This book was initially hard for me to get into. There are a lot of characters from the get go, and it's hard to stay focused on them and really sort through who they are. We also aren't given many descriptive details to tell them apart. However, that's probably because these are all characters from the first few books of the series, which, unfortunately, I have yet to read. Once I got past that however, there were interesting aspects to this story. I did have some problems with pacing. I felt like things could have been slowed down in some areas, given more detail. One issue I did have was how confusing the original bits between her and Drago were. At first it was confusing because I had to try and think, "Did she think he was her old love for some reason and why?" and "Why didn't he notice she was referring to him as someone else?" Stuff like that. When I'm reading a story, I don't want to ever have to stop and reread something in order to understand it, though later on it gets better and things are made a lot more clear. I love the action in this book, and the relationships, the ones from past books and the ones that develop here. I don't want to say too much more and give anything away, so I'm keeping this review short and simple. I do plan on reading the other books in this series now, so I do suggest checking it out. The twist on Hecate and the gods was really fun to read. Imaginative. With action, romance, and paranormal aspects, it's hard to go wrong. (less)
I loved the premise of this book, and I've always been a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. It was actually really hard for me to get into this one, however. It's written with an air of the original Alice, similar wording and feel, but for some reason that initially took me out of the story instead of drawing me in. It felt a bit forced, a little over done. A few chapters in though I started really getting into it. Ryley is an interesting character, who was fleshed out really well. We really get a feel for who he is. I also really liked the twist Alice took. Now that she's a teen, she's changed a lot from that little girl we read about in the original story. I love how it was obvious how and where Wonderland changed her and affected the person she'd become. She's a little off, which is exactly what you'd expect from someone who spends time in Wonderland. Mr. Ruth was an adorable addition, who added a nice angle to us discovering Alice. Those moments where she talks to him, even when they're in the middle of a classroom, show us that she's still the curious and bold child from the original. The author was able to develop the character, while keeping important traits we all know and love. This story takes a lot of twists and turns, reading made me feel like I was spinning down the rabbit hole. Every time the two main characters interacted I rooted for them. All in all, if you're fan of story retellings, or even of just a good fantasy book, I definitely recommend this! I'll for sure be checking out more work from this author.
*I received this book free in exchange for a review through the Lovers of Paranormal group*(less)
I've wanted to read this book for a really long time and it took me forever to find it! But I'm so glad I did. It's a shorter piece, so the ending is a bit abrupt, but that's not too big a deal. The rest of the book is worth it. I've read Charlene Teglia's work before, and I almost always love it. She's got a great way of expressing characters without having to give away too much. It's easy to see the darker depths of Hades, for instance, without us having to constantly be reminded he's the god of the Underworld and he rules the dead. I also like how in this book it's made clear that he's in love with Persephone, why he is, and how if he thought she wasn't into him he'd back off. The way he reacts when she leaves...it was very well played out. Completely believable, and he was just so sweet throughout while still maintaining that bad-boy-king-of-the-castle air. Persephone had legitimate reasons for holding herself back, and I like that she was portrayed as a strong character here instead of the meek child like one she usually is in retellings. She had pride and she was intelligent. All in all, I thought this was a great read with steamy scenes and hot characters. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because of the length. The ending was pretty abrupt, even for a short story, and I really would have liked to see this developed into a longer work. I think there's a lot of material here for the author, and that lengthening it would be completely possible. (less)
Unfortunately, despite sounding really interesting, this story sort of just feel flat for me. Not nearly enough happened, and the few things that did either didn't make much sense or were rushed. I would have liked to see more happen between Vivian and her father. The little that we did get to see followed the blurb pretty well; he is clearly a terrible dad, and it's no wonder she hates her live, especially considering what happened with her best friend and crush. With that, however, I wasn't really fully on board with her. Was it terrible that her friend hooked up with the guy she knew she liked? Yes, of course. But at the same time, Vivian had never actually done anything with him, and I don't think she even ever told him how she felt. She really should have attempted it, in the least. Helena was such a terrible friend, so full of herself, that I don't see why Vivian bothered with her at all, or was even surprised when she found out her betrayal. Of course she'd go and do something that like. I really wish the scenes with Chevelle were extended. We barely get to see him, or learn very