NOTE: This is only a portion of my review, you can read the rest by visiting my blog Accepted Wisdom
Writing Style: In comparison to the other books i...moreNOTE: This is only a portion of my review, you can read the rest by visiting my blog Accepted Wisdom
Writing Style: In comparison to the other books in this series, The Soul's Mark: CHANGED is definitely the best. With every new novel, Ashley Stoyanoff's writing just keeps getting better! When I read her writing, it feels like I'm watching a television show because everything seems so realistic. This book covers many critical events in the plot, all of the key events that make up The Soul's Mark series. The plot could have easily became a jumbled mess, purely do to all the things going on. I was amazed at how she brought everything together and how smoothly everything panned out to be. She did a fantastic job in particular with the ending because it leaves you feeling satisfied. A wonderful conclusion for a brilliantly addictive series!
My Opinion: Can somebody say, OMG WOW like seriously! This book blew me away. I read the entire thing in one sitting, only stopping to take mini breaks to eat and use the bathroom. I couldn't put it down or read it fast enough. I was so terribly afraid to read this because I knew this could possibly be the very last book in The Soul's Mark series. It took me many months to prep myself to deal with the idea of not being able to read more from this series. All good things must come to an end I guess, right?
What I loved most about The Soul's Mark: CHANGED was how the relationship between Mitchell and Amelia developed. I have to be honest, I used to hate Mitchell like hardcore. I felt that Amelia could have done so much better but now I take that back. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact of the roles between them switching or what, but I can see now that they are without a doubt, meant for each other. What one lacks the other has, they truly complete each other. The best part? They actually realized that in this book. FINALLY! All fighting ceased and they became at one with each other, words cannot explain the happiness I felt. I loved to see them happy!
I will miss this series. I wish it could continue on forever. I'm really hoping for more novels/novellas. The book has a satisfying definite ending BUT it did leave open a slight possibility for another book. Or maybe it's just me trying to keep the series alive in my mind. Whatever the case, The Soul's Mark series will always be one of my favorites!
NOTE: This is only a portion of my review, you can read the rest by visiting my blog Accepted Wisdom(less)
My first thoughts: I was quite afraid that I wouldn't enjoy a contemporary romance novel. This is a new genre for me and I wasn't sure it would be for...moreMy first thoughts: I was quite afraid that I wouldn't enjoy a contemporary romance novel. This is a new genre for me and I wasn't sure it would be for me.
Writing Style: Almost Matched has some of the best writing I've ever encountered. Every character has a distinct personality that comes to life within the pages portraying genuine-raw emotion. An attention grabbing plot from the very beginning that ends with an unexpected twist that will leave you craving more, you won't be able to read it fast enough.
My opinion: A must read! I literally read this entire novella in two hours flat. Witty, fast-paced, humorous, arousing, and sarcastic... are all romance novels like this? If so, I've seriously been missing out! I just want book 2 right now, right now, not later! Can someone make this happen for me? Pretty please?
I laughed so hard at some of the scenes that I couldn't breathe and tears filled my eyes. It reminded of the girl's nights I have with my best friend and gave me some awesome ideas for our next get-together.
In many ways, Almost Matched has the feel of the show Sex and the City, but is so much better! I loved how all the women in this book were all so open about sexuality and shared a close bond with each other. Dare I say, it's not only men who have one track minds, and it's refreshing to see that demonstrated in a no-holds-barred kind of way! What I enjoyed most was the turmoil each of them faced, each with a different type of insecurity that every woman can relate to. Best friends forever, they are there for each other in the time of need, to build each other up, and laugh away their troubles! Girl Power at its finest!
The relationship between Natalie and Colin... *sighs* is so dreamy and passionate. Colin is nothing like I expected him to be... I won't spoil any details, but whew he's something special. When they are together, the world ceases to exist. Enough said. Just go read it and find out for yourself!
Are you still sitting here and fighting the urge to read this devilishly delicious book? Well, stop it already and make sure you do!(less)
First Impression: The idea of a short story being written in verse caught my attention right away. I also found the summary to be quite intriguing. I...moreFirst Impression: The idea of a short story being written in verse caught my attention right away. I also found the summary to be quite intriguing. I couldn't imagine living in a world where singing is illegal. The thought of that makes me utterly depressed because music has always been a huge part of my life since my school years. (I was in choir from elementary school up until the day I left high school.) The part about wearing clothes being illegal would be rather dreadful as well! I would HATE to live in a world like the one described!
Writing Style: One word: BREATHTAKING. I'm a huge fan of poetry and enjoyed that this story incorporates verse. It makes for a quick read with a beautiful lyrical flow. The sentence break and pauses add great depth to the story. The emotion expressed in so few words is stunning. I was able to connect with Concetta on an entirely surreal level, like she was living deep inside me.
My Review: An absolutely amazing piece of art filled with morbid sorrow and a taste of a bittersweet ending. I only wish that the story elaborated a bit more on why society has such bizarre laws and demented/cruel punishment. I also came across a few terms that I'm still not exactly sure what they are, I can only assume. I would like some clarification because I dislike not knowing for sure what something is. However, I have to admit that I still truly loved the story. I see myself reading more of Jessica Bell's writing in my near future!
*Note* A short sentence in a foreign language kept appearing; I looked it up because I was fairly certain that it was imperative to the plot.
"si comincia oggi" is Italian for "it starts today"(less)