Garrett Leigh's super power is creating characters that are broken, giving them a glimmer of hope and then ripping it away... there's a reason why I kGarrett Leigh's super power is creating characters that are broken, giving them a glimmer of hope and then ripping it away... there's a reason why I keep coming back for more though... *sigh* Full review coming soon. ...more
This installment of the Ethan & Wyatt series was short and sweet, but that doesn't meant it was lacking... especially in emotion.
The first book inThis installment of the Ethan & Wyatt series was short and sweet, but that doesn't meant it was lacking... especially in emotion.
The first book in this series was Getting Him Back, which introduced Ethan and Wyatt. It would have been easy to get frustrated with Wyatt's hesitance to trust what he and Ethan had. Their relationship was still new and since readers had the advantage of being in Ethan's head in Getting Him Back, we had a slight advantage. The tables were turned in Boyfriend Material and readers got a chance to find out exactly how insecure Wyatt really was... and why.
Even though Boyfriend Material was short and sweet (just under 100 pages) it covered a lot of ground. Wyatt may not have been able to totally trust what he had with Ethan, but even when they weren't together, it gave him quality time with his uncle. That time gave him the confidence to believe that things for him could actually turn around.
Beyond Ethan and Wyatt, there were characters that I both loved and hated... some of those characters I wasn't quite prepared for. Those confrontations made me love Ethan just a little bit more - they also didn't gain Blake any brownie points. I really thought... well, you'll just have to read Boyfriend Material to see what I mean. *sigh*
Needless to say, I'm really hoping that there's more to come for Ethan & Wyatt. ;)
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I really should deduct a star or at the very least half a star for oh so many reasons. *glares at evil author*
My list of authors that I currently ha I really should deduct a star or at the very least half a star for oh so many reasons. *glares at evil author*
My list of authors that I currently have a love/hate relationship with is steadily growing. J.L. Bryan holds a fairly comfortable place on this list because Lullaby is far from the first book that bestowed him that honor. He's getting really good at leaving readers hanging at the end of books in the Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper series and even though I'm not giving the author a compliment, but I'm pretty sure he's going to take it that way.
Lullaby began pretty much where Maze of Souls left off and as much as I hoped things would get better, I should have known better. Not only was Michael still in a coma, but his sister was blaming Ellie for his condition. The heartbreaking part was that Ellie wasn't arguing with her. The fact that she felt betrayed by Calvin for selling the business to PSI just added to her depression. Things were definitely not changing for the better. If not for her obsession with Anton Clay, Ellie may have given up on the company all together.
The ghost that Ellie and Stacey were assigned to take care of in Lullaby was scary and dangerous, but an even bigger threat turned out to be a lot closer to home. Turns out Kara was a lot more evil and manipulative than they could have imagined. Working with the PSI crew is not going to be easy and Ellie and her friends are going to have to watch their backs.
As low as things were for Ellie, readers were given a bit of hope by the end... almost. In true J.L. Bryan fashion he had me turning the page to see what happened next and the story was over. Finished. Done. There's definitely more to come so I'll just sit here and wait patiently for the next installment. (Yeah, right.) *runs off to stalk evil author*
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This series in SM Reine’s world needs to come with a warning for some readers, even those who have read most of her books. The Tarot Witches is a lotThis series in SM Reine’s world needs to come with a warning for some readers, even those who have read most of her books. The Tarot Witches is a lot more sexually explicit than any of her other series. I feel like I have to mention this because some readers have found it too much. The irony in Summer Court is that Samita is just as turned off by the sexual laden magic that the Tarot Witches an their mates thrive on.
I’ve got to admit, I got kind of frustrated with Samita in the beginning. It was obvious she loved Slater, but she held back. She almost had a ‘greater than thou’ attitude that kept me from really connecting with her, but she eventually grew on me… eventually.
There’s something else that bears mentioning… be prepared to gain a different and possibly unflattering perspective on previous characters. SM Reine is turning into a pro with this little ploy, which may have been why it took Samita a while to grow on me.
Summer Court wraps up the Tarot Witches but, as with the other books in this world, it adds just another layer. And… if you’re someone who skips prologues and epilogues, don’t. Not with this book anyway. Connections are made, questions are answered and for me anyway, there were a couple of ‘duh’ moments.
