I am a big fan of the Science Fiction genre so when I was offered the chance to read Marnee Blake's New Adul For this review and more check out my blog
I am a big fan of the Science Fiction genre so when I was offered the chance to read Marnee Blake's New Adult Sci-Fi book, Altered, I jumped at the chance. I dived straight in and things started out well. A deadly virus sweeps through a small American town leaving the inhabitants dead. Only a handful of people who catch the virus survive. After hours of pain and suffering, they wake up to find that they are not only alive but have developed superhuman powers. The first chapter brought all of this to life in a very cool and vivid way but it was not to last. The more I got into this book the more my original excitement about it fizzled away.
I really wanted to like this one, I truly did, but, in the end, I didn't like it at all. I had several fairly substantial problems with it. Firstly, I couldn't shake the feeling that the author didn't really know what she wanted this book to be. It jumps between action, Science Fiction, emotional drama and romance at a dizzying speed. I do not believe that books should be put in one genre, sometimes blurred lines are good but there has to be some kind of flow and that was distinctly lacking in Altered. This jumping around led to me feeling like there was no substance to either the characters or the plot. There are a fair few characters in this book and I felt like I knew none of them. They felt more like shadowy stereotypes than real fleshy characters. There was no personality, no individuality and nothing for me to relate to in any of them.
I wasn't particularly fond of the writing either. It is fine to have unrealistic aspects of your book, it is Science Fiction after all, but for it to work the creator has to be able to sell it. They have to find a way to make their audience suspend belief. Marnee Blake couldn't do that for me. The descriptions of the powers and the action sequences did not work at all. I found them awkward and at times bizarre.
There were some good ideas here and I do admire Marnee Black for taking a massive swing at it, but something was lost in translation and it fell short of my expectations.
(A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review)...more
Art of Cunning by Steffanie Holmes is the first book in the Crookshollow Foxes series. It was a fairly short read that had a lot going on in it but fa
Art of Cunning by Steffanie Holmes is the first book in the Crookshollow Foxes series. It was a fairly short read that had a lot going on in it but failed to really grip me. I read the whole thing but it felt like a bit of a slog.
The writing was alright, Holmes' writing is fairly tight and it really comes alive when she is writing fast paced action scenes. My problems come mostly from the plot and premise. Firstly, I am not sure I get the whole fox shifter thing. I like foxes, I really do, I think they are super cute and I want to cuddle one. I really struggled to picture a hip high fox fighting off wolves and other baddies. It just all looked a little silly in my head. Length was another issue. There is a lot of information and history to take in, characters to meet and a romance to build. 150 pages was simply not enough for all of it and many things seemed rushed.
I didn't really connect with the characters. Alexandra was alright to start off with, she seemed strong and smart but when the romance kicked off she lost all her personality. At first she was not all that sure about the whole 'destined to be together' thing, but after a couple of days she is head over heels and ready to give herself body and soul to a man/fox she doesn't really know that well. Ryan was to much of an Edward Cullen for my taste. Red haired and brooding he goes from sulky, to romantic, to alpha in the blink of an eye.
The romance didn't appeal much either. The dreaded 'insta-love' reared its ugly head. 99% of the time insta-love just doesn't work. It didn't work here and it stole any chance of real chemistry between Alexandra and Ryan.
Art of Cunning was an ok book. I read it all and it kept me fairly amused but I will not be rushing out to buy the sequel....more
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Sometimes I read a book that For this review and more check out my blog
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes I read a book that just makes me want to cry. Not because it is sad, or because it made me laugh too hard. Sometimes books make me want to cry because I really, really wanted then to be great and instead they ended up being the opposite. This is where I am with House of Royals, I am in a land of bitter disappointment. It wasn't supposed to be like this. I am a fan of Keary Taylor and I thought the description for this book sounded epic yet somehow it all went wrong. I am saddened to say that I didn't like anything about this book.
A while back I read a book by Keary Taylor called What I didn't Say. It was a beautiful book full of emotion and gorgeous writing. I feel like The House of Royals is the complete opposite. It had none of the magic I found in What I Didn't Say.
I thought this book was all over the place. I found the writing stale and confusing. I felt like nothing was explained properly and that not enough time was given to important things. The time line jumped constantly, in the middle section of the book it felt like you couldn't read a paragraph without it jumping forward two weeks. This utterly devastated the romance and gave it no real chance to grow. On top of that I found the whole thing boring.
Unfortunately the characters were no better. There was nothing to them, no real personality. The romance lacked chemistry, structure and sparks of any kind.
