This series is one of my absolute favourites. 5-stars across the board. Its just so unThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This series is one of my absolute favourites. 5-stars across the board. Its just so unique. I really cant get over how unusual it was. Its so dark. And by dark I mean dark. The bad guys in this story are true evil. There is so much blood and death and destruction and pure greed and evil. Yet, at the same time, Kami is simply one of the best, smartest, funniest, and wittiest YA heroines I have ever read. She provides a balance that you need in order to handle all the darkness. This is one of those books where, when you try to list your favourites quotes, you find that you want to quote the whole book.
Another thing I loved about this book was all the love. Kami and Jared's love is epic, but it wasn't the only focus. Everyone loved each other and were willing to sacrifice so much for each other. Kami loved Jared, but she also loved Ash and Rusty, in a different way. She never really gave her love for them a title, but it was probably more brotherly. Then of course she loved Angela and Holly, and her brothers and her parents, and everything she did was for them. If you have read this series, then you know exactly how much Rusty loved Angela and Kami. How much Angela loved Kami, and Rusty, and Holly. How much Jared loved Ash, and Holly, and Lillian. How much Lillian loved Ash and Jared. And how much Ash loved Jared, Lillian, and Kami. They forged such a large family together, through everything that they went through they became stronger.
As much as I love Kami and Jared's oddly epic love story, its really everyone in this series that make me love it so much. All the characters, the way they fight for each other and what is right and what they believe in. The way that they handle the tragedies in their lives. How they never quit, they hang on to what they have and keep going. How they always look for the bright side, and even when they believe that they are all going to die, they still do what needs to be done. Despite the evil of the story, and the heartbreaking deaths, this series was so uplifting and inspiring because of the courage of Kami and her friends and family. I will never forget it....more
I think I liked this one best so far. Nathan is the oldest and most serious of the brothers. Also the most controlling. I think its great that his matI think I liked this one best so far. Nathan is the oldest and most serious of the brothers. Also the most controlling. I think its great that his mate is also a little controlling and doesnt always let him get his way. :P Although the stuff with the mages felt kind of contrived. But it is a novella so it isnt easy to develop the story to its best with so little pages. Also, with a mating scene at the end of each book, it might get kind of hard to make them all unique. They are starting to seem kind of the same. ...more
Each book in this series has gotten better and longer. I think the author is getting more attached to her series and wanting to expand it. This is theEach book in this series has gotten better and longer. I think the author is getting more attached to her series and wanting to expand it. This is the best one so far. I love how tormented Liam is and how he doesnt think he deserves a mate. And like his twin, Rory, he was friends with his mate before he realized it was her. But unlike his brother's mate, she knew that she was his mate. But she didnt tell him to protect him from the mages. I also like how the author changed things up for the mating ceremony, because I said in my last review that they were starting to all seem the same.
I am looking forward to the last book in this series. At first I was wondering why there was a fifth book with someone named Daric, since there are only four Hale brothers. But now that I know who he is, it should be good....more
This one actually had a little bit more of a romance to it than Ethan's Mate did. I liked the fact that Rory and Callie were friends before he realizeThis one actually had a little bit more of a romance to it than Ethan's Mate did. I liked the fact that Rory and Callie were friends before he realized that she was his mate. It was really cute how much he cared for her even though he had absolutely no sexual desire until he touched her.
So Rory was the fun brother, and I usually enjoy those. Next is Nathan, the darkest of the brothers. The one who probably needs the love most. I look forward to that one too....more
These books are pure smut. There isnt much else to it. A series where the vampire mythology gives each vampire a mate who is distinguishable by a markThese books are pure smut. There isnt much else to it. A series where the vampire mythology gives each vampire a mate who is distinguishable by a mark that matches the vampire's family crest. And once they find their mate they have to claim them in an almost violent mating ritual which is witnessed. Yeah, it sounds like it is just trying to hit all the marks to be a smut, and thats it. The first two I have read so far had little to no romance. But they are short easy reads and I dont have time to read a full length book right now, so I am probably gonna finish off this series anyway. ...more
This book was super awesome and I am tempted to give it 4.5/5, but I think I am gonnaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was super awesome and I am tempted to give it 4.5/5, but I think I am gonna have to stick to 4/5 for a couple of reasons. The first being the major info-dumping that happened in the first 50 pages. I had some trouble getting through that, but I hope you will find it easier, after reading this and knowing that greatness is waiting on the other side. The other reason this loses half a star is because of the amount of different clairvoyants there are, and trying to keep track of them all, and their weird names and what they all mean. Some are straightforward; like soothsayers, and mediums, and necromancers. Others are not; like drymimancers, astragalomancers, and cleidomancers. These kinds of words kept getting thrown at us as if we were supposed to know what it meant. Eventually I had to just give up and skim over them. Although, you can sometimes pick up what they mean from the context.
One of the first things you need to know before starting this book is that there is absolutely no basis for any comparison to JK Rowling. That is a ludicrous claim that no one should have ever made. If Samantha Shannon's writing emulates anyone, it would be Veronica Roth. World and tone-wise, I would compare it to The Hunger Games. And characters and romance-wise, I would compare this to Shatter Me and Half-Blood. I thought it was absolutely engrossing, but its still just a YA paranormal. A great YA paranormal. Story and mythology-wise there is nothing I can think to compare this to.
