Silencing Breath was the sequel to Stealing Breath, a novel I enjoyed beyond words. The supernatural content and originality blew me away. Even at the...moreSilencing Breath was the sequel to Stealing Breath, a novel I enjoyed beyond words. The supernatural content and originality blew me away. Even at the end there was still a thick level of mystery surrounding the characters and the extent of their strange powers. I took it upon myself to check out Vicarious and was thrilled to sneak a peek at Sarah's past complete with her blossoming abilities. In Silencing Breath, we're taken into Evan's world. Thus begins the meet & greet of the Valenti clan. It's been four years since Sarah and Evan's "Happily Ever After" began. There's even marriage on the horizon. That is until revenge comes knocking.
Silencing Breath was a dark chapter in this series. In fact I believe there was a bit of a genre shift from paranormal romance to simply paranormal in the process. That's not all that much of a bummer but with the steamy of the last novel, the smooch time diminishes quickly in this installment. However the thrilling action remains. The intensity of this one will have you biting your nails, maybe even holding back a gag, and begging for the return of love. While I found myself engrossed with this, it's still very much different then anything I could have imagined. The history of Evan's family will make you wish you remained in the dark.
Silencing Breath did not skimp on the horror, dark magic, and addition of new allies and villains. It was a solid follow up within the series. I'm holding out many hopes that the next novel will return with a HUGE romantic BANG! (less)
Keatyn Douglas is the offspring of Hollywood’s sweetheart. She spent her childhood on movie sets. She’s lived a glamorous life within the confounds of...moreKeatyn Douglas is the offspring of Hollywood’s sweetheart. She spent her childhood on movie sets. She’s lived a glamorous life within the confounds of her mother’s famous shadow. Stalk Me details Keatlyn’s life in high school when she decided to have a try at normalcy.
From the cover, you see a pretty girl, see the title inviting obsessive attention and can’t help but roll your eyes thinking all kinds of not nice things. Perhaps I’m just speaking for myself. Truthfully, I didn’t really know what to expect. The synopsis made comparisons to Gossip Girl, but I never watched the show. Ehhh, just couldn’t hold my attention long enough to really get into it, so I wasn’t really a fan. I didn’t dislike it either. I just wasn’t interested.
While Stalk Me was full of stereotypes, Keatyn was the exception. She was just as high maintenance as she was down to Earth. She reminded me so much of Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. Her system for deciphering the complexity of friends and relationships was completely alien to me, yet the reasoning was sound. It’s like when Cher compares shoe shopping in Miami to shoe shopping in LA and ultimately decide that it’s not where you buy the shoe but the comfort in the fit. Her analogy was used in discussing going to private school to public school. The quality of learning is what’s important. Oh, but wait, her current shoes are so last season. So then she buys new shoes for her first day at school. Then you ask yourself why the heck she had to use that round about explanation to argue something so obvious. Keatyn wasn’t a carbon copy of Cher but she did have similarities. Her desire to do the right thing is what made me like her. Another quality that I liked was her expectations and dreams. She wanted to be popular, date the cutest guy, and go to the coolest parties. I think a lot of teens can relate. It was especially entertaining when the reader gets glimpses into her fantasies. Keatlyn literally had a script for every milestone in the teenage card catalog of first experiences.
On the other hand there were many times I wanted to knock on her fictional door and slap the naiveté out of her. Her strength to stand outside of the popular clique and grow a backbone was nonexistent. In my opinion, she also didn’t particularly make the best decisions.
Stalk Me surprisingly had a lot going on socially aside from there being a stalker. Much of the unpleasant action could have been easily avoided. It makes you wonder if the rich and famous really do have as much drama steaming from their stature or if the chaos is of their own making.
Stalk Me brought out every last one of my emotions. I loved the gushy romance. I lusted on the steamy scenes. I envied the lavish lifestyle. I giggled at Keatyn's gullibility and dreamy expectations. That also pissed me off at times. I teared up on the unfair unfairytale realities. I was frustrated by all the drama, that also had me glued to see what happens next.
In sum, Stalk Me was an interesting read. I loved it. I hated it. I loved it some more. It was like plucking petals. Keatyn's like my very first fictional frenemy, but I'm kind of obsessed now. But it's not all her, but her unfair life. This novel is dramalicious! I definitely plan to stalk this series.(less)
“You think you have everything figured out, that everyone has their place, that it is black and white, you fail to see the gray in-between.”
