Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible for Review Reviewer: Ariel
Edge is the first book in theOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible for Review Reviewer: Ariel
Edge is the first book in the Romance on the Edge series by Tiffinie Helmer, while the audio book is narrated by Mia Chiaromonte. Edge tells the story of Mel Bennett, a woman who was kidnapped as a child and who managed to survive her terrifying ordeal. Years later, she lives in Alaska, where she runs the Edge resort. Mel prefers being on her own out in the wilderness where people don’t know who she is. All of that could possibly change when Cache Calder travels to the Edge to do a follow-up “Where are they now?” piece.
Cache launched his career when he wrote the story on Amelia Bennett, the young teen who was kidnapped by a cult group called the Ascension. However, when Cache loses two of his best friends while writing a story in a war zone; it takes him a while to get back to his old self. That is, until he gets the opportunity to do a follow up piece on the woman who made him famous. The only snag? She doesn’t know he’s coming, and she certainly didn’t authorize a follow up story. Now Cache has to figure out how to convince her that doing a follow up would be a good idea.
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about Edge. One thing being that while it was a romance novel, the romance didn’t take away from the other things that were going on. Mel’s sister shows up at the resort with her two kids and nowhere else to go, and this plays a pretty big part of the novel. Mel and Nicole have never exactly gotten along, and that provides quite a few issues along the way. Watching the two sisters attempt to become a family again was one of my favorite parts of the novel.
There’s also a suspense aspect to the story. Mel continues to get the feeling that she’s being watched, and she keeps getting cryptic reminders of her kidnapping. She knows it can’t be her original kidnapper, but Mel wonders if there are other members of the ascension who have somehow found where she lives.
The book is well written, but it did feel slow in some places. The plot just takes a while to build up, which isn’t a really bad thing, it just takes some getting used to. In addition to feeling a little slow, it took me a while until I was 100% on board with Mel and Cache as a couple. Not that I didn’t like them as a couple, but it took me a while to buy the chemistry between them. Before that, it just seemed like a somewhat creepy obsession.
One of the other things that kind of bothered me a little was that there was a lot going on in the book, and it almost felt like too much. There was Mel and Cache, who were clearly the main focus of the novel, but then there’s Mel’s relationship with her sister, Nicole, there’s a plot with Emily, Nicole’s daughter, who lives to drive her mother nuts, and there was a side plot with Lynnette, who works at the lodge with Mel. It all just seemed like a lot to fit into one novel, and it made it a little difficult to keep track of what was going on.
I am giving Edge 4 out of 5 controllers. I think that the story is worth the patience it takes to read it and get through it, and I think the characters were really interesting. Mia also did a wonderful job narrating; I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook.
Originally Reviewed By:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Given by Audible for Review Reviewer: Ariel
Saving Forever is thOriginally Reviewed By:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Given by Audible for Review Reviewer: Ariel
Saving Forever is the third book in The Ever Trilogy by Jasinda Wilder. This book is full of romance, and tons of drama. If you’re a fan of this series, you’ll want to read this exciting conclusion. That being said, this series would best be read in order, so I wouldn’t pick this one up if you haven’t already read the first two.
Saving Forever is told from the perspectives of four different characters. Ever, who has just woken up from being in a coma for almost two years; Cade, Ever’s husband who sought comfort in Ever’s twin sister while Ever was in a coma; Eden, Ever’s twin who took off after discovering that her affair with Cade is going to have some more permanent consequences; and Carter, a man who wants desperately to help Eden go through whatever troubles she may have.
My first complaint is really superficial. The names are really easily interchanged in my mind and it made things a little confusing at first. Ever/Eden, Cade/Carter. Ever, Eden, and Cade already existed, but I believe Carter was new to the series and he could have been given a name that didn’t start with a C. Like I said, really minor annoyance. Carter was probably my favorite character in the whole series. He’s an absolute sweetheart, although in the beginning of the book he creeped me out and I thought he came off really stalkerish. Once he befriends Eden, it’s clear that he’ll do whatever it takes to make her happy. Eden is really hard on herself, and I personally think she should be, but Carter thinks that just because she made a mistake, doesn’t mean she’s a terrible human being. Carter strikes me as the type of man who tries to see the best in people, and that’s something I always admire in someone.
And then there’s Eden and Cade. I can’t even describe how I feel about these two. I mean they had an affair while Ever was in a coma. I get that they needed someone to find comfort in, and it makes sense that they would find comfort in each other, but I think they took it a little too far. And now that Eden is pregnant, that’s a whole new set of complications. Oh, and the fact that Ever doesn’t know. Her twin sister and her husband. Oh joy.
And Ever has her own problems to deal with. She has to relearn how to do everything. Talking, walking, how to be an artist again, she has to relearn all of it. To be mentally the exact same as you were before you took a two year long sleep, but physically incapable of doing the simplest things would be the most frustrating thing ever, I think. Knowing that you can’t do these easy things that you used to be able to do, like walking, would be absolutely terrible.
I listened to the audiobook version of this, which has two different narrators, a man and a woman. At the beginning of the book both of the narrators irritated me, and I don’t know if they got better as the book went on, or if I just got used to it the further into the book I got. Either way, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the audiobook version.
The writing style of the book was really good, although the speech in the sex scenes was really cliche and cheesy at times, although that does make for a pretty amusing read. The characters each had very distinct personalities though, and I never really found myself to be bored or feeling like the book dragged on at all, so that was well done. Overall, I’m choosing to give Saving Forever 4 out of 5 controllers. The book read kind of like a soap opera with the whole, “I’m pregnant with my twin sister’s husband’s baby” and I found the whole book very entertaining to read. ...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating/Royalty Award Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
This Review COriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating/Royalty Award Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
This Review Contains Slight Spoilers…
FML…I tried, really I did, to hold off on reading Rebel Spring until Gathering Darkness was available. Never has a series left me in such distress, with major anxiety, and a severe book hangover. Like Shatter Me and Throne of Glass, the Falling Kingdoms Series is utterly addictive. Morgan Rhodes writing is lyrically seductive. I could bathe in her words, fall asleep in her world. *sigh* Now that I have to wait for Gathering Darkness my body is going through withdrawal. Someone should have warned me about this series! Since no one did, I’m warning you dear reader…only proceed if you can handle an extraordinary epic fantasy. Because if you’re anything like me waiting for the next book in the series will be agonizing. The horror…
For fans of Game of Thrones who like political scandals, lots of betrayal, pandemonium, death, and different forms of love (even in places you least expect it), the Falling Kingdoms series is for you. Picking up where Falling Kingdoms left off Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia are in chaos and dealing with the aftermath of King Gaius, the Blood King’s, takeover. Gaius manipulated his way to the throne and now has control over all the kingdoms and has even combined them into one, Mytica. But not all is peaches and roses for the king, there are forces greater than he could even imagine waiting to take him down.
Cleo, heir to the Auranos throne and last surviving member of the Bellos family, is at the mercy of King Gaius and forced to marry his son, a coldhearted prince Mangus. To them, this is a match made in hell. Both carry torches for someone else and cannot stand to be around each other for more than a solid minute. I loved watching their story develop. As a reader I knew if they could just move past their difference they would be an unstoppable force. So many times I wanted to go through my headphones and shake some sense into them. Even though I knew how I wanted their story to unfold, Rhodes spun it into a totally different direction and made me crave something else! I love an author who can make me root for one thing and then turn around and make me root for the total opposite! Never have I been so confused…
There are several other characters of note in this series: Jonas, Lucia, The Watches, Nic, Aron, and a few other minor characters. Lucia, the *spoiler* adopted sister of prince Magnus, remains comatose after using the fire magic at the end of Falling Kingdoms that essentially gave her father the victory of Auranos. After she wakes, I enjoyed watching her interact with Cleo. Both girls have sharp tongues and aren’t afraid to match insult for insult while keeping themselves as poise and princess like as possible. Cleo is by far my favorite character. Her bold cleverness never ceases to amaze me. Just check out how she answers the infamous King of Blood…
King Gaius - “I’m watching you princess.” Cleo - “As I am watching you.”