The story starts out with Paige in Scion, explaining to us how clairvoyants have become feared and hunted over the years, starting with the alternate history of King Edward VII. The info-dumping explains Scion's underworld, but its not really that important. After less than 50 pages Paige is taken away to Sheol. Sheol is a hidden city where supernatural beings who have made a pact with the Scion government, take clairvoyants to enslave them. The Rephaim of Jewish mythology are giant, beautiful beings from the netherworld. Its a complex mythology and I am sure there is still a lot more to learn about them in the future books.
Paige's new master is Arcturus, usually called Warden. He is intimidating and a strict task-master as he taught her to use her gift to become a soldier fighting the Emim, creatures that followed to Rephaim from the netherworld. I hated him so much at the beginning. He never beat her like the other keepers, but he let bad things happen to her and other people, and he tried to force her to cooperate. But Paige's spirit was strong. She was a fighter. In that way she reminded me of Juliette and how she fought against Warner in book 1 of Shatter Me. How she refused to play his games.
But unlike in Shatter Me, there is no love-triangle in this. As much as I hated Warden in the beginning, I suspected he would become the love interest, and the book actually brought me around to that idea. I ended up rooting for Warden way sooner than I would have expected myself to, considering how much I hated him in the beginning. He was stoic, and mysterious, but you could tell how much he was watching out for Paige. He took care of her as much as he could get away with before it would become suspicious. And in that way, he reminded me of Warner, and I really recommend this book for fans of Shatter Me. I am very curious where their relationship will go in the end. It is a planned 7-books series, so they have a long journey ahead of them.
This series is a lot darker than the average YA novel, though. The Rephaim were torturing and killing humans left, right, and center. There was always a sense of danger and mystery, because we didnt know how much danger Paige was really in. How many of the Rephaim knew what she was up to? Did Warden know? What did he want from her? You never really knew, until it was too late. Its a really unique, complex world that captivated me. I highly recommend this book!...more
"...he'd been left with no choice but to turn his own angel againsThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Actual rating: 4.5/5
"...he'd been left with no choice but to turn his own angel against him, to treat a treasured jewel as nothing more than filth scraped across the bottom of his boots."
This book grabbed me by the horns and would not let me go, and still hasn't. Instantly, I was captivated and amazed by Maddy as a character. The strength she had, despite being a small, shy woman, as she woke up to find herself naked and chained to a cot in a strange, dark room. She didnt scream and despair, she didnt panic. She held herself together long enough to discover that there was a hidden light in the darkness.
"There was light in him, one so bright it could illuminate the entire night sky if only it wasn't covered over by the shadows of his darkness."
Aaron was a man lost. Lost in his own darkness. Lost in the life of crime that was forced on him by his father. You could see that he was fighting the life that he had been dealt. Like another Aaron, his father sought to corrupt him, and although he reveled in the control and violence of his position in his father's organization, he had limits. Lines he refused to cross. He wouldnt let his soul be wholly lost.
"I want to give myself to you, Master. I have given myself to you... Will you accept what I give you?"
Aaron has never brought a woman that he could care about into his life, knowing how he would corrupt her. Knowing how his father would use her against him. But, when Aaron shows special interest in the beautiful concert cellist Madeleine Clark, he unwillingly gives his father the tool to control and destroy him. But what his father didnt know, was that by bringing Madeleine and Aaron together, he had also given them both a reason to fight, to face down death and become lions.
"Through her strength and her bravery, Maddy had not only saved herself, but also Aaron: By opening her eyes and discovering that hidden deeply within the recesses of the executioner's soul, there was goodness, there was compassion, there was love and there was honor; but above it all...deep within the infinite darkness...there was light."
The writing and dialogue in this book is beautiful, but you should be warned of the darkness you will find. It is full of abuse, inhumane degradation, and violence; but above all, the strength of the human spirit and enduring love. But the violence did almost overshadow the beauty of this story near the end. It is the reason for the missing half a star. I'm talking about graphic disembowelment, dismemberment, and beheadings. I knew to expect more violence for the climax of the story, but I didn't expect it to be that strong. It was much more than I would have wanted, or what I was comfortable with and it really turned me off for a few moments. But before that I was convinced it was going to be a 5-star book. I still feel like it deserves a 5-star rating rather than 4-star though.
A bonus point for this book, is that the scene on the cover actually did happen. Its rare that they have such exact representations on book covers. I highly recommend this book for fans of dark and intense romance. You wont soon forget it. ...more
I really enjoyed this book for the most part. It might deserve more of a 3.5/5.
It was wonderful seeing a different side of the characters that we thoI really enjoyed this book for the most part. It might deserve more of a 3.5/5.
It was wonderful seeing a different side of the characters that we thought we knew so well. I really enjoyed the new perspective. I also really enjoyed the characters of the servants. They were all wonderfully developed and, in Baker's story, even more dynamic than the Bennetts. But that could also be a complaint. The Bennetts, for the most part, seemed to be washed-out versions of the wonderful characters that we know them to be. And some of the behind the scenes additions seemed out of spirit with the Pride and Prejudice we know and love. I am not entirely sure how I feel about some of the additions, such as (view spoiler)[Mr. Bennett having an illegitimate son with Mrs, Hill, and Mary being in love with Mr. Collins (hide spoiler)].
