I can't write my feelings now! My heart! My wonderful wonderful heart! Gah. I have to do a major re-read now that I know everything. And the family tree?!...moreI can't write my feelings now! My heart! My wonderful wonderful heart! Gah. I have to do a major re-read now that I know everything. And the family tree?! Perfection.(less)
Yes folks. I am starting out a review with a sigh. Because 1) I can. And 2(I am in total and complete love with the second book in the Assassins series. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t nervous as hell to pick up this book either. I was so enamored with Shea and Elli in Taking Shots I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to open up my heart to yet another Hockey stud muffin who was gunning for my heart. But alas, I was so very wrong. A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get use to the feeling.
Now, as I said, I didn’t know if I was even able to love a story as much as I did Shea and Elli’s. I KNOW Elli [I swear, she is me] and how could I love someone more than I love Shea Alder?! [I’m still not sure I actually can…] After the first chapter I had no doubt Toni was going to be blowing me away yet again. Fallon and Lucas’s story is a total 180 from what we read in Taking Shots. Like Elli, Fallon has her own sets of faults and personal problems going on, but once Lucas Brooks enters the story we notice that Fallon and Lucas’s relationship is far more intertwined than we could have first imagined. I quickly fell for the banter and quirks between these two. As Fallon was extremely slow to even warm up to Lucas, I fell for him hard and fast and couldn’t help but to cheer him on as he tried to get Fallon back into his arms.
Now, before I go all gaga over Lucas Brooks some more, I wanted to say how much I LOVED being able to see Elli and Shea in this book. It was AMAZING to get to see their story even after we thought it was ‘over’ when their book ended. Now, since that is aside, I can address how much I love how Toni sets a story up. I love that when I am done with one of her books, I feel like I’m complete. Like Taking Shots, Trying to Score was no short story. You are taking through the up’s and down’s of this relationship and you feel like once you take one step forward you take five steps back and then your heart is aching for what almost happened. Toni gets me so wrapped up in this story that once even something little happens [like Fallon coming to her senses on certain subjects] I seriously jump up in my seat and squeal out in glee. There is nothing like seeing someone completely turn around.
Fresh, new, and something completely unexpected I quickly became glued to Toni Aleo’s second work of masterpiece and, to be honest, it has actually made me start watching hockey. [Go Preds!] If you fell in love with Taking Shots, I have no doubt in my mind that you will fall for Trying to Score. There is nothing like watching a story you thought was long over, blossom and become everything you ever wished it would have been. There is also nothing like a little steam and fanning oneself either. But why are you sitting there reading the end of my review?! Shouldn’t you be rushing out to go buy this?! Oh, and be sure to say hello to Lucas Brooks for me. I have a feeling you two will get along swimmingly.(less)
I have been very fortunate lately when it comes to book recommendations and Taking Shots is no exception. Not knowing exactly what to expect when I stared, I was blown away by just about everything I read. It has been FOREVER since I read a contemporary romance that was so emotionally packed and had enough sexy action to keep those pages turning well past my bedtime. This book was a long one, but I mean that in the best possible way. There are a lot of emotional problems going on, and it was so refreshing to see a book tackle those emotional problems fully and realistically. Taking Shots took me by surprise and I just have one question…Where the hell can I get my own Shea Alder?!
What I really want to do is give Toni Aleo a giant hug and a ton of kisses for making the ultimate lead character[s]. It was so easy to identify with Elli and her problems that I was instantly in love. You often come across girls who are self-conscious in books, yet they are described as beautiful, skinny, and yadda yadda yadda. With Elli, I felt her issues, I KNOW those issues and I was eager to see how she worked through them, in a relationship with a sexy hot hockey player nonetheless. Oh and don’t even get me started on Shea Alder. That man was meant to be in my life, and I need my own ASAP! I am no hockey fan, but I swear to you, after reading this book I am going to watch myself a few games and promptly drool all over myself while I am doing so.
I may have loved the characters first and foremost, but what comes in a close second is how real the book felt. Like I said, this is a long book, but it covers every topic it addresses realistically. There is no ‘I looked into his eyes and knew I was in love so we immediately had sex and got engaged and married within a month!’ There is depth in the relationship due to the problems these two faced together or mentally on their own. You get to see Shea and Elli grow and fight together and with each other. And the emotions Toni made me feel! Agh! I went from blissfully happy, to steamy hot, to wanting to beat someone ass in just a few pages. When I start punching pillows I know the book has made its way into my heart for good, and I wouldn’t want this one anywhere else.
