This was a really cute, brief story. It is hard to really get attached to characters in novellas, and although Jet usually does an excellent job with...moreThis was a really cute, brief story. It is hard to really get attached to characters in novellas, and although Jet usually does an excellent job with the quick character development, this one didn't quite reach the level of her other shorts that I have read. Most of them are excellent, especially Heaven, A Rose is a Rose, and Tech Support. But this one is my second to least favourite of her stories that I have read, above only Hell which is, oddly enough, the longest one.
But I would like to give this 3.5/5, because it is quite a bit better than Hell. I really enjoyed the story, and Scott and Jack were both quite adorable. I just wish that their relationship had been better developed. I found it hard to believe that their relationship had already reached the depth that it would have had to in order to sacrifice what they did for each other in the end. The fact that they only knew each other for 2 days could have been worked around with more scenes together, but it was just too short.
I am happy for them and I am glad that they loved each other enough to overcome their ordeal, I only wish that I would have been able to feel it more. (less)
This book was incredibly slow. I found myself skimming most of it because I was just too impatient for things to happen. It took forever. Just so much...moreThis book was incredibly slow. I found myself skimming most of it because I was just too impatient for things to happen. It took forever. Just so much talking. I do like Miles a great deal though, and there was the occasional unexpected line that was so romantic it would make my heart clench. So I will maybe give this 2.5/5 for that. But I wont be continuing this series. I really need to read a good HR to make up for this. (less)
I don't even know where to start. I can't say how much I loved this book. It started o...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I don't even know where to start. I can't say how much I loved this book. It started out feeling very much like a normal YA contemporary romance. Danny was 16 and Kevin was 17 when they met at a party. Despite a few significant changes, it began as expected. Kevin convinced Danny to help him with his homework and they study together after school. At this point it felt like a "wrong side of the tracks" romance, except they are both boys, and Danny likes to wear dresses.
Kevin and Danny don't get off on the right foot, but from the beginning you can tell Kevin isn't a horrible person. He just hasn't had the right influence. From the sound of things he had some pretty horrible friends, not to mention his father. But once he befriends Danny you see his real potential, not only in his school work, but in the person he could become. And Danny has found someone he can finally be himself with, even if he doesn't always know who that really is. Kevin doesn't judge, and he eventually finds himself falling for Danny. Once he realizes what is important in life, and what will really make him happy in the long run, he jumps in with both feet. It is pretty much from that point forward that he wants Danny in his life, and he never wavers.
"At the bottom of his pit, one light shone in Kevin's eyes. Of course. Fuck school. Fuck Dad. Fuck football and college and jobs and fags and straights and girls and boys and everyone and everything else - but Danny."
As their relationship progresses it starts to feel more like an NA. When Kevin turns 18 he gets his own apartment and they spend a lot of time their together, feeling very domestic, even though Danny still lives with his mother. I was surprised how little supervision they are given by their parents, and the amount of sex they have. I would definitely give this an NA label. Since they age a bit during the story, and they are just around the border age, I would lean it towards the NA label, due to content.
There is a point in the story where they have a big fight, and it was bad. I feel like it was a bit too much, and almost unforgivable. The story does bring us around to forgiving Kevin when Danny eventually does, but it was so out of character for Kevin, I really don't understand how he could have let it happen. And although it made Danny feel weak and vulnerable, and temporarily made him reconsider his desire to be a woman, I don't think his gender really came into it from Kevin's point of view. He was momentarily an asshole of the tenth degree, but it wasn't because Danny was a guy, or a girl, he was just being selfish. It shouldn't have made Danny question his gender. Kevin was a bastard in that moment, and he only has himself to blame, not Danny.
