After reading Holly's debut novel, Forever Grace, she instantly became one of my favorite new authors. I was absolutely blown away by her incredible tAfter reading Holly's debut novel, Forever Grace, she instantly became one of my favorite new authors. I was absolutely blown away by her incredible talent for not just telling a story, but making me feel like a part of it. Needless to say, Love in Smoke gripped me the same way and didn't let go until the very end.
Holly delivers all the feels in this novel, and tackles a variety of life situations at the same time. Personally, I'm a fan of "starting over" stories, because who wouldn't love the chance to start fresh? Granted, Raven's need for a new beginning was sparked by a rather unfortunate and heartbreaking set of circumstances, as opposed to just being a need to embark on a new adventure.
Much like Dane, Raven desperately wants to leave her past behind her. They're from two different worlds, but that doesn't make their journeys any different. Coming from a small town where everybody knows each other ...and their business... Dane has been trying to outrun a past that nobody will let him forget. These two make quite the pair, and their chemistry is undeniable from the start.
This novel encompassed everything that I look for and enjoy in my book escapes.... suspense, angst, intriguing characters, a touch of small town mystery, intense emotions, beautiful writing, and of course love. I don't know how she does is but Holly just continues to amaze me. I highly recommend this one!...more
I love that Little Fifteen (now 18) has her own book! While it is a standalone, I wouldn't recommend diving in without first reading the Experiment inI love that Little Fifteen (now 18) has her own book! While it is a standalone, I wouldn't recommend diving in without first reading the Experiment in Terror series. You won't be lacking any details from EIT because Ms. Halle does a fantastic job of recapping, but I feel like you'll appreciate it more if you experience it all for yourself, starting with Darkhouse. We all know Ada Palomino as Perry's Fashion Blogger little sister, who also happens to see ghosts, but we don't really know her as a person. Veiled sheds a new light on Ada, and all the issues she's facing on her own. Dex & Perry are married and living hours away, her mother sacrificed herself in order to kill a demon, her father is selling the family home, a mysterious guy keeps appearing in her dreams, strange things keep happening, and there's a portal to hell in her closet. It's kind of a lot to deal with. This one gets 4 creeptastic stars for delivering some intense, suspenseful moments and scaring the crap out of me.
What a brilliantly breathtaking end to the series! Dust to Dust was one hell of a ride, delivering the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I caugWhat a brilliantly breathtaking end to the series! Dust to Dust was one hell of a ride, delivering the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I caught my breath many times as my heart broke, and then somehow became whole again. I'm beyond devastated that it's over, but so very glad that I got to experience it all. This will undoubtedly be one of my favorite series of all times, right up there with The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. ...more
This series just keeps getting better and better! I'm only one book away from the end and it's both exciting and devastating. This 8th installment takThis series just keeps getting better and better! I'm only one book away from the end and it's both exciting and devastating. This 8th installment takes us into a sanatorium that once housed children diagnosed with Tuberculosis. Abandoned hospitals have always been my favorite theme of shows/books about the supernatural. The mystery, pain, and suffering surrounding these places is always so intriguing and more often than not, terrifying. Once again, Ms. Halle delivered it all and then some. That ending propelled me right into the next book! ...more