This was my first time reading Sarah Fine’s work, and it was fine work! I thought the world building was particularly stellFine’s Work is Fine Work!
This was my first time reading Sarah Fine’s work, and it was fine work! I thought the world building was particularly stellar. The Shadowlands (a purgatory-like environment for those who commit suicide) and its inhabitants were well-developed. Some creatures were downright scary and not always because of their appearance. The psychological mind games were disturbing at times because of how normal some of the creatures and villains initially behave.
I particularly liked our leading lady and lad, Lela and Malachi. Though she’s not perfect and is capable of making critical mistakes, I appreciate Lela’s values and her selflessness. Her checkered and tragic past explains a lot about why she is the way she is. Malachi’s character is more of a mystery for a while, but he is a warrior through and through. They have great chemistry together, but I found myself appreciating most of the relationships in this book, platonic or otherwise. There were intriguing twists and turns that made the novel really hard to put down. Though this is a young adult novel, most of the time it really didn’t feel that way. The novel deals with very sobering subject matters from drug use to suicide to genocide to child abuse to rape. Let’s not forget the violence either. But the characters have motivations for a better tomorrow and that’s reason enough for me to root for them. While that works for me as someone who typically prefers adult series to YA, it may not sit as well with other readers.
Whenever I pick up a book and feel like I’m believably transported to another world, the author has done their job. I am really looking forward to the sequel.
More like 2.5. I probably should have read this one in the order of the books' publications as opposed to catching up with the main books firsBoring
More like 2.5. I probably should have read this one in the order of the books' publications as opposed to catching up with the main books first. Maybe that would have helped me to be remotely interested in the story. Unfortunately this was the weakest installment I've read of the series and I ultimately didn't really like it. The relationship between Beth and Dawson was too rushed and sappy. It was so bland compared to Daemon and Katy. I wouldn't have minded this prequel if they were already together for some time and this was just a side story that leads up to the current events of series. I like them and their relationship better as a supporting aspect of this series. As front and center they don't do the series proper justice. But hey, at least it was free!
I really like this cover! I read the first novel, Shade of Vampire, not very long ago and I found it pretty entertaining ifEven better than Book 1
I really like this cover! I read the first novel, Shade of Vampire, not very long ago and I found it pretty entertaining if a bit on the short side. A Shade of Blood however is a big improvement. A larger page count probably helped, but the world and characters have become more interesting and the story more complicated. I’m not completely sure where things can go from here.
Sometimes multiple POVs annoys me in certain books, but I think the story and characters greatly benefit from it here. I’m a fan of when we can really get into the heads out our villains so I was glad they were included as well. Sofia’s destiny becomes clearer and she embraces it which helps move the plot along instead of dragging out the inevitable.
She and Derek definitely have something special and it was nice to see the bond solidified. The wild card now is Blake. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy his character as he seemed like more of a tie to her past and a reason to introduce the ever so popular love triangle. But there appears to be more in store for him than that could significantly affect the remaining books.
So far all books in this series are available to borrow for free on Amazon Prime, so I’ve been enjoying them that way. I already borrowed book 3 for October and am pretty sure books 4 and 5 will round out the year for me.
Talk about an imagination! I wasn't totally sure of what to expect going into this one. I wasn't sure which book to choose for my monthly kindle prime freebie and time was running out. It was a debut, and it was originally a Kindle serial series. But all in all it turned out wonderfully.
Though I've read other novels with a circus theme, this one certainly comes off as unique. Mab is a really cool leader. There are a lot of questions but the story pulls you in so that you really want to read along to get them answered. She can be generous but she absolutely has an agenda, so it keeps things interesting.
I really enjoyed the evolving family dynamic. Romance fans who prefer the slow build should appreciate this one, though it's not agonizingly slow progress either. We are just scraping the surface for what the future will bring.
I think A. R. Kahler keeping his name ambiguous was a good thing. I know that some people prefer female authors in this genre, especially when it's written in a female's perspective. But A.R. handles it well and makes all gender appealing, especially the potential love interest. Upon reading his bio I learned that he actually was a part of a circus troupe. That's about the only way to explain why this book felt so authentic and legit (as far as the paranormal goes of course).
