Good prequel to the series, but these two were too cute and adorable. I prefer Kat and Daemon's on and off again banter and wit. It does have more insGood prequel to the series, but these two were too cute and adorable. I prefer Kat and Daemon's on and off again banter and wit. It does have more insight to Dawson and Beth's characters which was nice....more
Sam is an Ordinary Alchemist who lives with her parents, little sister and grandpa in their family's shop. She has the talent to mix potions but is noSam is an Ordinary Alchemist who lives with her parents, little sister and grandpa in their family's shop. She has the talent to mix potions but is not a Talented like her little sister. When the Princess of Nova ends up giving herself a love potion accidentally it's up to her and her family to save her. Her biggest competition is her hottie classmate Zain and his father's synth company. Will she get to prove her Ordinary skills are up to par or will she fail herself and her family?
Set in modern times there are Talenteds people who can do magic and then the Ordinary, people with no magic who become alchemists instead. Ruling above all are the Royals who are the governing head of Nova. I really enjoyed this spin on modes fairy-tale. The journey to find all these ingredients and then having to compete for the right one was pretty clever. I wasn't bored at all! I was also blessed to find that it hardly had a focus on the romance at all and it was more about the journey to help the Princess. Did I mention that it wasn't about a hero coming to help her either? It was Sam who is Ordinary and just wanted to do a good deed to help the Royal family and of course her own family's reputation. I really liked Sam and her family. The fact that they Amy Alward had more back-story into the entire set of characters made it even more fun. Even having her little sister try to help and her reasoning behind wanting to help was fun to read about. Did I also mention there are mermaids and unicorns set in this world as well? I kind of loved that.
A fun magical journey, Madly will make you smile and laugh at all the right places!
You keep telling me I have this gift but now that I actually have the chance to use it, you're not letting me! (56)
It takes more than a key to open a door. You have to know where the lock is too. (97)
I think there's a lot you'll achieve, if you put your mind to it. (257)
I'm just me. So either I need you to like me for me, or you need to leave me alone. (279) ...more
The point of views now flip between Gideon and Eva. A nice addition to the series but wow I just had no idea how controlling Gideon is. I can't blameThe point of views now flip between Gideon and Eva. A nice addition to the series but wow I just had no idea how controlling Gideon is. I can't blame him though with his checkered past. His only goal really is to protect Eva and he eventually crosses the line. I liked that we got to see more development for his character because honestly in previous books he wasn't there. Looking forward to the next instalment!...more
What a cute, fun and light-hearted read! Not a whole lot of angst for an NA read which is super refreshing. I pretty much laughed out loud at some parWhat a cute, fun and light-hearted read! Not a whole lot of angst for an NA read which is super refreshing. I pretty much laughed out loud at some parts especially when they go on their dates. I liked that it combined work and play into one cute romance. I just found it too long but that's just me being picky....more
I finished it.. Okay so I pretty much skipped most of the sex scenes so speed reading still counts right? I wasn't at all surprised that his thoughtsI finished it.. Okay so I pretty much skipped most of the sex scenes so speed reading still counts right? I wasn't at all surprised that his thoughts were just as annoying as Anastasia's.. Except he kept saying "Baby" instead of "inner goddess." I was hoping there would be more of a back-story as to why Christian is "fifty shades of fucked up" but there was barely a glimpse. Those rare glimpses was the most interesting part of the book but it wasn't enough to give me anything of substance. I liked seeing the story unravel from his point of view, mostly because he had such a traumatic childhood and upbringing. I also liked that he built his company from the ground up making a name for himself. It was sad to read how lonely his life was before Ana came into it and filled it with colour.
From the moment she comes in, he's intoxicated with her. Addicted, obsessed. He literally thinks about her every time unless he's busy with work but she pops into his brain every now and then. He chases her every chance he gets and even though they have witty banters through emails they're just so boring. They don't talk about anything profound of worthy. These characters are still so bland! I needed more answers as to why Christian doesn't like being touched, why he has issues with food, who this Mrs. Robison is that "saved him?" And afterwards in the end we realize this all took place in one month. *slaps head* I did see a better side to Ana though. She doesn't let Grey do too much and she wants the romance from him but he can't give it to her. The scary notions of his character are in full force, finding her address, her work place, her cell number, her bank account and even stalks her four times. This character needs to be saved.
After all that, I still feel pity for both..I wanted to keep an open mind about BDSM and I tried, but nope nope nope. I still wanted to throw this book at the wall....more
The writing just flows and you're constantly worried about Brian. Having to survive with nothing else but a hatchet and the clothes on your back can'tThe writing just flows and you're constantly worried about Brian. Having to survive with nothing else but a hatchet and the clothes on your back can't be easy. I loved seeing how innovative his brain worked. Making tools from his environment. It was super impressive for a thirteen year old boy. I practically flew through the pages....more