Alliance was a rather good book. I did enjoy it. I really liked the whole Paradise Reclaimed series actually, there is a real sense of continuity and each book literally picks up where the last left off. This made for a good read as it gave me better insight into the world that was Paradise 21.
In this book, we are reintroduced to Lara. Remember her? She was present in Colonization, albeit a really tiny part and again in Reconnaissance, where she had a slightly bigger part, yet not a major one. The thing is, what we saw of her in these 2 books made me feel like she was a bimbo, and simply put, not a very likeable character.
Yet, what happened in this book is that the character development was really good. Aubrie Dionne seems to do this really well. From a not very likeable character, she develops the character into someone worth respecting and someone you begin to admire. She did that with Andromeda in Colonization, who really matured over the book. She did that with Nova in Reconnaissance, who managed to put aside her prejudice to save the colony. She did that again here, with Lara, where we see Lara grow into a strong girl who is willing to fight for what she wants.
The plot of the book was really good too and provided an excellent continuation of the series. The action was exciting and kept me turning pages. It was interspersed with rather good dialogue which made for a very engaging story.
All in all, I really did like this whole series. It was really well structured and I liked seeing how everyone had an important part to play, and that a problem wasn’t just so easily solved after all. Paradise Reclaimed is a really good series, and I hope that there will be more books! After all, we are told at the end of Haven 6 that eventually they left Paradise 21 for Paradise 18. So yep, after it seems like the threats have been neutralized here, I’m curious to know what other things can play out in the future!
The Tearings was a very good book. The setup was good, the characters interesting and the plot captivating. As I was reading the book and realizing it...moreThe Tearings was a very good book. The setup was good, the characters interesting and the plot captivating. As I was reading the book and realizing it was about to end, I was just begging that the book wouldn’t end soon. I really enjoyed it, you see. I wanted to learn more, unravel the mystery together with Maya.
From the start, the book captivated me. I liked the confusion that I felt as I was thrown into the book. I desperately wanted to know what was going on
I really enjoyed the character development. I loved seeing how Maya grew from a rather average teenage girl to a girl who never stopped fighting for her life and never gave up regardless of the odds. I did find her response to the deaths around her a little unreal, but I don’t have any experience with that, so who am I to judge? Still, I thought there would be a little bit more heartbreak.
And yes, there was very little real romance between David and Maya. Yet I think they’re so cute together. I totally love the whole forbidden love thing. Its actually the main reason I requested to review this book. I wish there was more tension but I suppose that what was experienced between the characters was very real to the situation. When you’re in a life-threatening situation, I don’t think you’re gonna care about romantic love so much.
I loved the side characters too. I felt that they were a very good fit for the book and I do hope that the future books will have them too. The pace of the book was really good, and I didn’t feel overwhelmed or bored at any point of time. It was simply put, excellent writing where as a reader, I’m presented with enough information to keep me interested and at the same time, just a bit lacking that I need to read more.
While I felt the romance happened too late in the book and a little bit too short for my liking, I must say I did kinda enjoy it. I do hope that in future books, the romance gets fleshed out a little more and that there is a clearer plot. While this book was excellent in character development and introducing us into the whole plot, I do recognize that not much has actually happened. I would really love to see more of the romance but also, more of a fleshed out plot.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I simply cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I also look forward to reading other books by the author in the future. The Tearings is a great start to this series and I do recommend it for anyone who likes an easy, yet interesting and captivating read.
Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed here are my own. (less)
Loving Lady Marcia was a good read. I really enjoyed it. The plot was simple and rather straightforward but it kept me hooked from start to finish. I...moreLoving Lady Marcia was a good read. I really enjoyed it. The plot was simple and rather straightforward but it kept me hooked from start to finish. I literally could not put the book down. The characters were entertaining and I really liked reading about them. The pace was also great for the book, not too fast but neither was it too slow! Alright, shall we talk about the characters? I loved Duncan. He wasn’t what I expected at all. He wasn’t as jaded as I expected but he was so damn sweet to Joe. You can’t help but love a hero that is so nice to children. Furthermore, I loved how he continued to chase after Marcia. Everything he did showed his love for her. As for Marcia, I felt that she was a very interesting heroine. While she tried to be practical and all, there was always a little part of her that wanted to let go of everything and just fall in love. Most importantly, she was real and that made her all the more likable to me. I liked the fact that she had a mind of her own and yes, that she was stubborn. It gave her more character and I do enjoy that about a person. I loved how she is so strong, and how she managed to stand up even after what had happened all those years ago. Plot wise, I really did enjoy it. It was the perfect pace and the tone was good too. I enjoyed meeting the characters and while I didn’t exactly have the personal connection to them, I could relate to them and that’s usually good enough! However, I felt that the book didn’t make much of an impact on me. Sure, it was great reading it. But now, a couple weeks later, as I’m writing this review, I realise that I don’t remember much of the story. Then again, this could be just me. There were some parts that were really sweet! Also, I didn’t really enjoy the last few bits of the book. I felt that it didn’t give a proper ending to the book. I’m a stickler for such things, given that it’s my final impression of the book. The final plot twist was also a little awkward to me. I didn’t really see the point in putting it in there. Some plot turns didn’t really make sense either, it felt forced. All in all though, I really did enjoy this book. Though there were parts that I didn’t really enjoy, the rest of the book certainly did make up for it. And I want to apologise for this review. I don’t know why, but the words aren’t flowing, I know I’m certainly not giving a very good review, or at least, it isn’t up to my usual standard!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. (less)
I really enjoyed Keeper of My Heart. It was a really sweet romance. Nothing heavy, just a light, simp...moreThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
I really enjoyed Keeper of My Heart. It was a really sweet romance. Nothing heavy, just a light, simple read that left me smiling at the end of it. The plot was good and the characters in the book were mostly likable and really enhanced the storyline.