Danny continues to be confused about his gender for most of the book. We don't really know in the end what conclusion he comes to. In the beginning, he considers himself a woman in a man's body, but as time goes by, he eventually learns more about what it means to be transgendered, and realizes he doesn't fit the definition. I don't know a lot about transgendered myself, but I wouldn't imagine it comes in degrees. But I don't know. Danny likes to wear dresses, but not all the time. In the beginning, he is extremely disturbed by the fact that he has a penis, but as his relationship with Kevin progresses it starts to come into play more and more and he enjoys it. He even mentions in passing that he at one point topped Kevin (I know that this is not that kind of story, but I would have loved to see that. I am a smut fan, so sue me). His sister tells him about surgery and hormone supplements, and the more he learns, the more he realizes that there are things about being a guy that he would miss. But he still never gives up the dresses. And every time Danny questions Kevin in regard to his gender, Kevin keeps reassuring him that he loves who he is, no matter what. Male, female, it doesn't matter, and he just wants Danny to be able to accept who he is. I hope that Danny was able to do that in the end. He did seem happy in the epilogue. Although we don't know what conclusion he came to, he was in drag at the time.
“I wish you could just be you. You're great, Danny! You're fuckin' wonderful! Why do you have to be one thing or another? I... I just don't get why its so important to you to call yourself 'boy' or 'girl'!”
I loved how, once Kevin and Danny came out at school, the entire school body stood up with them against homophobic teachers. It was amazing, and I loved how it also gave other Glbt students the courage to be themselves. It was truly inspiring and I hope things like that actually happen.
But of course my absolute favourite thing about this book was Kevin and Danny's relationship. They had some rough spots, and not only the one mentioned above, but in the end it all came down to the fact that they both knew that they were better, happier people when they were together. Kevin was ignorant of all things gay before he met Danny, and Danny not only educated him, but made him love him, made him want to be a better person, and literally taught him how. Kevin's love for Danny was so constant and unconditional, not even his gender was a condition and that makes me shed a lot of tears. And Danny loved that Kevin loved him. That he supported him and accepted him when no one else had before. He loved that Kevin was really sweet underneath all his buffoonery, and that he was a lot smarter than he seemed. They were such a perfect pair, pretty much soul mates, that for the first time in an M/M romance (and I really think that the term M/M really doesn't do this story justice), I don't have a preferred main character. Despite Kevin's huge hiccup which I wanna just pretend didn't happen, I love them both so much. I can't remember the last time I got this attached to characters, or the last time I was this sad when I finished a book.
I loved the epilogue too, but I still could have used more. The epilogue was set quite a while after the rest of the story, and it shows us where their life has gone, and that they are still together. But only Danny is in the epilogue. Even just one more page, set the evening after the epilogue, with Danny and Kevin both getting home and maybe cuddling; a kiss and a hug and an "I love you"? I would have been in heaven. I really didn't know what to expect going into this story, but it definitely blew any expectations I had right out of the water. This story really wound itself around my heart. My heart was racing as their relationship first started to grow. I was so anxious when they were fighting. I was weeping as they proved they were forever. I will carry this story with me always.
Danny chuckled, "So first you like boys, now you like cross-dressing boys, next-" "I like everything about you," Kevin said, while Danny thought about what might be 'next'. "Uh... next... Uh... I forgot what I was saying..." "You were about to say you loved me." "I love you. Thanks. I totally forgot.” (less)
This story was so sweet! It took a bit for me to adjust to an effeminate MC. I have ne...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This story was so sweet! It took a bit for me to adjust to an effeminate MC. I have never read a book like this before. Where the MC is a man, refers to himself as a man and has no problem admitting it, but acts and dresses like a woman. It was a bit jarring at first, until I got used to it and I could see that that is just Carson. It's just who he is and he is wonderful.
He was also very much like Jet's usual MCs, with low self-esteem and I just could not wait to see him shown his true worth by someone. So enters Eddie, the superintendent of Carson's building, who, when he sees Carson crying over a bad break-up, gives him a single rose from his gardens. Carson cannot resist befriending the man because he is just so gosh darn sweet, and shy, and adorable...and straight.
Carson may be slaking his lust for Eddie alone, and Eddie is continuing to shyly dote on Carson, but it isn't until Carson confronts him about his attentions that it becomes clear that Eddie may not be so straight anymore. I really enjoyed the virgin factor too. Eddie wasn't a virgin be he was new to sex with men, and it was endearing to see Carson have to teach him what to do. But after the first time Eddie wanted to take charge, although he still needed help now and again, which was too cute, despite the high intensity of the moment.
