This book to me was amazing! Coming from someone that loved watching X-Files growing up this was definitely my bag of tea. When it first started withThis book to me was amazing! Coming from someone that loved watching X-Files growing up this was definitely my bag of tea. When it first started with the character, Lucy waking up in a barn in horse manure, I was a little taken back. But after the first couple of pages I was hooked! When she meets Aric, it's like her whole life is turned upside down and she learns things about herself and things all around her that aren't quite as they seem.
One of the big things that I loved about this book was the concept of it. Aric is a whisperer, which to me gave me the impression of when a vampire “glamours” someone. He basically makes it easier for the people that the aliens abduct by calming their nerves. But there's so much more to it, harvesting wyk, which is explained as energy. The things that the characters are able to do with wyk is amazing as well.. I could go on and on, but I don't want to give away toooo much :)
Another thing that I loved about it is the relationship between Aric and Lucy. It's a real love, but your average lustful yearning that a lot of paranormal romances have. From what I felt while reading it, they genuinely care for each other, and Aric one mission is to protect Lucy at all cost. Very chivalrous in the way he treats her, and let's be honest ladies, that's always a good thing for a man to have.
If you are wanting something fast paced and full of action, then this is definitely one that I would recommend. In my opinion, it's one of the best paranormal romances that I have read and I would recommend to anyone....more
I thought this book was one of the strangest, far out, and mind boggling books I have ever read. Not only that, it was the one of the best books I havI thought this book was one of the strangest, far out, and mind boggling books I have ever read. Not only that, it was the one of the best books I have ever read. It's set in the near-future London where things like art and theater and poetry are a big no no. I wasn't sure what to think at first when I started reading because you are soon tossed in a world where women are not allowed to work outside the house and the only time they can leave the house is when they are visiting relatives. They have to wear veils to cover their faces and bodies, and never allowed out at night. Or where people are taken away from their homes for having certain beliefs and never heard from again.
You meet Lucas, a ministry man who's job is Miracle Inspector. His job is to answer claims of miracles from the Virgin Mary's face in flan or Jesus' face in toast. Lucas comes and investigates and makes it known that no such thing has occurred, and deduces that it was usually done on purpose.
I felt myself having a lot of mixed feeling towards Lucas. I found myself disliking him because he believes the views as far as thinking a woman having a job outside of the house is ludicrous. On the other hand, I realize that it's the life that he was born and raised in. It's something that has been instilled in him since his parents are gone. He holds a prominent place in the ministry and must live by the rules in order to keep him and his wife safe.
Another view point of the story is from the point of view of his wife, Angela, whom I loved and admired since I first “met” her in the book. She dreams of getting away from London and living with Lucas in a place where woman and men are treated equal and they can have and raise a family with better views than where they are now. Instead of being home all day trying to keep herself occupied while Lucas is making a living outside of their home.
Compared to the other couples that you meet in the book I love the relationship between Lucas and Angela. I believe it's apparent from the first time we meet them that they are deeply in love, but also have conflict with each other. She wants a life outside of the home and Lucas above all wants to give that to her at whatever cost.
Their story has ups and too many downs, and at the end I was left wondering what is to come of these two. I like to draw my own conclusions, as many readers do and envision they have the life they each wanted for each other, just the way a miracle should be. Be prepared for British humor at it's best, and a story that will have you believing in miracles even when life isn't so kind....more
Wow, that was my first thought after finishing this book. I read an awesome review (kicking myself for not remembering which one) for this book and seWow, that was my first thought after finishing this book. I read an awesome review (kicking myself for not remembering which one) for this book and seeing it was about cheating kinda made me want to move along to another review bit something told me to read it. Needless to say, I ended up buying it that day and finished it pretty quickly. Life by Committee is one of the best books I've read this year, it didn't involve anything paranormal or fantasy. It's about a girl who does make some not so great decisions, but ultimately just wants her life to be somewhat normal. I hate how alone she is, her parents are there but they have their own stuff going on. She's kinda pushed off to the side because everyone thinks she is so independent. I think that has a lot to do with some of her terrible choices. I believe Tabitha could easily be someone that I could relate to and I love her method of reading. It's called active reading and you make notes in the margins, and write down how something made you feel. Questions you want to ask. Only problem with it is my being OCD about writing in my books... Her one friend that she had throughout (mostly) the book was awesome and didn't pull any punches. But she was also there to listen and be there. Her previous friends, well, I have nothing nice to say about them. How they treated Tabitha and why, just unreal to me. To me, cheating is wrong on so many levels, and I know a lot agree and it may be the reason to not read this. But it is so much more than that. It's about someone coming into their own, finding their path, and obviously making mistakes along the way. I love this book, it's a beautiful story and I can't wait to check out more from this author....more
When I received this book in the mail I was worried.. I saw the cover, (I am horrible at judging books by their covers) and I didn't think it was goinWhen I received this book in the mail I was worried.. I saw the cover, (I am horrible at judging books by their covers) and I didn't think it was going to be something I liked at all. I love it when I am proved wrong!
