I stumbled upon Daimon on goodreads; I've been dying to read Half Blood ever since Leah CliffordMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
I stumbled upon Daimon on goodreads; I've been dying to read Half Blood ever since Leah Clifford mentioned it in her BlogTV.
So after my discovery, I hurried along to amazon; just a few clicks away, and I had purchased the Kindle copy for 99c (you can even get a paperback version for $3.99, which I'll probably end up doing).
It was phenomenal.
I fell in love with Jennifer's writing, she certainly knows how to do it well. Alex is such a badass, that you can't help but love her, especially when she said: 'bring it on, like donkey-kong.' I laughed so hard, it's such a bad line but so good at the same time; if she hadn't already won me over, that line would have sold it for me.
I love mythology, and so far I'm loving this series, Alex's internal monologue is great, especially when she is talking about this mysterious gray-eyed hottie. (I was dying to find out even just his name; I pretty much squealed when he finally made an appearance in the preview for chapter one of Half Blood, and finally found out his name!)
Daimon is an excellent start to the Half Blood series, I'm eager for October to get here something chronic.
So I'll end this review with saying, if you haven't read Daimon yet, do it! Jennifer L. Armentrout does not disappoint....more
Ultraviolet took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride, It was thrilling, breathtaking and fastMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
Ultraviolet took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride, It was thrilling, breathtaking and fast (I read it fast).
I was so caught up in the story that, when I finished I sat back in awe, then a few moments later after letting everything sink in, I look up at my clock and see that it was past midnight.
R.J Anderson is a genius, I can't think of any other way to describe the way she wrote Alison's world, always giving us food for thought, every step of the way.
I loved that we saw everything through Alison and therefore influenced by her emotions and how she thought/saw the people around her, and boy did I feel those emotions!
As Alison grows throughout her story, she realises that not everything may be as it seems, so she takes a fresh look at things and the people surrounding her, and we see the characters that we thought we knew in a different light (Although I think I will always dislike her mother, even though I understand now why she was the way that she was).
One of the message's I received throughout this book is that everyone is different, and that you shouldn't be afraid to be yourself.
I've read so many good reviews about Ultraviolet and saw that so many people where shocked and 'didn't see it coming' and maybe because I saw a lot of these beforehand I read it expecting something absolutely insane and crazy or very 'WTF' as some people had stated, but honestly I'm not sure which part they were talking about.
I thought RJ had a very good flow in the story, and the lead-up for the end was done very well! I wasn't shocked or taken aback, mostly I think, it's because I kept my eye out for any little hint that I could and my mind kept rapidly thinking about crazy scenarios that could happen as the story progressed.
I loved finding out about Synesthesia and everyone's quirks in the psychiatric hospital, you can see that RJ did a lot of research to put behind her work and I will be looking forward to reading more from her in the future!
Although I doubt there will be a sequel to Ultraviolet and even though I liked how it ended, there's a little torch in my heart that hopes that maybe one day, there will be. ...more
I had been debating reading Fallen ever since I saw its beautiful cover and read the slightly off putting synopsis (to me anyway) and only decided toI had been debating reading Fallen ever since I saw its beautiful cover and read the slightly off putting synopsis (to me anyway) and only decided to take the plunge and purchase it when my friend said that it was a must read.
The story was interesting and I was intrigued, I was extremely excited to get to the end to find out what would happen, except the main character Luce annoyed me somewhat chronic, well I did like her, and would have liked her even better if she had/or grew a backbone, which she didn’t, in this book anway… she remained the helpless female character who was a bit too stupid for my liking, and not to mention lovesick. But she did have her good as well as bad moments.
All in all Fallen seemed to be a book all about repeated back story, creating more questions without solving any.. yes if the book is a series we know we aren’t going to get all the answers from the first book but in this we didn’t get any!! Basically all we find out is what we already know, which is from the synopsis and the first couple of chapters; Daniel is a fallen angel, Luce is his doomed lover from millions of past lives… and that’s all we pretty much find out this book, don’t pick it up expecting answers.. You will be sorely disappointed!
I did like this book, although disappointed I will be eagerly picking up the next one slightly cringing in hope for a bit more answers resolved in the second. ...more
I've been eying The Season by Sarah Maclean for quite some time now, and when I was searching foMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
I've been eying The Season by Sarah Maclean for quite some time now, and when I was searching for something fun to read on Kindle the other day I finally got around to purchasing it.
