This is a strong 3.5 but a "4 star" is me liking it a lot and getting book #2 and I just couldn't endorse it that strongly. There wasn't enough romanc...moreThis is a strong 3.5 but a "4 star" is me liking it a lot and getting book #2 and I just couldn't endorse it that strongly. There wasn't enough romance for starters and although it was well-written with that dark vibe that generally draws me in, there was that spark missing that will usually propel me to progress with the series. I especially disliked Mac as the main character, I couldn't warm up to her superficiality. Maybe I'll try Moning's highlander series....(less)
I was Sucked in by STERLING and now I'm Tortured by TWIST!!! These are the best to-date reads for 2012! I average about three books per week so that p...moreI was Sucked in by STERLING and now I'm Tortured by TWIST!!! These are the best to-date reads for 2012! I average about three books per week so that puts these at the head of an approximate seventy-six book pack, not bad! This is dark urban fantasy at its best and it reminds me of those terrific Stacia Kane books (Unholy Ghost Series) but without the high price tag! STERLING is only a buck and TWIST is $3! That's a heck of a lot of entertainment for the cost. I was on board when I stumbled across book one on the free promotional: cool cover, simple title, intriguing premise... promise of Alpha male types? Sign me up!
And boy, does Dark Deliver! This installment was slightly less dark than #1 and I liked it equally as well; the intrigue was laid on a tight wire, with the reader struggling to balance without teetering off. Unlike #1, there was no "valley" to slow down through. It was an all-mountain read, every chapter a peak of information, action and romantic tension. I was glad that some dudes took a back seat and others came forward. *Especially Logan* He's just... wow. Perfect flawed male that the MC resists. And I love how Silver is still evolving and there are questions that beg answering. I'm content, when there is a series I'm committed to, waiting until the secrets are revealed in a tantalizing bread crumb format. Dark does this expertly, giving just enough detail to engage but without giving away the whole tamale. Love her style. I hope she writes until forever.
Silver is taken again by a new Breed and struggles with his sudden place in her life. Forbidden to be anything more than enemies with him, she soon sees that although not Mage, he is a male of value, one even rivaling Justus. She's confused, hurt and wants desperately to have a more active role in a society that is overprotective of their rare females. Always Silver struggles with why she was chosen, why her old life no longer exists. She begins to cope and then circumstances rise out of the ashes to throw her off-center again.
This is a compelling read with wonderful and unique descriptive narrative. There were passages I re-read to more fully take in the depth of their meaning and nuances presented. Dark is awesome at using the supporting characters in the book, fleshing them out and giving each one individuality. You always know who is whom and she leaves no stone unturned in the unveiling of each person's role in the installment. Can't wait for more!
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy Sub-genre: militaristic, sci-fi, romantic tension, supernatural Elements: Violence, Profanity, Violence against women Age: 18+(less)
I know, I know... so why review a book that is selling so well and has a boatload of five star reviews already? Because, it's THAT good! Did you go nu...more I know, I know... so why review a book that is selling so well and has a boatload of five star reviews already? Because, it's THAT good! Did you go nuts over Hunger Games? Sick and tired of all the sappy angel stories out there? Then you've got a great fit in Angelfall, because it's none of that. It's a take-no-prisoners read that will leave you really wanting the next installment.
The story is essentially about an angel apocalypse. The angels decimate earth and we are now under their strange rule. In this world our MC, Penryn, is busy looking after a wheelchair-bound seven year old sister and a Mom that is constantly bordering on unpredictable psychosis. The family slowly starves in an environment where water and electricity are sporadic at best and gangs have taken over suburbia. This is a dark, urban fantasy that has tension strung taut in a way that makes the reader stayed glued to the pages, wishing for Penryn's safety and dying over the sister's kidnapping. Did I say dying? Ugh! Ee paints such a startling and clear portrait of gritty survival, the reader can't help but be drawn in.
