After all the time Laurann Dohner took to make sure we knew how much Tiger was against having a mate, especially a human one, I was worried this bookAfter all the time Laurann Dohner took to make sure we knew how much Tiger was against having a mate, especially a human one, I was worried this book wouldnt live up. But it didnt take long at all for me to realize that Tiger and Zandy were a perfect couple. Zandy was so spunky, outspoken, and brave. The scene when they first met was hilarious. She was the kind of woman who could handle Tiger. Although Tiger didnt quite seem himself in this book. He was more serious than usual and didnt joke around as much as I am used to. Probably because of how confused he was about Zandy. Tiger is so much sweeter than I would have ever imagined. All of these men have their animal side, but it comes out in some more than others. I think that Slade and Justice were some of the more vicious of all the men focused on so far. But Tiger was amazingly sweet and swoony, more like Valiant and Wrath. This is probably my second favoruite of the series after Justice.
This book was well paced and felt like it had more content than some of the others. There was a lot of focus on the human hate groups, and several attacks on Zandy. And what is a New Species book without at least one kidnapping? :P I wish I could have seen a bit more of the aftermath of their relationship though. Most of the others met Justice and introduced their new mate. Sometimes the new mate would introduce the NS to their family, some had weddings. This book ended a bit more abruptly than the others. There were quite a few comments throughout the book, about how shocked everyone was the Tiger was with a human, but I didnt get to see a lot of congratulating at the end. Justice is like a brother to Tiger and I especially would have liked him and Jessie to meet Zandy.
I am really excited to read Obsidian. I dont know if we have ever met him before. I dont recognize the number 880 even. But he was mentioned in Tiger as a patient of Dr. Allison Baker who she was becoming obsessed with. :P That could be interesting. I am sad that I am almost caught up with this series....more
I really enjoyed this book despite only giving it a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the story, it was extremely high tension compared to some of the others. LI really enjoyed this book despite only giving it a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the story, it was extremely high tension compared to some of the others. Lots of actual action, and Lauren is a pretty kick-ass heroine. Not as much as Jessie, but Justice deserves the most kick-ass mate, no doubt about that. And I love Wrath, and it was new for us to get to know one of the newly released NS so well. For those of you who have read it, Wrath is 919 from Brawn. And he was sooo sweet. He was brand new to the outside world and even more worried than most about accidentally hurting Lauren. He was such a sweetheart. The smut content in this one was excellent. There is a reason Wrath is showering on the cover. They spent a lot of time in the shower, and this was me for most of the book.
The reason I am giving this 3.5 though is because I didnt find their relationship entirely believable. I know this series is not setting out to be believable, and I accept that in all the books the couples get together rather quickly, and Laurann Dohner has to think up more and more scenarios to make that happen. It may not be easy, but this was one of the less believable scenarios. Wrath and Lauren had their one passionate night together, and then their mission the next day, and then that is it before she decides she is in love with him. He is sweet, but that is ridiculous. And Wrath does the same. He is obsessed with her in that way that NS always are, and I have no idea why. Sure, she was brave during their mission, but is there anything else about her that he loves? I have no idea, I dont really get it.
But I still really enjoyed it. It was steamy and cute, and I am so excited to read Tiger next. I now know who all the future books are about besides Obsidian but I read the blurb for it and I know none of these books are about 927. We still dont know his name, so he may never get his own book. I am also wondering if Brass or Flame will ever get their own books. Maybe Flame wont if he stays with Amanda. But what about Brass?! He has been in so many of these books and I really like him. He better get one in the future....more
I would give this more of a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Brawn and Becca where captured by Mercile and involved in breeding exI would give this more of a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Brawn and Becca where captured by Mercile and involved in breeding experiments like Tammy and 927 were in Valiant. They had only met the day before they were captured, but they were very attracted to each other. During the experiments, and all the time they spent together locked in the same cage, they grew very close, being each other's only source of comfort. What was being done to them was barbaric, but they were still really sweet. I loved Brawn, he was a bit more laid back than the others. A bit of a sense of humour (although not as much as Tiger) and he was really sweet. I really got them as a couple, and I loved how Becca was described. She was always trying to point out to Brawn that she was in bad shape or slightly overweight, but he just thought she was beautiful. She was the first human mate to a NS who was not described as tiny. She isnt as big and sturdy as the NS females, but she can handle Brawn.
