Sarah Addison Allen did a superb job in telling this tale. I liked the characters, loved Evanelle the most. I liked the idea of giving people somethin...moreSarah Addison Allen did a superb job in telling this tale. I liked the characters, loved Evanelle the most. I liked the idea of giving people something due to prompting and seeing how they used it. I liked the creativeness of the apple tree magic and the special "spells" the flowers of the garden surrounding it brought to the recipes Claire made, but I do have complaints. Not big ones, but ones never the less. Call me unrealistic perhaps...perhaps I will agree with you. :0)
Complaint 1- For a book drawing you in on the peculiarity of the Waverley family and their magic tree bearing prophetic fruit, edible flowers with special powers, not much is mentioned inside the story on this. A little here and there on the special flowers and recipes and a smidgen on the history of the family and how they came to be considered outsiders, but I don't think anything was really explained about the apple tree,except their owning it. How it came to be magical or of how the soil did surrounding it. How the Waverley's came to make such recipes. I understand there are things in life that simply "are" , but I still felt there should have been a little more back story on this.
Complaint 2- I will not take a way the fact the apple tree giving Mr. "Bad boyfriend" David an apple and him seeing his horrific fate (I assume a violation and demise in prison), was not clever, but it also fell a little short... for me. I don't think anyone would disagree with the fact we all could predict he would be making an appearance later on in the story, but how he did, well... again to me, it was too short, he was too easily disposed of. Yes, not all heroic events have to be epic, but this was just a tad bit too...lacking? I guess I was looking for more? Call me ridiculous, probably am, but this is my complaint. :0)
Complaint 3- Emma. Ok, we all have our insecurities. Emma had hers and Sydney antagonized it. Sydney leaves for ten years, comes back and Emma acts well...ridiculous. Nothing unrealistic about that, there are those who do this, but come on...Sydney didn't even make a move towards her man. Not one. And I know this insecurity was focused around Hunter John, her netting him with a pregnancy, the fear of him having regrets and Sydney being one of them, but still...and then to end it the way it did. I know, I'm being picky, ridiculous...but there it is.
I did enjoy this book( you believe me right? :0) Again, loved the characters, charming, great personalities. Enjoyed the authors writing style and the charm of her coming out through her writing. Creative story, liked the prophetic apples and edible flowers, the story wasn't the most original, but great stories don't always have to be so original and in reality, this story happens a lot to may, its how you tell it that makes it original and Sarah Addison Allen did just this.
Do add this book to your to read list, it does deserve a place on the shelf. Call my complaints anal ones,because they most likely are. Read for yourself, see what you think and do leave a review, authors greatly appreciate this.(less)
I just love variations to the vampire/ werewolf storytelling theme and in Elizabeth Kolodziej’s story you not only get a new variation to the mythical...moreI just love variations to the vampire/ werewolf storytelling theme and in Elizabeth Kolodziej’s story you not only get a new variation to the mythical creatures, you also get a few more added to the bunch! Not only is there vampires and werewolves, you also have witches, goddesses, shape shifters and more. Something I really liked about this book and in the way the author connected them clicked perfectly in place and worked well with each another.
In stories the most important thing is characters you can really connect with and I could with the characters in Vampyre Kisses. I really liked Faith, her personality, her spirit and her determination. As for Trent, I can imagine how good looking he is and loved his perspective of things. He was a gentleman and I really liked relationship between him and Faith. Then there is Morgan, who is one tough vampire and Mac, who is so loveable and huggable!
Inside the story of Vampyre Kisses, I can promise you, you will not know how it will unfold. Predictablity is not a word I would even think to use in describing this tale. There were twists that kept me intrigued and interactions/ perspectives that meshed very well together. Inside this story, you not only get Faiths side of the story, you also get Trent’s and Morgan’s. Sometimes when authors tell their stories jumping between perspectives, it can leave the reader confused at times, but not so with this book. I found the transitions to be perfectly placed and never felt lost at all. I also believe these transfers added to the story, making it even better.
