Die For Me by Amy Plum is a story about a girl named Kate who moves to Paris with her older sist...moreReviewed by Lisa
Many Thanks to Harperteen for the ARC.
Die For Me by Amy Plum is a story about a girl named Kate who moves to Paris with her older sister Georgia to live with their paternal grandparents after the death of their parents. There she encounters Vincent and his friends. But all is not as it seems with her new acquaintances. They have a secret. One that they are not supposed to reveal to anyone. But as Kate’s life is unknowingly saved by Vincent, she’s brought into their lives and their stories are revealed.
Amy Plum’s story made me ache with a loss that was not my own. If that doesn’t show how much of an impact her words had on me, I don’t know what would. It was sad, sweet, and haunting. Her descriptions so vivid, her prose so lovely. It was seriously a breath of fresh air. Her mythology unique and captivating. She showed how Kate’s new home, Paris, that should have been familiar, comforting and soothing, turned out to be dull, gray, and dark. Also, she’s given us an amazing new love story to root for. Reading how things were for Kate and Vincent had me all starry eyed. He’s a total gentleman, courageous, and very strong. Amy created a perfect setting for a beautiful new love story. My thoughts on Vince – Vincent is like a chocolate éclair – dark and lovely on the outside, but soft and sweet on the inside. You savor it to the very last bite…then lick your fingers clean.
I’ve always been into paranormal romance and all that goes along with it, but I can honestly say that this was unlike anything I thought I would read and enjoy so much. She combined immortals and, basically, zombies. At least, that’s what Jules, mainly, calls them. But they are so much more than that. And Amy made them heroes. She created characters that were likable and entertaining, like Jules, Ambrose, and even… Gaspard. For those who’ve read Die For Me, at some point you were probably a little iffy about him, but he certainly showed that he’s worthy and not wimpy.
This is a to die for piece of fiction in my opinion. It’ll make your heart beat fast with anticipation and then leave you breathless with its ending. It certainly left me with stars in my eyes and swooning slightly. And finally, it’ll leave you wanting more at the very end. It was a perfect ending to a perfect book. And That Vincent is really swoon worthy. He’s definitely ranking high on my list of Best Book Boys for 2011.
Also, this was one of those lines that really stuck with me – “Kate asked herself this question – what’s better, I thought, to be safe and suffer alone, or risk pain and actually live?”
Here’s a little tease from Die For Me:
We stood there, looking out at the city of light together for a few euphoric moments before he leaned his head down and whispered, “The answer to your question of where I was taking you would be…to the most beautiful place in Paris. With the most beautiful girl I have been lucky enough to set eyes on, and who I desperately hope will agree to meet me again. As soon as possible.”
Amy Plum has certainly delivered with her debut novel for 2011. I’m looking forward to the sequel Until I Die.
And another tease… because I couldn’t just settle on one. It was all so good.
In what felt like slow motion, Vincent’s cheek touched my own, at which point my lungs forgot to work. He pulled back slightly, and our eyes met as he leaned toward my other cheek and brushed his lips gently against my skin. I opened my mouth to inhale, attempting to send some oxygen to my brain.
First off, I’d like to thank Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Trace of Fever. I appreciate having the opportu...moreReviewed by Autumn
First off, I’d like to thank Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Trace of Fever. I appreciate having the opportunity to be able to read such a great series.
Trace of Fever by Lori FosterTrace of Fever is the second book in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. Fever is about Trace Rivers, whom we met in When You Dare, and Priscilla Patterson. Trace’s sister Alani was rescued by Dare after being kidnapped by human traffickers and now Trace is hell bent on bringing down every trafficker he can manage to find.
In the opening scene readers find out that Trace is working undercover as a bodyguard for a horrible, despicable, scumbag of a man named Murray Coburn. Murray is a very powerful and influential businessman who also happens to kidnap women to sell them.
Yes, he’s a real upstanding member of the Ohio community where this story takes place.
A “female” is downstairs, requesting to see Murray. Trace is instructed to find out who she is. He questions her and finds out that Priscilla Patterson claims to be Murray’s daughter. After a few words and a very thorough frisking, Trace thinks something is fishy and feels the need to keep Priscilla away from Murray. He believes that Murray wouldn’t appreciate having a daughter because she’d be a threat to him and his empire. No father’s day gift for this man – he’d probably sell off his own kid!