We never really get to know Eddie as well as I would have liked. This story would have greatly benefited from an alternating POV, but that may be too much commitment for a novella. Either way, Eddie was a bit of a cut out. Not that his characters was dull or unoriginal, but I just felt like I only ever saw his silhouette without the details of who he was. He was quietly caring, masculine, a serious sweet talker, and he loved Carson.
Carson on the other hand, is the kind of person that can always make someone feel better when they are having a bad day, even if his own day has been even worse. He will always have a smile for you. He knows he is beautiful, but he never acknowledges it in a conceited way. He may have used his looks to get the support of admirers, but he was not very confident about anything else. But Eddie believed in him, and, eventually, that was enough for Carson. Enough for him to get up off his butt and make his own life better, so that he could make a place in it for Eddie. :)
"Eddie, you can't do this to me. I do nothing for you." "That's not true. You make my world bright."(less)
This is definitely my least favourite of this series so far. I didn't like Hell too much. He was really weird and such a drama queen. He was always ki...moreThis is definitely my least favourite of this series so far. I didn't like Hell too much. He was really weird and such a drama queen. He was always kicking up a fuss and acting like a girl (yes, I am using my own gender as a derogatory term, but you know what I mean), except for when they were in bed. Then he would suddenly turn all macho, but the rest of the time he was a whiny little bitch.
Brent was totally my kind of guy. I love the ones that feel worthless and need to be shown love. But Hell kind of ruined it for me. I would have preferred seeing Brent with someone else.
Although I didn't like Hell's personality, or his apparent schizophrenia, I did kind of like his look (not the one on the cover, bleck). I think maybe I need to try some M/M with more effeminate characters. (less)
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I really grew to appreciate Darkness in True and was really looking forward to this. I can't resisted a gorgeous man...moreI enjoyed this book a great deal. I really grew to appreciate Darkness in True and was really looking forward to this. I can't resisted a gorgeous man who is hurting inside. I just want to fix them, or at least witness another woman fix them.
During Darkness' own story, I saw how complicated he was inside. As much as he may have continued to deny it, he was in pain. He had so much guilt over the deaths of his brothers that he didn't deserve. It was all Mercile's fault. No one fought against having a mate as much as he did. Poor Kat went through so much for him. He pushed her away so many times. I would not have blamed her for giving up on him. But she always took him back. He needed her so much and she was always there to tell him he was not to blame.
I love this series so much that it really wouldn't even have mattered whether or not I cared about the title character. I enjoyed all the characters. I loved seeing Sunshine, and Fury, and Justice, and Salvation! The NS are such an amazing family and I feel like they are all my family now too. They are such amazing people and I cant wait for Smiley. I am so glad that it is coming out so soon after Darkness and there wont be a long wait for me. Whenever I read NS I just don't want to stop!(less)
This story was really sweet and heartwarming. I was looking for something "feel-good"...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This story was really sweet and heartwarming. I was looking for something "feel-good" after having a bad experience with a dark romance, and this ended up being perfect.
I really loved Anna. She was a such a disciplined girl. She was so studious, but it was not in an annoying way at all. And she may have been volunteering to make her college applications look good, but she was also doing it because she is just an amazingly selfless person. She cared too much. She wanted to save everyone that she could not possibly save, and it broke her heart whenever she failed. But she did save Dean.
Dean was a great kid who had been given a really shitty hand. He did his best and I actually really admire him for sticking through his situation as long as he had. And then surviving on the streets for two years at his young age and remaining clean is impressive.
It was a lot of fun to watch them falling in love, and it was just such a heartwarming story. They were so perfect together and their paths were clearly always meant to join. They have such a bright future together. (less)
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.(less)
I really enjoyed this. I love the idea of a shy techy guy as the MC. He was adorable a...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really enjoyed this. I love the idea of a shy techy guy as the MC. He was adorable and I really sympathized with him. I feel quite the same in social situations.
I loved when Aaron and Ki first met. When Aaron walked into his office and they both just stood there are checked each other out. You knew instantly where things would go, even if it hadn't been in a Jet Mykles story, and I was surprised how long it took. But you gotta be delicate with a guy like Aaron, and he didn't suspect anything. Not until he was comfortable enough with Ki to let his guard down.
