At A Glance The beginning was awesome, then it all went down hill from there.
The Good Note: Though A Little Too Hot is book 3 of a series, each book can be read as a standalone because they each have a different couple. This is my first read of the series.
The beginning was awesome. Sam was on her last leg and she needed a job bad. Stripping was not the best choice but it worked, especially since she got to keep her cloths on, mostly. Sam wasn’t the stripper sort but she did her best. But she never expected to fall for a client though. A client with a lot of secrets.
I have to admit, Sam and Harrison had some hot chemistry. I loved their flirting and long talks, even if they did occur in a strip club, no wait, a gentleman’s club. Then this HUGE twist happened and I was literally dumbfounded. I had an inkling it might happen but I was still shocked how and why this thing happened. And then I got pissed.
The Bad After this big twist, I was just mad. And I couldn’t get over it. I HATED Harrison and I wanted Sam to hate him but she was too weak. I can’t imagine still feeling anything for a man that ruined my life like Harrison did to Sam. I know in the end Harrison was put in a better light, but I never got over his assery.
Then because of this big happening, the romance went in the crapper. Sam and Harrison just kept their distance while longing for each other from afar. BORING. They were both so weak and insecure. I could barely stand it.
A lot of other stuff, including what could have been good action and firefights, turned out to be unrealistic. Or maybe these cops and professional criminals are too incompetent to live.
The Snuggly I couldn’t even enjoy the sex or romance with the twist that ruined everything. How can you like a couple where one has committed a huge betrayal and the other is still falling for the one who ruined her? Not I, said the cat!
There was sex and it leaned toward new adult to adult. Overall though, this felt more like an adult book. Not sure why it was labeled new adult.
Final Thoughts If the twist was handled better, or if Harrison was made out to be a little less of an asshat, then I could have enjoyed this book. The beginning was so awesome, but every aspect of this book just went down hill with each page. Not my cup of tea. Not sure who I would recommend this book to.
Quotes He shakes his head slowly. “It wasn’t that. We just never…it wasn’t like this,” he says with a wave of his hand between us. “I’ve never been on fire like this for any other woman.” My heart skips. “You’re on fire for me?” He hangs his head, but his smoldering gaze stays locked on mine. “Burning alive.”
He leans in, his lips nearly touching my ear. The heat of his mouth, so close to me, ripples every muscle south of my wait. “Yes, I can touch you?” he purrs. “Or yes, you’re sure I can’t.” “I’m sure you can’t.” My voice comes out rough, and he groans at the sex in it. His lips brush my ear as he leans closer. “I’m not sure I’m going to be able to stop myself.”*
“This is real. This is all real. What I hoped would be a mindblowing fling with a totally hot stranger has turned into this nightmare.” ...more
At A Glance Not what I expected. The plot and concept just didn’t come together for me.
The Good I do love me a good vigilante book. I love when people get to get revenge or justice on the bad people of the world, and that’s what Psycho Inside Me provided.
I did enjoy some of the story. It was nerve-wracking and exciting.
The Bad In the end, I think this book was written more for the author than the readers. If you read the acknowledgments at the end, you find out why Bonnie wrote this story. I am happy that the author found a way to deal with her past, good for her. But I do feel like you can tell that Psycho Inside Me was not written with an audience in mind. There was not much of a plot. There was not much of a romance. The story was not well thought out. It just fell flat in almost every aspect.
I was most disappointed with Cassie. I thought I was going to meet this strong heroine that took out justice on the asses of rapists and child molesters. Yeah, no. She was too impatient, which made her sloppy with every kill. If not for Deegan, Cassie would have been raped and/or killed from the get-go and with every target afterward. Deegan is the one who did most the work. Cassie was just the bait. Cassie wasn’t the organized, meticulous killer I was hoping for.
The Snuggly Deegan was too bipolar when it came to Cassie and him. They never really had a relationship even though they obviously liked each other all because of stupid reasons. I found it more frustrating than tantalizing. Even at the end, I was not satisfied with their relationship.
Warning, this book contains uncomfortable topics like rape and child molestation. Some scenes are graphic.
Final Thoughts This was not my cup of tea. Psycho Inside Me had a rough but interesting concept but the execution was lacking in a lot of areas. I would not recommend this book to anyone but I can say people on Goodreads seem to love it, so it might just be me. No recommended.
Quotes “You, doll. You’re the someone else. I can’t feel like this about you and really be with anyone else. Having a girlfriend holds the other chicks at bay. Plus, she doesn’t ask questions. She doesn’t care. I can’t have you like I want, so I make it seem like I have what I want.”
I smiled at Deegan, who watched me with a territorial glint in his eyes. The thought that he considered me his, if only for the night, lightened me even more. I had no guilt, not for a few minutes. Not then. Not when we’d succeeded – again.
He pushed me forward on the swing. “You’re so pretty. I just thought you should know that.”
“Every time I’ve met with you and one of these guys has gone down, a small piece of me feels avenged. We can’t stop, not yet. I just don’t want you getting hurt. I can’t handle that you’re touched and injured every time and I don’t know about it until afterwards.” ...more
At A Glance I am still unsure about Landry Park. I enjoyed the book but the story wondered a lot and the main character was not very admirable.
The Good Even though I complain about a lot of things in Landry Park in The Bad, I did find myself enjoying it overall. It was a back and forth for me. Sometimes I was obsessed with continuing reading and seeing what was going to happen next, and sometimes it was easy to put down. With a little more consistency, this could be a great dystopian series.
Though the world building could have been better, what we got was pretty awesome. Separately, I have seen these concepts in other books before, but never all thrown together like in Landry Park. It was very interesting to see how the author intertwined all these elements, like the futuristic time frame with the older time period atmosphere and society. Or the advanced technology and concept of mass slavery.
Though Madeline often got on my nerves, I actually found her quite fascinating. Really, she is not the heroine you usually look for in dystopians. She may rebel a little, but she likes her comfy lifestyle and is deathly afraid of losing it by helping the poor out of their suppression. She is so afraid of her father and his control, she often relents and does whatever he asks. But we are so in Madeline’s head that it was easy to understand why she didn’t stick up for herself or fight harder. She lives in a scary world where she has little control. Rebellion could mean death, or worse. Madeline is the product of her world and you can’t blame her. But she does grow by the end, finding some backbone to initiate change.
I loved the mystery surrounding David. He was so up and down and I never knew where his head was at or what team he was on. It kept me on my toes. The mystery of the whole book was pretty awesome. I couldn’t guess half of the twists revealed. I think the writing was the best part of Landry Park. Hagen is one hell of a writer. She knows how to spin a word and create some beautiful literature. The pictures she created with her writing were breathtaking.
The Bad The biggest annoyance was that the story wondered from the main plot quite often and for long periods. As a result, a lot of the story was bland.
Madeline was not my favorite character. I didn’t admire her at all. She was easily persuaded to forget about the causes she supposedly supports, like ending the slavery of the lower class. She may do one or two heroic things, but that’s it, the rest of the time she only cares about herself.
I never got a full picture of the world. We get some world building but the story is very narrow in what we see of the world. I wish more things were explained, like how this is set in the future but the clothing, society standards, and ideals are based around the 19th century.
The Snuggly I did like Madeline and David together, but they really didn’t get to spend a lot of time together. David was off with another girl and Madeline spent her days pining for him. I did often feel like Madeline was a little pathetic in her obsession with David. But I liked how when Jude came into the picture David got so jealous, and Madeline got to rub Jude in David’s face. I know, that sounds mean, but after you see how David strings along Madeline, you would totally agree with me. I would like to see how David and Madeline’s relationships progresses in the next book.
Only kissing, very young adult.
Final Thoughts There was so much I liked and disliked about this book I still don’t know what the accurate rating is. I just have to be okay with leaving this book still conflicted. I have a feeling most people will either love or hate this book. You will have to decide if you are willing to take a chance on this one. Recommended.
