As a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s storytelling, I was really looking forward to the next installment in the Deadmen’s Cross series. This book featuresAs a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s storytelling, I was really looking forward to the next installment in the Deadmen’s Cross series. This book features Kalder and Cameron, two characters that fit this deadly and dangerous crew but who also have their own great personalities to add to the mix. If you haven’t read Kenyon before, she tends to write angsty and emotional stories and although this has touches of that, I don’t think this is one of her more angsty books. It was a nice change because it shows off her capacity to write different things.
However, if you are a fan of the deep and emotional romance, I don’t think you will be very disappointed in this book. There are a lot of moments that capture the center of each character and Kenyon runs with it, creating a beautiful story between the hero and heroine.
I’m a big fan of this series because of its writing style and darker tone. Paired with the epic worldbuilding and interesting characters, you really have a series that stands out from the crowd. Even if you haven’t read any of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books, I think you can enjoy this one. Be warned though… once you start, you may not be able to devour her extensive backlist.
DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN captures true love while also giving readers the ride of their lives. This is definitely not a book that you want to miss out on!
TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEY claims to be a standalone and while I do think the events work well on their own, Foster always likes to mention other
TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEY claims to be a standalone and while I do think the events work well on their own, Foster always likes to mention other characters from her other books. It’s almost like a promotional tactic to get you to read her other books. So that being said, you will encounter some references from TRU BLUE, one of her other standalone titles.
I would say in terms of style this one follows the same tone as TRU BLUE. It’s definitely more grittier and darker, exploring characters that aren’t as polished or well-off as some of Foster’s other characters. The heroine, Crystal, wasn’t one of my favorites of this author’s stories. I found that I didn’t connect with her as much as thought I would. Thankfully, Bear was there to save the book.
I love all of Foster’s heroes. Although they are all sexy, they are all very different from each other. Bear has always had the hots for Crystal but she likes to keep him at arm’s length so perhaps that’s why I didn’t fall for Crystal as quickly. She keeps people away from her too much. It took be a while to warm up to the story, but by the end, I was really convinced with the romance. I like that Foster takes her time and really focuses on the romance of the story. Despite external conflicts, the romance shines....more
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I know she wrote this book because of
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I know she wrote this book because of the success of the first book in the series and I’m glad she did because I couldn’t stop thinking about these characters after I finished the first book. The first book ends a little open-ended so I knew that there had to be much more to Lara Jean and Peter. While overall I enjoyed this story, there is quite a difference between this book and the first.
Lara Jean’s innocence is put to the test with this book. P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU has a lot more scandal and drama to it. While the first book was sweet and charming, this one has some nasty scenes in it that will make you feel for these characters. Jealously and seduction come into play here, making for a very juicy read. However, I still preferred the first book to this one, just because I think the events were a little more organic and true to Lara Jean’s character. With this book, she is placed out of her comfort zone, resulting in a lot of cringe-worthy scenes.
I want to say this here because when the third book comes out, I want to make it known that I’m still Team Peter. He’s not perfect as much as he thinks he is but there’s something I find endearing about his character. It’s the little things that I love about him the most, the small remarks he makes about Lara Jean’s hair or the fact that remembers some offhand comment she made a long time ago. It shows he cares and I think it’s really sweet.
The new guy in this story is very much the perfect man for Lara Jean. If he was introduced earlier in the series, there’s a great possibility that I would choose him instead. But after everything that has happened with her and Peter, I don’t think I can see Lara Jean with anyone else. Everything begins and ends with Peter Kavinsky.
For this entire series, I listened to the audiobook and I think it’s worthy mentioning that I love the narrator for it. I think she does a great job of doing the guy’s voices but also capturing that whining that teens are good at. You can really believe that it’s Lara Jean you’re listening to. Plus, when she reads the love letters she puts a lot of heartfelt emotion in it that I love.
I hate having to wait for the next book in the series. But until that releases, I’ll definitely be reading the other Jenny Han series. I’m hoping it’s just as fun and endearing as this one....more
SILENCE FALLEN might be the most exciting Mercy Thompson book yet! With ten books in a series, it’s hard to keep a series going and feeling
SILENCE FALLEN might be the most exciting Mercy Thompson book yet! With ten books in a series, it’s hard to keep a series going and feeling fresh over the years but I think Patricia Briggs has done an excellent one with this series and in particular, this book.