"The thought of being without you anymore is too depressing for words. Say you'll come home with me, Aaron."
After weeks of just being friends Ki finally swoops in and makes his move, and like most all of the other Jet stories I have read, the poor boy fumbles and tries to push him away. But this story is too short for him to walk out. Things have to start progressing, so Aaron gives in after very little conversation, because really, there is no denying he has wanted Ki since the first moment he saw him.
I really enjoyed their banter and Ki's brashness. They could be pretty funny together, and despite the nature of the conversation, their sexting scene was pretty funny.
I really appreciate that we got to see Aaron telling his parents. Shorts often cut out any afterthought, but I love seeing supportive families. It really made this story feel complete, and unlike with most shorts, I am not left feeling like this was too short or incomplete. Not that I wouldn't love to see more of Aaron and Ki and how they are doing now, but I was given assurance that they are doing well and got to see the whole story of how they got there.
"Did you mean it when you said it? Did you fall in love with me? Because I finally realized that I fell hard for you."(less)
This was a great conclusion to this series. It has been almost exactly 2 years since I...moreThis 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!(less)
This book was just scorching! I loved Reese and I sympathized with his situation. He...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was just scorching! I loved Reese and I sympathized with his situation. He was so sweet when he came on to Luc in the prologue, and I really wish that Luc hadn't lashed out.
I enjoyed Luc and Reese's playful relationship, Luc's bossiness and the way that he called Reese'Tiger'. They were just too perfect together. I liked Luc's heavy-handedness in the bedroom, but not in Reese's personal life. He didn't respect Reese's wishes to keep their relationship secret. He just wasn't ready to come out yet and Luc was not very understanding about it.
When Luc got Reese fired and then ran off, I am glad that Reese did not chase after him. He took time to recover, but then he moved on. He let it go and I think that was the right decision. Even if it was only temporary, he needed time to discover who he was without Luc defining him. But it all turned out ok in the end, and Luc and Reese make so much heat together. Wowza!
"Your ideas suck."
"So does my mouth. Why don't you get over here and I'll demonstrate."(less)
I was really looking forward to reading this because I found the concept so interestin...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I was really looking forward to reading this because I found the concept so interesting. I wanted to see a girl who didn't understand "why she breaks the rules, just to be near him." The idea of a girl not knowing anything about boys, having never even seen one before, yet falling for one all the same, without even knowing he was a boy. It sounded like a 'love conquers all' type of story, which is pretty much the whole reason why I read romance. The more obstacles a love has to overcome in order to survive, the happier I will be in the end.
Although I still enjoyed this story overall, it ended up not being what I had thought at all. The mystery of Taylor's gender is actually solved within the first few chapters, after he reveals the truth to Mary. No one else knows, but it is no longer the obstacle it was. Actually, I suppose his true gender is more of an obstacle than being a girl ever was, because Mary has been taught to fear men her whole life. She didn't even know what the relationship between a man and a woman could be. They figured it out through bits and pieces of surviving information and instinct. Once Mary comes to terms with who and what Taylor is, and her eyes begin to open to the true potential of life, they decide to strike out on their own.
The time they spent together in Section Seven was both sweet and painful. I enjoyed seeing them try to live the domestic life together, and learning new things about each other. But that inevitably leads to clashes of opinion, like any new couple would. But with their lives always at risk being separated could cost them dearly, and they almost lose everything when they stumble upon another group of survivors. I did get pretty frustrated at times with the amount of near misses, the amount of times Mary and Taylor got separated and continued to come so close to being reunited, but not quite making it. The story felt more like a post-apoc than anything else, as Mary and Taylor attempt to survive in a world ravaged by disease.
The narration and characters felt a bit flat and two-dimensional, although I did appreciate certain things about them. Mary and Taylor were very dedicated to each other, even if they didnt tell each other soon enough, and some things could have been avoided if they had only known how the other felt. I especially loved hearing all the sweet things Taylor thought about Mary. How she was the sun in a world of gray. I still cared a great deal about them, and I was nearly pulling by hair out with worry at times. It was a simply story about finding love in a broken world. Not highly recommended, but I am glad I read it.
