Okay, these are getting a lot harder to review. I love this serial because it's awesome, but also because each one is like a story all in itself. I lo...moreOkay, these are getting a lot harder to review. I love this serial because it's awesome, but also because each one is like a story all in itself. I love that they are readable in just a short period of time, but it all contributes to the story as a whole. This one is probably one of my favorite episodes so far. It's not fast paced or super scary, but we get to know the story of Aeron. We get to see the changes in him from a child to where he ends up and how he got to be the way he is. I also loved how the future and the past were so integrated together and it made things make a whole lot of sense.
In this episode, we get mostly all Aeron and his past. Vanora unlocks the memories of the past and she takes the journey through parts of Aeron's life with him. Even though it is just a vision, somehow she is present in it. He may not be able to see her, but he knows that she's there. He can feel her and sense her presence. At first I thought it all weird since she technically didn't exist yet, and she can't actually change the past, but the way it was done makes sense if you have followed along and loved this serial like I have.
Vanora has become increasingly stronger as she goes through things. I love her character so much. She doesn't deny the connection she has with Aeron, she doesn't deny the love, but she can choose not to follow her destined path and that's exactly what she does. She won't let fate or a prophecy rule her. She is more determined than ever after this to make sure the prophecy doesn't happen.
I know that this is such a super vague review, and they all seem to be getting this way, but this episode was outstanding. I love Rhiannon's writing and I love her characters. It's so easy to connect with the stories and fall into them. Even not being a huge fan of third person perspective, the way she writes makes me love it. I don't feel the disconnect as I often do with this type of writing. I know I have said this a million times, but if you haven't started this, you really should. The first two seasons are being sold as a set so you don't need to buy them individually and you can just read the episodes straight through. I wish I could buy this serial for everyone because I am seriously in love with it!!
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.(less)
I have really enjoyed the books in this series, and I really liked Cassie's character. She's very abrasive, but that's what I like about her. She's be...moreI have really enjoyed the books in this series, and I really liked Cassie's character. She's very abrasive, but that's what I like about her. She's been hurt, she's hurt others, and she doesn't quite know where to go in her life at the moment. She has things that she needs to overcome and move on from, or to accept and take responsibility. This was a great story of what happened after Turning Pines, and how things turned out where they are with Ben.I of course love that it's a dual POV so we get to hear things from both Cassie's side, and Ben's side.
Cassie is her normal foul-mouthed self, but she's also heart broken and confused. This one takes place mostly at a hotel where they are staying for her Turning Pines councilor's funeral. When Ben shows up, she is angry, but also glad to see him. She doesn't want to fall back into things just to have them fall apart again, but she also misses him and knows that she is in love with him. She is still having trouble letting him completely in. Being there at the funeral makes her really think about things in a way she didn't before. Now she just has to wonder if it's too late and if she has enough strength inside to do what she needs to.
Ben was a favorite of mine in Dear Cassie. I just love his personality. He was mysterious in that, but in this one he is pretty much an open book. He is also not as much the fun loving Ben. That part of him is still there, but he is hurt, and he uses sarcasm and an attitude to cover it. (Kind of like Cassie herself.) He wants so much to be with Cassie, but also wants her to let him in and not keep hiding important parts of herself anymore. He wants the trust he deserves from her. He is so sweet and I love how he's always wanting to protect her and be there for her, but I really liked that he also wanted to be important too. Not have it always be all Cassie, but about them.
The romance was a slow build up in this. We have already had a romance between these two, but this is like starting over. There is also bad history with it since they are both hurt from what happened between them. They obviously still care about each other a lot, but aren't sure exactly how the other feels, or if they are willing to try to make things work. Or for that matter, if it's fair to want that from the other. Things are tense between them, but they slowly let each other back in. They know that the other is important to them, but will they be able to make it work beyond the weekend?
I loved the characters in this, and I really liked getting the continuation of their story. Getting to know Laura and Ben's brother was really fun. We get to know a bit more about Ben's past where we knew almost nothing. I thought that the emotional connection of the characters in this book was a strong point. Cassie bothered me in this one more than she had previously though. I know that F*$% is her favorite word, but it seemed almost overdone in this. Like it was there all the time even when it seemed totally unnecessary. Besides that though, I really loved this, and I thought it was a great addition to these books!! Lisa Burstein continues to be an author that I adore and can't wait to read more of her books.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.(less)
Whoa guys! This was fantastic! I loved the first book and was dying to read this one, and it totally lived up to my expectati...more*Actual rating 4.5 stars.