SILENCE FALLEN establishes the bond between the pack right before Mercy is kidnapped. This brings Stefan back into the picture and now Adam must work with the vampire in order to get Mercy back. In terms of writing, this book is slightly different than what Briggs usually does. For once, we get more of Adam and his POV as Briggs obviously has to go back and forth between both the pack and Mercy’s POV to keep the story flowing.
I loved this! I thought it brought so much fun to the series and in terms of the suspense, I think it had to be right up with there some of my other favorites from this series. You’re just dying to get Mercy out of the hands of her kidnappers and this story actually reminded me a lot of another book in the series. I won’t name it here in case you haven’t read it but fans of the series would know exactly what I’m talking about.
SILENCE FALLEN is simply amazing. So much happens in this book and it keeps you engaged from the beginning right to the very end. I definitely think this book will go down as one of my new favorites from the series. Patricia Briggs did an excellent job with executing this story.
This entire series has been a great adventure. I was a little hesitant in reading this last book because YA trilogies tend to worry me. I
This entire series has been a great adventure. I was a little hesitant in reading this last book because YA trilogies tend to worry me. I get scared that the ending will suck and that everyone dies. It’s happened before so that was part of the reason why I waited so long to read all the books at once.
I am glad to say that the ending isn’t bad in this one. There’s good resolution, but I do think there will be a couple small things that can put readers off. Luckily for me, I found it still enjoyable.
I think the biggest thing to address in this book is the fact that there’s a new character that is thrown into the mix. Eliza surprised me. I didn’t realize that so much of this book was going to be told from her POV. So I can totally understand when others say that they thought her character was thrown in almost as an afterthought to tie up loose ends because she wasn’t in any of the other books before. However, despite all that, I do think she offers greater insight into this world that wouldn’t have been possible if told from Karou or Zuzanna’s POV for example. So I don’t see her as a total waste of space. I guess I just wished that Taylor had put something of Eliza in the previous book, a hint or something, that would foreshadow her presence in this one. But she does have some good scenes in this book and I ended up really liking her.
The second biggest thing is probably the romance. Now I know so many people are wondering how Karou and Akiva are ever going to get together after everything they’ve been through, but I will say that Taylor does it in a very smart fashion. It didn’t really bother me that there were so many obstacles standing in their way. I almost expected that. I think if they got their HEA so easily within this book, it would almost be a letdown. Taylor draws it out, yes, but she finishes it out well too.
If you haven’t read this series, I would highly suggest trying it out. There is no other series I can compare this too and that goes to show just how unique this series is. These books feel big and they tackle some crazy intense mythology but I don’t think there’s anything that can outshine Taylor’s writing. Her voice is amazing and these books are beautifully written. I look forward to reading what Taylor has in store next....more
I don’t know how I’m going to be able to write thing review without gushing or jumping with excitement. As you probably know, Marie Harte
I don’t know how I’m going to be able to write thing review without gushing or jumping with excitement. As you probably know, Marie Harte has been an author whose work I’ve been loving recently. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE is the second book of the Bad Boys Body Shop series and it’s probably one of my top books by her. Not only if the hero of the book, Foley Sanders, an absolute dream but this book is funny, charming, witty and downright hotter than hell too! It literally has all the things I love in a Contemporary Romance all wrapped up in one delicious package.
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE is definitely more sexier than the first book of the series. I’m a huge fan of how Harte writes her sex scenes because not only are they borderline Erotic Romance, but they also have a lot of emotions as well. The heroine, Cynthia Nichols, is a curvy girl who is quite sensitive about her weight and looks because of other people’s constant negativity. Her body image and how she feels about herself is one of the conflicts that arise in this book and I loved how Harte was able to address this. Not only does Cyn take action, but she also brings on a sense of empowerment that I loved seeing in her character as well. So the sex definitely feels like so much more than a few intense scenes between the hero and heroine because of her insecurities.
As expected, you’ll see a lot more of the other guys at the garage, including Del and small bits of the McCauleys. However, we get a lot more of Foley’s brotherly relationship with Sam. Sam is such an important part of Foley’s life that it would be impossible to tell Foley’s story without having Sam play a major part in it. I suspect it will be the same when it comes to Sam’s story because these two are two peas in a pod. One can’t exist without the other. I’m told that Sam’s story might actually be the author’s favorite so I’m even more excited about it now.
If you’ve read the McCauley Brothers series and read this book, you may catch the glimpse that Harte puts in about the Donnigans. They are the McCauleys’ cousins and I can already tell these guys are going to be an interesting bunch. The only disappointing thing about it so far it that it sounds like it’s only going to be three books in the series. I’m hoping there’s more around the corner!
