Betrayal’s Shadow was an amazing read. Action-packed + sweet romance = great book. I loved reading th...moreThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
Betrayal’s Shadow was an amazing read. Action-packed + sweet romance = great book. I loved reading the book, and I was hooked almost right from the start. When I started reading the book, I didn’t expect much, given that I’m not that big a fan of paranormal romance. But when I read this, I was pleasantly surprised.
Turen is a Guardian. Guardians have special powers and were made to do something related to souls. I have no idea what because it wasn’t discussed in the book, merely brushed over with a few sentences here and there. Basically, they have only one mate where they can reproduce and really fall in love with. Unfortunately, hardly any of them in this age have found their mate. Make that only one. Of course, because this is a romance, Turen and Mia, the female protagonist, are mates, even though the fact is not discovered till later.
Turen and Mia meet in prison. Turen is imprisoned while Mia can somehow travel through time to reach him. Why, it will be explained in the book, albeit in a rather roundabout method. I won’t say more and spoil it for those who haven’t read the book.
The romance in the book was rather sweet. Neither of them ever thought they would end up with each other, especially not in the circumstances that brought them together. However, when they did fall in love, it was so great and so so strong that I really loved it. To be honest, it almost brought tears to my eyes the first time he admitted he couldn’t live without her. That it didn’t matter that she wasn’t her mate (he didn’t know yet). I especially loved the part when he said something along the lines of all the love that he had to give was given to her. You know, it’s just these little things that really make the romance sweet.
I enjoyed the action in the book. It wasn’t too much or too little. All of the fight scenes were shown fully in detail and that I was something I really liked. The pace was good too. However, at times I felt that the book suddenly jumped forward without enough warning and that left me a little surprised at times. But its really nothing much.
The character development and how the characters were depicted was something I really liked. Not once did the characters do things out of the norm. There was good character development and I really liked how Mia grew as a person. At first, she was rather shy, timid and even a little weak. But at the end, she really impressed me with her bravery and strength.
Another thing that I liked was that the book wasn’t too predictable. Sure, I could guess some of the more obvious plot lines. But most of the time, things would happen that I would never have expected. It got a little too much though. Sometimes, I wasn’t sure exactly why that particular plot was introduced at that point.
Though I really liked this book, I’m hesitant to give it a full 5 star rating. Several reasons. The description of the creatures and places in the book left me a bit confused. But then again, it could just be me not being very adept in visualizing from description. Especially paranormal things. I think that took away a bit of the appreciation that I had for the book. This was because I like to be able to see the scenes in my head while reading. And actually I could, its just when the creatures came, that it left me a bit puzzled. But as I said, this could be just me. Another thing I didn’t really like was the resolution. I found it a bit too abrupt. It happened too quickly for my liking. Sure, everything was resolved, but I just found it too fast. And as I mentioned earlier, the souls part was a little confusing. Even after the whole book, I have no idea the real use of Guardians other than them having to take care of souls or something like that. To me, I felt that it really should have been explained, because it is their main duty and why they were created in the first place.
All in all, I found this to be a great book. It had a good plot, and I felt the book was set well for a series. I look forward to reading more of this author’s books. Definitely a read worth taking the time for. I was really addicted by it, and could not put the book down despite having rather pressing things to do. I read it in about 1-2 sittings. Definitely a recommended read, especially to those who enjoy paranormal romance with a lot of action in it.
P.S. If there is any grammar/spelling/typo errors, forgive me. I’m typing this without my specs on and its almost 5, I don’t have full mental capacity now! :P (less)
Dream a Little Dream was amazing. It touched me in so many ways and I have to say, I loved every sing...moreThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
Dream a Little Dream was amazing. It touched me in so many ways and I have to say, I loved every single moment of it. After I finished the book, all I could say was wow. Simply amazing. It was so compelling that I just could not put the book down. I could think of a thousand other things I had to do at that moment, but right then, the book just seemed paramount. I literally devoured every single word. And now and then, without any conscious control, I would start to tear. That was simply how sweet the book was for me.
The characters in the book were so real and you could just feel for them. As you read the book, you’ll feel their pain, their sadness, their love. Everything. Even the supporting characters were really interesting to read about. Throughout the entire book, I was taken on a journey. I didn’t just read the book, I felt like I was really there with them.