I could go on but I don't really want to. It really upsets me to write such a scathing review of a book written by an author I truly respect....more
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I am going to be straight with you, Accidentall (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. The review can also be found on my blog
I am going to be straight with you, Accidentally Married on Purpose is one of those, 'I got so drunk in Vegas that I married a stranger' stories. There are a million books like this out there and at this point I feel like I've read them all. You are probably wondering why I keep reading them. Well the answer is that I literally cannot stop myself, which tells you everything you need to know about my level of will power and my relationship with romance literature. You see, the thing is that most of the time reading romance novels makes me want to put my head through a wall. But, every now and then a book comes along that makes it all worth it. Was Accidentally Married on Purpose one of those books? No. But in all honesty it really wasn't all that bad either.
Accidentally Married on Purpose ended up being pretty cute. It had some substance and well built characters which was likely due to not having any love scenes to take up room. I felt like Harris built up the story and the romance well. The feelings felt genuine and the characters were relate-able. Unfortunately, the last ten percent descended into cheesiness that was hard to stomach. It just all got a little too sickly for me.
Both Sherry and Tyler were likeable characters they could both be a little bone headed at times but I mostly understood the motives for their actions up until that last ten percent where they become one of those couples you just want to punch.
I didn't love this one but I didn't hate it either. It was a good way to spend a train journey to London but I wasn't crazy about it. ...more
I have a soft spot for military romances. I tend to enjoy them more than other romance sub-genres so I was really looking forward to reading this nove
I have a soft spot for military romances. I tend to enjoy them more than other romance sub-genres so I was really looking forward to reading this novella. This is not the first time I've come across Candis Terry's work. A few years back I read Anything but Sweet, a full length novel by the author which I adored.
I liked Anything but Sweet because of it's strong characters and Terry's sound writing and I ended up liking Home Sweet Home for exactly the same reasons.
I really like Candis Terry's style of writing. Home Sweet Home was easy to read but was not lacking in description or world building. It never felt rushed which is a rarity for a novella. Candis Terry structured the story perfectly giving the reader a full story without cramming to much into the short 144 pages.
In terms of story Home Sweet Home is nothing new. It is about a Army Ranger struggling to come to terms with all he has seen and dealt with at war, and the woman he left behind. Candis Terry manages to keep this from being repetitive with her writing and characters.
Aiden and Paige are enjoyable to read. Aiden is damaged, hurt and very unsure of what he wants. He is a realy sweet guy with a heart of gold. Frankly he never stood a chance going up against Paige. Out of the two she has the most personality. This is a woman who knows what she wants and sets about getting it. She is fiery, open and patient with Aiden who is very much the softer of the two.
Together they are great, the chemistry between the two sizzles away. Sometimes books where the two main characters are already in a relationship with each other or have a history fall a little flat for me but Terry handles the romance well. This is a story about two people who are very much in love finding their way back to one another after war pulled them apart.
Home Sweet Home is a short, touching and sweet novella. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more from Candis Terry in the future....more
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The other day I went to the cinema to see a movie called A LitThe publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
The other day I went to the cinema to see a movie called A Little Chaos, the movie itself disappointed but left me with a longing for some historical romance. When I got home I trawled through the ARCS on my kindle and came across His Forbidden Lady. It was exactly what I was in the mood for so I settled down for the night and started reading.
Despite being English and having sat through what felt like a million history lessons on the Tudors I don’t know that much about them so I don’t really know how historically accurate this story is but I liked that the author tacked a historical figure as famous and iconic and Henry. She showed a different side to the man, a softer side of someone who is often seen as hard and mean. The rest of the book was fairly standard stuff. His Forbidden Lady was exactly what you would expect from an 80 pages historical novella, it was quick, passionate and fairly interesting.
The writing was good, the storyline sound and the characters likeable. Nicola Davidson seems comfortable in this time period and her writing reflects that. The storyline was more than just a romance which was a nice change from a lot of other novellas. Annabelle and Rafe are good characters that have some depth but despite liking them I would have liked a little more. There wasn’t enough time in this short story for me to fall in love with them. The romance was believable and enjoyable but again it could have used a little more time.
His Forbidden Lady is a short and sweet novella that I enjoyed reading. I will definitely check out more from this series and more from this author in the future. ...more
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS BIG ASS SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
The Blood of Eden series has been one of my fav For this review and more check out myblog
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS BIG ASS SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
The Blood of Eden series has been one of my favourite YA book series for some time now, I would even go as far to say that I think it is the best YA series since The Hunger Games. I bought The Forever Song (the last book in the series) when it came out last year it took me a long time to get round to reading. I didn't put off reading it because I wasn't interested, I put off reading it because I was scared. It turns out I was right to be fearful.
