-I absolutely loved the way family relationships were brought into the forefront as Ardis and Wendel travel to Wendels Prussian home and fami...moreThe Good:
-I absolutely loved the way family relationships were brought into the forefront as Ardis and Wendel travel to Wendels Prussian home and familial ties were examined. -Wolfram…He may have had a bit part…but I loved him :) And his nickname-Wolfie:) -We really learned a lot more about Ardis and Wendel and their backstories and families. -The tech…from automatons to clockwork wasps that lay clockwork larvae to an amazingly awesome clockwork dragon…I loved it all. Although, I admit that I am still clueless about steampunk, dieselpunk, clockwork, technomancy, magic and how it all connects or even what is what….I still was able to just put my questions aside and enjoy how cool it all was. -The non stop action. Storms of Lazarus never slowed down…and because of that it was so hard to put down. -The romance continues developing quite nicely until we can feel almost secure…at least at points. And I can’t wait to see what the future holds based upon the new turn that was confirmed at the end. -Wendel has more of his incredibly sexy badass moments…and Ardis benefits from his protection a time or two…Yet the women are the true standouts in this book and I loved how tough they were! -The battle scene at the end as well as many of the action packed incidents kept me on the edge of my seat. -That cover is beyond awesome…I wouldn’t mind a bit of an older version of Wendel…but the over all effect is spectacular!
The Not So Good:
-The blushing. One male character (Konstantin) blushed during each and every interaction he had with another male and he seemed fairly awkward. It was hard to believe he was in the position of authority that he held considering how submissively he behaved around everyone. -Some of the scenes seemed a bit forced…and the sentence structure sometimes seemed very staccato …most of the narrative is told with very short to the point sentences.
-The especially cagey way that Wendel was acting…especially around other men…but also around the vampire chick. What the heck? Just as he and Ardis are really deepening their relationship…a male ex…a male he appears to be currently interested in and and undead vixen are added to the mix? I consider myself fairly open minded..I enjoyed another budding romance that occurred…but it is hard for me to feel that Ardis is safe in this relationship if she has other women AND men to worry about!
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A well written and fast paced sequel…Storms of Lazarus delivers lots of actions, great character development and lots of interesting tech. I’m not sure if there will be a 3rd book in this series…but I really hope that there is. I have a feeling that we are building to an amazing conclusion.(less)
After I Do takes us on the amazing journey of one couple from the very beginning to what might very well be the end....and you won't want to miss one...moreAfter I Do takes us on the amazing journey of one couple from the very beginning to what might very well be the end....and you won't want to miss one moment of the trip. We see their relationship progress from the first stages of infatuation, through first kisses, first apartments, first dog and on. Unlike most conventional romance stories which end at the Happily Ever After, Taylor Jenkins Reid takes us beyond that point in After I Do...to show us what happens after the HEA. And it's not always pretty.
We see Lauren and Ryan go from being the intimately connected couple that can't live without each other to a couple that almost can't even stand each other...and it's not an easy path to walk with them. To see all the little things that added up to years of resentments and distaste...was both heartbreaking and frightening...because throughout...one can help but wonder...could this happen to me?
The characters, the story, all of it was so wonderfully believable and easy to connect with. I think that someone at any stage of a relationship or even hoping for a relationship would find it hard to put this one down.
I laughed, I cried, I wondered why they made the hard choices they did, and most of all I rooted for them...and in doing so rooted for myself and every other married woman out there.
This incredibly well written and thought provoking read will make you re-examine all of your relationships and how you define love. My first taste of Taylor Jenkins Reid, this certainly won't be my last.(less)
~Morley does an amazing job of keeping the reader actively wondering and pondering about the world she’s created. ~All of the characters are s...moreThe Good:
~Morley does an amazing job of keeping the reader actively wondering and pondering about the world she’s created. ~All of the characters are so well fleshed out and multi-dimensional that at times it’s easy for the lines between good and bad, right and wrong to blur. ~The amount of detail put into describing the silo and Dobbs was exemplary and made her life below that much more realistic and harrowing. ~Even though I suspected the turn of events that occurred in the 2nd half of the book, I was still somehow surprised…I suppose Morley made me doubt myself and I love that I could never 100% accurately predict what was coming. ~It’s easy to understand what Blythe is going through and feel for her. The development of her character alone and how she grew and developed within the constraints of her abduction is amazing.
The Not So Good:
~I wish that a bit more of her early days, months and years below and been fleshed out to give a better feel for the psychological trauma that she went through. ~I think that the transition between the 1st half of the book and the second could have been a bit smoother. It almost felt as if I were reading two books. ~I had trouble placing the time period for this book. At times I assumed it was current small town America…but Blythe’s behavior and the details from before her abduction almost felt like it could have been the 50′s.
