I've had my eye on this book for a while now, and because I just can't buy ALL THE BOOKS, I put it on hold at the library. I got stuck into it yesterdI've had my eye on this book for a while now, and because I just can't buy ALL THE BOOKS, I put it on hold at the library. I got stuck into it yesterday and finished it today. Yep. I was hooked from the beginning.
Summer, Fenrin and Thalia Grace are the kind of kids that everyone in school copies, adores or wants to be. They have a big house, money, style and power. River is new in town and she's determined to catch their attention. She pretty much wants to be liked and accepted by them, but there's also a deeper, darker reason why she's so obsessed with the Graces.
The Grace family is rumoured to be witches--although they constantly deny it--so River wants to learn from them, and ultimately, to become them. Of course, there's also the fact that she's in love with Fenrin. The boy everyone loves and goes through girls like they don't matter.
Then there's the Grace curse, something River decides is her job to fix...
But there's so much more. It's hard to sum up the twisty depth of this story, because this book is awesome!
I loved every minute of it and didn't want to put it down. River's voice was compelling and interesting and full of personal secrets she mostly didn't want to share but become obvious along the way. She's sneaky, totally self-involved, obsessed with projecting herself in a certain way, and even somewhat delusional. This girl's all about showing just what's on the surface, and hiding the many things she really feels and the past that continues to haunt her.
She's unreliable and selfish, totally judgemental. And I loved her. Her story was intriguing and combined with the very mysterious and charming Graces, I lost myself in this story. It's SO darn GOOD.
There are several creepy moments, exciting moments and deep moments that lead to a very wicked situation. And a really cool twist. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story too. Plus, I'm hanging to see where the story goes in the second book.
I loved this witchy story so much I'm definitely going to buy myself a copy.
PS. Am I the only one who totally thought Summer was in lurve with River?! ;)...more
OMG. This book was amazing! It has a bit of everything: a feisty heroine, a brooding hero, excitement, adventure, danger, romance, and an intriguing pOMG. This book was amazing! It has a bit of everything: a feisty heroine, a brooding hero, excitement, adventure, danger, romance, and an intriguing paranormal angle. And it's all happening during 1927, in San Francisco!
Aida is a spirit medium. Winter is a wealthy bootlegger. When they meet during some very bizarre circumstances, sparks fly. The chemistry between these two sizzled off the pages. The sexual tension so strong it was only a matter of time before it ended in some pretty hot sensual encounters. But they both carry a lot of baggage, which turns out to work against them...especially since they're both so stubborn!
The supernatural angle and the mystery that got Aida and Winter together in the first place hooked me in right away. I also loved the Chinatown story. The atmosphere and era were fascinating. The characters all interesting, strong and flawed.
This is how paranormal romance should be done.
Yeah, I loved this book. Looks like I'm going to pre-order the next one right now. :)...more
While I was reading this book, there was one word that kept coming up. That word was Wow! This is one of those stories that you just can't predict. YoWhile I was reading this book, there was one word that kept coming up. That word was Wow! This is one of those stories that you just can't predict. You can read the blurb or watch the trailer, but you're still blown away by what happens within its pages. It's quite an adventure.
Paige Mahoney lives in the year 2059, in Scion London, where it is illegal to be a clairvoyant. She works for a criminal and her job is to track ethereal activity and read other people via their dreamscape. She's a dreamwalker, which is a rare gift to have. It's also dangerous--not just the actual act of dreamwalking, but because so many people covet the power.
She enjoys her job, catching up with her father, and cares about the people in her group, but the day she's caught, drugged and wakes up in Oxford everything changes. Her former life is stripped away from her and she becomes another clairvoyant slave to a strange race of beings that call themselves the Rephaite. Now she has a master and is expected to train with him, reveal the extent of her power, and eventually fight shadowy creatures.
But Paige is resistant, strong, and very determined to escape the strange creatures that are responsible for the bleak world she lives in...
This is one amazing book! It's a futuristic, but also introduces an alternate reality very different to ours. The history varies, and the future seems foreign, but it's also very familiar. The worldbuilding is extensive, and very well explained. The Rephaite are a strange race and I feel they still hold a lot of secrets. I'm a sucker for psychics, ghost stories, secret societies, and mysteries, so I loved every minute of this story.
The Bone Season is a very unique story. It's well written, totally hooks you in from the very beginning and then doesn't let you go until you reach the end. Paige is a vulnerable character with flaws and even strange alliances, but she's strong, determined and never gives up. She just makes everything else going on in this dangerous, nightmarish world connect so well. And her uneasy relationship with Warden is absolutely captivating.