much about him. It's hard to fall for a character if we don't actually get fully introduced. I wasn't committed to him, or to his and Vivian's relationship because we were never really told all the reasons he'd fallen for her. He just says that he did and she's secretly a witch. That's not really good enough. I would have liked to actually see them falling in love, seen things happen between the two of them and not just between her and a wolf (which by the way, was obvious). Even in the end when she finally falls for him, I was left a little puzzled. Why? Why does she like him? Other than the fact he saves her life a couple times and took her from her evil dad, they don't really have enough interaction with one another for the two of them to bring the "L" word into play. The reason that I gave this book three stars instead of one was the scene in the woods. The villain is super graphic, and I really like the details that went into creating the scene. It added mystery to an otherwise dry story, and I think if the author focused more of her attention fleshing those scenes out and maybe even adding more, the story would be ten times better. There were a lot of grammatical errors and what not, but still, those fight scenes were enough to prove that this author does have the ability to write compelling stories. I just feel other parts needed more attention. Also, it was a fast read, so there's that. (less)
I was expecting a lot from this book from the get go I must admit. Maybe if I hadn't first seen the show my opinion of it would have been different, though I highly doubt it. While the first book in the Nine Lives of Chloe King series was a fast read, not a lot actually happened. For one, by the end we still don't know exactly what she is. All we get is, "cat person". Cat person. Really. Really? You've got to be kidding me. The ending is highly anticlimactic, with the bad guy being defeated in a pretty lame way. I'm getting a head of myself though, let's go back to the beginning of the book. Chloe is stupid. Seriously. Knowing how high up she is, why would she ever decide to balance on a ledge? And this is before she's aware of her cat like reflexes f.y.i. I mean, I'm not saying that an almost sixteen year old deserves to die for stupidity but...it was still a dumb move. Throughout she's also not overly likable. I don't hate her, but I don't really care about her either, which in my mind is a problem. If I'm not fully invested in a character, why should I keep reading their story? She's nothing like she was in the show, an intelligent, loving girl coming into her own. Instead, we get a somewhat bratty, highly immature portrayal of a stereotypical teen. Don't get me wrong, I swear, do now, did in high school. A lot. But when Chloe does it it doesn't even seem like it fits. It's always at weird times, and comes off as so forced that I always have to pause and force myself to try and picture it in my mind. It shouldn't be that hard. She just ends up coming off shallow. There's a part in the book where it's basically stated that she's smoking clove cigarettes just to be "cool". Because that makes me like her more. Not. I dipped my toes in the smoking scene in high school (which really wasn't that long ago, as I'm only 23, so I can still mostly relate) but I would never have admitted that it was just to look "cool", and considering every other second Chloe doesn't really seem to care about popularity, I don't think she would either. None of these characters were very well rounded, in fact, they all fell pretty flat. AlyecTMI, but if that were the case, I'd have had three times as many boyfriends as I actually had, and I'm sure that could be said for a lot of people. (Not that I'm suggesting everyone go out and randomly make out with people). All of a sudden though, after just kissing, she's got two boyfriends? Huh? Which brings me to Brian...another just wow. He's even worse than Alyec (seriously though, right spelling? WHY?). All those times when Chloe claims he's being really smart and interesting, I was yawning. And something is clearly off about him from the beginning. Even the kitty hat, which should have been a quirky attribute like in the show, seemed actually more...creepy? weird? odd? to me in this book. By the end, even though he's nothing like his character from the show so you shouldn't see it coming, you're pretty much like, duh. There are scenes where Chloe is "yelling" at him, and they just came off ridiculous. Not believable, and completely forced. Her friends aren't really any better, and half the time I was wondering why the author even bothered giving her any. At least if she was the silent loner type at school her cigarette comments and soaking up all the new boy attention would make sense. Sort of. Both Paul and Amy however, are unimportant for the storyline. They literally do nothing. At all. And Chloe's mother...don't even get me started on her. So, just a quick recap, you never find out what Chloe is. Her friends do little to nothing other than go off page to make out. Her mother has been keeping her from dating because of some stupid promise she made TWELVE years ago. Brian is really a freak like Chloe says (even though her calling him that was lame), and Alyec is only slightly more interesting than any of the other characters, and that's mostly because I still envision him as Benjamin Stone. That said....yes, I am a sucker. I do fully intend to keep reading the series, but only because the show was so good, I need to know how it could have possible ended, despite all the major differences between them. Honestly though, I would only recommend this to someone who wants to kill an hour or two and has literally nothing else to do instead.
