First of all, this has to be the longest novella in the history of novellas. And I loved every minute of it. (Authors everywhere, THIS is how it’s donFirst of all, this has to be the longest novella in the history of novellas. And I loved every minute of it. (Authors everywhere, THIS is how it’s done).
Dawson and Bethany were such a cute couple, to the point that it was disgustingly completely sweet and adorable at times. I really like Dawson, he’s basically the polar opposite of Daemon. Trust me on this. Dawson’s friendly (Bethany could actually tell Dawson and Daemon apart because one was always ready with a smile and the other was always ready with a glare, true story), caring, thoughtful and sexy with a teeny tiny bit of a wild side. (Hello middle-of-the-classroom make-out session!)
This book also gave me a better understanding of Daemon and why he acts the way he does. That isn’t to say that Daemon was an angel before everything went down with his brother, but I like to think that Daemon would’ve been less of a jerk to Katy if things hadn’t happened the way they did.
Reading about Dawson also made me realize that I might like Daemon more than I thought I did. When it comes to having a good, simple relationship, Dawson is definitely the more reliable horse hottie to bet on. But when it comes to the story, I like that Daemon’s a complicated guy. You never know what he’ll do next, which makes for a pretty unpredictable relationship between him and his Kitten, not to mention explosive chemistry and hilarious banter. I’m sure I’ll still feel like punching him every once in a while all the time, but I’m starting to think that I wouldn’t have it any other way.
(By the way, on more than one occasion in the book, Daemon emphasized how much he hates humans and how he wouldn’t be caught dead with one. It made me smile and think to myself “Never say never, Daemon. Never say never.” It felt like an inside joke between the author and those who have read Obsidian.)
In short, I loved reading about Dawson and Bethany. I’ve been dying to know more about them ever since they were first mentioned in Obsidan. And they did not disappoint. This is a must-read if you’re curious about how it all began and if you want a better understanding of Daemon. ...more
I really liked this book. It's weird, because not much actually happens, but the way it's written, the mystery, the suspense, it just makes the book sI really liked this book. It's weird, because not much actually happens, but the way it's written, the mystery, the suspense, it just makes the book so engaging that you just can't stop reading because you have to find out how everything turns out.
The story is told from four points of view, that of Drew, Gabie, Kayla and Kayla's kidnapper. If someone told me that they read a book that was written from four points of view, my first thought would be: "That must've been confusing." But this wasn't. On the contrary, it added to the story. It was interesting to know what the "key players" were thinking at different moments during the story. It also made it possible to experience certain moments through the character actually going through it, instead of having to learn it through a character who was only being told about it.I think I'm really warming up to the idea of multiple points of view. If it's done well that is. And this one did it well.
The story spans a time period of about two weeks (not counting what I would call the epilogue), starting with the night Kayla is abducted and coming to a close after she's found. The book takes it one day at a time, showing each day from the different points of view. I think it's a very unique way of writing and it fit the story. I also liked the barely there paranormal aspect of the story.Even now I wonder...was it real or was it just wishful thinking?
But what I think I loved most was the detail, the supporting materials added to the story. A paragraph would either be preceded or followed up by evidence or general information on how cases are handled that wouldn't seem important until it turned out that it was.
Although there was a lot of attention to detail when it came to making the story believable, at the same time some things were left to the imagination. While on some level I like and appreciate that, I also kind of hate open endings. While the ending of this one wasn't really open it also didn't feel finished. We never find out what exactly happened on the night of Kayla's disappearance although there's a lot of speculation throughout the book. I also wish Gabie and Drew's friendship was addressed in the end.
Ultimately, this was a nice, quick read. The writing style was unlike any I've read before and the book was all the better because of it. If you're looking for an interesting read with a bit of mystery and a hint of suspense, then this is the book for you....more
When I read the synopsis of this book I was very intrigued. I mean the book is about clones. This is always a good subject to write a book about if itWhen I read the synopsis of this book I was very intrigued. I mean the book is about clones. This is always a good subject to write a book about if it’s done well. And I believe this was. But it’s also more than just a book about clones. It shows that things always turn out the way they’re supposed to even if they don’t always turn out the way we want them to. And that sometimes Faith is all you need to get through whatever you’re going through.
