This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely noActual rating: 4.5/5
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely nothing sci-fi or paranormal about it besides the mention of a prophecy, but its mysterious existence is basically just accepted. This is all action/adventure/mystery/romance.
I really enjoyed all the history and geography in this. It starts out with Avery in high school, in Minnesota I think. She then travels to Paris, then Istanbul, then Paris again, where they visit several museums as well as the Notre-Dame cathedral. It all felt real to me, like we were really there, and I can't wait for them to travel further in the following books, in search of Alexander's tomb.
Avery was a very average girl and of course some times she made silly mistakes, such as getting on the plane with Stellan in the first place. But she held herself together well and I was proud of her for not completely losing her shit when people started shooting at her. She helped Jack plan along the way and saved him at Notre-Dame. But she still felt very genuine and realistic.
And I loved Jack. He was such a sweetheart. I rarely ever like the bad boy types, except on very rare occasions. But this is not one of them. Jack is quiet and kind and brave and he goes out of his way to protect Avery again and again, and risks his life just to be with her. I wasn't sure how far a romance would go in this book, or if it would be less of a focus. But I am glad that there was time for a lot of romance in this.
“I've never considered breaking that oath before. Ever. But I did, for you... It was all for you.”
I don't understand everyone's fascination with Stellan though. I mean, he never did anything interesting. He was rude. He pulled a knife on Avery twice. How is that likable? I am glad that he was not really portrayed as a love interest at least. He was good-looking enough for Avery to notice, but that's about it. She never trusted him, and with good reason. He mostly just hung around and never made a scene. So I appreciate that he didn't try to be a scene-stealer at least. But after that ending, I am sure the love-triangle aspect will be vamped up in the next book. I am not looking forward to that at all, especially since Avery and Jack ended in such a good place. They better not go through with Stellan's idea.
So I totally loved this book for being a lot of fun, a great adventure with great mystery, romance, and likable characters, for the most part. It didn't blow my mind, it wasn't totally epic. But I really swallowed it up and thoroughly enjoyed the ride....more
I think this one has got to be my favourite in the series. It was just packed full ofThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I think this one has got to be my favourite in the series. It was just packed full of action and was the climax of the whole series as Eurus' madness, which has been building for 4 books, was finally stopped.
Devlin is by far the most damaged and tragic of the heroes. My second favourite would be Owen because he is just so sweet and his story with Megan secluded in a cabin together was just amazing. And then Chrys because he is so much fun. And then Zeph who is hot too but I preferred his brothers. Although I do find him much more appealing now that his is god of storms and keeper of the winds.
I really loved Anna and Devlin's story because Devlin needed someone absolutely gentle and patient and selfless like Anna to undo all his father's damage and he found just the perfect woman for him in Anna. And Devlin was amazing and it makes me sad to think that the Anemoi never saw his potential before. They only saw his father's son. He risked so much and never stopped fighting his father and trying to make up for what he felt responsible for, even though it was never his fault. He had such a strong sense of duty and loyalty. He was the best of Anemoi in my opinion..along with Boreas and Owen. Sorry, even when I try I just cant forget about those Northern guys. I love them too.
Although this had by far the most action and mythology of the four books, it still had a large focus on the romance, on Anna and Devlin's relationship. But it was a bit less smutty than the other three I think. But it is still my favourite in the series because of the action, and the introduction of Devlin, and the HEAs.
But the book ends with the words "And all the hearts of the Anemoi were finally, totally in love and at peace." But they aren't! There is still Alastor! He is an Anemoi now and he is not in love or at peace. I demand an Alastor book! At least a novella! Please? Please! Please! PleaseLaura Kaye! I feel so bad for him and he sounds so sweet as he has become so close to Zeph and Ella and Anna. And he looks like Devlin and is jumpy and insecure like Devlin was in the beginning and that just breaks my heart! I need an Astor novella, please!...more
This was a great conclusion to this series. It has been almost exactly 2 years since IThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a great conclusion to this series. It has been almost exactly 2 years since I read Born Wicked, and I have enjoyed the whole experience. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time.