Katie was a very strong character. Though everything seemed to be going wrong for her, she somehow managed to keep living on and didn’t give up through it all. She’s really ingenious heh. Her ideas throughout the book especially the stealing part left me laughing and totally in awe of her. Not about the act, but about her thought processes.
As for Max, he was a great character too. However, I felt myself unable to completely like him. It seemed as if I was waiting for him to do something but that never happened. I found him very high-handed. Though it isn’t that bad on its own, I just feel that he was extremely proud and kept looking down on Katie. Sure, she wasn’t the most sensible of people. I guess I just didn’t like the way he treated her and the way he felt. I was hoping that he would really get hit by his conscience but he never did. Alright, he did, but it wasn’t really emphasized.
The plot of the whole book was good. I remember that when I first saw the blurb a month ago, I just knew I had to read it. And when I finally did, I can only say that I have no regrets. The book is impossible to dislike because of the way it was written. So sweet and simple, but yet, it had so much meaning. The whole plot fell together really nicely and was well thought out. I felt that the pace of the book was perfect and the events flowed really smoothly.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book. I guess the only reason why I didn’t give it 5 stars was because it lacked that spark in it. A spark of passion. Sure, it was talked about, but I never felt it. That was what was lacking. However, I still really enjoyed the book. The dialogues the characters had were rather witty and I found myself smiling along with them at different intervals in the book.
Now, there really isn’t much that I can say about this book. Firstly, its really short. Secondly, about everything was fine with the book. There were no real problems, but at the same time, there wasn’t any part that really stood out. Thirdly, I’m so tired I can’t think. Oh wait. I do remember some things that I enjoyed. I really liked it when Max finally got struck by his conscience. I was really annoyed with him throughout quite a bit of the book. He just expected Katie to fall into his arms and obey his every command right from the start. I couldn’t stand that, and hence, I was secretly delighted when he was put in his place. Everytime he discovered how much he had hurt Katie, I was just right there laughing at him.
Hmm, what else is there to say? Alright, just a short bit about the storyline. I found it rather interesting most of the time. I mean, I was addicted to it; I couldn’t put the book down. I guess it really did appeal to me and all I wanted was to see Katie and Max get their HEA. Though both had their own share of problems, especially Katie in the beginning, I’m glad to say that most of the problems were worked through and resolved. The character development in this book is really good. Though there wasn’t much space, Darcy managed to show how the characters matured over the course of the book. In the end, they both finally did grow up.
I really liked this book. Though there isn’t anything really special about it, I guess its unique in the sense that it’s a sweet, clean romance. I don’t read many of these type of genre and I must say, I’m glad that I read this book. Not because I have to read it for the blog tour, but because I really enjoyed it. Definitely a recommended read. (less)
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)
I really dunno what to say about this book. It had me hooked right from the beginning, but someh...moreThis review is also published on Always a Booklover .
I really dunno what to say about this book. It had me hooked right from the beginning, but somehow, I just can't say I love it. I really don't have any complaints about this book, but neither do I have anything that particularly stood out to me.
Sergei and Alissa are just two very different people. Sergei is cold, sometimes unfeeling and have that idea that women are all not very good people. Alissa is just the entire opposite. She's friendly, sweet and sometimes quite gullible. Oh, one thing that they have in common is that both of them are really loyal to their family.
Ok, let's get started with the plot. Pace of the book was alright, it didn’t jump forward too quickly and with barely a word to suggest otherwise. It wasn’t long-winded, each part was elaborated just enough. The plot was interesting and I liked seeing how Sergei was so affected by Alissa.
I really liked Alissa. She was really sweet and even though she was tricked by her sister (I hate that girl), she still manages to adapt. As for Sergei, I didn’t really understand him, so I can’t really comment on his character. He’s kinda a little weird. At first, I couldn’t stand him after he described the coat attendant as just a menial servant and was so rude to her. But later, when he was so sweet to Alissa, like buying her chocs frequently, and his actions to her sister, just made me like him.
I want to rant about Alissa’s sister, Alexa. Pardon my language, but that woman is a bi**h. Seriously. Gosh, what woman could even do what she did? She totally lied to her twin sister without even batting an eyelid. What’s best is that she totally did not feel remorseful. I hate her! Ok, this part may be a little bit of a spoiler. Let’s see, so first she convinced Alissa to marry Sergei because she’s pregnant and want to marry some guy called Henry. Guess what? There’s no baby. Another thing, she can’t stand it that Alissa can actually attract Sergei. Hello Alexa? You practically threw her into his path and now you’re unhappy and jealous that she’s the one with him. Wth? Oh, and she tried making a play for Sergei. In front of Alissa and her husband, Henry. Can I point out the fact that Alissa and Sergei were married at that time? Gosh, wth is wrong with her! Why oh why is she such a slut? And a bitch? Pardon my language, I’m really very annoyed with her right now. Haha I was so happy when Sergei just completely ignored her every move for him and was just so nonchalant about it. Gosh, that girl is soooo immature, childish and seriously, a bi**h. Ok, I’m not gonna talk about her anymore.
I know I said earlier that I didn’t have any complaints about the book. But there is one thing I didn’t really like. I felt that the love between Alissa and Sergei wasn’t very prevalent. Sure, they were wildly attracted to each other, neither having felt the same way before. But I couldn’t feel the love. They hardly spent any time talking to each other, instead most of the scenes containing both of them were of them making love. And they may have good sex, but that doesn’t mean they are in love. I just couldn’t feel it. Sure, all the signs were there. Possessiveness, some jealousy, happiness when they were together, but I just didn’t see the love. And that’s the main problem I have with it. Considering that this is supposed to be a romance, I’m pretty disappointed that it didn’t contain those aspects.