I’ll stop this review here before I go on and on about how excited I am about this series. But just do yourself a favor and pick up one of these books. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed. Marie Harte has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I think more readers need to discover her work....more
Even with thirteen books in the series, Gini Koch manages to make CAMP ALIEN bigger and better than ever. If you’re new to this series, then
Even with thirteen books in the series, Gini Koch manages to make CAMP ALIEN bigger and better than ever. If you’re new to this series, then I highly suggest reading the series in order. But if the sheer number and size of these books intimidates you, I still think you can pick this book up and find it enjoyable.
Koch gives a very brief, but necessary recap of what happened in the last book. Jeff is now President of the United States, which makes Kitty the First Lady. Although they have faced off with the Mastermind, he has also escaped with even of his men, leaving Kitty and the crew cursing their luck. The early parts of this book is Jeff rearranging things in the White House, making necessary changes that he thinks will benefit them all and hopefully prevent any further attacks.
What I love about this series is the fact that anything is possible. Who would’ve thought that the Kitty from the first book in the series would end up here? So much has happened in this series and yet every book is as unique and refreshing as the first. With Kitty’s upbeat narration, there’s never a dull moment in this story. And even though the book is heavily convoluted with politics, I still found it easy to follow along. To have this much politics but still maintain that same lightness to the series is hard to do and that’s why Gini Koch deserves some kind of award. Hell, vote Gini for President! What she has done here is truly entertaining.
Fans of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series would enjoy this series. Both these series place a greater emphasis on the world and its politics so if you’re in the mood for something different and that’s not your typical Sci Fi or Urban Fantasy read, then you need to meet Koch’s kickass Kitty!...more
When I heard about this new series, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Marie Harte is an author whose books I’ve only really discovered in the
When I heard about this new series, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Marie Harte is an author whose books I’ve only really discovered in the last couple of years, but she has an extensive backlist that ranges from PNR to Contemporary and more. For me, I discovered her Contemporary Romances first and fell in love with the McCauley Brothers series. The Bad Boys Body Shop series is a spin off from that one as it is set in the garage that the heroine in WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY owns.
Now, at first I was expecting this to be Delilah’s brother’s book but it’s actually a series about four new guys. Johnny, Foley, Sam and Lou all work at the garage and well, they’re quite the bunch of characters. Not only are they hilarious, but each has their own bit of charm that I’m sure the ladies will love.
In this book Johnny falls for Lara, a hardworking bartender and student. She’s a busy girl who has a lot on her plate right now but Johnny manages to worm his way into her life. If you read the McCauley Brothers series, this one is a little bit tone down in terms of the sex scenes. The McCauleys Brothers, if you read it, is borderline erotic. In this one, however, Harte takes her time with the romance, building it block by block. It works very well.
I had a blast reading this and this was mainly because of Johnny. Harte first shows him as a womanizer but as the book progresses we see that is not the case at all. I was strangely fascinated by his character and now I’m looking forward to reading more about the other guys.
You don’t necessarily have to read the McCauley Brothers to enjoy this book, but Delilah and Mike do make some short appearances in the book. If you want my suggestion, I’d say read them all. They’re really fun reads.
The Hope series by Jaci Burton is quickly becoming one of my favorite Contemporary Romance series. If you love small-town romances that are sweet andThe Hope series by Jaci Burton is quickly becoming one of my favorite Contemporary Romance series. If you love small-town romances that are sweet and are very family oriented, then you’ll absolutely love Hope and all the wonderful characters who live in this quaint, friendly town.
Brady Connors is kind of an outsider. He’s a loner by nature and doesn’t really like to mingle with the others so much ever since his brother died. All he really likes to do is just work on his bike and stay in his apartment above the garage. However, he gets paired up with pastry owner Megan Lee who is chatty, sweet and very considerate. When she notices that Brady has been alone for far too long, she extends her kindness and reaches out to him, inviting him over for some cake and coffee. It’s quite sweet how these two get together because Brady is just so clueless with what to do, but Megan won’t let him retreat so easily.
I wouldn’t say this book is a slow burn because the romance does move at a swift pace, but Burton does take her time in making sure that the romance is believable and true to the characters. I loved both the hero and the heroine in this novel, but if I have to choose one favorite, it would be Brady just because I find being in his head so interesting. Because of his loner status, he has a much greater distance to travel emotionally and I think Megan coaxes him out really well.