Whoa guys! This was fantastic! I loved the first book and was dying to read this one, and it totally lived up to my expectations. Dante may be working for the Big Guy upstairs now, but that didn't change his arrogant and snarky attitude at all. I loved that he was still himself, but improved a bit by the end of this. We get all sorts of craziness in this sequel too. There is so much going on, it's very fast paced and will keep you on edge the whole time! All the way up to the end. My goodness that ending!!
Aspen is one tough chick!! She is totally off the wall, party girl, and doesn't give a crap about anything. Or at least that's how she comes off. She is like Dante in female form. Her and Dante are like two sides of a coin. She has some major inner demons and she acts the way she does because of it. She is used to being the center of attention, but she knows that people always want something from her. People don't care about her for her. That's what she thinks anyways. I really liked Aspen. As frustrated as I was that I thought she was going to lead Dante back down the wrong road when he was supposed to be saving her, she really was an awesome character, and I loved the change in her though the book.She really came a long way from the girl we first met.
Charlie is a changed girl. Or so it seems, but she's really the same Charlie on the inside. She does some things that she normally wouldn't, but she's just testing things out and seeing if she can let go, be more like Dante. What I like the most about her is she is honest with herself. She knows that it's not her. She was always really strong to me, but she totally whips out the kick ass in this. I loved how brave and fearless she was when it came down to things. I also love how she sees the good in everyone, especially Dante. She has the ability to make him want to be good. She didn't really change much, but she definitely seemed more grown up and mature.
It took me a while to remember why I loved Dante. I did remember that it took me a while in the first book, but I failed to see how that was possible. He seemed like the same old douch bag, arrogant, tool as he was. The thing is, that's just his personality. Besides that he is funny, tells it how it is, and he truly, really has a great heart! Once I got to see more of the sweet and charming Dante, I remember exactly why I loved him. He may be a jerk, but despite that, he is really great. I guess like Charlie, I am able to see the good in him. I would never want him to be any different. He really will do anything and everything for Charlie. Not just Charlie though. He really cares about all of the friends he has made and will fight for any of them. He was so against his assignment to liberate Aspen, but once he gets to know her, and realizes there is so much more to it than just a girl with a tainted soul, he really does care. She becomes important to him as a friend. I love that balance between total arrogant jerk, and fiercely loyal, good guy Dante.
This was just such a fun and exciting book. I love the characters so much. I can easily fall into the story and their lives and feel all the feels that they do. The addition of Aspen, and then more of Max and Valery really made this book fantastic. I thought it was a well rounded cast of characters. I found myself holding my breath, laughing, crying, getting angry, and any other emotion you can think of, while reading this. Victoria Scott is so amazing at writing characters that seem real, and a story that is easy to get lost in. I am loving this series and am dying for more!!
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. (less)
Cora Carmack is now a must buy author for me!! This book was fabulous!! I absolutely loved Losing It, so when I heard Cade was getting his own story I...moreCora Carmack is now a must buy author for me!! This book was fabulous!! I absolutely loved Losing It, so when I heard Cade was getting his own story I was really looking forward to it! I know that he didn't really stand out for a lot of people in the first book, but he was one of my favorites!! Besides his awesomeness in this, I loved Max!! I also loved the double meaning of this book title too! Yes, they are faking to be a couple for Max, but they are also both faking who they really are to those around them. This story was everything I was hoping it would be!
Cade is still very broken from what happened in Losing it. He puts on a brave face, but he's far from home and still trying to mend his broken heart. He is barely holding on, when he meets Max. He can't help but be intrigued by her. He goes along with her plan to pretend to be her boyfriend both to help her, and because he figures why not. Then it becomes convenient for him to escape his problems as well. The thing is, he realizes that he's finally letting his heartbreak go, and realizes he needs to stop faking that he's been okay with his life recently. He needs to stop lying to his friends, and himself. Max brings out a side of him that he had hidden away. Cade is beyond sweet, and in the beginning he seems like a fragile, broken guy, but he's actually quite a bit stronger than I gave him credit for. I loved seeing that change in him.
