I loved the mix of different genres in this book. I could definitely see a trend of mixing genres, specifically dystopian and paranormal, brewing in YA books. Books like The Hunt, The Immortal Rules and now Darkness Before Dawn have it, and I could even feel a bit of a historical atmosphere in this one. The blend of genres made Darkness Before Dawn even more compelling and unique.
First off, I loved Dawn’s character. She was strong, defiant, and smart and could always fight her own battles. She is definitely one of the few kick-ass fictional heroines. She was responsible with her duties as the new delegate and knew right from wrong. She even had enough self-control to resist Victor’s charms, and when you read this book you’ll see how hard that could be.
There is a love triangle and it was very well believable. Michael has known Dawn forever and is very protective of her and you could tell that he cares a lot for her. Victor just couldn’t stay away from Dawn, even with her constant protests for him to go away. And in the end, he also proved that he had some deep feelings for her. Both seemed right for Dawn and I found myself constantly switching sides the whole book.
The reason I rate this book a 4 instead of a 5 is because I think things could’ve been more exciting in the middle. It wasn’t slow or anything, in fact, it actually had a fast-pace. And things were always interesting and had me curious with all of the peculiar events and behaviors of some of the characters, but I think things could’ve been more captivating, and even more elaborate, than they already were. The ending, on the other hand, was full of twists and turns and just demanded my attention until I was finished! And not to mention that cliffhanger, and a few questions I still have, that has me eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Overall, Darkness Before Dawn was an intriguing and compelling read! I loved the gothic feel, the characters, plot and mix of genres! I recommend to fans of paranormal, and dystopian. ...more
If you read my review for Legend (though you probably shouldn't since it was a crappy one), you’d know I wasn’t crazy in love with it like almost everyone else, but I still really liked it. Starting Prodigy, I was thinking it’d be the same, but boy was I wrong. Holy hell that was one epic sequel. There’s assassination plans, stealing jets, and the romance was HOT.
Day and June weren’t really together in the first half of this book, but I really wished they were. Day and Tess ended up frustrating me without the presence of June. Tess was annoying with her jealousy of June and constant pining for Day, because really, who wants Day to end up with Tess instead of June? And Day wasn’t really making the right decisions with the patriots, and while June constantly tried to warn him, his rage over the Republic blinded him. But fortunately, the Day and June we got in Legend come back once they’re working together again.
As for the plot, it was honestly a little slow when June and Day were a part. June is with the Elector and Day is with the Patriots and not much is really going on. But, things get epic in the second half, and it was almost impossible for me to stop reading. There was action on almost every page and so so much suspense. I swear my heart was pounding almost every chapter. We also get more world-building, and much more insight of the Colonies.
Overall, Prodigy was one mind-blowing and fantastic sequel to the already amazing Legend. If you get bored in the first half, keep reading, because the second half is so worth it. As for the ending. OHMYGOD MARIE HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME? D; There’s a high possibility your reaction will be the same, if not, very similar. But seriously, I really hope that was just some misunderstanding or is going to be changed in the final copy or something because that ending just shattered me into a thousand little pieces. If you loved Legend I’ll bet you’ll love Prodigy even more. Just don’t get stuck in the first half and be prepared for the ending.
Glitch didn’t start off too well with me, but about three fourths in, I was hooked! But I just wish it didn’t take so long to have me invested in the story. I’m not saying the first three fourths were horrible because I still enjoyed it; just that everything grew on me towards the ending.
When I think of dystopias, I think of some type of unique futuristic world, but in Glitch I saw the recurring theme of an isolated community with brain washed humans. But even with that, the world building in Glitch still didn’t fail to fascinate me. The way humans were in their society reminded me of robots. They aren’t capable of any emotion and they see everything in gray. In fact, emotion is seen as evil, and if emotion is detected on anyone’s face they’ll get deactivated, or in modern term, killed. What fascinated me even more were Zoe’s secret and her glitches. Zoe got glitches so many times that I was truly scared she’d get caught and be deactivated.
I didn’t think much of the characters at first, but they all sort of grew on me in their own ways in the end. There is a love triangle between Zoe, Adrien and Max and it did seem insta-lovey, and not a very good developed one. It seemed like all Max cared about was sex and Adrien barley knew Zoe. But on the other hand, Adrien did get to know Zoe through his visions. And Max was experiencing emotions for the first time. So for a teenage boy, I could see his hormones being hard to cope with.
Overall, Glitch was a very fast paced read full of action and suspense! It was really the characters and love triangle in the first half that I didn’t really like at first, but it all grew on me in the end. And I loved how Zoe grew as a character. She seemed fragile to me in the beginning, but she started to get her emotions in control by the end. So will I read the sequel? Yes. Despite my complaints, Glitch was still an enjoyable and fascinating read. The ending had me wanting more, and not to mention the huge twist I didn’t expect near the end. I recommend to fans of dystopia and romance....more
Girl of Nightmares was an extraordinary sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood! It exceeded my expectations by far and was even more enjoyable than the first! Cas, the dry-humored and kickass ghost hunter is back, but this time, he’s trying to find a way to get Anna out of Hell. There are so many twists and mesmerizing scenes throughout this whole book that it just ended up being a bundle of awesomeness!
Cas, Caramel and Thomas are back and I’ve enjoyed them even more in Anna’s sequel. Caramel and Thomas are in a relationship (sort of) and it was nice seeing them going through the complications of that. Caramel was just as snarky and funny as the last one and Thomas was his normal nerdy self. I loved how they both persisted to be by Cas’s side even when they were threatening their lives. There’s even a new character, Jestine. She’s pretty much the British and girl version of Cas, and if not, just even more sarcastic and arrogant. There’s also something mysterious about her that makes her an intriguing character.
