I'd say this book is actually around a 4.7 because there are flaws, but then there are flaws is many great things.
Where do I start to review this uniqI'd say this book is actually around a 4.7 because there are flaws, but then there are flaws is many great things.
Where do I start to review this unique book? What do you know about hellhounds? I think we've all heard of the massive size and glowing red eyes, but a passion for fast food? And since when did they hang around with angels?
Then there's the angel. Beautiful; check. Snowy white wings: check. Calm and benevolent - er, well not exactly.
Angel considers himself to have saved Patrick from the hellhound, and therefore entitled to a reward. Patrick wasn't prepared to give him what he asked for. How dare he! No one walks away from and angel! Ooh what a brat that angel is. He just can't take no for an answer! There was a 'love stick' with his name on it and he was going to get some action 'or else'.
At first, Patrick wanted nothing to do with the angel, or his dog, but then things took an unexpected turn and events that started twenty three years earlier came to a head - with a bang, so to speak.
Oh, and the cat and the hellhound are in love, and there's a pregnant angel with the potential to heal the rift between angels and demons, and it all ends with four friends facing the combined wrath of the demon council and the angelic council.
The thing that struck me most, after the obvious humour, was the depth of the characterization. All four of the main characters, as surreal and unreal as they might be at times, had a solid feel to them. I could practically see the pouty expression on the angel's face, the dopey grin of the panting hellhound, and even the disapproving look of the cat.
There are rough edges, and sometimes the grammar slips, but who cares when he story is this good? I was totally spellbound, and raced through to the end. It certainly didn't take the direction I expected, and there were some real OMG moments in there.
This book is full of the unexpected. If you like your stories predictable don't bother, but if you like quirky, imaginative and easy to read, this is a must....more
I'd actually give 4 1/2 if I could. The only reason I don't give 5 is because it was confusing at the beginning.
I wasn't entirely sure about this bookI'd actually give 4 1/2 if I could. The only reason I don't give 5 is because it was confusing at the beginning.
I wasn't entirely sure about this book when I started. A group of children have been imprisoned within a forcefield by the adults, and one of them is trying to escape. What happens next is confusing, and it took me a while to get to grips with it. However, it was worth it.
As the book progressed it became more complex and more compelling. I won't tell you anything about the story because I really don't know how to start. Suffice it to say, the phoenix in the title is surprising, fascinating and bloody scary.
If you like high fantasy, you'll love this story. The world building is delicate and complex but builds a picture of a society very unlike our own, and unlike any other I've read.
Tension is palpable throughout, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. for most of the time I was as clueless at Cat but that was okay, because I felt more connection with him because of it, and I was enlightened along with him.
This book is delicate, well written, scary, funny, confusing, enlightening, frustrating and uplifting. It's quite a journey and I would recommend you go on it for a great read and a very satisfying experience. ...more
I read this book in order to review it. I’m scheduled to do so on 22nd October, and that is when it will be posted. However, I find that I have to sitI read this book in order to review it. I’m scheduled to do so on 22nd October, and that is when it will be posted. However, I find that I have to sit down today, 12th October, because I can’t wait to set down on paper what I feel about this amazing book.
The Shed, in its simplest form, is a book about a psychic, Alex and his therapist, Scott. Scott is trying to help Alex come to terms with psychic visions that plague him.
Last summer, Alex and Scott helped the police solve a series of gruesome murders, through Alex’s visions, and now he finds himself in a similar situation. Visions are coming thick and fast and he’s slowly sinking under the horror unveiling itself inside his head.
Somewhere out there is a boy slowly dying in a well, and a shed. Alex really doesn’t want to go inside the shed. There’s something in there that’s so horrendous he doesn’t think that, even after the horrors he’s already experienced, he can face. The shed looms in his dreams
Scott, while trying to help the troubled young man, relieves his own horrors, from his childhood experiences, and finally faces up to his own damaged psyche. Finding love is only the start of his journey.