What I liked: the pacing and the flow. This story moves! And it does so in such a way that the reader is getting "fed" little tidbits of intrigue in a fairly consistent way throughout the entire tale. I love the MC. Penryn has never been soft, but she longs to be. Her inner girlie has never had a chance to manifest and she is left being the provider for her family after her father deserts them. I love a MC under pressure and Ee knows just how to cook it! I never feel pity for Penryn, but I root for her. That is the mark of a clever storyteller. Where you wish to assist the MC but you don't languish in their pain and angst. Awesome! I like the dark angel that she befriends and the mystery of their relationship as it evolves.
What I didn't care for as much: I thought it was a little short for a full-length and didn't feel like her relationship with Raffe was clear at the end. Maybe it wasn't supposed to be? I will definitely be picking up book two. This is the first angel book that has really made me want the subsequent installment. Romance and angel lovers might also enjoy The Saving Angel Series by Tiffany King. That series is "softer," with more romance and alpha male vibe. With the current trend in Angel Lit there is no shortage!
Okay... so Blackwell forced me to highlight (it's her fault, if she didn't have such an *awesome* narrative voice I wouldn't have to bother), so it ja...moreOkay... so Blackwell forced me to highlight (it's her fault, if she didn't have such an *awesome* narrative voice I wouldn't have to bother), so it jacked up my review to 5-star category right away. When I highlight, it's automatically a five star. She is almost poetic in a few passages and I lingered over them, faithfully highlighting them for future reflection.
The best news about this book is the level of tension and intrigue. Blackwell masters that feel perfectly. It is not a full-blown mystery, she always stays firmly in the intrigue realm and it's fascinating to me. It's like that blow pop that melts in your mouth, you know what's at the end, but the wait is at once bearable and pleasurable, equally balanced. Speaking of endings, I've never read an ending that was a "soft" cliffhanger. I totally loved that finesse! I won't give it away but I was stoked for book three. I was hoping it would go in that direction and it did.
Things I loved: the intrigue and tension, from the fighting, to Scout's unravel in her new life. She's sort of pulled in all directions and this is showcased beautifully. Blackwell does a great job at characterization and fairly accurate teen dialogue, mixing in contemporary vernaculars along with her regional ones, is clever and grounds the work's prose (for me). Scout's sort of a porcupine, she's not the "helpless" female and is contrary in her manner. This is a unique take that is not used very much in YA and I liked Blackwell doing it.
Things I didn't like as much: See above where I say Scout's a porcupine? I don't really like her very much. She is difficult to connect with and seems selfish to me. I think Blackwell endeavors to mature her as the MC so I'm withholding judgement until book 3 but hope for more growth into the woman I see peeking out around the edges. Also, (see above), although the dialogue is spot-on for the most part, the absolute lack of profanity in the internal and external monologue is not reflective of most teens. The shying away from that in the writing made the dialogue have a false ring at certain points during the read. The converse of that is, of course, parents that are ultra-concerned about profanity or the relatives of that: gratuitous sex/drug reference, etc. will be more than pleased by its absence.
Overall, it's a fantastic read and one everyone should enjoy~
I am reading this series back-to-back so no reviews on other books unless they fall from the sky like rain! This author seems to be on my exact freque...moreI am reading this series back-to-back so no reviews on other books unless they fall from the sky like rain! This author seems to be on my exact frequency! Suttle offers just enough of a variety of different genres to keep me losing sleep over reading her work! The Kindle abuse continues, guys!(It hits my face at 2AM, wakes me up, I go back to reading!). Great recipe right before Christmas. So, why are these so addictive?
You just have to know what happens next.
From one unbelievable scene to the next. I see elements of other authors in her work. If you like the following authors, you may also like Suttle: Evanovich, Laurell K. Hamilton and J.R. Rain. She takes the best of the humor from Evanovich, the great criminal mystery of Hamilton before she digressed into erotica, and the "normalness" of the MC from Rain and combines those riveting elements in one fell swoop of her own. Brilliant and enthralling.
Lissa continues to be a bottle in the ocean for the vampires, mercilessly swept along in a current not of her making. Independent, engagingly intelligent and vital in her own skin she cannot help but resent their inability to trust her instincts. Instead, the vamps plow over the top of her with their "laws" while simultaneously abusing her gifts for their personal exploitation. I was so ticked on a few parts I had to take a moment. I was enraged for the MC! Unreal! Suttle seems to have an interesting "who dunit" thread running through her work that pleases the heck out of me and I am already enjoying that continuity in book three.
