Playing for Keeps started out super cute. I was a big fan of the whole "I hate my neighbor,Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Playing for Keeps started out super cute. I was a big fan of the whole "I hate my neighbor, but he's super hot" vibe that the book had going on. I also really loved the banter and pranks between the two main characters. On the flip side, I do wish that their had maybe been a little more steam and sexiness between the two of them. I will say that both of their characters rotated between acting a little too juvenile and a little too grandma and grandpaish.
What really confused me about Playing for Keeps is that the two main characters were a couple by like 25% of the book. I'm not talking the type of couple who is dating and still getting to know each other. No, I'm talking about the sort of couple who sleeps together every night and knows each others tells. It was around this point that I started getting a little confused since 25% of the book was still left. Unfortunately, I had some valid concerns about this. The rest of the book was really just random filler space and made it realllllllllly long. I would have liked to see more of a buildup for the MC's relationship and more sexiness between them.
One of my biggest complaints about this book was Jason's character. He came across as very juvenile and immature. Sure, he was funny. I also really liked some of those funny moments that he demonstrated. That being said, he was just a little too juvenile and immature for my taste. He laughed at everything, he was over the top dramatic, and he just wasn't somebody that I could ever see myself dating. I really wanted him to have some hardcore sexy moments and that just never happened.
Since I mentioned my dislike for Jason's character, I guess I do have to mention by dislike for Haley's character. While I didn't dislike Haley as much as I did Jason, I found her very grandma like. It was difficult to warm up to the 29 year-old virgin who acted like she was 65. She had no backbone, she whined a lot, and she sometimes had the maturity of a 10-year-old girl in the pit of a Justin Beiber concert. Her qualities made her perfect for Jason's character, but I couldn't stand them as a couple.
I'm really sad that I ended up disliking this book, because I was a big fan of the first 15-18% of the book or so. Then, it reached a point where all I wanted to do was skim the book. In fact, I couldn't even make it to the end of the book. It was just that bad. I don't see myself really continuing with this author. At least it was free.... ...more
I have such mixed feelings about this book. It chalks up to the fact that I really like the fOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole
I have such mixed feelings about this book. It chalks up to the fact that I really like the first half of the book, but I just didn't really care for the second half of the book. It had soooooo much potential that the author just didn't reach. I'm just left with this feeling of utter disappointment from a lack of what could have and what should have been.
The first half of the book is focused on when Elec and Greta were 17 and 18 years old. Both were immature, Elec was very angry at the world, and Greta was head over heel smitten with Elec's bad boy personality. I really enjoyed that the author accurately captured the essence of their youth and appropriately included the drama that goes with the age. I thought that section was a really good build up of what was supposed to come and left the reader curious for more.
What left me super disappointed was that I was most looking forward to part 2 of the book, the part where they were a little bit older, more mature, and less in that boy/girl phase and more focused on a man/woman phase of their life. Unfortunately, the second half of this book felt very rushed, unplanned, and thrown together in several spots of the second half of the book.
There is a possibility that this book would have appealed to me more if I hadn't hated Greta with an ungodly passion. I couldn't STAND her. It made sense at the beginning. She was late 17/early 18, was totally smitten with Elec, and just didn't have any realistic expectations of life. And that's okay. She definitely wasn't my favorite character during the first half of the book, but I got over it because her personality matched her age. That being said, there was absolutely no character development during the 7 year gap between the first half and the second half of the book. If possible, Greta was even more immature, beyond whiny, and had no shred of self respect or dignity. She would cry at the drop of a pin, she constantly embarrassed herself in front of Elec, and she, quite frankly, had a big mouth. Not to mention (and no offense is meant to anyone with this name, ) but what the heck was up with her name? I don't want to read about a main character named Greta. That is so old school, it's not even funny. Let's get real here. I didn't want to read about GRETA getting her freak on.
Speaking of, I thought that there could have been wayyyyy more sexy scenes in the book. All of them seemed very rushed and kind of forced. Also, where were those cute moments between Greta and Elec? I would have maybe preferred more of an actual relationship between Greta and Elec during the first half of the book so that we could have seen some more deep and meaningful moments between them during the second half of the book. Since they were never really IN a relationship, those scenes didn't really exist. It was just really disappointing, because I could have loved this book so much. It had so much potential and the author just didn't meet my standards. OH! And another thing. SOOOO much effort went in to talking about all of Elec's tattoos (wink, wink) and piercings. If so much effort was put into those descriptions, then the author really needed to own those sexy scenes. I felt like I was basically teased for no reason.
Another thing that really bothered me was that the author took up approximately 10% of the book by showing Elec's viewpoint for several past scenes in the book. I skimmed through several of those scenes, because they were almost word for word exactly the same in several areas. Like.....did she run out of things to write about? Did she get confused? Because that was super annoying and really made me skim all the rest of the way to the end. Super disappointed in that decision by the author.
Overall, I thought that this was a GOOD book with poor execution and decision making skills. Definitely not the worst book I've ever read, and I did really love the first half of the book, but it failed to meet the standards that I had laid out for it. This could have been one of the best NA books ever and now I'm just left not wanting to read anything else from this author. I guess we'll see.... ...more
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That’s right…you read it correctly….I am ACTUALLY writing a book review! M**spoiler alert** Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
That’s right…you read it correctly….I am ACTUALLY writing a book review! My first in probably almost a year. Sadly enough, this is probably the first book that I’ve read (for personal enjoyment) within almost a year. Yes, I’ve been that busy. I DID purchase A Court of Wings and Ruin as soon as it released to the public….I just haven’t had a chance to actually finish it until about a week or so ago. Read below for my thoughts:
Let me note that I probably cannot write this review without spoilers. Be warned.
I have been a HUUUUUUUUUGE fan of this series since the get go. Fairy books tend to not really be my type of thing, nor do retellings, but nobody writes quite like Sarah J Maas does. I will basically read anything and everything that she writes. I’m just super behind on all of her books.
Going into ACOWAR, I had really high expectations. Mostly because the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, was SO GOOD. By far the best in the entire series. That being said, ACOWAR fell a little short for me because of that sole reason. Having the second book be SO GOOD meant that the third book had to exceed those expectations……it really didn’t. I still loved it, but I felt that there was so much potential that just wasn’t even tapped in this book.
I had three really big things going on in this book that kind of held me back from loving it as much as the previous two books. The first thing that really bothered me was the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin. I felt like that relationship kind of peetered out after the first half of the second book. In fact, he hardly makes any appearances whatsoever in this book. I thought that was kind of a shame because Tamlin was SUCH A MAJOR ROLE in both the first book and the first half of the second book. I felt like it was disservice to loyal fans of this series (and especially to fans of Tamlin) to have his character take such a turn and then to almost have him cast aside throughout the series. Don’t get me wrong…..I was Team Rhysand 100%, but I expected a little more to happen with Tamlin. I’m very curious to see if Maas will do anything with his character in future books……mostly because I feel like his story deserves to be told.
Another thing that really bothered me throughout this story was the characters of Feyre’s sisters. I personally felt like they should be crazy powerful and something that we haven’t seen before. I found both of them to be very weak power wise and was really confused with why the ending of the second book even happened to begin with. Nothing major happened with either of them throughout this book…they mostly just felt like filler space. If you’re going to do something major like that to a character, then live up to it. I was really disappointed in both of their characters.
The third MAJOR thing that bothered me throughout this series was how lovey dovey it was and how some of the characters kind of lost their “specialness.” Feyre was especially annoying throughout this entire book. I found it very difficult to like her even a little bit. While book 2 really focused on the developing relationship between Feyre and Rhysand, book 3 made it seem like they had been together for 500 years and kind of lost that cute, unique spark that we were introduced to in the second book. I just didn’t connect with their relationship nearly as much as I did in the second book. I also thought that a majority of the book was focused on side-relationships and took up most of the book. While I love romance in my fantasy books, that’s not all that they are about. There’s a certain ratio that romance should appear in fantasy. I wanted to see a lot more fantasy and less romance.
