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