Quotes “I felt the ghost of his kiss on my lips, felt the ghost of all the kisses I had craved and desired, and all the kisses I had yet to dream of, and then his mouth parted slightly and I wondered if he was dreaming of those phantom kisses, too.”
“He bent his head down, and — as the summer wind blew silken petals and the scent of fresh crisp fruit around us — he lightly brushed his lips against mine, so lightly I wondered if it had been a stray petal and not David.”
And then – on this sprawling estate in this large house, on the brink of a revolution – I was reminded of the power of the small. Small ideas, small acts, small people. After all it was the furious industry of those tiny atoms that fueled the stars, stares that then nourished planets, and planets that the nourished life. Not matter how small I felt, how infinitesimal my feeble gestures seemed, I was part of a larger chain, a large system, and so help me I would bring order to this chaos. ...more
At A Glance Now that I am use to the violence and domination, I loved this book more than the first. So dark, so awesome.
The Good Quintessentially Q blew my away. It was a freaking rollercoaster ride of emotions that made me want to throw up and beg for more at the same time. This book and series is in no way for the faint of heart. Winters is all about getting down and dirty with her stories and characters and she holds nothing back.
There are some plot spoilers below:
The hardest part of reading about Tess being captured again was the fact that everything she went through most likely happened to someone in real life who has been enslaved in the human sex trafficking world. It’s just disgusting and hard to read, but that’s why I love it. It takes me out of my comfort zone and makes me think about the horrors on the real world. Tess is an amazing girl. She endures so much and stays strong through most of it. She does what she has to to survive while waiting for Q to rescue her. She comes back to Q different though. Some things she cannot forgive herself for. It was heartbreaking to see Tess finally break and Q standing on the sidelines lost without her. I loved and hated the anguish these two shared as they traveled the road to recovery.
Q starts out the same man from Tears of Tess. He still wants to hurt Tess, to dominate her. But when Tess is taken, Q becomes a different man. He goes mad with worry and grief. He does ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to get her back. God, I loved him so much when he was getting his hands bloody for the one he loved. I know, I am sick, but I can’t help it. Only a man in hardcore love would do the things Q did to get Tess back. But when Tess is home once again, Q realizes she is not the same Tess. She was not as strong as he once thought. But Q never gives up. He gives all of himself to fix Tess, to bring her back from the cold, dark cell her mind is trapped in. I was completely in shock with what Q did for Tess. I think he was even in shock. But because of his actions, he became a new man. He became what Tess needed all along as well as the man he has wanted to be from the beginning.
The writing was, as always, amazing. You feel every word, every sentence go straight to your heart. The imagery was amazing, but almost unbearable as Winters describes what Tess goes through. The plot was not what I expected, but I did like it in the end. Especially when I found out there will be a book #3, which I hope focuses more on their relationship.
The Bad The biggest problem is that the blurb does not prepare you for what happens in this book. It was even darker than the first. I wanted more time spent on Q and Tess’s relationship, but the majority of the book is Tess being taken again and going through worse torture than in the first book. It was very hard for me to read, and I am not usually the squeamish type.
The Snuggly Though I wish more time was spent on Q and Tess’s relationship, I still loved them together. I was nervous for them in the beginning because it never seemed like they were going to work out. Q was too violent and Tess was still a little unsure. Then near the end Tess became a whole different person because of her experience and I just saw Q and Tess working out even less. Then something happens and it frees them both. Finally they are on the same wave-length.
Some rough, hot sex, but a lot more rape and torture than anything, so be careful. This is not for everyone.
Final Thoughts Anyone who likes their erotica with bite (and blood, and tearing flesh) will love this series and book. It’s hard to handle sometimes, but it is so worth the read. You may cry, you may cringe, but you will no doubt smile by the end of this book. Very recommended.
Quotes “You’re my obsession, I’m your possession. You own the deepest part of me. You crawled into the darkness, set my monster free. So scream, bleed, call out to me. But never say stop, never flee”
Q wasn’t just my master in the bedroom. He was the master of my heart.
Finally, he whispered in his deep, accented voice, “You stole my loneliness. I may have given you wings, but you’ve become my gravity. I’ll never be free of your force.”
At A Glance Despite it’s faults, I ended up really, really enjoying Defy. It’s was fun, creepy, and interesting.
The Good I do complain a lot in The Bad section, but at the end of the day I almost gave Defy 4.5 stars. It just had all the elements I like in a young adult fantasy book: an interesting world, determined characters, and good action. It’s even more high fantasy (which is not my genre of choice) and I still loved this book. You may have to be in the mood for a YA book to enjoy Defy, but luckily, I was in the mood.
Alexa/Alex did great with dealing with messed up situation after messed up situation. She acted like a boy for years to avoid the breeding houses (Yeah, you heard right. A place for orphan girls to be raped over and over again so they can pop out more soldiers for the war) She became the best soldier and royal guard anyone had ever seen. She has that fighting instinct and she knows her way around almost any enemy. In essence, she was kickass all the way! Though I didn’t like when Alexa became a little weak when boys started paying attention to her (and her secret was out), I think Alexa held true to her duties, her sense of rightness, and her determination to take down the bad guys. I admired her. She felt fear, which is healthy, but she never let it get in the way of her job.
Though Prince Damian wasn’t my favorite person, I did love how much more depth there was to him then I first thought. He was just as determined as Alexa to end the war and stop the evil. He really did do anything and everything for the people he would one day rule. I wish Rylan had a bigger part in this book because he seemed so sweet and caring. Even when his temper flared, he always had Alexa’s back.
There are some horrific happenings in the world of Defy. I literally shivered when Alexa had to take a trip to the breading house. That crap is messed up, and sickening. And the people who were responsible for this suffering were just horrendous. Talk about a disgusting soul. I never wanted someone to go down as hard as I wanted these certain people to go down, preferably in a painful and bloody way. The world Sara created was both beautiful and harsh. And the ending was perfect in my eyes. I will for sure be continuing this series.
The Bad I did find some things that were skimmed over obviously for the fact that it would have been impossible for Alexa to hold on to her male disguise if brought up. I wish Alexa was more convincing as a boy, but she wasn’t. I never truly believed she could fool people into thinking she was a boy because even on page I didn’t believe it.
I was frustrated with Alexa’s attraction to Damian. He acted spoiled in the beginning and then largely distant and secretive for the rest of the book. I don’t know about you but a stolen kiss or two does not make someone fall in love. There was no substance to this “relationship.” Plus, Damian made Alexa weak in my eyes. She lost some of the fighter in her because of her attraction to him.
The world building was lacking some. Also, I did feel that juvenile quality in the story sometimes. Like I was very aware I was reading a teen book.
The Snuggly The love-triangle seemed a little forced and totally convenient, but in the end, I enjoyed it. I am not as against love-triangles as some people are. Though Damian was not my cup of tea, I saw why Alexa liked both Damian and Rylan. I think any male attention is fun when you had to pretend to be a boy for so many years. Both were cute and both seemed to actually like Alexa. There was nothing more than kissing, a very clean book, well, except for the breeding houses. *shivers*
Final Thoughts This book won’t be for everyone, but it was damn sure for me. There was just something special about it that easily took me away from the real world and into a fantasy adventure of awesomeness. Highly recommended.
Quotes “True beauty is what lies inside of us, not what the world sees. A beautiful shell that houses a vile soul becomes sullied over time. But an outer shell, imperfect as it may be, that houses a beautiful, shines with that beauty, radiating it for all who have eyes to see.”
“Have you ever heard of the theory that it is better for one man to die than an entire nation to suffer? Do you believe that to be true? Is it ever okay to take a life in hopes of saving others?”
