This book gets two stars for the easy, fun writing alone. Otherwise there isn't much more to say about this book.ORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
This book gets two stars for the easy, fun writing alone. Otherwise there isn't much more to say about this book. It had lovable characters as expected, but the plot was exactly like Connor and Liss' story. I mean, almost exactly.
It's a girl/guy best friends-to-lovers storyline where the girl realizes what's happening between them way before the guy does. She wants more, he fights against it and then eventually comes around. This is not only exactly like another Copper Ridge book, but it's like many books of this kind. I read it and I made it to the end but I can't say I liked it when Brokedown Cowboy had the same plot.
Don't get me wrong. I love Maisey Yates and will continue to read her books. But this one was just a disappointment. Oh well. On to the next one!...more
All the things I loved about Sunbolt are magnified in Memories of Ash. I am a true fan of fantasy if it is doneORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER.
All the things I loved about Sunbolt are magnified in Memories of Ash. I am a true fan of fantasy if it is done right, and this book was definitely done right!
The writing is just superb. It's vivid and descriptive without going overboard. The author just has a way with words and literally has the perfect writing style for fantasy. So bravo once again, Intisar! I really loved the use of magic in this book. The author really appeared to have worked out all the details of how magic works in the world she created so it was always just so interesting to read about the characters using their magic and gifts.
So enjoyed reading about the different characters in this book, even Blackflame (yuck!). There was a nice twist that involved him and Stormwind and I didn't see it coming, so that was a nice surprise. It was great to meet new characters like Stonefall, but it made me smile to read about some familar ones like Kenta, who I can't help but like. I loved Hitomi in this book and I could tell from the very beginning that the "year" between the first book and this one has changed her completely. I adored her relationship with Val and still have hope that this relationship will grow into more. However, I am realistic and know this may never happen. Besides, this series is more about magic and less about romance. But that's a strong point for these books and makes them enjoyable for everyone.
Just like with Sunbolt, I don't have anything bad to say to about this book. It was exciting and magical and so well written you'll feel like you're a part of the world you're reading about. It's just that good. So this is on the highly recommend list. I just don't see how anyone can not like this book!...more
You say Steampunk and I'll always come a' callin'. That was this case with this book and for the most part, I'm gORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
You say Steampunk and I'll always come a' callin'. That was this case with this book and for the most part, I'm glad I read it.
I loved the plethora of characters (the more the merrier). Edward was my favorite (I love dorks and brainy nerdism is super sexy). He was adorable, especially in the beginning with all of his little quirks. He was a bit of a stiff, but it was nice to see him kind of unwind as the story progressed. I always like female MCs to be feisty so I liked Iris right away. She was stubborn and hard-headed but in all the right ways. At times I felt kind of sorry for her with her personal situation, but overall, I thought she was a great lead character. Edward and Iris's blooming romance was darling to watch unfold. It took time to develop so the wait was excruciating but well worth it. There's much more to come for them as far as I can tell. I HATED Jeremy Scott and wasn't at all upset with how he ended up. Johan was hilarious and added just the right amount comic relief to the story. So overall, a great mix of characters.
I loved all the Steampunk elements and all magic surrounding them. I felt the world created was pretty good and I enjoyed reading about it. It was also a well-written book and that was a big thing for me. But a huge downside for me was the pacing. It was incredibly slow and that just made it really hard for me to finish. Pacing is like the biggest thing for me in fantasy type books and this one dragged on unnecessarily. So even though the plot is worthy of four stars, the pacing and over explanation of every single thing that happened really bogged down the experience for me. Otherwise, this is a good read.
I recommend this book to fantasy and steampunk lovers but beware, the pacing is slow and though the plot of this book is tied up, there are a lot of things that are left up in the air. I can't say its a cliff hanger ending but you can definitely tell the story isn't over. So be prepared going in that this is a series with a lot more story to tell....more
Last year I started reading more thrillers, which has never really been a genre I've been very fond of. But thatORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER.
Last year I started reading more thrillers, which has never really been a genre I've been very fond of. But that's all changed and this book has just added to my enjoyment of these types of books. Killer Pursuit was very good and had all the elements a thriller should have. Excitement, details, and good research.
The writing was amazing and that was everything to me. I can't read a thriller with bad writing. I loved the multiple POVs and how each character had a background story. I found myself enjoying learning the history of these characters just as much as the plot and that's not something I say very often, if at all. Each background story was slipped into the book sporadically and only when it made sense, and I could appreciate that. I found the MC Allison McNeil to be a strong lead with a spine of steel even as she fell prey to her own emotions sometimes. I mean, she is a woman and as much as we try to deny it, we are emotional creatures. But still, her instincts were spot on and she was a believable FBI agent with beauty and brains. There may even be a romance on the horizons for our MC. As long as it doesn't take over the series, I think it will be great.