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Well, I'm just a little bit behind, but since I'm posting this the week after the last book in Liz Long's Heroes of Arcania series, I'll just pretendWell, I'm just a little bit behind, but since I'm posting this the week after the last book in Liz Long's Heroes of Arcania series, I'll just pretend it was planned that way. :D
Fortune's Favor picked up exactly where Super Nova left off. After Penelope's seemingly betrayal and Henry's kidnapping, Nova and Cole are both left devastated. Now they each have even more reasons to want to end Fortune's reign of terror on Arcania.
Needless to say, a lot happens in Fortune's Favor. More secrets are revealed. Crazy alliances are made and the danger never slows. Henry finds himself caught in the middle in more ways than one, but that doesn't stop him from taking more crazy chances. Both Nova and Cole are suffering from guilt as well as an urgency to find a way to stop Fortune.
From the beginning I've loved the connection between Nova and Cole. Nova started her fight against Fortune because of Star, but as the story's processed, it's turned into much more than that. Cole's goal has always been to do the right thing, regardless of the danger to himself, but the strength in those convictions and his alliances are put to the ultimate test by the end of Fortune's Favor. The jury's still out on exactly how far Penelope will go to prove her point... Things should be extremely interesting in Unbreakable, the final book in the Heroes of Arcania series.
On a side note, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn't even consider a connection between Liz Long's Donovan Circus series and Heroes of Arcania until this book. It's sad to say that I'm afraid I may have never really 'gotten it' but the author made it blatantly obvious in Fortune's Favor. *face palm* That's okay, oblivious or not, I love the connection and hope I notice even more. ;) As I mentioned, Unbreakable was released last week, so if you're one of those people who doesn't like to start a series until it's complete, you're in luck.
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I love the snarky, fun side of Lisa Henry. Don't get me wrong, I loved the dark edginess of When all the World Sleeps (co-authored by J.A. Rock) but II love the snarky, fun side of Lisa Henry. Don't get me wrong, I loved the dark edginess of When all the World Sleeps (co-authored by J.A. Rock) but I didn't become a full fledged fan until I read The Two Gentlemen of Altona (also co-authored by J.A. Rock) which was the first book in their Playing the Fool trilogy. Now I find myself wanting to check out the rest of this author's books.
By the description you can tell which category Adulting 101 falls into. I absolutely loved Nick, even though some of his choices made me cringe. He could definitely be described as someone who didn't look before he leaped. The only problem with this whole story that I had was that Jai seemed to have a pretty level head. He also had a long-term goal that made it important to keep his job, so why did he end up in that porta-potty with Nick? Regardless of why, I'm glad he did. Otherwise he wouldn't have gotten to know Nick and readers wouldn't have been treated to this fun story.
The more I got to know Nick, the more I liked him. He wasn't nearly as scatterbrained as I first thought, but then I started thinking about it. Don't we all know someone who just jumps into life with everything they've got? A person who has a totally different view on things and if you really pay attention can help you look at things like you've never looked at them before. Someone who lets every thought in their head at times flow out of their mouth and not think twice about it? That's how I saw Nick. It's much easier to love those people than to try to reign them in and why would you want to? It was fun watching Jai come to that realization about Nick.
Every once in a while, reading something light, fun and sweet is necessary and Adulting 101 was the perfect book to fill that need. Enjoy!
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Gah! Can you say cliff hanger? Like 'I can't believe the book just ended' kind of cliff hanger? I might not write a full review until I've read the seGah! Can you say cliff hanger? Like 'I can't believe the book just ended' kind of cliff hanger? I might not write a full review until I've read the second book in this two book series. I will say that as much as I loved Sinjin in the Jolie series, he didn't have the same appeal in this book. Not sure why, but maybe I'll figure it out after I read the next book. o.O...more
This author... He gives readers no choice but to fall in love with the characters he creates. Then he slowly tortures them both physically and emotionThis author... He gives readers no choice but to fall in love with the characters he creates. Then he slowly tortures them both physically and emotionally until he eventually and just as slowly, puts the pieces of their lives back together again. I both love and hate him for that...
Wolfsong was written in mostly double-titled chapters, so depending on how you look at it, Ox didn't even meet Joe (the boy) until the 3rd (or 5th) chapter. That's okay though, because the quality time that readers spent with Ox was necessary. Klune used those introductory chapters wisely. One of the things that I love most about this author is his ability to make his characters 'real'. As much as I was impatiently waiting for Ox and Joe to finally meet, I really appreciated that one-on-one time I got to spend with Ox. Being in Ox's head was a unique experience even from the beginning. He never had a high opinion of himself (I'm still mad at his father), just one of the many reasons that I couldn't help but love him from the very beginning. It's really hard to explain, but basically, readers were given the opportunity to experience Ox's growth from a awkward boy into a somewhat less awkward young man.