Of course, Priscilla doesn’t listen and Murray finds out about her. Trace’s goal is then to keep Priscilla safe and to bring Murray down, but it’s going to be an awfully hard job with those meddling kids! Oh, wait, it’s just Priscilla. He doesn’t know if he can trust Priscilla, why she’s after Murray, or how much of what she’s claiming is true. Then again, Priscilla feels the same way about Trace. Over the course of the book, the sexual attraction continues to grow even though neither one of them really knows much about one another.
I would have never thought I’d like a romance novel that mixed in a story of human trafficking. Foster managed to interweave the two subjects beautifully, showing the heartache trafficking can cause while having two people fall in love. Fever features less love scenes than its previous installment, but more suspense. There was enough sexual tension and action going on that I didn’t mind the change and it would have felt out of place if it had been flipped.
I really enjoyed Trace of Fever and can’t wait to get started on the third book in the series, Savor the Danger, which is about Dare and Trace’s partner Jackson and Trace’s sister Alani. I think I’m going to love Jackson from what I read in Trace’s book.
(Priscilla) “You have a very limited vocabulary.” (Jackson) “My balls still hurt. It’s affecting my brain.” “You brain is located a little low, isn’t it?”
There’s a lot of that great back and fourth banter, which I love, and Jackson’s one liner’s.
“Crying women make me horny.”
This is Trace’s book so I can’t forget a great exchange between Trace and Priscilla!
“And you need to get off?” He stared at her. “You’re not acting very virginal.” “Get real,” She snorted. “I work in a porn shop.” A fact he’d never forget. “Yeah, I need to get off.”
If you liked When You Dare, or other Lori Foster books, I highly suggest you check out Trace of Fever. Now, where can I sign up for a very thorough frisking from a man like Trace?(less)
When You Dare is the first in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series by Lori Foster. The serie...moreReviewed by Lisa
Many thanks to Harlequin for the ARC!
When You Dare is the first in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series by Lori Foster. The series features uber-alpha, overprotective, and strong males. Her writing is just superb.
The heroine, Molly, is not your typical female lead who plays the damsel in distress routine. No, not at all. Foster has written an independent, tough, yet sensitive female protagonist. She doesn’t back down and even when she was held captive, ill treated, and tortured, she dealt with it. She did not break down, she did not cry, beg, or plead. She held strong. Not knowing that the man who now held her in his possession was her savior, she struck back even in her weakened state.
I love Lori Foster’s male leads. They are definitely not your average male heroes and this one is no different. Dare is a well trained, lethal, and a deadly machine who has some quirks that just don’t seem like the norm for a man of his caliber. He has this thing about everything being neat and tidy. He’s efficient and organized. He always has a plan. And what truly made him appealing – besides how amazingly attractive he is physically – was the love he had for his ‘girls’. I think that really sealed the deal for me.
While he was on a personal mission to save his best friend’s sister from a band of human traffickers he stumbles upon something unexpected. A woman among the younger captives is an anomaly. Usually the kidnappers go after rather young women that can be sold off to the highest bidder and Molly doesn’t fit their standards. She’s beautiful in her own right, but she’s just not what is usually sought after. So there must be another reason for why she was kidnapped and held prisoner.
As Dare and Molly move forward after the incident, they discover that danger still lurks on the outside. Molly isn’t completely safe, but Dare is determined to find out who was behind her disappearance and why. He’s made it his mission to keep her safe. No matter what.
This is a sexy, smoldering, action packed story, with some mystery to it. Lori Foster really delivers in this book.(less)
Each novella had a little bit of everything to suck me in and keep me engrossed within its pages to the very end. I gave it 4 stars be...moreReviewed by Lisa
Each novella had a little bit of everything to suck me in and keep me engrossed within its pages to the very end. I gave it 4 stars because the last piece cut off too soon in my opinion and I was a little irked by that. But to be honest... it was really well done.
