At A Glance I loved the concept and the horses, but the main characters weren't so great.
The Good This book was up and down for me, but the one thing that was consistent was my love for the horse aspect. I don't know why but I have always had a kinship with horses. I never owned one, but I have been around them from time to time all my life and we just love each other. Some people like to say horses were a big part of my past life (if you believe in that stuff). But horses are my weak spot. I loved every minute of the horse riding, horse racing, and horsing around (hehehe).
Even with the things that bothered me about Savannah, I still felt for her throughout the whole book. So much pressure was put on her from almost everyone. I felt bad that Savannah could rarely relax and just be a teenager. But she found her pockets of fun while still staying responsible. What I liked most about Savannah was her love for horses. She is the sweetest and most caring person towards horses and they love her right back.
My favorite characters were Rory and Vanessa. They were Savannah's best friends and they both were funny and caring. They also made the perfect couple. Rory was the poor, cute nerd and Vanessa was the beautiful and nice rich girl. They were so sweet together, and pretty hot too. Rory and Vanessa's romance made this book worth reading.
The writing was well done as was the dialogue. The story was interesting and heartfelt. I wasn't wowed by Racing Savannah, but I would still love to read the other books in the series. I haven't read any of them except for this one, but each book has a new couple and story so they can be read separately.
The Bad Savannah was okay for the most part, but she was so freaking judgmental against rich people. Sure, some of the rich people were pretty nasty or rude, but that doesn't mean all rich people are like that. I just did not like the feel of this book with the whole poor vs. rich people vibe.
But what really bothered me was Jack. I couldn't stand the guy. I in no way found him charming, sweet, or interesting. He acted charming but he didn't fool me. He treated Savannah pretty badly, and he didn't even know he was doing it. He just didn't grow up with the right ideals, I think. But that didn't give him the right to look down on people and treat them like an embarrassment. And he was so weak when it came to his father. I just didn't respect his decisions. I would have felt a little better about him if he grew out of his narrow-minded thinking, but he didn't. He literally was the same ass throughout the whole book until the last 8%, in which, miraculously, he grew a pair. Um, yeah, a little too late for me.
The Snuggly Since I pretty much hated Jack, I wasn't interested in the romance. I wanted Savannah to get a happy ending, but that's about it. There is some sexual content. It's more talked about than shown. It's still YA, but not innocent in any way.
Final Thoughts I was hoping for more with this book. I was disappointed with some of the characters, especially Jack, and with the romance, but I still enjoyed the story. The horse part was the best. I will still try out the other books in the series. Recommended.
Quotes "You are really pretty..." He drags a hand through his blond hair. "But you're kind of like a great book...you know, you pick up a book at a bookstore because it has a beautiful cover...but it's what's inside that pulls you in."
"I think you like me," he says, grinning. "You're okay," I tease. "Just okay?" he murmurs, tickling me, making me squirm and laugh. "Just okay?' "Fine," I touch his cheek and return his gaze, feeling so many feelings. "I like you so much," I say quietly.
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At A Glance Everything was going really well. The story was interesting and suspenseful. But then stupid decision after stupid decision was made and I just got sick of it.
The Good I loved Chosen Ones, the first book of the series. It has been one of the dystopians that has really stood out to me. The world in these books is as bad as they come: human suppression, women are considered the problem, superior race taking over, death, mayhem, and government conspiracies. It's all so horrible and wonderful at the same time.
Tess has finally gotten away from the people that want to kill her because she is different. She thinks for herself, wants more out of life, and she loves someone forbidden. But life in the rebel camp isn't rainbows and unicorns either. Tess learns the hard way that hate and fear are universal, not even her supposed saviors are immune to ignorance do to fear of the unknown. I think Tess does the best she can to survive in her new world. She will always fight for what she believes in even if that makes her the outcast. I feel so bad for Tess. She can't seem to catch a break. But she always has her friends to rely on. I really hope she can start some real change in the next book because so far she is just getting beaten down again and again.
Henry is such an emotional character. He has hate buried deep inside because of his past and it makes him unpredictable. Sometimes he's an amazing friend, but other times he is just despicable. James was the same goodhearted but fierce boyfriend to Tess. He really would do anything for her. But it was Lockwood, the new addition, that I feel for. He is so funny, sarcastic, and loyal. I love his outlook on life and love. You can't help but respect this guy.
I liked the story overall. Though Naturals wasn't as good as Chosen Ones, it was still one hell of an adventure. I am happy with the world building. I finally got some answers to questions I had left with the first book but I still have more. The writing was good, as was the dialogue. I am excited for the next book.
The Bad OMG, I never seen so many stupid decisions made in one book. I was literally pulling out my hair in frustration. It was never so obvious that these really are a bunch of kids playing rebellion than it was in this book. There is no planning, no logic when this group runs out on missions or situations, they just go and figure they will play it by ear. Yeah, the perfect way to go into life and death situations, right? *sigh*
The first half had a little too many flashbacks for my taste. I just wanted to stick with the present because that was more exciting.
The first two-thirds felt a little disjointed from the last one-third. The beginning and middle were about Tess and her new life at the rebel camps and the last part was all about James and "the mission." I wish the story was more cohesive.
The Snuggly Tess and Henry get close in this book. But I never liked Henry so that wasn't something I was rooting for. I loved when James came back into the picture, but he and Tess barely had any time together at all. But they are still a cute couple. And I loved that they moved their relationship forward.
There is some good old fashion young adult sex in this book. Kissing, groping, and nakedness, oh my!
Final Thoughts I really hope Tess and the rest of the crew smarten up in the next book. If they do, then I am so there. I think Truitt is a good writer who knows how to tell a great story. But even young adults need to make logical decisions to survive any world. Just saying. Recommended.
Quotes "I can't help but wonder if there has ever been a place where freedom truly existed. I think freedom is what mankind fears most in the world. When you're free, you can't blame anyone or anything for who you become."
“Did you two eat some mushrooms you found in the woods?” Eric asked, resting his rifle against his chest. Clearly, he was welcoming the break as well. “Bad idea, I did that once on a hike for supplies, and let me tell you... whew, the things I saw. One time, I swear these fairy things with the largest bo--" ...more
It's weird. I almost hated this book more than the rest, but I also loved it the most too. I hated Grace's decision. What a stupid idiot throwing awayIt's weird. I almost hated this book more than the rest, but I also loved it the most too. I hated Grace's decision. What a stupid idiot throwing away a great future for someone like David. Yuk. But I loved seeing Grace vs. Amber in the last trial for table 5. Now that was awesome. And it was freaking hot. I hate how it ended, Grace is stupid, but that sexual test made this last installment worth reading. ...more
We finally get to the last trial Grace has to go through to be a member of the Dining Club. I am glad it's almost over. I guess I can say Dav2.5 stars
We finally get to the last trial Grace has to go through to be a member of the Dining Club. I am glad it's almost over. I guess I can say David was a little nicer to Grace at the end but really it's too late. I wasn't wowed by the final trial. It could have been more interesting in my opinion. But I feel a sense of completion now that Grace is done, for the most part. ...more
I have resigned myself that all I can do is enjoy the sexual escapades in this book, that's it. Grace is hopeless. David should never be allowed nearI have resigned myself that all I can do is enjoy the sexual escapades in this book, that's it. Grace is hopeless. David should never be allowed near women again, and the rest of the characters can be blinked out of existence for all I care. I just have to enjoy the nervousness of what Grace is in store for next every time she enters the Dining Club. ...more
Grace, please wise up and leave these horrible people behind. I can't stand how easily manipulated Grace is. David should not be able to get away withGrace, please wise up and leave these horrible people behind. I can't stand how easily manipulated Grace is. David should not be able to get away with what he does. I liked that Touch had a little more story/plot to it then the other installments. More things happen that spice things up I hate all the characters. ...more
Seduce actually has more of a plot and some characterization and background, which was nice. But I just can't stand any of the characters a2.5 stars.
Seduce actually has more of a plot and some characterization and background, which was nice. But I just can't stand any of the characters anymore. They are all so horrible or stupid. I wish Grace would wise up and find another guy who will love her confident sexual nature without playing games. David can kiss my ass, so can Andrew. ...more
I am still liking the sexual content. It's hot and nerve-wracking at the same time. Grace is a good sport about it. But David is a bust for me. He isI am still liking the sexual content. It's hot and nerve-wracking at the same time. Grace is a good sport about it. But David is a bust for me. He is not a good person and he does not care for Grace. He actually wants her to fail, so why did he even bring her to the club?
Amber is fabulously evil and Andrew is sweet but not perfect. I still like the side characters, even the bad ones. ...more
At last we are getting to the Dining Club and all it's naughty glory. I liked the sex scene but I did not like David at all. He is manipulative and meAt last we are getting to the Dining Club and all it's naughty glory. I liked the sex scene but I did not like David at all. He is manipulative and mean. He tells Grace over and over again that they can't be together if she can't complete a sexual test. Wow, he must not care for her at all! Who does that and puts that kind of pressure on someone? It's all a game.
