This was just pure fun in a bucket, you guys. Absolutely entertaining from front to back. It's a YA Urban Fantasy with romantic elements...moreDragontastic!
This was just pure fun in a bucket, you guys. Absolutely entertaining from front to back. It's a YA Urban Fantasy with romantic elements based around a secret society of dragon shifters who come into their powers during their teens and are then drafted into a sort of "Dragon High" to learn how to control their new gifts.
The main character is Bryn, a soon-to-be sixteen-year-old, who was just fantastic; witty, snarky, and hilarious. Her sudden change from ordinary human to BOOM!YOU'RE A DRAGON! was handled with comedic aplomb. No serious drama llamas in sight here. It was light-hearted, freaky shifting fun!
The romantic interest was sweet as could be, although a little slow on the uptake! I think I'd have preferred if he were closer to Bryn's own age, though. He was nineteen, which seems very different to newly sixteen. And that is very hypocritical of me to say since my husband is 14 years my senior! But it's different with teens. Especially ones as young as 15/16. Anyhoo, that was my only concern. Otherwise he was perfect! :)
All together, a great, fun read! Highly recommended.
This was a really sweet read. I hadn't read book one, but since that couple aren't really in this book, it was fine.
We join the story in full swing wi...moreThis was a really sweet read. I hadn't read book one, but since that couple aren't really in this book, it was fine.
We join the story in full swing with, I presume, events from the last book in effect because our heroine is hightailing it across country, transporting our hero who's just been poisoned to get help at her family's secret retreat. Her father is the exiled king of the white tiger shifters, and Gina and Mitch's emerging relationship may be the beginning of a foretold prophesy for the Shifter Royal house.
I enjoyed King's Throne. It was a great new spin on the Shifter race, with an engaging plot. It was sexy, but otherwise had quite a sweet, clean cut feel to its styling and its characterisation.
A sweet sexy read with likebale characters 3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I really didn't know what to expect with this one. To me, Heather McCollum = Hunky Highlanders, albeit with a dash of paranormal, but this? Contempora...moreI really didn't know what to expect with this one. To me, Heather McCollum = Hunky Highlanders, albeit with a dash of paranormal, but this? Contemporary. YA. Fantasy. It was so different, but so very, very good! I absolutely loved it!
Jule Welsh has always had a beautiful bel canto voice that entranced listeners, as did her mother. But then her mother went crazy and stopped singing, and started spouting nonsense about Jule not being safe with the people she's known all her life. And the new guy in school started acting like he wants to rip her throat out every time she makes a sound. Sounds like just another day in the life of your average teenager!
This story might seem like it's your typical YA set-up, what with the brooding new guy and all, but it was soooo good and played out so differently to what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised by each new twist and turn, and really enjoyed the romance side of it too. It was excellent!
I highly encourage any fans of YA Paranormal/Fantasy looking for something new and fun to try this one. You won't be sorry!
5 Stars ★★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This was a definite change of pace for me. I don't recall ever reading this kind of genre before, but... I liked it!
Our hero, Deacon, is a great introduction to cowboys for newbies such as myself, because he's part city boy, part country boy, and conflicted as hell about it. The news of his father's death brings him back to his childhood home, a working ranch that he positively HATES, to face his past so he can, hopefully, put it behind him forever. By destroying it. But will tearing down a few old buildings really help? And why does he hate it so much? The reasons take a while to come out, and until then Deacon's behaviour seems excessive and hard to swallow. Eventually, though, I grew to love him (and his brothers!) and, let me tell you this little nugget: he makes a very enthusiastic bed partner! That's all I'm saying...
Mackenzie Byrd was the childhood friend of Deacon's sister who had an annoying crush on him as teenagers. Now she's all grown up and determined to save the thing he hates most - The Triple C Ranch. I found Mackenzie to be smart, capable, and with the same mix of personalities problem as Deacon, except she's part tomboy, part girlie-girl. Which was an endearing mix. And although they wanted very different things, I was happy to see they went about their little war without resorting to any nasty underhanded tactics. Much.
All in all, this was a superb read. Prepare yourself for some seriously sensual scenes, some ridiculously hot brothers, and some sweet family moments in Branded. The warm fuzzies were a-happening all over the show with this one, and I can't wait to dive back into this world with the next instalment. I wonder which brother it will be!
4 Stars ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I think I've read the majority of H. P. Mallory's books at this point, but have yet to actually finish a series of hers. That may sound...moreGhouls Rush In
I think I've read the majority of H. P. Mallory's books at this point, but have yet to actually finish a series of hers. That may sound worrying, but it's not as bad as it sounds, honest. And she certainly isn't alone in her category of "unfinished". But I think the reason I've always left before the end in the past may be that the story arcs tend to start out really strongly, then get a bit messy later on. For example, I've always found the first book in each series to be the best. I've always, ALWAYS fallen in love with the leading man as she intended me to from page one. And I've always appreciated the heroines, even when they were driving me crazy. But Mallory tends to complicate the hell out of things in latter books. To keep readers interested, naturally, but I think it backfired a little bit where I'm concerned. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for mixing things up a bit - who wants to read about characters whose relationships are 100% smooth sailing? But the things she did to them... Eesh! It almost made you want to just say, "This is too messy and complicated now! Maybe you should move on with someone new and start afresh?" And that's not really the right mentality for a reader to have, is it? I'm meant to be rooting for them to work at it, surely?