Oh Julie, Julie, Julie. We need to have a serious conversation. I trusted you and then you went and stamped all over my heart. Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I don't really do Book Boyfriends. I rarely get book crushes but then you created Kanin. I cannot say what it is about this character that appeals to me so much but it is potent. I have never crushed on a book character, shit I haven't crushed on some of my ex boyfriends, the way I crushed on Kanin. To me he was perfect, more of a book soul mate than a book boyfriend. But then it all came crashing down, why? Because you killed him! I cried Julie, I WAS ON MY LUNCH BREAK AT WORK, JULIE! (It was awkward to say the least.) Look, I get why you did it I really do. It was about redemption, about finding closure but it broke my heart in two, so thanks for that.
Now that I have properly unleashed my Kanin feels I can get on with this book review. The Forever Song is the weakest of the trilogy, (and I am not just saying that because I am wounded) but I still absolutely loved it. It may be the weakest of the three but it is still up there with my favourite YA books. At this point I firmly believe that Julie Kagawa is incapable of writing a bad book. Her work is so rich and her world building so imaginative that it would be impossible for anything she penned to be bad.
Another reason I love, not only this book, but the whole series is that way Kagawa treats her audience. She doesn't treat her readers like children, she doesn't hold back the bad stuff to protect them. Julie Kagawa is prepared to go to some dark places the tone of the book is almost one of despair, there is gore, violence and horror. Sex, death and a lot of swearing. I love that she takes those risks and I find her work to be richer because of it.
I am sad to say farewell to these characters. They were just as likeable and magnetic in The Forever Song as they were in the previous two books. Allison is one of my favourite YA characters ever. She is flawed and can make bad decisions but she isn't selfish or arrogant. I find her real and gritty, in her relationship with Zeke she is the one with the harsher nature, she is the fighter and he is softer and more emotional. I have already talked about Kanin at length so I won't make you suffer with any more. Yet, despite my feelings for him it was Jackal who ended up being my favourite character, in this book and maybe in the series as a whole. The raider king breaths life into this story, without him this book could have fallen flat. Jackal isn't always easy to like, he can be nasty and his reluctance to feel any guilt over the people he has killed and what he is can, at times, be hard to swallow. Yet, behind all of that there is something softer and sweeter lingering under the surface. He pushes people away, he doesn't want to care but he does, he cares quite a lot I think. He pretends to be callous, to not give a damn but he is wiser than he wants to admit and often is the voice of reason. He is a complex and funny character and I have to admit that he has worked his way past all my Kanin feels into my heart.
Despite my sadness I do feel like this series has come to a satisfying conclusion. Yet, not everything about this final instalment was perfect. There was a little too much angst, and a little too much teen romance drama for my liking. I am not going to complain much, there is not much wrong to warrant it but The Forever Song didn't quite grip me like The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure did, which is why I am giving it four stars instead of five.
Oh and Julie, if you want to make up for taking a sledgehammer to my heart then putting it through a meat grinder a Jackal spin off, preferably adult, (because that shit would be red hot,) would be a fine place to start. Wink, wink.
Necessary Force is the second book in D.D Ayres K-9 Rescue series that i've read. Last year I picked up Irresistable Force, the first book in the seri Necessary Force is the second book in D.D Ayres K-9 Rescue series that i've read. Last year I picked up Irresistable Force, the first book in the series. To be honest I wasnt a big fan of it. I found it a little too far-fetched and a bit all over the place. Taking that into account I wasn't excited to read Necessary Force but I always try not to judge an author or a series on only one book so I eventually gave it ago.
Generally speaking Necessary Force was a vast improvement on Irresistable Force. The main reason for this improvement is that this book is a novella. It meant that the story had to be compact. It couldnt go wildly off course like Irresistable Force did. It allowed me to really be able to see Ayers structure and writing.
I already know D.D Ayres can write. I complimented her writing in my review for Irresistable Force and I feel the same about her writing in this book. Ayers knows how to create, she knows how to world build and she does it well.
The storyline itself was enjoyable. It had a bit of everything, action, drama and romance. It was a little predictable, for example I knew who the bad guy was as soon as they were introduced but I didnt mind that to much, sometimes it is nicew to know something the main character doesnt.
Georgie and Brad are both likeable characters, her more than him. Their relationship is an interesting one. His role in the FBI and their past encounter leads to a lack of trust between them that they have to over come. That dynamic worked for me and helped create a great chemistry between the two which I enjoyed.
