A copy of this book was given to me for a fair review.
First off...I don't seek out Scottish romance, and am not a Highlander historical romance fan. BA copy of this book was given to me for a fair review.
First off...I don't seek out Scottish romance, and am not a Highlander historical romance fan. But I found this work highly entertaining. The characters are all well developed, the plot action that plays out is satisfying for those of traditional romance novels, yet there are enough twists to keep the reader guessing. Both the protagonists and the antagonists (and those that switch roles midbook) were believable, and very well crafted; I could see them all as real people, with hopes, fears, loves, and hates. If you do like Scottish historical fiction, you will LOVE this! Period....more
**spoiler alert** We pick up Allie in college at UCLA, having moved past her losses of a few years ago. She’s now equipped to defend herself, having t**spoiler alert** We pick up Allie in college at UCLA, having moved past her losses of a few years ago. She’s now equipped to defend herself, having taken self-defense courses. She’s still friends with Ash and Nate, her high school best friends from the last book. But she does have a new man in her life, Will, who she has just begun to think of as more than a friend. Yet Allie hasn’t truly let Lucas go, even as she thinks about Will romantically (still crying over the heart necklace he gave her years go, etc.). Some of this angst is why she drinks a little too much on her first date with Will and they go a little too far. Then she rebuffs Will the next day because she is thinking of Lucas again. But everything is going well enough for her and Will until Lucas shows up at the beginning of Chapter 3. They immediately have sex before she or he says anything to one another, like to ask why he’s back and what’s going on – 2X, in fact. And while my logical reasoning part of my brain was supremely annoyed at that, I couldn’t help swooning along with Allie, because I remember how much she loved him from the first book. Yet I was very upset for Will, who left Allie solid as her guy the previous evening, and then the next night she’s already decided to dump him in favor of Lucas, and to move in with Lucas. She waits a week before letting Will even know that much. When she does, the entire breakup is over in a few paragraphs, where Will confesses he was going to ask her to marry him. I was irritated at Allie for not giving Will more of an explanation, and also annoyed at Will for not demanding more of an explanation from a woman he loved enough to propose to. There is enough backstory in this book so that if you haven’t read the first book, you’ll be able to follow what’s happening. The basis of the first book’s premise is that Lucas, having been born on a Leap Year day, has special powers and is called a Niner; people, including Allie’s brother Doug, are after him to capture him and use that power for themselves. And Lucas’s son (yes, no birth control used in aforementioned sex with Allie), in a Niner squared, rumored to have even more special powers. Very few Niner sons of Niners are known of, so the baby is a VERY rare and valuable commodity. As before, Doug soon learns that Lucas is back in Allie’s life, and about the baby, and goes after them. Havoc promptly ensues as in the first book, with special Niner technology, explosions, and many chase scenes. My only irritation with this book was the bad decisions that both Allie and Lucas kept making. *SPOILER ALERT* We have a traitor who is obviously a traitor, yet a race which has bulletproof stretch aluminum and laser guns repeatedly believe his lame excuses (“ just slipped out in conversation ”) until people get killed as a result. And I’m really really sick of Allie’s idiot mom, and how Allie always gives her a pass on her idiot behavior, even when said behavior endangers her child’s very life. And Allie’s plan to go off on her own with her baby was also thoughtless. Then calling Doug to announce it? W.T.H.? Allie needs some therapy, and I hope she gets some in the next 29 sequel. Doug might be evil, but at least I understand his thought process. Summary: exciting, and fun YA story, with a sweet HEA. But needs better decision-making by hero and heroine., or at least the recognition that they are making poor decisions. I’m all for leading men and women getting caught up in the heat of the moment, as long as they recognize later that they did let their emotions get the best of them. Will I read a sequel? Absolutely, I can't wait to see what happens next! ...more
**spoiler alert** *I received this book for an honest review* I will admit, right off the bat, that YA is not my preferred genre of reading. Like my ow**spoiler alert** *I received this book for an honest review* I will admit, right off the bat, that YA is not my preferred genre of reading. Like my own writing, I prefer adult themes and not having a bar that limits how far some of the drama-and yes, affection and sex-is allowed to go.
