Theoretically speaking, anybody in possession of a pen and paper can write, but just because you put ink on a page doesn't mean you are...moreWow. Just WOW.
Theoretically speaking, anybody in possession of a pen and paper can write, but just because you put ink on a page doesn't mean you are a writer. I didn't know what to expect when I started this book, but I took a chance and all I could think after finishing was...
HOW IN THE H-E-DOUBLE L DID I NOT READ THIS SOONER?!?!?!
I'm seriously perplexed.
For whatever reason, Killian McRae has been a rather elusive author to me in the Goodreads world and I am about to rectify that. This was an utterly fantastic piece of Historical Fiction/Romance and I most definitely consider it a favorite of mine and will probably read it multiple times over the next several years. Her talent is so extraordinary that I am seriously in awe. I went to bed last night with the most amazing Happily Ever After resting in the confines of my mind and my toes curled over in absolute glee. This story is so beautiful.
You basically have 3 main players in this book Miss Maeve O'Connor, Lord August Grayson and Mr. Owen Murphy. The time is set in the mid 1800's and takes place between Ireland, England and New England with a brief encounter into the West of the Americas. And I devoured every single sentence.
There were times that I was in love with August, hated August, back in love with August, wanted to KILL August, sort of liked August, understood August, didn't understand August, was ANGRY at August, only to fall head-over-heels back in LOVE with August. It was an adventure. Killian kept surprising me at every turn and I found 90% of the plot to be completely unpredictable, which I loved! It definitely held much more intrigue, mystery and drama then I was ever expecting. Just when I thought I knew where she was taking me, she'd throw on the e-brake and we'd be heading in the opposite direction. It was mind-boggling!!
The beginning of the book has a lot more heat then I was expecting and which generally isn't my style when picking up books, but it really sets you up to understand everything that would come to pass between August, Maeve and Owen. And I think that's what I love most about this book. Killian had every single piece of her "puzzle plot" completely in line with each other and perfectly connected. Her entire story line was so well-thought and planned to such minutiae that it was no wonder she took 3 years to write it! It was fantastic to put it all together piece by piece. I felt that my brain was constantly unlocking secret doors to new information every time she began a chapter. The timeline she choose to use in telling her story was perfect as well. I did find it odd that she jumped back and forth from present to future, but after awhile I realized I didn't have to pay attention to the dates to keep up. It just all made sense.
First Line: "We have an understanding then."
Favorite Line: Why didn't Guinevere have a baby then, if that's what Arthur needed? "Perhaps they didn't do it enough," August returned with a slight blush on his cheeks. But Maeve was more confused still. "Do what?" August smirked, "It, Maeve."
Funniest Line:"Do you ever get used to Patty making jokes about you whacking your log all day?" (british/irish humor is hilarious)
Last Line: Every day, I love you more. Mo Maeve, mo chroi. My heart.
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the following:
1. Historical Fiction 2. Intense plot lines that keep you guessing 3. Experiencing a ton of emotions towards your Main Characters 4. Great, Epic LOVE STORIES!!!
There's not much I can say that doesn't really mirror my thoughts on Slammed. This was just another piece of Colleen's perfectly written puzzle. If I...moreThere's not much I can say that doesn't really mirror my thoughts on Slammed. This was just another piece of Colleen's perfectly written puzzle. If I was her I would be so butterflying proud of myself for writing such amazing sh#$%!!
I FLIPPIN LOVED THIS BOOK!!
And if you feel so inclined to have a lesser opinion of it that's fine, but beware
I will hunt you down and beat you with my shoe!
This is LITERARY PERFECTION!!!!!!
p.s. do yourself a favor and go buy some Kleenex at Costco. YOU.WILL.NEED.IT!(less)
"Human trafficking is the second most lucrative crime in the world, making more mon...more 5 STARS OF FREAKING PERFECTION
Where to begin, oh where to begin.
"Human trafficking is the second most lucrative crime in the world, making more money every year than Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined. It happens everywhere, from the poverty-stricken providences of Cambodia to the affluent suburbs of California. Two children are trafficked every minute- that's 2880 a day. Became an abolitionist. If we don't fight for them, who will?" - JM Darhower
If you pick up this book, then be forewarned you are getting more then just a fun, fictional read for the weekend. You are getting a first hand look into the lives of Haven, a modern-day slave whose been beaten, berated and ridiculed her entire life and Carmine, a Mafia principe or prince who has been born into a life of crime, death and destruction. These characters might have been fictional, but their life circumstances are anything but.
Sempre, can almost be interpreted as a cracked-out version of Cinderella. You have the lowly, mistreated female servant who falls in love with the wealthy and very handsome prince. Except in this story the prince is dropping the f#$%! bomb every 3 sentences and the lowly servant has the potential of having her fingers individually cut-off if she so much as blinks the wrong way. And Darhower, does a superb job with making you fall just as in love with story as the ever classic, Cinderella. *sigh*
At 500+ pages, I thought for sure this book would drag at parts or lose my attention, but it did neither. It was consistently captivating from chapter to chapter. Even better, was the character development. Not only did Carmine & Haven grow and mature over the book, but you really began to fall-in love with the supporting cast. Even the enigmatic and licentious, Corrado, stole my heart. I couldn't help think that I would absolutely love and appreciate having him as my Uncle (if I was in the Mafia of course).
