Lena uses her busy job as a paediatrician to keep people away following the tragic loss of her sister years before. After a chance meeting with Mason,...moreLena uses her busy job as a paediatrician to keep people away following the tragic loss of her sister years before. After a chance meeting with Mason, the handsome owner of hot new Chicago restaurant Exquisite, she finds herself the object of his attentions and, between his persistence and their mutual, fiery attraction, it becomes harder and harder to keep him at arms length.
I found the first two thirds of this book highly addictive. The back and forth relationship between the feisty pair was a real page turner and the suspense was drawn out wonderfully. I am a big fan of not rushing too quickly to the inevitable in a romance novel as half my enjoyment is in reliving that giddy feeling of anticipation and discovery at the start of a new relationship. Exquisite definitely ticked that box for me and, when the inevitable did come about, it was extremely sexy.
It did feel as though there was a little lull in pace, just over half way through before it picked up again for the ending and at some points I did not like Lena very much at all, but Mason made up for it in a big way. A very enjoyable debut novel from the author and I will be looking to pick up the second book in the series.(less)
Ashley's dad is a successful executive in Hollywood so she is well used to actors and their dramatic, egotistical ways but when she becomes an intern...moreAshley's dad is a successful executive in Hollywood so she is well used to actors and their dramatic, egotistical ways but when she becomes an intern for the summer to help with her college applications, she isn't prepared for Caspian, the gorgeous lead actor who wants her as his personal assistant. Fetching him cups of tea she can deal with but coaching him through his kissing scenes might be more than she can handle.
This is unadulterated escapism and makes for a very fun, light read. Even though you have put 'reality' on the back-burner in order to fully appreciate the wish-fulfillment, I think some of the details of filming on a Hollywood lot were well done.
Ashley is a likeable heroine and Caz is subtly drawn; he's a fairly quiet hero but there is enough shown in the story for you to fill in the blanks about what he is thinking and feeling. I found myself speeding through this and the plot offers a lot of chances for yummy (and varied) make-out scenes. A nice one to pick up if you are looking for a cute, fairytale romance.(less)
Paige is only nine years old but she is a powerful witch, able to control the elements and heal people. That should be any young girls dream but eithe...morePaige is only nine years old but she is a powerful witch, able to control the elements and heal people. That should be any young girls dream but either people can't believe she is capable of such magic because she is so young or they expect her to be evil. This children's book deals with Paige's frustration and how she learns to handle other peoples prejudices.
Using very concise and clear prose, Witchlet tells a well developed story and provides a good character arc for Paige. She is very believable as both a frustrated little girl and powerful witch. I liked the idea of a child witch not only learning to cope with her powers but how the adults around her behave and I think this would appeal to kids whilst also being thought-provoking. The book leads to a satisfactory conclusion whilst also introducing characters of interest for the rest of the series.
The only reason I could not give a full five stars is because I am not the target audience, being an adult and therefore it is difficult for me to judge how much a child would enjoy the book. I think it would have been lovely if there were some pictures to illustrate the story as it would be great to see Paige calling up and riding the wind but at the same time there is plenty of description to create the image in your own mind. (less)
This children’s book tells of how a young boy called Toby begins to cope with the news that he is permanently blind.
I think this is a wonderfully sen...more This children’s book tells of how a young boy called Toby begins to cope with the news that he is permanently blind.
I think this is a wonderfully sensitive and educational book for young children learning to deal with blindness or, in fact, any child, to promote understanding and empathy. It is neither patronising or preachy and in simple, well written prose a positive message is conveyed whilst still giving an honest and realistic depiction of the difficult emotions Toby is dealing with.
The only reason I have given this 4 stars instead of 5 is because, as an adult, I don’t think I’m qualified to make an absolute judgment. I would need to see how a child responded to it in order to do that but I believe that the author has made a difficult subject very accessible.(less)
Nic is an award-winning actor and renowned ladies man. When he meets single-mum, photographer Lauren at a shoot and they share a spontaneous...more3.5 Stars
Nic is an award-winning actor and renowned ladies man. When he meets single-mum, photographer Lauren at a shoot and they share a spontaneous kiss, he finds himself yearning for a normal relationship with her but with a deranged stalker watching his every move how could he possibly have anything normal? As the stalker becomes increasingly dangerous and it becomes clear that Lauren is at risk, Nic vows to put an end to the threat which is ruining his life.
Deadly Obsession is a well written novel that juggles the balance of suspense and romance well. I did seem to stall a little in the middle but I think that was because I would have liked the relationship between Nic and Lauren to have been drawn out a bit longer, rather than any fault with the actual pace. I'm just the kind of person that revels in anticipation.