“You’re perfect,” He said roughly, cutting off my protest. “And if I had to do it over again, I would save you every time.” His mouth closed over mine and there was no more thought. No more worry. No more pain or loss or fear. There was only Damian. His arm tightened around me, crushing me to him. I clung to him as his lips moved on mine with a need and hunger that nearly overwhelmed me.”
My eyes widened when I realized I’d been staring at his body. My cheeks flamed, making me grateful for the low light of the candles. “Sir, you’re covered in sweat. Are you taking ill?” I asked, keeping my voice low and gruff. Manly. It was as good a cover as I could come up with. No one looked like that unless they exercised—a lot.
“I’m in perfect health.” He shot me a wicked grin. “As you may have noticed.” ...more
At A Glance The story was fun, but the male love interest was not my cup of tea.
The Good I love this series. It is so addicting. I love the characters (Well, most of them) and I love the summery feel to all the books. It’s just a whole bunch of new adults getting together and having fun. This is very much a relaxing and breezy read, though there is drama. We can’t forget the glorious drama.
Tammy is very awkward. She isn’t very social and often rather bypass a good time with friends if she feels she might be uncomfortable. I didn’t like that about her at first, but then I realized I liked how she was so different from the other girls in this series. She is quiet, shy, and often stressed out but she is also caring and endearing. Her friends have to work at bringing out her wild side, but it’s so worth it when they do. Just ask Chris. Chris has always seen the hidden gem that Tammy is, but neither of them are forward enough to reveal their feelings. Which makes for an awkward but silly road trip.
Chris is a lot like Tammy. He is the responsible one, which often means no fun time for him. He takes care of the group. He is also very quite and brooding. He is in a perpetual bad mood, which was annoying, but we do see glimpses of his sweet and caring side that made my heart melt. Really, there is no one better for Chris than Tammy. They are kind of the outsiders of the group but they like it that way.
It was fun seeing all the other characters. We got an exciting update on all their relationships and they provided awesome comedic relief since Chris and Tammy are a more serious couple. The writing was great and the dialogue was cute. Can’t wait for the next book.
The Bad I love this series but each book never makes it past 3.5 stars. Which isn’t bad but I realized every book has something missing. This time around, it was the male love interest. Chris was such a Debbie Downer. Now, to be fair, Tammy was also often a kill-joy, but Chris just didn’t seem like great boyfriend material. Many of his actions made me cringe, even if he was sweet in the end. Too little, too late.
I got bored in many places. I wanted some action. Any action! And the side story with Tess and Toby was just stupid. If Toby was that stressed out about his decision that he had to act like such an asshat, then maybe he shouldn’t have done what he did.
The Snuggly Both Tammy and Chris threw many pity parties which left little room for their relationship to grow in the book. Mostly it was them being silent next to each other and then Tammy doubting Chris’s feelings. So very little romance for a romance book. So frustrating.
There are sexual situations but every time Chris and Tammy were going to get it on, it got interrupted. Every. Freaking. Time. So annoying.
Final Thoughts If Chris was a little nicer and there was more romance, this would had been an amazing book. But even with how it turned out, I really enjoyed the story and most of the characters. Very recommended.
Quotes “You made it!” she squealed, dragging me around in circles as though we were playing Ring a Ring o’ Roses. Sean stood next to Chris, watching. “How come you never act like that when we reunite?” Chris asked Sean in blank-faced seriousness. Sean slapped Chris on his shoulder. “Don’t worry, mate, I assure you there’s a song in my heart.”
“You know more than anyone that I am never one to love for the sake of being in love, but I love because of you.”
“I desperately wanted to reach out to him, to bring my shaking hands up and slide them over his shoulders, to press skin to skin, drawing him near and crushing against him, like the stirrings of wave slamming into rocks.”
“Because if I’d had to choose perfect, I would have just chosen you.” “I would choose your legs even when they’re jigging and driving me to distraction. I’d choose your face because it creases into something so amazing when you find something funny (which, incidentally, isn’t often enough for my liking). “I’d choose the way your cheeks go red whenever you’re embarrassed, just like they are now. “I’d choose the fact that you’re smart, kind and funny and you don’t even know it.” His eyes ticked over my face in a long, silent study. “It’s a pretty big list, but yeah. I’d choose everything about you.” ...more
At A Glance Origin is the best book of the Lux series so far.
The Good For some reason, even though I loved this book, I am having trouble writing this review. So I think I will just ramble and see what I come up with instead of pointing out certain things like I usually do.
I am walking away from this book so damn excited that I got to read Daemon’s POV (it was a dual POV with Katy as well). As a girl, I always want to know what a guy is thinking, so getting Daemon’s true feelings for Katy was amazetastic (oh yeah, I just made up a new word. Spread it around, my minions! ;) And, boy, does Daemon have some strong feelings.
Origin starts off close to when Opal ended. Daemon wakes up to people trying to keep him from saving Katy from their enemies’ clutches. Not because they don’t love Katy, they just don’t want Daemon to get hurt. Daemon is having none of that sh*t. He goes out guns blazing to save the girl he loves. He will do ANYTHING to save Katy, and he proves this by doing just that. There are casualties along the way, but nothing will stop Daemon from this mission. He is a man possessed, possessed with love and determination. Daemon makes my ovaries all tingly in this book (oh yeah, I just said that). I can’t help but want what Katy has. Daemon has no limits when it comes to Katy’s safety, and my weird brain thinks that’s romantic.
Katy handled her situation pretty well. I loved that she both played along and rebelled against her captures. Though I wish she wasn’t so easily manipulated, I still loved her determination. Daemon was her rock though. When they finally see each other again, Daemon keeps them going, keeps them hopeful for survival and a future even when the road ahead of them seems bleak.
I loved the new character Archer. He is the strong, handsome, but deadly type. You never know what he is thinking or who’s team he is on, but deep down you feel like he is a good guy. I want to see more of him.
The action was great. The story was amazing because so much happened that nothing can ever be the same, no going back to a normal life for these aliens and their friends. There is a cliffhanger ending, but I am use to it by now, so it didn’t bother me.
The Bad There isn’t really anything bad about this book I can point out, I just didn’t feel it was quite 5 star worthy. Other books have excited me more, other books have made me feel more for the characters. Know what I mean?
Okay, wait, I just thought of something I didn’t like. I don’t mind when characters are killed off, I actually liked it sometimes because it causes so much drama. But Armentrout killed off characters in Origin like it was going out of style. It was a freaking free for all. I didn’t see a point to all those deaths one after another.
The Snuggly Katy and Daemon have taken their relationship to a whole other level in Origin. I really truly feel their love is impenetrable. I loved getting Daemon’s POV on their relationship. These two love each other so much it almost hurts to read about.
The sex is young adult but still satisfying for older readers. I love how Daemon makes it so fun and playful.
Final Thoughts I would highly recommend Origin. If you love the Lux series then you are going to love this book. Be ready for changes though. A lot happened in this book and it might upset some people, but it will excite a lot of people. Highly recommended.
Quotes “So I was thinking, there’re eighty-six thousand, four hundred seconds in a day, right? There’re one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes in a day…There’re one hundred and sixty-eight hours in a week. Around eighty-seven hundred and then some hours in a year, and you know what?…I want to spend every second, every minute, every hour with you…I want a year’s worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”
“As close as you’re riding me, man, I feel like I need to take you out to dinner or something. At least, I should get your name.” He punched in a floor number, smirking. “People call me Archer.”
“I want to get to know every freckle and every curve on a personal level.” “I think you did that last night.” “Nah.” He shook his head. “That was just a meet and greet. I want to know their hopes and dreams.”
“A certain bone-deep understanding occurred and my hand tightened around the smaller one I held. It weren’t stars we were staring at. The sky was falling.” ...more
At A Glance Loved the story, hated being preached at.