I just loved Oran…too cute! Who wouldn’t want a pet like him!
As for the ending, I must agree with some of the other readers, I think the battle should have played out a little more, but…BUT! I also wasn’t disappointed on how it did play out. I was left content with the outcome and drooling for the continuation in which I was privy to a sneak peek and WOW! Nothing predictable there, in fact much unexpected and now I am so ready to dive into the next book of this series.
All in all, I say a job well done author Elizabeth Kolodzej…this gal definitely did her research and gave us a story worthy of a five star review.
I must admit, when I first started reading the book I had to stop and look again at the author's name on the cover. I knew it was a woman, but reading...moreI must admit, when I first started reading the book I had to stop and look again at the author's name on the cover. I knew it was a woman, but reading, the writing came more across as that of a man( not saying that is a terrible thing) and I had to remind myself it wasn't. When I reached the end, I learned why or at least I think I did- this is (from my interpretation) Widget's story. This very well could be the author's writing style and again, absolutely nothing wrong with that,it just caught my attention. :0) The story drew me in, kept me absorbed and carried a perfect balance of description and suspense- the qualifications of a great story.
I rather liked the way the author told the tale, her writing style, her choice in a more present tense manner, something I haven't read lately, giving, to me, more to the telling of it. It makes the reader feel more connected (tightly connected) to the characters and story, like they are experiencing it right in the moment as the characters are. They are you and you are them.
It also in a way directs you, your imagination and discoveries, the way you see things, playing in the favor of the author's imagination, but not to much to take away from your own. I love the characters. All of them. Even the bad guys, which are really only two, right? Might think Chandresh is another, but my opinion is swaying on that one.
Manipulation. True manipulation is at hand in this story without a doubt. The selfish playing with another's life for the selfish reasons of entertainment and catering to their stubborn determinations in proving their opinions of manipulation, atmosphere, pawns and magic. The night circus or Le Cirque des Reves is an amazing story. Ingenious comes to mind. Magical. Exceedingly imaginative! I fell in love with this one, becoming a forever favorite without a doubt. I will be dreaming of those numerous listed delectable treats, wishing for the experience of such a magical place for myself and living with the disappointment that I'll never own a Thiessen creation.
Add this to your must read list, send it flying to the top and enjoy the ride. Don't forget to wear your small splash of crimson before you do, I assure you by the end you will forever be a Reveur. Spectacular! (less)
I enjoyed this book, it is a good story, however it was one that also fell short for me. I love connecting with my characters. I want to root for them...moreI enjoyed this book, it is a good story, however it was one that also fell short for me. I love connecting with my characters. I want to root for them, hate with them & fall in love along with them; I want to feel their despair or seek vengeance at their side- a guaranteed no guilt, no consequence and no jail time way to have fun. :0)
With Gemma, Harper and Alex, I didn't get that so much. Daniel I did. Loved him. Imperfect, humorous, charming and humble, he's the guy you want to love and so I did. I hope I'll get a lot of him in the next book(in which I will be reading).
As for the nasty sirens, I didn't like these girls right along with the other characters, but I didn't hate them. I definitely didn't fear them. There just wasn't enough scare factor about them. I knew they were something to be considered sinister under the foxy exterior illusion, but there wasn't enough to evoke that. For gals having lived for centuries, they sure acted childish, ditzy even. Having killed for so long, they were too careless. I know the bodies needed to be discovered, but how about half buried? Or better, a peek of the hand with the green lantern ring on it?
The protagonist- Gemma, I liked her, but didn't love her. I felt sorry for her situation, but didn't feel sorry with her. The story was good, original, but there were too many things unrealistic. A teenage girl allowed to swim alone at night in the bay? No way. After finding some gutted bodies, that's bad parenting and not at all realistic. Most parents wouldn't let that happen. In reality there would have been a curfew set for the town so Gemma wouldn't even have that option, but in this story she did.