But I loved the heroine, Sarah. She refused to accept what life had given her and wanted more and was going to take it. Even if her head was temporarily turned by a pretty face, she eventually found happiness with James and a better life for herself. Her story was wonderful.
So I would say, if you are a die-hard fan of Jane Austen, that you might want to check this out, but read it with caution, and be warned that it may not be what you expect. It had a wonderful HEA and many moments that had me crying. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a great conclusion to this series. It has been almost exactly 2 years since IThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a great conclusion to this series. It has been almost exactly 2 years since I read Born Wicked, and I have enjoyed the whole experience. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time.
I really enjoyed the danger in this book, with all the sneaking around and secret meetings. Cate and her friends were never safe from the Brothers or Inez, and you truly never knew what was going to happen next. Yet Cate stood strong through it all. Her and her friends are extraordinary young women. They have gone through so much for each other, for other women they don't even know, and for the betterment of all of New England. I really have a hard time hating any of the young Sisters, even Maura and her posse. Yet Cate is still the most amazing of all. I wonder why the prophecy put so much focus on Tess when she didn't really do that much. She is a brilliant and strong little witch, but so are many others. And her visions weren't even that helpful. It seemed to me that Cate really was the one that everyone rallied behind.
I think Star Cursed is still my favourite book in this series, but Sisters' Fate is a close second, and Born Wicked is not far behind that. The action and suspense in this book were heightened even more from the previous books, as was the death count, with a huge climax as Inez enacts her final plan, which is more heinous than I could have possibly imagined.
I think the ending was the best way to settling things. I am only surprised at what Cate and Tess did. I was not expecting such drastic measures from them. But Finn was as adorable as ever, and I loved how he and Cate came together again, despite what was done to him. And I am also glad that Tess and Cate managed to reconcile with their father and tell him the truth. Only Maura was left out of a wonderful Christmas. But I wish I could see more. I know things will be better now, but I would love to see it. I would love to see Cate and Finn get their relationship back to where it had been. I would love to see Elena on the city council. I would love to see Tess grow up into a wonderful woman. And I would love to see what becomes of Rilla and Alistair. Perhaps we will get a short one day, set a year or so later. That would be wonderful!...more
I 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 manI 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!...more
I enjoyed this one more than Poisoned Web, and almost as much as Tangled Web. The thing I loved so much about this book was the tension and level of danger in Galerius' mission. The scene in the tunnels at the end really had my heart racing.
Galerius and Claudia were as strong characters as the previous leads, and I cant really say who my favourites are. I love them all. I think I may have a soft spot for the brooding Galerius though. I am so happy that he got his HEA. He deserved it. So did Claudia. Its hard to believe that she is the same person who was trying to steal the Emperor from Azurha in book one.
The story in this one was well developed and I loved seeing Galerius' slowly unraveling Hostilius' plot. And the romance was perfectly paced. At first I was thinking it was all just sex, but before I knew it I could see their relationship developing into something so much deeper. It may have been too long since I read Tangled Web (exactly one year ago), but I think perhaps the relationship between Galerius and Claudia is my favourite of the series. They make a perfect pair.
I absolutely adore the beautiful world Crista McHugh created for this series, and although I think the story is done being told, she could always write more set in the Deizian Empire, and I would not be apposed to that. :) A story about Marcus would be nice.
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I bought this from Amazon, skimmed it, and returned it. I wanted to know what happened after the scream. The blurb was too vague. But it sounded sweetI bought this from Amazon, skimmed it, and returned it. I wanted to know what happened after the scream. The blurb was too vague. But it sounded sweet. Two ppl who make each other happy, and just wanna be together even without sex, right? WRONG! This book is demented. They don't make each other happy. They make each other wanna kill people, maybe each other. Literally. They're a couple of little psychos. There was an epilogue which I kinda wish I had read before returning it. I am curious if they lived to be happy little psychos ever after, or if they changed. ...more
At the very beginning of this story, Raleigh wakes up in the trunk of a car next to her friend's body. They were hit by a drunk driver who, along with two others, put them in the trunk of their car to dispose of the bodies, not realizing she was still alive. Once they realize she is still alive they lock her in their basement while they try to figure out what to do with her. Kaden, one of her kidnappers, stands up for her against the ringleader, Ray. He keeps some of her secrets, prevents the others from raping her, gives her food, and he eventually makes it clear that he wants more from her. She agrees in exchange for his continued protection. But things get complicated when feelings get involved and they both begin to want so much more than their situation can allow.
"You protected me and gave me reason to hope..."
Kaden is certainly not free of guilt in this. He has done some terrible things to Raleigh, worse than Ray in a way. And at first I assumed any feelings he had for her were the result of delusion and instability, and any feeling she may have had for him were the result of Stockholm and fear. But as time went on I could not believe that I was beginning to see Kaden in a new light, and by the end of the book I felt like they really did love each other, which has me really surprised. I really, really enjoyed seeing the incredibly unique way I was brought to this point. I have never read anything like this before; it was a memorable experience and it had me crying in a few places. The constant inner battle I had with myself, warring over whether or not what they were doing was healthy, whether or not I should be wanting it to happen at all. It was a wonderful experience and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of unconventional romances.