The Good I loved Luminary even more than Anomaly. I was really blown away. It had everything I look for in a good dystopian: a messed up world, characters who question and fight, and never-ending stress. lol. Come on, you know dystopians are freaking stressful. But I love that tension, those butterflies in my stomach because I am scared of what is going to happen next. Well, Luminary is no exception.
Thalli really came alive in this book. She did things I never thought would cross her mind. She puts herself in horrible situations to protect her friends. And she has made a lot of friends. After Thalli and the crew successfully escaped from the horrible Scientists and their underground nightmare, they have found an aboveground town that fits them perfectly. They are gentle folk that live a simple life. Then invaders come to steal from them and hurt them. And that’s when Thalli makes a decision that will change her life. I was so shocked that Thalli volunteered herself for the mission she did. It was freaking crazy but she has become both tenacious and optimistic. Yeah, I never would have thought that of the Thalli of Anomaly. I loved the confusing but insightful journey Thalli went on. She is finding out what is right and wrong, what should be fought for, and when peace is the answer. She is learning what it’s like to be a free human. And she has brightened because of it.
I loved the addition of Alex, Prince from the rival town. He seemed like a bad guy in the beginning, but he was much more complex than I first thought. He wants to do the right thing but it’s hard when his father, the King, is so evil. He agonizes over his loyalty to his father and loyalty to human beings in general. How much tyranny is too much? What would you be willing to do to stop an evil ruler? Alex had to ask himself these questions and made decisions no one should ever have to make. I really am excited to see more of him in the next book.
It ended on a cliffhanger and it was excruciating. OMG, I am chomping at the bit to get the next book. I really hope our little group gets a HEA. They deserve it. The mystery was well done and the writing was good. This book also gets very dark in places but it was interesting to see how bad some people can be.
The Bad I knew that there was going to be Christian elements in this book because I was already surprised by that in book #1. I am not into Christian fiction but I already fell in love with this story and I had to know what was going to happen next. I figured I could handle a little Bible talk again. Boy was I wrong, because this wasn’t like the first book, which had religious elements that made sense to the story, this was an all out preach fest. I actually started to feel uncomfortable because I think some of the religious talks between John and Thalli were not sending the right messages, but that’s just my opinion. I think anyone who believes in the Bible 100% would be okay with what was taught in this book though. I would have felt more comfortable if the level of religion in this book matched the first book, but it didn’t. It is growing and now I just feel like I am being taught a moral/religious lesson instead of a reading a good story.
The Snuggly We have moved into the love triangle phase. I don’t mind it though. The first book was about Thalli and Berk, and I loved them together. But now Thalli is feeling detached from Berk and is starting to have feelings for Alex. I think both have good and bad qualities. But I find myself liking that Thalli has options. She deserves to have options after her upbringing.
No sex, very YA.
Final Thoughts If not for the heavy religious element, this book would have been 4.5 stars. The story was that good. But I really think you have to be religious or Christian to love this book. I only recommend this book or series to people who can handle a preachy book.
Quotes “I met Rhen. She is something.” “Something what?” “I mean something.” Dallas spreads his hands wide. “As in…really cool.” “Cool?” I have found the atmosphere here to be quite warm.
“Drugging people so you get what you want without argument is a sign of a good ruler?” “Thalli, what do you expect me to do?” Alex’s gaze drills into mine. “He is my father and the king. We have laws.” “So did the State.” I stare right back at Alex. “But their laws condemned me to death.” I look toward the door. “Yours have done the same.”...more
At A Glance A really exciting and unique urban fantasy, but the beginning was confusing/boring.
The Good Wicked Misery had such a unique concept and exciting story. After the slow beginning, I was enthralled by the rest of the book to the point that I could not put it down. Stupid bathroom breaks! Anyways, I loved all the supernatural beings crammed into this story. Some you will recognize, some you may not. These creatures were all interesting and each brought something fun/scary/exciting to the table.
Jessica is a human cursed with the need to ‘feed’ on human suffering. She has tried to make due with her crappy life but it gets worse when someone frames her for murder. Jessica loved misery, and she was misery. She was not a very happy person because of her circumstances and you couldn’t help but fell bad for her. I loved how she took action and tried to solve her situation any way she could. She never sat and waited for people to fix it for her. And even though she often let fear drive her, she also would beat it down any time she could and faced the monsters head on. She was a great kickass heroine.
Lucen was both sweet and spicy. (Mmm, now I want some orange chicken) He obviously has true feelings for Jessica, even if she keeps denying them. But his way of life is scary. He feeds off lust and can addict people to his touch. I would be leery of him too, honestly. But I loved the lengths he went to help Jessica. He just kept endearing himself to me with each kind (and sexy) action so that in the end, I loved him.
The action was great, as was the suspense. Each character felt authentic and the dialogue had me laughing. I definitely want to continue this series, especially with that sorta but not really cliffhanger!
The Bad In the beginning, I was so bored out of my mind I almost didn’t finish this book. There was so much background and world building slabbed into those first few chapters I could barely keep up. I was confused and jumbled for a good portion of the front of the book.
The Snuggly Sexual tension galore! And oh was it yummy. But we never got the big bang. I really expected all this sexual tension to go somewhere, but no, we get a cliffhanger for that part. How cruel!
Final Thoughts I am happy to find another fun and exciting urban fantasy series to read. I just don’t want to see confusing info-dumps in the beginnings of the other books. I can’t wait to see where Jessica and Lucen go! Very recommended.
Quotes I was wicked tempted to keep goading him to see which of us would break first. Me, no doubt. But that would be okay because I could imagine the make-up sex.
And imagine and imagine…
He kissed my forehead. ” Last time before I become the leper again.” He pried himself off me and put on his pants.
“You know that’s not it.” He didn’t answer, so I sat up. “I want to trust you, really, but the fact is you can hurt me. Easily. Badly.”
“Just because someone can do something, doesn’t mean they will.”...more
At A Glance I really enjoyed this book. The story and characters were great. But there was a lot unresolved in the end.
The Good Blaze of Secrets was a refreshing paranormal read. I loved the unique magical element and the scary as hell AMT (the place were magical children are kept, experimented on, and often killed). The characters drew me in and kept me reading.
Kiarra was such a great character. She was broken and fearful from years spent in the AMT but she had a strong will that never let her truly give up. Kiarra grew so much in this book, especially with Jaxton’s help. His tough love brought out her warrior side. She was so selfless and admirable I could easily see why Jaxton couldn’t get her out of his heart.
Jaxton was a total alpha-male but with a sweet side. He used rough and tough techniques in training Kiarra and bringing her out of her shell and it totally worked. Jaxton tried to keep his relationship with Kiarra professional, but they were irrevocably drawn together. Jaxton helped Kiarra become a fighter and a woman. He really was a great support and strong arm for Kiarra throughout the whole story.
The writing was good and the action was really great. The world building was amazing. I am really interested in learning more about this mad world Donovan created, as well as the characters within it.
The Bad My biggest problem was the ending. So much was left unresolved. Some characters were just never heard from again. I hate that. Even if the next book is about them, I feel we need to have some closure on what happened to them, bad or good.
Some parts were a little boring. Not a lot, mind you, just some.
The Snuggly It took some time for Kiarra and Jaxton to get together but they were great together once they caved to their feelings. I loved how they brought out the best in each other. For the life of me I can’t remember the sex scenes but I am pretty sure they were there. lol, I know, I suck.
Final Thoughts I would definitely read the next book in this series. Blaze of Secrets felt unique and the characters really drove the story. A great start to a great series. Very recommended.
Quotes “If there’s one thing you need to remember, it’s this: blood doesn’t necessary make a family. Ambition and power change people in unpredictable ways.”
“I can’t guarantee that I’ll never slip up, but I’ll try to ask first, act later. Now, will you tell me why you can gather fire all of a sudden?”
