Diamond in the Rough picks up at the beginning of the school after The Secret Diamond Sisters leaves off in the summer. Serious this book is action paDiamond in the Rough picks up at the beginning of the school after The Secret Diamond Sisters leaves off in the summer. Serious this book is action packed with drama and even though I knew some things were coming, I didn’t always know what was coming. Michelle Madow definitely throws you through some serious loops that will keep you on your toes and speeding through. Once again we have the perspective of the four girls and I love how we see them change and develop, not only by reading it from them but also seeing them through each others eyes.
I felt like I really bonded with Savannah in Diamonds in the Rough. In The Secret Diamond Sisters I remember often times finding her annoying but only because she acted like a young person trying to fit in. I think I didn’t give her enough credit and I think that she is getting shown in a different light. She wants to fit in, like most teenagers but she is also very aware. More than I think I thought she was in the beginning. She has a heart to heart with Damien of all people, that really put her in perspective for me. She’s still going to make mistakes and do stupid things but the thing about Savannah is that I think her heart is pure.
Peyton...oh Peyton. I still can’t decide if I like her or not. She’s not bad and she’s not as resist to everything as she was in the first book. Some of her choices are kind of off kilter but it’s good to see she actually has a conscience about them as well. She seems to have a need to be loved and where Savannah seeks it through attention, Peyton looks for it to come from a certain person. Yet she seeks people who are unattainable so she doesn’t really have to make a commitment. It feels like nothing seems to ever really go her way.
Dear little Courtney, she sometimes reminds me of me. Her parents or in this case Adrian and Rebecca don’t need to ground her or yell at her. Their disappoint is punishment enough for her. I so desperately wanted Courtney to take a chance on her love life, she works so hard in so many ways but I could see why she was scared. She learned to not be a throw caution to the wind girl because someone has always been counting on her. Even though Peyton wears her heart on her sleeve about their mom, I think Courtney has the most issues with her. She always feels like she is a bit disconnected and some things come to light about the past that definitely sheds some perspective on things.
It’s hard to root for the bully usually but Madison is almost a different kind. This book she has toned down her hate for the sisters and I think it becomes obvious that even though she is kind of a mean girl. There is actually more to her. She has some serious drama in the beginning that turns her world upside down and then things really change for her. She really changes and by the end of the book, she reminds me a little bit of Peyton.
I loved the book. This is such a great teen drama and the setting of Vegas leaves you so many different opportunities. I like that you see the characters changing and learning as they go along. I also really enjoyed the plot and I’m so anxious for the next book. How you can you leave me like that. As always the campus buzz is a nice a touch. It gives you yet another perspective because it’s fellow students commenting about the events going on in the book. If you enjoyed the first book then you will definitely not be disappointed in Diamonds in the Rough. The books keep getting better and I think the next book is going to be a whammy. I can’t wait! ...more
Unbreakable is C.C. Hunter’s short story prequel to the Shadow Falls: After Dark series and gives us a more in depth look at Chase. This is a story abUnbreakable is C.C. Hunter’s short story prequel to the Shadow Falls: After Dark series and gives us a more in depth look at Chase. This is a story about Chase before he was changed. I really enjoyed it and thought it was neat to see a softer side to Chase. He is a normal high school boy here experiencing kind of his first love or first reciprocated crush I guess. When I was reading I was thinking about how I wouldn’t mind reading an entire book in his perspective. I really enjoyed him as a character. This is one of those series that I can not decide between the two guys and this story definitely endears me to Chase. I also liked the way it was written with news report about the crash and then kind of like flashbacks to the days leading up to it. If you are enjoying the series, definitely read this. It’s a great companion....more
So first off books like Someday, Maybe totally stress me out! Don’t worry it’s not a bad thing. I love Ophelia London’s writing and her way of investiSo first off books like Someday, Maybe totally stress me out! Don’t worry it’s not a bad thing. I love Ophelia London’s writing and her way of investing me in the characters right away. So I’m stressed because I want things to work out for the characters right away. Of course that wouldn’t be much of a story.
Rachel is a very interesting character. It bothered me that she was letting her brother, Roger, have such an influence on her life. I have three older brothers and I can tell if any of them put their two cents in that way, I would give them a good punch in the stomach. (okay the truth is I just never told them anything otherwise they would be beating up boys left and right). Although as you read you start to see that it is more her than Roger and she really does grow and sees that. I did enjoy Rachel, even if at times she was frustrating or irrational. She has some control issues which are not the most uncommon thing. I like how Ophelia keeps some of that natural quality to Rachel as she did with Spring. Using the essential oils to aid in her headaches and stress.