Barbie Gir...more“You think you have everything figured out, that everyone has their place, that it is black and white, you fail to see the gray in-between.”
Barbie Girl is a novel that will have you rethinking your own preconceptions and dismissing, if not, analyzing rumors before you take them at face value. Hopefully it’ll also open your eyes up to second chances and second impressions of everyone around you.
Barbie Girl tells the story of what happens when a geeky guy makes a deal with a girl with a bad reputation to get the attention of the “good girl”. Of course someone falls in love, true identities are revealed and things don’t go as smoothly as originally planned.
The depiction of the characters in Barbie Girl were almost, I dare say, solid!
Yeah Dylan Knight has his issues with prejudging Barbie and everyone else around him, bit who hasn’t. That made him very believable in my eyes. I’ll be lying if I said; I’d never bought into rumors or allowed them to affect my opinion of someone until proven otherwise. With that being said, I found it sad that he allowed those same misconceptions to affect his actions later on even after he got to know Barbie.
Third (aka whose real name is far too embarrassing to mention in this review) was an awesome wing man. He’s the best friend struggling with an identity crisis. He reminded me so much of almost half of my high school student body. His antics at trying to be “cool” provided much of the comic relief.
Barbie Starr! I adored her. She was labeled many things. Among them were “the hottest girl in school” and “the easiest girl in school”. Some of these labels were spewed from a bit of truth. Yet there was so much more to her story. Even with her issues, she made for an entertaining read.
Katie Bloom was the objective and distraction in Barbie Girl. She’s the perfect student and ideal girlfriend according to Dylan. In the course of Dylan rallying to win her affections, we learn that she’s not all as she appears on the outside. I don’t believe her character was fully developed. It would be a delight to see her world further explored in the future.
All and all, I read this one rather quickly. Less than 24 hours is a record with my hectic schedule nowadays. I've also highlighted quite a few very memorable scenes. I was drawn to this novel by the catchy cover, but I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I figured it would be ho-hum. See I was prejudging, but I know better now. (I hope.) I am delighted that I picked this up, because I can’t think of a single complaint. I like how Barbie Girl ended on a drooling note both inside and outside the book. It definitely has me wanting more. I can’t wait to see what drama Barbie World brings.(less)
Open Heart eliminated any doubts I had about the Farsighted series. Simmi’s story completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations. Open Heart pic...moreOpen Heart eliminated any doubts I had about the Farsighted series. Simmi’s story completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations. Open Heart picks up where Farsighted left off. Dax is now living with Alex and has become the latest torn in his side. At this point, I’ve become immune to Alex’s sullenness and since the story isn’t from his point of view, I was able to whip right through this one. In Farsighted Simmi was presented the way Alex saw her: Nice & Sweet. But there’s so much more to her personality. As I suspected, she had ulterior motives for advancing her and Alex’s relationship. It was an eerie feeling to read this and think back to Farsighted. The Simmi from book one was so much in opposition to this one that it was almost like reading about two different girls. I liked both portrayals of her, but Simmi through her own eyes really struck a chord. I was able to relate to her on so many levels. Like many teenage girls, Simmi has insecurities about her body, relationships and life in general. She fears her powers. She questions her love life. She has physical flaws in which she amplifies in her mind to the point of developing an eating disorder. While I’m sure no one in the real world has experienced the level of young adult supernatural and hormonal complexity as Simmi, there’s definitely a topic we can snip from her life that’ll resonate on one level or another. I am pleased to announce that after this, I am highly anticipating continuing on with this series. I’m even more excited to read Shapri’s story.
*A copy of this novel was provided courtesy of the author for an honest review.(less)
“I ‘see’ color through my nose, and like green most of because so many of the best-smelling things are that hue, like grass, leaves, vegetables, and...more “I ‘see’ color through my nose, and like green most of because so many of the best-smelling things are that hue, like grass, leaves, vegetables, and limes.”
Farsighted is the first in the Farsighted series and follows the supernatural coming of age of boy named Alex. While Alex is physically blind, he has a developing power of second sight. This journey is told from his point of view. While there aren’t any visual descriptions, the reader is presented a strikingly interesting world depiction built by sound, touch, smell, and taste. We’re also introduced to a cast of characters who’s also just as intriguing and diverse. The subsequent novels continue their journey told from their point of view. The novel’s covers hint at the story teller.
