I wish I could look into his head and see what he sees. Maybe I'll never understand him, but because I love him, I'll never stop trying.
Work of Art BoI wish I could look into his head and see what he sees. Maybe I'll never understand him, but because I love him, I'll never stop trying.
Work of Art Book #2, The Unveiling just completely wrenched my heart!
The growth that both Max and Ava experienced had me just hanging on their every word. That doesn't mean they didn't make me just as crazy as they did in book 1, but this time around, the journey was a tad bit gentler, drama not as high. Which I personally appreciated!
We left off with Max missing, his studio destroyed, and Ava heartbroken at the turn of events.
We now find Ava in her search for Max more mature and trying to take responsibility for her feelings. We also find her more involved with Jonathan in trying to give that relationship a go, of course, all the while trying to find out what happened to Max.
When Ava finally discovers where Max is, she goes to him. They are both very fragile with each other at this point and agree to work on being friends, developing that friendship. Their baby steps in growing as individuals and friends was completely huggable and you just cheer them on.
And while this is all going on, Ava is still seeing Jonathon. I din't trust him in book 1 and definitely still do not trust him in book 2, but Ava wanted to pursue the relationship even though she really wanted to be with Max. We also find Max understanding and more accepting, not pleased at all, but really trying to be a friend to Ava and work on his own inner demons.
Let me just say this with out giving anything away - there is a very climatic scene with Ava, Jonathon, and Max that causes the story to take a complete turn!!
It is after this turn that we see a new Max. More mature, responsible, and genuinely in love wanting the best for Ava. Ava at this point, not so good, but you'll see why, even though you just want to shake her!!!
I really enjoyed book 2 so much more than book 1. The growth of the characters, the development of the story line, the understanding and revealing of Max's past just had me hooked and the story flowed.
The author's characterizations are exceptional and vivid. You know Max and Ava, you live in their worlds, you cheer, cry, get angry, laugh, and fight right along with them.
I am looking forward to book 3 and conclusion to the trilogy, though fair warning, book 2 ends on a cliffie...again. I am not a fan of that at all, but the story is captivating enough, that once again, I am all in. ...more
I have the ARC and a sneak peek at the cover which will be revealed this evening!!!
*Update - 12/7*
Kick ass debut from Olivia Evans!
The story line justI have the ARC and a sneak peek at the cover which will be revealed this evening!!!
*Update - 12/7*
Kick ass debut from Olivia Evans!
The story line just exhausted me, it kept going and going and going, never letting up! A story line that I have seen many an author lose control of, but this author knew when to start reeling the crazy back just enough to keep you completely invested, wanting more.
It is one of my year's best of 2014 stories, so you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to read tI read The Righteous and the Wicked, I loved it!!
It is one of my year's best of 2014 stories, so you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to read the author's new release.
I marked this story a DNF because I just did so much jumping around, it wouldn't be fair to consider it a completed read, nor rate it.
This story just do not work for me at all. While the story line made you feel you should be feeling amazing passion from the triangle that was going on, I just didn't. It was all so flat. Didn't like a single character and just no flow to the story at all. The ending, a big "poof", all better. Huge pet peeve of mine.
Oh well, can't love them all, but April Emerson is still a favorite of mine and will continue to read her stories.
Considering I am not a big fan of YA, you can imagine my own surprise how much I adored this story. I love Vi Keeland, and Left Behind was quite the dConsidering I am not a big fan of YA, you can imagine my own surprise how much I adored this story. I love Vi Keeland, and Left Behind was quite the departure from the MMA Fighter series that I loved.
I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I had fits of anger, and many moments of warm fuzzies. There were just so many emotions coursing through me!
And hello Dylan Scott. I don't know your writing but if this is your debut, you have a new fan who will be watching your every move ;)
"Love needs no words. You had me before you even spoke."
And that's exactly how I feel, there are no words to describe how I adored this story!
I was utterly engaged with Nikki and Zack and the entire story completely enveloped me.There was tragedy, grief, hard knocks, starting over, new beginnings, but mostly it was a story of hope.
The story flowed, the characterizations dynamic, and some really good secondary characters balancing out and driving the story.
Without giving to much a way...
Nikki had a difficult upbringing, her Mother constantly sick. When she passed away, Nikki meets her Aunt, her Mother's sisters for the first time. She agrees to go back to California with her to start over, but there are secrets and reasons why Nikki agrees.
