When I was approved to read and review this book through NetGalley I was more than exciThis review can also be found on my blog:Dreaming In The Pages
When I was approved to read and review this book through NetGalley I was more than excited. First off, the cover is just like pure beauty is it not? I have a thing for the color red I think. Secondly the blurb caught my attention right away. I love the whole angel theme, and this was a great little twist from other angel books out there. This book wasted no time catching your attention and hurling you into all the action. From page one it was like Heather Burch is telling you hold on to your seat, this is going to be one insane ride and it really is. From the characters whom you grow extremely attached to the insane plot that is driving the story, there is no time to calm down and gather yourself. You have to keep pushing through so you can understand it all, and quench the thirst the book leaves you with. Because trust me, this book leaves you hanging in so many ways.
One thing that I didn't enjoy with this book was after the incredible first two chapters you have so much information thrown at you and then loose site of where the book is going. I was sort of in and out of this book for the first half. I knew a great story was there, I felt it in my bones, but I was just coming up short. It was page 179 that started really hitting it off with me. After you get to a certain point it starts to slow down and you finally see the world of this book come together. Once I hit it that groove I could NOT put this book down. I loved the characters even more than before and started to put together the puzzle pieces I had gotten earlier. This is no easy puzzle to put together though folks, the Halflings world is a crazy piece of literary genius.
Like any great YA book nowadays there was one hell of a love triangle. You have the bad boy Raven and the good hearted Mace. Now I loved them both, I really did, but I definitely had my favorite. [*cough* Raven *cough*] The thing with this love triangle is that no matter who she chooses, she could never be with either one. It put a huge damper on my heart when certain things happened and left me clinching my chest for the boys I had grown to love. Nikki was seriously a breath of fresh air in this book. She was strong, knew how to hold her own, and didn't let others get to her. She was far from heartless though, and the depth of her emotions is what really endeared her to me. I wanted the book to never end, I needed to know what happened to her and her fight to figure out what was going on around her.
The ending half of this book was my favorite, like I said, I honestly could not put it down. I was so attached to everyone at this point that I didn't want to let them go. As I kept flipping the last few pages I kept hoping the page numbers would somehow double because the ending in this book is killer. KILLER I tell you! I don't want to spoil it for anyone out there but be ready to pre-order the second book in this series, because you will HAVE to. After the last page I sat stunned in my chair for a good 20 minutes. I couldn't believe it just ended that way, no doubt Heather Burch knows how to keep her readers hooked. So, if you are asthmatic [like me] make sure to keep your rescue inhaler close because this book is going to take your breath away. This was definitely a great debut book and I will be keeping an eye out for the second to this dazzling series.
Rating: ★★★★½ Four and a half Stars [Seriously, that ending!!]...more
A magnificent ending to an astounding trilogy, Fifty SThis review can also be found on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages
A magnificent ending to an astounding trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed glued my arse to my seat and didn’t let me get up. I had such high expectations from this book and E.L. James did not fail to deliver one bit [she never does!] So much happened in this book and I never wanted it to end. I swear, if E.L. just continued to write these twos day to day life, I would still be engrossed in it. I hope this review isn’t all gushing about Christian, but I refuse to make any promises…
I couldn’t help but to drink in every last thing in this book since I knew I was getting no more Christian and Ana after it was over. I drank in the fights, the hot steamy sex, the good times they shared, and the rare times when Christian actually opened up. This book was so pivotal for these two and it was done perfectly. I have noticed a lot of people saying they didn’t like how Christian was no longer himself in this book but I couldn’t disagree more. He still has this crazy controlling dark side to him, but he is learning how to cope and deal with all these demons he has accumulated in his life. It was incredible watching our dear, dear Fifty change. And change in this book isn’t all about Christian either. Ana finally comes into her own skin [and attitude] and it is so thrilling and fulfilling to watch.
There was a lot of back and forth in this book but what else could you expect with these two?! The whole time reading it I was either. A] Swooning my socks off B] Fanning myself from all the steamy sex C] Screaming at Christian or D] Rooting and saying you go girl to Ana. As I was blissfully enjoying the story I couldn’t help but to be on the edge of my seat. I felt something huge brewing in the pages and I wanted to know what it was. And boy, does it hit you hard when it comes.
This whole build up to this one incredibly crazy intense scene had me holding my breath. I was blown away when it came jumping out at me and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I thought my life was going to end for Christ sake. I can’t even halfway tell you what it is either folks. You HAVE to read it, and if you love fifty as much as we sub-club chicks do, you won’t waste one moment picking it up. E.L. James couldn’t have written a better ending even if Christian himself was sitting near her with his twitchy palms. But I guess if he was doing that, the book never would have been written now would it *wink*.
