This was just as good as Born of Night. It had everything the first did. Not nearly as much time was spent in space or in fighters, but way more time...moreThis was just as good as Born of Night. It had everything the first did. Not nearly as much time was spent in space or in fighters, but way more time was spent in fire-fights, so they were equally action packed. And I love Vik!
In Born of Night I remember Syn saying that he had had a horrible childhood, but that Nykyrian's had been worse. We knew that Syn was the son of a horrible criminal, and we knew that his wife had left him when she found out, but we didnt know much else. Now that I know Syn's life in greater detail, if it wasnt as bad as Nykyrian's, it was certainly close. I felt a great deal of sympathy for Syn and wanted his happiness so badly! But I still like Nykyrian a smidgen more. I dont know if that is because Nykyrian came first and its lost its novelty, or because Syn never seemed quite as downtrodden. Nykyrian was extremely melancholy and never smiled or laughed until he met Kiara. Syn was always laughing and cracking jokes and being sarcastic. It was his way of coping, but it also made him seem like he didnt need saving as much as Nykyrian did. After being in his mind I know that's not true, but it still seemed that way sometimes.
I cant wait to read Born of Ice, which is feature characters I dont recognize. I think it would be better if the characters were always introduced in the book before. I was hoping the next one would be about Nero. He is described as gorgeous and wounded, which is the perfect combo for a lead in this series. :P But Ice still sounds awesome and like it will be set a lot in space. I love space. :)(less)
I loved loved loved this! Why was it so good?! I was just looking for a bit of fluff t...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I loved loved loved this! Why was it so good?! I was just looking for a bit of fluff to hold me over till I decided what I really wanted to read. But instead, I ended up wanting this to last forever! I think it deserves more of a 4.5/5, but I cant decide if I should translate that into a 4 or a 5.
This was my first 'Gay For You' story, and I think that is really what did it for me. I loved all of Tyler's insecurities, and the fact that he loved Johnnie so much he had to be with him regardless of his gender. It just takes things to a whole new level and I love that. They were both great, but I think I preferred Tyler. Its really hard to say though.
I loved how the only obstacle to their relationship was Tyler coming to terms with his feelings. There were no real fights except regarding Tyler's feelings, no homophobic father, no issues about Johnnie's lifestyle. Johnnie was even the first to say "I love you", which I hadn't been expecting from a rock star, but Johnnie is no stereotype. I loved hearing it and knowing that someone loved Tyler so easily.
Although, I was a little surprised since Johnnie had previously said, "F***ing a guy doesn't mean you're gay. It means you're open to so many more types of pleasure, not just the ones that are widely accepted." It led me to believe that he just loved sex so much, he didn't care where he got it from, but he wasn't actually into men. I thought their relationship may surprise them both. But it ended up coming to Johnnie so easily that it left Tyler reeling and confused. I really felt for him and it was really touching. I just wish there had been more. It felt way too short, and I would have loved to see him tell his sister and to witness her support. I know that she would not have judged him at all. I cant wait to read Purgatory! (less)
There are so many wonderful things about this book! First of all, I love the world and the concept of Gracelings. It is so refreshing to come across s...moreThere are so many wonderful things about this book! First of all, I love the world and the concept of Gracelings. It is so refreshing to come across someone with new ideas. And of course the female lead, Katsa, is so utterly kick butt! I love how she can even out-fight Po, the male lead, and he is ok with that. The first part was awesome, when Katsa still didnt know what his Grace was and he kept giving her funny little looks that she couldnt decipher. It made him so mysterious. Not that Po wasnt still awesome later, but your perception of him changes a lot as you get to know him. And once you find out his Grace, you can think back on some of those intense stares and then they are just funny. :P And the description of his eyes really didnt hurt. But the description of everything, really. Cashore has an amazing way of building a scene and describing the emotions involved, until you know exactly what the characters are going through. It got me very personally invested in the characters and it was a joy to read that. There was so much great action, and Katsa and Po were a great duo from the beginning, even before the romance developed. And once it did, it was so beautiful and heart wrenching, in a good way, because they loved each other so much that they couldnt hold it in. It was beautiful.(less)
I chose to read this for a grade 11 project. My partner was a guy and he was pretty disappointed that I picked this, but he ended up not even reading...moreI chose to read this for a grade 11 project. My partner was a guy and he was pretty disappointed that I picked this, but he ended up not even reading it. :P I dont remember what led me to pick this, but I am so glad I did. It has been one of my favourites ever since. The writing in it is just beautiful! And I got really good grade on the project. :P(less)
This was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar I...moreThis was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar I had trouble rating it. I wasnt sure if I was rating the book or the movie, they were too similar to take apart. But I dont have that problem with Chamber of Secrets, since I gave the movie 3/5 on my frequented movie site. The story was much more exciting than the previous. The chamber is more interesting than the stone, there was lots more action and sneaking around. More danger. If the books continue to get better and better, as, imo, the movies did, I'm in for quite an adventure.(less)
This book totally blew my mind! It is absolutely only for fans of erotica. For some st...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book totally blew my mind! It is absolutely only for fans of erotica. For some strange reason it is categorized as NA and I think that is drawing in the wrong readers and resulting in negative reviews. I don't know why it is listed as NA when the heroine is 26 and the hero is 36. This is just full blown Alpha erotica! No ifs, ands, or buts about it. It kind of reminds me of a cross between Beautiful Bastard and Twist Me, but with a better hero than either of them. A better hero than Bennett and Julian combined and multiplied by 10. And both of those books got a 4.5/5 from me.
