*4.5 stars* LOSING IT, I admit, is one of those little guilty pleasures I let myself indulge in once in awhile to take a break from all the PNR/UFs th...more*4.5 stars* LOSING IT, I admit, is one of those little guilty pleasures I let myself indulge in once in awhile to take a break from all the PNR/UFs that I normally read. I usually like my romances interlaced with some crazy action going on, but sometimes, a girl just needs a nice, clean and sweet romance to curl her toes and accompany her to the beach. Ok, I admit, it was the cover that first attracted me. I mean, look at that, that that..that.. Handsome male specimen alert~
LOSING IT wouldn't really be a guilty read, seeing as it is still within the premises of the YA genre, just with a little sexual content in it. Looking at that synopsis, you'd think that there'd be tons of pages on Bliss Edwards having some mind-blowing horizontal tango, but no, fortunately or unfortunately (haha). Well, I thought that little in this case was really good; It was still intense, but slow, sweet and romannnnnntik. It is YA also because the plot was rather simplistic and it just lacked the dark and dirty element of eroticas/adult romance novels.
I won't go much into a summary of the book, cause what you see in the synopsis is pretty much what you'll get, and since this is a pretty short novel I don't want to spoiler it to much. It's basically Bliss Edwards (lead girl) still having her V-card which her best friend thought was totally not natural, so naturally, she saw fit to take Bliss to this high end club immediately to hook up with a guy and have a one-night stand. Just when she thought the night would be as futile as any other nights in the past, she may just have stumbled upon her happy ever after... Literally!
Let's go into the characters first, shall we? Let's see, who do we start with......hmm...... Let's start with Garrick Taylor. OMG GARRICK. He has this certain similarity to Christian Grey but more realistic. No troubled, dark past, not as intense (come on, who can be as intense as Grey?) or overbearing, and wealth is totally out of the question. Garrick just graduated from the college Bliss is at and is working as an actor somewhere in Philadelphia when Bliss' school's stage director called on Garrick and offered him a job as an instructor in their school, being one of the best students when he was still there. I won't say much on how Bliss and him met and their subsequent encounters and all cause I really enjoyed slowly savoring every one of them and I don't want to spoil it for you. But the embarrassment when Garrick walked into class and was introduced as their new acting teacher-instructor... That scene was priceless! Carmack described it so well I could totally see the scene unfolding in my head and laugh with sadistic glee, anticipating the embarrassment when Bliss recognized him as the man she'd left naked on her bed a mere few hours ago and all that tension (both sexual and non-sexual). Oh, and did I mention that Garrick has a British accent? Yeah, and I'll leave you to find out every sexy piece of him yourself.
Bliss was a really witty character, so full of emotions and life, and also clumsily cute! She's conservative, she mature, and she's sooooo funny when she rambles and crazy-talks. The side characters were well-developed too, all having their own distinct personalities.
One of my only grievances about this book is not explaining what "mono" was. Some STD, I think. It might be a slang from somewhere (America, perhaps?), but I didn't, and still don't, know what it was.
LOSING IT made for an easy read, and it has one of my favorite endings! It'll make any reader smile. Seriously, this is such a fun and addictive book with humor and romance that is sometimes intensely sexy and others heartwarmingly sweet. I'd recommend this to any fans of YA contemporary romance!
P.S. Carmack's biography at the back of the book's kinda cool too! Haha here's just a portion of it:
“She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too.” (Ditto!)(less)
*4.5 stars* This glimpse back into Ash's, Meghan's, Puck's, Grimalkin's, heck even Glitch's life...WAS AWESOME. Satisfying yet it fed my unending hung...more*4.5 stars* This glimpse back into Ash's, Meghan's, Puck's, Grimalkin's, heck even Glitch's life...WAS AWESOME. Satisfying yet it fed my unending hunger for more of this magical and enchanting world of faery. Oh man, I sound like a drug junkie fresh from rehab.
Being able to see the revamped Mag Tureidh, court of the Iron Fey and Meghan and Ash's home was so heartwarming, seeing Beau and Razor and the other gremlins play together and making all that ruckus. We got to see Ash in all his former Ice Prince glory (don't worry, Ash still has his swag, his powers and that icy aloofness that we all love) but with a little more emotions when he's alone with Meghan, Puck came back after very funny adventures in the human world (wait till you hear them!), Grim with his "I am a cat" and all, and Meghan. Meghan! She showed those boys some girl, Summer-Iron, power!
Even in such a short novella, Kagawa has the skill to completely suck me into her vivid and imaginative world full of hauntingly beautiful places and a simple yet eventful plot filled with action, humor and an easy friendship between 4 very memorable characters. If you're a Kagawa fan, you don't want to miss this final novella to the Iron Fey series! I swear, every page, just like any of her other books, is worth 5 golden stars.
P.S. I'm not sure I'm going to pick The Lost Prince up (though I am a HUGE fan of the Iron Fey series), cause... I'm just disgruntled that it's not in Meghan's POV anymore. :( And the synopsis and reviews just doesn't seem that interesting anymore.(less)
*3.5 stars* A fast, enjoyable read with a little mystery, romance, and the typical band of powerful, deadly, badass brothers trying to keep a world on...more*3.5 stars* A fast, enjoyable read with a little mystery, romance, and the typical band of powerful, deadly, badass brothers trying to keep a world on the brink of war on all sides with the witches, demons, and shifters.
*3.5 stars* MY LADY MAGE was a very nice blend of High Fantasy and Romance. There was a development of plot where we were initially plunged directly i...more*3.5 stars* MY LADY MAGE was a very nice blend of High Fantasy and Romance. There was a development of plot where we were initially plunged directly into the fear that Merewen constantly lives with, and how she found her way to the river where she could summon the warriors of the mist.
Just a brief summary of the story (a little more detailed than the official synopsis which might contain spoilers):
(view spoiler)[In times of dire need, when a person deemed worthy by the gods stands beside the lake and summons the legendary Damned warriors of the mist, six champions will rise up and help rid the world of its evil. It has been centuries since the last time the gods have granted a request.
An evil has been growing in the heart of Agathia, but bringing it closer to home for our protagonist, Merewen, daughter of the recently-deceased Lord of a keep a few days ride from the capital of Agathia, her keep isn't in good shape at all under the government of her uncle, the new lord of the keep. Her uncle is a selfish ruler, a cruel husband, and just inherently a cold man who enjoys watching his subjects squirm and cower in fear or pain, or both. It is a bad time for Merewen and her people, and in the dusty tomes of her father's rather expansive library collection, she stumbles upon an ancient spell to summon help from the river.
Captain Gideon and his men has been asleep in the cold, winter river for many centuries and only been slightly jolted awake a few times by failed summons, however, this time his gods are allowing them to rise up from their sleep and allowed time on land for three months. Three months to feel the sunshine on their face and smell the scents of fresh grass - and to rid the land of an evil far larger in scale than just Merewen's uncle. If the warriors fail, him, his men and Merewen would have to spend the rest of eternity wandering the cold depths of the Afterlife together. Gideon has enough on his mind so far, but add in to his plate is a brash but kind, loyal and sweet woman who has opened his heart up after all these lonely centuries... (hide spoiler)]
MY LADY MAGE was an enjoyable read, very relaxing and engaging, however, it is quite a typical High Fantasy novel plot-wise, and the romance was ummm...it could have been developed a little more. I mean, where's the sexual tension and suspense? Not that I'm against the attraction at first sight stuff, but I would've preferred if it was dragged out a little more, and if they didn't started kissing and all quite so soon after they met.