The story's main character is Beka, who's had her fair share of bad luck in her past and has the emotional (and physical) baggage to prove it. She is living with her brother in a building that is owned by Vincent. It starts off right away with Beka learning that Vincent is a vampire and that she is the only one that didn't know. When she finally starts trying to get use to the idea she is attacked by Steopa (another vampire).
What goes on after is a story of how she copes with becoming a vampire with the help of Steopa who is linked to her through his bite. She learns that she has a rare gift, something that is beneficial to her more than once.
I really enjoyed this book because there was no dull moments, I had to tear myself away from the book more than once to do the mommy/wife thing. I was so captivated by the story of her transitioning and the adventure that she embarks on to rid her city of evil at it's deadliest. (I am trying REALLY hard not to have any spoilers here)
Another thing that stood out in the book is the characters, but it did leave me wanting to know more about Vincent and Steopa's lives pre and post vampire. I really liked Beka's character for the simple fact she wasn't the perfect 10 girl that you read in most books. She's got a little weight on her and she's very insecure about herself in many ways. She's selfish to the point that she's only concerned about what goes on in her worldl Although after turning into a vampire she learns to except herself and in turn learns how selfish she had been. I believe she more than proves herself as being selfless and learning that even though her past has demons, it doesn't mean that it has to rule her life. ...more
This book got to me on so many levels, I loved every bit of it but I found myself having to take breaks to try and comprehend what was happening to alThis book got to me on so many levels, I loved every bit of it but I found myself having to take breaks to try and comprehend what was happening to all the characters in the book. It's set during Nazi Germany and it's a story about a girl told from Death's stand point.
The last couple of chapters I couldn't hardly read through the tears in my eyes (and I am NOT one to really cry at anything.. book or movie) It was so moving and so touching yet so sad and heart wrenching. I believe it's young adult but this is definitely one book that I would recommend to anyone, any age....more
This is actually one of the books I had that I thought was lost forever during my Dark Tmes last summer... You can read more on that in my blog but loThis is actually one of the books I had that I thought was lost forever during my Dark Tmes last summer... You can read more on that in my blog but lo and behold when I got my new Kindle and was going hrough my list of books (and there were waaaay more than I first thought) I recognized the title and dove right in. And I was not diappointed one bit. I «met» the author on Twitter and I loved her tweets and she offered her book in turn for a review.
When I finally got o sit down and read it, it only took like 2 sittings and I was done. The main characters personality and background intrigued me and I hope there are future books to come with her. I loved how she had multiple things in the story itself and how it all eventually comes together without it feelng rushed or too drawn out.
I also liked the time era it is,Vietnam War time in the late 60s I believe, where everyone has a raw nerve as it is over the war. And back then segregation is still new and prejudice is never far away.
If you like crime mystery with a lot going on then this is definitely for you ...more
Let me start off by saying that this book grasped my attention in a way that caught me off guard. While I have read a few historical fiction, this wasLet me start off by saying that this book grasped my attention in a way that caught me off guard. While I have read a few historical fiction, this was in a league of it's own. It wasn't a historical fiction at all. What I mean is it had loads of history packed in the pages.
I learned a great deal about the Wade battle that I didn't know anything about before. I knew going in that St. Augustine was the first American city, but other than that I didn't know a lot else. Didn't know about the battle that went on and all the lives lost. I loved the way that it was brought about too. It meshed well with the story without feeling like I was reading straight from a history text book.
I really enjoyed the whole concept of worlds within worlds. What I couldn't seem to enjoy was the main character, Jeff Golden. I thought maybe at first I couldn't get into him because I read more books with female protagonists but for some reason I couldn't wait til there was someone else there besides him. I did appreciate that it read like an actual teenage boy would have wrote it.