All in all I enjoyed Necessary Force. When I next come across a D.D Ayers novel I will be more eager to read it than I was before....more
Generally speaking I quite enjoyed Marked by Hades. I will be the first to admit that it was a little silly at times but I still liked it, despite thi
Generally speaking I quite enjoyed Marked by Hades. I will be the first to admit that it was a little silly at times but I still liked it, despite thinking I probably shouldn’t.
I liked the storyline it was full of action and romance and I quite liked the writing even if it was a little cheesy at times. The big problem I had with this book was that it was far too long. It just seemed to go round in circles and get a bit repetitive. I have to admit that I got a little bored of it because it just seemed to drag on and on.
Another problem was Yvonne/Dyre who is one character. She kind of let people walk all over her, she slept around because she wanted to be close to people and feel loved and then let those men bully and push her around. I quite liked Yvonne, she had a little more personality than Dyre.
The best thing about this book is Justin. He is a great character and I really liked him he was sweet and had a lot more personality than other characters in the book.
There are lots of problems with this book and I am by no means saying it is perfect but I did find it really entertaining. ...more
I have read quite a few of the books from the dark protector series and this is definitely one of the better ones. Generally I much prefer Rebecca Zan
I have read quite a few of the books from the dark protector series and this is definitely one of the better ones. Generally I much prefer Rebecca Zanetti’s contemporary works but as far as the paranormal goes this wasn’t bad.
It had a good storyline that I found entertaining. It was not all that much different from the other books in the series but I still liked it. What I liking most was the clash of personalities between the two main characters. Caleb and Lily could not be more different. He is hard and angry she is soft and peaceful. Lily could be a little too uptight but for the most part I liked them both. The clash of personalities leads to some great chemistry between them and I enjoyed the romance. ...more
Confessions of a Chalet Girl started out fun but quickly lost its way for me. I liked the concept, it was a nice idea but I was not completely convincConfessions of a Chalet Girl started out fun but quickly lost its way for me. I liked the concept, it was a nice idea but I was not completely convinced that the author knew what she wanted this to be. At times it was light hearted and funny, then it was angst and dramatic. It seemed a little all over the place.
The characters had the same problem especially Holly. One minute she was so shy she could barely talk right in front of Scott and the next she was acting all seductive. The first time the two have sex I found her to be completely out of character. She also over reacted a lot and was generally a little bit over the top.
Another thing was that nearly every other woman in the book was made out to be mean, over pruned air heads with vindictive personalities and loose morals. This made Holly seem like a virtuous angel but to be honest I am not sure she was all that much better.
I can’t say all that much about Scott because I didn’t really get to know him all that well. He seemed alright but I would have liked to know a little more about him. He kept going on about his past and family but I wanted more characters.
The romance was alright. Like the book it started off well but dissolved into insta-love. I wanted a little more chemistry and character between them but it wasn’t to be.
Confessions of a Chalet Girl was a short and fairly entertaining read but in the end it wasn’t for me. ...more
Island Peril sounded like a bit of fun and that’s pretty much what it was. It was a short romantic novella packed full of action.
Island Peril is not quite as developed as the other books in the Aftershock series and it felt a little rushed but for the most part it was really enjoyable. Jill Sorenson is good at writing romances but excels at action scenes so those really stood out for me.
I liked the character, Ella was really sweet and really smart but she put herself down a lot. Paul was also great but I didn’t get to know him as well as I would have liked to.
Island Peril is a good action romance if you are looking for a short and light read.
The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...more
Quite a few years ago I read a book called Unholy Ghosts, the first book in Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series and I absolutely loved it. It was dar Quite a few years ago I read a book called Unholy Ghosts, the first book in Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series and I absolutely loved it. It was dark, gritty and at times plain gross which is everything I love in an Urban Fantasy book. Yet despite falling in love with it I never carried on with this series. Other books just seemed to fall in my lap and despite wanting too I never got round to buying the second book.
I probably should not have read Close to you considering that it is book number 5.5 in the series and I have only read number one but when I was offered a chance to get my hands on this book I just couldn't stop myself.
For me Stacia Kane has to be one of the finest romance authors of our generation. I am constantly astonished by the depth of emotion she manages to get into her books. No-one else writes romance like this. She makes it feel real in a way that no over romance author has managed for me. It isn't over done or cheesy. It feels genuine and I wish there were more authors out there that could make me feel the same.
Stacia Kane's talent for writing doesn't stop at the romance. Her plots, world building and characters are also spot on. She isn't afraid to take her books to dark places and have characters who are far from perfect.