I really enjoyed the danger in this book, with all the sneaking around and secret meetings. Cate and her friends were never safe from the Brothers or Inez, and you truly never knew what was going to happen next. Yet Cate stood strong through it all. Her and her friends are extraordinary young women. They have gone through so much for each other, for other women they don't even know, and for the betterment of all of New England. I really have a hard time hating any of the young Sisters, even Maura and her posse. Yet Cate is still the most amazing of all. I wonder why the prophecy put so much focus on Tess when she didn't really do that much. She is a brilliant and strong little witch, but so are many others. And her visions weren't even that helpful. It seemed to me that Cate really was the one that everyone rallied behind.
I think Star Cursed is still my favourite book in this series, but Sisters' Fate is a close second, and Born Wicked is not far behind that. The action and suspense in this book were heightened even more from the previous books, as was the death count, with a huge climax as Inez enacts her final plan, which is more heinous than I could have possibly imagined.
I think the ending was the best way to settling things. I am only surprised at what Cate and Tess did. I was not expecting such drastic measures from them. But Finn was as adorable as ever, and I loved how he and Cate came together again, despite what was done to him. And I am also glad that Tess and Cate managed to reconcile with their father and tell him the truth. Only Maura was left out of a wonderful Christmas. But I wish I could see more. I know things will be better now, but I would love to see it. I would love to see Cate and Finn get their relationship back to where it had been. I would love to see Elena on the city council. I would love to see Tess grow up into a wonderful woman. And I would love to see what becomes of Rilla and Alistair. Perhaps we will get a short one day, set a year or so later. That would be wonderful!...more
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not goodThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not good enough to keep bringing me back. I got really impatient with it most of the time. I just wanted to find out how it would end and didnt really want to do all the work to get there.
I read two other books on the side during the time it took me to read this one. And I fell asleep on this book on numerous occasions. As I have said in my reviews for both The Vicious Deep and The Savage Blue, I liked Tristan but I never really swoon over guys when the book is from their POV. I have to see them from the POV of a woman, to see them as the woman sees them and loves them, then I start to pick up those feelings myself.
I enjoyed most of the supporting characters, but I don't know if there were too many, or if I just didn't care about them enough, but I could never remember who was who. Who the hell is Kai? She was with Tristan for most of this book, but I have no idea who she is or when he met her. I just cannot remember.
I am glad with how things turned out for everyone. I dont know why, but for some reason I suspected the ending would go down something like it did. No tragic fates are hanging over anyone's heads. And I am glad that this series is over and I can move on.
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This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you intThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you into the world. It took a bit longer to get me attached to the characters, but nevertheless it did in due time. I really enjoyed the idea behind the story and Arin being Kestrel's slave. It really makes for an interesting relationship, and incredible strain on both of them. It reminded me a lot of the world of Tangled Web. I imagined them to look aesthetically similar, and they also both feature romances with slaves.
"Fifty keystones for a singer who refused to sing, a friend who wasn't her friend, some one who was hers and yet would never be hers."
I really enjoyed the narration, and the way things seemed to slowly be revealed. It could be the reason why it took me time to grown attached to the characters, although I was interested in the story from the beginning. I felt like it took time for Kestrel and Arin's true natures to be revealed, even through their own POVs, and it was almost hypnotic, as I waited for the small drips of information to be released. And in the end, they both turned out to be more incredible then I had expected.
Kestrel is so intelligent. She is one of those people who you never see coming until its too late. And Arin, he is incredibly brave and selfless as he fights for the freedom of this people and at the same time never forgets the needs of Kestrel. They are both amazing tacticians, and I wonder if the future will have them fighting together, or against each other.
I enjoyed the first half of the book more for sure, because it was more about discovery and hope. But in the second half of the book, when everything is in the open, there is such a strong sense of betrayal and desperation. I have a hard time handling that sort of emotion, even in moderate doses. Luckily, I was able to look at the bigger picture and handle it. As long as the following two installments in the trilogy don't drag down my mood too much more.
The bigger picture that I see, is that Kestrel and Arin still love each other despite everything, and that makes it even more beautiful. It gave Kestrel the grounds to prove it by sacrificing her future for Arin's. And although Arin didn't have the opportunity to prove it on the grand scale that Kestrel did, he did prove it in small ways. And the way the story ended leaves us knowing that there is still so much more to come for Kestrel and Arin. I can only imagine the scope the this will take, and the influence Kestrel and Arin will have on the future of their nations.