Max outwardly seems like a tough chick, oozing with confidence, who fears nothing. Really though, she is terrified of letting her parents down, not being what they want her to be, and not being able to be who she wants to be. She really is a strong person in every other situation except for when it comes to her parents. As the story goes on, we get to know why it's so hard for her to be able to just be who she wants around them. Why she has to fake she is someone she isn't just to make them happy. It's deeper than just strict and proper parents. I really felt for her and I wanted her to not have to be afraid. At first I thought she was being weak, but in the end I realized it was harder to fake, then to just come clean, at least mentally.
The romance was not an easy one. I think that's why I really liked it. Yes, they are pretending to be a couple, but that's for her parents benefit. They slowly start to let their guard down around each other and be themselves. No hiding behind fake pretenses that everyone else sees. I think it really added to their growing bond. They find themselves sharing things with each other that they haven't with anyone else, and finding a comfort in one another even if it's only in fleeting moments. They both are attracted to the other, but have no clue how much of an act it is for the other. It's not easy, but it's real. I thought it moved a little quickly, but in the situation, I can see that happening. They are both raw with emotion and just what the other needs.
If you enjoyed Losing It, you need this one. It was not as humorous since the characters situations are much different, but it was so good. The connection I felt to them made me full of emotion while reading it! These are some majorly broken characters that need to figure themselves out and move on from the past. There was more focus on fixing each other (mostly Max) then getting together. This one is still sexy, but more on the emotionally dark side then the humorous side. I thought it was amazing! I need more from this author now!
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. (less)
I absolutely loved this book. It was sweet, sexy, funny, and everything that I could want out of a New Adult contemporary. It had a fabulous story, th...moreI absolutely loved this book. It was sweet, sexy, funny, and everything that I could want out of a New Adult contemporary. It had a fabulous story, the characters were amazing, and I was totally drawn in!! I am always a sucker for friends to lovers stories and this one hit the mark!! Told through alternating POV's I think that this was done spectacularly and I found it hard to put down.
Sydney is a character that though very different from me, I found she was very easy to connect to. I was able to get right into her head and feel her emotions with her. I loved watching her come out of her shell. In the beginning she is so afraid to just let go and do something spontaneous, then when she tries it doesn't always go the way she thinks it will. I really loved her character. She is so intent on keeping her friendship with Kyler that she is afraid to do anything to ruin it. I can totally understand that. They bicker, but are awesome friends... best friends.
Kyler was a bit harder for me to like. Okay, so he was swoon worthy pretty much right off, but he was still a jerk. He is a total man whore and has girls crawling out of the woodwork to get a piece of that, but yet if Sydney even so much as talks to another guy, he gets all pissy and the guy is obviously a tool in his mind. Yes, it's sweet that he is jealous, but it's like he thinks he can do every girl on the planet, but Sydney can't even look at a guy. Yet, he won't tell her how he feels about her for certain reasons, but still. Once I started to get to know him a little better I definitely started to love him. I thought that he was sweet and charming, but still an arrogant ass at times. He could not have been any more perfect for Sydney though. He is loyal to their friendship and fiercely protective of her. He is a great best friend, and no one could be better for her.
Oh the sexiness!! Holy Hell are there some scenes that could almost make the book go up in flames. JLA sure knows how to make those pages steamy! Okay, so besides the steam, the romance is really great too. There are plenty of "awww" inducing moments, some moments that had me laughing, and then the ones where I though a cold shower could do me some good. I love that the romance stemmed from a friendship and it's believable that they would be in love with each other. There is no insta-love or fast romance. This has been building for practically their entire lives. You could feel the connection and the chemistry between them. You know how they met. You know how they have grown up close to each other. You get their history, so you believe the romance.
So, the story! What better was to finally get their feelings out there then being snowed in by a massive blizzard? Well, it's not really that easy. There were plenty of issues that got in their way. Some funny, some scary, some just plain old frustrating. The worst part is, they aren't just snowed in, but someone is apparently out to get them too. So besides it being freezing and having to use a backup generator for a little bit of power, now they have to fear that someone is going to harm them. Well, Kyler is just mostly scared for Syd. It makes for a great addition to the story and how it all comes out in the end had me with my heart beating out of my chest.
