I discovered VAMPIRE LOVE STORY on Amazon. The fight scenes were well executed and adrenaline-fueled. I enjoyed the male perspective. I also got a kicI discovered VAMPIRE LOVE STORY on Amazon. The fight scenes were well executed and adrenaline-fueled. I enjoyed the male perspective. I also got a kick out of the unexpected foursome and other little surprises because I support spontaneity (to a point) in a storyline. Overall, the feel was loosely reminiscent of the film 'Near Dark' at times (which is a good thing).
However, I have chosen to give this book three stars for two reasons:
-*spoiler alert* the back and forth between Josiah's relationship with both women was choppy and insincere. He confesses to himself that he loves Lena, the human, (a strong moment in the storyline) but then he is wildly attracted to the vampire. Not a problem. But then he tries to run away with both at different times in back-to-back chapters. Okay, so long as Josiah gets out of dodge, '+ one' in tow, it's cool? Problem. There should at least be an inner-struggle between which woman to steal away into the night with. One woman spends her time saving his life while he spends his time saving the other woman. So be conflicted. Want them both. But don't offer to run away with both back-to-back and not acknowledge that fact -if even just to himself. Dude! Party foul!
-I did not like the underlying level of sexism -the overdrawn opening scene of saving the frail girl from almost being raped at a frat party because she couldn't protect herself. Um, this girl hangs out with vampires. And why would frat boys go to a bar, drug someone, then take them back to the frat house when they could just throw a party and have women come to them? Also, there was a line actually thought by Josiah when wondering who would help him fight against the bad guys -"I had Lena, a friend. But a mere girl."- What??? Try mere human. Girls fight, too. And sometimes pillows aren't even involved. ;)
Regardless of the last two points mentioned, I did have a good reading experience and a few laughs with the characters....more
While the writing and storyline are tight, 'Kindred' holds too many similarities to Laurel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' series and borders dangerouslyWhile the writing and storyline are tight, 'Kindred' holds too many similarities to Laurel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' series and borders dangerously on fan fiction, which is a shame because Claire is very talented. ...more
‘Emergence’, the last novel in Rachel E. Fisher’s breathtaking trilogy ‘Eden’s Root’, proves to be a moving, cathartic closure to the series. While I‘Emergence’, the last novel in Rachel E. Fisher’s breathtaking trilogy ‘Eden’s Root’, proves to be a moving, cathartic closure to the series. While I always focus on Fi, the truth is, I fell in love with all of the characters, especially Asher and Sean.
Without dropping plot bombs here, I will only say that I applaud the way these characters have grown through their trials and heartache but still –always- maintain a sense of youth and spark. Even in their darkest hours, even when Fi is in “the nothing”, I never lose sight of what makes her her. As the war with the Truthers rages, I still see Fi for Fi, Asher for Asher, etc… Fisher’s characters do not grow into strangers, changing too fast for readers to comprehend. They grow into themselves. They flourish in dust and blood as real people do.
Fisher doesn’t hold back. She never has. That’s what makes the ‘Eden’s Root’ series great. But I will admit, while I usually shy away from such endings, I did have a rewarding smile on my lips as I read the final pages. I felt a wholeness, and that is quite a feat for an author to accomplish.
There. I know this review sounds elusive, but so much happens in ‘Emergence’ and I don’t want to spoil it for fellow readers.
I loved it! Fisher brings the series to a close with heart. ...more
I purchased this YA read on Amazon the other day on a whim. It starts off slow, however, Workman offers new tidbits of info at just the right momentsI purchased this YA read on Amazon the other day on a whim. It starts off slow, however, Workman offers new tidbits of info at just the right moments to maintain a steady flow. The pace is perfect. And there is always a new element being dropped into the storyline, making it much more complex than originally anticipated.
My not-so-likes: -I feel like the character Snow should be a little older. Maybe eighteen, but not fifteen. It just doesn't seem to fit that well. I still think her home life and abandonment issues would have survived a slight age bump. However, it is what it is, and it's not a deal breaker by any means. -The main character's name. It is actually Snow White. That was really hard for my brain to grasp for, like, the first two volumes. But I eventually got over it and it just became part of the character. -Volume one, BLOOD AND SNOW, is not a whole book. It just stops. There is no wrap up or lead-up to a big cliff-hanger. Had I only purchased volume one and got to this point -I won't lie- I would have been hot-damn pissed. NOT because of the length. Because, rather, I would have wanted to know immediately what was happening in the storyline and it would have killed me to wait. So, note to future readers, buying the volume 1-4 pack is best because you will want to read them in one sitting. (Or two, as was the case with me.) -There are some odd comma placements happening. I won't lie. But they are not spontaneous. They won't jump out at you from a dark ally with a shiv. There is a pattern, and it is really not that distracting once you get into the rythm.