ALSO. WHAT. THE. HELL. What happened between Mor and Az?!!?! That relationship has been teased since the MOMENT that they were introduced. I’m not kidding…literally every scene with them had it teased and readers anticipating their relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I FULLY support LGBTQ in books……but I seriously felt shorted. I felt like it rubbed under my nose for over a year now that Az and Mor were going to be a couple and had this die hard love for each other…..only to be told that it was NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. That’s not okay. If I had a physical book instead of my Nook, I would have thrown it across the room.
Fantasy wise, the book was still unique and beautiful. I was hoping for some more legit fantasy scenes…..but…oh, well. I’m hoping that improves in future books in this series. I just really want to see MORE fantasy…MORE cuteness….and LESS focus on all the relationships between every single character in the entire book.
War wise…I was disappointed. I thought that the ending was quick and predictable. Also, let’s face it, characters need to die in Fantasy book. Big scenes need to happen. It was almost like Maas was afraid to take that leap and destroy characters to break the hearts of her readers. Really, though, those scenes would have MADE this book. I was shocked that they didn’t happen.
Overall, the book WAS good. However, it was my least favorite in the entire series. There was just so much more that needed to happen in this book. I’m obviously still a loyal fan of Sarah J Maas….I just…….want more than what was offered in this one....more
It's been a long time since I've read a book that I really didn't like at all but had to finOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
It's been a long time since I've read a book that I really didn't like at all but had to finish because I was grossly fascinated. I guess saying "read the book" it a vast overstatement, because I skimmed this book from almost start to finish. There was absolutely no way that I was suffering through all of those pages, but I really did have to know what happened.
This book is so miscategorized on Goodreads. It has it listed as a vampire paranormal/fantasy. Let me be clear: This is a vampire paranormal, sure, but it also features a HUGE BDSM theme. It's basically like the author created an erotica BDSM and wanted it to fall under almost an urban paranormal aspect to gain more readers. Not that I'm against the genre that she chose to go with, but it's definitely not the type of book that I was looking to read, nor was I expecting this specific theme based off of the synopsis or the Goodreads genre listing.
I'll be honest, I actually did like the first one or two chapters quite a bit. They were very interesting. And then something reallllllllllllly awkward happened. It came out that the main character was 40 years old. Before you get offended, let me tell you that, based off the characters personality, I thought she was around 18-20 years old. And THEN, when her true age did get revealed, it made her seem like a 60-year-old grandma. I'm not kidding, Lucien put SO MUCH emphasis into her age throughout the WHOLE book, that I was super weirded out the whole time. Realistically, I know that 40 is not old. But I had two things going on. 1) I'm only 26. I've never read a book with a 40 year old MC, so it was a little weird for me. 2) I was really fucking weirded out that so much emphasis was placed on her age. Seriously, by the way the author made it sound based off the descriptions, it was like she was 60 years old with wrinkles all over her body with a mentality of a 15 year old. It was like the whole book had some weird daddy/daughter issues going on with an age-play undertone that really freaked me out.
Pushing the age aside, I HATED Lucien. He was domineering, rude, took advantage of Leah constantly, and abusive. There were several scenes in this book that could have been interpreted as rape, which was not okay at all. Several trigger scenes were in this book that readers probably won't anticipate based off of the genre listing and/or the synopsis. I was not a fan of their relationship at all. I HATED Lucien's so called "punishments." Let me be frank here, I'm all for the steamy romance. I don't mind reading about dominant men or these kinds of relationships. However, this whole relationship between Leah and Lucien took me totally off guard. I wasn't a fan.
If you think I hated Lucien, I DESPISED Leah. She would constantly talk about how she hated Lucien and the things he was doing to her. The moment he touched her, though, she turned into goo and did whatever he wanted. Seriously, there were so many scenes were she was like "I hate you. I'll never forgive you. I don't want anything to do with you. You're such a horrible person." And then two seconds later she's basically having sex with him. For real? Really? GAG.
Another thing that was super weird was that there was this huge plot throughout the whole booI k that basically never came to anything at the end. It just sort of disappeared and nothing major happened at all. Huge let down. Like....come on.
I really struggled with how to rate this book, because I was so grossly fascinated by it. At first, I was going to give it 1 star, but then I felt really weird giving it just a 1 star because I did make it to the end. Then, I just wasn't going to rate it and just leave my review with no rating. Since, I really did despise this book, though, I'm giving it a 2. This book just wasn't good. There were several spots that were not edited well, the characters sucked, the genre was miscategorized and included several triggers that could be very harmful to certain readers, and the plot just kind of faded out at the end. I was super disappointed. I did not like this book. There is no way that I'm ever going to finish this series. I'm done. ...more
Breathtaking. Heart pounding. Tear Jerking. Gorgeous. Phenomenal. Outstanding. Blood PressurOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Breathtaking. Heart pounding. Tear Jerking. Gorgeous. Phenomenal. Outstanding. Blood Pressure Rising. All the Feels. These are key words to describe how I felt about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. By far, one of the best books that I have read in 2016, if not in my whole life. This book.....there's not enough words to describe how I feel about this book. I'm sure that I cannot accurately explain how much I loved this book. I'm already in mourning, just from finishing the first book, because I know that I only have one left. And, I sit here, writing this review, trying to figure out how I can accurately describe and explain my love for this book; how I can convince all of you readers to go out and buy this book. Buy, borrow, trade, beg. Whatever you have to do to get this book in your hands. Because this? This was a work of art.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling by Sarah J Maas. It features Feyre, a human girl whose family fell from riches to poor. Feyre's family now lives in a run down cottage. She lives with her crippled father, two selfish sisters, and Feyre is responsible for them all. Due to that responsibility, Feyre ends up owing a debt to the Fae and must now spend the rest of her life in their world. From there, Feyre experiences love, betrayal, pride, and what it really means to fight for what you believe in.
This book started out amazing, stayed consistent with that amazingness, and ended on an even more amazing note. There is not one negative thing to say about this book. It was absolute perfection. I don't even know how someone can WRITE that well! This may be my most powerful statement ever, but it's true: This book is on the Harry Potter level.
The whole Fae realm was realistic, imaginative, colorful, vivid, and beautiful. I was able to picture each scene, each character, and every feeling and emotion inside of my head. It was like watching a movie, the words blending into pictures inside of my head. Sarah J Maas' writing is on a level of it's own and she brought breath to those words.
Readers who enjoy a good romance will get a thrill out of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were the real stars of the show and are currently fighting to own my heart. Don't worry: I wouldn't really say that this book has a love triangle going on! Although, that could possibly happen in the following books. It doesn't even matter, though. Each one of these studs is so amazing. So breathtaking, hunky, arrogant, strong, powerful. There aren't enough words to describe them. I don't even know who to choose. I wonder if you will. The best part is that even though there is a powerful romantic theme throughout this book, it doesn't dominate the entire book. It's very well done!
I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses so much, but what I really want to talk to you about is the action scenes. OH. MY. LORD. Those scenes! I have to watch myself here, because I don't want to spoil anything for you, but HOLY COW! THOSE SCENES! First of all, there is so much going on in this book. For real, you might think you know what's going to happen, but you don't. You really don't. Trust me, this book is LONG, strong, and it's got it going on. There is so much that happens. It is so flipping strong and action packed throughout the whole thing. And those scenes?! I pictured every single one of those sings in my head. I devoured every single word, sometimes rereading passages to relive the moment. PERFECTION!
Feyre. I haven't bragged about Feyre, yet, have I? Feyre is such a strong and powerful female lead. She had a heart and she loves fiercely, but she's also very proud and independent. She knows how to take care of herself and get things done. She knows how to fight for what she believes in. She is, by far, one of the best female leads that I have ever read about. I loved her so much. Every female needs to read Feyre's story.
One thing that I will say is that Bloomsbury marketed this book incorrectly. For some reason, they are marketing this book as a Young Adult Book. This is DEFINITELY a New Adult book and could even be considered an adult high fantasy. There are some sexual scenes and encounters. Nothing overly graphic, but those scenes to exist. My mom read this book first and had absolutely no idea that this was marketed under the YA category and was super confused why this wouldn't be in the adult fantasy section.