LOL who says that to someone who just murdered your family and forced you into marriage? Cleo rocks so hard. She’s fierce and doesn’t hide who she is or what she believes. Unlike Lucia who seems more fragile and easily influenced Cleo knows when to speak, when to be illusive, and when to assert her authority. Love her to pieces I tell ya…little bitty bits and pieces!
Overall, I could rant and rave over Rebel Spring all day and still not convey how awesome the novel is and worthy of a spot on every book nerds bookshelf. If you haven’t, you must read Falling Kingdoms first (it’s da bomb folks) and then immediately pick up this one. I highly recommend the series to anyone looking for a vast world with a legion of characters and stellar mythology that will leave you gasping, aching, out of breath, sometimes without the ability to speak, and so in love with a story your heart may break a thousand times over....more
His Forbidden Touch, the second novel in the StoleOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Author Reviewer: Ariel
His Forbidden Touch, the second novel in the Stolen Brides Series by Shelly Thacker took me back to the days where romance novels had a plot and character development and adventure! Not to say that they don’t know, but they are a little more difficult to come by. His Forbidden Touch can be read as a standalone (or listened to, as I had the audiobook), so no worries if you haven’t read the first one.
Ciara is the princess of a kingdom under war. When her father finally negotiates a peace treaty with the invading prince, Damon, part of the bargain is that Ciara must become Damon’s bride. When someone makes an attempt on the princess’s life, however, she must venture to Damon’s country with a special guard.
Ex-knight Royce was banished from the castle by Ciara’s father four years ago, and he’s still a little testy about it. But when he receives a mysterious note telling him that his country needs him, he knows exactly who it must be from. He is not happy in the slightest about having to deliver a pampered princess to her new home, but with the promise of having his title restored, he decides to do the honorable thing.
I loved Ciara. I loved watching her character grow from someone who had never been outside of her own castle, someone who thought she could ride horseback across the country with bags full of unnecessary items, into someone who was feisty, and learned how to defend herself. I also really enjoyed Royce’s reactions as she continued to surprise him and defy his expectations. As much as she doesn’t wish to marry Damon, as much as she’s heard of his violent temper, she’s still willing to marry him, because she wants her country to finally have peace and recover from the war. Her sense of duty was admirable, and slightly annoying.
Royce was a pretty interesting leading man. He’s angry because of everything that he’s lost, angry that Ciara’s father doesn’t seem to care that he’s lost everything in the slightest, and angry that he is now required to escort a spoiled princess who doesn’t even know about what’s going on in her kingdom at the moment. I found myself really sympathizing with him, even when you find out why he was exiled. I loved how sarcastic he is. Sarcasm gets me every time. And the bickering between him and Ciara towards the beginning was priceless. But their fondness for each other grew throughout the novel in a really natural way, and I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes at it, which was nice.
The audiobook was pretty nice, it was narrated by Julia Motyka who did a good job keeping me entertained. She paused for emphasis in all the right places, quickened the pace in all the right places, and she didn’t put me to sleep.
Overall, I’m giving His Forbidden Touch 5 out of 5 controllers. It was really well written, the characters were developed really well, their relationship was developed really well, and I loved the plot....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible Purchase Reviewer: Me
Twinmaker was a book I’d been despOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible Purchase Reviewer: Me
Twinmaker was a book I’d been desperately salivating over for a while. And despite my love of Science Fiction and the epic premise of the novel, Twinmaker’s characters and I did not connect. At all. Even on the smallest level. With that being said, Twinmaker is not a bad story. In fact, the ambitious futuristic technology is what kept the novel alive in my eyes. While the characters didn’t WOW me as I expected, the mystery and discoveries involving the high-tech D-mat and “teleportation”, sure kept me entertained.
The story follows Clair whose best friend Libby decides to undergo something called “Improvement”. Even though her friends constantly tell her she’s beautiful, Libby is not comfortable in her own skin and with her scars. She’s an outgoing girl who doesn’t mind a little danger and if Improvement can make her better, she’s all for it, no matter the consequences. Improvement essentially happens when a person travels by the D-mat and it can alter the travelers appearance however they want (or so the chain-mail like email claims). After Libby’s Improvement, Clair begins to notice little changes in her friend. Changes she can only assume are caused by the mysterious Improvements. And these changes thrust Clair on a mission to discover the truths behind Improvement in order to help Libby out of her situation before its too late.
Twinmaker is a very vivid, rich world. I enjoyed following the breadcrumb clues and discovering the mystery behind Improvement. However, for me the characters were lacking. I’m not sure if it was the narrators portrayal of them or if they really were bland. I just couldn’t like Libby or the quasi-love/angst-triangle between Clair, Libby and Zep that started, stopped, started, then dropped. In the beginning chapters it seemed the story was heading in one direction and then quickly morphed into another. Clair was just an “okay” character. I didn’t see anything that made her standout among other YA characters in this genre. She’s very conscious of her decisions and always tries to do the right thing, which had me rooting for her to make a bunch of mistakes so she would be a little more interesting.
Overall, I’m sure Twinmaker will appeal to some of you who enjoy hard science fiction (because there is an abundance of it). For others looking for romance or a light read, this is not it. Twinmaker touches on the theme of “if the technology was available and you could do, go, see, be, change anything, would you”. While I’m not particularly fond of Twinmaker, I did do some research on the author and discovered that he also wrote The Force Unleashed Star Wars The Force Unleashed 1 and co-authored a few other Star Wars Novels that I will definitely try. I liked his writing style and techy world enough that I’m sure I would enjoy some of his previous works.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2.5 Out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Joint Review Jennifer and DiaylOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2.5 Out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Joint Review Jennifer and Diayll
Girl of Fire and Thorn by Rea Carson was interesting. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my favorite story either. It opens of the sixteenth birthday/wedding day of Elisa. The youngest daughter of the king of a small isolated kingdom, she doesn’t see herself as anything special. She is short, chubby and has no particular skills. The only thing that she feels is special is the gem embedded in her navel. Known as the Godstone, she is the first bearer chosen in a century. This reason is the only one she can fathom as to why her father chose her to wed King Alejandro. Immediately following her wedding, she is whisked away from her home and sent to live in his kingdom. When they finally arrive, Elisa’s life gets even more difficult when Alejandro ask her to keep their marriage and her identity as the bearer of the stone a secret. She is also wanted by enemies of the kingdom who intend to use her as a weapon.
In a lot of ways I liked this story, but I hated that throughout the majority of the story you feel bad for Elisa. Most of us can relate to her in some way, body image issues and the feeling of being inadequate just to name a few. But all the other things the happened to her made the story almost unbearable to read. While it was satisfying to watch her come into her own, the journey to get there was terrible to read. There were also some other things about the story I absolutely could not stand. The way she loses weight for instance, while I understand that she was lost in a desert and starvation is bound to happen, I don’t like that this is how she lost the weight.
For a fairy tale lovers (and closet romantics) like myself, this book is a serious reality (as real as it can be) check. It’s not easy to be a princess/ secret queen/ bearer of a supernatural magic stone. If you can get passed the general sadness of it, the story is actually pretty interesting. I haven’t completely given up on this series and I hope the next installment is better.