The only complaint I have with Girl of Nightmares, was there wasn’t much of Anna until the end. I get that she’s stuck in Hell but I just loved her in the first book and would’ve loved to see more of her! This book was very engaging and captivating and fast-paced that I just could not stop reading! I practically had to force myself to stop at night because of its creepiness. I didn’t want to go to sleep at night with the lights on.
Overall, if you loved Anna Dressed in Blood, you will mostly likely love this, and maybe even more. There’s talk of the history of Cas’s athame, magic and it’s every bit as gory and twisted as the first. And that ending literally broke my heart into two. Nevertheless, I still think it ended beautifuly. I recommend this series to fans of horror and ghosts....more
Unbreak my Heart was one real and powerful contemp read! Despite the negative synopsis, I think this would be a great summer read! With the boat setting, sweet romance and the annoying but relatable family I think this would be perfect for the summer!
Clementine first comes off as dull, depressed and sour, but that’s not how she was before. It’s no spoiler that she falls for her best friend’s boyfriend since it’s in the synopsis, and this is what causes her to change into her gloomy state. The author doesn’t flat out tell us what happens until later, but I anxiously wanted to know. And once I did find out, I did start to sympathize for Clementine and understand why she’s behaving the way she is.
And then there’s James. James is not your predictable gorgeous, perfect summer boy. He actually seemed kind of weird and awkward when we first meet him, but he turns out to be this funny and cheerful guy who’s always happy. And I loved that Clementine was always in a better mood when she was with him. She turns out to be sarcastic and funny in her own way and I could just feel the connection between them.
All of the characters were just realistic, flawed and relatable. Even optimistic James was dealing with a few things. Clementine goes through so much in this book, but she learns a lot from it too. Whether from being with James, her family or remembering things from the past, she ended up evolving into a happier, carefree girl.
Overall I loved Unbreak my Heart! Melissa Walker really knows how to capture you in a story and make you feel everything the protagonist is feeling. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for more books of hers! I recommend to anyone wanting a quick and real story....more
Sweet Evil literally blew my mind. It was alluring, captivating and will have you reading late in the night! It had amazing characters, an attention-grabbing plot and was just an overall different and fascinating angel (or should I say nephilim) story!
Anna was so sweet and innocent and just… adorable! It was always funny when she scolded herself for having “dirty” thoughts. She does come off as a shy person at first, but she definitely did grow in the end. She may also come off as weak, but she is strong when she has to resist her dark side, and Kaidan. Kaidan was the complete opposite of Anna. He was arrogant and sometimes a jerk but completely irresistible, which is understandable since he’s the Duke of Lust’s son! You will be swooning for him the whole book!
The romance in this story was dreamy, sexy, passionate, divine.. I could go on forever. Kaidan is probably the sexiest boy in literature! You will be fanning yourself with his constant charm and appeal! I applaud Anna for controlling herself so well around him, well most of the time.
Once Anna learns about her heritage, the plot leads into a different direction. The first half of Sweet Evil, I would say, was based on the building of Anna and Kaidan’s relationship and the world of nephilim. There was so much background information on the nephilim that sometimes I felt lost, but as the story progressed I found myself intrigued and more understanding. The second half was just pure awesomeness! I want to explain more, but that’ll probably lead into spoilers…
The only thing I didn’t like about Sweet Evil was Kopano’s involvement. He was just really strange and creepy to me and I didn’t understand his and Anna’s attraction at all. I feel like he was thrown in just so there’d be a love triangle. I think it would’ve been better if the romance was just between Anna and Kaidan.
Despite Kopano, I loved Sweet Evil and it has become one of my favorite 2012 novels! I read the whole thing in one day! It held my attention from the first page and wouldn’t let go until the end. It’s probably going to be stuck in my head for a while. And after that ending, I am definitely going to be eagerly waiting for the sequel! It wasn’t a cliffhanger, but I had a lot of questions popping into my head of what was going to happen next! I recommend Sweet Evil to anyone wanting a captivating paranormal with hot, steamy romance!...more
This was my first JLA book and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Even though this was the Jennifer L. Armentrout, I didn’t have very high expectations for this book. I don’t know how or why, but I just knew it probably would be as good as her Lux or Covenant series. So my expectations for those two series will definitely be higher. But the writing, the awesome and loveable MC, the steamy romance and captivating plot that was in Cursed will still be expected in Armentrout’s other books.
Cursed started off tragic with our introduction to Ember. She has it hard with her mother ignoring her, the responsibility of her 5 year old sister Olivia, constant bullying at school, oh, and not to mention she kills anything she touches. Try taking on a weight load of that. Honestly, at first, I thought it was a little too much and Armentrout tried a little too hard to make us sympathize for Ember, but then I gave in and I really felt bad for this girl. I admired Ember for her ability to stay strong through everything and take care of Olivia when her mother pretty much quit on them both.
A little later in the story, we meet the Cromwell’s. These people literally had me boiling in rage because of the way they treated Ember. They pretty much just took everything away from her without even an ounce of regret or sympathy. Ember barley had anything in the first place and they took everything away from her. And then, they had the nerve to make her life hell and treat her like it was her fault she was there with them in the first place! And their own reasons behind behaving this way was all just selfishness. These people deserved Ember’s death touch. But even through all of this, Ember still stayed strong and refused to leave her sister with them. Now that’s dedication. I don’t think I could even stand an hour with them.
