Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: ARC from Publisher Reviewer: Me
Charming, delightful, and full o...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: ARC from Publisher Reviewer: Me
Charming, delightful, and full of unpredictable magic, A Snicker of Magic is perfect for readers of all ages! At only twelve years old, Felicity Pickle’s life has already been full of surprises. Her mother, a spirited drifting soul, never allows her small family to remain in one place for too long. With each new travel destination, the family continues to make memories and tries to make the best of unpleasant situations. However, when Felicity’s mother decides to take the family back to her hometown of Midnight Gulch, little did they know each one would find their own special hint of magic.
Felicity deems herself a “word catcher and collector”. She loves all words, big ones, small ones, flashy ones, and ones that can even make you sad. Words are what keep her afloat when the world seems to spin out of control and she feels as though she will never fit in. Words also help soothe her younger sister when she’s feeling down and lift their spirits every time they started a new school. Upon their arrival to Midnight Gulch, Felicity is filled with wonder at the hope their family might actually find a place to stay permanently. And what better place to call home than a town full of magic?
Every page in A Snicker of Magic left me with so many feels. Natalie Lloyd’s writing was splendid. My eyes filled with tears, my heart ached and fluttered. The way Felicity used words and associated them with her feelings or what she thought others were feeling was genius. For a while I would often forget our main character was only twelve years old. Her approach on life was very insightful and often times made her seem twice her age. I loved everything about Felicity, even her shyness when meeting new people or trying to make friends. I also loved how she would see words shimmering or floating from people. Words too often people were afraid to say aloud. She is an outstanding heroine and I adored every minute of being inside her young mind.
The magical aspect of the story helped to intertwine Felicity’s word catching and her own fears about the world. In most cases, it was magic that helped everyone in the novel to come to terms with things from their past they often tried to forget. Overall, I LOVED A Snicker of Magic! It’s beautifully written and exceed my expectations by a thousand. I highly recommend it to anyone, young or old, looking for a feel good novel that will leave them full of hope and wanting to embark on their own magical adventure.(less)
I like to pace myself with books. I typically t...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
I like to pace myself with books. I typically take at least a week to get through a book, no matter how many chapters, how many pages, because I like to make the story last. I devoured Masquerade by Nyrae Dawn in three days. If that doesn’t tell you how much I loved this book, I don’t know what will.
Masquerade is the third book in the Games series from Nyrae Dawn. It can be read as a standalone, but it might help to read the previous two to fully understand Maddox’s backstory. Maddox has all sorts of issues. His mother is suicidal and his father is in jail for killing his girlfriend’s boyfriend’s two-year-old son. If that isn’t messed up enough for you, Maddox puts the blame for everyone else’s pain on himself. He spends all of his time protecting his sister, and refuses to get close to anyone else.
Bee has her own set of problems. Growing up with people that she has believed to be her parents only to find out that she was actually kidnapped when she was four is a lot to take in for a person. She was returned to her biological family when she was thirteen, and she has since struggled to become the person she thinks her parents want her to be. Somewhere between Coral, the name her kidnappers gave her; and Leila, the name she was born with, she creates Bee, the person she wants to be. She has no idea what love is supposed to be. Her kidnappers loved her enough to steal her and raise her as their own, and her biological parents love her even though they didn’t know anything about who she had become as a person. Because of all that, she keeps her distance from others, feeling that love causes people to do things that are a little too crazy for her.
When Bee and Maddox meet in Lunar, the club where Maddox works security, the two hit it off right away and have a one night stand. Both are satisfied with the arrangement, neither of them wants anything more, which would be fine except for the fact that Maddox walks into Bee’s tattoo parlor the next day, hoping to apprentice there.
I don’t know if I can fully describe in words how much I loved this book. First off, really well written. The story is told both from Bee’s and from Maddox’s points of view, which is nice for being able to really get into the heads of the characters and seeing what they’re hiding from the other person. The sex scenes aren’t super graphic, which could be a plus or minus depending on your tastes, I personally didn’t mind it.
The interactions between Bee and Maddox constantly made me smile. They’re both very sarcastic and both put on a tough facade to try and fool the world into thinking they don’t need anyone else. But of course this is a romance novel, so you know they’re clearly lying to themselves. The banter between the two of them seemed really natural, and even though the two clearly care about each other, their relationship is anything but perfect which helps add to the realisticness of it all.
Symbolism is a big part of the novel, and if I had one complaint about the story it would be that the symbolism was not very discreet in the second half of the book. Bee’s tattoo parlor is called Masquerade, which is fitting because of her feeling like she’s living a masquerade, and for Maddox it’s the same thing, but I swear, the word Masquerade was used about 5 or 6 times in the tail end of the book, not in reference to the shop. It’s kind of like, “Yes, I get that she owns Masquerade, and they’re in a masquerade, I see what you did there, thank you, I get it.” But it was only mildly irritating, and it was in the last 25-50% of the book.
For me, Masquerade gets 5 out of 5 controllers. I had a really hard time putting it down, I loved Maddox and Bee, and I loved watching their relationship develop. Really well done, and a really great read. (less)
His Forbidden Touch, the second novel in the Stole...moreOriginally 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.(less)
For me this story has been a long t...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
For me this story has been a long time a coming. Mary Chase and Jack Talent have been squaring off for quite awhile. Longer than we could of thought, but that’d be a spoiler. The tension is superb and truly brings us round to the same level we saw in the first book of the series. When Firelight came out, I fell in love with the series, and as it’s progressed I’ve found myself loving it more and more.
Lately it’s one of the few series that I not only look forward to reading, but I’ve found it holds rereadability. There is much going on between the historic approach and the supernatural side of the old world. Gadgets and steampunky gizmos round out the old London setting that a simple American can only dream of.
Characters, oh how I love each and every one Callinhan’s introduced me to. From battered and broken heroes and heroines to creepy demonic villains. Each one grounded in layers of depth, with dark realistic secrets. You can’t put these stories down because you care from page one to the end.
Plots and subplots are full of tension from action to simple jibes shooting back and forth. The characters have clear voices that ring free and have you hanging on their words. I truly wish more writers did this, but alas I’m happy to have found at least one. Shadowdance left me with one question: When will I see more from The Darkest London series?(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti is f...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti is full of adventure, danger, and romance!
Matt Dean was created in a test tube, as were his three brothers. They were engineered to have special skills, mostly to be soldiers, as were several other men in a mysterious compound. Matt and his brothers have since escaped the commander and the doctors who created them, only to discover that they had chips implanted near their spinal cords that are set to destruct in six weeks. Matt’s goal is to find the doctor who planted the chips and get them removed or deactivated, so that him and his brothers can truly be free.
Enter Laney Jacobs. The pretty bartender discovers Matt outside her bar with a knife wound and promptly passes out. She offers Matt a job as a bouncer, and soon begins to fall for the sexy soldier. Matt knows he needs to keep his focus on the mission and finding the surgeon, but he finds himself getting distracted by Laney, the sweet bar owner who may have more secrets than she’s letting on.