If you are a fan of that type of book you know the bulk of the story is just an alpha male who has to win over a woman. There aren't a lot of characters and it focuses pretty much entirely on their interactions. And if you love the trope, then that is enough for you. And it was enough for me. Valentine comes into Kyrie's life and he is commanding and controlling and he wants her. He backs her into a corner until she has no choice but to accept his offer. He slowly seduces her and wins her heart, as he lavishes every kind of luxury onto her. Food, wine, clothes, jewelry, expensive leisurely activities such as the opera and sailing; and eventually, once she is willing to beg him for it, "earth-shattering" sex.
“As you learn to trust me, as you give yourself to me, so will I learn to trust you, and give you myself.”
Valentine is a reclusive millionaire, and although he has no traumatic history, he kind of gives off those tortured hero vibes. Something about his reclusiveness made him feel vulnerable, and in turn irresistible. He really grabbed my heart. And he wasn't a captor. I love "love my captor" stories, but the ones I love the most feature captors who have some sort of excuse. Who aren't really captors. Valentine's excuse is that he always gave Kyrie a choice. The doors were unlocked, she could leave at any time. He is the sort of man who has the power, the commanding presence, the ability to use coercion to that extent. He was obsessed with her but he didn't know her. He didn't expect to love her. And I love absolutely everything about him down to the way his clothing was described. But the fact that he was hung like a horse was unnecessary and cliched. I would not have thought different of him, no matter the size of his dick. Why do authors so often feel the need to tell us?
Kyrie (pronounced like Siri) was an independent woman. Forced to take care of her family since her father's death and her mother's schizophrenia landed her in a home when Kyrie was 19. She has financially supported her brother and mother for 7 years. But she has had little time for herself. Valentine helps her see herself more clearly. He challenges her to explore herself and what she really wants. Never lets her make a decision without pushing her to look deeper and not make a knee jerk decision. He understands her better than herself. And even a stubborn woman like Kyrie cannot resist Valentine's confidence and commanding presence. They play off each other well. Before Kyrie was even over her initial unease about the situation, I already felt like she should just throw her troubles to the wind and dive in head first. They just clicked. I was always expecting their taunting and games to suddenly turn into a giggling wrestling match. It never did, but I could totally see them doing something like that, and they had their fair share of funny moments. I eventually felt like they had known each other forever and the games weren't even necessary anymore.
“Of course he would stare at me with eyes so understanding and expressive and intelligent that I couldn't and wouldn't dare look away.”
I knew a conflict would be introduced later in the story, because when Kyrie first arrived in his home, Valentine warned her that he had a big secret, that it would change everything, and that he would tell her when the time was right. But because he was upfront and honest about it, because I knew it was coming, and because it was true, and not just a misunderstanding, I was ok with it. I usually hate conflict in contemporary romances, but this was just the right touch, even though I had suspected what his secret would be. Valentine is not a bad person. He had been planning to tell her the truth even before he fell in love with her. Just everything about the way that it was handled was perfect.
And this is beyond a doubt erotica. I would guess about 50% of the book was sex. That doesn't sound like a lot actually, except it took awhile before it started, but once it did, it did not stop! I just feel like I need to emphasize that since I have seen so many people complaining about how much sex this book had. That is definitely not a bad thing when talking to the right people. The sex scenes in this book were absolutely incredible! They are the kind of sex scenes that are worth re-reading. There was no BDSM besides a little bit of spanking, I think twice, and one time he tied her wrists lightly with a piece of lace, which is on the cover. Valentine is just in general a person who likes to be in control, so that definitely came into play sometimes during sex, but he's not a Dom. He's an Alpha.
