Seriously, I didn't expect anything less. Anything Nalini Singh writes is able to completely suck me in irrevocably (I'll always think of T...more*4.5 stars*
Seriously, I didn't expect anything less. Anything Nalini Singh writes is able to completely suck me in irrevocably (I'll always think of Twilight when I use this word. Weird..). I didn't expect to like Talin and Clay all that much, but hot damn, theirs is a story that is compelling and exciting. Clay might not be the most tender of lovers, but he has a way of worming into all of us readers' hearts. :)
Review to come
P.S. I'm not reading this series in order, but I'm running out of Psy-Changeling books to read.
THE BONE SEASON was AMAZING!! Samantha Shannon has crafted a wonderfully intricate and complex world of clairvoyants (oracles, augurs, s...moreQuickie Review
THE BONE SEASON was AMAZING!! Samantha Shannon has crafted a wonderfully intricate and complex world of clairvoyants (oracles, augurs, soothsayers, etc), the amaurotics (normal people without voyant abilities like you and me) and Scion London, a London that is ruled under the iron hand of the government and brutal law enforcers, and a London that hates, discriminates and arrests voyants.
There was so much tension and suspense, action, plot curves, and an unexpected but sweet romance. The textured and layered worlds that Shannon built was incredibly real, each character had a distinct personality and depth, especially Paige and Warden. They've lived rough lives and as the story progressed, you'll learn bits and pieces of them that you'll feel like you really know them when the book has ended. Paige isn't just like any other strong, gutsy heroine out there. She has her own unique voice and struggles.
Paige is a dreamwalker, one of the rarest abilities and also the highest order of clairvoyancy. Clairvoyants can't survive in Scion London, not unless you count living like a fugitive hiding from the SVDs and NVDs (said brutal enforcers) all day and the low-paying jobs acceptable. The only place with better employment prospects is to work for Scion, but if you work as a clairvoyant in thei employ, you might as well sign away your life cause now they'd own you. But if you sign on as an amaurotic, you'll run the risk of getting bagged and hanged. So Paige works for a mime-lord of the Underground. She's one of the top dogs and she's found a family of sorts there, and she's happy, until the day she accidentally killed an Underguard (just another Scion guard) in self-defense and she was hunted down.
She thought her life was over, but then she was sent to another place, a place not on the London map and a place ruled by creatures called Rephaim. Amaurotics and voyants that are captured are sent there. Each of them will belong to a Rephaite that will train them to fight the Emim, terrible creatures that feed on human and Rephaim flesh. Thing is, humans are second class there; They're beaten and given tests, if they fail, they'll be forced to live like slaves. Paige doesn't want to live like that. She wants to go home, to her makeshift little family. But no one's ever managed to escape the Rephaim.
I've grown so attached to the world that Shannon had built, and to the characters!! GAH, there's still no news about book 2, but at least in the "Note from the Author" page there's this part where they said "The Bone Season is the first in a projected series of seven novels". :)) THE BONE SEASON is officially my favorite read in 2013 and I can't recommend it more to all fans of Dystopia and maybe even Fantasy.
P.S. This is a quickie review cause I really don't want to spoil anything from TBS! Coming from a fan of spoilers, that's saying something. It's THAT good!
P.P.S. For those of you who've read TBS, AHHH THERE WAS THIS PART around 85%, the scene under the stage!! I swooned and sighed so many times!! And and and my other favorite scene was Paige running away during her first assignment and Warden and Nick were there. Wow. *End of Gushing*
P.P.P.S. Thanks Kara-Karina for recommending this to me!!(less)
(I'm reviewing this assuming you're familiar with Singh's amazing Psy-Changeling world.)
*4.5 stars* So, just to make it clear, Nalini S...moreQuickie Review:
(I'm reviewing this assuming you're familiar with Singh's amazing Psy-Changeling world.)
*4.5 stars* So, just to make it clear, Nalini Singh's novels are always in a league of their own, I'm only rating it 4.5 because I'm comparing it to her other books. As usual, another very addictive, heartwarming romance between two individuals with their own scars and a gripping plot. But in this case, it's more about how Brenna and Judd finding a way to be together cause Judd's Tk abilities are so strong that if he loses control while sharing skin privileges with Brenna, he might very well kill somebody unintentionally.
Angela Dawe is my favorite audiobook reader! She can vary her voice so well and in so many intonations and pitch that it's easy to follow conversations with more than 2 people! Although I've only ever heard 3 other readers, she's by far waaaaay better than all of 'em.
I'm not reading this series in chronological order, but I'm loving Caressed by Ice! Though my favorite is still Hawke and ahemhem's story. ;) This series is highly, HIGHLY recommended to any PNR fans!(less)
I basically devoured this book the moment I got out of camp. Everything about this book was so awesome - the romance, the plot (the arc of the series...moreI basically devoured this book the moment I got out of camp. Everything about this book was so awesome - the romance, the plot (the arc of the series really moved quite a bit in HoO), the interconnection between Psy, the changelings and the humans. This book did not disappoint the waves of anticipation and hype prior to it's release.
"And when she looked up, it was to see Kaleb's eyes looking down into her own. There were no stars, but the obsidian was sheened with midnight colors, beautiful and mysterious.
Her fingers clenched on the muscled heat of his back, the fine cotton of his shirt crumpling under his touch. "You came back.""
I won't go on very much about the plot cause there's a lot of mystery enshrouding the two protagonists in HoO, and learning them along the way with them is vital in this amazing series.
This story literally revolves around the lives of two people - ex-Councilor Kaleb Krychek, known to be the most powerful Psy in the world, rumored to be a dual cardinal with enough power to level cities and cause earthquakes, and his childhood friend, (view spoiler)[Sahara (hide spoiler)]. I hope that's not too big of a spoiler (I didn't reveal her last name, so you can't blame me for not trying!).
Even though I haven't read all the installment in this series yet (but I am a hardcore Nalini Singh fan, I really am! I've read each book in her Guild Hunter series multiple, and I mean multiple times), I think this will probably take the top second spot right below KISS OF SNOW. (Hawke~!!)
(view spoiler)[Kaleb has been searching for a certain someone for seven years, three weeks and two days, and by now, everyone knows it's this mysterious Sahara ahem-ahem-ahem. His abilities honed to a lethal edge, financially, politically, economically one of the world's powerhouses, he also has the infamous Arrow Squad behind his back. Now that he's finally found the only person in the world whom he cares about, he's going to make her abductors pay for what they've done to her for the past seven years.