2.5 Out of 5 Controllers
I completely have to agree with Jennifer on this one. I actually started out listening to this audio ages ago, and when I finished, I loaned it to my cousin because I just didn’t know how I felt about it. It was good…not great. Nothing really stood out in the story for me to say WOW. I think most of my issues stem from how the first half just drags…and drags…and drags on. It was like slowly walking up a hill and never actually reaching the top. Not until a little over midway through did I begin to fall in love with the story.
I’m not sure if it was the writing style of the narrator for The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but between the monotone voice of the MC to the lack of action in the beginning, I was less than impressed. I wanted to love this novel and by the end, maybe I did. Heck a part of me does I think in some way, feel “the feels”. The side characters to me are what kept it alive. I think they were very well written and I enjoyed what each brought to the story. I just wished I could have loved Elisa. She was always so down on herself, and then I’d see a spark in her and a feisty spirit. I wish I’d gotten more of that spirit through out the entire novel. She kept putting herself down so much I just wanted to thump her forehead and tell her to “woman up!”. At some point, you expect the main character to get a backbone and speak her mind or just do SOMETHING for his/herself. In this case, we don’t get much of that. Which is very sad because Fire and Thorns #1 could have been really, really, awesome.
Overall, read it. You might like it. You might love it. But if you’re looking for a strong character that shines bright across the pages…you might not find it here. It’s unusual for me not to love a good fantasy story, but this one…totally missed the mark.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Me
From the moment the audio beganOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Me
From the moment the audio began I was HOOKED on Transparent. The world Whipple crafted from Fiona’s mobster family to the strange and curious abilities of its people left me in awe on this wonderful mystery set in a modern day Metropolis. Pitched as a YA smashup of The Godfather and X-Men, Transparent is captivating, original, and almost received 5 Controllers from me – the epic science fiction nerd. However, as the plot progressed there were several things that started to go awry.
Fiona is an invisible girl raised with a ruthless womanizing father who controls every aspect of her life. Born into a life of crime, all she’s ever known is what she was told. Heck the poor girl doesn’t even know what her own facial features look like or the color of her hair. She’s cynical and snarky and only wants to please her father. Radiasure, a drug issued after the Cold War had unforeseen effects on the population and gave some people superhuman abilities. As the author intended, you immediately are intrigued by the sympathetic Fiona and the world she inhabits. Wanting to know why some people have silly powers and others have powerful abilities that makes them targets. In the beginning I loved learning about her, the mother who could never leave her father, and the two brothers who are on opposite ends of the crime family spectrum. However, after the turning point in Fiona’s life and she’s thrust into a new city by a mother who is trying to redeem herself, Fiona slowly began to change.
Once in her new setting, Fiona starts to become very self-centered. Maybe it’s because she’s never been around “normal” kids her age or tried to attend a real school, but I just found some of the things she said to be off. One minute she’s running for her life and extra-suspicious of everyone she comes in contact with, and the next she is day dreaming about a certain boy and worried about if she’s shaved. Her thoughts were a little all over the place for me and I just wanted her to focus. She is also bitter – which I kind of liked in the beginning but then once she started to become “too nice” I didn’t enjoy her anymore. Yes, I know she was probably supposed to be unlikable in the beginning so her character could grow/develop over the course of the novel. However, I’m not entirely sure that happened. Instead of growing to accept herself I think she became paranoid about little things and too concerned with other people’s opinions. At one point there was a big reveal that someone (I won’t say who) could see her. And Fiona literally freaked out. Now to me, I think if I was invisible and someone could finally see me I would be thrilled. Yes, it would make you feel exposed but it should also make you feel special and excited. Maybe my perception is wrong, but I just feel that her reactions to certain situations were odd.
Overall, I don’t actually dislike Transparent and as I said earlier I loved it in the beginning. The ending was not too shabby and I really enjoyed the villain even though I wish we’d gotten to see more of him. The middle of the book lacked some character development and seemed to just jump from one plot point to the next without any substance in between. If you like Dystopian’s with a hint of mystery and mobsters, then definitely check out Transparent....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2.75ish 3 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Me
I have written and rewritten thisOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2.75ish 3 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Me
I have written and rewritten this review at least five times. Arclight is one of those novels that in theory sounds absolutely amazing but in the end was just not for me. I tried to love it. I tried to get on board with The Fade and our MC Marina. But alas, I couldn’t fall in love with the world the way I desired. *sighs*
Let’s start with what I liked…the first ten or fifteen chapters where the world is introduced and we get a glimpse at human life after the epidemic? hit mankind. People are truly scared because no one is safe from The Fade. The creatures that come out at night and infect you with organisms and can take over your entire body (at least this is my assessment of them; it’s still something I’m trying to grasp). It started off as it should, frightening and with me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. And then…
It all unraveled.
What began interestingly weird, then got even more peculiar, turned out to be a (WEIRD) twisted science fiction read. Arclight is a bizarre take on experiments gone wrong and creatures that go bump in the night. It’s eloquently crafted and the words spring from the pages, however despite having an immense amount of heart, it still manages to leave a sour taste in my mouth.
WTF The Fade? WTF is up with the heroine? WTF is really going on in this book!?
Okay, if I am to be a hundred percent honest, I have no idea how I feel about this book. It’s super crazy and tries to wear many different hats and wears none of them really well. The mystery is predictable. The Science Fiction is hard to understand. The love triangle is creepy. Arclight is an epic freak-show of friendly/not-so-friendly monsters and terrified humans with parental issues. Had I actually been reading this instead of listening to the audio I’m almost a thousand percent certain I would have DNF’ed it.
Why? Because if I had to keep rewinding my audio, think about how many times I would have had to re-read something in the book. Probably twice as many just so I can try to comprehend the main characters inner dialogue with The Fade. Don’t get me wrong, I liked how she communicated with the Fade, heck I was on board up until the big reveal. What I didn’t appreciate, is how she responded to the big reveal. She knew she was different. And yet when the answers to her questions presented themselves, she pretended like it was impossible. Um hello, didn’t you and I just experience the same thing about 50 pages ago?
Though what really ticks me off about the whole thing is the ending. There is a semi-LOVE Triangle and I absolutely hated it by the time the story was over. Both leading boys are likeable and I didn’t really see anything that I disliked about their character or personality. I just loathed the rationale our character chose for picking her man at the end. This is probably the only book I’ve read where I’ve been pissed off beyond belief at our characters choice.
SPOILERS (view spoiler)[ This might be spoilery but I will just go ahead and say it: It seems that our character flat out disowned her people when she made her choice. Because her eyes had been “open” so to speak to the human world, she decided to stay and forgo her life as one of THEM. She had a sister, true love, and a family with them yet she wanted to stay with humans why…I’m not exactly sure. I had to rewind and re-listen to it over and over again to grasp the concept that she didn’t go back. And this is a series? At the very least she should have been sad! *sighs* I won’t be returning for the next one. I have no interest as her life as a human unless she plans to go back to The Fade and we get to see how they live and interact. (hide spoiler)] END SPOILERS
Clearly I’m despondent. Maybe even disgruntled. I wanted to LOVE it so bad but I couldn’t. Had I not been confused and then aggravated at the ending I think this would have been an excellent 5 Controller read. However, my rating is based upon what’s presented. And what’s presented, while not terrible, is unlikable. At least by me anyways.