I loved this novel a lot! It’s the second in the Sins Brothers series, but it can be read as a stand alone and you can still mostly understand what’s happening. Matt is a great leading man to read about. He’s strong, dangerous, and loves his brothers more than anything else. He’s protective, but not to the point where it’s annoying. He wants to do what he can to help others around him.
Laney was fun as well. She kept Matt on his toes, and doesn’t have a problem putting him in his place when she feels as though he’s going too far. She doesn’t always succeed in putting him in his place, but she definitely tries. The chemistry between the two of them was amazing. They had great banter going, and they both tried their best not to get emotionally attached, both for their own reasons.
The plot is really intriguing, and something I haven’t read about before. Whatever compound the brothers were born at is engineering soldiers for some reason (It might have been explained in the first novel, or it could just be a mystery waiting for a big reveal at the end of the series). The boys are taught to fight and kill pretty much from the time they’re born. Some of the men at the compound had no problem killing, but Matt and his brothers always wanted their freedom, and they’re really close to getting it.
The book was paced really well and left me hanging on the edge of my seat. Never was there a time where I was really bored, or I thought things were moving too slow or too quickly. The bedroom scenes were just steamy enough to be hot, but not enough to detract from the fact that there is so much else going on, like the fact that Matt may only have six weeks to live.
I’m giving Sweet Revenge 5 out of 5 controllers. Great plot, great characters, well written, and the perfect mix of edge of your seat action with steamy romance scenes to leave you wanting more.
The perfect ending to a fantastic series, Baref...moreOriginally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
The perfect ending to a fantastic series, Barefoot by the Sea was everything I hoped it would be. The story follows Tessa Galloway, the last of the four best friends who started Casa Blanca resort. All of her friends have managed to find love at Barefoot Bay, and Tessa is no exception.
Tessa is a wonderful character. She’s sweet, she’s loyal to her friends, and she wants to be a mother more than anything. Tessa has always wanted a baby, but she has never been able to conceive. Her bookshelf contains an entire section of books dedicated to getting pregnant. She’s looking into trying a surrogate, but she simply cannot find the perfect sperm donor. Then comes along John Brown, whose real name is Ian Browning. After his wife and brother were murdered by a London gang, Ian was forced to go into the UK’s version of the witness protection program, separated from his twin toddlers.
Tessa and Ian hit it off right away, although Tessa has no idea who Ian really is. If he somehow lets his identity slip, he gets relocated to start a new life elsewhere, and is one step farther away from getting his children back, the one thing he wants most in the world. Tessa can tell that Ian is hiding something from her, she just isn’t entirely sure what. This, if you’ve read any of the previous Barefoot Bay novels, is a huge problem considering Tessa hates secrets more than anything else.
This novel finally explains why Tessa hates secrets, and my heart went out to her. It’s a good backstory that ties into everything the reader knows about Tessa from the previous books, as well as from this story alone. The chemistry between her and Ian is done really well. Tessa is extremely attracted to Ian, but she also still holds onto her morals and her hatred of lies that make her Tessa.
Ian is the perfect leading man for Tessa. Although she doesn’t know about his past, he has the same dedication to the two children he has that Tessa has to becoming a mother. Ian will do whatever it takes to get his children back, even if it means leaving the only woman he has ever loved since his wife’s death.
Aside from the romance we can always expect from the Barefoot Bay series, the resort is getting ready to host its most important guests yet. The women from the AABC are staying to decide whether or not they should recommend the resort to brides looking for a destination wedding. The only catch is they want to see an actual wedding take place. This is the review all of the women have been waiting for, and they’re all determined to make a good impression on the bridal consultants, even on a short notice.
I am giving Barefoot by the Sea 5 out of 5 controllers. I couldn’t have asked for more for the end of this series. And although this is the last of Lacey, Joss, Zoe, and Tessa, I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll see of Barefoot Bay. (less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewers: Join Review by Heather and Ariel
Garrisons C...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewers: Join Review by Heather and Ariel
Garrisons Creed is the second book in the Titan novel trilogy. I actually read and reviewed Winters Heat over on Literary Sweet, and plan on reading the rest of the series. Oh yeah, it’s that hot.
We met Cash in the first book, but he was a minor character. This book can be read by itself, but you really see the change in him between the two books, plus it too is a darn good read. Do yourself a favor if you love romance and suspense, pick it up.
Cash is a sniper who throws all caution to the wind. He’s a player, a womanizer, and there’s a long list of conquests notching his belt. While on routine assignment, for Titan, he sees the woman who started that downward spiral in him. Trouble is, she’s supposed to be dead.
Nicola is deep undercover working for the CIA when her target is killed – sniper style. Crap hits the fan and she tumbles into someone she never thought she’d see again. Cash Garrison – the man who owned her heart and the one she tried to protect.
Filled with action, suspense, and the clash of alpha male and female, can these two find a way to forgive the past and earn a second chance at love?
I love the heat of the series. It builds up and then burns you senseless. Mist yourself with this one, and be sure to watch your panties. The Titan boys like to set them ablaze, but for the men out there, Nicola has you covered too.
Cat fights, guns, and lots of explosive fire is sure to wet your appetite.
5 controllers, hot series, etc. (By the way this review is different than the one I used for my tour)
Garrison’s Creed by Cristin Harber is full of romance, intrigue, action, and spies! The second novel in the Titan series follows the story of Cash Garrison, a member of the Titan organization, who has recently discovered that the only woman he ever loved is not dead like everyone thought she was, just working for the CIA.
Cash Garrison. I don’t even know where to start. He’s such a macho protagonist, always sleeps with his rifle next to him and doesn’t take crap from anyone. When he’s around Nicola though, he’s all lover and knows exactly what to say and do to her to drive her wild. The one thing I will say about Cash that drove me nuts throughout the entire novel is that he’s too protective of Nicola. Being protective and wanting to make sure she’s ok can be sweet and endearing, but Cash takes it to the extreme. He doesn’t like the fact that Nicola works for the CIA for the simple fact that she’s a girl and she should be protected by manly men such as him. Whenever Cash and Nicola were talking business and this came up I got so angry. However, it left a lot of room for character growth, and Cash does grow throughout the novel, so I was satisfied by the end of the novel.
I loved Nicola’s character. She’s a strong female character who doesn’t let the men in her life push her around. Being one of the only female field agents in the CIA she’s used to having to prove herself to men who think she can’t do her job. Her life gets turned upside down when she runs into Cash, as well as her brother Roman, both of whom think she is currently buried six feet under. I really did feel bad for Nicola. She feels like a terrible person for letting her family believe she was dead, but she needed to be placed in witness protection, so no one from her old life could know that she was alive or they would all be put in danger. One of the things I loved about Nicola was she knew just how to get what she wanted when it comes to Cash. She loves him, but she also doesn’t take crap from him and refuses to give up her job just because Cash doesn’t like her being in the field.
Roman, Nicola’s brother, was great. He was the perfect mixture of pissed off that his sister lied to him, and relieved to find out she was alive. He also had to come to terms with the fact that his best friend and his little sister are in a relationship, and were in a relationship even before Nicola was forced into witness protection. Similar to Cash, his over-protection kind of got on my nerves, but it was a little more understandable coming from an older brother. Still, Nicola is a grown woman and should be able to date whoever she wants to, even her older brother’s best friend.