And then there was Joe... I'm not surprised that the most quoted line out of this book was "candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome" because that's pretty much what Wolfsong was... but it was so much more than that. I promise not to give anything away, but the moment that Joe and Ox finally meet is too amazing not to share...
There was a boy standing in the dirt road, watching me. His nose was twitching and his eyes were wide. They were blue and bright. Short blond hair. Tanned skin, almost as much as mine. He was young and small and I wondered if I was dreaming again. "Hello." I said. "Who are you?" he asked. "I'm Ox." "Ox? Ox! Do you smell that?" I sniffed the air. I didn't smell anything other than the woods. "I smell trees," I said. He shook his head. "No, no, no. It's something bigger." He walked toward me, his eye going wider. Then he was running. He wasn't big. He couldn't have been more than nine or ten. He collided with my legs, and I barely took a step back. He started climbing me, hooking his legs around my thighs and pulling himself up until his arms were around my neck and we were face to face. "It's you!" He was in my arms now. I didn't want him to fall. He took my face in his hands and squished my cheeks together. "Why do you smell like that?" he demanded. "Where did you come from? Do you live in the woods? What are you? We just got here. Finally. Where is your house?" He put his forehead agains mine and inhaled deeply. "I don't get it!" he exclaimed. "What is it?" And then he was crawling up and over my shoulders, feet pressed against my chest and neck until he clambered onto my back, arms around my neck, chin hooked on my shoulder. "We have to go see my mom and dad," he said. "They'll know what this is. They know everything." He was a tornado of fingers and feet and words. I was caught in the storm.
And then it gets better....
He started spinning his storm again, voice rising up and down, words forcefully punctuated without pattern. "Mom! Mom, you have to smell him! It's like...like...I don't even know what it's like! I was walking in the woods to scope out our territory so I could be like Dad and then it was like...whoa. And then he was all standing there and he didn't see me at first because I'm getting so good at hunting. I was all like rawr and grr but then I smelled it again and it was him and it was all kaboom! I don't even know! I don't even know! You gotta smell him and then tell me why it's all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome." They all stared at him as if they'd come across something unexpected. Mark had a secret smile on his face, hidden by his hand. "Is that so?" the woman finally said. Her voice wavered like it was a fragile thing. "Rawr and grr and kaboom?" "And the smells!" he cried. "Can't forget about those," the man next to her said faintly. "Candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome." "Didn't I tell you ?" Mark said to them, "Ox is...different."
Epic and awesome indeed... So 'epic and awesome' that I'm ashamed of how long it's taken me to sit down and write my review. The thing is, I always have a hard time writing reviews of books that I love. I know that there's no way that I can come close to putting into words what makes a book like Wolfsong one that shouldn't be ignored. There was just so much to love about it. Ox and Joe of course, but the rest of Joe's family and Ox's mom. Their friends and the 'pack' in general. *sigh*
Then there was the trademark TJ Klune moments that made me simultaneously love and hate the author. You guessed it, there were tears. Tears of joy, tears of laughter and gut wrenching, heart breaking tears. Lots and lots of 'wookie cry face' tears. As much as I hate to admit it, they were all worth it.
Beyond that, the world building and the author's unique take on werewolves was awesome... I loved the way the wolves viewed certain aspects of life the way that more humans should. I loved Ox's mother's acceptance of who Ox was for no other reason than she loved him as a mother should. There's really not much more that I can say other than I'm super excited that this is just the beginning of a new series. Now I need to go over my TBR list, I have some catching up to do with the rest of this author's books. ;)...more
Fangs & Lullabies is only the second book that I've read by Kallysten. The first was Baby Steps and I can honestly say that I loved them both.
ThisFangs & Lullabies is only the second book that I've read by Kallysten. The first was Baby Steps and I can honestly say that I loved them both.
This story began with heartbreak. In the world that Kallysten has created for her vampires, they can't conceive a child. Jacob's mother found a way through science and magic, but she didn't survive his birth long enough to even hold her son. And yes, that's where the story opens. Andrew is obviously devastated, but he's determined to love and protect his son from that moment forward.