I feel like there's so much more that I can say, but I don't want to slip and mess anything up for anyone. I don't want to take away this story from anyone. So, on my last note, I will tell readers once again that this book is amazing. It is a must read! ...more
Holy cuteness! YOU GUYS! Okay, first off, P.S. I Like You is the very first Kasie West bookOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Holy cuteness! YOU GUYS! Okay, first off, P.S. I Like You is the very first Kasie West book that I’ve read. Shocking, right? I know. Trust me, I get it! I’m behind the times. Is her other stuff just as good as this book? Better? Let me tell you, I’m definitely a new fan of Kasie’s! This book was SO GOOD. I’m so overwhelmed by all the cuteness going on right now that I don’t even know what to say.
PS I Like You started off strong from page one. There were no stumps or bumps, nothing to detract from this book at all. Kasie’s writing is beyond fabulous and powerful. I don’t even know the right words to praise her phenomenal writing. I sucked this one down like it was ecstasy laced crack. Too much? Not enough.
What I really loved about this book was the letter writing between the main character and the “guy.” I don’t want to give out any spoilers, so that’s all I’m going to say about them. The letter writing was unique, clever, witty, old school, and amazingly cute. LOVED!
Another thing that I really enjoyed was the side characters. From Lily’s entire family, down to her best friends, cleaaaaar down to the minor or unpleasant characters. I loved them all. Everyone was so unique and so full of personality. I loved them all.
Overall, I was a huge fan of this book. I can’t wait to read every single Kasie West book that currently exists or that will be existed in the future. Need I say more? GO READ THIS BOOK! And be sure to check out Pavan’s review of PS I love you tomorrow!...more
Ok, what? Amun and Haidee? What about Amun and Kaia? What about Strider and Haidee? WHAT ISOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Ok, what? Amun and Haidee? What about Amun and Kaia? What about Strider and Haidee? WHAT IS GOING ON?! It's not okay to practically throw it in our laps that that will be the line up and then CHANGE IT! Super confused! That's what we thought the ENTIRE last book AND we thought Amun and Kaia since Aeron's book! WHAT IS HAPPENING!? I'm so confused right now.
I hate to say it, but I didn't like this book at all. Maybe it was because we barely got any face time with Amun throughout the series. It definitely was because I couldn't STAND Haidee. And it's possibly that I was just really ticked off about Amun and Haidee being a thing. It didn't work. I didn't like it.
Amun and Haidee were the most nauseating couple to read about. OMG. If I had to hear them cooing, whining, or going on and on and ON about how they couldn't have sex ONE MORE TIME, I was going to rip through those pages and STRANGLE THEM! There is only SO MUCH of that nonsense that I can take. AND I REACHED MY LIMIT! For realz, yo. I skimmed SO MUCH throughout this book. It was NOT my cup of tea!
The only positive sides of this book were the scenes with Liam, Gilly, Strider, and Paris. I love THEIR scenes. Everything else sucked butt. PASS.
I've been so curious about Lysander for quite awhile now. Lysander just kind of pops up in tOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I've been so curious about Lysander for quite awhile now. Lysander just kind of pops up in the books. Unless you look it up (or read this review,) it's not really explained that Lysander actually has his own novella. So, it might be a little confusing to readers to just have him kind of pop out of nowhere. Lysander's story is right before Aeron's story, and it's really short. It's about his greatest temptation, Bianka, and their relationship together.
If you remember from Sabin's book, Bianka is Gwen's older sister and a Harpy. Bianka is fierce, badass, in your face, and totally aggressive. She also wears her heart on her sleeve, which she probably would never admit out loud. Paired with Lysander, who is completely opposite from Bianka and sheds light everywhere, they make a fierce power couple! I definitely shipped this couple. They were smoking hot and had so much chemistry!
The one thing that I would have changed about this novella is that I would have made it a full length book. Having it be so short hindered it in some places and made it feel a little squeezed together and rushed. I would have preferred to see more of a progression of Lysander and Bianka's relationship rather than watching them fight it out at the very beginning and then rushing into love. I understand that's how it had to be as a novella, but preferences!
We haven't really had a ton of face time with Gwen's sisters. So, I'm really excited to see them making appearances and creating relationships of their own. I didn't realize how funny they were! While I'm writing this, I'm currently on Kaia's book, and OMG! The theatrics, hysterics, and laugh out loud moments! I could read about these Harpies all day long.
One quick thing: It was a little weird to have Lysander be such a jackwad. You would think that the angels would be super nice and friendly. Maybe it makes sense because Bianka is technically a demon (and so are the Lords of the Underworlds,) but it was sometimes really awkward and weird to witness him be so cold and stern. Another thing that was kind of weird was to have him be a virgin. Come on. Nobody wants to read about the male virgin!
Overall, I thought this was a cute novella. I am glad that I read it. However, I would have preferred that it was a full length novel so that we could see some more character development from the main characters and their romantic relationship. That being said, I definitely think it's important to read this novella if you're a loyal fan of this series! ...more
The Darkest Lie focuses on Gideon, demon of wrath, an Scarlet, demon of nightmares. We met SOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The Darkest Lie focuses on Gideon, demon of wrath, an Scarlet, demon of nightmares. We met Scarlet in the previous book in the series. If you've followed this series (which you should be reading them in order,) then you know that Scarlet dropped the bomb on Gideon that they were married. I don't know about you, but that one took me for a bit of a loop. I was definitely caught off guard. It did the trick, though, because I definitely wanted to know more about their story!
I've been dreading Gideon's story since the very first book in this series, because I had a very bad feeling that I was going to hate decoding every word he said. While I did really enjoy this series, I was correct in that assumption. This book gave me such a headache. Since Gideon is possessed by the demon of Wrath, he can't speak any truths. Honestly, I think the author took that concept way too far. Gideon can't even say someone's real name since his demon considers that a truth and would have to call Scarlet demon instead of angel. That didn't make any sense to me. A like is saying that you want broccoli when you really don't. A lie isn't calling someone by their name or calling someone demon instead of angel, especially when they're not even an angel. I guess that would have made sense if it would have been Gwen, since she really is an Angel. I don't know. I just thought that the author took that whole lying concept a step too far.
There were several places in this book that I just wanted to give up and skip to the next book in the series. That's really difficult with this series, though, because there's a constant storyline that continues throughout each book in the series. If you skip one book, you're going to miss a lot. It was really difficult for me, though, because I was constantly having to translate what Gideon was saying. Sometimes, I couldn't figure out what he was saying, and then that author would dedicate a whole paragraph to translate what he said in the true form. I felt like that was a huge waste of space and time. It was just.....ugh. I definitely will never be reading Gideon's book again.
On a more positive note, I LOVED how much stuff happened in this book. There was so much going on, so many twists and turns. I was mind blown. I also loved that I would think one thing, and the something else entirely would happen. I'm normally very good about predicting twists and turns, so I was pleasantly surprised!
And can I just say Gilliam?! WOAH, BABY! I need more of these two STAT! They better not get one scene per book. I need more of them ASAP!
I am getting a bit annoyed that the past couples in this series don't get any face time since their own individual stories. Anya wasn't in this book AT ALL, which was super annoying, and I don't think that Maddox and Ashlyn have had a scene of just the two of them since book 1. Come ON! Seriously? We fall in love with the couples in their own book, and then we still want to see some scenes of them in the future books.