“Just be careful not to char off my bollocks.”
“He wondered if her hair smelled just as good. Where the hell had that come from?” ...more
At A Glance Even though the story was interesting, I found myself confused by many things.
The Good Sacrificed by Shadow blew me away in the beginning. I loved how dark the story was and that most of the characters were interesting. Reine did not create a gentle world. There were a lot of supernatural creatures to deal with and a lot of betrayal and secrets to uncover.
The story and plot reeled me in right away. I truly did not know the whole who, what, were, when, and why of it all. Reine was good at keeping all the twists and turns a complete surprises. I loved reading about Elise and her investigation. Her times with the werewolves was the best though. They were either tearing out her throat or making alliances with her. So hilarious.
The writing was crisp and it flowed well. The mystery kept me guessing. I loved all the demon parts. I want to learn more about the demonology in this series. The action was very well done. Very graphic and detailed.
The Bad My biggest problem with this book was that it was suppose to be the beginning of a series and it felt like I walked into the middle of a story. I know Reine has a lot of series and I think they connect in some way, but that shouldn’t matter. If this is suppose to be a new series, then there needed to be more background and explanation.
Elise is a complex character with a complex past and it felt like too much. Even with the information we got about Elise, I still didn’t understand her character 100%. Her past is still a mystery to me even though it was talked about.
I think the main plot got lost in a lot of different storylines that never got expanded on enough to be satisfying.
The Snuggly There is sex, but it felt like sex for the sake of sex. It wasn’t needed and it lead to nowhere. You know me, I like me some sexy-time in my books, but I want the sex to be there for a reason.
Romance wise, there wasn’t much. Elise got burned by James a long time ago, but she still has feelings for him but hates him at the same time. That’s about it.
Final Thoughts I don’t think I would continue this series. I wasn’t engaged enough. Plus, I think reading Reine’s other series is somewhat necessary to enjoy this series. But it was an overall interesting urban fantasy. Recommended to those who have read Reine’s other series.
Quotes “Getting shot was an experience that Elise ranked on the “unpleasantness” scale right around “trying to survive a week without coffee.”
“They were twin beasts in the night, swift and sleek and growling. With her body arched over the moonlight-soaked motorcycle, her thighs welded to metal and leather, Elise felt like she and the bike had become a single animal—another member of Rylie’s pack, restricted only to where the wheels could take her.” ...more
At A Glance A very good sequel to Gifted, but for some reason I wasn't as excited as I hoped I'd be.
The Good I really loved Gifted, the first book of the series. The concept of a circus full of real magically talented people is super fun and unique. I think Burned did a good job of continuing to show the struggle this circus goes through to stay safe from people who want to destroy them. This group never gets a break from the badies and I respected how they stuck together to fight as one.
Lucy's the same intelligent and logical girl we have come to know. She had a shaky start in Gifted, but now she is a solid member of her group of friends and the circus. She still battles with improving her fire gift and with making a decision on the two boys who love her. But she puts everything aside when the lives of her friends are in jeopardy by outside forces wanting to destroy them. I love how Lucy is always so willing to stick up for and fight with the good guys no matter how scared or unsure she is. It helps that her friends are always there for her. But more than anything, Lucy has a strong sense of justice.
The writing was well done. The other characters were the same and it was nice to see them again. The few action scenes were pretty scary, but it was the twists and turns that were the best part. The dark undertone throughout the story made me nervous to see who would come out alive. And people do die, so don't fell safe.
The Bad I think my tastes/likes as a reader have evolved this past year since I read Gifted, (which I gave 4 stars) which made me fine Burned not as interesting/exciting. If I hadn't change as a reader, Burned would have been another 4 starer. It was just as good at Gifted, but it just didn't hit me that way this time.
For some reason, I wasn't as attached to the characters this time around. I also felt like not enough happened to really get me super excited about any part of the story. Last, the ending felt more like luck instead of a victory because of talent. Lucy really isn't growing that much in her power for me.
The Snuggly Love triangle alert! I didn't mind it at all though. We have Keegan, the sweet boy, and Gabriel, the sexy bad boy. I liked and disliked them both of different reasons. Lucy does finally choose who she wants to be with, and I thought her choice was exactly what I wanted, but I found myself disappointed in the end. Which is my fault, I just don't know what I want anymore.
There is cussing but sexual content is safe for young adult readers.
Final Thoughts I think I would read the next book in the series but I would have to get in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. I think most people will enjoy this book and series. It has a unique concept which is hard to find nowadays. Recommended.
Quotes I shrugged. “Medved had to have been the attacker tonight, right? Why didn’t he just kill me right then and there?”
He harrumphed. “He is a predator that enjoys the fear in his prey. He likes to scare his enemies before he attacks.”
“Can’t say it didn’t work.” The memory of the cold blade against my skin made me shiver. I could almost feel Medved’s hiss in my ears.
At A Glance I just love Lily and Lo and their story only gets better in Addicted for Now, but I did find myself bored sometimes and I think it's because the book is a little too long for it's own good.
The Good ALL THE FEELS! This is one of my favorite series right now. I effing love every character, even the evil ones, and I just hate when each book ends and I am left to wait for the next one. Addicted for Now is actually a little better than Addicted to You, mostly because Lily and Lo are getting better and are becoming closer and closer.
The major focus in this book is Lo and Lily getting better, learning to deal with their addictions and focusing on recovery. As if that is not hard enough, an anonymous person is threatening to expose Lily's sex addiction to all the world. OMG, I was stressed throughout this whole novel with the dread of Lily getting exposed. I can't say what happened but, dear God, was I in torment. I think I have an ulcer now from all the worry, lol.
Lily was the most up and down in this book. She struggled the most with her recovery. She only had a therapist and Lo (and her friends) to get her through it, while Lo had three months of rehab for his alcohol addiction. Lo was there for her every step of the way, but Lily often struggled. Anything would set her off: men walking down the street, a picture, a thought turned fantasy in her head. This girl is non-stop horny! But when she was doing good, I was soooo proud of her. It was like she was my own sister and I was rooting for her every step of the way. Lily is such a fragile person in many ways. It's hard for her to handle a lot. But she is also so strong and determined. All she has to think about is Lo and she is back on track.
Lo did the best in this book. He had his temptations, but for the most part, he was solid in his recovery. I think the knowledge that Lily needed him so much kept him on track. Lo had a lot of revelations thrown at him just like last time. I don't know how he handled all the heartbreak and surprises. It felt like too much even more me. But Lo does it somehow. He's still as sexy as ever and determined as ever for him and Lily to make it in their relationship and in their recovery. I could be capable of anything with Lo behind me.
The side characters are still as awesome as ever. I read this series as much for the main characters as for the side characters. Rose, Conner, and Ryke. They are solid friends more than ever. Even Daisy really made an impact on me. They are the best friends anyone could ever have, even with all their odd quirks. We see so much more depth in Rose and Conner this time around. They act like the ice couple but they still have heart, they still have feelings, they are just good at covering them up. I am hoping there is some books on all these awesome peeps. And the bad guys were so amazingly bad that I kind of loved them too.
This is such a strong, emotional story. I think everyone could take away something from this book and series. It has a powerful message of love, friendship, family, and surviving addiction. Things are never perfect, there is still a long road ahead of everyone before they get their HEAs, but we are getting closer. The writing is flawless, the dialogue is perfect with it's humor and fluidity, and the characters are so complex. The concept is still as unique as ever. There is no other book like this one out there. I can't wait for the series to continue.
The Bad This book is so close to 5 stars, but I can't deny that I often found myself wanting to skip ahead and bypass some dull sections. This book is just too long for the story. A hundred pages or so could have been cut out and the book would have been the better for it. There was too much of the repetitive storyline of Lily trying to overcome her sex addiction. It was such a focal point that it got annoying. I wanted even amounts of everything, not 70% of Lily trying not to masturbate.