I am definitely cataloging Sempre, as one of my all-time favorites. Besides the heartbreaking realization of modern-day slavery and the unfortunate circumstances that surrounded Carmine & Haven's love for one another, there was some extensively witty banter. Carmine & his brother Dominic have some of the dirtiest mouths on this planet, but you'd never catch me washing them out with a bar of soap. They are a classic duo and often left me laughing out loud. Seriously, Darhower is a freaking genius and I can't wait for book 2.
LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD, SENTENCE, PARAGRAPH, PAGE & CHAPTER!
Slammed is one of those books that screws it up for ALL of the other books you read after it. Everything else...moreI don't even know how or where to begin.
Slammed is one of those books that screws it up for ALL of the other books you read after it. Everything else seems to pale in comparison and your left wanting, needing, desiring something more and more and more. You keep picking up a new book here and there in the hopes that it will ignite your heart in the same way and it just doesn't. It's an unfortunate side-effect of a lot of 5-star books, but to be honest if there was a 6th star, if you could somehow create one and add it to a book and only one book, for me Slammed would be the recipient of that 6th star.
Thoughts My thoughts My thoughts on this book are overwhelming consuming screaming adoring exasperating suffocating heart-stopping
Heart My heart My heart has stopped Its stopped beating for the passionate embrace to devour other words on pages because it seams to have read the ones it needed to feel complete.
So I wait and I hope I wait and I hope that the maker and creator of these words that I have found so all-consuming, will make and create more. More and more and more Of the words that when combined create pages and those pages create chapters and those chapters create a book.
A book that I know I will love. And my thoughts My thoughts on that book Will be overwhelming consuming screaming adoring exasperating suffocating heart-stopping
And once again My heart My heart will stop. _______________
So Colleen, please, please, please write a 3rd book. I am too attached to Will, Lake, Eddie, Gavin, Kel, Caulder, Sherry & Joel to say goodbye. I need just a little more to have my happy closure :)
I have always been someone that has enjoyed books. Literature of any type, for that matter, has always beguiled me whether it is magazines, children’s...more I have always been someone that has enjoyed books. Literature of any type, for that matter, has always beguiled me whether it is magazines, children’s books, short stories’, 500+ page novels or poetry compilations. There is just something so enchanting when you become utterly consumed by a stack of bound paper.
With that being said, my reading obsession didn’t truly begin until I became another member of the “Twilight Bandwagon”. Which in truth, doesn’t even begin to grasp the empire that it has amounted too. Its following is probably greater then the population of a mid-sized country and I wouldn’t be surprised if its GDP surpassed that of even China. Especially, with the amount of money I know most people have spent indulging on books, movies, t-shirts, posters and other extravagant accouterments. I mean I am not a self-proclaimed twi-hard, but I have definitely read the series a few (probably 6 or so) times.
So obviously there is no real need to alert CNN that Stephanie Meyer is singlehandedly responsible for my newfound book “obsession” because it almost goes without saying that this has been the end-result for thousands of readers, if not millions. She sparked something inside of us all and it has spread like wildfire.
As it stands now, I read on average 2-4 books a week. Last year I managed to reach my Goodreads goal of 100 books! This year I have the same goal, but I would love to surpass it by leaps and bounds, which I am sitting pretty in February at having already read 19. But let’s get back to the point of this post and move-on from this rather lengthy introduction.
I almost feel that I can’t quite properly pronounce my feelings for this book. I would assimilate it to the shyness of someone in a foreign country, trying to communicate from a language translation dictionary. You know, where their speech is often full of long pauses, wrongfully appropriated words and awkward pensive staring.
Yes, that’s it. I am now re-entering this review as an English-speaking tourist surrounded by the Hadza speaking Tanzanian locals. You have been warned.
I think I’ll begin with how the general population feels about Angelfall, because without telling you how I personally feel, almost anyone who has checked the book out on Amazon should know it’s worth taking a peep into its pages. It currently boasts 258 reviews of which 222 are of the 5-star variety. Only 1 person decided it was worth 1-star and her review was completely ludicrous, so we can ignore it and safely move-forward assuming that this women, quite possibly, is clinically insane*.
For some reason I always take personal offense to reviewers with nothing nice to say about books, especially the ones that I went all Bambi on and found myself relentlessly twitterpating over. It’s akin to someone telling you your child is ugly 2 seconds after being born. It just plain hurts.
So of course, since I am spending time writing this review, my personal opinion is of the 5-star variety. I did have my reservations in the beginning though. And they turned out to be completely irrational after finishing the book. However, if you must know, I wasn’t a fan of either of the main characters’ names. I have discussed this with several book aficionados and it’s well known that a name can either make or break a book for people. And I was one breath away from a compound fracture.