So I depart from my favorite sexy trilogy with my favorite sexy couple with just one last thought.
Oh Fifty, it’s so sad to see you go, but it’s so nice to watch you leave…
Rating: ★★★★★★ Six Stimulating Stars [yeah, that's right, I said simulating.]...more
Holy goddess! Talked about a freaking thrill ride!! This fantastic debut novel from M.R.The full review can be found on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages
Holy goddess! Talked about a freaking thrill ride!! This fantastic debut novel from M.R. Merrick does much more than just provide an afternoon of reading, it provides a nights worth of action and adventure that you just can not pull yourself away from. Right from the start Merrick doesn't waste any time letting you get a taste of his own paranormal world full of demons, vampires, warlocks and witches the likes of which you have never seen. You won't want to put this one down once you pick it up people, so be ready for a late night and get ready to have some amazing characters attach themselves to your heart.
First off, I would like to say that Merrick has quite a way with words. Everything in this book flowed from one scene to the next with the most amazing detail I felt like it was literally in my living room. It still amazes me how people can write about the same thing as so many others have before them and manage to make it completely their own, and so freaking wonderful. The one thing that I loved the most with this book was the characters that Merrick filled it with. From Chase, the fiery exile who is just trying to find his way to Rayna, the half-breed that manages to keep a mysterious cloud over herself the whole book. Oh and you can not forget about Willy!! He holds a special place in my heart, and I am sure you will fall for him too. I mean how could you not?!
Not only did I love how this story was told in Chases POV [I mean really, you don't get many male main characters in YA do you?!] but I loved how Chases and Raynas relationship was. There was little to no romance in this book but I felt [maybe it is me wishing] that it could lead there. So this book was a great way to build up trust between each other which was done incredibly well. The banter between these two had me cracking up, and seeing them battle together was even better. The drew strength from each other and have this weird bond that I fell in love with. I can not wait to see what Merrick has in store for these two in book number two of this series.
I know this review is a bit vague, but people, this is one of those books you have to read and discover for yourself to get the full experience. I mean, I went into this book seeing all the 5 star reviews and knew there was something amazing buried in the pages but nothing compares to actually reading it. The ending had me tearing up and wondering how the heck there were no more pages for me to flip. To say that I am eagerly awaiting book two is a grave understatement. Oh, and once you buy it, be careful. You may get whiplash from all the action this books brings you. You have been warned.
Rating: ★★★★½ Four and a half Stars [Kick, Pow, Bam!]
*Thank you to M.R. Merrick for providing me with a copy to review*...more
Wait. Could you just give me like 2 seconds? I can’t catThis review can also be found on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages
Wait. Could you just give me like 2 seconds? I can’t catch my breath from all the sheer awesomeness that I just witnessed. Yeah, that’s right, I said witnessed. Because what I just experienced wasn’t just reading. I don’t know how M.R. Merrick does it but he took me on an all-out thrill ride with this one folks. It’s no surprise to you, if you have read his first book Exiled, that we are dealing with an action guru and [I didn’t think it was possible] he stepped up his game. I am always a bit nervous reading the second book in a series. It’s a make or break kind of thing and M.R. made it his bitch. Sorry for the language, I am just all pumped up! Blame Merrick!
Shift starts right where Exiled left off, which I loved. Because to be honest, I was a tab bit [okay, a huge bit] scared of how Chase would cope with all that happened to him. Chase has this wall around him and I was scared he was going to let it crush him. So, this book had me biting my nails like, the whole time. If not worrying about Chase I was freaking out about Ryan [who is a badass heroine if I EVER saw one. Seriously. She is the shit.] or having my mind blow at the changing roll Willy [my dear dear Willy] endured. I really wish I could go on this big long ramble about what I am actually trying to say to you guys, but really. You HAVE to read this book and see for your own eyes. I want you to feel what I felt when I was flipping these pages!
If you ever read my reviews, you might get the hint that I LOVE books that have character building. Most books do, I know, I know. But I was already super in love with Chase from Exiled and getting to see him open up and trust people was just like, awegasmic. The character building wasn’t the only thing that took my breath away in this book. It was the sense that the whole time I was reading I was seriously right there with them. And with Shift focusing on these characters finding out about and facing all these demons within themselves it blew me away. I seriously wonder if Merrick doesn’t have some kind of portal that allows him to travel to these people. Honestly, M.R. is there something you’re not telling us?! I’m on to you. [And if you really do have said portal, can I come with you?!]