Characters aside, the novel was written really well. I could visualize everything really well, which is always nice. The action scenes kept me on the edge of my seat, and the romance scenes had just the right amount of detail in them. There were twists and turns right up to the end of the book, so even when I thought things were settled and I was in for the happy ending, something else would happen to stir things up again. Not many novels actually keep the reader engaged and entertained throughout the whole thing, but Garrison’s Creed did. It can be read on its own even though it’s the second in the series, and there are plenty of side characters to love as well as the two main characters, Cash and Nicola.
Overall, I’m giving Garrison’s Creed 5 out of 5 controllers. I was entertained throughout the entire thing, none of it was boring, and even though Cash got on my nerves with his over-protectiveness, the fact that his character grows throughout the novel redeems him and makes this novel a great read.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: AimeeKay
Tomorrow is the sequel to Yesterday, and I e...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: AimeeKay
Tomorrow is the sequel to Yesterday, and I enjoyed it very much. I read this sentence and realize that it sounds off but at the same time is completely correct, kind of like the novel itself.
Tomorrow follows Freya and Garren as they struggle to acclimate and stay alive in 1980’s Canada. As well as stay one step ahead of the U.N.A., a future government determined to recapture them and erase their memories. Freya and Garren’s story starts in the novel Yesterday, which I have to admit I haven’t had a chance to read yet. But true to the Amazon summery Tomorrow is quite capable of being a standalone novel, so I didn’t feel that I was missing out on huge chunks of the story. This is definitely a credit to the author, since the story pretty much depends on the first book to make any sense at all. Between the prologue and the flashbacks that Garren has though, the author fills in enough of the back story.
The author also pulls off a unique trick with the writing of the story. The present, which is in the 1980’s is told in first person present tense, while the future, 2063, is told in first person past tense. Switching back and forth between the two tenses was not as bad or as confusing as it sounds. Also I personally dislike first person POV, especially present tense, but the author wove such an interesting tale that it didn’t bother me like it normally does.
I enjoyed the characters. It was interesting to see how they reacted to our antique technology and world. I also got attached to both Garren and Freya, even though I only saw them both through Garren’s eyes.
The story itself is more plot driven then character. While I did enjoy the characters, I was really pulled in by the story. Even though it jumps back and forth between Garren’s present and his memories in the future, the transition between the two is smooth and doesn’t interfere with the fast pace of the book.
I would definitely give this one 5 out of 5 controllers. The writing is solid, the story is enthralling and, even if you haven’t read the first book, you can still enjoy the story without getting lost.(less)
Inhuman by Kat Falls was a fantastic read, and...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
Inhuman by Kat Falls was a fantastic read, and the first book in a new series that I am now hooked on. Fair warning: if you dislike love triangles in which Boy A is a good guy, and Boy B is a bad boy who is extremely snarky/sarcastic, I wouldn’t suggest picking it up. If, however, you don’t mind this triangle, and you’re interested in a plot involving half of America being wiped out by a disease that turns people feral, full steam ahead!
Inhuman takes us to a futuristic America where a disease called Ferae has infected about half of the country. The disease infects humans with animal DNA and they take on animalistic characteristics. Eventually the infected become feral and they lose their humanity. A giant wall was built to separate the west side of the country with the east side, now known as the Feral Zone. Lane, our protagonist discovers that her father is actually a fetch, someone who illegally sneaks into the Feral Zone to retrieve items left on the other side of the wall during the exodus, items that people pay for him to retrieve. Now Lane must sneak to the other side of the wall to tell her father to do a fetch for someone who has the power to either have him shot on sight, or make his criminal record go away.
Lane was a girl I enjoyed reading about and following on her journey. She begins the story on the west side of the wall, going to school, doing her homework, free of all diseases. Even diseases that aren’t contagious are cause for isolation on the healthy side of the wall. It was entertaining to watch her grow as she journeys into the Feral Zone, in search of her father. She deals with monsters she had only heard about in bedtime stories, and she learns what it means to get dirty. She has a quirk where she tightens her ponytail holder to stay more focused because she believes she thinks clearer when her ponytail is tightened. This is a small detail mentioned towards the beginning of the novel, but it remains part of her personality. Every now and then throughout the rest of the novel, she tightens her ponytail, and you know she’s trying to remain focused, so I thought that keeping that really minor character detail in there was really cool.
Our other two main characters are Everson and Rafe, the two other points in our love triangle. Everson is a line guard, a branch of the military that keeps people outside of the Feral Zone, and the people who are already in the Feral Zone to stay there. He has been helping Dr. Solis, who also works for the country, by collecting infected blood of the different animals. Only when all of the strains of Ferae are collected can they begin to look for either a cure or a vaccine. I didn’t dislike Everson, he had his moments where I liked him and he had his moments where I forgot he was there. He is passionate about finding a cure for Ferae, which was nice because it gave him a goal, but he wasn’t necessarily my favorite.
Rafe is the “bad boy” character in the love triangle. He grew up in the Feral Zone and he offers to help Lane find her father. While he is helpful, he is also sarcastic, snarky, and has a tendency to make sexual comments, whereas Everson is the more conservative of the two. I tend to favor Rafe over Everson, because I enjoy sarcasm and I felt like he was a more real character having grown up in the mess that Ferae created. He hunts down rogue ferals and tries to keep the other humans in the Feral Zone safe.
This was a really enjoyable read for me and I plan on continuing the series. It was well written, interesting plot, and great characters. Overall, I’m giving Inhuman 5 out of 5 controllers. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.(less)
(Warning: There will be lots of CAPS and OMG’s in this review :-) and slight spoilers)
Unfed is a f’ed up monster good time!! I couldn’t get enough of this book. It’s LOL funny, loaded with non-stop action, and thoroughly entertaining! Kirsty McKay created a wonderful cast of characters and dropped them into the middle of a crazy INSANE situation. Not only do we have a bald MC and a super nerd, but we also get a popular prissy girl and a bad boy rebel. And every single one of them ROCKED MY ZOMBIE SOCKS OFF.
Okay, so once again (like I normally do) I missed out on what was probably full of awesome in Undead. Yup, this is the first time I picked up this series and let me just say, Unfed is so KICK A$$ that I can’t stop thinking about it, telling other people about it, or rummaging through my endless supply of quotes! Our main character Bobby (Roberta) is really, really having a rotten time. While on a field trip, some of her classmates got infected with a deadly disease and became the undead. Now, all of Scotland is quarantined and cut off from the rest of the UK. Poor Bobby wakes up in a hospital and is told that she is only one of four survivors from a fatal bus crash. Needless to say, everything pretty much goes downhill after this.
Booby and the other teens are immediately thrust into the action of trying to escape the zombie infested hospital which happens to be a secrete facility for Xanthro, the corporation responsible for the outbreak. And escaping sure ain't easy. At nearly every turn, they are faced with a crazy obstacle they must overcome. Seriously, there is not one moment or page that doesn’t have a zom (love that worrd!) attack or gunfight, or some other type of craziness standing in the way of their freedom. To add fuel to the growing fire, once outside, Bobby must also decipher all the clues left by her super-smart, and ex Xanthro employee, mother in order to find a safe place for the group. There’s an epic train ride, shootouts, and lots of near death experience to keep readers motivated to read.