The next one is due out soon and I'm getting it, Prime or no Prime! It's currently at $3.99 on the Kindle, but the pre-order for book 2 is $1.99.
Though I have yet to read one of her novels, Sylvia Day’s Renegade Angel series is currently on my TBR list, but it’s pretty farDecent for a Quickie
Though I have yet to read one of her novels, Sylvia Day’s Renegade Angel series is currently on my TBR list, but it’s pretty far down, so when I got a chance to read this prequel for free I wanted to see if it could get a bump up to something higher. This was a decent short story, but I didn’t feel the need to bump the series up any higher at this time. I will likely get to it around 2014 if not later this year. I know Sylvia Day is pretty popular so I hope I like her writing as well. This short story is still available for FREE as an ebook on B&N and Amazon.
If you're up for a new YA series, there are certainly worse ways to spend 99 cents. I actually quite enjoyed this novel, thougI'll Read the Next One
If you're up for a new YA series, there are certainly worse ways to spend 99 cents. I actually quite enjoyed this novel, though I will admit there were some similar themes between this one and another one I read almost directly after it. Though I liked both, I don't think I'd read their future books back to back because I feel like I'd mix up the stories. The cover is nice departure from the usual urban fantasy/paranormal style, but the story certainly isn't. The writing could be stronger, but the story is interesting enough so I will keep up with it. If you don't want to spend the 99 cents and you're an Amazon Prime member, you can get it for free as your book of the month! ...more
Was hoping for more actual terror. I wasn't super spooked until the (view spoiler)[bathroom scene towards the very end. (hide spoiler)] This one was aWas hoping for more actual terror. I wasn't super spooked until the (view spoiler)[bathroom scene towards the very end. (hide spoiler)] This one was a little too contemporary, but I'm willing to try another experiment. ...more
For a reference book, this was a very engaging and interesting read filled with tips, facts, and hilarious anecdotes. As a cat owner myself, it's a grFor a reference book, this was a very engaging and interesting read filled with tips, facts, and hilarious anecdotes. As a cat owner myself, it's a great to put a term to the things my cat does. It's also nice to see what behaviors my cat does NOT exhibit because even though he's not perfect, it could always be worse.
There were a few detailed directions on several subjects from retraining to introducing multiple cats in one household to clicker training. The book is broken into sections which makes it a lot easier to skip to the chapter you're looking for if there's a specific topic of interest.
While I found it to be informative, a lot of it wasn't relevant to my actual cat. The one thing I haven't been able to curtail with my little guy still has no clear or ideal answer. My cat is a serial cord chewer. I've lost many an electronic device(expensive ones too) due to his habit. The one solution is to wrap my cords in no chew tape; it's what veterinarians use to wrapped around a pet's leg after surgery to keep them from picking at their wound or stitches. It's just very expensive to buy roll after roll for every cord.
While helpful, it didn't provide a clear solution to my cat's chewing habit. It suggests a bitter apple type of spray, but I've tried that in the past and I know that my cat is not phased by the taste. At best he is simply annoyed when it's sprayed at him directly, but an ordinary spray bottle with water does the same trick.
All in all, while this was one of the most interesting reference texts I've ever read, it didn't completely solve my issue nor did it suggest the pseudo solution provided by my vet, so in the end I had to take away a star. I think all cat owners and potential owners should read it, but it is not the be all end all to problematic behavior.
In Susannah Sandlin's new series, Penton Legacy, a vampire's nightmare is realized when human blood, their major food source, is no longer readily avaIn Susannah Sandlin's new series, Penton Legacy, a vampire's nightmare is realized when human blood, their major food source, is no longer readily available. Vaccinated human blood for an unrelated pandemic has proven deadly to their kind, making supply low and demand high. With their race on the brink of starvation, a civil war looms. This becomes a problem for master vampire, Aidan Murphy, who has managed to create a small peaceful community in Penton, Alabama with vampires and unvaccinated willing human donors. Only one thing is missing--a doctor. Aidan plans to remedy this by recruiting Dr. Krystal Harris with or without her consent. This obviously creates tension, but maybe it creates something else too...