Sahara's had a relatively stable and caring family, up until the day she was taken and held captive in sterile and brutal conditions. To keep the secrets in her mind safe and her unique powers from being controlled by the wrong hands, she did things to her mind that makes her now a shell of who she used to be. (hide spoiler)]
Kaleb isn't the gentlest of caretakers, he can seem heartless and uncaring, but deep down, he's just a man who hadn't received much love or kindness in his life, and so doesn't know how to express his feelings very well. But he does a mighty fine job in his own way, and it's so heartwarming to see him protecting (view spoiler)[Sahara (hide spoiler)] any way he can, even if it means letting her stay away from him. It broke my heart just a little at the end when everything came full circle for them. ;)
I loved the interactions between the side characters too! How Aden, Vasic of the Arrow Squad, leopards from DarkRiver and even Nikita Duncan and Anthony Kryiakus came into the picture; It gave the story a depth and life to it. The plot moved so much more than the prequels that seemed more like backdrops for the romances between each couples, but HoO showed us where Singh is trying to lead the arc to, and I have a rough idea of what the plot for Psy-Changeling #13 will be. However, there were major parts of the book that was just about Sahara's healing/recovery and Kaleb's part in it, so the plot had to take a backseat and the pace dulled down quite a bit, only really picking up again around four-fifths through, that's why HoO comes in as a close second to KoS.
But all in all a mighty fine read with tons of slow, compelling, tender and sweet romance, redemption (really, I'm not trying to be melodramatic or anything...ok, maybe a little, but this book is quite dramatic!) danger, and political intrigue. I don't know how Singh does it, but her style is just as addictive as ever! Recommended to every Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance fan out there; Maybe throw in a little thriller and action!
*4.5 stars* One of the best fairytale retellings I've read thus far! Finished it in one sitting even though I'm sick and supposed to be sleeping like...more*4.5 stars* One of the best fairytale retellings I've read thus far! Finished it in one sitting even though I'm sick and supposed to be sleeping like the dead! I'm so epically glad that SCARLET (book 2) is out already. Hehehe, but people who've read it are all practically dying with the wait for book 3, which will only be out in 2014.. Dilemmaaaaa. To read or not to read?
*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.
*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)
*4.5 stars* The first thing that came to me after I read the The End was: Perfect. Actually no, scratch tha...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
*4.5 stars* The first thing that came to me after I read the The End was: Perfect. Actually no, scratch that. The first thing that came were actually incoherent "WOWOWOWOWOWOW" then came the finality of "Perfect". I think that this book is definitely well-deserving of that adjective. And shortly after that came the shoutings (still in my head, of course) demanding the sequel for FRACTURED LIGHT.
Llona Reese has been an orphan since she was ten - her mother died when she was but a toddler by a Vyken, a demon who can walk in sunlight only if it drank the blood of an Aura, and her dad when she was ten hunting down the Vyken who killed his Aura wife. She's been on the move with her uncle, Jake, who was more of an older brother, trying not to stay in one place for too long and not making any friends who would just become a burden in her heart. But this time, Llona doesn't feel like moving. She's found a friend in May, and was saved from a painful fall by Christian, who quickly won her trust and subsequently, her heart.
People are dying one-by-one in Bountiful, and they all somehow has a connection to Llona - the high heel of the victim ends up on her lawn, the victim's body left in her car and blood splattered onto her car. And with her guard slipping, her luck doesn't hold up for too long, cause now that she's settled down in Bountiful, Utah, it makes her easy prey, and the Vyken that made her an orphan all those years back isn't going to let her slip through his fingers quite so easily this time..
Let me just say this again cause I can hardly contain the excitement within me: I loved, absolutely adored FRACTURED LIGHT. Even though it took some time to immerse myself into the scenes, it was still an attention-grabber and after the initial few pages, I was honestly hooked! It is a magnificent story with very realistic and relatable characters, and a fantastic yet believable plot that was simply filled with action, suspense, thrill, romance, and surprises. And a little fear added into the mix along with the aforementioned thrill. The best thing I liked about the plot was that I couldn't guess what was about to happen next! Y'know usually (and almost always for YA novels) readers would be able to predict or have an idea of how a story will play out and who would end up how, but I couldn't, at all, for FL. That was how good it was, and it literally kept me glued to its pages, turning it as fast as my brain could read. It was amazing, really.
I loved McClellan's writing style, I really do. It was mature, humorous, witty, and really entertaining. An example:
[Christian (male protagonist) is speaking to Llona]
“I never told you, but the first time I saw you, I thought I was looking at an angel. You were walking to school wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. You’d taken off your hat when you thought no one was looking and your hair fell down your back like wings unfolding. I think this was one of the rare times I saw you as your true self.”
If I could talk, I would’ve been speechless.
A little cheesy at the start, but I was stunned for a few minutes then I started cracking up. Hah! The irony is epic. You have to be in the moment to have found as much humor in it like I did. Ohoh, and another one (but this one's a little more somber):
" That night I focused more on my light bullets, and with the moon’s cycle no longer affecting my strength, thanks to Christian’s very dangerous, yet highly effective training on the mountain, it came much easier. In a matter of days, I had them piercing through just about anything. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, because I couldn’t shake the feeling that something big was coming. The tick tock of death’s clock was growing louder. "
I loved the way she phrased things, it gave it a very sophisticated feel, and I had such an enjoyable time reading it. Unlike those YA, and sometimes Adult Fiction novels, who employs a more informal (and a little childish) writing style.
I loved the cast. As I've mentioned before, the entire cast is made up of very realistic and relatable characters. Which means that I would probably have acted and chosen the things that they chose to do at any specific circumstance. I'm not explaining this right. Y'know how sometimes authors make heroines (or heroes) choose an option which is obviously the wrong, and most of the time the stupid one, just so that there can be a plot to elaborate on where there was now an obstacle to be overcomed by the protagonists? But FL wasn't like that. Even though Llona (properly pronounced as E-o-na, by the way) was mature and always picked the sensible option, shit just somehow manages to find a fan to hit, and trouble always ends up at her door. It made it all the more engrossing to read.
Oh, and don't let me get started on Christian. He is one hot Guardian. Yes, he is Llona's guardian! AHHH, haha! Every Aura out in the world is assigned a guardian, and Christian's Llona's!! Lol, Christian's Llona's. Sounds funny. (Random musing: Why are all the Christians I'm reading about so hot? The book I'm reading now, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, is about one Christian Grey, whom I feel obliged to say, is a goddamned alpha male. Trust me on it; I can hardly keep my attention away from the book - and him - for more than a few minutes! But I'm digressing) Because of his enhanced genetic makeup, Christian moves faster than normal human beings, and is stronger. Please don't compare him with a vamp cause that's totally de-cooling him. He's so much more awesome than them. And way, waaaay, more awesome.