Lori Foster does a wonderful job of setting up the scene for her new series featuring hot, uber alpha males. Jett was sexy as hell and my only problem was that there wasn't enough of him. I'm looking forward to reading The Men Who Walk the Edge Of Honor books. Lori's writing was flawless, sensual, and captivating. In this novella we saw how a relationship developed between Jett and Natalie. It went from being a no strings attached agreement, to something deeper, something more, that was heated and completely satisfying. I loved it.
Susan Donovan brought us Jesse the mysterious next door neighbor. He's exotic, hot, attractive, and a famous writer. And Gail, the professor from Pennsylvania. She's the mother of a soon to be college student who's in dire need of a vacation. She made the decision to chaperon her daughter and her friend to Key West on Spring Break. Gail was able to relax and enjoy herself, and find a little love in the process. Susan did a lovely job with this piece, it was sweet, fun, and sexy.
Victoria Dahl gave us a taste of her upcoming new trilogy featuring the Donovan Brothers Brewery. Dahl's writing is, as per usual, fast paced, intriguing, and smooth. Eric and Beth's relationship was filled with such sexual tension, it was amazing and kept me turning the pages. She's set up a good beginning with the introduction of the Donovan family and their business and their personalities. Reading that just left me wanting more. I'm really looking forward to see how this plays out.
Once again I’d like to thank Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Savor the Danger. I greatly appreciated having...moreReviewed by Autumn
Once again I’d like to thank Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Savor the Danger. I greatly appreciated having the opportunity to be able to read such a great series.
*sigh* Where do I even start? For those that don’t know me or my writing, I can be a sarcastic… er, you-know-what. Big time. I started to fall for Jackson, the hero of Savor the Danger, at the end of Trace of Fever. Within the first few pages of Savor I had completely fallen for him – like head over heels. Jackson is a smart ass but is very caring, taking in strays (of the feline and human variety), and like his, um, “co-workers” Dare and Trace, has a romantic streak a mile wide when he finds the right woman.
Savor opens with Jackson waking up, his hand on Alani Rivers backside, with no memory of what had happened the night before. He’s been pursuing her for quite some time now. To say that it bothers him that they’ve been intimate but that he can’t remember any of it is the understatement of the century. After Jackson yells at Alani while his head is over the toilet, she misunderstands what he’s trying to tell her and leaves.
Jackson comes to the conclusion that he was drugged, but by who? And why? How did Alani end up at his apartment? Is she in danger too? Can he convince Alaini that he was drugged and get a second chance with her? And just who is Arizona?
Savor had lots of suspense and lots of sweet, sarcastic moments that made me laugh and swoon. Also, it had a totally naked Jackson fighting someone else outside Alani’s house. The thought of a man fighting with his family jewels swinging around… excuse me for a moment…
I loved that we got to visit with Dare, Molly, Trace, Priscilla, and Chris. It was like a family reunion. With guns and strategic planning. Trace’s comments and glares in Jackson’s direction because of his sister Alani felt real, but at the same time, had me stitches.
For me, the two biggest suspenseful moments in the book were figuring out what human trafficking had to do with the plot line and Arizona. I was wrong with both of my guesses, but then again, I’m about 50/50 with my hunches on story lines. I really liked how Arizona and Spencer were set up for a book of their own. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for! And Lori, if you’re reading this, I do hope it’s a full book of their own and not something in an anthology. Pretty please?
I highly recommend Savor the Danger to anyone that has read the rest of the Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series because it’s not complete without it! Also, I recommend it to anyone that likes Lori’s other books or who likes the romantic suspense genre. You won’t regret it!
Savor the Danger will be released on June 28th and is now available for pre-order at Amazon. (less)
I received this ARC of Yours to Keep on Netgalley from Carina Press. Many thanks to them.
I thought Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey was...moreReviewed by Lisa
I received this ARC of Yours to Keep on Netgalley from Carina Press. Many thanks to them.
I thought Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey was really good. I went into it not expecting to enjoy it that much. But it surprised me and I found myself laughing out loud and smiling at certain scenes. It wasn’t until I came onto Goodreads to add this story to “currently reading” that I found out it is the third in a series about the Kowalski Brothers. It stands alone though in my opinion. It was a lot of characters to digest at once since it’s a rather large family that consists of brothers AND cousins! And the Kowalski’s were all guys. It was fun, witty, snarky and very well written. It flowed well. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. A very likable female lead and a real guy’s guy male lead. They were both really refreshing and entertaining. Also, there’s the hotness factor which I thoroughly enjoyed. Sean is a total HOTTIE, even when he says rude things. He’s just being himself. And I appreciated that and the banter he had with Emma, his fake fiancé. So many laughs and an awesome list of characters. I really can say I enjoyed this quite a bit. So much so that I read it all in one night!