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Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible purchase Reviewer: Me
Gena Showalter is one of my absoluOriginally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible purchase Reviewer: Me
Gena Showalter is one of my absolute favorite authors! And I can’t help but be a little bit giddy inside when she has a new series. I was skeptical of this one at first because I’ve only read her adult novels and I didn’t want to be disappointed with the lack of smexiness in her YA series. However, I was pleasantly surprised upon finishing Alice in Zombieland. Showalter knows how to craft a freakishly unique story and throw her characters into the bowels of terror. Though I did expect it to more fairytale-ish (and it’s not), I still loved (mostly) every minute of this kick a$$ zombie novel.
Alice our protagonist has suffered a great loss and is trying to put the shambles of her life back together. Now living with her grandparents and trying to make it through school, she learns the hard way that her life before, the one she hated so badly, was more full of truth than she could have ever imagined. Enter Cole, a standoffish and sometimes evasive boy, who seems to have a connection to Alice. Their relationship, or should I say their non-relationship, is an on again off again battle to not let feelings interfere with their ultimate goal of killing zombies. He was fun to read at times and I liked learning about his group and how they all got involved with the zombies. I’m looking forward to seeing where they go next and even if they stay together.
The only things I didn’t particularly care for in to novel was some of the religious dialogue, and the fact that it’s not really a fairytale story. As with Beauty Awakened, this book had some over-the-top faith talk. Moreover, it seems to be a recurring thing with Showalter’s newer novels. I’m not fond of it because I do think it takes away from the story at times, however I don’t think it’s a reason not to read her work. For those readers who don’t like this sort of thing, just be aware that it is there and it can be a bit heavy.
Overall, I do recommend this novel. I think for some, it will be another hit or miss. The audiobook itself was very slow for me. I despised the narrator because she kept putting me to sleep. Her voice sounded 40 years old instead of 16 and I found it hard to believe I was listing to a YA novel. So maybe try picking up the actual book instead. ...more
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible purchase Reviewer: Me
Well, I am so sad to see this seOriginally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audible purchase Reviewer: Me
Well, I am so sad to see this series end. Especially since I discovered it so late. I loved being inside Lena’s head. Hearing her thoughts and feeling her pain, I truly believed she was a real person and her troubles had become my hardships. She was a wonderful protagonist. Fun to watch. Entertaining to listen to. Moreover, her story was compelling and now that she’s gone I miss her like a heartbeat.
In Requiem, we are given a taste of Lena’s continued struggle with losing Alex and the Invalids battle towards freedom. Told from dual perspectives of both Lena and Hana, we see how each girl adjusts to their new lives. Hana’s story was both sad and inspiring. Even though she’s cured, she is still fighting to find herself among people who only want her to shut up and do as she’s told. Her pair Fred, was a complete jerk (although that’s not really what I want to call him) and I loved how she learns to deal with him on the outside while secretly thinking of ways to get herself out of the situation on the inside. I think her character growth was something I didn’t see coming and it slowly became one of my favorite parts of the novel.
We also get a few surprise guests in the novel, which I won’t spoil, and a few revelations for our characters to come to terms with. The only negative I have for the overall book is that there is no resolution to the love triangle. This, I think should have been resolved. I think for readers it would have given us more closure to the entire series instead leaving us panting and wanting more. I can understand though why it ended without her choosing but I still can’t help but feel like something is missing. The whole novel is about love and the loss of love. And at the end, it should have ended with love. True love prevailing or new love winning. But that’s just my opinion.
Overall, I highly recommend this series. The audiobooks are phenomenal and the narrators’ voice engages you every second. I am thrilled this will become a TV show and I hope that Hollywood does it justice because as a trilogy, Delirium is EPIC. ...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
As I sit here and write this revOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
As I sit here and write this review, I am feeling very apprehensive. I am a HUGE Showalter fan, and you can usually catch me tooting her horn on a daily basis, however, after reading Beauty Awakened, I feel somewhat disappointed. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful love story and epically written as only Showalter can, however for those fans who are accustomed to her over-the-stop sexiness I feel this novel is lacking it. Was it a shock? Absolutely. Does that make Beauty Awakened any less awesome? In my opinion, no. It just makes this novel….different.
The story centers around Nicola and Koldo, two very, very, very, different people. Nicola is about as frail as fail can get and she is probably one of my least favorite of Showalter’s heroines (SN: if you want to see a strong heroine, check out Anya from The Darkest Kiss). Nicola and her sister, both have serious health conditions, which cause them to lead very limited lives. You can’t help but feel sympathy for the pair and at times you may even want to shake them a little and force them to wake up! However, over the course of the story, we are able to see growth within Nicola. And this growth is very specific, it’s spiritual. Basically, the entire story consists of strengthening oneself in faith. This in my personal opinion forced the novel to move away from sexual tension and epic descriptions to, vague encounters and dodgy language. It made the reader focus more on the overall story than the Will-They or Won’t-They.
I can honestly say, I wasn’t attracted or attached to Koldo in the least (which is a first!). The moment I meet Showalter’s alpha males, I am usually head-over-heels drooling nonstop for them. But I didn’t get butterflies. And I didn’t get any sort of, omg-he’s-freaking-awesome brewing inside of me. Instead, I felt like I was reading the story of someone I would consider my brother or a good friend. But – yes there is a but – Koldo is a strong character. Broken, but strong. He’s a fighter, a survivor, and very gentle underneath it all. He’s someone you want in your corner when all heck is about to break loose.
Overall, Beauty Awakened was as I said…extremely different. I haven’t read any reviews (but I am as soon as I post this) so I don’t know how others will perceive it. The general story is sweet, maybe too sweet – although Koldo sure is put through hell from time to time. I loved the first novel, Wicked Nights, which was less about faith, and more about soul mates finding steamy hot passionate love. Will I continue the series? You bet! Nothing, will stop me from reading Showalter, and with the next installment of The Lords of The Underworld coming up, I am hoping and reverently praying I will get the smexy Showalter I am use to, or even better, a mix between the new and the old one. I recommend Beauty Awakened to those of you looking for a dark romance, with sweet undertones, and don’t mind a lack of descriptions in your love scenes....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Crown Rating/Epic Read Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Lo and bOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Crown Rating/Epic Read Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Lo and behold, I have a new love and her name is Lauren Oliver. I adore books that step outside of the norm and create something so unique, so intriguing you can’t help but fall in love with their mysterious nature. Delirium is a captivating tale of a young girls struggle to find herself in a society hell-bent on making everyone the same. Oliver presents an interesting take on what I believe most people take for granted, love.
In the novel, we follow Lena as she prepares to be cured from the evil affliction that killed her mother. She is actually excited to be free of the disease and ready to move on with her life, a job, a family, stability. Something she’s craved since her mother’s death left an undesirable stigma on the family. That is until she meets Alex, a boy who challenges her way of thinking. It is in those simple stolen moments with Alex, Lena begins to understand herself, the struggles her mother faced, and why love is dangerous. Because it makes you feel, think, act irrational, uninhibited, unafraid and with the whole of your being. Love is everything, and once discovered, it can never be forgotten or undone.
I truly enjoyed Delirium with my entire soul. Yes, you heard right. This book will clutch onto your heart and stain your entire being. It’s magical, emotional, and delightful. Moreover, if you go the audiobook route as I did, you will be mesmerized by the amazing voice of the narrator who does a phenomenal job of capturing the urgency and pain in Delirium. If you missed this novel when it first came out, don’t fret, there is still time to catch up with the series before book three, Requiem is released in March of this year. ...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Crown Rating/Epic Read Review Source: AUdiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
haven’tOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Crown Rating/Epic Read Review Source: AUdiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
haven’t read Delirium – you just need to go do it right now. As in ASAP.
