coaster!!...moreReview to come closer to publication but let me say, ladies mark your calendars - this is a real tear-jerking, heart-string pulling, emotion-coaster!! (less)
This is a story about a love so strong and true that neither person could forget or get beyond it. If you read HIM, you will know Sarah Miller's side...more This is a story about a love so strong and true that neither person could forget or get beyond it. If you read HIM, you will know Sarah Miller's side of the story, but now it's time to get inside the head of Will Price. In my review of HIM, I gushed over one of the most amazing story I had read in a while. Let me tell you, HER is no different in that respect. It's just as amazing, if not more so. Last time we only got Sarah's POV of what happened. I fell in love with Will and couldn't wait to get his side of things. Now was my chance and I grabbed it with both hands, jumping head first into a story that would leave an imprint on my heart. I am sure that Carey Heywood writes books to make me cry. I knew from reading HIM that I would need tissues, so I came prepared. That preparation was not mental though. I was on tenterhooks needing to know why Will did what he did and why things happened the way they did. Not having the mental preparation ahead of time meant that this book wormed it's way in and gripped my tear ducts until they overflowed, even at the slightest things. This story was so real and tangible, it felt like the characters were friends and each time they experienced the smallest hint of emotion, I was right there with them. Will and Sarah were apart for 7 years and this was their journey to see if they could find their way back to each other. Their love is the kind of love many of us can only dream of. Seven years is a long time to not be able to move on from or forget love. I mean, I still remember my first love, even 11 years down the line, but I haven't lived my life in hope that we'll reconnect, nor will I. But for some people, their first love is their only. It's real and impossible to deny. That's what Will and Sarah had and Will would do anything in his power to get the girl he can't get out of his head back into his life.(less)
Ayla picks up right where Grishma left off but if you haven't read it, I suggest you do so before reading my review for Ayla in case it spoils your en...moreAyla picks up right where Grishma left off but if you haven't read it, I suggest you do so before reading my review for Ayla in case it spoils your enjoyment. That being said, let's get on with my review...
I had been chomping at the bit for Ayla's release since the last word on the last page of Grishma. If you haven't read my review of Grishma, but would like to do so, you can do here. When Kelly asked me if I'd like an ARC, I would've bitten her hand off if it weren't for the fact that we're on opposite sides of the pond. I'm so glad to have been given the opportunity to read it early, but let me tell anyone waiting for the release, it's really worth the wait. It's got even more action than Grishma, as if that were possible. It's got drama, tension and love by the bucket load. I was glad to get more of a chance to be one-on-one with Ryder this time round. I have to say, I'm in love with him. He's an all round good guy and his affection for Brooklyn is so pure. This time round, Ryder is in Necoh and has plans to kill Grishma for what she did to his family. But his revenge may have to be put on hold when something throws a spanner in the works.
I love Kelly's writing style. It's so fun and easy-going. She has a laid-back air about her even in the midst of the chaos that is this story. I love how she combines the feelings of tension, anger, passion and they flow seamlessly. My emotions were up and down like a roller coaster whilst reading this book. There were so many bumps in the road for both Ryder and Brooklyn and I felt really sorry for them that nothing was ever simple. But you know what they say, nothing easy is worth having!
I truly loved this book and I hope you will too. If you haven't picked up a copy of Grishma, do that now before Ayla is released, then you can be all caught up.
Thank you for reading my short but sweet review (I didn't want to give anything away).(less)
I have to be honest, this is only the second book I have read by this author, yet I can already tell she is an all-round superstar. The other book I h...more I have to be honest, this is only the second book I have read by this author, yet I can already tell she is an all-round superstar. The other book I have read of hers is called Soul Ties and is a Paranormal Romance, then here's this Contemporary Romance which has just come along to show that Lisa can switch-up the genres and be able to pull it off with deft ease.
This is the story of Vanessa and Evan. The two meet by chance when Ness's friend Abby is dating Evan's friend Matt. There's an attraction between the two but Evan's reputation as a charmer precedes him and Ness doesn't want to get caught up in the drama. Abby and Ness room together, and Abby has a habit of holding parties til stupid o'clock in the morning. Ness can't get away from the student life even though she isn't one. She decided not to follow along the path that she had previously been on. Her parents wanted her to study but she decided to get a job instead.