The characters were lovable! Merewen was the usual courageous and headstrong heroine now commonly found in High Fantasies and more often than not, Urban Fantasies and Paranormal Romances, even Contemporary and Historical fictions; Gideon and his men were very, VERY similar to the dudes in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward! Especially Kane! Kane was the ultimate doppelganger of Zsadist, I swear! With that dark mage mark on his cheek, that mysterious, you-mess-with-me-and-I'll-skin-you-alive-dice-you-into-pieces bad boy thing going on. He's cool. And add to that, each of the warriors had an avatar that can be called to life from their shields, which were animals that could form a mental link with each of the warriors. All the avatars had a personality of their own which was very endearing. And of course, Kane had the coolest avatar. (view spoiler)[A GARGOYLE!! *swoon* haha (hide spoiler)]
Morgan was writing mainly in the selective third person POV, but often switching from one character to another. It was mainly Merewen's and Gideon's, but she does switch to the other warriors' and Alina's (Lady of the keep) and even Fagan's, Merewen's evil uncle. It didn't get confusing at all throughout the entire novel and I thought that that spoke a lot about Morgan's stellar writing style.
Overall, I thought that MY LADY MAGE was a light and enjoyable read, some quite-intense fights here and there (not reaaaaally considered battles), and a few intimate scenes, and the building of an even greater plot up ahead in the following sequels. It wasn't as intense as I first expected it to be, that's why I didn't give it 4 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** This fourth instalment didn't quite make the cut for me. It basically revolved around 3 main focal points - Rose going to Russia to...more**spoiler alert** This fourth instalment didn't quite make the cut for me. It basically revolved around 3 main focal points - Rose going to Russia to find her newly-dead-undead-Strigoi lover, one sexy Dmitri Belikov, meeting him and being his captive, then escaping and returning to her best friend, Vasilissa Dragomir, at the St. Vladimir's Academy.
It wasn't so much of her going to Russia because the story started out with her already being there for a few days, going to places that Moroi and dhamphirs will go to where she tries to find out the location of Dmitri's hometown, Omsk, Siberia (or something). She has this hunch that tells her she'll find Dmitri at his old home. There, she meets an assortment of people - Dmitri's simple, loving family, including his eccentric, all-too-knowing, future-dreaming grandma (who was unexpectedly endearing), and Abe, a Moroi mobster leader.
To me, it was rather dull and uneventful for the most part of the book. The only kick I got out of the entire 503 pages was the ending where Rose got into this epic showdown with Dmitri. That one was SWEETE action! It didn't happen at just one scene. There was the initial attack, then the chase and another fight, and in between those were the heartbreaking dialogues that they had. Even though Rose was being the usual mean, haughty, arrogant bitch to Adrian throughout the book whenever he visited her in her dreams - after which, I feel obliged to add, she so lowly used her non-existent feminine charms to extort money from him to fund her mini escapade into the land of the mafias - my heart really went out to her at the end. It was heartwrenching, to say the least, to look at how far gone Dmitri was. How cold, calculating and menacing he became.
There was this scene where after everything Adrian's done to Rose, she still called him "silly, shallow, party-boy Adrian" and I just about exploded. Seriously? I mean, seriously?? He's done all he can to help her and that's all she has to say? And it's not like she doesn't know why he partakes in such vices! His reasons are as legitimate as they come! IMO, that is. And only after Adrian started showing some interests in this new girl at campus (through Lissa's eyes as Rose is AWOL in mafia land) that she started to realise just how much she's come to like him. Talk about missing something when it's gone...
I have rooted for Dmitri all this while, and while I do still support him as love interest, being a cold, dead being would sort of debilitate that passion, y'get what I mean? I do like Adrian, and the more he gets the spotlight, the more depth you see in him, the more I think I'm swaying over to Team Adrian. Furthermore, he isn't without his charms, too. So, yeah, hard as it seems, I think I'm swaying over to Team Adrian. I'm still clear on Team Dimka, just not so far into that territory anymore. ;P
I felt that Mead dragged this one out too much this time, and I was wishing quite fervently for the end to come. Really, I think the first three-quarters or thereabout was spent dedicated to Rose's agonizingly slow search for Dmitri; A.k.a? This book didn't warrant a whopping 503 pages. Not to say that Blood Promise wasn't good, it just wasn't as gripping a novel as its 3 predecessors. I'm still very interested in finding out what happens next though, so yes, I'm still quite mad about this series, but hoping that the pace will increase in the final two novels of this oddly addictive YA vamp romance series!(less)
*3.5 stars* Frostbite didn't fail to deliver! Vampire Academy was quite a good start to a series, and Frostbite had the same amount of danger and acti...more*3.5 stars* Frostbite didn't fail to deliver! Vampire Academy was quite a good start to a series, and Frostbite had the same amount of danger and action that VA had, more intense emotions, heartbreaks and heartaches, more secondary characters and love rivals and interests come into play! I won't peg this as one of my favourite series, but there's just this something that makes it so addictive. I'm literally gobbling this series up one book per day! Which is seriously jeopardizing my exams tomorrow, but that's just it! It's too, goddamned addictive. (Sorry for the language.)
Might be Dmitri, might be the new hot guy in town, Adrian, might be how Rose knows how to kick some serious ass, might be how Rose's mom is THE coolest female dhamphir guardian in this era and she's now in the picture, might be...... As you can see, this book is packed with SO MANY awesome factors, so yes, it was a thrilling and gripping novel. In this cliched, vampire-novel kind of way. You might think this is a good thing, or bad, depends on how you see it. But now, there's no time to lose; I'm off to reading the next book, Shadow Kiss! ;)
P.S. For those who read my reviews regularly, I'm not going to be writing any full length reviews for quite some time cause Junior College life in Singapore is hardcore to the max. No time to do anything but MUG. Means studying and cramming over here, by the way.(less)
This series just keeps getting better and better! Shadow Kiss started off with a BAM, literally, and it only gets dull once in awhile. But most of the...moreThis series just keeps getting better and better! Shadow Kiss started off with a BAM, literally, and it only gets dull once in awhile. But most of the time, it's action after mystery after thrilling romance after action. Rose is facing more problems with her bond with Lissa, more problems then she'd at first anticipated, and her relationship with Dmitri isn't getting any better. With Adrian thrown into the mix and a ghost Mason appearing, distracting her during her field experience where she and the other dhamphir novices are assigned a Moroi to protect and their teacher guardians will act as Strigoi, attack them and grade them according to their responses for six months? Ross's life at St. Vladimir's Academy isn't what she'd call smooth.
Outside of the Academy, things are stirring awake, and the Strigoi are banding together. This has never happened before, and their planning something big this time. Something that may change the Moroi world forever. And zooming in closer to home, something that may alter Rose's world forever. Can Rose and Dmitri survive the onslaught of problems being thrown at them? Can they survive the looming Strigoi army that is banding together?
You know, usually in this type of cases, the answer will be yes, they will be able to survive. But this is where Shadow Kiss is different. I'm just going to be upfront with all this and say that no, they didn't. Not totally unscathed at least. I wasn't caught totally off-guard though, since I'm a spoiler fan (don't flame me. It's just who I am. :P) and ran off to read spoiler reviews before I even started on the book, but still.