What I didnt enjoy so much was the second half of the book, after they were rescued. I much prefer when outside forces get between a couple, usually paranormal or sci-fi forces, not human miscommunication and deception. That just reminds me too much of contemporary romance, which I am not really a fan of. Once they were rescued, someone lied to them in order to try to keep them apart, and it led to a lot of heartache. I really didnt enjoy all the fighting that followed, and all the anger. Brawn wasnt so sweet anymore. He was always angry and although I know he would never hurt Becca, he was acting pretty scary and I am surprised she wasnt turned off by it more. I didnt enjoy the smutty parts as much either, because it was always out of anger. They still turned each other on, even though they werent getting along any more and it just wasnt as enjoyable when the connection between them was struggling. I still think their first time together was the most touching, even if it was in a cage with perverts watching. But I am really happy for them and it was still enjoyable over all. And this is totally one of the hottest covers in the series!...more
This was by far the best of the series for me. I absolutely loved Justice and Jessie! They are each the best hero and heroine of the series. Justice iThis was by far the best of the series for me. I absolutely loved Justice and Jessie! They are each the best hero and heroine of the series. Justice is far more human seeming than the other New Species, so that made him more appealing to me and far more realistic. But there is still an animal in him, and when it came it was more impressive. They mentioned more than once that the reason Justice was chosen as leader was because he was more calm and reasonable than the others, which we saw much proof of. But they also said it was because he was the best fighter, but we never saw proof of it before so I kind of forgot. But in this book, there is a scene where Justice was fighting some friends just to let off some steam. They we fighting two against one. Justice against Tiger and Brass and he took them both down. Brass isn't the best fighter. We know that because Slade beat him two books back. But Tiger is head of security and I imagine he is a very good fighter. It was pretty awesome. Also, Justice is even louder than Valiant! Haha, if you read Valiant then you know what I mean.
Another thing about this book that was different from the rest of the series is that it did not deal with Mercile or the human hate groups at all. It was completely focused on Justice and Jessie because they were the main obstacle to their relationship. They had a push and pull thing going on because Justice didn't think that his people would accept her as his mate, and she was getting sick of waiting for him. I really enjoyed the new focus and was glad for a bit of a break from all the horrible people who want to make the NS lives hell.
I really loved Justice and Jessie as individuals as well as as a couple. There were amazing ppl and they were perfect for each other. They were also really funny. There were so many hilarious scenes that had me laughing, as well as some tense scenes that had me biting my nails. The ending was amazing. There was a scene at a party that was amazing and I thought it was the climax of the book. But not long after there was a new, major conflict and I was blown away!
This series just gets better and better, and I don't even notice any more that I used to think that it felt a bit contrived. I don't know if the series is getting better or if I got used to it. But I really recommend this series to fans of smut. It has everything. Great romance, excellent smut content, and amazing world, story, and characters. I am really looking forward to reading Brawn. I wasn't at first because I thought Brawn was a jerk. But later I found out that it was all part of the plan and that he was faking it. Now that I know that, it's actually kinda funny. I look forward to getting to know him (plus he looks delish on the cover). Unfortunately, we did not find out 927's name in this book, so I don't know if he will ever be featured. He could be since there are so many books with names I don't recognize. From the rest of the series I only recognize the names Tiger and Moon. ...more
This book was wonderful. It was really sweet and I love Valiant and Tammy. They first had sex even sooner than Slade and Trisha did, but it didnt bothThis book was wonderful. It was really sweet and I love Valiant and Tammy. They first had sex even sooner than Slade and Trisha did, but it didnt bother me because Valiant is one of the most animal of all the NS, so it was a basic animal attraction, something that cant be explained beyond that and doesnt have to be. I can just accept it and move on and enjoy the book.
Valiant was really a sweetheart, which is funny since he terrified everyone besides Tammy. He would have everyone shaking in the their boots, and then little 5'3" Tammy would put her fits on her hips and tell him to quit growling at her friends. :P
Although all the books so far have had storylines regarding the human hate groups, this one was the most engaging. I was so anxious when Tammy was being held with 927. I couldnt read fast enough to see Valiant come and rescue her. :) And I loved 927. I am going to read Justice right away and hopefully in it is mentioned what name he picked so I can find out whether or not any of the future books are about him. I am also really looking forward to the book just for Justice. We have known him the longest out of all the featured males so far since he was in every book. I guess Slade was in every book so far too, but Justice is different from the others. I am sure book 4 will reveal his inner-NS. :P I cant wait....more
This book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed byThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed by the Korum POV content. I was surprised by all his inner workings. He is really an extraordinary man and I love him so much. I loved him before but mostly because of how mysterious and deliciously intimidating he was. But now that I know what is inside of him I just melt. His world revolves around Mia. He would and has done almost anything for her. Her wish is his command. I love how it was said that the greatest force for peace between the Ks and humanity is Korum's love for Mia. Wow! Thats some Homer sh*% right there!
"Her huge blue eyes ... made him want to slay dragons..."