The story is told from the viewpoints of Abby and Marty(r), also known as J:3:3. Martyr is a clone who has lived in a lab all his life, isolated from the outside world. Even worse than that, he’s about to expire. When he escapes from the facility where he lives, he encounters a lot of things for the very first time. The way he describes and reacts to these things is very interesting. It reminded me of the way a little kid describes things with his limited vocabulary. It makes him very sweet and innocent and so adorable. Plus it's hilarious.
I really liked Abby. It was funny how she always weighed the pros and cons of a situation. It was like she was always looking for a silver lining. She was very independent and I liked the way she handled situations, like the unwanted attention of J.D. Kane, a guy who’s used to having every girl at school lying at his feet. Not Abby. I also liked the relationship between Marty and Abby. It was very sweet. Marty and Abby are both protective of each other and everyone else they care about. I just wish Martyr was a little bit better at hand-to-hand combat, so that he could fully embrace his protective nature.
The story really kept me engaged. There was a lot going on especially near the end and I had my theories about a few things (I always have theories). Even though my guesses were right a lot of the time, the way certain things came to light still made it surprising. Religion is definitely an important part of this book. But even though this is the case, it still manages to not be too preachy.
This book is a great introduction to Christianity. But even if you’re not Christian or if you don’t believe in God, this is still a good read. The story is interesting and definitely worth reading. Besides you don’t have to believe in God to believe in miracles, to believe that anything is possible. ...more
Can I just say that I love the cover of this book? It’s so pretty! I love the nuance and the pink dress and everything.
So I’ve been pining for this boCan I just say that I love the cover of this book? It’s so pretty! I love the nuance and the pink dress and everything.
So I’ve been pining for this book ever since I saw it on a Waiting on Wednesday post last year. And I’m glad to say that I really liked it. It was interesting and romantic. But what really made this book different was the writing style. I really had to get used to it.
First of all, this book very much revolves around relationships, romance and sex. It was very straightforward, which kind of shocked me a little since a lot of Young Adult books are kind of chaste. Some are so chaste that it takes them at least half the book to get to a teeny tiny kiss on the lips. So this was a surprise.( Which It shouldn’t have been since this book is directed at mature teens. I only realized how true that was after I’d read the book.) But besides the straightforwardness there was also a lot more tell than show. Normally I don’t like this, but in this case, it compensated for the straightforwardness. As in a lot of the time I felt like I was sitting with Jenna on her bed and she was gushing about her amazing date that ended with amazing sex. Because of that I think this is still more chaste than the lengthy I-feel-like-I’m-experiencing-it-too descriptions that can be found in Adult books.
I have to say that once I got used to the writing style, I liked it. I loved how realistic it was. The author looked at a very real and very possible situation and made it into a beautiful story. (At least I think it could happen.) And you know how sometimes you read a book and you wonder if the characters have ever heard of bowel movements or if the couples have ever heard of arguments? This wasn’t like that. OK, so there were no bowel movements involved, but this book was about real teens with real (raging) hormones and real dilemmas and I loved that. It was really sweet and romantic, but at the same time it was hot, sexy and yes, realistic and I liked how the author combined all of those things and made them work together.
Don’t even get me started on the characters. I love Chance! With his dreamy mossy green eyes with gold flecks and his sweet, playful and flirty personality there was just no stopping my crush on him from developing. *sigh
I liked Jenna and her friend Sophie. I also liked Robert, the guy certainly had his adorably sweet and romantic moments, but I just loved Chance more from the start. Oh and I liked Jhett, mostly because of that little talk he had with Jenna. It was sweet and honest.
This was just a beautiful, romantic story, not to mention hot and sexy, that makes you wonder what if…and could it be possible?...more
Honestly, I was frustrated while reading most of this book. I constantly felt like shaking some sense into Grace. Don't get me wrong I loveI loved it!
Honestly, I was frustrated while reading most of this book. I constantly felt like shaking some sense into Grace. Don't get me wrong I love her. She's so sweet and she has a huge heart of gold. But she also acted naive a lot of the time.Everything just screamed DANGER! DANGER!Run for your life and she didn't seem to get the message.