Another thing that I was a little disappointed in, and have continued to be in this series, were the sexy scenes. Not all men are the same. They each have their own likes and dislikes, perks and quirks, things that make them unique or nerdy. While we did get to see a little bit about Gideon's differences and preferences in this book, I feel like the sexy scenes are all just kind of blending together. Just doing the deed is not very sexy. Where is the spontaneity or the out of the blue, sexy scene. Or just the cuteness that couples can have every now and then? The author is continuously making these scenes almost exactly the same in every single book. It's quite annoying.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. Mostly, though, that was because of the huge story plot and not because of Gideon and Scarlet. I probably would have enjoyed them as a couple more if I wasn't having to decode every single thing that came out of Gideon's mouth. It was very time tasking! So, I definitely would recommend this book only because it's essential to continue out this amazing paranormal romance series. Be prepared, though, to be very annoyed with every word that comes out of Gid's mouth. ...more
The Lords of the Underworld series is an adult paranormal series about a group of men who arOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The Lords of the Underworld series is an adult paranormal series about a group of men who are possessed by different demons, such as Lies, Wrath, Promiscuity, Greed, etc, Throughout the series, a continuous story line occurs regarding the Gods, Titans, and love. The Darkest Passion focuses on Aeron, the demon of Wrath, and his growing love for a remarkable angel, Olivia. Just having fallen from heaven, Olivia has just lost her wings and scrambled her way back to Aeron to win his heart forever.
I've been waiting for Aeron's story from the very beginning of this series. To be honest, I thought that his story would occur sooner than it actually did. However, it did make sense since Aeron has his own unique storyline throughout the first three books in this series. I will say, though, that I was not disappointed. I was a big fan of his story! Aeron was tough, loyal, passionate, and sexy as hell.
The whole demon-angel relationship between Aeron and Olivia was very appealing to me. The only thing I would have changed was how Aeron and Olivia came to meet. In the previous book, we were teased with an invisible being (Olivia) haunting Aeron and spying on his every move. This really isn't a spoiler, because it's obvious that whoever was spying on him would be his love interest in his book. I kind of wanted something to happen like having Aeron catch Olivia spying on him. Maybe feeling eyes on him and reaching out and grabbing her from the shadows. I did feel like that particular storyline came to an abrupt halt and just kind of faded in the background.
Olivia was such a fantastic female lead to read about. Even though she is a goody two-shoes angel, she's also very fierce and aggressive, as she continually likes to point out to everybody who questions her abilities. I loved that she had that sweet, loving side but also had that "I will cut your throat if you mess with me" side to her. She was a really good match for Aeron and they had so much chemistry!
Action wise, there were a couple things that were super cheesy and unrealistic. I can't believe that I'm even saying that since this whole series is unrealistic and is supposed to be unrealistic. I gotta say, though, some of it felt very rushed and forced, almost like the author didn't want to take the time to extend certain storylines or to put more effort into them. I don't want to say what those things are, because it will spoil a lot about this series and this book, but I did think that certain scenes could have been done better.
Overall, I was a big fan of this book. I accidently made the mistake of reading the next book before writing this review, so I'm having a bit of a difficult time separating what happened in each book. I will say, though, that I thought that this book was fantastic! ...more
For those of you who have been nervous to read Sabin's story, because he hasn't received allOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
For those of you who have been nervous to read Sabin's story, because he hasn't received all that much face time in the series, FEAR NOT! Sabin's story is definitely one of the best in this series, so far, and exceeds so many of the standards and expectations previously laid out in the prior books. Sabin and Gwen melted my heart, mushed it into goo, and then rebuilt all over again. The Darkest Whisper is, by far, one of my favorite books of 2016. I just could not have asked for very much more.
The Darkest Whisper focuses on Sabin, the demon of Doubt, and Gwendolyn the Timid a.k.a scary ass Harpy. This is the second book in this series that has focused on a female lead character who is an immortal. Let me tell you, it WORKED! Books 1 and 3 had human female lead characters. While that was awesome, there was something just a little too weak about them. The Immortal females (Anya and Gwen) are super badass and can take care of themselves in an instant. For those of you who are on the fence about Gwen being called Gwendolyn the Timid, let me be the first to tell you that there is not much Timid about her. She is definitely badass and in your face. Gwen had so much spunk, passion, and determination. I would say that her timid moments were really more passionate moments between her and Sabin.
Speaking of Sabin, HOLY HOTNESS. Oh. My. Lord (I guess that phrase is actually pretty accurate!) I absolutely adored Sabin. He was tough, fierce, loyal, sexy, romantic, and a little bit of an arrogant asshole. I loved watching Gwen bring him to his knees and for Sabin to realize that he wasn't God's gift to humanity. I loved watching him realize that a female could slither into his heart and that he wasn't as cruel and uncaring as he might have once thought he was. Gwen was just what Sabin needed in his life. And as a couple? SWOOOOOOOOOOON! Now I have to decide who I love more: Lucien and Anya or Sabin and Gwen. It might just be a toss up.
Honestly, I was a little nervous going into The Darkest Whisper for two reasons: 1) Even though Sabin is introduced in book 1, we don't really get that many moments with him. So, I originally had thought that his book was creeping up a little too soon. And, 2) I was a little nervous about him demon, Doubt. I wasn't sure how Sabin could be paired with another female without his demon doing irreparably damage. I really shouldn't have worried about either of those concerns. Everything in this book was handled just perfectly! Amazing!
On a slightly negative sight, I did have a few complaints. 1) I wish there would have been some more sexy or romantic/sweet moments between Sabin and Gwen. That's one thing that I really think that the author needs to work on, especially since each book focuses on different characters. I especially would have enjoyed to see something that made Sabin stand out from the rest of the Lords. That could have been a quirk, a nervous habit, a pet name for Gwen, something that he liked in bed, etc. I don't care what it would have been. In all of the books, though, all of the Lords are kind of blending together because they aren't exhibiting anything unique that separates them from the rest. Yes, they are Lords. However, they are also men. Not all men are the same. 2) I was really confused why the Hunter guy who hates Sabin wasn't showcased more in Sabin's book. I think it was book 3 that made such a huge deal about him hating Sabin and why exactly he hated him. I think he made like one tiny appearance in this whole book. Since it was specified that the Hunter hated Sabin the most, I had expected to see a big showdown between the two of them. 3) Finally, I had a slight complaint about the big action scene. I'm actually going to talk about this in the next paragraph, because I actually have some good things to say about that scene as well.
While all of the books in this series, so far, have showcased more than just the main character (branching out to short scenes of the other Lords,) this specific book has wayyyyyy more of those scenes. There's actually this huge action scene toward the end of the book that is not focused on Sabin and Gwen. I absolutely LOVED that this book focused more on those scenes. However, I would have liked to see more detail in the action scene itself. It sort of felt a little bit rushed. I needed a little more suspense.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I loved Sabin and Gwen so much. I really hope that we get some more sneak peeks at them in the following book! GO READ THIS SERIES! ...more
The Darkest Pleasure is the third book in the Lords of the Underworld series and focuses onOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The Darkest Pleasure is the third book in the Lords of the Underworld series and focuses on Reyes and Danika as the main "couple" of the story. Danika was introduced to us in the very first book and also made appearances in the second book, as well. Please note that it is very important to read this series in order. They can't really be read as standalone romances because there is just so much going on plot wise.
I have to be honest, I was a bit shocked that Reyes and Danika's book was the third book. I kind of anticipated their book being later on so that we could see more of the struggle behind their relationship and more stolen moments between them. I suppose it does make sense that their book had to be so soon, mostly because of Aaeron (spelling?) but it just seemed to really just creep up out of nowhere. Despite the fact that I thought their book occurred a little too soon in the series, it was definitely action packed, romance filled, and heart pounding!
For those of you who might be a little bit on the fence about reading this book, because you might think that it might be a little too gory for your personal taste, have no fear. That was my biggest worry about this book. Reyes is possessed by the demon of Pain and finds pleasure in inflicting as much pain on himself as possible. Meaning, lots of cutting himself, breaking bones, etc. I'm not much into gore with either books or movies, so I was a littttttle bit concerned about going into this book. Kudos to the author for highlighting his demon without making it offensive. Pain is definitely mentioned and there are some scenes that showcase that pain. However, there were no scenes that made me have to skim or flip the pages. There were no gross sex scenes or weird creepy moments between Reyes and Danika. So, rest assured, this book is safe to read!
My biggest concern with this book, and I didn't think that it would happen, was that I found it a little bit.....cheesy. While there were definitely some shocking scenes that I didn't see coming, I kind of felt that it just went over the top of ridiculous. I did enjoy the fact that we got to learn more about the Gods, artifacts, and more about why Danika's family is so important. However, it was just a little too bizarre even for a paranormal book. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoyed the story. It just wasn't my favorite in the series.
