This was a fun read, and though I think it could probably have been stretched into a longer work, it was quite refreshing to be able to devour a shortThis was a fun read, and though I think it could probably have been stretched into a longer work, it was quite refreshing to be able to devour a shorter work in very quick order. I enjoyed meeting the two characters though was quite amused by how quickly they got it on! Oh well, I guess if you think you may die, what the heck?
I look forward to reading more in this series....more
I always enjoy reading Kyra Lennon's books - this one was no exception. It was quite funny to get those little Leah & Radleigh cameos, but this waI always enjoy reading Kyra Lennon's books - this one was no exception. It was quite funny to get those little Leah & Radleigh cameos, but this was a story about different main characters than in Game On book #1.
I'm not really a fan of "slut shaming" and this book had a bit of that - nothing wrong with being 'sexually confident' and 'generous', but the 'bad girl' of the story was definitely unlikeable in other ways, so I guess I will dislike her for those reasons. The book left me feeling quite curious about Leon, though, and what his real story is. He clearly was a bit sleazy and gross, but wasn't nearly as bad as we thought for some of the book.
Anyway, those are my jumbled thoughts a few days after finishing the book. I look forward to my next Lennon read. :)...more
This was a pretty good book - with deep characters facing "real" problems and a nice, romantic ending. I couldn't relate much to the characters with tThis was a pretty good book - with deep characters facing "real" problems and a nice, romantic ending. I couldn't relate much to the characters with their quite wealthy upbringings and in some cases, their close relation to the Church. I'm also very curious about Shayna's real parents. Perhaps I'd learn more about them from reading the other books in the series - I believe this is not the first in the series and I just jumped in right in the middle.
Anyway, I will definitely read more of Steph Campbell's books. Just not sure when....more
I really loved this read, even if sometimes Kate was a teeny bit annoying. She had a good reason to be a bit whiny - and I love how she acted around AI really loved this read, even if sometimes Kate was a teeny bit annoying. She had a good reason to be a bit whiny - and I love how she acted around Aidan, compared with how most people acted.
It was fun to read about two characters dealing with physical imperfections that you don't often find in fiction, particularly in works of romantic fiction. A girl with diabetes and a guy with one arm. Not your everyday 'fluffy romance' read. :)
I can't wait to read my next Jolene Perry book.
I'm also guessing about the 'read' date as I forgot to update at the time I finished....more
I've read a few of Kyra Lennon's books so far, but I was really intrigued at the prospect of reading this one, since I love rock star romances, particI've read a few of Kyra Lennon's books so far, but I was really intrigued at the prospect of reading this one, since I love rock star romances, particularly the ones that have a lot of substance and character development - which this novel certainly has all that. :)
I really enjoyed reading the story of Ellie and her two best friends growing up together, and I loved Lennon's strong focus on the music itself, since music is my other passion besides writing. The supporting characters were also a fun part of this novel, making the whole story that much more rich. I particularly like the die-hard fan who is a nurse at the hospital. :) So loyal!
I'm curious to know what happens in the next novel in this series when it arrives...because I can see a lot of potential for engrossing future storylines. :)...more
This is a set of 3 novels in one volume. I haven't read anything by Jolene Perry like this, that is anything paranormal (or that's what I'm calling itThis is a set of 3 novels in one volume. I haven't read anything by Jolene Perry like this, that is anything paranormal (or that's what I'm calling it). I've read her contemporary stuff and really enjoyed that. I really liked this story as well.
When I started book 2 I wasn't sure if I was happy that there were brand new characters, but pretty quickly I realised I liked these characters, and wanted to find out what happened to them and how they tied in with the characters from book 1.
I also really liked book 3's characters, in particular Kara. It's good to have a character who is on "the other side", to bring a new perspective to things. Plus I really enjoyed reading about Kara's kick-arse stubbornness. :)
I was satisfied with how the series ended, though I'd be curious to read on and find out where life goes for the main characters in future....more
I was privileged to receive a copy of this book to review ahead of its release, and I have just finished the book tonight. I have loved RacMy rambles:
I was privileged to receive a copy of this book to review ahead of its release, and I have just finished the book tonight. I have loved Rachel Morgan's other stories that I've read so far, and this one was no exception. It just shows that this author is talented at writing different genres. I'm also happy to read more new adult stories.
The characters in this book were great - I loved seeing Sarah's transformation from a bit of a doormat to a strong-minded individual in her own right wanting to follow her own path. I was glad to see her get away from Matt, but could totally understand her being freaked out about the prospect leading up to it - because he hadn't really shown his true colours yet. Except he had, but the reader just didn't know this yet - the reader hadn't been privy to the argument they'd had weeks earlier, where he had tried to break her spirit. But once he reacted so violently and cruelly to her breaking up with him, it was a no brainer - any reader would be cheering Sarah on and telling her to get rid of him QUICK SMART! And she did it. I was proud of her in that moment. :)
To go on a tiny review meander, I always feel a bit uncomfortable when God becomes a bit of a theme in any book, since I'm not religious, but thankfully in this book it wasn't a theme that was dealt with in an overbearing way. I do like it when characters who are non-believers stand their ground and are still okay in life despite their lack of a belief in a higher power, but in the end that wasn't a particularly important thing in this story.
