Now, Spellcaster was a sequel I was really excited to read. I had really enjoyed the first novel, so how could I not be excited about more of Emma and...moreNow, Spellcaster was a sequel I was really excited to read. I had really enjoyed the first novel, so how could I not be excited about more of Emma and Brendan?
One thing that I really liked about the novel is Brendan and Emma’s relationship. Why? I just feel it is well balanced. Yes, Brendan is supposedly super hot (which is repeated I don’t know how many time. The only thing that really got on my nerve with this novel to be franc.), but it doesn’t stop Emma from understanding that her fear that he is too good for him aren’t founded (which can be seen a little at some point in the novel).
No, for most of the novel, we see both of them taking risk the other would have rather they hadn’t. Still, they understood, which I think is really thanks to Angelique. Angelique was the one at some point to tell Brendan to imagine how he would react if he was in her shoes and she was in his. That, to me, made their relation really interesting to follow.
The villain of the story really surprised me at first. I didn’t really expect it to be that one person (trying to keep as much info to myself as I can. Wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone.) I had so many scenarios in my head (maybe that’s why I didn’t really see it coming…), but I was wrong! It really got me addicted from the beginning.
Now, I have to say, Cara Lynn Shultz was once again able to keep me addicted from page one to the last. I was so captivated that I read it in one sitting (while I was waiting for one of my friends… Drinking a good Vanilla Soy Latte… Which ended getting cold because I COULDN’T KEEP MY HEAD OUT OF THIS BOOK! )(less)
Embrace had been on my To-Be-Read list for a while now, but I never got around to read it. When I got my hands on an ARC of Entice, I knew I had to ge...moreEmbrace had been on my To-Be-Read list for a while now, but I never got around to read it. When I got my hands on an ARC of Entice, I knew I had to get it and read it as soon as I can. That was probably one of my good ideas. I may not have that many theses days, but I can clearly say I didn’t regret picking this book.
I have to say, it wasn’t love at first sight with this book. There’s a love triangle, and this one slightly annoys me because one of the love interest really get on my nerves. Phoenix, the one character in this book I really, really wanted to kick ass. And because I didn’t like him, the love triangle got on my nerves. Because of Phoenix, Violet got on my nerves. I don’t know how many times I got mad at Violet, at all the stupid choices she made. I just wanted her to be stronger, to be willing to give Lincoln a chance at forgiveness, but instead she decided she should trust the strange angel she just met. Yep, she prefers the mysterious stranger instead of the guy she had known (and had a crush on) for a while. I just wanted her to give him a better chance at explaining himself, before being pushed completely aside…
The thing that made me really happy to have read the book is that despite all I’ve said above, the more I read, the more I wanted to know what would happen to Violet, and of course who she really was. The more I read, the more I understood why Violet acted the way she did, and because of that, I could in a way forgive her. Embrace simply build the roots of a story I think will only be getting better. This was the kind of book that really made me want to go and pick up the sequel right away, because I had so many things I wanted to know. I had so many questions that I do think will be answered in the next books, which only make me want to pick it up even more!
Overall, I was charmed by the overall story. I wasn’t blown away, since I wanted to whack some sense into some characters for most of the book. Yet, the world Jessica Shirvington created really makes me want to know more.(less)
Jackson Pearce is an author I adore. I discover her through youtube and twitter, and I then fell in love with her...moreFor more reviews: A Beautiful Madness
Jackson Pearce is an author I adore. I discover her through youtube and twitter, and I then fell in love with her writing with Sweetly and As You Wish. With Purity, Jackson Pearce tries her hand at writing Contemporary, and she does it well. Purity is a fun and touching read about faith, promises, family and love.
Shelby made three promises to her dying mother before she passed, three promises she intends to keep. Because of those promises, she ends up with having to lose her virginity within 5 weeks. Why? She’s looking for a way out of the promises she has to make to her father at the Princess Ball, a promise to live a “pure life”.