I LOVED Lobo. Like almost have an infatuation with him. I dig Native America studies and especially the fact of him being a shaman. Not to mention his no nonsense attitude on everything, I swear if it hadn't been for him Jeff wouldn't have made it. Same goes for Carla I really enjoyed her character and how she carried herself. I think she can do better than Jeff, but that's solely my opinion. There wasn't much of a romance aspect here anyway which was nicer than I thought. Jeff and Carla care deeply for each other but their "love" didn't take up the whole story like with a lot of YA books.
I also love how Jeff never looks at Carla or Lobo because of their different races. Although it was a factor in the battle that is talked about, it, to me, shows how far we have come as a country and the equality there is now that was nonexistent in the early 1800's.
Other than the main character I'd have to say the only other thing that irked me about this book was punctuation errors. Little thing I know, but there were a few instances where quotation marks were missing and I was missing when different characters were conversing with each other. It was hard to keep track of sometimes. I didn't knock a star off for that though. Mr. Golden did that all on his own. I can't wait to read the next one and hang out with Lobo again.
This book was sent to me by the author in return of a honest review....more
Really loved this romance and how it had the idea of a ready made family. My finacee took that chance the same way that Caleb took the chance on LaureReally loved this romance and how it had the idea of a ready made family. My finacee took that chance the same way that Caleb took the chance on Lauren so I really loved this. It was a romance but there was real life situations in there too. How an older child after a divorce can often blame the parent that didnt run away. I have experienced this with my own son so I felt for Lauren when she was on the receiving end of rude comments and insults.
I love how there was a little more spice to the lovemaking scene. A little more detail in that department is never bad. But it wasnt so overdone I felt like I was reading erotica. ...more
First off, another big thank you to the author for considering me for a review for this. I loved this book, when she approached me about it I had neveFirst off, another big thank you to the author for considering me for a review for this. I loved this book, when she approached me about it I had never heard of it. I looked up the synopsis afterwards and was intrigued by it, something about it grasped my attention. I will go ahead and mention the one thing I didn't like about it was how slow I thought it started. It didn't grab my attention til I was well in the 3rd chapter. From then on it was hard to put it down. I loved the female protagonist Molly. She's your everyday girl just trying to be a good daughter, good student and maybe some friends along the way. She definitely got more than she bargained for! After discovering a wormhole she is whisked to planet Arkana where she meets a group of guys and quickly learns that things are a little different. From watches to transportation to how long the days are. She meets Weston but keeps another in her sights, Victor. She has such a, for lack of a better word, infatuation with him that it startles even her. Especially when she has Weston practically at her beck and call. Which leads to another reason I adored this book, there was no insta-love. Victor was brought up to hate the people on Earth, so having feelings for Molly is definitely something that he feels he has to fight. I love how there was an actual struggle for her to open him up. For him to reach inside himself and find his true feelings. Another thing that stood out to me is Molly's parents, especially her dad. I grew up with an overly protective parent and I felt for Molly in this respect. Plus, it was more realistic than a lot of YA where the parents tend to be MIA most the time which to me makes it less believable to me. I mean if you're writing about teenagers lives, their parents should be there, be around, be heard. I think it ended really well, and I can't wait for the second book to pick up where Molly and Victor left off. Also since Goodreads won't let me do half stars I give this book 4 and a half stars. I received this copy from the author for an honest review....more
I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started this, I won the book in a giveaway because I thought it sounded interesting. I was then blown awaI honestly didn't know what to expect when I started this, I won the book in a giveaway because I thought it sounded interesting. I was then blown away on how much I love this book! Sara is a girl that knows she isn't normal, but is doing everything the way she is suppose to to live in the mundane world. She encounters Micah whom tells her she calls to him in her dreams. I believe Micah has to be one of my favorite book crushes I have had all year. He cares so much for Sara sands even when she pushes him away, and finds out everything about her, he's immovable in his devotion to her. The world building was awesome too. I wish I could go to Micah's silver mansion, see how majestic it sounds. I can't WAIT for Copper Ravens to come out. Hope to learn even more about Sara's family, and delve deeper in her and Micah's relationship. I have it on good faith I only have to wait till June!...more
The Doppler Affect is about a race of beings called doppelgangers, better known in the book as dopplers. I was approached by the author to read and reThe Doppler Affect is about a race of beings called doppelgangers, better known in the book as dopplers. I was approached by the author to read and review this book, and while it sounded intriguing, I was cautious. I didn't necessarily think I wouldn't like the book, but I was worried because it was talking about something that I hadn't read a lot about. I just wasn't sure what to expect. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Christopher Sands is a banker, who also is a husband and father, and he is accused of murdering someone at his bank and theft. After not recalling doing the actual crime, and seeing where it very well could have not been the actual him, he sets off on a quest to make sure that his son, Michael doesn't fall into the same despair. I really felt for Christopher, but I have to say it was Michael that had my heart in this. Going through his life with pretty much no parents, he seems to be doing really good. He does gymnastics, and goes to Stanford where he is with his crush, Candace. At the start of his journey, something happens that turns his life on end and it is not the same. He finds out that while there are the doppelgangers that can shape-shift into any human being, he finds that he has a special ability of his own. Candace as well for that matter. I won't go into too much detail about it because I already feel I am teetering on the edge of gushing about it.