As per VA and Frostbite, the side characters, mainly Eddie, Alberta, and Rose's other friends (and enemies), took on more proactive roles this time; Eddie especially. He was loyal, dedicated, and he matured into such a badass guardian! But when Lissa asked if he would like to date Rose, he actually blushed a little shyly and said no. It was mainly because Mason, Eddie's best friend who had a major crush on Rose and the one who died only recently because of their little misadventure and run-in with some Strigoi, was Rose's boyfriend.
If there wasn't a continuation, I would've been flaming this book and giving it an altogether different kind of rating, but seeing as it isn't, well, I'm going off to read some spoiler reviews for Blood Promise and reading it soon. But before that, I'd like to point out one really promising thing about Mead: Mead doesn't employ cliffhangers in her novels. Not a major one, at least. She does tie things up nicely, but there's just this one small tidbit that keeps you clinging on to this series desperately, like an addict (I think it's safe to say that I am currently addicted to VA), just wanting a little more of VA, inside anxious to find out what's going to happen next. I think that some authors end their novels with cliffhangers is to ensure that their readers will continue patronising the series most of the time. It's frustrating and unnecessary. I mean, why the insecurity? That's why I liked Shadow Kiss. The end is where Rose is all set to leave the Academy for good cause it's her eighteenth bithday. But as I've said, it's won't be a happy eighteenth birthday. It's such a tease! But it doesn't frustrate because it's not really a cliffhanger!
A great read! The stakes just keeps rising and you're going to want to have book 4, Blood Promise, on hand before you read Shadow Kiss!
P.S. I kept thinking about what the Moroi Queen, Tatiana, told Rose at the end of Frostbite, and the more I think about it, the more angry I get for Rose! Tatiana's CRAZY! Haha, ok, end of random rant.(less)
*4.5 stars* Valek didn't have any spotlight moments in the front three-quarters of Fire Study, regrettably. But the action was good, plot was thick, a...more*4.5 stars* Valek didn't have any spotlight moments in the front three-quarters of Fire Study, regrettably. But the action was good, plot was thick, and the ending was super sweet!! Totally made up for the lack of romance at the start. :D
This was oddly addictive! I finished MS in less than half a day, and it just completely sucked me into the intriguing world of spies, magic, mystery,...moreThis was oddly addictive! I finished MS in less than half a day, and it just completely sucked me into the intriguing world of spies, magic, mystery, comradeship, and of course, more sweet moments between Valek and Yelena. You can never get enough of those two. ;)
Liked it a lot more than its predecessor, Poison Study; Guess it has something to do with all the world-building Snyder had to do in book 1.
I will not rate this book because I'm really at a loss at what to say about this book. This was another case of Cover-Na...more*This is a rant, not a review*
I will not rate this book because I'm really at a loss at what to say about this book. This was another case of Cover-Nap! I was so taken in by the cover and the premise of this book that I forgoed reading all the reviews that warned me about Brewer's writing style. I will not condemn her writing or anything, but I have to say that it just didn't sit well with me. The romance was too instantaneous and ridiculous that it bordered on absurdity.
The plot and action at the start was very promising and the potential of the book just about shone through, but when the indifferent and crazy headmaster and ridiculous love interest showed up, everything just went downhill. Plus another character that was CLEARLY hundred percent (plus chop and sticker) the person who would complete the love triangle appearing even though Brewer did attempt to sidetrack us by making Kaya and him quarrel to much and even though I haven't read to the where the love triangle is actually formed... No, just no, YA love triangles are really not my thing.
I have tried to continue reading, but I've decided to put this on my Did-Not-Finish pile.(less)
A smashing ending to an amazing arc! I'm so glad I got to read all 5 books in one go, and even happier that there will be another few books...more*4.5 stars*
A smashing ending to an amazing arc! I'm so glad I got to read all 5 books in one go, and even happier that there will be another few books for Mac and Barrons. More like jumping for joy. Haha, can never get enough of those two.
Review to come, but I can assure you that THIS, is one of the best endings I've ever seen. Moning managed to tie all our questions and all the loops up in ~600 pages. Loved it!(less)
Let me endeavour to describe the intensity that is Faefever - I was literally so engrossed in the book that not only did I l...moreNot for the faint-hearted.
Let me endeavour to describe the intensity that is Faefever - I was literally so engrossed in the book that not only did I lost track of time, when Faefever ended, I started Dreamfever immediately, like a reflex, and now I'm already one-fifth of my way through cause I couldn't stand to tear my attention away long enough to log on to Goodreads. I can't remember where Faefever ended and Dreamfever started. I have some questions of my own, but I'm just such an incoherent mess now that I don't think I'm up to task to write this review. But I'm mighty sure on one thing - this series just keeps getting better and better, more intense and scarier, bigger and a hell lot more of action, deception, complex games of cat and mouse.
I finished this in two sittings; Two and not one because I had classes and lectures to attend.
I strongly advise you to get ahold of Dreamfever first before you get started on Faefever. I was so glad I did.
It definitely had action, but a little less than what I was expecting. I really loved the fact that the heroine, Celaena Sardothien, w...more*Quickie Review*
It definitely had action, but a little less than what I was expecting. I really loved the fact that the heroine, Celaena Sardothien, was THE most renowned assassin - she braved the most feared death camp in Erilea, Endovier, when she was just seventeen. But after being offered a deal with the King by Prince Dorian, the not very beloved son of the King but heir to the throne, she accepts to challenge the rogues and thieves that will be the other champions of other people in power to fight for the position of King's Champion, after which, she will be granted freedom after four years of loyal service.
Celaena's love affair in the castle, though not unexpected, was pretty too YA-ish, in my opinion. It was a little over-the-top sometimes; I would've preferred something a little more subtle. I was actually rooting for another person for her to fall in love with! But worry not, my fellow bookies, I am quite sure that she will fall for him eventually! (As in in the following instalments)
The plot was rather simplistic, but filled with mythical monsters and ancient magic that even Erilea's most feared assassin will need help from very unlikely places.
Throne of Glass is a light, YA Fantasy read that is quickly gaining popularity. While it did not really meet my expectations, I'd still recommend YA Fantasy-lovers to give TOG a shot.(less)
It is either the pace of this book was dull, or I'm just generally not that into Dystopian novels... God knows, I've not rated any of the Dystopian no...moreIt is either the pace of this book was dull, or I'm just generally not that into Dystopian novels... God knows, I've not rated any of the Dystopian novels I've read higher than a 3. Not one that I can remember, that is.
It's been 13 days since I started this book, and for me to have taken this long to get to the three-quarters mark...
Shall not rate this book since there is potential, but it's going to be a DNF for now.
Wolff is one talented and imaginatively sadistic author; BLOOD FEVER had so much more bloodshed, action and, not surprisingly, romance! (Carden!! GAH!...moreWolff is one talented and imaginatively sadistic author; BLOOD FEVER had so much more bloodshed, action and, not surprisingly, romance! (Carden!! GAH!) Everything was back more intense, and the storyline was a little more complex with a confuddling riddle at the end!
Drew is back at the Isle of Night after her hard-won mission with Alcantara, at which one mysteriously attractive Carden McCloud was rescued. Drew's having a tough time dealing with the bond that she unknowingly forged with McCloud, craving for him and his blood and all, plus the newest assignment that the vampires dumped onto her - to ensure the safety of her new roommate, Mei-Ling. There's something a little off with Mei, not in the psychopathic-pyromaniac way that her previous roommate Lilac was, but Mei didn't come to the Isle of Night willingly. Not like Drew or the rest of the Acaris that were outcasts in society. Thing is, Mei isn't even an outcast in society with a family that wouldn't miss her even if she were gone. She had a loving family and a loyal boyfriend. Mei was abducted. But why? The only thing that Mei have in common with the she-wolves at the Isle of Night is that she has a gift, a very peculiar and dangerous gift that the vampires are interested about. Mei's good at playing musical instruments, and Drew's going to find that out what's so special about it.