Korum and Mia's relationship is amazing and tumultuous and I loved seeing it come all this way. It was the HEA to end all HEAs. Not only were they happy and in love and going to live HEA, but then they (view spoiler)[discover a way to restore Mia's memories (hide spoiler)]. And as if that werent enough, Korum's gotta (view spoiler)[go and propose! And then they have the biggest wedding in the history of Earth and Krina (hide spoiler)]! Then they find out (view spoiler)[that they can have children (hide spoiler)]!? OMG! Then the cherry on top is (view spoiler)[the Elders granting Mia's family immortality (hide spoiler)].
"I enjoy you, Mia--you enhance every moment of my existence. Your smile, your laugh--even your stubbornness--make me happier than I've ever been before."
This book had some tension at the beginning with the mysterious K who I wont reveal to you, but after that it was pretty smooth sailing. I was sort of missing the tension that I loved so much about the first two books, but I am happy that Korum and Mia are have such a bright future ahead of them. And I cannot wait for what else the K and Anna Zaires have in store for me in The Krinar Captive!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I enjoyed this story for the most part. The first 3 stages of the testing in the firstThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I enjoyed this story for the most part. The first 3 stages of the testing in the first half of the book reminded me a lot of the fierce competing in Divergent. But the final stage of testing, and the second half of the book, was without a doubt similar to The Hunger Games. Although YA dystopians abound these days, I enjoyed the world and thought it was well done.
But I found the character development seriously lacking. Cia is a decent heroine, but she's not amazing, imo. She was determined and brave but not in any way that makes her stand out among the plethora of brave YA heroines. She was smart in a way that made her impossible to relate to and her loyalty was blind.
I wanted to love Tomas because Cia does, but he just wasnt anything special, and I found myself wishing for a love-triangle with Michal. That would probably spice up the character development a bit. And I find that tiny twist about Tomas at the end to be unbelievable and unfair. I am angry at the author for spending the whole book trying to convince us Tomas is a certain kind of person, only to tell us differently in the end with no proof and no idea what to do with the information she has given us except hold it in the palm of our hands until Independent Study. This is not what I call a cliffhanger and it does not make me more invested in his character. It is incomplete and took away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
But I am curious enough about their world and whether or not Cia can take it down from the inside to keep reading eventually. ...more
I loved this just as much the second time around, having already read Eden, if not morA version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
I loved this just as much the second time around, having already read Eden, if not more. At first I wasnt enjoying it as much because it was focusing mostly on the love-triangle, and I know how that turns out. But as it went on the story picked up and dragged me back in, plus there were subtle differences that had me feeling like I did the first time.
The backstory about how the Bane came to be was more thorough (the name the Bane is also new), as well as Eve's history. I dont remember her having flashbacks in Eden, but I may be wrong. The balance of the love-triangle was also changed. Its hard to explain without spoiling, but in Eden one of my favourite things about the book was the fact that I had no idea who Eve would choose until she made her choice. She didnt lean towards one guy or the other. It was completely even before she had her epiphany. But in this, the balance was changed. Some scenes were taken out, and the guy that Eve eventually chooses was given more focus. I guess that can be a good thing too, so readers dont get too attached to the other guy and become disappointed. It happens a lot, of course. There are lots of fans of Gale, Puck, and Jacob out there. But at least in The Bane, readers are not misled. I really enjoyed these changes and I loved the fleshing out of Eve's love interest. In The Bane, he is the obvious choice for her. They belong together, they fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. There's really no contest anymore. The changes were a definite improvement.
I didnt notice much of a difference in Eve as a character, or the story. There were no improvements needed. Eve still kicks ass, and the story is a great post-apoc world with heavy sci-fi, action, and romance elements. I am so glad that this time around I have a sequel to look forward to and I cannot wait to read The Human!
I really enjoyed this book and still love the world of the Deizian Empire. Modius andThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really enjoyed this book and still love the world of the Deizian Empire. Modius and Izana make a great pair and I just loved them together. Izana was such an interesting character. I loved how confidently she seduced Modius despite being a slave. She was a very strong woman, but she was very different from Azruha. She wasn't physically capable, but she was incredible brave and self-sacrificing. Willing to do anything for the people she cared about and the empire.
Modius was a great character too. He was both highly educated and physically capable due to his previous military training. But he was also very loving. I think that was probably my favourite thing about him. How easily he accepted Izana and opened his heart to her. He had no hesitation due to the fact that she was a slave.
This story wasn't as action-packed and intensely suspenseful as Tangled Web, but it was still a great part of the story of the Deizian Empire that is told in this series. It was definitely worth it to see Modius and Izana fall in love, and to know that there are more great people like Azruha and Titus, and that there is hope for the empire.
I can't wait to read Galerius and Claudia's story. I really didn't expect the next story to be about them. I was thinking it would be about Marcus. But I definitely look forward to learning more about the glowering Galerius and seeing Claudia redeem herself.