I would give a summary but I think this book has to be read when one does not expect anything. Only then, can the book truly be appreciated.
So let me start by saying how amazing Rachel is. Even though she faces condemnation from almost everyone, even though she has barely a few dollars to her name, she still never gives up. Her love for her son is so amazing. It really shows how much a mother is willing to give up for her children. She gives him everything. Even though she herself has no food to eat, she still makes sure he always has a full meal. And her determination to work hard, to survive is just so admirable. She is certainly one of my most respected female characters. She doesn’t put on pretences. If she needs something and it is offered, she will take it. Her pride isn’t paramount here and that just says a lot.
Gabe is a man who has lost his wife and his son. Though it happened 3 years ago, he has never recovered from it. He tries to hide away from the world and in short, he’s a completely different man than before. How would I say it? He’s kind of broken inside. But when Rachel comes into his life, it is changed forever.
I don’t really want to write about the characters, so I’m gonna keep this to just my feelings.
I really loved this book for several reasons. The love shown in this book is not any simple love. This book truly showed how love healed. I love that idea that a person can fall in love a second time even after losing his or her first love. The whole plot and storyline was very well written and it really did flow very well. The pace was good and I really didn’t find anything I disliked throughout the whole book. I was just rooting for them to give in to their desires and at last, fall in love. My heart broke when she was going to leave him and he finally realised he loved her. It was just so so sweet.
Even the roles the supporting characters played was excellent. I loved Kristy. Though she was rather weak in the beginning, I loved it when she finally had a change of mindset. And I admired her from the start when she didn’t condemn Rachel at all. She’s a fantastic character. Actually, I wished she would have her own book. Her story and Ethan’s would have been amazing! As it is, I loved the short part they had together.
Of the whole series, I personally feel that this is the best. It doesn’t just brush across events, but it really shows the reader the pain and the hurt the characters are feeling. And even when they fall in love, Susan Elizabeth Philips makes one feel that everything is perfect again. I really love this book and I was extremely touched by it. Everything about the book just seemed so real. I went through a maelstrom of emotions just reading the book. It really did touch my heart. I know I said it already, but I just had to say it again!
Alright, I made a promise to myself to keep this review short, so I’m not gonna ramble on anymore. Suffice to say, this was a really beautiful book. It wasn’t like the rest of the books at all, this one touched my heart so completely. A definite 5 stars.
P.S. I’m sorry, I really don’t know why I can’t write this review well. I really loved the book, don’t get me wrong. I just can’t write anything. (less)
Heaven, Texas was a pretty enjoyable read. The two characters, Bobby Tom (BT) and Gracie, were really...moreThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
Heaven, Texas was a pretty enjoyable read. The two characters, Bobby Tom (BT) and Gracie, were really likable and overall, the plot was good. BT was first seen in It Had To Be You, and I must say, I really liked him there.
In this book, BT is still very willful, but he is very lost. Due to a knee injury, he was forced to instantly stop playing football, which to him, was the best thing of his life. He becomes an actor for a movie in this book, because apparently he’s really hot.
As for Gracie, she’s working for the movie company that hired him. She’s tasked to bring him to his hometown in Texas which is where they were going to film the movie. Of course, she is instantly attracted to him. But as for him, he’s not really. There’s something intriguing about her, but he can’t tell what. You see, Gracie is rather plain when she doesn’t dress up. And even when she does, the best you could describe her was pretty. But Gracie is an amazing character. She was beautiful on the inside and that’s what really counts, isn’t it? Her determination and her morals are things I really admire. So was the no-nonsense attitude she took with BT in the beginning. I really respected her for that.
I liked the plot of this book. I can’t describe it for you, cos I read it a few weeks ago and the details just aren’t coming back to me. But I remember that the plot was rather fast-paced and it was really interesting to read. The dialogue too was really funny and witty.
The love between them was inevitable. You could just see it from the start. I was always rooting for them. Realistic too. When they fell in love and confessed it, I could believe it, because it was evident in everything they did.
One thing I’ve noticed about Susan Elizabeth Philips is that in her books, the characters just suddenly realise they’re in love with the other party. Its kinda funny but also really sweet!