When all is said and done, this book took me for the best spin I could ever imagine taking. I got to see probably my favorite female lead of all time get her dream ever after. Not only did Taking Shots fill me with giddy passion, but filled with blissful closure as well. If you are any kind of romance fan this book will take you by your teeth and have you begging for more when it is over. Toni Aleo, I will follow you anywhere you go from here on out because damn it, you have shown me and everyone else out there how real women and relationships are and I love you for it. But I still have one question for you. When and where can I get my own Shea Alder? Seriously, I’m dying here. *runs off looking for the perfect man*
:Rating: ★★★★★ Five Fever Inducing Stars [I never knew hockey could be SO entertaining and yummy](less)
Uh wow. I hope I can get to a full long review in a few weeks but HOW was this the first Jenniger Echols book I have ever read?! It was AMAZING and th...moreUh wow. I hope I can get to a full long review in a few weeks but HOW was this the first Jenniger Echols book I have ever read?! It was AMAZING and then ending...gah. I just can't. I need to read all of her books. I am hooked.(less)
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.](less)
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 was...moreUh 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.(less)
As soon as I read the synopsis for Wanderlove I knew it was going to change me. I’ve always enjoyed traveling books and I have to say this is the best one I have ever read. Not only was it a traveling book where I felt like I was honestly there, but the love story behind it had me week in the knees. There is just so much more to this book than traveling and love though. It is about finding yourself when you thought you couldn’t be found, and learning that sometimes you have to face forward and use the past as a stepping stone to move on. A journey has never taken my breath away such as Wanderlove has, and I must tell you all to get ready for a ride that will leave you wondering if you have even found yourself yet.
Suffering from not only a terrible breakup but losing her art as well, Bria Sandoval has never felt more lost in life. But one brochure with one question [Are you a Global Vagabond?] changed her life forever. Fast forward a few plane rides and a less than thrilling touchdown that brought to light that instead of backpacking, Bria Sandoval was stuck with a tourist group. Not the ideal trip that she had in mind. But once Starling and Rowan enter the picture Bria’s trip takes a turn she never knew she was ready for. Trading a tour bus for the unknown of backpacking and learning just what the heck Wanderlove is, Bria is going on one trip she will never forget.
When it comes to books that you absolutely adore, the hardest thing to do is write a review, so I will try my best here. When I opened this book the first thing that hit me was the artwork that was done by the author. Seeing as that our MC Bria is a use to be artist it was very fitting and, pleasantly, it shows up more and more as our story goes on. The words were jumping off of the pages at me as I read and I can only thank that to the fact that the author of this book , Kirsten Hubbard, is a backpacker herself. That gave this book a huge advantage and felt so real I had to keep pinching my arm to make sure I wasn’t there myself. Artistic and amazing with her words Kirsten Hubbard had me hooked.
I wasn’t only enthralled with the scenery but with the cast as well. Bria was easy to connect to, as being at one point or another we have all been lost [physically or emotionally…] There were times I was reading and I just wanted to help shove her along and get her out of the box her ex put her in. There was so much in her wanting to be let out but Bria was scared of it. Like I said, connecting with Bria had never been easier. Oh, and then there was Starling and Rowan. A brother and sister pair has never made me laugh or enjoy myself like these two did. Starling never ceased to amaze me as the pages turned and Rowan…oh, what can I say about him?! Dreamy, thoughtfully and moving forward with his life, this man had my heart from the first time I saw his pony tail. Who wouldn’t fall for a tan backpacking god?
When all is said and done this book wrapped itself up perfectly. Squirming in my seat I couldn’t contain my emotions and I am pretty sure I let out a scream or two when I was finished. I know this is a standalone book but I have gotten so attached to these characters I would kill to just read what happened when everything was over… But I think ending on the note we did made it so much more amazing and inspiring than anything else. All I want to do with my life now is go backpacking and hope to find myself like Bria and Rowan found themselves. Kirsten Hubbard, you have infected me with a traveling bug I may never be able to get rid of, and I thank you for it. Don’t pass this one up folks, you just may want to get infected with the traveling bug too.