Nicholas comes back into Andrew's life soon after Jacob's birth. Together with Jacob they form a family like no other. I loved the snapshots from year to year as Jacob grows. For me they got even more interesting when Jacob's POV came into play. The author did a great job of capturing Jacob's personality even from a very young age, and anyone who has read any of my reviews knows how I love it when that happens.
As the description states, this is a book of 'snapshots' that give readers a glimpse into a unique, yet normal family. They have their secrets and things aren't perfect, but together Andrew and Nicholas managed to raise an amazing young man. There's a lot more to their story and I can't wait to get to know them better in the next installment, Demons & Lullabies.
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Oh Finn… As I mentioned more than once, the thing that I love most about the Elemental Assassin series is the sense of family. At the core of that famOh Finn… As I mentioned more than once, the thing that I love most about the Elemental Assassin series is the sense of family. At the core of that family is Gin and Finn. That family was put to the test in Bitter Bite and because of that I spent a lot of that book being really upset with Finn. Unfair, I know, especially since by the end of Bitter Bite Finn was totally broken… which is where readers found him at the beginning of Unwanted.
Seeing Finn as low as he was in Unwanted was hard. He was without his characteristic wit, charm and self confidence and worse, he felt he deserved every dirty look and cold shoulder thrown his way. When he finally saw the chance to make things up to at least one of the people he hurt, he jumped on it.
All of Finn’s “family’ were there to support him and prove to him that they loved him no matter what. Some things you just have to do on your own and Finn was determined to prove to others and to himself that he wasn’t the man that they thought he was. As novella’s in a series go, Unwanted wasn’t just a side story, it was almost necessary. Finn had been through so much in Bitter Bite that he (and readers) deserved to gain some closure from the ordeal. Unwanted did just that and leaves readers ready and waiting for the next installment in the Elemental Assassin series, Unraveled.
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It's always an added bonus when two authors that you follow collaborate. Even though this is a re-make of a previous title, I missed it the first timeIt's always an added bonus when two authors that you follow collaborate. Even though this is a re-make of a previous title, I missed it the first time around. It's not the first Sexton/Witt collaboration I've read and you'll be happy to know that it won't be the last. ;)
I've said before that BDSM isn't my go-to genre, but every once in a while, especially if it's written by an author (or in this case authors) that I really like, I take a chance. Roped In is one of those books. If you're like me and not really into anything hard core when it comes to the genre, or if you're not sure, Roped In is fairly tame. That doesn't mean that it's not full of smexiness... far from it.
There's no reason why a relationship between a rodeo cowboy and an animal rights activist could even be close to compatible. Somehow this writing duo made it work. I loved Kaz's energy and his compassion. I also loved his ability to keep an open mind when Graham offered to show him that he may be wrong about his opinion on some things. There was a lot to love about Graham too. I loved his willingness to take the time to show Kaz that there were some things he should know before condemning every cowboy. I was also really happy that he gave Kaz a chance to show him a thing or two. ;) Basically, Roped In was a sweet, unexpected love story that ended a lot sooner than I was ready for.
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This is only the second book by Garrett Leigh that I’ve read. The first one was Misfits and once I finished 4.5 - 5... what an emotional read. *tear*
This is only the second book by Garrett Leigh that I’ve read. The first one was Misfits and once I finished What Remains, you know what I discovered? I need to make a conscious effort to track down more of her books.
What Remains went back and forth between the present and the past. If you’re not a fan of that type of story, don’t let it keep you from giving this story a chance. It turned out to be a great way to help readers grasp exactly what both Rupert and Jodi experienced.
There was so much to love about What Remains, I’m not sure where to start. The romance was amazing and then it crashed, through no fault of either Rupert or Jodi. I both loved and hated the circumstances that switched the roles between Rupert and Jodi. I adored both these men and the people who surrounded them with love and support.
Sometimes you can discover an author’s “super power” after only reading a couple of books. It’s taken me exactly two to discover that Garrett Leigh’s is to break you and slowly put the pieces back together.
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Knotty Magic was full of the snarkiness, humor, wit and smexiness that I’ve come to expect from her. A spunky girl who’s passionate about things thatKnotty Magic was full of the snarkiness, humor, wit and smexiness that I’ve come to expect from her. A spunky girl who’s passionate about things that are important to her. A grizzly man who’s afraid to commit because he’s been burned and doesn’t want to put his heart through that kind of pain again. Add to that a forest full of magic that is determined to bring these two crazy kids together and the combination is golden....more