The book is written from both Alex and Scott’s pov, with both flashbacks to both childhoods, and also snippets of the thoughts and feelings of two kidnapped boys. Couple this with a whole host of supporting characters, good and bad, the book could very easily have been chaotic, shallow and confusing. It’s not.
The numerous strands some of which appear to have no connection at all, at times flap wildly in the wind, but eventually start coming together to make a blood stained rope that eventually brings closure, even if it’s not what the reader, or the characters hoped it would be.
To say the book had me on the edge of my seat would be an understatement. My heart is still racing. I was swept up and carried along on a wild, headlong rush into a horror that build almost by the page.
If you like well-crafted characters, suspense, horror, fast pacing and almost painfully teasing plot, this is your book.
Somehow, the book finds room for romance and sweet moments that shine like blood on the pavement.
In case you hadn’t got the message I loved everything about this books and hope we hear more about Alex and Scott, even if they do end up responsible for a heart attack. ...more
I loved this book. I was given it cold as a prize and I had no idea what to expect. From the title I thought it was a vampire book but I couldn't haveI loved this book. I was given it cold as a prize and I had no idea what to expect. From the title I thought it was a vampire book but I couldn't have been more wrong.
A white witch from the inquisition in Italy reincarnates into a book-store psychic in modern day USA. His boring, if hectic, working life is thrown into confusion and terror when he reads for a young man with nothing in his future.
The book was fast paced and I read it all in one sitting, albeit a 'forget about everything else for hours' sitting. There were moment and frustrations, and edge-of-the-seat terror as well as horrific moments when nothing major happened but my heart turned over and my stomach fluttered.
I loved both main characters, although Lauro has a special place in my heart....more
I don't read historical novels. I just don't I especially don't read historical romance. So why did I sit down and read this book in two sittings (damI don't read historical novels. I just don't I especially don't read historical romance. So why did I sit down and read this book in two sittings (damn the need for sleep)?
The story itself is simple, if fresh and quite unique. Anthony, the Earl of Crofton needs to marry into a family who is overtly loyal to Queen Elizabeth. He arranges a marriage with Bronwyn Hewel. Unfortunately Bronwyn runs off with a stable hand just before the wedding.
Sebastian Hewel is an actor in a Shakespearean troupe. As it is considered unlucky for women to take the stage, and as Sebastian is relatively new, he plays only female roles. Thus he is adept at pretending to be a woman, which is no mean feat when considering the amount of clothing women are required to wear at these times.
It suits both parties, that Sebastian take on the role of his twin sister and marry the Earl. Of course they then fall in love and have a series of adventures, as lovers do,
There is nothing particularly remarkable about the story, but the way it is written is definitely cause for celebration. The story is told in a very straightforward way and gives you a glimpse into the lives of a poor actor and a super rich Earl, in Victorian London, without overloading you with information or trying to teach you anything.
We learn a lot about women's dress because we struggle with it alongside poor Sebastian, and we learn a lot about a woman's role in society because Sebastian is forced to learn pdq and again we struggle to get to grips with it alongside him. There are some beautiful historical details and a very delicate hand in painting pictures of day to day life, even down to the books they read and the games they played.
There must have been a lot of research as the book is full of little authentic details, such as a doll being called a poppet, ladies taking ale with their breakfast, and eels having so many bones they have to be picked from the palate. Of course the bigger authentic details are astounding as well.
It's amazing there's room for sex scenes but my goodness there are. I never realized how erotic it was to have to strip off so many clothes. The sex is hot but not gratuitous and fits in perfectly with the tone and pace of the story.
Whilst I can't, in all honesty, say this is at the top of my favourites list, this is only because I have read some pretty amazing books and it is saying a lot that it has made its way onto the list very comfortably. I would recommend this book without qualms to both those who love, and those who generally hate historical romance. ...more
This is an absolutely precious book about the victim of a crime and the policeman who starts off helping him out and ends up falling for him.
The voiceThis is an absolutely precious book about the victim of a crime and the policeman who starts off helping him out and ends up falling for him.
