This book was okay. It took a long time before anything happened, but by the end I considered reading the next book in the series.
The first 2/3 of thThis book was okay. It took a long time before anything happened, but by the end I considered reading the next book in the series.
The first 2/3 of the book was set up and back story. Although it might have been important, I wish it had been handled differently. Maybe let it filter in a little at a time as Avery interacted with the new people she meets.
Here's what I liked: ~The world building was good. Martucci could see it and as a reader I could too. ~There is potential here for an amazing story. Like I said, by the end I was intrigued enough to think about picking up the next one. I haven't, but I thought about it. ~There is conflict here once you get past the back story.
By the end of the story I think the writing improved a little. I'd be interested in seeing the author's growth over the series. ...more
This was a surprising read for me. I didn't know what to expect, and this was a little out of my normal reading. Naranjo creates compelling charactersThis was a surprising read for me. I didn't know what to expect, and this was a little out of my normal reading. Naranjo creates compelling characters striving to deal with a tragedy and find a new way to live their lives. Well, living might be a stretch. Marin and her dad are merely existing as they try to care for Marin's little brother. Worrying about his well-being and lack of progression since the death of Marin's mom is easier than dealing with their own loss.
Marin's dream world has protected her, given her a place of refuge ever since the accident, but when she finds herself attending group therapy they begin to change. As Marin wakes to her new reality and unlocks her emotions, those dreams become nightmares. They hold surprises that will once again change the course of Marin's family.
The best way I can describe this book is REAL. The emotions, struggles, even the fantasy world inside Marin's dream all feel very real. It was easy for me to connect with those emotions and enjoy the book. ...more
Coffelt has done it again. This sequel to Wilder Mage was phenomenal! She starts you off at a leisurely pace, giving you a chance to catch your breathCoffelt has done it again. This sequel to Wilder Mage was phenomenal! She starts you off at a leisurely pace, giving you a chance to catch your breath after the showdown at the end of Wilder Mage. The tension is mainly between our main characters. What's up with Bert? That fun loving teen has turned into a moody terror. And Justus is still trying to keep Sable at arms length while fighting Spirit who is out to control him.
The conflict slowly builds, drawing you in deeper and deeper into the world of hidden magic. Questions are answered and more posed. There is joy and rebirth, heartbreak and desperation, twists and turns. In the end my mind was reeling.
How in the world is Coffelt going to get our heroes out of the mess she leaves them in at the end of Mage Revealed? I can't wait to find out!...more
I think the best way to review this collection of stories is by adding my comments after each synopsis. I'll give each individual story a rating and tI think the best way to review this collection of stories is by adding my comments after each synopsis. I'll give each individual story a rating and then a rating for the collection as a whole.
1-5 scale and what it means: 1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad 2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing 3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive 3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love 4: Solid mind candy / worth reading 4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read 5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure
An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson
Lucy Phillips doesn’t want to spend her Christmas vacation dodging her ex-boyfriend, so when he turns up at the airport to give her a ride home, Lucy panics and asks a complete stranger to kiss her. Although the kiss is incredible, Lucy never expects to see the guy again. Is it bad luck or destiny when Lucy comes down with a sore throat and the new doctor in Snow Valley is none other than the guy she kissed at the airport?
This was probably my favorite story out of all of them. In fact, I've already read it twice. There's just something great about surprise kisses. I laughed like crazy when Lucy is at the doctor (hiding her eyes) and says, "Some stupid guy kissed me at the airport." Then she finds Cole standing there and backtracks. "You're not the stupid guy. At least I don't think you're stupid."
An Unexpected Kiss would make the perfect Hallmark movie. The perfect amount of sweetness mixed with great chemistry. I give it a 4.5
Feels Like Love by Jeanette Lewis
Christmas in Snow Valley is the perfect way for April Winston to introduce her city slicker fiancé, Scott Mecham, to life on a farm. If only Wade Hadley, hometown boy and high school sweetheart, will cooperate! But Wade has no intention of letting April go without a fight. This Christmas, Wade is determined to overcome their painful past and show April that she already has what she’s been seeking all along.
Long lost love? Yep, this one is a classic love lost (or run away from) only to find that it was what she needed all along. Wade is so clearly a better choice from the first moment we meet him and Scott. He just has to make April see it. Of course, a week after reading I sort of get this couple mixed up with Molly and Kevin down below. I give it a 4.