Wow, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. When I decided to buy it, it was mostly because of the good reviews it had received, and the fact that I thought, that in the off chance I was in the mood for something not paranormal, it'd be handy to have a book on hand. Tammara Webber BLEW ME AWAY. Seriously. I am now a huge fan, and will literally buy anything she comes out with. I don't even feel the need to read a blurb of her next book. I'll buy it no matter what it's about, that's how good this one was. The characters all had a lot of depth, and were extremely well rounded. It was, no pun intended, easy to see the differences in them, and not a single one was a filler character. They each had a purpose, without making it seem like they were only a means to an end that the author created. I never once felt like someone was written into the story merely to keep it moving, or to get from point A to B. It was also clear that the author did her homework and researched the topics discussed in the book. I feel like I learned a little bit more about self defense just by reading it. And I'm in love with Lucas, if he was a real boy, I'd probably attempt to steal him away. I loved that they each had something unique that they were interested in and good at, him with his art and her with her music. In a way that creative drive really helped to bond them. The plot itself was great, with nothing over the top happening that felt unbelievable. That's an issue that I have, where authors who aren't writing something paranormal tend to make things happen that aren't believable at all, things that are clearly just plot devices. Webber didn't have any of these, and I was sucked right in. I wanted to know what has going to happen between her, Lucas, and even Kennedy. The latter was extremely well written as well. While he was a jerk, there were still obvious redeeming qualities about him so that as the reader I never once stopped and went, "well this doesn't make sense. Why the heck was she with him in the first place?". I can see why she was in love with him, but also why it's best for her to move on. He does some pretty messed up things, and his reasoning for their break up...yeah. Jerk. All in all, I seriously recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a story about the basics without all the flashing lights and vampire stuff. Love, self acceptance, confidence, and even some kick ass self defense moves, this book has it all. Oh yeah, and did I mention, Lucas has tattoos? I don't know about you, but that just makes me swoon. ;) (less)
Hmm...what to say about this book. There were parts of it that I really liked. The details for one where great. I...more**This is a Window Seat Blog Review**
Hmm...what to say about this book. There were parts of it that I really liked. The details for one where great. It was very easy to picture the war torn earth, the ships, and of course, erm, the scenes (I believe we all know which ones I'm referring to). Both of the main characters were, for the most part, likable. Even though Charity could be considered "weak", it's still hard to dislike her for it. In many instances, I'm sure most people would react the exact same way. Survival instinct kicks in when it's needed, and she wanted to stay alive. I don't see anything wrong with that. Melmanon starts off as kind of a brute, then you like him, and then he has this one moment where I sort of hated him, then back to liking him. That moment I'm talking about is one where he clearly takes things a little too far and ends up hurting Charity on purpose. I'm not really into that kind of thing, so it didn't really do it for me, however if you're into rape fantasies and/or dark erotica, then I doubt you'll have a problem with it. I think the issue that I had with this one is that at times it moved way too quickly for my liking. It felt rushed in the emotions department, so hard for me to buy into. I was glad that he ended up falling for her and turned it into more then just her being his torture slave, but I also would have liked to see more communication between them to help spur this along. Though, I guess when the mind reading abilities it wasn't overly necessary like it would be in a typical relationship. There were many things that could have afforded to be fleshed out with this one, but if you're just in it for the sex scenes then this is for you! ;)
From the start of this book we're thrown into a world where bad things happen, and even worse beings make them happen. It started off much darker then I anticipated, with a lot of graphic details about death and souls being tortured. Once I got over the surprise, I quickly fell for the vivid and lush way Caruso weaves a story together, and more importantly, an imaginary world. It was clear from the get-go that Hell has its own rules and hierarchy to "live" by, which helps make the whole thing believable. I get swept away by the story, and the characters, finding it easy to imagine all of the things that Wake sees and experiences. I think that one of the main reasons this book is so good is because it has a strong foundation; this world that Wake belongs to seems so well thought out and real there's no way I could question anything about it. Annemarie was easy to like from the start, and the way she was presented made me all the more curious about her as the story progressed. The only issue I had with it is I would have liked to see more of Wake as the "bad ass" he constantly claims to have been before the start of this book. We start off with him having doubts right away, so we have only his word that you used to want that promotion, and used to be less hesitant. I would have liked to see that part of him so that his transformation would have had more of an impact on me. Other than that, this was a great story, with a well thought out plot line. I'm trying to keep it vague to avoid giving anything away. Basically, you should really read it, there's action, romance, and a little retribution (in my personal opinion). :) (less)