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was fast-paced and that is something I love. The character development was great too. I really loved the way that BT grew up. He really did become more mature and caring throughout the course of the book. As for Gracie, she was a great character. Not once did she willingly compromise her morals. Especially about money. I loved it when she decided she wasn’t going to be one of those women that fed off BT, and sought to repay him everything. It was a very noble gesture in my opinion.
A great read to be certain, and a good sequel to It Had To Be You. Definitely recommended for fans of SEP, or just someone who likes witty dialogues, fast-paced plots, good character development and likable characters. Doesn’t that comprise of most readers? ;)
Yay! Finally a shorter than usual review! :D (less)
This was a very good read. I loved the characters in the book, and their love truly touched me. I d...moreThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
This was a very good read. I loved the characters in the book, and their love truly touched me. I devoured the book, and finished it within a few hours. I simply could not stop reading. The action that was unfolding on the pages of the book was really captivating and everything just fell so nicely in place. I’m trying to say, there wasn’t too much of anything or too little. At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, everything was just right. I especially loved the romance, and honestly, the first love scene that Phoebe and Dan had was so so sweet, at least on Phoebe’s side.
So, I thought I start by talking a bit about the characters. Phoebe is at first glance, a bimbo. Because of the clothes she wears, the way she carries herself, people think she doesn’t have a brain. But let me tell you, there’s a very very devious brain lurking behind those clothes. She dresses that way as a form of self-protection. Protecting herself from what, I leave that to you to find out. She’s very headstrong and she wants her own way. And she’ll do a lot to achieve it.
As for Dan, I really don’t know how to describe him. Shall I say he’s someone who’s never really talking? My impression of him is that he’s always speaking with a loud voice, aka shouting. Or maybe that’s only towards Phoebe, because he simply has no idea how to handle her.
Ok, I’ve realised my reviews are so so so long, it gets boring. Then again, I was never really much of an interesting person. So I’m gonna attempt to write a short review. Next few reviews, I am going to keep it within 500 words. Excluding the summary. I’ll try!
The love they shared was so touching and even in later books, when they are mentioned, every time they look at each other, their looks are so filled with tenderness, its really humbling. That is true love. I believe it with all my heart. They went through so many ups and downs, so many pushing each other away, trying to hide their feelings. But at last, they could deny it no longer and gave in to it.
I really enjoyed the book. Though I read it for a challenge at first, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters inside the book. I love the witty dialogues between Dan and Phoebe. It makes me laugh every time. The supporting characters were really funny and the plot was really coherent and well planned out. The football games were nail-biting and the climax at the end? One word. Amazing. Even though I knew everything would turn out right in the end, I was still so nervous about how everything was going to turn out. And right at the end, there was still a little surprise that I didn’t see coming.
I loved the epilogue. It just tells me how sweet their life was. And through it all, true love really lasts a lifetime. Sure, the epilogue’s only 3 years later. But still, it’s so nice to see that they already have a whole family. And one thing I love is how the Stars don’t win every single game. They fought hard and eventually succeeded. And the way Phoebe tries to get them all settled and relaxed? Super funny. I burst out in laughter time after time at her behaviour. One of my favorite moments in the book is when she negotiated the deal with some annoying guy. Single-handedly, she did what no one else before her could achieve. With a lot of wit, courage and yes, flirtation, she actually succeeded. I really wanted to cheer for her just imagining the flabbergasted look on that guy’s face. And Dan, he must have been so proud of her.
Basically what I’m trying to say here is that Phoebe isn’t meant to be underestimated. Sure, she may not look like much, but she has one of the sharpest brains ever. And she totally knows how to use a situation to her benefit.
Yes, I should continue talking a little more about the romance right? Now let’s see, at first it was just lust. But behind that, they always cared each other. No matter how many times Dan screamed at her and got so frustrated with her because he thought she was irresponsible, I just know he loved her deep down. Omg, I just remembered. I totally love the jealousy in the book. It’s the most obvious sign a man is falling hard for a girl. And his jealousy wasn’t something small. I absolutely loved it every time he got jealous she was with another man.
That being said, I realised that the characters just suddenly realise they’re in love with the other character. Never being in love myself before, I have no idea how it happens. However, I do feel it’s a little abrupt. It’s like suddenly, Oh my gosh, I love him! In the middle of nothing at all, that thought can just suddenly come. I don’t doubt their love, but they way they realise it makes me kind of skeptical.