The only thing I found odd was the cover. It's beautiful, yes that it is, but it misled me to think that this was going to be a Fantasy novel, but it turned out to be URBAN-Fantasy. Lol, not that I minded, not at all actually, just... It was misleading. This may be a for me only, but just saying.
I'd love for all of you good readers to be able to read FRACTURED LIGHT also, but it's only going to be released approximately 2 months from now..:( Haha, do I sound like I'm gloating?XP Anyway, since you're reading this review (past all my verbosity before), I assume that you and I have similar tastes in books, so I humbly beseech you to get your hand on a copy of FL when it's out. I assure you it's totally worth your money, time, effort, living space, and brain space.
I went on to read the bio on the author, and was pleasntly shocked! LOL! I have to quote this since I know most readers won't go on back to read the acknowledgements:
" Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four small children. Her love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it is . . . "
It's so unique..and cool! And the picture she posted was very ghost-like, mind you. I freaked out a little when I flipped the page and a big, half the page, ghost-Rachel was staring out at me. *shudder*
Oh and Rachel replied to my email saying that there will be a sequel!!!!! SQUEAALLLL! But it's only going to be out Feb, 2013. *sobs uncontrollably* Lol, my rep is totally tarnished with the sobs.["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
My very first BDSM book! And well, I had the guilty pleasure of really enjoying this. HAH, ok, my mom must n...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
My very first BDSM book! And well, I had the guilty pleasure of really enjoying this. HAH, ok, my mom must never find out about this review.
Club Shadowlands is a night club that on every Saturday, caters to BDSM club members who do not have an outlet in normal society. You see, people frown upon these things, so Master Z came up with this club that has all the facilities and settings and equipments to suit everybody's needs.
Jessica Randall, or "pet", as Master Z likes to call her, is a simple, innocent, and conservative accountant. And accountants do like their hard, solid facts and having control. So imagine her surprise when she stumbles into Club Shadowlands after her car crashed into a swamp in a storm, requests for shelter and this handsome dude led her to a bathroom, stood there and watched her shower, and after that easily ordered her to stand still while he wiped her dry. I wondered about that - if a stranger stands in the bathroom and doesn't look like he's going to avert his eyes or move away, would you even start showering? Huh, Conservative Jess did.
Zachary is a Dom. As in BDSM Dominant, that Dom, and he sure likes his Sub women. He's experienced, he's coveted and the object of lust for so many other women; He's always in control. But never before have he come across such an innocent, brave and curiously sweet woman like Jessica who hides a fiery passion underneath that poise and proper facade. He intended to lure her into his little BDSM world and have her writhing underneath him for a night or maybe 2, but what he DID NOT intended to do, was fall for this one woman, who is compassionate and oddly aroused at being the submissive one in bed...
I loved the, well, steamy-hot sex parts, which is basically the whole book. Really, this is all about the sex - Jess looks at the dance floor and everyone's just short of an orgasm with their hands fondling things that are not supposed to be fondled in public, then looks to the equipments in the far side of the room and sees a woman in her birthday suit pinned to a Saint Andrew's cross (please don't Google it. Not a very nice sight..Not that I did, it's just...The thought is inconceivable..) with a man ready to whip her, and people whippin' people on another side of the room, people having orals here and there. Well, yep, there's the introduction to the main setting of the book - Club Shadowlands.
Next part of the book is where she meets the darkly seductive Master Z, whom she has to address as Sir, and where he will start to seduce her into realising her inner submissiveness in bed, and dominate her.
That's practically it actually, but I didn't expect there to be any substantial romance development in this book initially, so I wasn't disappointed. But Sinclair did try to add the love that was fostered between them, and it felt tangible enough, just... not believable. I mean, you don't go falling for a man you had sex twice with - not really twice actually, but a lot of times in the span of 2 nights - and know shit about. Lol, crude but the truth.
But it was a good book. Haha, a quick fast read for some guilty pleasure. If you asked me to descibe this book, it would most probaby be "guilty pleasure". Cause the visual descriptions left nothing to the imagination. Everything vivid and everything hot.
There was this loophole that Sinclair didn't tie up - it was how Z had this mind reading talent which is not explained, and how Ben, the receptionist, is a troll. Or was that a figure of speech? I don't think so tho, cause Ben is a sweetheart. He prefers vanilla sex and all, not the crazy intense BDSM stuff inside the club.
I would recommend this book, cause even tho I'm not that into Eroticas, I was hooked for this one, and I can tell that this is one of those that we call, "cream of its crops". It is one of the better Eroticas I've come across, and I do have my fair share of Eroticas. Lol, some seriously good stuff.
Y'know how Master Z describes Jess's physique as "round, soft, and abundant", and sometimes call her hips "lush"? Um, isn't that like putting "FAT" euphemistically? Jess did grieve about that point frequently, but I thought it was just a psychological illness, like anorexia, but from those descriptions, I can really imagine her like some bulging hippo. But apparently she's pretty too cause the other Club Shadowlands' patrons ogle at her. But if she is fat, I don't see how a hot Dom like Z would fall for her.. NOT that I am being mean or anything, it's just the way of life. Like how sorority chicks don't fall for the nerdy geeks, it's all the same principle. Morbid, I guess, but the truth nonetheless.(less)
Let's be clear about one thing - I am not a fan of menage or m/m eroticas, so I didn't really enjoy the sex...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
Let's be clear about one thing - I am not a fan of menage or m/m eroticas, so I didn't really enjoy the sex scenes in SYNDELLE'S POSSESSION. And since the sex scenes are a major part of the book, I didn't like the book all that much. Yes, yes, I know the synopsis clearly stated that there will be "graphic male/male sexual interactions", but I didn't really read the synopsis in detail, so I missed that out. Sigh.
Syndelle's parents lost one of their daughters long ago, so they have been overprotective of Syndelle since she was a kid. They've tried giving her the blood of her vamp father's, and that, incidentally, made her The Masada - some person that will be invaluable to any vamp that has her in their possession. Which made them even more protective of her. So Syndelle has led a sheltered life, tho trained in the ways of combat, she isn't a hunter like the rest of her Angelini brothers. That is, until she met Rafael at Bangers, some strip club in LA, and subsequently, Rafe's vamp master, Brann.
Rafe is an unwilling human companion to Brann, and if you're wondering, a vamp companion is sort of like a mate for life. Yeah, they're a couple of bi's.... Anyway, Rafe has been feeling very bitter about being the companion to a vamp, and that same vamp has placed a curse on him that stops him from ever coming again only if it's with Brann. So Rafe's eternal life has been tragic, and when he first met Sydnelle at Bangers, he hid all this under this mask of sardonism, which Syndelle eventually helped erode away.