The only Cromwell I did like was Hayden. And yes, Hayden is the love interest. And while I did think his attraction or whatever feelings he had for her in the beginning were a little fast, I warmed up to them and didn’t care as much. They were only flirty with each other at first, and the L-word doesn’t come up until about page 250. Hayden was the only person who actually understood what she was going through and the only one who cared. He was protective, caring and charming and one of the few people I actually liked in this book. And Ember’s ‘I touch, you die’ dilemma made some hot and steamy scenes between them.
The aspect of people having gifts was intriguing and a nice addition to the story, but it was surprisingly not the main point of the book. There’s actually an underlying mystery to the whole book about how Ember came to have the ‘touch of death’ and if the accident she’d been in when it happened was actually an accident. That was what really had me eagerly flipping the pages. I wanted answers, and I was desperate to get them. When all the answers are revealed at the end, they honestly weren’t that surprising. I didn’t see it coming, but it wasn’t very hard to believe.
Overall, even though there were only three characters I didn’t want to strangle, Cursed had everything I loved to be in a book. The mystery that kept me guessing, the steamy romance with a very alluring love-interest, and a loveable MC. I loved how despite everything Ember went through; she still had hilarious wit and persisted to take care of Olivia. I’m not sure if this is a part of a series, but I wouldn’t be disappointed if there were. And I’d be even happier if the Cromwell’s decided to have a change of attitude in the next books… I recommend to fans of paranormal and mystery.
I did receive Cursed for free, but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story....more
As soon as I read the synopsis for What’s Left of Me, I was beyond intrigued. I mean who wouldn’t be interested in reading a story about two souls sharing a body? It feels like forever since I’ve been waiting to read this book, and it definitely did not disappoint me. There were a few flaws that bugged me, but overall I really enjoyed What’s Left of Me.
Eve and Addie are the two souls in this story, but Addie is the dominant one, meaning she gets to control the body. However, What’s Left of Me is told from the perspective of Eva, and that was something I was not expecting and was very interesting. A story being told from a soul sharing a body with another was surprisingly easy to follow. I wasn’t lost or confused and was fast to catch on to everything. I loved the bond between Eva and Addie. Their bond was so deep and much closer than any relationship. These two were closer than sisters. They knew what the other was thinking, they shared a body. Sure they got into some heated arguments, but they needed each other more than anything.
What’s Left of Me actually started off boring for me. Nothing really grabbed my attention except for the fact that it was normal for two souls to share a body. But things did start to pick up and I found myself completely hooked, especially once they were at the clinic. It was where hybrids like Eva and Addie went to get ‘cured.’ This place gave off a twisted and creepy feel to it and I just knew, as did Eva and Addie, there was something they were hiding. These people turned out to be sick and I really hoped against all odds that Eva, Addie and the rest of the kids at the clinic would find a way out.
One thing I didn’t like about What’s Left of Me was the lack of world building. Sure, I knew how everything worked in their world and such, but I wanted to know how things came to be. How did everything turn out to be the way they were? And how the hell did it turn out to be normal for two souls to share a body? But I didn’t end up getting the answers to those questions. Although, the ending did hinted to something about the government so I think maybe it’ll be explained in the sequel.
Overall, What’s Left of Me turned out to be one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. The concept of this book was so uncommon and engrossing that I just could not take my eyes off the pages! It took me a while to warm up the characters, but I ended up caring for them all so much. I clutched the pages and felt my heart pounding whenever Eva, Addie and the kids got so close to escaping from that wretched place. I hoped for them all to be okay in the end and to not let that clinic mess them up. There was little romance and, by no means, was not a huge part of the story, but it was still there. Even when there were no kissing scenes, I could feel the connection. So all in all, yes, I really did enjoy What’s Left of Me. And yes, I am desperate for its sequel. If you love engrossing and intriguing reads, you’ll devour What’s Left of Me.
I did receive What’s Left of Me for free, but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story.
Something Like Normal was a fast-paced and touching novel that made me want to read even more war stories. I really loved the characters and experiencing everything along with them. I loved the plot, the voice of the main protagonist Travis and the war aspect. It was a short read; I easily devoured it in a few hours, yet was heavy with emotion and completely realistic.
Like I said before, I loved the voice of Travis, the main character. He has this whole I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude, or like the synopsis says, dry-sense of humor that was entertaining and had me laughing out loud. You could tell that before he was a total douche before signing up for the marines, and even sometimes after in this book. But he still isn’t the same Travis after killing and seeing people die right in front of him. I don’t have any close relatives who were in the marines or army or anything, so it was interesting to see Travis struggle to adapt to his former life. He has nightmares almost every night, see his dead best friend Charlie from time to time and can’t seem to separate marine-life from normal-life, or at least what was normal life for Travis.
Aside from Travis, I also really liked Harper. She was funny, real and was one of the few who understood what Travis needed. She was the one who made him into a different person, and he wasn’t so much of a douche bag when he was with her. Their romance was sweet and real and I loved every second they spent with each other.
Overall, Something Like Normal was a real story with a sweet romance, amazing characters and an engaging plot. It was everything I love in a contemporary, and made me want to read more from Trish Doller and more stories about war. I recommend to fans of contemporary, war and romance....more
I had some really high expectations for Undeadly. I wasn’t even entirely sure what the book as aboutOriginally posted on Bookworm Recommendations
I had some really high expectations for Undeadly. I wasn’t even entirely sure what the book as about but I was still excited. I mean, reapers AND zombies? Does that not sound awesome enough? Unfortunately, Undeadly ended up disappointing me. I’m honestly not sure whether to give it a 2.5, 2.7, 3, or what. I just had so many mixed feelings throughout reading.