**WARNING** This book has M-M-F menage. I stopped reading and deleted it from my Kindle as soon as it came up. Some ppl are into that, I'm sure. Its a**WARNING** This book has M-M-F menage. I stopped reading and deleted it from my Kindle as soon as it came up. Some ppl are into that, I'm sure. Its a matter of personal taste. But even if I was into that, she knew the guy for less than a day when he was like, "Meet my friend." And then BAM, threesome in the kitchen. WTF she doesnt even know the second guy! What a hobag....more
This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever coul**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."
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is the series that first got me into reading, than her other books. It has that great sense of adventure and discovery, and life and love and friendship. And heroism.
I absolutely loved Ember. She was so full of life and spunk. And her physical appearance was a perfect representation of who she was underneath. She was small with bright green eyes and spiky red hair. She was such a firecracker (or Firebrand, as Riley liked to call her). She was like a female Puck. A person like her would never have survived inside Talon. At least not with her soul intact. She needed freedom. But I love how, in the end, it was not selfishness and her desire for freedom that finally convinced her to leave. She would not have been happy in Talon, but I don't know for sure whether or not she would have left without Riley's help. I'd like to think she would have stayed for her brother. But in the end, it was her goodness and her heroism that finally convinced her of what she needed to do.
And the same goes for Garret. He may have unwillingly fallen in love with a dragon, causing him to question everything he has ever known. But it was not only his concern for Ember that made him betray St. George, but the fact that if Ember is good, than others must be as well. He would not kill Riley, or Nettle or Remy either. Because like Ember, he will do what he believes to be the right thing, not only the thing that is best for him.
This book was just full of great characters, from the protagonists, to Dante and Riley and Wes, and even Lexi. Riley is a great friend for Ember and I am so glad that she found someone who understands her and she can talk to about being a dragon. I enjoy the fact that their relationship is complicated and I look forward to seeing how much more complicated it becomes. Although I hope not too much happens between them, because it is clear that any attraction is a result of their dragon natures, and has little to do with actual feelings. I also really enjoyed Dante and I feel sorry for him. He was so easily fooled and put under Talon's thumb. I really hope that he comes around in the end, because he was a really great brother to Ember in the beginning.
I loved the fact that the story and mythology of the dragons was balanced with the amount of romance. In YA series you sometimes have to wait for several books before a romance really develops. But in Talon, Ember and Garret are in love and making sacrifices by the end of the first book. And that didnt take away from the high stakes of the story at all. I really look forward to learning more about Talon's secrets. What we learned about Vipers and Chameleons, and their possible secrets labs was all interesting and I am sure Ember will now work to rescue others and expose their secrets. I also look forward to her infiltrating St. George and rescuing Garret, and hopefully more shifting, now that she is free to do as she pleases. I am really excited for this series and I can see so much potential for it to be totally epic. ...more
So this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to goThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
So this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to go. This series has always been non-stop action and thrills, with dozens of characters and constant changing of settings. So much is going on that it feels like an Urban Fantasy. But with the amount of romance in it, it also feels like a PNR.
I love McKenzie as a heroine. She held her own against the fae. She couldnt beat them in a fight, but she could keep her wits about her, and she was never afraid to do what she had to for the fae she sided with. But her number one trait, is the fact that she made a decision in regards to the love-triangle at the end of book 1, and she never went back. She never regretted it. She never even bent a little bit. Even though she may have loved them both once, she will never betray the one that she chose. More YA heroines need to be more like her.
I love this fae world and the idea of shadow readers and the fae powers. It was a combination of the familiar fae world and the new. Basically, I feel the exact same about this book as I did the first two in the series. Either of my other reviews could be applied to this one. I highly recommend this book to fans of fae, strong heroines, and action-packed romance.
I informed readers in my first two reviews that although this is an adult series, there is no objectionable material for younger readers besides a few F-bombs. But this book is the first in the series to have a sex scene, although it remains fairly clean, being described in the vaguest of terms. But it does not fade to black.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Ace, in exchange for an honest review....more
I loved this book! I would give it a 4.5/5. And that is high for a contemporary coming from me. It is hilarious and sexy and fun.
I saw a lot of negatI loved this book! I would give it a 4.5/5. And that is high for a contemporary coming from me. It is hilarious and sexy and fun.
