I got so lost in Treason I didn’t see the time going by. When I first heard Treason was 140,000 words I was afraid it would be too long, but in the en...moreI got so lost in Treason I didn’t see the time going by. When I first heard Treason was 140,000 words I was afraid it would be too long, but in the end I was completely sucked into the story. Treason is the kind of tale that makes the world around me disappear. In a word: My favorite kind.
The conflict rolls off the pages continually and the humor was simply fantastic. I found myself alternating between fits of rage and laughter as I read.
Personally, I loved this book heaps more than the first one, but only because I enjoy series more after the initial setup and I understand all the rules and players. ;) In book two we get to jump right in and enjoy the tensions, battle, romance, and twists! (And there is a big twist.)
Boyce has killer talent and a writing voice that rivals any New York Times megastar. The Grimoire Trilogy, quite simply, is awesome. (less)
I've been a fan of Sherry Thomas ever since I read her debut novel "Private Arrangements" and continue to read every title she releases.
I used to cons...moreI've been a fan of Sherry Thomas ever since I read her debut novel "Private Arrangements" and continue to read every title she releases.
I used to consider myself a lover of Georgian and Regency romance, but Sherry has managed to lure me into the Victorian period. I especially like that it's more progressive. It still throws me off to hear of divorce. I always do a double-take. Divorce? That simply isn't aloud... oh, wait.
Too things surprised me about this book. I ordered it off amazon so it wasn't till it arrived that I saw it was about half the size as her past novels. That's fine, it's just a bummer that I used to get a discount on eBooks and now it's $8 for half the size whether you buy paperback or eBook. Lame. Nothing to do with Sherry I know, but I like to bellyache.
Also, where were the dirty details? LOL
I'm excited to read the next two books in this series! Very enjoyable.(less)
When I saw the way review ratings took a nose dive at book four I was afraid... More like upset. I love this series the way other readers love the Twi...moreWhen I saw the way review ratings took a nose dive at book four I was afraid... More like upset. I love this series the way other readers love the Twilight Saga or Harry Potter.
I emailed a couple die-hard fans of the series to ask if book four was going to let me down. Based on the reviews I read I was convinced it would.
Like - what the hell happened to the Starks?
I enjoyed book four as much as the rest. Definitely! There were POVs from characters I love to take the place of ones I was quite peeved to loose.
So - what the hell, Mr. Martin? Do you hate your characters so much to put them through hell?
I have to admit it's realistic and not the happy ending tied in a bow my French husband complains about when we watch American movies, but still... harsh, man, way harsh.
Love every page, though. Keep it coming. I'm peeved book five isn't available for mass market, but whatever.
Starters has many cool things going for it. The concept is unique and I was excited to read a Brave New World type YA novel.
The quote on the copy I pi...moreStarters has many cool things going for it. The concept is unique and I was excited to read a Brave New World type YA novel.
The quote on the copy I picked up claimed fans of The Hunger Games would love it. Not quite.
The biggest reason I couldn’t get into Starters was I never cared what happened to the main characters – unlike The Hunger Games where I rooted for Katniss and Peta the entire time on the edge of my seat.
Callie is level-headed and doesn’t panic easy – a trait I like. Instead of a bow, she wields a gun with all the talent of a champion markswoman.
Callie cares about her little brother, that’s why she volunteers at the Body Bank to get money for his vitamins. Both Starters and Hunger Games make it clear from the first pages that the main characters are devoted to their younger siblings, but Katniss’s overwhelming love for her little sister is shown in the seemingly small details such as tucking in her shirt when it hangs loose in back. Callie flat out tells the reader “I’m doing this for Tyler” before we’ve ever met the boy or seen any interaction between the two. Those interactions are fleeting.
That’s fine. Being a sisterly saint isn’t the end all and be all. I was more interested in the unique body rental concept. This is a really cool premise. Then halfway through it turned into a futuristic Cinderella story when Callie flees a banquet and loses a shoe on the outside steps for “Prince Blake” to find.
