I really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. SheI really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. She was always in the shadows and once she got some focus she was so much more amazing than I would have guessed.
I am looking forward to to Apollo's book, and I am glad when I learned at the end of this one that he is friends with Asa Makepeace. I have really been missing the Makepeace family lately. I feel like they are central to the story but they havent been in the past few books. Maybe Asa will get his own book some day. I would also really love for Phoebe to get her own book, and if the series last long enough for him to grow up, maybe one day we can have a Joseph Tinbox book. Is it weird that I think he could make a very dashing sailor? :P ...more
I really had no idea what to expect from this. I sort of went in blind and I am not enThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really had no idea what to expect from this. I sort of went in blind and I am not entirely sure whether or not that is a good thing. It turned out not be my kind of story, but it was interesting enough to keep my attention, even if I was sorely disappointed by the outcome.
This book is set in an alternate history. It is the turn of the century and the descendants of Arthur rule the empire, with the descendants of Merlin as their advisors. It had an extremely large cast of characters with constantly alternating POVs, as people come from all over the world to London for the engagement ball of Princess Marie-Victoria of the Franco-English Empire and Prince Leopold of Prussia. I did not love any of the characters. Anelwyn was supposedly a powerful sorceress but she never did anything useful. Ronan was shallow and did not deserve Wolf. Marie was selfish and short sighted. Isabelle was so hot and cold it was ridiculous. I did not mind Wolf, so I suppose what happened to him in the end is for the best. But I cannot understand why he wasted his time with Ronan.
This reminded me immensely of Anna Godbersen's The Luxe series, so be warned. If you have read that series, you know it is a story of no one getting their happy ending. Most of their endings are not tragic, and are a sort of comfort. But no one ends up with their first choice, their true love. Although it was a rather melancholy ending over all, I mourned the most for Isabelle and Louis. Isabelle could be a ridiculous ninny sometimes, but she did not deserve that. Neither did Louis.
Although there was a bit of a conspiracy against the Empire in the end, it was not the focus of the story. Most of the story consisted of Marie and Anelwyn arguing over Leopold, and Marie complaining about her lot in life. I certainly would not rejoice at the notion of an arranged marriage myself, but you would expect a heroine and a princess to have a stronger sense of duty and respectability. But I kept reading because I was just curious enough to want to know how everything turned out. Well, it did not turn out wonderfully, I must say. Although it turned out rather well for the empire. The new Franco-British-Prussian Empire has two good rulers and a loyal Morgaine advisor.
This book seems to be the first in a series according to GR, although it felt pretty well tied up. There were no great happy endings, as I said, but it still had a sense of finality. I don't see the need for further installments, unless it is to introduce new, larger threats to the Empire, and to show its new young rulers prove their merits. ...more
Oh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first readinOh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first reading about Temperance and Silence's brother. Like first reading about Meghan's little brother in The Lost Prince, but worse (or better, depending on how you look at it) since there is sex in this one.
But it wasnt even about the sex. It never really is in these books for me. It is just like an accent to the story. The gravy but not the meat. But in this one I hardly even remember the sex. It was actually pretty awkward because Winter was a virgin, but it is his passion in their daily interactions that I will remember. When she first rescued him, during their tutors lessons, when they met again at the opera. Oh my goodness the heat was just burning off of them! There were so many scenes where my heart was beating so hard that I was feeling a little light-headed. Including the final chapter, of course. That was such an amazing scene. *happy sigh*
And I love Winter. He ended up being so complex. He is my new favourite hero of the series, as well as this being my favourite book. Mickey was my previous favourite, but now I think it is Winter, Mickey, Caire, Griffin. Not that there is anything wrong with Griffin, but the others are just spectacular. But although I have nothing against Isabel, my favourite heroine would still be Hero or Silence.
