I was really excited to get my hands on this book, I haven't read about to many characters who are half Fae and half Were so this made for an interes...more I was really excited to get my hands on this book, I haven't read about to many characters who are half Fae and half Were so this made for an interesting read. I liked the uniqueness of the story but there were a few issues I had with it that made me lower the rating.
Heidi faced tragedy at the young age of twelve where her parents were killed the mom (who was Fae) by a Fae right in front of her and her Were father by another Were. Meanwhile her brother who was her twin was kidnapped by the Fae and taken into their realm which is unreachable to Heidi. Since then Heidi has been lying low keeping her and her crazy aunt Lou safe and undetected by the Were's until one day they come after her aunt and kidnap her.
I liked Heidi's overall wittiness and snarkiness attitude and loved it when she tapped into her Were Bitch but at the same time I didn't really connect too well with her character, for some reason it was hard to feel sympathetic towards her. Then there was the love interest Robson Trowbridge who is a full blooded Were, he also has had a very troubled past and it doesn't help that Heidi blames him for a lot of the horrible things that happened to her. As for the romance between the two it was not believable, it felt forced and I didn't really see the appeal in Trowbridge at all.
What I did enjoy about the book was that it was full of action, it had an Amulet named Merry that had a personality of it's own and strangely even though Merry couldn't speak it had a personality that was very likable. Also I liked the ending which is what made me give this an additional half star, it leaves you with a cliffhanger that makes you want to pick up the next book in the series. Overall even though I didn't love the book it was still a decent read not the best since at times I did feel some parts dragged but the series has a lot of potential and I'm interested to see how the characters grow in the upcoming books. (less)
Firelight is now one of my favorites in the paranormal/historical romance genre. It was intriguing, Gothic, action packed full of mystery and murder,...moreFirelight is now one of my favorites in the paranormal/historical romance genre. It was intriguing, Gothic, action packed full of mystery and murder, and it reminded me of a darker version of Beauty & the Beast and Phantom of the Opera all mixed in one.Needless to say I was sucked into the novel within the first few pages.
The characters were amazing. I was able to connect with both the main characters Lord Archer and Miranda. I loved the fact that Miranda was a strong character who had a sharp tongue on her and was not fearful of anything. As for Lord Archer he is the ideal tortured hero I couldn't help but fall in love with his character. I also liked how the mystery around him unravels in bits and pieces. Then there was the romance between the two, all I have to say is that the two were perfect for each other both stubborn, passionate and with secrets that haunt them everyday.
Overall Callihan did a wonderful job with Firelight the writing, the characters and the world building all done very well. I loved that this can be a standalone since the next book in the series is obviously about Ian whom I would love to get to know more of especially since he already sparked my curiosity in Firelight. I will definitely be buying this novel to add to my bookshelf because I can see myself reading this again and again. (less)
Raziel our protagonist fallen angel is to escort Allie to the afterlife but things don't go as planned and he pulls her back from the hellfire against...more
Raziel our protagonist fallen angel is to escort Allie to the afterlife but things don't go as planned and he pulls her back from the hellfire against the orders of Uriel.
I did enjoy Raziel but it does start off slow, with a lot of world building. But after a few chapters the plot moves along fairly fast and next thing I know i'm done reading with alot of questions still unanswered about their world.
I seriously did like Raziel he was sexy as hell, brooding and unemotional on the surface but thanks to the point of view switch offs we get to learn what is really going on in his head as well.
Allie was a one of those female characters whom I found annoying at times and then there where times thanks to her I had a couple of laugh out loud moments. The best moments in the novel was when her and Raziel were in a room together and their back and forth banter which kept me turning pages. As far as them being in love I didn't see it, to me their relationship was all physical.
One thing that did bug me a lot about this novel was Allie and how she was dead but yet she was still able to bleed, and be killed. I thought she was already dead so how can she be killed again? This is one of the reasons I dropped the rating on this book it doesn't make any sense and nor was it ever explained.
Overall Raziel could have been awesome but in the end it was a good read with alot of potential.(less)
2.5 Stars The Demon Lover was not what I expected. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis looked very promising but it turned out be a very uneven paced read for me. It starts off very slow and took a while for me to get into. Than you have moments where everything becomes very fast paced and I found myself flipping through the pages only to be greeted with more slow moments where I actually started skimming through quite a few pages since I felt it did nothing to move the plot along.