Being no big fan of books with a too strong religious message, I was curious to see how Jackson Pearce would include the “God” aspect. I have to say that she did really well. I got the way she is somewhere between being unable to put faith in him, and being unable to believe in a god that left her mother die. I got that, maybe because I lost my mother at the same age, maybe because I lost any faith I have left because of that. I find hard to judge Shelby, hate her or love her. I see too much of me in her (and that’s scary). I have to say at first I was really annoyed by the way she understood some of the things she had been told (for example, the promises.)
The other characters were also a great addition to the novel. I really liked her father, as he is trying to make his relationship with his daughter better. I like that he wants to be there for her, yet he doesn’t know how. Jonas made me like him instantly. There was something about him, about the way he was Shelby that really made me want him to get everything he wants. I want him to have the happy ending I feel he deserves. Those were really the two characters that I really liked in the novel.
Jackson Pearce has an amazing talent to write funny narration and amazing stories that mixes humor and serious thoughts. One of the things that really made me happy at the end of this book was that Shelby learns the morals I wanted her to learn. That’s what I really liked about it. She was able to mature through the novel, even though it’s only five weeks. She learns to see the nuance between some of the words used in the promises she had to make, and she learned how to really apply them to her life. That’s what made me really enjoy this novel.
Overall, it’s a great book that is definitely worth reading. If you still haven’t read any books by Jackson Pearce, it really should be on your TBR list. She is worth reading. (less)
Awake at Dawn was an amazing sequel, that’s for sure. There was everything I could ask for, and even more.
The story in this second book was even more...moreAwake at Dawn was an amazing sequel, that’s for sure. There was everything I could ask for, and even more.
The story in this second book was even more captivating than in Born at Midnight. Kylie may have accepted that she wasn’t completely human, but it doesn’t mean life gets easier! Love, friendships and family are there to complicate her life. Of course, there are always some strange things happening in Shadow Falls to keep thing interesting for the readers.
My favorite things about this series are the characters. They are simply so well presented, so well described. I feel like through what they are put through, the memories and the interactions between all the characters really let us understand what kind of people they are. It’s one thing I really like, as I sometime get bored when there are way to many descriptions. It can make the story longer and slower.
Kylie is a really great main character. She is a little more mature in this second book, but she still doesn’t completely know who she is and what she wants. Her heart is also unsure about who she really wants to be with. Her head (and body) says Derek, yet she can’t forget about Lucas. Now those two are some fine male characters, but I have to say that I prefer Lucas. There’s just something about Derek that makes me question if he is completely good (and truthful with Kylie). I know he hasn’t done anything to make me question his intentions, but still. Lucas to me is simply amazing. There is something mesmerizing about him that caught my attention from book one.
Della and Miranda were great friends to Kylie, which really made me like them even more. Della may be a bitch half of the time, but you still see that she will always be there for Kylie if she needs her. Same thing with Miranda. Kylie’s mother gets a better part in this one, as her relation with his daughter is getting better. I was happy about that, because a daughter needs her mother. Holiday and Burnett were two really great role models for the camp, and I have to say that I love the interaction between those two. It’s so clear that they are attracted to each other, yet they are worse than teenagers.
Again, C.C. Hunter caught me attention from page one. Like a bag of chips, it is one of those novels can’t be put down until you have read every word (or eaten every damn chip in the bag). Okay enough about food analogy, all you need to know is that if you haven’t read this series yet, you should start it really soon (as in RIGHT NOW!) (less)
The third installment in the Shadow Falls series is as good as its predecessor. I read it again in...moreFor more Reviews, visit my blog, A Beautiful Madness
The third installment in the Shadow Falls series is as good as its predecessor. I read it again in a matter of hours, caught by Kylie’s story from page one. In this novel, we finally get a glimpse of what she really is. We actually learn WHAT she is without really learning what she is… Do I make sense? The thing is, we learn what kind of supernatural she is, without knowing the extent of her ability.
This book doesn’t disappoint when it comes to keeping you entertain from page one. There’s always something going on, being someone coming for Kylie, boys’ drama, of even people of her past bringing some drama. Kylie’s life isn’t getting any easier, that’s for sure. She still isn’t 100% decided on the one her heart desire, which for some may be getting annoying (I do hope she make her choice in next book, I clearly know who I would chose for me….)