*Slight Spoilers Below*
Having lost the one person she has ever loved, Lena is now living in the Wilds and learning to survive as an outsider, someone who is infected with the horrible disease of love. She forges new relationships with members of the group (almost an entirely new cast of extraordinary characters), and learns a little bit more about herself with each passing day. But when her world is shaken by someone she’s not supposed to care about, someone she’s supposed to hate, Lena is forced to confront feelings she doesn’t want to have or experience ever again.
The best thing about this series is the character development, and in Pandemonium, we experience Lena’s tremendous growth from book one to book two. How does one move on from a great and powerful loss? It’s not easy, and I think Oliver captured the emotional tidal wave perfectly. As she learns everything anew, Lena begins to come into her own person through the alternating ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ chapters. She’s stronger but not without fragility, wiser but not without doubt, and able to speak her mind and/or hold her tongue when necessary. Lena comes alive, birthed right off the pages by Oliver’s compelling words. And her story – as you will soon find out by the end – is far from being over.
Overall, if you are looking for a series to go above and beyond expectations, then I highly recommend the Delirium Trilogy. Frankly, it has some one of the most well written cast of characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And Lena truly is a heroine who will remain timeless....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Typically ContempOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Typically Contemporary Romances are NOT my thing. I usually need a little magic or paranormal to get me interested in a story, at least to keep me reading some three to four hundred pages. However, that was then…and this is now. Pushing the Limits blew my mind and rocked my Contemporary Socks Off! I highly recommend this delectable treat to everyone who loves a dangerous romance, secrets, and characters that can – and will – stand the test of time. It’s the right combination of swoon worthy characters and a heartbreaking story to keep even the coldest heart fluttering wildly.
As soon as the audio began, I melted over these characters. Echo is a tough, sassy, do-the-right-thing kind of character. A girl with a hidden past she can’t remember, and who doesn’t question the things that happen to her without good reason. That is until she begins to tutor the hunky bad boy Noah Hutchins. When these two characters meet, an uncontrollable – forbidden- attraction develops, one that neither of them can deny. The way the two complement each other is outstanding. They are like night and day, sunshine and rain. Perfect and imperfect. I love them, can’t get enough of them, and wish I had more of their edgy love affair.
Overall, get this book! Pushing the Limits should be on everyone’s shelf!...more
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Crewel is unique, strange, and aOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchased/Audiobook Reviewer:Me
Crewel is unique, strange, and a lyrical masterpiece. I plummeted head-over-feet in love with the novel the moment the audio began. I always find it surreal when a novel can magically transport you to another world, while leaving you breathlessly wanting, craving, and begging for more. Crewel by far is one of the most creative visionary experiences I’ve had this year and I am looking forward – with Epically bated breath – for the remainder of the novels in the series.
Crewel is a magnificent fantasy, for those of you who are able to suspend disbelief and thrust yourself deep within its pages. Our story is centered around sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys, a young girl who has been hiding a very special gift. All her life Adelice has been avoiding her destiny as a Spinster, a girl who can weave time with matter. She suppressed her gifts in order to stay with her family, to keep her life happy and normal. However, in an extremely twisted turn of events – which inevitably ends in bloodshed, Adelice is discovered, yanked from her home, and forced into the Spinster life.
But, is being a Spinster really so bad? Elegant parties, fancy clothes, exotic foods. For Adelice, it’s a drastic change, a change which part of her surprisingly enjoys. Although our main character is falling under the Spinster spell, she is still able to fight most of her desires and remain the same spitfire, sarcastic, nonconforming girl throughout most of the story. I loved Adelice! It was so easy to follow her thought process and when she was angry, I was angry. And when she was sad…well, I was still angry. LOL. She is the perfect combination of strong-willed and vulnerable. As each new piece of the Spinster puzzle is revealed, Adelice is tested, so much so it’s hard to believe she will survive. And when you finally make it to the last page, you will probably be pulling your hair out, angry, terrified, and most of all excited to see where her story will go next.
Overall, Crewel is a smash hit! The audiobook is fantastic and well worth your 1 credit at audible. I highly recommend this heart-pounding/heartbreaking read to teens and adults alike, those who enjoy fantasies, and those who crave strong female characters who don’t always have it easy. It’s an endearing tale I guarantee with stay with you long after the story is over....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Written in multiple points of vOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Written in multiple points of view, Carnival of Souls began as a hard listen for me. At first, I wasn’t really into the narrator. And anyone who listens to audiobooks knows, despite if a books is awesome or not, a narrator can make or break the story. However, I am thankful I decided to stick with this insanely fun novel! After around chapter five, I got lost in this wicked tale of daimons and witches, good and evil, killers and thieves.
Though Mallory is the supposed focal point of this story, I think the true heart of Carnival of Souls lies with Aya and the other side characters that actually live in The City. Any time we jumped to the human world and to Mallory’s hidden life, I was wishing, hoping, and praying we’d get back to kick-A$$ Aya or the honorable Kaleb. Aya is one touch woman. Born into the privileged ruling class, she is determined not to be thought of as just another child-baring woman. Not only is she fighting in the competition to prove that women should be in control of their own destinies, she’s fighting for the right not to be controlled by a man. She’s willing to do, kill, steal, and trick whoever to ensure she wins. I loved how ruthless she was. Normally we see male characters take on these types of roles but not in this story. This time we get to see a woman be just as coldblooded as any man. It fit her character well and it gave this story its WOW factor.
Kaleb on the other hand, is from the lowest class in The City. He is fighting simply to earn respect from other members of society. His story was complex, deeply saddening, but at the same time strong and endearing. The twists and turns, ups and downs, Marr creates for her characters is almost unbelievable and unbearable. And once you get to the end and experience that MASSIVE jaw-dropping ending, let’s just say your jaw, mouth, face and other limbs will need picking up off the floor. Overall, if you love stories with non-stop action, fighting, strong female leads, risky violence, and heart-breaking storylines, then grab Carnival of Souls....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Gail Carriger…I think I LOVE you…Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
Gail Carriger…I think I LOVE you…
Alexia Tarabotti is one of the most interesting, well-written, and exceptionally entertaining characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I have always been a fan of Steampunk, from the clothing, to the language, to the fancy machinery. Not only, has Carriger created a character whose world I would like to invade, but she also created a character I would love to become. Strong-minded, free-spirited, and often times a tad bit hot-headed, Alexia Tarabotti is a magnificent creation and a whole lot of fun.
I am so angry with myself for just discovering this series (I know, I know). Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and Steampunk? How did I ever not know about the Parasol Protectorate? Once again I have read (well in this case listened to) a series out of order. I was thumbing through Audible searching for a book that looked like it would be fairly enjoyable and something “different”. But what I found instead was an enchanting tale, with over-the-top characters, and a story so full of life I had to drop everything and listen. Because one thing Ms. Tarabotti does well, is trap readers in the midst of her troubles, and leave us hoping we have a nice parasol to match.
Changeless, begins with a new threat to the supernatural population. They have somehow lost their ability to change and be supernatural. This inevitable leads to a trip to Scotland, assassination attempts, ghastly love affairs, and quite a bit of laughter – and tea – in between. Over the course of the novel, we are introduced to old acquaintances; learn proper etiquette, and some of the atrocious traditions of werewolves. Changeless is one succession of strange and exciting events after another. I never felt pulled from the story by Carriger’s eloquent language, nor did I feel like I couldn’t believe everything that was happening to our main character. From the moment the audio began, I was in love.