I saw a lot of negative reviews by the time I got my copy of this, and I had become skeptical. Some complained about all the books that have come out since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read that one myself, but I know enough to say that this is different. The only similarity is that they are both erotica and started as fanfic. This is not BDSM. They were intense, and a bit rough, but nothing beyond some hair pulling and playful biting, and nothing that actually hurt. I would not have read it if it had. Their sex was amusingly inventive.
In the beginning Chloe and Bennett hate each other sooo much. They are always being smart with each other, rude, using foul language. But right at the start, in the first chapter, Bennett makes his move, grabs her ass while they are discussing work, next thing you know he has her face first against the window and enjoying it. But their mouths dont stop.
"Please, go fuck yourself." - "You're an asshole, Mr. Ryan." - "What the fuck do you think you're doing?" - "Stop talking, you're ruining it."
The things they say, and the situations they get themselves into are hilarious. After that first time, they cant be alone and not have sex. Regardless of where they are at the time. In the office, in the elevator, in the parking garage, in a dressing room, in his parents bathroom! Its almost constant. Every chapter. And they are both stubborn, foul-mouthed, dirty-minded and controlling. Chloe is not the usual meek, virginal heroine. Whatever he gives out, she throws back in his face. And she can wrap him around her little finger. They were in no way forcing each other to submit to anything. They were both strong enough to know what they wanted and to be willing to take it. So despite the verbal abuse they both dished out on each other, it didnt bother me and I had no problem accepting it in this context. They gave as good as they got. Not that there is much likelihood of this kind of relationship working in reality, but hey, its escapism after all.
The transformation of their relationship from hate to love is actually really convincing and fun to watch. I could see their potential from the beginning. Even while telling each other off, I could see the kind of people they were, and how well they could work together if they only tried. I loved their relationship and where it was going from early on. But what they could become together really hit me when Chloe was upset with Bennett for forcing her to wait in his office while he finished a business call. To punish him, she sat in the chair across from his desk and gave him a full view while she touched herself. Not many women would do that. Even less would relish the opportunity. That is the only kind of woman that could handle Bennett Ryan, and I adored them both.
"What are you doing to me?" "I'm pretty sure I did that to myself."
As the romance picked up near the end, the sex slowed down. The last time was at 87% (I wish there had been once more after the resolution). In any contemporary romance a conflict is introduced in the second half of the book. And this book is no exception. I always hate that step. But in this case, it didnt come until 90%, and it was brief, only one chapter in Bennett's POV, and it was quickly resolved. It didnt upset me as much as I feared, although I do believe Chloe overreacted a bit. I loved seeing them working together in that last chapter. Seeing what they had become. Cooperating on work, not just sex (ok they usually didnt cooperate then either).
I also totally love the cover. Everything about it is perfect. The colours, the font, the arrogant pose. Perfect!
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This book thoroughly exceeded my expectations. I loved The Lost Prince, but I think it was still missing something that the original four Iron Fey booThis book thoroughly exceeded my expectations. I loved The Lost Prince, but I think it was still missing something that the original four Iron Fey books had. Then I didnt even give Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden books 5-stars. I enjoy them but they dont even come close to how much I love The Iron Fey. But The Iron Traitor has everything that I ever loved about The Iron Fey.
The sense of adventure and of being on a mission was very strong in this book. Every step they took had a purpose. The story didnt wander around at all. Even if Ethan didnt always agree with their mission's purpose, and even if they failed in the end, it still took them somewhere important.
I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters better in this book, even Ethan. He was the MC so we got to know him pretty well in book 1, but I am really impressed with him now; with how loyal he is to Keirran despite everything (well, I dont know about after the ending, but we'll see), with how he treats Kenzie. The amount of romance was increased quie a bit from book 1. Ethan may be an asshole to most people, but really, he is a wonderful person inside who will always be there for you. Kenzie is pretty badass, and yeah, she reminds me of Meghan. :P Annwyl is a sweetheart and I cant blame Keirran for falling in love with her. I hope to see more of her in the future.