This is a page turner! I loved it.
I can't wait to see what other secrets are revealed in this series... ...more
I grabbed this shortie for free from the Google Play store. It was well written, and although I got a taste of this witchy character, it really wasn'tI grabbed this shortie for free from the Google Play store. It was well written, and although I got a taste of this witchy character, it really wasn't enough to get into this world. Also, I usually like selkies, but there was something really sleazy about this guy... o_O
I've got the first book in this series on my bookshelf but when I found out there was a prequel novella, I bought it and decided to start here.
DarianI've got the first book in this series on my bookshelf but when I found out there was a prequel novella, I bought it and decided to start here.
Darian is an abused and unloved woman. Married to a doctor hiding his sexuality in San Francisco 1912, she lives the life of a weakened and beaten down woman. She lives in fear of her cruel husband's moods and dreams of escaping--even with death.
The night one of her husband's friends stops by for dinner, her life changes forever. Not only is Azriel beautiful and mysterious, but he turns out to be her saviour.
He changes her, turns her into a Shaede--able to move in shadow--and offers her a new and exciting life of passion and shadows. But more importantly, she slowly starts to find the strength that was beaten out of her when she was human.
This was a great prequel novella! Sad, but very well written. An intriguing start to what seems to be an exciting new series. Looking forward to checking it out!...more
This is a freebie I picked up for my Kindle, and I really enjoyed it!
Mina and James Stark live in Drummond and run an inquiry agency. The city is fillThis is a freebie I picked up for my Kindle, and I really enjoyed it!
Mina and James Stark live in Drummond and run an inquiry agency. The city is filled with dark creatures, and James loves to investigate strange occurrences. So when a wooden puppet knocks on their door and needs their help, the couple set out into the dead of night to help him.
I found this story really charming. It hooked me in, was very interesting, featured a lot of dark creatures, a stange mystery involving dark magic, and an unexpected twist at the end.
Yeah, I really liked this one. And would love to read more stories featuring this married couple.
My only problem was with the actual formatting of the eBook. I'm not sure why it was all in bold, except in some places where it wasn't. Strange, but not enough to take away from the story. :)...more
This is a book that I'd been meaning to get to sooner, but things just kept getting in the way. I picked it up last week and was hooked right away.
WheThis is a book that I'd been meaning to get to sooner, but things just kept getting in the way. I picked it up last week and was hooked right away.
When Tish accidentally steals a ruby locket from an estate sale, her life gets turned upside down. All of a sudden, she's in a strange land called Sang, where vampire-like people called the Blud live in a steampunkish world full of wonder, and she can see people's futures by touching them. It's also where she meets the very mysterious and alluring Criminy. Without intending to, she gets involved in this wonderful and wicked world where not only is her life at stake, but so is her heart.
I absolutely LOVED this book! Everything about it was fantastical and amazing--the concept, the mishmash of genres that was very well done, the colourful characters, and the writing. I love the dark and dreary world of Sang. Oh, and I enjoyed going on this adventure with Tish, as she starts to not only trust herself, but also others. Criminy comes across a bit strong at the beginning, but we soon get to find out why.
Yeah, this was one awesome book! I can't wait to read Casper's story, because I was totally intrigued by him....more
I'm really enjoying the world of the Trylle and the Vittra! Especially since quite a few secrets are revealed in this installment.
When Wendy returnsI'm really enjoying the world of the Trylle and the Vittra! Especially since quite a few secrets are revealed in this installment.
When Wendy returns home to her brother Matt, she's captured by the Vittra and meets the very mysterious Loki. But when she returns to Förening, her world is thrown upside down as she slowly starts to realise that what she really wants isn't as important as what's best for the Trylle. She has to make some pretty tough decisions in this one...
I'm looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy. Can't wait to see how everything turns out.
ONE DAY: THREE WAYS is a very interesting story in the POV of Finn, Tove, and Loki. It was great to see the world through their eyes and read their personal feelings about Wendy and everything else. Great story! ...more
This is the second book in the Immortal Beloved Trilogy, and while I enjoyed the first one, this one blew me away. Seriously, I was instantly hooked aThis is the second book in the Immortal Beloved Trilogy, and while I enjoyed the first one, this one blew me away. Seriously, I was instantly hooked and found it hard to put down.
Nastasya is immortal and for the last few months she's been staying at River's Edge, which is like a rehab farm for immortals who have lost their way. She helps out with the daily chores, cooking, and even has a job in town, but her life still isn't easy. Especially since she spends so much time denying she's got feelings for the very alluring Reyn. After all, their history is entwined in a very personal and violent way that reaches back to their childhoods centuries before.