I know with paranormal stories, there is that bend to the rule leniency/play on reality, but with paranormal within a story that is supposed to be a reality, you have make sure to keep it realistic. Things have to happen how they would in reality, people have to react how they would in reality and things have to play out as they would in reality to make it believable. Its those stupid meticulous things that keeps the reader drawn in.
For example, I get that Harper and Alex needed to stumble upon these bodies in order to move the story along, get them to where they needed to help them figure this mystery with Gemma and the girls, but in reality, in a section of the woods, going on a trail that people so commonly used they made their own path, why did only Harper and Alex find the bodies? Two of the boys had been missing for months. How did those bodies go so easily missed so close to the trail and for so long? And with a swarm of flies and a stench?
Again, I did enjoy the story, heck I'm eager to read the next offering, but I wish this first book had more. It certainly wasn't awful, those are four stars up there and that isn't bad. I liked the author's writing style for the most part, but there was a tiny bit of struggle at times that slowed the flow for me. Using their names so much. He or she would have worked at times for me and why Brian and not Dad? No matter, this was a good book and one I will recommend. I look forward to reading the next offering.(less)
It is amazing and wonderful what one will find on Twitter! I came across a tweet promoting Martin King's book- Jack Hunter- Secret of the King and cli...moreIt is amazing and wonderful what one will find on Twitter! I came across a tweet promoting Martin King's book- Jack Hunter- Secret of the King and clicked the link. From there I was taken to a page where humbly asked in return for a tweet about the book, a free copy would be recieved. So I did and as promised, recieved a free copy.
Well I now had a book in front of me and I started reading...and then read some more... and soon was whisked away into young Jack Hunter's captivating mystery adventure! What makes this wonderful story even better is at the top of each chapter you will find a letter or two. As you write them down, it will soon make out a clue. Also! At the end of each chapter you will find a number in parenthesis, write those down! After reading this wonderful book(I did very quickly today!) you are then directed to Mr. King's blog where cleverly and very well challenging, you then search for clues to solve the riddles so that you may open the treasure box! I admit a few challenged me a bit(thank you Google!)
From there...well go read the book then and you shall find out!
I give this wonderful book five stars, brilliant, clever and imaginative! I will now gladly share the book with my children! Well done Mr. King!
I came across Nicole Storey and her book via Ritesh Kala's Book Blog. He was doing a week long spotlight of Nicole and her book Grimsley Hollow-The Ch...moreI came across Nicole Storey and her book via Ritesh Kala's Book Blog. He was doing a week long spotlight of Nicole and her book Grimsley Hollow-The Chosen one. I read the interview and learned she was inspired to write this book because of her son Gage who has Autism. As a mother, she was heartbroken when her son was sad over poor treatment at school by his fellow peers. Alot of students look at kids with Autism as stupid. Nicole wanted her son and others to know that "Autism does not mean stupid." In fact, they are quite brilliant individuals. She wanted Gage to know how wonderful he is and that having Autism is not a bad thing. She wanted other children with Autism and their fellow peers to know this as well.
So she decided to write a book that would include tidbits to explain Autistic behavior (Ex."stemming") and this wonderful idea turned into a very wonderful, descriptive and hooking start to a series! I loved all of the characters... Gage,Eve,Landon, Puck...all of them! Right from the beginning the story snatches you up and you are hooked until the end. I have gone through the other reviews and agree with all statements. I will not give an overview of the book because the other reviewers have done a wondeful job of it already, why repeat?
Thank you Nicole for being a wonderful mother and creating this wondeful story!