I definitely plan on going back and reading the other books in the series, and if there’s anymore books in this series – I will read.(less)
I love The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it is...moreGuest Reviewer - 4theluvofmary/Steph
I love The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it is my favorite Young Adult series. In fact, I love it more than, gasp, Twilight. And without a doubt I love Jace Wayland more than...you guessed it, Edward Cullen. But really, if you take the time to read the book(s), you’ll understand why.
First in the series, City of Bones.
Clare has an amazing ability to weave together a world unlike many you’ve read about in the staggeringly increasing amounts of Urban Fantasy books on the shelves today. Though set in modern day New York City, the characters, both human and non, and the government (for lack of a better word) are so interesting it was, quite literally, impossible to put down. The book drew me in from the beginning, where sixteen year old Clary sees something unusual at a local club.
Which is where we meet Jace, resident bad boy with the cool arrogance, sharp remarks, and of course, devastatingly good looks. What sets Jace apart from other YA love interests, though, is the surprisingly sweet glimpses of vulnerability. It can probably be said for most of these boys/guys/men/whatever-you-call-them that you read about that this trait is merely a mask to cover up a darker side. And the same is here true. Yet, none of it feels contrived. As you read more of City of Bones (and consequently the other two, City of Ashes and City of Glass), you get more insight into Jace’s past and present day situations. I found myself aching over this boy, grown up too fast due to the world he lives in and the people he’s forced to interact with.
I should probably say more about Clary, huh? As far as heroines go, she’s pretty dang likable. Not only that, but despite the otherworldly aspect, relatable. She’s young, tiny (can I just interrupt myself to say how cute I think it is that she’s so short?), sweet, and yet still has that flair for dramatics so common in teenagers. She’s got her bff (a boy named Simon, more on him later) as well as a group of other friends, a mom who actually cares about her daughter (hello, Renee? Sorry, can’t help making the Twilight comparisons...), and seemingly normal teenage concerns. Even though she is thrust into this new, strange, and downright frightening new world, she is able to handle herself with a grace proportionate to her age. Who wouldn’t be scared? Who wouldn’t maybe fall for the boy?
Besides the two main players in this series, Clare’s supporting cast is amazing. Seriously. I don’t think I’ve read a series where I’ve been rooting for the other guys as much as this one. Simon, who you learn fairly on, may harbor some stronger-than-friends-feelings for Clary, is really sweet and truly adorkable. You almost want to root for the underdog (if it weren’t for how much you fall in love with Jace...). Then there are Jace’s friends: Alec and Isabelle. The, basically, adoptive brother and sister to Jace, have their own plot lines weaving throughout the story. Alec, especially, grabbed my attention and held it. Then of course, you get to meet Luke, Magnus, Hodge, etc etc. I can’t go into detail over them all. Otherwise not only would this be the longest review ever, but I’d also spoil everything.
So, even though I want to keep on gushing over how amazing this book (and series) is, I’ll end with this: Go and read. City of Bones has action, romance, and the good story telling needed to make a literary world truly come alive.(less)
It is a relatively well-known fact that I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan. When I heard she was planning to write m...moreMany thanks to Guest Reviewer Rachel.
It is a relatively well-known fact that I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan. When I heard she was planning to write more in The Mortal Instruments series, I was ecstatic beyond belief. It should be no surprise to hear that I bought City of Fallen Angels (aka CoFA) on my Kindle just so I could have the book without needing to wait for the bookstores to open the next morning. In fact, I didn’t wait for morning at all - I read straight through the night and went to sleep right as the sun was rising.
Obviously, I had high hopes for this book. And overall, I was entirely satisfied. The same characters I loved from the original three books each received their due page time (even though there were rumors that the book focused on Simon, these were untrue; the focus is divided exactly the same as before). I was slightly disappointed by the fact that for the first half of the book, Magnus and Alec were absent, but when they return, it’s in grand fashion.