#1 rule for this book: Don't let the cover turn you off! (It's nice, but i found it a bit weird and nothing like how I pictured the three best friends).
I'm a big fan of Historical and YA as I've mentioned in my Haunting Violet Review, and I thought that The Season would be a nice fun read as it being both of those genres.
Yes, once again, this book surprised me... seems to be that way with a lot of books lately.
Alexandra is a great character along with her two best friends Ella and Vivi; They are all independent, beautiful young women, with only one problem... they don't want to get married.
This is an adventurous tale about three young women not wanting to bend to the ways of society in the upcoming Season in London, England, with an extra bonus of murder, mystery and of course, romance.
I thought that it was great that the girls ended up solving a crime that the men couldn't and I would love to see a book about Vivi and Ella finding their own happiness, but it seems Sarah Maclean has no plans to travel down that road.
Which is a massive shame, as they would be excellent....more
Over the last few day's I've been on an Urban Fantasy reading frenzy, I'm kind of sorry for allMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Over the last few day's I've been on an Urban Fantasy reading frenzy, I'm kind of sorry for all my goodreads friends and everyone on facebook who are witness to my slightly insane and sarcastic book updates over the last few days. Okay, I'm not that sorry.
Arcadia Bell is a Heroine that you don't want to mess with.
I fell in love with Jenn Bennett's world and the characters in it during Kindling the Moon. I was expecting something good, but nothing that great, and although I really enjoyed Kindling the Moon, my enjoyment and love for this series has been growing with each book.
My favourite character? Jupe wins hands down. I was a little sad when Jupe wasn't immediately in the book at page one, but like always, he doesn't take long to appear. I love watching Cady and Jupes relationship evolve, in each book they get closer.
Jupe is the most adorable teenage motormouth in existence, I just want to hug him to smithereens. He breaks your heart (in a good way) a little each book... especially in this one, when the rest of his family rolls into town.
I hope that Jenn decides to write a few books about grown up Jupe one day, because that would be an amazing thing to see!
Naturally Jupe is a package deal for Arcadia with his sexy as sin father, Lon. I must say even though He's a lot older than Cady and his mustache is described as a sexy pirate mustache, I try really really hard to forget he has one. That is his only flaw in my book, I don't care about his age, but the mustache freaks me out.
Arcadia aka Cady is the star of these books, she has crazy magical power which just gets even crazier in this book. I can't wait to see what lengths she'll achieve in the next book. I just hope that she can get rid of her psychopath mother once and for all.
My favourite thing about this book, well any book really is that there aren't a million love interests. Cady doesn't sleep around, she meets Lon in book one and they don't break up at the end of each book, or halfway in between. I always get happy when books like this exist and I hope that Cady and Lon stay together for the duration of the books.
I must say though, the end freaked me out. Only because I'm terrified about what will happen in book four. (MASSIVE SPOILER: (view spoiler)[I don't want her to lose the baby, I really really don't want her to lose the baby. So far Jenn hasn't followed the usual stereotypical lines of Urban Fantasy and I hope that she continues the trend so that Cady doesn't lose the baby. I think that would cause massive problems because, how can she fight her mother while pregnant? and god knows what the psychotic bitch would do if she found out Cady was pregnant, could she use the baby against her? My thoughts go on. But at least if she had the baby she wouldn't be able to run from her relationship with Lon and Jupe.
Although if Cady does lose the baby, that could cause conflict between her and Lon, it could either drive her away to protect them or make them stronger. It would give her free reign to cause hell for her mother. But I think It would be more interesting if she had the baby, but would probably give me a heart attack while reading because so much shit is going down. Anyone who's read the book, let me know your theories! (hide spoiler)] END OF SPOILERS)
I can't wait for the next book, It's going to be torture waiting till April, but hey at least it's my birthday month, so I'm sure that Banishing the Dark will be one of the many presents I buy myself.
So much happened in Binding the Shadows that I could keep writing this review forever, but heres a quick rundown... we discover douchebag Dare's true motives, Yvonne the mother of hell finally shows up, Hajo the crazy junkie makes a re-appearance and kind of made me fall a little in love him and Cady sits down with Jupe and Kar Yee and tells them her secrets.