The Snuggly You know what I love the most about this series? I am never nervous that Lily and Lo are going to break up. These two effed up kids are in it for life. They are everything to each other. They are best friends, lovers, and like family. I want this with someone. To know that no matter how much I mess up, someone will always be there for me is more like a dream than reality, but Lily and Lo found that dream. So effing jealous. Their relationship has its bumps as they try to assimilate to their new addiction-fighting lives, but they are always a solid couple.
Of course, there is sex, lots and lots of sex! I think it's more adult than new adult, but hey, I'm not complaining. The sex scenes are perfect and appropriate for the story.
Final Thoughts Whole bunches of love for this one. If not for the length and boring parts, this would have been a perfect book. The story was amazing and the characters were breathtaking. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. You cannot pass this series up. Highly recommended.
Quotes “What’s going to happen,” he breathes, “is that I’m going to carry you through this door. I’m going to draw out every single moment until you’re exhausted. And I’m going to move so slow that three months ago will feel like yesterday. And tomorrow will feel like today, and no one in this fucking universe will be able to say your name without saying mine.”
“She doesn’t have to say, I love you because... The sentiment is attached to each and every word. She loves me because she believes I’m strong. She loves me because she’s a part of me.”
"She holds tight around my neck, and I keep my arms underneath her legs, willing to carry her as far as she needs to go - just like when we were kids. Some things never change." ...more
At A Glance Just as great as the first book. Love seeing Dominique come into her own.
The Good Another great awkward and realistic story about lost love, new relationships, and sex. This is not a love story though. This is about Dom learning more about herself and what she wants. Not everything is perfect, not all relationships are made to last. Sometimes you just need to have fun, and Dom does that after realizing being single is kinda fun.
Dom starts out still hurt by her breakup with her first love. When she goes back home from college for the summer, she finds a new relationship she never expected. Dom finds a boy-toy! When Dom meets Guy, she goes into this full force relationship mode. But after talking to Guy and seeing what his life goals are, Dom realizes that even though she knows she won't end up with Guy long-term, there is no reason for her not to enjoy her time with him. I love this new Dom. It took her time since she still had a lot of those immature ideals in the beginning, but by the end of this book I felt like she was finally embracing her adulthood. She has her life together and she knows what she wants.
Guy seemed perfect at first until you realize Dom and him have very different ideas of what they want in the future. I liked how they were both honest with each other. After some drama, they settled into a good physical relationship. And Guy gave Dom something she had been waiting a long time for. An orgasm! lol. And what a journey it was for that big O. Guy was a good guy overall, even if he wasn't perfect for Dom.
The story was good, the characters felt realistic, and the pacing worked. I had fun every second of this book. I hope there is another book in the series soon. The ending left so many possibilities for the future.
The Bad Again, this book is not going to be for everyone. It often feels like a how-to when it comes to growing up and having safe sex. I liked it, but it may seem too technical and a little "overshare" for most people.
The Snuggly Snadowsky does not hold back on her sex scenes. Even though this feels like a young adult read, the sex feels new adult. I liked how Dom was responsible and practiced safe sex. It may seem awkward for a book to go into such detail on these things but they really are an important part of sex. I feel a lot of people are embarrassed to talk about this stuff and it's nice to see an author "go there."
Dom and Guy have an odd relationship with awkward moments but it felt realistic. I like how Snadowsky portrayed not a love story, but an awakening story about sex and short-term relationships.
Final Thoughts I will for sure be continuing this series. I am sad to see many people not feeling this book on Goodreads, but I know there are a few out there that will love the rawness in Snadowsky's stories. I would recommend this book, but I can't say it will be for everyone.
Quotes “I’ve been so caught up with mapping out a picture-perfect “forever” that I’m completely neglecting my present, which I have far more control over anyway.”
“After a breakup there’s a momentary relief that you’re free again. But that’s quickly eclipsed by all the good memories you had together and the realization that there won’t be any more of them.”
“Pain was my tie to a past that a part of me wanted to hold on to. The more I hurt, the more I knew I loved, and that felt like a good thing.”
“I can live without a boy. So why does it feel like I'm going to die?”
“Love is . . . needing to be with this one person. No—it’s more like wanting to need to be with this one person. Last semester my English professor read us this great Robert Frost quotation that went something like, ‘Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
At A Glance This book is not going to be for everyone but I thought it was a great read. I enjoyed every minute of it.
The Good Anatomy of a Boyfriend is unlike any book I have ever read. It had the most authentic and realistic outlook on teenage first loves. If you want to reminisce about your teen years, or if you want a heads up on what to expect in your teens, then this is the book for you. It had all the immaturity, awkwardness, and infatuation you see in real teen romances. It never felt like I was reading a book, it felt like I got a peek into Dom's (Dominique) life.
Dom was a wonderful character. We saw her start out as a girl obsessed with her grades and caring very little for boys. Then she meets Wes and everything changes for her. She finally realizes what all the fuss is about, why girls so easily get obsessed with boys and how it distracts them from their schooling, family, and friends. But Dom can't help but want to spend every minute with Wes. Dom goes on a journey of self-discovery. She learns about the highs and lows of love and how it can often hurt more than anything. Though Dom seemed to feel every bad and good emotion too deeply, I understood her overdramatic reactions to what was happening around her because I always saw her side of things. I was so in her head while reading this book she felt like a part of me.
Wes had his goods and bads. I liked him in the beginning. He was just as awkward and inexperienced as Dom, so they learned about sex and love together. They made a cute couple. But like any relationship, feelings started to change. Wes is never going to be my favorite person because he ended up doing some very jerky stuff. But I did realize he was just a boy trying to figure himself out. His actions were understandable.
The writing was well done. I love how Daria never held anything back. She wrote about all the nasty and cringe-worthy parts of relationships, sex, and heartbreak. That's what attracted me most to this book. Daria was free with her words and descriptions, even if it could make the reader uncomfortable. No sugarcoating in this book. It is very in your face with all its sexuality and pain.
The Bad Nothing too obvious stands out when it comes to the bad category. However, I do think I would have enjoyed this book even more if I were a teenager.
Though I didn't mind the sad ending, it did leave me a little depressed. But it wasn't that bad since I had book two to pick up right after.
The Snuggly There is lots of sex in this book. It's very awkward, technical, and embarrassing. And I loved every minute of it. For many, it's going to make you think of your first time and all those awkward moments. I think Daria captured what it's like to be young and sexual active for the first time very well. The sex and romance felt authentic because it was never perfect. Dom and Wes were cute together but they had their ups and downs like everyone else in the real world.
The sex felt a little too much for a YA audience, but it fit the book and it had to be in there. Just wanted to give a heads up.
Final Thoughts I am so continuing this series. I actually already read book two and loved it. Like Goodreads shows, some people are going to love Anatomy of a Boyfriend, and some are going to hate it. For me, it was so worth the read. Daria is now on my author radar. Very recommended.
Quotes “How is it that mankind can engineer condoms to prevent pregnancy and STDs and not be able to invent some sort of emotional safeguard? Is it even possible to abstain from falling in love?”
“You are all at once the subject, object, predicate, preposition, and period of my thoughts.”
“Why do people even take photographs, anyway? They're just reminders of what once was and what you'll never get back. It's so masochistic."-
“I go back to my desk, flip open my cell, and stare at the keypad. I want to hear his voice so badly, to be connected to him, to ask him why and how and what I can do to make it better. But you can‘t force someone to love you.”
At A Glance I just didn't see the point to this book. Didn't like the male love interest and the ending was so disappointing.
The Good I gave this two stars instead of one star mostly because it started out good. It felt like any other paranormal romance. The world was amazeballs. The concept felt unique for the angel/demon genre. The plot was pretty good as well.