Another thing that I had a slight issue with was Danika's character. Let me first tell you that I still hadn't warmed up to her after meeting her in the first two books. I definitely wish that I would have had more time getting to know her throughout the series and maybe some more personal scenes between her and Reyes. Since I didn't have that time to get to know her or witness those essential moments between her and Reyes, I started out this book already not loving her all that much. Danika had too much of an "in your face" personality for my taste. I did enjoy that she always stood up for herself and that she had a fierce, independent, loyal façade about her. On the flip side, I would have enjoyed a bit more of a submissive personality from her. At least during certain moments of the book. While I love strong female leads, I am also someone who really digs a slight submissive quality to my female characters. It's just a personal thing.
Even though I had my complaints about this book, I LOVED that this storyline dived more into some of the other characters, as well as more interactions with the Gods and the Hunters. One thing that I really love about this series is that, even though each book focuses on a main couple, there is a strong plotline that continues with each book.
Overall, this book wasn't my favorite in the series. However, that's going to happen with each series that focuses on different characters. Reyes and Danika didn't happen to be my favorite couple in this series and because of that it wasn't my favorite book. However, I still really enjoyed this book, and I love the series, and I would totally recommend it to paranormal lovers! ...more
I read Poor Little Guy at story time, recently, and the kids LOVED it! We’ve recently discovOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I read Poor Little Guy at story time, recently, and the kids LOVED it! We’ve recently discovered that we love wordless picture books because we can add our own words and make up our own story as we look at the pictures. The bold visuals in Poor Little Guy further enhanced the kids’ joy as they gasped and ooh’d and aah’d over the story that they created. This one was a big hit! I highly recommend it!...more
Sarina Bowen has become my new obsession. Her writing is addictive and powerful; meaningfulOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Sarina Bowen has become my new obsession. Her writing is addictive and powerful; meaningful and full of love. I do have to admit that this series is not my favorite of hers. I've read three of the books in this series and each one is full of insta love and way too much drama. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, it's not something that I overly enjoy in my books. I feel that this series would have way more potential and a magnetic pull if they bordered more on the realistic side and included some more relaxed, fun scenes to read about.
Bridger has been one of my favorite characters since the beginning of the series. That being said, I expected a lot more from his book. In just the span of one book, Bridger lost his entire bad boy, sexy appeal that was showcased in the first book. Yes, he had his reasons. I totally understand that he had to take care of his little sister and that life was tough. Come on, though. He lost ALL OF IT? He didn't even have his bad boy sexiness when he started things up with Scarlet! I was really disappointed.
Scarlet's character was.....meh... Honestly, she just had too much drama going on in her life. Adding on Scarlet's drama to Bridger's drama, and it was like having a full bowl of popcorn on my lap while watching a daytime soap opera. Not for me. I would have enjoyed this book more had Bridger had his old personality and if he had more chemistry with Scarlet.
One of my biggest problems with this book was how unrealistic it was. I'm willing to let books get away with a lot of unrealistic stuff. However, I'm not willing to let it slide with contemporary books. Why? Well, contemporary books are supposed to lean more toward the realities of life. Did everything have to be perfect? Did everything have to happen exactly how they would have happened in real life? No, but I would have liked for the book to be somewhat realistic. Instead, there were several things that occurred in this book that would have never went down the way that they did in real life. Let's get real here.
Toward the end of the book, when we hit Scarlet's overload of drama, I felt that everything was really rushed and just sort of thrown together. Honestly, I wasn't all that shocked because this tends to happen in all of Bowen's books. It's important to mention, though, because this is something that might bother other readers quite a bit. I don't want to go into too much detail, because I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that Scarlet's dramaline had a lot of writing potential that just didn't reach its peak. I would have liked to see Bridger's drama go completely away and steady the focus solely on Scarlet's drama. It would have made for an amazing story with a really edgy plot.
Overall, I liked this book, but I wasn't very wowed. While I love Sarina Bowen with all of my heart, I probably won't be continuing this series. ...more
Holy. OMG. How have I NOT heard of this series, yet? HOW COME NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUTOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Holy. OMG. How have I NOT heard of this series, yet? HOW COME NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUT THIS SERIES? Seriously! This whole series screams my name! And the annoying part?! I've HEARD of Gena Showalter! Well, I've heard of her YA series. But did I ever think to pick up one of her books? Nooooooooooo. OF COURSE NOT! AND DO YOU SEE WHAT I'VE BEEN MISSING OUT ON! I could slap myself!
The Lords of the Underworld series is jam packed with severe hotness. Holy crap. I loved every single second of this book. I wish I could pick it up and devour it all over again, but I have more books in the series to read!!! I loved the whole concept of the Gods and the demons and the curses. There's so much info going on and a whole big mystery plot surrounding Pandora's box. LOVED IT!
What I really loved about this book was that it wasn't 100% about the romance. Yes, the romance existed, but it also went into depth about the Lords, their relationship with each other, and their history with Pandora's box. I loved that this was more than just your standard romance novel. I loved that there was a central theme that will hopefully stick around for several of the books.
The one downside of this book was that I wasn't the overall biggest fan of Ashlyn's. I liked her, but I definitely didn't love her. Ultimately, that did take away from the book just a little bit. Not liking one of the main characters very much definitely is a step in the wrong direction. I guess I would say that she was just a little bit too.....what words to I want to describe her as........I guess I always pictured her with a loud shrieky voice. She definitely had her clingy, whiny moments. However, I did love that she didn't just bow down to everything that Maddox said. She had an independent streak that I found very appealing. So, I didn't 100% dislike her. I would say I about 50% disliked her.
Maddox, on the other hand, was hot, hot, HOT. There was nothing about this man that didn't scream violence, handsome, and steamy. I could have read about him all day long. The only thing that was kind of weird was that he still spoke like he was from the era when Gods ruled all. I mean, he didn't even know about Tylenol? Come on. Some of the things he said and didn't were just way too old fashioned sounding/acting.
I absolutely adored the other Lords mentioned in this book and was really excited to see themes beginning to form for their own upcoming stories. I also really loved that some of the future female leads were introduced and given a little dose of mystery behind them. They were all very intriguing!
Overall, I adored this book! I do have to talk a little bit of a rating since I didn't like the female lead very much. However, this book has it all. It has the paranormal goodness, the steamy romance, the historical mystery, and violence to chalk it up. I absolutely loved this book. I finished it in less than 24 hours. Highly recommend this series to all paranormal romance fans!!! ...more
A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige was a really cute NA contemporary read! I have to admit,Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige was a really cute NA contemporary read! I have to admit, I wasn’t totally sold on the cover of this book. However, I’ve been going through such a huge NA fix lately, that I overlooked it. I’m glad I did! Such a cute read! There were a few quirks and perks to the book. Overall, though, I believe that NA contemporary lovers will enjoy this one.
Being honest, it did take me awhile to warm up to A Shot of Reckless. Correction: It took my awhile to warm up to Roxy’s character. She was very abrupt and in your face; scandalous and, well, a little……..too adventurous for my personal taste. I wouldn’t say that I ever really fell in love with her, but I came to tolerate her.
The real star of the show was Lake. He made it possible to tolerate Roxy, because he was just too damn cute. However, I was a little confused by Lake’s personality. Sometimes, he exhibited this dominate, I’m in charge attitude toward Roxy. Those scenes were hot as hell. Other times, though, he bowed down and let her take charge. It was almost like he was second guessing his dominate demeanor. I didn’t like that, because it made his character come across as confusing and hard to identify. Was he supposed to be the dominate lover or was he supposed to be the sappy boyfriend? More clarification was needed. However, I really enjoyed Lake’s character throughout the entirety of this book!
The side characters and side plots had me a little bit on the fence. Trigger warning: emotional and physical abuse are mentioned in this book. I just didn’t really think those side plots necessarily worked within the theme of this book. Had it been a different book with that specific main theme going on, then sure. Totally understand. However, I felt that there was just a little bit too much going on for one book. I also thought that several of the side characters sort of blended together and it was difficult to tell them apart at times.
