Ratings: 3.5 stars With The Warrior being the last installment in this trilogy, I went into it with hopes that it with be amazing. There was tons of acRatings: 3.5 stars With The Warrior being the last installment in this trilogy, I went into it with hopes that it with be amazing. There was tons of action and things going on throughout the book. It definitely didn't slack in that department. I guess I'll start wit the pros and the cons.
In enjoyed that the book had tons of action and there was also a ton a drama between the characters. I will always have a love for Dante and he always finds a way to weasel himself into my heart. And the we have Kraven and Annabelle both of which I completely adored in this book. I was all for those two, but it was not an easy for them. Kraven is just so dark and brooding. I guess that's why I like him so much :) Another thing I liked about this book is the friendships that were developed throughout the stories. We've come to meet a lot of new people. But let me be clear, this was not all rays of sunshine. There were betrayals and all sorts of things going on within the hive and outside of it.
One thing about this book that started to turn me off was Charlie. I did not connect with her like I did in all the other books. She became annoying as the book continue to progress. I understand the need for character development and all, but I felt as though Charlie wasn't the Charlie that we knew before. Her personality was not the same. I didn't like the changes that were made in her and I'm not talking about the end of the book. And the whole thing with the war started to become too much. I started to get confused with all the things that were happening. I think that maybe too much was going on at one time. And then we had all the secrets going on. I'd also already guess who the traitor was so I was not surprised when all that went down.
Overall, I'm at a standstill with this book. I didn't hate it and I enjoyed a lot of things that went on in the book, but there were also a lot of things that I didn't like. The ending was okay and was sort of happy with that (The very end). It was a pretty decent trilogy to say the least. I enjoyed books one and two, but I did feel as though book three could have been better. ...more
I have an inner struggle with Retribution because I enjoyed the overall point of the story, but there were some aspect that I didn't enjoy as well. II have an inner struggle with Retribution because I enjoyed the overall point of the story, but there were some aspect that I didn't enjoy as well. I struggled with rating this book, but I finally settle upon three stars because I do want to give the sequel a try. The main character Regan is a freshman in college and decided to go to a school across the country, from California to Georgia. She's barely gotten the chance to settle in before things start to go down south for her. When it comes to Retribution I thought the book did have some great action packed scenes, but I do feel as though some things in the story was not touched on enough. Retribution does switch povs, but the main pov is with Regan.
In this book, we meet four guys who are there to protect Regan from the Exiles that are trying to kill her for her soul. Colter, Kaiden, Finn, and Devon were some fun characters and each one of them brought a different personality to the book. Colter, of course, was my favorite of the four. He has that personality that I can't help but love. The other guys were great as well and I loved the friendship that was developed between them all.
I enjoyed the story and I flew through it. It was fast paced and simple to grasp, but my main issue and the reason I drop the rating was Regan. I could not connect with her. She annoyed me from the very beginning. She was whinny and her character was very hot and cold. I started getting really frustrated as I was reading the story. One minute she's fine and then the next she's all bitchy. Also, the romance of the book was not that great. Once the connection develop between the final guy it started to get good. But from the beginning of the book Regan was a flip flopper. One minute she likes Colter, but then the next she's flirting and hanging out with Kaiden. Insert Max, and she's dancing all up on him at parties and it was just so frustrating. By the end of the book she FINALLY settled for one guy and things were good, but before that it was a mess.
Overall, the story was okay. If my annoyance of Regan wasn't so strong I would have given the book a higher rating. I am very curious to see what happens in the sequel so I do want to check that out....more
We Are the Goldens was a very interesting read. But one thing I have to mention is that on Netgalley there was a different synopsisRatings: 3.5 stars
We Are the Goldens was a very interesting read. But one thing I have to mention is that on Netgalley there was a different synopsis use that doesn't give so much away, but the one on goodreads practically tells you what happens. I thought that was a bit odd, but anyways this story was very enjoyable. But yes, this book does involve a student/teacher romance so if you are not comfortable with books that involve them this might not be for you. We witness two sister that have always been close slowly start to drift apart. Layla (Nell's older sister) is keeping secrets from Nell and when Nell finds out her secret she knows that she should do something about it. But doing the right thing was not the easiest decision for Nell to make. Her sister is her idol and she's the only person she looks up to.