"Against my better judgement and sense, I love you..."
Just FYI, this is not a BDSM as it is currently labeled. There is violence and abuse as a result of the kidnapping, but nothing else. Although there is some semi-graphic sex. Maybe about the same level as an NA novel. Although this is not NA. Both leads are grown adults. ...more
I was pretty disappointed by this book. I have heard so much love for it, and several of my friends gave it 5-stars. But it was just so unimpressive.I was pretty disappointed by this book. I have heard so much love for it, and several of my friends gave it 5-stars. But it was just so unimpressive. It was sloppy and rushed and nothing special.
Some authors can really work with the length of a novella, but I don't think this book really got to know the characters enough. Hatter had some potential but it was not reached. I even felt uncomfortable with the sex scenes. I felt like I didn't know him well enough to be invading his privacy. The scenes were also not that well written and I had a hard time figuring out exactly what they were doing. Having sex, obviously, but I couldn't figure out what positions they were in. *ahem*
And Alice was all over the place. She wanted to leave, she wanted to stay, she wanted to leave, she wanted to stay. It was really annoying and I could not follow her train of thought or understand what her reasonings were. It was just a mess. I am glad this was a freebie. I won't be bothering with the rest of the series.
"Always imagining it was she who'd fallen into Wonderland, met the white rabbit, become both big and small, met and... since the Tim Burton adaptation had come out... kissed the Mad Hatter. Yes, he was certifiable, but after seeing Johnny Depp play the part, crazy had never looked so yummy."
I really wanted to love Lucien, I love dark heroes, and I did love him at times, but mostly he was just so stupid. He was determined to ruin Miranda aI really wanted to love Lucien, I love dark heroes, and I did love him at times, but mostly he was just so stupid. He was determined to ruin Miranda as revenge for what happened to his sister. He seduced her and drove her towards complete ruination, and it become like a game of chicken. Neither Lucien or Miranda would call it off, even though neither of them wanted to continued, neither of them wanted to be the first to claim defeat. It was horrible. I really cant believe what he almost let happen to her. And I really cant believe that Miranda didn't call a stop to it sooner. It was frustrating. I did love the characters really, I just found the story kind of stupid.
As usual, there was a secondary romance and it was adorable! I always love the secondary romances in Anne Stuart novels, and in this one I actually preferred it over Lucien and Miranda. Jacob and Jane were adorable! But I wish this book had more of a conclusion or an epilogue....more
I was expecting to like this more than Mirrorlight, but I didnt. At least in this one they could speak and had somewhat of a relationship along with tI was expecting to like this more than Mirrorlight, but I didnt. At least in this one they could speak and had somewhat of a relationship along with the sex. But they had sex before even speaking. That must have been one horny soldier, to just have sex with the first woman he sees after being awoken. Good thing she didnt mind.
But I also preferred the story of Arik (I think that was his name) and his background and how he had to be saved from his time, over Titus and having to be saved from the curse of being a statue. Arik was more interesting and tragic imo.
These stories are brief smut. The relationships really have no time to develop and are only an accent to the sex, so go into this with the right mindset....more
I havent read a lot of Urban Fantasy in the past, but I saw this on NetGalley and I deThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I havent read a lot of Urban Fantasy in the past, but I saw this on NetGalley and I decided to try it because the premise sounded unique, and I read a lot of PNRs, and how different can that be from UF, really. UF is a pit more mature, darker, more violent, and a little less romantic. But I still loved this book, it was a lot of fun, action-packed, and still a little romantic. I love John. He was so funny and just a fascinating person, after everything he has been through that he turned out the way that he has. Sad and cynical but still full of jokes and willing to fight for a future for himself.
This book was really cleverly written. I loved all the characters, and the dialogue, and the way that John's narration knew it was a narration, and would sometimes address the readers directly. There were so many wonderful, quotable moments. A large amount of this book is highlighted on my Kindle.
But I should be more specific. I loved all the characters beside Dvornik. He was a complete "ass-hat", as John called him. It really bugs me that I dont understand how he ever had a relationship with Sig. Its not just that I dont like him, but I dont think it was explained well enough. I really dont get it and it took away from my enjoyment of the book a bit. I wish their relationship had somehow been made more believable.
The romance in this really surprised me, since there usually isnt a lot of romance in UFs. There wasnt as much as in the average PNR, but it was still romantic and totally cute. I loved the way that John and Sig acted like teenagers around each other. Probably because of the fact that Sig already had a boyfriend, it made them shy and hesitant, like teenagers who are afraid of admitting their feelings. I am really looking forward to what will happen between them now. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series!
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Orbit Books, in exchange for an honest review....more
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not goodThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not good enough to keep bringing me back. I got really impatient with it most of the time. I just wanted to find out how it would end and didnt really want to do all the work to get there.
I read two other books on the side during the time it took me to read this one. And I fell asleep on this book on numerous occasions. As I have said in my reviews for both The Vicious Deep and The Savage Blue, I liked Tristan but I never really swoon over guys when the book is from their POV. I have to see them from the POV of a woman, to see them as the woman sees them and loves them, then I start to pick up those feelings myself.
I enjoyed most of the supporting characters, but I don't know if there were too many, or if I just didn't care about them enough, but I could never remember who was who. Who the hell is Kai? She was with Tristan for most of this book, but I have no idea who she is or when he met her. I just cannot remember.
