Spinner by Ryssa Edwards What I thought: This was a nice little story, very sexy and I liked how everything felt...moreThe stories that I enjoyed the most :)
Spinner by Ryssa Edwards What I thought: This was a nice little story, very sexy and I liked how everything felt very sober and hard. The softeness came through in the end and I loved the protagonist. I kind of wanted to give him a hug ♥ sweet, when I didn't expect it to be :)
Seedy Business by Damon Suede What I thought: Oh. This was so, so, wicked, in the true mischevious sense of the word you know? Loved reading this one and you'l be pleased to know that you can also read the sequel to this (which I did, in the wrong order lol). I loved finding out about Ox's brother. And this was erm, well, absolutely filthy hot and out there. Loved it!!! *_*
Moon Over Montana by Lydia Nyx What I thought: Shapeshifting cowboys? Wel yes please because it worked very very well in this short story and I loved it! I really felt for Cooper and understood his frustration. Nicely done :)
Plug and Engage by Valentina Heart What I thought: So, so, sexy. This is about two sex buddies who end up becoming more and neither of them even saw it coming. There's a little BDSM and a lot of naughty. Loved it all :D
You and a Billion Blue Tiles by Missy Welsh What I thought: So, so sweet and softly sexy. I really enjoyed this, a short coming out of story that just became something lasting. I loved the ending, I was all warm and happy. Just, a really nice read!
This has been my favourite of the Don't Read in the Closet volume series. Loved this one! Definitely give this one a go, it has some real gems in it!!! *_* (less)
Color Me by Blaine D. Arden What I thought: Really enjoyed this story. Th...more3.5 stars (definitely enjoyed this one!)
The stories that I enjoyed the most :)
Color Me by Blaine D. Arden What I thought: Really enjoyed this story. The POV change worked for me in this and I liked the tiny touch of the paranormal. Nothing much, this is still a contemporary that deals with deafness and difficulties that might occur as a result of miscomunication. Enjoyed this.
Delivery with a Smile by Megan Derr What I thought: LOL! Yes, this was quite cute for something involving hitmen. Enjoyed this one and can I just say I adored Allen's mother? ♥
Super Sock Man by Amy Lane What I thought: Ahh, Amy Lane, as usual adored her work. This is a short, fun and naughty read. Enjoyed it very much - wouldn't be opposed to having another peek at the guys from this story again sometime in their future :D
Between Friends by Em Woods What I thought: A nice quick story about friends becoming lovers after a life or death situation. I enjoyed the action in the beginning :)
Another great book! And can I just say, it's so nice to just have short stories that I can just pick up and finish on my way to work. Loving this and starting on volume 3!(less)
A lot of readers have been mentioning that they were disappointed by the lack of new stories, that the stories published in this anthology have alread...moreA lot of readers have been mentioning that they were disappointed by the lack of new stories, that the stories published in this anthology have already been published elsewhere. I'm a reader who hasn't been fortunate to have found these stories earlier on and elsewhere, I found them in this anthology and I have to say that I was very pleased with the diversity of the stories found.
Not all of the shorts were to my taste, surprisingly some of these from writers I know and like. Others that I did enjoy were from authors I wasn't aware of or ones that I had previously read before and not found to my taste.
It just goes to show that you should probably give authors more of a chance to impress by reading one or more pieces of their work.
The short stories vary from outright paranormal cities to contemporary. As promised by the title of the anthology, even the contemporary stories aren't clear cut, always that sense of the weird about them. I found that one of the short stories that worked as a great definition for the title of the anthology was The Adakian Eagle by Bradley Denton. It was one I was unsure of at the start but ended up changing my mind about, completely, by the end of it. Definitely a sense of the weird, but gripping just the same.
Ilsa J. Blick's The Key was the short story which had my favourite main character of the lot, and where I felt that the character was most complimented by the narrative style. Very enjoyable too and I loved the mythology. It ticked all the right boxes for me. Another that stood out was Cryptic Coloration by Elizabeth Bear that was right up my alley.
Those weren't, by any means, the only good stories in this anthology, merely the ones that ended up being my favourites. I'll be looking in on new authors found here and trying out their novel length works too because there's some really good and intriguing writing here.