One thing that I did really like about this book was the progression of Lake and Roxy’s relationship. Unlike most NA books, their relationship didn’t form over night. They weren’t instantly in looooooooove! I appreciated the fact that the author took the time for Roxy and Lake to get to know each other!
Another thing that I loved about this book were the sexy scenes. Holy. Sexy. Scenes. WOW. I like spice and heat to my books and this one had it all! Maddie Paige definitely knows how to spice it up in her novels! Yes, please!
Aside from the story itself, I had a minor complaint about the writing style. There tended to my a lot of short, simple sentences, making it seem like there were several pauses in thought. This wasn’t something that lasted throughout the entire book, but it lasted for quite awhile. However, this could just be a personal complaint!
Overall, I thought that this was a really cute NA book. Lovers of romantic comedies with plenty of laughs and drama will really enjoy this one!...more
The first half of Rookie Move was really good. I was sweeping through the pages, devouring eOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The first half of Rookie Move was really good. I was sweeping through the pages, devouring every word, and staying up way too late at night. As a sports fan, I really appreciated reading about hockey players. I'm not overly familiar with hockey but, let me tell you, I need to start watching it!
At the beginning of Rookie Move, I did have a slight problem with how cliché this book was. There's already quite a few hockey new adult books out there, and this one read pretty similar to some of the other ones. While the storyline was completely different, it just felt like something that I've already read before. There wasn't really anything that unique going on in this book.
The last 50% of this book was just a little boring and repetitive. I hate to say that. You know, I really love this author and I read everything she writes. I just kind of felt like the same things kept happening over and over and over again. Leo would worry about getting traded. Georgia would whine about her dad potentially finding out about his adult daughter dating her ex boyfriend. Georgia would fight her attraction for Leo and tell him that they couldn't work out again. Leo would have something going on with his teammates. The same things just kept happening over and over and over again. Really, some of the scenes were so close to being identical. I ended up doing a lot of skimming during the last half of the book.
I have to point out that Rookie Move does have some trigger warnings in regards to rape. Nothing graphic is mentioned or described. However, the main female character is a victim of rape and is still in the recovery process of that trauma. I appreciated the fact that the author approached that difficult subject with sensitivity and caution. At no point did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable. However, it is a topic that is mentioned throughout the entire book.
One thing that I would have really liked to see more improvement on were the sexy scenes. They were just kind of bland and didn't really interest me all that much. I would have liked to see some more wildness between Leo and Gigi. Self control going out the window and wild monkey you-know-what. I'm pretty big on my sexy scenes in NA and adult contemporary books, so I was a bit disappointed that those scenes didn't reach their full potential.
Another thing that slightly bothered me was how dramatic this book was. I don't tend to like a lot of drama in my books. The drama seemed to keep on coming with this one. It almost felt like watching a daytime soap at times. I would have appreciated if the drama had been toned down just a bit...
Let me be completely honest that other readers will probably like this book more than I did. Yes, I had my complaints. However, what it really came down to is that I'm not interested in guys like Leo. There was no attraction to him whatsoever. I would categorize Leo as more of a "good boy." He was very attentive to Georgia's needs (not a bad thing!), he cared a lot about his team, and he was a great boyfriend. All good things! All things that I love! However, he was just so bland. He didn't have that spark in him. I tend to prefer slightly more bad boys in my books....boys who are spontaneous and unpredictable. Those two words just don't describe Leo.
Overall, this wasn't my favorite book, but I can see why other readers will really enjoy it. I'm not going to rate this one. Honestly, I just don't find it very fair to rate it since I really skimmed 50% of it. If you really enjoy lower key NA books with a really good boy type, this one is for you. If you're like me and tend to prefer more intense sexy moments and bad boy leads, this one maybe is not quite right for you. It's just a matter of preference. ...more
Steadfast is one of the most heart-ache inducing, high blood pressure raising, eye misting,Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Steadfast is one of the most heart-ache inducing, high blood pressure raising, eye misting, bringer of all the feels kind of book that I've read in a really long time. I was addicted from the very first page and soared through the rest of the book. After finishing Steadfast, all I want in my like is some more Jude and Sophie. There was just not enough of them for my aching heart!
I fell in love with Jude in the first book of this series, Bittersweet. I just knew he had a huge, complicated story to tell that I wanted to know all about. If possible, I feel even more in love with Jude in Steadfast. Some of that might have been because of how real is story is. Recovering from drug addiction is a real world issue that made the story itself more interesting and more realistic. The only slightly weird thing for me was that I have no experience with drug addicts or drug addiction. Sometimes the storyline itself seemed so far off what I'm used to dealing with in every day life. However, I really enjoyed reading about Jude's journey from start to present.
Funny enough, I would have sworn that the love interest would have been May. I had thought that Jude and May had a lot of chemistry in the first book, so I just assumed that's where this book was going to go. I was a little bit surprised when it turned out to be Sophie. Don't get me wrong, I loved Sophie! It just took me a little bit off guard. Jude and Sophie's chemistry, though? Hot damn! They were sizzling! Definitely a power couple to read about!
One thing that I really loved about Steadfast was that it went back and forth from the past to the present. I would have liked to see some more moments from the past, as well as some scenes from Jude's time in prison. I would have preferred more of a balance between the two simply because I really enjoyed the scenes from the past. I also would have enjoyed some more scenes of Sophie and Jude getting to know one another.
The only thing that I really disliked about Steadfast was that it was kind of long. It almost felt like a bunch of fillers were being added to keep the story going. The story itself, especially toward the ending, didn't reach its full potential. I would have liked to see some more powerful, romantic scenes between Jude and Sophie. I also would have liked the investigation itself to be more lengthy and to see some more scenes between Sophie and her father. We were told from the very beginning that Sophie's dad hated Jude, but he really only had like two or three scenes in the book. I would have like to see that confrontation. I felt that Sophie's dad needed to play a bigger role than he actually did, and I was kind of let down that it didn't play out that way. Another thing that disappointed me was the ending. Again, I just felt that it seemed really rushed and kind of just thrown together in some spots. The last half of this book had so much potential. I'm just a little disappointed that it didn't reach the level it could have.
Even though I had a couple problems with the story, I can honestly say that Steadfast is one of my favorite reads of this year, so far. It was so powerful, real, romantic, and heart pounding. I would definitely recommend this read for all romance lovers! ...more
This is a little hard for me to say, especially because I've been loving Sarina Bowen latelOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This is a little hard for me to say, especially because I've been loving Sarina Bowen lately, but I really just didn't click with this book. It really came down to three things 1) I didn't think that the two main characters had very much chemistry 2) it was difficult for me to connect with this been and to connect it with the New Adult genre and, 3) I had a problem with the cheating aspect of the book.
Some may disagree, but I didn't think that Corey and Adam had much chemistry. Yes, they were friends. Yes, they had some really cute moments in this book. That being said, there were no moments between Corey and Adam that made my heart swoon. There were no moments that made me fall in love with either of the characters. In fact, I ended up doing a lot of skimming throughout this book, because everyone just bored me. Also, I really didn't like the supporting characters. There were one or two supporting characters that I definitely am interested in reading more about. Mostly, though, I felt that the majority of the characters blended together and didn't really have their own personalities.
While I loved the fact that this book focused on main characters with disabilities, I honestly had a difficult time relating to it. I definitely think that there should be more books like this out there, it was just a struggle for me to relate to it. Another thing that was really difficult for me was relating this book the NA genre. I associate most NA books with tons of chemistry, several hot and steamy scenes, etc. There was really none of that going on in this book..... It was just...mehhh.
Finally, I hated all of the cheating going on in this book. Yes, cheating is a real part of the world. Yes, the cheating in this book probably made it more realistic. Did I like it, though? No. I wouldn't put up with someone cheating on me. I also wouldn't put up with someone cheating with me on someone else. It was all very unattractive and unappealing. I wasn't interested.