But that's also what made this book awesome. Everything was so confusing and while my gut feeling about a lot of things was right, the way it was written also made me go back and forth between my thoughts and hunches.
I just love this series. I really like the story, the way the supernatural is combined with religion, which I think is very original. And the way the religious part is brought is very refreshing. You can feel it's presence but it's not preachy or overbearing. That just goes to show that they can exist together.
And the characters are great, except for Jude.I can't seem to warm up to him, not even in the first book.But I love Grace and Daniel is growing on me. And I think April is hilarious. You just can't help but like her. I even have a soft spot for Talbot. And baby James sounds so cute.
But the thing that really made this book worth 5 stars for me, was the ending. Well, not quite the ending, but the last part of the book. Awe. Some.
3.5 Stars I was really excited about this book, because I loved and I do mean LOVED Significance and the premise of this book seemed so mysterious. I k3.5 Stars I was really excited about this book, because I loved and I do mean LOVED Significance and the premise of this book seemed so mysterious. I knew I'd like it...and I did.
The story was pretty original being about a supernatural creature that I've only read about once before. And even then, it was done in a completely different way. But while the story was different, I noticed that in a way it was also similar to other books I've read by Shelly Crane. Based on what I've read by her,I think she has a signature way of building up a story and the type of characters she creates.
This and the fact that I've read about this creature before lessened the surprise factor a little for me in this book. And I love surprises. I love being shocked to my core, especially just as I've started to get comfortable with the way the story is progressing and the author has given me the feeling that all is fine. Those surprises are so sneaky that I hate them, but I also love them. People who've read the Soul Screamers series know exactly what I'm talking about, don't you people?
Anyway,back to the book. So the main characters were Eli and Clara, just in case you didn't get that from the blurb.
I liked Eli. He was nice and sweet and very protective of Clara.
When it came to Clara I'd alternate between liking her and not liking her. Her actions didn't really back up her words at first. I found that I would agree with what she thought she should and would do in certain situations and then she'd turn around and do something completely different and find some stupid way to justify it to herself (and me). At least she came around in the end and we were high-fiving and singing "Can't Hold Us Down" and everything.
Tate was a(n) and I would have left him, probably even before the book started (but I guess that wouldn't have made a very good story). Which brings me back to Clara. He's one of her bad decisions I was talking about. At the same time I liked Tate. No, no, not like that. I liked him simply because he made for an even more interesting story.He was pretty good at being bad. Although Clara didn't see it even after it hit her in the face (literally).
Ultimately, I liked this book. It's a good read if you like a sweet supernatural story.
I really liked this. Like all the books I’ve read by Rachel Vincent, this one was action-packed, breathtaking and shocking. My eyesAwesome! As always.
I really liked this. Like all the books I’ve read by Rachel Vincent, this one was action-packed, breathtaking and shocking. My eyes were glued to the pages. I wouldn’t have been able to stop reading even if I’d wanted to.Rachel Vincent has the remarkable ability to make even a single sentence suspenseful or downright shocking.
So…Sophie, she was definitely a…different character. I’ll admit, while I was dying to read Sophie’s point of view of um…things, I was also worried that I wouldn’t like her as a narrator. And I still don’t like her. Actually I didn’t realize how much I loved Kaylee as a narrator until her “voice” and awesomeness weren't there. But while I don’t like Sophie, at the same time I don’t hate her as much as I did or at least thought I did.
Sophie’s completely clueless and she isn’t the nicest of people. But while it puts me off a little, I also kind of like it. She’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind, to be who she is and I think that’s admirable. And every once in a while I think she channels a little bit of Kaylee’s awesomeness. Family resemblance maybe?
Oh, and Luca! Did I mention Luca? I definitely like him, no doubt about that. Is he or will he ever be as amazing as Tod? That’s yet to be seen. But there are other things of him that can be seen (or read) in this novella. Like him. Shirtless. And that’s good enough for now. I wonder what brings him to Kaylee’s Sophie's part of town, though. Because I have a feeling he’s not just here for the scenery or the outstanding educational system.