I almost cried at the ending. I was in agony for Lissa's treatment in book two and sincerely hope that Suttle takes that full circle and gives those responsible a suitable reckoning. I have a short list for her anyway. I love that when I finished that horrible cliffhanger, I was able to achieve closure with the beginning of book three, which seamlessly picks up where two left off. These books are not for the faint of heart, there are disturbing human elements throughout and described in horrifically honest fashion... unflinching. Non-homogenized fare.
Okay, where is my option to give more than five stars on this book... really? I absolutely loved this book, it was a face-plant-with-the-Kindle guys.....moreOkay, where is my option to give more than five stars on this book... really? I absolutely loved this book, it was a face-plant-with-the-Kindle guys...a two AM shot for sure. Hubby bought this for me using his secret recipe and does it have fantastic diversity! It's not some tired vamp story with a few cookie-cutter werewolves thrown in for fun. It's an "all-aboard" speeding bullet of action, paranormal and supernatural powers. Most importantly for me it provides an intense connection to the MC. That was critical to maintaining my interest and Suttle did it.
Lissa is a middle-aged faithful wife that becomes a widow and vampire in the same day. She's been a methodically diligent person her whole life and brings those little-appreciated skills to her new life as a rare female vampire. Her "sire" took a wager that he could turn a human female in a certain number of days and when he was complacent after turning Lissa, she escaped. Through sheer grit, determination and using her keen mind, Lissa proved she could survive the challenges she faced. Suttle is tremendously astute at forcing the reader to feel Lissa's struggles. I had a physical reaction to some of the passages where my guts actually clenched (I didn't know this was possible). I was that struck by her circumstances, that moved by Lissa's agony and feelings of uncertainty and limbo with the circumstances of her existence.
In walks Gavin, who as an older vampire has been assigned to terminate Lissa. Without having been turned "legally" she is now considered rogue. She never knows that he is vampire out of ignorance. Gavin gets an unabashed perspective as to who she is. Gavin becomes troubled at extinguishing a flame that burns that brightly, a rare illumination for their race. From the way she handles herself to her fierceness in protecting those that she's promised to, she is unwavering and brave. I like who Lissa is. Her fragility and tenaciousness were captured perfectly in this story. So perfectly, that I ran out like a one-click spaz and bought the rest of the series!
Although this is really a dark urban fantasy book, I'd say the world-building she accomplishes is more than simply urban. I really felt like the vampire and werewolf "worlds" that she alludes to then begins to construct its framework in book two may appeal to high fantasy lovers as well.
If you like perfect pacing, non-stop action with intrigue throughout, this is the story for you. Suttle IS subtle, allowing the reader to appreciate tension that at times is sprung so tautly you think you'll die, while giving us just enough information to be intrigued and fashion our own precepts. Wonderful!(less)
I've had this first book and the remainder of the series on my nightstand for A YEAR. All my sons read it and said it was pretty good. I'm such a pape...moreI've had this first book and the remainder of the series on my nightstand for A YEAR. All my sons read it and said it was pretty good. I'm such a paperback snob now that it took my Kindle going on the fritz for me to bother. I'm glad I did, it's really a fun read. It is the perfect, upper middle grade level paranormal vamp book, super-short, witty with a nice thread of mystery and intriguing details about vampire lore throughout. Of course, as a female I dig the male POV, it's fresh and interesting.
Vladimir Tod is a dude that's not cool and gets harassed for it at school. He's also half-vampire. The book unflinchingly details the routine of Vlad's daily life and the struggles of hiding his true nature while trying to mainstream in eighth grade while he does. Trouble strikes when his English teacher goes missing and the substitute who replaces him seems a little *too* sharp for Vlad's comfort. Add in a girl that he likes that he's too shy to pursue and the bullies who won't stop bugging him, Vlad's vampirism almost takes a back seat.