There are some amazing sex scenes in this one. They’re blazing hot, yet sweet and sexy at the same time. If you follow this series, you’ll also get updates on a lot of the other characters as well. There are lots and lots of babies so you have that to look forward to.
Fans of Toni Blake’s Destiny series will fall in love with this world that Burton has created. Hope has just the right amount of sweet and sexy to interest any reader looking for an escape! DON’T LET GO is definitely one of my fave books of the year! ...more
Readers, if you’re excited about this book, you have a good reason to be. I’ve been a fan of Cindy Gerard for some time now but its books
Readers, if you’re excited about this book, you have a good reason to be. I’ve been a fan of Cindy Gerard for some time now but its books like TAKING FIRE that really make me appreciate how talented an author she is.
When you read the blurb of this book, it doesn’t sound like it will be any different from the other Romantic Suspense stories we’ve encountered before. As a member of the Mossad, Talia obviously puts her own life in danger for the organization she adores. But she never expects that in seducing a hardened warrior to bring her closer to her target that she will fall in love with him in a week.
I thought the set up would be a quick hello-and-goodbye deal because well, that’s really what a lot of other authors would do to be honest. But Gerard surprised me when she took her time, building that romance right from the beginning. Let me tell you, the level of tension between these two is off the charts. In just one chapter, Gerard was able to convey some tension, both the sexual and suspenseful kind but back it up with plenty of emotion.
EMOTION. That’s what this book is filled with. Whether we’re talking fear, anxiety, desire or lust, Gerard goes through the entire rainbow of human emotion to make readers FEEL. What’s so special about this book is that it doesn’t just cover the positive emotions that are often associated with strong romances. Gerard also touches on fear, worry, betrayal. You don’t encounter this often in other series let alone in a single novel. But somehow Gerard has managed to pack them all in here in a believable way.
In diving into this book, I worried that I would not like Talia because of what she does to Bobby but I never felt any ill feelings towards her at all. Even whens he was betraying him. There was something very genuine about her character. And I believed that she thought she was doing the right thing at the time. Even though she used him, we later learn of other events that she did to try and make up for it. Despite their rocky beginning, I absolutely love Talia and Bobby together.
As always, Gerard never fails on delivering in the hot hero department. Oh baby, Taggart is one sexy motherfucker. Even if you aren’t a RS fan, try this series out for its heroes. You’ll definitely want to start collecting them like I have.
I loved this book. All of it. TAKING FIRE had me feeling all kinds of emotions I never thought I would’ve in a single book and this once again proves why Cindy Gerard is the queen of Romantic Suspense.
My, oh my! Elizabeth Hoyt has a wonderful book on her hands. DUKE OF SIN, the tenth book of the Maiden Lane series. just might be my
My, oh my! Elizabeth Hoyt has a wonderful book on her hands. DUKE OF SIN, the tenth book of the Maiden Lane series. just might be my favorite of the lot so far. The hero is no other than Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. If you’ve followed the series this far then you know that in the previous books that Val has been the villain of the series. He’s not a man with very much morals and indulges in anything and everything, especially if it gives him more power. So I was interested to see how Hoyt was going to redeem him.
And she does. To a point. But what’s unique about this book is that Hoyt doesn’t actually try to make him a hero. In fact, Val is still as bad as ever. As an expert blackmailer, he’s manipulative, cunning and smart. Power is his greatest love and he has no care for anyone else but himself. Val does some terrible things in this book but I still found myself enraptured by his character.
“This is who I am, Seraphine. Naked, with blade and blood. I am vengeance. I am hate. I am sin personified. Never mistake me for the hero of this tale, for I am not and shall never be. I am the villain.” After reading this, I am almost positive that Val is going to be my favorite hero at the end of this year. Hard to top a guy who knows just how bad he is!
The unlikely pairing of Val and his housekeeper, Bridget intrigued me further. I never would’ve thought that these two would end up together because well, Val would never settle for someone as lowly as a housekeeper but I think that’s what makes this book so special. When Val finally falls in love, it had to be with someone totally unexpected and I think that’s what Hoyt tried to do here.
Bridget turned out to be wonderful as well. I loved that she wasn’t a ninny like all the other women seem to be around Val. She has a good head on her shoulders and despite the fact that everyone warned her away from Val, she stood her ground and still had a good moral compass throughout the book. As dark as Val is, Bridget is the light. She compliments him beautifully in every way.