Whether you've read them or not, these make a neat little collection, nice to settle down with now and then, or for an afternoon, with some nice snacks and huddled under your duvet on a snowy day (it actually was snowing when I was reading them and it did feel quite nice lol).
Despite the dark themes in the book, the humour stood out for me. It was dry and sarcastic; J. L. Howard had me grinning from ear to ear more times th...moreDespite the dark themes in the book, the humour stood out for me. It was dry and sarcastic; J. L. Howard had me grinning from ear to ear more times than I can count.
To cut to the chase, Johannes Cabal is someone who, if you met him in real life, you'd most likely end up punching him in the face.
Johannes Cabal is a brilliant scientist and... an enormous snob who's pretty frustrated when he realises that not having his soul completely screws with his experiments. So he walks into Hell determined to get it back. As you do.
As an anti-hero, any good deeds on Cabal's part are accidental. He's not looking to be anyone's hero, he's looking to get his 100 souls, hand them over to Satan and get his soul back and that's all there is to it. But to do this he ends up enlisting the help of his brother and they both go off on the carnival (courtesy of Satan) and try to cover as much ground as possible before Cabal's deadline comes due.
The story features a return to old classic themes, signing your soul away and making a deal with Satan, the biggest trickster of all. Satan isn't the only trickster in the story though and morality is a reoccurring theme in the book as Cabal's actions start to cross a major line.
Cabal is both intense and disturbing in his single-mindedness. It’s as if there is no line he won’t cross. This didn't put me off of his character. It's a very ugly side, yes, but he redeems himself to the reader through his wit and small acts of kindness and fairness that surprise even Cabal. It's touching to see how the simplest emotions leave him completely stumped and as a result, you find yourself softening towards him.
This actually leads to one of my favourite things about this: Cabal's relationship with his brother Horst. At first Cabal's attitude with Horst is the same as his attitude towards everyone else, but eventually we come to see that this isn't the case at all. His reactions and emotions are different around Horst, he becomes more human and because of Horst, we see a very real and very jarring emotional side to Cabal's character. Horst, in a way, seems to be the only thing connecting Cabal to normal life—which is ridiculous in itself because Horst happens to be a vampire...
Another thing I loved was the humour! Despite the dark themes in the book, the humour stood out for me. It was dry and sarcastic; J. L. Howard had me grinning from ear to ear more times than I can count.
“Not entirely fair?" His voice became that of the inferno: a rushing, booming howl of icy evil that flew around the great cavern, as swift and cold as the Wendigo on skates. "I am Satan, also called Lucifer the Light Bearer..."
Cabal winced. What was it about devils that they always had to give you their whole family history?
"I was cast down from the presence of God himself into this dark, sulfurous pit and condemned to spend eternity here-"
"Have you tried saying sorry?" interrupted Cabal.
"No, I haven't! I was sent down for a sin of pride. It rather undermines my position if I say 'sorry'!”
And that's pretty much it. I'd definitely recommend this book if you're into adult fantasy with a touch of quests. I'm already half-way through the sequel and very much looking forward to the third instalment in the series!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT by J.P. Barnaby What I thought: I di...more3.5 stars (because I liked it it quite a bit!)
The stories that I enjoyed the most :)
END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT by J.P. Barnaby What I thought: I did enjoy this, although the changes in POV kind of bothered me. But enjoyed the way author handled the prompt. The sex was bittersweet goodness.
MASOCHISM 101 by Kim Dare What I thought: Hot. I liked the angle on the story, the stage of their relationship when we entered it.
BRIDGES by M.J. O'Shea What I thought: From enemies to friends, sweet young romance. It was a lovely read, enjoyed it very much.
My overall opinion was that it was worth the read and didn't let me down and I'll re-read some of these fondly (including other stories not named in this review).
Yasmeen though - let me just say first that, what really won me over with this book, was Yasmeen. Such a strong female...moreI loved Yasmeen and Archimedes.
Yasmeen though - let me just say first that, what really won me over with this book, was Yasmeen. Such a strong female character. And the author didn't wimp out either. She remained strong throughout and there was no doubt in my mind that if anything happened to Archimedes, this woman wouldn't weaken, she'd probably just come back stronger and take care of whoever was responsible. Don't get me wrong, she wasn't superwoman, she had weaknesses and flaws, but the core of her character, just strength.