Then we have Zack. The perfect epitome of all American high school life. But there is tragedy and a big "what if" that completely changes him.
Once Nikki and Zack meet, all the sorrow turns to hope with another "what if."
Now there's a twist and surprise in the story. You kind of see it coming, but it did not take away from the story for me at all.
And a big hooray ending that I loved!!
Left Behind was just so enjoyable and Nikki and Zack...completely adorable.
I knew going in to the conclusion of Naz and Karissa's story, my soul would be tortured. J.M Darhower did not disappoint in this very different, dark,I knew going in to the conclusion of Naz and Karissa's story, my soul would be tortured. J.M Darhower did not disappoint in this very different, dark, and passionate story.
Well there was just no way I wasn't going to devour this story as soon as I got my hands on it. One of my all time favorites, as well as a favorite author of mine.
Amanda Black's debut was just perfect!! Personally, I expected nothing less. This was an author I have been following since 2009 with her FF Blood and Lust. The originality of her FF stories just wowed me. The story lines, the writing, development of her characters, the flow, and characterizations. I was immediately hooked and a complete and forever fangirl of her's.
The announcement of the publication of The Apartment set me off in to a stalking tailspin. I needed this story. I needed to know what was done to a story I utterly loved. Thankfully, Amanda Black does not scare easily and I was put on the list to receive the ARC.
The story line of The Apartment is simplistic in that it is simply the story of two people coming together in spite of their self induced obstacles. Simple yet packed to the brim with emotion, angst, hurt, betrayal, yearning, passion, discovery, and love.
Ethan is a brilliant and successful artist. Lost in the spiraling emotional whirlwind of self doubt, hurt, pain, and betrayal. Self estranged from his family, he has come home to heal and find himself once again.
Lily is the typical "always tries to do the right thing" type of woman. Self sacrificing to the extent of putting her own dreams and heart aside so as not to hurt someone.
At first I wasn't sure I would be able to connect with her, usually Lily's type of character is a doormat, and I am not a fan of the doormat. But as I read on, I realized that wasn't the case. Lily is kind and nurturing. The problem is with the people who love her, taking advantage of that nature. Lily does allow it to extent because this is her family and no one wants to hurt their family. But underneath the kindness was a woman full of life and passion trying to somehow break free.
Ethan initially seemed to be your typical self serving, self rocking agenda kind of guy. Betrayed by the woman he thought he loved and trusted. The same woman who kept him from his family for 10 years, left him with barely the ability to breath. Ethan as it turns out is a trusting man who wants nothing more than to be loved and loved in return. His walls and rough exterior are there to protect him from the pain.
Ethan and Lily's meeting is by chance. They both end up looking at an apartment for rent, each with their own personal reasons. The meeting was hot and lustful. Yep, they had sex after knowing each other a minute but it was written so realistically, with so much passion that you believed it was possible.
That encounter sparked such an intensity and desire in both of them that they decide to keep meeting. The only catch, their meetings would remain anonymous. They wouldn't even tell each other their names. That was Ethan's idea. An idea fraught with the belief of keeping the reality out and just their lack of inhibitions and passion they would share in their own little created world.
With every encounter, yes there is a ton of sex in the story, something that normally does not appeal to me. But Amanda Black's writing just draws you in with each and every meeting because you learn so much about Ethan and Lily. There characters build with every encounter, they start to open up and learn about each other.
I found that to be a very intriguing concept. Normally steamy sex scenes are just that, scenes. Sometimes filler, sometimes a segue. In this case, it was the actual character development. I loved it.
Regardless of the anonymity and mystery, you got a clear picture of who these two are as well as their hopes, dreams, disappointments, and fears.
The story line was interwoven with so much happening in their realities, their paths constantly crossing that the feeling of trepidation was building.
You just knew something was going to happen to their little self created utopia.
And it did!!!
The story ends in a cliffhanger. Yes, I normally hate that too, BUT if the sneak peek at the first chapter of the sequel, "The Blank Canvas", is a hint of what's waiting for readers upon its release, the wait will be so worth it!!
Congratulations Amanda Black on a wonderful debut! Even though I have been your fangirl/stalker for years, The Apartment was beautifully written and I am thrilled for your success and know there will more amazing stories to come!
What if you found out that you actually have all those powers you've imagined and wished you had back when you were a child?