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to forceI think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to force another fairy tale into the story, when it would be so much better without it. The fairy tale princesses is a gimmick that this series doesn't need in order to be good.
Although, this book did focus a great deal more on Cinder than Scarlet did, which is a shame since if one of these books needed more Cinder, it was Scarlet. I really didnt care about either of the new characters in that book, and it only got good at the end when Cinder was reintroduced.
But luckily this book only introduced one new character instead of two, and it didnt take as much time away from Cinder, and Cress wasnt so bad. Although their relationship is only in the very early stages, she and Thorne seem to make more sense together than Wolf and Scarlet do. And Cress really comes in handy. I really couldnt care less about what is happening to Scarlet right now. She is the most useless character in the book.
But still, every single time there was a chapter from Cinder or Kai's POV, I would forget about everyone else, I would forget that it wasnt their story all along. Because it should be. This is Cinder and Kai's story and everyone else just fades away into the background. They are the only characters with the power to keep bringing me back to this series, as well as the great story. And Thorne of course. And the last chapter. Oh my gosh! That is what I have been waiting for for the past 2 books! My heart is singing!
I would like to give this a 3.5/5. It started out really slow. I enjoyed Wolf's character. I really like the timid, socially awkward guys, like Kale fI would like to give this a 3.5/5. It started out really slow. I enjoyed Wolf's character. I really like the timid, socially awkward guys, like Kale from Touch. But not much really happened in Scarlet and Wolf's story till the end. I much preferred the Cinder and Kai chapters. It was really painful to read the Kai chapters and see how confused he is about Cinder. I especially hate hearing everyone slandering her. There is no one who really knows Cinder except Iko, and in the end, Thorne as well. But I was really hoping that Cinder would find a way to get word to Kai. She really needs to tell him her story, especially the part about who she is. Maybe, if he knew, he wouldn't have made the announcement that he did at the end. Poor Kai. :( Not only is he suffering because of the state of his homeland, but also because of Cinder. Losing her and not knowing whether he ever knew her in the first place. Not knowing whether he was made a fool of or not. The story picked up in the last 100 pages or so, during the scenes in Paris, once the attack started. And especially once Cinder and Thorne showed up.
The next book might be similar to this. Another detour with unrelated characters. Postposing Cinder's reunion with Kai until the finale. I hope I am wrong, but we shall see. I love the world and story, and am enjoying the series as a whole. I am glad that Cinder and Kai remain in the story, even during the detours. ...more
So, some background on my relationship with Cassie. I read City of Bones first. Wasn't a huge fan of it, didn't particularly like Clary or Jace, I hated their relationship, and I hated Simon. The only redeeming quality was the excellent world-building and Magnus Bane. As I read City of Ashes and City of Glass I felt the same way and decided that was a good place to stop. I have never read City of Fallen Angels.
Then, as I heard all the ravings from fans about how much better TID was, and all the raving about Will and Jem, I became curious and wanted to know which side of the love-triangle I would fall on. So I read Clockwork Angel and yes, it is much better. It introduced me to Jem, who is the best thing Cassie has ever created, the story was very interesting, and Tessa is somewhat better than Clary. At least I don't actively dislike her. But there is one major drawback. Will Herondale is one of the worst things I have ever seen created on paper. I cant even tell you have much I hate him because words do not suffice.
I am always somewhat scared to start a new Cassie Clare book because her world is amazing and it has a lot of potential to impress me but I just seem to hate what she seems to think is a good romance and a good romantic lead. I do intend to keep trying though, by reading each of her new series. But as I said, Magnus Bane is one of the redeeming characters she has created, and I was excited to read about him in his own world.
Each story in this book was interesting in its own right. I won't say which was my favourite because they were all interesting, entertaining, funny, and they all taught me something new about Magnus Bane. That is the best thing about this book. The overall experience of getting to know Magnus Bane. He never received this kind of undivided attention before and I feel like I know him intimately now. I don't know how much he appeared in the latter books of TMI, but this gave me a whole new view of him and I love him even more. He is an amazing warlock and an amazing person.
I loved seeing the friends he made over the years, the lovers, how he treated people, including Shadowhunters; how he tried to save Raphael, and Camille, innocent werewolf families. He is a hero. But he never stops being Magnus either. He shows up to battle in hot pink. I love his sense of humour too, his sarcasm. That is something I already knew about him, but I really enjoyed seeing more of it. Two side of him worth loving.
I also loved seeing him with Alec. I enjoyed Alec in the books as well, but its different when you see him as Magnus sees him. I never knew Alec was so insecure and shy and good. I loved the way Magnus described him and the way he made him feel. It makes me reconsider finishing TMI, just to get a few more glimpses of Magnus and Alec together. I now have an incredible love and respect for Magnus Bane. I love him more than this series can contain. He is too big for his world. I will keep trying with Cassie Clare, but I have no reason to expect to find anything as great as this by her in the future.