Other characters I liked were Clarence Mason (gotta love those good-bad guys) and Libby Ashworth. Libby was one of those characters you had to like because you could feel where he was coming from in how he felt about politics and all the crap that goes down behind the scenes. I don't think many people have faith in their governments so to have a glimpse into the mind of an insider who has also lost faith in the governing institution was interesting. Did I say that Mason was Libby's father? Yeah, their interactions were really interesting too. As you can guess, their relationship is fractured beyond repair (at this point), but by the end of the book, I had a feeling that at some point in the series they may find themselves on mutual ground. If that doesn't happen, I can almost guarantee it will be Mason's fault, LOL.
The plot was well thought out and very intriguing. I was pulled in very early on in the book and it didn't let up. I will say that I felt the story was dragged out much longer than it needed to be. Though I love details, I think some scenes just went on too long and maybe, some of the POVs were not necessarily needed. At least, not as much as they were used. Again, I enjoy multiple POVs, but in this book, they sort of detracted from an otherwise great story.
As for plot twists, I did not figure out who the killer was before Allison did and that was great. I like being surprised and a predictable thriller could never pull four stars out of me, let alone five. So that was definitely a plus.
I would highly recommend this book to readers who love crime thrillers. I'm glad this is a series and that there are other books. There is actually a book that comes before this one, Killer Within, that I might check out. I know how it ends because it's talked about in this book, but I want to read that one just to get more insight into the lives and minds of the characters, if for nothing else. So yes! Give this book a read. I can't imagine that you'll be disappointed....more
Gotta love those military boys! They've just got so many issues, lol.
I really enjoyed this book because as a military brat, I've had many many run ins with men the military. Not all soldiers have crazy quirks (like my father) but when they do, it's sort of funny how strict they are about them. Steven, the male MC of this book, hated being lied to. Most people hate that, but for Steven it was a LAW. You violated that law, you were out of his life-friend, lover, whatever. I thought that was extreme because if we all operated that way, we'd all be alone. But anyway, since it's known upfront that Steven hates liars, you kind of already know what's going to happen. But that's okay and it doesn't ruin the story.
Lauren is Steven's best friend (first mistake) so she's one of the most important people in his life. She's loved him since forever (second mistake) so what happens in this book was inevitable. They give a romantic relationship a real try, which I admire, before the crap hits the fan. I really liked Lauren and thought it sucked how things happened for her. I felt Steven overreacted and it wasn't even that big of a deal. The lie she told was warranted in my opinion, because it was done out of love. Anyone with any sense wouldn't have felt betrayed. But Steven did. However, things worked out in the end and that was all that mattered.
This was a very short read mostly due to the fact that we weren't made to trudge through all the stuff that goes on when two people first meet. They already had an established relationship and sometimes I need to read books like that. I could read more books by this author and recommend this one to other romance lovers. It's a sweet treat with an intriguing HOT factor for those of you who love a little spice with your romance. ...more
I really enjoy retellings and this one was no exception. I thought the concept was great and the characters interORIGINALLY POSTED AT DJ'S BOOK CORNER
I really enjoy retellings and this one was no exception. I thought the concept was great and the characters interesting. However, this book was confusing as hell! I had no clue what was going on half the time, yet I couldn't stop reading it. I just had to find out what happened.
The plot is a good one, nevertheless. The Cheshire Cat is a psychotic serial killer who is using his kills to try and attract the girl he thinks is the "real" Alice because he wants an ally for the Wonderland Wars (I think). But everyone in this book is a psycho, including Alice (who is also a killer), Professor "Pillar" (and his intense hookah addiction), and Jack Diamonds (I never had a clue what this fool was talking about).
A special treat was how the author made Lewis Carroll a part of the plot. In this book, Carroll didn't actually create Wonderland. He found it and shared it with the human world. I thought that was cool. Alice has several interactions with Carroll throughout the story, and I can't say I truly understand what the interactions were all about. It seems Carroll is convinced that Alice is the Alice, but the Wonderlanders aren't at all convinced. I liked that about this book because I couldn't be sure which was true, and I still don't know. It's really good way to keep people reading.
So although I thought the characters and plot were interesting, I can't give this book a higher rating due to the fact that it's very random and confusing. It was hard (for me) to truly get a grip on what was going on. But I'm intrigued to keep reading, and hopefully, have this series make some sense....more