By far, the best part of City of Fallen Angels was the character growth. Personally, I had never much enjoyed Simon as a character, but by the end of CoFA he was one of my favorites. We get to meet the band, and seeing their dork-musician camaraderie provides bits of light-hearted teasing in a book that could have easily fallen into despair. As for our leading girl Clary, she has begun to train as a Shadowhunter, and she actually develops a bit more toughness than in the first three books. She may still be weaker than most of the other Shadowhunters, but her physical fighting has improved significantly.
Speaking of fighting, City of Fallen Angels retained that same intensity from the previous books, even if it took a little time to get there. The beginning focuses more on the characters, but when the plot takes off, it really takes off. The climax brings everything together epically, and just when all seem well....
Yes, I know you probably want to hear about the ending. If you hadn’t heard, Cassandra Clare wasn’t shy about the fact that the end of CoFA is a cliffhanger - I believe on twitter she and Holly Black compared it to having your kneecaps broken. As I read, I was equally excited and terrified to see about this torturous cliffhanger. She was right - it is evil. As a slightly weird person, I actually liked it, but I am in the vast minority. The worst part about the ending is that it comes after everything seems resolved. All is well, the bad guy has been defeated, and then BAM! All is not well. I would recommend having a box of Kleenex handy.
Don’t let this discourage you from reading, though. The book is still filled with wonderful moments, a certain also legendary alley scene, and yes, Jace is still hot. If you have read the first three books, then read this too. Though City of Fallen Angels has a bit of a different tone than City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass because the Jace/Clary issue has been resolved, the book continues their story, and everyone else’s, keeping the integrity of the world she created. If you haven’t read the first three books in a while and worry about needing a refresher, have no fear. The book starts afresh, not jumping right into the plot and requiring detailed memory of the previous action. If you haven’t read the first three books at all, then what are you waiting for? Come visit with me in this intense, beautiful world that Cassandra Clare has created!
About the Reviewer: Rachel is a huge sports fan and her favorite baseball team is the White Sox. She can be reached via Twitter at @WhoDatRachel.(less)
When I first came across by Legacy by Cayla Kluver, I was a little tentative. I am not usually one to en...moreReviewed by Heather. 4.5 stars on Fic-Talk.com
When I first came across by Legacy by Cayla Kluver, I was a little tentative. I am not usually one to enjoy period books. But when I heard the author was only fourteen years old when she wrote this book, I was intrigued. That’s right…when the rest of us were doodling in our notebooks about high school crushes this girl was writing a book!
One night, long ago, in the land of Hytanica, all the newborn baby boys began to disappear. When the light of morning came, all forty-eight bodies of the children were found outside the city gates. What remained a mystery was the fact that the Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine baby boys so one was missing.
Sixteen years later, a young princess Alera is struggling with the fact that she is to have chosen a suitor by the time she is eighteen. The man she chooses to marry will become King, so her father has one young gentleman in mind, Steldor. Steldor is far from who she would choose to marry so she is constantly having to fight off his advances toward her and her father’s insistence that she make a decision.
Narian, a young Cokyrian boy, is found inside the castle and is captured. Alera is immediately infatuated with this boy. He is nothing like any of the boys she has me so far in her land. It later turns out that he is the missing Hytanica boy from sixteen years ago.
When he wants nothing to do with the Hytanica ways, he begins to teach Alera some of the Cokyrian ways. The develop a friendship that no one outside of the two of them really understand.
When the Cokyrian decide that they want Narian back to fulfill a prophecy, will his former people, the Hytanica’s help him or turn him over? Are the Hytanica willing to battle in another war with their long time enemies, the Cokyrian?
I am still amazed that the author was only fourteen when she wrote this. This book had me so intrigued by the first page. Like I said before, I am not usually one to enjoy period books, but the way Cayla Kluver writes these characters is brilliant. You feel every bit of the emotion that drives Alera, from her anger towards Steldor, to her budding romance with Narian. This will definitely be a book that you can’t put down until you find out what exactly is happening.(less)
After finishing White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers series, I knew I immediately wanted to jump into Red Glove, the sequ...moreReviewed by Heather
After finishing White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers series, I knew I immediately wanted to jump into Red Glove, the sequel. Thankfully, I had it on hand as well.