I am glad with how things turned out for everyone. I dont know why, but for some reason I suspected the ending would go down something like it did. No tragic fates are hanging over anyone's heads. And I am glad that this series is over and I can move on.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange for an honest review....more
I enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages asI enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages as well as Laura Kaye, but I really had trouble believing their relationship. Their second meeting and she strips for him, their third and they have sex. And these meetings are brief, so nothing else really happens besides the stripping and the sex. Plus they cant speak to each other. I think this would have been much improved if they could speak and had a few conversations at least.
As I said, I also hated Muffin, and Muffin is the one thing, beside time travel, that links the books in this series together. She really bothered me and brought the book down IMO. But it was brief and I really enjoyed the concept. I love romance and time travel and this is the lowest rated in the series, so I intend to give the rest of the series a try....more
I ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way II ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way I was going to enjoy it as much as book one. But the second half of the book really picked up and ended up being better than book 1. So it evens out and I am giving it the same rating.
Overall I dont think I care enough about this series to give it a proper review, but I love the depth of emotion that everyone has in this series. How much Rain and Ellysetta love and need each other. How much Gaelan loves and cares for his sister. How much Gaelen and Bel care for Ellysetta. The Fey are full of so much devotion.
(view spoiler)[I am so glad that Rain and Ellysetta are finally married. Their need to resist each other was getting pretty tedious, as was the wedding planning. Although that was her mother's fault. As much as I hated Lauriana and as glad as I am that she is dead and out of the story, I still cried at her funeral. I think I was crying for Lorelle and Lillis. I cant wait to see Rain and Ellysetta complete their bond. I assume it will be pretty epic. I also really want the Fey to find out about Shannisorran and Elfeya. (hide spoiler)]
I am going to be taking some time off this series. I wont be ordering King of Sword and Sky from my library right away. I would probably frustrate myself too much, knowing that book 3 wont progress as much as I'd like. But I look forward to reading it some time in the future. At the right time to appreciate it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book still had Cassie Mae's writing style, great humour, and cute characters (some of them anyways), but the whole concept and the story just didThis book still had Cassie Mae's writing style, great humour, and cute characters (some of them anyways), but the whole concept and the story just did not work for me.
So, to start out, there is a love-square. Reagan and Talon are together, but Reagan's best friend, Kayla, is also in love with Talon. And Talon's best friend, Wesley, is also in love with Reagan. So Kayla and Wesley get together and make a plan to break up Reagan and Talon and steal their best friends' SOs. Horrible people and worst BFFs of all time? Yep.
So not only was this a horrible plan for moral reasons, but its pretty obvious from the beginning that Kayla and Wesley have great chemistry. So I could see from a mile away where this was going to lead, even though I hadnt read the blurb before starting the book.
The best part of this book was definitely Wesley. There is no denying that Cassie Mae is great at creating adorably awkward male characters with great senses of humour. Her books are for people who enjoy realistic stories with real guys. Her books (the two that I have read so far anyways) dont have larger than life, too-good-to-be-true love interests. Almost every scene with Wesley was worth reading, and I enjoyed seeing him and Kayla falling in love. But it just took too damn long!
Even while Kayla was thinking, "Has Wesley always been that cute? Why does he give me butterflies?" she still refers to Talon as her soul mate. It really got tedious after like 20%. Not only was the obvious shouting in their faces, they were pretty much admitting it to their own faces, and still not realizing what it was they were admitting! Gah! I wanted to pull my hair out. And at the end, they both admit that they want each other several times more than they ever wanted Reagan or Talon. Yet they wanted Talon and Reagan enough to fight dirty for them. To come up with their evil plan. Yet they never really fought for each other. It didnt really make sense.
Then of course there is the little twist. (view spoiler)[I cant really believe that Reagan and Talon planned everything. It was ridiculously far fetched. And they would have to be like the best actors of all time to fool their best friends for months. And Reagan was seriously bawling her eyes out when she "broke up" with Talon. Did she fake all of that? Its just too much for me to swallow. Not to mention the fact that it is almost as evil as what Kayla and Wesley did. They only get a little credit for the fact that they had better intentions. But if my friends ever fooled me so completely, plotted and lied and put me through so much pain on the hunch that we would make a good couple, I would have crucified them. Not to mention how stupid and embarrassed I would feel. Seriously, maybe I am just not a good person, but I think if I had gone through that, and even given that I did end up with the guy they were trying to force me on, I dont think I would ever be able to be friends with them again. Setting friends up on a date, maybe lying about it being a group outing, and then all opting out at the last minute, that's one thing. But this level of deception is not something I am ok with. (hide spoiler)]
Not to mention the fact that I hated Reagan. She was so annoying! And kind of a bitch. Seriously, what did either of those guys see in her? Although Kayla clearly belonged with Wesley, I could kind of see her with Talon. He was a nice guy. But Wesley or Talon with Reagan? Not really. (view spoiler)[It could be because she was lying her face off for the whole book, and we dont really know her. (hide spoiler)]
This book is listed as NA, but I am listing it as YA. Even though the characters are all in their first year of college, it reads like a YA, and the immaturity level is pretty extreme. There is nothing graphic either. Lots of making-out, but that's it. I really would have loved this book if it was about Wesley and Kayla in a completely different scenario. And I still really look forward to reading How to Date a Nerd, because I really enjoy her style.
