Format: ebook Tissue warning: possible HEA: yes Triggers: war violence My reviewer rating: 5 out of 5 Recommend read: yes, this is good for middle school aFormat: ebook Tissue warning: possible HEA: yes Triggers: war violence My reviewer rating: 5 out of 5 Recommend read: yes, this is good for middle school and up, but not written so young that an adult, like me, can't enjoy. Release date: 2016/08/22
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I purchased because I got a free copy of book 2 and suspected that I would need to read this book 1 first. I was wrong, but I am still very glad to have purchased this ebook. It is a standalone; there is no cliffhanger. Book 2 builds off of the Extraordinaries, but not particularly the characters in this book. We're done following Elinor and Captain Ramsay at the end of this book.
I was slightly caught up and tripped up by the wording and style the author uses, but this is, in essence, a period piece so the writing is fitting; I just had to get used to it.
Elinor is an engaging character, looking to find herself away from the heavy hands of her father, who only wishes to marry her off to the most eligible bachelor in order to keep up the family name. Not wanting to follow this route, Elinor makes a sudden decision to join the royal navy and put her extraordinary gift of being a Scorcher to use. In this journey, Elinor is placed upon the Athena ship under the direction of Captain Miles Ramsay. Ramsay is also an extraordinary, a Mover.
Elinor's time on the Athena allows her to grow and develop into the person she truly wishes to be—useful and needed. The relationship with Elinor and Ramsay is certainly a slow development, but it is true and I believed it.
I wish the end didn't feel rushed to end, but I was not put off by it. I just didn't want it to end....more
I swear this series is just a series of novellas. Each a handful of chapters perfectly timed and spaced to addict the reader and, in tStill too short!
I swear this series is just a series of novellas. Each a handful of chapters perfectly timed and spaced to addict the reader and, in turn, piss them off be size we have to wait months for another few chapters. I'm not bitter. Nope. A little tart, but not bitter. I've said it for every book, and I will keep saying it. I can't wait for the next one. ...more
Format: ebook Tissue warning: No HEA: this is book 3 in a series—yes Triggers: paranormal violence My reviewer rating: 4 out of 5 Recommend read: yes, butFormat: ebook Tissue warning: No HEA: this is book 3 in a series—yes Triggers: paranormal violence My reviewer rating: 4 out of 5 Recommend read: yes, but definitely read the first two in the series before this Release date: March 7, 2017
Format: ebook Tissue warning: No HEA: it's book 2 in a series, so we're not done yet Triggers: described deaths, slight described violence, but not gore.Format: ebook Tissue warning: No HEA: it's book 2 in a series, so we're not done yet Triggers: described deaths, slight described violence, but not gore. My reviewer rating: 4 out of 5 Recommend to others: yes, but if you're like me, then wait for the series to be completed so you can read all at one time.
Format: ebook Tissue warning: Not in my opinion HEA: yes Triggers: parental abandonment My reviewer rating: 3.5 out of 5 Recommend to others: Yes; it's aFormat: ebook Tissue warning: Not in my opinion HEA: yes Triggers: parental abandonment My reviewer rating: 3.5 out of 5 Recommend to others: Yes; it's a nice, quick read.
So, alternating chapters between Jubilee (love the name) and Eric, we learn that Jubilee suffers from an allergy to people. She literally goes into anaphylactic shock at the simplest touch, even gets hives from wearing someone else's unwashed clothing. Jubilee's mother left Jubilee alone in their family home when she was a teenager in order to marry and live with her new husband. (This was hard to believe, considering the mom knew about her disorder and that Jubilee was a functioning agorophobe). Jubilee's mother ends up dying and her current husband calls Jubilee to let her know that her "allowance" to keep living in the walls of the house are going to be cut off and that she needs to find alternate means. Well, Jubilee seems to have none to difficult of a time finding a job, thanks to a high school acquaintance, and ends up working at the library...How convenient...Jubilee's disorder is believable enough, but how she overcomes her agoraphobia is unbelievable to me. I have a fear myself, and there's no way that I could be cured in less than a week. Anyhow, Jubilee meets Eric through his godson, who has some issues of his own, which I will not even delve into, because I can't relate at all. Eric seems okay enough to me, like a normal guy just going through the motions. Eric instantly is intrigued by Jubilee when he sees her and all her crazy hair, and why is she always wearing gloves? at the library. Eric makes it a point to be seen there more often than he would ever have in his lifetime, but it works out, because Aja (the godson) clicks with Jubilee because he believes she has superpowers, or that she's a mutant. spoiler: (view spoiler)[ Cue the right place at the right time hero in which Jubilee comes to Aja's rescue and almost kills herself in the process. Cue the cute interactions at the library. Cue the knight in shining armor offering the damsel rides home because she shouldn't be out at night by herself on her bicycle. Cue the guy leaves girl chapters. Cue the girl gets a miracle. Cue the guy just happens to run into the girl again after years of not seeing her, and she's cured, and she still loves him, and she'll drop everything to be with him—even her current boyfriend. (hide spoiler)] The problems I had with this story are it's so cliche. For a story that's so incredibly different from anything else I've ever read, this is so predictable, and slightly over the top. It'll make a good poolside read....more
Format: ebook Tissue warning: No HEA: sure Triggers: none My reviewer rating: 2 out of 5 Recommend to others: no, the writing is too disjointed and too maFormat: ebook Tissue warning: No HEA: sure Triggers: none My reviewer rating: 2 out of 5 Recommend to others: no, the writing is too disjointed and too many time hops....more
Format: ebook and protected PDF Tissue warning: No, unless you already are suffering a cold HEA: I'm sure Ms. Auslander will be doing spectacularly afteFormat: ebook and protected PDF Tissue warning: No, unless you already are suffering a cold HEA: I'm sure Ms. Auslander will be doing spectacularly after this publishes :) Triggers: everything is relatable My reviewer rating: 5 out of 5 Recommend to others: Yes, absolutely to everyone, and mostly to those with a sense of humor. Those with a stick up their you-know-what's may not appreciate this. Oh, and you must be a grownup. There are adult images, language, and situational mentions.