But all in all, this was a pretty good book. Yes, I was hooked from the start, but somehow there was just something missing. I think it’s the lack of love that I felt, or rather, didn’t feel. After I finished the book, I had this feeling of dissatisfaction. Oh well, it was still a rather enjoyable read! (less)
Wow, I actually really liked this book. When I first started reading it, I expected it to be a rather slow and boring book. It just shows you really c...moreWow, I actually really liked this book. When I first started reading it, I expected it to be a rather slow and boring book. It just shows you really can't judge a book by its cover. Not only was the book not slow-moving, the characters and the entire story plot was very interesting.
This book made me laugh several times. I was in the bus reading today, and I nearly burst out in laughter after reading several scenes. The beginning was a little slow but as time passed, the book picked up speed and became better and better.
The main characters in the book, namely, David and Millie were pretty interesting characters. At the beginning, I really liked Millie and I liked her attitude. But somehow, towards the end of the book, I felt that she got more and more insecure about little things. Like her father being in prison showed that there was something wrong with her. But I'm happy that she kinda changed at the end. I especially liked seeing how she started to trust in God once more. That really touched my heart.
David was just so funny and really a typical dad who simply does not know how to handle his kid. Every time he spoke to his kid, forgot his name, sorry!, I could just sense that father's desperation to connect with his kid, yet at the same time knowing that he was losing him. He was definitely a very believable character and I really adored him. The way he treated Millie was so sweet and through his actions, I could really tell that he had fallen in love with her. Heh its just so cute to think about it! When they were both young, he asked her out and she turned him down. But now, after all these years, they finally got together! And their love for each other is so sweet and the type of love that you know lasts forever.
So the plot WAS very interesting. They were pretending to date in order to get people off their backs! For Millie, it was her mum. And for David, it was Cynthia. I tell you, that woman is a joke! Gosh, she stalks him everywhere! Heh, its really funny to read how David tries to avoid her but yet she tracks him down every time, like she has the senses of a bloodhound! From their first pretend date, the attraction between them was sizzling. They were both attracted to each other from the start, and when they found that out it was so cute haha!
Ok I realise my review is pretty random. I apologise, its almost 2 here and I'm dead tired! Back to topic!
I loved their pretend dates, they were always so funny! Both of them were trying to pretend they didn't like each other but it was so obvious! OH, I loved their pretend date in the forest! It was so funny haha:) Some animal was going to attack them and haha they ran to hide in the toilet! It was kinda hot actually, I was hoping their mutual attraction would boil over and they would just kiss each other! Sadly, it didn't happen:)
But when it did, it was really sweet. As I said earlier, Millie got to be more unlikable as the book went on while David got more likable. Overall, the plot was very good and it certainly captured my attention. Characters were funny and easy to like. I especially the way Millie managed to open her heart and trust God again. Earlier, I was kinda getting pissed with her for thinking that she was bad, that God wouldn’t love her and basically all the self-pity she was doing.
I really enjoyed their love story and it was really a very sweet ending. Its this kind of love that you know will just last forever. It isn’t crazy passion, a lot of lust for each other, though its certainly there, but rather a love that was true, that was really from the heart. The book did touch me and that was something I certainly was not expecting.
I did find some parts of the book a little slow and not important enough to be so elaborated. Like, the building of the sled. I kinda didn’t really need to know all the things they were doing for the sled! Um, this isn’t a book that would fire your passion or anything. Rather, it’s a book that is just so sweet, one that you just want to savor and really see their love story.
All in all, I loved the book. It was definitely not something I was expecting and I was dreading to read it at first. But once I did, I had no regrets. I wouldn’t say it was amazing and all that, but it was a good book. However, its definitely not for people who enjoy fast-paced books or romances with hot, steamy sex scenes. This had none, and it was actually a very good thing in my opinion! I would recommend this book to people who can appreciate love stories and don’t mind sitting through boring scenes. Because there were boring scenes. And the book was slow-paced, but I still loved it, I dunno why.
Well, that’s just about all I have to say for this book! I really did enjoy this book. Though I may never re-read it again, I will have fond memories of this book. I laughed, I sighed, I hoped. This book did take me through a range of emotions. Its been a long time since I read a truly sweet book and though this isn’t the type of book I usually read, I really did enjoy the experience.
This ebook was given to me by Netgalley:)
P.S. Sorry this review is so... disjointed. I have no idea what I'm doing! If you can be high on sleep deprivation, then that's what was happening to me as I wrote this! (less)
Anw, this was a pretty good book! I was hoping that the ending would be better, but for what its worth, it was at least...moreAgain, my review got deleted...
Anw, this was a pretty good book! I was hoping that the ending would be better, but for what its worth, it was at least a proper ending! It was pretty sweet too.
So basically it started off with Rose in jail, about to go to trial for Queen Tatiana's death. She was framed of course. Because as much as I dislike her, she isn't someone who is capable of murder. So of course her friends break her out and she goes off with Dimitri to hide while they try to figure out who's responsible!
Heh, I have no mood to give the synopsis, besides you could probably guess already! I kinda just want to talk about the characters with just a bit of the plot thrown in. Let's start with Rose.
Now, the books before this, namely Blood Promise and Spirit Bound, I didn't exactly hate Rose. I actually liked her in Blood Promise! But this book just made me hate her again. Let's start with the simple reason that she's a flirt or rather, she just can't make up her mind. I don't think she really loves Dimitri THAT much. I mean she could: 1) Feel a flutter in her stomach when some cute guy smiled at her 2) Kiss Dimitri like crazy, didn't want to stop 3) Didn't want to stop Adrian from lifting up her dress 4) Was super attracted to Dimitri's natural scent 5) Flirt with this guy 6) Use your imagination. Gosh.