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I did not enjoy this book very much. I did not like the way that the narration felt soThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I did not enjoy this book very much. I did not like the way that the narration felt so disconnected. It made me feel like I was just seeing this story from afar. Or that I was not reading a story, but just the outline of the story. It read like a ghost story told by word of mouth, or a fable, myth, or legend, not a novel. I was never immersed in the world, and I felt like the characters were thin and undeveloped. They felt like a list of required traits, not people.
I also didnt enjoy the fact that Nyx and Ignifex were such bad people. That was sort of the point of the story I think. Two horrible people who were never loved by anyone else, love each other. But it made it hard to care about either of them, and I hated Nyx a little bit. I guess the story did manage to draw me in enough to make me angry when I think of what Nyx tried to do to Ignifex. More can be forgiven when you are a hot guy who has been tormented for 1000 years. Less so when you are a rich teenage girl. Haha, shame on me, but it's true.
The story was unique and ambitious, but only succeeded in being confusing. I dont understand a lot of what happened, especially nearing the end. And I found the romance seriously lacking. Since they were both horrible people they couldnt really love each other properly, and even admit as much.
"But we'll pretend we know how to love." I smiled at him. "And someday we'll learn."
I couldnt really bring myself to root for them to be together when they were so willing to hurt each other before. They had such an odd relationship, and its even odder now that Ignifex is not Ignifex, but Lux. I didnt love Ignifex, but he was the best thing about the book, and now I feel a little ripped off by the fact that he no longer exists as he once did. But whatever, I can feel it slipping from my mind already. I will forget about this book completely by the end of the day.
This book was weird and not that great, and I would like to give it 2.5/5.
It had some interesting concepts, but the world building was not very goodThis book was weird and not that great, and I would like to give it 2.5/5.
It had some interesting concepts, but the world building was not very good and I was very confused most of the time. I didnt feel connected to any of the characters and I feel like I dont even know Blaise at all, and I thought he was supposed to be the main character. I dont understand anyone's motives, and I dont even know who the villain was supposed to be. My vote goes to Augusta, since she's psycho and spent most of her time totally freaking out, and mass murdering peasants.
The story seemed to be all over the place, and I had no interest in whatever was going on between Gala and Blaise. It was basically insta-love, and they had no chemistry. Although they are definitely better than Blaise and Augusta. Seriously, the idea that they were ever a couple makes absolutely no sense. Let alone together for eight years. How could that have ever happened?! They do not meld in the slightest. But there wasnt a lot of romance anyway. It was more of an afterthought.
The best part of this book is Gala. I really like the idea of her being all powerful but benevolent. If people would allow her, she could be their saviour. She kinda kicks ass.
I will give this series another shot and read book 2. I have no idea how many are planned in this series, but I will try one more and see how it goes. ...more
This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you intThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you into the world. It took a bit longer to get me attached to the characters, but nevertheless it did in due time. I really enjoyed the idea behind the story and Arin being Kestrel's slave. It really makes for an interesting relationship, and incredible strain on both of them. It reminded me a lot of the world of Tangled Web. I imagined them to look aesthetically similar, and they also both feature romances with slaves.
"Fifty keystones for a singer who refused to sing, a friend who wasn't her friend, some one who was hers and yet would never be hers."
I really enjoyed the narration, and the way things seemed to slowly be revealed. It could be the reason why it took me time to grown attached to the characters, although I was interested in the story from the beginning. I felt like it took time for Kestrel and Arin's true natures to be revealed, even through their own POVs, and it was almost hypnotic, as I waited for the small drips of information to be released. And in the end, they both turned out to be more incredible then I had expected.
Kestrel is so intelligent. She is one of those people who you never see coming until its too late. And Arin, he is incredibly brave and selfless as he fights for the freedom of this people and at the same time never forgets the needs of Kestrel. They are both amazing tacticians, and I wonder if the future will have them fighting together, or against each other.
I enjoyed the first half of the book more for sure, because it was more about discovery and hope. But in the second half of the book, when everything is in the open, there is such a strong sense of betrayal and desperation. I have a hard time handling that sort of emotion, even in moderate doses. Luckily, I was able to look at the bigger picture and handle it. As long as the following two installments in the trilogy don't drag down my mood too much more.
The bigger picture that I see, is that Kestrel and Arin still love each other despite everything, and that makes it even more beautiful. It gave Kestrel the grounds to prove it by sacrificing her future for Arin's. And although Arin didn't have the opportunity to prove it on the grand scale that Kestrel did, he did prove it in small ways. And the way the story ended leaves us knowing that there is still so much more to come for Kestrel and Arin. I can only imagine the scope the this will take, and the influence Kestrel and Arin will have on the future of their nations.
I would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy RomThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy Romance, this is not exactly what I had in mind. Romance was about 2% of this book. This was a High Fantasy court intrigue through and through, with a touch of magic.
I really liked the main character, Cazaril. He was intelligent, loyal, humble, unusually kind and selfless, determined, and brave when fighting for who and what he believed in. But as a love interest? He was not at all what I look for in a love interest. He was bookish, quiet, and sickly. He was also 16 years older than his love interest.