Wow! What a good read! I lWhat if you found out that you actually have all those powers you've imagined and wished you had back when you were a child?
Wow! What a good read! I love a story that truly tells you a story! T.M Franklin has become the newest addition to my authors I stalk list.
"T.M. Franklin's writing is magical. I was completely carried away and felt like I was there in the story watching everything unfold. Amazing color and texture with every word! Just good honest to goodness story telling!"
I made this statement after reading How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You and it holds true one again.
More is a paranormal adventure at it's finest interwoven with a powerful love story that captivated me from the very first sentence of the first chapter.
A story with twists and turns enveloped in a highly emotional roller coaster of events and action. Absolutely no lulls or breaks. From start to finish I was completely engrossed.
Right from the start, I was trying to figure out who Ava really was, what were those nightmares she was having about, and who was Caleb, or better yet, what was Caleb? Did he really care for her or was he sent there with a specific purpose? Could he be trusted?
And every time I thought I had a handle on who and what was going on, the author would pull the rug right out from under me and move in a different direction, leaving me to start my pondering all over again.
When the truth finally does comes out, with all the little pieces of the puzzle pulling together, I was still trying to figure things out. Even though there were many answers, there were still a ton of questions and the more answers I got it seemed, the more questions I had. Quite the circle of what is going on and do I trust it??
More is an elaborate story of discovery and love. The story line is multi layered. The secondary characters drove the plot with their own layers to be pondered as well.
T.M. Franklin certainly knows how to weave a story and keep you engaged. I truly adored this story and all the characters. Even the ones I wasn't sure about.
This is also an author who obviously knows and respects her readers. There is nothing better than a series where the books can stand on their own, where you are also satisfied with the ending, and you have the choice to continue because you want more. T.M. Franklin get's it.
Well that is truly the understatement of the century!
Once again T.M. Franklin hits it out of the park with her followAva's life is . . . complicated.
Well that is truly the understatement of the century!
Once again T.M. Franklin hits it out of the park with her follow up to More.
Dare I even say I loved it more than More??
Yes, I absolutely dare because WOWThe Guardians was just an AMAZING ride! I am still a little giddy thinking about it.
After all the drama, trauma, and heart stopping palpitations of More, we find Ava back at school, transitioning into her "new life" with the humans while the Council watches to make sure she stays quiet about the Race.
Ava and Caleb have come to understand and accept their feelings for one another, though Caleb is still holding back a bit, leaving Ava somewhat frustrated and confused. But their banter is still as lovable and infectious as always. Caleb continues to help Ava train and understand her gifts. All seems to be going along well, until Caleb starts acting distant and odd. Ava doesn't want to push not knowing what the issue really is but then Caleb is accused of betraying the Council by joining the Rogues. Caleb runs, and Tiernan is brought in to bring Caleb before the Council. Ava doesn't believe that Caleb has switched sides and convinces Tiernan to let her come along while he tracks down Caleb.
The story really takes off at this point and T.M. Franklin once again leads us down a path of twists and turns as well as not knowing who to really trust. I especially liked Ava and Tiernan's blossoming friendship. I think they had a mutual love/hate/respect for each other. They had quite the banter at certain times that was extremely amusing.
And while he scared the bajeepers out of me in More, in The Guardians, I really grew to like and trust him.
The author's ability to seamlessly introduce secondary characters just added to the pace and flow of the story. And even though their are a multitude of characters and story lines going on, I was not at no time lost or confused.
This is obviously a huge credit to the author's writing style, just again a big WOW.
I was again fully drawn into the author's world that I read this book in two evenings.
The multilayered story lines are nicely tied up with many answers held over from the first book, but still unsettled issues and questions exist leaving just enough questions and trepidation about the Rouges to leave you wanting more.
There is nothing better than a series moving along and getting better and better with each book.
Truly one of the best series I have read in a long time.
And....I am so HAPPY I have Twelve because I don't think I could have waited for what happens next to Ava and Caleb!!!
I LOVEDTwelve! It was the PERFECT ending to an AMAZING series.
Allow me a moment to rave about T.M. Franklin...
When More came out 2 years ago, I sawI LOVEDTwelve! It was the PERFECT ending to an AMAZING series.
Allow me a moment to rave about T.M. Franklin...