“He’s expecting us to jump onto the roof of the train,” Russ says. “Totally,” I reply. “Jesus Take The Wheel,” Alice says. “I’m not leaping onto a speeding train.” –Russ, Bobby, Alice At 73% on Kindle
Unfed is so full of WIN. It’s not one of those zombie books where everything is doom and gloom and overly sad. Nope, Unfed is woven together with witty dialogue, quick-thinking characters, a wild mesh of personalities and BALLS-TO-THE-WALL action. I read the entire novel in one sitting. I kept flipping pages (or swiping pages on the Kindle) until I realized there was nothing left to read. I even got the dreaded pang of sadness when the story was over. There are so many instances where I was screaming OMG and laughing hysterically (see quotes below). I honestly don’t have anything negative so to say about the story and I will most definitely be picking up the next book in the series!
Overall, if you are looking for a zombie novel with some flare that won’t scare you half-to-death or make you wish you never read it, then I HIGHLY recommend Unfed. There is nothing more I can say about it other than check out some of the awesome quotes below!!
“I never use to think like this, I never used to look for the emergency exits, the free-running routes, the easy weapon, or the barricade. But I’ll never be able to stop now. Not even when I get old and crusty and all this is just a bunch of bedtime stories I frighten my grandchildren with. That’s always assuming I get to grow up. – Bobby At 22% on kindle
“Not only do we have humans live and dead to contend with, we’re on safari with Zombie Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa? That’s the Circle of Life all right.” — At 68% on Kindle
“Is this the kind of rest where you put me to sleep and then I wake up and everyone’s vanished apart from those of you who have gone all monstery on my sleeping ass?” — Bobby At 91% on Kindle
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Jennifer
Recently kicked out of boarding sch...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Jennifer
Recently kicked out of boarding school, Derek Fitzpatrick is forced to move back home with his ‘ditzy’ stepmother and her young son while his father serves in the Navy. Things get worse quick when his stepmother Brandi announces that not is she pregnant, but she is moving the family back to her home town of Chicago.
With nowhere else to go, he has no choice but to move in to Brandi’s childhood home with her father and younger sister Ashtyn. But Ashtyn has too many things on her mind than to worry about Derek. The only girl on the Freemont High Rebel football team, it’s the summer before her senior year and she has just been voted captain of the team. And while this should be the perfect start to her senior year, she can’t shake the feeling of guilt that she ‘stole’ it from her teammate and boyfriend Landon. After dealing with an absentee mother and sister along with a neglectful father, Ash has major trust issues and feels like she can’t take much more. But when Landon ditches the Rebels for their rivals, she has no choice but to trust Derek.
I was so excited to read this book and Simone definitely didn’t let me down. Like all of her books there were so many things to love. Now up until about a month ago, I knew absolutely nothing about football. But the good thing about this book is that even though football plays a pretty big role. It’s not overwhelming and even if you know nothing about the sport, you can still follow the story. The one thing I was disappointed about was that there was no epilogue. Maybe I just spoiled after reading the Perfect Chemistry series repeatedly over the last few years that I just expected there to be an epilogue that gave you a looking into Derek and Ashtyn’s future. It was a little disappointing to read the entire book just for it to end, but that doesn’t take away from the story.
I waited so long for this book that it’s a little bitter sweet to be writing the review, and if that doesn’t tell you how amazing this story is, I really have nothing else for you. Buy it, read it, love it. I did!!(less)
Ok. I enjoyed the Godborn, but I really thou...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: AimeeKay
Ok. I enjoyed the Godborn, but I really thought there would be more of a connection to the first book, The Companions. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book, but since it is the second book in the Sundering series…yea, well…I thought it would have some of the characters from the first book in it. :-)
Wanted to get that out of the way, now on with the rest of the review…
I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the first book. The world is awesome, the characters are well written and the story pulled me in from the first page.
This story I think was much darker than the first one, The Companions (The Sundering #1) by R.A. Salvatore, and not just because of the shadows that surround Vasen. There was definitely more gore, much more graphic gore. Also, there just seems to be less hope and a lot more death. Still while it is darker, it is still just as excellent.
I enjoyed the characters. Even supporting ones had a sense of depth to them. I became attached to them even when they hadn’t been in the story that long.
Overall, I definitely suggest picking up the Sundering series. After having read both stories, I don’t think it really matters what order they are read in. Both are solid stand-alone novels in their own rights. Yes, they have questions left unanswered, but I hope that future installments of the series remedy that.
I’m giving the second books the same rating as the first 5 out of 5 controllers.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley/Publisher Reviewer: AimeeKay
The Companions tells the...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley/Publisher Reviewer: AimeeKay
The Companions tells the story of Catti-brie, Bruenor, and Regis, and their effort to reunite with their companion Drizzt Do’Urden. The first three who we get to know through their own experiences as they are reborn to rejoin their companion and the last through excerpts of his thoughts on his life so far.
While all three decided to be reborn out of loyalty to their friend, not all of them reacted to being reborn the same way. Catti-brie knew to some extent what was to come. That she would be reborn a child and was okay with that. Regis also understood this to some degree. However Bruenor, while he knew it, found it hard to accept his new place. He also was emotionally torn between his loyalty to his friends and his loyalty to his god. Also he has to deal with the consequences of actions that he made in his previous life.
I think my favorite of the three though was Regis. He came into his new life determined to make himself into the warrior that he wasn’t in his previous life. But in doing so he found a life that he didn’t want to leave. Plus for some reason I’ve just always liked Halflings.
Based in the world of Forgotten Realms (Baulder’s Gate/Wizards of the Coast) the story is well detailed. The world is huge, and with each companion being born in a different area the reader is exposed to the many different lands and cultures.
As for the story itself, it bounced back and forth telling the stories of how the three grew up in their new lives. I thought at first that it would be confusing. For some reason we are introduced to Catti in her second life, before going back to find out how she got there. But once the story got going it was better. Yes there are titles telling whose life you are in and what the time frame is, but they still all seem to flow back and forth with ease.
Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters. Both were interesting and held my attention throughout the book. I definitely give it 5 out of 5 controllers. (less)
Crash into You is the third book in the Pushing...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
Crash into You is the third book in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry. The story follows that of bad boy Isaiah and good girl Rachel, and it does not disappoint.
Those of you who have read the previous books in the series will remember Isaiah as Noah’s best friend and the one whose heart Beth stomped on. For those of you who haven’t read the previous novels (myself included) fear not! The story reads as a stand alone as well, and you won’t find yourself confused at all.
Isaiah is a really angry teenager. At 17, he lives in a crappy apartment with his friend Noah, instead of the foster home he’s supposed to be living in. His foster parents don’t particularly care, as long as they keep getting their check. Isaiah has been in the foster system since his mom went to jail when he was six years old, and the years haven’t exactly been kind to him. The only thing that really brings him joy is cars, and cars are also the solution he turns to when he needs to come up with rent money that he doesn’t have. Choosing to participate in an illegal street race, Isaiah has no idea just how much worse his problems are going to get.