Overall, I highly recommend – with a cup of tea – Changeless to all you lovely readers. I also suggest going the audiobook route because Emily Gray does a phenomenal job of portraying each character and her voice is so majestic you will be hypnotized from the moment you press play. And for those of you who like reading/listening to a series in order, I assure you there is no need. This book works well as a standalone, however once you make it to the OMG ending; you will be buying the next one. And you can quote me on that!...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: I bought 3 copies of it! Reviewer: Me (total fangirl)
FinOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: I bought 3 copies of it! Reviewer: Me (total fangirl)
Finallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly!!!!! WARNER! Just…WoW…I think I’ve waited for this moment since Shatter Me. Warner is literally, literally, LITERALLY HOT. I can’t even describe it. This review is not going to be a typical review, but a series of quotes. Because, dang…there are so many. Dang this book is so good. Dang I’m so jealous of Juliette. And the only way I can do Ignite Me justice is by using Mafi’s own words.
This review contains MAJOR spoilers from Ignite Me…read at your own risk….
The Comedy…Oh Kenji…
Warner leans back, just a little. “Tell me what you want,” he says desperately. “Tell me what to do,” he says, “and I’ll do it.” “This is, by far, the craziest shit I have ever seen,” Kenji says. “I really never would’ve believed it. Not in a million years.” “It’s like a soap opera.” Ian nods. “But with worse acting.” “I think it’s kind of sweet,” Winston says. I jerk back, half spinning around. Everyone is staring at us. Winston is the only one smiling. (Page 175 hardcover)
“So,” he says. “I don’t see you for twenty-four hours and you and Warner go from let’s-hug-in-super-dramatic-fashion to let-me-give-you-an-ice-cold-shoulder, huh?” Kenji is tracing shapes into the mats underneath us. “Must be an interesting story there.” (Page 2013 hardcover)
“It’s weird, isn’t it?” he says. “What is?” “If we were naked right now, I’d be dead.” “Shut up,” I say, laughing against his chest. We’re both wearing long sleeves, long pants. As long as my face and hands don’t touch his skin, he’s perfectly safe. “Well, it’s true.” “In what alternate universe would I ever be naked with you?” “I am just saying,” he says. “Shit happens. You never know.” “I think you need a girl friend.” (Page 215 hardcover)
“I’ve never seen him in sweatpants before.” I try to sound normal. “I’ve never seen him in shorts.” Kenji raises and eyebrow at me. “I bet you’ve seen him in less.” I want to die. (Page 233 hardcover)
“Have you never looked in a mirror?” I ask, angry now. “Excuse me?” “You’re perfect,” I tell him, so overcome I forget myself. “All of you. You entire body. Proportionally. Symmetrically. You’re absurdly, mathematically perfect. It doesn’t even make sense that a person could look like you,” I say, shaking my head. “I can’t believe you would ever say something like that—” (Page 200 hardcover)
I’m beyond rational thought. Beyond words, beyond comprehensible ideas. Seconds are merging into minutes and hearts are collapsing and hands are grasping and I’ve tripped over a planet and I don’t know anything anymore, I don’t know anything because nothing will ever be able to compare to this. Nothing will ever capture the way I’m feeling right now. Nothing matters anymore. (Page 318 hardcover)
He wraps my legs around his hips and dips me backward until the mattress is under my head and he leans over me, cupping my face in his hands, his thumbs two parentheses around my mouth and he pulls me close and he kisses me, kisses me until time topples over and my head spins into oblivion. It’s a heavy, unbelievable kiss. (Page 319 hardcover)
He kisses the curve of my shoulder. My shoulder blade. Five kisses down my spine, one softer than the next. “I will be here every night,” he whispers, his words so soft, so tortured, “to keep you warm. I will kiss you until I can’t keep my eyes open.” My head is caught in a cloud. Can you hear my heart? I want to ask him. I want you to make a list of all your favorite things, and I want to be one it. (Page 332 hardcover)
“I have never known this kind of peace. Never known this kind of comfort. And sometimes I am afraid,” he says, dropping his eyes, “that my love will terrify you.” (Page 333 hardcover)
My hands move to his pants. His eyes fly open. “Close your eyes,” I have to tell him. “No.” He can hardly speak. “Close your eyes.” He shakes his head. “Fine.” I unbutton his pants. Unzip. (Page 334 hardcover)
Poor Adam…please find some peace…
“She looks at that psycho like she’s in love with him,” Adam barks back. “You think I don’t know what that look is? You think I wouldn’t be able to tell? She used to look at me like that. I know her – I know her so well—” (Page 169 hardcover)
“Because I don’t want to die,” he says to me. “Because I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how to feed my little brother and I’ve come up with exactly jack and shit in the way of solutions. Because it’s cold as hell outside, and he’s hungry and because our electricity is going to get shut off soon.” Adam is breathing hard. “I didn’t know what else to do. So now I’m here, my pride in the toilet, hoping I can stay in my ex-girlfriends new boyfriend’s bachelor pad, and I want to kill myself.” (Page 259 hardcover)
“It doesn’t matter anymore.” I’m staring at my hand in his, his refusal to let go. “We would’ve ended up in the same place sooner or later.” “That’s not true – this is proof!” he says, holding up my hand. “We could’ve made it work—” “We’re too different now. We want different things. And this?” I say, nodding at our hands. “All this managed to prove is that you are extremely good at turning me off.” (Page 307 hardcover)
By this point, if you are not completely convinced, dying, swooning, utterly salivating to read Ignite Me…then, all hope in humanity is lost. Tahereh Mafi has single-handedly created something so beautiful with her mastery of words it’s indescribable. I can’t even properly express how much I enjoyed this entire series. I cried. I laughed. God I fell completely and madly in love with a fictional character. Juliette’s transformation from scared girl to woman was amazing and so very well written. I don’t think I could have asked, begged, or wished for a better ending to this stunning trilogy. This is how books are supposed to be written. This is how words are supposed to be meshed together. Thank you, thank you, thank you Tahereh for bringing such joy to my world in the form of these characters!
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewers: Heather and Diayll
Diayll Every tOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewers: Heather and Diayll
Diayll Every trepidation I had about the Sookie Stackhouse series in the last book, Deadlocked, disappeared (thank goodness) in Dead Ever After. As a Super-Fan of this series, the final installment truly warmed my heart. It is by far, one of my favorites out of the thirteen book series because we finally get our headstrong Sookie back *yippee*! Oh how I missed her and her quirky self. And I can’t deny, I was hooting and hollering the whole time. With every funny line and the return of some of my favorite characters, Dead Ever After rocked my supernatural world.
Things are crazy in Bon Temps and of course, our heroine is in the middle of it all. Sookie has managed to make numerous enemies over the course of the last twelve novels and it’s definitely come back to bite her in the arse. Now framed for a murder she didn’t commit, Sookie must uncover which supernatural creature she’s pissed off the most. But not only does she have many enemies it turns out Sookie also has many friends – friends who come to her rescue and band together to help uncover Bon Temps last mystery.
Thank you Ms. Harris for bringing back the wonderful mystery to the series! The three areas on which I judge these books are the mystery, the romance, and character development. In the last couple of novels, the mystery has been a little bland and if you’ve been with us since the beginning the you know Harris’s books are known for having an epic mystery to uncover – which usually leads to things being blown up, people dying, and sh*t hitting the fan. In Dead Ever After, we see the return of the mysterious aspect to the novels. There is less, OMG-who-will-I-bang and more fun-loving lets-solve-this-thing, happening. I think this allowed Sookie to develop more as a character. Her love life for once was able to take a back seat allowing readers to just enjoy the whodunit. While somewhat predictable, it was still enjoyable. And it did contribute to my overall enjoyment of the audiobook.