But all is not well in LA, many prositutes have turned up either mutilated or dead - the females are severly disfigured and raped, the males raped and killed - and Syndelle decides to join arms with Skye (from book 1) and shove this mission up its own ass. But they're not alone in this dangerous endeavour, their mates are getting protective, and well, they are all along for the ride.
I liked the plot and Strong's writing style. Always have, and that's what made me go excavate all her other works. It's not only that she writes hot, steamy sexual scenes, but she can also interweave a wonderful, action-filled storyline with it, which I find sorely lacking in other Eroticas. That's why I only read a select few of 'em. And her plots are never those sub-standard, convenient cheap thrillers that are just there to make a story or back the romance up, but very well-thought of and detailed.
I liked that we got to see some of Skye and what her and her mates are up to, and I kinda liked Syndelle a lot more than Skye from SKYE'S TRAIL. Not that I disliked Skye or anything, but Syndelle was a very sweet and understanding girl that hid such courage. Skye was a little disappointed to see that her sis (ok, big spoiler. Skye was the long lost daughter of Syndelle's family) was such a soft, non-kickass girl, but her impression totally changed as she got to know her more.
Rafe was a jerk to Syndelle at the beginning, plus the fact that he's bi didn't endear him to me (No offense to any bi's reading this. I just feel a little uncomfortable when I read about a bi's sex life in detail). He insulted Syndelle's pride and all, but as I've said, it's all the sardonic facade he keeps on to protect himself from a horrific past, so when the mask is removed and he starts to get tender toward Syndelle, you'd just want to sit there and," Awwwwww."
Lol, but well, as I've said, I'm not a fan of m/m's, so when Brann and Rafe ahem, I just get turned-off.
One good thing came out of being sarcastic (talking about Rafe). He is so witty! I loved all his snark remarks and sarcastic comebacks, they're genius! And hilarious. Lol.
Example: "This is a residence hotel?" Syndelle asked, taking in the despair-coated walls, and the sunken, hopeless nature of the people she saw sitting on their small porches, smoking, or drinking, or simply staring into space.
"Residence hotel. Shithole," Rafe said. "Take your pick." (For some reason, I found this really funny. Might be the exam stress frying my brain.)
Other than the fact that Strong delved too fast into the lust and romance between the trio, I thought that the book was good. Slightly above average. A quick, fast read that menage/ m-m-f lovers will enjoy a lot.(less)
It's a sin to be such a sexy and talented writer like Strong...
Skye is an Angelini, tho she doesn't know it as of yet, but she knows how to control and utilize her powers to survive and hunt criminals down; Rico is a cop, a hot, sexy, competent and very-aroused-whenever-he-looks-at-or-even-thinks-of-Skye cop; Gian is an age-old vamp who is crazy powerful, and sexually very active. Lol. Yep, that's the 3 protagonists laid out for you.
Goth girls are disappearing around the city, and one of 'em turned up dead and it didn't look like she met with a swift, clean end. The police are working day and night with the case, but when they're still coming up blank, Rico took matters into his own hands and requested the aid of our dear Skye since she has hunting abilities sharper than a hound. And this case brings Skye to the night club, Fangs, which Gian co-owns. And therein brings our three protagonists together.
It's a relatively short story, but NONE of the thrill, erotic, romance and mystery factors are compromised. It's amazing how intricate the crime case is, everything somehow linked up together even when they seemed so unconnected at the beginning. There were many details to consider, but Strong handled them all perfectly, and she left nothing dangling or unanswered in the end, which is amazing.
Even tho Eroticas usually would not have a very developed relationship between the protagonists, I thought that Skye's Trail kinda did have. I felt the affections between Skye, Gian, and Rico grow, and well, of course their lusts for each other did too, but that only made it all the more hot, sweaty and sexy. Ew, gross visuals. Lol, but yes, what was missing in other Eroticas that made me not like them was very much looked into here, that's what made me fall in love with Strong's world all over again.
I loved Skye. Not only is she powerful in her own right, she has this very playful and sexy inner nature that I really liked. She can be very devil-may-care sometimes, but inside, she did care very much about how her mates (Rico and Gian) felt.
Gian and Rico were...Lol, kinda weird sometimes. Not bad weird.. Just weird. You would expect the millenia-old (ok I'm exaggerating) vamp to be the more dominant one right? All "you are my minions, bow before me"? But surprisingly, I found Rico to be the more domineering one. And he is, I stress, a very human cop. Huh, at the start, Skye somehow got the upperhand when they were doing the S, and sort of reduced Gian to begging for release. Ok, that made him sound weak, which he isn't, but it came close to that.
Still, I loved all of them.
Anyway, I don't really have much to say about Eroticas, so 'nuff said for now. But bottomline: I thought that Skye's Trail is a steamy hot Erotica that, if before this you do not like Eroticas, you should try this out first before you condemn this genre.(less)
That is one BADASS writer right there! 448 pages of non-stop action, mystery, suspense, withheld sexual tension, heartache, and just plain adrenaline;...moreThat is one BADASS writer right there! 448 pages of non-stop action, mystery, suspense, withheld sexual tension, heartache, and just plain adrenaline; It's literally very exhilarating and addictive! And I'm not even exaggerating.
BLOOD BOUND is a sort of Urban Fantasy-Thriller-Romance that has these two starcrossed lovers (trust me when I say they bring the word "starcrossed" to a whole new level) are faced with baffling mysteries to solve and impossible missions to accomplish. When all the clues just didn't add up, even when they were laid bare for me to sort through, I just hadn't the slightest inkling what to make of them until the main protagonist, mainly Olivia "Liv" Warren and sometimes Cameron "Cam" Caballero, made the leaps that I was able to follow where Vincent was trying to lead us to. It's refreshing after all those predictable plots that are slowly saturating the Urban Fantasy genre, heck they're saturating the entire Fiction genre.
Even though we still have the usual steel-spined, ass-kicking heroine that is very common in this particular genre that we all do love, Liv and Cam are very relatable when they banter or when they get into a fight (verbal of course, no fist punching though they both pack serious punches). I loved how they're so...I don't know, they're so sweet together, but with all those odds against them, it's sort of bittersweet and heartbreaking when you know what they're up against. That they're future together is just so darn bleak.
Anyhoo, I thought the writing was amazing. Everything flowed so well and vividly I was literally glued to the pages by the time I got to the halfway mark. Especially that final battle! W. O. W.
Usually I try to write summaries for my reviews, but I'm not even going to try for BLOOD BOUND. It's just so complex and I don't want to spoiler anything for you. All the characters have a certain depth and history to them that's incredible. I've never read any of Vincent's novels before (namely her critically acclaimed YA series, Soul Screamers), but she is surely an author to look out for!