I found Alex extremely fascinating. I commented him for sticking up to school bullying in spite of his handicap. His frustration at his mother’s over soldering and father’s “seemingly” cruelness was tangible. I couldn’t help but sympathize with his situation.
Simi is a new transfer students introduced into the story right when things become extremely dismal for Alex’s school life and offers a balm. She’s a soft spoken peace maker. She becomes his only friend and love interest. Shapri is another new student who later acts to shake things up a bit. She’s sassy and a very strong character with a dominating personality. The dynamics of the trio is entertaining. As Alex’s visions become more intense, he discovers a villian threating to destroy his newfound happiness. And as he deliberates on how to save the love of his life, he realizes he’s not the only one wielding untapped power.
Overall, Farsighted was an unique story sure to capture the adoration of any science fiction fanatic. My interest however played an interesting game of tug and war. While I loved every element of this novel, I wasn’t in love with the lead character. He came off as extremely short tempered and always grumpy; and there was a perpetual loom of doom that made this story difficult for me to maintain a steady pace.
*A copy of this novel was provided courtesy of the author for an honest review.(less)
The Watcher is a story about a girl named Mia discovering teenage crushes and love seemingly for the first time. Her aim is set on the new kid, Micha...more The Watcher is a story about a girl named Mia discovering teenage crushes and love seemingly for the first time. Her aim is set on the new kid, Michael- A kid repeating a second senior year and recovering from a near fatal accident. When another leather chad, motorcycle riding new kid arrives, once again Mia’s battling an unexplainable attraction. The trio has a past together, unbeknownst to Mia, even while she becomes yet another pawn in an ancient otherworldly rivalry.
The Watcher is my favorite angel fiction tale yet. Grigori Angels and their lust for human women…the shame….the undoubtedly unturnawayably lore of it. The forbidden fruit, so to say, has always been appealing to me. Lisa Voisin does an excellent job of drawing out the yearning, pinning, unbearable connection between the leading couple. It was painful and yet not dishearting to read. It keeps you rooting for their love to suceed even in the mist of the futality of it all.
Angels and human = Soul Mates Friends
The overall composition of The Watcher is genius and far more than just a love story. Aside from the main baseline, another tantalizing page turner of this novel is its mystery. There’s a clandestine plot of discovering the full story of the couple’s past while untangling angst temptation of forbidden romance.
It’s so hard to review this while containing my excitement and not giving too much away. I’ll leave you this one tipoff: There’s a fallen angel seeking redemption. His road to forgiveness becomes even harder when he’s faced with the very soul that made him fall in the first place.
Favorite Quote: Since the last time we’d kissed, I’d been so careful around him, trying not to cross the invisible line that would either damn him or scare him away.
Check this one out. If you like plots filled with twists, romance, reincarnations, angel lore, demon lore, posession, inter-dimensional, and Shakespearean references; then read it for yourself. You can thank me later.
Big HUGE Thanks to Ink Spell Publishing and the author for entrusting me with an honest review.(less)
Undeadly takes you into a world where the “living dead” are citizens. Necromancy 101 is a prerequisite in grade school. Five in ten people are born wi...moreUndeadly takes you into a world where the “living dead” are citizens. Necromancy 101 is a prerequisite in grade school. Five in ten people are born with the gene to control the deceased. This book’s theme heavily involves Egyptian mythology and mummification. Molly is just another gifted teenage in this zombie integrated culture. That is until destiny steps in on her sixteenth birthday and things get a whole lot more complicated.
Molly was a likeable character in a dizzy early ‘90’s clueless jargon sort of way. She was thrown allot of drama and the way she handled it all was believable. The plot was shaky. I felt that it was overshadowed by the world building. In the beginning of each chapter were a brief history lesson and/or facts about the setting. While I think the way it was intertwined was ingenious; it was still somehow lacking. For example, Molly brought her almost boyfriend back; a whole lot happened after that; and the solution to Rick was sort of thrown together right at the end. It seemed to me as if it was an afterthought. While I thoroughly enjoyed being sucked into this strange and unusual world, I longed for more action and romance.