This was beyond amazing. I went through so many emotions back and forth through this book that I was mentally exhausted, but so satisfied when I was done!! I was expecting an awesome book, but what I got was off the charts incredible!! My love for JLA's books grows with each one I read. I already want to go back and read this one again and again. This is a friends to lovers story at it's best!! I would give it a million stars if I could!
*An advanced copy of this book was sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.(less)
I thought that I loved the first book, Inbetween, but this one was absolutely amazing!! I loved Cash and Anaya's story. This was even more full of ten...moreI thought that I loved the first book, Inbetween, but this one was absolutely amazing!! I loved Cash and Anaya's story. This was even more full of tension and heartbreak than Finn and Emma's story. I was immersed in it, and I had to know where things were going. Admittedly, I did figure out something early on, but not to worry, it's revealed shortly after that anyways. I was almost cursing my perceptiveness, but it did not distract from the story at all. I found that I was able to get more easily lost in their story. I could feel the desperation of the situation. I also loved that Emma and Finn were still a big part of it, but it wasn't about them.
Cash was a bit tough to read. He is just hurting so much, both physically and emotionally. I loved him in the first book, and in this one I came to love him even more. I wanted nothing more than for him to be happy. I didn't want him to have to go through what he was going through. I know that is vague, but I don't want to spoil anything. As his heart is breaking over Emma, he is also slowly falling for Anaya even though it's the last thing he wants to do. He has a lot of hurt and anger that he is holding inside too. He is having a hard time letting go and excepting things. He is angry at life in general and it's very emotionally taxing to read, but I loved it.
Anaya was a character who I didn't really know what to think of in the first book, but came to love her in this one. She's been working as a reaper for a very long time with the promise of her happily ever after, or Heaven. She just needs to do this one last job for her boss and then he will let her go. She finds out that it's not all that simple. Though Balthazar didn't lie to her, he has left out a lot of information. She knows better than to defy him, but she also wants to do what's right. Cash becomes more than just a job to her, and in the end there are no easy decisions. Anaya is tough and she is a good soul. I really loved getting to know her better.
Of course there is romance, and it was one that I loved. The last person you would think Cash would fall for would be a Reaper since a reaper was the one who stole Emma's heart. Anaya is different though. He feels like he is drawn to her. Maybe because she is the warmth and the safety in a cold and painful world, but he feels like it's more than that. He can't get her out of his head. She has been waiting a thousand years to be with her true love again, but Cash seems to be getting to her. She wants to keep him safe, but on top of that, she is starting to have feelings for him. She feels like she is betraying her past and her love, but Cash makes her feel like she hasn't in a long time. They both fight their growing attraction. It's very tension filled. It's not the typical slow burn romance. In fact it's laced with sadness, anger, and also hope. There is a lot of emotion that goes into their romance.
This was just amazing and I loved it!! I fell right back into the world, and I loved getting to know these characters better. I felt a lot of emotion while reading this book, but in a good way. This one was very dark, and I felt a tightness in my chest throughout a lot of it. I have become very invested in these characters. All of them. The secondary characters are awesome too. I can't wait for more of this series. I can only hope that next up we get Easton's story!! This was fabulous!!
* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.(less)
Wow! M.R. Merrick has done it again. This book is just as fantastic, if not better than the first two. As with the first two books, this one starts of...moreWow! M.R. Merrick has done it again. This book is just as fantastic, if not better than the first two. As with the first two books, this one starts of with a bang, throwing you right into the action. Then it keeps going strong from beginning to end leaving just enough time between events to catch your breath and let things absorb. Along with that, the character growth is amazing. We really get to know more about the characters and their pasts too. This was such a great continuation of the story and I can't get enough.
Still stubborn, and easy to piss off, Chase really does go through a lot of changes in this book. I can't help but feel bad for him for all that he has been through, and the guilt that he carries around. He totally mans up in this though. Don't get me wrong, he still flies of the handle once in a while and does some really stupid things, but he is realizing now that Marcus, Willy, Rayna, and Tiki are his family now. He will do anything for them even if it means sacrificing himself. On top of the impending war that Riley is bringing, he is struggling with his powers. They are too much for him to handle and they are literally hurting him. I love that he really starts to be able to keep his anger in check and is working hard at controlling himself and also helping and being nice to others that he otherwise wouldn't.