All the Urban Fantasy lovers out there need to buy Kindling the Moon, if you haven't discovered the amazing world that Jenn Bennett has created, you're missing out, big time! ...more
Amazing, simply amazing... that's one way to describe Hex Hall and Rachel Hawkins writing prowess.
I was just looking for something easy and fun to reaAmazing, simply amazing... that's one way to describe Hex Hall and Rachel Hawkins writing prowess.
I was just looking for something easy and fun to read and stumbled upon Hex Hall and was instantly sucked into Hawkins world of magic, witches gone wrong and especially Hex Hall itself - reform school for wayward magical teenage screw-up's from witches, warlocks, shapeshifters, werewolves and vampires.
Hawkins had an original spin to the most common paranormal young adult genre, well at least I thought so anyway; of course there were the cliches, what book doesn't have them? But she combined everything together in a way that made the story flow... and I find that hard to find in young adult writers these days and was delighted to have stumbled upon this story.
I will be eagerly awaiting the second so I can once again be transported to Sophie's world where her complex and intriguing story will continue and more secrets will unfold. ...more
This synopsis does not lie, the final line had me popping up the kindle store on my iphone to buMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
This synopsis does not lie, the final line had me popping up the kindle store on my iphone to buy the sequel to start it immediately.
If you have read my previous reviews you may know that I have a thing for ghost stories, so as soon as I read the synopsis for this, I was interested.
A couple days later when I received my paycheck; my biggest dilemma was whether to buy it on kindle and read it straight away or buy it for literally 2cents cheaper on the bookdepo and wait a couple of weeks for it... I went with the kindle. (Because I was being impatient).
Either way I was glad that I picked up this story, as it was an immensely enjoyable read.
I thought that the whole idea of ghostkeepers was a great and a nice change from the norm, especially all the other little touches to Emma's gift and other ghastly things in Nichols world that I wont go into and spoil. ;)
I really enjoyed how the story built up, Nichols definitely had a few surprises up her sleeves.
There was only one thing that I didn't like about Deception, and that had to do with one characters untimely demise, but my feelings on that will be reviewed after I've read the third book, that comes out in December (it will all depend on how Nichols wraps it up - for me anyway).
I would definitely recommend this book to other paranormal lovers, especially if you like a ghostly tale that involves: murder, mystery, romance, great characters, yummy characters and a witty heroine that has a great transformation into a kick-ass one.
I give Deception by Lee Nichols: 4 and a half noms, it was delectable....more
Lucky Girl by Cate Lord isn't the best book in the world, but its a nice light and funny read -More reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Lucky Girl by Cate Lord isn't the best book in the world, but its a nice light and funny read - with its definite yummy moments.
The heroine of this tale is Jessica Devlin, an American girl in England for a couple weeks on holiday for her cousins wedding. Its pretty much an American version of Bridget Jone's Diary - well it seemed that way to me.
Jessica was an amusing and fun character to read about. Although at the start of the book she seemed like a shy mousy office girl, but when she gets to England the shy mousy office girl we were introduced, suddenly transforms into a wanton sex goddess, determined to get down and dirty with any available sexy man she can get her hands on.
Her manner of speech, is a bit strange also: one minute shes a thirty year old sexy woman, and next she transforms into a teenage girl, saying things like: "Troy. Oh, my gosh, how are you?" which honestly, made me cringe.
I have a question for everyone in America.. hell even England; Do you guys seriously call alcohol 'plonk' ?? (eg: "definitely cheap plonk." and "time to get my plonk on" was used a lot, in various different ways) I want to know if anyone says it, or it was just created for Jessica's quirky character.
Nick was extremely sexy and I thought that he was great character.
Don't let my silly issues with this book turn you off reading it, because it did have its good moments, and its hilarious ones also, I really enjoyed Jessica's humor. It was a fun heart-warming read overall.
One of my favourite quotes from the book: "Nick seems like a decent guy," I sad. "Intelligent. Sexy as sin. I bet most of the women in this room would toss their panties to have a chance in his bed." "Um... Jess." Charlotte's voice sounded odd. I raised my gaze from the drinks. Uh-oh. Butt-to-the-blazing-fire uh-oh. Nick stood in front of me. He'd been right behind us in the line, accompanied by two of the ushers. How had I not realised he was there? "Um, hi," I squeaked. His mouth eased into a lopsided grin. "Panties, huh?"