P.S. I'm not planning to read book 2, SHADOW BOUND, anytime soon cause SHADOW is about Liv's best friend and I neeeeeeeed more Liv and Cam right now. :((less)
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Hmm.. Conflicting emotions, this one gave. There were the ups and there were the...moreThis review was orginally posted on abookaliciousstory.blogspot.com .
Hmm.. Conflicting emotions, this one gave. There were the ups and there were the downs, but ultimately, I'll say there were more ups.
Maurra is a JoJo, our equivalent of the police. One day after a mission which left her exhausted, she decided to give herself a little reprieve and went to a bar for a drink. It was there that everything went downhill for our dear Maurra.
As a JoJo, it was instilled into her to always uphold righteousness, so when she sees a group of Kronners attack an Ellinod, she plunged herself into the crosshairs between them.
As seen in the synopsis, she was coerced to copulate with the Ellinod. Oh, but amidst the moans and groans (oh, sounds kinda..gross) sparks fly and they started developing affections for each other. But even after their narrow escape from their prisonhold (albeit a little ruffed up), they still had the law to face - which decreed that inter-species fornication is strictly forbidden. On top of the law, the mastermind behind this whole incident is still at large, and is bent on seeing both of them silenced forever...
Let me start off by saying that sci-fi novels have very similar storylines and since I've already read more than a few sci-fi novels, this one seemed pretty predictable to me. Which ultimately debilitated the excitement and suspense for me. But well, Mooney is a great writer and her words carried me to the end.
The world building is amazing. Detailed but not overtly fanciful or redundant. It was stunning, really. All the peripheral stuff came together with the nitty-gritty, and voila, you get yourself a crazy backdrop. Lol. Aside from that, the characters were well-formed and their interactions were..well, fun. Those that made an impression were actually those that were witty and funny. Lol, got a kick out of those.
Maurra started off as a very serious, no-nonsense type of officer. Stern and always in control. But you could see as the story progressed, she became a more...loving..person? Oh man, my vocab brain compartment is planning a mutiny.. Let's just say that she embraced more of her feminine side and developed a sense of humor in the end.:)
The male protagonist, Safan the Ellinod...Safan Safan Safan.. He is a giant hulk of a man. Not man, more of a humanoid alien. He has horns which are as sensitive as his manhood. Lol. So you can imagine where Maurra strokes/places her hands as they, ahem, fornicate. Anyway, not the point. To me, Safan wasn't the ideal male protagonist. Not that I don't like him, just not the best that I've seen. He's dominant in bed, yeah, but out of bed? It's more of Maurra steering the reins, so nope, he didn't make the cut for me.
The first part of the book was like:
Woah dude, that's some hot _BEEP_!
Yep. It's like the Rated version of Jess Granger's Beyond the Shadows. I have to say, Mooney sure has some sick and sadistic thoughts up there! But patrons enjoy it, so why not right?
Two things that bugged me was the speed at which their feelings for each other developed and that sometimes there were just too many coincidences that it made the problem solving a little too convenient. Firstly, how can you actually develop feelings for someone just because he was gentle to you in the course of being sexually violated?
And about the convenience issue, somehow during her rather ambitious endeavors, EVERYTHING was to her favor, and EVERYTHING that happened seemed to fit into her plans. Which got quite fallacious at some point.
Furthermore, the hype and suspense dwindled down towards the middle portion. But it got back up again right after! I swear, it shot up real quick. Lol, I think this review is getting a little wacky (in a bad way) and lengthy, so I'll stop here.
Oh wait, just one last point. The ending was suh-weeeet. Really romantic.
Ok, let me rate it this way.
As a sci-fi novel: Not bad. 3.5/5 As an erotica: Woah. 4/5 Plot-wise: Nyeh....Predictable, but still action-packed. 2.5/5 Development of plot, world, characters, etc: Not bad. 3/5
Total: 3.5/5. But I was tempted to stop reading quite a number of times, that's why i gave it a 3.
PS.The first thing that came to my mind when i saw this book cover, was "legal porn". Lol.
*Thank you Netgalley and Carina Press for this eARC!*(less)
When i first laid eyes on this book, i was intrigued by the uncommon title and the pretty cover. Then as i read the synopsis, i was very much reminded...moreWhen i first laid eyes on this book, i was intrigued by the uncommon title and the pretty cover. Then as i read the synopsis, i was very much reminded of GRACELING(a crazy good book), and so it naturally piqued my interest.
So what's Hush Money about, you ask? Well, after reading the book, i get the 'Hush' part, but not the 'Money' part. I shall give you a brief overview and you tell me what the money is about. Cause seriously, i've been thinking about it for the past 24 hours now, and i keep coming up blank.
Jocelynn "Joss" Marshall has a talent. A very cool talent. But she has to constantly hide it and keep a low profile lest she be whisked away and kept in this school-prison sort of place by the National Institute for Ability Control(NIAC). So this is the 'Hush part.
The town that Joss lives in has a big population of Talents, so they all have to be more cautious than most other Talents in other states. And so, it all spirals out of control when a new Talent girl finds her way into Fairview and into Joss' life and another Talent boy being stupid enough to reveal his Talent in front of some officers.
That's not all that's going wrong in Joss' up-till-now quiet, low-profile life - her crush's best friend, Marco(also main antagonist) knows about her sister's Talent and is using it as a bargaining chip to blackmail her! Actually her and that new Talent girl who became Joss' best friend. He wants them to give him 500 bucks each for his silence. Hey..maybe that's how the 'Money' part came about? Weird..cause that's not a big part of the plot. But oh well, who cares how ridiculous the title is nowadays so long as it has patrons right?
Anyway, so after this entire fiasco whereby many of the students revealed their Talents in front of officers/officials, and after Marco threatens not only Joss, Joss' sister, Joss' best friend, Joss' boyfriend, and yeah everyone, Joss thinks it's time to take some much-needed action.
Yep, that's the gist of it.
First things first, Bischoff's writing style resembles that of Lilith Saintcrow's. Which to me, is a bad thing. Because the inner-commentating was bordering on over-excessive. It annoys me a lot, and it slows down the plot by a gazillion times. I know that books which can clearly illustrate what's going on in the protagonist's head is a good one, but over-excessive is just a pain in the ass. It's like:
That's one of the reason why i gave it a mediocre 3 stars.
The first thing that came to my head when i started reading this book was: If the government and people found the kids with Talents so repulsive and such freaks, why name it 'Talent' at all? Why not..I dont know..Mutation? Abomination? um..You get the idea. I mean, talent is something which you have which is good and unique, something that everyone else dont have. So yeah.. Why 'Talent'?
