I really enjoyed this book. It had a great atmosphere and great unconventional characters. It was very magical, and mysterious, and romantic.
Hazel waI really enjoyed this book. It had a great atmosphere and great unconventional characters. It was very magical, and mysterious, and romantic.
Hazel was a true hero. She did not need a man to save her. I loved that there were men everywhere around her, but Hazel was the one to always save herself, and them.
Ben, Jack, and Severin were all really well developed characters. I cant remember if they all had POV chapters, but I know that Ben and Jack did, and I really enjoyed getting to know them all. There were also two really cute romances going on side by side.
The mystery was very well paced and I loved learning little bits as things went along, following clues. A really great adventure and my favourite Holly Black yet....more
I liked the idea of this story and I thought it sounded funny and kinky. But in reality it was cute, but didn't really focus enough on the elf-factorI liked the idea of this story and I thought it sounded funny and kinky. But in reality it was cute, but didn't really focus enough on the elf-factor to make a big difference. It was actually easy to forget while reading, that you were reading about Santa's elves.
Jet usually does an almost unparalleled job of making me feel attached to characters in less than 100 pages. But I felt like I didn't really know Lon and Wod enough, and they didn't know each other enough in the time we were given. It felt rushed. I enjoyed them both. They were cute characters, but the 'L' word really didn't feel right at the end. I would have loved to have seen more focus on Wod, and the fact that he had had feelings for Lon for awhile, because Lon's feelings come on awfully fast....more
Loved this! I can't wait to find out what happens next. I loved Becca and Maddox and I look forward to them being reunited. I also love Crystal. She wLoved this! I can't wait to find out what happens next. I loved Becca and Maddox and I look forward to them being reunited. I also love Crystal. She was kick-ass. Didn't care for Farrell too much though. Even before he got his second mark he was a bit of an asshole. I am curious to see what happens to his character though, especially after that ending. He's a troubled young man but he is certainly no Magnus. ...more
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 withThis 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. ...more
I really don't like how the promotion of this series is being handled. The long periods of time between releases. The lack of information and the lackI really don't like how the promotion of this series is being handled. The long periods of time between releases. The lack of information and the lack of participation from the authors. I feel a distinct lack of appreciation and as if the authors are alienating their fans. I will continue to read it because the second and third books were absolutely epic. But I have not been pushing this series as much as I used to because I never get any response. And the covers are absolutely horrific. I have seen a lot better indie cover. Do they not even try? This must be a passion project, but it really doesn't look like enough effort is given....more
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historicaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historical set in the times of ancient Greece. But it is not Atlantis, it is Atlantia. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world Above is poisoned so people moved Below the water.
This is the story of Rio, who dreams of seeing above, and her journey to see her sister again, and to discover the secrets of her world and Above, and what really happened. I read this because I loved Matched so much. And although the writing style is pretty much the same, the characters did not engage me as much. And there was very little romance. Although True helped her along the way, the real struggle was for Rio to find her sister. It had nothing to do with finding a way to be with True. He was a companion and a comfort during her struggle, but not a central part of it.
The world of Atlantia was pretty unique but the story was not enough to really grab me. It focused too much on Rio's single-minded need to go Above, and not enough on the mythology and history of their world. I would have liked to learn more about the sirens and the gods and the other gifts that some people had. It could have been much more interesting if it delved deeper I think. And if it had better characters. There was really nothing special about any of them. They were pretty forgettable.
The story was concluded, and although authors can always find an excuse to come back and expand a story if they decide to, I hope this remains a standalone story. I don't feel the need to come back to this world. We could always see how Rio and Bay are doing later, and how their worlds are faring, how things have changed, but things are good enough as they are now. I believe everything will turn out for the best.
(view spoiler)[Bay's plan to save Rio by going Above was the dumbest plan ever. She said in her letter that she knew how stubborn Rio was and that she would find a way eventually. So going Above was a way to guarantee that Rio would follow her, not a way of guaranteeing that Rio would never go Above. The best way of preventing Rio from ever going Above would have been to stay with her, like she promised, then Rio would have stayed with her. I am sure she would have been sad to never see the Above after that, but she would never have risked her life for it, like she risked her life to see Bay again. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a pretty good western ghost story. I don't read a lot of ghost stories, but tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a pretty good western ghost story. I don't read a lot of ghost stories, but this was really interesting. Ezra and Ambrose are both lawmen hunting the same killer. One a Marshall from California, the other an Inspector from New York. They hunt Jennings across the country, until they meet in San Francisco where they have tracked down Jennings. He is tried and hung, but continues to kill from beyond the grave.
I especially enjoyed the second half of the story, as time starts to pass more quickly, and Ezra and Ambrose watch the decades pass around them. The idea that having a nemesis is what makes the time worth living for them is different and unexpected. Ezra and Ambrose have each other, but protecting people is what their lives were about and so are their deaths. Meeting Ezra's nephew at the end was an interesting turn of events. I was not expecting more story at that point and I enjoyed the fact that others knew of Ezra and Ambrose's existence. Although, I wish they could have spoken more and that Owen and his friends could have known all the good Ezra and Ambrose have done over the last 150 years.
The romance in this was pretty disappointing though. I didn't really feel the connection between Ezra and Ambrose. It seemed to happen awfully quickly. They probably knew each other 3 or 4 days before they expressed feelings for each other. Eventually they said the 'L' word and it wasn't even made into a big deal. They both acted as if it was totally normal to fall in love after only a week or so and neither were surprised to hear the words.
But regardless of the passage of time, it wasn't used to its full potential. Their relationship could have been developed better in the given time. I don't really know what they loved about each other. We were not told. And I don't think we were ever told what Ezra looked like. When he first saw Ambrose he described him to us, but we were never given a description of Ezra and he is sort of just a blank in my mind. Also, in a story of 133 pages, there was time for more than one sex scene, but we were only given one. It wasn't super explicit but I enjoyed it. It was one of the few times when I felt their emotional closeness, as well as physical, of course.
So this is a good read for people who enjoy ghost stories and paranormal, who don't mind some M/M on the side, but aren't looking for a romance at the moment. I wouldn't mind a sequel.