One of the things C.C. Hunter is excellent at; it is keeping the character believable and having them mature in a realistic way through the series. That’s not always easy, especially after three novels, but she did it. Characters are so important to me in a series, so having them be really good was such a bonus for me.
Again, the characters in Shadow Falls are probably its biggest strength, in my opinion. Kylie is still the great main character that got me addicted to this series, the girl that can’t seem to follow her heart when it comes to boy, but has not problem being there for her friends when they need her. Lucas keeps on making me swoon and Derek still leaves me cautious. Holiday and Burnett still make me laughs, their chemistry so easily visible, yet still denied. Della and Miranda never seem to bore me, and I adore them as Kylie’s friend. I like that C.C Hunter made Sarah stop by the camp, which created a great clash between Kylie’s past and present.
Overall, it’s a series that I still recommend you read. It is simply addicting. I’m already dying to read the next installment in the series, coming out in October. Can it be October already?? (less)
I absolutely loved the Vampire Academy series. I had really enjoyed Bloodlines, even if it wasn’t as good the first series. The Golden Lily, sadly, di...moreI absolutely loved the Vampire Academy series. I had really enjoyed Bloodlines, even if it wasn’t as good the first series. The Golden Lily, sadly, disappointed me for most of the book. I do have to say that the ending brought me back to the series, making me really excited for the next book, but for more than half the book, I was far from in love.
I have to say, it’s probably Sidney’s boyfriend that turned me off. He’s kind of the most boring person I’ve ever read about, and to see her spend so much time with him instead of with Adrian, it made me go crazy. I absolutely adore Adrian in this series, and all I want is to see more and more of him. To see most of her free time spent with her boyfriend (I don't remember his name) bored me.
I had been a fan of Dimitri in VA, but in Golden lily, I was a little annoyed by his presence (There. I’ve said it.) He’s just there and he doesn’t make anything special to really make me swoon over him still. Adrian, on the other hand, I find him charming, and I love the evolution we can see in him, especially in this book. He just seemed to grow so much! Sidney changes a little in this book, but only a little at the end, and it did slightly annoy me. She may be intelligent and all, but she still has a lot to learn, and some of the things I wish she could have learned in this book.
Action was lacking for the first half of the novel. It was mostly about relationship between the characters, and I have to say I was expecting something more. Nothing really came and surprised me (I was actually imagining crazy twits in my head, and we got the boring plot instead… (I mean, there were so many people who could have been bad guy I wouldn’t really have seen coming. The one person that was supposed to surprise us wasn’t surprising at all.)
Overall, it wasn’t the best in the series, but I still want to read the Indigo Spell, if only to know what will happen with Sidney and Adrian. I won’t be dying for it, but I’m not giving up. Fans of the series will probably still enjoy it, but will probably not fall head over heels for this book in the series.(less)
Finishing a series can be either extremely disappointing, or satisfying. Once I was done with the entire book, I was happy with the way everything end...moreFinishing a series can be either extremely disappointing, or satisfying. Once I was done with the entire book, I was happy with the way everything ended, mostly because we get closure with the characters. They all get some kind of ending on their own, knowing that their story line in the novel is done, but we are left we hope for their future. That’s the kind of ending I like, and this is what we got. I do have to say that I wasn’t completely happy with most of the book. There are some things that did annoy me through the novels, thing I had hoped would have been resolved from the previous books.
My biggest problem was with the characters. Jacinda wasn’t my favorite character in the books, mostly because I got more with the way she treated both Will and Cassian. I know it isn’t really a love triangle because we clearly know whom she loves (we’ve known all along in my opinion), but I just got annoyed at the way she treated them. There’s just something that really make her seem so immature, since she can’t seem to really make her mind about what she really wants. Maybe it’s only me, maybe it’s only because of my timing when it comes to reading the novel, but I just got bored at listening to her never making her mind about her choices. The character I really wanted to see more of is Tamra. I can’t really explain why, maybe it’s because her story isn’t so much focused on her love life, as Jacinda seemed to be in the entire story. Maybe I just needed change.