Though it was obvious very early on who the stalker was, I felt this was a bonus because it added an extra layer of tension; the reader being aware of the stalkers presence and plans whilst Nic and Lauren were still clueless. The threat was very real and the escalation of danger was well handled. I also particularly enjoyed the way the characters used their (plausible) skills and the readily available technology at their disposal so it appeared very well researched and avoided plot holes.
I know there is another book in this series, based on one of the other characters, and I will definitely be adding it to my tbr list. (less)
Years ago, a generation of people from Reka’s home agreed to offer up their adolescent children as hosts for the ‘Gods’ in return for saving them from...moreYears ago, a generation of people from Reka’s home agreed to offer up their adolescent children as hosts for the ‘Gods’ in return for saving them from famine and starvation. When Reka is picked to be the host for Anaya, the Queen of the Gods, she believes her life is over, her body to be hijacked and her spirit crushed – but from the moment she steps on the ship, nothing turns out quite as she expected.
The story is told from Reka’s first person perspective and I have to say I found it slightly confusing, as a lot of the world building elements were either referred to but not thoroughly explained, or things happened but were given no further context. I’m not someone that is a big fan of ‘telling’ in comparison to ‘showing’ but I needed more clarity about what was going on and why. Some of the time I wondered if I was just being a bit dense and not picking up on the subtleties, whereas at other times it just didn’t make sense to me as to why nothing more had been said (view spoiler)[for example, when Reka told us that Anaya had showed her a memory but then not said anything more about what it was of (hide spoiler)].
The opening chapter of ‘Children of the Gods’ did fall prey to this issue but I have to say that the actual events that were unfolding hooked me in and kept me reading. I thought the whole plot was very interesting and there were lots of ideas that were really imaginative. The budding romance between Reka and Jaxson was sweet and I liked how they gradually grew closer and more trusting of each other but I would have liked to see this play out in different settings to keep it interesting. There was a point where each day felt quite repetitive (view spoiler)[a lot of meals and canoodling (hide spoiler)].
Overall, I would give this a 2.5 star rating as there was heaps of potential in this story but the execution needed some tightening up. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Hollowland was my favourite Amanda Hocking book, so my hopes may have been too high for this, it's sequel, and disappointment was inevitable...more2.5 stars.
Hollowland was my favourite Amanda Hocking book, so my hopes may have been too high for this, it's sequel, and disappointment was inevitable.
The first book left off with Remy doing a very brave thing that could have led to all sorts of interesting story lines...but unfortunately didn't. I don't know whether Hocking was maybe trying to create a real sense of 'hollowness' with this plot but that's how it felt. I like dystopia and don't expect Disney endings but there has to be some kind of point or lesson behind that bleakness and that didn't really come through for me other than the very unsubtle dialogues about appreciating small moments of happiness when you get them etc, etc.
One of the reasons I usually find myself wanting to read a sequel is because I liked the characters and want to see what will happen to them next, so I was sad that Harlow and Lazlo occupied so little time in the text. Even Ripley was sidelined and didn't really feel there - which sums up a lot of the style of this book.
Although there is plenty of action nothing really new happens and it all feels a bit rushed. There are quite a few character decisions and behaviour which didn't seem to make much sense (view spoiler)[ Why would they treat Remy so badly? How likely is it she could have survived multiple invasive surgeries without pain medication - surely she would have gone into shock and died? Why would they evacuate and just leave her tied up on the table if she was the last hope for mankind to find a cure? Why would Tatum - a soldier - wander off so stupidly to pee on some bushes when he had showed himself to be so resourceful and, come to that - what exactly was the point of killing him off, only to replace him with a virtual carbon copy in the shape of Boden? (hide spoiler)] and virtually no detail devoted to describing the new characters, settings or even the dystopian vision/science. In many ways I know it could all be argued as being more 'realistic' but I couldn't help feeling that this sequel was largely pointless.
It's not an awful book or even a maddeningly frustrating one but it just seems like a massively wasted opportunity, which is a real shame.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
In this final instalment of the Paranormals trilogy, Jenny is taken to Chiapas by Alexander, on the run from the government. Ashleigh and Tommy have e...moreIn this final instalment of the Paranormals trilogy, Jenny is taken to Chiapas by Alexander, on the run from the government. Ashleigh and Tommy have escaped the chaos of the riot in Charleston undetected and Seth is trying to figure out what happened and where Jenny is.
