Haven has some action, mystery, and romance (a.k.a. teenage hormones gone wild) all wrapped in one package. Kristi Cook put a lot of thought into the...moreHaven has some action, mystery, and romance (a.k.a. teenage hormones gone wild) all wrapped in one package. Kristi Cook put a lot of thought into the bigger events throughout the book and you can tell she had an overall idea of how she wanted the story to resolve, but I felt as though the passage of time was a little awkward and often left me feeling like I must have skipped some pages when reading. Learning more about Aiden's past and Violet's future was intriguing, but Aiden ran so hot and cold that you could never be sure what his true feelings were, and Violet just came across as stubborn, temperamental and a bit immature. We get forced to accept that the characters grow to know each other well, though I never really got the impression Violet spent a ton of time with her friends, and she seems to know so little about Aiden given the amount of time they spend together. I would assume they were spending all of their time making out, but Aiden always seems to push her away whenever we see them start to get close to each other.
I did, however, enjoy Aiden's scientific explanation to his own strange abilities. It definitely made him seem a little cute and nerdy when he went off on tangents, and cute and nerdy happen to be my favorite kind of guys! It was sweet to watch Violet let him ramble on and get himself worked up about something he loved so much.
Over all I found Haven to be entertaining, but it really doesn't have a place on my shelf. Maybe I've just read too many books that fall into this genre. And who knows, maybe the sequel will be better. Kristi Cook has certainly created an interesting world with a bunch of opportunities to grow. (less)
We’re all used to seeing the good in our superheroes, and maybe even some of their flaws. But what ab...moreTo see the full review, check out GraveTells.com!
We’re all used to seeing the good in our superheroes, and maybe even some of their flaws. But what about the not-so-pretty picture of a teen boy who discovers that the super-awesome powers he has doesn’t make him immune to pain and suffering – whether it be his or someone else's?
In The Origin we see exactly that. Dark and broody Daniel Johnson lives in big, bad New York City all by himself, trying to escape an awful accident from a high school football game gone wrong. By day he’s a security guard for a bank, and by night he plays superhero, saving citizens as crime crosses his path. He thought he was safe from his past until Olivia King – a girl that had a huge crush on him from high school - shows up, in his bank of all places, and knocks his life down a path he never expected.
Olivia King is the kind of female I love to find in a book. She’s confident, she’s driven, and she doesn’t take no for an answer. The second she walks away from Daniel when they meet in the bank I knew she was a woman I would absolutely adore. I wasn’t disappointed! Throughout the book you learn that while Olivia’s life may not have been smooth sailing, she’s working to pull her shit together and get her life straight. She takes her struggles in stride and works to rise above them, not to let them pull her down. This is a big contrast to Daniel, who has tried to push away from his past, and he constantly fights who he is.
The Origin has a great pace. We have a healthy mix of romance, plenty of surprises, and some great (albeit violent) action. It can be very hard to follow action scenes in writing, but Wilette Youkey executes them perfectly. There’s an awful lot of circumstance and coincidence that lead up to the end of the book and a few big questions go unanswered, but the ending of the book catches you so off-guard you’ll be stalking the author’s blog for a release date of the next book. Who says superheroes are best left to comic books? Wilette Youkey brings the action to life, and all in text.
The Origin is packed full of the stuff heroes – and villains – are made of. Wilette Youkey does an amazing job of showing us that strength in muscle and strength of character are two entirely different things. We get romance, we get well-written action scenes, and we get dark, broody men. Can you ask for much more than that? With the next in the series scheduled for release some time next year, this is a great time to pick up The Origin, and to start keeping an eye on Wilette Youkey.(less)
Defiance is the third installment of Shelly Crane's Significance series. In it, Maggie and Caleb, along with the Jacobson clan, attend the Reunificati...moreDefiance is the third installment of Shelly Crane's Significance series. In it, Maggie and Caleb, along with the Jacobson clan, attend the Reunification (or reunion) of the Aces, in London. Maggie struggles to find her place with the Aces as the Visionary and leader of a race of people she has only begun to know. Meanwhile the Watsons, a family of Aces that rival the Jacobsons, have other plans for her.
Defiance continues an amazing story full of character and imagination. Shelly Crane does a wonderful job pulling you in to Caleb and Maggie's feelings for each other, so the reader shares in the playfulness and anticipation of each moment they spend together. While there are a few romantic and even steamy scenes shared by the young couple, there was far less than we have come to expect from the first two books. This is because Caleb and Maggie have been thrown in the middle of a conflict bent in keeping them apart, and their concern is no longer just for each other - their entire clan, and all of the Aces, hang somewhere in the balance. Both of them have been forced to mature, not only as a couple but individually, to face what lies ahead. Still, the ending felt a bit abrupt, and the resolution to some subplots seemed to be explained a bit too quickly to leave me fully satisfied.
With all of tension of the last two books coming to a head by the end of Defiance, it will be interesting to see where the next book in the series, Independence, leads. Over all this was an excellent read. I adore the story Shelly Crane has crafted.
Steamy, sexy, and to the point, The Vampire’s Plaything is sure to keep you turning the pages and begging for more. Ashlynn Monroe does a fantastic job of developing characters with emotion, depth, and chemistry, which is not an easy task in so few pages. I actually found myself wishing there was more to read of this story, and wanting to learn more about the characters and the world they live in. Hayden and Liam are both so mysterious and sexy.
The Vampire’s Plaything is hot, sexy, and worth a look!(less)
After the loss of her parents and the end of her marriage, Lyra McCauley decides to travel north for the...moreFor the full review, check out GraveTells.com!
After the loss of her parents and the end of her marriage, Lyra McCauley decides to travel north for the summer to Lake Huron, to visit and care for her Aunt Jean, who is battling cancer. There she meets Cullen Drake, the owner of a magical and mysterious bookstore, who has the key to Lyra’s hidden past and her favorite childhood book. Along with the book comes the memory of an entire world that she had forgotten, as well as a quest, a love, and a responsibility that has the potential to change everything she knows.(less)