“God, Roth.” “In your life, at this time, those two words could be considered synonymous.” (less)
This book destroyed me! It was just the right combination of factors to rip my heart o...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book destroyed me! It was just the right combination of factors to rip my heart out.
First, it heavily featured Kishan, the book boyfriend love of my life. Secondly, it was from the POV of a woman who loved him. When she met Ren and compared him to Kishan, she actually found him wanting. In Kishan's eyes she saw the warm sun and kindness, not a man who always fell short, as Kelsey did. And thirdly, the real clincher to my broken heart, is the fact that I knew what would happen to them in the end. I knew that once again, or for the first time, chronologically, Kishan's love would be ripped from him. Every time Yesubai thought of Kishan it would break my heart again, knowing that they would never be together. It was constant pain and suffering for me to finish this book. I can't remember the last time a book made me cry so hard.
I need to see Kishan find happiness one day. I know that he eventually marries Annamika, but the little we have seen of them together does not give me great hope for their happiness. I used to always feel like Kishan marrying Annamika was like a betrayal of Kelsey. Even if Kishan had lost her forever, she had treated him badly, and she had gone on to marry his brother, I didn't want his great love for her to die. And I guess a part of it never did, as he said in his letter. But I still didnt really want to acknowledge the fact that he married Annamika.
I have now had time to come to terms with the truth, and after seeing the tragedy that was his relationship with Yesubai, I must see him find happiness with a woman who loves him eventually. Does Annamika love Kishan fully, as fully as he loved Kelsey? Or is it just convenient, a result of their circumstances? I can tell in the sneak peak that he is attracted to her, even if he is not acknowledging it yet, so they better be featured heavily in Tiger's Dream. If Colleen can show me their relationship become what Kishan has been without for centuries, what he so badly deserves, what I have been wanting for him for so long that I am at this very moment in tears, I will hunt her down and give her the hugest hug!(less)
This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever coul...more**spoiler alert** This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever could have hoped and dreamed. It was so perfect that it left me afraid for most of the experience, waiting for the other shoe to drop. I was anxious until the end. It was as if it was fanfic written by someone who was Team Warner, it had everything that we, as Warner lovers, could have ever wanted. But of course it couldnt be fanfic because only Tahereh Mafi could have ever written something so beautiful.
The absolute best thing about this series is the transformation of the characters. Although I doubted and I was afraid, I should have known that Juliette would end up with Warner all along, because after everything they both went through, they had changed so much and Juliette just could not fit in Adam's life anymore. It was so obvious. I just love the way that Mafi portrayed real stuggle and realistic change. Although the story was great, it was really only the backdrop for Juliette's personal story. And Warner's. They both changed so much since Shatter Me, its hard to say who has changed more. They have become the absolutely best versions of themselves. What they had always seen in each other has been brought to the surface.
"So the two of you--I mean, together-- you two could basically--" "Take over the world?" "I was going to say you could kick some serious ass, but yeah, that too, I guess."
Its amazing how Juliette and Warner fit into each others lives like gloves. Like two pieces of a puzzle. They dont even ever fight! They were so obviously made for each other, and by each other. The only thing I would have changed, and I am not even entirely sure that I would have, is that after Juliette shared her intent to become Commander herself after killing Anderson, her and Warner never discussed it. I imagine that if Warner had killed his father himself as he had always intended before he recruited Juliette's help, he would have taken over himself. But now Juliette is taking that from him and they never discuss it. She never reassures him that he will have a place in her new Re-Reestablishment. But, that in itself, might be a good sign. It might be a sign that Warner trusts Juliette to be a good leader, doesnt feel that she needs his help, and also knows that she will always want him in her life without her ever having to tell him. And it could mean that Juliette trusts Warner to support her decision without him having to tell her. I dunno how I feel about that. Could go either way.