I have now caught up to the one book in this series I read last year, Lord of Darkness. But I will be re-reading it to keep continuity. Plus, I may enjoy it more now that I know so much more about these people. I am very much looking forward to it even if I am tempted to jump to Duke of Midnight. Each book ends with an epilogue that tells you who will be featured in the next book, and when I finished Lord of Darkness it left me wanting to read Duke of Midnight so badly! But it wasnt released yet at the time, and I thought I should read the first 4 book first before moving forward. And now I am almost done and I am so excited and anxious at the same time!...more
This book destroyed me! It was just the right combination of factors to rip my heart oThis 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. When she looked in Kishan's eyes she saw the warm sun and kindness, not a man who always fell short, like 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!...more
I think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) II think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) I also love funny men, and I think he was kinda funny.
This was a great story, and I am sooo excited for Winter's book!!!...more
This is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have biThis is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have binge read is the New Species series by Laurann Dohner. I find I love the series where each book is about a different couple who you have already gotten to know well. Some series follow couples who we only saw in one scene or something. But in this series we know them a lot better than that by the time they get their own book, and it really encourages me to keep reading and to get there for the characters that I have already grown to know. The same goes for New Species.
I dont feel the need to write a full review for this book since I feel very similar for it as I do for the others. I did find some trouble feeling attached to the characters at first. I felt that their relationship was a bit rushed in the beginning, and I was bothered by the fact that Hero was already engaged. But the book was long enough that as time passed it all came together well. I was even happy for Thomas and Levinia despite hating him for hitting Hero.
I enjoyed Hero. It was interesting to see that the heroine was the more jaded one than the hero for once. Usually it is the other way around in historicals. Even though Griffin was still the rake, he had no problem admitting he loved Hero once it happened.
I am very excited to read Silence's story, and I am really curious who the Ghost of St. Giles is. I learned from reading Lord of Darkness that there is more than one. For awhile there in book 1 and 2 I thought it was Winter, but he honestly seemed confused about it at the end of this one. It could still end up being him later. I shall see soon enough if I continue to power through this series. ...more
The story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and eThe story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and everything else that we were introduced to, it still managed to make sense. It explained everything well enough to follow and there was a good amount of action. I dont have any complains really besides the characters, namely Dev and Kyle. I think this book handled its love-triangle rather poorly.
The book alternated between Sera and Kyle's POVs, so I was definitely Team Kyle. We got to know him a lot better than Dev because of his POVs, and I felt like that meant something for the outcome. Although I was really frustrated with the back and forth. You can trust him. You can't trust him. You can trust him. You can't trust him. My demon blood made me do it. Its really hard for a character to be an individual when they are so easily controlled, and their loyalties begin to mean nothing when it is not their own choice.
And Dev we hardly knew at all. I hated how he just strolled into Sera's life and started acting like he belonged there because of something that happened thousands of years ago. We never really got to know him, and any relationship he had with Sera was based on the past. We never saw them connect in the present, and it just felt really intrusive and presumptuous. It made me hate him in the same way that I hate River Song.
And WTF was with that ending? Who the hell did she pick? Did she pick neither or both?!(view spoiler)[She spends months in a realm between realms, where she is mourning Kyle's death alone, which I assumed meant something in favour of Kyle. But then Dev shows up and tells her that Kyle is still alive. And what does she do? She kisses Dev! And while she is kissing him she thinks. "It was a kiss of hello and a kiss of goodbye, a kiss of love and of friendship. It was a bridge between the past and the present, and a promise of the future. It was a kiss for forever." I like the part where it says 'a kiss of goodbye and a kiss of the past'. But I certainly do not like the part where it says 'a promise of the future and a kiss for forever'. Blah. But then, on the very next page, she visits Kyle and when she sees him, she thinks "Sera knew without a doubt that there was no other place she needed to be...there was no other place she would rather be. She was home." And then the book ends. Huh, sooo what just happened?! (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend this to fans of books heavy with mythology, and especially books that visit hell. There is a lot of hell and demons in this book. Or I should say Xibalba. But not necessarily for fans of YA romance. I think the romance in this book was a mess.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Sky Pony Press, in exchange for an honest review....more
I think I can solidly say that this is now my second favourite Cassie Mae book after RThis 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?”