Overall, I just didn't care for this book. I'm going to DNF it, because I actually did a ton of skimming at the end and find it unfair for me to give it a star rating. This one just was not for me.
Holy smoking hotness! This book was AMAZING! Seriously, hello Sarina Bown! I will be readingOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Holy smoking hotness! This book was AMAZING! Seriously, hello Sarina Bown! I will be reading ALL OF YOUR BOOKS! I'm fanning myself just writing up this review. This book was SO GOOD. I can't even.
Goodreads has this listed under New Adult, but I would probably consider more of an adult contemporary. However, Goodreads also has it under erotica, and it was by no means that. That being said, this was one of the best adult contemporary books that I have ever read. I was categorize Bowen's writing along side Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick and Sawyer Bennett. I'm still really getting used to this genre, so I assume there are a ton more authors to compare Bowen to, but those are some of my top fave authors. There will be no doubt that I will read every book Bowen writes. I will also be preordering all of the books in this series because WOW!
I have to be honest, I thought I would be super grossed out by Griff. It's really emphasized that Griff has a really bushy beard. It's mentioned all the time and Audrey is always rubbing up against it. Fun fact about me: I HATE hair on men. A little stubble is always nice, but I purposely avoid men who have long hair or beards/mustaches. It grosses me the hell out. Chin length hair can be OKAY on a really hot guy, but it has to be just right. I know that this is a funny thing to mention, but I want to bring it up for those women/men who might feel the same way as I do. I gotta be honest, though, the beard worked on Griff. I was falling for that damn beard. It annoyed the hell out of me! It was hot, though!
Another aspect of Bittersweet that I really enjoyed was Audrey's character. I tend to dislike the female leads in NA and adult contemporary books. That wasn't the case with Audrey. I really enjoyed her strong, independent personality. She stood up for herself and the ones that she loved. Some might not agree with some of her decisions in the book, but I was on board. She did what she wanted to do. I loved her.
The chemistry between Griff and Audrey was sizzling! I do wish that there had been more scenes like the bar scenes. Cute, sexy moments hidden from everyone else. Don't get me wrong, I hugely enjoyed the sexy scenes! I just wish that they hadn't been so predictable. I don't even know if that's coming off right. I wish they had been more spontaneous and adventurous. However, there were two REALLY hot scenes in this book that met that criteria for me!
OH! And I can't forget to mention Griff's family and his farm staff. OH MY GOSH! I loved them all! I hope that every single one of those characters gets their own book. I'm super curious to find out who the female lead will be in the second book. I kind of feel like it's going to be someone else, but I hope that Bowen pulls a card and makes it a certain someone who drove them to their meetings....... We shall see. But all the side and supporting characters were off the charts amazing!
The final thing that I want to mention loving about Bittersweet was the fact that it didn't take place in three days like most NA/adult contemporary books tend to do. Bittersweet actually expanded several months which made it seem more realistic. People don't fall in love in a few days. I LOVED that Bowen created a more realistic relationship in Bittersweet. Not only did it make her seem more credible and believable, but it made me love the book more.
There were a couple aspects of this book that I didn't like so much. It's not that I HATED those parts, I just found them kind of awkward to the plot of the book. 1) I thought that the climax of Bittersweet was super predictable. I saw it coming from the very beginning of the book. Once it finally happened, it was a VERY awkward scene that I actually skimmed through. I do wish that it had been way less predictable than it actually was. 2) I found the relationship between Audrey and her mom very odd in regards to how it turned out at the end. Their relationship probably wouldn't have changed so drastically in real life. I understand that readers are probably looking for more of a happy ending in these kinds of books, but it just seemed really awkward and unbelievable to me.
Overall, I absolutely ADORED this book! I can't wait to read every. single. book. that Sarina Bowen writes. I'm all over her! GO READ THIS NOW! ...more
I'm opting not to rate or review this book. However, I wasn't a fan. I wasn't a fan of the main female lead or the content. I also found the concept bI'm opting not to rate or review this book. However, I wasn't a fan. I wasn't a fan of the main female lead or the content. I also found the concept behind this book to be highly confusing since it didn't relate to any college setting that I've been to. It seemed more like high school drama?...more
First off, let my say a huge thanks to Jen Frederick for providing me with a review copy ofOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
First off, let my say a huge thanks to Jen Frederick for providing me with a review copy of Jockblocked!
This NA series is like crack. I'm not kidding. I don't know where I've been the last few days. All I know is that I have inhaled the first two books in this series in like 48 hours. The last thing I knew, it was around 9 am this morning.....and now I'm done. I don't really know where this day has went off to....
Matty and Lucy were such amazing characters. I loved them both equally. Well, okay, no. That's a lie. I loved Matty a liiiiittle bit more. That was only because of how flipping gorgeous he was, though! As a couple? PERFECTION. They couldn't have gotten any better!
Staying in tune with the first book, the side characters were full of personality, whether it was awesome or negative. I seriously hope that Hammer is getting a book. He better be!!!!! I think he might be my favorite character in this whole series. I also really enjoyed the fact that we met new characters, as well as got to see some of the more pushed aside football players make an appearance. I really like reading about them!
there were a couple negatives to this book that knocked it down a half star. 1) I really didn't like how Ace was portrayed in this book. I didn't like what was done to him, how he acted, or how his story ended at the end of this book. I'm sure that we'll see more from Ace, but I was really disappointed. I really loved Ace in book 1, so I was a bit caught off guard. Also, you can only make a character into too much of an asshole before you don't want to read about him anymore. I'm a bit on the fence if I'll like a book with him as the lead.... 2) there were some football inconsistencies and errors in this book. First, let me point out, this is not going to bother the average reader. I am probably the biggest football fan you will ever meet in your life. Seriously, I probably top your husbands (or wives or whoever you know who is super into football!) I follow all the teams and stats, I worship Draft Day, I do fantasy football, I bring it up to people when I'm meeting them for the first time, my closet is loaded in football gear. Are you getting the gist? So, when there are some erros in a football book, I notice. Also, I really didn't like that this whole book took place in the off season. I would have liked to see some of the games.
On a more positive note, I loved the fact that Lucy had diabetes. It was so realistic and so in your face. I loved that the author added realistic notes to the storyline and really showcased things that happen in real life. You know, life isn't perfect. Shit happens. People have diabetes. I really enjoyed that whole story line!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. For the most part, it was very engaging and addictive. I mean, I devoured this book. There is no other way to put it. I highly recommend this series! ...more
I've typically been a really big fan of this series, but this one really missed the mark forOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I've typically been a really big fan of this series, but this one really missed the mark for me. Overall it really just came down to two things 1) I HATED Stephanie and, 2) I HATED some of the themes that were going on in this book. So do keep in mind that my rating of this book probably had less to do with the actual writing and more to do with the actual content.
Stephanie was really uptight and boring. She tended to speak in a really stiff way that nobody really talks like. It was really difficult for me, because I didn't like her from the very start of the book. Once you don't like a character, there's not much coming back from that. I did like Nick a lot.....I just didn't like him with Stephanie.
There are two themes in this book that I didn't like at all. I'm kind of iffy about specifying them, because I really don't want to give anyone any spoilers. I will say, though, that not everyone is going to like them. Some will....some won't. Also, there's some possibly trigger warnings in this book. I had to do a lot of skimming, because I was seriously not into what was being discussed.
I thought that this book really set it up well for the next book in the series. There are two characters introduced who I am assuming will be starred in the next book. If that's the case, then I'm really excited for it. I thought they were absolutely adorable! So, there's that.
Overall, this book wasn't for me. Again, it had nothing to do with the writing style. This author is amazing. Sometimes, though, ratings just happen off of pure dislike of the content. Unfortunately, that was the case for this one. ...more
Ever since reading Paper Princess, Jen Frederick has become my new addiction. I'm ashamed toOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Ever since reading Paper Princess, Jen Frederick has become my new addiction. I'm ashamed to say that I've never even heard of her before. Trust me, though, when I say that I am going to devour all of her books. This lady knows how to write! For real, if you are a fan of NA, or are just starting to venture into NA, THIS is a really good book!