Almost. The best part of this book is the last twenty pages when Brewer introduces action and pacing that was a lacking in the first two thirds. These fast reading, simple books are mildly addictive and I think I'll be reading the rest. I find I like Vlad and wonder what will happen to him in the future. The author left some unanswered questions that beg answering. People that enjoy middle grade fiction that's well-done with subtle humor and a male POV will really like this book. It may be too "young" for some adult readers and the inconsistent pacing of action may not be for all but I really liked it. Super clean too, for parents that are worried about gratuitous elements.(less)
I had my husband pick this up solely based on the amazing reviews. First, I didn't think it was a "twilight rip-off," and like some other r...more*4.5 Stars*
I had my husband pick this up solely based on the amazing reviews. First, I didn't think it was a "twilight rip-off," and like some other reviewers I noticed a typo or misused word. Whoopee. Didn't affect the story at all.
This is where I get into trouble. Crane reminds me of Amanda Hocking. She has that same undefinable, "I've got to read it," quality. "Significance," has an "unpolished" feel that makes me love it. I feel like I am a spy within the pages, watching what unfolds. The story's amazing and the angst is done so well. There is a part in the latter third that made me crazy and I loved it! This is a story that moves along and has great pacing and action throughout. A must to keep my attention. It's a super-clean YA book but still has great elements of romance and drama; not easy to do. Now that said, I felt the dialogue didn't sound like "teen" to me, a little contrived and that's why it's not a "5-star." But Crane happens to write *just* the kind of story that appeals. I love the protective, alpha male type and she produces!
*Maggie exists through her senior year in high school after the traumatic departure of her mother. Her father is despondent and indifferent and her boyfriend breaks up with her because of his future college plans. Things change when by happenstance she meets Caleb and a river of change and romance collide that change her life forever. What he is shapes who she is and she is helpless to stop it. And she doesn't want to.
I cannot wait to buy all her other work. She writes fast and gets her stories out to her reader quickly and I'm grateful. Keep Writing~! (less)
First, I'd like to say that I really like the way McGuire wrapped up the second installment of this trilogy. No cliffhangers, but enough questions tha...moreFirst, I'd like to say that I really like the way McGuire wrapped up the second installment of this trilogy. No cliffhangers, but enough questions that a third book will be welcome. I appreciated the growth I saw in the MC, Nina, and enjoyed her character more in this work. The tension and action were more evenly-paced and deeper characterizations occurred. I also like what direction the story took in regard to Ryan; interesting and satisfying.
Even though this is smack-dab in my preferred genre(paranormal-anything), I was not completely sold on the angle. I just didn't really "believe it." I found their main quest to be anti-climatic and didn't "care" enough. There wasn't near the romantic tension that was present in the first [book] and that was a little deflating for a reader like myself that totally loves the fragility and malleability present in romantic suspense novels. I don't want to "know" how things are going to turn out. I want to "wonder." It makes a happy (and sometimes undefined) ending way-more satisfying for me (just my opinion!). I am mentioning author Tiffany King again because her sub-genre is so close to this book. She gave that exact "angst-factor" in her second book, "Forgotten Souls." Where the reader is left...dying...to read the next installment. Will I read the third book? You bet! I love McGuire! But I'm not dying to read it. I bet you I'll re-read "Beautiful Disaster" again ( McGuire's stand-alone, mature YA) because it had everything: angst, romantic tension, pacing, plot and action. I hope she does more of that sort. There wasn't even a stitch of paranormal in BD and it didn't matter! Terrific writer!(less)
I really liked Spencer's first novella, "Shimmerspell," giving it 4.5 stars. But "Limerick" was just that much *better*. I cannot wait for novella 3!...moreI really liked Spencer's first novella, "Shimmerspell," giving it 4.5 stars. But "Limerick" was just that much *better*. I cannot wait for novella 3! I have to know what happens! Limerick's got all the elements I liked: romantic tension, betrayal, mystery and the dialogue! I couldn't go four pages without laughing out loud, snickering, or at the very least a big grin. Spencer has a believable narrative voice and you can almost "hear" sassy Jensen giving her verbal, one-two punch. Love that!