This was an amazingly well written book. Considering the content, it's not for everyone, but I quickly became enraptured by both characters. Neither Jodie or Klaus have ever done anything like this before, so their reactions to it take them by surprise. We're able to get insight into each of them, and how they feel about their situation. For Klaus, there's a lot of guilt over what he's doing, and how much he's enjoying it. Jodie ends up feeling more free from the experience. While I'm not into half the stuff that they are, especially not the needles, I never once found myself judging them, which to me says volumes to Silverwoods skills as an author. It was easy to get sucked into the emotional side of things, and offered fresh insight into the darker side of BDSM. What I loved most about this book was that it wasn't just an erotica. While there was tons (and I do mean TONS) of sex, the entire book explores how people feel in these situations, how they get involved, and how they might react. It gave a better understanding of the how and the why people get into the BDSM world, and did a great job showing that there's nothing wrong about it as long as things are consensual. I think it's a good book to check out for someone who's curious about that kind of life style, because a lot of different things happen in it. There were a few things I realized weren't for me just by reading this. I'm definitely glad that I read this, and am now a huge fan of Cari Silverwood! (less)
I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with another of Opal Carew's books. There wasn't very much story line, and what little there was sort of fell by the way side. I wanted to know more about Ben, Sloan, and Janine and the way their lives used to be, but we weren't given very much. The sex scenes were good, but sometimes even those felt over the top and forced. I couldn't really connect with Janine, and she never really took the time to think anything through. Being impulsive is one thing, but she wrote Sloan off right away and didn't bother giving her emotional self a chance. I couldn't really figure out why all of these guys were falling for her. The physical I get, but emotionally...I'm not sure why they were in love with her because she never really showed much personality. Sloan also seemed like a major push over half the time, and if it was for a good reason then I wouldn't have a problem with it, except, again, he kept doing all of these things for Janine and I couldn't understand why or what was so great about her. All in all, I wasn't overly impressed with this one, but if all you want is a toooon of sex scenes, then this is for you. (less)
I'm a huge fan of Kim Rees (also known as Kim Knox). It started with reading her book, Dark Dealings and falling in love with her character Heyerdar, who to this day, still stands as one of my favorite male leads of all time. However, this book was slightly disappointing. It's not the only book that I've read under her name Rees, one which she uses to write contemporary romances, and I really liked the last one that I did. There were just a lot of issues I had with the characters in this one. For one, the female lead comes off weak and a major pushover throughout the entire book. Even in the end when she finally sums up enough courage to tell him off, she only gets a few sentences out before dropping it altogether. Every time he comes and they start arguing, finally talking about the things that upset them, she counters with "I'm tired" and immediately wants to just go to bed. This is fine the first few times, but to have it happen each and every one...It got frustrating, especially because all they had to do was sit down and talk it out like adults. The male lead wasn't much better from the get go. Mack was a jerk, plain and simple. Later on in the book, once things are spelled out and explained, I found myself forgiving him a little, but it would have been helpful to get a sense of his emotions for Kate earlier on. Instead, because whenever we were thrown into his head we saw only how much he hated her, I ended up hating him. It makes sense that they'd both fall for her sister after all the proof that she'd supplied, and it's clear from the beginning that it's something like this that's torn them apart, but it was still far too frustrating for me to watch Kate act. She'd swoon for him even thinking that he was having an affair with her little sister. What? We also never find out why he'd kissed Fran in the streets that day. Or let her kiss him I guess. Kate should have confronted him early on, but she didn't. She was between a rock and a hard place, sure, but I don't know, she still seemed like too much of a wuss. I didn't hate it in the end, because like I said once all the pieces snap together you can explain their actions (mostly) the only problem is I had to put them all together myself, which sort of makes me feel like I was making excuses for them. It's ok that he believed her crazy sister because she had pretty good proof, though rationally he could have asked her a little better, etc. Things like that. If you're a fan, I'd still read it. I ended up giving it three stars which means I still liked it so...and the very second we start seeing Mack actually thinking good thoughts towards her you start to like him. The ending is worth it, but the rest of the book is frustrating.