When More came out 2 years ago, I saw the reviews, the summary looked good, but I just never got around to it. I had read Windows, which was phenomenal, and then I read How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, loved it too. Then the cover reveal for Twelve came up and my curiosity was piqued once again and I remembered how much I liked the author's other stories I had read.
So I thought, why not? Let me give this trilogy a whirl.
Well, if I was flexible enough to give myself a kick in the butt, I would. The More Trilogy turned out to be one of my favorite series of the year.
T.M. Franklin's ability to create a believable supernatural world was amazing. I believed her world, so much so I am still trying to figure out how to "shift". I am positive I can do it.
The characterizations were flawless. The writing was crisp, impeccable, and just led you along like the Pied Piper. Secondary characters drove the story and were just as developed and grew right along with Ava and Caleb. The scenes flowed and segued one right after the other. A true sense of color, texture, and palpable words on every page. I have not one criticism. I am truly in awe of her talent.
Her writing is pure magic.
As for the story.
The ending was just at it should be, I was extremely pleased, but don't let that fool you. Twelve was action packed from start to finish. I was on edge the entire read. With every answer I got, new ones were created.
Trepidation to the highest power because I just wasn't sure who to trust let alone what would happen next! So many twists and turns were occurring that I was just vibrating from excitement.
The entire concept on "the Twelve" and how they came to be was a huge wow factor. It answered sooooo many questions that I had right from the start of the series, including who is Ava.
All answers were given as well as all loose ends to the huge puzzle of the More Trilogy were perfectly tied up.
A breathless and satisfying finale to a truly amazing series!
I am truly sad the series finished, but what a series! A must read for everyone!!
I am a very curious person by nature. I love hearing and reading about actual events and people, then googling to find out more when something has piqI am a very curious person by nature. I love hearing and reading about actual events and people, then googling to find out more when something has piqued my curiosity.
Not knowing the author, or anything he has written, Crosswinds was one of those stories that had me a little curious. The summary of the story doesn't give much information except that there is a meeting and apparently a conversation that takes place between Jack and Bobby, our characters.
Can an entire story be based upon a conversation between two people only? Can it hold my interest? Will I be invested? Am I going to care about the characters?
The answer is yes on all points.
Crosswinds is multiple stories within a story. Stories of a life's journey that has guided your path. Stories that hopefully one has seen the "signs" in their journey and has readily embraced and understood the "crosswinds" that occur in everyone's journey. Stories that this is your life and you only have one to live, don't waste it.
The story line in itself was simplistic. Bobby is a young sailor on his way to his first station when he is stranded in the airport during a storm. After sitting at the gate for 2 hours, bored out of his mind, and dying for a smoke, he ventures in to the airport bar to see if he can grub a cigarette. He spots Jack, an older man sitting at the bar.
This is where the story begins.
Jack happily obliges, offers Bobby the cigarette, and asks him if he believes in God. Definitely not the question Bobby was expecting nor really wants to talk about. But he sits down, and the two men start talking in general. Jack sensing Bobby is broke, as most young military men are, offers him a drink and food, knowing himself as a former sailor what it's like. Bobby accepts the random act of kindness, and again the conversation between the men continues.
The author's writing was flawless. Every story Jack told about himself easily was a segue way back in to the conversation leaving you thinking and wondering. Bobby was mesmerized and curious, as was I. Bobby also had doubts and questions which made for even more interesting conversations.
Jack's reason, his hope was to impart some wisdom on the younger man, to let him know it's OK when a crosswind occurs and that hopefully Bobby would embrace them, understand them, and learn fate is real and things happen for a reason.
The story ends with the men parting the next day after spending the evening in the airport and finally catching their flights and Bobby making a phone call I know I had hoped he would, but will have to wait for book 2 to see what happens.
Now this is a series, but the author ended the story in a way that you would be satisfied or you would want to continue. I love that. I am not a fan of series that "forces" you to continue. If I continue, it's because I want too. And I definitely want to!
I completely enjoyed this story. All the stories within the story had me intrigued and curious. Jack's life journey was a story of spirituality, and not of the overtly religious kind, but one of understanding why things happen, and there is always a reason when you are blown off course. The spirituality is one where you either except or you don't. Whether you understand or you don't.
Fascination is definitely a defining word for Jack. I was left with the understanding that maybe a different way of looking at occurrences can be good, that there is always a reason why things happen, even bad things have a reason and purpose.
Crosswinds is why I love to read and why it is one of my 2014 favorite reads.