I received a free advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
To be honest, I was enchanted by the cover and was intrigued by the synopsis so I decided to request this arc. Both the cover and the synopsis is full of mystery and I couldn’t wait to unravel them. And upon reading a few pages, I was hooked.
What I really liked about this book are the characters- Severin, Laila, Tristan, Zophia, Enrique and Hypnos. All six of them are different and with depth. They are complex instead of superficiaI. liked how it’s obvious that the author really worked hard on giving life on these characters. The characters doesn’t exist as tools for telling the plot. They are their own. All six of them have their back stories that make them who they are and I loved all of them. Severin and his ambition to take back what’s his, Laila and her quest to know if she’s real or not, Tristan and his tarantula, Zophia and math, Enrique with his symbols… by the end of the book, it feels like I have met new people and had new friends.
I also really loved the world building. I felt like I was fully immersed in a world where forging is practiced. At first, I really didn’t understand how forging works but as I read along, I was fascinated with it.
I also really liked how the romance was not forced. In other books, it’s obvious that the love subplot is there just for the sake of a love subplot. I really liked the tension between Severin and Laila. And they’re not apart just for the sake of a star-crossed lovers subplot. They are apart for logical reasons and I like that. Well, except for the ending part. I also really liked the development between Hypnos, Enrique and Zophia. I’m actually curious on how this would end.
The writing style is also really good. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. The pacing was really slow towards the end and I kind of lost the hype but for the majority of the book, I couldn’t put it down. The ending of the book doesn’t feel right, it was rushed and it was obvious that it’s nothing but a set up for a sequel. The ending was a cliche of a build-up. It just doesn’t feel right. Even so, it was kind of redeemed with the plot twist in the very last page. It made me think that the sequel might be worth reading.
Anyways, this book is really good, however, I don’t think it really stands out from other young adult books. For fans of YA, I highly recommend this book especially for those who are looking for something darker....more
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, I would like to say that I am not really fond of chick lits. I have only read a few books from this genre so I didn't really know what I should expect when I started reading this book.
This book is about Ella who was on a long term relationship, She really believed that her boyfriend, Paul, would propose at dinner. But that didn't happen. Instead, Paul told Ella that he's leaving to find himself or something. Naturally, this devastates the main character which made her decide to fly to Paris and live there for a year.
For me, this book had a great start. It was an easy and light-hearted read which I really liked. I was also really curious on what happens next for Ella. Paris has always been a fantasy for me so I was really excited reading about the place. However, by the middle of this book, I was bored. Ella's life on Paris and cheese conquest was just not enough to sustain my attention, the book became quite dull. Every chapter felt like a filler. Anyways, I think these are my thoughts because I'm not really a foodie. The thing is I didn't really care for the description of the cheeses and wines. So, I guess these kinds of books are just not right for me.
Aside from all the cheese, everything else was predictable . Of course, she would find good friends in Paris who would help her navigate her life. I felt disappointed because I really think that this book had immense potential. However, her friends are all 2-dimensional and only exist as plot convenience. The romance were also really predictable. I've known what their roles will be the moment they were introduced into the book.
As I've already mentioned, this book had great potential but it was sadly wasted. I couldn't help comparing this book from the movie How to be Single. In the end, the main character in the movie realized that maybe she should find herself. It's actually what I expected from this book- I expected for the character to grow. In the end, Ella was the same Ella who left Australia with just more knowledge about cheese. Ella was actually quite shallow for me. And I really hated that she just healed a broken heart by focusing her emotions in the next guy.
Overall, I recommend this book to people who are interested in a slice of Paris life. Pun intended. I think this book will be perfect for cheese lovers and foodies. This book might really be interesting for fans of chick lit....more
I have seen a lot of positive reviews in this book and I’ve seen it in various bookish list so I decided that I need to read this book. At the same time, I was looking for a way to not be bored on my bus ride to the university I go to which is around 2-3 hours away from my hometown. So, I downloaded audible and this book was my free book for the free trial.
From the first minute and a half, I could feel that I was going to like the book. The first chapter was a very good introduction of what the book was going to be. We were immediately introduced to the traits and humor of the main character, Monty. We can actually decipher then the other main characters- Felicity and Percy. From the very first chapter, I actually found myself immediately rooting for Monty and Percy. I just wanted to delve into the book and know more about their relationship, or lack of.
One thing that I liked about this book is that they were childhood friends. I’m a sucker for stories where characters grew up together and ended up falling in love. But the best part here is that it was mentioned how it bothered Monty – one minute Percy was just a boy he grew up with and then in the next he’s a boy he wants to kiss.