And Mafi really knows how to please her fans. Wow! Everything went so well in this. The only negative things in the whole book was Adam's pouting in the beginning, which he got over, and the fact that Anderson was in it, but he died, easily. Adam moved on, Warner happily accepted him and James as brothers, none of the characters died, except Warner's mother, but we didnt really know her. Oh no! I just realized Warner is an orphan now. :( But he gained 3 new family members in the process. :) There is really nothing more I could have asked for. It included some of the most poetically beautiful sex scenes I have ever read, but somehow still clean enough for YA. I am ok with sex in my books, and although I know she had to fade to black since this is YA, if she hadnt, it all would have been beautiful. Mafi can make anything sound beautiful, but she can make something that is already beautiful sound like the meaning of life! I cant even imagine the metaphors she would have come up with for that. But the glimpses we got were some of the most incredible writing I have ever read. Honestly, my review is unraveling and has turned into me just gushing. But the ending was perfect! I cant think of a better image in my head, than the image of Juliette and Warner standing on top of a shipping container, holding each other, surrounded by cheering soldiers. I think I might cry at how perfect it was. And I even enjoyed the fact that we dont see the rest of the war. There may be more Sectors that will stand against them, but we know that together they can do anything.
"You know," he whispers, his lips at my ear, "the whole world will be coming for us." I lean back. Look into his eyes. "I cant wait to watch them try."
The Pit and the Pendulum is one of my absolute favourite stories ever. Thats why I bought this book. I wanted more of Poe's words. I love the words he...moreThe Pit and the Pendulum is one of my absolute favourite stories ever. Thats why I bought this book. I wanted more of Poe's words. I love the words he chooses to say something. I first read The Pit and the Pendulum when I was in eighth grade and I remember hating Poe because he used so many words to say something simple and it really frustrated me, but now I think its beautiful. He can turn something mundane into something poetic.
I also especially enjoyed Hop-Frog and The Murders in Rue Morgue.(less)
I think I can solidly say that this is now my second favourite Cassie Mae book after R...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I think I can solidly say that this is now my second favourite Cassie Mae book after Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend. I know that I have said that about every one of her books I have read since, but that only means that her books keep getting better and better! I still have 2 unread published books by her. Well, 3 when counting Unexpectedly You. I really need to get to them now!
I think there were two major things that made me love this book so much. 1) Eric. 2) Mia. Haha, but I will get into more detail than that.
Eric is just so amazing! He is so sweet and vulnerable but he didn't put up with shit. I can't say that he is my fave Cassie Mae hero because that is like trying to pick a favourite flavour of ice cream. :P But let's just say that he is tied for first with like 5 others. Although what he went through in high school, specifically with Ali, breaks my heart, it makes me love him more because he is surviving, even if it is hard sometimes. And the fact that he thinks his panic attacks make him weak just breaks my heart all over again. Gosh, I want an Eric Teddy that I can hug all day!
“I want you to love me with all of you.”
Mia was so relatable. Not only because she reads a lot, but because she lives on the internet and goes to all the same websites I do. Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Amazon, etc. I can understand her passion for it. I always have my phone with me. Even if I am home and I go from one room to another, I take my phone with me. I know it can be bad, but I don't think I am quite as bad as Mia, because I would never text and drive. And the first day that she saw Eric again after 3 years, she got lost in a book and ignored him for hours. I felt really bad for him. But it doesn't make her a bad person. She was actually a lot of fun, and she was really nice. She was a super affectionate person and the best friend Eric could ask for. I felt so happy that Eric had her in high school. Despite whatever else he may have been dealing with, I hope that he knew that Mia always loved him, even if he thought it was just as a friend in the beginning.
I never used to read a lot of contemporary romance. Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend was the first one I read and really loved. I am starting to learn my dos and don'ts of the genre. The things I like, the things I avoid. And I prefer more mature contemps. NA or adult, so I enjoyed the maturity level in this. I haven't read Friday Night Alibi and I didn't enjoy Switched, so this is sort of my first Cassie Mae NA, and I definitely hope to see more. And I have always had a soft spot for the 'friends to lovers' stories since that was my story, but I think this one reminded me the most of myself and my husband. I saw myself in Mia, and a bit of him in Eric, so I couldn't help but feel like this story was real. I got so attached and felt so vulnerable while reading it. Eric and Mia are my new friends. :)
“I can't tell if I hear your heart beating, or if it's mine." "Aren't they the same thing?”
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
There is so much about it that I love. Mostly, there is so much adventure! Action and dragon riding! And I love the world and its history and mytholog...moreThere is so much about it that I love. Mostly, there is so much adventure! Action and dragon riding! And I love the world and its history and mythology. Obviously I am mainly referring to the dragons and dragon riders, and Saphira as a character is awesome. I love how close she and Eragon are. She is almost motherly toward him even though she is only 6 months old at the end of the book and he is 16. It seems like she was born with some knowledge but it hasnt been made clear yet. I love the other characters too, but mainly Eragon and Murtagh. Brom was a typical mentor archetype and Arya was cool but we didnt really get to know her since she was unconscious for most of the book. But Eragon is super cute with her and I cant wait to see more of their relationship in the other books.