I did feel like the ending was a little bit rushed. But maybe that’s because I never wanted this book to end. Once I started reading this book, I found it impossible to stop. I devoured it within a couple of hours and found myself having to share my love for this book with as many people as I could. If you like villainous heroes then you’ll love Val. He’s as bad as they get. DUKE OF SIN is definitely one of my favorite books of the year!...more
Winter is the princess of Luna and she’s also batshit crazy. I want to say it’s all due to the fact that she stepmother is Queen Levana but
Winter is the princess of Luna and she’s also batshit crazy. I want to say it’s all due to the fact that she stepmother is Queen Levana but it’s also because she has withheld her ability control people and it’s taking a toll on her. Going into this story, I wasn’t sure how I was going to love her character. In the last book, she certainly seemed more crazy but something happens when Jacin and Winter are together. She almost calms down a bit and I was surprised by Jacin’s tenderness with her. It was a side we’d never seen from him before. Their romance was one of my favorite parts of the book. However, once the action really started rolling, I felt like Jacin and Winter were pushed to the background a little bit. I was also hoping for something bigger for them at the very end.
The end has come but I’m actually happy about it. This series was more than a rollercoaster ride for me. There were more than just crazy highs and lows, but also plenty of backtracking as well. That was one of my pet peeves with the last book but I think I came in with the right kind of mindset with this one. I knew that Meyer wouldn’t go the easy or the most efficient route and that she would like take several steps back once any of the characters made their move. I feel like once you’ve seen it before, it’s easy to get immune to it so having the several setbacks didn’t bother me as much in this one. However, it didn’t stop me from rewriting certain scenes in my head to make it flow a little better. I just can’t seem to help it.
The resolution, when it came, worked but I also thought that there would be a greater sense of satisfaction. I got the Thorne moment I was waiting for, the moment when he would realize that Cress was too good for him but that he wanted her anyways. I really enjoyed that scene but as for the Cinder and Kai and Jacin and Winter, I was expecting a little bit more. Especially after what Cinder and Kai have gone through.
I also would have loved to seen more with Kinney and Iko. There were some sparks there and I think that would make for a lovely story if Meyer decided to write something extra for them.
Nevertheless, WINTER was a terrific read that kept me entranced. These characters are so magnetic that you can’t help but love them. I have my favorites but choosing between them is hard. It’s been a long time since I cared about a group of characters as much as I do with this one and I have no doubt that I’ll be remembering them for years to come. The Lunar Chronicles is definitely my favorite series this year.
“Despite everything, she still looked like perfection, at least to him.”...more
WARNING: This review addresses some plot advancements in the story that may be considered spoilers! Read at your own risk!
CRESS was the book that I was most looking forward to. Captain Carswell Thorne stole my heart the moment he asked Cinder if they were having a moment in the last book. There’s something about these charismatic charmer types that appeal to me but though I thought I had Thorne all figured out from what we’ve seen in the last book, Meyer does reveal some interesting tidbits about him in CRESS that changed my opinion of him. I still adore him, but he doesn’t seem so shiny and pretty anymore. He’s more REAL and I can appreciate that.
Cress has been locked in a satellite for seven years alone. She only has the company of her programmed ten-year-old self to keep her from going mad. As a result, she’s quite naïve in the beginning and everything is so breathtakingly new to her. I really loved her character. From the very beginning, I almost felt protective of her. Ss terrible things happened to her again and again, it killed me to see her so scared. However, I think out of all the girls so far, Cress shows the most growth. In the short time since she came to Earth, Cress displays miraculous strength and courage and despite Thorne’s blindness, I think he can see that in her.
Their romance is probably just up to par with Wolf and Scarlet’s as my favorite. While Wolf is more dark and passionate, Thorne is more light in his seduction. Both types drive me absolutely wild so I enjoyed every step of blooming romance between Cress and Thorne. I still would’ve liked a more dramatic “I love you” moment from Thorne though. I think after everything Cress has done for him, and the amount of battering her heart had taken in this journey so far, she deserves a man who will get down on his knees and let her know how much he cares for her.
CRESS is brimming with action and suspense. So many times I found myself freaking out while I read this book. When you feel so much for the characters, it’s easy to get lost in the story. However, towards the end, there were a numerous instances where I think Meyer employs the same writing tactics that worked in some cases but seemed unnecessary and annoying in others.