Full Court Devotionby Cami Checketts
Kazlyn is too busy with her schooling and future plans to enjoy life, let alone fall in love with a man who has heartbreak written all over him. Tyrese Hamilton, a college basketball star and major heartthrob, is intrigued when Kazlyn doesn't pursue him or even seem interested. Ty's career is in jeopardy, and he needs a miracle and Kazlyn to save him.
This was another favorite. I loved Tyrese and Kazlyn from the first moment. Both are confident and sassy characters. Tyrese never gives up hope he can get closer to Kazlyn and she's there when he needs her the most. Sweet and pulled at the emotions. I give it a 4.5.
The Christmas Eve Kiss by Taylor Hart
When Molly O’Hare gets a prediction that she will kiss her true love on Christmas Eve, she thinks it’s utterly ridiculous. But when she gets teamed up with Kevin Snow, aka her ex-boyfriend, to decorate a Christmas tree, things start to change. Too bad getting over the past is hard and seeing him kiss another girl is even harder. Now Molly is left with a choice—run away from home and heartbreak or let Christmas work out a miracle all of its own.
Another sweet story, that a week later I can't remember much about. I do remember Kevin's sister is sick, but get the story of Wade and April mixed up with Molly and Kevin. I give it a 4. Update: After a second read I can say I probably relate to Molly more than any of the other girls. Maybe that's why I chose to forget? Instead of dealing with things that hurt her she ran away. Totally what I would do! She returns home because her dad has a heart attack, but that's only the first fear she has to face. Still give it a 4.
Risking it all for Love by Award-Winning author, Kimberley Montpetit
Succumbing to family pressure, Jessica Mason reluctantly comes home for Christmas. Ever since her high school boyfriend's death from a car accident three years earlier, Jessica and religion have not been compatible. So, when she visits Michael’s grave, she's surprised to meet the handsome James Douglas, Pastor John’s nephew, who’s studying for the ministry. James can not only dish back Jessica’s finely-tuned sarcasm but understands grief all too well, turning Jessica’s world upside down. Is she ready to take another risk on love?
Jessica just breaks your heart. Three years is a long time to hold on to guilt. And James Douglas makes the church look better and better for Jessica. I give this one a 4.
Blue Christmas by Lucy McConnell:
As head of Snow Valley hospital's fundraising effort, Paisley Hackett barely has time to organize the craft show, cookie decorating party, and the annual Christmas Ball. What she doesn't have time for is falling in love with Clay Jett, the incredibly handsome bass player who sweeps into town. She's been burned by a tourist romance before and, with everything going on, Paisley will have to work overtime to protect her heart from Clay and his swoon-worthy ballads.
My other favorite. What's not to love? A scared emo kid grows up into a handsome well adjusted man who just happens to turn Paisley to pudding. She fights it so hard and that's what makes this one so much fun. Another 4.5.
I know these are very short reviews, not very in depth, but it's been two weeks since I read them. All of the stories were good clean romances and my three favorites had some sizzle. As the stories went on, I enjoyed catching the little clues where the couples "passed" each other by. These authors did a wonderful job keeping the town of Snow Valley consistent. Each one took a character (all had been friends growing up) and told an independent story that also touched with the others. Very well done in my opinion.
There were several typos and spots where it looked like a sentence had been moved or changed and a random word was left behind. Some stories had more than others, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read.
I give the collection as a whole a solid 4....more
Holy. Cow. First, my reader (my brain not my kindle) has been faulty all year. There is a "stack" of books on my kindle waiting for me, but every timeHoly. Cow. First, my reader (my brain not my kindle) has been faulty all year. There is a "stack" of books on my kindle waiting for me, but every time I tried to sit down and read I just couldn't. After visiting some old favorites I decided to give my stack another try. This was at the top.
I wasn't sure what I expected, but I couldn't put this book down. I started it yesterday afternoon and grudgingly put it away to sleep. It was the first thing I thought of this morning, but I made myself play mom and go to the gym first. Then I rushed home and finished it before showering. Good thing no one was home. :)
Carly broke my heart. This is going to sound weird to anyone who is NOT a writer, but her problems with reality intruding into real life are so close to how out of control I feel with my own imagination. (Please don't lock me up!) Luckily my dreams don't involve dead girls and scary tall men hovering around to claim their prize.
Hunter was the perfect bad boy/good guy/hero hunk. I guessed his secret fairly early (I read a lot of suspense novels!) but it didn't harm my enjoyment of the read. There were plenty other things waiting to twist around and slap me in the face. And Hunter is hot!