Honestly the main concept of The Demon Lover was interesting which is why I still stuck through it and read it but there were alot of parts that could have been taken out and way to many sub plots. Not to mention not much was explained but after learning that there will be more books published in the series I can understand why the author left so much still a mystery.
What I really did enjoy was reading about the Incubus. Pretty much all the exciting page flipping parts were when the incubus was involved. And lets not forget Liam, he made the second half of the book interesting , of course once I found out who Liam really was it made sense why he was the only other character who I really cared for in this entire novel.
Now as far as the main character Callie goes I didn't feel any connection with her and for me to really get into a novel I have to feel something for the main character. Instead I found her odd. Callie for one did not show a bit of shock or surprise when she found out about the supernatural world or that most of her co-workers were otherworldy beings, and for someone who has a PhD in folkolore who has also written a book about the sex lives of various demon lovers she was very clueless.
I did love the mystical setting of The Demon Lover, and I could definitly envision the gothic feel of it all. Also there was a lot of hot and heavy sexual scenes which I would define as erotic but tastefully done.
Overall my feelings for this novel is mixed. I loved some aspects of it while still finding myself frustrated and at times bored. (less)
Charley Davidson is a grim reaper. The grim reaper to be exact. She is the portal - the light in which the dead pass through. Charley is also a private investigator and she helps her uncle Bob a detective for the Albuquerque P.D. solve crimes. Which for someone who can see and talk to the dead is a pretty easy thing to do especially when you can just ask them who killed them. So besides dead people following her around everywhere Charley also has a supernatural entity haunting her dreams in the most sexual of ways.
I saw this novel being reviewed on a couple of blogs and one day when I was at Borders during their last few days before closing down I saw the last copy of First Grave on the Right sitting on the shelf and grabbed it. And i'm so glad I did. Darynda Jones created a perfect combination of humor,suspense, and mystery to keep me interested in Charley Davidson's world.
I loved the mystery around Reyes and with the way the novel ended i'll be picking up the second book in the series soon. I do predict a three way love triangle coming up between Garret, Charley and Reyes...but i'm hoping i'm wrong and there wont be one since i'm pretty tired of love triangles.
Overall this was a good read, I especially loved the paranormal aspect of it.(less)
Karen Essex did an incredible job retelling Bram Stokers Dracula. Dracula In Love was told from Mina's perspective, and I loved it just as much as the...moreKaren Essex did an incredible job retelling Bram Stokers Dracula. Dracula In Love was told from Mina's perspective, and I loved it just as much as the original.
The first half of the novel was a lot of background information on Mina, which I found interesting. The novel really picked up for me when we got to the asylum. I was reading Dracula In Love in the middle of the night so yes, I was slightly creeped out but couldn't stop myself from turning the page. Essex did a great job with keeping the suspense. I also loved how on point Essex was with the treatment of women during that time period.
Essex brought on new twists and turns that held my interest all the way to the very end. I was honestly rooting for the count in this one, which is why I was a little saddened by the ending. I felt as if Jonathan Harker did not deserve Mina. I seriously thought Mina would have picked the Count especially after learning about their past and how strong their love for each other was.
There is also quite a few passionate sexual scenes, which fit perfectly with the atmosphere that was created in the novel. Dark,Sexy, and Captivating describes Dracula In Love down to a T. If you are looking for an overall great read you will not regret picking this novel up. (less)
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com 3.5 Stars I finally went ahead and got my hands on this book. In-case your one of the few who didn't read it when...moreReview from www.bookflame.blogspot.com 3.5 Stars I finally went ahead and got my hands on this book. In-case your one of the few who didn't read it when all the hype was surrounding it when Evermore came out, It's about a girl named Ever who was in a terrible car accident in which her entire family was killed, except her. She lingered to long while her family was crossing over that she was brought back to life.
Ever also discovered she now is able to see auras,hear peoples thoughts, and from one touch know a persons entire life's story. Not to mention she can see and talk to spirits such as her twelve year old sister Riley.
She goes from being the popular cheerleader girl to a pony tail,hoodie wearing girl with her ipod cranked up to block out the world. That is until the day Damen Auguste walks into her life and her life becomes more complicated than what it already was.
This was a fairly fast read for me, actually I was pretty much glued to the book and tried to read it every chance I got. I liked the character of Ever for the most part. Noel did a great job portraying someone who is filled with guilt and grief. I also loved the character of Riley, she really did remind me of a typical annoying twelve year old sister. I wasn't a fan of Haven or Miles although realistic characters they just didn't seem like that great of friends to Ever. Now Damen the "YA Hot guy" for the series. Well He was your typical smoldering sexy hot guy which has become common in most YA novels now days.