Close to you, despite being short had all of that. It was spooky, festive, dark, romantic and touching which is pretty amazing considering that this novella is under 100 pages long. The characters were just as great as when I first came across them. Chess is my kind off girl, a tom boy with a bad attitude and some questionable habits. And then there is Terrible. If there is some real life Terrible out there please send him my way because that is a man I would definitely want to meet.
In short, I loved this book and I have seriously got to invest more time into this series in the future....more
Every year there are a handful of books released that have a serious amount of hype surrounding it. This year The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings is one of them. This hype can be both and good and bad thing. The good is that the book is almost guaranteed to do well as everyone is interested in it. The bad is that there is a risk that the expectation can be a little too high and the book might end up disappointing. With the Murder Complex I fell into the hype and I couldn’t wait to read it but unfortunately my expectations were too high and I ended up being disappointed.
This isn’t a terrible book and I didn’t hate it but I had numerous problems with it. The premise is good, I really liked the idea but despite being extremely brutal in parts it wasn’t all that different from other books in the genre. That itself is not a problem, there are always going to be overlapping themes and ideas in popular genres (in this case dystopia). The problem was the world building and explanations of everything that was going on. Simply put I found this book really hard to follow and towards the end I had no idea what was going on at all.
That was not the only issue. All in all I thought it lacked depth and I couldn’t relate to the story or the characters at all. Things seemed to happen for no real reason and all the chances to add some real depth and emotion were wasted. This was really evident towards the end in a moment between the main character and her mother. It had the potential to be really powerful instead it was borderline silly and lacked any substance.
The characters were alright but I didn’t really care about them too much. The chapters swapped between Meadow and Zephyr’s point of view but I found their voices far too similar and there were times when I forgot whose chapter was whose. Meadow lacks personality, she is great at kicking ass but doesn’t do much else apart from fall in love with Zephyr the moment she meets him.
Zephyr’s insta-love is even worse and he manages to fall for Meadow before he even meets her. He dreams about his ‘moonlit girl’ all the time. The speed at which he manages to fall in love with her is frankly astonishing. Zephyr is probably a little more interesting but his puppy dog, love struck obsession with Meadow is just off putting. Considering all the love floating around you would expect the romance to work. It didn’t. There was no chemistry, no building of feelings it was flat and boring and I didn’t care about it at all.
Add in some pointless character deaths and an ending I didn’t really get the point of and, well to be honest it was surprising I managed to get through this. It is obvious that this book wasn’t for me. I was so excited for it and I wanted to love it but there were just too many issues that I couldn’t let go of. I am sure there are many people who will really love this but unfortunately I wasn’t one of them.
The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ...more
Post-apocalyptic novels have been the ‘big thing’ in YA literature for a while. Generally speaking I quite enjoy For this review and more visit my blog
Post-apocalyptic novels have been the ‘big thing’ in YA literature for a while. Generally speaking I quite enjoy the genre but with so many stories out there it is hard for something to stand out from the pack and that was Monument 14’s big problem. Despite having a good storyline, good characters and being written well this book just got lost in the never ending pool of other YA dystopias to me. It wasn’t interesting enough and it wasn’t different enough to make it stand out.
Monument 14 is an easy read, it starts quickly and maintains pace all the way through. I found it enjoyable and it entertained me but I couldn’t help but want a little more. Hidden in the wings this book has some serious potential I liked the idea of teens being stuck in a shopping mall and having to look after children as the world crumbles around them. There was room for a hell of a lot of depth, there could have been sad moments, joyful moments and moving moments but that isn’t really where this book went, which in my opinion is a shame.
If you are looking for an easy to read dystopia that is well written and easy to get into then this book is great. It has some great action, some funny bits, a hint of romance here and there and a narrator that is easy to like. Dean isn’t an action hero, he writes poetry and sucks at being social but he is adorable and I really loved his voice. Most of the other characters were also likeable but some of the things they did were a little unbelievable. Despite loving Dean I think this book might have been more interesting if we had heard from some more of the characters.
I know it probably sounds like I hated this book but that is not true at all. I did enjoy it and thought Emmy Laybourne wrote some pretty amazing action scenes. I liked that this book was about a massive disaster not just the aftermath and I liked the disaster it is something that is plausible (I watch a lot of natural disaster documentaries.) Yes it could have been ‘more’ but as a quick and entertaining dystopia it was pretty good. ...more
I hate not finishing books it really bugs me to leave things unfinished. I am a little OCD and not finishing a book is something I struggle to tolerate. But, there are always exceptions and Dream Nights with the CEO was one of them. I got to the mid-way point of this book and had to stop.