(I was in no way paid to give this review, in fact I proudly purchased this book for a very reasonable price and am sharing my review simply because I loved it)
A.D. Duling Author of the Anna Kippling Series (less)
When I stumbled upon Angela White's book,at first I wasn't quite sure it was for me...the cover and description makes it clear there is some darkness...moreWhen I stumbled upon Angela White's book,at first I wasn't quite sure it was for me...the cover and description makes it clear there is some darkness to this written work, but captivating none of the less! I took a peek, read a little, read a little more and there you have it... I was hooked! A wonderfully well written story that gives new perspective of life, war and survival...with a fantastic magical fantasy twist! (was that a tongue twister?) Put a gal in charge,who's one tuff cookie, well...even better! (Has nothing to do with my main characters being girls... really) Alexa is one tough, clever chic that knows her stuff and knows how to lead. The adventure she takes you on, building her force,fighting her battles and learning some lessons,no wonder men flock to and follow her!
I love magic, I love fantasy and I absolutely loved Angela White's (A. White) Bone Dust & Beginnings! (less)
At Season's end is a book you'll want to read in the quiet. From the first page to the last, you will want no interruptions and will have no desire to...moreAt Season's end is a book you'll want to read in the quiet. From the first page to the last, you will want no interruptions and will have no desire to put this book down until you've reached the last page. A wonderully well told story by author Eric Henbdershot about a family of migrant workers during the time of the depression. This book, an easy read, tugs on the heart string and leaves one learning a valuable lesson or two.
Maw and Paw are a humble pair. Hard working, appreciated by others and loving to their two children Sal and Tim. Their little story is touching as well as absorbing. Sal is the narrator and she's a gal any young lad would fall for, which Ben Musgrove does just that! Mr. Hendershot has a way with his workds and it "ain't nothin' a shame about using good ol'country talk in the tellin' of it. - I loved the drawl and loved this family and their story! I can guarantee you will too!
As Paw would say "it's time fer me to be gettin' and a goin'."
We already know Emlyn Chand is a talented author; we've read Farsighted. I enjoyed Alex's POV and now in Open Heart we get Simmi's. Being a gal, howev...moreWe already know Emlyn Chand is a talented author; we've read Farsighted. I enjoyed Alex's POV and now in Open Heart we get Simmi's. Being a gal, however no longer a teen, I realated more with Simmi. There is a love/ hate relationship built in this novel as we experience the continuation of this story through Simmi's perspective,but a wonderful thing none of the less! Sometimes I wanted to smack the girl upside the head (her bulemia mostly) and other times my heart would go out to her ( I understand I'm was once a 14). The teenager's heart and mind is baffling. A teenage girl's is that and more...
Love is a serious word and Simmi is in emotional turmoil over if she does love Alex in return. When Dax (handsome and charming) comes into play on that four letter word, who is she going to pick? Dax is exciting, but hazardous. Alex is a little bland in comparison,but dedicated, doting and safe.
I love how the story played out and loved the new characters added to the mix. I hate Ronnie too, Simmi! And I loved Murray, could just eat him up! I won't divulge anymore, not going to ruin it for you. I look foward to Pitch, to read Sharpi's perspective and Emlyn Chand, you now have aquired a new dedicated fan!
The stories inside are tales of the little adventures of two little sisters named Addy and Izzy. There is a playtime, gardening, first day of school a...moreThe stories inside are tales of the little adventures of two little sisters named Addy and Izzy. There is a playtime, gardening, first day of school among other adorable stories.
They are quite entertaining and well told by the author. Adorable, quorky and sweet are these girls. Having children of my own around the same age I can relate to some of these experiences and applaud Mommy in the book. She is very patient with her two confident determined girls and I was left chuckling as they interacted with each other and how Mommy handled them.
Sisters and brothers can fight a lot and tattle too...this would be a very enjoyable book to read along with your son or daughter before bed. They would be suprised how similar their own experiences/adventures are to Addy's and Izzy's.
Chuckles will follow and with ten seperate tales, it's perfect to read one each night...
First I want to acknowledge this book is worth the four stars. To have read the first book, went for the second, continued through the third and kept...moreFirst I want to acknowledge this book is worth the four stars. To have read the first book, went for the second, continued through the third and kept with it through the fourth, this def. means for something. I was pulled into the story, so I say it deserves the acknowledgment of a worthy read. It was good, not terrible, but I can't say this story was fabulous. I left a review for the first book and decided to wait for the last to leave my final review of the whole series.