I loved the first half of the book but the ending just seemed rushed to me. I did like the concept of the immortals and how Noel related it to alchemy that was a unique concept and since I do plan on continuing the series I hope she goes more in depth about the immortals and how it all really came to be.(less)
I finally decided to start this series and wow did this book have a lot of sex or what, and then there was the insta-sex which surprised me becaus...more3.5
I finally decided to start this series and wow did this book have a lot of sex or what, and then there was the insta-sex which surprised me because I haven't seen too many of that but even with all the constant sex the plot held up and I still enjoyed the book.
This is one of those rare books where I really loved all the side characters especially Wraith, Shade and Gem and felt that they were just as developed if not more then the main characters. As for the main characters I liked Eidolon but Tayla just never grew on me at all, I didn't care for how set in her ways she was, everything was black and white there was no inbetween for her. She did have a messed up past so a lot of her personality did make sense which is why I did let a lot of things she did slide but her stubbornness in some situations just really annoyed me.
As for the relationship between Tayla and Eidolon I thought it was interesting they had this love/hate thing going on which I expected going in thanks to the blurb. They have so many differences and a ton of obstacles to work through, obviously. And with all this said I still didn't really feel the connection between the two, it was like something was missing and I still can't put my finger on what it was.
What kept me reading was obviously not Tayla or her relationship with Eidolon but it was the action filled plot, the awesome world building which was so rich with detail, and the secondary characters. I really liked the thin line between good and evil the author created, not all the demons were evil but not all were good either and the same went for the humans. Overall I still enjoyed this book and already have the second one sitting on my shelf.(less)
I wasn't too sure what to expect going into this book. My thoughts when I heard about The Goddess Test was who can possibly go wrong writing about Greek mythology combined with romance there is just no way! Did Aimee Carter prove my thought correct? Yes!. I have a tendency to read with a critical eye so did I find some flaws? In my opinion yes but did it bring the book down as a whole? Continue and you will find out.
Katherine Winters whom everyone calls Kate has just moved to Eden, Michigan with her dying mom from New York due to her moms last request. She has been taking care of her since her mother became sick during her freshman year in high school. Leaving her very little time to ever have friends, date, and to just live the life of a normal teenager.
Her first day at Eden High she meets some very interesting characters. Ava, who doesn't like Kate right off the bat since she thinks her boyfriend Dylan is into her, James who attaches himself to her since the minute she walks in the halls of the school, Irene the office lady who shows sympathy to what is going on with her mother and of course Dylan who couldn't help but just stare at her.
One night- one prank and the life of one of Kate's classmates is taken away. That is where the mysterious gorgeous Henry shows up. She asked for help and in return would give him whatever he wants. He stated read the story of Hades and Persephone. There lay the answer to what he wanted from her. In return he brought her classmate back to life.
With hesitation and a few more unfortunate events she accepts what he wants from her. Seven tests must be passed for her to serve beside him as the queen of the underworld and if she fails she would risk losing her mother, her memory of everything that has happened and her new found love...Henry.
I am not going to give any spoilers away. At least try my hardest not to. I love Greek mythology and Carter did an excellent job giving this book a modern day twist to the myth. I love Kate's character for the most part. She is witty, upfront, and real. Yet there was a few times I just wanted to shake her into common sense mainly parts that dealt with her believing Henry was who he said he was and how she at times still felt it was a prank or all of it just couldn't be real. Now if he hadn't done things like bringing her school mate back to life or how when he was with her they could be in one room one second and the next standing outside in the garden it would make sense. I felt moments like that made her character seem pretty dumb and annoying. Thankfully as the book continues on her character was redeemed as she showed strength,courage and made many sacrifices which helped her become a favorite of mine again.
I do wish there was more character development, I didn't feel like I really knew anyone except Kate and James. Henry was someone I was really hoping to get to know more. I just wanted to get inside his head and know what he was thinking or at least how he felt towards Kate besides the little "I Care" he stated every once in a while. But his character was always so mysterious and remained that way for more than first half of the book. Eventually you do get to see some passion from him as things move along and even learn why he did remain distant. Yet I still didn't fall in love with him. Personally I believe James, another major character showed more emotion than Henry and i'm interested to read book two because it's evident there is more of him in it.
