Amanda is a resident of a space ship more than 2000 years in the future. Her mother raised her aboard the ship, but that doesn't stop Amanda for yearnAmanda is a resident of a space ship more than 2000 years in the future. Her mother raised her aboard the ship, but that doesn't stop Amanda for yearning for the fresh air and green earth of a planet to call her own. The team aboard the ship discovers a small planet from which a very old Earth-originating distress signal is coming and decides to take a small group to the surface to investigate. Amanda soon discovers that she is able to hear the voices of the trees on Harp, and she falls in love with the planet itself.
Rhodry is tired of all of the politics he has to deal with because the Earthers found his planet. He wants nothing more than for them all to load back into their ship and forget they ever discovered Harp so he can leave the city and return to the mountains. But Rhodry cannot reconcile the feelings he’s developing for Amanda with his desperate need to keep Harp’s secrets safe. The Guild and the trees are important enough that the humans cannot find out about them – the last thing the Harpers want is for their planet to be poked, prodded, and ultimately destroyed in the name of “science.”
The planet of Harp was beautiful and hazardous. I felt like the beginning of the novel, when Amanda first got to Harp, it reminded me somewhat of Avatar – what with the trees communicating to the inhabitants and the interesting animals. However, once the details of the planet and the story became clear, the more it evolved into something of its own.
I enjoyed the slow-building romance. In the beginning, there is an attraction by both Amanda and Rhodry, but also distrust. Then came a very small amount of friendship, which built to a working partnership. Then, finally, a romance that at times got fan-yourself hot! But, the romance was not at the forefront for the majority of the novel – things did not get heavy until three-quarters of the way through.
Shifter Planet is a romance novel, yet it is so much more than the typical romances I have read. It is an adventure novel as well; the vast majority revolves around Amanda's competition to join The Guild. The competition involves danger, treachery, and cunning, and provides a huge amount of world-building at the same time. Shifter Planet could also be categorized as a very “light” sci-fi. It’s very similar to a paranormal romance, only takes place on another planet.
Because of the interesting dynamics on Harp with the shifter clans and the city, the whispering trees and foreign animals, I have to wonder if this will become part of a new series. If so, I’d love to read the next one!
Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read this ARC! ...more
Fierce attorney, Leary Michaels is defending a former exotic dancer in a case of medical malpractice. Reeve Holloway is defending the insurance companFierce attorney, Leary Michaels is defending a former exotic dancer in a case of medical malpractice. Reeve Holloway is defending the insurance company that is employed by the surgeon. Right when they meet, their mutual attraction becomes impossible to ignore. The problem is that this case is extremely personal to Leary, and she finds it difficult to separate Reeve and her feelings for him and the case.
Leary's character was interesting to me. I don't think I've really ever read about a female character that was so not only confident but confident in her sexuality as her. She was just no holds barred, in your face about it. At the same time, she really had a heart of gold and incredible backstory. I also really liked Ford's character. I felt a bit badly for him, but I have confidence that he will find his own true love.
The fireworks between Leary & Reeve were palpable! Multiple scenes burned the pages right up - but, they also had a sweet romance, as well. I liked that Bennett was able to use plenty of legal information and actually help me understand the legal process a lot more, without making it boring or nonsensical.
Also, it is not important to have read the books of the Legal Affairs series in order. This was my first of this series, and it only makes me want to go back and read some of the earlier ones.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC....more
I'm perplexed about The Good Girl. I...liked it...I think... Honestly, it was addicting, but at the same time, it was hard to determine what I felt reI'm perplexed about The Good Girl. I...liked it...I think... Honestly, it was addicting, but at the same time, it was hard to determine what I felt really was going on. I sensed the twist coming for quite a while. And truthfully, the twist is the only reason I gave this book a 4-star rating.