The romance in this was by no means a focus. There were a few random moments that were enough to make it known that Cazaril had feelings for Betriz, but it was not an epic love. It was a common love. The kind that is good in real life, but not in books. In books its rather disappointing. Its the kind of love that is mostly respect and fondness. The kind that results when a modest girl finds a good husband who will take care of her and provide for her.
The story was somewhat epic though. The story of Cazaril, the most loyal servant anyone could ever ask for, risking life and limb, risking his very soul, facing long avoided enemies, and traveling across mountains and countries to protect his mistress and free her family from the shadow of a curse. And of course, Cazaril is not particularly imposing or physically capable. The fact that he can barely walk and usually vomits after a day on horseback perhaps makes it more impressive that he does it at all.
So, if you cannot tell by now, I think that Cazaril carried this book, but even he wasnt enough to make me care about the "romance", if you can even call it that. All in all, it was engaging, if a bit slow. I was very invested in his character, and it had a pleasing HEA. But I will not be continuing the series, or perhaps, ever reading any more books by this author. They are not really up my alley. ...more
"He turns me inside out, takes me apart, and puts me back together—all in the span ofThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
"He turns me inside out, takes me apart, and puts me back together—all in the span of one night."
I would like to give this book 4.5/5. It was the darkest book of this genre that I have read yet. It brought me places that I did not know that I wanted to go. It turned me into a willing victim, just like Nora.
I personally love 'love my captor' stories. I love the psychology behind it; seeing how the different women handle their situations, the motives of the different captors, and how things ultimately turn out. Is love able to conquer all the terrible things that happened between them? Or is love even involved at all? This one was different. The biggest difference is the fact that I found nothing redeemable about Nora's captor, Julian. I hated him all along. This is not the kind of leading male I can swoon over.
But he was the cause of all the games being played between himself and Nora. He was the catalyst for everything that had happened, so I accept his role in the story. But I knew unequivocally that Nora did not belong with him. He was not a good person, and he did not love her. And unlike the other books like this one that I have read, where everyone's emotions are shades of grey, I have no doubt that there is a lot of Stockholm Syndrome going on in this book.
Despite the fact that I never warmed to him, as I neared the end, I found myself hoping that they would remain together. I couldnt believe it had happened. I have no idea how or why I had found myself in that position, and I am slightly ashamed. But that is one of my favourite things about this sort of book. You have so many emotions going in different directions that you dont know which ones to follow. It can be overwhelming and its a bit of a high for me. And Julian did put me at war with myself more often than I had anticipated.
As much as I enjoyed the psychology behind how Julian treated Nora, I did not enjoy the BDSM aspects of the story. That's just my personal preference, but it also definitely has something to do with why I hated Julian. I just cant separate my feelings and be objective about it. I think I remember Anna Zaires saying that the BDSM in this book would be mild, but if this is mild, I shudder at the thought of what true BDSM is like. I am glad I have avoided it thus far.
Another problem I had with this book is Beth. I hated her more than Julian because she seemed to serve no purpose but to piss me off. I dont understand any way that she could approve of what Julian was doing. No matter what she had been through, or what Julian had done for her, it doesnt make rape ok. And if Beth thinks it does, then she has some other, deeper issues besides her tragic past. Or Julian has brainwashed her as well. (view spoiler)[But she's dead now, so I guess we'll never know. (hide spoiler)]
However wrong it may be, I cannot deny how expertly Julian handled and manipulated Nora. I enjoyed seeing her transformation, as Julian molded her into exactly what he wanted, or needed. It was by far my favourite thing about this book, and out of all the 'love my captor' and 'Stockholm Syndrome' books I have read, I think this is the most convincing and realistic. Although, I'm no expert.
I am looking forward to the sequel, Keep Me, which there was an excerpt from at the end of my ARC. I do not know where I would want their relationship to go from here, and I am not even sure that I would want it to change at all. Would I want to risk all of Nora's conditioning being undone? Regardless of what happens, I am excited by the fact that the excerpt was in Julian's POV. Twist Me was solely in Nora's. I cannot imagine what is going on in Julian's head. He treats Nora like a possession and has no regard for her free will, but he risked his life for her. I would love to see how he can reconcile those two things in his mind. He is certainly a complex, fascinating, and incredibly intelligent man, whatever else I may think of him.
Even though I was already in love with Anna Zaires writing and storytelling from The Krinar Chronicles, I was nevertheless impress with Twist Me. This may not have done it for me in the erotica department (and there is a lot of it. This book is like 80% sex!), but it did not take away from my experience. It was about the purpose and motives of Julian's brutality, not the brutality itself. With this new series, Anna Zaires has surpassed my already high expectations.
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I really enjoyed the concept behind this but some parts were a bit sloppy so I would gThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really enjoyed the concept behind this but some parts were a bit sloppy so I would give it 3.5/5. Chastity seemed to be constantly confused about who Thane was. Half the time it seemed that she knew he was a fey and that he was the stranger in the maze, but other times she didnt. And when he fully revealed his identity to her she seemed shocked while I would have sworn she already knew. It was pretty confusing.