Even with these minor character flaws I fell in love with the plot the deeper I got into it. The book as a whole is a very quick read and will keep you entangled in it's web due to how amazing the plot was, not to mention a breath of fresh air from all these vampire and angel romances. The author also did her job in keeping me curious enough to where I am so upset that I have to wait a year for the next book in the series. I personally want more of James and Kate and also want to see how things develop with Henry.
Death, betrayal,deception, sacrifice all wrapped up with love makes for a great read and that's exactly what Aimee Carter has created.(less)
Archangel's Blade was about Dmitri, so lets just recap on him and what we have learned about him in the previous books...Dmitri is vicious,...more4.5 Stars.
Archangel's Blade was about Dmitri, so lets just recap on him and what we have learned about him in the previous books...Dmitri is vicious, at most times cruel, merciless, and someone even though he may be sexy as hell, is someone that if you were to see him you should for your own safety run the other way. Yep that about sums him up.
I really wasn't that thrilled when I learned the fourth book was going to be about Dmitri mainly because of how cruel he was to Elena but Nalini Singh has somehow done it again and after reading Archangel's Blade Dmitri is now my second favorite right after Illium of course. Singh did a great job of still keeping Dmitri as we have gotten to know him in the past books while making him more "human". She did this by letting us learn about his past through his memories and all I have to say is my heart was breaking for him the deeper I got inside his head.
As for Honor she is a survivor. She survived being brutalized by vampires and even though she is still scarred by it she is not letting it stop her from getting on with her life. What really made me love her is the fact that she had no fear of standing up to Dmitri.
If you haven't started this series I highly recommend it. Archangel's Blade was a great addition to the series it was full of vengeance, heartache, and believable characters. I would have rated this five stars but the ending was wrapped up too quickly especially with the big reveal. Not giving spoilers but it had to do with Honor and Dmitri's relationship.
~Raising his hand, he rubbed a finger on his cheek, came away with a dark red slick on his fingertip. "Something about me seems to make women want to use knives."
~"Some battles," she said softly, holding that gaze full of secrets so very old, "a woman has to fight on her own."(less)
Isn't the cover just adorable? But do not be fooled Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is nowhere near the adorable, light, bubbly read that the cover may portray. This book was so much more than just a light read. Ramona Wray has created a plot that is full of intense and suspenseful moments. Not to mention a love story that spans centuries filled with twists and turns that will keep you glued to the book.
Lily is labeled the town freak. Everyone makes sure to stay clear of her touch because with one touch she can glimpse into a persons past and future and learn about their deepest secrets. So you can imagine how shocked she is when Ryder Kingscott the hottest guy in school, who also has never paid attention to her or any other of the hundreds of girls crushing over him out of the blue asks her to the prom. Then to add to Lily's state of confusion Lucian Bell the new guy who is also equally hot has eyes only for her. Now add on the fact that Lucian and Ryder seem to already know each other and butt heads from the moment they see each other you can understand why Lily may be wary of both guys.
This is one of those rare books where I loved all three of the main characters.
Lily was a very strong female character. She did show moments of vulnerability in situations that required it but always did what must be done regardless of how hard the choices and decisions she had to make were.
Ryder's character was a mystery in a good way. The hottest guy in school, but he always kept to himself. The rumor mill was filled with wild stories about him. My curiosity about Ryder was one of the reasons I was glued to Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale. Wray took me on an adventure with his character and right when I thought I knew everything there was about him, I was pulled into another "twist and turn" that just left me in utter shock. In the end I was very satisfied with how the mystery around him was wrapped up.
As far Lucian Bell is concerned on the surface their wasn't much depth to him. Not until I really got to know him and found out how intriguing he really is. We are introduced to him as the latest eye candy at Rosemound High, but unlike Ryder he was Mr. Popular. He got along with everyone, threw house parties and seemed to be your regular high schooler. But as I read on, and his character unraveled, I learned there was so much depth to him, some of his actions just made me go wow! Especially the ending.
There were traces of a love triangle but I loved how Wray nipped that in the bud. Lily was not the confused damsel in distress that couldn't make up her mind on who she loved and wanted to be with. Even when things were at it's worse she loved only one.
I can't say enough good things about this book, it really grabbed me. I read it in a day and stayed up well into the middle of the night just to finish it up. I can't wait to see what other books Ramona Wray has coming in the near future. With her writing style and story telling she has definitely made a fan out of me. (less)
From Bookflame.blogspot.com I never picked up a Christine Feehan book until The Scarletti Curse. It was one of those days where I was awaiting for som...moreFrom Bookflame.blogspot.com I never picked up a Christine Feehan book until The Scarletti Curse. It was one of those days where I was awaiting for some books to come in the mail but needed my fix so stopped by the local grocery store and this one grabbed my attention.