I pushed on to find out how it all turned out only to come full circle with Callie forced to make a decision in the interest of Tyler.
Cool premise, characters and their relationships didn't do anything for me. (less)
I love sister stories. Wake has two sets: Siren sisters Thea and Penn and human (and main POV) characters Harper and Gemma.
Wake is more mythology than...moreI love sister stories. Wake has two sets: Siren sisters Thea and Penn and human (and main POV) characters Harper and Gemma.
Wake is more mythology than mermaid. It’s fast paced – a quick read, which I like.
I enjoyed the multiple POVs. As an older sister, I can relate to Harper more and I was glad she got her moments to narrate. And I know what it’s like to worry about younger siblings. I saved my little brother and sister from drowning on two separate occasions. Adults get caught up in conversation or with a nose in their book – someone has to keep an eye on the little guys!
I really like the Wake dudes. Alex is sweet and geeky. Daniel is total yum. If I were Harper I’d so want to shack up on his boat with him. LOL
This story is lighthearted with a touch of darkness. Nice combo. I finished the book in lightning speed. (less)
I'm wild about this series. Some people were concerned about how women are portrayed. All I can say is it's realistic and keep in mind these are medie...moreI'm wild about this series. Some people were concerned about how women are portrayed. All I can say is it's realistic and keep in mind these are medieval times. Despite that, the ladies kick butt! Woman warriors. Wow. Makes me want to take up archery and fencing. Plus it's the women who give the wisest council... most of the time.
Wise women warriors. I see nothing objectionable about that.(less)
Earth is now called Tarados, New York Orion and a new land mass has emerged following the rise of water levels. The time is the future – hovercrafts,...moreEarth is now called Tarados, New York Orion and a new land mass has emerged following the rise of water levels. The time is the future – hovercrafts, high tech communication links, all that fun futuristic stuff – and vampires and humans live peacefully side by side.
Or they did till mutant vampires: vaempires with an “e” that is, launched a full-fledged attack on the world and all its non-mutant inhabitants.
Vaempires is action packed from page one. The fight scenes are some of the most descriptive I’ve ever read and reminiscent of the Matrix. Just add a dash of super powered and zombie vampires into the mix and you've got yourself a read you can't turn away from.
This is one gore fest that’s going to leave you thirsty for more.
Favorite humorous lines: (Not wanting to worry about finding synth-blood for the child vampires Daniel rescues). “Besides, inevitably, someone would be allergic to AB positive, and someone else would have parents who refused to let them drink O. It just wasn’t worth the effort.”
(Cause this is the future and people drive in hovercrafts.) “The poster on the rear wall stated “Danger – Beware of Objects Falling From Overhead Vehicles.” (less)
ReVamped puts a humorous spin on what it means to be a vampire.
I love stories about underdogs. The Angel Creek vampires Dawn is tasked with training (...moreReVamped puts a humorous spin on what it means to be a vampire.
I love stories about underdogs. The Angel Creek vampires Dawn is tasked with training (ie: “re-vamping) is a colorful cast of misfits with nothing in common, but who somehow manage to pull together and work as a team.
There was a bit of silliness at times, but the fun factor far outweighed this.
What I loved about this book was it made me smile… A LOT and even laugh a couple times.
What’s happened is vampires are all the rage and, as such, are abandoning their guardianships in towns across America to pursue their dreams in Hollywood as the Next Vamp Idol or in Europe in Transylvania Shore.
There’s a cool twist about mid-way and the ending is my kind of finale. I don’t like cliffhangers. I finished the book with a smile on my face. Perfect.
I am Team Sebastian all the way – and not just cause my husband’s a Sebastien. LOL
Rebecca Hamilton’s writing style is both whimsical and beautifully detailed. I adored this line: “As bland as oatmeal, yet somehow I’d become the rumo...moreRebecca Hamilton’s writing style is both whimsical and beautifully detailed. I adored this line: “As bland as oatmeal, yet somehow I’d become the rumor mill’s hot sauce.”