Evan is attracted to Ness. Maybe it's the fact that she's gorgeous, maybe it's the fact she doesn't seem interested or maybe it's both. When Ness looks at Evan, all she can see is his reputation for being the 'love them and leave them' type of guy. She can't deny she's attracted to him but as drawn as she is, she doesn't want to be just another notch on his bed post.
What ensues is a tale of a not-so-straightforward romance. Don't forget, there's Lucy to consider. But just who is the mysterious Lucy and what hold does she have on Evan?
I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of Contemporary Romance and anyone who loves an emotionally gripping story. I was so drawn into this story. I had an emotional investment in it from the beginning. I felt as though Lisa had written the role of Vanessa for me. She has sass and doesn't take any messing. She is just my kind of girl. This book was full of sexual tension and oh-so-witty banter and repartee. There were times aplenty when I had to laugh out loud at some of the moves Evan was trying to pull and Ness wasn't having any of it. But then there were also times when my mood was brought down, take for instance my Goodreads status at 72% in:
"I just can't hold them back any longer... Hot salty tears are racing each other quietly down my cheeks as I take in all that Evan is and what he and Ness could be... I want my own real-life Evan, minus the "issues"" and my status update when I finished:
"I couldn't go to bed because I simply had to finish not just want to, but HAD to finish this book. I seriously adore Evan and Vanessa. The whole man-whore thing was so... well, you'll see... I am bowled over by Lisa's beautiful words and her insight into "the issues" - I am crying my eyes out but trying to be quiet so as not to wake my son!"
In all honesty, I can NOT wait until the next book in this series, I think I might have bitten my fingers off in the slow, agonizing wait!(less)
*KABOOM* That sound? My brain imploding from the amazingness of this book!!
Welcome to your new home. Welcome to Elysia...more*WARNING: May Contain Spoilers*
*KABOOM* That sound? My brain imploding from the amazingness of this book!!
Welcome to your new home. Welcome to Elysian Fields. Welcome to your worst nightmare!!
A once dormant disease has resurfaced. The Living Rot is back. Just when people believed their lives would return to some form of normalcy, the disease rises up to ravage humankind. Teo Richardson has a plan that will keep him and Cheyenne safe. He must take her to Elysian Fields. There she can live without fear of the disease. There they can finally be together. Happy ever after? Not a chance!
Teo has created Elysian Fields. He has brought 7 couples with him, then there's himself, Jonas and Cheyenne. The environment is disease free, the living rot cannot reach them here. The settlement has 14 houses. 7 on one side of the street for the women and the other side, 7 for the men. Then there's Teo's home.
Teo leaves Cheyenne in the middle of the street, alone and unsure what she has to do. She knows she must prove something to her once tutor. He always asked questions but kept the answers close to his chest. Cheyenne always had to work hard for the answers and go the right way about getting them in order to please Teo. If she asked too many questions, this would not please him, so she must prove her worth in this task he has set for her.
The street is devoid of people, the homes are all neatly lined up along each side of the road. But none of her neighbours are willing to come out and help her in this task. They stay locked up in their homes like they are afraid of something... Or someone...
Cheyenne can't understand this new world Teo has created. She does not know why she is here except for the fact that Teo didn't want her left in the world with the living rot. To Cheyenne, this is something scary and unknown. She can't prove her worth if she doesn't have the first clue what is going on.
There are 7 couples. 7 men and 7 women. Cheyenne makes 8. The couples live in homes provided for them by Teo and no-one is quick to make friends with Cheyenne. After all, she's new here and why should she rock the boat? The couples have all been renamed. They are now known by names of lovers in literary fiction; Romeo and Juliet, Marc and Cleo, Bee and Ramus, along with others. Cheyenne is from now on to be known as Persephone. Teo is her Hades. I will be honest, at the point in the book where I discovered this, I thought Teo had a bit of a God complex going on. But I later found out there was so much worse in store. Things that make my heart beat faster and my emotions highten to levels I wasn't aware existed. I literally had palpitations and sweaty palms.
