****FIVE STARS ALERT! Everyone else's life is easier or better than yours...or is it? The Breakup Mix explores the imperfect lives of five lifelong fri****FIVE STARS ALERT! Everyone else's life is easier or better than yours...or is it? The Breakup Mix explores the imperfect lives of five lifelong friends each with their own trials, each searching for happiness. I love this quote from the opening page, "Happiness may be able to elude me in my personal life, but dammit, I can slap it across interior walls in two days flat." Of course I love the deep bond of friendship shared by these amazing and completely different women, but what I love most of all is the ease at which Carter takes us from a poignant, teary moment to one where you are dying of laughter. This book is laugh-out-loud, grab your aching sides funny. I found myself pulling my hair out in frustration, sobbing uncontrollably and cheering for these vibrant, yet relatable characters. The dialogue is brilliant, the characters are flawed and real, there's romance and heartbreak-what more could you ask for? As for me, I'm asking for more from TK Carter. I'll beg if I have to. I'm just say'in. ...more
As an avid reader and lover of dystopian fiction, I'm constantly on the hunt for something original, thought-provoking and emotionally moving, BUT I sAs an avid reader and lover of dystopian fiction, I'm constantly on the hunt for something original, thought-provoking and emotionally moving, BUT I still want to be entertained. It's a tall order to fill, but John Hancock's ROOF has achieved that in spades. This is the book folks-the one that makes your heart bleed and stays with you forever!
Peter Harkness is a young, overlooked genius toiling away at his corporate job in a world where the human workforce is quickly being replaced by robots. Peter's world is vanishing as the greed of the Corporation strives to annihilate humanity; yet Peter forms an unlikely friendship with a robot named Robbie. The story of this friendship set amidst a raging war is one that makes you contemplate what it means to be human and to have a soul.
ROOF is an easy and quick read, with tension that will drive you all the way to the end. Although classic dystopian themes are at the forefront of the story, it's not stuffy or pretentious and best of all it leaves you with a heart warming, meaningful message. So did I cry? Oh yeah, I bawled like a baby at the end and that for me equals 5 stars every single day of the week. I highly recommend this book to both teens and adults. ...more
5 Stars! I'm totally blown away by the beauty of Drew's writing and I'm seriously so impressed and moved....yep, I cried at the end. This book only to5 Stars! I'm totally blown away by the beauty of Drew's writing and I'm seriously so impressed and moved....yep, I cried at the end. This book only took me ten minutes to read, but it immediately swept me up into a sci-Fi/paranormal world that mesmerized me. When it was over, I felt like I had just opened my eyes after a deep sleep. This is a special story and it's about faith and belief in a Higher Power. I'm off to buy more Drew Avera books immediately! ...more
5 STARS! Lauren Taylor knows exactly what her readers need and I for one NEEDED this novella! After reading (and loving) all four books in The Woodlan5 STARS! Lauren Taylor knows exactly what her readers need and I for one NEEDED this novella! After reading (and loving) all four books in The Woodlands Series, I found I did have some lingering questions that are beautifully answered in The Willful. Lauren takes us back to the time of Rosa's birth and early years and gives us a glimpse into the life and love of Rosa's parents Esther and Pelo. Misperceptions abound, images shattered and an unsung hero is unearthed in this poignant and telling novella. I highly recommend this story, as well as the entire Woodlands Series to lovers of YA dystopian and to readers looking for complex characters and exceptional story telling. I'll read anything and everything by this exceptionally talented author!