I do not regret purchasing this book. I have now re-read the book twice and it has become one of my favorite paranormal romance novels. This book is mystery,thriller,romance, all combined in one.
Nicoletta is the local healer for her village. She was born with gifts that would label her a witch amongst outsiders. One day the Don Scarletti who owns all the lands summons the local village healer to his Palace due to the illness of his brother (Vincente's) little daughter Sophie falling ill with food poisoning. Not to give herself away she takes caution and has Maria Pia ( another main character whom you will grow to love and slightly get annoyed with) pretend to be the healer and herself just a lowly dumb servant to the healer.
There is a lot of death surrounding the Don Scarletti's palace. Every bride who has walked through those doors have fallen a horrible death along with many of the woman workers in the palace. The villagers believe that the Scarletti family worships evill, that they are cursed and has labeled the Scarletti home as pallazo della morte. Unfortunately for Nicoletta the don has eyes only for her.
Nicoletta has deep history with the palace as well through her mother and aunty who were violently killed working in the palace, so you can only expect the heroine of the book to be very fearful of the don and their relationship which is in the beginning forced upon her.
The book was very well written, the characters were also well developed. You grew to hate and love many characters. The relationship between the Don and Nicoletta was entertaining. There was more than enough mystery to keep me from putting this book down. The novel definitely has it's share of death,romance,evil all packed in one but there is also innocence and a slight bit of humor as well. (less)
Luce did a lot of time traveling, going back to her past selves to find out and learn more about everything that is going on and how to break the curse. Yet, I felt quite a few of the lives she visited were just fillers, neither she nor I the reader really learned anything. Most of the questions are still left unanswered.
There was a new antagonist in Passion, although I must admit even he was very predictable. I already figured out he was the bad guy the moment he appeared.
Overall the book didn't become interesting until the ending which left us with a cliffhanger. And yes I will be picking up Rapture when it comes out, just to see how everything turns out. (less)
From www.BookFlame.blogspot.com From the beginning Daniel searched for her. Every seventeen years he knew she would come back.But their love was doomed...moreFrom www.BookFlame.blogspot.com From the beginning Daniel searched for her. Every seventeen years he knew she would come back.But their love was doomed one kiss and she was gone.Dead. Only to be reborn again with no recollection of her past lives.She's been around for thousands of years.Reincarnating over and over again. Eventually Daniel stopped looking for her. She found him. The cycle still remained unbroken,he would lose her again and again. Him an immortal never forgetting and her a human never remembering.Always coming together only to be torn apart...until now.
17 year old Luce sees things that no one else can. Shadows. She never understood them therefore causing her to fear them, yet she went on with her life since it never got too close to her. Until the day a mysterious fire happened and it took a life. Ever since that night things changed, the people she knew looked her differently with fear, blame even her parents looked her with questioning eyes. She was sent away.
Her first day at Sword and Cross reform school she "met" a boy. Daniel stood out to her, maybe because he wasn't wearing the dress code with that red scarf he had on. Or maybe because when she gazed over at him he flipped her off. Daniel was distant,mean,yet almost enchanting to Luce. She just could not get enough of him. She wanted to know more about him.She felt that they had met before, yet no matter how many times he said they never met before she just didn't believe him.
Cam another key character in the book has eyes only for Luce as well. He is the complete opposite of Daniel.Yet whenever he gets Luce alone Daniel appears out of nowhere.I'm not going to give any spoilers but I truly loved the interaction between Cam and Daniel.Kate had me guessing for quite some time and had me thinking why is Luce infatuated with Daniel if there is this hot guy completely falling for her is she crazy! Daniel was rude to Luce on many occasions and I guess the woman in me was getting upset on how she would just keep chasing after him. When everything unraveled only then did I understand why Daniel acted the way he did and ended up in love with his character.
Fallen is a story of an age old battle. A battle that has been tested since the beginning of time. The fate of all eternal souls resting in the hands of star crossed lovers.
Lauren Kate took her time developing the characters which is why you can say the book started off a little slow. Fallen opens up with a prologue looking into one of Luce and Daniel's past encounters, than the first chapter thrusts you forward into present day Luce creating more of a mystery around her making you even more intrigued to know what happened in her past.