Rating: ★★★★★ Five Finding Stars [I'm behind on life. Gone backpacking](less)
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](less)
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](less)
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](less)
Words cannot describe how surprised I was with this book. Since this is my first time reading this series, I decided to read all of them [including the novellas] in order. Though this was nothing like My Soul To Lose, I immensely enjoyed it. I kind of found it funny that they only mentioned the mental institutions once or twice towards the middle, but anyway… I was more than ecstatic when I flipped the last page of this book and knew that I had officially became a Soul Screamers fanatic. I can now sing the praises of Rachel Vincent with the best of you, aren’t you all so glad?
Now there is nothing better than starting out a book with Kaylee [main character] sneaking into an 18+ club with Emma [the best friend]. Well, there are a few ways to spice up said scene. Enter Nash [hottest stud at school] and a chilling discovery n’ BAM, you have yourself a first chapter to keep you hooked until Kaylee opens that pretty little mouth of hers and then some. Now, I was not so sure of Nash in the beginning. He never even spoke to or even looked at Kaylee before this night, only to end up playing her knight in shining armor come nights end? Come on now. But, pleasantly, I was all wrong about Mr. McDreamy. Yes, Nash is my new McDreamy.
I really enjoyed getting to know Kaylee and all that she is. The concept behind this book was just lovely to read and I have not seen one other author out there do it like Rachel Vincent. Craving the information being held back [not to mention Nash], my eyes couldn’t devour the words fast enough. I thought that this book had enough man candy as it was, until Tod entered and rocked my world. I have found, with recent books I have been reading, that reapers are deadly studs who I would gladly invite to kill me. I am having a bad boy streak lately folks, so I cannot help but to root for Tod, even if I know he isn’t going to win out. Is he? OH! The suspense kills me. And not to mention that little surprise thrown at you in the aftermath of everything going to hell and back, can we say WOAH?!
Hooked from page one and teetering on the edge of my seat for a crazy soul stealing ride I was more shocked than your mother when she found out you’ve seen a man indecently exposing himself at a football game when the ending slapped me in the face. Like WHAT?! I never saw it coming, and for that, I applaud not only Rachel but you readers for not giving it away in reviews. I mean, I don’t know how you all kept that sucker from me, but damn was it an intense ride.
As I sing my final note of praise for Rachel Vincent and her magnificent characters I just want you all to know how shocked and astounded I was with book number one. It was so much more than I ever expected and I can’t wait to continue on with Kaylee in this thrilling series of death, love, and secrets.
Rating: ★★★★★ Five Wailin' Stars [Soul Screamers Junkie](less)
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.](less)
Can I be honest with you all? This review was so hard for...moreYou 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!](less)
Holy goddess! Talked about a freaking thrill ride!! This fantastic debut novel from M.R....moreThe 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*(less)
You can find the full review on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages ----------------- Oh man. This book!!! I am such a sucker for chick-lit mostly because I...moreYou can find the full review on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages ----------------- Oh man. This book!!! I am such a sucker for chick-lit mostly because I really got started in reading thanks to the amazing Sarah Dessen, and this book seriously stole my heart just like all of her works have. There wasn't a moment I didn't love and there were so many times that had me literally laughing out loud I just didn't know what to do. My eyes were watering from the overall sweetness that is this book page after page. I mean it, my eyes were watering not from tears of sadness but pure bliss and happiness. This is one of those books that makes you wish book characters [okay, Parker] could be real, I mean come on! Why can't they?!?! I am a very disgruntled reader at this fact, we need to work on this folks! Oh, sorry, anyway...
Now, at first glance this is your typical bad boy, good girl situation. Jaden is a driven girl with her sights set on Harvard. A bit of a control freak yes, but very prioritized. She has it all really. Great grades, an amazing boyfriend and a best friend to die for. Now Parker, on the other hand, is a great mystery. Leather jacket, rides a motorcycle, and only thing anyone knows about him is his parents are divorced and he had gotten kicked out of his last school. Oh, and he doesn't talk to anyone. Fits the bill right? But I swear to you, this book has way more going on than that. The characters in this book and the way Jaden and Parkers relationship comes together was just so...so...*sigh* amazing.