FIVE STARS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK AND THEN SOME! Strikers manages to capture every element that is important to me in YA dystopia and I've beenFIVE STARS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK AND THEN SOME! Strikers manages to capture every element that is important to me in YA dystopia and I've been known to be picky when it comes to my favorite genre. Striker has rich characters that instantly come alive and truly embody actual teenagers and I would know as the mom of three teens myself. I love Karas, the protagonist, as well as her friends Conner and Cassi and then there's Jovan the handsome elite boy thrown into the chaos of Karas' life, love him! I value a great journey, an odyssey, instead of a stagnant plot, and Strikers doesn't disappoint. This book is fast-paced and exciting and I highly recommend it to everyone. ...more
FIVE STARS AND THEN SOME! I loved the Sovereign Series and all of the rich, complex characters, not just the main characters, but the supporting charaFIVE STARS AND THEN SOME! I loved the Sovereign Series and all of the rich, complex characters, not just the main characters, but the supporting characters and even the ones you love to hate. I've been dying to know the backstory to some of the supporting characters, so I was so excited when I heard that author ER Arroyo was writing a trio of short stories to answer these burning character questions of mine. Transgression is the perfect companion to the Sovereign Series; it is the missing piece I've been searching for in this literary puzzle.
Who would have thought that a story about nasty Nathan Burke would be so intriguing? I was completely captivated by his story which is set in the hours right before the apocalyptic curtain opens and ends with his entrance into his new bunkered world. A glimpse into the developing tyrannical madness of Nathan's mind is evident in this short story and I felt myself feeling sympathy for him one moment, kind of liking him another and finally returning to my original disgust. He is truly mad and his insanity is cleverly revealed by Arroyo's masterful writing.
It is an amazing thing when a talented author produces great work, but when the author's writing grows and develops into genius, masterful work, well that's just the icing on the cake. Transgression is one of those books I'll never forget and I simply cannot wait to read the next short story (I'm hoping it's Titus' story). I highly recommend the Sovereign Series to all of my friends and I know you'll enjoy it as much as I do. ...more
I love zombie books, so I was excited to read Red Hill as it just won the UtopYA award for Best Dystopia. I realize Red Hill is a departure from JamieI love zombie books, so I was excited to read Red Hill as it just won the UtopYA award for Best Dystopia. I realize Red Hill is a departure from Jamie's usual genre of YA romance and I think she did a fine job with this book. The story follows a familiar zombie apocalyptic formula: outbreak, infection and run for your lives. It also uses several POVs which also is popular for this genre. Jamie's characters are well developed, but I had a difficult time liking, caring or even mourning their deaths. Scarlett, the main protagonist, is the fierce mother bear with a psychotic determination to find her two daughters. As a mother myself, I understand her desperation, but often it bordered on a selfish disregard for others and I found her lack of sympathy for those who sacrificed their lives to help her, well just pitiful. The tragedy and the triumph of this story is believable and yet the one thing really bothered me was how abruptly the main characters were snuffed out once infected. It was sudden and harsh. I know it was meant to be merciful, but more heartfelt drama came from the long goodbye between Skeeter and Jill, as well as other secondary characters. I understand Jamie's appeal as an author of YA books and I really enjoyed this one, but having read a ton of PA and dystopia, I find that I'm not blown away. Was it good? Yes! Was it award worthy? Not for me, but still worth reading. ...more
CeCe is on her way to Nashville with her walker hound, Hank Junior, to try her hand at being a country singer, but as luck would have it, her beater cCeCe is on her way to Nashville with her walker hound, Hank Junior, to try her hand at being a country singer, but as luck would have it, her beater car blows up and leaves her stranded with nothing more than her hound and her guitar. She is rescued by Thomas and Holden who share a similar dream, making it big in Nashville. Despite Holden's reluctance to help CeCe, the join forces and a mutual attraction forms between them. The only problem, Holden has a girlfriend back home. Nashville is a cute story and only the beginning of what is sure to be a lively series. I'm looking forward to reading more. ...more
4 1/2 Stars! Lately I've been really enjoying serialised novels, but this one seems to have real potential as a dystopian NA novella series with some4 1/2 Stars! Lately I've been really enjoying serialised novels, but this one seems to have real potential as a dystopian NA novella series with some serious kick! The beginning is so dark and depressing and the setting is bland and at the same time utterly vile that I could see, hear, taste and definitely feel the dystopian creepiness oozing on everything. This novella has all the ingredients that dystopian fans crave: a fierce heroine from a mysterious, infamous family, the bad boy love interest with a secret past, dystopian themes of control (and forced lobotomies) and a rebellious band of misfits that are struggling against a corrupt government.