Violet was pretty kickass in the beginning. I love how she wasn't afraid of fighting bigger and badder things. And watching her having to fight and maybe kill her ex-lover turned demon was hard. I felt so bad for her. I felt her pain.
The Bad This felt very much like a paranormal romance, but then it got a little distorted and the ending felt off for me. Lucas was such a horrible person and horrible to Violet I just could never get into him. I did like him all cocky and snarky but most of his behavior was such a turnoff. If I can't like the male lead then how can I enjoy this supposable PNR? And I still can't figure out why Violet let Lucas get away with so much. Near the end Violet was whiny and pathetic. Desiring Lucas blurred her focus and I thought less of her because of it. And I don't want to give anything away but I expect a certain kind of ending in my PNRs and Dark Wings did not deliver in that area. Why did I read this whole story to have it end like that? I felt like there was no point to reading this book.
Then, the whole angel council thing was disappointing and annoying. Why would anyone want to be an angel with horrible dictators like that running everything? They were as bad as the demons. I hated not having a side to root for.
The Snuggly The sexy time was good. Not a lot of it but that was fine. I did feel the long ago and rekindling love between Violet and Lucas. But with how it ended I had to close myself off from this couple. Overall, for a new adult to adult audience.
Final Thoughts I really saw no reason to have read this story by the end. The technical parts of Dark Wings were fine, I just disliked the characters and the ending too much to find this book worthy. I wouldn't recommend this book to others but I have read Madi's Guardian Angel Series and really liked it. Try that one instead.
Quotes Angels destroyed them all [vampires] decades ago, every last sparkly one of them, and you're welcome.
Violet watched me quietly, her eyes flickering between hate and love. It was then I knew she'd come here to kill me.
"I’m not going to kill you because I hate you. I’ll kill you because I love you…and I know that it’s what the old you would’ve wanted.” I ran the back of my hand down the side of her face. “You know nothing of what I want.”
At A Glance The concept was good but the dialogue was corny and the plot was boring.
The Good I really was drawn in by the blurb. The concept just sounded fun and magical. And the magic part was pretty rockin'. The powers these people had in this book was badass. I almost felt let down to be human and not some magical witch by the end of the book.
Even when it was cheesy, the family dynamic in Tethered was heart-warming. I think anyone would feel lucky to have a family this close-nit and supportive.
The Bad Tethered lost me as the dialogue and characters got cheesier and cheesier. I felt like I was watching an ABC family special. It was so corny and unrealistic. Everything was resolved with a group laugh. Seriously! No joke. Every single problem in this book was talked through and then everyone would laugh at how silly they were to begin with.
The plot and story were just boring. Nothing happened. There was a hint of future adventures but this book was just a family getting together for a dying grandpa. And with a little backstory drama thrown in. That's it. Spoilery: And the ending was sooooo convenient. Literally, the bad person who caused trouble finally sees the error of his ways in a matter of minutes and all is forgiven. Ugh, gag me!
I was rolling my eyes almost every page. I just couldn't stand the syrupy sweet stupidity of it all.
The Snuggly Chloe was 19 and Hunter was 25 but they acted so much younger. I felt like I was reading a young adult book when it came to the romance, which isn't a bad thing but just not what I expected from adult characters. And Chloe's relationship issues were just stupid. There was NO reason for them. There is no sex scenes, just kissing and touching.
Final Thoughts I hate talking bad about a book but I can't help what I don't like. This was so not for me. I can't even think of anyone I would recommend this book to. If not for some cool witchy magic this would have been a one starer. Not recommended.
Quotes I'm twirling around the room with a tall dance partner. As we spin in circles, I see the same faces over and over--like I'm riding a merry-go-round.
They smile with the warmth of a friend, but the way it chills my blood frightens me.
"But if you should happen to change your mind about stalking me, please just give me a heads up first. I'd be more than happy to provide you with my itinerary. I know how daunting your schedule must be, so I wouldn't want to subject you to any difficulties which might further endanger your well being." I tilt my head, batting my baby blues for affect. "If you like, I could even leave a ladder outside my window...or binoculars in the tree across the street. You know...just in case."
At A Glance Started out so interesting, then I just got bored and felt annoyed by the end.
The Good If you were going to read Rory for one reason, it would be for the unique, insanely interesting concept. This is like no other story you have ever read. This is not your typical ghost story. Rory is all kinds of dark, beautiful, and creepy. I straight up got the chills for half this book. A person can go crazy trying to imagine all the secrets that have yet to be revealed in this book. Expect good action/drama, mystery galore, and mesmerizing magic.
The first half was the best part of the book. I haven't bitten my nails in years, but I did while reading this book. I never knew what was going to happen. Some of these characters were so evil, so horrible, and some trick you into thinking they are nice but they would stab their own mother in the back. Then there was those few who showed compassion and it made my heart melt. Oh, I wish, I wish the second half never happened.
The Bad The first half was great, no complaints, but the second half ruined it all for me. The plot gets confusing. I had no idea where any of this was going and not in a good way. For the second half Rory became the errand girl for Martin, a Ghost Lord. Yeah, not so fun to read about. When the plot took this 180, it felt completely separate from the first half. From here I was bored out of my mind.
Rory was feisty and determined to fight in the beginning and she lost all that gusto in the second part. She made stupid decisions and I just stopped caring about her overall by the end. And Martin was no better. I actually never cared for him because I still don't know him. Bad character development all around.
Almost nothing was resolved by the end and so many questions were left unanswered that I just had to give up caring for this book. I just felt too frustrated with everything that happened that I didn't want to deal with any of it anymore.
The Snuggly There really is no romance. I guess Rory and Martin might have feelings for each other but I am still not sure. Appropriate for a YA audience.
Final Thoughts I will not be continuing this series. I don't really care about the characters or what is going to happen next. I still give props for the first half, but the second half was the death of my interest. Not recommended.
Quotes It all happens so fast. The creature grabs me with his dark hands. His fingers wrap around my waist like thick metal wires. I freeze. A gust of wind rushes around me as the giant wings rise higher. But before I can pull away, the wings arc downward to propel the demon into the air. I open my mouth, but no sound escapes from my throat. I can't move as the demon lifts me up. This isn't happening, I think to myself. This isn't real.
"Begging your pardon, Lady Cavendish, but I didn't come here, I was taken."
She pauses, and her face takes on a cold light.
At last she says, "Yes, so you were. However, I suggest that you work hard to fit in inside my castle." She smiles, then adds softly, "...That is, if you wish to remain here in one piece."
At A Glance Loved the romance, hated the plot, or lack thereof.
The Good I usually hate when women in books easily go back to the men who betrayed them. Now, Jett didn't cheat on Brooke, but he lied to her something fierce, about A LOT of important stuff. And Brooke really only lasts a few days in keeping Jett away before she falls right back into his piercing eyes and strong arms. You would think I would bristle at how easy Brooke forgives and forgets, but no. I loved it. I don't know why. I just like Jett and Brooke together so who cares if Brooke is kind of a pushover and Jett is so aggressive? That was the best part of this book, the "romance." These two just work. Jett needs someone he can alpha male all over and Brooke needs someone aggressive to take the reins in the relationship. I loved how we did see a more humble and loving Jett. He knew he did wrong and romanced (aka sexed up) Brooke to the fullest. With lots and lots of sex!!! :D
The story is getting interesting. Things are happening, secrets are begin revealed, and I am very interested to see where this all goes.
The Bad I enjoyed this book about 3 stars worth, but I could not, as a writer, give this book more than 2.5 stars for the plot. I had the same problem with a lack of plot in the first book but this time it was worse because we actually see hints of a thrilling plotline in the middle and then it peters out completely. I felt even more jipped. Then the ending was so odd, it felt like it happened right in the middle of the story. No wrap-ups, no conclusions, no satisfaction.