One of the main problems I had with Undeadly was our MC, Molly. Molly was supposed to be sixteen, but she acted and talked like a twelve year old. I’m not kidding. Throughout the whole book she said things like, “OMG, Whatevs, Hoo-kay,” and to the point where it just annoyed the crap out of me. She was immature, whiny, and just a brat. Did she change towards the end? Kind of… She didn’t make me completely fall in love with her, but she was bearable.
The rest of the characters were just flat. I had trouble telling everyone a part because we were introduced to so many people. Rath, I saw could’ve had some real potential to become a great love-interest, or maybe even just a friend, but he was barley in the book. He was one of the few characters that actually had a personality and one that I liked, but we barley get to see any of him. I’m not even sure where Rath and Molly stand now.
The whole reaping and zombie business was definitely a plus for me. The beginning did have a bit of an info dump and I found myself having trouble comprehending everything, but I did develop somewhat of an understanding as the story progressed. Everything about this whole reaper/zombie world was complex, fascinating, and something completely new and fresh.
The plot, unfortunately, was just all over the place. I found something fascinating, then I found it boring, I started to like the story, and then back to disliking, and so on and so forth… The first 100 pages was all about leading to Molly saving her boyfriend from dying, and it all just seemed like a waste to me, especially considering this book was only 250 pages. And then everything after that was just… messy. It went to one dilemma to another and I just couldn’t figure out what the main plot was.
Overall, Undeadly had a lot of potential but just ended up being disappointing. The characters were unrealistic and cliché and the plot was cheesy to the point of being eye-rolly. Although, Undeadly does have its moments where I found myself glued to my seat, taking everything in, and it was interesting enough for me to finish everything. And even though Molly came off as immature to me, she still made an entertaining narration that kept my attention. I don’t feel right giving Undeadly a 2, but I don’t think it was good enough to be a 3 either so I’ll just settle in the middle with 2.5/5. If you like light and fun reads, with a fascinating world, then you might just like Undeadly.
An ARC was provided by Harlequin via Netgalley...more
Dark Kiss met all of my expectations. It was addicting, had great characters and an intriguing plot. The concept was definitely something different that what I’ve read. I mean a kiss from an unnatural being that drastically changes your life, maybe permanently? I’m not going to be too specific so I don’t spoil anything, but it was definitely interesting.
Sam was a relatable and likeable character. She was funny, sarcastic and smart. She made some decisions I didn’t agree with, but I could understand why she made them. She was constantly put into the middle of things, not sure who to trust. All of the characters were amazingly done and likeable, especially the demons and angels. They all had me crack a smile, and even laugh out loud. I even loved Roth, despite his grumpy demeanor; he was still as entertaining as the others.
I didn’t like the romance too much in this book. I found myself liking it more when Sam was with the band of angels and demons than just with Bishop. It seemed forced to me, and could seem cliché to some. Not to say I didn’t like Bishop. He’s weird and mysterious when we first meet him, but he turns out to be broody and fierce and totally swoon worthy.
Dark Kiss had a fast pace from the start. Rowen gets right to the point starting with Sam getting her strange kiss. It will hold your attention from the beginning, and won’t let go until the end. There were many times where I wanted to stop, but found myself intrigued and had to keep reading.
Overall, Dark Kiss had a unique concept with amazing characters and plot. It was predictable a few times, but there are some twists you will not expect. Fast-paced and completely engaging, you will devour Dark Kiss immensely. I recommend to paranormal romance lovers.
Pushing the Limits was one of the most emotional and realistic books I’ve read. It was gritty and raw with emotions on every page. The characters were real and the situations they were in were real, making it easy to connect and care for them.
Echo and Noah were two completely opposite characters yet had so much in common. Echo was the only one who understood what Noah was going through and vice versa. And they were there for each other when no one else was. These characters went through hell and I just wanted to reach out and help them and be there for them. Once you know that you have characters that literally make your heart ache for them, you know you have a great story, and that’s exactly what happened in Pushing the Limits.
The romantic tension in Pushing the Limits was hot at steamy and got even hotter and steamier once the actual romance was developed. Echo and Noah literally needed each other, and I could feel them hurting when they were a part. I really really liked Echo and found her to be such an admirable character. I don’t know how I would cope if I had to go through what she went through. I also really liked Noah. He might seem arrogant and snarky, but he actually is a very sweet and caring person and has a vulnerable side to him. It was impossible not to love either of them.
Overall, Pushing the Limits made me truly care what happened to Echo and Noah They’ve been through so much but still managed to grow from their mistakes in the end. The writing, characters and story overall were beautiful and heartbreaking. I recommend to fans of realistic fiction and romance....more
I love it when there are no reviews to read from a book because then I have no idea what to expect except from what’s in the synopsis. And I think that made reading Valkyrie Rising all the more better for me, so I’ll try to make this review as vague as possible so I don’t ruin anything for you. From the very first page, Valkyrie Rising had me intrigued. It was so hard to put this one down because I wanted to know what would happen. Paulson truly has written one fresh and compelling story with Valkyrie Rising.
Ellie really changes from the beginning of the book to the end. At first she’s a normal teenage girl that hates being in the shadow of her older brother Graham. But then as the story progresses, and when Ellie starts to find out who she really is, she quickly starts turning into a kickass heroine. Even though she did have a lot of badass moments, she still got her ass kicked, specifically by Astrid, but I think the title says it all. In this book, she’s rising to become who she’s meant to be, she’s just not there yet. But she was still brave, strong and determined to get her brother back.