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I loved the concept. So naughty and erotic. I liked Grace and David. I want to know more about them. But this Part 1 of a 8 part novella seri2.5 stars
I loved the concept. So naughty and erotic. I liked Grace and David. I want to know more about them. But this Part 1 of a 8 part novella series had very little going on. Some hot sex then the lead up to the Dining Club. But that's it. It didn't feel like a complete novella. ...more
At A Glance This one really hit straight to the heart. All those feels!!!
The Good I have not read the first book of the series, but I wasn't lost in anyway because each book has a new couple and new story. I am so happy I picked this one up on a fluke. I am not a heavy historical romance reader, but they are kind of my guilty pleasure (though I don't often review them on my blog). I have not read many bad historical romances, and Highlander Most Wanted was no different. I loved it!
This was a dark tale of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. It could be hard for some people to read (though I don't feel like Banks goes into a lot of detail). I know my stomach turned knowing bits and pieces of what happened to Genevieve during her time in captivity with the sadistic laird. Genevieve's pain goes soul deep and you feel that with every word Banks writes. But she is also a strong woman. She has found a way to deal with what's happened to her. Even when the abuse continues from friends of the laird, she holds her head up high. Genevieve did the best in her situation and I respected her for that. Even when some of her own sins are revealed, showing some of her weaknesses, you can't help but understand her motives. She is not perfect and she did what she had to in an attempt to save herself.
Bowen was my kind of man. At first, his views of Genevieve angered me. But you couldn't blame him too much since Genevieve painted herself in a bad light. But once Bowen learned who Genevieve really was, he was the perfect champion. He did everything in his power to save Genevieve from further abuse. He also treated her like a precious gem. My heart ached with how sweet Bowen was. Genevieve was a lucky girl to have him at her side, and she knew it.
Highlander Most Wanted focused on the romance, and boy what a romance it was. These two where perfect for each other. Bowen saw past Genevieve's scars, internal and external, and saw the beautiful, brave woman she really was. I loved how their relationship built slowly. They spent time together and became friends before ever taking things physical.
The plot was narrow but still great. The writing flowed well and the pacing seemed just right. The side characters added a lot to this book too. I loved to love the goodies and loved to hate the badies. I've read Banks' books before, but I forgot how much I love her stories. I need to read more from her soon.
The Bad Highlander Most Wanted focuses on the romance, but me being an action gal, I missed having more action. There was only one fight/battle scene that went by quick. I think I wanted to see conflict somewhere else besides the main couple. More could have happened when it came to the plot too.
The Snuggly Genevieve and Bowen had such an amazing connection, I was okay with waiting for the sex until 65% in the book (lol). When the sex finally came, it was magical. Any girl would feel comfortable with Bowen. And I was proud of Genevieve for conquering her fears of sex and enjoying what Bowen had to offer.
Sexual content leans more towards an adult audience. There is an attempted rape scene and references to past rapes.
Final Thoughts If you are looking for a heartfelt and deep historical romance with equal parts pain and happiness, then Highlander Most Wanted is the book for you. There is a major focus on the romance and Genevieve's past and present abuse, but even with the sad concept, you easily fall in love with the characters and their journeys. Very recommended.
Quotes “There were worse things than death, as she'd discovered. Sometimes living took far more courage. Facing another day. Enduring. Those things took strength. Far more than dying.”
“You'll never have to beg me for anything, my love. If you ask me for the moon, I'll fetch it for you.”
“He kissed her temple, nuzzling her skin, and murmured again that she was the most beautiful lass in the world. They weren't just words he offered. Platitudes he didn't mean. He cared not about the scar that marred her face. In his eyes, she was the most beautiful lass he'd ever known and nothing would change that. Not a scar. Not circumstances. She was his, and he didn't give one damn what others thought.”
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At A Glance I really enjoyed this story but some parts were just unbelievable (in a bad way).
The Good Now this was a unique concept. Okay, okay, the whole teens with abilities is not unique, can we all say X-Men? Yes, the idea is very X-Men-esk, but what Winnacker does with the concept was unique. Tessa can change her appearance into anyone she touches. She is sent on a mission to impersonate Madison, the latest victim of a local serial killer, in the hopes of luring the killer out. Tessa is scared out of her mind, but by stepping into Madison's life, Tessa finds the loving parents, supportive brother, and amazing overall life she never got to have. I really, really loved this concept.
I was engrossed the whole time with Tessa and her mission. It was bittersweet as she got close to the Madison family. She couldn't keep them but, boy, did she want to. My heart ached for her, she deserved to have a loving family and a normal life. But that's not really in her stars. She works and lives with the FBI, and her ability is too valuable not to be put to good use. Tessa was very immature but she was also so caring and sweet. She was very determined when she put her mind to it. For her own sake, I hope she finds love soon because she is the kind of girl who needs a strong boyfriend by her side.
Alec was hot and cold for me but through everything, he did his damnedest to keep Tessa safe. But I really liked Devon the most. He was such a great brother and friend. I would love to have a brother like him, but then again, that would be awkward since I liked him like a boyfriend too. *Doh* Some of the other side characters really added to the story as well.
The mystery was very exciting. I never knew for sure who the killer was. The pacing was fast, which was nice, and the suspense was well done.
The Bad I loved the concept but the execution was weak when it came to believability. These teenagers with abilities are being trained by the FBI to go on missions and use their abilities effectively. This is what I was presented with and this is what I expected. This is not what I got. I got a bunch of dramatic, whiny teenagers making half-ass attempts to complete a mission that they should never have been assigned. Obviously these kids are not ready to chase after bad guys, or maybe the FBI sucks major ass at training people. I don't know. I mean, Tessa starts having trouble with holding onto Madison's appearance for extended periods of time. Um, wouldn't the FBI have made Tessa test out her ability in every way??? And why wasn't her problems with her abilities ever explained? We where so left high and dry on that one. Tessa is not an FBI agent by a long shot. She makes stupid decisions and barely knows how to fight. Not that she could shake herself out of the constant thoughts of boy troubles long enough to try to fight and solve a crime anyway.
The Snuggly The romance was rocky to say the least. Tessa loves/likes Alec, but Alec is dating someone else, someone who hates Tessa. But Alec's relationship seems fishy. Alec obviously has feelings for Tessa but something is holding him back. While playing Madison, Tessa starts liking Madison's twin brother, Devon. Yeah, can anyone say awkward? Alec treated Tessa unfairly a lot of the time so I wasn't really rooting for him to get the girl. So, um, yeah, that's all I have to say about that.
Very YA, only kissing and touching for sexual content.
Final Thoughts This is definitely a young adult read in relation to the levels of drama and immature characters. You have to be okay with the believability being pretty low on importance. This is just a fun and mysterious read with a side of romance drama. People who love YA-ish books should try this one out as long as The Bad parts wouldn't bother you so much. Recommended.
Quotes “You always do that, you know,” Alec said. I swallowed a gummy bear. “Do what?” “Bite their heads off first.” I shrugged. “It’s the nice thing to do. If you could choose, would you rather be eaten alive starting at your feet or would you want it to be over quickly?”
"I couldn’t remember a time when I’d been happier. The smile seemed to be permanently carved into my face, my muscles aching from unfamiliar use. Was this how my life could have been if I had been normal? In that moment, I wished more than anything that I could keep them, that I was more than an impostor with a borrowed family."
“The straitjacket corseted my body so tightly my arms tingled and my fingers turned numb. I sank beneath the water’s surface, the weights on the jacket dragging me down. I gasped, and a spurt of liquid spilled into my mouth. Chlorine burned my eyes as I watched the distance between me and the surface growing. Blurry shapes moved above. They were watching me.”
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At A Glance SEX SEX SEX! Read this for the sex. Nothing special about the story or plot, but a fun read nonetheless.
The Good I had fun with this book. It aggravated the crap out of me, but it still left its mark at the end. I liked the characters and I liked the couple's connection.
I respected Jayne sooo much. She was a tough-ass businesswoman who knew her way around money (how to invest it and how to make it). She works on her body and looks, not in a superficial way, but in a "I want to feel sexy and confident way." She was bullied in school, and she wants her life to prove that those bullies were wrong about her. She also likes sex, and she openly admits it. She uses men like men use women. She doesn't want a relationship because of the whole Why Buy the Cow concept. She is confident but also vulnerable. Her past still pushes her old fears to the forefront. When she meets Malcolm, her cool demeanor starts to deteriorate. She can say she doesn't want more than sex all she wants but her feelings for Malcolm grow more and more through the whole book. It may have started out as just sex, but Malcolm had a way of breaking down Jayne's barriers and I loved that.