All within a few hours. Like seriously. Make up your mind girl! Choose one guy and stay faithful to him, will you? STOP playing with Adrian's feelings and trying to convince yourself you're over Dimitri cos you're not. Gah. I hate her. And why why why must she always want to be in charge? Gosh, you're not the best Rose, stop trying to take everything into your hands! And even after you slept with Dimitri one of the first thoughts was not about how in love you were with him but with how both of you were finally equals. Gosh. You are so annoying! Why must you always be an equal with everyone! Argh I kinda really hate you!! And seriously who do you think you are! Just because you want Lissa to be queen doesn't mean that you yourself can make it happen right! Gosh... And I swear she doesn't have a brain.
Fine I'm not gonna talk about Rose any longer. She's just plain annoying and is so ego I just can't stand her! Ok let's talk about Lissa. Now, I loved Lissa in this book. Not much to say about her until she was nominated for queen. She was amazing in those challenges. During the physical challenge, I really admired her resilience and especially how she solved each and every challenge ahead of her. She's no warrior, she was never trained to face all these physical challenges. But somehow she managed to get through all her difficulties, even figuring out how to build a fire! In the fears test, she was also very brave, somehow facing all her worst fears but surviving all the way through. But the thing that really made me admire her was when she answered the last question. The answer was so simple, but so incongruous, I would never have thought about it in a million years. When she gave her answer, all I could do was shake my head in admiration. Really. That was such a genius answer.
Sigh, I really did like this book. The events in the book were fast-paced and action-packed, especially after Dimitri and Rose decided to go look for Sonya Karp. Heh, I really liked their fight with her. But I think my absolute favorite part was when Dimitri told Rose that he did still love her. He was just so amazing! I still don't get what he sees in her! Sigh, if it was anyone but her, I probably wouldn't be against them being togeter! Tbh, I was kinda hoping he would end up with Lissa, just cos I love Lissa way more than Rose! Of course, that would leave Christian all alone, so I guess no! LOL I'm so weird. Dimitri is just amazing! But still, I felt that they shouldn't have slept together until after she broke up with Adrian. Its just not fair to Adrian. I wanted to cry when Adrian saw Dimitri kissing Rose on the forehead. I could just imagine his pain! He loved her so damn much and why the hell did Dimitri have to kiss her then! Gah, wait till she's broken up with him! As much as I love Dimitri, I can't help but admit that he's in the wrong this time. Even though I loved it when he told Rose that "I'll do things that'll make you lose control within seconds." Ahh he's so hot!!! Heh, I'm totally in love with him! :):):):)
Oh, another of my favorite parts was when Mikhail and Sonya saw each other again and were reunited. Their love for each other was so strong, I could just feel it. I really almost cried. It was just so sweet.
So all in all this was really a good book. I kinda wish that (view spoiler)[ their bond didn't get broken cos it was kinda cool! (hide spoiler)]! I didn't really like the last chapter... I dunno, I felt it wasn't really that good an ending. The book was good yes, apart from the beginning, which had way too much talking and almost no action. But I really didn't like the ending. I just couldn't appreciate it.
And since its the end of a series, let me just sum up all my thoughts for it. Overall, Vampire Academy was very good. I really enjoyed the experience of reading it, yes, even screaming at Rose every few pages or so. I especially liked the character development in the book, cos I do have to admit that the characters did become more mature. Heh, and Dimitri is of course my favorite character with Rose my most hated character! Ironic isn't it? My favorite and most hated character end up together... Haha, but I really did enjoy this whole series. The books did get better as time passed with my favorite book as Blood Promise. Sigh, I'm kinda happy and sad that the series ended. One reason I'm happy is that I don't have to put up with Rose anymore! And really, the series can't really go anywhere anymore! The new spin-off series, Bloodlines, looks really interesting and I can't wait to read it! But I'm sad cos well, I did enjoy reading about all the characters and going along that whole journey with them. And of course, Dimitri.
So this is the last VA review. I have to say this again. I <3 you, Dimitri!
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I really enjoyed this book. Many side characters in this book played a more important part in this book. I certainly enjoyed seeing Lissa, Adrian!!!!!...moreI really enjoyed this book. Many side characters in this book played a more important part in this book. I certainly enjoyed seeing Lissa, Adrian!!!!!!!! and Christian play a bigger part:)
Sigh, the most amazing thing happened in this book. I think you can guess. I'll just say this. Fairytales do come true. When I read that part of the book, I literally jumped for joy. Like, bounced around on my bed because I was soooooooooo happy! For those that really need to know, (view spoiler)[Dimitri came back:) (hide spoiler)]
But apart from that, I loved the entire book. Especially Adrian. And though I may not hate Rose as much as before, why oh why is she with Adrian if she's still in love with Dimitri? Gosh, be fair to him! Adrian is amazing. He's so freaking sweet to her, and she's just... That made me still unable to take that final step into liking her. Sure, I liked her in the previous book, but I think that was more of a admiration. I can't. I just can't find it in me to like her. Gosh, Dimitri and Adrian deserve so much better. But one good thing, she really toned down on her smart-ass attitude but I still wish she wouldn't be so egotistic or so possessive. Its annoying. Argh, I still can't stand that she's with Adrian, and they kinda slept together. AND she let him bite her, which I thought she was convinced was about the worst thing a dhampir could do during sex. But guess what? She did it! Fine, just be hypocritical! Whatever:)
You know what? The next part's gonna have a small spoiler. It is expected but still? It's the part I was hinting about:)
But Dimitri.... Why did he change so much? I get it, he is different after seeing himself as Strigoi but he hurt Rose so badly. I know he hates himself so much for what he did. But why can't he see that love heals? The words he said to her about how his love for her faded was so fake, but she believed it. As I read it, the first thought that came to my mind was that Dimitri couldn't forgive himself for all the things he did to her when he was Strigoi. So, he wanted her to forget him and move on because he still completely loves her. And he feels that he doesn't deserve her. Which is so not true. Rose doesn't deserve him.