It Had To Be You was an excellent read, I loved every moment of it. I simply could not put the book down. The plot was amazing, the characters even more so. The pace was great, not too fast and not too slow. I can’t really describe why I love the book. It just speaks to me and touches my heart! I never once found the book boring or slow. I loved every moment of it. It was a great read to be sure, and one I’ll definitely recommend. Susan Elizabeth Philips is one awesome writer. I’ve read 7 of her books, and I love them all. They all suck me in and make it impossible for me to ever put the book down.
And on a side note, I finally understand the meaning behind the cover. I believe its because Phoebe wears really skimpy clothes and really revealing ones. Yeah, I think that’s it! :P (less)
Priestess of the Nile was something rather different for me. I don’t know much about Egyptian mythol...moreThis review is also found on Always a Booklover .
Priestess of the Nile was something rather different for me. I don’t know much about Egyptian mythology, make that anything about it! But the characters involved in the book were little and those gods and goddesses that were involved were also rather well-explained, so I didn’t have to crack my head wondering who they were.
So this is just a short story (only about 21,000 words) but it was a very fun read. Simple, yet not boring. All I can say is a sweet romance with a sweet ending.
Because this is a short story, there isn’t much space for character development. As a result, we barely got to see anything of Sobek, the crocodile god and Merys’ lover. We saw more of Merys and what I saw I liked. She’s a very kind-hearted girl and though she’s so badly treated by her family, she doesn’t give up and become horrible, but she still maintains her sweet nature. I love the way she cares for her younger, lame, half sister. Though she has no reason to love her, she still does and that I think is really admirable. Another thing that I liked about her was her dedication to be the priestess of the crocodile god. Though no one else really paid attention to him anymore and his temple had fallen into ruins, she did not neglect her duty passed down from generation to generation. That sense of loyalty even when everyone else doesn’t care anymore is something I really like about her. I know, I know, it may not seem like much, but liking the heroine is the first step in loving the book. It’s of her that we see most of the world through anyway.
As for Sobek, I don’t much about him, but from what I see, he’s a really good guy and he’s so in love with Merys. It was so difficult for him to resist the punishment, but the thought of her just allowed it. To me, that’s just really really sweet. I do like how he tried to control himself and his desires at first, as much as he felt that he could soothe her pain with physical pleasure. It just shows his love for her isn’t based on lust and that’s really important to me!
WARNING, there will be a short SPOILER in the next part. If I cover it up with the spoiler tag, I won’t really be able to write about my complaints properly.
Several complaints I have about the book though. I felt that Merys’ dying was way too abrupt. It’s like one second the character was talking, next second, she was dead. Nothing really wrong with it, but I personally would have liked that scene to be dragged out for maximum emotional impact. It’s like, he loved her so much, but when she died, he didn’t really grieve. It was way too sudden. It didn’t feel sad at all. Sure, I knew that somehow they would end up together since it’s a romance. But I just feel the dying scene has to be impactful. Another thing was that the ending was kind of weird. As in the part where the soldiers came. Why did they come? Maybe to plunder and rob the place. But its just way too coincidental. I dunno, I couldn’t relate to that part. Sure, it was necessary for them to do that so that they could be together. But, well, I just didn’t really like it. And how they finally ended up together? That was just, weird. Ok, fine not really weird, but I wish something else could have happened for them to end up together. Not because of that (view spoiler)[(the baby) (hide spoiler)], but rather I was hoping that their love for each other, that the true love they shared, would somehow make a way and allow them to be together.
That being said, I really did enjoy reading the book. Though it didn’t really spark a lot of emotions in me, I could feel that kind of love between the characters that you know can last a lifetime. It may not have really been said, but it can be seen through their time together. It may have been a really short story, but that doesn’t mean it was lacking in any way. I would recommend this to almost anyone. It’s a really easy read and the two characters are just so suitable for each other. I do wish it was longer though, the story really has potential to go further. I would love to see a conflict between those two characters! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
5 words. What a waste of time. I tried liking the book, but I really couldn't. As I got to the end, a...moreThis review is published on Always a Booklover .