*Big Thanks to the author for entrusting me with an honest review.(less)
It’s been a while since I’ve devoted the time to reading an entire book in one sitting. While life still went on and I had my duties, I still managed...moreIt’s been a while since I’ve devoted the time to reading an entire book in one sitting. While life still went on and I had my duties, I still managed to read this novel in a little less than 8.5 hours. This series only get better and better. I honestly didn’t think the author could top the Jessie-Claire romance in the last book. Now I find myself saying the same thing about this one; while keeping my fingers crossing and secretly hoping that she does. Whereas Going Under was reminiscence of Grease, Shallow was reminiscent of The Taming of the Shrew. Except the male lead didn’t do any pretending. He was a playboy with a reputation unflattering for boyfriend material who was ultimately tamed by love. *Sigh* This book brought so many warm an fuzzies to me. I find myself flipping back to various parts long after I’ve finish just so I can swoon some more. There was a lot of smoking hotness! I absolutely loved Payton Archer from the last book. Her smartalickness and shallowness was epic. She did not disappoint here. Alex also brought alot to the story with his nonstop innuendos and over confidence. There were just as many funny moments and witty commentary as romance. I’m a native Tennessean; yet it wasn’t until the end of the book that I noticed all the landmarks mentioned in the book. Kudos to the shout out to the Nashville burbs without letting it takeover the story. I’m finding myself NOW a fan of this author and plan to sniff out her other works to read and gush over. (less)
When Noel's long term boyfriend breaks her heart, she finds comfort in her dreams where a mystery man helps her forget about her heartache and misfort...moreWhen Noel's long term boyfriend breaks her heart, she finds comfort in her dreams where a mystery man helps her forget about her heartache and misfortunes. In her waking hours she's accompanied by her best friend Autumn; yet when Noel's dreams manifest outside the dream realm danger follow and she finds herself emerged in the Wiccan world she long since avoided. (Even introduced to more things of the paranormal persuasion.)
I am rarely ever on the fence. I usually love or really love a book especially if I finish. (Which when I DNF means I didn't like it.) However with this one, I am truly undecided. I am neither pulled more toward either direction, so let's explore both sides:
YAY: •The romance was hot and heavy with very worthy lead males. •It was moderate paced; and I finished in less then48 hours even on a tight schedule. •There was an incredibility sexy mystery guy from fairytale dream world and another hot equally sexy bad boy. •There were many levels in the plot that allowed for various supernaturals and thrilling elements such as espionage and spells.
Hummmm: •There was a love triangle that seemed rushed and sabotaged by the plot. •Noel....Noel...Noel! •There where moments where in the back of my head I heard that porn theme song “bow chicka wow wow”. The main character keep saying how she didn't want to come off as “THAT girl” when in actuality, her actions were kind of loose. (I'm just saying.) •The action was overshadowed with focus more on romantic drama.
I feel terrible saying this, but I expected more suffering and turmoil when the bad guys came around; and I wanted someone to take charge and kick a little ass. Then when it's all said and done come back to the romance. While I enjoyed this novel, to an extent I feel a little jipped. I didn't expect this to be a total love story.
On another note, I can honestly say I wasn't expecting that type of ending from this book. That was definitely a shocker in a novel world comprised of cliff hangers. When I turned and noticed there were no more pages in my Kindle, I wasn't expecting that at all.
I still have many questions of which I am very much anticipating discovering the answer to later in this series. The loose ends encourages a sequel and I look forward to further exploring Persephone's League of Immortals. (((Thanks to the author for entrusting me with an honest review.)))(less)
This is quiet frankly the best clean romance novel I've ever read in my whole entire life. Finally a “love story” I can recommend to my mom without bl...moreThis is quiet frankly the best clean romance novel I've ever read in my whole entire life. Finally a “love story” I can recommend to my mom without blushing or her thinking I'm some kind of freak. This was such an emotional read. Sierra tells the story of a woman targeted by madmen on a mission. Her family is brutally taken away and she is held captive in the wilderness. In the mist of her suffering she finds a hero. I was outraged. I was hopeless. I cried along with the main character, Alyssa. I cast the e reader away swearing to not finish this novel. But at last, my curiosity got the best of me. This was such a charming story. Even in the super gushy parts, I hung to every word as if it was oxygen, I needed to see what would happen next. In the end a part of me wished this was a true story and that fairy tale romances like this could actually exist. Yet at the same time, I wouldn't wish the horrors she faced on my worst enemy. I would recommend this to any and everyone. This is a few readers away from an "American classic”! (less)
This is a story of discovery. Iris is an ashmatic with amnesia living in a bubble world. Her father and caretaker are all she knows and they protect h...moreThis is a story of discovery. Iris is an ashmatic with amnesia living in a bubble world. Her father and caretaker are all she knows and they protect her from EVERYTHING, including her past. When her father takes a risk and decides a remote island is better protection for her condition, her sheltered life is shattered, the truth is revealed, and Iris discovers not only a new world but also herself.