The story is far larger than the movie led me to believe, with so many more characters. I really love the movie. It is actually one of my favourites. But I knew the movie was not well received because of how much they butchered the book. But I had no idea. It is quite ridiculous really how much they took out of the movie. I dont really understand why since the movie was really short, they could have included so much more of the original content. The basic outline of the story is still there, but the events were completely rearranged chronologically and often altered and combined. And so, so much was left out completely. Mostly I wish they had kept more of the details of the story, and the intrigue and political maneuvering, so that the movie wouldnt have come across as just a simple adventure. But regardless of what the movie left out, the book had it all! (less)
Wow. What a book! So imaginative. I envy Gaiman's mind. I found it a little odd to mix religious elements into the story, but, overlooking that, its a...moreWow. What a book! So imaginative. I envy Gaiman's mind. I found it a little odd to mix religious elements into the story, but, overlooking that, its almost perfect. The ending definitely is perfect. Perfect! And it really wasnt as dark as I expected. It felt almost like a modern fairy tale to me. The world that it was in, not necessarily the characters. The hero was a little too cowardly, and the damsel was a little too brave for a fairly tale. But, that's modern for you. Not that I'm complaining. (less)
The whole faery world is new to me, but I thought it was great. All the possible magical creatures you could imagine. It reminded me of Narnia. But th...moreThe whole faery world is new to me, but I thought it was great. All the possible magical creatures you could imagine. It reminded me of Narnia. But the characters were the greatest part. I loved them all, especially Ash, from the beginning. He may be extremely stoic, but really thats what I love about him. He is extremely strong, but when it really matters I'm sure he will do the right thing. Now I just cant wait to read The Iron Daughter so I can find out!(less)
This book is perfection! It had everything I loved about the movie and more! As with most book-to-movie adaptations, the book contained so much more t...moreThis book is perfection! It had everything I loved about the movie and more! As with most book-to-movie adaptations, the book contained so much more thought and insight to everyone's behaviour, and in a book such as this, understanding people couldnt be more important. And of course, a lot was taken out. Almost every meeting or dinner event in the movie, was in fact, 2 or 3, or 10 such events in the book. It is completely understandable that they were all condensed for the movie but kept the important dialogue. But, with all the added material, we see that Elizabeth and Darcy knew each other more than I thought. And that Elizabeth had the opportunity to develop feelings for him, and certain hopes for their future, even before she discovered his involvement in Lydia's marriage. I really enjoyed all the material that was new to me.
I was surprised by a few things. Firstly, the fact that the book feels rather silly. I dont know if this is what they considered comedy at the time, or if they found it entirely serious. But the whole thing felt rather lighthearted to me. Also, I discovered that I like the characters of Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Collins even less than I did before. They were both mean. Mrs. Bennett made it quite clear that Elizabeth was her least favourite daughter, and that she didnt care what became of her, as long as she understood that her mother would not be taking care of her if she didnt find a husband. What a horrible person. Also, Mr. Collins I knew could be condescending, but he was worse than I thought. He told Mr. Bennett, after Lydia's marriage, that he should have put her out of the house and never spoken her name again. Wow.
I also really appreciated the amount of information that was given after both Jane and Elizabeth were married. For those who are not familiar with the 2005 movie, it finished with the line from Mr. Bennett, "If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite at my leisure." The book had another 8 pages, which explained how the marriages effected the family on both sides. And I always wondered what happened to Mary and Kitty, so I was glad to find out what I did. And I feel like I know Elizabeth and Darcy twice as well as I did before.
This book was amazing. I hope no one judges J.K. Rowling by the movies, because the story was almost unrecognizable. If I had read the book before I s...moreThis book was amazing. I hope no one judges J.K. Rowling by the movies, because the story was almost unrecognizable. If I had read the book before I saw the movie I imagine I would have been very upset. This is up there with The Lost World: Jurassic Park for worst adaptations I have seen.