Malcolm recognizes Jayne right away. She is the girl responsible for being bullied in high school. Her words started it all. And now it's time for revenge. He is going to make her fall in love with him and then break her heart. But he didn't think about the possibilities of his old feelings resurfacing. And as he tries to break Jayne's shell, the more his own fractures. Soon he no longer wants revenge, he wants Jayne's love, but will she hate him for his original motives? Malcolm was a hot piece of ass. :D He is a musician/guitar player. Yum! I liked this dominate attitude. He knew how to take control in the bedroom and it only made him more sizzling. He was horribly bullied in high school, but he took that experience and learned how to fight, how to take care of his body, and how to be successful. He turned it all around for himself and I respected him for that. I think his motives for revenge were childish (you will understand why when you read how it all started) but I understood his resentment.
Except for the bullying part, this story was super fun. The connection between Jayne and Malcolm was palpable. You could see and feel it with every second they spent together. I loved their sexual connection the most. The games they played added the perfect amount of spice. There were some very serious topics covered, and though I didn't agree with how it was handled in the middle of the book, by the end, it worked out well.
The Bad I do not like how this book handled the bullying situation. Nothing was done to help the victims and nothing was resolved when it came to the bullying. Malcolm was beaten, tortured, had his ribs cracked, nose broken, and was cut with a blade and he doesn't reveal who the cowards were that tormented him because "there were no laws against bullying back then." Um, yeah, I am sure there were laws about assault though. I mean, come on, that's ridiculous. The school did nothing to stop the abuse, and Malcolm did nothing to get help. I feel like people should report abuse not just for themselves but for the future victims that these bullies will torment if they are not held responsible for their actions.
The middle had great sex, but the plot suffered. Nothing happened to move this story forward in the middle of the book.
The ending was wrapped up too fast and too conveniently. It was also mushy for my tastes.
The Snuggly SEX! This book has lots of sex, and hot sex to boot. It borders on erotica because the sex is graphic, and I loved every minute of it. It was real and messy. Jayne and Malcolm love sex and they are not afraid to explore each other sexually.
Final Thoughts I would recommend this to anyone looking for hot sex without an erotica plotline. There is more substance in The Best Laid Plans than in most eroticas. This is also an emotional read with serious issues covered, so that might intrigue some people. Overall recommended.
Quotes Questions flew out the window as he spun her around the stool, edging forward so his hips spread her legs. He leaned closer and winked so only she could see it. Cheeky ba--
His lips. He kissed her like she belonged to him, mouth demanding she respond in kind like they'd done it a thousand times before. His mouth says he knew she'd submit to him and her body vibrated with agreement, melding to his with complete abandon. Holy sh*t. She squeezed his hips with her knees.
"Come to my place?" she asked casually.
Yes! "I guess a gentleman would make sure you got home safely," he replied, just as casually, though he could have back flipped around the bar, screaming in victory.
Jayne smiled like a cat that had the mouse firmly in its slinky, little paws.
At A Glance I want to lick this book! Sometimes a book just hits you right and you fall in love. Lick is that kind of book for me.
The Good Lick started out with a bang! Evelyn wakes up from a drunken night in Vegas, married to a rock star. And she doesn't remember a thing. Fun, right? And things get even more complicated from there.
Evelyn has a plan. Go to college, become an architect like her dad, and live a normal life. David ruins all that, or maybe he frees her from all that. Evelyn thinks she can just get a annulment and forget the whole drunken marriage thing ever happened, but things don't go as planned. Evelyn and David have a rocky start. Evelyn thinks David hates her, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. When they finally start talking, they realize that trying to work things about might just be the better answer. I was excited for Evelyn because, come on, is this not a small fantasy we all have? Marrying a guitar God!? I was proud of Evelyn for taking chances. I totally understood her reservations for sticking with David, him being a popular musician and having a mysterious past and all. But you have to take chances, you have to take risks to win in the end. Evelyn embraced her new crazy life as much as she could and just rolled with the punches. But she never let David call all the shots. She was a strong woman who knew what she wanted from a relationship. And she was always did what was best for her in the end.
David was pretty emotional for a guy, but he hid it well. You could tell that Evelyn not remembering their marriage and night of fun really hurt him. He lashes out with sour words and actions, trying to prove Evelyn's rejection doesn't affect him. But when Evelyn and David try to work things out, David comes alive. He's sweet, he's inspired, he's excited. And he's SEDUCTIVE! I think David has been waiting all his life for someone like Evelyn, someone who makes him feel real. David isn't perfect, he makes mistakes, but he can make one hell of an apology too. David was a total turn on to me. He was so gentle and caring, but he also screamed sex when he put on the moves.
I loved every second of Lick. We got fun, sexy, emotions, and drama. I liked the side characters and their part in the story. Some started off bad but redeemed themselves in the end. That was a nice change up. Lick is the kind of book you can't stop smiling as you read. I got all giddy as Evelyn and David played house and let the days get away from them. I hope to read more about them in future books.
The Bad Nothing super exciting happens. Don't get me wrong, I loved every minute of this story, but after finishing it I thought more could have happened to make things more interesting.
I would have loved to learn more about David and Evelyn. We get some backstory but not enough to leave me 100% satisfied.
The Snuggly Yummy, yummy hotness! Loving the sexytime in Lick. The hotness level is between new adult and adult with a few sex scenes. David and Evelyn worked well together. They didn't rush into anything (except for the marriage part, lol). They enjoyed just cuddling or playing around. But when the sex finally came, wowza! It was steamy, fun, and romantic all at once.
Final Thoughts I am so reading this series for sure. I think Kylie has a way of creating fun characters and giving them emotional but exciting storylines that make these books worth reading. I think many people will love Lick and what it has to offer. Highly recommended.
Quotes “Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful … Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you.”
“So, come on,” he said softly, taunting me. “What’s the plan here, Ev? How were you going to convince me?” “Oh. Well, I was um … I was going to seduce you, I guess. And see what happened. Yeah…” “How? By complaining about me buying you stuff?” “No. That was just an added bonus. You’re welcome.” He licked his lips, but I saw the smile. “Right. Come on then, show me your moves.” “My moves?” “Your seduction techniques. Come on, time’s a-wasting.” I hesitated and he clicked his tongue, impatient. “I’m only wearing a towel, baby. How hard can this be?”
“Do you actually state what a pain in the ass I am in these songs?” “Not those words exactly. No.” He chuckled, his good humour returned. “You don’t want me to lie and say everything’s always fucking unicorns and rainbows, do you?” “Maybe. Yes. People are going to know these are about me. I have a reputation as a constant delight to protect.” ...more
I can't anymore. I made it to 35% and it felt like torture. DNF
I really tried with this one. It started out so well. I was in love with this story. SaI can't anymore. I made it to 35% and it felt like torture. DNF
I really tried with this one. It started out so well. I was in love with this story. Sally was so interesting and I wanted to know more about her and what happened to her. But then things went down hill, sssslllloooowwwwllllyyy! So freakin bored. Everything was so slow, almost nothing happened for the 35% I read, and this is a long book, so 35% is a lot. I had to force myself to pick this book back up. This is my experience in reading this book:
Reading...reading...looks at my nails..."I need to paint my nails again"...try to read again...play with my cat because he is being frisky...try to get back into the book..."I should clean my bathroom. Yeah, that sounds more fun than this book."
Even the little exciting parts were boring. And this book is so thick with info about science crap I did not care about. Just not my cup of tea. ...more
At A Glance Frustrating but captivating. It was hard to put this book down.
The Good As I am writing this review, I still don't know what I am going to rate Pawn. It's between 3.5 or 4 stars. Pawn may sound like every other dystopian, but I thought it was a unique premise in a hard-to-stand-out genre. Pawn is very much dark in nature. There is very little happiness to be found, but hope is in abundance at the end. Carter created a horrible world, but one not too far from our possible future. Pawn shows us what happens when a corrupt 1% really takes over a nation and what happens to the 99% when they have no more choices. The whole concept gave me the chills because I could see this happening to us.
I loved the politics in this book and how the nation was controlled by a family who inherits the position rather than earn it. It was like being taken back into the past with kings and queens but having futuristic technology. Pawn is set in a complicated but also simple world. We never fully know what is going on because it's obvious a lot is happening behind the scenes. But what we do see is a drama filled mess of family intrigue, shaky alliances, and twists and turns that are hard to see coming.
I loved and hated the characters in Pawn. Kitty was strong in a lot of ways. The situation she is put in is so very unfair, but she tries to handle it the best she can. Her life is always on the line, as well as the life of her loved ones. Kitty loses so much in so little time, I don't know how she didn't just break down and cry for days. I would have. It takes her some time, but, by the end, she finds new goals in life. No one else seems interested in fighting the good fight without a whole bunch of whining or violence, but Kitty has better ideas. Better ways to give the lower class people a fair shake in life and take away the ultimate power from a corrupt family and government.