The voices of the characters are entirely different and that's not hard really because Vinnie's voice is unique. In the beginning Vinnie is drugged senseless after a kidnapping goes fatally wrong, and it seems as if his voice comes out of his drugged condition. however, as the book goes on we discover that Vinnie is delightfully and sweetly eccentric. This makes for some real fun.
Ordinary people is a quick and fun read. I don't know how many times I chuckled. It was such a nice change to the heavy stuff I usually read.
James Laramee is a police officer. a good one. He's pretty ordinary, if rather nice and warm. He doesn't know what hit him when Vinnie Carpenter comes into his life like a whirlwind. Vinnie is just insane, but in the nicest possible way. Sweet. Innocent. Romantic. I'd love to know someone like him, just because he's so so adorable and I know I would have fun with him.
Oh, the book has a story, and it's a good one, something to do with insurance fraud, but that story seemed to fade into the background as I was drawn into the growing relationship and fell in love with the characters....more
I'm not going to say a single thing about the story, because that's been done, and done again in other reviews. What I want to say is about the incredI'm not going to say a single thing about the story, because that's been done, and done again in other reviews. What I want to say is about the incredible effect the book had on me. Yes, there were flaws. There are always flaws. Maybe they did get together a little quickly, but those are minor things, because hell this book deals with some heavy stuff. Alec goes through hell and by definition those who love him are dragged along behind.
The book is not afraid to deal with some difficult issues, such as dreadful psychological abuse, and the scars it leaves, mental health issues and the devastating effects of epilepsy. Okay, maybe I was drawn to the book because I empathize with the character, being epileptic myself but that is a double edged sword, because if it's not totally believable to me, it taints the whole story, and here it was totally believable and links in perfectly with the plot and characters.
All of the characters are flawed in one way or another (except Jordan really. Can't think of many flaws there) and have traits that could be irritating and over the top if not dealt with well - which they are.
I picked this book up at about seven, and went to bed at three am. I could hardly keep my eyes open but I had to find out what was going to happen when our poor boy kept being thrown from one disaster to another like a ball in a pinball machine. We know something's got to give and oh boy does it give in the end.
This book is not all doom and gloom. There are some sweet scenes and a lot of humour.
This is definitely one of the best books I've read in a long time....more
Enjoy a trip around the world with two colourful aliens. We meet animals from all over the world who chat in rhyme with the two friends Moobala and BoEnjoy a trip around the world with two colourful aliens. We meet animals from all over the world who chat in rhyme with the two friends Moobala and Boobala (I hope I got the names right. Just close the book and already I've lost it) Colourful pictures combine with attractive interfaces and fun rhymes to make this book a stimulating and enjoyable read for young children and their willing reading slaves....more
I'm not going to rehash the story here. For one thing, there are so many twists and turns, new things coming out every few pages, and I don't want toI'm not going to rehash the story here. For one thing, there are so many twists and turns, new things coming out every few pages, and I don't want to spoil that.
At it's simplest, it's a sweet love story. Michael, an all American track star meets Christy, and enigmatic mute and there is instant chemistry. As Michael slowly gets to know Christy, he gradually learns of an appalling history of abuse and degradation. Christy is in a very bad place and Michael gradually helps him take baby steps towards healing while fending off psychotic homophobes, getting in with the biker crowd and finally coming up against the people who abused Christy. Given they are at the highest level of the Greek elite, including government officials, it isn't easy and when a scumbag with diplomatic immunity snatches Christy and tries to take him back to the life he escaped, Michael simply won't give up until he's exhausted the last of his strength to rescue his pretty Christy.
This is really the very bare bones of a story that totally gripped me from the first to the last word. It was by no means a quick or an easy read but there wasn't a single moment I lost interest.