Along with Ellie getting her brother back, is Graham’s charming and witty friend, Tucker, as a companion. Tucker really lightened the tense moments with his jokes and easy going attitude. And the teasing and bantering between him and Ellie was always entertaining. It’s not so hard to guess that he’ll be Ellie’s love-interest with his constant flirting. And his feelings for her and vice versa were all very real. I could already feel their connection quickly from their long - sort of - friendship before this book.
I haven’t heard of Valkyrie Mythology until reading this book, and it is definitely something different. We get thrown into this world along with Ellie and learn about this myth and where Ellie stands in it and it was all very interesting. I don’t recommend you researching it before reading this though because it might ruin the story for you. Even though this was all something completely new to me, I did find myself figuring things out before Ellie and that kinda bothered me. Although it wasn’t all predictable, as they were many secrets a certain someone was hiding that I had no idea about until said person came clean.
Overall, this was such a refreshing and unique story that you will have you eagerly flipping the pages. The characters, plot and mythology all made this story amazing to read for me. No cliffhanger at the end, so go ahead and celebrate, but I am still eagerly waiting book two. (There better be a book two or I’m gonna cry. D;) Anyone wanting a refreshing mythology with a fast-moving plot and great characters will love this.
I definitely did not expect Lucid to be so touching, achingly beautiful, and just so heartbreaking, but it was. I have so many mixed feelings for this book, but that ending just made everything click and had tears running down my face and I ended up loving it. I’m not going to rate this book because of the mixed feelings I had, but I will say that this was definitely a favorite.
Honestly, the first half of this book had me thinking I was gonna rate it a 3, meaning the first half was just, okay. It actually read like any other normal contemporary. Maggie and Sloane have two completely different and normal lives, except for the fact that they dream into each other’s lives when they fall asleep. And while that was all incredibly intriguing and interesting, the main problems with the first half were the characters and the romance. These two girls both click and connect with love-interests of their own, but it just seemed too insta-love for my tastes and I just felt no spark. And Maggie and Sloane themselves were a problem for me. I felt like I didn’t know them deeply enough or just couldn’t really connect with them, but of course you soon do once all the puzzle pieces start to fit together.
The second half is what did it for me. If you’re going to read this book and get bored with the first half like me, just keep going because it gets sooo much better. Everything starts to click and things start to get mind boggling and your mind will just be blown. There is some confusion and just outright crazy things happening, but things do start to get clear and make sense and it was all just incredibly beautiful. I’m not sure if the reason I was so torn with this book was because it had two different authors or what, but it was still definitely worth it.
You will be intrigued from page one with the need to know how all this dreaming into a different life problem is all working out. I just wish I was more drawn into the story and clutching the book sooner instead of halfway through. Maggie and Sloane did soon grow onto to me though and the love-interests made sense once I actually figured everything out.
Overall, even though I didn’t love the first half as much as the second, I am so glad I decided to pick this up and read it. Maggie and Sloane dreaming about each other have a much more underlying meaning that gives out a very meaningful message. Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass have such creative and innovative imaginations, and I definitely will be reading more from them. I still can’t stop thinking about this book and come close to tears every time I think of that heart-felting ending. I think fans of romance and people who like plotlines similar to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will fall in love with Lucid.
I did receive Lucid for free, but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story....more
I loved and adored Andrea’s Nightshade series. And with Rift being its prequel, I expected it to be something similar except in historical time, but it ended up being something entirely different. This almost didn’t seem like a paranormal book, but more of just historical fiction. There were no werewolves, at least not yet, but there is the start of the Witches War which is also in her Nightshade series.
I really liked the Rift’s MC, Ember. She was different from your average girl living in the 1400’s. Instead of getting married off to some random man of her father’s choosing, she wants to fight. And I found her determination and persistence to fight admirable. Ember didn’t seem like a kickass heroine to me, but she also was no damsel in distress. She was fierce, a bit stubborn and strong-willed. The sub characters were also likeable. Alliester was a great friend to Ember and always had her back. Ember’s mentor, Barrow, was very intriguing. He didn’t share much about himself and I found myself paying the most attention when he was on the pages. There is some romance, but it wasn’t the main point and it developed slowly. And it had that spark and connection that made it believable and enjoyable.
The pacing of Rift wasn’t exactly slow since I did read this pretty quickly in two days, but it did drag and confused me about half the book. There were some parts were I actually zoned out or something confused me to the point that I had to go back and re-read. And like I said before, there were no werewolves. The paranormal creatures in Rift were like actual monsters you’d hear from a myth. Although there was magic, and wraiths, if you remember from the Nightshade trilogy, and even a character from the trilogy, but I’m not gonna spoil.
Overall, I think the main problem for me was the way the story dragged and confused me from time to time. There are lots kickass action scenes and the characters were all very enjoyable, but Rift just didn’t amaze me like I wanted it do. It definitely wasn’t ordinary, but it didn’t blow my mind either. You don’t have to read the Nightshade trilogy before this one in case you haven’t. I recommend Rift to fans of historical fiction and magic. 3/5 stars ...more
Before I start this review, let me just say that I haven’t read Catching Jordan so Stealing Parker was my first Miranda Kenneally book. I’m not sure if that would’ve somehow affected my reading experience or not, but I just wanted to let you all know since I’m sure most of you have already read Catching Jordan. From all of the glowing reviews of Catching Jordan and amazing things said about Miranda Kenneally, I had really high hopes for this book, and it did sort of disappoint me. It wasn’t horrible and I still enjoyed it, but I just expected it to be better.