On the outside, Rachel has a perfect life. Her family is rich, she has four older brothers, and a beautiful Mustang. However, there is far more to her life than meets the eye. Rachel is not the first daughter that her parents had. Colleen, the perfect daughter, died of leukemia when she was a teenager. Rachel and the youngest two of her older brothers, Ethan and West, are the result of Rachel’s parents trying to have another girl. Because of this, Rachel has grown up feeling like she only existed to be a replacement, and her sole purpose in life is to make her mother happy. Her mother puts on several charity events for leukemia research and asks Rachel to speak on Colleen’s behalf. This would be fine if it wasn’t for the fact that Rachel suffers from panic attacks that she hides from her family to avoid being seen as weak. The only thing that makes her calm down again? Driving her Mustang GT. When some college kids convince her to street race she meets Isaiah and a whole lot of trouble.
Both Isaiah and Rachel are characters you can absolutely fall in love with. Isaiah is the bad boy with a good heart, full of piercings and tattoos on the outside, but a scared and vulnerable teenager on the inside. Rachel, on the other hand, is living proof that just because your life is perfect on the outside, doesn’t mean it isn’t a nightmare in the inside. I love how McGarry brings very real issues into her books. The foster care system is a scary place in that they’ll take care of you until you’re 18, but once you’re an adult and out of school you’re on your own. Rachel’s problems are very real as well. Panic attacks are something that need to be addressed, not swept under the rug because it makes someone look weak.
On top of the romance and the very real issues that take place, there’s the cars. Who doesn’t love a book about fast cars? Rachel loves her car more than almost anything, and she knows how to take care of it better than any of her older brothers do. Yay for breaking stereotypes!
Overall, I’m giving Crash into You 5 out of 5 controllers. I absolutely loved it, and if you enjoyed the rest of the Pushing the Limits series, you probably will too!
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
First and foremost this isn’t the first book i...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
First and foremost this isn’t the first book in this awesome series. It’s the third, so if you haven’t read the first two, Royal Street and River Road, there are bound to be a few spoilers. While it can be read as a standalone, let’s face it, that’s not fun. Read the first two for maximum enjoyment and world comprehension.
DJ’s back again and just when life begins to settle down, everything stirs back up again. This time with a supernatural serial killer from the beyond, Jake going AWOL, her best friend’s boyfriend creepifying, ALEX … and one sexy dead pirate.
I’ve followed the series from the beginning and Suzanne Johnson quickly became my favorite UF author. It’s perfect with the blends of action, magic, and subtle romance, while enticing us with exceptional characters we love. However, this book does have more romance than the previous two in the series. I love romance and all of its angles, so I didn’t find fault in the swoon worthy men. Plus I love DJ, and while she’s not perfect, this is fantasy and some of these so-dubbed “flames” are really friends she finds attractive. It might seem like a lot of love interests for one woman, but if you understand DJ you’d know that she can admire, drool, and swoon without becoming romantically involved. Lafayette is a prime example, although this could change in future books.
Okay, back to the plot.
There is a bit more going on this time around and we see more of the Beyond creatures. Johnson does this well and never really introduces more than two new “species” in a book. I found her addition of the necromancer and vampires exceptional, but she could have gone a bit more in-depth with the Elves. I’m hoping she does this in the next book, and I’ve got a sneaking feeling we’ll see it there, with Rand.
All in all, I loved it. I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. Life -altering interruptions is the only way a book gets 5 stars. Johnson does it again for me!(less)
Holly Black has created a unique take on vampir...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
Holly Black has created a unique take on vampires in society with her novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. The book is unlike any other vampire novels I have read before, it is not an epic romance between a human girl and the immortal vampire boy, it is a novel in which vampires are still fascinating, yes, but also dangerous.
In the novel, the vampire infection has spread to the point where vampires, and those infected (those who have gone Cold) are quarantined from the rest of society in Coldtowns, at least in the United States. The Coldtowns are also filled with humans whose greatest wish in life is to earn a place among the immortal. One of the things I loved about this novel is that it takes the way we idolize vampires today and takes that idea to an extreme. There are cameras inside of Coldtown which film a live feed that can be viewed on the internet. One of the vampires, Lucien Moreau, is the most popular vampire in Coldtown, both inside and outside the city walls. On the flip side, there are also popular television shows such as Hemlock, a reality show about a bounty hunter whose targets are vampires. While vampires are glamorized, it is also made very clear that they are dangerous.
Our main character is Tana, a girl who wakes up in a friend’s barn after a party to find that she was apparently the only survivor of a massacre. Soon after she finds Aidan, her ex-boyfriend, tied to a bed, apparently infected. She also discovers Gavriel, a vampire who is being hunted by his own kind, in chains. Tana’s decision to save both Aiden and Gavriel propels the rest of the novel.
Tana is a great protagonist. She is far from perfect, but she tries her best to make the best decisions. Her thoughts are haunted by her past and the knowledge of what could happen if someone who is infected attempts to self quarantine. She manages to keep her head, but she also giggles at completely inappropriate moments of high stress, something I found very realistic.
Our two supporting characters, Aidan and Gavriel, I found equally likeable. One of the things that I loved about the novel was that it had every opportunity to be a traditional love triangle that seems to be so popular in YA literature (not saying it’s a bad thing, just saying it’s a common trope) and that’s not the direction that Black took it. Romance is far from being the main plot point, which I thought was really refreshing because it’s extremely rare to find that these days. Aiden, the infected ex-boyfriend, was entertaining simply because he was very much the pretty boy charmer, who used to charm girls into getting what he wants (and to be honest, he still does). Gavriel is the more mysterious character, a vampire that neither Tana nor Aidan have heard of before, and who seems very quiet about his past. Gavriel often teeters on the edge of sane and insane, which also keeps Tana on her toes, because while Gavriel is an attractive vampire whom she saved, he is also a creature capable of being a killing machine. It was nice to see a healthy dose of distrust on Tana’s part, again, something I haven’t seen in a while in a vampire novel.
The chapters of the story alternate between the present day and the past, which I really enjoyed because it gave you a way of discovering how things got to be the way they are without constantly interrupting the story line in the middle of something. The chapters about the past allow you to learn about Tana, Gavriel, and how the vampire infection managed to spread so far in general.
Overall, I give The Coldest Girl in Coldtown 5 out of 5 controllers. I honestly cannot think of a complaint against this novel. I enjoyed the view of vampires that Black took, and the view of how our obsession with vampires has transferred and been warped into a society where we watch glamorous vampire parties on the internet. Amazing read, would recommend.
I really enjoyed Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective. This was a surprise considering the story is told in first person, but Cassie is an awesome character. She’s kind and funny. She doesn’t let her lack of magic stop her from trying to create her own place in her parent’s world. I really got attached to her, to the point that at times I almost cried because of things that happened to her. (Not going to tell what things though, don’t want to spoil it.) I did like the other characters as well. Just didn’t get to know them as well as Cassie, but what I found out definitely got me interested and wanting to find out more. I think that some of the human characters were actually more fun than the magical ones. Especially seeing how they dealt, or in some cases didn’t, with the magic around them. One of my favorite scenes is where the sheriff finally lets on to Cassie that he isn’t as blind as he seems to the magic around him.