I liked the way the story opened with a flashback to Seth's past, reconnecting the reader to him after the unfortunate conclusion of Tommy Nightmare, and the hedonistic atmosphere of the episodes with Jenny and Alexander in Mexico were really well portrayed. However, those scenes did make me consider whether it should really be classed as YA; there's a bit too much sex and casual drug-taking for that. I don't disapprove of it, it made sense to the story, but I think the content would be a little unsuitable for, say, a fourteen year old.
Whilst on the subject of genre, in many ways Alexander Death reminded me more of a thriller than a horror or PNR story, with the characters involved in different types of crime, political campaigns and trying to figure out who and what is at the bottom of the mysterious events and disappearances.
The pace was consistent throughout and I found both Seth and Jenny's plot threads the most compelling to follow. Unfortunately, Ashleigh, who I've always found truly sinister, seemed a little unfocussed in her machinations and the threat she posed to Jenny and Seth was largely sidelined in favour of Alexander.
As the end of a series this ticked all the right boxes, tied up the loose ends and provided a satisfactory conclusion for the characters, my only real frustration was that it felt a little rushed in places, with missed opportunities to expand upon situations. (view spoiler)[ After drawing out the separation of Jenny and Seth for over half the book, the reunion was wrapped up in a couple of chapters and it felt as though Jenny's realisation that she did still love and want to be with Seth was far too quick. I was expecting Alexander to maybe hold Seth prisoner (after all, a person who can heal you can be useful when you're in a dangerous profession like drug-trafficking) then maybe Jenny could have slowly come around and planned their escape. (hide spoiler)]
I wanted to love this book, as I loved Jenny Pox and maybe my expectations were therefore unrealistically high but this is still a very well written and original series, definitely well worth a read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
When Julie moves to Boston to go to college, she finds herself homeless after a housing mishap and is forced to move in with an old friend of...more3.5 stars
When Julie moves to Boston to go to college, she finds herself homeless after a housing mishap and is forced to move in with an old friend of her mother's. They are a strange family, with parents Erin and Roger constantly working, their geeky son Matt taking on the role of guardian to his younger sister Celeste, who carries around a cardboard cutout of the eldest brother Finn, who is away travelling. Perhaps the weirdest thing is how at home Julie feels there and then she strikes up an online relationship with Finn, but is their connection real and would it remain if they met up in person?
I was grabbed right from the beginning by the lively tone of this book. It is really well written and that is what kept me reading even when I found myself growing colder towards Julie, as she could be a bit of a bossy, snob. Although the banter was funny, I also found it a little bit exhausting at times - I couldn't imagine anyone keeping it up that consistently even though it was fun to read.
The twist was predictable but as the story progressed I did occasionally doubt it because of the sheer scale it seemed to be going to. I wasn't keen on that (and I'm having to be vague to avoid spoiling it) but it is a testament to the writer's skill that by the end I was still able to feel sympathetic towards the characters. It was a really original idea. I loved reading a romance that was based on a personality connection rather than attraction. (less)
I wish I could give this a higher rating as I know how valuable good reviews are to indie-authors, however, I just couldn't get to grips with this boo...moreI wish I could give this a higher rating as I know how valuable good reviews are to indie-authors, however, I just couldn't get to grips with this book. I have the feeling there is an epic and very imaginative idea behind this series but the execution is in great need of a ruthless editor.
I'm pretty forgiving of typo's in self-published work because it is extremely difficult to pick every error up and I've seen plenty in traditionally published work too. Unfortunately, that is not the only reason I feel Paradox requires heavy editing. The style of the prose wasn't to my taste as it seemed over-written and the different threads of the plot were left hanging with no resolution. I was confused quite a lot by who characters were and what their purpose was to the story as well as unsure about where the story was actually headed.
As it is a first instalment in a series, perhaps it would have been better for it to be a full length novel, rather than a novella so that some of the mysteries could have been revealed. (less)
Superiors is an interesting take on the vampire myth and the author has presented a well developed dystopian world. I liked the gradual building of th...moreSuperiors is an interesting take on the vampire myth and the author has presented a well developed dystopian world. I liked the gradual building of the relationship between Draven and Cali, especially since it didn't go down an obvious route. However, this is more of a 2.5 star rating for me because the pacing was a little hit and miss - it would have been good if the first half of the book had matched the pacing of the second half and I didn't feel a strong sympathy or connection to the characters - though I did find Draven well rounded and intriguing. I do think that now the characters and world have been firmly established, the second book in the series has a lot of potential. (less)