Also going on at the Isle of Night are strange killings that are happening around the island. Random people are turning up exsanguinated and nobody knows the how and why. And the Directorate seems to think that Carden's the culprit.
So, on top of finding out why the vampires are so interested in Mei, Drew's got to protect her from Masha, the other Guidons and Acaris AND protect her own hide from her hate club at the island (which surprisingly has a huge fan base) AND figure out the nitty gritty of her bond with Carden AND clear his name to save him from a possible public staking.
I love all those private moments between her and Carden. They're reaaaally sweet together. But what makes this book different from its predecessors is the amount of bloodshed! I'm still reeling from all the fights that Drew had been pitted through in BLOOD FEVER! Especially at the end. It was one fight after another after another traumatic accident. More, much, much more people are going to die and when they do, a new mystery pops up and Drew's in deep enough that she's going to figure it all out.
This series gets more and more interesting and intense that once you pick ISLE OF NIGHT up, you know you're a goner till the series ends. This Watchers series is similar to The Hunger Games series, but in my opinion, better and much more intriguing. Gripping till the end! Can't wait till next June for the next and fourth instalment in the series, THE KEEP (which, very aptly, is the new mystery that Drew has to solve. (view spoiler)[Is it where all the dead girls are brought?? OH MAN, I can't wait to read it!!! (hide spoiler)]).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Kitty Thomas' books are always so psychologically thrilling and disturbing, and after reading other readers' reviews, I feel so disturbed. But can you...moreKitty Thomas' books are always so psychologically thrilling and disturbing, and after reading other readers' reviews, I feel so disturbed. But can you fault me for wanting to read The Last Girl? Hmm, a girl do need her secret, guilty pleasures once in awhile. :P
*3.5 stars* What is the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the cover? My first thoughts were: Surreally mysterious and darkly sensual. I'm a girl who likes a dark erotica once in awhile and am entitled to my occassional guilty pleasures, and I think my erotica side was more dominating at the time, so after reading the synopsis, I was hell-bent on getting a copy of THE LAST GIRL. I went straight to Thomas' website, found her contact list and requested a copy. She generously gave one to me, and after that, I signed up for THE LAST GIRL's tour when the sign ups were up.
THE LAST GIRL holds a certain similarity to COMFORT FOOD, Thomas' very first novella and another dark erotica. Both were deeply disturbing and highly, well, stimulating, but I have to say that THE LAST GIRL captivated me more.
My Summary (a.k.a. SPOILERS!) The story's almost exactly as the synopsis portrays it to be - Julia was thirteen years old when her house was broken into. Her parents were out, and Julia was home alone. She hid in her cupboard and hoped that the burglars would steal what they would and just leave her alone. Unharmed. Unscathed. Unseen. But what she didn't expect was for those very burglars be able to smell and sense her out. The cupboard door opens but she doesn't open her eyes. She pleads for her life, saying that she hadn't seen them, and she wouldn't rat them out if they would just let her live. One of them, a male, spares her. Something about him calms her. And after some time, they left.
Julia has been living with the same nightmare where the male burglar would somehow come back for her six years after the incident. And of course come back he did.
Christian has been alive since before the 14th century. He's taken many women as pets, but he ends up killing all of them in the process. Or they end up killing themselves. Either way. He's been abstaining from getting another one, but this one's too hard to resist. Since the time he saw her, eyes shut tight and compliant, he couldn't stop thinking about taking her. But the time is not right yet. He will bid his time until the moment she is ripe and for the reaping to come to make his presence in front of her again.
He's determined to keep this one alive, but how can he? When he is the lion and she the lamb? When his blood lust keeps trying to take control?
My Thoughts I thought that the romance and plot of the book moved a little too fast that it bordered on impracticality sometimes, but most of the other times, I thought it was good and comfortable. It got confusing sometimes too, but Thomas seemed to have address those few points in the book. For example, Christian was lost in his blood lust once and was killing Julia when all of a sudden, he snapped out of it and says, "I think I love you." And I went, "okayyyy". Julia went on to reminisce about the time when she read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, feeling cynical about the possibilities of true love developing over only a short time, and that now she finally gets it. Only those who went through the torturous yet wonderful process will understand its magic and complexity. Well, that's one way to solve the problem. Even though it wasn't as much of an explanation, she did tie up all the loose ends in this book, and for that I thought that it was a job well done.
Also because TLG is a novella, the originally goody-two-shoes Julia had her inhibitions about "public displays" stripped away rather quickly. It happened in this club that catered to patrons with more extreme sexual needs (think BDSM), where hypnotic, erotic electronica plays in the background that soothes away your fears and throbs and "envelopes [her] like a primal scream as [they, meaning Julia and Christian] step into manufactured fog". I've never heard of music that could turn people horny, but I'll keep a lookout for that and give Julia the benefit of the doubt in the mean time. But anyway, the other patrons there are enough to give the sexually-charged atmosphere, so it was pretty, well, lascivious.
I loved the vivid descriptions that Thomas wrote. She has this way of writing that can paint a clear scene in my head.
Christian was a damn fine hero-villain to the story, mostly. He was the dark, mysterious, powerful, ancient, handsome, commanding (maybe a little too commanding sometimes) vampire that I prefer, it was just sometimes he wasn't as brooding and person-of-little-words as was my personal ideal. But still, I still liked the way he was with Julia - caring and tender at times, and domineering and sexy in others.
I think that all of Thomas' books have their own specialty and unique feature about them. In COMFORT FOOD it was the psychological play that she did on the readers and heroine's mind, in this it was the haunting past that connected her to a vampire obsessed with her. Someone who had so much power over her, and someone who stalked her and knew everything about her for years. Someone who was as much looking out for her as preventing her from being touched by other males.
It did get boring at one part where I almost stopped reading the book, but after that the pace picked up, and I couldn't stop reading it. I'd recommend this to fans of dark erotica and BDSM.(less)
FIRE BAPTIZED was an unexpectedly captivating novel! I haven't been enjoying the books that are provided for...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
FIRE BAPTIZED was an unexpectedly captivating novel! I haven't been enjoying the books that are provided for the blog tours that I've signed up for for the past few months, so I wasn't expecting much from FB initially and was even a little prejudiced toward it at the start, somehow convincing myself at page 2 that I will not like the book. But imagine my shock when, as I continued flipping its pages, the flippin' got faster and faster, and I just had to finish it in one sitting (I did it in two, actually, because I still need my beauty sleeps at night:P).
Lanore Simone Vesta is a Mixie, a mixbreed with both Fairy and Demon blood within her, who can create and manipulate fire with any part of her body. She lives with a childhood friend and past lover, MeShack. He happens to also be a Were-leopard. A really protective, possessive, and ultra hot one.
Lanore is part of the Mixbreeds For Equality (MFE), a revolutionary group that aims to fight for the rights of Mixies who are looked down upon by both the Humans and Supernaturals (Supes) which is headed by Zulu, Lanore's current lover and an alpha-male Mixie who has the connections and wealth.