The plot was set at an ok-pace..Not too fast, not too slow, nothing amazing, but not boring. Y'know? More average. But there were parts that were funny..Not that i can think of any now, but i remembered myself smiling sometimes.
This book is written in the selecive third person view, tho i think double first person would be more suitable. Both Joss and Dylan(her crush) were written in the "I" POV. It alternates between them quite frequently, and sometimes i thought it rather confusing. Sometime, i even had to refer back a few pages to see if im in the head of who's head i thought i was in. Also, being able to see into both of our protagonists' head kind of takes the excitement and suspense down a notch. I mean, since you know what's happening at both ends of the spectrum, then the surprise at the end will also be gone. If you dont know what the other is or was doing, and you dont know about his past and his thoughts, then when all is revealed at the end, the shock factor is still there. AAAND, Dylan would be more of the mysterious, quiet love interest, which would of course earn him more brownie points. At least from me.:D
Joss was a quiet, talented(or should it be Talented?lol) heroine who thinks a lot, and observes a lot. Add to that, she knows how to kick butts, which totally pushes her up to my Favourite-Heriones-Of-All-Time list. She's cool, and wears combat boots all the time! Not that it's ver practical in these times, but still. It's all up to the imagination to wander, oui?
Dylan wasnt the best male hero I've ever come across in YA novels. He is protective of Joss, but their relationship wasnt developed much in the first place. Both of them already had a crush initially so i didnt get to see the development in their feelings, so it was kind of weird when Dylan suddenly keeps watching for her and standing in front of her to protect her from stuff. To boot, his Talent is inferior to Joss(to me, it's inferior. Hey, but it's subjective so dont go shooting me down with "oh no it's not"s). Sooo...It didnt really endear him to me.
When i thought back about this book(which i only put down yesterday), the word that automatically came to my head was, ordinary. I dont know why, but maybe it's because my expectations of it were to high to start off with, what with having GRACElING as its benchmark and all. But still, i have to say i was rather disappointed. It had so much plot potential..
This book was ok i guess. Not amazing, altogether not that bad either. Arh, it's so hard to describe this book. I wouldnt recommend this book to anyone, but i would continue reading its sequel HEROES 'TIL CURFEW. See! Such conflicting emotions. But i do think the second book would be better so, cross my fingers!(less)
This book takes all angelic novels a whole league up, and it was more than i expected after reading AWAKENED and more....more2 words, baby: Utter brilliance.
This book takes all angelic novels a whole league up, and it was more than i expected after reading AWAKENED and more. Seriously people, you have got to read this or you're really missing out on life.
Anyway, this book follows our beautiful, smart, witty, powerful - in short, real perfect - protagonist, Lil as she starts getting used to her life as a Guardian(half-angels). Previously, she hated the idea of not being fully-human, to have such crazy powers was a waking nightmare to her, but now, she doesnt mind it; In fact, she pretty much love hunting now. Which is totally awesome since it means that there was much more action in this book.
However as the book moves along, Bran(her beau) receives an assignment from the Cardinals, and to him, this was THE chance to finally prove his worth to them. He starts to get obsessed with it, and started to keep secrets, to the extent of pushing Lil away, even ignore her at some points and those parts, i tell you, were painful. Not only to Lil, but i felt the pain too:(. lol. But yeah, that's how good Walters's writing is.
Lil was devasted(no surprise there. I mean, who wouldnt be right? If you werent, then i have to hand it to your cold stone of a heart, you heartless ba*****. woops, vulgar much.) Aaaanyway, even with her broken heart and finding out who it was that betrayed her (actually, who it were is more accurate), she sucked it all up and dealt with it like a real warrior. Oh oh, the betrayal part was a real kick in the head. It was sooo unexpected!! Don't try to guess it as you read..I tried and failed terribly. I started doubting everyone but oh well..Let's just say i cant be a detective in the future.
I loved Lil (not in the lesbian sense, God no. Not that i am against it or anything). I loved her kick-ass attitude, her stubborn will and determination, her wit, her powers, her steely guts, her unwavering loyalty, her everything! Oh and last but not least, her boyfriend;). Yes, he is swoon-worthy, but fret not, we will get to that. Lil is everything a she-warrior is supposed to be, but without a hint of manliness. Add to that, she deals with all the shit life throws at her with a level-head. She does cry at times when things get too hard, but hey, a girl needs to indulge once in a while, ay?
Bran was...sigh. Can you picture a girl with glazed eyes, mouth a little askew with drool hanging on her chin? Yeah, that's me now. Ok maybe not the drool part, but you get what i mean. He was so fiercely protective of her, even when he was pulling away! Did that make sense? But he was! How does Walters do that? She is one hell of a writer..a force unto herself! Lol, melodrama-sm doesnt become me.
One thing that bugged me tho, was that Lil suddenly LOVED hunting. Y'know how she was really repelled even at the thought of it in the previous book? But at the start of book 2 she just.. loved it. It was like from, "ew no i dont want to hunt" to "hunting is in my blood and i miss it" kind of thing. But it was no big deal. I dont think i could've remembered this if i didnt note stuff down as i read along.
I loved her relationship with her grampa in this book. There were the quarrels and all, but they are really sweet together. I can really feel the bond between them as they exchanged their witty banters, or when they asked how was the other after a brawl. And even when they're yelling at each other. It wasnt a major part of the book, but it told much about the bonds in a family, and i really liked that. (And i think it's really cool that both granddaughter and grampa are in this hunting thing. Seems kinda like the family line of business. Wicked!)
Y'know how some YA heroines meet with a crossroad in life and have choices to choose from? One choice is obviously dangerous and wrong and the other is the glaringly right one but they choose the wrong one instead so that there was a story to write? This one wasnt like that, not at all. Lil did have many choices at many points in time, but she always chose the choices that i would've chosen too but trouble somehow always manages to find her in the end. It made the story a whole lot more exciting and engrossing.
It was very saddening when i flipped the page and the epilogue's staring at my face. And when the The End came out, i wanted to tear that little square part away. Sigh. It was a damn well-written ending too. Tied up all the loose endings and finished with Lil in Bran's arms. (This is the last six lines of the novel. Totally sweet, totally freaking romantic. Please do not read it if you do not like spoilers!) (view spoiler)[ "What took you so long? I asked. I wanted you to finish with your guests first. Now, you’re all mine. I giggled. Silly guy. It didn’t matter where I was and what I did, I’d always be his." (hide spoiler)]
Overall, the pace was fast(and furious. Hmm..furously fast?haha sounds weird), the plot was absolutely jam-packed with unexpected twists and turns, action, and such lovable characters, i dont see how anyone can not like this book! This book just brought this series to a whole new level and i am eagerly waiting for its sequel, HUNTED.