Throughout this book, I really felt bad for Nell. But in the beginning I really didn't understand her obsession with her sister. It was kind of annoying, but I wanted her to step out of her sister's shadow. Nell had no problems being her sister's shadow, but slowly she starts to become her own person and I really liked seeing her character growth. We saw Nell go through many ups and downs in this book. Not only was she struggling with what to do about her sister, but she is a freshman in high school and his trying to find herself and dealing with average teen things. When it comes to Layla, I didn't like her. She was very bratty and whenever she got pissed at Nell she'd put her down in the worst of ways. She new exactly what buttons to push to set her off and I thought that was just really low especially since she knows how much her sister cares for one another. Nell's friend Felix was great though. He was an awesome support system for her and always was there for her and I liked that.
The whole teacher/student thing is always a ugh to me. I don't how young the teacher is or whatever the case may be. This was a very quick read for me and some of the characters were very realistic. But what made me drop this rating a bit was the open ended ending. When it comes to standalone books I don't like that. We don't know if Nell actually did the right thing or not. It just stops and the story felt incomplete to me. But overall, the book was actually pretty good and kept my interest. ...more
Ratings: 3.5 stars I've never read anything by this author before, but the synopsis had me so intrigued that I decided to give it a try. I use to readRatings: 3.5 stars I've never read anything by this author before, but the synopsis had me so intrigued that I decided to give it a try. I use to read books in genres like this all the time, but over the last few years I just kind of stopped. I decided to pick Alpha up because I needed a change from the typical books that I was reading. I enjoyed the story, but I did have an issue with it. I think I was hoping for a bit more in some areas, but overall I did enjoy the story.
Kyrie was a very interesting character. She's not had an easy life and has been paying her brother's college tuition along with her own, her sick mother's bills, and her own bills. Recently fired from her job she starts to panic and breakdown and then all of a sudden a mystery check appears in the mail. The question is, does she cash it or does she not? I liked Kyrie because of her strong personality. Even though she was going through some tough times she never really gave up and that was something to admire. She knew that if she cashed the checks that kept coming to her that eventually she'd have to repay her debt. Insert mister mysterious and things get interesting.
The first half of the book was great. I liked the slow build up and the mystery of the man who was sending the checks. It kept the book intriguing. I liked that they slowly got to know each other first. But as soon as you get about halfway through the book it was nothing but sex. I have no problems with sex in story, but for about 30% of the story it was just sex and that's it. Then we get this awesome twist and things pick back up again.
But my problem was that 30% of nothing. If we had a little bit in between I wouldn't have had a problem with it, but it was just that. The book had a lot of great elements to it, but because of that I had to drop the rating a bit. I'd still recommend the book if you like the genre because it was still pretty good....more
Let me first start of saying that I do not think that this book is meant for everyone. If you're into the whole gaming thing and dystopian/post apocalLet me first start of saying that I do not think that this book is meant for everyone. If you're into the whole gaming thing and dystopian/post apocalyptic type books then I think you should give it a try, but if you're not into those things then I don't think that you'd enjoy this book. If you've read the Eye of Minds by James Dashner and enjoyed that, then you may enjoy this one as well. But anyways, I just thought I'd throw that out there :) On to the review!
I thought the Aftermath was a good read. At first, it took me a little while to get into the book because of all the different elements going on within the story. You're learning all the aspects of the world and then you have the main character Claudia that keeps flashing into the mind of another girl who we later find out to be her gamer. The girl that's controlling all her moves. I really felt bad for Claudia because she's not the person she always thought she was. One blow to the head, slowly starts bringing back pieces of her memory. I mean, how would you feel if you thought the world ended and are just trying to survive it, but find out that that's a lie and you're just a pawn in a game. Like I stated before, there were a lot of different elements that made up this book. One of my favorites was the game itself which was created as a way to 'stop violence'. But let's just say that it's not all it's cracked up to be. It's hard to tell much more without giving away spoilers.