I know some people (fans) are going rabid over the ending. However, I am not one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed to story and enjoyed investing my time in Sookie. Although she may have made one too many mistakes and hasty decisions (and slept with way too many people), she is still the heroine that introduced me to Urban Fantasy/PNR and still the heroine I love the most. Do I wish there was more? Of course! Would I read it all again? You bet! Sookie in the end had to find herself. We all make mistakes and let our hearts lead us down paths we shouldn’t be traveling. It’s our job as people to let things go, move on, grow and learn. I think that’s exactly what happened in Dead Ever After, Sookie came to terms with herself and decided what’s right for her. And frankly, I couldn’t be happier!
My Rating 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Heather I went in blind, refusing to read spoilers or the opinions of other fans. For me this series has always been way better than the show will ever become, but I started watching the show long before I picked up the actual series.
With that said, I don’t have years invested into the books, but I became hooked the moment I picked up my first Sookie Stackhouse novel, and read them straight through. For the past two years, I’ve picked up the books with increasing haste, and devoured them in a day. This time, I savored the story knowing it would be the last.
We all have our teams, and I’ll leave mine out. The story itself in Dead Ever After was excellent. We have the Sookie we’ve all come to love, with her quirky, laughable sayings. She gets herself caught up in a few messes, though they are never really ever her fault. But the most enjoyable, for me, was having everyone back in the same book. I got to “listen” as all the past favorites came together for one last final hurrah.
Does Sookie get a HEA? Maybe she does, maybe it’s just for right now, and we’ll never know for sure. If you’ve fallen in love with crazy Sookie, and go into this book wanting to read her end, then pick it up and give it a read. This is her series as much as it is the author’s series, and I knew that no matter what anyone else said (or thought) that I would read it for myself.
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He’s kissing me like he’s lost me and
Originally Reviewed At: Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers/Royalty Award Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
He’s kissing me like he’s lost me and he’s found me and I’m slipping away and he’s never going to let me go. I want to scream, sometimes, I want to collapse, sometimes, I want to die knowing that I’ve known what it was like to live with this kiss, this heart, this soft soft explosion that makes me feel like I’ve taken a sip of the sun, like I’ve eaten clouds 8, 9 and 10. This. This makes me ache everywhere. (page 18)
The quote above symbolizes perfectly how I feel about Unravel Me. Just as Adam made Juliette ache everywhere, I ached during and after I finished this story. Consuming the novel, every word, every phrase, and every page is exactly like eating clouds 8, 9 and 10. It’s sipping on sunshine and dancing in the rain, it is perfect. So very perfect and so hard to forget.
I must admit upfront I am a HUGE fan of this series and Tahereh’s writing. I’ve listened to the audiobook six times and read the book twice. Needless to say, it has consumed my life and left a stain on my skin that refuses to go away. It’s a story about life, love, passion, and making difficult decisions. It’s a story about growth and finding yourself when all hope seems lost. It’s beautiful. And there really is no other way to describe it.
I am not going to summarize the book; plenty of people have done that already. I am simply going to tell you how much I adore Warner. Like, OMG-HE’s-SO-HOT-AND-THE-WAY-HE-SPEAKS-MAKES-ME-MELT, kind of love. When an author has the ability to make you love the bad guy more than the good guy you are supposed to love, that’s the author you need to read. That’s the author you have to watch out for. Because he/she will slip the evil character in under your radar and spin everything you thought you knew about them on its axis.
WARNER is AMAZEBALLS.
WARNER is SMEXY.
WARNER is ALL THOSE OTHER descriptive adjectives I can’t even think of because I’m still swooning over him.
My honest recommendation is if you haven’t for some unearthly reason started this series then you better get on it. I don’t think anything can top it. Every character is special in this series and written with so much love and attention it’s like you know them all and have an intimate relationship with them. I also highly recommend the audiobook, because as fun as it is to read, it’s even more delectable to hear. Your ears will thank you…
Edible Warner Quote: “I want so many things,” he whispers. “I want your mind. Your strength. I want to be worth your time.” His fingers graze the hem of my top and he says “I want this up.” He tugs on the waist of my pants and says, “I want these down.” He touches the tip of his fingers to the sides of my body and says, “I want to feel your skin on fire. I want to feel your heart racing next to mine and I want to know it’s racing because of me, because you want me. Because you never,” he says, he breathes, “never want me to stop. I want every second. Every inch of you. I want all of it.” (Page 394)...more
I was over-the-moon excited to read this one. But with the other great novels I've read recently, the second installment in the Under The Never Sky TrI was over-the-moon excited to read this one. But with the other great novels I've read recently, the second installment in the Under The Never Sky Trilogy felt very...AMAZING. HAHA Fooled ya! This is an epic book with so much epicness its hard to describe. At this point, after trying to pull my thoughts (since January) into a coherent couple of paragraphs without sounding like a raging fangirl, I'm unsure of what to say that hasn't already been said, so this is enough for now.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
It’s Gena Showalter, need I sayOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook Purchase Reviewer: Me
It’s Gena Showalter, need I say more? Wicked Nights is a hot, steamy, pushing-the-carnal-limits new series for the author. Once again, I am immediately in love with her characters. When the story opens and we are introduced to Annabelle, and her eyes are burning as if they’d been dipped in acid, I knew Showalter was about to take me on another whirlwind adventure. And let me say, she did not disappoint (not that I doubted her genius anyway).
With the unlikeliest man and woman falling head-over-heels into a powerful couple, Wicked Nights is a wickedly fabulous thrill ride, and show-stopping escapade! Showalter has a gift for making each of her couples unique, relatable, and fun, and Zacharel and Annabelle are no exception. They have the right amount of smoking-hot chemistry to make the coldest bitter heart swoon with anticipation every single time they touch. Their love affair was exacerbated by the undeniable tension and sheer amount of obstacles they had to overcome. I found myself many times screaming into my headphones for the two to just get it on already. But, as you know, Showalter likes to build, build, and build until her readers can’t take it anymore. It works. It always works. Moreover, in this story of angles vs. demons, it works times ten!
Overall, if you are new to Gena, well…I suggest you get on her train right now. She’s an author that knows how to tell a compelling story and make her characters come to life. I highly recommend Wicked Nights, and if demons and other paranormal creatures are your thing, you should also nab her Lords of the Underworld series too!...more
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Oh My GOODNESS…
I already knew GeOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchase/Audiobook Reviewer: Me
Oh My GOODNESS…
I already knew Gena Showalter could write a steamy romance. If I need my socks to be rocked, or an emotion to be catered to, she’s the author I let sweep me off my feet and carry me to places I can only envision in my dreams. But after hearing her vivid descriptions vibrate though my ear – literally I felt vibrations – I utterly fell in love with her words all over again. I don’t know if this is the most sexual Lords of the Underworld novel she’s written – it was definitely one of the longest – or if it was because I listened to it via audiobook instead of reading the words myself, but I will gladly listen to every book she writes from now on, no longer wanting to fill my eyes with the words but instead fill my ears with the passion.
In case you need your memory refreshed or you have somehow (insert *gasp* here) missed out on this wicked adventure, the Lords of the Underworld is a series about a group of immortal guards to the Olympians who were possessed by the elusive evils of mankind – or in this case demons – from Pandora’s Box (ex: wrath, lies, secrets, defeat, rage, pain, misery, etc.) after releasing them into the world. In each installment, Showalter takes us on an emotional, and highly addictive, ride as these warriors find true love in the most unlikely places. In The Darkest Seduction (book 9) we are following the heartbreaking story of Paris, the warrior cursed with the demon Promiscuity. Can a wounded man who is doomed to sleep with a woman in order to maintain his health and strength find love with the only woman who arouses, challenges, and calls to him on every level? I didn’t think it could happen, but I’m so glad it did.