There were so many little questions left open, and so many little things I didnt understand after watching Goblet of Fire. I wasnt sure if I just didnt understand, because I admit I am not the sharpest tool in the shed. But after reading this book I know it was not me, and certainly not J.K. Rowling, but the ppl who adapted it to film. Everything made sense and came together in the end. If you ever found Harry Potter movies interesting but somewhat incomplete, definitely give the books a shot.(less)
The book was great from the beginning, but the second half was almost unbearably addictive. I read it in two days, and that is really impressive for m...moreThe book was great from the beginning, but the second half was almost unbearably addictive. I read it in two days, and that is really impressive for me, I am a slow reader.
But I just have one little issue with the epilogue. Meghan and Ash have accepted the ultimate punishment for being together. There is nothing else left. When she went through the portal into the rain, it was the perfect setup for an amazingly epic The Notebook style kiss. Really, what are they waiting for?! Gosh, I am so disappointed. :P But I am still picturing that it happened that way in my head. :P(less)
This was pretty amazing. Anna and Edward are like a Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre duo. Anna is plain and Edward is a moody older man. I dont think he is...moreThis was pretty amazing. Anna and Edward are like a Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre duo. Anna is plain and Edward is a moody older man. I dont think he is too old though, about 35, but he has a few gray streaks in his hair. I love them both. They are the usual duo for historical romances. A rogue and a spinster. But it is such a great formula, why fix what isnt broken? :P
I dont usually read erotica, but I think this likely fits the bill. It is the most explicit book I have ever read, in any case. And I have to admit I enjoyed it. Not because of the sex scenes (although those were great), but because of its honesty. I was at first shocked by the way Edward and Anna admit to themselves instantly, how attracted they were to each other. Most books don't feel the need for explicit content outside of one or two sex scenes (this book had six, the second of which is my favourite love scene in any book). Although Anna and Edward really liked each other, and their romance felt real, their physical attraction was so very obvious and added to the experience. But it was perfectly balanced with their emotional connection. I often feel a lack of emotion in adult romances and find their focus is put too much on sex. So its wonderful to find that this book has more of both. Anna and Edward had incredible chemistry.
I am not sure what I loved most about this book, but a strong contender is the story. I love the idea behind it. Edward cant contain his need for his new secretary anymore, but he would never defile a proper lady, so he makes an appointment with the most high class brothel in London. Anna figures out what he is planning, and is herself so full of need and jealousy that she makes a deal with the lady of the brothel to allow her to be the one to meet with Edward, while wearing a mask. They spend two incredible nights together. But, since Edward thought it was just a whore, all it does is make him want Anna even more. And although Anna gets what she wants from Edward physically, it only makes her want his love even more. It took place over a few chapters in the middle of the book, but it was the turning point in the story. They could no long deny what they wanted and they both returned home unsatisfied. Their physical and emotional intensity only increased from there.
My only complaint is the abrupt ending. Although it was a great ending, and everything before it was incredible, I didnt get to see as much of their happiness as I would have liked. I like more of a drawn out conclusion in my books, but that might just be my personal preference. I was glad for what we saw in the epilogue, but it was not explained how it was possible. I suspected from the beginning that it would happen, but that was before we learned of Felicity's red-headed daughter. I guess it could have simply been a matter of chance, but it seems unlikely.
Regardless, this was one of the best historical romances I have ever read, even though I could count how many I have read on one hand. I am no longer turned off by the idea of erotica as a whole. When done right, they can be even more emotionally involving than regular romance. I look forward to exploring the idea and this author's books more in the future.(less)
This book is amazing and unique like absolutely nothing I have read before. It starts...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book is amazing and unique like absolutely nothing I have read before. It starts with this dedication:
"For all those who didn't want a story about a man who acted like a caveman, but a story about an actual caveman!"
Shay Savage also proceeds to explain to us that Ehd is not a real form of caveman. He is not historically accurate. He looks like a homo-sapien, but he has absolutely no ability to communicate through language or signs. So you have to be able to suspend your disbelief.
The entire book, minus the epilogue, is written in Ehd's first-person POV, so that is another reason to suspend your disbelief. He cant form a sentence or understand anything that Elizabeth, Beh, says to him, but he can think very eloquently. Although, I can accept that this is what he sees and feels, if he were able to describe it. But perhaps it would have been better written in third-person POV. Either 1st or 3rd, I love that it is solely from Ehd's POV, it gives us such a unique perspective. When we first meet Elizabeth, its clear she is from the future from the way that Ehd describes her jeans and eyeshadow, but we have no idea where she came from or who she was. I suspected she was young because of the blue and pink eyeshadow. She yells and shouts at Ehd when he takes her back to his cave, but we have no idea what she is saying. I can imagine why she is afraid, but we can only guess from Ehd's observations. As time passes, we know exactly how Ehd feels about her. How she has become his #1 priority. How everything he does is the provide for her and protect her. But we can only guess how Beh feels, as Ehd does. She isn't afraid of him anymore, but she sometimes cries, and we can assume it is because she is homesick, but we don't know. Ehd thinks she must be missing her family. She must have gotten lost in the forest and separated from her tribe so he just hugs her and rocks her till she stops crying.