I will briefly touch on the other characters too since they are all so important in this. Vincent become a major part of this, even more so than before I think. I still don't care for him much, but I definitely have a much better understanding of him, and even feel a little bad for him. Oh, and his humor in this gave some much needed comic relief at times. Rayna is struggling with all of the new things going on, but she is still tough and fierce. She also discovers new things about herself and needs to embrace it. Willy is in a tough place in this one, and it takes a while to really find out why, but when we do, I just wanted to climb in the book and hug him. He is such a great character. One of my favorites. Then there's Tiki and there's not much to say about him except although he is odd, he is wise too.
They need to get the soul pieces and destroy them before Riley gets his hands on them and absorbs their power. It is a race to try to get them before he does, and on top of that, Arian has his own agenda and there is a major issue with the vampires too. There is so much going on in this, but surprisingly it is never confusing or overwhelming. They are thrown from one bad situation to the next while trying to complete their mission. They need to learn to work together with others they never would have dreamed of partnering up with before. Tension is high, lives are being taken, and time is running out.
From the first page, this book is full of heart pumping action that will keep your heart racing. I fell right back into the story and experienced it along with all of the characters. The visual imagery I get from M.R. Merrick's writing is fabulous and I find myself totally lost in the worlds he has created. This book had me holding my breath, laughing, and crying. The ending had me wanting to throw my nook out the window, then go get it and beg for the next book. This series just gets better with each book!!(less)
I totally loved this book!! I loved Alessandra in the first book, so I was so excited she was getting her own book, and in the twenty-first century wi...moreI totally loved this book!! I loved Alessandra in the first book, so I was so excited she was getting her own book, and in the twenty-first century with Cat!! This one was every bit as magical and enchanting as the first one, and I loved every bit of it! Not only did I love Cat and Alessandra even more, I adored getting to know Austin, and Lucas too. This was a book that was easy to get lost in and imagine what it would be like to have my own gypsy adventure.
Alessandra is from the sixteenth century and knows very little about the twenty-first century. Yes, Cat explained some things to her while she was back in time in Alessandra's home, but it didn't come close to helping her to understand all of the new technology, clothing, and even talk, that she gets thrown into. I loved watching her try to adapt, and try to fit in. It was a joy to see her get to pursue her love of acting. I especially loved seeing her let go. Be the girl she has been too afraid to let out. Was never able to let out being that it is unacceptable in her time. She finds love, she gets to live out her acting dream, she is able to just be herself and not be afraid to do what she wants for once. She really came out of her shell. More than that, she was able to see clearly the things she didn't when she was back in her own time.
Austin was a bit harder to work his way into my heart. He is the guy who doesn't care, knows he's good looking, has that arrogant attitude... you get it. He decides to make a deal with Alessandra that he will help with their school project as long as she lets him take her on "adventures" to loosen up. Little does he know, that as he is teaching her to let go and not care so much, he figures out that he hasn't cared enough, and has let everything go too much. He also starts to fall for her. This is when we get to know the real Austin. The one who is sweet, caring, charming, and totally swoon-worthy. I loved the Austin that was hidden underneath.
So by now, you know there is romance. It was such a sweet romance too. They were seriously so perfect for each other. It was obvious way before they could see it for themselves. As I was swooning over them falling for each other though, my heart was also breaking thinking of how broken they would be when Reyna took Alessandra back to her own time. It made it so emotional to see their moments together and knowing it could be the last. More than the romance that forms between them, I loved that they each were able to bring out a better side of the other while trying to fight that side of themselves. They compliment each other so well and I fell in love along with them.
This book was so fun. Unlike the first one, where Cat knew of the past and the way things were, Alessandra has no clue about the twenty-first century since it's in the future. She definitely gets a bit of culture shock, and I thought it was really entertaining watching her try to go about a normal day. She does reasonably well with adjusting her speech to that of "modern ways", but she does revert back to her normal ways a lot of the time. There is also a great twist to the ending that had my dying!! It was amazing. I cannot wait for the next book or any of this authors books in general!! Romantic, magical, and fun are the only ways I can describe this series!!
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. (less)