Oh, I really hope she wouldn't think the same way after he defended her against all those guardians. He is simply put, amazing. Definitely in a league of his own. And please, actions speak louder than words, its beyond obvious that he still loves her, but he doesn't think he deserves her anymore. Sigh, I just know that love will find a way. Somehow, they WILL be together. Rose will never be with Adrian because as wonderful as he is, they are just not meant to be. Adrian deserves so much better! Dimitri does too, but well, sucks for him that his soulmate is Rose! There's no going around that!
Yes, back to the plot. I loved most of it, except the masked party. I simply could not see a point to it. Ending was surprising, but well, I guess sth had to happen to trump all the things that had already happened. For some reason, the details of everything just aren't filtering back to me, so I can't really say anything, except that it flowed really nicely. And Lissa and Christian are finally back together. Good. Them breaking up was just about the most stupid thing that could have happened!
Oh yes, I absolutely loved the beginning. That spark of hope put into them was amazing. Oh and what happened to Eddie? He just disappeared. And if there's anything I can say, its that he's the most loyal friend ever. I mean that. He would go so far for Rose, and he doesn't even love her romantically or anything. It just tells me that when he truly gives his friendship, he will stay loyal to the very end, even when Rose asks him to do sth so against his nature.
And about the ending, I cannot help but feel that Victor is responsible. I dunno why, I just do. I mean, who else? Dimitri? No freaking way. And I really pity Adrian, he deserves so much better please!
I wish some things were more elaborated on, for example Rose's trials, how Mia is getting along! And I was really pleased with the new guy, Mikhail:) Heh, I think he's hot! I hope one day he will find his Sonya and rescue her. For those who care, its Ms. Karp. You know, that crazy teacher that had spirit and turned Strigoi to prevent the madness? Yeah, that person:)
I can't wait to read the next book! My Dimitri is back, who cares about Rose? I survived her for 5 books, I can survive her for another book! I kind of hope her father will end up with her mum again:) It would be so sweet but totally pointless, so I'm not really expecting anything about that. But I'm pretty sure it's gonna be an excellent ending to the whole series. IMO, the books got better and better. (except for Blood Promise, that was my fav without a doubt) Or maybe it was just cos Rose got less hateful as time passed!
I absolutely adore Dimitri. I can't end without saying that:) And Adrian without a doubt is becoming one of my favorite characters:) Lissa rocks haha, sadly not her best friend, Rose... Ok I really should go! DIMITRI!!!! <3
First read on 26-27 October 2011, second on 24 October 2012. Review above is for first read!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Ok so starting off, Rose was more likable in this book, she wasn't as whiny, as flirty as in the previous book. I woul...moreI promise this will be short! :)
Ok so starting off, Rose was more likable in this book, she wasn't as whiny, as flirty as in the previous book. I wouldn't go so far to say I like her but at the beginning, my feelings towards her were rather neutral. And then of course she has to go ruin all my hopes of her actually becoming a likable character by kissing Mason while in love with Dimitri. Seriously, she was thinking of sleeping with him even though she so didn't want him, only Dimitri. Gosh, I just can't stand people like that.
Not much I have to say about the characters this time round, but I did enjoy the character development of each character where Rose does (sadly I have to admit it) a bit more mature. But wth is she doing when she's so possessive over Lissa?? I get it, she wants to spend time with her best friend and all... But really? Take a chill pill mann, let her be happy, she just found a new guy right?? Yes, I refuse to talk more about her. Ok so Dimitri was super cool as usual. For the first time, we see him relaxing as he talks to Tasha, Christian's aunt. And she really is nice, apart from the liking Dimitri part. A secret, bad part of me really wished Dimitri would sleep with Tasha so that Rose would be sad and hurt. I'm sorry, I really can't stand her sometimes!
Lissa was less likable in this, surprisingly... There wasn't as much of her as before but what I saw, I didn't like as much. And Christian who used to be so so so hot, became just a little bit less cool in my mind, when he was stunned so easily by the Strigoi. I'm sorry, I like guys to be strong!
Oh and I absolutely loved the introduction of Adrian into the book. Heehee he is so freaking hot! *imagine me screaming like a fangirl* :P heh but honestly he's pretty cool! haha and sexy and all those! AND AGAIN WTH DOES HE SEE IN ROSE!!!!!!!!!!! For that matter, what do ANY guys see in Rose? She seriously has an over-inflated view of herself, its so annoying. Let's not get into that.
The action at the end was really very good, much better IMO than the previous one. Also, I liked Mia more in this book, even more than Rose... And her mother was damn cool, I wish Rose was more mature like her.. Then perhaps she would be likable too.
Heh, I've gone on for far longer than I should have. Let's put it this way. This book was much better than the first, in terms of character and the action at the end. The suspense in the first was better though.. Its almost a 5* but because of someone whom I think you can figure out, it has to remain at 4*.
I did enjoy reading this, and as usual I was addicted. Bad thing to do when my exams are 3 days away.. Read it in one sitting, that's how addictive it is. Ok, I kind of didn't make it that short... But well, I do recommend this book to people who can put up with Rose. Because other than that, it was really a good book. The ending was damnnnnn sad though. I almost cried!
The book is a good book indeed with an interesting plot and I guess, interesting characters. Certainly worth a try!
First read on 16 October 2011, second on 8 October 2012. Review above is for first read!(less)
Invitation to Ruin was an amazing book. When I first started it, I thought it was just alright, no...moreThis review is also published on Always a Booklover.
Invitation to Ruin was an amazing book. When I first started it, I thought it was just alright, nothing really special. But halfway through the book, when I saw the love shared by the characters, all I can say is wow.