For example, with such a large group of characters communication is key. However, when for most of the book the characters are separated, the lack of communication between them becomes an issue that arises in the books several times. In some cases, it works. Like the scene where Cress unknowingly walks into Wolf’s room and believes she is trouble when Jacin and the Dr. arrive. This works because once Thorne arrives, it’s a moment of relief, of humor and it’s a small triumph for the group. I loved seeing this.
However, Meyer uses this lack of communication tactic to the extreme and once you see it used already, it becomes very, very easy to spot it when it’s coming again. I HATED the part when Kai and Cinder argue about what’s the right thing to do. Not only does it completely erase all the progress she’s made in terms of the romance so far, but it really breaks up the fast past of the story. The scene went on for too long and rehashed unresolved conflicts too much. I felt the same when the Dr. and Thorne where in the medical wing, trying to get his eyesight back. The Dr. has SO MANY chances to tell Thorne about Cress and also about his discoveries about the plague but he didn’t. Meyer likes to do this thing where the readers know secrets but some of the other characters don’t so every time the character withholds valuable information from another, it gets very frustrating for the reader. I can handle it when it happens once or twice, but when it becomes the driving force of the story? Yeah no. I don’t like it. Meyer needed to find a different way to pull genuine reactions from her readers. I’m worried that with WINTER being 800 pages long, she’ll do the same and I’m not sure I can handle it so I’m a little hesitant to jump in right away.
After everything that had happened, there was one question that nagged me. With all the advanced technology and gang’s ability to infiltrate the palace to stop the wedding from happening, how come no one ever tried contacting Kai? Surely if Cinder thought that he would go with her, it would be easier if he knew what was going to happen. Since they knew where he was going to be, wouldn’t it be wise to let him in on the plan? It would avoid the scene that I hated so much and probably made the escape plan more easier. But I guess if you enjoyed the constant triumphs and lows then its fine but I would’ve liked to see the ending cut down a bit. It dragged on for way too long.
Nevertheless, CRESS is still my favorite of the series. So much happens and yet I am looking for more. While the ride was far from smooth, I still find myself fascinated by this world. I’m just hoping the next book will be easier on my heart. But I doubt it. That’s what makes the books so good....more
First off, I want to start this by saying that I am absolutely thrilled about finding a new series to be excited about. I came across this
First off, I want to start this by saying that I am absolutely thrilled about finding a new series to be excited about. I came across this series because I was looking for a Steampunk read that didn’t just stick to the basic rules of the genre. I tend to be a little more picky with Steampunk and I find I enjoy the ones that have a little bit of paranormal mixed in. Marissa Meyer’s books have been on my TBR for a very long time but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be in the mood for a YA novel until I started it.
What really makes the concept of this series stand out to me is the fact that Meyer takes something familiar, a popular fairy tale, and she infuses it with her own imagination and background so that it becomes an entirety different, and unique thing. In the case with SCARLET, Meyer takes the story of Little Red Riding Hood and sets it in France where Scarlet’s grandmother has been kidnapped. A stranger by the name of Wolf then comes into her life, harboring secrets and becomes an unlikely ally as she goes in search of her missing loved one.
Meanwhile, Cinder has her own set of problems that she must deal with. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Cinder is a cyborg who has a secret identity that she wishes to remain hidden. As she tries to find her own answers, the journey takes her to far away places filled with danger and allure. Along the way she crosses paths with a particularly charming man named Carswell Thorne.
Let me just say that I ADORE all the heroes in this series. I love Wolf. I love Thorne. I love Prince Kai. I JUST LOVE THEM ALL. Each one is so different yet there is such a lethal combination in all of them. If I had to choose, I found Wolf to be the most interesting with his secrets but there’s no question that if Throne had more page time, I would be all over that baby. But then again, how could anyone ever push Kai to the side like that? He’s fantastic as well.
As for the heroines, I enjoyed all of them as a whole. Scarlet’s character is very much fueled by her anger and confusion. She’s completely oblivious to the world out there and she likes to see the best in people, especially her grandmother so while that is a great thing to have, it is also her greatest flaw. There were multiple times in the book where Scarlet is just screaming her complaints, demanding answers instead of stepping back and trying to think of a logical way to get what she wants. Having a tantrum doesn’t do anything but annoy readers. I did, however, appreciate that she was at least different in personality to Cinder.
But my favorite character of the whole book might actually be Iko. She’s just fucking adorable. I just loved the scene where Thorne calls her pretty and the entire ship heats up because she is blushing. I can’t deal, she’s just so damn cute!!!