Overall, I think it is pretty safe to say this book blew my mind. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way of continuing not only Chase’s story but those around him and I can’t wait to see where we will be taken next. But, let me warn you. Once you pick it up, you truly can’t put it down. So turn off the television put the kids to bed and buy this book. Have your coffee ready in the morning though, you will need it after that all night reading binge.
Rating: ★★★★★ Five Action Packed Stars [I warned you people]...more
Can I be honest with you all? This review was so hard forYou can check out the full review on my blog:Dreaming In The Pages --------------------------
Can I be honest with you all? This review was so hard for me to write. I really wanted this book to sink in before I wrote it but thanks to a sleepless night full of thoughts scurrying around my head I decided that I HAD to write it today. This story is a heart wrenching, joy inducing, change your life kind of book. The way John Green deliverers it makes sure you will not rest until the story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters is told. There was not a single idea in this piece of work that I disliked. In fact, I am going to have extreme problems forming coherent ideas/sentences about how much I adore this book.
First off, can I start by confessing my undying love for Augustus Waters? Like seriously people. That boy was remarkable and I believe the world just NEEDS more Augustus Waters in it. He has this dark yet infectious sense of humor that just draws you in. And the outlook this boy has on life rivals that of any full grown man I have ever known. And Hazel Grace [our MC] is no different. The way these two communicated and the short love that they share is breathtaking. I have this huge admiration for the way these two grew in light of the circumstances that faced them. I don't think I’ve ever connected with two characters more than I have with Augustus and Hazel.
I wish I could personally shake the hand of John Green for writing this book. I have never known anyone close to me that has cancer, and this book opened my eyes. Not only in the light of seeing how one faces the illness but the side of how young adults and young children deal with their own demise and who they are leaving behind. There were so many passages that utterly moved me to tears that I just don't know how I've lived my whole life without reading this book. [I know, it only just came out, but that is how I feel darn it!] It really reminds you that no matter how prepared you are for a certain outcome, you are never truly ready. I was so far away from ready, in fact, that I felt like I fell off a cliff and landed tear ducts first.
In light of finishing, I bawled like a baby for about 10 minutes. I felt like my best friend had just been taken from me. And I know it is my fault for falling head over heels in love with Augustus and Hazel, but it made me understand and appreciate the book that much more. John Green has flabbergasted me beyond belief. I honestly didn’t think that when I picked this book up it would affect me so much.. So, thank you John Green. Thank you for creating such an amazing story of life, death, and finally finding the strength to let go and enjoy what you have while you have it. I don’t think I will ever be the same. [Or love a boy more than I love Augustus Waters. Just sayin’.]
Rating: ★★★★★★ Six Stunning Stars [because I can!]...more
Uh wow. Steamy. Steamy. Steamy. I loved it, I really hope I can get to the rest of the books in this little series because damn. *Fans self* That wasUh wow. Steamy. Steamy. Steamy. I loved it, I really hope I can get to the rest of the books in this little series because damn. *Fans self* That was a hot read....more
So, I stared this challenge because I have seYou can check out the full review on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages
So, I stared this challenge because I have seen SO many people [seriously, like almost everyone on goodreads] fall head over heels in love with this series. And now I can finally see why. Since this was such a quick read I thought I would do a mini review mixed. Being as this was only 54 pages or so I wasn't exspecting too much as far as giving me a bit of insight into this new world I was going to be reading.
Boy, was I wrong. I am really glad I ended up reading this first instead of jumping right in with the original series because this was a nice little taste of what I was going to be in for. I was not expecting it to start Kaylee off in a mental hospital. Though, once I started reading, I was presently surprised to see how they started off her story. I waited to write this until I was finished with My Soul To Take so I could see if it gave me anything vital to reading the first book. While it gave me TONS of questions, it wasn't a necessary read for the series...for the first book anyway.
I have a feeling some of my questions are going to be answered later on down the line because this book certainly brings a lot to the table. I am so glad I have started reading this series and even more so at the fact that this whole story is going to blow my mind, I can just feel it in my bones. [And I have seen the amazing reviews and ratings so come on now...] None the less. Great start to what I hope to be a breathtaking series.