This was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just dThis was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just didnt feel quite as blown away as I did before.
The action was pretty much literally non-stop, and I could never guess what was going to happen next or how they were going to get themselves out of anything. Although I was really sad that (view spoiler)[Cinder died. I didnt see that coming. Although I think its really awesome that they named their city after him. They couldnt have come up with a better name (hide spoiler)]. It was also great to see the dwellers finally mingling at the end, and something maybe happening between Soren and Brooke. I finally started to like Brooke a bit in Brooke.
Over all an awesome series that I recommend to all YA fans. Especially post-apoc fans["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book was nothing like what I expected. I think it deserves a 3.5/5. I was expecting it to be just like Origin but just with a different location,This book was nothing like what I expected. I think it deserves a 3.5/5. I was expecting it to be just like Origin but just with a different location, and different characters. I expected great characters, heart-stopping suspense, and heart-melting romance. And although the story was still good and there was a lot of action, it just was not what I was looking for.
Sophie and Jim are cool enough, but I did not love them like I did Pia and Eio, not even close. And I will not even categorize this as a romance. It is not a romance. There are hints that Sophie and Jim like each other. We can assume something may come of it in the future, but we are not even left with a single hint or sign that that will indeed happen. Most of the time Jim was actually with Lux, and I would have preferred if a romance had been started between them instead. I know that Lux imprinted on Jim and it would be difficult to have a relationship under those circumstances, but it could work with an ambitious author. Maybe it is just the imprint talking, but I feel like Jim and Lux had a much stronger connection than Jim and Sophie.
It also did not feel like this book had as much sci-fi and fantasy elements as Origin. Origin had a distinctly dystopian feel, and even some fantasy with the magical flower that makes people immortal. Vitro was more of a techno-thriller. Michael Crichton for teens. It even had his favourite tropical setting. Very Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs. So if you like techno-thrillers, or preferred the science aspect of Origin over the romance, then I recommend this book. It was interesting and fast paced. But if you have read this book or are interested in it, I highly recommend reading Origin as well....more
I was a bit disappointed with this since I have come to expect so much from Trisha Wolfe. I really wanted to love this, but I couldnt.
First of all, the world it was set in really drove me crazy. I couldnt stand the idea of a matriarchy. Its not like I want to be ruled by men, but it should be equality and anything else just feels wrong. Kal tried to explain that it wasnt about forcing men to obey, but to show respect and a woman's need to protect her family. I dont care how it is justified its still wrong. And I know Kal came around in the end, and that was part of her journey. Learning that men are just as useful as women. But it was still infuriating. At the end, when Kal is like, "Hey, Caben can take care of himself after all. Maybe he is good for something." And I am just thinking, "No shit!" It didnt make it any easier for me. I still hated everything about her society, and couldnt really come around to her either because of it. It nearly ruined the whole book for me.
I didnt really like Kaliope anyways. She was so dedicated to becoming a Nactue and had trained since she was 12 years old. But within her first few days of duty, she is already breaking every order she is given. How could she be so bad at it if she had been training most of her life, and it mean everything to her? She was rude and condescending and so full of herself. I enjoyed Caben but I dont really get what he saw in Kal, besides her physical bad-assness. She was so mean to him. Their relationship felt really forced to me. I didnt feel a real connection, and when they had sex it felt too soon.
But I enjoyed the story's mythology, and I look forward to finding out more about the goddesses. I usually love the worlds of high fantasy, so hopefully Of Darkness and Crowns wont have as much misandry and can focus more on developing other aspects of the world. This also had a great deal of well written action sequences and a fully capable heroine. So I will read the sequel, but my expectations arent too high....more
This book went in really unexpected directions. I really didnt see this coming. I though they would be in Montana for the whole of book 2 again. But aThis book went in really unexpected directions. I really didnt see this coming. I though they would be in Montana for the whole of book 2 again. But a lot happened, they traveled to a few different distant places, and the fantasy elements got much heavier. But it was so short :( and I wish Cade and Poppy would have had more time to be together. But the scene near the end was totally heartbreaking and their love is totally epic. I loved that. :) I cannot wait to read book #3, but I dont know how it will work out. Poppy admit that if it hadnt been for Angus, she never would have met Cade. But maybe they will be immune to the changes. When dealing with time travel you can sort of make up your own rules. ...more
I love Eve! She is an amazing YA heroine. One of my favourites. In book 1, The Bane, she kicked so much ass. But in this one, I loActual Rating: 4.5/5
I love Eve! She is an amazing YA heroine. One of my favourites. In book 1, The Bane, she kicked so much ass. But in this one, I love her for new reasons. She is incredibly selfless. She hates the city and almost always feels like she is on the brink of a panic attack. But she stays because she knows she is the last line of defense for her friends. She cant abandon anyone. Not even West, who had hurt her so many times. She is so strong. She handles everything she has gone through so well, and all the weight on her shoulders.