What I really loved about Stealing Parker were its characters, well mostly just Parker. She was just such a flawed and fleshed out character that had more to her than what met the eye. The rest of the characters I honestly can’t say the same. There were so many names that I did sometimes get confuse as to who’s who, and they just weren’t distinct enough for me to put a name to a face. Other than those characters, I actually really liked Parker’s two love-interests. Brian and Will, or Corndog, were just as flawed and realistic as Parker and I really liked the romance between both. Parker clicked and connected with both boys and I and I found myself having trouble with who to root for.
While the plot to Stealing Parker was a bit predictable, it wasn’t overly so and still made the read enjoyable. This wasn’t just a book about Parker falling for an older guy, but much more. Parker deals with issues that I think lots of teens could relate to, because I sure did find myself relating to some. Although, there were sometimes, more towards the end, where I think Kenneally just made problems just for the hell of it and just ended up making things too angsty for my tastes. While that did annoy me, Miranda does really write beautifully and I can now see why everyone loves her as a writer so much. I definitely will be reading her other two books.
Overall, while Stealing Parker wasn’t amazing or anything, I still enjoyed it. It was a very quick, fast read and while it could be a little easily forgettable, it was still worth the time to read. I loved all of Parker’s problems coming to an end and seeing her grow at the end. And Miranda sure does know how to make her readers swoon with the romance. There is a lot of talk of religion, but was not preachy at all and really added more to Parker’s character. And while I’m not much of a sports person, I loved it being evolved into the story and loved how baseball made Parker happy. I recommend to anyone wanting a cute, quick and easy read.
I did receive Stealing Parker for free, but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story....more
Going into Innocent Darkness, I had no idea what to expect. I’d never read a steampunk novel before and the synopsis didn’t reveal much. But it turned out to be a very fascinating and mesmerizing story! I honestly didn’t see many steampunk elements in Innocent Darkness, but a mixture of historical fiction and fairies! There were some steampunk elements, but I found this to mostly be a fairy story.
Noli was a very naïve and troublesome main character, but she wasn’t meant to be a heroine. Her father died six years ago and her brother left for work leaving her and her mother in poverty. She’s been sheltered her whole life, resulting in her being so innocent. But at the same time, there were several points in the book where she seemed very smart and sharp-minded. She loved making things and gardening and she was just such a vibrant and free-spirited character!
The plot in Innocent Darkness was very unique and captivating! Because of Noli’s troublesome behavior, she gets sent to a boarding school where they turn vibrant girls like her into “ladies.” When really, it was a very terrible and bleak place where they abused the girls there into behaving. I sympathized for Noli and her new friend Charlotte when they were there. I couldn’t imagine living somewhere like that. Later on, Noli finds herself in the Otherworld, which was a truly fascinating and magical place. There isn’t much world-building on it at first, but everything is explained later on.
There is a love-triangle in this book and even though I didn’t like the way it was done, I did like the romance. It was hot and steamy and oh so swoony. Kevighn was such a swoon worthy character even though he was dangerous and manipulative. V has been best friends with Noli for pretty much forever and he was so sweet and caring towards her.
Overall, Innocent Darkness was something entirely new to me and something I wasn’t expecting. It was pretty predictable since it is told in third person, but I liked seeing through everyone’s eyes. There was also sometimes where the story dragged for me. Not in a boring way, but I just thought that there were some scenes that could’ve been shortened. This was the first book in a series and even though I think this could’ve been fine as a standalone, I am curious to read the sequel. I recommend to fans of paranormal, historical fiction and romance.
I did receive a copy for free but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story....more
Stopped on page 188. Those characters were just horrible. And I don't mean the way they were developed, but they just literally had me wanting to riDNF
Stopped on page 188. Those characters were just horrible. And I don't mean the way they were developed, but they just literally had me wanting to rip my hair out and slap them silly. The mystery didn't really hook me either. Shame cus it really had an intriguing premise.
Rachel Carter’s debut is one of a kind with conspiracy theories, mystery, time-travel and romance all in one fantastic book! I honestly had no idea what to expect since I’m new to books involving time travel, but it certainly did not disappoint.
Lydia was a very caring and defiant character that I have come to love and connect with. She fought hard for the people she loved even if it threatened her life. There were some decisions she made that I didn’t agree with, but she did what she had to do for the people she cared about. I also really liked Wes’s character and wished there was more of him. I’m not saying he was barley present because there was already plenty of him, but I wanted more! He was so mysterious and swoony and caring for Lydia, and at the same time was hiding something big from her and us readers. The romance was kind of insta lovey – this book was only set in a week – but I honestly didn’t mind this one.
Traveling back to 1944 with Lydia and Wes was one heck of an adventure. It’s starts off as an accident, but then Lydia gets to meet her great grandparents at a young age and find out more about the Montauk Project – and trust me, it’s all very shocking. This adventure was filled with suspense, action and meeting great characters – or I should rather say Lydia’s great grandparents – like bubbly and vibrant Mary and sweet Lucas!
Overall, So Close to You has opened my eyes to more time travel books that I’ve been missing out on! It was so different from what I’ve normally read, that it pulled me in and never let go until the end. It was such a fast read, I read it in one sitting! And after that horrendous cliffhanger, I am literally craving the sequel! I recommend to fans of time travel, mystery and romance. ...more
Oh God, I am tearing up as I type this. This was such a tragic, twisted and beautiful retelling of Peter Pan. But god it was heart breaking to read. IOh God, I am tearing up as I type this. This was such a tragic, twisted and beautiful retelling of Peter Pan. But god it was heart breaking to read. I loved this book, but I'll probably stick to the more happy disney movie ending to this tale. :D
Amazingly done. Im definitely reading more from this author.