Rating: ★★★★★ Five Screamin' Stars [Turn those pages readers!]...more
You know, the more I read about sexy rock gods inYou can also find this review on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages
You know, the more I read about sexy rock gods in books the more I love them. I am genuinely surprised it took me so long to pick up this one up, and I really don’t know why I waited so long. If you know me, you know I am a huge Abbi Glines fan and how I managed to read her first book last remains a mystery to me. I oh so wish I would have read this first, not that is has anything to do with any of her other books, but it is just so darn great! It’s a great opener for all the epicness that is an Abbi Glines romance. So even if this is your first Glines book, or your last there is no doubt in my mind that you will enjoy every second of it.
This book was just so easy to fall into and not want to get out of. The writing was seamless and made me feel every ounce of joy, sorrow, and longing that each character felt. It was so easy to love and connect with every character that graced the pages and Abbi even made me love the parts I hated. You know, those parts that break your heart so much you just don’t want to go on anymore? [Yell at people, throw things, punch a pillow or two, maybe even use an intense glare or two at your man…] Yeah, those were GREAT. How she managed this, I will never know, but I am always grateful for it. It’s so nice to be able to start a book and then by the time your flipping the last page see that a few hours have passed only to wonder how it happened. Hooked is an understatement.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading and connecting with Sadie. I related so much to her problems at home that I just felt like we were related. It was nice to see her emotional development throughout the story and see, even though her mother was not the best and put her through hell, she came out of it a better person and never once gave up on her mom. No matter how much she didn’t deserve it. Oh, and then there was Jax. I have to applaud this young rock god, because he was just what my Sadie needed. Sweet, thoughtful and so swoon worthy I thought I was going to have to call an ambulance. Always knowing just what to say and being all vulnerable, god. *Melting* I loved every second I got to spend with him.
I do believe there was one more man that had my heart a thumpin’ in this book. Marcus. Oh Marcus, how I love you! Going into this book I knew he was going to get his own book [Because of Low] so I knew things were not going to work out for him. But god, that didn’t stop me from falling for him and being crushed when Sadie didn’t even give him a full out shot. Oh and Ms. Mary. It was so nice to see Sadie get a voice of comfort in this book since she wasn’t getting any from her mom. Abbi always manages to have such a strong supporting cast that I kind of forget they aren’t main characters.
Having to go through my emotional rollercoaster to make it to the end I would have not had it end any other way. Though I had a major freak out and bit my nails so low they hurt the ending was so worth it. That is one thing I love with Abbi’s work. Her standalone books always have the best endings. This is a great read no matter what age/location/emotional state you are in. If you love a good YA romance then look no further. Jax and Sadie have everything you need [and then some]. So sit back, relax, and go buy this book. [:
Rating: ★★★★★ Five Breathless Stars [I do love myself a rock star]...more
I am not going to lie to you. When I first looked at this book and read the synopsis I did the first thing everyone who has read the synopsis probably did. I said “Wait, am I reading this right?! A 30 year old and a 16 year old?!” But readers, don’t judge a book by its synopsis…wait…I mean…well… Just take a chance and read it! While I went into it with skepticism, what I ended up with was a smile on my face that was probably ridiculously large and goofy. From beginning to end Tracey Garvis-Graves will have you on the edge of your seat and I promise, you have never read an island story quiet like this.
Any doubt I had about this book disappeared as soon as I was finished with the first chapter. What I think first endeared me to this story was not only the characters [Anna and TJ] but how each chapter was told from alternating points of view. This gives you so much more depth to the story and really helps you identify and connect with Anna and TJ and before you know it, you are throwing age out the window. But, for those still squirming in their seats…nothing happens until TJ is old enough, you know, for it to be against the law. But really, when you read it, you wonder how it would ever be deemed wrong in the first place.
Their situation is scary, yet I wondered how I was going to stay hooked about a book of two people living life stranded on an island. Well, I was blow away at how fast I was turning the pages, and how it never felt fast enough. Frantically wanting to find out what happens next, what TJ thinks of this or what does Anna think about THAT?! I couldn’t put it down for one second. And just when you think things are looking up they go south, and when you think things really couldn’t get any worse, they totally do. You feel as though your feet are never firmly planted on the floor, which makes for one hell of a rush. And I, for one, couldn’t get enough.
On the Island is one of those stories that makes you realize love comes in the most unexpected packages. You can’t help but to fall and feel for these characters and the situation they are in. From the gripping beginning to the edge of my seat ending I knew that I was hooked on Tracey Garvis-Graves and I had to have more of her. Her writing kept me skillfully hooked the whole time and I adored how I felt complete at the end. I will tell you one thing readers, I WILL be waiting in line for Tracey’s next book. After a story like that, I would follow her anywhere.