The hero was everything I adored and the heroine? Simply amazing. I admire her so damn much. Its not always I like the heroine more than the hero, but for this book, the heroine is simply perfect. Of course, it having a great storyline was something that added to its appeal too! :)
So. Let’s begin, shall we? Plot first. Invitation to Ruin had the usual historical romance plot. Rake with a tortured soul who doesn’t believe in love meets a sweet girl who completely believes in love. And then without knowing it, rake falls in love with girl and they have their HEA after some conflict. Well, this book wasn’t really any different. However, it was the way the story was written that really did it justice. Though there were some flaws, which I will talk about later, it was a really enjoyable read.
Anthony is a rake of the worst order. He has no care and concern about society’s demands and just does what he wants to do. Of course, there’s a reason for this. Growing up with the kind of father he had, torn away from a mother’s love, Anthony very quickly saw the horrors of real life. I won’t say what his father did to him or what he was made to do but just note that it was horrible. Very horrible. So essentially, Anthony is a rake with a tortured soul who doesn’t believe in love anymore. My favorite kind of hero. I know I know, cliché yes, but sometimes its this simple cliché things that really make the love beautiful.
As for Melissa, she’s a good and kind girl. Not much is known about her background, but she did grow up in a good family. However, she is being forced to marry due to her brother needing money urgently. And her brother is just the meanest person. Imagine practically selling your flesh and blood just to get money. Horrible. But. What I want to say about Melissa is that she’s the strongest heroine I’ve read about. She is truly amazing. Never has any heroine had me clapping so much in admiration. Even when Anthony was so damn horrible to her, she never gave up, she just kept trying and trying. That spirit of hers was never truly broken no matter how much Anthony rejected her.
I’ll try to say this without any spoilers. Essentially what happens is that Anthony is forced to marry Melissa, but wants it to be a white marriage to prevent any children. He doesn’t want children cos he fears they’ll turn out bad. In what sense bad, I’ll leave it to you to read and find out! However, Melissa doesn’t know anything of this. She just thinks that Anthony doesn’t want her. However, she has always wanted a marriage with love, and after what his brother and mother has told her, she is determined to be the woman that Anthony falls in love with, the woman that can heal his tortured soul.
Of course, she succeeds. But reading about how she succeeded was beautiful. I have never admired any heroine more. Her strength of will to keep trying was simply applaudable. She loved him almost from the start and no matter what he did to try and discourage that love, she never gave in. She wanted to be the woman to change him, and she tried so hard. But she did succeed. Guess it just shows hard work pays off yeah? :)
There was one part I particularly enjoyed. I won’t say what it is, just suffice to say I was really happy when it happened. Essentially, Anthony though that Melissa had done something wrong. He went to confront her, having already decided that she was guilty. But when he reached her, he still gave her a chance to explain herself and when she did, trusted her immediately. I like that sense of communication the 2 characters had.
But my favorite part by far was when Anthony realised he loved Melissa. Those were the most beautiful words I’ve read in a long, long time. I’m not gonna say what it is, cos I don’t wanna spoil it for those who haven’t read the book yet. But the second I read those words, I started crying. Not the few drops of tears kind. The really full out tears rolling down your cheeks kind. I just went back and read those few sentences again and again (and cried again and again), because that was just how beautiful it was. I guess it was because you realise how much Anthony loved Melissa and I don’t know, it just completely tugged on my heartstrings when I read it.
So yes, Invitation to Ruin was a really good read. I will definitely be looking forward to many more of Bronwen Evan’s books! :)
Note: I received this review copy from the author, Bronwen Evans, free of charge, in exchange for a honest review. I received no other compensation whatsoever. (less)
It was an ok book. I mean, it started off good and all. I did enjoy it. But I dunno, I felt it was lacking something to make it simply perfect. Maybe...moreIt was an ok book. I mean, it started off good and all. I did enjoy it. But I dunno, I felt it was lacking something to make it simply perfect. Maybe its just me, though.
However, I did enjoy their romance. I liked seeing how much she meant to him from his point of view. However, in this case, I couldn't really get why she loved him. I mean, he was nice and all, but I didn't understand why she suddenly felt her heart was in danger. Sure, he's hot, rich, sweet, nice, funny, but that doesn't mean everyone's gonna fall in love with him? I dunno, perhaps it would have been more convincing to say how she fell in love with him. Cos just sleeping together every night won't make you fall in love. Ok I think what i'm mainly trying to say is that I couldn't feel her love for him.
I must say though, I loved the beginning. The deal that he struck with her was screwed up, but well, that deal did lead them to falling in love with each other! I guess the beginning was better than the end...
Um, but I did enjoy seeing more of the guy's, whatever his name was, thoughts and I could actually see the depth of his love for her.
Overall, it was a pretty alright book. Nothing special, but not bad either. Pace was pretty fine I think but the conversation between them after they sorted out their problems weren't impactful. I did enjoy their quarrels though, it was heated enough and emotional enough. One thing I couldn't stand was how he just leapt to conclusions and convicted her. But at least he had the decency to apologise later and his apology was pretty good actually!
Eh, one last thing. I liked how she left him. That one I could remember... It was pretty nice and he was actually a very decent man when he actually deposited money into her father's bank. Haha I realised that if I had written this review straight after reading I would have given it 4 stars, now after reading an excellent book and doing 2 reviews for excellent books, I can only give this 3 stars.
