I have a problem with this book. A serious problem. I thought this would hold me over or give me some sort of satisfReview posted at Step Into Fiction
I have a problem with this book. A serious problem. I thought this would hold me over or give me some sort of satisfaction with having to wait until August for the final book, The Beauty of Darkness but this book did the complete opposite. I finished it and I badly wanted to stay in this world and just fast forward to Lia's conclusion. Cruel. That's what this book was.
I'm okay with it. Isn't it an author's job to torture us readers? This does it's job. But it's also a beautiful, lovely short story that at least gives you a bit more in to this world. One thing I'm starting to realize with Mary E. Pearson is that she can make you fall in love with all her characters (well, the ones you should like) and swoon over the guys who deserve it. Her characters are so strong and so real that I don't feel like it's just some fictional person I'm reading about. I feel like I know them. I'm with them. This is how I want to experience reading. I want to make friends with the characters, as weird as that might sound.
Morrighan is wonderful. She's intelligent, kind-hearted and hopeful. Her and Jafir are amazing individuals but even moreso together. I can see how a kingdom started on her behalf. In this story, love does concur all. There is nothing love won't accomplish as long as you have that person by your side.
Novella's are hard to pull people in to especially if they're not with the same characters you already know in the story. The fact that she can get you connect to the characters, to this world (though the same world just way earlier) in less than 100 pages is something else I bow down to her for. This series makes me want to go read all of her books. Her writing is beautiful, her storytelling is marvelous, her character development is flawless and her world is breathtaking. I want more of what she can offer me.
Even if you haven't read The Kiss of Deception or The Heart of Betrayal, I would suggest this book. It introduces you to their world, it gives you more background than what we had going in to this story and I think it's...more
This was a quite, fun, easy read that didn't cost you any money. I mean, what's there to complain about except for the fact that it was too short?
ForThis was a quite, fun, easy read that didn't cost you any money. I mean, what's there to complain about except for the fact that it was too short?
For the short time we knew these characters, I liked these characters. I liked their issues they both had and I like how they came together. Sometimes, I feel like it was rushed but I get why, since it's a novella and you only have so many pages and stuff.
I'm glad I read it and really, anything that Katie writes, I'll read....more
So, I did things a little backwards here; I read an early manuscript of Mortal EnchantmReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5
So, I did things a little backwards here; I read an early manuscript of Mortal Enchantment and then I read this amazing novella. Now, I'm being told a lot of things are going to be changing in the first book from what I read and I'm really excited about it. The first book was really good but I think these changes are going to take up a whole other notch and I'm excited for that. But this isn't a review for the first book, this is a review of the novella.
I must comment on this cover first because I'm obsessed with it. Even before reading this novella, I knew how significant and how perfect this cover was to the story, especially Rowan's story. But just the overall feel of this book and the orange/red color of it so perfect, I can't even stop gushing over it. I bow down to the creator of this cover.
In the short time we are inside Rowan's head you can see such a vast change with him. He starts out in the mortal world, so he can age and then return to Avalon once he hits 16. His return is unexpected to him because his mother is giving him her crown. His mother would never do that so he needs to find out what the conditions are. The conditions are far worse than he could've imagined. Breaking all the decrees and killing a child of the kind of the air court. He agrees to do it so he can be a better ruler than his mother is. He also does it for his best friend, Marcus, who is a Gabriel Hound and a slave to the fire court.
Marcus, I'm going to start with him. I loved him and I was so excited to meet him in this novella. He compliments Rowan perfectly. His history is dark and his future is rather bleak. His friendship with Rowan is frowned upon since people like him are there to serve the royal court, not become friends with the Prince. But I think he keeps Rowan grounded and more importantly, keeps his temper and inappropriate sarcasm to a minimum . . . most of the time. These two are like brothers and they have the love like two brothers would have and I truly love this connection they have between them.
Rowan, while I'm already a fan of him, I've become a bigger fan of his after having read this. He's fantastic, strong and so unlike his family. Betrayal of your own court is just about the worst thing one could do and he contemplates doing just this many times but thinking it and going through with it are two different things. Watching him stalk (yes, that's exactly what he's doing . . . they may say spying but it's totally stalking) Kalin and seeing how he reacts to her and the back and forth he goes through it just . . . I have no words, really. Killing someone isn't an easy thing (not that I'd know, personally, but I imagine it's not lol) and then top that off if it comes back that the fire court is responsible for killing this princess, the war that will come out of it is just devastating. That's a lot of weight on his shoulders and he takes it all. I have much, MUCH respect for him.