As a huge fan of the Jenny Pox trilogy I couldn’t wait to read the first book in J.L. Bryan’s newest series. Though it is aimed at a younger audience than the Jenny Pox trilogy was, I loved it no less. One thing I that caught my eye [or ear] the most was the huge aspect the music played in this story. It was incredible to see what a little fairy magic could do to a group of kids. This story is a fast paced read you can’t put down until all is said and done. But be ready for an ending that will leave you hanging in the best possible way.
Just like in his previous books, falling for J.L. Bryan’s characters was an easy feat. Right as the book opened up I knew I was going to love Jason. I mean, how could you not like someone writing a love song for the person he is pining over?! Then once the whole band [who are named The Assorted Zebras by the way] was introduced I was a goner. Each and every character made me crack up in one way or another and I just loved watching the relationship that Jason and Erin did have develop. But what really got this story going was Jason’s little sister Katie [whom I adored!] and his journey into Faerie World. The descriptive writing that J.L. provides us with was so fun to read while he was discovering Faerie.
Another thing I thought was really nifty about this book were the few chapters told from the Fairy’s point of view. You know, the Fairy that Jason stole the instruments from? I wasn’t expecting this but it was interesting to see what she went through after Jason just nabbed her instruments and ran. You also got a lot more background on the faerie world that J.L. had built and I have a feeling it will all come together even more in book two. While I am talking about Faerie World, I can’t tell you how much I loved Grizlemor [who is a Goblin]. He is the one who opened up Jason’s eyes to the world of the Fae and man he had me rolling. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a dirty goblin more, if ever.
Overall this book is a fun ride to get lost in. Though I despised Jason’s parents I loved everyone else that graced the pages of this musical journey. J.L. Bryan’s witty remarks and fun dialog keep the book moving along and by the time you are on the last page it just doesn’t seem possible. Like I said before, be ready for this ending! You will be surprised at how fast you actually read the book and will be left saying ‘What?! Really?! Where is book two?! I need it NOW!’ I can’t wait to see how Jason’s world will continue to warp in the coming books, and I highly suggest you find out what The Assorted Zebras are all about.
Rating: ★★★★ Four Fabulous Stars [Get ready to rock the house down]...more
If I told you that I was pleasantly surprised by this book I would be lying. I was blow away by my first Sophia Duane book and had to use more than a few tissues to control my stream of tears. Since I went into this book only reading the synopsis and no reviews I wasn’t sure what I would get. But once I flipped the last page, I can tell you that I got one the most bittersweet stories I have ever had the privilege of reading. Now since I immensely enjoyed this book, I want to offer you the same privilege. As in, I will not go into incredibly detail as to why I love this book so much, I just hope you can get a feel of this wonderful story and choose to read it yourselves.
This is a very personal emotional journey for Adam [our MC]. He is the youngest [by only a few minutes] to his twin Aaron and lacking in the conversational talent that his brother so easily has. Adam is more of an introverted band ‘geek’ who likes to keep to himself and stay off the radar of anyone in the halls of his high school. These two twins couldn’t be further from each other as far as social status come, but as brothers they are as close as conjoined twins. Always knowing when the other is down or hurt and always being able to confide in one another. But when the spirited and bold Olivia moves next door, everything between them changes. Fate is never fair. Nor are two brothers with a crush.
Okay, so that is a fair summary, I could add a trillion things to it spice it up but PEOPLE! This book kept me on my toes the ENTIRE time. I thank that largely to the fact that I didn’t read any reviews going into this. I want you to feel that crush build in your heart, the blood boiling under your skin with rage, and most of all I want you to feel the gut wrenching pain that is falling in love. Yes pain, because love isn’t always pretty and it defiantly doesn’t always have a happy ending. But it helps you grow, pushes you, and sometimes you end up finding yourself in the aftermath.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I LOVE this book. Sophia Duane is an amazing author capable of bringing out every emotion in you and then some. This was also Sophia’s first Young Adult book and she pulled it off flawlessly. Somewhere between the infectious characters and the shocking, jaw dropping craziness that is this ending I fell in love. With the characters, with the story, with the message, and most of all, I fell in love with the epilogue. I just want you all to know, I have a new author on my favorite list. If you are looking for an emotional journey with a pit stop in angst then you need to pick up My Only by Sophia Duane. Oh, and don’t forget your box of tissues.
Rating: ★★★★ Four Bittersweet Stars [Please excuse my heart. It is trying to mend itself.]...more