I love how she didn't give it all away and kept me guessing through the whole book all the way even to the end leaving many questions unanswered. I finished this book in a day and a half. (less)
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The minute I heard about Angelfire I knew it had to be moved to the top of my TBR pile and I was not disappointe...moreReview from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The minute I heard about Angelfire I knew it had to be moved to the top of my TBR pile and I was not disappointed. I loved every minute of it. Moulton created a world full of the fallen,reapers and even glimpses of archangels. We are introduced to the heroine Ellie, a typical high school teenager with school problems,daddy issues,and boy problems,and all this before Will walks into her life where she learns that her soul is thousands of years old and she must fight and kill reapers who prey on human souls.
Ellie's character was very real,unlike most YA novels where the main heroine falls head over heels in love with the male protagonist upon setting her eyes on him and eats, breathes,and sleeps every word out his mouth I am glad to say that's not how it went between Will and Ellie. When Will told Ellie that she is the Preliator and that he is her guardian she has her suspicions and tells him to get lost.I also did find it literally funny, how during the midst of her world being turned upside-inside out she still had time to care about her makeup.
Ellie has a great relationship with her mom but not so much with her dad.Honestly i'm interested to see what Moulton has in store for her father. There were slight hints and clues that there is more to him than meets the eye.
Moulton did an awesome job with the action scenes. Ellie is one kick-ass full of heart type of girl.She is powerful beyond compare to anyone including Will. Unlike other YA novels Ellie can handle herself and she does not need anyone to fight for her.
Now lets move on to the heartthrob Will. I loved him. He has been Ellie's guardian for 500 years watching her die several times since he took over the role of her guardian.He has been deeply in love with Ellie for centuries and is angry that he can never save her. He knows she will be reborn again but that's just not enough for him. Will is sexy,loyal,and intense. He has a sense of humor that we get glimpses of and he can be anti-social at times.
One thing that was left unanswered through out most of the book right up until the end was that even though we are introduced to Ellie being the Preliator no one really knows how her existence came to be, not Ellie, not Will, No one. And when I finally did find out it was so unexpected that I went from liking to loving the book.
Moulton did leave us hanging on Will and Ellie's relationship. I am so mad that I have to wait till next year for more of Ellie and Will. The way the relationship between the two left off has me eagerly awaiting for book two of the series.
Kick-ass action scenes,strong protagonist heroine,reapers,and a very sexy love interest put together with a fast paced engaging plot made for a great read.
1.5 Stars I didn't fall in love with this book. I really wanted to, since I love the classic Red Riding Hood and also thought the world building in this current version was just wonderful. What gave me mixed feelings was the characters, they all were flat with no real character development in my opinion. I also didn't care for the love triangle or the instant love that happened between Valerie and Peter.
What kept me reading was the suspense. I had no idea who the wolf was until the very end. Not to mention the world created in the retelling was extremely dark which is how I've always pictured Red Riding Hood. I did end up knocking off a star due to the fact that I had to go online to read the final "bonus" chapter. (less)
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com I am not going to lie when I tell you I strictly bought this book for its cover, so I could add it to my collec...more Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com I am not going to lie when I tell you I strictly bought this book for its cover, so I could add it to my collection of gorgeous book covers. Lucky for me not only is the cover beautiful but Falling Under turned out to be a horrifyingly beautiful YA paranormal romance.
The book started off with a burning man falling from the sky right outside Theia's house which raised my curiosity. And after that Hayes pretty much takes you on a roller coaster ride into a terrifyingly magical world.
I loved Falling Under, I think what really made me go from like to love was the fact that there is no love triangle, no werewolves,vampires,angels,faeries or zombies. Half the fun was figuring out what Haden was.
I loved how Theia's character grew throughout the story. And how her friends Amelia and Donny were also very well developed characters not just fillers like most YA books I've been reading lately. Haden was a blast, there was actually certain parts where I was creeped out by him and other times (his human side) where I just adored him and felt sorry for the guy.
There were a lot of dream sequences in the book which were very intense and hair raising and I loved every minute of it. Hayes did a wonderful job making sure everything connected and flowed together.
Gwen Hayes has created a very dark,suspenseful,edgy and amazingly captivating world in which I can not wait to immerse myself in again when book two to the series comes out next year. (less)
3.5 stars I have fallen in love with Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter Series, so of course when the third book to the series came out I made sure to grab a copy. I had already heard some not so good reviews and also some excellent reviews.I figured people with the not so good reviews must be crazy how can you not give it a five my exact thoughts before reading it.