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Lil didn't have a perfect life, but to her, all she needed in life was her gypsy grandfather. But on her sixteenth birthday, things happened (for more...moreLil didn't have a perfect life, but to her, all she needed in life was her gypsy grandfather. But on her sixteenth birthday, things happened (for more info, look at the synopsis), and she was plunged into a world of magic and the Guardians.
I absolutely and utterly fell in love with this book. The plot, albeit a little cliche, was rich, entertaining and beautifully written. The characters were absolutely lovable and..oh gosh, I really can't think of any adjectives that would do this wonderful book any justice. I've been really into ya books lately, so I may be subjected to not a little bit of biasness, but oh well, I still love this book even after I've put down this book for a few weeks.
Walters managed to make Lil come off as powerful, strong and independent, but did not even border on manliness. She was a sweet girl who upheld righteousness and isn't one to shrug off any responsibilities thrust unto her; she even managed to fulfill her uncle's wishes even tho it went completely against her will. Her friends (to be more specific, two of them) did not accept her initially, but as time passes and Lil's undeniable genial disposition wins them over, they gradually accepted her into their exclusive group.
Now now,our love interests.. Actually it's not much of a fight since Lil expressed quite explicitly that her heart lies with Bran only. Talking about Bran, I've realized that he was the one flaw that I managed to spot in this book. It's not so much that I disliked his character, far from that. It's that his initial cockiness and haughty attitude kinda leeched away as the story progressed. His new protectiveness of Lil is fine by me ( more than fine actually), but the lack of consistency is somewhat disturbing sometimes.
Sykes wasn't too forthcoming with his interest in Lil what with his flirting with almost every girl he meets that isn't repulsive. Wait, let's make that EVERY girl he meets that isn't repulsive. Add to that his arrogant I-know-the-effect-I-have-on-girls attitude, well, that's not much of a winner is he?
The plot was entertaining and fully engaging that I wished it never ended. I've recently won the ebook for BETRAYED, AWAKENED's sequel, and am awaiting it eagerly. And I mean E.A.G.E.R.L.Y.(less)
I've decided to read this book after my O's and when the fourth instalment is out so that i can really enjoy this book for real.sigh..4 more months! i...moreI've decided to read this book after my O's and when the fourth instalment is out so that i can really enjoy this book for real.sigh..4 more months! i can do this!(less)
I'm not gonna say much in this review cause then i'll just repeat what i'd said for Minders. But there are a few things that i must say have improved...moreI'm not gonna say much in this review cause then i'll just repeat what i'd said for Minders. But there are a few things that i must say have improved that i thought this book deserves a good 4.5 stars.
(I may get some facts wrong because it's been awhile since i put down the book. Forgive me^^")
Here are the main points in the book: 1) Maddie&co(her, trevor, Rachel, Hannah, and latest recruit and charm, Grace) starts stimulated trainings around camp together as a team, preparing themselves to go save people or get information or whatever in the outside world.
2)Maddie gets injured while sleeping(non-sexually)with Trev in their old church and has to go to town to have it looked at with all the high tech machines. Dr Williamsom thought it unsafe for any G positives to be out alone, so he sends her whole gang along with her and Trev.
3)When Maddie&co gets back to camp, they find a bloodbath. Everyone they knew save a few sparks were lined up outside their dorms and were shot, all in their PJs.
4)Maddie&co finds out that Dr Williamsom is detained by CIA and figures that she has to get him out, after which she has to neutralize Isaiah Lerner.
Yep, that's about it.
First things first, i have to say that i find the decrease in "oh i love you so much" from Maddie and Trevor a major improvement; Not that there isnt any, oh there are still quite a lot, but it is now on the believable and comfortable region. Now that it's tamped down, im kind of looking past Trev's shy-ness(which is a major turn off for me at first in Minder) and starting to really like reading about them being together. Trev's protective of Maddie, but in his own quiet, sweet way, which i find that Kaynak has a way of putting it across as very romantic.
The plot itself was engaging, and at times, the action got really adrenaline-pumping. Oh i loved it. All that fighting and plotting and scheming and running away and protecting each other and teamwork..wow. Just wow. This is a well deserved 4.5 stars. Really, the action was incredible, especially at the end. Kaynak doesnt pull any punches. One moment everyone's dead, the other Maddie&co's fighting to survive, another a betrayal is uncovered(yeah, it punched me in the gut.real hard. It was totally unexpected), and the list goes on. So bottomline: Eventful to the max!
There was humor in it too. Haha. Oh god. Maddie tried investing and got a full $6 million if im not wrong. And then she was all "oops" when Dr Williamson(or was it their lawyer, Nick Coleman?) got a call from whoever's in charge of stocks and shares to ask how on earth did a first-timer, teenage girl earn six freaking million the first time she entered the investment world. Wow, that was funny.
yeap..that's all i can remember for now. I'll add more stuff when i remember them but one thing(or impression) is still clearly etched in my mind: This is 10 times better than Minder(and Minder wasnt even boring, nuh uh), and it was - i repeat - Eventful to the max!
If you've read Minder but didnt like it because of the overly-mushy stuff, pick up Adversary and you'll forget about it! wow, i feel like a sales promoter or sth.:/(less)
Long story short: Maddie Dunn killed 3 teenage boys(unintentionally but well deserved on the guys' parts) and was about to be questioned in the interr...moreLong story short: Maddie Dunn killed 3 teenage boys(unintentionally but well deserved on the guys' parts) and was about to be questioned in the interrogation room when one Dr Jon Williamson and Cecelia walked into the room, made her feel some weird things in her head, and swiftly escorted her to this camp for people with special abilities called Ganzfield.
Sidetrack for awhile. Wow, this really reminds me of SO many other books..Percy Jackson, Born at Midnight,(in a way) Cherub by Robert Muchamore..and the list goes on. But oh well.
Back to story: When she's at the camp, she learns that she is a G positive(people with special neuro abilities), and that by taking dodecamine shots, she's able to use her abilities which is telepathy. so yeah, she finds that she's one of the rare minders(short for mind-readers) AND she's one of those really powerful ones who can blast/fry other people's minds by transmitting large quantities of brainwaves and stuff and overloading theirs. Other G positives are the charmers, remote viewers, sparks, and healers (aka hypnotize-rs, GPS-ers, fire controllers, and yeah self-explanatory, healers).