Spencer picks up where she left off in Shimmerspell and the action ensues. Like Shimmerspell, this is a very-fast paced book. Since it is novella-length, that is something to get used to if you're accustomed to reading a full-length work. But I liked it. The reader feels dropped off in the middle and whisked away to get caught up with the MC. I like a book that rolls along and this one does. There's dragons and a new love interest developing, and we're still not sure about Jensen's potential. The author unveils this piece by piece as the story rockets along and we're left wondering about what Jensen will become and who she will be with? Who can she trust? Are they protecting her for the right reasons? The reasons she would want? I really enjoyed that element of intrigue. Totally fun read.
I hope this author does a full-length novel, it'd be tremendous!
Book 3 will come out soon and I've heard there may be a compilation of the trilogy into a paperback or eCopy format. With those book covers, that would be a great addition to the shelf!(less)
I was completely surprised to read this and like it as much as I did. I really vacillated between a 4-5 star rating and this novella, at 22K words, wa...moreI was completely surprised to read this and like it as much as I did. I really vacillated between a 4-5 star rating and this novella, at 22K words, was short and had pacing to match. I am not used to reading something of this length so the entire feel of the read and what it delivered as far as information and action is decidedly different than say, a typical novel of 80 to 110K.
Jensen is a human that finds out she is a faerie by a series of clues and accidents that happen on her short journey of discovery. By far, the simplistic and realistic teen dialogue that is equal parts snappy/comedic/and not *too* contrived made for an enjoyable read that was easy-to-follow (it's not "spot-on" but she has great narrative flow and doesn't use words that smack "adult" and lose the teen flavor of the read). I love all the colors and descriptions of the different characters and feel sure that Spencer will offer more depth to all the different sub-species within the Fae as the continuation of the series progresses. I love the boy, Liam, that she's interested in and he smoldered and protected in a most satisfying way. I am confounded that some reviewers don't get this story(?) It is engaging and clear from the beginning.
Third person was very helpful in the telling of this story, without it, and the short length, it may have fallen "flatter" for the reader. Although the love interest is small, the romantic tension runs high and that is key to capturing my continued interest in a series. A bunch of "making-out" will not do and I need to feel that hint of swirling romance in the air like a finely tuned wire, strung taut and unyielding to feel that connection and desire to read more. Spencer also included a minor mystery and I had an "ah-huh," moment at the end with a betrayal and some information that was plopped in my lap at the end.
I wish I had just succumbed earlier, paid the $1 to read this when I was first so taken with the cover! (Can I say the cover art is A-MA-ZING!) But I decided to download this for free and now can't wait to get it's sequel, "Limerick." I see from the rankings that the sequel is doing terrific because everyone, like me, got "Shimmerspell" and couldn't wait to get novella #2! Fun with Faeries, definitely!
Truly well-crafted. It's perfect for the Christian reader OR the non-Christian. It is rare in literature to finish a "Ch...moreThis is a Must Read YA book!!!
Truly well-crafted. It's perfect for the Christian reader OR the non-Christian. It is rare in literature to finish a "Christian" book and not feel preached at. This novel does that. I still cannot determine if this IS a Christian book, per se...but it was fascinating. There's just enough truth in all the elements that were used [in the book] that it smacks of plausibility...
The gist of the story is (male POV; gotta love that!) Jacob is propelled on a journey (not of his making), after a tragic accident leaves lingering questions about his mother's whereabouts. Disturbing dreams ensue that cause him to doubt his sanity while simultaneously navigating the new familial minefield he now finds himself in. Far from home and friendless, in grief over the loss of his parent and essentially orphaned, he discovers Malini. In her...he finds solace and new hope as they "walk" the journey together.
This book has some of the best pacing I've ever read! Wow! Never a dull moment but not frenetic either. The whole work is like a slow-spiral, clues dropping at the perfect time to wrench the readers' interest firmly into the story. I love a book where I constantly ask myself, "What will come next?"
Ching does a *fantastic* job with a mixed-genre (blended) work. In this book you'll find the following elements: urban fantasy, paranormal, sorcery, parallel travel, romance, angelic themes, action and mystery. It's cleanly executed but not homogenized...I can't wait for whatever else Ching produces. Buy it now!