Yasmeen is what I want to see more of, in other female MC's. She stood strong and didn't compromise on her principles. I also commend the author for touching on a lot of things that get overlooked in books, when they happen to female protagonists. Yasmeen never once needed to be rescued. In fact, she didn't need a man, even.
What I liked even more, was that Archimedes understood this, knew that actually, he wasn't needed and at times not even necessarily wanted, but he wanted to compliment her, which he did, very well. Didn't try to dominate and treated her as she should be treated. A dangerous woman who would take his head off if he took a wrong step. There was a healthy dose of respect for her that came through so well. ugh. I LOVED THAT!
Just. Yes to everything about how these two characters were written, but especially Yasmeen.
Only complaint is, I think the cover of the book should portray Yasmeen, I don't understand why (I'm assuming it's Archimedes), is the one at the front. She was the MC, she was the unrelenting force in this book, I think that should have translated to the cover as well. He could've stood behind her, if he had to be in the cover at all...(less)
I'd been looking forward to this release from the moment I set eyes on the summary last year, sounded completely up my alley!
Cinder is a girl who is down to earth and gets on with her day to day with dreams of moving on to something better once she has enough for herself. The beginning of the book had me hooked and I kept on reading and then getting grumpy every time I had to stop to get off the bus.
However, I did find it difficult to stay focused during the story. This was mainly due to what I felt was quite a bit of info dumping. Now, the thing is, this is an intricate world that Meyer has created and I for one, really like that and I'm fascinated by it, their laws and the culture and customs of it and for the most part, I felt Meyer had done this very well. But then there's the other side, the science side of it and that's where it got shaky for me.
It's not that I didn't believe in the science of it, I was fine with that too. It was the way this was explained to the reader. I felt information was too heavy and I found myself wanting to skim read at several points. There were also times when I just wished a scene would just get to the point, that there was too much discussion before actions took place and it made me impatient. The pacing was something that held me back from fully immersing myself in the book while reading – it felt a little uneven to me.
That said, I still enjoyed the book. Cinder was a wonderful character and I was rooting for her all the way. The evil step-mother did her job and did it well and I found myself wanting to strangle the woman with my bare hands. But Meyer also managed to make her human. She wasn't just a random evil character who just happened to have power over Cinder, Meyer showed us that Adri was also someone capable of grieving just like anyone else, humanising her enough to take away any one dimension's the reader might have wanted to attribute to the character. The step-sisters were also done well and I hurt for Cinder when one of the few people she loved came under a threat that she was powerless to stop.
Of course the biggest threat was not her stepmother, though she was definitely someone to complicate matters at the worst moments, but Queen Levana. Man. There is only one word for this woman and it begins with a capital B. However, I will refrain from using it here lol. She's a very well done and bad to the core, villain. Yes. She's actually pretty fantastic with how well she fills her role and she'll be something for Cinder to contend with. It's a good thing Cinder will have Dr. Erland on her side to help her come to terms with what she'll have to do (I liked him too, by the way).
Now, Prince Kai. Why hello there Prince ♥
To put it simply? Yes, I liked him. I liked him very much and I loved all of his interactions with Cinder. ALL OF THEM! And I hope that in time, they'll both be able to explain to each other, why things went down the way they did, at the ball. Because. Oh man. That final scene at the ball had me shaking my fist and going NOOOOOO!
The end of the book was, I won't lie to you, a cliff-hanger. Not the kind that makes you want to kill someone but definitely one that makes you log back online to try and find out when the next book will be out. Because you simply need to know! But again, I had a few minor issues in regards to what we find out about Cinder—which had been foreshadowed throughout the book and I'd begun to suspect but... at the end I couldn't quite connect with the revelation because the probability of it just felt too clichéd for me, personally.
But! I will say this, this book felt more like an introduction to the story that is about to take place and I think it could really be something epic and I'm still very excited about what's to come and will not hesitate to pick up the next instalment. Cinder and Prince Kai are wonderful characters and I don't want to leave them behind at all.
So, I hope you pick this book up and give it a go, I think you'll find its worth the read : )
Let me know your thoughts on it if you do get to this one ♥