It was hard to read Siren’s Fury because after Storm Siren, I was in disarray. I remember that ending oh man I remember that ending. Remember this isIt was hard to read Siren’s Fury because after Storm Siren, I was in disarray. I remember that ending oh man I remember that ending. Remember this is the second book so it will contain spoilers for the first. .
So yay kingdom saved but what is up with Eogan….Noo not Eogan. Poor Nym after spending her entire life a slave, she finds herself saving the nation that enslaved her. She’s also found love and a new appreciation of her elemental “curse”. Instead of reward Nym finds that Draewulf not only takes the body of the man she loves but her powers. Two things that Nym has come to rely on. Now she must saved not just her nation but the world feeling powerless.
One thing I loved about this book is even though Nym and Eogan interactions are few and far in between. Rasha and Nym are a solid friendship. I love that Rasha is right there to support Nym and tell her that they can do this. Sometimes their views on how to go about things are different but they still are there to help the other. They both have moments that they need comfort and a good friend. They are pretty much an unstoppable duo.
Myles. That creepy creepy Myles takes on a surprising role in this book, so we get to see a lot of him. He’s kind of an interesting character because you know that no matter what he does. He is only doing it to help himself but there are moments where he almost almost seems to care what’s going on.
We spend a lot of time on Bron Airships and then in Bron itself. I loved how Mary Weber describes this nation, especially with the running water. Rasha and Nym become obsessed with that for a couple pages. We also get to see a lot of how Bron’s culture functions as a war nation and being that Eogan is not himself, Draewulf is able to use that to his advantage.
I don’t want to give too much away but Nym has to really find herself in Siren’s Fury. It almost seems like more so than Storm Siren because she has to deal with losing things that make her her. She feels like she needs that crutch even if she has to find it from the dark side. I think she starts to see that she controls her abilities and yes they are of course a part of her but they are not all of her.
Some bombs dropped at the end there. So it keeps me waiting for the next book. Not as intense as the ending of Storm Siren but still enough to make me feel a little stressed.
A strong second book with a plot that does not make you feel like you are just biding time. Full of action and well stress for me. Ha I loved it and now I’m waiting to see how Nym ends this. ...more
City Love has that whole kind of Sex in the City vibe as we follow three girls and their lives in New York as they strike out on their own. I have toCity Love has that whole kind of Sex in the City vibe as we follow three girls and their lives in New York as they strike out on their own. I have to say I’m still kind of reeling from the end of the book. I should started the review before it.
Sadie is the optimistic hippy of the three. She is very kind and has a sweet romantic heart. She is that friend of yours that you want to protect in a weird way because you just want her to end up happy. She ends up meeting Austin and they have a whirlwind romance just like the movies. We all know that life, however, is not a movie and the credits are not always the end.
Rosanna..she was more of a complicated character for me. At first I didn’t like her because she felt so judgemental. Not of everyone just people with money. I understand that she was scraping by but it was like she thought everyone that is well off and jerks. Doesn’t matter if they worked hard for it or not. The more she spends time with D and the more we get revealed about her the better I started to understand. I was ready to get up in Nasty girls face to defend her. Of course I can’t understand how she would want to leave Chicago for New York but you know.
I liked Darcy. You would almost expect to not like her because she has unlimited funds. She is actually very kind and generous. She knows what she has but she enjoys using it to make other people feel good about themselves. She has her moments with her temper but she owns up to it and knows she's wrong. I don’t doubt she would go to bat for Sadie and Rosanna even though she hasn’t known them that long.
I’m a big fan of reading a book that has multiple POVs like this that intersect with one another. I think it can be hard to write but City Love is well done. It was easy to keep them separate and come back together in my head.
The book overall is a fun book that takes you through New York City life. I thought it was fun all the places they talk about and explore. It makes me want to go on my own adventure when I’m there in a couple weeks to see the places they talk about. For the most part it’s a fun read but some things take a really interesting turn at the end. Where you are like wait what. This is over already. Where is the second book. I need to know what happens. ...more
Hold Me Like a Breath is a cool mob story with a little bit of mystery.
You control the disease don’t let the disease control you, definitely fits inHold Me Like a Breath is a cool mob story with a little bit of mystery.
You control the disease don’t let the disease control you, definitely fits in this situation. Penelope is plagued with a chronic disease that causes her to bruise and bleed easily. She is in a constant to struggle to stay well enough and be able to claim her life. Since she is so protected due to her health, she is kind of in a little bubble but she really wants the opportunity to break out. I liked Penny and that she is trying to find her way. She doesn’t always make the best decisions but she is still learning. She let herself be her family’s fragile doll for so long that it’s hard for not only her to realize she is not, but for everyone else too. They are used to treating her that way and now that she desperately wants to have more in life instead of wandering around the estate. I think she has to break her own personal perception of herself as well.