I found this story wondrous, poetic, and romantic. I often analyze possible influences when reading fantasy and mythology.I could not pinpoint much because this was highly original. "We are just normal people only our souls are a little bit different." (that's eerie and yet fascinating.) I especially loved the symbolism. Such as the apple's introduction was the foreshadowing of Iris' knowledge. I also loved the many fowls referenced. I found myself googling the names to see pictures. It was especially cute when the bird species were used as terms of edurement. I loved it when they talked birdie to me!
This was written in third person.The pace of the story was abit stop and go. It was a quick read yet it lagged on the conversations, where the author took the liberty of explaining the hidden world of the Society of Feathers. I though the history lesson world building could have been distributed a little more even. There were also poems and songs that I adored. I wish I knew the tunes to them as well.
When the romance angle appeared, I found myself groaning, "not another psycho heart-throb". Surprisingly, it didn't play out like any other book I've read. Falcon, yep that's his name (cool isn't it), wasn't some bad boy or evil menace. I really liked Iris' character. It's rare that I've read a novel where the heroine wasn't perfect. It was refreshing that Iris had a normal medical condition. Iris' asthma made her appear delicate.
One thing I didn't understand was how Iris could be so forgiving when everyone was lying and keeping information from her.I felt bad for her. Everyone has lied to her her whole life and her ailment doesn't make it easy for her to show extreme emotion.
I would be interested in continuing this series out of curiosity. This novel was just the beginning and it ended with Iris' fate still unknown.
My Rating: 3.5 hearts *Thanks so much to the author and publishers for entrusting me with an honest review.(less)
One thing that caught my eye and intrigued my interest about “Valkyrie Rising" was the symbolism of the cover: the posture of the girl, her athletic b...moreOne thing that caught my eye and intrigued my interest about “Valkyrie Rising" was the symbolism of the cover: the posture of the girl, her athletic build, the trademark blond hair, the metallic sequins, the position of the mountains eluding to the shaping of the wings, and the guy in the background just beyond the mist standing at her right. This is a modern play on Norse mythology. I'm not widely familiar with it all, but I definitely recall the muscular blond females with wings sporting metal bikinis wielding a disk shield and sword. They were called Valkyries and they were very “Girl Power”. Sort of reminiscent of Zena, warrior princess, in her hay day before she started kissing Gabby.
Norse mythology art and literature always appeared brute and savage to me. (Granted the only characters that truly strike a cord are Beowulf and Thor.) The truly unique thing about Valkyrie Rising is the author feminizes the women and showcases them in a softer light. In an essence bringing sexy back to Norse mythology.
Valkyrie Rising tells the story of the summer Ellie, her brother Graham, and his best friend Tuck visit her grandmother in Norway. As quiet as the town seems, it harbors many secrets, unsolved mysteries and grudges. Ellie finds herself way over her head in the middle of it all while discovering her heritage.
I enjoyed this story so much. The sibling dynamics was something I could relate to growing up the only female of four brother; and I found that “shadow living” to be very believable. The romance was also hot and cute yet wasn't over the top. I enjoyed the build up. The plot was unexpected and held many twists. *Gushes* I am a sucker for a good heroine book ! Though I would have liked more kick ass and less ass kicking of the lead female. While there was much action, there was a very political ending. In spite of my small and very minute complaints, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. I look forward to reading about more Valkyries!
*Big Thanks to the author for entrusting me with an honest review.(less)
While Arise is book three of a series, it reads like the conclusion of a trilogy. At the same time hints are drooped that could support more. It is to...moreWhile Arise is book three of a series, it reads like the conclusion of a trilogy. At the same time hints are drooped that could support more. It is told in multiple points of views, so readers get insight into the head of the very dashing, Kain! The story begins with our heroine,Eviana, in captivity. Devastated, alone, on hunger strike, and mentally defeated dealing with the family revitalization delivered from Lucian in book two. Talk about depressed! Meanwhile, Kain is seriously wounded, the gang are plotting a rescue, and Lucan is yet again scheming for world domination via the Legacy. This chapter in the adventure most definitely did not disappoint. It was heavy on the romance, heavy on the fighting, heavy on the drama, and non stop action.