So here it is: This was a beast of a book filled with content,to me,some that could have been omitted. Sometimes less content is memorable content. Stories don't have to be long to be good. As for the mythology connection- I'm no scholar in Greek mythology, but I know this is definitely not spot on with it. I'm not sure if this is a big no-no in the story telling world, but if you're a Greek mythology buff,this might upset ya.
The characters: Demeter bothered me the most. I hated her, the whole character. She almost could have been just left out. I get we needed the back story of the curse and the search for an answer to break the curse, but the outcome of all of it, it fell short. I get Demeter was hurt-her daughter was killed, the sirens failed her, she wanted them to suffer the loss she did...so she curses them, but in reality, were they really suffering? Had she really accomplished what she set out to? People do petty things in anger,hurt,etc. I guess gods can too, so this curse for revenge thing fit the bill, but not what they got in the end with the Goddess. Going to all this trouble to find the goddess just to what? Spend a blink of time with her only to get a false clue they could have figured out themselves(Kill Penn and at least you spend eternity without a tyrant, plus this helps Daniel) and to entertain a jerk who curses sirens, cowardly hides from them for centuries, but then acts superior to her visitors? It fell flat for me. I enjoyed Marcy, Daniel became a little cowardly. He was this tough guy at the beginning of the series and then he became too compliant.
The story overall wasn't bad. The whole Penn trying to rape Daniel was a bit corny, but not far from realistic. This probably is something that does happen in this world, but I would rather Daniel conspire with the others to kill Penn rather than submit to being her whore. That's just my type of guy. As for the clues, again, they should have been figured by the characters as easily as I figured them. Characters need to think like us. None of them were portrayed as stupid, so why did they suddenly stop thinking? The whole "wash it away" clue I picked up quick it had something to do with the scroll, so why didn't they? Then later, the whole clueless about Gemma's deceit over the curse being broken? Again,why did no one pick up on that when they should have?
The disregard of Harper to call her sister, even with Daniel's promptings also upset me. She had this "sense" or connection with her sister and yet not this time? Gemma spent the whole night dying and only until morning did Harper feel something was wrong with her sister? It didn't make sense.
Now the ending- I must admit, I was pretty disappointed. I get there doesn't have to always be an epic ending, but with this one, there should have been one at least near to it. There was too much focus on breaking the curse rather than, why not just get rid of Penn? I think I would have preferred the close of the story ending with the big fight with Penn- maybe something like her finding out about the scroll and they finding the solution to the curse and she trying to stop them and in the end didn't and then BAM! The curse is washed away and there she stands on the beach (they needed the seawater) and as the sun rises, a breeze comes, she turns to dust and blows away. A grateful Thea,arriving just then, mouths a quick thank you to Gemma and then she too turns to dust, and then it ends there.
No closings to relationships. No what happened after. Sometimes we don't have to know all the details to a happily ever after. This was really about breaking the curse or ending the sirens and that was all we needed to know. We didn't have to know everyone went to college, started dating, or proposed. IT wasn't a bad ending- Daniel proposing to Harper- but it was so "every other ending". Sometimes not knowing how things wrap up afterward isn't bad. The last sentence should be as great as the starting one.
Ok, I'm shutting up now. This IS a good series. I will STILL recommend this series to anyone.
This story was an amazing one! I have to agree with the review below by author Valerie Bowen in saying it did end too far soon. I was hooked and this...more This story was an amazing one! I have to agree with the review below by author Valerie Bowen in saying it did end too far soon. I was hooked and this was a page turner. I enjoyed the tale between Thoman aka Death and Sarah/Celia. I now declare, "I want more!"
I've not read Choices, but will have to do so. I enjoy KW's tale and hope there will be a continuation. I am aware of her upcoming novel and look foward to reading The Dragon's Call.