The romance was eh for me. I actually would have been fine if the book had minal on that part. There are so many other cool and interesting things going on, I didn’t need the long strolls through central park. It might also because I was more partial to the first love interest than I was the the second.
I loved Penny’s little f, which would be her actual immediate family not the mob Family. You quickly fall into bonding with her mother, father and Carter. Simply because even though they are running this illegal operation they are still have good hearts. They also all truly care for Penny.
This is a great plot. I loved that it revolved around the inner working of the crime families and their dealings with black market organ trade. I also really liked how even though the families activities illegal, they are not necessarily bad. We see Penny who is considered fragile and well protected trying to break out of that shell. When things go haywire, she gets her chance to prove how she can stand on her own two feet. The story has plenty to keep you interesting and keep the plot moving with the exception of when the second love interest is introduced. The book kind lags a little at that point. I believe it’s to kind of establish their relationship but the flow of it is off in some way. It’s just a bump in the road because then things really pick up again to carry you to the end.
I did enjoy the book and will check out the second book. I did really like the plot even if I wasn’t super into the romance. I also liked the writing so I’m curious to see where things go. ...more
I have to say that A Matter of Heart really impressed me. Amy Fellner Dominy takes a disease and really not only sheds light on it but how someone wouI have to say that A Matter of Heart really impressed me. Amy Fellner Dominy takes a disease and really not only sheds light on it but how someone would deal with finding out they have it. I thought the book was really well written in that respect.
Abby is this powerhouse swimmer. She’s on her way to qualify for the Olympics when suddenly everything crashes around her. We really see Abby go through the stages of grief because this is what it’s really about. She is losing something she loves that is a huge piece of herself. She doesn’t know who she is without swimming. It even seeps into her relationship with her boyfriend. I have a chronic disease myself, not life threatening like Abby’s but I was diagnosed in college and I remember that moment when someone tells you that you will never be well again. That there are things you can no longer do. I thought Abby’s struggle was so well portrayed. It’s easy to say it’s only swimming and that her life is more important. To her that is her life. There are times that I felt angry at Abby for putting herself in the situations but I also felt so bad for her. We see her go through so much.
Her parents are also a really interesting aspect too. I felt frustrated at her dad at times because it felt like he was putting his dreams on Abby’s shoulders. She didn’t seem to see it that way but she was desperate to impress him. Make him proud. Her mother is really the one that steps up and wants what is best for Abby even if it makes her the bad guy.
The romance is really not the main focus but I really liked how we are introduced from the beginning to Connor being her boyfriend. He comes off as a jerk but he also has a couple sweet moments, when he’s able to describe things about Abby because he had been watching her before. I liked how it showed her HCM showing them what they really have between them. I also loved Alec, it was a good kind of love triangle. These are two very different guys and the things about Abby that are important to them are very different.
I liked Abby’s best friend Jen as well. Super supportive and concerned. That they could be fighting one minute and fine the next. A great betrayal of true friendship.
I really liked this book and I’m not that into swimming and I was sucked into those parts too. I love when a book teaches us something that we might not know. I’m aware of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy but I felt like A Matter of Heart really made me think about it. Like watching out for it in my own kids. This is a great read. ...more
Swept Away is that perfect summer read that you can toss into your beach bag.
I’ve been to Maine but never to a touristy area like where the book revoSwept Away is that perfect summer read that you can toss into your beach bag.
I’ve been to Maine but never to a touristy area like where the book revolves around. The constant talk of Lobster rolls definitely had me salivating. I loved the setting and I really loved how things kind of revolve around the Lighthouse fondly referred to as Candy Cane. Of course a book that takes place for just a summer is always fun as well.
You don’t realize Mandy’s bad habit of conforming right away. The more she starts hanging out with Oliver you see it. I kept thinking why isn’t she telling him she doesn’t like seafood. She has this insecurity that works in a way that she doesn't put herself down but changes herself to fit in with what she thinks people want her to be. She has an outgoing best friend that it makes it easier for her to it. Being on her own this summer really kind of draws it out and she soon finds out that other people see it even if she doesn’t right away. I feel like this a common thing in life that you don’t see that often in books. It gives her character the opportunity for some big development.
Oliver is so cute and nerdy. I like how into history and absorbing things he is. The fact that he loves make exact replica models makes me laugh.
Mandy and Oliver together are adorable. Going through the ups and downs of their summer relationship. Especially having to deal with the fact that Oliver is going back to California at the end of it.
This is definitely a cute and fun summer read when you are looking for something light and heartwarming. Plus it’s just a great setting and the Lighthouse makes for a great way to round it out. ...more