Needless to say, I’m hooked. I love the world, I adore the characters and I especially love the way that Meyer’s writes. It’s edgy while also being innovative and it doesn’t hurt that she can be charming as well. I don’t know why I’m so impressed by this when YA was my first love before I got into Romance and Urban Fantasy but one thing is for sure: The Lunar Chronicles has certainly rekindled my love of the genre....more
At long last, Julia Quinn has come back to the family we all love, the Bridgertons! But, what do we think of her new book Because of Miss
At long last, Julia Quinn has come back to the family we all love, the Bridgertons! But, what do we think of her new book Because of Miss Bridgerton? We ask two of the Bridgerton series craziest fans their thoughts on the new book.
So girls, what were your thoughts when you saw that Julia Quinn was bringing a new book featuring the Bridgertons?
Annie: I lost my shit. The Bridgertons is one of my all-time favorite Historical Romance series and I still believe it’s some of Quinn’s best work so when I learned that she would be returning to this beloved family, saying I was excited is an understatement.
Suzanne: There may have been some squealing and happy dancing going on, luckily I didn’t turn incontinent (poor Annie, losing her shit like that!) but I was definitely busting some moves. The Bridgerton series is not only one of my favourite series by Julia Quinn, but also one of my favourite Historical Romances. The humour, the romance and love, not just between the couples, but between the whole family really shines, you can’t help but fall for every member of the family.
Now that you have read the book, did it live up to your expectations?
Annie: Yeah, it did. I was expecting the same trademark wit and humor that the original series had and this book definitely had some of that. I was also looking forward to exploring more of the family as it was such a big part of the other series. Quinn delivers; she has the same elements in this series that she had with the other but it’s still different enough that you can read this series without having read the Bridgertons.
Suzanne: It did…and it didn’t. I don’t think was as good as her original Bridgerton series, it didn’t manage to hook me in like those did. But, as always with Quinn, she did write a humourous and sweet romance, one that I enjoyed and I hope that I feel the sense of family more as I read through the series. I didn’t quite feel it like I did in the Bridgerton series.
What did you think of the hero and heroine? Did this have the traditional Bridgerton mixture of humour, romance and passion?
Annie: If you’ve read a Julia Quinn book then you know it’s fairly easy to fall in love with her characters. From the moment George and Billie find themselves stuck on a rooftop, arguing, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. Not many authors can put their characters into such ridiculous situations and make them work, let alone make them fall in love.
Suzanne: Quinn’s books, even the Bridgerton series, all follow a pattern and this one was no different; if you like one of her books you are very likely to enjoy them all. So, it did have that mix of humour, romance and passion I enjoy from her; however, it didn’t quite have the special something that makes the original series special.
Will you be rushing out to get the next book in the series?
Annie: I’m looking forward to it! I wonder who’s next?
Suzanne: Despite how negative some of my comments seem, overall I really liked this book and I will be looking forward to read the next one. I can’t wait to see who is next.
What do you rate this book?
Annie: A solid 4 stars. I enjoyed this one more than the latest few releases from Quinn but I’m still holding off until I’ve read more in the series to determine if its as good as the Bridgertons!
Suzanne: I would say 3.5 stars; but this is also a book I would recommend anyone who wants something light and funny paired with fantastic writing to give a go.
Okay, so now I get the hype. Don’t hate me for saying this but in the beginning, while I enjoyed the books for the most part, I didn’t get
Okay, so now I get the hype. Don’t hate me for saying this but in the beginning, while I enjoyed the books for the most part, I didn’t get why readers were so rabid about these books until now. I think with QUEEN OF SHADOWS Maas has really found her stride in her writing. Not only is the writing stronger and more engaging, but I feel more connected to the characters more than I have ever been before. So if you were one of those people who tried the series but wasn’t interested enough to continue, I’d say keep going but the world really is a unique one.
This goes without saying but QUEEN OF SHADOWS is my favorite book in the series so far. There’s so much more going on, more drama, more action and the insights we get into each character keeps the story moving on at a good pace. That’s what bothered me about the previous books, nothing really happened until towards the end of the book. Here, Maas is building and moving towards something greater and I can only wonder what she plans to do next.
I’m enjoying Aelin’s character more than ever. She’s turned into something far more interesting. The same goes with the other main characters of the series. While there’s plenty to pick from my favorites are still Rowan, Chaol and Dorian. I think they bring the most to the series and of course, they tend to make things a little more interesting, especially when they are in the same room as Aelin. I may be a little late but you can officially add me to the Sarah J. Maas fan club now....more
Connor O’Rourke is ready to take that next step in life so he has the ring, he has the special night all planned out. But when he pops the
Connor O’Rourke is ready to take that next step in life so he has the ring, he has the special night all planned out. But when he pops the question to his long-time girlfriend, Jessica Dunn. She flat outs says no.