Teo wants these couples to all prove their worth, to earn the vaccine for the virus. They must all do something of equal greatness to prove to him that they should survive and continue to live in Elysian Fields. Everyone cowers from Teo. They know that he has Jonas on his side. Jonas is... let's say, a little 'trigger happy' when it comes to his stun gun. He knows Teo wants order and order he shall have, no matter the cost. The couples all host soirees in honour of the couple they have been named for. If they do well, they earn the vaccine. If they do not, then... well, let's just say a great darkness must dwell within Teo for what he does to the couples that don't perform their part adequately. Teo treads a very fine line between psychopath and sociopath for he does many evil things and does not seem to have a care about the consequences of his actions.
The only person Teo seems to truly care about is his Persephone. When she looks at him, she can see that if she plays things right, delivers the right lines to stroke his ego, then he looks upon her with love and devotion.
Cheyenne thought she was in love with Teo. She is 18, he is 24. She was his student and he was her tutor. It was a forbidden romance but Cheyenne couldn't help falling for the gorgeous, kind, caring man before her. He treads a very fine line between being a besotted man, in love with this woman and an uncaring sociopath who will do as he pleases and tread on anyone that gets in his way. Cheyenne was blind to his faults. She never saw the flaws that are so apparent in hindsight.
I won't tell you more, suffice to say a lot of this story is not pretty. There are things contained within those streets that people only experience in the worst of nightmares, they wake up drenched in a cold sweat and thank their lucky stars that it wasn't real.
Mary Gray fills me with shock and awe. This book totally has the WOW factor that bowled me off my feet. It swept me up and kept me engrossed from the very first word until the last. Even now, I cannot forget the chills that ran down my spine, the feeling of insects crawling all over me. When I first picked up this book, I did not foresee the things that would leave me feeling utterly disgusted. The story went from mildly to massively intriguing with the flip of a switch. There was one incident around 36% of the way through and that tipped me over the edge. I'll share with you my final Goodreads update that I wrote just as I had finished the book: "WOW! Now that's what I call a f**king book! OMFG! I just... Ugh... No words... Too many words jostling together... No coherent sentences... Loved. This. Book!! Mary Gray has filled me with shock and awe.... Teo... He is master manipulator walking the divide between psychopath & sociopath. Cheyenne... She's... in love... blind... Finally starts to see the light... Amazing story! Fantastic idea behind it..."
This book was an utter masterpiece. How Mary Gray's mind works... WOW I would love for one day to be inside the very most inner working of her mind, just to see what it is that makes her come up with such an amazing story. Her world building is wildly intriguing throughout the book as her cast of characters spring to life. The characters are tangible and 3-dimensional, people that could really exist, like she plucked you and a group of friends up and placed you all in the book. What I liked was the fact that though in the back of my mind, I knew none of it was real, I actually felt drawn right into the pages and felt real emotions for these people. My favourite couple were Bee and Ramus. So tragic a tale. But then, Persephone was the main attraction of this book, the main star. She was so determined to help the couples get the vaccines that they so needed. She couldn't rebel openly toward Teo/Hades. She had to do it in discreet ways. She wanted to help every couple to do well in the tasks that Teo set for them so that they had the chance of living a disease free existence. Little did she know what was around the corner. No-one could have predicted going into Elysian Fields that they might not all make it out alive. Teo's master plan was a diabolical one. What it was, you will have to discover for yourself when you buy your copy of The Dollhouse Asylum.
This story had twists and turns that I never saw coming. I thought one thing and BAM! something else came out of the woodwork. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fast-paced, page turning stories where they can expect the unexpected!
Thank you SHP for the ARC. I am so pleased that I got an early copy of this wonderful book. Thank you most of all to Mary Gray who must have the mind of an evil genius. How she created such an elaborate story and surrounded it with twists, turns and utter heartbreak, I will never know.(less)