Since I have never visited South Africa, or any part of Africa before, I really enjoyed reading about the descriptions of the landscape. It definitely made me want to visit the place and see it for myself. But the main thing that makes me hesitate is the weather ;) I really, really hate hot weather. But if, as the story suggests, South Africans usually get a magnificent storm after each revoltingly hot moment, I guess I could tolerate the gross hot moments ... for a while.
All in all, I really enjoyed this read, and I thank Rachel for giving me the chance to read it early....more
First off, I love Greek mythology and studied it at university, so this was a bit of a blast from the past for me. I loved reading this retelling of tFirst off, I love Greek mythology and studied it at university, so this was a bit of a blast from the past for me. I loved reading this retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. I thought it was interesting how Mina Lobo treated Artemis, who has always been my favourite goddess. She was basically a petulant, whiny little sister at times, which was cute, but I love the Artemis of myth who is a mighty huntress.
All in all, I loved this book - Lobo portrays Hades as a delectable kind of sexy, brooding dude, but of course the brooding guys are always much better in fiction than in reality, at least in my experience. :P Still, I will go for them every time in the fictional worlds I read about, and I will love them!
I found this book to be humorous as well as sweet and romantic and, now and then, just a little bit steamy. ;) I also think Lobo is a great writer, and in recent years I've read a lot of self-published books that have actually made me furious because they're badly written. It was a delight to read an excellently-written self-published book whose every word was pleasing. :)...more
I just finished reading Aberration, the story of FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop who lives a relatively solitary life. Five years ago she was attacked by aI just finished reading Aberration, the story of FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop who lives a relatively solitary life. Five years ago she was attacked by a serial rapist called Nico Sala who had been profiled by her, caught and let go on a technicality. The book opens with the Sala scene where after his acquittal he hunted Kassidy down for revenge. This opening scene sure packs a punch and from the first line I was hooked. The book's opening plunges you right into the action and compels you to read on.
In the present day when the book is set, Kassidy gets a call about a brutal murder that turns out to be the work of a serial killer. But as the story goes on it's revealed that this isn't just any serial killer - it's someone connected to Kassidy's past, but also to her present.
The serial killer is the guy we first meet as Wyatt, and we see the approach to his crimes from his point of view. But as the story goes on he starts to lose control, having black-outs like he has had at times in his past. What happens during those black-outs is a mystery to not only Wyatt but also to the reader, until the truths are gradually revealed.
There are two twists in this book, and the first one didn't take me by surprise at all. I had guessed it pretty early on in the narrative. The second twist, which came right at the end, did take me by surprise. What also surprised me in a way was that though the serial killer character in this book was creepy and terribly brutal, I also felt sympathy for him, and glad when he reconnected with his sister. It was like they shared a bond and would always have each other, even if they had nobody or nothing else.
This was a compelling read and makes me definitely want to read more of Lisa Regan's work in future....more
This was a fun, cute read and there wasn't anything I didn't like about it. So I guess that's why I gave it 5 stars (changed to 4 since)! Lance was quThis was a fun, cute read and there wasn't anything I didn't like about it. So I guess that's why I gave it 5 stars (changed to 4 since)! Lance was quite an adorable dork, considering he was a hot jock. Over the course of the story, my feelings mirrored Mabel's, in that at first he seemed so very lame, but over time his sweetness shone through. The story made me laugh, too, e.g. on that terrible first double date. All in all I really enjoyed Rachel Schieffelbein's writing style, and the story definitely hooked me in....more
*** Possible spoiler alert but I have intentionally been quite vague :) ***
Ummm, sorry for what follows, as it's not so much a proper-format review as*** Possible spoiler alert but I have intentionally been quite vague :) ***
Ummm, sorry for what follows, as it's not so much a proper-format review as just my rambly thoughts about a great read. So here goes.
The blurb for Jessica Bell's forthcoming novel Bitter Like Orange Peel states that there are 6 women, 1 man, and "7 secrets", and all that is true. However, sometimes I felt like the secrets would never stop being revealed, the lies would never stop being uncovered and the extremely "unconventional" family unit described in this book would never get its poo together.
I'm not sure they really did manage that immense feat by the end of the book, but they were a darn sight closer to it than they had been at the start of the book. The family(ies) in this book seem(s) to have a much-clung-to tradition of keeping all the important truths about the past (and in some cases the future) hidden. Secrets are a must because ... why? You don't want to hurt your daughter's feelings? You don't want to DISAPPOINT your daughter? You don't want to admit that the past still has a serious hold on you? Maybe those are some of the reasons and maybe there are a lot more, like plain old pride? Either way, I just read a book about a pretty unhealthy family, and I feel immensely grateful to belong to a family that doesn't exist in a web of lies like this one did.