Then there is Keirran. *sigh* Keirran, Keirran. What can I say about you? Keirran is just what you would imagine the son of Meghan and Ash to be like. He is polite, kind, loyal, brave, fierce, unstoppable, loves passionately, and he is totally hot. Whatever is happening to him, I cant hold it against him. I feel so sorry for him, and afraid for him. I dont know what is happening to him, but it cant be the amulet that is stealing his soul, since he was acting strangely since book 1 when he did not save Ethan from the Forgotten. Although, perhaps the amulet is making it worse. It could have something to do with his parentage. The curse of crossbreeding Fae. It reminds me of Perry's family's curse in Under the Never Sky. I love Keirran and Ethan both for different reasons, and I cant really say which I prefer, but I really hope everything turns out ok in the end for both of them.
I love the fact that Ethan has developed his own group of friends and companions with their own strengths and resources, and he doesnt have to rely on his sister. But I also love the fact that Meghan and her friends are still around and willing to help if they are needed. Meghan wasnt in it too much, but I loved seeing Ash, especially in his role as a father. When he told Keirran that he understood how he felt, how he needed to do anything to save Annwyl, I nearly cried. Grimalkin was...well, Grimalkin. But Puck was in this the most out of the old characters and he was great. I couldnt help but smile the whole time he was around. And he risked his neck for Meghan's brother and son on more than one occasion. I cant help but wonder if he still loves her, or if he is just doing it for a friend.
The result of all of this is an incredible addition to The Iron Fey saga that did not disappoint me in the slightest and I cannot wait for book 3. I dont know if it will be the last in the series, but if it is, well, my heart is racing just at the anticipation of all that is going to happen in the book. I'm sure it will blow my mind!...more
This book did a great job of introducing the history in Destiny's Fire, and even setting up for the future of the series. But it is still its own ama
This book did a great job of introducing the history in Destiny's Fire, and even setting up for the future of the series. But it is still its own amazing story. The two novels dont depend upon each other and you can read one or the other on its own. But I would definitely recommend reading them both because they are amazing. I still slightly prefer Destiny's Fire because it is more my speed. I prefer the fun, fast-pace and the feel of YA romance. Also, Reese is more my type of guy. Astarte's Wrath was darker and felt more like a New Adult. I thought the characters were older and it wasnt until I was finished the book that I looked up how old Caesarion was during the events of the book, and he was 17. Something about the characters and the story made them seem older. I knew they were young, but I was thinking more like 19. Despite their young age and the mild sexual content, I am still listing this as NA.
"Hearing him refer to me as his intended opens my heart like the sea opens to the sky, and I am his."
I have always loved history, and when I was younger I was fascinated by Egypt. I never studied it because I was just a kid, but I had Egypt themed bed sheets and little Egyptian figurines and posters. :P So I really, really enjoyed the setting and I really appreciate all the work Trisha Wolfe put into making this accurate. It really felt authentic and it made it so much easier to just disappear into the story. And the added fantasy elements just made it all the more amazing. I loved the world of the Kythan from Destiny's Fire, and I am even more familiar with it now and its just awesome. Although I feel like I should reread Destiny's Fire because it seems I dont remember it as well as I thought I did.
"Xarion's chest heaves. His bloodied face looks more beautiful than I've ever seen it."
The writing is top-notch and totally captivating, and the story has everything. So much intense action and violence, magic and mythology, romance and heartbreak, and great characters. Star was totally kick-ass! Caesarion was strong and sweet, and Phoenix was funny and loyal. I loved them all! Although I prefer Reese over Caesarion, I think I prefer Star over Dez.
And the ending was sort of perfect. I can think of ways I would have preferred for it to end, but the ending managed to evoke just the right combination of emotions for it to shake me without leaving me broken. I cried twice, but it was still sort of an HEA. You will just have to read it for yourself to find out. You wont regret it. And I cannot say enough things about how gorgeous the cover is. I absolutely love it! I don't know if the girl is a model or a drawing, but she is freaking gorgeous! Her hair is perfect and shiny, and her lips and her eyes, and the interesting necklace, balanced with the Egyptian background. Love it!
"You're home," he says, his voice stirring all my love. "You're my home."