I enjoyed the story too. Sometimes I get frustrated with mysteries, too many red herrings and stuff. Don’t get me wrong there were a few thrown in here as well, but it wasn’t crazy every other page jumping around. I will admit I figured out who the villain was before Cassie did. But I was having a much better week than her. :-) I think the author did a great job weaving the mystery into Cassie’s everyday life, so there wasn’t too much of one or too little of the other.
The ending of the book is an obvious set up for the next one. Some questions are left unanswered and some problems unsolved, but the mystery itself was solved so it wasn’t that much of a cliffie. I definitely want to get my hands on the next book in the series.
I think the only thing I didn’t like about the book was the cover. I don’t think it does the story justice and I don’t think it relates to the story as well as it could. I have issues with covers though so maybe it’s just me.
I’m definitely giving this one 5 out of 5 controllers.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: Blog Tour/Blast Reviewer: AimeeKay
OK. I know this is a gia...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: Blog Tour/Blast Reviewer: AimeeKay
OK. I know this is a giant spoiler but I’m giving Cipher a 5 controllers out of 5 Royalty award! OMG! This book was amazing. If you don’t read the rest of my review that’s fine, but definitely take my advice on this one and go pick up a copy of this book. Pick up a box of tissues while you’re at it.
I have to say when I started this book I struggled at first. Not because of the book itself, but because I’ve been reading A LOT of first person pov lately and this one is written in third person past tense so it took a minute. But the perspective issues wore off quickly and Cipher sucked me in completely.
First let’s start with the non-spoilery things. Madsen’s world she has created is awesome! (It’s also heartbreaking, but more on that later.) The way she works Summer’s abilities and all into our world is amazing. Not only does it feel realistic, but at one point the main character even gets busted for talking on her cell and driving at the same time. (Don’t think that will spoil too much.)
Her characters are also uber-realistic. From the way Summer reacts to her world around her, the way the mean girls react to pretty much everyone, to how the Misfits are with each other. It all rang true. Also her characters are awesomely true to themselves.
As for the heartbreaking….tears started leaking before I was even halfway done. Needless to say by the end I was a hot mess. Without giving too much spoilerage, I think I started tearing up because I knew one of the characters I was attached to was supposed to die at the end. By the end I just couldn’t stop. This author was that good. I mean I got attached to the characters without even thinking about it. They were awesome. Thank goodness the author offered some positive points near the end so it provided some comfort. But, OMG, still I couldn’t stop crying! The worst (best?) part is that I wasn’t crying because of some sappy stuff, but because the author really had me invested in this book.
I am recommending this book to pretty much everybody. There really aren’t any over PG-13 scenes so I want to get a copy of this one to share with my own girls. Definitely read it through first if you are thinking of buying it for a younger teen though, since it deals with some REALLY heavy stuff.
There is a teaser for the second book in the series at the end which I haven’t started yet. But I plan to, and I plan to try to get my hands on the next book as soon as it becomes available, even though it will probably have me in tears too.
Go get this book, read this book, share this book. It is awesome. It is moving. It has hysterically funny scenes that probably made me cry even harder knowing from the summery how the book would end. But still they were laugh out loud funny. I hope I haven’t completely ruined the book with this review. Just go out and get a copy and read it for yourself if you don’t believe me, just have the tissues nearby and don’t say I didn’t warn you about how awesome it is!(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Me
The only word strong enough to descr...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Me
The only word strong enough to describe the AH-MAY-ZING novel that is Crown of Midnight is, INCREDIBLE!!! How in the world can a book really be THAT good!? Well, I’m here to tell you folks, if you haven’t read this series you truly are missing out on something EXTRAORDINARY! Crown of Midnight is BAD A$$ery times a million.
How do I always manage to catch a book in the middle of the series? Yes, I am an EPIC failure. I did not read Throne of Glass. *gasps* I know, I’m shuddering at my own admission. I can’t believe I missed the first novel in the series…*sighs* I HAVE to do better. Luckily, I saw Crown of Midnight on NetGalley and wanted it soooo bad. I originally thought I wasn’t going to get it. It’s one of those novels that everyone is so hype for I just knew they’d already met their quota or my blog wasn’t big enough to receive it. Imagine my EPIC surprise when got approved. *insert high-pitched screaming here* My reaction = 3 year old Kid + Candy Store. Yea, I was THAT excited. Crown of Midnight hit every single one of my expectations and then some. It rocked my world so hard I thought I might die in shock. How will I live until the next book is released………………………………………………*OMG*
The heroine. Celaena Sardothien is the ultimate heroine. She’s strong, fearless, wise, but not without her faults. As much as she wants to be in control of her life, destiny and freedom, she has to live with the fact that she’s not. Being an assassin – and the Kings Assassin puts Celaena in a difficult position. She doesn’t want to be a killer, but our heroine is good at it and she believes it’s the only way to gain her freedom from the crown. Over the course of the novel, Celaena is tested. And by tested I mean she has a lot of crazy circumstances thrown in her lap. Circumstances that lead to difficult decision and even worse outcomes – deadly outcomes. Not to give away anything spoilery, but there is one situation that was so heavily manipulated by outside forces, I cried like a baby when we learned the aftermath. *tears* Still crying. Yes, there is plenty to cry about in Crown of Midnight, but there is also much to rejoice about as well…
The boys.Oh my. I am in a love triangle with a Prince and a Captain of the Guard. Yes, both men are swoon-worthy without even trying. I don’t know how I could ever be in Celaena’s shoes and decide which one is the better candidate for my heart. Both men have their faults, yet each one brings something special to her life. Both offer protection and endless possibilities but in the end, I think Celaena makes a wise decision. So if you were worried that this EPIC fantasy doesn’t have any steamy moments, let me put your mind at east and assure you that there is plenty to swoon over.
The action. OMG...OMG...OMG. Maas is a very skillful writer. Crown of Midnight is in my opinion, as perfectly paced as Tahereh Mafi’s, Shatter Me. I was flipping pages so fast; I was at the end before I even realized my journey was over. So much happens in the novel that I frequently found myself wishing it were about 200 pages longer, à la Harry Potter style. The world Maas created was so vivid I could taste it. Imagine myself walking into the library with Celaena and discovering the secret passageways. I wanted to reach out, give her a hug, and go on runs with her in the mornings. I wanted to be there, I wanted to live there. Even now, I wish the story wasn’t over.
Overall, if you haven’t discovered this series yet…don’t hesitate any longer to get started. It will take you places you can only envision in your wildest dreams and you will find yourself wishing you’d taken the amazing journey sooner.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: AimeeKay
Forgotten Sins pulled me in f...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: AimeeKay
Forgotten Sins pulled me in from the first page.
I really liked the characters. The main character, Josie, is ballsy and fun. She doesn’t back down, which I think makes her a great counterpoint to Shane. Shane is sweet and sexy, even though he is a bit of a chauvinist; convinced that Josie is weak and fragile simply because she is female. I liked the way they interacted and fought for each other.