When Cassel Sharpe learns that his curse worker brothers were manipulating his memories, he also learns something else – instead of being useless like he always thought, he finds out that he in fact, is the most dangerous curse worker of all. With one touch of Cassel Sharpe’s ungloved hand, he can turn anything he wants into something else.
This was how Lila, his childhood crush, became a white cat. Cassel’s brothers manipulated his memories making him think that he actually killed her. But now that Lila is human again, Cassel has even more problems. His mother has cursed Lila to love him. He has no idea whether to believe anything Lila does and says or not.
When his older brother is murdered, Cassel finds himself wanted by both the Feds and the mob. He knows that he must use his con abilities in order to stay ahead of the game and stay safe until he can find out exactly what is happening.
I have to say, Red Glove was even better than the first book in the series. It had more action in my opinion and definitely held my attention more. Black has created a world that pulls you in and mesmerizes you with each chapter. I definitely look forward to the third installment in the series, Black Heart which is set to be release some time next year.(less)
If the summary alone doesn’t just grab you, I don’t know what will. I think the fact that we’re dealing with a love story that has spa...moreReviewed by Lisa
If the summary alone doesn’t just grab you, I don’t know what will. I think the fact that we’re dealing with a love story that has spanned more than a 1000 years is what gets me the most. The heartbreaking part? It’s a doomed love story. Ill fated from the very start. But the love that was there to cause such a thing to happen in the first place is one that will definitely remain with you for awhile. I know it did for me.
Emma, the main character, is pretty hardcore. She’s this witty, snarky, sarcastic, intelligent, and slightly angst-ridden teenager that I think a lot of people can relate to. Let’s overlook the fact that she may be a ‘born’ witch, and that she’s just a normal girl who’s just had a hard life. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. Leaving her to live with her step dad who’s a total rotten asshat. He left her with scars, emotional and physical, so she decides to finally take her aunt up on her offer to come live with her and go to this private, somewhat elite, high school in New York.
There she meets the dark and mysterious Brendan Salinger. I wanna sigh right now. I loved Brendan. Plain and simple. He defended her on her first day of school when a mean blonde girl was being nosy.
I don’t want to give away too much of the story but things really start happening from then on. Brendan speaks to her every so often and then gives her the cold shoulder, which confuses Emma. She’s having these weird dreams where she sees her twin brother and he’s warning her to stay away from ‘him’. She has to deal with a few haters and a big bad bully and come to terms with what she’s feeling for Brendan and how he feels for her and what’s with his weird behavior.
Cara Lynn Shultz’ debut novel is not one to be missed! Full of doomed lovers, angst, mystery, and magic. Such a fabulous read. Really top notch writing for her first novel. Also, the very best part, in my opinion, is that this book is a COMPLETE. STANDALONE. NOVEL. THANK YOU, CARA!(less)
First off, thank you to Harlequin for allowing me the opportunity to read this ARC.
Collide was a very unexpected surprise. While I...moreReviewed by Heather
First off, thank you to Harlequin for allowing me the opportunity to read this ARC.
Collide was a very unexpected surprise. While I knew I would enjoy reading it, the unexpected element of mystery added to the enjoyment.
Emm is a woman who suffered an accident when she was younger. Her head injury causes her to have fugues…moments in time where she goes dark. While in the present time the fugues only seem to last mere seconds or minutes, her ‘hallucinations’ can go on for hours.
While sitting at a coffee shop with a friend, Emm begins to catch the smell of citrus, a sure sign that a fugue is about to begin. The scent seems to be tied to Johnny Dellasandro, a reclusive painter and former 70′s porn star.
Emm becomes infatuated with Johnny and begins to hallucinate Johnny during her fugues. She finds herself, back in the 70′s, with Johnny and his friends. When different things begin to happen in real life, Emm finds herself wondering if the hallucinations are really that…or if they’re more.
This book was amazing! I loved how the characters were written right down to the New York accent of Johnny Dellasandro. The time travel element in this book was surprising because I wasn’t expecting it at all. I won’t lie, when I first requested this book I thought it would be straight up hot, sexy times, but the fact that Emm finds herself jumping from present time to the past added a whole other level to the book that I fell in love with.
