Spoiler Alert: At this time I am at a loss for words on how to describe this book. It was so dark so disturbing for me on a personal level that it madeSpoiler Alert: At this time I am at a loss for words on how to describe this book. It was so dark so disturbing for me on a personal level that it made me want to crawl under my blanket in my favorite spot, ball up in fetal position, and never come out. It reached inside the darkest part of my soul and ripped off the carefully placed semblance of peace I had in my heart. The story line reads like something off the headlines in the news regarding the issue of human trafficking; with a girl targeted to be "trained" to be a sexual slave and use her for a plan of revenge. The characters are convincingly hateful yet they touch you in such a way that you sympathize with their situation. I had to walk away several times from this book only to find myself needing to know what happened next. I feel conflicted with regards to this book , but I do have to say it is one of the more compelling books I have ever read. I need sometime and maybe later I can give a better review. ...more
The ending to the The Dark Duet series has me reeling and at a loss for what to say other than this is what really happens to people on a daily basisThe ending to the The Dark Duet series has me reeling and at a loss for what to say other than this is what really happens to people on a daily basis all over the world and I have to applaud the author for taking a no holds barred approach to human trafficking for sexual slavery. Life is not a fairy tale and although the ending to this series is conventional, it does give you a dose of reality where you come crashing down with nothing to cushion your fall. It became personal for me, I made myself finish this book and as difficult as the subject matter was for me I realized that sometimes people really do put themselves back together,eventually go on,and somehow find some sort of way to live with all that what has happened to them. I have to apologize in advance to 50 fans out there...50 has got nothing on this series. ...more
The Secret of Ella and Micha is a New Adult Romance about a girl and her best friend.
Well, this book is unfortunately like many of the other new adulThe Secret of Ella and Micha is a New Adult Romance about a girl and her best friend.
Well, this book is unfortunately like many of the other new adult books that I have read lately. A hot guy and a beautiful girl; they both have issues with their families, throw in some swoon worthy lines and hot sex and voilà...a new adult book. It is a well written book with dual POV and good character development but the plot just seems like so many others. There is cussing, sensual love scenes, and sex scenes; mention of drinking and drugs, mental illness, and suicide. I love the cover.
Joe, a story about a girl with a special ability to forsee certain tragic events that involve people who are directly or indirectly in her life. I wasJoe, a story about a girl with a special ability to forsee certain tragic events that involve people who are directly or indirectly in her life. I was lucky enough to receive this book through the Shut Up and Read R2R program and first and foremost I have to thank the author for the opporunity to read her book. Joe told in multiple POV reads like a script for a movie, the writing seems a little hestitant at times but I think the author is trying to really give into the element of drama. The characters are real and the heroine is honest and heartfelt; the storyline reads like something out of Law & Order episode giving a 360 view account from all the different characters point of view with flashbacks to provide insight to the characters' mental state leading up to the climax of the story. I love a book that allows me to escape for a little while and while this book did just that; the formatting and switching tenses in between characters bothered me a little. The ending was as one hopes it to be however towards the end I had to go back and forth a little to make sure I was keeping up with the right character. My hats off to the author for writing such an awesome story with such honest emotion and relatable characters. ...more
Spoiler Alert: Freewill is essentially about a couple falling in love one of them living and the other a spirit or "ghost", both with perceivable cogniSpoiler Alert: Freewill is essentially about a couple falling in love one of them living and the other a spirit or "ghost", both with perceivable cognitive powers. I received this book, the first of a trilogy by the author for review through the We ♥ YA Books, ARR program. The story is quite original and the characters are honest. The storyline begins one way and then suddenly goes in completely different direction although be it interesting, it does take an open mind to embrace all the different concepts that the author is trying to convey. I found the story confusing and eventually I had to put the book down then start over. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read this trilogy, now that I have the storyline established in my head I look forward to reading the second book and follow Christopher and Ellie's story. ...more