I love the fact that the author, Lila Felix, alternates the POV's between Petra and Law (love the names) and the romantic attraction between them is real, straight forward and without any pretense. The supporting characters thus far are shaping up to be complicated, likeable and at times comical. Felix does an excellent job of writing in a way that the settings are tangible and the words spark an abundance of sensory reactions. I'm going to rush right into the next novella for sure. I guess my general feeling about Phase 1...it's just a plain cool read. ...more
I picked up this book on a whim after it showed up on my Amazon recommendations. I like to read PA books and so a book about a plaque that wipes out mI picked up this book on a whim after it showed up on my Amazon recommendations. I like to read PA books and so a book about a plaque that wipes out most of the Earth's population is right up my alley. Besides being a PA novel about survival and picking up the pieces immediately after an apocalypse, this book explores the pain of losing loved ones and the agony of moving on and searching for the will to live when all you've cared about is lost.
Faye wakes up in a pile of dead bodies, discarded like trash after a flu epidemic kills almost everyone. Faye struggles to make sense of the world she has awakened to, having no knowledge of the events and weeks leading up to the moment she wakes-a literal Rip Van Winkle moment. Faye struggles to make her way home, but encounters a few other survivors along the way. In the midst of this apocalypse, Faye is wrestling with the demons that haunt her since she tragically lost her husband and kids in a MVA months earlier.
I really enjoyed this book and I appreciate the depth at which the author delves into the psyche of the characters. This book may have been a 4 1/2 star, maybe 5 star read if it was a little longer and if it had another round of editing, but overall nicely done. ...more
The Gamble was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be another "stranded in the snow" romance with a little "English rose meets mountain manThe Gamble was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be another "stranded in the snow" romance with a little "English rose meets mountain man" scenario, but I was completely wrong. This book is more like an angsty romantic saga with all of the crazy relatives and small town folks thrown in the mix, plus a murder mystery, rape, suicide attempt and the dead, perfect spouse messing up the new relationship like the classic Du Maurier's Rebecca. Phew! It's a lot to tackle in one book, but somehow Kristen Ashley crams it all in there along with some very proactive scenes-thank goodness it took a long time to get there. Although I enjoyed this book and it's crazy mix of plot themes, it felt like it would never end and then when the last page finally arrived, alas it's not the end...there's another book. Will I be reading it? Yes, but I think I need to recover a little bit from all of the drama before I'm prepared to take it on. ...more
4 1/2 Stars! So once upon a time I was a romance novel junkie; I'm still a book junkie, but my tastes are all over the place, science fiction, dystopi4 1/2 Stars! So once upon a time I was a romance novel junkie; I'm still a book junkie, but my tastes are all over the place, science fiction, dystopian, YA, you name it! Every year during the holidays, I devour a handful or two of romance novels, but the rest of the year it's hit or miss. I became disenchanted with romance authors because the envelope has been pushed way too far for me with deviance & erotica or I've grown completely bored with sappy, clean, Christian type romance novels. That's why I'm so excited that I won a copy of See Jane Fall from Katy Regnery because her writing is the perfect mix of what I love in romance. Katy writes about family relationships, dynamic characters and real life heart pounding problems! Best of all, it has renewed my interest in this genre. I loved See Jane Fall and I'm looking forward to catching up on the other novels in this series. ...more
4 1/2 Stars! This book is crazy and unlike anything I've ever read before. It came highly recommended as a contemporary romance, but it's much, much,4 1/2 Stars! This book is crazy and unlike anything I've ever read before. It came highly recommended as a contemporary romance, but it's much, much, much more than that. Tilly is this wreck of a girl who trouble seems to follow at every corner. She has this Bridget Jones-like recklessness and yet as the story evolves the sensitive, nurturing side of her really shines through. She is a barely employed actress with no passion for her career, living in squalor with her slutty best friend and two loser guys. After losing her latest acting gig as a watermelon slice, she goes for an interview at a warehouse for a security consulting company that is much more than it appears.