“The great tragic love story of Percy and me is neither great nor truly a love story, and is tragic only for its single-sidedness. It is also not an epic monolith that has plagued me since boyhood, as might be expected. Rather, it is simply the tale of how two people can be important to each other their whole lives, and then, one morning, quite without meaning to, one of them wakes to find that importance has been magnified into a sudden and intense desire to put his tongue in the other’s mouth. A long, slow slide, then a sudden impact.”
That quote made my heart beat 10x faster. I loved it so much. This book’s plot is also very interesting and the pacing is great. I don’t know what to expect all throughout reading the book. I like how the book surprises me almost every chapter.
Another thing I loved about this book is Monty as a main character. It just feels like his narrative is so honest. I like that he is not pretentious at all. He’s a rake and he’s not in the business of denying that. I really liked that he’s human and not an overly romanticized hero. In spite of it, it’s really so obvious that he loves Percy. And this is something different for me in the Historical Fiction genre. Other historical romances are fueled by lust and this is not the case in this book. I also really liked Felicity as a character. She’s a typical Historical Romance character that I have been reading – instead of balls and gentlemen, she is more interested in books and being something more than somebody’s wife.
The best thing about this book are the details. I just love how I can imagine them all in my head. I guess that’s the advantage of listening to an Audiobook version. Sometimes, I tend to skim paragraphs I don’t really see as important. But when you’re listening, you hear the details and like an instinct, you imagine it in your head. And how Mackenzi Lee described details is awesome.
Overall, I really think that Mackenzi Lee did an awesome job. The characters are all very interesting and 3-dimensional and they really made this book enjoyable. ...more
This book was so much better than I expected. Aside from Colleen Hoover’s works, adult contemporary romance isn’t really my thing. Usually in these kinds of books, I can’t find anything that sets the book apart from other books. Forgettable is a word I can describe most of what I’ve read on this genre. But this book has surpassed my expectations in a lot of ways.
Keir and Selene, the book’s main characters, met through an accident. When they first met, they had no idea that they would be so important to each other. But the more Keir and Selene spent time with each other, the more they like each other. At first, they decided to stay as friends because there’s a lot on their plate and Keir will leave soon. They agree that long distance relationships are hard but being friends is so hard when you’re both extremely attracted to each other.
I guess one reason why I liked the book so much is because you can really relate to it. The struggles of their relationships are common struggles of couples all over the world. With me personally, I connected to the book so much because I felt exactly how they felt. I was in their position. Sometimes, we use books as an escape to go to places we’ve never been and see a world we will never see. At those times, we read a fantasy or an adventure or even a dystopian book. At this moment, I started to really appreciate the New Adult or Romance genre. In this book, I’ve seen a mirror that shows the reality of how relationships are actually hard work and how you have to strive together to make it work. I really liked the “Will we or won’t we?” part of the book. A lover who you really really liked in all aspects is hard to find but a great friendship like Keir and Selene had is also just as rare. That’s why I completely understand how Keir was hesitant to move on to the next level. You wouldn’t want to ruin a friendship knowing that the two of you really had a great understanding of each other.
I also really liked how this book was written. The sentences flow so easily that I didn’t really have any difficulty understanding what the author meant. The dialogues are also very cute. I really loved how Keir and Selene interacted. I love what they say to each other and I also love reading about their POVs. There are parts that I just couldn’t help but laugh and smile with them. And when it was in the part where they don’t know where their relationship stands, my heart was breaking with them too. When an author can make you feel all those emotions the characters are feeling, then that author deserves admiration. Aside from emotions, this book can also make you feel hot. Some parts of this book are just steamy. And the descriptions are just great, I didn’t really see the sex scenes are just sexual but are really intimate and passionate.
Now, I just want to talk about the main characters. I absolutely adore both of them! Selene is the kind of strong woman I aspire to be. She’s focused on her career but her family life is not compromised. And when a tragedy comes to her life, she is strong even when she is vulnerable. And Keir… where do I find a guy like him? I like how he tries to be rational but at the same time emotional. I see in him just the balance of the two. But the thing I liked the most with these two is that they are supportive of each other’s dreams. They both try to work around their busy lives and career. They didn’t really think that the other person should give up what they do to be together. I liked that in the end there was just compromise. I feel like everyone should read this book so that we shall have an idea on how to handle things when we encounter the same problems as they did. These characters are mature, they’re both adults who own up to their mistakes.
Overall, this book is unexpectedly great. This book is perfect for readers who wants their emotions to be all over the place because this book will make you feel all kinds of things. Selene and Keir are perfect characters- they are characters you can aspire to be but at the same time you can also see that they are human. This might be the bests book I’ve read this 2018. I really highly recommend this book!...more
I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley. Having not heard of the author and the book before, I started reading the book with very little expectations. Little did I know that this book will keep me on the edge for the next few days. It’s been a while since a book really caught my attention… it’s been a while since I couldn’t stop myself from reading the next chapter. At the end of every chapter, I’m always eager to read more. That’s how amazing this book is. This is the kind of books that makes me say “This is why I love reading – for books like this”.