What is Reality? What is Myth? I love books that make me think and keep me guessing. Above did both.(less)
~I love the small town setting of Crystal Haven…Eastman makes us feel as if we live there and know all the residents. ~Clyde and her entire fa...moreThe Good:
~I love the small town setting of Crystal Haven…Eastman makes us feel as if we live there and know all the residents. ~Clyde and her entire family are such an amazing bunch. From Aunt Violet to Seth…this book would not be the same without the multiple generations all working together. ~Witches…need I say more. OK I’ll say a little more…I love the paranormal aspects of this series and the fact that all of the family members have such different talents. ~Even the pets lend a hand..love Baxter and Tuffy:) ~The friends and supporting cast (Diana, Thom, Alex, etc) all add so much to the story without taking anything away from the Fortune’s. ~A sweet slowly, maybe too slowly at times, re-developing love between Clyde and Mac gives us a taste of romance without overpowering the plotline.
The Not So Good:
~I wish that there were a bit more of the paranormal elements and I wish that they were a bit more closely connected to the resolution of the mystery. Sometimes it feels as if they are just thrown in there but aren’t really integral to the story.
Dawn Eastman has created a wonderful setting and a great cast of characters that I can’t wait to spend time with again. Looking forward to book 3 in the series.(less)
~Though this book didn’t have what I typically consider a cozy feel it more than made up for that with it’s wonderful quirkiness. ~I loved Ala...moreThe Good:
~Though this book didn’t have what I typically consider a cozy feel it more than made up for that with it’s wonderful quirkiness. ~I loved Alanis and her sarcastic personality. We get to know her little by little throughout the story and by the middle of the book I was completely in love with her character. ~It’s no secret that paranormal cozies are one of my favorite genres and this one delivers without being too out there. Is there really something to the Tarot? Or is at all about the readers ability to read not the cards but rather the customer? I’ll let you decide, but either way…it makes for a great addition to the story. ~Well written and incredibly entertaining, this one captured me from the first page and I was hooked until the end. ~The interactions between Logan and Alanis were priceless. ~It’s also no secret that I love “woowoo,” the Tarot card elements of this story fascinated me and have renewed my interest to break out the deck I bought years ago and learn. ~Lots of clues were sprinkled throughout. You may or may not guess who done it…but regardless you’ll be entertained until the end.
The Not So Good:
~I wish that we had gotten to know a bit more about the town and it’s residents. Unlike most cozies, the town wasn’t really a “character” in this one…I suspect though that in future books in this series we’ll learn more about Berdache and the town folk.
This book was very simply so much fun. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.(less)
Broken Arrows was a really fun quick read. At only 174 pages, I flew through this one as I usually read books that are much longer. I feared...moreThe Good:
Broken Arrows was a really fun quick read. At only 174 pages, I flew through this one as I usually read books that are much longer. I feared at first that there wouldn’t be enough time to fully develop a good story in such a short period of time but my fears were soon laid to rest. Chelsey Butler manages to create a fun and whimsical setting complete with a town named Fable, a menagerie of supernatural beings, a cozy bed and breakfast and some great main and side characters. I absolutely loved the setting and was immediately taken back to the days that I myself wished to own a bed and breakfast – coupled with the murder mystery weekend that Cari plans…this was a dream setting. Cari was completely likeable and believable…as were all of the secondary characters. I’m really hoping to see more of them in the next book. The romance developed quickly but was also believable due to the backstory. I can’t wait to get to know Mike better. The Not So Good:
I did feel that the writing could have been a bit more detailed. Butler has a very pared down style that seems to limit itself more to the action of the characters than to description of the surroundings. I think the book could have been even more charming had she painted more of a picture of the picturesque town and it’s inhabitants. The story ended very abruptly and left me hanging. At the end I was left wondering where the last few chapters were! Final Thoughts:
This was a cute light-hearted quick read that I read in almost one setting. Aside from the open ending, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the second book.(less)
Short and sweet but packed with a big message, Oh So Brave Dragon is sure to be a hit with the little ones. A simple tale of a Dragon who scares himse...moreShort and sweet but packed with a big message, Oh So Brave Dragon is sure to be a hit with the little ones. A simple tale of a Dragon who scares himself with his own roar...this book teaches the basics about fear, overcoming that fear and the power of friendship.
Kirk's illustrations are strong and vivid and paint a great picture of this adorably cute "monster", his home and all of his woodland friends. I couldn't help smiling as I flipped the pages to see what awaited me:)