If I have a criticism, it's that everyone was too calm when the horror was unfolding. Michael, a somewhat sheltered seventeen year old, doesn't turn a hair when a psychotic homophobe holds a gun to his head, and in my view was way too calm when the same psycho blows up his car. Although it mentions Michael's mother getting stressed it doesn't actually show anyone but Christy freaking out, and I thought that was a little to cold and clinical. It also didn't ring quite true when the baddy kept escaping. The police, private security and um special security details just kept messing up and I found this frustrating.
That, however is the only thing I can think of to make any kind of negative comment on. The story is incredible and unfolds in a mindblowingly natural and un-sensationalized way, given the topic.
It is not a story to read if you are squeamish about the absolute horror of trafficking in the horrendous abuse of children. the imagery can get quite graphic although nothing is explained in great detail. Whilst we are not given graphic descriptions of the horrendous abuse we are left with no illusions about what happened to Christy, the damage it did, and the horrors he continues to suffer because of it.
The relationship between Michael and Christy is sweet and beautiful. It develops sweetly and gently and we're rooting for them right from the start. The supporting cast are also vivid and well drawn, especially Jake, Michael's best friend and Sophia, Christy's...cousin.
Yes, some of the characters are stereotypes but writing this kind of story that's going to be inevitable and the stereotyping is used well.
One thing I really love is the little details. Like a series of paintings based on the work of Edgar Alan Poe, and little side sketches of a visit to a lingerie shop and the interaction with the saleswoman. So many little touches that made the whole thing really come to life.
I know I'm gushing but I'm still reeling and screaming Why!!!!!...did the book have to end?...more
All is not right in the kingdom of Galerir. The King is dying and the Crown Prince has a hard job on his hands preparing himself and his kingdom for wAll is not right in the kingdom of Galerir. The King is dying and the Crown Prince has a hard job on his hands preparing himself and his kingdom for war. Their enemies are drawing close, aided by the great black dragon Altor and Thomas has his own problems to deal with before they get here.
With the aid of his loyal knight Griffin, and two friendly dragons he must change the law, capture the traitors, try to heal the deep rifts with their neighbours, find the magical items with which to fight Altor and, through all this, fight for his right to love.
For high fantasy the story was told in a very straightforward way that was easy to follow, although there were twists and turns aplenty. The characters are richly drawn with plenty of detail and the supporting cast coloured in nicely.
If I had a complaint it was that the dialogue was sometimes a little wooden. I felt that perhaps the author was trying a little too hard to be ‘high fantasy’ when she would have been better accepting ‘extremely enjoyable fantasy’ was good enough.
I immediately warmed to Thomas and Griffin and felt that I took a journey with them. There were times I laughed, times I cried and times I got so angry I wanted to hit someone (Ronan). I felt they were real people with hopes, dreams and flaws.
All the elements of fantasy are here – knights and dragons, elves, wizards, castles and swords. However, I didn’t feel the story was formulaic and there were nice twists and details that made the tapestry a rich one. If it was a little stiff at times I could forgive it easily for the sake of the story.
More than the above, woven through the fantasy and going hand in hand with the story, is the tale of two men very much in love, who are taking a journey of discovery together; supporting each other when they stumble, raising each other when they fall and forgiving each other when they make mistakes.
I am pleased there are other stories in the series and that I can follow Thomas and Griff further on their journey. I’m hoping to meet the elves again, and maybe some dwarves. Who knows perhaps even a dragon or two. ...more
If you want a roller coaster of suspense and adventure give this one a miss. If you want a damn good story, told in the sweetest voice in a style thatIf you want a roller coaster of suspense and adventure give this one a miss. If you want a damn good story, told in the sweetest voice in a style that had me go from beginning to end without noticing time passing. It's not that there isn't suspense, or tension, but it's so natural it doesn't interrupt the flow at all. Jonesy, the main character, at least the one who's awake, is sweet and simple, in the best possible way, and he had me rooting for him right from the beginning. The end is a little abrupt, in that I would have liked to have read more but I suppose any ending in a story like this that carries you along in a cloud of feeling good would be too soon. I really hope there is a sequel or that there's going to be....more