I liked Claudia and thought that she was a strong character and when Declan came along I started enjoying the book that much more. I liked Declan and the small romance that developed between them. I say small, because the book didn't focus heavily on the romance, but all the same, it was still there. Overall, I thought the book was good. It was a bit gritty, but it was also suspenseful and fast paced. There was a ton of action and I loved the feeling of survival the book had. And that twist at the end was just awesome! I'd definitely recommend the story to people who like gaming stories, but there was much more to the book than just being inside of a game....more
Ratings: 4.5 stars Thrive, Thrive, Thrive was awesome! At first I was a little thrown off by it. If you've read the spin off books (which I seriously rRatings: 4.5 stars Thrive, Thrive, Thrive was awesome! At first I was a little thrown off by it. If you've read the spin off books (which I seriously recommend doing if you've started the series) then you're back tracking two years (Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flowers)and starting up again from there. Once I got into it though, it flowed even though it back tracks. You're now getting things and situations from Lily and Lo's POVs and you're not reading the same scenes over again. You do get a couple of repeat scenes, but trust me, they're just as amazing as before. I don't know if all that made sense, but let me just say read this book if you've not read the spin off series and read this if you HAVE read the spin off series as well. It's definitely a must.
Lily is just adorable. I have to say it. And I'm proud to say that she did not drive me insane in this book. She's gotten better and you can definitely see the growth in character. It may be slow, but it's growing. So many awesome moments happened in this book. I mean, Harry Potter references and Nerf guns? I was in heaven and I was cracking up! Lo has definitely grown as well, but both he and Lily still have a lot of growing to do. I liked seeing some of the scenes from Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flowers from a different view point. It was interesting reading it one way and then seeing it another way from a different persons pov. I must admit that neither Lily or Lo are my favorite characters in this series, but I do love their characters and enjoy being in their heads. I love every single character in this book besides Lily's mom. I even love Johnathon and Greg :)
Just being with all the characters again was amazing. Seeing the sisterly bond between Lily, Rose, and Daisy warms me because it's amazing to see them grow closer. And one thing I liked about this book was that we got to see more of Poppy (the oldest sister). We rarely ever see her in the other books and that was kind of explained in this one. And of course, there's the bromance between Lo, Ryke and Conner. A series with three swoon worthy gentle-ish men.
Overall, I thought this was a great book and I really found myself enjoying it. I flew through it (like all the other books) and I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait to read the next book to see how things finally turn out for Lily and Lo. Of course I'm hoping for the best :) ...more
This is the book that I have been waiting for in the Addicted companion novels spin offs (if that's even what they're called?) I have seriously been wThis is the book that I have been waiting for in the Addicted companion novels spin offs (if that's even what they're called?) I have seriously been waiting for Ryke's story all this time and we now have it and it couldn't have been better. It was everything I could have hope for. Hothouse Flower made me feel all kinds of emotions :) I pulled an all nighter reading it and finished it in one sitting minus a 10 minute break. It was that freaking good! I was hooked from the first line all the way up until the last :) I have never waited for a book to go live on amazon like I did this one lol The anticipation was killing me. But yeah, on to the review!
Daisy is the youngest Calloway sister at 18 and is the definition of a dare devil, but in this book we see that there's more to her than that. We find out that she's having terrible nightmares from traumatic experiences that has happened to her over the past year or so and slowly we start to learn all the things that has her so wound up. I liked Daisy :) She was a fun character. At first, I was skeptical if she would be a good match for Ryke because I absolutely adore him. She's only 18 and sometimes she acts like it. I thought Ryke would be to mature for her, but he's a little dare devil himself so they were kind of a perfect match :) I LOVE RYKE! We got to see another side of him in this book. Jealousy? I was a bit surprised by it at first. There were some great scenes and some awkward ones as well (That one with Connor! I almost died with embarrassment for them!) I loved the connection that the two shared. I liked that we saw them build a friendship throughout the series and now we finally saw them get together. But it wasn't a smooth ride. With Daisy being the youngest, Ryke had to go through a lot of people. Lo being the first and he played no games.
I liked that played the overprotective brother role. It made the anticipation that much better. I love the brotherly bond that Ryke, Lo and Connor have. Bromance is what people call it? There was so much character growth between so many of the characters in this book. And that double whammy surprise we got from Lily and Rose was like... Now I'm dying to get my hands on the next book. Hothouse Flower brought the heat, the excitement, the suspense and the entertainment! I was extremely excited about this book and it didn't disappoint me at all. I swear I feel like rereading it :)...more
Kiss the Sky is a spin off the Addicted series and it's the story of Rose, Lily's older sister. I was actually really excited to readRating: 4.5 stars
Kiss the Sky is a spin off the Addicted series and it's the story of Rose, Lily's older sister. I was actually really excited to read Kiss the Sky because Rose and Connor have both been a mystery to me since I've started the Addicted series. Rose is sort of like an ice queen. She's mean, but she's smart and cares a lot about her sister Lily and wants to help her get over her addiction. And I love the way that she wants to protect Daisy. Connor has been Rose's boyfriend for over a year now and he's the definition of a smart ass. I've always wanted to get into his mind because he can sometimes be stand offish. For some reason, it's hard for me to write reviews for these books without gushing on the characters, but I'll try my best to get to it.