The plot didn’t really catch my attention. It wasn’t the most interesting plot Jordan could have come up with. I felt like things ended up being too easy for the characters. The books was less than 300 pages, she could have made it a little complicated and longer. I just felt disappointed in that.
Maybe I’m a little harsh; maybe I’m being difficult. I simply was expecting a little more of the book. At least, the ending DID satisfy me, leaving me with the closure necessary for the end of series.(less)
There is so much excitement in sinking back into a world you loved, and the Nevernever and the Julie Kagawa’s is one of those. The Iron Fey series was...moreThere is so much excitement in sinking back into a world you loved, and the Nevernever and the Julie Kagawa’s is one of those. The Iron Fey series was so addicting, and fans will be happy to fall back into it with Ethan. Wow. So much time seems to have pass since we have last seen him. He isn’t a child anymore that’s for sure. The Lost Prince really made me extremely happy, and made me smile constantly (well, except when I was laughing out loud, something I did way too often.
In The Lost Prince, we meet new characters, and we have some exciting appearance of known characters. One character I was so happy to see again was Grimalkin. I absolutely adore him. He makes me laugh so badly, simply by being him. Then, we see Ash, Puck, Meghan, and many more. I was happy to see them again, but I was even more excited to see them only once in a while. They don’t take too much importance; this book is really about Ethan Chase and his friends.
Now, Ethan Chase isn’t what I would have expected at first, but his changes are easy to understand. He has the Sight after all, and he has to hide from the Feys. I like that he was really different from Meghan, without being complete opposite. There are some familiar qualities in him, but he’s not her. Now, Ethan isn’t on his own in Nevernever. There’s Kenzie, who will remind you of a certain other girl we may have met in the Iron Fey series. One thing’s for sure, there’s a great relationship building between her and Ethan. That’s something I like (And no love triangle. Do I need to say it again? NO LOVE TRIANGLE!) The last character I really want to talk about is Keirran, that some of you may remember from The Iron Knight. I won’t say much if you still haven’t read Iron Knight, but I think I squealed when I read his name. So happy to see him again, and he is just as I would have imagined.
Now, Julie Kagawa’s never failed to impress. This book is far from disappointed, and will please the fans of the Iron Fey series. Even those who haven’t read the series can start it with The Lost Prince; you won’t be lost, but you’ll know how the series end. If you love Julie Kagawa’s book, just read it. It’s more than worth it! (less)
When I got A Temptation of Angels in the mail from Razorbill Canada, I was pretty excited. I mean, I had heard great things about this book and it had...moreWhen I got A Temptation of Angels in the mail from Razorbill Canada, I was pretty excited. I mean, I had heard great things about this book and it had been on my radar for a while. The premise sounded interesting enough, and I have to say that it wasn’t disappointing once I finally started it. There was one thing that did scare me before I started, and it was the “Love triangle” some reviewers had been mentioning. I have to say that I didn’t really see the love triangle they were talking about until the end, and it wasn’t really what I would consider to be a heart breaking love story where the heroine is torn between two men. No, it isn’t, which is one of the reasons I really like the book.
I really enjoyed watching Helen and Griffin, even if I do prefer Darius as a character. Griffin is just trying so hard to be sweet and a gentleman. It may be nice, but I like a male character that has a lot more personality (like Darius. I wish we had more Darius….) It may represent the ideal of that time and place for a woman like Helen, but for me he was flat. Darius had more to him than we are shown; at least, that’s my opinion.