Maybe it's the timing, but this book really didn't work for me. I am typically not a big insta-love fan, which is a major part of this book. I had to pick it up and put it down more than once, eventually planning to give up altogether until I found an opportunity to finish it while doing a mindless task.
The writing isn't the worst, but the overall impression came across as more formulaic than I was hoping because the synopsis seemed pretty interesting. It has occasional action and a truly deplorable villain whose inevitable demise is certainly easy to root for, but I believe the overall execution and world building could have been better. The ideas weren't fleshed out well enough in favor of more mundane and uninteresting details.
It's a kindle Prime freebie, so it doesn't break the bank, but I don't feel the need to continue with this one.
When you've got a book that's a borderline novella, with so little page time the pressure is on to make an impact. I felt like Origins accomplished that. This one? Not so much.
Ashlyn is settling into her role as an FBI agent, and a new case has fallen into her lap. She has to protect the State of California's new and very first vampire governor. Though many hope this fosters better relations between humans and vampires, others are out for his blood. But they'll get it over Ashlyn's dead demon body...with a sprinkle of vampire thrown in. That might not be too far off as her naivety puts her in deeper water than ever.
Attempts to be edgy sort of diminished the value of the series for me. I really enjoyed the first Origins book, but Deceptions felt like a completely different series, and Ashlyn a completely different character. I guess she's growing up. She now has to learn the ways of the vampire world. I would have preferred more of that and less focus on her honeymooning with her new (view spoiler)[progeny. Not that I have a problem with it (I supported Rachel and Ivy from The Hollows for a time). I just had a feeling that it wouldn't be for the long haul. I liked that this series could stand on its own without overly sexualizing things. I wanted to see more of what Vic could accomplish as a progeny aside from making Ashlyn hot in her pants. (hide spoiler)]
Elves are introduced in the prior novel, but they barely receive a mention in this one which was a let down. Demon development was also few and far in between. I was really looking forward to learning about Ashlyn's heritage. We get a glimpse into her power but it just wasn't enough. It all led to an ending that I predicted a little too early, enough so that the book started to drag for me towards the end, but it wasn't too unbearable.
While I didn't enjoy it as much as the first, there is still potential there, so I will give book 3 a try. The books are short, they're free (on Amazon Prime), and there's a chance the plot could pick up and grab me as well as the first book did.
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I admit that every time I see this title I just want to sing "West End Girls". Though I promise that the story is completely unrelated. It's actuallyI admit that every time I see this title I just want to sing "West End Girls". Though I promise that the story is completely unrelated. It's actually about vampires, but they are completely different from our Hollows vamps. I actually enjoyed the story quite a bit and wouldn't have minded seeing a full novel based on this world. It's great to see that Harrison can branch out to other urban fantasy ideas aside from the Hollows. It definitely has potential. I read this as a part of the Into the Woods anthology and I can say that this was my favorite of the non-Hollows stories.
I downloaded this particular book to get a sneak peak at Ever After (Book 11 of The Hollow) and I can say that it was COMPLETELY WORTH IT! ...more
Young Adult paranormal fans, specifically those who love ghosts, may want to consider checking out K.D. McEntire's debut effort, Lightbringer. Wendy is a not-so-everyday teen with a peculiar six sense; she can see ghosts--ghosts of the Never to be exact--which consist of children who've died too young. Not only can she see them, but they know she can and so they seek her out routinely for help. Only she can bring them to the other side, setting their souls free. However, evil is universal and her efforts put a target on her back from darker forces, so she may have to watch out to make sure she doesn't end up in the Never herself, or worse...