The Supernaturals and Mixbreeds live in the Habitat, where there is a boundary that they cannot cross. It's not a bad world, with proper schools, universities, clubs and such, but when Lanore stumbles upon a live murder scene one day, she becomes a target of a serial killer with a fetish for draping the crime scene with the victim's decorated body parts. But what if the serial killer isn't just dismembering random passers-by? What if, there was a pattern and a purpose to all these killings?
Not only must Lanore solve these issues and handle MFE matters, she must also deal with the emotional confusion that is Zulu and MeShack, two very hot-headed and sexy half-Shifters...
I was honestly hooked to FB while I was reading it, and felt so sorry when the epilogue came up. I even chanced reading it in class! There was that steamy hot love triangle that I was seriously not expecting, and a complicated murder case that was mind-blowing. The suspense was intense, and the plot scared me a little for awhile, and I LOVED it.
Lanore's a very cool heroine. She's just the right amount of kickass and feminine; She sticks up for herself, fights her own battles, but when things got real bad and horrific, she did lose it for awhile, and had to be taken care of by the boys, but that all just made her seem all the more real and....well, cool! MeShack and Zulu too. I thought that their names were so odd when I first read about them, but it didn't matter anymore as I got to know them. They. Were. HOT. Haha, and so protective, possessive, romantic, cheeky, hot-tempered, testosterone-y, and sexy.
I liked Kenya's writing style too - the plot flowed smoothly and the scenes were illustrated vividly. The murder scenes were portrayed in all their gory detail which did gross me out quite badly, and it truly seemed like a horror story at one point. But that just goes to show how truly well FB was planned and written. Lanore was becoming obsessed with finding the murderer as it was becoming clear that she was going to be one of the next victims, and I was as confused as she was while she was still trying to solve the case. But when the big revelation came, you would go, "Why didn't I make the connection?!" It was so shocking, and I couldn't, for the life of me, have guessed who the bigass mastermind was! That part was fantastically well done.
I'd recommend FIRE BAPTIZED to fans of Paranormal Romance and Mystery/Thrillers. I'm so glad I took this tour up, and I'm anxiously awaiting for book 2, THE BURNING BUSH.(less)
*2.5 stars* I thought that THE GUARDIAN'S WILDCHILD was a very philosophical and mature Dystopian novel - fu...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
*2.5 stars* I thought that THE GUARDIAN'S WILDCHILD was a very philosophical and mature Dystopian novel - full of moral righteousness and teachings. I'm not a big fan of Dystopian stories, but when the synopsis told of a love story amidst military disputes and harsh conditions, being the romance-junky that I was, I decided to give it a try.
The world is slowly falling into ruin, but only Hawk's Island remains to be inhabited by long-extinct flora and fauna, and this is where the Guardians reside. It was said that everyone on the planet was once a Guardian, but that evil, greed, and ambition has infiltrated the hearts of many that they lose their connection to their spirit guide and conscience. Hope is not all lost though, many outside of Hawk's Island have not lost their powers completely, and are merely Sleeping. The Guardian's sole mission is to awaken said Sleeping Guardians, and teach them of the higher purpose.
Sidney and Danik Davenport, orphaned siblings who came into the care of the Guardians on Hawk's Island, where only the hearts who seek the higher good are permitted entrance. As they grew older and learned the ways of the Guardian, using the mind to unlock doors and for telekinesis and telepathy, they left the sanctuary of their home and began to hold singing performances around the world to spread the Guardian's word. However, not everyone supports this type of talk of freedom and such, especially not the military commanders who control the population.
And even within the military ranks, high ranking generals and an outside connection have been secretly researching on a source of power so great, that even the Guardians back at Hawk's Island have been given a vision that was a result of them unleashing that power. A vision of a barren world.
Sidney and Danik was told of a plan to stop this, but Sidney was captured by one Captain Samaru Waterhouse, who is a husk of a man after his wife died and his children taken from him. But as they got to know each other, Sam's icy heart begins to thaw, and together, can they stop the destruction of the world?
The beginning of the book was rather dull, and I have to say, info-dumping is seriously overrated. Why can't you just tell it in the narrative way like how a novel is supposed to be written? I was excited initially to get started on TGW, but my enthusiasm was sadly doused quickly. The pace was slow, but it did pick up after the middle, and then there was that climax at the end! There was a battle that our protagonists barely scraped through, one didn't though, but that is for a later paragraph to elaborate on. It was quite epic, and was what saved the rating. Kind of.
Sidney was too.....mature/philosophical. Not that it was a bad thing, but you don't go around telling your friends, "Trust in your heart and the higher good." Y'know? It's just not natural. But she was brave, and very courageous, that I'll give credit. She's also really innocent too. For some reason, I thought that her saying "dust bunnies" was real cute. As for Sam, he's a family guy, and for the better part of the book, he was set on betraying Sidney to get his boys out of his enemy's grip. I didn't like that about him, not that his actions were unjustified, I just couldn't stand a man who would sacrifice a defenseless woman. But he still protected Sidney in the end, so he redeemed himself in my eyes. :P Haha, and yes, since he is a man in uniform, he is also hot and handsome.
TGW is written in shifting POVs - starting mostly with Sidney's, then as the story progressed, it was more of Sam's head we're privy to. Another thing that I'm not a big fan of, and that's selective third person or shifting first persons. I've said this in quite a lot of my reviews that this sucks out a lot of the suspense and mystery for the novel, revealing quite so much of the other parties, and I like it when I can relate with that one heroine/hero (mostly heroines cause well, I am a girl) instead of a multitude of other people's thoughts. I like to guess what the other party's true intentions are, what they are thinking, and stuff like that that keeps me wondering. I mean, what if the the other party is one of the bad guy? Then wouldn't divulging that at the start kill the surprise?
Other than the points above, I liked the ending battle. It was a long and hard-fought one, and one that was quite amazing and fantastic. The tables turned so suddenly, and it all progressed so fast that the pages were turning of their own accord, I swear!
And now we come to the aforementioned one-of-the-characters-died part which is probably the one that I liked the least - the part that...
[If you're not one for spoilers, please skip the next paragraph of this review]
(view spoiler)[THE FREAKING HEROINE DIED! Of all the bloody things in the world to write about, she died. Seriously. What kind of a book lets the main character die? This is...I endured how many pages of info-dumping and dull, slow-paced plot processes for a short, sweet bit of romance and...this. This is seriously some headbanging moment. A total FML moment. (hide spoiler)]
I don't really read that many Dystopian novels, so I wouldn't know who to recommend this book to, but compared to the few others that I've read, I thought that THE GUARDIAN'S WILDCHILD was not bad; The writing flowed smoothly, the plot developed nicely, and the world-building was well done too. A bittersweet Dystopian novel with a little hint of romance and kinship.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
White Witch is a good mix of YA Romance with lots of action and high school drama. The only regrettable thin...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
White Witch is a good mix of YA Romance with lots of action and high school drama. The only regrettable thing was...That cliffhanger!!!
Jax Pherson is a witch from the Miami Coven. Witch covens around the world gained power a long time ago by absorbing the powers from the earth at specific locations, but this in turn filled them with darkness. Jax feels that darkness inside her, her power spiking whenever her temper flares. These covens want absolute control, so whenever a witch tries to leave the coven, they will hunt her/him down and drain them of their powers and subsequently, their lives. Painfully.
Jax watched her mother's powers and life get Siphoned away by her father when she was but a youngin', and she has had a terrible fear of escaping ever since. But as she reaches her seventeenth birthday, she will be expected to kill for her coven. And that's when she plucked up her courage and sneaked away.