I can not get enough of The Syrenka Series. Seriously or something like it. While I totally loved how this book ended and wouldn't be disappointed with a happy ending; I also wouldn't mind a spin off with many more adventures. People never believe me when I gush about the relevance this series has brought back to mermaid lore. Gone are the days of sing-a-longs, forever fins, leg wishes, and insta-human-love. In with danger, wars, power, manipulation, shape shifting fins, love triangles, and a plethora of other elements you wouldn't believe would be in a book concerning Ariel's decedents. My husband teases me because he's familiar with the original mer tails of the scary sailor murderous kind. But hey, this book has found a very comfortable middle ground between too cute and too evil. If this book was cake, I would be licking the icing off my finger tips right about now...simply delicious!
Thanks again to the author for entrusting me with an honest review. Thanks also to the tour host, Abby @ Bookshelf Confessions for th opportunity and special invite. I fear that my once fascination has now morphed into a full fledged infatuation with mermaid fiction! More fins please!!! (less)
Life gets very interesting for High school senior, Wendy, after she almost die in a car accident:
❤ For starters, she feels as if she's being watched;
❤...moreLife gets very interesting for High school senior, Wendy, after she almost die in a car accident:
❤ For starters, she feels as if she's being watched;
❤ She's having nightmares of dead girls;
❤ and two hot guys are suddenly competing for her affection.
Just Think....last week she was invisible!
Dancing with Death is a NEW ADULT novel sure to gain more than a few thumb ups. I offer up a very strong nod to this title.
The author pushes the envelope while still toeing the gray area on a particular taboo teenage romance issue. I found myself shocked and a tad bewildered at the turn of events. Dancing with Death is the second novel I've have the opportunity of reviewing for this author. Heltsley definitely doesn't lack in imagination. (And her covers are always “beautiful”!)
There were elements of mystic and a horror. This added to my motivation to see what was behind all the haunting. I was also very enthralled by the romance. The interactions were very well written and I could feel the chemistry as I read along. The plot was twisty, creepy, weird, fashionable, and cute.
Of my complaints, at times there was a disconnect with the characters and the situations. Their reactions and actions, while meshed well with the plot, were unrealistic. On another note, Wendy is so not the poster child for respectable dating for young women. While her actions are well explained, she'll definitely have you raising your eyebrow. Another element stopping me from rating higher is the grammar issues and a few inconsistencies that gave me pause. Overall, I enjoyed it. It may have had a few flaws; yet was overall intriguing and entertaining.
"Two days ago I never would have dreamed of grave digging........."
Cora is days away from becoming a newly wed. Well at least she was until her fiance...more"Two days ago I never would have dreamed of grave digging........."
Cora is days away from becoming a newly wed. Well at least she was until her fiance is murdered. Now she and her best fiend, Nessa, are on the run and prime suspects. Cora didn't mean to run.... Together Cora and Nessa venture on a series of strange, unusual, and unfortunate events. They meet other characters equally displaced; and their motley crew of individuals are forced to race against time to find answers.
"I had dragged her into something that was clearly so much bigger than us."
This book is: ♥ Suspenseful ♥ Eerie ♥ Mystical ♥ Romantic
Dissolve is one of those really tricky post-apocalyptic novels that initially starts off as a murder mystery then transforms into a paranormal suspense thriller with super hero elements you're rooting for yet don't know what will happen next. I was really enthralled.
This novel offered so many different dimensions of plot, setting, and characters. It was entertaining and original through and through! My only complaint was that the drama was a bit mild. I was secretly wishing for someone to get irrate or not be as aggreeable. The ending leaves on a scene of shock. I wanted to be optimistic, but I was bewildered by the situation. Yet it was the best plotted cliff hanger for a return reader.
Thanks to the author and AToMR Tours for entrusting me with an honest review!
To fully appreciate such a novel, one must be well familiar in the cadence of EPIC style of writing: for it will indeed take a full page to fully acqu...moreTo fully appreciate such a novel, one must be well familiar in the cadence of EPIC style of writing: for it will indeed take a full page to fully acquaint a singular action. I once attempted to read an Epic style novel and I didn’t even get past the fifth page. Needless to say, I saw this novel as a challenge. At first things weren’t looking so well. Twenty pages felt like 2000 and I’d admit I have a short attention span. After forcing myself to focus I was able to appreciate the eerie band of characters even the villains. The different point of views allowed you a full spectral of everything as it happened, while still shrouding the reader in the dark. The author only revealed enough to allow you to see the present without anticipating the future. I was shocked with every new revaluation.