The two definitely surprised me. I honestly didn't think Connor had it in him. I thought he would be a bore. His dominant personality really had me speechless while reading the book. I also liked where the story went in this edition of the series. I loved the whole idea of the tv show and the film set up and thought it made the story that much better because we got to see all the characters together and often. It definitely reminded of the show 'The Real World' which is what it was going for. The new character, Scott, was a class a jerk and I didn't like him from the get go. I was so glad the author didn't make the book into a love triangle because I was terrified when he was introduced and started thinking the story was gonna go that route. In this book, we learn a lot about Rose and Connor and we finally get into their feelings and understand their pasts and see them both grow as characters.
One thing a like about this series is the interaction between all the character. You don't just get romance, you also get friendship that feels real and genuine. The relationship with Rose and her sisters is amazing and I love seeing them bond and grow stronger together. And also the friendship and brotherly relationship between Connor, Lo and Ryke. I swear if this series was just about those 3 I would read it all day! Overall, the book was fun. It had some unexpected moments, but it was really good. I'd definitely recommend the series....more
Addicted For Now was an amazing read! In this installment Lo and Lily are reunited again after Lo's time in rehab. I was so happy toRatings: 4.5 stars
Addicted For Now was an amazing read! In this installment Lo and Lily are reunited again after Lo's time in rehab. I was so happy to see those two back together even though I need it was going to be all sunshine. The two are still struggling with their addictions, but I loved the dual POV that we get in this book. Being inside of Lo's head really helped to understand him better especially now that he's trying to stay sober. I really liked seeing the sober side to Lo even though he's still the same sarcastic/blunt guy. It gives me a break from Lily's rambling mind. Sometimes her addiction can be a tad bit of a nuisance. I get it, but come on girl try and have SOME control. And the way she can sprout out an excuse or a lie is freaking insane.
The side characters also make these books as good as they are for me because Rose, Conner, Ryke and Daisy each bring a different type of personality to the book. I absolute love Ryke and his personality. Conner is a bit of a mystery and I love the relationship that Lily now has with her two sisters. I wish her other sister was around more, but I sort of get why she isn't. This series has a way of drawing me into the story and keeping me there. Addicted For Now was no exception. I didn't want to put the book down at all. Romance is amazing and so is the connection between the characters. We found out so much information in this book and the mystery behind Lily's crazy stalker was so intriguing! I was dying to know who it was and the person who did it never even crossed my mind. I'd definitely recommend this series if you like these types of stories :)...more
Ricochet is set between the first book and the second book and I'd definitely recommend reading it before the second book to know what happened in theRicochet is set between the first book and the second book and I'd definitely recommend reading it before the second book to know what happened in the in between time. If you haven't read the first book this review might contain minor spoilers. In this book, Lily and Loren are separated, but are still trying to manage their addictions. Loren is in rehab and Lily starts to see a therapist. We don't get to see much of Loren in this book, but when he makes an appearance I get really excited. I was glad to see that the two are trying to work through their addictions (Lily: sex addict, Loren: alcoholic). Lily isn't my absolute favorite character, but I do have a tendency to sympathize with even when I start getting annoyed with her character.
The authors have a way of making their problems seem so realistic because I felt like I was struggling along side Lily. While Lo is rehab for 3 months, Lily struggles with staying faithful to him and starts to see a therapist. I was so happy that she was actually taking steps to try and better herself. I feel like she started making true progress in this book and started to show some great development. I also like seeing more of the side characters, Ryke, Daisy, Rose and Conner. Rose and Conner are a great support system for her and so is Ryke even though he has a different way of going about things. I like him :) He's kind hardcore, but the two of them are actually starting to develop a friendship. Overall, the story was good and I really enjoyed it and kept wait to read the sequel to finally see Loren and Lily reunite....more