What did I like: That being said, I enjoyed reading 29. I liked the charters of Lucas and Allison, and enjoyed the suspense. The idea of being a "niner" was completely original, something really enjoyable, and perfect for a read this year of all years :) The lovey/couple scenes were satisfying and believable. So were the teen angst scenes.
SPOILERS AHEAD.... What did I not like? Lucas sending Allison to bed when they were about to get it on...I just found that unbelievable. Very noble and PC, but not something likely to happen.
I didn't like Doug, but found his motivation totally believable, as well as the idea that the government would want to control Niners and use them any way they could. Very good action, and REALLY good ending, I have to say the courage of Allison did shine through at the end, making me truly identify with her deep love and willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her love's safety. Kudos! And I need another Niner novel now to know what happens, if Lucas and Allison do find someway to be together later in life. What can I say....I'm a romantic! :)...more
I enjoyed this latest installment of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series, and its a solid asset to the series. But I felt that the ending came a little tooI enjoyed this latest installment of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series, and its a solid asset to the series. But I felt that the ending came a little too fast with only the quick intro that sometimes realize all of a sudden who the villain is, and the villain realizes all of a sudden --at the exact same time--that he's been found out. The end was also wrapped up a bit too cleanly with another "animal attack" this time involving not only domestic animals but several "wild" ones as well. I love the series, and the animals talking and helping to solve the mysteries; its why I read the series. But several mysteries have ended now this way, and I almost feel as if I'm reading the same ending over and over in different books. I'd also not read any of this series in at least 5 years, so my feeling is not a result of reading several books back to back.
Pretty good, but makes me long for the days of "Wish You Were Here"...more
Blood Will Freeze takes place in a post-apocalyptic world resembling the Star War’s planet Hoth on a bad day. Three vampires initially rule the worldBlood Will Freeze takes place in a post-apocalyptic world resembling the Star War’s planet Hoth on a bad day. Three vampires initially rule the world they have divided into 3 realms, each with their respective human herds which do all the labor to provide for their existence as well as their vampire masters below ground. The protagonist Michael, a Freelie who can resist a vampire’s will, works to overthrow his female vampire master Alixa in the United States from within, while rival vampire lord Celadon plots against Alixa from afar for his own world dominion, having already taken out the third vampire lord Rodica in a handful of pages.
While this novel had a slow start—there is a lot of description of how human existence is managed in the absence of sunlight, and the rules set up for human ”cattle” by their vampire masters in the first half of the book—the latter part of the book is very enjoyable. This is typical of a fantasy novel, and my opinion is that this book is primarily paranormal fantasy, with a little horror and sex thrown in for spice. There are some hot sex scenes included in the book, but they are in keeping with this genre (and I always like sex scenes, myself ☺)
I liked Michael, who is the principal character of the book, the most. He was a true hero, willing to do whatever it took to resist the vampires. I enjoyed the human characters of Steven, Daniel, Joshua, Maris, Clara, and Miranda, as well as vampires Erik and Alixa. While none of the latter resonated strongly with me, their interactions with Michael were moving, and well-written, making a good tale into a great one. But what truly made this book great was the very last 2 chapters, as well as the epilogues. The reader is left with a haunted quality, wondering if the HEA is truly so happy after all, given the signs presents in the very last pages. I absolutely love that! ...more
To say I loved this book isn’t giving Ms. Doolaege enough credit. It moved me to tears, and I read parts of it over from the first reading several timTo say I loved this book isn’t giving Ms. Doolaege enough credit. It moved me to tears, and I read parts of it over from the first reading several times, because I enjoyed the way they made me feel so much. This book is really two books in one, telling of two sequential but separate times in the author’s life where she cared for two wild birds who weren’t able to be returned to the wild. Supplemental to these two tales, and added in as seasoning are real life facts about both species of birds as well as how to care for them in all stages of their lives, which initially are interesting and humorous then take on a compellingly moving nature as the tales progress and the reader becomes attached to both the starling Spica and the blackbird Ebony. As an animal rescuer myself, I am familiar with the poignancy of caring for rescued animals as well as the often hilarious situations that ensue in the normal course of life; this work delivers both in spades, from errant mealworms crawling about the house and discovered by guests at inopportune times to the close calls with both birds through sickness, real-life challenges, and their old age.