Talk about awkward.
But it’s clear that this isn’t the first time that they have gone over this. In fact, their on-again, off-again relationship has been something that these two have been dealing with for some time. I had to give Kristan Higgins some credit. You don’t often see these kind of relationships often so I love the fact that she decided to write about it. However, I do understand why they aren’t so popular with readers. The conflict is quite weak and a lot of it stems from the fact that there’s a lack of communication, the one thing that absolutely irritates me about conflict in Contemporaries.
I liked Connor right off the bat but Jessica was a little more harder to handle. She has her own set of responsibilities that she must deal with, but it’s at the cost of her own happiness. I actually don’t think she minds caring for her brother, but she uses it as an excuse with Connor and I wasn’t a fan of that.
A lot of the book is set in the past. It goes over the tumultuous ride of Connor and Jessica’s relationship and as you can expect, the failed proposal is the not first time Connor has wished they could take that next step into life together. When Jessica breaks things off, Connor tries to move on, going on several dates that absolutely killed me. While Higgins’ trademark humor is still very much present, there’s also an emotional punch in this book as well so you can expect some laughter and some tears.
While not my favorite in the series, or my favorite of Higgins’ books, I do think that she writes the stories that no other author would ever dare. And that’s what makes Higgins stand out and make her books worth the read....more
When my favorite author decided that she was going to write a Part Two to my all-time favorite book about my all-time favorite couple, I basicallyWhen my favorite author decided that she was going to write a Part Two to my all-time favorite book about my all-time favorite couple, I basically lost my mind. LOVER ETERNAL is still hands down my favorite romance book so I was both scared and excited to see what Ward was going to do with THE BEAST.
Fans of the series all kind of had an idea of what was going to happen. First we were promised a novella but I'm glad that Ward decided to write a full-length novel for Rhage and Mary again. Some argue that this story could've been a secondary one in another book. I disagree. After everything that these two have gone through to be together, it would be a slap in the face to both the fans and the characters if Ward didn't do them justice and give them a full-length book like she had with Wrath and Beth.
And Ward certainly gives them one hell of a story.
To this day, Rhage is still battling his curse but now I would say that he seems to have a smidgen more control. What's so interesting about the beast is that for so long we saw him as "the bad guy that couldn't be released" but now we see that insane, homicidal eat-everything side and also the sweet puppy dog side that makes me melt. Once again Ward is continuing to reveal more about her characters that we never knew about before, adding layers to an already complex world.
Readers will fall deeper in love with Rhage and Mary's romance as they undergo some very difficult times. But despite the fact that this is a vampire series, these characters have very human desires and I think that's what makes this series so popular with readers. It's because they just want the same thing as we do, making them relatable on a baser level.
My favorite character in the book is a new one but I won't reveal who. It's pretty obvious though because without her, this entire book wouldn't be. Her story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and my favorite moments in this book involved her. Always.
As expected, Ward has multiple storylines working throughout. We get plenty of page time with Assail. He's showing many changes and it's intriguing to see the transformation right before your eyes. I'm becoming more interested in seeing what Ward does with him.
Ward also introduces some new character in this one, all three of which I am very excited about. One particular story line didn't seem to fit until the very end and now I'm VERY curious to see what this means for the Brotherhood.
If you're worried that this is a filler book, let me tell you right now that it absolutely isn't. Not only does Ward give the right amount of time developing and giving Rhage and Mary what they so desperately need, but she makes some insurmountable leaps in both the world and the personal lives of these women and warriors.
I was confident that I was going to like this book but it's another thing entirely for an author to surpass your expectations and deliver a book that not only reaches your expectations but also shocks and intrigues you at the same time. But I guess that's why J.R. Ward is my favorite author - no one delivers a story like she does.
Favorite Quote: "The clean cut of her jaw caught and held the light from the crystal sconce on the wall, and her cream silk blouse draped over her breasts and was tucked into her tight waist, and her slacks fell to her flats. No makeup on her. No perfume.
But that would be like touching up the Mona Lisa or litting a rosebush with a shot of Febreze.
There were a hundred thousand ways to detail his mate's physical attributes, and not one single sentence, or indeed an entire book, that could come close to describing her presence." ...more