I wasn't crazy about the way it was written - going back and forth between before and after. Being told from perspectives of Eve, Mia's mother, Gabe, the detective, and Colin, the kidnapper. I wanted to actually hear from Mia. (view spoiler)[Although, after having my suspicions confirmed in the end, it made sense to not get Mia's perspective. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
Bird Box is an interesting concept of how, essentially, an apocalypse occurs - one that I have not read before! At first, there are several reports frBird Box is an interesting concept of how, essentially, an apocalypse occurs - one that I have not read before! At first, there are several reports from Russia - a person saw...something...then proceeds to become immediately deranged and violent, then commits suicide. Very quickly, the phenomenon spreads and soon it happens in Alaska - it reached the U.S. People begin boarding their windows, hunkering down, and some walk blindfolded. Malorie finds that she is unexpectedly pregnant and becomes desperate to hole up with other people, rather than face the world on her own. The house she runs to and the people there become her makeshift family and home. Forced to live in the dark and very modestly, they learn to live on little and appreciate things previously taken for granted - like clean water, daylight, and unmuted colors. Soon, they have to learn to venture past their own yard to get provisions, and with those trips come hard-won consequences.
The way the novel was written is intriguing and kept the plot moving briskly. It alternates between what is currently happening to Malorie on her trek to safety and how the event began. Plus, it's then interspersed with other small bits of things that happened between then and now. That might sound somewhat confusing and back-and-forth, but it actually is very well laid out and paints a vivid picture of what the world is like.
After finishing Bird Box, my thoughts are jumbled. Such an interesting book and I'm left with a couple of questions and multiple theories. At times, it was nearly terrifying - I found myself wishing there was a door to my basement instead of just an open doorway to the stairs. I began waiting until right when I needed to the leave the house draw any of the curtains back. I seriously rushed out to my car this morning in the dusk, which in itself was pointless, because my eyes were open! This book got to me, down deep - having read as much as I do/have, that's not really very easy to do.
This novel was so thoroughly creepy - this is typically not something I would read, but I'm now in a "book club" with five friends and it was decided we had to read something scary in honor of Halloween month. I was not disappointed - it was definitely scary!. Bird Box was well written, with a quick pace, and so much tension it was palpable. Fair warning though - there are a couple of parts (albeit short) that are so incredibly graphic in the death scenes that I had to stop reading for a bit and then go back after a bit reprieve. Ultimately, you are your own worst enemy here. Well, your imagination is, since the characters are blind when they come across the creatures, you do not know what they look like - or even where they are, which at times is possibly worse.
With that, this book left me with questions. Fair warning: do NOT read this unless you want some major spoiler-age!!
(view spoiler)[ 1. What are the creatures? I had multiple ideas of what they could be. I began with possibly aliens or demons. I moved on to maybe it was beings from another dimension. My last theory was I think they were possibly angels(?!??) Someone in the book mentioned that maybe the reaction to them by humans (and animals) was completely unexpected by the creatures; that their intent was never harm at all. When Olympia sees the creature in the attic, she says aloud how beautiful it is. At the same time, there is the scene in the bar where a creature is in the cellar and the smell is just awful. I can't imagine that angels smell like death itself, but you never know.
2. The day the babies are born, when all hell breaks loose and Malorie is delirious and she sees Gary in the attic. I'm not completely sure that he was actually there. I believe that Gary really was insane, and that he really did ruin Don's mind and made him go mad. Don took down the blankets. Malorie believes that Don hid Gary in the cellar for weeks and that day he finally comes out and goes up to the attic. The thing is though, that no one else saw him, or at least acknowledged they saw him. When the creature comes into the attic and Malorie looks at him, Gary has his eyes open and sees the creature, and looks scared. Why would he look scared if he's comfortable living outside with them and watching them? Could Malorie have been so delirious from being in labor and the intensity of the situation that she thought him up and believed he was there? (hide spoiler)]
I'm so glad I read Bird Box. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good scare and really, anyone who likes a good apocalyptic novel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more