What I can definitely say is that this novella gave me even more reason to pine for Before I Wake, as if I needed any. There are some very interesting revelations contained in this book that you won’t want to miss. Trust me. ...more
First of all, I love the cover of this book. I love anything with quotes and the tree makes it all the more beautiful. This book or rather it3.5 stars
First of all, I love the cover of this book. I love anything with quotes and the tree makes it all the more beautiful. This book or rather its cover and synopsis are what made me want to read the series. It was everything I wanted in a series and I absolutely loved the first book.
And this one had all the makings of a great story. It was sweet, interesting,action-packed, unique and it had likable characters.
Yet for some reason I didn't feel as connected to this story as I had been to the one of the first book. The urgency that would make this book mind-blowing was missing.
You know how some books just cause unbelievable feelings and reactions. Some make you laugh, others make you cry, usually they break your heart and crush your soul (in a good way even though you wouldn't think it was possible). You get angry at them and you want to throw them across the room or you want to hug them. This book had everything I thought it needed, to be that kind of read. But it wasn't.
So I liked it, a lot actually, but I wasn't as blown away by it as I thought I would be.
This book was something else. The concept was so unique, so original and well thought out. And I loved it. Let me tell you, I could not put this bookThis book was something else. The concept was so unique, so original and well thought out. And I loved it. Let me tell you, I could not put this book down. I was completely enamored by the story.
I liked Seraphina. She was sweet and pretty smart. I was a little impressed. Cyrus was a legitimate bad guy. It was evident in the way everyone treated him, as if they were only a second away from calling him master.( I think that actually happened at one point) . Anyway, it was also evident in what Sera-I love the short version of her name for some reason- thought about him. I honestly started thinking that the guy was a ticking time bomb. I really liked Bryan. There was definitely some sarcasm there and I love a guy who can make me laugh. Noah was really nice and sweet. I wish he had a little more depth, though. Or maybe it’s just that I didn’t get to know him as well as I would’ve liked. The same goes for the parents.
And the ending, people, ugh, I loved and hated this ending. I loved it, because in a way it was brilliant and the possibility of it briefly crossed my mind, but I brushed it off thinking: “Oh, no she wouldn't!”. But if what I think happened actually happened, then she definitely did.
But like I said, I also hated the ending, because it was too abrupt, which I think is a typical part-of-a-series-book problem. I don’t mind the cliffhanger, that was brilliant, but it needed a little more of… something leading up to it.
Nevertheless, this book pleasantly surprised me. I started reading it, thinking I’d just read a few pages and then go to bed. Well, so much for going to bed early. But this book was definitely worth it. ...more
The story is well- written. And it's just so original. I know that this is the second book in the series but I can't get oveI liked this book so much!
The story is well- written. And it's just so original. I know that this is the second book in the series but I can't get over how original this story is. It's such a breath of fresh air to be able to read a story that isn't about vampires or werewolves, although truth be told I do like those stories. This story pulled me in and didn't want to let go. And I love how the writer sometimes switched from Eden's point of view to other characters'. It really gave you insight in to what some of the others were thinking.
But the best part of this book was definitely the characters themselves. I just love these characters. They are so awesome. And I love the dynamic between them. I feel like we all became best friends while I was reading the book.Of course I liked the dynamic between Eden and Noah the most. The whole thing was so sweet and hilarious at times and the way the other characters factored into it was great.
Ultimately, this book was more than worth the read. ...more
These books just keep getting better and better. This one is definitely the best of the series.
I just love the characters of this series,well all of tThese books just keep getting better and better. This one is definitely the best of the series.
I just love the characters of this series,well all of them except for Finn.
In the first book I didn't really know how I felt about Finn. In the second book I realized that I hated him,but I couldn't exactly explain why. But in the third book it came to me(not in a dream). From the start Finn pushed Wendy into a life she didn't want. He told her he knew what was best for her. The only reason she went with him was because of how she felt about him. And he knew she cared about him, that she trusted him and he used that against her. He played with her feelings, pulling her to him and pushing her away as he saw fit.
Then there was Tove. He was sweet and supported Wendy in everything and while that worked most of the time, there were moments when I thought he'd support her into the grave.
So Matt, I didn't get him. He was very calm over everything that was happening around him. And he's never calm.I thought he would've been more protective of Wendy. I know he got a life in this book, but I still expected more from him.