5 words. What a waste of time. I tried liking the book, but I really couldn't. As I got to the end, all I could think of was why why why did I even bother reading this book? Sure, the lessons the characters learn are pretty applicable to real life. But the story is just sooo cliche and really rather shallow. The pace of the book was way too fast and abrupt with many things left unexplained. Even the romance was practically non-existent. After reading the whole book, I honestly do not know what I just read. Really.
Let's start with Zoe. So she just found out she's illegitimate and she's so so sad because of it. She built her identity around who her parents were and so when she found out she had no blood connection with her father, she was superrrr sad and started self-pitying. Ok fine, acceptable. Your whole life suddenly shatters in front of you, sure, you'll break down a while. But I really can't stand it when people keep running from their problems. For a while, fine. But she's been running for so damn long it annoys me. Omg I'm getting annoyed talking about her. What's next... Yeah, the fact that she's a freaking socialite that really can't seem to do anything just gets on my nerves. Sure, maybe she's not very smart. But that doesn't mean she has to party the whole day and spend Daddy's money. Ugh. I hate heroines like that. She's freaking 26. Grow up, already? And I honestly don't believe she can fool herself that she's happy for soooo many years. Omg I cannot talk about her anymore. Does she have good points? I'm sure she does, she is pretty understanding and she can be sweet. But I can't like her because I feel her bad points far outweigh the good.
As for Max. He's going blind. Yeah, that's bad. And he's another one who starts self-pitying. But it's not so bad! Still. He lets his self-pity get in the way of everything and if Zoe hadn't gotten pregnant, he just might have lost his one and only chance at true love. Though i'm a bit skeptical of that. Ok. So his past was skipped over really quickly. I mean, it obviously caused him a lot of harm. But why didn't the author cover it more? I felt it was just brushed over and it wasn't given the weight it deserved.
Ok but his self-pity I can understand. I mean losing your sight is not easy. And it can cause you to lose your sense of security when you can't even perform basic tasks. Put that with the fact that he has a fear of not being able to see because of his past and I can understand why he's so insecure. But Zoe, I just cannot understand it. Yes, I agree, it's pretty bad, suddenly realizing she isn't who she is. But how does that affect her identity, her own uniqueness?
One thing that I felt was really lacking was the communication between them. I mean, you don’t just fall in love for no reason at all, do you? You can’t just look at someone and next moment you realise you love that person, right? There must be some interaction and I felt it was really lacking in this book. Its like a lot of the book was full of her insecurity issues. There was very little memorable parts between them. I don’t know, I just couldn’t see how they were in love. I just didn’t feel it. I felt like it was more of a grateful thing. And maybe lust.
The book was a little unrealistic too. I mean seriously. Which semi-blind person can just sense the person they “love” in the room? I honestly don’t think anyone can just sense it. And for goodness sake, he could just “see” her when he could barely see a thing else. Its just a tad unbelievable.
When I first started writing this review, I intended to give it 2 stars. After the 2nd para, I've decided it's a definite 1. And pardon me if the review isn't up to standard, it's my first review in about a month? But this book just inspired me to write a review. Gosh. I hope never to read this type of book again. I'm sorry, i know I'm mean, but I honestly can't help it.
I mean the storyline is pretty interesting. Most books don’t have a hero that is going blind with no sudden resolution of that problem in the end. So yes, it was unique in that sense. But I didn’t really see a HEA. I was kinda left hanging, not really knowing whether they would somehow work everything out.
And honestly. I can’t stand this. Is it really so coincidental that their protection failed the one time they made love and thus causing her to have a baby? Sure, I don’t mind babies being part of the plot, but I really can’t stand the whole plot resting on the baby. I’m trying to say that without the baby, nothing would have happened in the book. The two of them would have just gone on with their lives, probably never seeing each other again, just remembering that one amazing night they spent together.
Sigh, all in all, this was a book I just could not enjoy. Sure, it was different, but I felt it just didn’t have enough to make the romance believable and the love obvious. Too much time was spent on how each person felt rather than that essential communication between the characters for them to fall in love. Its not a book I would recommend to anyone. Its quite a pity though, the book could have been better if the characters didn’t spend so much time self-pitying. The one redeeming quality was that both of them “saw the light” in the end! (less)