They had this chemistry that just jumped off of the page. Their dialog made me sigh, laugh, curse and beg for more. Katie Klein created a romance that didn't need steamy scenes or multiple make out sessions to make readers fall for it. Everything felt so perfect and unbelievably right no matter what happened. One thing that really made me fall for their romance was when they did have spats they finished them and communicated. It made me feel like they really are falling hard and meant for one another. I loved to see how Jaden went from never being out of line to figuring out that sometimes it is okay to live a little. The best books to read are ones that truly have the characters grow into themselves and this book delivered it in the best way possible.
The last few chapters of this book will have your head spinning, your heart aching, and finally have you on the floor in a giant pile of swoon goo. Be ready readers. There was just so much to love about this book, I wish I could ramble on and on. From the romance, to the writing, and that insane twist that I never even saw coming this book leaves you felling awestruck and giddy with joy all at the same time. A tale told over and over somehow seems new and fresh and captured my heart from the start. I'm telling you, watch out for Katie Klein, she will make you fall head over heels in love. Cross my heart. ;]
Rating: ★★★★★ Five Fanatical Stars [I want a Parker gosh darn it!](less)
When I was approved to read and review this book through NetGalley I was more than exci...moreThis 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!!](less)
I am a new comer to Paige Harbison. I had seen her first book Here Lies Bridget and imm...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages
I am a new comer to Paige Harbison. I had seen her first book Here Lies Bridget and immediately added it to my to be read list. Well, I have yet to read it, but now I am glad that I haven't gotten around to it yet. Why would I say such a thing you ask? I would say such a thing because New Girl completely enthralled me. I was initially drawn in by the cover and the tag line "What if nobody knew your name?" That and the blurb about it makes you go crazy with questions does it not?! Well readers, once I picked up New Girl I couldn't put it down. I skipped meals, walked around the house with my nook attached to my hand and quite a few times I had to hush the people around me. When I said this book enthralled me, I mean it. So get ready for some major love, because this book has earned a place in my heart. -------------------- New Girl. It isn't the most enticing name to be called when one is trying to make the adjustment to a new school. A school, mind you, that I never even wanted to be going to. Somehow a thirteen year olds fantasy to attend a boarding school [after reading Harry Potter of course] hadn't been forgotten in my parents mind. Now here I am in my senior year of high school attending Manderly Academy. Some would say the opening spot in their program was a blessing, but upon arriving it is very clear it was anything but. Thanks to the missing Becca Normandy no one is even the slightest bit welcoming. Especially not my roommate Dana, who is probably the most hostile person I have ever met. Soon it becomes clear that somehow, everyone thinks I am trying to replace the mysterious Becca.
Nothing like a blow to ones confidence when a whole school is against you and you did nothing more than arrive right? Oh, and the fact that the one person I may be crushing on is completely off limits, well according to the loyal followers of Becca anyway. How does someone find their place at a school that is full of questions that no one is willing to answer? More importantly why does everyone think I am out to replace Becca? There is only one thing I knew at this moment. I, the new girl, am in for one hell of a senior year. ------------------- This story is told in two point of views [New Girl and Becca] that intertwine throughout the whole book. It is a perfect way to help you reveal more and more about the mysterious Becca and answer buring questions that you have acquired throughout the chapter. Now, when a story is being told by two different people you are bound to have a 'good guy' and a 'bad guy' and this story is no different, though by the end your emotions are running so rampant you don't really know what to think anymore. This book was fueled by Paige Harbison's characters that I seriously fell in love with, even if some of them were a bit crazy [or a huge nut jobs]. There was always someone to love, or hate, or even someone to wish you could just slap the crap out of.
This book did an excellent job of showing the not so glamorous side of being the new girl. Sure, this situation was rare, but it was a great way to show how awful some teenagers become when they are latched on to someone as they all were to Becca. It also shows just how dangerous it can be to crave attention from everyone in order to make yourself feel better no matter what the costs. Whispers and rumors can cause even the most sane people to question themselves and I found myself yelling at the book at certain points, and was thrilled when new girl started finally standing up for herself against all of the crap everyone put her through. Because trust me, there was plenty of that.