I really liked this book! It's the first by Opal Carew that's I've read, and I definitely plan on reading more by her! Originally, this book was released in six parts, but I bought the book in its entirety. While I can see where it would have been split into sections, I'm glad I read it all together. And I literally did. I finished the book in a day. I loved Matt and Kate, as well as that we were able to see into both of their minds. The pieces of their story were believable, and it was understandable where they were each coming from. The outside forces that tore them apart...anyone would have fallen for it, and it was very well thought out. The only issue I had with the book was how Kate accepted herself so quickly. The second he says he'll give her a week to help her, all of a sudden it's almost like she's not afraid at all. Her fear had a lot more to do with what happened in the past, and I would have liked to see her tackle her own insecurities a little better. However, the ending was amazing, and I loved that the tables turned and we got to see that she could step up and he wasn't afraid of stepping into the submissive role for a change. It really showed that he never had any intentions of controlling her, as well as that he wasn't opposed to switching it up every once and a while. Control freaks aren't my type, so I was glad to see he wasn't one. It made their love feel more real and solid. There was enough throughout the book to keep my interest, and the sex scenes were well written. I found another book by Opal Carew and plan on reading it as soon as possible, that's for sure. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good read with steamy scenes and complex characters with internal struggles.(less)
This was an interesting, more sexual retelling of the myth of Persephone and how she got to the Underworld (a.k.a, how she was kidnapped by Hades). Selena Kitt is a good writer who definitely knows how to write erotic fiction. I won't giveaway the book by telling you all the different things that Persephone and Aidon "try out" together, but there are a lot. Like, A LOT, A LOT. There was definitely loads of variety in this book. It was also interesting seeing how these characters would be perceived in a setting like this. I loved how the author threw in tons of other myths as well, making it seem like they were taking place right then and the rest of the gods where discovering these things as they happened. It made it fun for me, as someone who knows a lot about Greek mythology, to see the familiar characters in the beginning and know where they'll end up. I was constantly wondering how Kitt was going to fit it into what she had going already, so that helped to keep my interest throughout. The only problem I think I had with it was that as a goddess, Persephone seems pretty useless. She couldn't even stand up for herself against a mortal. I just couldn't really see how she was a god. However, that wasn't really the main focal point of this story, so it's easily over looked. If you've got some time and want to read something steamy, this is a good book to choose!
It was really hard for me to decide what I wanted to rate this book. I was torn between three stars and four...In the end, I think it's more like 3.5, but seeing as how we can't do that, I went with 4. The idea behind this book follows a little more closely to that of the myth of Persephone. Hades, we don't actually know his name so I'll stick with that one, finds Cora (somehow) and decides that he wants her to be his next queen (for some reason). In order to get her, however, he has to make a bargain with someone. I won't tell you who, or go into too many details about the book because I don't want to give anything away. Basically though, Cora has to make a choice to either stay in the underworld and marry him or return to her world, the latter of which is not as easy as it sounds. I read the book in one day, so it's a quick and easy read, however there were a few problems that I had with it. For one, most things are said, "there is" and "I will" and "I did not". This made it so hard for me to stay in the story. Most people say, "there's" "I'll" and "I didn't", so it wasn't very believably that the characters felt the need to say every single word. It got frustrating really early on. Another thing was how easily she started liking Soren. They barely new each other. The connection between them was interesting, and I hope it'll be explored more in the next book, but it was still off putting in this one because it felt too much like inst-love. Not believable. Their journey through the underworld...was why too condensed. It was rushed, and that was another thing that made me shake my head and think, "this is a little too hard to buy into". The ring? Too easy. And again, with no explanation. We didn't get enough answers in this book I feel, and I really really hope that we get them in the next book. I would have also liked to see more scenes with Hades in it, and more interactions between the two of them. It felt like the characters fell by the way side because I never got to actually see them. I think the author had a really clear image of who these people were and what was going on, and because of that we weren't given as much knowledge of it. I am still looking forward to reading the second book, especially after how this one ended. I would recommend this to anyone who's interested in mythology, because it does still stick closely to the actual myth, while adding in some interesting changes. (less)