Benji was a very sincere and heartfelt person. You could feel the love he had for Kitty seeping through the pages. I wish we got to see them together more often but I understood that Kitty's boyfriend did not need to be a big part of the plot. Knox, Lila's fiancés (which mean he is now Kitty's fiancé since she was turned into Lila) confused me. He often seemed sweet and helpful, but I never knew if Kitty should really trust him. I think deep down he is a good person, but some of his decisions were questionable. Most of the Hart family are pretty horrible. They were such bad people they ended up being fascinating to watch. Lila's mother had some redeemable qualities though.
The pacing was fast which I loved and the writing was good. Pawn was pretty refreshing for the dystopian genre. I loved that Carter was not afraid to kill people off and take a dark concept and make it even darker with evil characters and evil intentions.
The Bad So. Effing. Frustrating. Kitty acted so naïve and stupid sometimes I could barely stand it. Kitty really let herself be manipulated and used way to often. I was literally grabbing my hair by the handful in frustration, and now I bet I am prematurely balding. Yeah, did you hear that, Pawn, you cause premature baldness, in women no less! And her decision making process of mindboggling.
There was a few confusing parts I had to read twice to understand, and I felt like the summarizing of the speeches was annoying. It's an unnecessary shortcut. I would have really liked to hear these inspirational speeches that moved so many people.
The Snuggly Benji was not there for a lot of the book but his love for Kitty was never in question. These two crazy kids love each other. Kitty may have had a few moments with Knox, but I don't think that will lead to anything. Benji and Kitty belong together.
There is no sex, but there are some sexual and violent situations. Still suitable for a YA audience.
Final Thoughts I would say the first half of Pawn blew me away and the second half revealed twists after turns that left me breathless. I had a lot of little grumbles about Pawn, but I still enjoyed the story immensely. Very recommended.
Quotes "Your pawn becomes a queen." She touched by cheek, her fingers cold as ice. "Because they kept moving forward and triumphed against all odds, they become the most powerful piece in the game. Never forget that, all right? Never forget the potential one solitary pawn has to change the entire game."
"Risking my life to steal an orange was a stupid thing to do, but today of all days I didn't care about the consequences. If I were lucky, the Shields would throw me to the ground and put a bullet in my brain."
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At A Glance I was going to give this book 2.5 stars until the very end when Kyra gave a "speech" that Blew Me Away!
The Good Break It Up started out good. I loved the concept. It sounds like a fantasy come true: meeting then working for your favorite musical star. And with Kyra's promiscuous past, it added just the right amount of spice. I loved watching Kyra fall deeper for the "good boy" Zach while trying to hide from the cameras and paparazzi. Because Kyra knows that if she is seen with Zach, then her past will be dug up, and who knows what Zach will think of her then.
The side characters really brought a lot to the table. You never really knew if certain people were bad or good. Some show their true colors in the end and it's both devastating but exciting. I loved to hate these characters. I also loved Kyra's family. They were the most amazing people ever in the world. And her interactions with them either had my heart melting or my sides burning from laughter.
But my favorite part of this book was the end, when all hell breaks loose. I won't get too much into it because I rather it be a surprise, but let's just say, when it was Kyra's time to shine, she sparkled! When it was time to stick up for herself, she did it beautifully. I have never seen someone articulate a response to accusations so well and so perfectly. Everything she said I agreed with and was proud of her for finally saying it. She was inspiring. She faced controversy and hate with bravery and with her head held high. I would be proud to have her as a friend or even as a daughter (when I am much, much older, because, of course, I am super young and barley age ;) )
The Bad The first thing that hit me wrong was Kyra's negative view of herself. I am all for women expressing themselves sexually. The double standard that guys can sleep around and are praised for it and women are shamed for the same thing is just wrong. I hated that Kyra hide and secretly felt shame for her past. It is her right to want to change her ways and even regret her actions, but her past does not make her bad or less in some way. Luckily, Kyra fixes that in the end, and I felt better about the whole thing.
Zach was sweet sometimes but he was also a douche. He straight up said that women who sleep around are disgusting. What the hell? I don't find men that think that way attractive at all. Zach was also boring. His character was like watching wet paint dry. Then when Kyra went through some horrible things because of her past, Zach was not there for her. He kept quiet about things he knew she had nothing to do with but was being blamed for. Zach was a coward and a child.
The only other thing that bothered me was that the middle of the book was kind of boring. I could easily put the book down. Nothing exciting happens for the longest time.
The Snuggly I was not rooting for Kyra and Zach. Kyra was a little too obsessed and self-deprecating around Zach, and Zach was a cold fish and narrow-minded. However, by the end, I kind of liked them together. Not even sure why.
No sex, very YA. Though the topic is more new adult.
Final Thoughts I know it seems like I should have given Break It Up less stars based on my review, but that last "speech" Kyra gave really made me change my mind on the whole book. I actually read that part of the book out loud to my family and friends because I respected it so much. I don't think this book is for everyone, but, by the end, the message it represents is very important for everyone to hear. Recommended for some.
Quotes "Come on. Sit next to me." He jerked his head in the direction of the table.
My mouth went dry. There was no way I could eat a meal right next to Zach Wechsler. I'd spill my water all over him and get food down my front. He'd probably wonder if I had some kind of seizure disorder.
Sensing my hesitation, he leaned down and looked me right in the eye. "I don't bite."
At A Glance Loved the creepiness, but was too short to really get into.
The Good I will never think of the song "Close to You" by the Carpenters the same way again. I love that song but now it just creeps me out. Just imagine, walking through an abandoned junkyard at night with the song "Close to you" playing over and over again. CREEPY! I straight up got the chills. And the old crazy woman made me even more nervous. You know right away she is not right, but in the end you kind of understand her motives.
Chess and Terrible were awesome together. Terrible is so cool and calm in a crises. Chess is determined to keep Terrible safe no matter what. She thinks of him over herself and I love that about her in this one because sometimes she can be selfish. They totally handled the scary situation perfectly together.
This book definitely had a dark feel to it. And I think a lot of foreshadowing was going on as well. I now have a good idea on what the next full book is going to be about. I can't wait for the next book. Close to You only wetted my appetite.
The Bad I wish Close to You was longer. It was just too short to really get into. It wasn't even a novella, it was straight up a short story. It won't work for everyone.
The Snuggly I loved the hot scene in the beginning with Chess and Terrible. It doesn't get very far but their sexual chemistry is so hot, just them kissing melts the pages. Even in 35 pages, we see the love they have for each other.
Final Thoughts Close to You is very short, so beware. But if you love short stories, then this is perfect for you. Downside Ghost lovers will want to read this, but as a stand alone for a person who hasn't read any of Kane's work, I would skip it. Recommended overall.
Quotes He fell. Chess watched him fall. Her own body had evaporated. She didn't have a body, and she was so tired ... Some part of her screamed and tried to move, knew that she couldn't sleep there outside on the ground, but there was nothing else she could do. The sky grew hazy and narrowed to a slit, and in that slit Eliza Hudson's face appeared, surrounded by a whitish corona.
"I am not letting you ruin my Christmas," she snarled, and everything went black.
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At A Glance Liked the story, action, and characters, but Gin lost major cool points for me.
The Good First off, let me correct the blurb. This is not about the origins of Gin's assassin career. We pretty much got that in the other books. This is about a pivotal kill/assignment in Gin's life and how it taught her a very hard lesson.
I really, really liked this story (even if it was one big flashback). Gin is 20 and still pretty green with the whole assassin thing. She has a few kills under her belt but she still lets her emotions rule her. She is impatient and wants fast gratification even though Fletcher is trying to teach her to be calm and patient. Gin makes some quick decisions and ends up killing someone who might or might not be the bad guy. Now she has to find out what's really going on and how deep a revealed conspiracy goes.
Twenty year old Gin is not the Gin we know now, so be prepared. She makes some bad decisions, but I still loved her tenacity. It's nice to know she wasn't always perfect. She still knows how to kick ass and take names. But I found it hilarious how lustful and starved for attention Gin was. I was completely surprised by that which was a nice change. This story shows the important moment when Gin realizes what it means to be a responsible assassin.
I loved all of the characters, even the bad ones. The best part was seeing all our favorite original characters pop up in Gin's life in odd ways, especially knowing how they will all be friends in the end. The action was amazing as ever and the fighting made my heart race.
The ending was awesome. Gin really owned up to her mistakes and tried her damndest to make them better. I just can't wait to get back to the main story to see who Gin's new enemy is.
The Bad I don't know why but I can't get over that this whole book was a flashback. I really, really, disliked that. I felt a little cheated because I can't be for sure but I feel like this story does not move the series forward at all. The Spider would have been better as a side novella.