Spoiler Alert: Ceaseless is the ending to the Existence trilogy with Dank and Pagan finally living their happily ever after. This book starts off withSpoiler Alert: Ceaseless is the ending to the Existence trilogy with Dank and Pagan finally living their happily ever after. This book starts off with the Deity pulling a number on both Dank and Pagan just when they were beginning to live their lives together. Pagan having no recollection of her life with Dank starts college life with her best friend Miranda and now Dank has to start from a blank slate with the Deity demanding that he let Pagan reconnect with her "soulmate" Jay. The Deity is putting their love to a test in letting Pagan make the decision to be with her intended or to fall in love again with Death. This book really had me excited at first with the new twist the author presented to us only to have it turn into a bit of a joke. I honestly thought she might make us sweat a little but it was obvious that Dank and Pagan were going to end up together especially after how Jay's character turned out to be within the first few chapters in the book. It could have been a little more interesting if the author had given Jay more likable qualities but alas (sigh) he ending up being a different kind of jerk to Pagan. Speaking of which having just read Leif, I wasn't too enthused with Leif's character to begin with and in this book he just becomes an annoying footnote, which is actually quite sad considering what an important part he played in the first book. I finally feel sorry for Leif. On the positive the author does vamp up the love scenes considerably between Dank and Pagan; they were sweet yet quite steamy. Gee, well what can I say about Gee? I am going to miss reading about her, quite honestly in my humble opinion her character carried most of Predestined. All in all I have to say it was a quick read with a promising twist that unfortunately didn't deliver for me. There were a few editing issues but not enough for me to take away any stars from my rating. ...more
The book in Leif's POV in my humble opinion was absolutely disappointing; I thought that by reading and seeing things through Leif's eyes it would makThe book in Leif's POV in my humble opinion was absolutely disappointing; I thought that by reading and seeing things through Leif's eyes it would make me feel a little sympathetic towards his character instead all the book did was cement what I originally thought. He needs to STOP whining, STOP running to Daddy and grow a pair. The writing was a little choppy and I understand the author was trying to condense both novels into a short story giving the readers a chance into what was going through Leif's mind as he lost the love of his life however I found both the writing and the content disappointing. I would like to say that I do love the cover of the book. ...more
Predestined picks up where Existence leaves off with Dank and Pagan together although not without issues. The story told in both Dank's and Pagan's POPredestined picks up where Existence leaves off with Dank and Pagan together although not without issues. The story told in both Dank's and Pagan's POV has it's ups and downs but like before I just let go and let the story ride. The built up to Leif's disappearance and who he really is contradicts how he reveals himself to Pagan and quite frankly Gee's character is the one who makes the book by taking over with her quick sarcasm and comic relief. Dank's character heats up things in this book and provides much needed bravado to balance out Leif's lack of character. I enjoyed the back story on how Pagan became predestined to be Leif however I was disappointed in how Leif's character or lack of character developed and quite frankly just fizzled out of the book. The story leaves us again in a cliffhanger although this time I am not in such a hurry to read the continuance. ...more
This book was the best book out of all of them! I think it was the best one because it had alot of action and adventure aReview by my son, 9 years old
This book was the best book out of all of them! I think it was the best one because it had alot of action and adventure and it was cool the way Nikki found some friends that were just like her, kids with superpowers!
Review by Me
My son and I were honored by Mr Estes to be Beta Readers for this children's series and I could not get my son to let me have my turn with this book until he read the end of all of them! The story continues with Nikki and her sidekick, Spence. The story definitely develops well and characters continue to amuse. ...more
It was a terrific book! I really liked Nikki and her sidekick, Spence. I liked how she battled Jimmy in the first boReview Done by my son, 9 years old
It was a terrific book! I really liked Nikki and her sidekick, Spence. I liked how she battled Jimmy in the first book.
Review by Me
I had the pleasure and honor to read these books as a Beta Reader along with my son. I loved the story line and characters of this children's series. It was original, funny, and heartwarming. The author is one of a kind, able to capture the imagination of children, young adults, and adults with his writing. Kudos to Mr. Estes! I definitely recommend these books for elementary school age children; 2nd grade high readers through 5th grade. ...more
Spoiler Alert: Faefever, part three of the Fever series finally provides some answers to the questions that the first two books present. In this book sSpoiler Alert: Faefever, part three of the Fever series finally provides some answers to the questions that the first two books present. In this book someone is mentally torturing Mac by sending her torn pages of her murdered sister's diary giving her insight into what her sister was going through before her death. The evil that is Sinsar Dubh has found Mac and in no uncertain terms has targeted her. Mac continues under Barrons' protection and the growing attraction between the two is becoming more and more intense; V'lane, the death by sex fairy is now courting her and has provided her with a unique "calling card" in case she needs his help. Dani, a thirteen year old sidhe-seer who lives in the Abbey with Rowena battles Unseelie every chance she gets; becomes Mac's latest ally in this war that the "Lord Master" is planning to unleash on humans on Hallow's Eve. Mac is doing everything she can to help prevent the walls from falling and the realms from merging between our world and the fae world bringing in apocalyptic chaos. The book ends in a carnal cliffhanger with our Mac submitting to all the Unseelie princes uncontrollably in a heartbreaking surrender. Although this book does provide insight to the continuing saga, I found myself questioning the very answers the author was providing. I will continue to read the series in hopes of answers to my personal questions. ...more