"I want her to be here with me. I want her to be close to me as I work or fish, and I want her to lie next to me in the furs at night. In my mind, she is with me always and forever. Finally, its clear to me that I want her for more than children."
Elizabeth tries to teach Ehd a few words but it just does not work. Apparently, among Ehd's people, people have designated sounds. So, when she tries to teach him her name, the best he can come up with is Beh. When he first tries to mate with her she yells no so he learns that that is a bad sound. When she makes that sound she is mad. Even though in the future she uses the word in innocuous ways, he always thinks it means she is mad. She eventually tries to teach him the word kiss, the best he can come up with is khzz, and he knows that if he makes that sound she will kiss him, but I don't think he understands that the sound is the kiss. And lastly, she tries to teach him the word love. The best he can come up with is luff, and I don't think he understands that sound at all. But he knows that when he makes it, it makes her smile, and he loves to see her smile. So, in a way, when he says it to her he is doing exactly what the word intends, and showing her that he loves her. *swoon*
"In the darkness of the cave, there is a light inside her eyes that makes my heart beat faster. I know the emotions I see there are also reflected in my own gaze though I have never felt this way before. Beh softly repeats the same three sounds, followed by my name-sound."
The relationship between Ehd and Beh is just so amazing. The fact that they cannot communicate means that all their love has to be shown through actions. Ehd is always trying to provide for her. Hunting, fishing, collecting wood. Beh cooks for him, bathes him, brushes his hair. Its all so basic but effective and beautiful. I felt and saw their love so much that I cried often. There was so much love that it was just bursting out of me. And I don't just mean a little bit of tears. I mean have a box of tissues handy. It wasn't quite ugly crying either, but at one part I was gasping and I had to put the book down for awhile to recover.
Although there was a lot of sex at the beginning of their relationship, enough to probably garner an erotica label, it isn't all about the fast, passionate stage of their relationship. The book covers their entire life together and eventually the sex is no longer described, as their life expands and begins to encompass so much more. Its too large-scale and epic of a love story to really be an erotica. It surpasses what that label can contain. It is one of the greatest love stories I have ever read.
"If she doesn't wake up, then I will just lie with her until I don't wake up either." (less)
Kelsey is an 18 year old girl from Oregon, who, while working at a circus for a summer job, befriends a tiger named Ren. When Ren is bought by a rich...moreKelsey is an 18 year old girl from Oregon, who, while working at a circus for a summer job, befriends a tiger named Ren. When Ren is bought by a rich man in Indian, Kelsey is asked to accompany them to help transport Ren, due to her close relationship and easy way with him. Once she arrives in India they reveal to her that Ren is actually an Indian Prince who was cursed to live as a tiger for the past 400 years, and that Kelsey is the one that can save him. She then embarks on a great Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider style adventure to break the curse. She will have to complete several tasks and by the end of the book she has completed the first task, so I assume the process will take up the entire series.
This was a really great adventure like I was not expecting. It was a lot of fun. It took me awhile before I started to like Kelsey, although it took no time at all for me to like Ren. Like wow! What a leading man! He was so sweet, and for a while it was great. But then Kelsey started acting like a moron. She is not the first heroine to make a similar decision, thinking the hero needs to consider his options before he can decide what he really wants. But its still frustrating that she cant trust he is smart enough to know what he wants. At least there are several more books for them to sort things out, it still has me somewhat worried for the series. I dont want it to be one of those series that continuously goes out of its way to put barriers between a couple.
I totally love how the setting is so unique for YA and I love India, and Ren is so totally gorgeous, and its such a magical adventure. I cant wait to read the next book and I am very excited that this is going to be made into a movie!(less)
Another amazing addition to The League series. This one changed things up a bit, and I really enjoyed it, but #1 and Nykyrian are still my favourite....moreAnother amazing addition to The League series. This one changed things up a bit, and I really enjoyed it, but #1 and Nykyrian are still my favourite.