Overall I thought the idea of the book was pretty solid. There are many mythological references which were actually quite nice to read about. McEntire appears to have done some homework. It definitely encompasses the YA coming of age element, but it's not too focused on high school drama which just doesn't interest me whatsoever and often turns me off from picking up YA titles these days. While it was a solid read, I think I was expecting a little more tension than I felt as I actually read the book. It starts off really well, but I think it becomes more character driven as opposed to action packed. It sort of slowed down for me toward the middle and then picks up again towards the end.
I love great villains and I must say that this villain, the White Lady, kept me fairly enthralled. It's not quite as easy to predict what her plans and motives are, so I found myself looking most forward to those scenes.
This is the start of the series, so there are a number of roads the subsequent books can take as Wendy realizes her heritage and her destiny. Though YA, this series has a darker air about it, so tragedy could become a mainstay. Death is pretty much the center of this story after all.
I was hoping for a bit more than I got with this book. The perspective primarily focuses on Sara Jensen, a young teen girl wNot what I was expecting
I was hoping for a bit more than I got with this book. The perspective primarily focuses on Sara Jensen, a young teen girl who has lived a sheltered life, becoming an experiment of her grandfather as she is used to create an android. Though the world has been populated with thousands of these beings, this new android, Michael, grows and develops by being directly tied to her experiences. This helps humanize their kind a little more. However, the government wants to outlaw these practices and eliminate the world of all androids, believing that they pose a thread to the human race. So her family must keep the existence of their beloved Michael and their other androids a secret, going to amazing lengths to do so. But will their efforts be in vain?
To be quite honest, the beginning had a lot of promise, but it slows down for me immensely for the majority of the book. This book is classified as science fiction and that's honestly all you get. The themes are thought provoking, but not to surprising. There is not a lot of plot progression, just pages and pages of useless detail. While the jargon wasn't totally over my head, it's an extremely cerebral read and you should be prepared for that. It's so cerebral that it comes off as clinical and I honestly felt as if I was reading a text book most of the time. I really wanted more story, conflict, and drama. It gets there eventually, but I was tempted to stop reading for the majority of the book. It didn't really feel like a climax either; it just happened.
This also reminded me at times of the film Artificial Intelligence (starring Haley Joel Osmet) with similar themes and an anti-android agenda. But I was genuinely more attached to that story.
I think the book would have been improved if it featured Michael's POV as an android. I think it would have made more of an impact to get into his head and compare it to our own thought processes and emotions as normal humans. I would have enjoyed comparing the nuances that would give away that his kind is not quite right, but still ambitious.
I don't see myself reading this again and I can't really recommend it. It's certainly strange and out there at times, but I'm sure there are other sci-fi books that accomplish this while moving the plot along at a good pace....more
And literally this book is a buck (or close to it). It's as good as it gets when it comes to this genre. There's a lot to learn with this world, but I think it will all settle in for me by the second book. The concept is great and I look forward to completing the series. It's original in a genre where it's becoming difficult to truly stand out. ...more
If you read the summary you really don't need th read the book. I got about as much out of it by reading it as I did from reading the summary. Nifty iIf you read the summary you really don't need th read the book. I got about as much out of it by reading it as I did from reading the summary. Nifty idea, but I wasn't quite captivated. This should also be considered more of a short story than a novella.
My biggest complaint would be the typos. They were frequent enough to interrupt the flow for me at times. I thought Abraham's character could have beeMy biggest complaint would be the typos. They were frequent enough to interrupt the flow for me at times. I thought Abraham's character could have been fleshed out more. He was one-dimensional at best and, considering his age, he could have been much more interesting. I also would have liked more explanation as to why Thereon chose her. It was sort of glossed over which isn't very realistic. For a vampire his age, what he liked in Two he could have liked in many others. I also noticed a contradiction where Thereon says the name of a character, and then in the next page he claims he doesn't know her name.
Other than that, I was pretty engaged until about the last 85-90% where it became extremely slow. I felt like the plot was stretched out at this point merely to fill pages. It was a little plot surrounded by a LOT of uninteresting filler. For that, I downgraded it from 4 stars to 3 stars. Either way, for a free book, it definitely didn't feel like a waste of time. Things could potentially get really interesting for this trilogy. ...more