Arroyo has grown as a writer. I read one of her first books The Second Sign and felt confused by a change in tone. This book didn't have that problem. The flow was great, the book well edited and easy to get carried away in. Loved it!
I give Darkness by E. Arroyo a solid 4.5 and highly recommend it if you like mind games and on the edge of your seat concern for the characters.
1-5 scale and what it means: 1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad 2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing 3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive 3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love 4: Solid mind candy / worth reading 4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read 5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure...more
I've read 6 of them and enjoyed most of them. Here is a brief reaction to those I read and they are not in order of the boxed set or that I read them.I've read 6 of them and enjoyed most of them. Here is a brief reaction to those I read and they are not in order of the boxed set or that I read them. :)
One really ticked me off, which surprised me because I've previously enjoyed that author. However, the selection for this boxed set didn't make any sense to me. I'm purposely not using names because I do like this author. This one just wasn't for me.
One story I skipped just because it didn't sound interesting to me.
One story was a good romance but the suspense was almost non existent.
One story was good but felt too short. I guess that's a good thing.
It only took 5 hours to read. Note, not the best to read while flying. It's emotionally powerful and I cried through many scenes leaned up against theIt only took 5 hours to read. Note, not the best to read while flying. It's emotionally powerful and I cried through many scenes leaned up against the airplane window in an effort to hide.
Abramson makes you care about Maya from the very beginning. Her quiet strength and tenacity makes you ache with each thing that tries to tear her down. I wasn't sure about Ben at first, but it didn't take him long to be raised to "knight in shining armor" status.
Heiner writes these true events with great story telling skills. You start to get lost and then it hits you...these are real people and real events. IHeiner writes these true events with great story telling skills. You start to get lost and then it hits you...these are real people and real events. I've already cried my way through several chapters. My heart aching for the trials and fear these women went through, but also feeling a pride for their strength as well as those who stepped up to help from the very beginning. ...more
I should admit that Marcy is a friend and fellow moderator over at Unicorn Bell with me. She is also with the same publisher I am--WiDo Publishing. ThI should admit that Marcy is a friend and fellow moderator over at Unicorn Bell with me. She is also with the same publisher I am--WiDo Publishing. This is her debut novel and holy cow does she come out swinging. I read her book in one day. It's been almost a week and I've put off this review for one reason.
I'm not sure what to say. I've been trying to think of real "review-type" things to say, but I can only think of a few and I'm afraid you'll think I'm just being nice to a friend. But that's not it at all. The fact is I got lost in the story and didn't pay any attention to the writing. I felt fear for Katie, angry at Jack for being such a jerk in the beginning, but grew to like him as much as Katie did.
Marcy floored me by making me feel like I really was back in 1881. The style is different, but the details were as good as the Louis L'Amour books I read as a teen. Didn't see that one coming did you? Yes, it was awesome. And when our characters were in the "near future" time of their actual time, Marcy had nice little details that made it feel real and totally possible. Nothing way out their crazy, but just little things that still gave it the flavor of "not now".
The best way I can sum it up is--Back to the Future III meets Somewhere In Time....more
Another excellent novel from M.D. Waters. I fell into Emma's world on page one. It hasn't been too long since I read the first part of the story--ArchAnother excellent novel from M.D. Waters. I fell into Emma's world on page one. It hasn't been too long since I read the first part of the story--Archetype--but I don't think that's why it was so easy to get lost in Waters book. Emma is wonderfully human. She is often confused and scared but has hope that if she keeps moving she will eventually find the peace and happiness she craves.
She makes mistakes, but she's willing to admit that. Because she loves Noah and Adrienne so much she's willing to do anything not to hurt them, even if it means giving them up again. Thank goodness Noah won't stand for that!
This book was hard to read in spots. Why? Because I was so emotionally entrenched that I was afraid to read what was going to happen. As an author I knew what the worst possible thing was that could happen to Emma. I knew that it was coming, but I didn't want it to. Who would be the one to betray Emma and destroy her delicate happiness? I actually put the book down and walked away for a few hours when I got there because I'd been on the edge of my seat so long I needed an emotional break. That's how good it is!
If I had to nit pick for something to complain about it would be the fact Emma doesn't use contractions when she talks. Maybe no one else did either. Maybe it was a clone thing. I don't know, but Emma's dialogue is the only place I found myself noticing that she never spoke in contractions. Other than that, I was completely lost in another person's life. ...more