This book was undoubtedly pure gold for me. I loved new girl [whose name you find out in the end] and her journey to really find herself and tackle the issues she faced. The writing dazzled me page after page as did the cast and as I flipped the last page I was left with the biggest sense of accomplishment and just plan ol' happiness. I had a huge smile which was a welcoming change after I wanted to punch a bunch of girls in the face half of the book. Like I said in the beginning, I am thrilled this book was the first one I read from Paige Harbison because is just struck me so hard. No doubt I will finally be getting Here Lies Bridget and looking out for anymore titles Paige Harbison throws my way. She is simply marvelous.
Rating: ★★★★★ Five Stars [Breathtakingly stunning]
**An eGalley was provided to me by HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for review**(less)
Internet romance. In this day and age it is nothing we haven't seen before. The same...moreThis review can be found on my blog Dreaming In The Pages
Internet romance. In this day and age it is nothing we haven't seen before. The same goes for internet messages boards for our favorite shows, we have all been there and done that and well, to be honest, we all still do it. When you don't feel like anyone else knows you, there is someone out there on web that does. So when 18 year old Imogen [or Immy for short] grows attached to a new show that highlights a romance between two women she takes to a fan message board for Lovers & Sinners, hoping to meet others with the same love of the show she has. It has nothing to do with her fancying the two main women on the show, I mean, you can't be into a girl when you are so obviously straight right? Even if Immy doesn't feel much when she is with Matt[her emo band boyfriend], her best friends Beth and Emily don't let her forget what a catch he is, she should totally be head over heels for him. Every girl is.
So why does Immy start to question everything once she meets Fickle on the boards and starts chating over MSN with her? Why is she getting feelings she doesn't even get from Matt when Fickle starts flirting with her? Questioning her own sexuality Immy confides in another girl she has gotten closer to from the message boards named Joey. Figuring out she might not even be straight Immy is left with a choice. Stick to what is expected, or take a huge leap into the unknown. But Immy is about to find out that not all risks are so great and sometimes you end up finding yourself in the most unexpected of places.
**** **** **** ****
This is one of those books that just instantly caught my eye while browsing around goodreads one night. Lucky for me I found it on NetGalley and got approved to read it and was ready to jump into it as soon as I downloaded it. I didn't know what to expect from it but as soon as I started it I hit one roadblock. Be ready for some major British slang! Now, at first, I had no idea what the heck some of the sayings were. As the story progressed I pretty much had it figured out and it became very endearing and I actually enjoyed it. I am so use to reading American writers that sometimes it is nice to get a taste of something I am not use to, and it kinda rubbed off on me. It really helped set the story and more so, helped me envision my characters and setting that much more.
The characters in this book were nothing short of amazing. I loved the leading lady Immy and her best friends Emily and Beth. Immy was one of those characters that you just get behind and she went through so many questions and nerve wracking experiences and I felt it along with her. You get to see not only Immy grow into herself, but you get to see her build her relationship up with her friends, who are so welcoming to Immy finding herself. Then you have the two internet ladies that catch Immy in a whirlwind. Fickle, well, is fickle and the biggest flirt you will ever see. While Joey is the most lovable person ever, and she never failed to make me smile. But I have to say, the one thing that really did it for me in this book was how it was narrated.
You are solely in Immy's head, yet a lot of the dialog in this book is in the form of MSN messages. Now, I was a huge MSN messenger fan back in the day and it made the book move that much faster for me. The over the top flirting Fickle pulls is more believable in that sense and the growing relationships with Joey over MSN just clicks more. Most people are freaked about meeting people online but this book shows that sometimes you can create a stronger relationship starting off online than you could in person and with this situation of Immy finding out she isn't straight, it helped her become more comfortable in her own skin with help from others who have been through the same thing. It just shows that there is support out there from people who have had the same problems, you just have to reach out.
This book really grabbed my heart and I was so glad that the ending tied up happily, because that is all I wanted for Immy throughout this whole book. Watching a woman who never felt like she was right finding out that she just never discovered who she truly was, it kinda took my breath away. There is nothing better than reading something that empowers young people everywhere to embrace their true selves, because being happy is the most important thing to have in life.This book fell together perfectly and Immy's journey was one I will read over and over. I know I will be keeping a look out for more books by KE Payne in the future, she is brilliant, and now I know all this awesome British slang. [:
Rating: **** Four Fabulous Stars [Made my heart soar]
*And ACR was given to me by netgalley.com and bold stroke books in exchange for a review*(less)