I love that this novella gives you a glimpse in to the world of the different elemental courts. Especially the fact that you get to meet King Taron and see a few different sides of him. We also get a closer look at the fire court, which I find to be one of the more interesting and rotten courts that there are. Seems like the ideal place to have villains, right? I also got a huge kick out of the Queen of the water court. I still laugh over how perfect her name is.
My heart hurts after having finished this but for many reasons. None of which I can talk about because it spoils this novella but once you read it, I'm sure your heart will hurt, too.
I may have squealed a little bit to see my name in the acknowledgements. Seriously, I love Stacey! But I also want to point out the fact that even though she is my friend, I read any friend's book honestly and judge it based on that. I tell her my thoughts and I'm honest. So, thank you, Stacey, for sending me this novella and letting me read it in exchange for an honest review. I'm so rooting for you and you know you have my support! <3...more
Meh. I'm being generous with my rating because of Kenji. If it weren't for him I'd go with a one or two star rating. I feel like this was a waste of mMeh. I'm being generous with my rating because of Kenji. If it weren't for him I'd go with a one or two star rating. I feel like this was a waste of my $2.99 and frankly, makes me realize how much more I love Warner. Adam is annoying....more
I've been putting off reading White Hot Kiss because I wanted to read this novella before it. It's releasReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I've been putting off reading White Hot Kiss because I wanted to read this novella before it. It's released before it and it takes place prior to the book so I wanted to get my start like everyone else. I am so glad I waited because let me tell you, this story gets me really excited for White Hot Kiss. I was excited before but now I'm like . . . drop everything and read this book excited.
I've yet to read a book about gargoyles to say I was intrigued was putting it lightly. I mean, how is this possible? She got my attention when she mentioned this series about gargoyles. Whether it sounded good or not, I wanted to know how this was going to work. Have no fear, it totally works and it's as amazing as it sounds. These characters are a little older than what YA characters are but it's okay because it's basically introducing us to the world and we also meet all the main characters in White Hot Kiss.
I love the whole 'mating' thing in this world. Not that I like that term but most of these 'couples' are put together for repopulating their kind not about love. It's rare that love comes along with the responsibility of keeping their kind alive. But once a male announces his intentions of mating a female, she has seven days to accept or deny the request. It's fascinating. I guess if you don't love your 'mate' you might learn to love them? I can't even imagine it but Jasmine is lucky because the man announcing his intentions is the one man she loved and her best friend. The only problem is he left her three years ago without so much as a goodbye; not calls or emails saying he was okay or why he suddenly left. Then he reappears back in her life and the first he does is make his claim on her. Yeah, I'd be a little pissed off, too. Especially when he's so resistant on telling her why he left.
I love how you slowly see her guard come down around him and how you know exactly when things changed for her. But that's not the most exciting thing about this novella. Though the tension between them is pretty hot I love all the small adventures they go on together and all the types of Demons we meet along the way. Not to mention meeting the half Demon half Warden in Washington, DC, Layla.
You'll want to read this novella when it's released; if you were even slightly considering this series, read this novella and I can guarantee you'll be bouncing in your seat with excitement waiting for White Hot Kiss. And let's be honest, how many books have you read about Gargoyles? Yeah . . . you want to read this. It's fascinating. The characters are great, the story is addicting, the romance is sizzling, the world is different in the best kind of way and it's the beginning of something great.
Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for allowing me the chance to read this novella in exchange for an honest review....more
If you have NOT read Incarnate & Asunder, please read with caution. There are some sReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual Rating 4.5
If you have NOT read Incarnate & Asunder, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
It's nice getting a look at the brilliant mind of Dossam, being able to see his love and passion for music first hand. It's also interesting getting a look at his family, his loving and caring mother, his abusive and drunk father and his older brother, Fayden, who is an interesting character (plus, I'm kind of in love with his name). He's not much of a brother until that changes the day Dossam meets his best friend, Stef. Insert squeal here. Finding out how these two become friends was just exciting and the second he said his name and the way they met was just . . . it made me giddy, to say the least.