I feel equal parts ashamed, guilty, and relieved after reading this.
4.5 stars. It'd have been 5 stars if I didn't mind taking breaks from reading. But, all around, a great read. Be interesting to see what the next inst4.5 stars. It'd have been 5 stars if I didn't mind taking breaks from reading. But, all around, a great read. Be interesting to see what the next installment brings—if it continues to follow Millicent or if it goes a different path with Dannica....more
Finally got through it. All it took was skipping a lot of chapters. It was actually easier to follow when I stuck to 2 point of views.
To be fair in thFinally got through it. All it took was skipping a lot of chapters. It was actually easier to follow when I stuck to 2 point of views.
To be fair in this post, I will tell you that I skipped probably a third of the book. I got to 30% and nothing had happened really, so I skipped to around 60% and fell right in. Then I sort of only read Abi and Luke's point of views. The pacing in the story is so rapid, and you will go from day to day without even a page break. So, I can attune this to watching a soap opera. You can miss a few months—years even—and pick right back where you left off. Actually, a soap opera is a PERFECT example of how this novel reads. But there is less romance. A lot less romance.
I'll give the author an A for imagination and an interesting and unique plot, but I couldn't get into it. I got no love for these characters. I feel almost nothing. I was not engaged. Sylian was fascinating. Gavar was dark and lovely. Jenner was innocent, I guess. Abi had the potential to be a strong heroine. Luke . . . poor Luke. I don't even know how to categorize him besides used. Daisy is a charm, but she's got so little to do with anything either....more
The description sounds promising, right? I though so, too. I was excited to get to read this. But I was left flabbergasted and confused.
The author, SThe description sounds promising, right? I though so, too. I was excited to get to read this. But I was left flabbergasted and confused.
The author, Sue Lilley, brings us a tale of Grace, Dixie, and Sam, and the gardener, and Alexander. Yes, and, and, and. We are thought to believe that the story is going to follow Grace finding Sam, her long-time best friend and apparently one-night stand, to tell him about their secret love child. Well, we end up getting a story of Grace coming down to tell Sam and Dixie about Grace and Sam's love child, but the story goes awry.
Once Grace arrives at the home of Dixie (Grace's other best friend) and Sam and Dixie and Sam's son, she immediately draws her tail between her legs and chickens out on her admission. So, what does she do? Well, she flirts voraciously with the young gardener, Danny, goes shopping with Dixie, pep talks with Sam's son, shops some more, and keeps hiding her secret. We do learn, however, that Dixie is ridiculously jealous of Sam and Grace's friendship, Sam and Dixie are having marital issues, their son wants to be a musician, Grace really loves Alexander, and Danny is the most patient person on the planet to put up with this group of people.
These folks are a mess. A true mess. It's hard to follow this story line because it is just so out there, all over the place. I can't engage with any of the characters, honestly, and I thought this was about telling Sam her secret? That doesn't happen until the very, very end. I don't feel like anything was resolved, we don't get to see a relationship build with Grace, Sam, and their daughter. We get a different "twist" at the end, involving Alexander.
The story reads like a 10-year soap opera run mashed up into 26 chapters. There's just TOO MUCH going on. My head is spinning.
I don't even know who the couple is supposed to be on the book cover.
Danny is my only reprieve. I love him. He's awesome. He takes everything in stride and complete understanding.