But she does have help with the emotion inhibitor chip. Which I am kind of confused about. Is there actually something wrong with her emotions that causes her to not be able to handle them? Or is she simply not used to having to handle them and the chip gives her an advantage that no one else gets?
I also love the fact that Eve did not go back on her choice to be with Avian. Its too rare for love-triangles to be resolved, and to stay resolved, after the first book in a series. But I really like it. It gives the romance an interesting dynamic without dragging it down. Eve knows who she is enough to know what and who she wants, and that is not going to change. She has too much respect for herself and Avian to ever go back on her word. And it is clear how much they belong together. She loves him so much that there was no need for lingering jealousy. On Avian's part, at least. Although Avian did totally flip on West at one point, it had nothing to do with his feelings for Eve, but the fact that he put her in danger. And I think Avian's reaction was understandable. Maybe a bit too much, but after what had been done to Eve, it was at least understandable. Seeing them still together after everything makes me extremely happy. And I hope they are still together in The Eve.
My only complaint with this book was the whole conflict. It was so unnecessary. When another group of survivors shows up in LA, they want to stay with New Eden for a while to see what they can offer. They ask a lot of questions but answer none. They were obvious about it too. They refused to answer questions and were suspicious from the beginning. Why would they expect any cooperation when they gave none? They lie about where they are from for no apparent reason. And then, after a week, they kidnap Eve and West and leave. They implant a beacon to the Bane in Eve's brain and use West as leverage for her cooperation. Of course Eve doesnt know about the beacon, so when she escapes she goes back to LA, and calls all the Bane to her with a broken EM pulse. The new group of survivors wanted to force the New Eden group into using the pulse. Instead of just going to LA, being open and honest and telling them, "So we invented this beacon, and you have an EM pulse. So why dont we join up and rebuild the pulse, turn on the beacon and when the Bane come, fry them. Then set the beacon for a slightly higher radius, and fry them too, etc, etc." But no, because kidnapping and brain surgery is obviously the easier option.
Gah, these people piss me off. And as much as I wanted to give this another 5-stars as I did its predecessor, its going to have to be 4.5/5 because of them. But I love all the main characters, and I love the world of the TorBane. I cant wait to read the finale, and I hope everyone gets their HEA. Is it too much to hope that West can get an HEA too?
The edition I got from Amazon has a cover that is not included on GRs. But I much prefer this cover. I love all three of them. They are very cool and gritty, and an extremely accurate depiction of Eve. I dont like the cover that I actually have. Its way too clean and I dont like the inclusion of the two guys on the covers. Its very misleading that its got a lot of focus on the romance. Plus on those Eve has brown hair, when she is actually blonde....more
I think this is more like a 3.5/5. I love the concept and I was surprised by the character of Z. A character in captivity is usually meant to be sympaI think this is more like a 3.5/5. I love the concept and I was surprised by the character of Z. A character in captivity is usually meant to be sympathetic. Although I still was somehow sympathetic of him, he was not what I was expecting. He was... somewhat twisted. Willing to hurt and kill in order to escape. I loved that aspect of the story. I was quite surprised more than once by Z's actions. I also loved this version of the future, and the technology. What little we saw of it.
But I was quite confused by most of what Z and the Professor said. I couldnt follow most of their conversations, and I am not even sure whether or not I was supposed to be able to. They used a lot of big words I'm not familiar with and scientific terms. But I would still love to see more of Z....more
This book didnt really do it for me. It was disappointing. I wasnt head over heels about The Darkest Minds, but I really enjoyed it, and it had a sweeThis book didnt really do it for me. It was disappointing. I wasnt head over heels about The Darkest Minds, but I really enjoyed it, and it had a sweet romance.
In Never Fade I felt as if the book was lost, like the story didnt have direction. It was just Ruby traveling and constantly coming to obstacles. Getting caught by the League, escaping, getting caught by PSFs, escaping, getting caught by rogue Psis, escaping, getting caught by Clancy, escaping, yada yada yada. A lot happened, but none of it served a purpose. And Liam wasnt in it till over 50%, and then he didnt remember until over 80%! Leaving very little time for any romance. There was no romance in this! Just FYI.
(view spoiler)[And they killed Jude! lajksdfhlzk!!! He was like the best character! The saviour of the book. Why couldnt it have been Vida! She doesnt deserve to live. I wanna cry all over again. If he had been a little older I totally would have been crushing! He was only 14, but he was so kind and innocent and fun! (hide spoiler)]
I hope this is a trilogy. I can read one more book in this series to find out what happens, but I dont want it to drag too much longer.