All she wants is to have a normal teenage life - go to school, make some friends, go for prom, and such. She's tried enrolling in a few schools, but has never gotten a successful application because apparently, a parent or guardian was required to be present. So when she comes to her next destination, North Carolina, she tweaks her plans and manages to enrol in Baker Gap High School. And there, she meets a new friend and her cousin, Toni and sexy Keller, and also a new enemy in the form of cheerleader Stacy and said cheerleader's mindless cronies.
Keller and Toni's families happened to be witch hunters, and all is fair and well for Jax for a time, normal high school drama and romance, until her secrets start to become harder to hide, and her family will hunt her down to the ends of the earth to silence her and take back the absolute control that they demand...
WHITE WITCH had the epic final battle that BREAKING DAWN didn't have, and the sane romance that Twilight didn't have, but still retaining that little unrealistic instant connection between the heroine and male protagonist. Some cases, like the one in FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan, that insta-love relationship was one of the best and most believable insta-loves I have ever read. I could feel the sizzle of attraction between them, the tension when they were alone in some dark place, and the sacrifices that they are willing to make for each other. But I couldn't for WHITE WITCH. Pity, really, cause other than that, I thought that this WW was a pretty entertaining YA Urban Fantasy!
Witches, both female and male, are all beautiful and either really kind-hearted or nasty as hell. Jax falls under the GORGEOUS blonde with a humble heart category. Er, ok. I'm not that big into gorgeous, blonde babe heroines who catches the attention of the entire school - stares and drools from the males, and envy and jealousy from the females. I mean, really? And just so that it is not generic enough, she makes an enemy of the mean head cheerleader and her mindless cronies on her first day of school. But that's not all there is to Jax - thankfully - she's also a mean machine when it comes to using her powers! She's badass and way powerful. More so than anyone could've ever anticipated - even her! Something happened when she fought the people who were after her, who are her power-hungry father and coven, that made them afraid of her. Something big. Something "bright" and magnificent. Ok, bright was a pun. Read it and you'll know it. :) But yes, Jax was not the fragile pretty-face that I thought her to be when I first read about her.
The reason why I said that the romance here was a little unbelievable was because firstly, Jax shouldn't have approached Keller in the first place since she already knew he was a witch hunter. (Abnormal and illogical behavior on her part!) Secondly, she hung out with him. (No sense of self-preservation on her part!) Thirdly, she saw him, "omg big hottie", and suddenly there's a current of electricity flowing between the two of them. Like suddenly. Ok so she went against all forms of normal behavior, hung out with Keller, and she deigned to start going out with him when he wields a gun EVERY NIGHT hunting paranormals like her. And on top of that, she spilled the beans about her identity to Keller after this particular incident. I mean, you don't tell a witch hunter you're a witch just because he's your friend and he suspects you're a witch. If he knows already, shouldn't the first instinct of a person who has been living life on the run to, well, run? Far away from danger zone? But well, Jax didn't and just dumped the cat out of the bag and looked at Keller with goo-goo eyes, hoping he will look at her the same way, heart breaking into a million pieces when he didn't. Well, what did she expect, his uncle died because of witches and his mom left because of that too. Ok, I'm exaggerating, but someone's got to stand for logic.
Keller was cool. Handsome, good with a gun, tough guy, protective and all. The whole package. The reason why I didn't swoon all over him is because I've seen his type plenty nowadays in YA novels. The genre is practically saturated with this type of guys, including adult fictions PNRs, UFs, Fantasy, Historicals, and all, so for me to swoon over another male protagonist, he's gotta have something extra on top of all the others. But Keller was cool. That I'll give credit.
As for the side characters, Toni is the best friend Jax has always dreamed of having, and she also happens to be, so coincidentally, Keller's close cousin. Toni's a cool chick, one who stands up for her friends, plays the drums for her rock band, and wears shirts with funny quotes. As for Jax's evil, heartless bastard of a father, he was rather....fake. That typical You-Have-Failed-Me-By-Running-Away-Thus-You-Are-No-Longer-My-Daughter-And-I-Will-Kill-You-And-Your-New-Friends-Now-Slow-And-Painfully evil villain. It got a little corny at times, but oh well, he is the evil villain, so I'll just get on with things.
Let me tell you that I LOVED that ending battle! It was epic, fast-paced, and...that suspense! They were all in some seriously deep shit, one of them was dying, and I just couldn't see a way out of their predicament. But Milburn did it. She opened a door for Jax and others and everything went out with a BOOM! Epic.
And then we have.. THAT CLIFFHANGER ENDING!!!! Noooooooo! Milburn can't end the book like that...this is just....torture!! And it's not a good cliffhanger ending. Dammit.
WHITE WITCH had action, had romance, had friendship, had suspense, and had the high school drama that most YAs seem to have. It was very generic and stereotypical, but amusing all the same. It made for a quick, light and fun read. Until you reach the three-quarters mark. That's where the thrill comes into play. It was so much more than what I expected actually, and I really liked it!
*eARC courtesy of Bell Bridge Books via Netgalley*
P.S. I was planning on writing a short review, but look how it turned out! Well, please excuse my verbosity. Seems like I had more to say about WW then I thought I had.
Here's a little teaser from Netgalley that convinced me to pick it up:
The guy makes his way down the side of the road, near my hiding spot. My frantic heartbeat increases. He retrieves something from his truck. When he turns back toward the woods, he’s holding a gun in one hand. But when he opens his other hand, it’s the small, dark object lying in his palm, the one with the slight red glow, that really concerns me.I hold my breath, not moving a muscle, and hope that’s not what I think it is. But deep down, I know it’s a bloodstone. If he were supernatural, he wouldn’t be able to hold it. My heart rate skids to a halt. Supernatural beings don’t tote bloodstones around. Humans do. Humans who hunt my kind.He’s not some goon my family hired. He’s a hunter, the real deal. I lean my forehead, warm from the burst of magic I used, against the cool bark of the tree hiding me from my hunter. Why, oh why, did I use my power to zip into these woods? Why couldn’t I have simply run in here like a normal person instead of using inhuman speed that leaves a trail?Because what were the odds the person driving by was a hunter? The crunch of gravel makes me look up. With a final questioning glance in my direction, he slides the gun, no doubt loaded with spirit-killing rock salt, into the truck’s cab then climbs in. Only when he starts the engine and drives away do I let out the breath I’ve been holding for fear he’d hear the slight sound of air escaping my lungs.The ground catches me as I slide down to sit at the base of the tree. In the darkness surrounding me, I spot the night animals scurrying across the forest floor. The occasional pair of raccoon or opossum eyes turns my direction before hurrying away. They sense my power, the darkness from which it was born, and don’t want to be anywhere near me.I lean my head back against the tree’s rough bark, stare at the sky filled to bursting with stars, and let the tears trickle down my cheeks, down my neck to soak into the normal T-shirt of a not-so-normal girl. --Netgalley
My Summary DESPERATE BETRAYAL is about a group of immortal men who took an oath to protect the...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story. *3.5 stars*
My Summary DESPERATE BETRAYAL is about a group of immortal men who took an oath to protect the innocent from demons who mean harm. They are all lethal, and highly-skilled in battle; They are all loyal towards one another and sexy-as-hell; They cannot marry unless it is a marriage arranged by their leader, Julian, or if it is with their life-mates; They are called the Protectors.