I don’t usually go for army romances; I think I liked this one because it has the sci-fi element added to it. (Don’t want to reveal too many of Shane or his brothers secrets.) But I also think I liked it because of the writing. The way Zanetti combined the action and romance together really kept the book moving. (Plus the sex scenes were yummy too!) I also liked the way she revealed Shane’s memories. Yes, it was in bits and pieces, but it really flowed with the story and kept me interested in seeing what he would remember next. There were also some interesting plot twists that I didn’t see coming either, but they really made the story even juicier!
The ending was well written. Of course, there were things left unanswered and not all the problems were solved, but it isn’t a dramatic cliffie. Altogether, the ending is a nice set up for the next book in the series. (I assume there’s going to be a book for each brother.) I gladly would read the next books in the series not only to find out the answers to some of the more interesting questions, but also to find out more about Shane’s brothers. The author gives you a taste of them that definitely leaves you wanting more!
Overall, not only am I giving this one 5 out of 5 controllers, I’m also giving it a Royalty Award. It was a great romance that kept me hooked from beginning to end and I think it’s a great start to what looks to be an awesome series.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
Family feuds have a way of destroyin...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
Family feuds have a way of destroying everything they touch. The one between the Huntington and St. Claire families is no different. Set in the late 1800’s, Two Sinful Secrets is full of lust, action, suspense, devilish romance, and surreptitious pain. It pairs two unlikely foes against each other, but the tale starts as a masked encounter.
Lady Sophia is anything but a Lady. She wants freedom and doesn’t live up to the Huntington ideals, no matter how hard she tries. At the young age of twenty-three she rushes off in a whirlwind romance with a young captain. Her family, facing scandal, disowns. Thinking herself in love, she quickly learned that all he cared for was between her thighs. Soon after the thrill’s worn off, he dies, and she finds herself a widow and penniless.
Only a respectable marriage would allow her to return home. But Sophie doesn’t want another husband to tie her down, and she’s all but given up on the notion of love. Until Dominic St. Claire waltzes back into her life, but can they overcome the family feud and their secrets, and fall in love?
Dominic St. Claire is an actor, good at playing dark villains and weaving tales. More so, he’s best at hiding his true emotions. With his fiancé deceased and a life to live, he throws himself into the theatre again. On a trip to Paris, he happens upon a woman he never expected to see again, one he spent years searching for to no avail. But when he learns of her family name, can he resist the urge to ruin the Huntington name, or will he open his heart to the woman who stole it all those years ago?
I cried a lot. I didn’t want the story to end. This tale was weaved magnificently, and I found myself transported to Paris. It’s surreal when a historical really comes to life because we can’t physically step back in time.
The romance, oh there aren’t words to describe the hurdles the couple faced. This is where I cried the most. Every time they got close, something would happen or some new tidbit would come to life. Dominic St. Claire may not have one any book boyfriend awards, but by the end, I finally felt like I knew some of his holdout. To think a feud could destroy so many years after the fact.
Well done, and I look forward to reading more Laurel McKee and her two series: The Scandalous St. Claire’s and The Daughters of Erin.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchased Reviewer: Sarkia
It seems like readers of this novel a...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchased Reviewer: Sarkia
It seems like readers of this novel are either split into two categories: the haters and the lovers. I can proudly say I belong to the latter.
Yes, while reading the synopsis of the book, you may groan and roll your eyes at this overused plot; I cannot deny that the idea of an alien apocalypse in a world with a corrupt government is one that has not been used endlessly before; but the writer pulls of this much-abused topic and shines a completely new light on it.
I don’t want to give away too many plot details, but I have to say that the character development in this novel is absolutely splendid, and that the twists are extremely well done. After a while my heart would be racing so fast because of the palpable tension in a particular scene that I had to read this in brakes; luckily, the author balanced out the angst with equal doses of humour and sarcasm.
The characterization was so well executed,; the plot so well paced, that eventually the book (well-Kindle) disappeared from my hands and allowed me to delve into the world of Cassie, Nugget and Evan. This is, essentially, what a good book should do; so anyone looking for their next big read-look no further!
Here are a few quotes that particularly stuck out to me while I was going through the text:
‘That’s what you do when the curtain is falling-you give the audience what you want it to hear’ (This may sound ambiguous and slightly irrelevant right now, but it fits in perfectly when put into context with the book)
‘It [these mass deaths] pushes the limits of our ability to comprehend…It isn’t about destroying our ability to fight so much as our will to fight’ (Perhaps one of the most honest lines I’ve read in YA literature)
‘Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit’
There are so many more of these easter eggs scattered all over the novel. Yancey has a gift of putting into words the ideas that I just can’t seem to place; he is able to turn the scattered stars of our minds into constellations. (Oh lord, that sounds incredibly cheesy now that I’ve actually put it down).
There are slight flaws in The 5th Wave, of course-no book is perfect, the most annoying being the release date of the second book. I will not-I can not-wait for another year to find out what happens next. But for now I’m just going to picture a happily-ever-after ending because I can’t bear to picture anything but.
I’d say this book is a mixture of the Gone series, Angelfire, Enders game, and The Host, so I’d recommend this book to fans of those reads, along with anyone with a taste for great Science Fiction or paranormal romance! Happy reading!
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchased Reviewer: Jennifer
The third book in Nicky Charles Laws of the...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchased Reviewer: Jennifer
The third book in Nicky Charles Laws of the Lycan series centers around Cassie Greyson the niece Anthony Greyson. After her bloody introduction into the Lycan world, Cassie went into hiding. Years later, she has set up a quiet life for herself, a job at a local grocery store, and a home with her sweet and caring boyfriend Kellen. Kellen has his faults, his gambling for example, but Cassie isn’t perfect either. Though she has a seemingly normal life, Cassi knows she’s still being hunted, but she never imagined how they would come.
Enter Bryan Cooper, beta to the one and only Ryne Taylor. Bryan has become obsessed with finding Cassie and not even he is sure why. By Lycan Law, their pack is responsible for her. So when she is finally spotted, Bryan is sent to bring her back to Canada and the safety of the pack. Too bad Cassie is dead set of staying away from any and all Lycans. But when Kellen goes missing, Cassie is forced to team up with Bryan to find him and try to deny the obvious chemistry that makes her wolf want to run wild. Something she has never experienced before.
Once again, I am back singing the praises of Nicky Charles! It never ceases to amaze me that she has created such a vivid world. Her characters are so realistic that it is easy to believe that this world exist right under our noses. I also, as usual, love the fact that this book was free. She has created this incredible world and isn’t interested in making money from it. If you haven’t gotten started yet, be sure to check out The Mating and The Keeping, the first two books in the amazing Law of the Lycans Series!(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Me
This Girl is IT girl...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Me
This Girl is IT girls.
This Girl is phenomenal, delightful, tearful, joyful and soulful.
This Girl is worth shouting from the mountain tops, singing praises into the wee hours of the night, and worth abandoning everything else you want to read.
This Girl will be your end all – the beginning to an ever lasting friendship with author Colleen Hoover.
If you’ve never been in love, dreamed of love, had love and lost love, or finally FOUND love, then you will understand and relate to every emotion felt in This Girl.