And of course, Loki. Loki was awesome. I loved him from the moment Wendy and I laid eyes on him. He was sarcastic, sweet, caring, protective at times and all around great. I think Finn and Tove could learn a thing or two from him, but that's just me.
But out of all of them, even my beloved Loki, Wendy remains my favorite character. She grew so much in this book. And I loved every minute of it. I was like her personal cheer squad and I'm not even a cheerleader. That's how amazing she is. She fought for what she believed in even if no one else believed in her. She was strong,smart, honest, fierce, caring and a heroine in every sense of the word.
And the story was beautiful. I love that the author didn't sugar-coat the life and responsibilities that came with Wendy's title, because books and movies have a tendency to do that. For a paranormal book (and series) it was realistic in an interesting and gripping way.
All I can say is, it is definitely worth the read.
I absolutely loved Torn. It was intersting, action-packed and although I thought the first one was well-written, this one was even better.
First of allI absolutely loved Torn. It was intersting, action-packed and although I thought the first one was well-written, this one was even better.
First of all, I enjoyed the mythology in this book. While I had a problem with the Trylle mythology in the first book, I really liked it in this one. I especially did not expect some of the revelations of Wendy's past.
We also got to know the characters a lot better. I still liked Rhys, but then Loki happened and I found myself thinking: "Move over, Rhys and Finn, Loki's in the house!" Okay, so I hate his name,but for some reason it suits him. He's delightfully sarcastic, easygoing, cocky and I'm sure sexy.
His attitude reminded me of this guy, when he was on supernatural.
I also found myself liking Tove more and more. The guy is so sweet, even if he's kind of scatterbrained and out of it sometimes.
I also understood Elora a lot better and I realized that Wendy wasn't as different from her as I thought. I still woudn't call Elora warm and cuddly but she also wan't as cold as I first thought.
But the character that surprised me the most was definitely Wendy. The amount of growing up she did over the course of this book was astounding.
She started out in the first book as someone who fought with everyone who even looked at her wrong(okay, I'm exaggerating just a little),and by the end of this book she had become very mature and responsible. Of course she always had it in her, but nothing was ever expected of her in the past so she didn't give anything. But I thought she handled her responsibilities in this book very well. But there were moments I wanted to slap her and yell at her: " Wake up and pay attention!" because there were a few things that I saw coming from a mile away and she didn't have a clue until the very last moment.
Ultimately Torn was a very good book and definitely worth the read.
This book was amazing. It was so engrossing and sexy and just plain beautiful.
I’ve got to admit, I love fairies faeries. I’ve loved the idea of theirThis book was amazing. It was so engrossing and sexy and just plain beautiful.
I’ve got to admit, I love fairies faeries. I’ve loved the idea of their existence ever since I saw a faerie movie when I was a kid. (And no, it wasn’t Peter Pan, although I do have a soft spot for Tinkerbell). But I’ve never really been attracted to faerie books. Maybe I was afraid of having my love for them ruined by a badly written book. Just as I normally shy away from reading angel and mermaid books. While I’m fascinated by these creatures, I rarely read books about them.
But whether my reluctance to read books about these types of creatures stems from my fear of being disappointed really doesn’t matter when it comes to this book. Because it was anything but badly written or disappointing.
The moment I read the blurb, I had a feeling I’d like it. And I was right. It was really sweet and gripping, kind of like a fairy tale for adults. Who knew those existed?
The story was told from the points of view of Kaia and Garrett and I loved it all the more for it. I loved Kaia (and I like her name). She was such a likeable, honorable character. And she really evolved throughout the book, from a sheltered, perceived-as-good-for-nothing-person to a strong, independent, loving character. I also liked Garrett, he was stubborn and distrusting, but he had good reason to be and underneath that cool and composed, tough exterior he had a good heart. The imp, Kaia’s watchdog basically, grew on me. He was funny and just made the book more interesting.
I also liked the Fey world the author created, although there wasn’t much of it. Maybe that’s also one of the reasons I liked this book. It combined reality seamlessly with fairy tale. They existed together and flowed into each other without feeling forced. And this book was such a page-turner. For a book without any actual action it was hard to put down. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I just had to know how the story ended. And once I did, I had this dreamy smile plastered on my face (I think).*Sigh