First off, I absolutely ADORE the narrative voice this author uses! It has a conversational internal monologue and dialogue that makes the reader feel...moreFirst off, I absolutely ADORE the narrative voice this author uses! It has a conversational internal monologue and dialogue that makes the reader feel like they're eavesdropping on the MC and her friends! "Destiny Binds," captures this essence and immediately engages the reader and you never pause to question the reality she's created; it's flat-out that good.
The premise is a little more mundane and centers around shifters but Blackwell's humorous dialogue and interesting characterization really help boost what might be a tired or overdone premise into something captivating. She has a thread of mystery woven throughout that centers reader interest and a slow revealing of many small surprises throughout that maintain it. The ending was climatic and left the reader hanging but not in an I-want-to-strangle-the-author-cliffhanger feel. More like a, "What's going to happen next? I'm dying to read the sequel!" The author is definitely clever and comedic and lets all that flow through the story in an edgy "out there" feel that I really enjoyed. The romantic inference for the next book is clear and I can't wait to find out who Scout will end up with!
*4.5 Stars* I really liked this novel. I bought it solely based on the strength of the first work I read by McGuire, "Beautiful Disaster", which I ado...more*4.5 Stars* I really liked this novel. I bought it solely based on the strength of the first work I read by McGuire, "Beautiful Disaster", which I adored and gave a six star on my blog. (I know, I know, there is no such thing...but it's my blog; lol!)
This is the first book in a trilogy and centers around a rich Brown University girl named Nina Grey who has recently lost her father. She immediately meets a mysterious young man in the most odd and random encounters then becomes enthralled with him, even though he remains elusive for a portion of the book. There is a secret he is keeping from her which is ultimately revealed. This is perfect for a reader who enjoys the alpha-male/protector romantic lead (this is the only type I like). There is an ongoing mystery sub-plot and interesting supporting characters. I especially enjoyed Kim and hope she is fleshed out in the next installment, "Requiem."
In comparing this work with BD I found the pacing to be a little sporadic and not doled out in nice little chunks. BD really kept me on edge the entire read...I really loved that. "Providence" became a little "soft" or boggy in some spots but not a problem, I ran right out and purchased book 2. This book will receive a 4.5 on my blog (it is such a strong 4). Unfortunately, the half-star option is not available here! I am liking "Requiem" even more which starts out with a bang and keeps that edgy intensity McGuire is so capable [of] and great with.
I like the angelic themes that are running so strong in YA lit presently. The caveat is: they must be well-done, with new plot twists and such. This book is well-done and if you like this book, Forgotten Souls, by Tiffany King offers another angle that is different enough to be interesting yet encompasses all the dynamics that were so terrific in this work.(less)
This is really a 4.5 star and that will be reflected when I submit my review for: www.seldoviagazette.com. I did not want to denigrate this book by ro...moreThis is really a 4.5 star and that will be reflected when I submit my review for: www.seldoviagazette.com. I did not want to denigrate this book by rounding "down" in stars.
This is a book that keeps the mystery at a high fever pitch until the very end ( maybe too long). I loved the tension but the unveiling came a little too late [in the novel's progression] and felt "anti-climatic." I also never got a real "fix" on the mother-daughter relationship. I felt that the mom's behavior was inconsistent as the novel progressed. Those are my main gripe(s) that kept it from being a "5."
I really like King's writing style, I found myself emotionally involved with the story at the end; really unusual for me. There is a smoothness of transition and story-telling that reminded me of Karen McQuestion. That's what she'll be in a few more books. King drew me in to feeling for, rooting for, caring for the characters. I loved her premise and the roles the respective characters played. Finally, an "alpha" male lead in a YA paranormal romance I could "sink my teeth into!" Sometimes, the males are written to be "wimpy," and it doesn't resonate for me. Mark was a real dude and should feel that way to chicks that read it.
I *loved* the ending with the action and violence! I wish YA's were written with more of this contrary interaction. So many are too sappy and slow-paced to get a reader's blood pumping! The ending more-than-made up for the slow start!
I will definitely be purchasing any future installments. Keep writing, Tiffany!(less)