So why couldn’t I finish? At first I thought this was a standard contemporary romance and I quite enjoyed the first few chapters but then things took a turn for the bizarre and whatever I had liked about this book disappeared.
Firstly, there were loads of and loads of dream segments. Normally I don’t mind a few pages here and there of characters dreams but there were huge blocks of it in this. The big problem with the dreams is that it was where the characters seemed to build most of their attraction/chemistry which didn’t work. It didn’t help that they were also stopping flying runaway trains and being chased by blobs yet still found the time to get naked with each other. Add some strange ghosts into the mix and things became really quite strange. I lost interest in this when the characters (who had been avoiding being overly friendly with each other) woke up naked in bed together away a night of acting out their dreams without realizing it. It was such a cheat and I hated that the characters first intimate moments happened with neither of them remembering it.
What didn’t help this book were the boring characters. They were two of the least interesting people I have come across in a book. Neither Megan nor Wyatt had any personality or charm. I was not interested in them or this book at all.
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I have recently started to read the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. So far I love the series and it has managed to re-kindle my interest I have recently started to read the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. So far I love the series and it has managed to re-kindle my interest in Urban Fantasy. I decided to get The Becoming hoping that I would enjoy it as much as the Elemental Assassin books, but unfortunately it was not to be and I ended up not liking this one at all.
From the beginning it was clear that I was going to have multiple problems with this one. I didn't like the style of the writing, present tense never really works for me. So from the word go I struggled to feel comfortable reading this one.
Next came the whole rape/not rape thing which was a huge issue for me. Anna is beaten and raped by a vampire but because he bites her her body responds to him. Throughout the rest of the book the idea that she was raped is forgotten, instead the writer and the characters insist she was a willing participant. No, no, no. He beat he so bad she nearly died and he forced himself upon her against her wishes. That is rape.
Things don't get better from there. Anna has a boyfriend called Max who she seems to forget about when Avery comes along. She cheats on Max. A lot. There are a few moments where she feels a bit guilty about it but she makes herself feel better by having sex with Avery again. All of her excuses are frankly bullshit.
Anna isn't a great character at all. I think I am suppose to find her cool and edgy but I actually think she is a bit of a dick. She has zero personality and is also pretty dumb so she really doesn't have much going for her. Anna is so stupid that she cannot figure out who the bad guy is even when she is practically told.
The Becoming really was not for me. I didn't find it well written, appealing or interesting. I have the next book in the series. I really hope it is an improvement on this one. ...more
Slave to her Desires is a novella I picked up to read on a whim. It had been on my kindle for a while but I had never gotten round to reading it. A fe Slave to her Desires is a novella I picked up to read on a whim. It had been on my kindle for a while but I had never gotten round to reading it. A few weeks back whilst I was waiting to leave for me holiday I fancied something short so I picked Slave to her Desires up. I read the whole thing but I didn't get the entertainment I was looking for.
Slave to her Desire just didn't really work for me on any level. The plot had too many holes in it and was generally not interesting enough. The writing was ok but it felt like the author was trying to hard to make it work. The characters were neither interesting or likeable.
I could have been a lot more forgiving if the characters had been stronger but honestly I just couldn't stand them. Olivia is bitter and selfish, which I can kind off understand given what she has been through but she is also annoying, lacking in personality and has the nasty habit of making assumptions that are often wrong. She lacks depth which was a big issue for me. David isn't much better. He is bland and controlling and also annoying.
This one was clearly not for me and I wouldn't recommend it. ...more
The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep is fast turning into one of my favourite Urban Fantasy book series. I loved Spider's Bite, the first b The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep is fast turning into one of my favourite Urban Fantasy book series. I loved Spider's Bite, the first book in the series and I enjoyed its follow up, Web of Lies just as much. Jennifer Estep has created a dynamic and interesting world packed full of characters you can't help falling in love with.
One of the things I love about this series is Jennifer Estep's writing. She knows how to weave a good story and keep the reader entertained. She is creative and her writing is full of atmosphere but it is also easy to read. There have been some negative things said about Estep's tendency to reiterate things a little too often and I have to say I agree. This book would have been a lot shorter if she didn't keep repeating herself. By this point readers know what the Pork Pit looks like, they know that Finn likes Chicory Coffee and that he and Gin slept together when they were younger. I have already started reading book three and everything is repeated again in that book. This repetition is my only complaint about the book and this series as a whole.