“I love you. Not your body, not your face." I hold her hand to my chest. "As you are. As you will be.”(less)
Everyone has been comparing this to Tarzan, and yes, there are similarities. But I cou...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Everyone has been comparing this to Tarzan, and yes, there are similarities. But I couldnt stop thinking of George of the Jungle myself.
I think the similarities are greater because he goes home with her and tries to assimilate with the modern world, but struggles with his split loyalties. Of course, George of the Jungle was a kids movie, and not 3/4 sex.
This book starts with a flashforward. It starts with a scene of Zach and Moira together, several weeks after they met. Then it goes back to the beginning and tells us how they got there. I really did not enjoy how this book started. I feel really uncomfortable reading sex that does not include an emotional connection. I cannot read about casual sex. And without having seen how Zach and Moira got to that point, it was a horrible way for the book to start for me. I almost shut it right then and there. But that is just me, and I am sure most erotica readers aren't as sensitive as me. But I am glad that I decided to keep reading.
In the beginning Zach is so hard and emotionless, because that is how Caraican men showed their strength. But as we get to know Zach, we learn that he is actually really sweet and he has a great sense of humour, and he just embraces all the things he learns in the modern world. He was amazing. I loved when Moira called him her beautiful man, more so than when she called him an uncivilized man. He wasn't really uncivilized in the end. He was still Alpha, but I think beautiful is a more apt description.
Moira was an independent woman who didn't mope and cry, and she was good at her job. But she wasn't too special either. She wasn't an amazing heroine. But I really enjoyed the story and her relationship with Zach, how she helped him settle and taught him about life here. She was good with him and he was good with her. They had great chemistry, in and out of the bedroom.
"I was tired of fucking hiding what we have. Do you know how much it kills me not to be able to touch you when I want, or to keep my eyes averted for fear someone might guess that we're fucking each other? I was sick of it, and I'm glad I did it, and I'd do it again."(less)
I loved loved loved this! Why was it so good?! I was just looking for a bit of fluff t...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I loved loved loved this! Why was it so good?! I was just looking for a bit of fluff to hold me over till I decided what I really wanted to read. But instead, I ended up wanting this to last forever! I think it deserves more of a 4.5/5, but I cant decide if I should translate that into a 4 or a 5.
This was my first 'Gay For You' story, and I think that is really what did it for me. I loved all of Tyler's insecurities, and the fact that he loved Johnnie so much he had to be with him regardless of his gender. It just takes things to a whole new level and I love that. They were both great, but I think I preferred Tyler. Its really hard to say though.
I loved how the only obstacle to their relationship was Tyler coming to terms with his feelings. There were no real fights except regarding Tyler's feelings, no homophobic father, no issues about Johnnie's lifestyle. Johnnie was even the first to say "I love you", which I hadn't been expecting from a rock star, but Johnnie is no stereotype. I loved hearing it and knowing that someone loved Tyler so easily.
Although, I was a little surprised since Johnnie had previously said, "F***ing a guy doesn't mean you're gay. It means you're open to so many more types of pleasure, not just the ones that are widely accepted." It led me to believe that he just loved sex so much, he didn't care where he got it from, but he wasn't actually into men. I thought their relationship may surprise them both. But it ended up coming to Johnnie so easily that it left Tyler reeling and confused. I really felt for him and it was really touching. I just wish there had been more. It felt way too short, and I would have loved to see him tell his sister and to witness her support. I know that she would not have judged him at all. I cant wait to read Purgatory! (less)
I enjoyed this a bit more than Grave Mercy because it had more interesting characters and not as familiar of a story. Although the story in Dark Triumph felt a bit simple and the book felt, overall, short; it was more interesting to me than Grave Mercy, a story that I had seen done multiple times.
Court intrigue has been done, and done again. So I was glad that in the second book of the His Fair Assassin series, things are viewed from a more military POV, as Sybella and Beast fight the French and D'Albret's rebels. It is still the same fight, but Sybella is very different from Ismae. And Beast is way more interesting than Duval.
Duval was a Lord, and Beats was a soldier. He is a Duke too I think, but he identifies more as a soldier. He was so tough and confident. I totally loved him, and the fact that he was so ugly made him more endearing, although I wish that Sybella would have stopped pointing it out.