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This might be more of a 3.5/5. It took a while for this one to grow on me, but in theThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This might be more of a 3.5/5. It took a while for this one to grow on me, but in the end I really loved it. I enjoyed the whole scenario with Kelli's alibis. It was an interest and unique story. I also really liked Kelli and felt a lot of sympathy for her. Her parents were ridiculous and she had been alone for so long, she turned to drastic measures to find a place for herself in her stuck-up town. She was also really fun, and I really loved Sades. They were a cute BFF pair.
I had trouble getting pulled into this story because I really didn't like Chase for the longest time. Kelli kept going on and on about how he was a perv and really egocentric. I thought she was sort of exaggerating that, but I did find him super annoying and lame and immature. It probably took me until about 70% before he started growing on me, and a good portion of my feelings for him are pity.
I feel like we never really got to know him well enough, just like Kelli kept pointing out. They just made out all the time, and in the end when Kelli finally decides she wants more, she asks him about his brother, but nothing else. I still feel like we didn't get to know him enough to really be able to understand his behaviour. He was so annoying in the beginning and it doesn't makes sense to me now. But they were still super cute and I loved seeing them together eventually. I loved how he was so head over heels for Kelli. Even in his super awkwardness, he was kind of cute, in a way.
As with Switched, this felt like a YA, not an NA. The characters just didn't seem to be on the maturity level of NA characters, and it didn't cover anything that needs the NA label. But overall I was very happy with this book. I enjoyed reading it from the beginning even when I wasnt 100% invested in the characters yet. It was still funny and had a super cute ending so it gets my seal of approval.
"He's not saying anything, but in a way, he's saying everything. That he's in just as übergooby love as I am."...more
So, I decided to go for a twofer. I wasnt done with my Cassie Mae fix so I read another one, and I read it in one sitting.
This was a bit different. ISo, I decided to go for a twofer. I wasnt done with my Cassie Mae fix so I read another one, and I read it in one sitting.
This was a bit different. I dont think I have ever read a book from the POV of a guy experiencing unrequited love before. Its usually the girls who do that sort of thing, so it was interesting to see the thoughts of a guy who is in love with his best friend, and how he deals with it. He was a great guy and he always had her best in mind and never let his feelings make him bitter or jealous. Except that one time when he nearly screwed everything up.
Lexie and Ryan had obvious chemistry, and, as usual, Ryan was really funny and I enjoyed the humour in this. I enjoyed Lexie too, she was fun, although a little blind to Ryan's awesomeness. But hey, thats how the story goes.
I hate it when there is a big fight in contemporaries. Cassie Mae's other books didnt have one, and that is another reason why I enjoy her books. But this one did, and it was a doozy. When Lexi told Ryan that she hated him and then walked out, I nearly cried. So mean! Although it wasnt too bad since they made up like 3 chapters later. But I always hate it was that happens in contemps. And it is almost always a given.
So another great book from the author, I will be continuing this series. ...more
This book was adorable, as I knew it would be. I think this is now my second favouriteThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was adorable, as I knew it would be. I think this is now my second favourite Cassie Mae book. Since reading Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend I have kept reading all her books hoping they would be as good. They have all been great (except for maybe Switched which I wasnt a big fan of) but this one came the closest.
Levi was adorable, which I knew from How to Date a Nerd. But what I didnt know was that Sierra was so awesome. I love her weird style and how she made her own outfits. I would never wear any of it myself, but at least she was creative and unique. I liked that about her.
I loved how to story was so simple and straight forward. Sierra didnt need to hatch an elaborate plan to win Levi. They just clicked. Probably the only reason it didnt happen sooner was because Sierra was younger than him, and I know from experience that even if you are friends with someone for years, you just have to look at them from the right angle or in the right situation before seeing them as a love interest. I assume the same will go for Adam and Brea, since 2 more years will pass before the next book.
And Adam was totally awesome in this book. I am kinda sad that he goes from being Sierra's best friend to Brea's, but of course he will be something different for Brea. :P But I think Adam has the potential to be even more awesome than Levi. He was like the best friend in the world to Sierra. I think its funny that he was so short in this, but he was only 16 and guys are still growing at that age, so maybe he will have a growth spurt before How to Hook a Bookworm.