I love novellas. They're short, they're sweet (or not) but they usually give you a peek into a characters head that we normally don't see. That's the main reason I love novellas. Sure, most books are told from one characters point of view so we know them really well and we think we know the other characters just as well but you read a novella from one of their points of views and realize there's so much more to them. That is how I felt reading this. It was fascinating, getting a glimpse into Sam's past, how Heart came to be, to see some of these characters we know in the current setting back when everything started. It was especially interesting seeing Sam's first interaction with a dragon, since we all know how he feels about them.
So many bad things happen to Sam in this short story; to the point where you really want to reach in and give him a hug. Which is silly because we see him in Incarnate, Asunder and soon in Infinite and he's fine. Well, as fine as one could be. But knowing everything he went through, from the beginning of his life until his current life is just . . . it's hard a pill to swallow. But hopefully there will be plenty of light at the end of his tunnel.
Sam's musical talents have always interested me; from someone who very big into performing music as a child through my teen years, it's so exciting seeing such a great character having the same passion. Sadly, while his passion has not faded him, it has myself. However, seeing how he came to be in his music and what inspired his want, no his need to play, it's great. His love for music trumps everything (except maybe Ana, in my opinion . . . ).
This is a great novella to satisfy your hunger for Infinite. If you haven't read Asunder, do not read this novella as there are spoilers. Yes, even though it takes place before Incarnate there are future spoilers for Asunder, weird, I know but there you have it! We all love Sam and being given the chance to get a peek, as small as it may be, is perfection. I know I'm twitching to open the pages of Infinite....more
Mr. Daniel Sheridan, I love you. Seriously - what happened to humans where men don't court women like theReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Mr. Daniel Sheridan, I love you. Seriously - what happened to humans where men don't court women like they used to? When everyone had manors, dignity and honor? That is basically non-existent today and it makes me sad. That being said - this may be a novella but I have come to truly love these short stories. Not only do they satisfy your need for more of the characters we've grown to love but it also, usually, gives you a look in to a different characters mind and their history. This novella is no different.
Eleanor is not the first girl Daniel Sheridan has loved but we all hope she will be the last. Years ago, he was engineer on the haunted Sadie Queen and best friends with the captains daughter, Miss Cassidy Cochran. I shall use the term 'best friend' loosely because those were not the feelings he had for her but he knew they were all he could possess for her. The down side of this time period; most average boys/men are not 'good enough' for women like Cassidy.
If you're like me you fell in love with Daniel and need more of him. Even 150 pages was not enough to satisfy my craving but it'll do. The epilogue of this novella was just perfect and pulled at my heartstrings. He's confident it's not the last time he'll see Eleanor and come on, we all know he's right.
The best thing about this novella? Getting to see Jie cheat him in poker and how he met Joseph. But wait, I lied. That's not the best thing about this novella; the best thing is seeing how those three became what they are in Something Strange and Deadly. How well they worked together without really knowing one another. They are stronger and more productive as a unit and if this trio were ever destroyed, I may just cry like a baby.
Do you need to read this novella? No. It's nothing that may come in handy for future novels (at least, I don't think so) but if you're a fan of the second book, salivating for the second book then why not? It's fantastic, gives you more ghosts, more romance and most importantly - more Daniel....more
I may even be generous in giving this two stars. It was just - boring. The ending was horrible. I felt like I wasted my time reading this and that bumI may even be generous in giving this two stars. It was just - boring. The ending was horrible. I felt like I wasted my time reading this and that bums me to no end. I love Magnus Bane and was REALLY looking forward to these short stories. However, after reading this I may skip the rest. I know they're not expensive but together, I feel like it'll be a waste of money. I'll stick with full length books that are done only by Cassie from now on....more
Heidi told me not dislike Nick as much as I did; she said he wasn't a bad guy and I all but laughed whenReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Heidi told me not dislike Nick as much as I did; she said he wasn't a bad guy and I all but laughed when she said this. I stand corrected. I still don't really care for Nick, I don't know why - maybe it's because of how he came off in Forever My Girl but I just can't fully like him. However, in My Everything he definitely gets the chance to redeem himself and he does a very good job at it.