This is a little spoilery: Also, I lost respect for Gin in this book. I know she has to have made mistakes when she first became an assassin. It's not that. It's that she fell for a guy that, to me, was obviously bad in some way. There were so many signs and she brushed them off, taking the whole ignorance is bliss thing to heart. An average person, let alone an assassin, would see that this guy is a jackweed with ulterior motives. I literally thought this guy must have a special power to make people fall in love with him or find him charming because I never thought Gin would be that stupid.
The Snuggly There is a sex scene but not very graphic. Very simple. Wasn't to my taste since I hated the guy getting the action. The romance in general was annoying because I felt like it was fake and Gin just seemed like a lovesick puppy.
Final Thoughts Not sure why we needed a whole flashback book with Gin being an idiot, but I must admit, it was an exciting read. I am happy we have the Gin we know today even more after seeing what she was like back then. I am excited for the next book, that's for sure. Recommended.
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At A Glance This was a very heartfelt and emotional story but I didn't like the love interest for the longest time.
The Good I didn't like some of the messages this book was putting out, but I did love the story. And I loved Sky. I never wanted to cry so much and laugh so hard with one book. No wonder this book has a 4.5 average star rating with over 77,000 ratings on Goodreads. It is such a powerful story. Hopeless is a book you will never forget.
This was an effed up story if I have ever seen one. Hopeless breaks your heart, then crushes it, then grinds it into powder. It's hard not to get emotional as Sky's past is revealed and her whole life changes from that point on. Without Holder there by her side, I don't know if she could have handled all those revelations and exposed secrets. It almost felt too much for me to read alone.
Sky was an amazing character. As far back as she can remember, she has never been able to feel. She has no sexual urges and no lovey feelings. Until she meets Holder. And when these foreign feelings come drop-kick her, she starts to remember her forgotten past, and she wishes she could stop feeling again. Sky has grown up differently from other teenagers by being home schooled and denied TV, internet, and cell phones. But when she goes to high school for her senior year, she realizes she wasn't missing much. People are mean and cruel. But Sky never let's that get to her. Sky instead uses humor to fight the negativity, and I loved her the more for it. She was so freaking hilarious. When things get serious, she handles herself pretty well. She breaks down but she also keeps it together at the same time. Sky is the kind of person who deserves to finally be happy after everything she has been through.
I talk about the things I didn't like about Holder in The Bad, so here I will only talk about his good parts. Once Holder stops being creepy and mean, Holder is the sweetest most understanding guy ever in the world. He has his own demons to deal with, but he never stops supporting Sky for one second. He's also so lovable and playful. He brings out the best in Sky in every way. These two just had such good chemistry and the banter back and forth was priceless. I loved the honesty they expected out of each other. Now that was refreshing. I hate when people play stupid games in relationships.
The writing was simply beautiful. I loved how everything came together. The pacing was right on and the storyline flowed well. The dialogue felt natural as well. I just felt more after reading this book. The story in Hopeless was thick with beauty, heartache, and hope. I am excited for the next book in the series.
The Bad What the hell is wrong with Holder? This guy is rude from the get go. He intimidated Sky, man handled her, even kept her from leaving until she handed over her driver license...to a COMPLETE STRANGER! He is mean, scary, stalkerish, and all around weird, but we are suppose to think this is okay because he's hot? I didn't like the message this book was sending at all. This kind of behavior should not be tolerated, no matter the excuses.
Another message I didn't like from Hopeless was the whole girls who have sexual interactions with multiple guys are sluts thing. Instead of empowering women with discouraging slut-shaming since it's so ridicules and unfair, I feel like all we got was Sky saying, "I'm not a slut," then she goes on to describe the standards of what makes a girl a slut. Wow, couldn't we have Sky sticking up for women who are sexually active instead of deflecting?
The Snuggly I did not like Holder for the longest time, but when he grew on me, I did love Sky and Holder together. He was so understanding and caring. If I could forget how he acted in the first half of the book, I would say he's the perfect boyfriend material.
Though this book feels more young adult, the sexual content is new adult. And there is some sexual abuse described, so be prepared.
Final Thoughts The one star had to go with Holder's attitude in the first half of the book and the whole "slut" aspect, but the rest of the story was flawless. Even with all the heartbreak, I felt happy by the end. Colleen is amazing with her powerful stories and characters. Very recommended.
Quotes “The sky is always beautiful.Even when it's dark or rainy or cloudy,it's still beautiful to look at....it'll be there no matter what...and I know it'll always be beautiful.”
“F#%k all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”
“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you've never felt anything when someone's kissed you, then no one's ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”
“Sky, I'm not kissing you tonight but believe me when I tell you, I've never wanted to kiss a girl more. So stop thinking I'm not attracted to you because you have no idea just how much I am. You can hold my hand, you can run your fingers through my hair, you can straddle me while I feed you spaghetti, but you are not getting kissed tonight. And probably not tomorrow, either. I need this. I need to know for sure that you're feeling every single thing that I'm feeling the moment my lips touch yours. Because I want your first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses.”
“My lack of access to the real world has been replaced completely by books, and it can’t be healthy to live in a land of happily ever afters.”
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At A Glance Despite not liking Ashton in the beginning, this was another amazing book by K.A. Tucker. Loved the story and the characters (I even loved Ashton in the end).
The Good First off, I think I connected with this book so much because Livie and I had so many things in common. Livie is the peacemaker, the one who has to fix everyone else. Me too. Livie has a set path for her future and she wasn't going to let anything detour her. Me too. Livie has a breakdown when she gets a C- on a test. I spent one Halloween wallowing in self-pity when I got my first B- on a paper. I just relate to Livie so much, so I understood a lot of what she was going through.
In a way, I liked the story of One Tiny Lie better than Ten Tiny Breaths. Not by much, but there was something about this book that just spoke to me more. It had awesome college parties, good friendships, school issues, and, of course, boy troubles. One Tiny Lie is all about Livie finding her true self, and not becoming the person she thinks her parents want her to be. She has one hell of a journey too. There was rarely a dull moment. Especially after this one huge party. A party where Livie comes out the other end completely changed. This book revolves around what happened at this party. And, wow, what a party it was!
Livie was very similar to her younger self in Ten Tiny Breaths. She is still smart, determined, and focused. Then her therapist, Dr. Stayner, messes everything up. He makes Livie do some crazy things, things that she would have never done without a little push. And through those crazy adventures, Livie finds out that her planned out future is not so attractive anymore. She has other needs and wants. And she wants Ashton. Livie never denies that Ashton is bad news. He has so much baggage and problems, but she can't help but see something "more" in him. I sympathized with Livie as her feelings grew even when she tried to deny them over and over. She knew some of the things she was doing was wrong, but she couldn't help herself, not when Ashton was involved. I think many of us can relate to once dating that guy that just drove you crazy, made you veer off your path a bit and try new things, even if some of them were naughty. That's Ashton. I think Livie did the best in her situation. She had her ups and downs, but she always analyzed her choices and made the right decisions.
Ashton was a bundle of naughty and nice. More often than not, he was a huge, cocky asshat. He knows he can get any girl and he knows how to press people's buttons. He seems so carefree, but deep down he has demons and a troubled past. He hides it well though. He knows he is not good for Livie but he just can't seem to help himself. He is drawn to her and has to touch, talk, smell her every chance he gets. Though he hurts her a lot more than I preferred, I knew he was a good guy deep down. He just needed to man-up and stop letting other people get in the way of their perfect chemistry.
I could not put this book down. The writing was beautiful like always. The plot held my attention and the drama/fun was never ending. Tucker has a real talent at creating amazing and multi-dimensional characters. I just wish I had the next book in the series right now.
The Bad The main problem was that I didn't like Ashton for the longest time. Ashton is painted in a very bad light at one point and we aren't set right until far into the book. I had to assume that Ashton did these despicable things and I just couldn't accept it. It was wrong. And how could Livie fall for someone who she thought did these things? I just didn't get it.
The Snuggly Thank you, Tucker. We finally get our steamy scenes. Tucker held nothing back this time. The sexual tension melted the words off the pages. And the sexual play was TANTALIZING! We also get sex scenes. WooHoo!
Ashton and Livie don't seem like the perfect couple at first. They both have issues, but they also have such compassion for each other. They see the special "thing" in each other and want to hold on to it. I love them together.
Final Thoughts Get this book now! I would recommend that everyone try this series out. It has heart, it has passion, and it has personality. I think any new adult lover could easily fall in love with this series and this book. Highly recommended.
Quotes “1. I’m brilliant 2. I’m charming 3. I’m hung like a thoroughbred 4. I’ve stopped all philandering 5. I’m highly skilled, as you’ve learned the other night. P.S. Stop staring at my hands. I know what you want me to with them.”
“Because you're not a one-night girl, Irish." Leaning in to place a kiss on my jawline, he whispers, "You're my forever girl.”