Well! What has me very excited for Ghouls Rush In is that, again, it has started fantastically strongly and I'm more than in love with romantic interest Ryan. But things are moving slowly between them. And as far as I know, Ryan's a pretty simple, non-supernatural guy, which hopefully means he won't be doing anything other than supporting our heroine and being generally dreamy. In the past, some of the other love interests have had their own agendas, their own desires for power, revenge, whatever, that has detracted from their hunky BF status, and often even led to them betraying loyalties and other heinous acts. So simple, sweet, handyman Ryan is like a breath of fresh air. In fact, the whole worlbuilding is a lot, lot, LOT less complicated than Mallory usually goes for. Just ghosts and a touch of voodoo so far. I'm loving this paired down, back-to-basics approach. It's allowing me to truly appreciate the characters instead.
Let's talk a bit about said characters. Starting with leading lady Peyton. She's a recent divorcee, just escaping from a marriage that sounded more like a dictatorship. Her ex-husband tried to mould her into the perfect, plain Jane, Stepford wife. Which is a far cry from the fun-loving girl she used to be. She's in the process of shaking off those shackles when her aunt, whom she'd never met, dies and bequeaths her an enormous old house. And her new neighbour? Yup, you guessed it, the delicious and aforementioned Ryan. And he really is dreamy, guys! He's quiet, unassuming, thoughtful, sexy. Hmmmm...me like!
However! There is also the small matter of the ghost of Drake Montague who resides in her new house and also has his eyes on Peyton. This is another thing Mallory likes to do: love triangles. Love them or hate them, they're always entertaining. I just hope she doesn't take it too far. A bit of rivalry is good, but, seriously, the dude's dead! How far can it realistically go?
There's a really interesting plot to Ghouls Rush In based partly on true crime events involving the Axeman of New Orleans. And it's not wrapped up entirely in this book, so I'm eagerly awaiting the next instalment to find out more. And of course, to see how things progress with Ryan.
So what should you take from this rambling review? Well, what I'm trying to impart is that I'm excited for this new series. I'm hoping it means Mallory has learned not to write herself into a bind, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes next.
41/2 Stars ★★★★1/2 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
On an Island Another great read from Jarecki. Maybe not my favourite couple in the series, but absolutely a fun read, just like the others!
I think...moreOn an Island Another great read from Jarecki. Maybe not my favourite couple in the series, but absolutely a fun read, just like the others!
I think the most interesting aspect of Beauty and the Barbarian for me was the character of Merrin. To have lived in such seclusion - she had literally only ever seen two other human beings her entire life upto the age of 19! - I mean, it's just inconceivable... And the reason why? She has a port wine stain birth mark, or, if you're a superstitious Highland clan member, the mark of the devil, on her neck! Woooo! Shcarwy.
I shouldn't make light of it, because in this time period, it was certainly no laughing matter. Merrin had to be hidden away in a tiny cottage for her own safety, because at birth people wanted to burn her at the stake. Still thought of as a witch, people now simply steer clear of the tiny strip of land where she lives, and so it's quite a surprise for Merrin when a big, braw Highlander washes up unconscious on her beach!
Ian was a very sweet character with a lot of his own worries also. More than just the one that led to his unconscious state at the top of the book. It was entertaining to watch it all unfold. And as a romantic interest, he was pretty yummy sounding too! I loved how supportive he was of Merrin, no matter what.
All in all, a great addition to the series - 3.5 Stars! ★★★1/2
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I'm new to this author, but I understand a lot of people are coming to this series after reading her other one which is in a completel...moreSnowberry Sweet!
I'm new to this author, but I understand a lot of people are coming to this series after reading her other one which is in a completely different genre. As a noob I had no such expectations, and am pleasantly surprised by what I found. These small town/ex military contemporary romances can sometimes be a bit too gentle in their pacing for my liking, but not this one. I really enjoyed the plot and the added complications of everyone in Snowberry Creek believing main character Spencer was dead! Including the childhood sweetheart everyone assumed he would marry, who is now about to marry his best friend. Oops!
Melanie Wolfe is a familiar face, but not one Spencer's ever known very well. When hers is the first face he sees on his return to town, it turns out it couldn't have been a more fortuitous meeting. They simply sizzle when they're together! And Melanie has always had a secret soft spot for him. But with Spencer's many issues and Melanie's financial woes, it's a relationship not without complications. I really enjoyed the way everything went down, and even had a wee tear in my eye at the end. Good stuff! :)
I didn't read the first two books in this series, but I'm thinking I would like to just to meet this awful uncle I heard so much about. I'm surprised I didn't meet him in this one, to be honest, since it was mostly his fault no one knew Spence wasn't actually dead. Therefore my recommendation is to not do what I did and jump in at book three, but to go back to the beginning like a good little series reader!
A very sweet 4 stars! ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review(less)