Despite the comedy of errors during her interview, Tilly lands the job with the owner of the company, Heller. Heller is an enigma that Tilly is deeply attracted to. The cast of characters working for Heller, who also all live in the warehouse, melt Tilly's heart. Tilly has all kinds of crazy clients that lead her into some seriously messed up, violent and graphic situations. Despite the raging chemistry between Heller and Tilly, as well as the some very mature themes, this book does not have an erotic plot, in fact this book is not about sex and more about friendship. I'm quite curious about how this will all turn out....more
This is one of those rare moments when I struggle to write a review as there are no words to adequately portray how full my heart is with love and admThis is one of those rare moments when I struggle to write a review as there are no words to adequately portray how full my heart is with love and admiration for this series. So much has happened to Joseph and Rosa up to the point at which the curtains open on The Wanted; gruelling misery, triumph over pain and harrowing oppression and yet somehow there is more to endure for this brave young couple. Separated by circumstances beyond their control, Rosa and Joseph are forced to deal with a life without the other and the uncertainty of each other's fate. Each struggling viciously in their own way, Rosa under the evil, torturous thumb of Grant and Joseph floundering and lost unable to deal with the loss of Rosa.
It's always been clear that Rosa has unmeasurable strength, flawed and fierce and willing to do whatever it takes for her family. Joseph in contrast has been this golden, perfectly virtuous angel with the moral compass that helps keep Rosa grounded when driven and blinded by hatred. In The Wanted, Joseph's halo is tarnished by grief and his dependence on Rosa turns to unhealthy substitutes in her absence. As much as I want to slap Joseph for his stupidity, I'm rejoicing that he is human and finally has a chink in his armour. His imperfection in the end solidified them as a couple, Rosa no longer feels like the inadequate companion, the moment becomes clear as she declares, "And the truth was I didn't need Joseph. I wanted him." Such a beautiful lesson about relationships and love and the inspiration for the title, The Wanted.
So now this series is over and I will deeply miss both Rosa and Joseph, but it might come as a surprise that I don't feel a reader's sadness; I feel full, satisfied, as the story is complete. The return to Pau, where the series began feels symbolic and allows for resolution with characters of the past. As I ponder the journey, both physically and emotionally, that these two have suffered through, I feel proud that they stand, that they survived despite the scars and the loss. Lauren has created characters that will live on in my memory, unforgettable, imperfect and triumphant. I would recommend this series to absolutely everyone for the lessons that can be found within the pages and for the beautiful story of love. ...more
4 1/2 Stars: I was really excited to read this book as I love the YA Dystopian genre and the buzz I was hearing about Megan White was really promising4 1/2 Stars: I was really excited to read this book as I love the YA Dystopian genre and the buzz I was hearing about Megan White was really promising. The Supremacy has all of the ingredients that make this genre great-a twisted dystopian society run by Supremes who are much more than they seem; a rebellious, tender hearted heroine who has much to learn about herself and her origins; a complicated romance and a carefully orchestrated ending full of surprises. I'm finding it difficult to adequately write a review because the premise is dark and original and it's impossible to put into words without major spoilers. With that said, I recommend this book to all of those readers who have loved YA dystopia, but think it's a dying genre. This book will change your mind and renew the fervour once found in books by Suzanne Collins or Veronica Roth. I love it when an indie writer shines and Megan White has a winner with The Supremacy. I can't wait for the next book. ...more
4 stars! So I need to start off this review by saying I was totally prepared to dislike this book. I thought the cover was a little cheesy and sometim4 stars! So I need to start off this review by saying I was totally prepared to dislike this book. I thought the cover was a little cheesy and sometimes, I admit, I'm superficial and it influences my literary selection, primarily because the cover speaks to the author's style and taste. I know, I know...never judge a book by its cover, but we all do it, right? It wasn't just the cover though, I was a little leery of the title and topic as well; I wasn't sure a romance novel about modeling would interest me. I'm happy to admit that I was wrong!