The characters in Sacked were absolutely brilliant. I tend to have a really difficult time with the female leads in NA books. That wasn't the case at all with Ellie. I was actually a really big fan of hers. I also really loved Knox. Oh my gosh, KNOX. That boy was HOT.
I thought that I was going to have a really big problem with the whole virgin storyline because that's not really my thing. It seemed super unrealistic and not all that sexy. Somehow, Frederick made it work, because it didn't bother me at all. The only thing that DID bother me were some of the sexy scenes because 1) I didn't really think they were sexy enough and, 2) Kind of unrealistic for a guy who's losing his virginity. No offense, but there's no way he would have been that good right at the start. So, yes, I probably would have done away with that whole storyline, but it really didn't bother me!
My absolute biggest problem with this book was the lack of focus on the actual game scenes. As a sports fanatic, I took a little offense that there weren't some intense game scenes. We seen Knox play a couple of times, but it's summed up in like three paragraphs. Also, we don't see the championship game. It just doesn't exist in the book. What was the buildup for? There should have been a really good game scene that at least covered a few pages. Instead, it was like blah. On top of that, I didn't like how the author made up an NFL team at the end. She often referred to the Patriots and the Seahawks. However, at the very end of the book, she mentioned a team that doesn't even exist. Like....they're not a team. Where did that come from? Also, I felt really cheated at the end of the book. I felt that it should have ended with the Draft. I disliked that I didn't get to read about that.
Another thing that I wasn't the biggest fan of was the climax between Knox and Ellie. Their relationship really didn't progress how I wanted it to. Was it still cute and sweet? Yes. However, I would have enjoyed seeing more cuteness and charm between the two of them, rather than both of them automatically jumping into a relationship. The beginning of the book did a really good job building that anticipation. Ultimately, though, I thought that anticipation only lasted a couple of chapters before it disappeared.
On a more positive note, I ADORED all of the side characters. I really hope that several of them get their own books, because I want to read about each and every one of them. This holds especially true for Matty, Hammer, the Quarterback, the brother, the roommate....I love them all! I'm VERY excited to read more about them!
Overall, I loved this book! It was originally a 5 star but there was just a little too much cheesiness at the end. However, I am very excited to jump into the next book, and I will be doing so tonight! ...more
I just recently read Paper Princess and immediately went into this horrible mourning that leOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I just recently read Paper Princess and immediately went into this horrible mourning that left me wanting to find another amazing NA book that was going to blow my mind and leave me in yet another pit of book depression. Several people recommended that I read Dusty Innocents by Mary and Sarah Elizabeth. They claimed that it was one of the best NA books out there and would break my heart into a million pieces.
I originally had a very difficult time reviewing this book. I say that, because I did really skim a huge section of this book. Normally, I'll just DNF a book that I skim and write up a quick DNF review. After careful deliberation, I decided that, yes, I'm going to give this one a 1 star. I'll explain more in my review. I do want to say, though, that I absolutely hated this book. I hated the messages it offered. Above all else, though, I hate that this is some people's favorite book.
Books that start out in the past own my heart. When they start out with the love interests meeting when they're children and watching the scenes as they grow up together. The problem with these books, though, is that they're never done right. Dusty Innocents was a prime example of that. It spent way too much time in the elementary and middle grade years. I would say a good 75% of this book doesn't even surpass the age of 14 for the main female lead. I actually not even sure if she reaches age 15 by the end of the book.
Note to authors: You CANNOT label a book NA if your characters are children. And I'm sure this is the 25-year-old part of my talking, but I felt like a cradle robber reading about a 13-year-old girl getting her sexy on with a 15-year-old boy. I couldn't even read those scenes. This book would have been way more successful if there had been more of a progression of years and the majority of the book would have been focused on their upper teen years.
Another major problem with Dusty Innocents was that Dusty treated Leighlee like absolute crap. Okay, readers! I understand loving the bad boy and loving the angsty relationship. I get it! Dom males are HOT and are even hotter in NA. I'm all over it. Dusty, though? NO! He was super emotionally abusive to Leighlee.......there's no reason at all to love that boy. It was not okay that he was constantly playing with her emotions, sleeping with other people, calling her weird names like "sweet baby princess, little girl, and little princess baby." Okay....GAG. Seriously? Somebody calls me that, and I'm going to shove their goods clear up into their throat. Talk about a total creepster.
I also really didn't like how Dusty was constantly putting Leighlee down for having male friends, telling her what to do, ordering her around, biting her until he tasted blood? Okay....there's giving someone a hickey, and then there's trying to pretend to be a vampire.....
Let's also mention that the whole "love" thing between Dusty and Leighlee was absolute crap. He didn't love her. She didn't love him. They were hormonal young teenagers who thought that being in lust meant being in love. Not to mention that Dusty was a total druggy. I'm not talking a stoner who smokes a few joints an hour. I'm talking bags of coke and other drugs. Dusty was so high throughout this entire book. It was just gross....
Overall, I didn't like this book. I'm not going to get into it with people who do love this book, because everyone has their own opinion, but this showcased a VERY dangerous relationship between, what I consider, little kids. I know there's a second book in this series. Maybe it gets better? I won't be finding out, though. I'm done. ...more
Kaleb's book in the Psy-Changeling series was probably my most anticipated book in this entiOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Kaleb's book in the Psy-Changeling series was probably my most anticipated book in this entire series. He's always had that mark of mystery and destruction to him that fascinated me. I didn't really know what to expect from his book, but I will say that I was just a bit disappointed with the results.
Heart of Obsidian starts out really strong. There's a lot of mystery and suspense over what is going on with Kaleb and Sahara regarding their past relationship. Kaleb is very much closed off and rough around the edges. At the same time, though, he has an obvious soft spot for Sahara and will do absolutely anything for her. I did really like that Sahara had no idea who he was but, at the same time, there was an inner part of her that kept telling her that Kaleb was safe and would never hurt her. So, the whole Kaleb/Sahara relationship was a big hit for me.
What I didn't like about this book was that it stayed fairly mild throughout. I would say that a good 50% of this book , if not more, stayed pretty consistent in the fact that Sahara didn't know who Kaleb was, Kaleb was trying to protect her, Kaleb was closed off...blah blah blah. I felt that the book itself lacked the romantic scenes that I wanted to read about and the deep emotional connection that I knew existed between the main characters.
As for Sahara's backflashes to her and Kaleb's past, I expected more. I expected to see a lot more snippets of their past and a progression of Sahara's memories coming back. Instead, it was very rushed at the end and she just kind of remembers everything with really no mention of anything. There were several scenes that I expected to happen that just never really did happen.
Fans of this series know about the Ghost. I will say that the Ghost's identity (no worries, I won't tell you who it is!) is revealed in this book. I was WAY underwhelmed. First of all, I called who it was from the very beginning of this series, so I wasn't shocked. There was a part of me that was really hoping that the author was playing a trick and something big would happened. Yeah...no. That didn't happen. Secondly, I was way disappointed with the reveal. For something that has been a secret for 12 books, I expected a big WOAH! moment. Instead, it takes like less than a paragraph for the reveal. I expected more.
Overall, I thought this was okay. I will say that I anticipated this being my favorite book in the series. Please keep that in mind when reading this review, because my hopes were SUPER HIGH. My review definitely reflects that, because I thought the book could have been way better. ...more
Errrr......this was a super inappropriate children's picture book. My mistake, I probably shOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Errrr......this was a super inappropriate children's picture book. My mistake, I probably shouldn't have read this book for Story Time. We had a discussion right away that the "book" could say dumb, but "we" weren't allowed to say or do the bad things that might happen or be said in the book. The kids understood the concept and acted appropriately. I mostly would do a lot of fake gasps and say "well, that wasn't very nice!" and they would chorus me.
Several words and phrases had to be skipped over, because I didn't feel they were appropriate to see to little kids. I hated that the book kept saying "duh." Who, seriously, wants their little kid to come home and start saying "duh" all the time? You're lying if you say it wouldn't bother you.
Overall, I really disliked this one. Won't be reading it ever again. ...more