Helen was a great main character. She was stubborn, and definitely more than just a damsel in distress (much to Griffin’s despair sometimes….). She isn’t afraid to fight and to put herself in dangerous situations. Still, I think she understood that she wasn’t as strong as she would like, and she knew her weaknesses. Knowing that, instead of simply pretending to be badass made her more interesting to me. I can’t really explain why. I’m good at liking characters (and hating some) simply because I feel like it. (I can be so judgmental sometimes… *sigh *
Overall, I really enjoy reading this book. The writing was great and addicting. There may have been so down time in the middle, but I still didn’t want to put it down until I was down. The only thing I may have wish had been different is the ending. It was a little too rushed for my taste, but I like ending that are really detailed. To each there own! (less)
If there is one thing I really liked about this novel, it is the world Amanda Hocking had created. Was it my favorite book in the series? No. Why? I s...moreIf there is one thing I really liked about this novel, it is the world Amanda Hocking had created. Was it my favorite book in the series? No. Why? I simply felt that it was slightly rushed, and that the ending wasn’t fitting to what I was expecting. I was expecting at least one of the main characters to have an unhappy ending. I find it hard to believe that after a war, a marriage, a love triangle, everyone seems happy.
I’m a little on the fence when it comes down to saying if I like Wendy or not in this book. The thing is, on one side, I liked that she is trying to do what is right for her people and that she is trying to do her job as princess and future queen. On the other side, I felt like she was a walking contradiction. One second, she is saying she can’t, and then she does it, then she says something else and do the opposite. That annoyed me. Still, I’m happy with her evolution and the maturity she gained through the three books.
Now, there are other characters that made me feel contradicted. Finn made me mad most of the time, as he is worse than Wendy when it comes down to doing the opposite of what he is saying. I mean, isn’t supposed to stay away? Yet, HE STILL IS THERE! Now, on the other side of the triangle, there is Loki. Loki, that I do like, and grew to like him better than Finn. Why? Loki is ready to fight, to run away with Wendy if she is ready to give him a chance.
If we talk about Wendy’s love life, I can’t not talk about Tove. Why are they FREAKING getting married?? I mean, Wendy isn’t his type, there is no romantic love between those two, and there will never be. I was really disappointed that they did decide to go through with it.
Finally, Elora and Wendy seems to understand each other, and get to share a loving moment together, instead of what we have seen in the first two books. It still left with so many unanswered questions about her, which could be nicely answer in anther short story (Please Amanda? Pretty, pretty please??)
I was expecting a little more, and felt a little cheated that everyone seems to get their happily ever after. I may have felt slightly let down with this third book, but I’m really excited to read more from Amanda Hocking. Overall, as a series, it is really great. I really enjoyed it, and will definitely recommend it to fans of this genre. (less)
If you’re looking for a fun, smooth and entertaining read for the summer, the Sirenz series would probably be perfect for you. After all, this series...moreIf you’re looking for a fun, smooth and entertaining read for the summer, the Sirenz series would probably be perfect for you. After all, this series is seriously funny as Hell (yes, pun intended, as bad as it is)
Meg and Shar are once again caught in one of Hades schemes. After Shar punts on a ring given by Hades (after being convinced to so by Meg, which surprised me, to be honest. When I read the summary, I was sure that Shar simply wanted the ring…) Hades is back, and he is taken the girls on another wild ride. Shar is shipped to the Underworld, to play as his hostess, and Meg is forced to do his bidding on earth, in order to save both Shar and her. Meg has to send Paulina to the abyss, and it ends up getting a little harder than she would expect. I have to say, Paulina’s addition was really great, as I really enjoyed her character (and the twist she brings). There is some great interaction between Meg and her.
Now, in the Underworld, we get some pretty hilarious scene between Hades and Shar. I have to say, I absolutely adore Shar in this one. There were so many amazing moment with her, I couldn’t stop laughing. I also have to say that there was some great interaction with Caz, who is always a really great addition the story (Please, pretty please, tell me he’ll be in book three! He HAS to be!) And I can’t not talk about Hades. Ah sweet Hades, you can be such a jerk, yet I still like you. You simply make me laugh too much for me to hate you. It doesn’t stop you from being a womanizer sometimes, but I don’t mind. Don’t stop being so hilarious.
Once again, Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman got me laughing for most of the books. If you’re looking for something to cheer you up, or simple a great and hilarious read for the summer, this is for you.(less)