Workman knows how to tell a good story. I have never been one for fairytales, but the BLOOD AND SNOW series adds enough vampire action -which I adore and could never live without- and original ideas to create a rich world with characters that readers can't help but care for. Seriously, not once did I daydream about bludgeoning a character to death. They all bring something to the plot, especially Christopher. I have a cougar crush on Hunter Christopher.
So is this worth your time? I don't know, but it was sure as hell worth mine. So much, in fact, that I'm going to purchase volume five as soon as I finish this review.
With all of the recent Snow White hype, THIS is the original spin that should have been in theaters....more
I’ll be honest. I’ve never read a “dragon” book. I am totally devoted to vampires, creepy-crawlies, and fuzzy shapeshifters. Reading about dragons nevI’ll be honest. I’ve never read a “dragon” book. I am totally devoted to vampires, creepy-crawlies, and fuzzy shapeshifters. Reading about dragons never crossed my mind. But it wasn’t just the beautiful cover of ‘Core’ that hooked me.
Combs’ writing is superbly descriptive and genuine. Her dialogue flows smoothly while offering a unique distinction to each character. Ava, the seventeen-year-old heroine, is brought to full bloom by Combs. She is damaged, yet strong. Walked on, yet above it all. Victimized, though never a victim. So the relationship she forms with Cale, a red dragon, feels very rewarding. Their relationship exposes small facets of Ava’s life that are otherwise hidden.
It is very pleasant to watch the boy chase the girl for once -and not be domineering, pushy, or creepy. Cale is sincere, to say the least, and has many layers, as do all of the characters. Most importantly, his attraction to Ava feels real. It is validated not by lust, but by true attraction on multiple levels. While the pace moves swiftly, Ava and Cale manage to share tender moments and small gestures that bind them even closer, endearing them more to readers. I especially appreciated the moments when Cale DID try to put his foot down and Ava does all but pat his head and say, “How sweet.”
Threaded throughout the storyline, propelling the drive further, are character traits for each type of being. For example, red dragons emit heat, are quite boisterous, and have the power to be healed by fire as well as entertained by it for hours, while blue dragons prefer stillness and would get along smashingly with Sheldon from ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The ‘Nightfolk’ are genius, too. This term covers all the “bumps in the night.” And they are anything but average portrayals. These melancholic creatures are intriguing.
‘Core’ is full of action, as well. I love that Combs isn’t afraid to push the limits. That’s the whole point of fiction, right? Especially fantasy. To grab the normal limits and throw them off a cliff. (There is a killer plane scene that left me with an evil smile.)
Overall, I enjoyed all of the characters (with the exception of Ava’s foster mother, who is just kind of a boob), and felt that the progression of Ava’s decent into the dragon world as a ‘rider’ was well paced and exceptionally written with realistic touches. ‘Core’ is a rare book that makes it to my ‘Read Again’ pile. It will definitely be a go-to book, and I look forward to the rest in the series.
In a nutshell: Ava is a young, local fighter, and she’s damned good. In the end, she realizes that she doesn’t have to approach everything like a fight. She can love just as well. ...more
I appreciated the unique character of Fi. She was easy to empathize with and love, though, at times, I felt it was difficult to believe that others woI appreciated the unique character of Fi. She was easy to empathize with and love, though, at times, I felt it was difficult to believe that others would follow a teenage girl. Granted, a kick ass, smart, empowered young girl. And while I loved the scenes with her father, I did not think their secret needed to be kept from her ailing mother. These should have been family discussions from the start.
Overall, I loved Eden’s Root. It was gritty and edgy in all the right places. It eerily shadows circumstances that civilizations could face in the future if we keep tampering. And it has definitely changed my perception of altered food. The real science that Rachel Fisher brings to the table in Eden’s Root is enough to make me forever wonder just what’s on my dinner plate.
Eden’s Root is a beautiful execution of sci-fi and real global catastrophe. ...more
My synopsis for TOUCH OF FROST by Jocelyn Adams: Lauren McLean has never quite recovered from her grandfather’s passing. Tired of the numb world she hMy synopsis for TOUCH OF FROST by Jocelyn Adams: Lauren McLean has never quite recovered from her grandfather’s passing. Tired of the numb world she has cocooned herself into, Lauren ventures back to her grandfather’s cabin looking for a spark of her former self, of something good and warm. Quickly, she is engulfed by a frozen lake and wakes in the arms of the man of her dreams. Or is he the man from her dreams? Their attraction is undeniable, yet Will Frost has a secret that may kill them both if they give in to their desires.
The downfalls: There was not much time to acclimate myself to Lauren’s world before I was thrust into the icy water with her. While I immediately bonded with Lauren and her grief, a little more character history would have done a story good. I’m still left wondering why she was so close with her grandfather to begin with. Just a close family? Absent parents? Only child enjoying the spoils of attention? A yearly winter treat?