I'm going to go against the grain and say this was pretty much Deltora Quest combined with a Tamora Pierce book... so basically it was pretty awesome.I'm going to go against the grain and say this was pretty much Deltora Quest combined with a Tamora Pierce book... so basically it was pretty awesome.
The Audio book is good, and I highly recommend it, her voice only annoyed me about 5 times... which was probably just because of Meira.
I'll write more of a review later just wanted to get this out there. :) ...more
Spartan Frost, is a delectable novella about our favourite Spartan Logan Quinn... I can just heMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Spartan Frost, is a delectable novella about our favourite Spartan Logan Quinn... I can just hear all my fellow Mythos Academy fan-girls sighs... Okay so drooling might be more accurate, on my behalf anyway.
Oh Logan, Logan, Logan. Our poor tortured sexy Spartan, I couldn't say how happy I am that Jennifer decided to put me out of my misery by writing this short novella to satisfy my Logan cravings... and to tell us his side of the story, of what had everyone (hopefully not just me) screaming for more after the painful cliff hanger in Crimson Frost.
But in normal Jennifer Estep fashion, she only puts us loyal fans out of our misery... until we get to the last page and we are thrown off the cliff once more. Damn you Estep, damn you! Not really, please forgive me, I love you.
Okay I need to stop tuning my inner crazy chick. I suppose this is what happens when you haven't wrote a review in a while. I apologise.
I really enjoyed seeing things from Logan's point of view, especially with how everything ended in Crimson Frost. We see how damaged he is after everything with Loki... and well, how damaged he was before Loki also.
Watching how both Logan and his father try to work on their complicated relationship was really touching too, both of them are so much alike and it will take time for them to rebuild their relationship, but you can see that although they are awkward with each other, they love each other and want to understand each other more. I'm hoping to see more progress on their relationship in Midnight Frost.
Another think I'm interested to see in Midnight Frost is if we will we get to read in Gwen and Logan's POV to see what's happening? Or will we just stick with Gwen all the way through like usual and hope that Logan appears soon enough. In all honesty I don't mind either way because Gwen is amazing and I never get bored reading in her POV, but think it would be interesting to have Logan their also to see how he deals with all his issues.
My only dissatisfaction about this novella... is that there is no Logan on the cover. Yes I'm being dramatic and petty, (bet everyone who read this thought I had something normal to be dissatisfied about) but since Logan is appropriately in love with Gwen, I'll let this one slide... also because whoever would have got picked for Logan probably wouldn't have satisfied my wildest fantasies anyway.
As you may have noticed, I'm beyond excited to get my hands on Midnight Frost now more than ever... because as stated above, Jennifer Estep really knows how to hurl us fans off a cliff and then as we climb dutifully back up again with the next book she kicks us right back down again... but I wouldn't have it any other way!
I requested this ARC from Netgalley when I read my friend RaMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
This book was, absolutely hilarious.
I requested this ARC from Netgalley when I read my friend Rachel's review over on her blog: Papercuts, and I'll agree with Rachel that the start was a bit slow.
However, it wasn't long until Shultz grabbed my attention with the leading lady; Emma Connor's hilarious character, and dare I say witty, one liners! I loved her sense of humor, and had to keep reading just to see what she would say next!
Because, honestly, who couldn't fall for a character that is, one: no push over & two: describes overpowering candy-like perfume as a 'Unicorn Fart'.
Spellbound had it's ups and downs for me, at one moment I'm thinking Emma is a fantastic, funny heroine and then she does something like.. oh, follow a bad person who has it out for you down into a basement when you have a time bomb curse ticking over your head... which obviously lead me to question her intelligence.
I understood why, but, I did think the word 'soul mate' was used a bit too much, but that could just be my commitment issues talking.
Other than that, I found Spellbound to be a great adventure! I'll be looking forward to Cara Lynn Shultz's future works!
I thought it was great at the end there was a little story with Angelique as the narrator, and I really, really, really hope that we can hear her story next! Because even though I thought Emma was great, I think a story in Angelique's POV would be AMAZING.