“I lie back on my pillow and think back to that day. The day that I fell for my wife.” – Will
Hoover’s a master storyteller. Her writing is lyrical – akin to listening to someone’s fingers caressing the keys on a piano. Every word drew me in. Every sentence left me captivated by the soul inspiring – earth shattering romance between Layken and Will. Where the hell have I been people? Why have I never read anything by Colleen Hoover before???? I think I ought to smack myself a couple hundred thousand times. Her writing is BEYOND words. And Will’s story is beyond anything I’ve ever felt for a character before. He’s the kind of guy you WISH you met. He’s the kind of guy every girl DREAMS of meeting. His story will produce TEARS! *cry* *CRY* Go ahead and have those tissues ready! You’ve been warned.
I kiss her. I kiss her like it’s the first time I’ve ever kissed her. I kiss her like it’s the last time I’ll ever kiss her. – Will
According the internet, This Girl is actually a companion to the first two novels which tells the entire love story from Will’s point of view. Not having read Slammed or Point of Retreat, I can only say that This Girl can work as a standalone title – however you will be wishing you had read the other two. TRUST ME! I bought them both immediately after I hit the epilogue. *cries* *STILL CRYING*
The most amazing thing about the novel is the authenticity of its characters. Never once did I say, “oh this character is so one dimensional”. Each character brings a spark to the pages. Something that keeps you reading – something that keeps reeling you back in. You cry with them (A LOT). You laugh with them. You cherish them for who they are, the choices they make, and the love that holds them together.
She laughs. “I can tell. You can’t keep your mouth off it. Most guys prefer the ass or the boobs. Will Cooper prefers the neck.”
I shade my head, disagreeing with her while I continue running my lips across her incredibly smooth skin. “Nope,” I say. “Will Cooper prefers the whole Lake.” – Lake and Will
Overall, I can’t stop gushing about this book. Heck I can’t stop gushing about the author. YOU NEED TO READ IT! You NEED to seek out this author. Colleen Hoover, I think you made a fan girl out of me!!! *swoon*(less)
First of all, this was a great debut novel for...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel
First of all, this was a great debut novel for Cindy Cipriano. The first few pages were a little slow, but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Cipriano introduces an amazing world of magic with the Sidhe and she keeps readers guessing as Calum tries to find out what happened to his cousin Finley.
One of the things that really intrigued me about the novel was the fact that it’s full of Irish phrases, which can be a little tricky at first but there is a pronunciation guide on the book’s website, www.thesidheseries.com. I always get fascinated whenever something European is involved, so this was a huge plus for me.
Something else that I found really interesting about the novel was the fact that there were different clans of Sidhe and each clan has their own token and their own verse, and I don’t think we’ve been introduced to all of the clans yet, so I am looking forward to the possibility of that in future books in the series.
The characters are fantastic, Calum is your typical 11 year old boy (aside from being a Sidhe of course) and he’s an extremely easy character to relate to. Apart from anything magical going on in the novel, Calum is, like a lot of children, nervous about middle school. He meets Laurel, a human girl, and is reluctant to be friends with her because she is a girl. His best friend is hanging out with other kids, bullies, and the two are drifting apart. It is an extremely real telling of this particular time in a kid’s life, Sidhe or otherwise.
That being said, the interactions between Calum and Laurel are really enjoyable, the awkward just getting to know someone new right before starting a new school situation is done really well. Hagen, Calum’s cousin, is a great character as well. He and Calum act more like brothers than they do cousins, and Hagen is just as dedicated to finding Finley as Calum is. There are family trees in the back of the book, which come in handy and I wish I would have checked the back of the book before I read the whole book because it can be a little difficult at times to keep track of who is related to who and how they are related.
There are still some things that seem a little mysterious that I am looking forward potentially being explained in the rest of the series. Something still seems a little suspicious with Laurel to me (you’ll understand once you read the book) and of course, the book ends on a cliff hanger leaving lots of room for the next novel.
I’m giving The Circle 5/5 game controllers. It was a great read, something that I thoroughly enjoyed, and definitely would have enjoyed when I was younger. Fantastic debut novel, and I can’t wait to read more.(less)
What Happened in Witches Wood is the...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Author Submitted Reviewer: AimeeKay
What Happened in Witches Wood is the second book in the Class Heroes series by Stephen Henning. Unlike the first book, this one didn’t seem to drag in the beginning. I’m not sure if this was because I already had an interest in the characters or because there wasn’t jumping back and forth from present to past and back.
I again enjoyed watching Sam and James interact and learn to use their powers. Plus, there were some new characters introduced in this one that were entertaining as well. I liked Simon and Asha and I hope they are in future books. Also, the twins finally get to really interact with Lolly. More is revealed about who she is and where she came from.
The story itself this time revolves more around one of the newly introduced characters, the twins Aunt Katie. ***spoiler alert*** I have to say I kinda saw the ending for this one coming. But it was still fun to read and I still got attached to Katie, even though her being dead and all kinda meant she wasn’t going to be around forever, I had hoped maybe I was wrong.***end spoiler alert***
A lot of the twins family history was also revealed. Things like where their powers came from and why others have powers as well. I enjoyed the ending more in What Happened in Witches Wood. Last time the ending was very cliffy and it felt like there wasn’t really a conclusion. But in What Happened in Witches Wood, while there are definitely some strings left untied, it didn’t feel so incomplete. Plus there is a bonus easter egg attached to my Kindle edition. There is a link to check out 24/7 Interactive News. (The news that James and Sam are always tuning into) I think that was really cleaver as it gives a way for readers to further interact with the story.
I still would definitely recommend this one to mid-grade/younger teen readers and on up. The book itself can stand on its own, but I think that if you haven’t read the first one yet, A Class Apart, you should certainly pick it up! Overall, I think I enjoyed this one more than the first. It didn’t seem to drag in the beginning and the ending was solid. I give this one 5 out of 5 controllers and if I had to rate the whole series I would give it 5 out of 5 as well.(less)
It’s not any big secret how much I’ve fallen...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
It’s not any big secret how much I’ve fallen in love with Kristen Callahan. I think I’ve stated this before, when I reviewed her first and second books from the Darkest London series. What I love most is that you can pick up wherever, but starting at the beginning is always fun too.
I don’t do spoilers, but I will say that the first three books follow the lives of three sisters. The third book covers the eldest, Poppy and her beloved husband of fourteen years, Winston. Poppy’s kept secrets from not only her husband, but her family too. In book three they all come crashing down on her.
Winston also has a dark secret, a pact that is so far in his past he’s forgotten about it. When their secrets collide, the couple only has four days to solve their case, but will it save or destroy their marriage?
This has the same voice that I’ve come to love from Callihan. Witty, strong women and men face off at every turn. No one is weak, but each has weaknesses. Typically it’s the warring couple, and that’s great because it leads up to some awesome tension and big explosive moments.
This one, like her last, brought in some steam punk elements. They mainly revolve around the SOS, or the Suppression of Supernaturals. I hope this continues, because I think it’s a wonderful addition to the world she’s created. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!
If you enjoy romance, with paranormal, historical, and fantasy twists this is an author to follow. If I wasn’t already in love with London than I am now, because she portrays this underground in a beautiful way, without getting flowery or dull. Her characters are real, not full of frippery ladies, and she writes debauchery well enough without it being overly slutty.(less)