I felt really uncomfortable with Sybella's brother Julian. I know we are not supposed to accept the incest or rape, but in the end Sybella and Julian were still close, and she forgave him for everything. I felt really uncomfortable with the whole situation. After what he had done, I felt like he should have been a villain, but he wasn't. I felt like I wanted to hate him, but he wasn't portrayed that way. I just didn't know what to do with him and I didn't like it.
This series does not focus on the romance as much as it does the heroine, and her journey of self discovery. I personally would prefer more romance, but they are still good stories.
I really enjoyed reading the Author's Note, where she explained the similarities to historical events, and why she made certain changes. It was really interesting and it shed a new light on the story. I look forward to reading Mortal Heart.(less)
This book did a great job with its world building, which is a must for high fantasy. I...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book did a great job with its world building, which is a must for high fantasy. It even introduced its own mythology, all smoothly done and I needed no adjustment time when I stepped into its world. But I always put the most importance on characters and relationship, and unfortunately I didn't feel that drawn to the characters or invested in their relationships.
This is surprising considering that there is an important romance at the center of this book. Its not only involving the two primary characters, but it is central to the story and almost everything of significance for the last 10 years has been pointing to it. But I didn't really see or feel what was between them, I was only told. Their relationship felt a bit distant and forced to me. As if it was a matter of fact that I should accept without being convinced of the 'why or 'how'. I really enjoyed all of the characters, though, independent of any relationships. Pretty much all of them were interesting and unique. Evanjalin included, even though sometimes she grated on me. I actually found the most interesting relationships to be Evanjalin and Froi, and Finnikin and Trevanion.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story and the world and magic, and how everything unfolded and fit perfectly together in the end. I look forward to reading Froi's story and learning more about Skuldenore.(less)
This book wasn't really what I expected, and although it took a bit of time for me to...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book wasn't really what I expected, and although it took a bit of time for me to acclimate myself to its world, I really enjoyed the story.
On Parseon, males rule. But not just males, Alpha males. When a male hits puberty he takes a psychological test to discover if he is an Alpha or a Beta. The Alphas go on to get all the best jobs and ruling positions. The Betas get all the supporting and service jobs. Alphas and Betas marry, or are Anointed, but even then the Alphas rule at home and are allowed, and even expected, to beat their Betas when they disobey. Women only come into the picture once an Alpha decides he wants a son. Woman are viewed as lower than animals. They are an unfortunately necessary part of reproduction. Most men wouldn't touch a woman if they didn't have to, although once a female, or Breeder, is bought and brought into the household, both Alpha and Beta are allowed to take pleasure from her, but only the Alpha is allowed to have vaginal intercourse. Its really an awful place to live for both women and Betas and it was a lot to stomach.
When Dak went to buy Omra, he found her at a Breeder Containment Facility, which basically seemed like a dungeon. He instantly feels pity for the women he sees there, and especially Omra. He sees an intelligent light in her eyes that he cant resist. And when he takes her home she continues to defy everything he was taught about women; their inferiority and mental deficiency. The things he learns from Omra, and the things they discover together could change all of Parseon.
I really had trouble with the language though. I think with all of Parseons stiff rules, Cara Bristol wanted to use formal language to further portray the people of Parseon, but I had a lot of trouble understand what was said and I had to use the Define feature on my eReader multiple times. It seemed like the most archaic word was always chosen to say something.
I really enjoyed Omra and Dak although their relationship is not perfect by 'Terran' standards, but I hope to see more of them in Terran. Although it will be about different characters, Dak is a major player, and if Marlix is going down the same path I cant imagine them not working together at some point.
"She provided the answer to the question he hadn't known until now he'd been asking."(less)
I enjoyed this book about as much as the rest of the Evernight series, maybe a bit more so I will give it 3.5/5. Balthazar is a much more interesting character than Lucas. Skye and Bianca are about even, but I really didn't like where Bianca's story took her.
As weird as it was, I really enjoyed all of Skye's high school drama. It was interesting, and seeing a student/teacher relationship was actually kind of hot without the creepiness. I usually don't like student/teacher relationships, but since Balthazar wasn't a real teacher, and was actually only 19, it wasn't creepy at all, it was cute. :P And trying to figure out who the real people were behind Craig, Britnee, and Madison. I enjoyed their little side story, and seeing Craig and Britnee coming to Skye's rescue in the end.