All up, I give Spellbound: three and a half stars. ...more
I'm guilty of never reading a Holly Black book or listening to an audio book... until now.
I've been meaning to try an audio book for awhile, because it would be so convenient for when I'm stuck with a massive headache, public transport or even cleaning! I was very happy to receive an e-mail from amazon giving me two free credits to get any two books on audible for free! (Check out their sale of: frightening low prices! Until the end of October - I've bought a few more already!)
Yes, The paperback of White Cat is only about $8.48 in pretty much any online store, but I had to give audio a try, and what better way to do it than listening to a book I've been dying to read since I discovered a few fellow bloggers reading the ARC of Black Heart, the third book in the Curse Workers series.
I love the covers for all three books in this series, and even though I have the first two books in audio, I may just have to grab a copy of the paperbacks also!
So now that I've dived headlong into Holly Black's amazing world and tasted her writing skills, I can't wait to read more, not only her Curse Workers series either, but her other books also!
I must say that at first, listening to the audio made me giggle a lot (especially when Jesse Eisenberg used his mum voice), it was strange getting used to listening instead of reading, but I eventually got used to it and got caught up in the world Holly crrafted (I will say that after listening to the start of The Scorpio Races, I was shocked by the vast difference in talent from the voice actors, but I still enjoyed White Cat nonetheless).
Used to reading books with female heroines, I was happy to read a book with a male as the main character.
Cassel is a fantastic character.
A dark past that he only remembers in chunks, Cassel has no idea what he is capable of and is terrified that he will hurt someone again. Holding people always at an arms length Cassel is determined not to end up in the family business, yet he still contains the thrill for the game...
Holly Black takes us on a thrilling ride into Cassel's mind: watching how he reacts to certain events, gaining friends, that he is shocked that he actually begins to trust; to using his con skills of lying and cheating, all to solve a mystery that has haunted him for the past three years; was an absolute blast!
I fell in love with all the characters, even the bad ones that I wanted to give a good smack! (I especially loved Grandpa and Sam!) The mystery was fantastic and I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what Cassel would find out and con next!
White Cat by Holly Black was a gripping read and I recommend to everyone that enjoys a good mystery with a magical twist, don't hesitate to pick this one up! I cannot wait to start Red Glove to see what will happen to Cassel next!
As soon as I heard about Haunting Violet I jumped to pre-order it, I have a massive obsession foMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
As soon as I heard about Haunting Violet I jumped to pre-order it, I have a massive obsession for any book with ghosts, and especially try to get my hands on any YA novel that has them mentioned in the synopsis.
My first trial was deciding if I should pre-order the hardcover or the paperback, I know most people wouldn't take pause and instantly order the hardcover, but I have a thing for paperbacks, and as soon as I saw the cover of the paperback, I had to get it, yes I thought the hardcover was equally stunning, but I couldn't resist.
So after I solved that dilemma, I read a few reviews and found out that not only did Haunting Violet have ghosts, but it also was set in England in the late 1800's, which is a favourite time period for me, so I was beyond excited.
I can't describe the joy of finding it in my mailbox earlier than I was expecting it (yesterday), and it didn't take me long to dive straight into the wonderful world that Alyxandra Harvey had created.
Violet Willoughby is no wilting flower, she has a lot to deal with; her mothers lies and outrageous personality, romantic interests, the rules of society, suddenly being able to see ghosts and a murderer on the loose who doesn't like the questions that she is asking.
Haunting Violet is a thrilling read, you get sucked right in to the mystery with Violet wondering who on earth did it, Harvey did a great job because honestly I came no where near close to guessing who was the killer, and that's one of the things I'm good at! (shame that I can't put it on a resume!)
The romance meshed well with the plot and didn't overwhelm it in the slightest.
I fell in love with Colin and just wanted to punch Xavier in the face every time he called Violet beautiful, I think she got it the first one hundred times you said it pal!
At the ending, the first thing I said was 'Aww' with a big smile on my face and had to stop myself from turning back to the start and reading it from the beginning all over again.
Haunting Violet will be found in my favourites pile and I'm hoping very much for a sequel, because even though the loose ends were tied off nicely it still has that potiential opening for a sequel
Now I'm off to go stalk Alyxandra Harvey's site for more info. (After some stalking I came across Alyxandra's twitter where she posted this: For those asking: Haunting Violet is a standalone. But I wrote a sequel bc I couldn't help myself ;) (but it's uncontracted so no promises.) You can find her twitter here.)