One of the things while reading this was that there was more adult content then I would have thought. Not saying it was bad, but just not something that I was expecting. BUT with the doppler race, that's really just a part of it once you know the story of their race a little better. I found the content bothering me less and less because I understood better what was really going on as I went further into the story.
Another thing I enjoyed about how it was written was seeing all sides of the things that were going on. Not only do you get to see what's going on with Michael and Candace, you experience what the "bad guys" are conjuring up and how the doppler race handles things in their own way. It ties together so well that I never felt lost or had the need to go back and see if I had missed something. It flowed well and was a very exciting read, it would actually make a pretty bad ass movie in my opinion. If anything to see how the dopplers shape shift and other things they do to continue on as a race. Not to mention see Michael's ability in action because I was really intrigued by what he could do.
I'm not quite sure when the next book in the series will be coming out, but I do know that I will be reading it because I have to know what happens with Michael and if he ever truly is able to rid himself of the doppler race. I highly recommend this story to anyone that enjoys an exciting story that has very few slow points without being too much. But definitely not for a younger audience because there are some pretty descriptive happenings concerning the adult content. ...more
I will start off by saying that although I have listed Romance as one of my least favorite, that does not mean that I don't love some of them and TakiI will start off by saying that although I have listed Romance as one of my least favorite, that does not mean that I don't love some of them and Taking Love in Stride is one of those I love. The two main characters, Andrea and Ian are both written beautifully and both grow a lot in the book. Andrea is a teacher/track coach that has past issues with her father that she has let cloud her judgment on just about everyone. In taking the steps to help one of her students, she comes face to face with Ian.
Ian is a business man through and through, but he's also a dad and son. Which he tends to forget about in giving his daughter, Denise a life where she can have whatever she needs and mostly wants. Although what his daughter wants most is to have more time to spend with her father.
Andrea and Ian come together and connected from the start, but to Andrea he's just like her father. To him, she's bullheaded and jumps to the wrong conclusions too quickly. They end up helping each other in a lot of ways. I am really trying to keep it as vague as possible because this is definitely a book worth reading! I don't want to include any spoilers but this is a story that shows how hard AND rewarding it can be to go with your heart and come to terms with your past....more
I really enjoyed this book. I would even go as far to say I enjoyed this better than the first two. So I definiely have high hopes that City of AngelsI really enjoyed this book. I would even go as far to say I enjoyed this better than the first two. So I definiely have high hopes that City of Angels is going to be just as good..
I love the new things that are happening and all the new people you get to meet along the way. Also the way that ost of the book is centered in Idris. I always imagined how beautiful the place would be and Clare didnt disappoint in her descriptions of how the witchlight lit the whole city.
I have to admit I wasnt really surprised finding out Clary and Jace werent related but I was grateful none theless. Their two broken hearts were wearing down on me and I just wantd them to be happy. I do hope Sebastian makes an appearance again because as much as I love the heroes in the book.. I can also appreciate a well written bad boy especially one with such good looks. ...more
Read this with the kiddos and we all really enjoyed it! I was actually shocked they liked it as much as they did because none of them care for cowboysRead this with the kiddos and we all really enjoyed it! I was actually shocked they liked it as much as they did because none of them care for cowboys. Hell, I thought it was really cute and it's easy for them to read as well.
I scored this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway, opinion of the book belongs to me...more