On New Year's Eve, the group gets together and they perform a magick circle to let go of something they no longer want, and meditate about the new year. When Nastasya lets go of her darkness, everything becomes a lot more complicated. Suddenly, she's having horrifying visions about her best friend--also the person she escaped--Incy. But that's not all. Her job becomes a nightmare as she gets caught between a very angry father and the daughter he blames for his wife and son's death. Not to mention that she starts to feel as if her darkness is even affecting the farm. It gets so bad that she decides to make a run for it. She leaves and in the middle of the night is miraculously found by the man she most wanted to leave behind.
Within days of going to Boston with Incy and meeting up with her shallow friends again, she realises that the selfish, partying life she lived for so many long years is no longer what she wants. She also slowly starts to understand that what she believed to be her dark influence might actually be someone else's. And maybe, it's too late to do anything about it...
Darkness Falls is an amazing, well-written book! I absolutely loved every minute of it. While Nastasya is often abrupt, confused, and even downright self-involved, she really is an excellent narrator. She takes the reader on a very personal roller-coaster ride of emotions as her dark past and familial legacy continue to haunt her every waking moment. She tries very hard to be good, and even though she doubts herself so much, it's not until everything is on the line that she realises just how much she's learned and changed.
This book showed tremendous personal growth for her, and I'm waiting very impatiently until the next book comes out, because I can't wait to see how it all wraps up.
Firstly, I need to mention how lovely this cover is. I have to admit that it caught my eye last year, so when I received a copy for review, I was curiFirstly, I need to mention how lovely this cover is. I have to admit that it caught my eye last year, so when I received a copy for review, I was curious and looking forward to reading it.
This is the first book in The Lost Angels series, which is about God's favoured four archangels--Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael. To reward their loyalty, He made them soul mates which were later lost. So, the archangels have been hanging around Earth for over 2,000 years looking for these archesses. Except, their foe--Samael--is also here, and determined to find these females before they do.
In the first book, Uriel, who is now a famous actor playing a vampire in some very popular movies, stumbles upon Eleanore while attending a book signing in the store she works in. Eleanore isn't like other women, she's got some freaky powers she tries to hide from people and has spent most of her life running because there are men chasing her.
When she meets Uriel and feels a sudden attraction, she tries everything she can to fight his allure. But the archangel is determined to get his girl, at some pretty high costs.
While the story sounds insteresting and I'm always curious about stories featuring angels, I found this book to be... disappointing. There was just something about it that didn't click for me. It could be that I didn't particularly like or care about the hero. Or that I initially did like Eleanore but then lost interest in her when she started to fall for the arrogant Uriel. Maybe it was just that I didn't feel any connection to the world, and especially the secondary characters.
In the end, I found myself losing interest and my mind started to wander. I even skimmed ahead several times. :(
Avenger's Angel was a book that I really wanted to like, but I just couldn't get into. Though I do have to point out that it's very well written. That's certainly one quality I enjoyed!...more
After hearing so many good things about this book, I was looking forward to reading it myself. And I have to say that it's definitely worth the hype.
KAfter hearing so many good things about this book, I was looking forward to reading it myself. And I have to say that it's definitely worth the hype.
Karou is an art student who lives in the wondrous city of Prague. She's also the member of a family of monsters. Brimstone is her guardian. He has a shop that deals in wishes, and gets her to run a bunch of errands for him. Errands that take her all over the world, via magical doors, and has her gathering teeth. She enjoys her job and loves her art, but she's filled with many questions that Brimstone doesn't want to answer. She also feels as if something's missing inside her. Something she's sure she's lost, but can't remember.
However, the day she meets the wrath of an angel, her life is thrown into a downward spiral that separates her from her family, and challenges everything she's grown to believe about Elsewhere. Suddenly, she's feeling things she doesn't understand. The most baffling being her connection to this strange angel who is throwing her life into chaos.
What follows is an amazing adventure of self-discovery and unbelievable truths, through a world more complicated than she could ever have imagined...
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a beautifully written and intriguing book. I really enjoyed the intricate story. The more I read, the deeper I got into the mystery surrounding just who/what Karou really was. The story also got better with every chapter, leading to an amazingly, unexpected end. One which answers a lot of questions, but also paves the way for many more.
This was a truly wonderful journey into a dark, elaborate world of fantasy with a very human backdrop. I absolutely loved every minute of it, and can't wait to read more. ...more