Five stars K.W. McCabe!
A.D. Duling Author of the Anna Kippling Series & One of Them (less)
I gave Voodoo four stars because it is four star worthy even though I do agree in parts with the other reviewers who gave lower star ratings. The intr...moreI gave Voodoo four stars because it is four star worthy even though I do agree in parts with the other reviewers who gave lower star ratings. The intro was a bit vague and choppy, but once it got into the telling of the tale, I found it very intriguing.
I find it humoring when a reader complains about how too brief of a description of character there was...what I mean is, without meaning to come off as offensive, is the description given in this one was enough...the rest should be left up to the reader's imagination. For example, with just the description of hair, complexion and eye color, I found it easy to imagine what Stephen looked like. Those basics gave me an idea and that is all you truly need. In Harry Potter, even J.K.'s description of Harry wasn't described to the exact T and yet many of us pictured Harry the same way. Seeing the character how I would like to see him, made a better connection...for me. For me, too much description, I feel, takes away the fun of the imagination.
We already know each review given is based on the reader's opinion and opinions do vary. One reader may absolutely love it and another will call it "bleh"- not that this book is bleh ,because it's not and this is why I'm writing my four star review. For these reasons, this is what makes reviews important and why we have them. Other readers need to know, it saves us money, it saves us time.
So...now as I step down from my soap box, I'll end my explanation of review by saying this story was a well told one; the layout went perfect, the characters were very likeable and connectable and the contents within were written in just the right amount to keep me drawn in. What cleverness of the author on her interpretation of the possibilities of what might go on inside the comatose mind...
The Forbidden Trilogy Omnibus Edition has the three seperate books- Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire & Forbidden Life combined together as well as a...moreThe Forbidden Trilogy Omnibus Edition has the three seperate books- Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire & Forbidden Life combined together as well as a lot of amazing extra content in the end. In depth questions brought up about each book, some top secret profiles of each paranormal character- really cool! Character interviews and Kimberly Kinrade's interview about the entire series revealing other projects in the works revolving around the Forbidden realm.
This is a series you won't put down until you've read the last page. Purchasing this combined set is a deal! I recommend this YA Paranormal series to any young reader as well to us young at heart readers :0)
Forbidden Mind- Book 1- Sam has para-powers- she can read minds and is a student among other fellow para- power students (each has different paranormal talents). This school is also their home in which they call rent a kid. Drake is every girl's dream guy who surfs the waves along with being that tall, ripped and handsome fellow. He too has para-powers, but has eluded being noticed for a while now. Suddenly on the day that could change everything for him, he is kidnapped. Slowly these two characters connect-hint- powers unite- and merge together in a way that draws you in more and on a personal level. You will be cheering, seething and panting by the end and what an end! Read my full review- http://amzn.to/UNu7H5
Forbidden Fire- Book Two- An amazing continuation... Inside Forbidden Fire, you get to spend the continuation of this story connecting more with the characters, rooting for the good guys, being in suspense right along with them, and trying to figure it all out- of which you cannot. There are no predictions with this one. The storyline is great- correction- amazing,and you just cannot figure out what will happen next! Frustrating I know, but that's a postive complaint. This book draws you in just as much as the first book and keeps you hanging on by a thread (or letter) until you turn to that last page and read that last word. Read my full review- http://amzn.to/YjwXIs
Forbidden Life- Book Three- As I came to the final page of this trilogy, I smiled happily in satisfaction along with the characters. I was very pleased with the ending and loved all of the in between. That is the key to any series... Complex would be the perfect word to describe the story line. The predicament for Sam, Drake, Lucy, Luke and a few other characters- that rock, I must add- is the surrounding outline of this very well told tale. I loved the variation on telling the story( third person, first person), and loved the imaginative world surrounding it all created by this wonderful, imaginative author, Kimberly Kinrade. To read my full review- http://amzn.to/WrWARS (less)