Plot wise I found Web of Lies as entertaining at Spider's Bite. There was not as much going on but it had a little bit more depth which made up for it. There were some really interesting parts and I like where the story is going and the growth Gin is making.
What really makes this series so great is its characters. I love Gin, she is my kind of girl. She is tough, smart but capable of feeling sympathy. She is hard on the outside and gooey soft in the middle. I think I liked her in Web of Lies more than in Spider's Bite. She faces some real challenges in this book she feels slightly betrayed by Fletcher the man she saw as a father, she has learnt the the sister she thought was dead is alive and well, and she has man problems in the form of Donovan Caine. Things are not looking great for Gin but she manages to hold herself with dignity despite all of that.
Donovan Caine is another complex character. Most reviewers do not seem to like him very much and I can understand that but I saw him a little differently. I really quite admired Donovan Caine. He has confusing and powerful feelings for Gin, he wants her as much as she wants him but his morals cannot let him be with a criminal, with a woman who takes life without remorse. His beliefs crush the romance giving it no chance at all but I can't help but think he done the right thing by leaving Gin behind. I like him for staying true to himself and what he believes in.
Web of Lies is a great addition to the Elemental Assassins series. I liked it a lot and I've already moved on to book three. I can't wait to see where this series goes in the future....more
Finally! After what has felt like months I have managed to find a romance book that I loved. I enjoy romance bo For this review and more visit my blog
Finally! After what has felt like months I have managed to find a romance book that I loved. I enjoy romance books a lot but recently they have not been doing much for me. Then Spider's Bite came along and my dry spell is fixed. It was just what I was looking for. I came very close to giving this book those elusive five stars but there was a couple of things that held me back, (getting five stars from me is difficult stuff.)
I knew I was onto a winner from the first page. Jennifer Estep writes in a style that suits my taste. Spider's Bite was humorous and dark, it's characters were layered and blunt. I cannot fault her writing, I found it engaging, and I cannot fault the plot which I found wickedly entertaining.
The characters were brilliant. I loved Gin, she is a straight talking bad ass with an attitude problem. My kind of girl. Gin is an assassin and she loves what she does. There is no conflict or guilt over what she has done. She kills people for a living and doesn't give a shit. I like that Estep took this approach, it would have been so easy to try and make Gin a nicer person by having her be full of angst and guilt. She also isn't afraid of sex, or of wanting sex. I like that too. In my opinion the romance genre could do with a few more Gin's.
The other characters were great too. Finn was awesome, he was cocky and arrogant but I liked it. It suited him and I found him endearing. Donovan was also great, he is probably the only person in the whole book whose morals are in perfect working order. This causes him issues when it comes to Gin, he despises her but he also wants her. I found that dynamic interesting but felt he was maybe being a little to stubborn at times.
I liked the romance between Gin and Donovan but I didn't love it. As individuals they were great, Gin especially, but together it didn't quite work for me. There was lots of chemistry, but I couldn't get behind it. I think my issue is that I can never see this relationship working, Donovan is never going to get over the fact that she is a killer and that fact that she feels no guilt about it. His morals are never going to let him be with her fully, even if he fell in love with her. I think Gin needs someone who can challenge her, who can meet her half way, she needs someone who wouldn't be ashamed of their relationship.
Apart from the romance this book was just what I was looking for and I fell in love with it. I am moving onto the next book in the series straight away and I cannot wait to see where Estep takes Gin next. ...more
I was crazy excited to read Partials. I like the idea of a Dystopian/Sci-fi Young Adult book that is writtFor this review and others check out my blog
I was crazy excited to read Partials. I like the idea of a Dystopian/Sci-fi Young Adult book that is written by a guy. I thought all that would give Partials a little more oomph and in parts it did. Really this book is a story of two halves. There is an awesome half and a not so awesome half. The book starts with a bang it is a stark and grizzly beginning. Unfortunately that feeling didn’t last. The first half of the book was good but I felt like it dragged a bit. There was some action and there was a lot going on but I never really engaged with it, I couldn’t quite let myself get lost in the pages. It is at the half way point where everything changed. We are introduced to a new character and it seems to lift the book tremendously. After struggling with the first half I found I couldn’t put the book down once I hit the second half.
For some reason I was really hoping for something new with this book. What I got was snippets from other books and movies. This book takes influence from a lot of other things. You can clearly see elements from The Terminator, I Robot, I am legend, The Handmaids Tale and Children of men running through this book. Partials takes all these elements and mixes them up, the end product is something different that feels familiar. I am not quite sure if that is a good or bad thing.