Susan Ee, the literary genius behind this piece of phenomenal fiction, does redeem herself and by the time I read “The End”, I had completely forgotten any of my previous qualms. Penryn - the vivacious, sarcastic and persistent female lead - and Raffe - the complex, lonely and god-like male lead - are now neatly filed away as two of my all-time favorite characters – names included.
I think one of Angelfall’s most alluring qualities, besides the penetrating plot and mind-blowing visualizations are the supporting characters. The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world and if moving around your city like a deranged sewer rat, while trying to prevent an untimely death by street gangs, along with scraping the bottom of trash cans for any visible morsel of edible food, all the while pushing your paraplegic little sister around in a wheel chair isn’t enough to put a damper on your life perspective, then let’s add-in a schizophrenic mother who “hears voices” and carries around rotten eggs like their the golden-ticket into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. If you think your having a bad day, think again.
The supporting cast is almost as intriguing as the post-apocalyptic world that encapsulates you like a warm blanket on a cold-snowy day, albeit a dark, dangerous and evil blanket. On the one-side you have the human race that are doing everything in their power to survive the impending doom. On the other side you have an infantry of Angels, both evil and righteous, who are at the forefront of ending civilization, as we know it. Malevolent plans have been set in motion and the once clear lines of good vs. evil are blending into one massive array of chaos.
Set-aside any preconceived notions you might have about books with Angels. For I can assure you Ms. Ee will knock your “imaginative” socks-off with her new take on a rather superfluous story line. The one thing that I was not prepared for in Angelfall was how truly dark this book is. It has such an otherworldly dimension that one can’t help to believe that this may exactly be how the world ends.
Overall though, this book left little to criticize. Sure, if your a pro you could pick on this and that since no book is ever perfect, but when you write something that has me up reading until the wee-hours of the morning then you've done good. Real good. Especially when you find yourself re-reading it only 30 seconds after its completion because you are just dying to experience it all over again.
So if you are looking for something new to sink your teeth in, I highly recommend Angelfall by Susan Ee and with a kindle price of $.99, what have you got to lose?
*To those reading this who are in fact clinically-insane, I mean no offense.(less)
She seriously has major skills when it comes to writing attraction. Her words make my palms sweat, my heart race and my knees sha...moreI <3 Abbi Glines.
She seriously has major skills when it comes to writing attraction. Her words make my palms sweat, my heart race and my knees shake. She has a way with time-warping me back to the dating days with the hubbs. I feel like I am re-living those amazingly sweet, enticingly scrumptious and extremely nerve-racking first kisses and hours-long* make-out sessions.
I always love it when a writer makes you fight for the characters in a book and when they drop bombs on you. Abbi did both in Because of Low. With all the fighting and dropping of bombs you would think it was a war book and not a YA romance.
Seriously though, great book.
*And no the "hours-long" was not suppose to say "hour". I miss being 18 and having nothing else better to do then make-out. *sigh*(less)
Never before has a love-triangle had me batting for both teams with such intensity!! Generally, I always want one to win over the other, but when you...moreNever before has a love-triangle had me batting for both teams with such intensity!! Generally, I always want one to win over the other, but when you write such ferociously loveable characters, enter-in Jake & Saxon you have no choice, but to fight for them both and hope for the best. In the end Jake won over my heart (marginally), but I still maintained wandering eyes for Saxon.
This book is an epic portrayal of the every-day life of 3 high-schoolers. And just when I thought I was over YA books and tired of reading about immature drama, Liz slaps me over the head with Double Clutch and has me pining over my high school memories. The best part? She has the ability to make the predictable unpredictable. I love the fact that Brenna had great parents, of which she adored and cared for. Not everyone had a sob story of a sad childhood and its nice to see kids who actually respect and listen to their parents, because they do exist.
Overall, its one of those books you'll read in one sitting and it will have you looking back on those fond memories of riding around with boys in trucks ; )(less)
I feel like I highlighted half of this book. Seriously Tammy your writing is just simply splendid. "I am made of 100% awesome, totally untouchable." -...moreI feel like I highlighted half of this book. Seriously Tammy your writing is just simply splendid. "I am made of 100% awesome, totally untouchable." - one of many fantastic quotable moments in the book. But I think my favorite is "I was, at that moment, in possession of the world's happiest hand."
I read your book in a day. Then once I finished, I turned back to page one and read it again. It was that enjoyable. When can we expect #2??(less)
Oh Tammy... I think I highlighted half your book. Such witty and comical writing.... "I am 100% awesome, totally untouchable", "in possession of the w...moreOh Tammy... I think I highlighted half your book. Such witty and comical writing.... "I am 100% awesome, totally untouchable", "in possession of the worlds happiest hand" - seriously great stuff. If I could I would want Scout as my best friend and Talley is such a great embodiment of everyone I have ever met from Kentucky. Just pure, good, kindness.
Bravo!! Excited for book 2! Your reviews on amazon are an honest portrayal of your writing. LOVED IT!(less)