At last I had the book in my hands and started reading it. For someone who can finish a book in a day it took me a week and half to finish. I was slightly disappointed with Archangel's Consort.
The book picks up right where the last one left off.Lot's of blood spill,mystery,past demons and romance.
The story continues with Elena and Raphael returning back to New York and Elena finally being able to see all her guild family and real family for the first time after being made into an angel. Book three definitely explores more of her relationship with her father and opens up some more dark family secrets.
Elena still remains the weakest of all the angels and now also the target for many. Instead of gaining status in the immortal world she has now become a target, there is quite a few who would wish her dead.In Archangels Consort she is still learning the ways of the angels, learning the history and formalities while still trying to develop her flying and fighting skills. She has discovered fighting with wings is much harder than when she was just human. Meanwhile Elena has also gone back to the guild and is dealing with an attack at a school and the bloodlust that is occurring amongst the vampires. And all this while being a consort to an Archangel who likes to have everything and everyone in his control.Plain and simple Elena is badass!
We also discover that an ancient is awakening. Raphael's mother Caliane. And there is chaos all over the world,earthquakes,tsunamis, archangels going into rages, and vampires in blood lust killing thousands.
While Nalini Singh did do a good job of keeping the mystery and keep me guessing and wondering if Raphael's mother Caliane was going to be sane or insane, will she be malovelent and kill or will she be sane again when she awakens.Singh had me waiting too long. The build up was very slow but from my experience I've seen some slow build ups make it worth the readers time in the end due to the outcome, this one not so much. Caliane didn't awaken until more than half way through the book. I was really hoping there would be more of her awake but it seems everything that happened before happened while she was asleep.
I'm still very much a fan of the relationship between Elena and Raphael. It's very interesting how Singh has created two dominant characters coming together, growing and learning how to compromise while dealing with their own demons.Yet I feel there was way more sex scenes than usual. There was actually one chapter dedicated to just sex.It's not like the scenes are not steamy or incredibly hot because they are thanks to Singh's knack for words and not to mention her writing style is just amazing, but I did find myself skimming through most of them. I felt like they were just fillers and I wanted to get to the meat of the plot.
Another small thing that really irked me was "guild hunter" and "archangel". I got so fed up with Elena and Raphael referring to each other with just that. I understand that was supposed to be their cute nicknames for each other but it was less cute and more annoying.
What I did love was she still brought around the seven quite a a lot. I can write a whole essay on why I am in love with Illium. He is the scene stealer, I just can't get enough of him.I feel he has more of stronger presence than Raphael maybe because I am infatuated with him and love his personality. There was also more of Dimitri, Venom, Jason and the surprise was Aodhan. Definitely got to learn alot more about him.
We also got introduced to Illium's mother Hummingbird. Singh left a lot of mystery around her that I am eager to find out about not to mention with the discovery Raphael made at the end about Elena I know I will be picking up book four when it comes out.
Kate and her sister Georgia have just moved to Paris to live with their grandparents after the devastating death of their parents.
Kate is still coping with her parents death,deep in grief when one day she meets the sexy,mysterious Vincent.She gets wrapped up in his world and soon finds out he is an immortal. A Revenant to be exact, an immortal who once human, died saving someones life and instead of having eternal death he comes back to life with an overwhelming urge to constantly sacrifice him self to save the lives of others.
As Kate gets deeper into Vincents world she meets his "family" and learns there are more like him. She also learns they have enemies, the Numas, and eventually gets caught up in the middle of their feud.
I had high expectations for Die for Me maybe due to all the hype surrounding it but in the end the book did not sweep me off my feet. It felt way to familiar and at times I was bored because I felt I had read this before.
Kate's character has been done before. An insecure girl who thinks she was just plain jane and doesn't think that a guy as gorgeous as Vincent can ever be into someone as ordinary as her.I can't say I really liked Kate's character.She just lost her parents but her emotions just lacked the intensity that would make me sympathize for her. I also couldn't stand how she kept snooping around and putting her self in places where she didn't belong.And top that off with her insecurities she just wasn't my favorite person.
I also felt like I've met Vincent before as well. The sexy,mysterious,dangerous guy who hasn't loved since he was human which by the way was several decades ago.Than meets Kate and is drawn to her.As a Revenant he also doesn't sleep so he spends some nights watching Kate outside her window.