I did not like Meghan and I felt bad about it because I thought I was disliking her for something that she didn’t know the full situation on. How could she know about Oliver if she was never told about Oliver, but it felt like even if she knew it wouldn’t matter. I don’t like girls who tell you to tone it down because they don’t want the guy they like to like you. What? How is that the right guy for you then. Her insecurities bothered me but I’ve also known people like Meghan. In the grand scheme of things Meghan is dramatic but she is not a bad friend. I like that she is Rachel’s go to for dream interpretation.
How could you not like Oliver or Ollie or Rad or whatever he goes by these days. Ha ha. He is super charming and super sweet. He, however, is not a hundred percent perfect. You could tell that he was still bitter at Rachel but not heartless toward her. I thought the way they ran circles around each other instead of actually confronting one another is pretty funny.
I actually have not read Jane Austin’s Persuasion and honestly I’m not sure why. Unless I have and forgotten it, I did look up the summary though so I definitely see how this is a modernized version of the story. Including the clever naming of Oliver. Like I said earlier this story stressed me a bit but I felt better when Nick entered the picture. Even Sarah for that matter. It gave it a little more balance.
I loved the pacing, the writing and the plot for this book. Rachel has her quirks but it’s also about how she learns that she can’t control everything. I thought the dream thing was interesting because I’m a big believer in intuition and such things. So I think if you are looking for a fun romance, definitely give this one a try.
Harp’s Voice by Cassie Shine is a touching and emotional story. This is book two in the series so what has caused Harp’s emotional battle has come toHarp’s Voice by Cassie Shine is a touching and emotional story. This is book two in the series so what has caused Harp’s emotional battle has come to light already in Harp’s Song. She is a child of abuse and her mother and her have started the healing process. Harp’s Voice focuses on that process and it is interesting to read how that goes. Nobody is magically healed and I loved how the book puts emphasizes on different things, like counseling. Even if it means making a late night call to one in order to work through some issues. It was good to see that it wasn’t one counseling session and they are off into the sunset.
I also liked the characters and their interactions with one another. It’s not just Harp’s relationship with her mother that needs improvement but also how Harp deals with her other relationships. Her abuse has shaped so many different things in her life. I like how the characters help her realize things she needs to let go. Of course Connor is also a steady and stable support for her too. There are also new characters that are very important to Harp and her mother’s life and it’s something that they have to navigate both separately and together.
The book moves fast and I realize that’s because there is a lot of dialogue. That is mostly how the book is written. Which for some books that works and some it doesn’t. For this Harp’s Voice it did. Especially when we are in the counseling sessions. I liked seeing the exchange between Harp her counselor and then sometimes her mom in the mix. It makes you feel more connected to the characters.
So it’s kind of funny when you are reading a book and you see your city pop up. I live in a suburb of Chicago but it’s not usually one you see in books so it made me laugh.
Overall I really liked this story and enjoyed Harp’s Voice. I thought that the way everything was dealt with is done well. It was so great to see Harp’s healing process instead of just leaving off when it starts. ...more
I’m glad to be back with Aurora in Bad Blood. Not that it wasn’t great that Nikki Jefford decide to write from the point of view of other characters.I’m glad to be back with Aurora in Bad Blood. Not that it wasn’t great that Nikki Jefford decide to write from the point of view of other characters. Which I highly recommend reading. The more this series develops the more interesting and unique the plot becomes. I really love this series.
So Aurora is a bit different in this book. She has kind of got herself in a funk. She is renewed a bit from boot camp but she has many things weighing on her. She’s not a natural born hunter and I think her moral code is something that really is a driving force for her. The fact that she often has to break that has been bringing her down. As the story progresses though we see her kind of find her way out fo that and by the end of the book she is the Aurora I know and love.
Nikki has a great cast of characters in her series. They are so well developed and different. I love how they stay in character no matter the situation. Do Aurora and Valerie get along better now, well ya but the characters still stay true to themselves. Valerie still does ridiculous things and Aurora still thinks she does ridiculous things. Noel was more in the background, especially with the falling out that Aurora and her had. Fane is still Fane. You can’t not love Fane, I’m sorry Dante I’m just not that into you but we can be friends.
Wow so talk about a three shades of crazy ending going on with this book. I would say around 80%ish stuff really hits the fan and I kept going what. What! This is nuts, wait I want to punch that guy. Wait what? It was really good. I couldn’t put it down, it’s one of those things that you can’t read fast enough. The thing that I love about this series is that it has never suffered from a slump. There is always something new and something interesting going on. Some kind of development that makes things keep moving along. You don’t feel like the series needs to wrap in any particular number of books. Especially with the novellas that are from different characters points of views.
Bad Blood was another great addition to this series and I’m still wondering if since I’m AB negative and have a chronic disease that maybe I myself am a Vampire. People do make fun of the fact of how young I look...hmmm. ...more