And thank you so much to Trisha Wolfe for providing this copy of her book to me for review. I love you!...more
I would give this 3.5/5 since I did enjoy it a bit more than Pushing the Limits. Mostly I preferred Beth and Ryan as characters. They were more real aI would give this 3.5/5 since I did enjoy it a bit more than Pushing the Limits. Mostly I preferred Beth and Ryan as characters. They were more real and relatable. I found Echo's history in Pushing the Limits too extreme and over-the-top and it felt like her tragic story was being used to try to push sympathy onto us in order to care for her, instead of caring for her because of who she was. Beth went through some serious shit too, but she was a real person who was barely hanging on and I loved her for who she was. I also loved Ryan for going through his more common family problems and doing his best, and being such a genuine and sweet guy. He saved Beth, and Beth gave him a breath of life. I loved them both as people even if stories that feed off tragedy arent really my thing. I will still read Crash into You. Isaiah is pretty tragic too and I am not sure how I will feel about it, but I guess I will find out....more
I would give this a 2.5/5. It wasnt really my kind of book but I got tricked into reading it by the pretty cover. It was a murder mystery. It wasnt aI would give this a 2.5/5. It wasnt really my kind of book but I got tricked into reading it by the pretty cover. It was a murder mystery. It wasnt a quirky Nancy Drew style story. It wasnt haunting like the red and black cover might suggest. It wasnt romantic like most YA. It was just a murder mystery.
Tandy's parents are killed in the middle of the night, in their tightly locked up apartment. So the cops' prime suspects are Tandy, her twin brother Harry, their older brother Matty, and the youngest, Hugo. Tandy's family is extremely unusual. Her parents owned a pharmaceutical company and liked to test drugs on her and her siblings. They were raised with high expectations, strict education, and emotions were discouraged. Tandy and her three brother all have genius level IQs, so they are all Tandy's prime suspects as well.
But Tandy doesnt lock her brothers out of her investigation. She loves them all, and although she believes they are all capable of murder, she would understand their motives and not hold it against them. So they all work together to catch the killer. They uncover many secrets during their investigation, about their parents, and themselves. And there are still more secrets yet to be discovered.
I really loved Tandy's brothers. Especially Harry. He was considered the weak one but I just found him so lovable. And Hugo was pretty hilarious, he was like a mini jock. He was only 10, but every time he was proud of himself he would dance around like he scored a touchdown. And he liked to hit things. He had quite the temper and strength for his age. I was curious enough in the story to keep reading, and find out who the killer was. But it wasnt a particularly exciting or engaging experience. I found the ending interesting, although the idea had crossed my mind beforehand. I probably wont read the sequel, although I wouldnt mind learning more about James. There was no romance in this book, but there could be if Tandy decides to try to find James in the future. I like the idea of Tandy becoming a detective. She was good at it and with her IQ she could be amazing. I'm still not really a fan of mysteries though so I probably wont read more about Tandoori Angel....more
I would give this between 4-4.5/5. It was a very interesting world that reminded me ofThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I would give this between 4-4.5/5. It was a very interesting world that reminded me of a cross between ancient Rome and Barsoom. Azurha's planet was conquered by the Deizians, who now rule using their technology which only they can control with magic. It was a combination of fantasy and sci-fi that you dont see often, especially not in romance.
I have read a lot of court intrigues and books about female assassins lately, and this was better than all of them. It wasn't too slow or talkie and didn't focus on politics. The romance was smoldering and the action and suspense was so intense that it literally left me breathless with anticipation. At one point, I had to put the book down and watch some TV for awhile, to let my heart-rate get back to normal.
Azurha and Titus had great chemistry that you could see and feel, even outside the bedroom, although thats where they spent most of their time. The sex scenes are not particularly graphic and are sometimes as short as one paragraph, but they are ridiculously frequent so I would still categorize this as erotica. Azurha is a perfect example of the saying, "Behind every great man is a great woman." With her help, Titus has the potential to be a great emperor who can save their planet. They complement each other and make each other want to be better people. And they love each other desperately.
There is always a conflict part-way through a romance, and Titus was inevitably going to find out Azurha's secret, but I love how it was handled. Titus acted rationally and considered what he knew about her before jumping to any conclusions. He loved her enough to consider her side before letting his hurt feelings get in the way. It was a major event, but hardly even a stumbling block in their relationship.
The first part of the book focused on developing Azurha and Titus' relationship and establishing her place in the story. But after Azurha changed her mind about her place, things started to get tense. There was always something else around the corner. But now Azurha and Titus can face it together, and I cannot wait to read the next book!
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more