I think that the approach to the characters and not the storyline is what makes this book different from the pack of dystopian fiction out there. Our heroine, Kira, is not always right, and she is not always likeable. She does what she needs to do and damn the consequences. She is full of sass and sarcasm and is really argumentative. She talks without thinking and struggles to keep her mouth shut when she should, something I relate to. Finally, she is smart and relies on her brain instead of her own or someone else’s brawn to get her out of trouble. She is a breath of fresh air, a heroine that you can really get behind.
Kira’s boyfriend Marcus is not the typical YA heart throb either. I never really thought of him as ‘hot’. Instead he was funny and charming. He is like the unpopular guy at school who you always liked but never could admit to. He is a little too smart for his own good but never comes across as arrogant. He is also caring. You can see how much he adores Kira but he never becomes an emotional mess. He is great in this book because his humour lightens the mood when it gets too heavy.
The other male character Samm is the typical YA heart throb…in looks. In character he is something a little different. I cannot say much about Samm without giving too much away. I will just say that I think he is great and I love him just a little bit. All the other characters were well rounded and well put together.
Without a doubt the best thing about this book is its ability to surprise you. Most of the way through reading this book I thought I knew what was happening. I was getting ready to write a review with the word predictable stamped all over it, but I was wrong. This book lead me merrily up the garden path and then blindsided me with twists and turns I hadn’t even thought of. The ending of this book is great and leaves you thirsting for more.
Partials is very hit and miss but when it works it is brilliant. It was maybe a little too long and it did lose its pace in parts, but the explosive second half made up for it. I cannot wait for the second book in this series.
*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley*
Sometimes being fan of YA fiction is not easy. There are a lot of love triangles, bad writing, weak female characters and just bad storylines to sort through before you get to the good stuff. Then every now and then a book like Seraphina comes along and it makes all the effort worth it.
I was a little bit sceptical when I started it but by the end I was a like this:
That’s right I was wowing. Because Seraphina is not just an amazing YA book; it is an amazing book period. Everything about it is just glorious from its title and cover (which is utterly beautiful) to the pages of writing hidden within. Seraphina is a work of art. This book is so different from most Young Adult books. There is none of the predictably, no annoying characters and no clichés at all. It was so refreshing and such a relief. Seraphina is proof that there is still some originality out there.
From the writing to the plot there is a lot to admire here. Rachel Hartman has created a world so real and vibrant that I could almost smell the bustling city, could almost feel the dragon scales beneath my fingertips. The writing is brilliantly descriptive and it is easy to get lost within the pages.
The actual story line is marvellous. It was interesting from beginning to end and imaginative without being overdone. I found it touching and at times funny, it could make me giggle in one moment then reduce me to tears the next. It had a little bit of everything and I wanted nothing more. The plot flowed along nicely, I was never bored and the action never felt rushed.
The most important thing in all fiction is characters and it is the characters in Seraphina that take it from a good book to an outstanding one.
Seraphina is a great lead character I literally cannot think of a time where she irritated me or I thought she was being an idiot (such a rarity in YA.) She is smart, loyal, funny and brave. She is also extremely realistic. She loves openly, not just romantic love but love for her family and friends. She truly cares and is willing to give everyone an equal chance no matter whom or what they are. Despite this she is still tough. She does not have an easy life and things do not always go her way but she shows courage not only when facing danger but when facing a society that she knows will shun her if they knew what she was. She is also far from perfect. She lies, she cheats and occasionally she sulks and you love her anyway. She gets under your skin and is impossible to dislike.
Next is Kiggs. He is dashing, charming, smart and loyal. He was never dominating, never brooding and not once possessive or irritating. He is a great love interest because he is not overpowering. You do not need to hear him wax lyrical about his feels every five pages to know how he feels. He shows it in the way he is, in the things he does. He does represent the touch of romance that is present in this book but he is much more than that and the romance is not overplayed at all.
Then there is Orma. He is the second YA secondary character I have utterly and obsessively fallen in love with this year. First it was Kanin in The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa now it is Orma in Serephina. I do not know where these characters are coming from but I hope authors continue writing them. I loved Kiggs, he was totally worthy of falling in love with but he was no Orma. Orma is a little standoffish, exceedingly smart and beautifully brave. He is a bit of a nerd, wears a fake beard and is a dragon still I was not perturbed. I adored him…probably too much.
I don’t know what else to say, I could go on and on and on about how marvellous this book is but this review is already 700 words long. So I will just say that I LOVED this book and that you should not walk but run to get it when it comes out. I am pretty sure you will love it to. ...more