The Snuggly Sex! Read this book for the sex. The romance aspect could be questionable sometimes since Brooke and Jett have so much sex instead of working on their relationship, but I didn't mind it. I got use to it. I still enjoyed myself. And yes, this book is bordering on adult/erotica with the sexual content.
Final Thoughts Read this book for the sex and alpha maleness. The plot is almost non-existent and the romanticism is questionable. I still enjoyed the characters, I just have given up on getting a great storyline in this series. Recommended to those looking for a sexy book.
Quotes “You can forget what people said and did, but you never forget how they made you feel. You can forgive the people who hurt you, but you will remember what they taught you.”
“Love happens in the blink of an eye. One moment your heart is yours, and the next it belongs to someone you never intended to give it to. There is no transition. No earning on his part. Just foolish trust and hope for a future of happiness and emotional fulfillment. As much as we hope for a happily ever after, life doesn't work that way.”
“I'd do anything for you. You know that?" he whispered into my ear. "If you fell, I'd hold you. If you were afraid, I'd wrap my arms around you and take away your fears. I'd die to keep you safe but more than anything I'd do whatever it takes to keep you by my side. For you I'd conquer anything, everything, anytime.”
“Don’t ever trust a guy with a Southern accent, a lazy smile, and a casual stance, because he’s about to sneak his way into your panties without even trying.”
At A Glance Started out great, but the more I read, the more I disliked the characters.
The Good The premise really was exciting, as was the beginning. Abigail getting turned into a vampire against her will by that horrible vamp, Bronx, was truly frightening. It was like watching a scary movie where you want to scream at the girl to not go down the dark alley to see what that noise was, but you know she is going to and you know it's not going to end well. Yup, being lured by Bronx into his creepy house did not end well for Abby either. My skin crawled as Abby had to endure what she did, but she did hold up pretty well. She never gave up, she just waited for her chance to escape. But Bronx stole the show. He was that character you loved to hate. He is so bad and disgusting, you can't help but want more of him.
I was so excited when Tyler came into the picture to save the day, though he was a little odd, which only added to the mystery. And as Abby learned of her new powers and all that she was capable off, I got more and more excited to see where it all would end.
The Bad I really, really wanted to love this book. It sounded awesome and the author is the sweetest person ever. And I did enjoy some of it, but with each page, I got deflated. The plot really started to drag in the middle and the pacing was not always so great.
The main characters, Abby and Tyler, had very little characterization. Abby was up and down most of the time and just blah for the rest. She made stupid choices that made me think less of her. She was all over the place in every aspect. I still can't understand why she would help someone who wronged her so gravely. It's a little sickening. Then Tyler was odd but cute in the beginning, then just odd, then creepy, then "WHAT THE HELL?" by the end. Ugh, I can't talk further about him or I will go on a rant.
The ending was mediocre and it felt rushed.
The Snuggly There really isn't sex in this book, but expect some sexual situations. I didn't like Abby or Tyler so their romance, if you can call it that, meant nothing to me.
Final Thoughts I will be trying out another of Ashley's books and hopefully I will like that one better. But for now, I really could not recommend Crimson Groves to anyone, however, it seems to be doing pretty good on Goodreads, so maybe it's just me.
Quotes "Why did I want to get back to him so badly? Desire and lust rushed my heart like a stampede. My mind wrestled in trying to make sense of these over-the-top feelings. Thoughts on how I didn’t know him zigzagged between wanting to know him and needing to feel close to him."
"I didn’t have to be a vampire to know she was being a bitch. That’s something a woman can sense easily from other women, whether human, vampire, or anything else. I don’t need any advanced senses to determine that."
At A Glance I think my mind was blown a little. Pierced has so many problem, but for some reason it worked in the end.
The Good WTF did I just read? I still don't know but I know I loved it. If it weren't for the problems I had in The Bad this story was so a 5 starer (Yes, I realize I am pointing out the obvious). The concept just blew my mind. Pierce is the single most interesting character I have ever come across. She has so many effed up problems because of the abuse she endured by Dorian, a wanna-be vampire. She has two characters who live in her head, Mildred and Veda Pierce (I love the movie Mildred Pierce by the way) because they were the only people there for her and helped her deal with what was happening to her at such a young age. I have to admit, the abuse was hard to take and read about. It was handled well, but still, I got the chills every time. You will HATE Dorian. But back to Pierce. She is such a great character to get behind. She has faults but she tries to be better, she tries to do everything and anything for the people she cares about. And she can kick ass, which is always fun.
I loved watching Pierce on the road with 10-year-old Mia, who she saved from the disgusting clutches of Dorian. Mia was so grown up for her age, but she was also so immature at the same time. It was perfect. Mia is almost like an adult because she does have to deal with adult situations that make her grow up fast, but she also has that need to be with kids her age and just have fun. I think Pierce did the best she could with the kid, even if it didn't always seem that way to Mia.
When Pink and the crew come into the picture, I was obsessed with this book even more. His involvement is complicated so I will just say, he is a complex, grumpy, and kind individual. He has his own demons he has to deal with and Pierce is another complication he does not want. But who can resist a priced, droopy faced, tatted up girl like her? (Yeah, you heard me right. Thought I would spring that on ya ninja like) I am so into Pink, I can't wait to get to know him more in the next book.
I loved as the mystery of Pierce and her family came to light ever so slowly. Mells knows how to build tension, make us ask questions, and keep us on the edge of our seat. I felt satisfied by what was finally revealed at the end, but the cliffhanger was KILLER. But it worked, because I am so excited for the next book.
The Bad First, the beginning was boring and slow. I almost DNF'ed this book because I didn't know where any of the story was going for the longest time and the info-dumps were so heavy. I understand why Pierce thought about certain things in such detail (she remembers everything, she has social disorders, and she has multiple personalities) but as a reader it was too much and slowed down the book almost to an excruciating level.
To be honest, I started skipping when Pierce talked with her other personalities in her head. It was funny in the beginning but I just wanted to get to the meat of the story by the end. It happened way to often for my taste.
There is very little action until about 80% in and then it takes off. But I think many readers will give up by then, which is a shame. I think there was too much time spent on flashbacks than on the current situation.
The Snuggly There is very little to almost no romance in this book. But there is something building between Pierce and Pink and I am very excited about that. I hope they get together in the next book.
Final Thoughts Pierced is not for everyone. You have to give it time, let it unfold slowly. But it is well worth the wait. I had to skip some pages of inner-dialogue with the multi-personalities and unnecessary details, but I still loved the story and concept 100%. Recommend for some.
Quotes “Never show anyone what you can do. Never. If you slip up and anyone questions you about it, you tell them you have Asperger's. Do you understand me?”
“You are strong, you are a fighter, he will not know this, and you will win. Men will always underestimate the supposed weaker sex, even if they suspect them to be dangerous.”
Pink, bouncing lightly on his feet, extends his arm towards me and gives me a beckoning 'bring it on' gesture. I gasp to Veda. Did he just Matrix me? He f**king just Matrixed me didn't he? Yup, Veda answers. Cheeky a**hole - go kick his butt! ...more
This was an interesting story. I like how Ivan was such a different kind of love interest. He has a lot of social skill problems, but he is s3.5 stars
This was an interesting story. I like how Ivan was such a different kind of love interest. He has a lot of social skill problems, but he is so confident and alpha male in the bedroom. Camilla was just average for me, but I did love how she opened herself up to new things.
Nothing huge happens in this book at all. No big obstacle or climax. It's just an interesting erotica with amazing sex scenes. I definitely got all hot and bothered with all the sex. There is no holding back between these two. They explore a lot of sexual acts. The perfect amount of detail, tenderness, and roughness.
I would read more books in this series just for the sex. ...more
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