Texts between Dr. Stayner & Livie(with a little help from Kacey): "Dr. Stayner: Tell me you did one out-of-character thing last night Livie: I drank enough Jell-O shots to fill a small pool, and then proceeded to break out every terrible dance move known to mankind. I am now the proud owner of a tattoo and if I didn’t have a video to prove otherwise, I’d believe I had it done in a back alley with hepatitis-laced needles. Satisfied? Dr. Stayner: That’s a good start. Did you talk to a guy? Kacey(answering for Livie): Not only did I talk to a guy but I’ve now seen two penises, including the one attached to the naked man in my room this morning when I woke up. I have pictures. Would you like to see one? Dr. Stayner: Glad you’re making friends. Talk to you on Saturday”
“It’s not funny, Kacey!” I hiss. “That guy forced himself on me!” She rolls her eyes but then, after a long pause, she sighs. “Yeah, you’re right.” Reaching over, she pinches the guy’s arm without hesitation. “Hey, buddy!”
“You do that to her again and I’ll sneak into your room and rip your balls off while you sleep, capisce?” she warns with a pointed finger. Most times my sister’s threats involve the mutilation of testicles.”
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At A Glance So emotional, so powerful. I want more already.
The Good All I can say is, dude, Kacey lost her mother, father, boyfriend, and best friend in a car accident that left her with a year's worth of physical therapy to recover. Give a girl a break. I have to tell you the truth, I think I would have spiraled out of control and into a nice numb state just as she did if that happened to me. Hard to come back from that one.
First, I loved the writing style. Tucker kept me reading page after page with her emotional and descriptive prose. And the plot and storyline just amazed me. It's hard to picture what Kacey and her sister Livie went through and were still going through as they tried to make it on their own. Such strong girls. Mad respect. I think Tucker handled the traumatic concept perfectly.
Kacey blew me away. She went through something no one should have to. And she broke because of it. She doesn't want to feel anymore, but she keeps going just for Livie. I 100% got why Kacey was so closed off and distant to the things and people around her. But I loved how her amazing friends pulled the real Kacey out of the dark and showed her the light. Kacey fought tooth and nail, remained stubborn the whole way through, but even she realized that living with emotions, bad or good, was so worth it. Kacey was both weak and strong, and that's what made her an interesting protagonist. When she starts to feel things, she FEELS them. Like a freakin' punch in the face. And that's okay, because she had people around her that loved her and were there for her. I kinda wish I had her makeshift family, because they were awesome.
Out of Kacey's new friends, Storm, her Barbie doll looking, works at a strip club neighbor, and Storm's daughter, Mia, where the ones who stood out the most. Despite her looks, Storm was not a b*tch, lol. She was a truly genuine person who just wanted to help any way she could. She does so many things for Kacey I almost want to cry just thinking about it. And Mia. OMG, cutest little girl ever. I want a Mia of my very own and I don't even want kids. But Mia is a sweetheart with a mischievous streak. Though Livie is a teenager and Mia is a little girl, they hit it off instantly. I loved their relationship so much. I tended to always make friends with the younger kids through school, camps, and so on, so I totally got why Livie loved Mia's company so much.
Then we have Trent. Trent was such a mystery in the beginning. He seemed so laid back and carefree. He smiled and winked his ways into Kacey's libido. But when Trent realized Kacey was damaged, he brought out the big guns. He gets deep, he gets sweet, and he gets stalkerish. But a good stalkerish. Trent watched over Kacey in every way possible because he saw a girl who needed fixing, and he wanted to make her whole. Trent was an amazing person, it was evident from the get-go. He cared so deeply and felt so much. About half way through, I figured out the big twist and was heartbroken because I knew sh*t was going to hit the fan. But no matter what was up with Trent, I always knew he meant the best. If I was in his position, I might have done the same thing. I have this urge to fix things, just like he did.
The ending was very satisfying. At first I thought it was a little too easy, but then I thought it worked perfectly for the story. I was so proud of Kacey and Trent for working our their individual issues.
Ten Tiny Breaths is like a living entity. You FEEL it, you BREATH it, you LIVE it. It has substance and weight. It leaves you heavy, but you just love those extra pounds. You fall in love with the characters and you want them in your life. I have already read the next book in the series and it only gets better.
The Bad The sex scenes, or lack thereof, were disappointing. I was so surprised that the sex scenes where so glossed over and even had the whole fade to black thing going on. This is a new adult book, there could have been a little more to them. Not that I need sex in my books, but this was such a powerful, present read that I think the sex scenes should have been just as powerful and present.
The Snuggly This is were the half star went. Like I mentioned above, the sex scenes did not fit with the overall feel of the book. Very YA-ish.
But despite the no sexy time, I still loved Kacey and Trent together. Their relationship made me laugh, cry, and shiver. It was so intense. And there was a lot of sexual tension.
Final Thoughts I will for sure be continuing this series. This book really left a mark. Ten Tiny Breaths is a book you will never forget. Be careful though, it's emotional and sad to read sometimes. But that's okay, we all must suffer for awesome books. :) Highly recommended.
Quotes “Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”
“You don't want me, Ben. I'm seven layers of f*cked up with a side of bullsh*t.”
“I can feel his very existence as if it's wrapping its hand around my soul, cradling it, trying to protect it from harm and I'm terrified. Terrified because I don't ever want the feeling to end.”
“What if he's a psychopath who tries to stuff kittens in ATMs?”
“And if that’s all he’s looking for then we’ll set fire to his balls.” “What?” Storm’s face twists in a mixture of shock and amusement. I shrug. “What can I say, Storm? I’m into some weird sh*t.”
“I want to make you smile. For real. Always. We're going to go for dinners, and see movies, and walk on the beach. We'll go hang-gliding, or bungee jumping, or whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you smile and laugh more. Let me make you smile.”
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At A Glance If you are looking for a good mermaid book, Waterfell is not it. This book had great promise but almost nothing happened and the main character was not likable.
The Good I was excited going into Waterfell. It had an interesting premise, and I loved the idea of what these "mermaids" really were. They weren't quite mermaids, but something more unique. I loved being surprised by that.
I also liked the side characters a lot, especially Nerissa's best friend, Jenna. She was smart and honest. She didn't let Nerissa get away with her bitchy attitude. She always told it how it was. She was also a great friend. She stood up for and stood by Nerissa when she most needed it. Jenna's boyfriend was also a fun character. He was always upbeat and positive. Lo even had his moments where he made my heart melt.
Even though I saw it coming, the ending was kinda exciting.
The Bad Waterfell's biggest downfall was Nerissa and the plot.
Nerissa was a straight up snobby, stuck-up b*tch. There was no way in hell I could like or enjoy reading about a character like her. I will admit, she did change her ways by the end, but that didn't erase the 80% of the book where she was just a horror to everyone. Nerissa was also kind of stupid. She did reckless things knowing people were after her. She put herself and others in danger almost constantly. She whined about Lo being arrogant and self-absorbed for half the book when in reality she was worse than him by leaps and bounds. Delusional, party of one!
Then there was the plot. Nothing happens!!!! I mean it, nothing happened in this book until the very end. I got so bored and was impatient for it to be over. Even the "mermaid" part was lacking in the fact that we only get "mermaid" action at the end, but the rest of the book was on land. You could also see the twists and turns a mile away. In the end, this book was an angsty teen drama, nothing else.
The writing was meh and the pacing was slow.
The Snuggly Nerissa was such a b*tch to Lo I just couldn't understand why he kept chasing her. By the end we understand, but still, I didn't even want them to end up together. When they do finally get together it doesn't even feel that real because they don't really know each other. All Nerissa does is act snarky while Lo smirks. That's the extent of their relationship.
Final Thoughts Waterfell is between a 2.5 and 2 starer. But I settled with 2 because I hated the main character so much. That is a deal breaker for me. I will not be reading the rest of this series. I feel really let down by this book. I can't think of anyone I would recommend this to.
Quotes Typical surfer-boy bravado aside, for some reason, I can’t tear my eyes away from Lo’s lithe form. He moves as if he is one with the wave, a part of it instead of riding on top of it, in some kind of fluid symmetry. He surfs like how I like to surf, something that Sawyer calls Zen-surfing.
As if sensing my stare, at the very last minute on his final turn, Lo rips backward on his surfboard to make eye contact with me one last time —a look that I can feel even as far away as he is—and winks before somersaulting backward into the surf.
I feel that last glance of his all the way to my toenails. Not even the icy touch of the water can calm the deep flush that tunnels its way through me.
The laws of human attraction are new to me. I'm breathless. Just before I walk into the classroom, I glance over my shoulder. Lo's eyes are deep and piercing. I feel the weight of them hovering, watching. Holding me motionless as time, too, stands still. I force myself to peel my gaze away from his compelling stare, making my feet obey weak commands to enter the classroom... the one in front of the other, like a drone. Something hot pulses across the back of my neck, racing across my body, and I can't even think. It's not Ehmora who will be the death of me. It's this boy.