Paris and Sienna, a love that looked disaster-prone from the beginning. The couple had so many hurdles to cross it seemed impossible Showalter could make it work, complete opposites, both with demons, inner and outer, to fight. Paris encased by a new evil and Sienna with her shame and guilt. I never liked Sienna. She irritated me from the very first moment Paris ran into her a couple of books ago. There was always something about the arrogant woman (not to mention how she treated my Paris) that rubbed me the wrong way and to think she was going to be Paris’s love interest threw me into a frenzy. But what happened over the course of the story changed my viewpoint. Not only did I begin to like Sienna, I began to love her for the depths of her determination. But of course making readers love a character you should hate is a Showalter specialty.
So much happens in this book. Ringing in at over 500 pages not only does Gena create a fascinating love story, but she also brought war to our Lords. For the fans that have been waiting for something EPIC to happen in the LotU story arc, this is the book where it all starts to come together. Battles happen, lines are drawn, sides are chosen, enemies and alliances make themselves known. The well of betrayal runs deep in this novel and so does the repercussions. I was gritting my teeth as the narrator unfolded the story from his lips. Gosh it was crazy! On-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting. Side stories ran rampant in this book as we get to see more interaction between Cronus and Rhea, an introduction to Galen and Legion’s love story (*fingers crossed*), Zacharel and the fallen angels (which alludes to her new Angels of the Dark series). Like I said, it’s a lot to take in, but I think if you go the audiobook route like I did you might not find yourself so overwhelmed.
Anya, William, and the Lord of Narcissism Viola (yes there are women Lords), are all spectacular, funny, and downright crazy. Love, love, love them! Viola is a hoot. She’s actually borderline crazy although you can’t blame her she’s a narcissist. Showalter also seemed to be setting up Kane’s storyline, and if you know anything about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse then you know his story is going to be amazing. We also get a glimpse at possibly more demon Lords, and a couple of new additions to the Lord family…babies!
Overall, fangirl gushing aside, The Darkest Seduction is definitely dark, twisted, emotional, amusing, steamy, and one of my personal favorites from the series. For those of you new to the series, although the novel can work as a standalone title, I urge you to read the series from the beginning. Behind every happily ever after romantic storyline, is a one-of-a-kind adventure that I promise will keep you on the edge of your seat, toes curled, and heart pounding. Buy it, read it, listen to it, I don’t care how you do it as long as you fall in love with these Lords....more
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Okay this review is not dOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Purchase/Audio Book Reviewer:Me
Okay this review is not done, however that is the one word I would use to synopsize this exquisite story. What a dazzling world debut YA author Veronica Rossi has created in Under the Never Sky. With its dystopian theme and science fiction edge, chapter after chapter I fell more enthralled with this story. Being that this was my first audio book, I really didn’t know what to expect, heck I didn’t even think the story would capture and hold my attention long enough for me to listen to 9+ hours of audio. But through the enigmatic voice of the narrator, I was able to become trapped inside Rossi’s world, by living, breathing, and walking there. It became an addictive adventure, one I could relive time and time again.
The world as we know it has become dangerous from an anomaly knows as the Aether. The Aether, from my best assumption (because this was the only part that wasn’t properly explained), is a type of electrical storm that destroys everything in its path when it strikes, leaving much of the world an uninhabitable place. Because of this, people are forced to live in Pods never experiencing the wonders of life outside. Basic things we take for granted such as the beautiful sunshine and warm waters of the oceans are foreign ideas to those who reside inside the pods. In order to recreate what missing in their lives, scientist have created an intricate virtual reality system know as the Realms, which can be visited via a Smarteye. In the Realms any dream, fantasy, or wish can come true. It serves as a form of escapism for pod residents so they won’t go crazy or feel trapped by their extreme living conditions. By description this may all seem a bit farfetched and over the top, but trust me it works.
Opposite the Dwellers, or those who live in pods, are the “savages” known as Outsiders. Unlike the presumed beautiful lives of the Dwellers, Outsiders have in a way become one with nature and their environment making them skilled hunters, archers, and mainly killers. They also have heightened senses, which at some points seem more magical than science fictionesque, however overall it worked well in the plot and gave the story yet another unique quality. Aria our main character is on a mission to uncover what happened to a pod that fell silent, the same pod where her mother is working. Because of some poor choices and the means she uses to uncover the truth, she is nearly killed and rescued by an Outsider, Peregrine. After the rescue neither of them thinks they will see the other again, until Aria is banished from her home and Perry once again comes to her aid.
The narration alternates between Aria and Perry. I think I enjoyed learning more about Perry than I did Aria, yes I loved all the technology that the pod’s had at their disposal, yet it was the unique abilities of the Outsiders and the tragic story of Perry and his nephew that sucked me in completely. Don’t get me wrong, Aria is a strong female protagonist and she transitioned well between naïve Dweller to strong willed fighter. Nevertheless, Perry is where the story takes flight. His way of life is both sad and fascinating. I loved every minute of being inside of his head to see what he was thinking, feeling, and observing. Both of our MC’s are on a mission, Perry to find his beloved nephew and Aria to find her mother. With nothing in common but trying to reach the end destination, this unlikely pair becomes a great duo.
Overall, Under the Never Sky is different. My only complaint is I would have liked more explanation of the Aether, and the world itself, along with some of the science fiction type terms used. Aside from that, if you crave a dystopian novel with one-of-a-kind world building, a matchless premise, wonderfully written characters, an unexpected villain and a great underlying mystery, then this is your novel. However, for those of you craving heavy romance, you might be a little disappointed because this is one of those books that will fade…to…black....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchase from Audible Reviewer: Me
Absolutely beautiful… poetic,Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchase from Audible Reviewer: Me
Absolutely beautiful… poetic, fascinating and refreshing, the world of Incarnate is breathtaking…
In a world where everyone is constantly reborn, there are virtually no secrets because everyone knows one another. Envision never having to truly suffer loss or grief because you can expect to see your friends or family in their next life. Now, imagine being born a blank slate. Not reincarnated. No old soul. No familiar soul. You are alone, you are hated, and most of all you are unloved because you replaced someone else. This is the world and reality of Ana in Incarnate.
I absolutely adored Incarnate. Maybe it’s because I am still on my cloud 9 high from Shadow and Bone, or maybe because it was an audiobook read by the hypnotic voice of Katherine Taub, either way this was another excellent novel with a refreshingly unique premise and incredible world. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Ana’s new soul and what that meant for her in a world where everyone else had lived many, many lives, with one soul, and so much more experience than she could ever imagine having in just one short life.
From the beginning you get to experience Ana’s anguish. She was never truly loved or even wanted. Her mother, whom I wanted to smack on several occasions, was nothing short of the ‘B’ word, and treated her daughter like she was below every other life form. She in a sense treated her like cattle. Ana’s story was truly heartbreaking, and stirred a lot of emotions within me, and I’m sure it may do the same for some of you. Thank goodness though she met Sam. Despite the age difference and experience levels, the two were great together. Whether they (Sam) were denying their feelings, or making beautiful music, their story is one that will stick with me for a long time.
Overall, if you crave some emotional depth to your stories, a descriptive world, and characters you can root for, I HIGHLY recommend Incarnate. I also suggest going the audiobook route because the narrator’s voice will put you in a deep trance transporting you to Range, a place you will never want to leave....more