I was surprised by the depth of knowledge the author has regarding the modeling industry. This story presented the modeling industry in an intelligent, and I found, really interesting way with a well-developed, sweet romance woven in. I liked Balerie and her ambitious, but fun loving nature and of course, the complicated, powerful Tommy as her ideal counterpart. I thought the workout scene and the tango session were smoldering and steamy and built a lot of tension between the two of them. It's refreshing to see a romance where there is true relationship building, as well as the fiery passion. Yet I must say, this book wasn't over the top, in fact it was quite tame compared to the pornographic onslaught that is popular today, which is just one of the reasons I really enjoyed it. Models and Lovers really has it all in the category of contemporary romance; it has that believable feel, while still being a fairy tale like, sigh worthy story. ...more
Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors and Readers was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of apocalyptic novels and I enjoy aApocalypse: An Anthology by Authors and Readers was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of apocalyptic novels and I enjoy an anthology now and again, so I was eager to read this collection of macabre stories. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, well pretty much every horror your heart desires can be found in this anthology. One thing I appreciate about short stories is that the reader starts off with limited knowledge and has to construct the clues to glean exactly what the heck is going on and by the time you think you've got it all figured out, the ending knocks you on your head, I found these stories to be clever with just enough of the creep factor to make each apocalypse equally horrifyingly unique. This anthology will not disappoint PA and horror lovers alike, but be warned...it's not for the faint of heart. It's truly gruesome! ...more
Lauren Taylor has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible...every sequel in The Woodlands series somehow exceeds the others! In a literary world wLauren Taylor has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible...every sequel in The Woodlands series somehow exceeds the others! In a literary world where YA post-apocalyptic and dystopia sequels frequently disappoint, Lauren Taylor has hit this one out of the ballpark. To say that I'm totally infatuated with this series is a gross understatement and I was beyond giddy with excitement to receive an ARC copy of The Wounded. With that being said, if this book had failed me in any way, I would have been the first to boo it. I'm happy to report, there isn't a trace of disappointment for this reader. Instead, I'm just feeling that warm, satisfied glow of having savored the best fiction has to offer.
So why did I love the Wounded? I've said it before and I'll say it again, Lauren writes with such poetic imagery without being pompous or leaving the reader feeling like they are trudging through an adjective polluted indecipherable mess. Her writing is flawless, poignant and just so completely beautiful. The post-apocalyptic world she created took my breath away in its savagery and waste as it continues to ruin lives hundreds of years later. I could taste the bitter ash, feel the ravaging hunger and despair of the survivors, the wounded.
The one thing that I value above all else is strong leading and supporting characters that are complicated and flawed. You know the ones you want to throw your arms around one minute and then slap them across the face in the next? Whether it's Rosa and Joseph or the villainous Este, these characters, their relationships and the depth of their feelings are as real to me as a best friend or that childhood bully you still loathe. Now if all of that praise isn't enough, the plot surely stopped my heart a dozen times and the turn of a page became my life line, a defibrillator that shocked me back to life as I was frequently too stunned to continue. Yes, this book is that good! The best part of all, this series does not stop at book three (yay for Lauren Taylor being an original) and I for one can't wait to read what comes next! ...more
So this book is a little tricky for me to review because I'm kind of over the whole vampire, werewolf, witch, warlock, wizard thing, although it remaiSo this book is a little tricky for me to review because I'm kind of over the whole vampire, werewolf, witch, warlock, wizard thing, although it remains a popular theme for YA novels. In regards to Dare to Bleed's supernatural plot, I'd rate this book 3 stars, but I found the main character Emily to be a lot of fun and very believable. The dialogue is natural, witty and often just plain hilarious. I love a well developed, strong heroine, so I have to go with 4 stars in that regard. Lusting after multiple boys was pretty meh to me and cheapened the true romance between Emily and Ezra. I was given this book by the author, not for a review of this book, but to Beta read for the third book in this series. I'm looking forward to following this story further. ...more