I also didnt really enjoy how vulgar it was at times. I dont mind erotica, but this was not always portrayed as elegantly as it could have been. I agree with another reviewer, that the cover image of Thane is not hot enough, and they posted a picture of what they imagined him to look like. But I didnt really agree with their image any more than the cover. So here is mine.
But I totally love the concept of the seven cardinal sins being embodied by seven Unseelie fey princes, who need to find the mortal woman who embodies their opposing virtue in order to break their curse. Its fascinating and incredibly original. I loved the other princes that we met and I cannot wait to read their stories, especially Kian and Niall. I really hope Charlotte Featherstone gets around to writing them, since she is taking a break from writing I dont know when, if ever, the rest of the series will be released. ...more
(Zak didnt have glasses, but this guy is hot so he is gonna be my Zak for now. :P)
I hated Zoe at first because of the way she behaved at school. She may have been just pretending to care about nothing but fashion and boys and herself, but in the process she put herself before everyone, she hurt people's feelings and she was willing to do it, so that makes her a bad person for real.
Zak was a total sweetie pie who she did not deserve. I was making constant comparisons to Trevor from Geek Girl while reading this, but in the end I think I liked Zak more, although its been awhile so I'm not sure. Zak was such a nice person who gave Zoe so many second chances. Even after all the times Zoe hurt him and turned her back on him, he agrees to help her out and accepts her back again and again. He claimed to not have much forgiveness left in him if she failed him again, but he had already forgiven her more times than she deserved.
"I'd let it go because I knew it wasn't the girl at school under this blanket. It was my friend."
But I gotta admit they made a cute couple. When Zoe wasnt being a bitch and they were just hanging out, they could be pretty adorable. And I loved how Zoe described Zak playing with his lightsaber keychain when he got nervous. That's so cool! I have a few Star Wars keychains myself, but not a lightsaber one. :P I'd imagine its one that lit up.
I enjoyed Zoe's dramatic speech at the end. It was very much like a teen movie. Like Never Been Kissed or Easy-A. I think this would make a good movie. I wish her speech would have been longer though, and that she had said something about herself. The speech she made showed that she was willing to become the nerd she used to be again. But if she had said more she could have made it clear that she had never really stopped being Geek Zoe.
"I march right up to a table in the center of the cafeteria. People are sitting at it, but I don't care. I climb on top and look at my audience, which is now half the student body. Everyone is telling their friends to look in my direction, some already laughing, but most are gaping at me.
I unzip my jacket and toss it on the floor. Here I stand in my bright blue Superman shirt.
"The Star Trek franchise includes six series: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, totaling 726 episodes..."
From reading the Acknowledgments at the end of this book, I would guess that Cassie Mae is a true nerd herself, but perhaps not a Whovian. She kept writing Doctor Who as Dr. Who, which is just wrong and doesn't make sense. A true Whovian would know that. But this book has encouraged me to continue reading more of her books. I love her writing and characters and humour, although I may not always like the weird twist she always has in her stories. But I am looking forward to reading How to Seduce a Band Geek because the male lead is Levi, a friend that Zoe made in this book. He was really nice and super hot. He always reminded Zoe of Zak and made her miss him. :P But Levi was a few years younger so it makes sense that he could be a love interest for her sister. Although Sierra was only 14 in this book. A few years better have gone by by book 2....more
So, this series started out with two love interests. Both vampires. One was a vampire who was bound as a prisoner to Sarah's land. Michael, the dark,So, this series started out with two love interests. Both vampires. One was a vampire who was bound as a prisoner to Sarah's land. Michael, the dark, mysterious vampire. The other was Alex, beautiful and golden, but he did something terrible that turned Sarah away from him, not before she slept with him.
By book 3 all readers would have chosen a team, and I chose Michael. Whether or not he would get Sarah in the end is not certain. But everyone has been shown their options, or so they thought, and made a choice that they are comfortable with.
But, then Jackson walks into the picture and its insta-love. He's human and perfect and boring and a giant cliche. He is also so gorgeous that Sarah cant stay away and, like a ho-bag, nearly sleeps with him on several occasions. But, because he is so damn perfect *gag*, he is the voice of reason and gently refuses each time.
But then wait! Michael is still around! In the middle of her private Jackson party she sees Michael again and boom! They are having sex too. So now she has slept with 2/3 of these guys and Jackson knows it but he is still all like, "I wanna makes this work with you." Dude, you can do better. Michael could do better too, but he's awesome so I want him to get the girl that he chooses. Which just happens to be Sarah the ho-bag.
I dont really know what is going on in this love-square anymore. Introducing a new love interest at this point was just a huge mistake. And you may be wondering why I even gave this 3-stars. Well, I am still interested in the story of Michael and Isaiah and the other vampires. I want to know Michael's fate after he sacrificed himself for Sarah at the end of this one. There are still 2 books left in this series, one of which is not yet released. Hopefully it is not too long before this is all resolved....more
OK, I am confused. Is Michael a human now? How did that happen?! And this seemed completely concluded, so why are there 2 more books left in the serieOK, I am confused. Is Michael a human now? How did that happen?! And this seemed completely concluded, so why are there 2 more books left in the series?
I am glad at least that the love-square seems to be over with. There was really absolutely no hope for the other two guys in this book, and Jackson seems to have all but disappeared from Sarah's mind. Its all Michael, all the time now. :)...more