Sidney was a monster! Oh my gosh I cant believe what she did to Sierra! I was so happy when Sierra yelled at her. She deserved worse.
And again I loved the ending. I love the big public scenes. It reminds me a lot of teen movies. I think these would all make great movies, and I cant wait to read How to Hook a Bookworm! Why is the release date so far away!?...more
The fact that this is listed as book #1 and is only 56 pages led me to believe that this was a series of shorts. But book 2 and 3 are full length. SoThe fact that this is listed as book #1 and is only 56 pages led me to believe that this was a series of shorts. But book 2 and 3 are full length. So shouldn't this one have been listed as a #0.5? I dunno. Maybe that was the intention but GR messed it up.
This was surprisingly good for a short where they had sex after no more than an hour or two of knowing each other. I really liked Evan. When the story started he seemed so cold and bitter. Almost dead inside. His narration had no emotion. But then Lia stumbled up to his cabin and it's like he is suddenly awake for the first time in months, probably longer. Before long he finds himself not only having hot sex, but laughing and caring and spooning.
As fast as things progressed, I found myself sad in the end, but also agreeing with Evan's actions. Lia is not safe in his life, and it is better to let her go before they get any more entangled in each other. I don't know what will happen in Otherwise Occupied, but I hope a coincidence does not bring them back together. That would be too much for my imagination to accept. If they see each other again it should be intentional and profound. ...more
I absolutely loved Twist Me by Anna Zaires, and I wrote it a glowing review. I had been impatiently waiting for the sequel, Keep Me, for nearly a year, and doing everything I could to help promote Anna Zaires and her books.
Twist Me was dark and uncomfortable. And although I did not enjoy the BDSM aspects, or the "hero", I was impressed by the psychology of the story, and the way that it played with my emotions.
When I began Keep Me, I still felt uncomfortable with Julian, but I figured it would pass because the story and relationship between Julian and Nora was enough to distract me from any squick factors. I continued to read but it just got worse. Everything Julian said and did disgusted me, and when he took Nora in the gym, I had had enough.
I could not see it as a 'love my captor' story anymore. No matter how I looked at it, I could not see it as a story that intended to entertain. All I saw was an abused and severely traumatized woman who was being used by a monster. I began to see all the woman stuck in abusive relationship, who stay because they think he will change, because they think it is what they deserve, because they are afraid of the consequences of leaving. I can no longer find enjoyment in the glamorization of abuse that is very real for many trapped women.
Sometime between now and when I read Twist Me, I must have experienced a paradigm shift. I cannot explain it. I have longtime enjoyed stories like this, that stir emotions both good and bad, but I think perhaps this just reached a limit I didn't know I had. I quit at 28%. But I will still be following Anna Zaires closely, and reading any more books she releases (not Hold Me). I still support her efforts and I am really looking forward to more Krinar books....more
So this book was not what I expected. Everyone was talking about how emotional and deep it was, and it has tags like 'abuse' and 'dark', that made meSo this book was not what I expected. Everyone was talking about how emotional and deep it was, and it has tags like 'abuse' and 'dark', that made me think maybe it wasnt my kind of book. Those things kind of turn me off. But I decided to try it anyway because everyone was raving, and I am glad I did.
There are definitely some heavy issues addressed in this book, but it is not dark over all. It is very sweet and romantic, and at times even funny. Sure, I cried my eyes out at a few places, but it still had an HEA and a great tone and message. Overall this book made me very happy, not sad.
I really, really, really loved Fern and Bailey. Separately and together. They were amazing people and a great duo. Like Fern says, I would rather it happened and feel the pain, than for it to not have happened and lose the happiness. It was worth it. Bailey was worth it. And Fern was just such an amazing person. The way she treated everyone, but especially Bailey and Ambrose. She had such dedication to Ambrose. Even if he had never returned her feelings, she would have continued to be his friend and done everything she could to make him feel better about himself. She was so selfless. She was also so smart and witty. She was just awesome.
So give this book a try if you want to see great people, true love, true struggle and perseverance. ...more