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At A Glance Liked Jackson, didn't like Kelsey. Interesting story but unfulfilling ending.
The Good Finding It is very different from Losing It and Faking It. The latter two are funny and quirky. Finding It was a little darker and serious. I didn't mind it so much. Some fans may not be into the change though.
I loved the plot and setting. Traveling around Europe with a hot boy, sounds fun to me. Kelsey has a lot of issues, but Jackson sees something extraordinary in her. Jackson pulls Kelsey away from the bottle and random sex and shows her what living really is. He shows her how to enjoy life without letting her past get in the way. Jackson was a great character for me. He's sweet, but demanding. He knows how to show a girl a good time, and he always retains a bit of mystery. I wish we got to know more about him, but I have heard he is getting his own novella, so that's exciting.
I will admit, I figured out the twist pretty quickly. It's hard for plots to surprise me much anymore so it didn't bother me. I loved the utter devastation it caused though. It may have been mean of me, but because I didn't like Kelsey, I didn't mind her being fooled the way she was. It actually made things more exciting. Plus, Jackson did some sweet things to win her back. So effing cute!!!
I was so envious of the places these two got to go. I could totally imagine all these places through Carmack's writing. I couldn't think of a more exciting and romantic vacation for a young couple. I hope to see Kelsey and Jackson again in future books so I can see how they are doing.
The Bad I found the travel to be quite boring. The scenery was described nicely, but the traveling never really excited me the way I hoped. I think it was glanced over too much, too rushed. I just wanted more. And that ending, umm, nothing is really resolved. I didn't understand that. Kelsey has huge issues with her family, but she never confronts them. That left me unsatisfied.
Kelsey was a hard character to like. She is selfish, shallow, manipulative, mean, and a drunk. I get why she drank but it got annoying when she did so with total disregard to her safety. It's like she doesn't use logic most of the time. Her biggest issue was running away from her problems, and by the end, she still hadn't changed. Mind-boggling. Not much redeemable here.
The Snuggly Kelsey and Jackson have an insta-love thing going but it didn't bother me too much. Kelsey tried to hump Jackson every five minutes which was hilarious and annoying at the same time. But luckily, Jackson saw Kelsey's destructive ways and denied her. Now that was awesome. Once the romance got going I did find it sexy and heartwarming. But I wish there was a little more of a connection between these two. Finding It only scratched the surface of their relationship.
Expect new adult sex scenes, hot but not overdone. And that sexual tension, OMG.
Final Thoughts In a way, this book did disappoint me a tiny bit but it's hard for me to not like a Carmack book. I enjoyed reading it, even if Kelsey was not my favorite character. I wish there was more resolution at the end, but I am excited to see this couple together and working on their issues. Recommended.
Quotes “The best parts of life are the things we can't plan. And it's a lot harder to find happiness if you're only searching in one place. Sometimes, you just have to throw away the map. Admit that you don't know where you're going and stop pressuring yourself to figure it out. Besides...a map is a life someone else already lived. It's more fun to make your own.”
“I'm going to kiss you, princess. But not now, not when you're telling me to. Not when it's just something you want to check off a list. I'll kiss you when it counts.”
“Women love a mystery. But only if we think we can figure it out.”
“I'll be good. I promise. Unless you want me to be bad, of course.”
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At A Glance I enjoyed the read but the I was annoyed with the stupid decisions made by the main character.
The Good If you are looking for a paranormal mystery, Witch Hearts is the book for you. The action and suspense were nonstop. I truly did not know who was behind everything till the very end, and even then there were more surprises in store for me. I had the pleasure of reading Gifted by Liz a little while ago and I now realize Liz has a way of creating atmospheres and stories that stay with you.
Ruby was one determined chick. Ruby is still nursing a broken heart over her cheating boyfriend when her best friend is murdered. She is obviously devastated. But when her best friend's brother comes home determined to find his sister's killer, Ruby has a new sense of purpose. But these witch killings go deeper than anyone expected. I think Ruby did the best she could in her situation. She didn't let herself break down enough to lose focus. She was so determined in stopping the killer and save the remaining people she cared about. I loved watching Ruby and Cooper work together because from the get-go I wanted them to get together. They had this obvious spark between them that couldn't be denied.
Cooper was a good guy who wanted to get revenge for his sister's murder. He had a very complicated and somewhat dark past that still haunted him. But when Ruby and him got together, you could tell he healed a little bit. I loved watching the awkwardness between Cooper, Ruby, and the ex-boyfriend. The tensions leapt off the page each time they were forced together. That was the best part for me.
The writing was good and the pacing was perfect. The mystery stayed a mystery until it wanted to be revealed. I loved how the paranormal aspect was so seamlessly integrated into this world, like is was normal. I think the story ended well and it overall felt satisfying.
The Bad Over and over again Ruby made stupid decisions that put her in danger and made others worry for no reason. There are certain situations where you need to be cautious and ask for help, and a killer following you around and wanting to ripe out your heart is ONE OF THEM!!! It was like Ruby wanted to die because there is no other reason for her to make some of the decisions she did.
Even though I liked the characters, I never really fell in love with them. They all felt pretty average, nothing special.
The Snuggly Even though the content of this book is adult, the sex is not. There are no sex scenes. Ruby and Copper were good together, but we don't really get to see too much of them being lovey-lovey since this is more of a mystery book.
Final Thoughts I think there is a definite audience out there for Witch Hearts. The suspense was spot on and the paranormal aspect was interesting. Recommended.
Quotes (I have no idea why both quotes are sexual, I guess my brain was in the gutter today :D)
"I want to change, be the person you want to be with. Give me a second chance."
"You say that now but I know it doesn't mean anything. Rebecca only needs to offer a blowjob and you'll be back to your old ways."
Michael blinked in surprise, opened his mouth to protest and Ruby waved her hand at him. "I'm done here."
Miranda wasted no time. "So how was it?"
Ruby busies herself with unfolding a napkin and sipping her water. "How was what?"
"You know what. The sex. Naked Cooper. Is he huge?" Miranda winked at her as she took a huge bite of her veggie on rye. Ruby almost choked.
At A Glance I loved this opposites attract romance and the characters, just wish some parts weren't so rushed.
The Good I just loved the concept of this book. Now that I think about it, I have loved almost every book where the couple has to pretend to be a real couple for whatever reason. And the fact that Max was a tatted, hair-dyed, pierced, rocker girl and Cade was a goody-goody, well dressed, all-American boy just spiced things up so much. Sometimes opposites do attract, and Max and Cade are the perfect example of that.
Cade really didn't stand out for me in Losing It. There was nothing special about him. But in Faking It he SHINED! Cade rocked my freakin' book socks off. I hated seeing him so sad with losing Bliss (though he never really had her) from Losing It. But his frown turned upside-down real quick when Max walked into this life. She may not be your typical girl, but she is everything Cade wants, and needs. Cade was a smooth mofo as he played his boyfriend role perfectly. Maybe a little too perfectly if you ask Max. I loved watching these two banter back and forth. I hated when Max broke Cade's heart because of all her issues, but it was obvious these two crazy kids belonged together.
Max was all kinds of crazy and effed up. She has had a sad past that has made her who she is today. She has an okay life though. She is doing what she loves, singing in a band. But her family life is not so good. Then Cade walks into her life and flips everything on its head. Max was stubborn and infuriating. But I loved her surly ways. Her attraction to Cade mystifies and angers her but she just can't resist him. Neither can her parents. But all Max wants is for her parents to love her, the real her, with all her tattooed and pierced glory. Then again, having Cade accept her no matter her faults and wildness made up for her family. But Max has trouble letting people love and take care of her. She was her own worst enemy, but Cade would never let her walk away.
These two are just perfect for each other. Cade gives Max strength to accept herself and her past and Max gives Cade a reason to move forward. Faking It is really a great romance. There are ups and downs, but it all only added to the overall personality of the book. Max's family was pretty bad, but they even made things more interesting. The writing was well done and the characters made me fall in love with this story right away.
The Bad I felt like a couple parts of this book were rushed and glanced over, which took some of the drama away from certain situations. Sometimes I wish there was a little more depth in some areas. Carmack is great at focusing on the couple, which I love, but the world-building (not that you need a lot with contemporary romance, but some is nice) and backstory were missing a little.
The Snuggly Woah! Cade may seem like a good ol' boy on the outside but he is a freak in the sack. He was so rough and dominating in the bedroom. I have to admit, I got tingly all over. Cade and Max fit so perfectly together sexually. I was kinda envious of Max. I want a man like Cade.
Great new adult sex scenes. Enough to make you blush, but not pornish at all. And that sexual tension. Wooo! Cut it with a knife!
Final Thoughts I think Losing It was funnier than Faking It but I liked them both about the same, though I might like Losing It a tiny bit more. But overall, Faking It was a great romance with a lot of emotion and heart. Very recommended.