The scene between Sophia and Charles when they dance at Club Flesh was so hot… like hot sauce hot – flaming! That was by far my favorite part of the book.
For the first half of the book Sophia is preoccupied by the voices in her head (and whether her heritage can shed some light on this weirdness), the harassment by holier-than-thou Mrs. Franklin, and her relationship with Charles, namely the fact that he doesn’t age while she does.
Which leads me to another great bit of dialogue: “You’re hilarious. Really. But what are you suggesting? I move in here, and then…what? You gonna fetch my walker when I’m eighty?”
The Forever Girl really picked up for me about 60 percent of the way in when Sophia starts getting answers about her past and begins to tap into her powers. I love the concept of what it means to be a forever girl. Totally not what I thought it was going to turn out to mean.
The concept is cool and unique. And there’s a war brewing so I can only imagine the excitement to come! (less)
I read this book for research - Spellbound #3 is set in Barcelona - but ended up enjoying this far beyond research. The humor alone is worth 5 stars....moreI read this book for research - Spellbound #3 is set in Barcelona - but ended up enjoying this far beyond research. The humor alone is worth 5 stars. The observations into the human condition and snappy dialogue delighted and surprised me. People and situations were described in a fresh way. I was quite simply transported. (less)
I enjoyed Skyla's quirks and comments. Stuff like hating ghost stories by the camp...moreMy kind of sass and humor.
Ethereal was a fast, fun read all around.
I enjoyed Skyla's quirks and comments. Stuff like hating ghost stories by the campfire and avoiding freaky things at all costs: "That's exactly why I maintain the ability to sleep at night." Or missing her old school, not that she was super popular, but "No one had any real expectations of me, and I was comfortable in my nonexistent clique of girls."
I loved the cheap ass stepdad, Tad. I had one of those growing up, although he made 'ol Tad look like Daddy Warbucks.
Logan and Gage are great, though I'm definitely leaning more toward Gage. Maybe it's the whole Mr. Dark & Mysterious thing. Logan is too much of a Brad for me. ;)
Best of all, it takes place on Paragon - a fictional island off the coast of Washington State. That made it ten times more fun reading from my small island...a real one, I think, in Northern WA.(less)
Kara literally falls down the “rabbit” hole and from there has all manner of creature and kingdoms to conte...moreAlice in Wonderland meets Lord of the Rings
Kara literally falls down the “rabbit” hole and from there has all manner of creature and kingdoms to contend with as she makes her way through the lichgates of Ourea.
As with my favorite sci fi stories, there’s much more going on beneath the surface of The Grimoire. Once Kara is chosen as the new keeper of the Grimoire she becomes a vagabond and envoy to all the kingdoms of Ourea. Her mission of peace and discovery (just where does she belong and what is her purpose?) takes her on a grand adventure to many kingdoms where she struggles with the cultures and customs of exotic species.
I love that Kara is always wanting to wear pants when many of the kingdoms are trying to get her into a dress. This is an adventure with a 21st century twist.
The Grimoire is perfect for all genders… and species. (LOL) It’s told from the POV of Kara and Braeden who are thrown together from the moment they are both captured. Braeden struggles as much as Kara to fit in since escaping his father’s rule and the atrocities of his people.
The writing is flawless. The kingdoms and surrounding landscapes breathtaking. The Grimoire is a piece of imaginative genius that bedazzles from the moment Kara falls into the land of Ourea. (less)
Ghosts really freak me out, but this was fun freaky and a definite page-turner. I started it yesterday night and I'm already fini...moreMy new favorite book.
Ghosts really freak me out, but this was fun freaky and a definite page-turner. I started it yesterday night and I'm already finished and headed to the Kindle store to download book two.
The crimson text in the paperback was really cool. I don't know if Girl of Nightmares is printed the same way, but I'm too impatient to order the paperback when I can get instant gratification on my Kindle. Mwa,ha.