Oh and sorry for the incoherence in this review. I realise my reviews are mostly incoherent, but this is extra incoherent, I guess cos its 2.25am and I did reviews for 2 other excellent books so this book doesn't really strike a chord with me... I barely remember it, though I just read it today...(less)
I loved this book. What can I say? It captured my attention right from the beginning. It was a very easy read and I simply could not tear my eyes away...moreI loved this book. What can I say? It captured my attention right from the beginning. It was a very easy read and I simply could not tear my eyes away from the book. Throughout the book, I could truly see how they were falling in love with each other more and more. Yet, both of them just did not feel it, until it was almost too late. The ending was just weird though, it didn't really make sense to me. However, it was pretty funny to read even though it was absolutely ridiculous. Still, it allowed them to have a chance to meet again and finally confess their love! :)
So. Jake was, simply put, amazing. How should I say it? He met someone he didn't even know on the road. Later, he found out she was in a way his 'enemy'. But did he refuse to offer help? No, of course he didn't! And that made me like him all the more. I mean, guys in romance novels tend to be egotistical creatures who only care about themselves and their revenge. But not all of course. Still, it made for a nice change!
I also liked Lucinda, or Lucy as Jake calls her. I found her to be a strong woman. I mean, in one night, she can turn away from everything she's known for her whole life and yet still survive. I can't say much of her character, except that I found her to be a really sweet person. For this novel, I felt that she was a perfect fit.
This book was the perfect length, not too long, not too short. How they fell in love was clearly depicted throughout the book, and halfway through, I could just see how much they were already in love. The supporting characters were fun to read about and they certainly added to the story. Jake's sister was a really good supporting character and I would love to read about her and her husband. I'm sorry, I forgot the sister's name. It starts with B, though! That much I remember. Hmm, I would say this book was a very different read. It wasn't the same as a typical contemporary romance but somehow I still found it very good.
However, the book was rather dry at certain parts, but those were few and far between. One more thing that was bugging me was that we never got to see what happened to Shorty and what's her name, Marsha? Not an important part of the book, but it would have been an amusing diversion. I also would have liked to know how did his sister and his dad find out that they were actually lying? I know it wasn't explicitly mentioned that his sister knew, but that was the inference I believe most would make. Lastly, I think her family background could have been more well-elaborated on. I would have liked to have read more about her mum in order to fully understand her feelings.
All in all, I felt that this was a very good book. Perhaps not the most interesting book in the world, nor the best, but it will give one a pretty amusing time reading it. Though the humor in this book was not a great sum, there was enough such that I did laugh every now and then. This book is certainly worth trying.
Well so this is like the second time I'm reading this. Well, I liked it a lot yes. I must say this is a really nice book to read. The story line was c...moreWell so this is like the second time I'm reading this. Well, I liked it a lot yes. I must say this is a really nice book to read. The story line was convincing and I felt that most mysteries were covered in the book. However, I felt that the ending was way too rushed. It's like one moment she doesn't know anything. The next moment she practically kills the other person? And well, I would have preferred if the ending was stretched out and the tension to really have been built.
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book though the prophecy really freaked me out sometimes. (less)
I pretty much enjoyed this book. It was a very different read for me. Normally, I only read Historicals where the characters are high-class people. Bu...moreI pretty much enjoyed this book. It was a very different read for me. Normally, I only read Historicals where the characters are high-class people. But this, this was very different for me.
Nell is a very strong person. I admire her for that actually. Simon is hot. But he's a snob. He really looked down on Nell at the beginning but at least he finally overcame those discriminations.
This book touched my heart. It brought to mind the class differences between the rich and the poor. It left me wondering why people just couldn't realize that they were all the same and all this class differences were completely unnecessary. At times, it broke my heart when I read about how much the poor suffered. And no one really cared. They all just went on with their own lives. What more, some of them had the means to help but didn't. But enough of that, I'm getting off point.
I felt that this book was a good read. Perhaps not entirely my kind of book but it was certainly an eye-opener. I was addicted almost from the start and their banter never failed to make me laugh.
Though some parts of the book were rather dry, I have to say it was still a very enjoyable read. The way they fell in love was so realistic, I realize it could happen to anyone.
Seeing how the rich lived from Nell's eyes also brought to mind how lucky I was. Things we take for granted everyday, she would gaze upon it with childlike wonder. Chocolate something I cannot imagine not having, Nell actually went 20 years of her life never once tasting it.
This book not only showed me how love could overcome all, but it also showed me the great disparities between the rich and the poor. But there was a similarity. No matter your financial status, one coul not be truly happy unless you had love.
However, I felt that some parts could be elaborated on. For example, he had considered getting an annulment if she was not recognized as the missing heiress. Yes he's a jerk. But I really wanted to see what made him change his mind. Maybe it's just me, but I felt that the author could have shown why his feelings changed so much. To me, it was a little too briefly covered and honestly I expected a bigger fight when Nell found out. After all, she did have a very sharp tongue.
All in all, this is a book definitely worth reading. Perhaps you'll enjoy it even more than I did. For this book really shows how love can overcome everything. Even a love for wealth, power, pride, social differences were all defeated by love. (less)
I loved this book. The characters, the setting and the plot, it all came together really well to crea...moreThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
I loved this book. The characters, the setting and the plot, it all came together really well to create a story that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. Having said that, I am reluctant to give this book 5 stars. Yes, the book was really good to read. But I cannot overlook a few things in the plot that sadly causes the book to drop to a 4 star rating.
But let’s start with the good points first, shall we? Right from the start, I loved Christoph. He had that charm, that charisma that was very appealing and made him a very likable man. Of course, the way he handled Nadia at the beginning made me like him instantly. As for Alana, I really do admire her. She’s a very good female protagonist and I really enjoyed reading about her. Even when she was being interrogated, she kept her cool.
I loved the whole plot of the story. It reminded me of a book the Ms. Lindsey wrote in the past, Once a Princess. The plots aren’t similar but the princess part is. I loved how the author kept a great secret from the readers, which was only revealed towards the end. I must admit, I really believed that a certain thing was true. That’s how convincing the writing was.