Quotes “I’ll remind you every day how amazing it feels when your body touches mine. I’ll remind you of the good times, and help you forget the bad. I’ll remind you who you are when life has beaten you down and made you doubt it. I’ll bust down your door in the middle of the night and kiss you until you remember that your fears are just that, and they can’t control you. I’ll take my chances against your fickle heart if it means it’s mine.”
“Living is hard. And every day our feet get heavier and we pick up more baggage. So, we stop and take a breath, close our eyes, reset our minds. It's natural. As long as you open your eyes and keep going.”
“I never dated a girl like her, and she's probably never dated a guy like me. But sometimes you don't know what you're looking for until it's already knocked you flat on your back.”
"My name is Cade Winston—MFA student, volunteer, mom-hugger, and your boyfriend for the next twenty-four hours. It's nice to meet you."
“Spence, I don't have balls. Good thing, too, because they'd look terrible in the lingerie I'm wearing.”
“Apparently having emotions equated to having a vagina.”
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At A Glance I loved the romance and dark story in Crash into You, but I found myself frustrated with many characters.
The Good Even though I whine some in The Bad section, I really did love this book. I think it is almost impossible for me not to love a story from Katie McGarry. Her characters have so much emotion, so much power to draw the reader in. I get so sad when I turn the last page of one of McGarry's books because I know I have to wait months to a year for the next book.
This was a hard story to read at times. I felt like it was the darkest/scariest by far. Rachel and Isaiah seem to get deeper and deeper into so much crap you just want to scream with each chapter. But, between all that stress and excitement, is the sweetest love story. Two teens from the opposite sides of the tracks come together to make the most beautiful couple.
Rachel seemed to grow up with the perfect rich family. But really she has been brought up as the replacement daughter for the one who died. She has not been able to live the life she wanted, until now, with fast cars, hard money, and tatted boys, well, one tatted boy in particular. Money goes missing and Rachel is blamed. Now she must pony up or bad, bad things will happen. Isaiah to the rescue! I loved how these two didn't know each other at all but they both risked so much to save the other without a second thought. Rachel seems to have everything she could ever want, but really her family is not a good lot. They are selfish people. Rachel has so many problems, like panic attacks and anxiety, because of them. She is very meek in a lot of ways, but she grows into someone strong and confident by the end. She is also very innocent, which would usually be annoying ,but she has so much heart you can't help but like her.
Isaiah has been a little broken since the last book. He thought he and Beth were always going to end up together, but that was not the case. He still cares for her but won't let anyone in to comfort him. Isaiah now focuses on staying fed, sheltered, and alive. Then Rachel crashes into his life and takes him on a bumpy ride. Isaiah has always been one of my fav characters. He can get whiny and petulant, but you can't deny his life has been crap, he deserves to whine a little. Isaiah always has a tough road to travel it seems. But when he meets Rachel, things just seem so much better, even as they get worse. She brings light to his darkness and he can't help but be addicted to it. I respected Isaiah so much in this book. He really did grow into a responsible and respectable guy.
We see most of our favorite characters from the other books in this one. It felt good to see how they were doing. As always, the writing was amazing. The pacing was perfect and the dialogue felt natural. I can't wait for the next book.
The Bad Rachel's family were just ridicules. I hated them every step of the way, especially her brothers. They aren't the worst family in the world. They don't beat Rachel or abuse her but they have effed her up emotionally. They are the ones that made Rachel this meek girl who doesn't stick up for herself, it almost made me sick a few times. And even when their family issues were brought to light, nothing really changes. These people don't become any better because they only reason they finally started really caring for Rachel is when something so traumatic happens they had no choice.
However, some of it is Rachel's fault because she doesn't go to them when she should have. She made her situation worse because of her fears and I just thought she was being childish. Isaiah, also a little childish at times. I think overall I was more frustrated with these characters than in the other books. But not enough to dock my review with more than half a star.
The Snuggly Sometimes Rachel and Isaiah separately annoyed me, but together they were amazing. They brought out the best in each other. There was kissing, touching, and the like, but everything was still YA-ish.
Final Thoughts Even though some of the characters were annoying, I still loved Crash into You. It had heart, it had action, and it had substance. I even liked that surprise ending. Wasn't expecting that. I would love to read more about this couple and see them together farther in the future. Highly recommended.
Quotes “You can ignore me, Rachel, and you can try to treat me as a friend, but none of that will erase the fact that I think about kissing you every second I’m awake and dream at night of my hands on your body. And it sure as hell won’t erase that I’m terrified by how much I like you.”
“When I’m with you, even my past seems like a bad dream,” he says. “I’ve sat on this hill a hundred times, and all I used to see were lights that represented places where I wasn’t wanted, where I never belonged. Now, when you aren’t with me, I look east and know one of those lights represents you, and I don’t feel alone anymore.”
“The first moment I saw him, the night people clamored over each other to step out of his way, I was frightened. The guy with earrings and tattoos and an energy radiating danger. Now-inside and out-all I see is beauty.” ...more
At A Glance Why? I just don't understand how Blood Roses can be considered enjoyable. I never read a book that made me this sick to my stomach.
The Good I will say the writing was good. There was nothing technically wrong with Blood Roses when it came to plotting and structure. This author knows how to write.
The Bad It was the story and characters that made this book a crash and burn scenario.
Spoilers! I must warn you, there will be spoilers in my review. I have never done this before but I am going through the main points and story elements in this book, including the end, so I can show you how ridicules this story is. I usually don't condone giving away the story, but there is no other way.
Also, I have not read the first book of the series but this series can be read as a bunch of stand alones because each book has a new couple. So my understanding of this book and world was not hindered in any way from not reading the first book.
Caleb is holding Leila's sister hostage. Leila must find a spell to save Caleb's brother from dying or her sister will be killed by Caleb. Leila agrees as long as her and her sister are let go afterward. Leila lives up to her side of the bargain but Caleb does not. Caleb imprisons Leila in a torture chamber once he finds out her secret. Leila is a serryn. Most of her kind hunts and kills vampires, which is easy for them since their blood is a death sentence for vampires. Leila does not practice her heritage. Caleb does not care. He wants all her kind to suffer no matter what. Then Caleb finds out that Leila's death would mean his kind can rise as rulers and enslave humans as blood cows. He wants this so bad. So he plans to drain Leila and kill her to become the the leader of his kind and make humans bow down to him. That's the gist of the story.
So this is suppose to be a paranormal romance. So, stupid me, I thought that Caleb was going to realize that he loves Leila more than the need to enslave all humans and give power only to the vampires. NOPE. Not at all. Caleb proceeds to keep Leila prisoner, rape her (oh well, she didn't say no so that was okay according to Caleb), and constantly mindf**k her into thinking she was the one in the wrong for not wanting to die for his race of slaughters, and that he is the most noble and amazing person in the world. Over and over again Leila is in a position to kill Caleb and end his horribleness, but guess what boys and girls, her special serryn heritage makes her want him no matter her true feelings. Convenient, right? She just craves her torturer/rapist. The vampire who over and over again uses her sister as a bargaining chip. Over and over again he talks about how he will kill all her sisters, torture them just to make her do what he says. How romantic. And every time she let's him go without killing him in exchange for not going through with the plan to kill her. He, of course, goes back on his word and pretty much says, "Nope, still going to kill you you silly, b*tch. "
By the end, Leila is resigned to let him kill her because we find out the process might kill him too. So at least she is saving the world from enslavement. Caleb stops for about a second before draining her dry, and within that time he finds out he might die too. And guess what? He is MAD at HER for not telling him that when he was brutally killing her, he might die too. OMFG!!!!! But wait, there's more. This is were Caleb redeems himself. He says, "You know what, babe, I will give you a week to find a different way to help me enslave your people and slaughter humans without killing you. But I give you only a week to do this, or I will kill you anyways. And I will keep your sister as leverage, of course. Awwww, how sweet, right? *vomits*
Is this not the sweetest paranormal romance you ever heard of?
The Snuggly Vomits!!!! Pukes some more!!!! Bile!!!
Final Thoughts I can't help but have strong feelings for this book. I just thought it was disgusting. I know some people will like it and not see it the way I did, and that's cool. But I wanted to make sure my readers knew what Blood Roses entails before they even thought about reading it. I hope I didn't offend anyone in spoiling the story. I never, ever do this, but some books make you so passionate (in a bad way) you can't hold yourself back no matter what. Don't read this book.
Quotes “I’m more than twisted. I’m the worst kind of vampire… But you’re the one who’s craving me, so what does that make you?”
“We die, you die. You die, we survive. I think there’s a pecking order in that, don’t you?”
“I will not be threatened. Do you understand me?’ He leaned closer again, his lips less than a couple of inches from hers. ‘Now try saying it without trembling.”
“Playing the martyr doesn’t suit you, Leila.’ ‘Maybe not, but playing the complete and utter bastard clearly suits you.” ...more