Beyond the normal caring for a wild animal, the author’s relationship with these birds surpassed that of nurturer and caregiver and in the 16 years for Ebony and 10+ years for Spica that she spent with them, became a family bond stronger than most people likely feel for their human family.
“Even if I was embroiled in rows or depressed by disappointments, I felt, whenever I opened my front door, that Ebony was there, that he needed me quite simply, and that we accepted each other.” “The years have rolled by. Spica the starling has lived with us for more than ten years. I sit in the cloth-swathed dining room, clad in my overall, eating breakfast from the plastic-clothed table. Spica is on my right shoulder…I can hear the little riffling noises that he makes…after a minute or so, he sinks lower on my shoulder. I turn my head slightly and can feel the tip of his beak just resting against my cheek. We stay like that for a while.”
If animal tales move you at all, have a box of tissues handy when you read this, because you will need it. I myself have never had a pet bird, nor particularly wanted one, thinking the mess and racket that they make not worth whatever small level of companionship they could offer me. This book reminds us that every creature who is given the chance to share our world plus the care and affection of years is likely to return the favor many times over, and that there is no species limit on what designates a family. “We don’t always understand birds’ behavior and they certainly don’t understand ours. But Ebony was not just a bird. For me, he was definitely a person, and I am so lucky to have known him.”
Lay some little flowers on Ebony’s small tombstone for me, Mrs. Doolaege, for he certainly was a lovely bird whose life I was glad to share in this small way. And “Kwurr! Kwee!” to Spica.
Overall opinion: A very moving short work, recommended for any animal lover, not just those that like birds.
Parents: Language: no cursing Adult Content: no adult content Violence: no violence ...more
A great adventure tale set at Christmas time with just enough kickass to round out the sweetness of this tale. Made me want to pick up the other ChrisA great adventure tale set at Christmas time with just enough kickass to round out the sweetness of this tale. Made me want to pick up the other Christmas tales of this series - looking forward to reading them as well! If you liked the Preacher/Mountain Man books, you'll like this one!...more
I was looking forward to this sequel since reading the second Mantequero book, and must say, I was not disappointed! Once again we have plucky heroineI was looking forward to this sequel since reading the second Mantequero book, and must say, I was not disappointed! Once again we have plucky heroines, handsome heroes fighting against their base evil instincts, and townspeople in a mob with torches and pitchforks! A wonderful addition to the series, and now I'm eagerly awaiting book #4. Get writing, Mrs. Twist!...more
I loved this graphic novel by Stephen King as much as I loved Cycle of the Werewolf years ago. Compelling, gripping, and captivating, with enough chilI loved this graphic novel by Stephen King as much as I loved Cycle of the Werewolf years ago. Compelling, gripping, and captivating, with enough chills that I didn't want to read it alone at night! Looking forward to the movie for this one! ...more
This was a fabulous novel, though it had a slow start. I will also add that readers used to thrillers will see the set up of what's going to happen asThis was a fabulous novel, though it had a slow start. I will also add that readers used to thrillers will see the set up of what's going to happen as soon as they see the fuel source mentioned in the book, as well as several other obvious clues. But wow..this was still a wonderful book, one I dropped everything to finish reading within a day, once I got past the 3rd chapter. An original story, one I will reread. ...more