Jessica Bell's writing is as beautiful as ever, though this time she writes about characters who, for the most part, are pretty well flawed and often unlikeable as well. There were two characters I could mostly feel sorry for: Kit (though she was a bit mean to Sein sometimes) and Eydie. Especially Eydie. Oh, and I felt sorry for Brian too, particularly at the Christmas scene - but I was very glad to read the hotel scene later. Brian also disappointed me on occasion, but now that I have his whole story I conclude that he's generally a good guy. Note that I am talking about all these characters as if they are real and believable people, because they really are, and that is what makes Jessica Bell such a great writer. Well, there's the beauty of her style, of course, but her characters are always very real. Not always particularly "likeable", as mentioned already.
Sometimes it felt like every chapter of this book ended with another bombshell, though I know that having finished the read, my mind is now simply churning with all the secrets that were so slowly revealed over the course of the book.
The Christmas Day scene in particular is one that makes me smirk to think about, because it was almost comedy how the truth kept inching towards being revealed. Eydie's experience that day was the most tragic part of the book for me. However, I'm not entirely sure if I "get" what Kit's ultimate story was - was Ailish right or did she misunderstand the scene she walked in on 25 years ago? It's probably obvious to others, but I'm just not ENTIRELY sure I can trust my conclusions (which are that Ailish misunderstood). Anyway ... those are just some very rambly thoughts on this book that kept me gasping with each newly revealed sliver of truth. There were many gasp-worthy moments, but the three that stick in my mind most now are: 1) finding out about Brian's upcoming significant life event; 2) finding out how Eydie was conceived; 3) finding out what Ailish had been keeping hidden from everyone.
I have tried to keep this review spoiler-free but I decided to make it 'hidden because of spoilers' anyway in case there's something that gives too much away. Jessica, feel free to tell me if you think it can go public. ;)...more
This was a fun, light read. I have already read one of Cheyanne Young's books, also set in Mixon, TX, but this one gives us a view of a different partThis was a fun, light read. I have already read one of Cheyanne Young's books, also set in Mixon, TX, but this one gives us a view of a different part of the region, including a little island.
From the start of the book, Delaney's boyfriend wasn't set up to seem like an ideal catch. He was set up to seem nice, but not sexy at all, and he was also set up as being not romantic. Later in the book, I got a slightly different impression of him than I did in the beginning. In the beginning I got the impression he was good to Delaney, but then later on it seemed he was quite selfish, e.g. not driving out of his way to pick Delaney up, etc. So I'm not sure who the real him was meant to be.
Anyway, this felt like a story that ended quickly, and I was wondering as I got near the end if it would end on a cliffhanger, to be continued later. But there wasn't a cliffhanger, and things were resolved. In a way I guess it still feels like it has potential to continue, though. Maybe just a bit 'unfinished.'
I look forward to reading my next Cheyanne Young book! :)...more
This is the first book by Cheyanne Young that I've read. I've been looking forward to the read for a long time, and I wasn't disappointed. I do thinkThis is the first book by Cheyanne Young that I've read. I've been looking forward to the read for a long time, and I wasn't disappointed. I do think the copy I read could have used one last sweep-through proof read, but other than that I read the story pretty quickly (which is a good sign, i.e. I didn't want to put it down).
Hana was a good character because she wasn't perfect, not by a long shot, and made her share of mistakes. The love interests weren't perfect either, though Ash was pretty close to it I guess. For me, the whole praying thing would have been a turn off, but for someone like Hana who grew up in that part of the world, maybe it was appealing. ;) It's not my cup of tea, but Ash wasn't the kind of guy who would try to push his beliefs on you, so I could totally respect him for that. And in general he was just a respectful guy.
Unlike Ryan, who was his rival through no fault of his own.
Ryan totally reminded me of Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of James Hunt in Rush, which I saw recently. Except that this book is about motocross, not Formula 1. And except Ryan was way more of a jerk than Hemsworth's James Hunt was, and that's saying something. :)
I guess I'm just rambling on about characters now, so I will stop and say ... I really enjoyed this read! And now I want to read more of Cheyanne Young's work. Luckily I do have at least one of her books to read. YAY....more
I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first one, though both were good reads. It wasn't JUST because there was a romantic element, but becauseI definitely enjoyed this book more than the first one, though both were good reads. It wasn't JUST because there was a romantic element, but because there was a significant female character who had a lot to contribute to the plot. Athee is a pretty kick-arse lady and I like the dynamics she brought to Byron's world. She certainly changed things for him, in a good way, despite how he struggled with it at first. And she was a strong character in her own right.
This book revealed why book #1 mostly had men as characters, and only men as fighter pilots. I am not entirely sure that truth was revealed in book #1, but I don't think it was, because I remember thinking there was no good reason for there being no women in most of the book. But in this book, it all got explained and made sense. But Athee's particular talents are sure to change the ways of Cassan society, or that's how it seemed to me.
As for the rest of the book, the story was intriguing and made me wish I could make Byron's earlier choice to get into the field of space exploration. :) If anyone's taking volunteers, take me! *waves arms around*