One of my favorite parts came at the beginning. I found it really humbling that a killer with no conscience could be brought down with just a baby’s smile. That sweet innocence in a smile, who could even think of harming a baby? Another part I liked was the proposal. It was seriously funny. And pretty sweet too.
As for the romance in this book, I felt that it was rather subtle. I mean, they just fell in love. For once, I cannot tell how or why it happened. All I know is that they suddenly did. The romance isn’t really obvious in the book, which is rather surprising. As in, the main part of the book focused on who Alana really was. And a lot of sexual tension.
One thing I could not relate to at all was her reaction after they made love. I was totally like, huh? I don’t want to say what, I just was totally confused by her reaction! Definitely not the way I expected her to act after it due to the way all women were brought up during that time.
I do wish she could have put to use her fighting skills though. She only threw one knife. Some parts were very abrupt. After I read it, all I could think was huh? Did that just happen? For example, the wedding. It took place so quickly, I was left reeling after it. It just didn’t seem possible. It’s quite a sad thing too. The whole story was really well elaborated, except that part, which left me wondering at such an abrupt ending.
Some of the reactions the characters had were not very realistic either. For example, when the king heard that they might be in love he straightaway decided to let Alana marry Christoph. It just struck me as weird. I mean, she’s a princess. He’s just a normal noble. Without a second thought, you just betroth them?
I’m so glad I finally read this book. I’ve wanted to read it ever since it came out last year, but never had the opportunity or the time to! This was a very enjoyable read and I could barely put down the book! Even when I was helping my mum to mop the floor, I was still reading, that’s how engrossed I was. So yes, I would certainly recommend you to pick up this book to read! It’s definitely worth your time. (less)
Dancing at Midnight was a very enjoyable read for me. It was very light-hearted and I found myself ch...moreThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
Dancing at Midnight was a very enjoyable read for me. It was very light-hearted and I found myself chuckling aloud at various points. It was very entertaining and I really loved the romance between the characters.
John and Belle are two completely opposite people. One is so sunny, nothing ever fazes her, the other is just tortured and tormented. But somehow, they fall in love. Then again, opposites do attract, don’t they?
At times I couldn’t stand John. He is so affected by the event in his past, then it affects his self-confidence, to the point where it affects his identity. It gets really annoying when he lets that stand in the way of him loving Belle. If Belle hadn’t loved him that much, he would have lost her. By his own hands. Because he was stupid enough to think that he wasn’t good enough for Belle, because of what he experienced in the past. He took an angry woman’s words as fact and it affected him so badly.
Belle is her usual sunny self. She is a very interesting character to read about and I really loved her. She just brings joy to the book, I feel. In the beginning, she desperately wanted John to like her, so much that she kept visiting him. Though people may feel its rather shallow, that she wants to be liked so much, I don’t really feel that way. I mean, Belle has always been loved by everyone around her, for someone to take an active dislike towards her is something she has never experienced and of course, she would want to rectify that.
There are several things I loved about the book. The dialogues were always interesting and witty. I found myself laughing out loud many times during the course of reading. I think the thing that really stands out is when John tries to recite poetry to Belle. Belle wants him to write his own poem for her, but he refuses to, saying he can’t. Instead, he tries to pass off other poets writing as his own. As in, he recites them to Belle, hoping that she’ll believe its his own. And Belle tries to circumvent him in that by reading tons and tons of books of poetry. It was really funny actually! I enjoyed the plot too. Though I hated John’s first reason of letting Belle go, I could totally understand why he wanted to avoid Belle when he found out someone was trying to kill him. It was interesting, though I had more or less figured out his would-be killer for quite a long time. And when it was all resolved, Persephone is shown to be amazingly smart and brave. That woman should get her own story. A pity she’s kind of old. But then again, who said age had to matter when it comes to affairs of the heart?
I also loved the characters in the book. Belle’s character is developed a lot more here, and we even see Alex and Emma (from Splendid) here. Their love never fails to touch my heart. I still love it when I read about Alex giving Emma tender looks and being so protective of her! It’s just so sweet and it really truly screams true love. Alright, that’s not really pertinent to the plot, but I just had to say it. John was a pretty interesting character and it was fun reading about him. Even though he was a very tortured person inside, it’s really amazing when you see how love changes all that. For a man who hardly ever smiled, to be able to laugh so freely around the woman he loves just shows me how amazing love is. The pace of the book was alright, not too fast and not too slow. But I do have several complaints.
I found the part before they went to London to be a little repetitive. I mean, it was kind of the same thing over and over again. Its not that it wasn’t interesting, it was. But I felt that a lot of unnecessary time was spent there because about the same events were repeated. Like them bumping into each other almost everyday. It was only when they were both in London and he really started courting her that the pace picked up. From there, it was an amazing read.
Oh yes, I also felt that they defeated John’s enemy, not saying who, a little too easily. I mean, he was quite a big part of the book and it was because of him that a lot of events happened. But the conflict was rather short, and thus a little disappointing. I did love Persephone’s part in that though. It was amazing. She fazed every single person in that room, even the men. Just for that, I love her. You wouldn’t expect it of her, thinking she’s a pretty shallow person. But let me tell you, that woman has a devious brain.
Alright, I just wanted to talk about my favorite parts for a while. As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed the poetry part. And the poem he finally composed at the end? I thought it was the best out of everything he had recited. I mean, that was from the heart. Another of my favorite parts was when John climbed into her bedroom. That marriage proposal was so so sweet. My mouth just dropped when I read it. Sigh, that was just so perfect.
Though there were several parts that were quite slow in the book, all in all, I really loved reading it. This was a very fun read and I really vividly remember myself smiling to myself every now and then while reading the book. No, it isn’t worth 5 stars, but definitely 4 stars. Now, I may be rather lenient when it comes to ratings, but well, I get very emotional easily, so a lot of books are great to me! I really enjoyed reading this book! (less)