Although I did think the romance between Kate and Vincent was just a little too mushy,I did like the fact that Plum didn't have the characters fall in love the minute they laid eyes on each other. She actually had them date and get to know each other and slowly fall in love.
I did enjoy the fact that unlike most YA books, Kate actually had a family that was very much involved in her life. Her sister was an interesting character. The popular party girl who was dealing with the loss of her parents in her own way while constantly trying to involve Kate in everything. Then there were the grandparents, who were very nice but way to lenient and unrealistic. It's hard for me to imagine grandparents who would allow their under age grandkids to run around a foreign country all hours of the night and even allowing one of them to spend the night in a houseful of grown men.
There were two characters that I did love and would love to read more about, Jules and Charlotte. They were a breath of fresh air. I loved Jules for his friendly,outgoing,and humorous attitude. And Charlotte because of the depth in her character, I would love to learn more about her and her past.
I did enjoy the world Plum created with the Revenant's and the Numa. The concept of someone dying saving someone else and than coming back to life only to have a intensifying urge to sacrifice them self repeatedly to save ones life was interesting not to mention if you died killing someone that you could come back to life but instead of saving lives you would have the urge to bring people to their deaths.Very unique concept. I did love how Paris was the center of everything that was going on. Instead of Paris just being a pretty place to stage the plot of the story Amy Plum intertwined the past human lives of the Revenant's with Parisian history.
The action scene in the book didn't pick up until the last few chapters. Die for me mainly consisted of the relationship between Kate and Vincent,and Kate learning about the Revenant's in great detail.
I am interested to see what book two could possibly be about since Die for Me was wrapped up in a way that it could have been a stand alone novel.
I finally got around to reading the hyped up Hush Hush and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. I'll be keeping this short since I'm sure this book has been reviewed to death by everyone.
I found Hush Hush to be a very quick read. A total page turner. It was creepy, dark and mysterious. Patch was cocky, arrogant - your everyday bad boy except he had an hidden agenda. Nora was a strong character but there were times where I just wanted to smack her upside her head and yell "Are you serious!"
The only character I really couldn't stand was Vee, at first she was likable until she became all googly eyes over Julian. And started becoming a horrible best friend to Nora by asking her to put herself in situations that she clearly said she was uncomfortable with.
Overall a fun read, and I'm getting ready to go order Crescendo so I can be ready for Silence when it comes out.(less)
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The book continues where the first book of the series Fallen left off. Luce is whisked away to California and fo...moreReview from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The book continues where the first book of the series Fallen left off. Luce is whisked away to California and for her protection is enrolled to Shoreline a school for Nephilim's (half angels). We are introduced to some fresh faces, Jasmine, Dawn, Shelby,Miles,Steven, and Franseca. The angels and demons are still trying to kill Luce but we are also introduced to a new set of enemies the Outcasts, a group of very pale,blind, ragged winged,fallen angels who have aquired a very special weapon called the starshot that can kill angels.
There is more of Daniel and Luce, more unanswered questions, alot of fighting between the two due to Luce's frustration of being kept in the dark about everything. We also are introduced to a love triangle of sorts.It seems Luce starts to have feelings - not as strong as the feelings she has for Daniel but enough to where she allows another boy to kiss her. Luce also learns through her new friend Shelby that Daniel has not always been exclusive to her when she was not around which brings up more questions and doubts for her character.
Luce has discovered more about the shadows that have haunted her since she can remember. The announcers, as they are called Luce has learned that you can control them and that they can provide actual glimpses of the past and also a portal to the past and present. She utilizes the announcers and visits some of her former loved ones from her past lives who are still alive.She sees through the announcers that she had a "life" in all her past lives people who loved and cared for - whom she loved as well. This only made her more frustrated and filled her with more questions about her and Daniel and if all this was really meant to be. There was quite a lot of "what if's."
I loved Fallen and had high hopes for Torment but my hopes were crushed, not much but just enough to where I can't give this book an A+. The book seemed to move alot slower than the first and many parts just dragged. I did love the fact we got to see more of Daniels love for Luce, the heartbreaks,pain and frustration he has went through losing Luce time after time. I really felt sorry for him in Torment. I also grew to like Luce more. She loved Daniel but was not afraid to question if he really is the one? And the ending I loved it. It really made my love for Luce's character grow, she was not afraid to break free and find the answers that no one seemed to want to give to her. I can't wait for book three, Passion. I am eager to learn about the past lives of Luce all while Daniel still fights for her to bring her back to him. (less)