Cynden "Cyn" Fraser is one such man. Born three centuries ago in Scotland, he undergone the transformation and took the oath to become a Protector, and is now assigned to keep the demonic at Atlanta at bay. He was slaying a group of demons in an alley one day when Emma walked into the scene. She has been looking for him for quite some time now. Her sister's been held hostage by the Supreme demon, Gerard, and he wants Emma to lure Cyn into his den. Briana's all Emma has left, and so she agrees to this bargain.
Emma is a half-demon, borne of a high-level demon for a father and a human mother, and so naturally, she keeps her heritage a secret when she first confronts Cyn, afraid that it will incite a negative response from him. Cyn refuses to help her the first time, something about his senses tells him that something about her is amiss, and his immediate attraction to her isn't helping matters either. But the second time Emma manages to find him, he caves in to her request.
As Cyn and Emma sets out to track her sister down, sparks fly, but many treacheries and betrayals abound at the same time. It's hard to trust each other, but it's hard to refuse each other too. Worse still, survival at this point is not certain, put into account all the other lives that they are risking... They're in it big this time.
My Thoughts Well, that was an awfully long summary. Lol, that aside, I must say that DESPERATE BETRAYAL's main fous seemed to centre around the romance between Cyn and Emma. Not that it was a bad thing, far from it, being the romance-junky that I am. In a way, the PROTECTORS series resembles the BDB series by J.R. Ward. Each instalment in the series is the story of one of the "brothers". Lots of action, but with a larger dose of romance.
Emma is the type of woman everyone wants to be - smart, loyal, beautiful (apparently, this is a prominent trait of hers as many of the boys seem to take note of this point), courageous, stronger than and not fully human, but not fully demon with a compassionate heart. She gave her all in saving her sister, even gave up her love life. Cyn on the other hand, is a tall, intimidating Protector who was fiercely protective, and not only was he skilled on the battlefield, but in bed too. He may appear cold and indifferent on the outside, but he's actually quite the passionate guy when they get down and dirty. Even though it was more of a lust-at-first-sight relationship, they did make a really cute and sweet pair.
As far as the plot goes, it was not bad. One thing I can say about it is, it doesn't drag. The first part of the book flowed smoothly, and I thought the character development and all were done really well, but it detoriated a little as we get to the end. There was one part where the whole scene got rather confusing, and the sentences became a little abrupt. Even though McQueen's style of writing changed at the end, I was still hooked to its pages. I think I can safely say I finished DB within two sittings. :)
I actually got the review copy of DB for its blog tour late, so I'm only reviewing it now, but it was really good! I'm tending more towards romance than action now (but not so far as to go for contemp romance with no action at all whatsoever), so if you're like me, you may want to try DB out. I'd say that DESPERATE BETRAYAL is a mix between the BDB series and the Curse of Gremdon by Ciara Knight. So if you're a fan of either one, you might like to try this out too. :)(less)
*3.5 stars* I saw that Duncan was having a giveaway for Indulge (Warm Delicacy #2) at her blog, and it was a...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
*3.5 stars* I saw that Duncan was having a giveaway for Indulge (Warm Delicacy #2) at her blog, and it was an impulse decision to join that giveaway since I haven't read the first book yet, and when I won the giveaway, I requested a review copy for Savor. And damn if I regretted my choice; I was surprisingly hooked to Savor! I couldn't put it down, till it was 2 in the morning and I was afraid to die by my parents' hands! I genuinely liked this fairytale-ish novel.
SAVOR is about a girl, Claire Miller, who turned eighteen and had to officially start donating blood at the local hospital for the vampire population's needs. Nothing too exciting happened until the day after when a vampire under the ruling vampire family paid Clair and her mom a visit, claiming that Claire's blood is "perfect", and that she is chosen to join the ruling family as their daughter and heiress. Not given much of a choice, Claire packs up her bags and is whisked away to the palace.
I really liked the fairytale element in here. I've been fixating my reading preferences to Paranormal Romance and action for quite some time now, but once in a while, I do love a YA dreams-come-true, commoner-turn-beautiful-princess novel. Not to say that this book is all about the clouds and daisies, there are the dangers and conflicts that Claire has to face as a vampire princess, as the palace houses traitors and jealous hearts.
There was the subtle bits of romance in SAVOR that I thought was really sweet too. The first friendly male vampire that she saw, aside from King Nicolae Noire, Dmitri was friendly and helpful; Although he liked to tease Claire a lot, he's still a good guy. I wouldn't go on much about him, cause he's not the one that I'm rooting for. So the next love interest comes in the form of Arrick. Initially only a shadow in her garden, a mysterious stranger who looked out for her, now Claire's Blood Mate, the one who swears allegiance to her, and also her protector. Not only is Arrick hot, his fierce protectiveness and competence just ups the heat whenever Claire's with him.
Aside from the romance, there's also the twists in plots and curveballs thrown at us. I couldn't fathom who the betrayer was until quite late in the book, although the part where all wa revealed was a little overly-dramatic. However, I liked the second-guessings I had to do while reading SAVOR, and that the storyline flowed smoothly from start to end.
There are three things that I spotted in SAVOR which I found unpleasant:
Firstly is Claire's rather smooth transition from the day-is-night, night-is-day routine where the vamps functioned only at night. She was still a human, and she shouldn't have been able to adapt so quickly. Night time is when our body and our organs start to "recuperate", in a way, and she will tax her liver and other organs too much if she does that.
Secondly, there were the numerous puntuation errors! The first few times I encountered some minor ones, I overlooked it and continued reading. But as the story progressed and still there were errors here and there, I noted it down to be mentioned in my review. Hm, editor, what were you doing when this book was undergoing those proofreadings and editing?
Thirdly, Duncan's style of writing was a little teenager-ish. Ok, this book is under YA Lit, but I'd much prefer reading a more mature writing style.
Apart from those listed above, I thought SAVOR was a really enjoyable and light read that readers can try picking up if you think you're in need of a break after all the intense, dark thrillers or PNR books. Even though there were things that didn't suit my tastes, I was honestly hooked to its pages for most parts of the book.
If you've read the book, then you'd be familiar with this phrase:
"My last thought of the night was how excited I was that I was finally eighteen and from here on out, everything would finally start going my way." --Chapter one, page 23 of eBook.
I found it so amusing and ominously obvious that after this phrase that things will most definitely not go her way. Just saying.(less)
My Summary The world of the broods is a terrible, cold, heartless one, with leaders and earls who control th...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
My Summary The world of the broods is a terrible, cold, heartless one, with leaders and earls who control their broods through fear. Brand was raised in such an environment, his father being the King of all the broods. His father was a heartless bastard who tortured his mother and friend, and for that, Brand killed him and left the world of the broods.
Now, Brand is working alone to keep his world secret to the humans and to silence all those shapeshifters who's as much a bastard as his own father was. He meets Dagny, daughter of an old friend now turned a little looney from all the torture that Brand's father put her through. She's tougher and braver than most males shifters out there, yet also very compassionate and sensual. And when Dagny is forced to return to the cruel earl of her former brood, Brand has no choice but to face his people again, enter their violent politics and acknowledge his birthright as King.
My Thoughts BOF is a relatively short novel. It started out depicting the dark and bloody world that Brand lived in, but as the story progressed, the dynamics changed. I loved that subtle change as Dagny and his other friends entered the fray and we see small pockets of kindness, affection, and love. Especially in a such a violent world, any display of soft emotions is few yet all the more cherished and heartwarming.