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This is my third Elizabeth Hoyt, but my first from Maiden Lane. It was somewhat different for me, since the hero and heroine were already married whe
This is my third Elizabeth Hoyt, but my first from Maiden Lane. It was somewhat different for me, since the hero and heroine were already married when the story began. They had been married for 2 years but lived separately because it was a marriage of convenience that had been arranged by her brother, and neither of them had any interesting in having a real marriage. But when Margaret travels to London and stays with her husband for awhile they got to know each other better than they ever thought they would, or ever thought they would want to.
I really enjoy Elizabeth Hoyt's writing and her characters, as usual. She is likely my favourite author of historical romance so far, although I havent read many. I have read 3 Elizabeth Hoyt, as I mentioned, one Loretta Chase, 3 Shana Abe, one Andrea Kane, and one Julie Anne Long.
I really enjoyed the story involving the Ghost of St. Giles. These stories dont always have so much action. I am really interested to get the story I missed in the rest of the series. But what really annoyed me was the way Margaret was always thinking of her former lover who had died. Three quarters of the way through the book she is clearly in love with Godric, but she is still being selfish and stupid, and begging him to put himself in danger for her sense of revenge. And he does it to make her happy, because he can admit to himself that he is in love with her.
"This act would damn his very soul but for Megs it was worth it. For Meggie he would walk the fires of hell."
Of course she comes around once he does what she asked and she realizes how worried about him she was. Luckily he was okay and she came around. Better late than never.
I am really excited to read Wicked Intentions now. I already had it on my tbr, but hadnt gotten around to it. Now I will be making it a priority.
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This book was so much fun and I could not put it down! Its been tooo long since I readThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was so much fun and I could not put it down! Its been tooo long since I read a book I enjoyed this much. I dont know if my expectations are higher now because I have read so many books, or if I have just been having a bad year. This is only my 5th 5-star review this year, while last year I rated 21 5-star books. I am not even close to half way, as I should be at this point.
"Heaven help me, but I wanted my professor to be my boyfriend."
I am not usually a fan of contemporary romance. The unnecessary drama drives me crazy. I hate it when the only thing standing between a couple is themselves and their issues. I love that there was none of that in Losing It. Garrick and Bliss didnt waste too much time dancing around each other, and even though he was her teacher and they were not supposed to be together, it never really came into play. In any other book, they would have been caught and it would have been turned into a big scandal. I cant even say how happy I am that that did not happen!!
"He took my hand, and pulled me into his living room where a book was open on his sofa. It was poetry, of course, because he was perfect."
And I loved Garrick and Bliss. I love that Garrick was a nice, genuine guy who did not mess around. He was straight-forward and real. Bliss on the other hand was clumsy and awkward and prone to verbal vomiting. She was a lot of fun, whether I was laughing with her or at her. She was so relatable and far from perfect, but its still believable that Garrick loved her because she was awesome and vulnerable and brave at the same time.
"Whoever said one-night stands were supposed to be simple with no strings attached had clearly never met the disaster that was me."
And the ending was ridiculously perfect and adorable and swoon-worthy. I cant say enough how much I loved the ending! I also enjoyed the supporting characters Cade and Kelsey, and I am glad that the series continues with their stories. I will read them soon.
"Then, slowly, like the sunrise peeking over the horizon, she smiled. She didn’t scream. She didn’t run. She didn’t faint. There might have been a little crying. But mostly… she danced."...more
This book was so much better than Everneath, and even Neverfall. Each got a little better as the series went on, but Everbound made the biggest leap iThis book was so much better than Everneath, and even Neverfall. Each got a little better as the series went on, but Everbound made the biggest leap in improvement IMO. I found the first two to be mediocre, but Everbound has everything that I love about YA PNRs! It had incredible new worlds, adventure, emotional torment, betrayal and sacrifice, and romance.
I was Team Jack from book 1. I love how they had been friends first. Friendship is a great basis for a romantic relationship. And Jack was so sweet, and had waited for her. And what he sacrificed for her in the end cannot be denied. Plus, I dont usually have a thing for bad boys. On the very rare occasion, but Cole is not one of them. Regardless of whatever feelings he may have proved to have had later, he was still willing to take her to the Everneath, not knowing that she would survive. He was willing to sacrifice her, even if it was what she wanted. He thought she would most likely come out looking like Meredith did, and he did it anyway. I could never forgive him for that. I may have grown to be sympathetic towards him during the course of this book, but he was never good enough for her. Certainly never selfless enough. Especially after how this one ended. I dont understand how he can love her when he behaves so selfishly. He's not the type of guy to not fight for her. I get that. I would have been willing to accept him if he didnt walk away. I would have even admired him a bit for not giving up. But there is a difference between fighting for her, and what he did. What he did is unforgivable as far as I'm concerned. But that just adds to the emotional depth of the story.