The events and narrative in this book is divided into two. The first one is about the main character named Wynter’s life inside a cult called the New Earth. From joining the cult and growing up within its walls, the way the story was told so intriguing. The second one is about Wynter’s life after she was thrown out of the cult. At first, all she had to deal with is how she could adjust to her new environment but then… an epidemic arises. People started getting early-onset Alzheimer’s and people don’t know the reason why. Wynter then acquire the key for a possible vaccine… but she must deliver it to the right person. On the run from her old cult and the government, Wynter must travel and protect what she has.
This book was actually quite scary for me. In the book, the root of the epidemic is a carcass that was buried in a permafrost that melted. With climate change going on, this scenario isn’t impossible. We’ll never know if some virulent virus is stuck under all those ice… virulent virus that may soon emerge. Anyways, I love the concept. It almost feels like a revamped zombie apocalypse.
Another thing I liked about this book is that it’s different from other thrillers that I’ve read. Most thrillers are dependent on the ‘mystery’. It keeps you reading because you are curious and is searching for an answer. The Line Between has pretty much already told you what happened so you keep reading because you want to know what’s to happen. I love that I’m always wondering about what’s next. As I’ve said, this book has really kept me on the edge all throughout the book. When you’ve reached the climax of the novel, you won’t be able to stop.
Aside from the pacing of the book, the build-up of the setting is another highlight of this book. The description of the setting especially inside the cult was so vivid that I could imagine it well inside my head – a mark of a great book more.
I would also like to commend the characters. They are all 3-dimensional. I can see that the author worked hard in preparing for the novel and building up the characters.I really liked the main character, she’s different from other heroines. I like that she’s not completely selfless. She’s not doing it for humankind, not really. She did what she did because of a promise… and because she wants to save someone that she loves. For me, that just humanizes the character and makes her more relatable. Another thing I noticed is that almost all the side characters are inherently good. Most of the heroic deeds are done by the side characters. I like that because I really think that it’s okay for the main character to be confused and not be perfect. I also really liked the villain in this story. He’s very complex and I really enjoyed reading about him.
Overall, this book is a really good thriller that has caught my interest from the start and sustain it until the end. I recommend for everyone to read this book because the storytelling is superb....more
Upon reading the prologue of the book from the end of Marrying Winterborne, I was excited to read Devil in Spring because this book features Evie and Sebastian from Devil in Winter. Devil in Winter was one of my earliest read that is in the Historical Romance genre. It was back when I was still exploring on the genre and Devil in Winter is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Historical Romance. Because of Sebastian and Evie and because I loved Marrying Winterborne, I have high expectations about this book. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to it.
There are things that I did enjoy about this book though. One of this is that the ‘attraction-at-first-sight’ was toned down. Usually in Historical Romances, the desire of the characters for each other were described in very lengthy paragraphs and is the focus of the story. There were some sparks between the main characters- Pandora and Gabriel- but it wasn’t too much like other historical romances. In other historical romances, sparks between the hero and heroine in the beginning can be likened into a forest fire that consumes their entire being. After meeting each other, Pandora and Gabriel still seemed to be reasonable which I liked. There’s actually a courtship that occurred even if it’s very short, at least there’s a courtship!
Another thing that caught my interest is the courtship. Even if their courtship is just one week and is very short, at least there is a courtship! I’m so used to reading about elopements and marriage in convenience that I was so shocked that Pandora and Gabriel actually decided to try to get to know each other. And I liked that in the end they marry not just because he can’t not have her in bed or not because she can’t stop about the passion he gave her. Aside from saving their reputations from scandal, they actually chose to be married because they liked each other’s personalities and not just about desire.
Anyways, up until the first half of the book, I would have given this book a better rating. The last half, on the other hand, was just so boring. I believe that it wasn’t really necessary for Pandora and Gabriel’s story. I guess it’s just there as build up for the next book in the series. Trying to finish the book just became so tiring. It didn’t help that the characters didn’t really have appeal to me. I’ve always find Pandora quite annoying. Gabriel didn’t have enough charm to save this book from disappointment either. The only redeeming quality of this book was its uniqueness from its genre which Lisa Kleypas actually abandoned for a plot about criminal organizations and stuff.
Overall, I think this book had so much potential… potential that was just wasted. I wish we could just have more about Helen and Rhys from Marrying Winterborne. So… would I recommend this? I suggest that you just find other Historical Romances to satisfy your cravings for the genre because this book is just disappointing. However, if you’re a fan of Devil in Winter, this book can still work for you if you want to know how Evie and Sebastian’s life turned out to be....more