This is one of those novels about destinies, magic, prophesies, betrayal, forbidden love, feuding siblings, and mystery. This volume of the series dwells into the introduction to Elvin society. We get a sneak peek at the royals by way of the princess. We see a Robin Hood style dystopian society doomed to reach its boiling point. We get to see the infatuation between a human peasant and an Elf royal. It’s like Romeo and Juliet meets Lord of the Rings.
Similar to the pea plant project from grade school, it didn’t sprout overnight, and so for the most miraculous of miracles, it takes time. I may not be completely won over to epic style of writing yet I will see this tale until its end. I look forward to further exploring the great divide of the brothers and the warring that will surly ensue in the next novel.
3.5 hearts **This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.**(less)
I remember reading “Pride and Prejudice” in high school. While I don’t remember the details, I do recall the...more*Free copy courtesy of AToMR Book Tours!
I remember reading “Pride and Prejudice” in high school. While I don’t remember the details, I do recall the cliff notes of the story line. Majority of the required in reading didn’t stick too well because I consider “anything” mandatory boring. Anywho, “Fall for You” is a Modern Retelling of “Pride & Prejudice”; so I was hoping to gain a new perspective of the Jane Austen classic. I really appreciated the plain English talk (let me tell you). Nothing turns me off quicker then Old English. This first installment of the series tell of Lizzie’s rebellion against the new adjustment to the Jane Austen Academy (Jasta). (The name of the school really bugged me,btw. I found it very cliché. ) She’s also a journalist so she has the media authority to make her voice be heard. While I thought this was a cute rendition on the classic (definitely easier for me to read ), I had a few issues. Lizzie was very judgmental. I remember the original Elisabeth being judgmental as well, but Lizzie didn’t really have any bases. The jabs she made in her mind on her “snobbish” “old money” classmates were unfounded, if not fully explained. It made her look like just another jealous and mean girl nitpicking. I liked her character better when she was focusing on her mission to rescue the school’s reputation.
The supporting characters were very believable. I liked the arched nemesis and best friend storylines incorporated. The new portrayal of Mr. Darcy as Dante was the most exciting part of the book for me. I found the hidden secrets contributing to his aloofness shocking and unexpected.
Overall the book was very fast passed bypassing details while leaving a slew of questions that I hope to discover in the next book.(less)
House of Shadows can best be described as a game of chess. The storyline had a slow tempo throughout with strategic moves and actions some expected so...moreHouse of Shadows can best be described as a game of chess. The storyline had a slow tempo throughout with strategic moves and actions some expected some completely ingenious. A household of eight sisters undergo a series of unfortunate events when both parents die, a sister's arranged marriage is held in limbo, and they also fall into a pit of unrecoverable poverty. Two sisters of sold into servitude: Nemienne goes as an understudy to a powerful mage and Karah becomes a Keiso at the glamorous Flower House. In this unselfish quest to save their family they inadvertently become intertwined into conspiracies that could destroy everything they hold dear. They've been shielded their whole life. Little do they know their sorcery banned hometown, Lirionne, is plagued with corruption and magic. Where Shadows of teleportation, lead to places unknown and a ruthless king known for his brutality and victories...with a cursed beauty......misguided and destructive whims of a scorn child....illegal and mysterious foreigner neither friend nor foe yet harbors desire for vengeance against the throne.........This is a fantasy lover's delight.
This is written in a very subtle (sometimes political) manner. The culture of the people suggests that being civilized over rules all, even when making threats. Thus there are many undercurrents and implications with speech but nothing straightforward. In spite of the constant romanticizing, I wouldn't recommend this for younger YA readers. I giggled uncontrollably when I realized the keiso were the equivalent of working girls. Dignified and more PG-13 but still women of the night. Referred to as the candle light district yet similar to the red light district if you know what I mean.
While it took me longer to read this novel, overall I found it an interesting read. It was definitely much more creatively eventful then any book I've read in a very long time. I do caution however that due to the cadence, readers exercise patience. This didn't read exactly like an epic novel but it was very similar. The only reason I could not offer a higher rating is because I am a fan of action. While this book held my attention, it didn't make my heart race. I was however thoroughly surprised by the ending. That was definitely a slippy ride. Right when you think the book's reached it's conclusion, there's more and it had me holding my breathe. The overall conclusion had many loose ends and cryptic speech to inspire new chapters.
2.5 hearts *book was given for honest review from the author courtesy of TLC Book Tours.*(less)