Nick is volunteering for a year in Africa to help care for kids that are in need of it. He wasn't expecting anything when he went down there but he knew he needed to do it to get over everything he lost in his life. His biggest regret was not losing Josie to her ex-boyfriend (now current beau), Liam Page Westbury but walking out on their son, Noah, without so much as a goodbye. He was angry and hurt by Josie and didn't think. It is something that weighs on him his whole time away and something he'll never forgive himself for.
He wasn't looking for love while volunteering but love has a funny way of surfacing when you least expect it. Aubrey, a volunteer nurse, caught his attention and he wasn't planning on acting on it until late into his stay. It's a fast, all in type relationship and usually I'm one that goes 'no way' to something so fast but you know what? It works. These two fit perfectly together, they respect one another and you can see how deep the feelings go even as they're getting to know one another.
Things get interesting when Aubrey and Nick move back to his hometown of Beaumont and run into his ex, Josie.
It's definitely a great filler to satisfy you while you wait for the next Beaumont book but it also helps you get over your dislike for Nick that you probably had while reading Forever My Girl. (At least, it lessens that dislike) If you've read Forever My Girl, I definitely recommend downloading this to your ereader or phone pronto. If you haven't read the first book, I think you might want to get on that.
Thank you Heidi for inviting me to be a part of your blog tour....more
I think I'm in love with Eli. Still in love with Ben (maybe even more so after reading this novella fromReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I think I'm in love with Eli. Still in love with Ben (maybe even more so after reading this novella from his point of view) but man, I just love Eli. I must also point out that in this short, 120 page novella, the F-bomb is dropped 24 times and I am pretty certain each time it's coming from Eli's mouth. To some, that might be a bit excessive, to me. . .it was perfect.
I really loved Unraveling and super excited for Unbreakable so I couldn't wait to read this, especially with it being Ben's voice instead of Janelle's! We not only get to see how he sort of seems like a stalker in the years leading up to that wretched car accident that changed everything for him but we also get to see the friendship between Ben, Reid and Eli. Incase you're like me and sort of were fuzzy on what happened in Unraveling (since it's been nearly a year and all), this novella helps refresh everything while giving you a different, new look at things.
We travel back with Eli and Ben to their planet and meet their families - or what's left of them. Them thinking everything would be the same was wishful thinking. Meeting Ben's older brother, Derrick, was one of my favorite parts about them being home. I really liked him, I really hope we see more of him and the first meeting since Ben returned was just so. . .cute. I'm not sure cute is the right word but it was; let's say if I would've been in the room, I might have cried. It was touching; heartwarming.
This novella is definitely one to not only give you an inside look in to Ben's head but help satisfy your hunger for Unbreakable. I think it would definitely help to read this before Unbreakable comes out but I don't think it's completely necessary. (Ask me again after I've read Unbreakable) If you feel in love with Unraveling and hated the ending, you should definitely read this....more
Brandt was someone I liked from the beginning so to be aReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
My name is Brandt Cross, and I'm a Soul Jumper...
Brandt was someone I liked from the beginning so to be able to see him get his own story, I was so all over that! He may not be the same Brandt on the outside but he's just about the same Brandt on the inside, plus a few additions.
He's a six and his ability is pretty cool; when his 'host' body dies, his soul jumps in to the next body around. The catch? That body has to be a six. The bonus? Any body he takes over he also gets their ability. So you can see how valuable an ability like this could be for Denazen, right? Over time Brandt could be one of the most powerful sixes out there and that's just terrifying.
His new victim is a pretty shitty person; maybe not as shitty as his last body, Sheltie, who happened to be the person who murdered Brandt. Living in your murderers body doesn't sound like a lot of fun but I guess you could say he got his revenge. His new body is Douglass Cain or most commonly just known as Cain. He's your typical scumbag; massive attitude problems, no respect for women, drugs and alcohol are his friend & just overall pretty dirty. Not exactly a winning body, if you ask me but why he chose him was for his ability. Cain can convince people to do what he wants, which makes him more of a jerk.
Brandt is on an undercover mission to steal this product that believed to be half the cure for Dez and all the other Supremacy sixes out there who are risk of dying around the age of eighteen. The one thing he doesn't expect is to fall for a girl who is sent on the same mission and will do just about anything to make sure she wins.
For being a novella, it's action packed, tons of suspense, drama, backstabbing, violence and romance. What a fantastic combination, is it not? It's also refreshing for fans of this series to see everything from another characters point of view. Someone who we haven't seen much of since the beginning. If you haven't read this series, I don't recommend you start with this novella but if you have read the previous books, definitely check this out. It's going to be important and it's a fun read so why not?