The Unquiet was a unique and unsettling ghost story that will get you truly creeped out. The first half actually read like any normal contemporary or chick-lit, with a few cheesy scenes, but then things start to get creepy and you feel the paranormal vibe.
I have mixed feelings about the MC, Rinn. She seemed a bit naïve in the beginning of the story and didn’t make very good decisions, but then she turned out to be sarcastic, admirable and a bit snarky. The situations she gets in at her new school were relatable and I liked how she decided to handle things. In the end, I ended up liking her and found her to be a complex and intriguing character.
Rinn’s bipolar disorder and her “killing her grandma” (I personally don’t think it was her fault), was a very interesting aspect of the story. I’m no expert on bipolar disorder or anything, so I can’t tell you if her behavior was believable or not, but it was convincing. Rinn has constant guilt of what she’s done to her grandma and has been through so much in her past that you easily connect and sympathize for her and understand her actions.
Like I said before, the first half reads like any normal contemporary and Rinn is quick to make friends and snag a potential boyfriend. I found them all to be very realistic and interesting characters. Then her friends start to act a bit strange, and soon her boyfriend Nate and mom start to too. I love the mysteriousness to ghost stories and this one had me engaged and eager to keep going and figure everything out.
Overall, The Unquiet had a very interesting concept and managed to be an enjoyable read, but I think it could’ve been much more compelling. It was a fast read; despite it being 400 pages, but I still feel like something was missing that could’ve made it better. I didn’t find it amazing, but I also didn’t think it was terrible either. I liked Rinn’s unique and intriguing background, the mystery, and it did manage to creep me out to the point that I didn’t want to read it at night. I recommend to fans of ghosts and contemporary.
While Crewel wasn’t perfect, it was still so insanely original and mind-blowing. Okay, well, the world was. Every time they talked about Crewelers, or Splinters, and weaving time, I was blown away and immensely intrigued. Gennifer Albin has a wild imagination, and one that had reasoning behind it and made sense.
The world Albin created was awesome, but it did take me some time to understand it all. And when I say time, I mean it took half the book. Although I’m not sure if that’s just me and my slow mind… I just feel like the world-building moved a little too fast. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like spending half the book having almost no clue what they’re talking about. So that did take a little of the enjoyment out of reading this for me. But once I started to understand everything, my mouth was hanging open. It was almost as if I had an epiphany how things started to go all together and make sense all of a sudden.
The characters in this book were awesome, and I’m mainly talking about Adelice. Adelice was so snarky, witty, defiant, clever and badass; she was pretty much everything I want in a character. And don’t you just love the name Adelice?! She didn’t cower and submit to all the “bad guys” in this book, she stood up to them and challenged them, and I very much admired her for that. And she had such a big heart. She did everything she could to keep everyone she loved safe. She’s definitely one of the main reasons I’m looking forward to book two.
The love triangle in Crewel was just… bleh. There was seriously nothing special about. I felt no spark, it was pretty much insta love, and it all just seemed forced just for the hell of some drama to happen. And the two guys, Erik and Jost, were just flat. The only thing I got from Jost was that he was a jackass, (well, at least when he and Adelice first meet), and Erik was just an arrogant pretty boy. Nothing else really made them stick out or made me love them.
Overall, Crewel’s creative and complex world, and loveable MC was what really made me succumb to this book. And that ending just made everything tie up for me. Adelice’s badassery really shows and there’re hints at a world outside of their own ready to be explored. And I am so ready to dive into that. If you want a story with a jaw-dropping world and kickass heroine, then Crewel is the book for you. An ARC was provided from the publisher....more
Guys, if you completely fell in love with Embrace, I guarantee you will love its sequel too. I even loved this one a little bit more. I have to admit, while I read the first fifty pages I had the feeling this would be a fill-in book, but soon after things start to really pick up and just get epically amazing!
I think I may have fell in love with all the characters even more in Entice. Even though some got on my nerves and made some stupid decisions, they still shone and will be very hard to forget even months after you’re finished reading it. I usually get confused as to who’s who when reading a sequel, but I remembered EVERYONE. Even the ones I hated (*cough* Magda). And along with the wonderful characters in Embrace, there’s even a handful more of them in Entice. Zoe, Salvatore, Spence, Nyla and Rudyard were great additions to the story and were all distinct in their own ways. I have to say Spence was a favorite though. He wasn’t the nicest to Violet at first, but he gets over it and becomes such an entertaining character. He always had me smiling and broke the tension when things were getting heated. It’s gonna be hard to forget any of them after this.
The romance, specifically between Lincoln and Violet, was more enjoyable in its sequel. In Embrace, Phoenix and Lincoln stole my heard, but in Entice… Let’s just say Lincoln will have you melting inside. Phoenix only made about three appearances in Entice and is perceived as the bad guy so there weren’t many swoony moments with him. But I do think he still may have some underlying feelings for Violet… Guess we’ll just see in Emblaze. To be honest, I was rooting for Phoenix to be with Violet in the first installment and didn’t really see the connection with Lincoln, but in this book, I could feel Violet’s commitment and love to Lincoln and vice versa. So yeah, I’m pretty torn.