I really loved the story in this one. Everneath barely even qualifies as a story in comparison. This was totally epic. It was a quest in the classical sense. With a labyrinth and physical as well as mental and emotional obstacles. It had everything from the old myths. It was exciting and tense and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. What else Nikki would have to accomplish in order to win her prize at the end, Jack. And now I cannot wait to find out what Nikki will do in Evertrue in order to keep her prize. Cole should have known better, Nikki doesnt give up that easily. ...more
I appreciate the insight into Cole's character. I suspected he had genuine feelings for Nikki which he had not acknowledged, and now I know for and heI appreciate the insight into Cole's character. I suspected he had genuine feelings for Nikki which he had not acknowledged, and now I know for and he has acknowledged them. But I am still Team Jack, and this was nowhere near the revelation Destroy Me was....more
So, Adam is super lame, and now we have proof. Honestly, it was so blatantly obvious that he would make a horrible partner for Juliette, that I reallySo, Adam is super lame, and now we have proof. Honestly, it was so blatantly obvious that he would make a horrible partner for Juliette, that I really cant see any way that Mafi can justify them being together now. There is no way that it can happen. I never really liked Adam. He was ok in book 1 because I thought he was gonna be it, and I just went with it, but I never really loved the idea.
I found Warner more interesting from the beginning, but it wasnt until I read Destroy Me that I realized that he is THE ONE for Juliette, and I start to get brave enough to support the idea, and then I started to really hate Adam. But I honestly never suspected that he was this bad inside. I already knew that Warner was more supportive and accepting than Adam. But now I know that Adam is almost constantly just thinking about protecting Juliette from everything, and about all the things that she cannot do. It was ridiculous. She isnt an infant! Not to mention the fact that he abandoned her at the end. I understand that James is his little brother, and almost like a son to him and he had to save him. But Juliette didnt even cross his mind. He wasnt even a little torn up about it.
If it was Mafi's purpose to do this, to turn the last lingering Adam fans to Team Warner, than she did a fantastic job. But entertainment-wise, this book was pointless.
What I thought would be a mediocre YA high fantasy after Falling Kingdoms, has turned into the best YA high fantasy I have read since Graceling.
The story is vast and spans three kingdoms as well as a magical realm. It encompasses epic characters from across the kingdoms in various key roles, all of who could tip the scales in the war and in the race to find the Kindred. Sorceresses, kings, princes, princesses, rebels, and immortals.
There isnt a single character that I dont love, except perhaps the villain, King Gaius. He is a bit predictable and blinded by his thirst for power. But he is so psychotic and single-minded in his pursuit, that in a way, that makes him a great villain. He is sooo evil that it makes him more interesting. I didnt like Jonas too much in book 1 because he was so blinded by his hatred for Auranians, but he has come around in this book and has become a rebel leader and is much more interesting. I also love Lysandra, Lucia, Nic, and the newly introduced Ashur. Every single one, whether good or evil, weak or strong, is amazingly complex and fascinating.
My two favourite characters storylines have merged in book 2, Magnus and Cleo, which is like a dream come true for me. Magnus is the epitome of a misunderstood troubled teen with daddy issues. How can anyone be surprised that Magnus tries to please his father when he is the only one who ever gave him any recognition besides his sister? What teenage boy doesnt want approval from their father? But Magnus isnt like his father, and he is starting to see that. Magnus has been forced into this life while his father chose it. And maybe Cleo is beginning to see that too.
There is no central romance in this story. Most of the characters are between the ages of 16 and 18 and hormones are running high. There are a lot of characters that are attracted to other characters and even have intimate moments with several of them. But so far there is no indication of which relationships will survive the long haul. It seemed for awhile that Cleo and Jonas were going to become an item. I may not like Jonas as much as Magnus, but I love Cleo and I would love for her to have a romance, so I was all behind the Jonas idea. But then that slipped away and Cleo is starting to think maybe Magnus isnt pure evil after all, and Magnus finds himself thinking about Cleo more and more often. Now this I could get behind! With two books left to go in this series, I dont know what will become of Cleo and Magnus' relationship, but I cant wait to find out! As things progressed, their arguing eventually turned into bickering, and eventually seemed half-hearted and almost teasing. I was actually enjoying it.
I am also extremely interested in the idea that Nic may be willing to swing both ways. This could bring us to interesting places as well. I dont know what Prince Ashur's motives are, but I am inclined to believe that he is not evil.
This is an epic fantasy story, full of epic characters. They are so integral to the story that you cant separate them from each other, and I wouldnt want to. I love each and everyone of them as they were written, whether they die, whether they kill one of my favourite characters, whether they try to destroy the world. I love them all....more