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for inviting me to not only read & review this novella in exchange for an honest review but for asking me to be a part of this blog tour....more
This world, these characters, this story is just amazing. She could put out a novella about these charactReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
This world, these characters, this story is just amazing. She could put out a novella about these characters eating a meal and I would definitely read it just because I can't get enough of everything that Rae Carson has created. Not to mention all of these covers are so brilliant, beautiful and attention grabbing. If you don't know what series I'm talking about then I suggest you go out and buy the first book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns; you can thank me later.
Mara fell in love with a boy. It all starts with that, doesn't it? Not only did she fall in love with a boy but she was planning on running away with said boy. Her father would never approve their marriage and she was safer farther away from him. Problem is, she never gets the chance to live out her happily every after. Her village is viciously attacked and many are dead or left for dying. It's up to her, the man she loves' younger brother and a few other children varying in ages from four to fourteen. Julio, the man she was to run away with, used himself as a distraction so she could save herself and the few children left standing. It was a brave, selfless thing to do and who knows if he's survived or was caught during his distraction.
This novella is the story of how Mara went from being a girl in love to being a girl who care and look out for those who needed it. She went from being a girl abused by her father to a girl who would lead others to safety. Just like how Elisa grew so much in her first book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, we can see how much Mara grew in this novella. Mara is a character I really like in this series and now, she is one I truly admire.
If you love this series, like I said, there's no reason for you not to check out this novella. If you're like me, you can't get enough of this world, these characters and this story so don't deny yourself a chance for more now....more
I am a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey's. I read everything she puts out. Haunting Violet was amazing. So much so that I was terribly sadden to find outI am a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey's. I read everything she puts out. Haunting Violet was amazing. So much so that I was terribly sadden to find out it was only a standalone. I couldn't get enough of Violet. Especially her relationship with Colin.
When I heard she had a novella coming out, I knew I had to have it. The only thing I hate about novellas is they are too short. I really would enjoy another full length novel with these characters. I love the time period, the characters, the story...so much more could be done. But alas, I would settle for a novella.
If you've read Haunting Violet & loved it, you probably are just like me with wanting more. Read this novella. It helps satisfy your cravings....more
This, I believe, is going to be something very important for readers to read. Even before Boundless. It'sReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
This, I believe, is going to be something very important for readers to read. Even before Boundless. It's not only something to tie us over until Boundless is released but I have a feeling all of this is going to play a big part in the final installment.
We take our journey overseas to Italy, which is just awesome. Not only does it sound like the perfect vacation, especially for Clara, but we get to see Angela around her mystery guy. Turns out this guy is a lot more than meets the eye...but Clara can't figure out if that's a good thing or bad thing. Honestly, the reader is right there with her. Sure, this guy is hot (Orlando Bloom hot) but since when are looks what define a person?
Angela has a memory of her first kiss and I believe you'll be shocked to find out who the boy was she first kissed. Spin the bottle, of course...she was expecting fireworks and actually felt the complete opposite. Clara is still dreaming of and thinking of Tucker almost every breathing moment while she should be enjoying herself in Italy. It shows you who her heart is truly with...we'll just have to see if things turn out for her or not.
All I know is this novella was exciting and delicious but I'm so ready for the main course. I am ready to read Boundless and I cannot wait until January 22. If you've read Unearthy & Hallowed, you MUST read this...it's one you do not nor should not miss out on reading....more
Probably the shortest novella I've ever read but that's OK. It did what it should do, tie one over until the next full length book is available. Plus,Probably the shortest novella I've ever read but that's OK. It did what it should do, tie one over until the next full length book is available. Plus, it gave the reader more of Mo so who really is going to complain? Certainly not me.
What S.R. Johannes did was take a few scenes from Untraceable and rework in to Mo's point of view. I really enjoyed seeing these scenes but through his eyes. The scene with the deer before his first time meeting Grace (though, he didn't know this was her name at the current time) was absolutely precious.
If you enjoyed Untraceable and haven't read Uncontrollable yet, I abso-bloody-lutely recommend you give this a quick read. It won't take you long to finish it and then you'll wanna dive right in to the next book! Which is exactly what I'm about to do!!...more