A long time has passed since Born of Fire, and this book features Syn and Sharaha's son, Devyn. This had just as much adventure, danger, and action as the previous two installments, but a little less personal drama, which is much appreciated. Devyn and Alix never had a big falling out. I really loved the family that Devyn had, especially Omari. And I was soooo happy to see Paden reconcile with Syn. That was like the best thing ever!
It was more 'feel-good' compared the the first two books. It was also different because, unlike the first two, the hero was not the one who needed to be convinced he deserved love, it was the heroine. Alix was a slave that was extremely mistreated her whole life and thought that she was trash and worthless. Devyn promptly taught her otherwise. :P Devyn was pretty sweet and bad-ass, but not as brooding and tortured as his father. I still prefer his father...and his son. Is that weird?
I was a bit confused at times about the timeline though. Its weird to skip so many years and meet the children of couples that we dont see get together until later in the series. It seems they are not numbered in chronological order. I suppose it may help to read this immediately after reading about Devyn's parents meeting. But then the series goes back to focusing on Nykyrian and Syn's fellow Sentella members. Not that I am complaining, because I was really looking forward to getting to know them better. But now, I really wanna see more of Omari. (less)
OMG this was SO GOOD! I am in love with everything about this book! The best things about it were Varen, obviously, the fact that the romance progress...moreOMG this was SO GOOD! I am in love with everything about this book! The best things about it were Varen, obviously, the fact that the romance progress realistically, and the amount of romantic scenes. Those are the things I always look for in a PNR. Varen was so unbelievably amazing. He is one of my new favourite YA guys.
The romance was very believable and developed so very slowly. Although sometimes too slowly. It is a very long book and, shame on me, I caught myself skimming sometimes because I wanted to get to the next scene with Varen. And after he finally kissed her there was only one more scene with them together. But I was really happy when she found the note in her pocket at the end, and it was like he was briefly with her again. Better than nothing. I cant wait for the next book! I love how it ended. I was sooo happy that we got that little glimpse at the end (trying not to spoil). Without it, I would have been upset. I knew there was another book anyway, but I still wanted that little piece of hope before we parted. I cried several times in the last few chapters, for happiness and sadness. I am so buying this. Now, lets see if I can go on with life.(less)
This was very similar to the first book, Tiger's Curse. It starts out in Oregon, leads to an adventure in India, and ends on a sad note. At first I wa...moreThis was very similar to the first book, Tiger's Curse. It starts out in Oregon, leads to an adventure in India, and ends on a sad note. At first I wanted to shake and smack Kelsey because I didnt understand why she left Ren, but luckily that didnt last too long, and they were together again and it was super cute, just like when they were briefly together in the first book. But then they got separated and she had to go on her second quest with Kishan instead, the next step in breaking the curse.
Kishan was a great companion, even if a little too "hands on" at times. I was very impressed with how Kelsey resisted him and remained faithful to Ren. I was afraid they were gonna go all out with the love triangle, but it wasnt too bad. Even when Kelsey did hesitate or sway a bit, it was done believably and never too much. If she had given in to Kishan I would have held it against her. I missed Ren's sweetness, but Kishan is funnier. And then, after they completed the mission, they got Ren back and it again ended on a sad note.
It wasnt just a little bit sad. It was heart wrenching. The adventure, and characters, and romance are enough to make up for the sad endings, but why does Colleen Houck like torturing us like this?! But judging by this book and the previous, things will be resolved in the next one. Although, only to leave us with another sad ending. The last chapter was so bad (when Ren and Kishan were arguing in the dojo)! I cried and I cried and I couldnt see so I had to take a break and wash my face, and then finish the book. (less)
I love this whole series so much I cant even express it! It reads as one long story so how I feel about this pretty much mirrors the previous three. I...moreI love this whole series so much I cant even express it! It reads as one long story so how I feel about this pretty much mirrors the previous three. Incredible world building, a large host of lovable characters going through trials that reveal they are even more amazing (especially Nasuada and Murtagh) led by one of the most amazing leading men, world changing events and discoveries, and an epic battle to cap it off.
My only complaint is the ending, what Eragon decided to do with his life afterwards. I understand why, and I should accept Paolini's decision, and I shouldnt let it bother me so much considering how epic everything else is. But all the time I spent reading this series, I thought I knew what was going to happen afterwards. I was so certain. I fooled myself and it is my own fault, but I am so sentimental and romantic I couldnt help myself. I am having trouble reconciling to the truth of it. I got way too invested in this world. But, its still a good ending, as long as you dont cling too strongly to your own hopes for the ending, you should enjoy yourself immensely. (less)