Redgrave was an intimidating villain, but I found Constantia more interesting. I liked seeing the flashbacks to Balthazar's life and getting to know a little more about him. His story was extremely tragic, as was Charity's. But Constantia was somewhat charming, as well as evil. :P
As glad as I am that Redgrave is through, I was a bit disappointed with the abrupt resolution and ending. We don't really know what becomes of Skye and Balthazar. All we really know is that they are together. And I guess that that is the point. All they really need is each other and they will be happy. But my curiosity is not satisfied. I bet a whole other book could be filled with Skye and Balthazar on the run, being chased by Constantia, finally defeating her, and discovering a permanent solution to Skye's problem. But its not really necessary at this point. They are ok and safe for the time being.
“But do you want this? It's not much of a life. Don't you see? It's the first life I've had in four hundred years. With you--in the only way that matters--I'm alive again.” (less)
Eden is told from the alternating POV of Aiden and Elisa, two young soldiers in traini...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Eden is told from the alternating POV of Aiden and Elisa, two young soldiers in training in the southern army; Rose, a young girl who is captured by the invading northern army; and Jameson, the southern king, or High King. This story had a lot of potential. I was interested by the idea of Eden, and I really enjoyed Aiden's character and I love saviour type characters. It had a lot of ingredients for a great fantasy.
Unfortunately it was unfulfilled. Aiden remains the best character, but his saviour status was rushed, the whole story taking place over two weeks. He is only 15 and he leads a battle against two powerful potential kings, with only two weeks training under his belt? It was just two much for the limits of my imagination.
The only other character that was was even remotely interesting to me was Elisa, but I still feel like I hardly know her, which is surprising considering that she was a POV character. But she mostly just described things and didn't think about her feelings much. She had potential, being such a kick-ass character, but it is as of yet, unfulfilled. I guess I also kind of liked Jameson. He was different, for a king.
And romance? There was fuck all! There were just the barest of hints, and I wasn't even sure which way the hints were pointing. Wolf and Aiden both like Elisa, but Elisa and Wolf can't seem to stand each other. Their friend Logan seems to think it means that they are in love and just don't know it. And I get that sometimes people just have that kind of tension, that you can tell is just going to explode into sex, if they weren't 15. But not Elisa and Wolf. I just didn't get any of those vibes from them. It felt like honest hate. And Wolf is fucking annoying anyway. Asshole. But speaking of having sex at 15, all of Aiden's friends were shocked when they found out he was a virgin. WTF? Bunch of sluts.
Anyways. Elisa and Aiden got along well but they were just kind of stuck somewhere in between comfortable girl/guy friends and something more, and they didn't seem to know which way to lean. (view spoiler)[I cannot invest myself into a story without knowing where it is going. I just don't feel safe doing that, so I looked up what happens and read that Elisa and Wolf end up together. I gotta say that really pisses me off. Enough to make me decide not to finish the series. (hide spoiler)] I also didn't like how the bad guys were humanized. I can't accept characters that rape and pillage no matter how nice their manners.
The action and adventure in this book were gripping enough for me to enjoy the experience, and the world was new and interesting. And despite everything, Aiden was a great young hero. But I will not be continuing this series. The first book works well enough as a stand alone.
"I've never met a girl like you. You're absolutely fearless to me, and you handle situations like they're nothing. You have no reservations when approaching difficult scenarios. Its amazing."["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This might be more of a 3.5/5. It took a while for this one to grow on me, but in the...moreThis 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."(less)
I am impressed by Angel and Luke's relationship in this book. As Dreygon continues to drag them into his his world, testing their bond, they never fai...moreI am impressed by Angel and Luke's relationship in this book. As Dreygon continues to drag them into his his world, testing their bond, they never fail each other. Luke had a few secrets from Angel, but that doesn't change that fact that she loves him.
In the face of Luke's lies they still cling to each other and try to save each other and have no other concerns except for each other. I am incredibly proud of them both and how they have handled themselves. They deserve each other so much.
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. (less)