And I have to say that certain exchanges between Lauren and Will Frost did not translate well. Odd word choices left moments that should have been awkwardly endearing in a girl-meets-boy kind of way, well, just awkward in a missed-the-mark kind of way. It made it hard to focus in on Will’s character. Sometimes he was a tough yet sensitive mountain man. But then, out would peak a gawky teen rather than a hot beefcake that simply lacks finesse.
As for the plot, it is not very elaborate. Not to say that is all bad. But if you are a reader looking for action, read elsewhere. However, if you like those indulgent moments when two characters spark that flame, TOUCH OF FROST delivers.
The goodies: Adams definitely knows how to enthrall readers. With little action to propel the storyline, TOUCH OF FROST could have easily melted away into oblivion. However, driven purely by two characters in a small cabin, their combustible lust and love prove momentous. At times I swore I could hear Lauren’s heartbeat thrumming faster every time Will glanced her way.
Though Will’s character was a tad obscure at times, the majority was loud and clear. If I ever end up in Will’s cabin, there’s no way either one of us is leaving. *wink, wink*
And, of course, the cover art is fabulous. Between that entrancing stare and a great synopsis, I was hooked, even though I rarely read a love story that doesn’t involve weapons, ballsy women, and dead (-ish) things.
Bottom line: TOUCH OF FROST offers the intense attraction found in TWILIGHT, and a divine heartache paralleling CITY OF ANGELS. Adams’ characters resonate. There is a certain serenity achieved in this snowy, isolated world that might leave you as revived as Lauren.
Okay, I have a few peeves. The first thing that stood out was the characters’ names: Raena (MC), Tanis (foster sister), Andrei (psycho stalker), GenevOkay, I have a few peeves. The first thing that stood out was the characters’ names: Raena (MC), Tanis (foster sister), Andrei (psycho stalker), Genevra (foster mom), Cady (a friend), Nuada (the cat). Even simple names had odd spelling twists. A rule of thumb: it’s okay to funk out with a name or two, but try to tame the rest or readers get confused. Genevra's name was a constant mind-slipper. And Rae's cat? I mentally renamed her Fluffball The Oracle.
I am also not a fan of the POV shifts. Every so often I would end up in Logan’s head. Turns out, not much in there. Even after he sprouted wings and realized that he could fly, there were no real revelations. He didn’t even panic. Most teens would totally flip out and wonder if they accidentally ingested PCP. But not Logan. The shift was the perfect opportunity to give him that touch of realism/boy-next-door quality, to let us see inside of his heart. But nothing was offered that we hadn’t learned through Rae first.
And Rae’s choices in actions were odd for a teenage girl. Rae is being stalked by guy A, so she just runs off to a neighboring city with guy B (who she doesn’t really know all that well) to hide out? And her foster parents think this is appropriate while they are holed up in a local hotel with Fluffy McPain-In-The-Ass? And boy B’s parents are fine with him charging expensive hotel rooms, room service, and shopping sprees to their credit cards, all in the name of helping a cute girl he hated last week? It pushes the bounds of believability. Had the timeframe been a few months as opposed to a few days, that would have helped.
But please don’t think that I’m upset or let down by Foreshadow. Though a few things peeved me, I was still very drawn to the character of Rae. I wanted to see her happy. Essex captures the essence of this young girl and her world effortlessly. And I love that Rae is not easily pushed around by Andrei. She doesn’t stand for being bullied, and she definitely thinks for herself. These are fabulous qualities that more YA heroines need.
However, Foreshadow’s downfall -for me- was the “good boy” to “bad boy” face time ratio.
“Good boy” lovers, this book’s for you.
Logan is super good. Crazy, wamalamadingdong good, in fact. Ex: helps wrap a present, carries Rae’s books EVERY DAY at school from class to class, is emotionally there for her while she deals with Andrei the stalker, talks to her in the middle of the night when he should be sleeping, just to name a few. But I am absolutely a “bad boy” supporter. I don’t really want said "bad boy" to win, but I want to get to know him throughout the book. Andrei was the force behind Rae’s actions, though readers never really get to see more than a few snippets until the last part of the book. What are his motives for stalking Rae? Why does he want her so badly? Nothing comes to light until the last third of the book. That’s too long pining for another glimpse of Andrei, who was super cute and had an accent. Instead of POV shifts to Logan, Essex should have used Andrei the entire time. It would have made perfect sense, and it would have appeased that terrible yearning to walk on the wild side while rooting for good to prevail.
WHAT THIS BOOK HAS: -A realistic heroine -An interesting plot -Heart
WHAT THIS BOOK NEEDS: -To delve into the deep end of the dark side sooner. Good turns sour when there isn’t enough evil to keep it sweet.
In the end, I deducted stars because I wanted more of Essex's well-written antihero. ...more