I have never read any of Megan Hart’s other books, but once I read the last page of this one I found myself searching for all others written by her so I could check those out too.(less)
When I was given the opportunity to read this book, I jumped at it. Shatter Me is, in all honesty, the best book I’ve read in 2011,...moreReviewed by Heather
When I was given the opportunity to read this book, I jumped at it. Shatter Me is, in all honesty, the best book I’ve read in 2011, and I’ve read a lot of books this year.
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days. The last time she did was a complete accident and it was how she ended up locked away for murder. While the world outside goes to hell, she is locked away all alone.
One day, Juliette is taken to see one of the leaders of the Restablishment. They want to take Juliette’s fatal touch and use it as a weapon. Juliette must decide if she wants to be a weapon of war or finally be free. With the help of Adam, a boy from her past, Juliette is finally able to fight back against those who captured her.
I know this isn’t much of a description of the book, but trust me, if I say anymore I’ll ruin the book for you. Let me just say this…if there has ever been a boy to swoon over in a book, Adam definitely takes the cake.
“You’re so beautiful,” he says to me.
I’m pink and read and maroon all at once. I duck my head and trip away form the mirror only to have him catch me in his arms.
“I’d forgotten my own face,” I whisper.
“Just don’t forget who you are,” he says.
“I don’t even know.”
“Yes you do.” He tilts my face up.
The fact that all along, even when Juliette thought she was long forgotten, Adam had been searching for her, is enough to make you fall in love with him.
It was hard for me to believe that this is Mafi’s first novel. She has a way with words that makes you want to read them over and over. She did a fantastic job with the whole dystopian genre and Shatter Me has a very unique, yet believable plot.
I love that this book didn’t leave you with a huge cliffhanger, even though its part of a trilogy. That being said, I’m still impatiently looking forward to the next book in the series.(less)
Ethan Wate is a sixteen year old who is bored in his hometown of Gatlin, South Carolina and dreams of other places and where he’ll g...morereviewed by Angela
Ethan Wate is a sixteen year old who is bored in his hometown of Gatlin, South Carolina and dreams of other places and where he’ll go after he graduates. He recently lost his mother in an accident and his father has disappeared into his study, barely present for mealtimes. Amma, the town card reader, pretty much raises Ethan and makes sure that he is fed and in school. During summer break, Ethan begins to have dreams that feel real about a beautiful girl who definitely does not live in Gaitlin.
On the first day of school, there is talk about a new girl, Lena Duchannes, who has moved in with the town recluse, Macon Ravenwood. Once Ethan sees Lena, he’s shocked to see that she is the girl in his dreams. Lena resists their friendship at first, but she cannot deny the pull her and Ethan have towards each other. As their relationship develops, Lena confides that she is no ordinary girl, but in fact comes from a family of casters, supernatural beings, and her sixteenth birthday is a pivotal moment in her life that will decide if she goes light or dark, good or bad. As the countdown to her birthday winds down, Lena and Ethan try to uncover the truth of why her sixteenth birthday is so important and if there is anything they can do to stop the predestined events.
I was really excited to read Beautiful Creatures as a number of my friends have read it and really liked it. I am sad to say that I was disappointed. I enjoyed the concept and storyline and I do think it will make an entertaining movie. The writing, however, left something to be desired. The book was way too long and could have been shortened at least 50+ pages by not repeating details and not having Ethan ramble on in his thoughts so much. It is also written in a stereotypical Southern accent with words spelled phonetically which made it problematic when trying to figure out the meaning of the sentence and where to place emphasis. I myself am a Southern woman so I am familiar with the cadence of the accent and I still had trouble with the book. This accent will be fine in a movie, but to read it phonetically was problematic. Lastly, a number of times the author put in references to hurricane season in regards to strange weather that was occurring. Again, I live in an area very much on hurricane watch and hurricanes don’t just pop up and create odd weather without warning and while South Carolina has been directly hit by hurricanes, it’s not that common, certainly not enough to put that much emphasis on hurricane season. So while the concept is good, the writing could have been improved greatly. I plan on reading the subsequent books in this series and I am hoping they’ve cleaned those books up.(less)