She gets to class, quickly learns the ropes and familiarizing herself with her newfound abilities(i stress on the quickly. I'll get to that in a moment). However all's not well and good in Ganzfield. For one, there's this group of charmers who are more..sexually-high?/perverted than others that they kept charming(hypnotizing) girls into stripping and stuff, and the more pressing matter is of this group of "terrorists" who wants to vivisect and annihilate the G positives(whether you're one of them, or just a carrier of the recessive genotype) cause apparently they thought that G positive people are monsters! Dang dang dang!
Sooo, Maddie solves the first problem and the second is left for the sequels to cover.(wow, big surprise)
Ok, it's not that i didnt like the book, but the sarcasm is just a part of me so it kind of comes naturally....so dont blame me!
Anyway, about the book. The story started out with Maddie running away from this group of 3 teenage rapists. It's cool(not the rapist part, the thrilling fugitive running away part), fast-paced and attention-grabbing. Since Kaynak is a friend of Jennifer L. Armentrout at SHP's, i cant help but wonder if it's like an influence from each other to write the intro with someone running away from something/someone/someones. In Half-blood, it's Alex running away from daimons. In Minder it's Maddie running away from teenage rapists. Similarity is there, but i cant help but notice the name and villain difference. Alex sounds a little more macho and independent-heroine-type, Maddie just sounds like a mad person who's a girl because of the -die at the end like a suffix, and what's up with the Dunn? I dont know why, but it makes her sound clumsy, and the first time i saw it, i thought of a dustbin(dont ask me why..it just happened. And no offense to the Dunns out there^^"). The "villains" actually explains a lot about the book already actually. Armentrout's(sorry if you find the constant comparison irritating. I just need the juxtaposing to emphasize my points) daimons, or demons really, kinda shows that the book is more..how d'ya say this..more boom boom pow action. Kaynak's rapists..well, there were many guys in the book who kept mentally stripping girls(Maddie would know, being a minder and all) and having pervy thoughts. I dont know how true is that since im a girl, but its just that i picked this up and wanted to share it.
As i was saying, the initial pace was really fast, almost like we're swooping thru the entire escapade. Kaynak did it really well, and im not one to like to dwell on a certain point very long, so i really enjoyed it and i all but glued my eyes to the pages. wow, painful imagery. It wasnt draggy(nuh uh not at all), and i applaud her for being able to capture my full attention in just that few short pages.
However at the front part, i felt that Maddie was too detached. A kind of flaw. hmm, actually i feel rather conflicted about this point. Some authors, like *ahem*Lilith*ahem*Saintcrow*ahem*, delves too much into the protagonist's thoughts, inner commentating that sometimes sounds bitchy and whatnots that is totally overrrrrrexcessive. I mean come on, enough is enough man. But in Maddie's case, she's just too "i killed you people and im in the police station. ok..what next?", y'know? Previously i mentioned the word "quickly" as in, she's taking it all too calmly and really just..quickly that it sometimes feel a little surrealistic. But im afraid that IF Kaynak did elaborate, it would minus off some of the adrenaline-pumping factor.
Trevor was........not really eye-catching. I mean, he's cool and humble, complete with the terrible past and all(not that im being some mean, insentive b*tch, i'm just stating the facts matter-of-factly:)), but he's a little too passive and timid for my liking. Maybe he wont be in the later books, but first impressions are important, and yeah, he didnt stick out on my potential-protagonist's-love-interest-radar. Good-looking, yeah. Awesome, one-of-a-kind powers(telekinesis), yeah. But man-wise, not really.
The main conflict in the book is the part where Trevor gets kidnapped and Maddie goes after to rescue him with the aid of a spark, a healer and an RV(remote-viewer). Before the kidnappers whisked him away, Maddie got a good read on them and she knew that their intention was to vivisect Trevor to get a better understanding of his grey matter's anatomy(like how it works to perform telekinesis). Maddie goes all batshit crazy with worry and fear(totally understandable), and enlists help from friends to help, and were off. Im not gonna dwell much on it cause even tho i like to spoiler, i cant spill all the good stuff right? so go read it and stop being a lazy pig!! But i'll let you in on a bigggg secret. (view spoiler)[ SHE SAVED TREVOR!! (hide spoiler)] haha that was a big one righty?XD But along the way, they uncovered a plot so big, they sure are gonna need more professional aid.
I said that the book was fast-paced right? Well it worked for me for the most part, but the romance part didnt. Like many other YA fiction novels, the instant loving thing was TOO fast, and TOO intense in TOO short a period of time that is totally unbelievable; It's not even improbable, it's impossible! Especially i dont have a very good first impression of the male protagonist(now that im reading the second book, ADVERSARY, yeah he is, but at that point, no. period), and that Kaynak dwelled TOO FREAKING LONG on the mushy, "you are my soulmate, the love of my life, the point of my existence, i love you soo much that my ribs are going to f-ing rip thru my chest from the pressure of all the love", is just too much for me. She droned on about it for, what, half of the book?, that i almost stopped reading the book. That's why i took a star away at first.
It all ended with a kind of a beginning, which is totally cool and poetic when phrased as such. Dr Williamson, head of Ganzfield, approved of Maddie and her rescue-mission friends, along with Trevor and a charmer(who would be really valuable and indispensible in future missions), to form a group to go out on missions, becaue apparently, Williamson thought that Maddie&co did a more than superbly fantasticle job rescueing Trevor, the damsel in some gruesome distress(when Maddie found him, it was kind of disturbing what the bad people did to him). Total awesome-ness and anticipation. It sure gets the hype up in me for the next few books!!woo!
I was really inclined to give this book a 4, maybe even a 4.5, but when it got all lovey dovey and draggy, i pushed it down to a 3. But then i think of the all the action and the awesome plot, i pushed it to a 4 again. The action was fan-freaking-tastic. I swear, it was sick. My heart started spazzing on me and thumping so hard at the climax during the rescue-Trevor-mission. Wow, such conflicting emotions.. It's a wonder i didnt grow a white hair or two. Or maybe i did..oh gosh. haha
Overall: It was a wicked ride of adrenaline-pumping action, i literally gobbled down the book in my haste to find out what happened next. It was eventful and filled with so much of the unexpected. I will definitely continue reading this series. (you should too!)
PS. Ms Kaynak should really stop using abbreviations, or maybe spell out the whole word out with the abbreviations at the side in brackets and then use the abbreviated forms. It got a little confusing and annoying at some parts of the book. For example, what the hell is "MO"? If you know it then fine, but hello? Different countries would have their own different slangs. It took me about 10 seconds to guess "method of operations", but then again, it may be wrong. So you see where the frustrations comes after encountering such things a lot of times.
But it was a good book! Keep it up! Loved Maddie and the entire plot!:D["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)