We got to know more about the softer and more passionate side of Brand, his loyalty and devotion to his friends and loved ones. He was so sweet to Dagny even though they were amidst such gore and brutality. We got to know more about Alice, a weak shifter who was sold as a slave to a cruel shifter and then saved by Brand. She was very weak physically, but as events happened, Alice showed remarkable inner-strength. She's been Brand's closest companion for a hundred years and the way she and Brand talked to each other and teased each other even though one is a towering, mighty beast and the other a fragile female, they were really cute together. And then we got to know Dagny, fierce and courageous enough to butt heads with Brand's inner wolf. Together, Dagny and Brand made a formidable couple, and behind closed doors, both of them can really create some steam. More sexual tension though, since the action under their covers were not explicit and few.
I was expecting Alice to be Brand's mate, and was quite miffed when Dagny came into the picture. Lol, well, Alice is the gentle and kind heroine that's no longer common in Fiction novels nowadays, but thinking back, Alice wouldn't have been compatible with Brand cause he would have to be so cautious not to trample over her if they were indeed together.
The plot was well-planned and everything flowed out smoothly. Not to say that there weren't any curveballs thrown in, there were plenty, and I couldn't foresee anything that was to come. So much action, deception, and WOAH! The curveballs didn't only come in the form of betrayals and such, there was an unexpected side love story that was extremely heartwrenching. It pulled at my heartstrings, and I loved it so much. Then there was this totally unexpected death at the end that almost made me cry while I was reading it in public! I was waiting for my dental appointment and suddenly Moore came full-on with such a vivid, emotional scene! GAH, it was superbly well-written, I felt so keenly for the loss and actually teared. A very bittersweet ending. Amazing. (But I could have so done without it!!!! It isn't fair that _____ has to die!! D:<)
Just a few pointers that I picked out while reading BOF:
His calloused fingers moved over her cheek, rough, but gentle. --Pg 16
Um, rough but gentle?
2) Wolves drink blood. Ok, this is the very first time I've heard of that, but oh well.
Other than those points, I thought that BROODS OF FENRIR was a really nice Shapeshifter/Lycan tale, choked-full of action, suspense, romance, loyalty, and friendship. The beginning was a little too gory and dry, and I considered give the book a 3 star rating, but then as I continued reading it, it was a clear 4 or maybe 4.5. As I've mentioned previously, the change in dynamics was very subtle, but it made the book all the more engrossing. Every part of this book was intense, and I'd recommend this book to any reader who likes Paranormal Romance and a little Mystery/Thriller to go along with it.
The book's paper quality is very good. It's thicker and smoother than most books'. Lol. And the BOF bookmarks are BEAUTIFUL, I tell you! I was so surprised by it when I received it in my mail.(less)
Darian is a Shaede made by another - a past lover, in fact, one that abandoned her almost a centu...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
Darian is a Shaede made by another - a past lover, in fact, one that abandoned her almost a century ago. She's the last of her kind, or so she was led to believe, and with only stealth in her arsenal, she trains herself to be one of the best assassins in the field. She can become incorporeal after twilight, and move in the shadows as nothing more than a ghost.
Tyler has been a long-standing friend (a friend who makes her body feel all warm and flushed) and agent who informs her of her new targets/marks. And this time, her mark happens to be a man named Xander Peck. Nothing special, just a name that isn't commonly heard of. Just another man that has pissed off someone with the goods to hire her services. But when she was about to deliver the killing stroke, Xander slips into the shadows. That's when her world tilts around and she finds out she's no longer the last of her kind.
Xander turns out to be the King of the Shaedes, and her assignment was actually a test. Now, Xander - or should I say, High King Alexander - is training her up for his real task, for her next target may just be one of the most powerful Shaedes alive. That, and someone whom she may have known quite intimately in the past...
I have to say that SOG is really a "my" type of book - witty, kickass heroine who has awesome powers, a friend that has always looked out for her, another more powerful, high-ranking love interest comes along, and amidst the love triangle troubles, nothing's better than a big and complex plot to up the thrill and suspense. Typical for a PNR novel, but the idea of the Shaede, well that is very unique, and very cool. The only regrettable thing was Darian didn't pick the guy that I was rooting for! But that is for a later paragraph to elaborate.
Darian was witty, snarky, and a girl who sticks up for herself. She is the master of her own decisions, and she will allow no one to be her king, or to make her a pawn of some twisted game for power. I think that's what attracted the attention of the King of the Shaedes himself. Haha, she sure is one special and beautiful woman.
As far as the love interests goes..I'm a fan of love triangles. Not all of them though, cause some of them are just insufferably immature, and in a lot of cases the protagonists are highly self-centered as they get all frustrated with life when they have more than one person vying for their attention, and they go all, "Life is tough." Yeah, ok, have you seen what other people in Third World countries have to go through? That's tough, so suck it up. But as for Tyler, Xander, and Darian, they're all awesome. Tyler's sweet and fiercely-protective in his own silent way, but he is also funny and easygoing; Xander is intense, highhanded, powerful, but very romantic and male; Darian is scared to surrender to the fragile thing that is love, is unsure of what love truly is, or if the thing that she's feeling is actually love at all after what happened in the past. The confusion on Darian's part was very well-written. I used to think 'How can you be unsure if what you're feeling is love or not?', but after seeing what happened to her, it became believable.
The plot was good, not a "WOW!" kind of impressive, but not bad. There was quite some overlaying storylines, and the main point to the storyline only surfaced towards the middle of the book, but I had fun getting to know the characters. After knowing who's the read baddy in here, there was constant action, deceptions - and betrayals and lies..lots and lots of 'em - and the likes! And all that excitement escalated till the end where I just couldn't tear my attention away from the book; I HAD to know where the story went, and how it concluded. And now that the conclusion is read, damn if I don't want to get my hands on the sequel.
However, there were a few questions that I had when I was reading:
1) When Darian just met Xander and they were still strangers to each other, Darian divulged all her personal information to Xander when he asked for it without question. Maybe not all, but she did spill quite a lot. Which is weird, even more so since she's a skilled assassin who has lived in solitude for the past century.
2) It was mentioned that Lyhtans - the counterpart of a Shaede, which means they can slip into the light and be invisible as long as the sun shines, and also the enemies of the Shaede - are easily controlled. Well, if they were so easily manipulated, why aren't they under the control of the good people? Why are they, so coincidentally, under the influence of the bad Shaede?
3) Midway through the book, Darian was attacked by a Lyhtan and was lying in bed unconscious. But when she started to wake, she heard Tyler and Xander quarrelling and she referred to the two voices as "two of my favourite voices". Thing is, she keeps mentioning how much she dislikes Xander for lying to her, for treating her like one of his subjects, and now you're telling me his is one of your favourite voices? Really?
Actually, other than those, the book was very enjoyable. I loved Bonilla's humor and her writing style. She is consistent and I often find myself laughing along with the characters. There was only one sex scene in SOG, but let me assure all Romance-junkies out there - have no fear, the sexual tension in here is as good as any panties-combusting scene.
Overall, SHAEDES OF GREY is an amazing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance novel packed full of fast-paced action, suspense, witty humor, sarcastic and kickass heroine, love triangle that'll leave you feeling so conflicted as to who to side with, a complex plot with curveballs at every turn, and betrayals and deceptions that will leave you reeling hours after you've put down the book. Even though the plot was a little typical, it was still fun, intense and never dull; A real page-turner, indeed.
Don't you find it freaking cool that the word "Shaedes" in the title Shaedes of Gray is so unique that you don't even have to type the full title of the book in search engines or book stores or Goodreads to search for the book? It's the one and only one that shows up in the results.(less)