Like I said before the beginning felt kind of like a fill-in book, but it does soon pick up and turns out to be an alluring, impossible-to-take-your-eyes-off-the-pages sort of book. There are secrets being kept and a traitor under everyone’s radar. Violet’s learns more about her mother and who she truly is and it was all just irresistibly interesting. Though some of it could be predictable, it didn’t make it any less enjoyable. There’s loads of mesmerizing action, a beautiful romance and amazing un-forgettable characters. I started this one day, went to bed, woke up, read some more and finished pretty much all in one setting. And after that cliffhanger, I am dying to read the next book. I definitely recommend this series. Anyone wanting a unique angel paranormal romance will really enjoy this.
I did receive Entice for free, but that doesn't affect my opinion of the story....more
Angel Eyes was an intriguing story with a fascinating plot. When we first meet Brielle, you could tell she’s depressed and upset about something but we don’t know why. All we know is that she’s moving back in with her father from Portland where she did ballet at a performing arts school. I was clueless as to what was going on, but that just made me want to keep reading.
Nothing really happens in the first half of the story. Brielle does ordinary thinks like go to school, eat and so on. But the mystery of what caused Brielle to be so upset kept me interested. Plus it was always interesting when Jake was with her. Jake is the new kid in town. He’s silly, sweet and funny, yet mysterious. And of course Brielle starts falling for him. I liked how she came out of her depression little by little when she was with him. She winds up being a funny and kind girl. And she even comes off as brave in the end.
Later in the story we start to understand what’s going on and a big twist comes and the pace speeds up. I found the celestial and terrestrial worlds very interesting. You could physically see fear, love or any other emotion in the celestial world, whereas you see things the ordinary way in the terrestrial world. Both worlds are different yet coexist. Humans are able to see the terrestrial world, and the celestial world is only visible through angel eyes.
I know this a terribly short review, but honestly, nothing really happened. And when it did, well, it’d be spoilers if I told you. I am curious to read the second book because of the ending. It wasn’t really a cliffhanger, but I’m sure you will too be curious enough to keep going with the series. ...more
Burn For Burn really surprised me. It didn’t turn out to be a favorite or anything, but I didn’t expect to like it this much. After hearing that this was also a paranormal, I thought this would be something insanely fluffy and cheesy, but it wasn’t it all. This was nowhere near anything heavy or serious, but was strictly just for fun. And Han & Vivian managed to pull it off without making it corny. I didn’t like to read light books because they always ended up making me roll me eyes and cringe because of the cheesiness of it all, but Burn For Burn was nothing like those, and ended up being something I actually enjoyed reading.
Burn For Burn switched point of views between the main characters – Mary, Lillian and Kat. I honestly didn’t even need the chapters to guide me to who I was currently reading about, because they were all distinct enough for me to tell each a part. Mary was shy, sweet and a bit vulnerable, Lillian was nice, smart and sometimes snobby, and Kat was all tough and sassy. It did take some time to really get to know them all, but it doesn’t take long.
One of the main things I loved about this book was the drama. And there was a ton. Think Gossip Girl drama. The one that’s so ridiculous it’s sometimes annoying, but is so addicting you just can’t stop watching. (Or in this case, reading.) I just loved reading about the different schemes the three girls came up with to get revenge. And it was all just very dramatic! If you don’t like drama, then you’ll probably hate this book.
Overall, Burn For Burn turned out to be such a fast, fun and light read that I’ve come to love. I did get a little uneasy when I heard this book had some paranormal aspects, but there was very little of it, at least in this book. The ending was sort of cliffhanger-ish, but wasn’t abrupt and really had me pining for book two. I recommend to readers wanting a fun and light book with loads of drama.
I received this book for free but that doesn't affect my opinion of the story....more
The Sweetest Dark turned out to be something totally different than what I was expecting. Instead of a creepy, gothic and mysterious PNR, this was more of an unusual and magical fantasy. It starts off strong with our eccentric protagonist Lora claiming to hear songs and voices in her head, which definitely piqued my interest. But from there, things got even stranger and I started to get confused. My reaction during most of the book: “Whaaa…?” And it wasn’t the good confusion, where it’s all mind boggling and creepy. It was just… weird.
There wasn’t much romance like I expected there to be. It was there, but it was weird like the rest of this book. Jesse and Lora’s romance was, to say the least, very insta-love. Lora claimed that she felt like she knew him and Jesse kept saying he’s been waiting for her and all of this other nonsense. Jesse was an enigma for me and I still quite can’t figure him out. He always spoke in almost riddles and his attraction towards Lora was so quick that it just threw me off.
I actually liked Lora’s relationship with Armand. There’s sort of a love triangle, but there’s no drama or angst. Lora and Armand actually started off disliking each other and were always in arguments, but they did have their sweet moments. They didn’t flat out pine for each other or confess their love for each other or anything like that; it was like they were oblivious to their attraction, but me as the reader could feel their connection. I’d actually prefer Lora to be with Armand than Jesse.
I loved the historical England setting and their fancy dialect. It did take a bit to get used to for me, but I soon caught on. The war as the background was interesting too, and gave off a dreadful tone for some of the book. Abe’s writing also added to the story with her almost lyrical writing style.
Overall, The Sweetest Dark ended up being an eccentric and beautiful tale, but I couldn’t get into it like I would’ve liked to. Although I did feel like I was missing something and there was some hidden meaning throughout it all that probably could’ve made the story more enjoyable if I’d got it. The Sweetest Dark’s magical and mystical atmosphere definitely made this an enchanting read for me. And I loved the strong and abnormal Lora as our MC. She definitely stood out from the all of the other YA protagonists. This wasn’t the book for me, but If you love imaginative fantasies and historical fiction, I think you’d enjoy this one more than I did.