I worked really hard on this series, so I can't say that I'm anything but proud. Echo and Ayden have been in my head for years and it's just great to...moreI worked really hard on this series, so I can't say that I'm anything but proud. Echo and Ayden have been in my head for years and it's just great to see them come alive for a change. I really hope many will love it as so many did when it was only two chapters long and an entry for a contest.
I personally love my writing, but I don't look at it as the best. It's just me. The Bleeding Heart Trilogy is just...me. (less)
To think I actually got through this one is astounding. :) But thanks to all my supporters, fans, family, and book sisters who have been there since c...moreTo think I actually got through this one is astounding. :) But thanks to all my supporters, fans, family, and book sisters who have been there since chapter one of my journey--it sure has been a wild one. To the lovers of Echo and Ayden, I thank you for allowing me to share their love with you. December 22 can't come soon enough! :O
I can review this, right? Okay. First and foremost, I just want to say how proud I am of everyone in this anthology. Many of you guys are new and this...moreI can review this, right? Okay. First and foremost, I just want to say how proud I am of everyone in this anthology. Many of you guys are new and this is your first publication, so I can only imagine how stoked you are! I really enjoyed all the stories, too! Even when I was reading and editing them, you guys gave me goose bumps!
I'm writing a review based on all the stories but mine. I can honestly say that I believe everyone gave their 100% in this anthology and it really showed. The writing wasn't perfect, neither was mine, but how boring is perfect writing? In all of these new writers I see potential and charisma. There's still tons of room to grow for each of them, and I'm glad that I got to be a part of the beginning of their journey. I hope they continue to prosper, as I expect to see them on the bestsellers list someday.
I am steadily trying to figure out how anyone could give this book anything less than 5 stars. You'd have to be missing half your damn mind not to lov...moreI am steadily trying to figure out how anyone could give this book anything less than 5 stars. You'd have to be missing half your damn mind not to love it! But I digress.
K.A. LAST made me cry, she made me laugh, and she made me fall in love with more than one character at a time. I finished reading FALL FOR ME mere seconds ago and I knew I couldn't bear to wait another minute. I had to write this review NOW.
FALL FOR ME is elegantly beautiful and wicked -- it rises above the angel/vampire stereotypes and it takes you somewhere unearthly. K.A. LAST stunned me with her passionate writing and her characters -- Grace, Archer, Seth and Josh in particular -- keep you enraptured as the pages turn. I admired her POV transitions, her way of letting the story unfold, and the easy way she made writing in general seem so effortless.
As an author and blogger I've had times where I must step out of my element and try something new. In those times I've discovered my love for trying new things and the authors who have really stuck to me as GOOD READS. H.M. Ward has been one of my favorites for a very long time and so has Alivia Anders and Ally Carter. I wasn't disappointed with Last's work here in FALL FOR ME in the slightest. I will be recommending this to all my friends and book sisters! I need this on my shelves!
SHADOW OF TIME was not my typical read in the slightest, but as my tastes in books are changing, I found that I actually REALLY enjoyed it. I received...moreSHADOW OF TIME was not my typical read in the slightest, but as my tastes in books are changing, I found that I actually REALLY enjoyed it. I received a paperback copy for review from Minkman earlier this month and I didn't hesitate to dive into Hannah's story, especially when I noted the length of the book. Yet, the length of a book doesn't define it's quality...only, Minkman made a fan of me at every turn of a page.
SHADOW OF TIME was definitely, absolutely, without a doubt an original story. I can't imagine saying otherwise, because I've read nothing like this. I loved the fact Hannah was older and relatable. None of that whiny, teenage angst bullcrap. Hannah's story also has a way of enrapturing you -- her journey, her relationship with Josh, one that can't go forgotten.
I admired Minkman's imagination and the ties of the Najavo Nation/Hannah's nightmares and dreams (that include Josh!) that really combined to create something special. Josh was a bit of an asshole, albeit I still loved his character, but I'd have to say Ben was my favorite.
By the time I neared the end, I had a big goofy smile on my face. I fully enjoyed SHADOW OF TIME! Such a great way to kick off 2013 for me. (less)
Katie McGarry captured my love and attention for Noah and Echo in PUSHING THE LIMITS, and when I discovered DARE YOU TO, I just knew I had to read it,...moreKatie McGarry captured my love and attention for Noah and Echo in PUSHING THE LIMITS, and when I discovered DARE YOU TO, I just knew I had to read it, without a shadow of a doubt. There's something hypnotic about McGarry's writing, how she herself pushes the limit with daring honesty. There's also this factor about her writing style that simply brings tears to my eyes. I'm a bit of an emotional teddy bear, but when something is written so beautifully -- amazing enough to shock to the marrow -- I don't just cry, I have a breakdown.
DARE YOU TO was heart-breakingly honest and definitely took me for a spin. Beth and Ryan's love wasn't that 'insta-love' rubbish that seems to be all the rage and I enjoyed witnessing both of their prospectives as the story blossomed. I laughed a lot, even through my tears, because their love was the kind of relationship everyone strives for. Not that fairytale story, but the one where you discover yourself through someone and realize that those small things no longer matter compared to the big. Beth's story ruined me, for lack of a better word. I cried those ugly, long and snotty tears for her. She was the kind of character that immediately seemed real; all I wanted to do was reach in and give her a huge hug. Ryan's story was just as emotional. Whereas Beth really had no family save Isaiah, Noah, and her mother, Ryan had that family with a large serving of problems. On the outside it appears as if he's got it all -- girls, baseball, and a�great high school status -- but as the reader steps into his faction of the world, you kind of mourn his freedom, or lack thereof. He battles with decisions that should be easy when coming to his family, but altogether Ryan is a conflicted character. What I enjoyed the most about him was that he was one of those writers who never knew they could write until this big 'coming-of-age' moment when he thinks, "Hey, I'm really good at this. I think I can do it." As a writer and author myself, that aspect really shook me, and it shook me hard. Not only did McGarry present an amazing story about growing up, she's incited a lot of hope in aspiring writers. Whether she may know this or not.
CRASH INTO YOU is the next installment in the series and I'm so elated that it'll be Isaiah's story. I believe a lot of hearts will break for him in DARE YOU TO, so it'll be a nice change-up I'm sure to enjoy.