So it looks like I'll be waiting! Many people already love Haunting Violet, so I'm hoping that it wont be too long until the sequel in approved. :D...more
I'm not sure that I can describe how much I fell in love with this book. It was phenomenal andMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
I'm not sure that I can describe how much I fell in love with this book. It was phenomenal and I'm shocked, ashamed and a little outraged at myself for taking so long to discover this purely stunning masterpiece! So glad that I have (thanks to Kristi) and I'm going to be recommending this to everyone!
I'm a big Nancy Drew fan, so when I read the synopsis it instantly reminded me of Nancy but in the 1800's. And any book that gives me 18th century England combined with a girl detective will have me quickly clicking my ever open tab of The Book Depository to order a copy stat!
But not only does Mary have the sleuth skills of a detective, but she has awesome kick-ass moves that growing up on the street and the training at the Academy gave her at her disposal, not to mention her lock picking skills... would it be entirely wrong for me to say that I would love to be able to pick locks? For only good reasons of course (not that I could go and add that on my resume).
Then, The Man from the Wardrobe met Miss Closet... I mean then James met Mary, under very strange and hilarious circumstances, if I didn't already fall in love with the book previously, this scene would have done me in, instantly!
James and Mary's interaction with each other throughout the book will have you in peels of laughter and then sighing... at all the right moments. They are both thrilling and fantastic characters that I can't wait to read more about them!
A Spy in the House is not based solely on romance, but we do have little sparks flying around! (so don't be afraid it's non-existent) But it is mainly about the mystery. James and Mary come together, at first reluctantly to solve the big mystery, each of them having a different stake in the outcome, they decide that if they work together they can achieve the results they want faster, only problem being... they don't trust each other and watching them slowly come to terms with each other and finally trusting the other was one of the best parts of the book, and in the end they make a fantastic team!
I can't wait to see if James ever finds out about the truth about Mary and The Agency and I especially can't wait to delve deeper into Mary's past, especially about her father and her possible relatives... which seems like it will be very important in future books!
This book also made me ball my eyes out at a certain part... because I'm a wuss and I just want to say: Nooo Y.S How could you!? (It's okay, I don't hate you, even though you made me cry!)
Another thing I loved is that Mary wasn't a perfect detective either, she was an inexperienced novice that made mistakes, so I can't wait till book two finally arrives in my mailbox so I can see how she has grown from these past mistakes to becoming a better investigator!
After I finished the last page of A Spy in the house I immediately bought the third book (as I already bought the second, shortly after I started), I even bought the third in paperback as the hardcover hasn't been released yet, which I'm going to make sure that I buy when it's out... Although both covers are beautiful... and I think I may just buy the remaining paperback ones also.
The Agency A Spy in the House by Y.S Lee Is an amazing book that is going in my favourites and will be one of my most read books of all time gets:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is like rich dark chocolate, you either gobble it down reaMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is like rich dark chocolate, you either gobble it down really fast, or savour it slowly bite by bite.
Well at least that's what it was like for me.
At times, I found myself not being able to take my eyes off the page, other times I would put it down for a few minutes or longer, then come scurrying back to the simply FANTASTIC world the Erin Morgenstern created.
I don't think that I can write a review to give justice to this amazing book and all the feelings and emotions that were evoked from me, but I'll give it my best shot.
Tantalizing prose, a wide cast of characters, never knowing what the next page will reveal: Is just some of the many exciting things awaiting you in The Night Circus. I'm guilty of not being too fond when the Point Of View hops from one character to the other (it has to be done extremely well to satisfy me), I was pleased that Morgenstern did this with a touch of intrigue that seemed almost effortlessly done, as she jumped around different times as well as different POVs.
It was amazingly thought out and executed. I will advise everyone who hasn't read this masterpiece, that when you do (you know you want to!); note the year and sometimes month with each chapter, so you understand what's going on, sometimes it will be a chapter in the past and sometimes the future.
One would think that with so many characters and so many things going on, The Night Circus would be confusing and difficult to read... it isn't at all! Morgenstern's writing flow's and everything melds well together, you'll find yourself falling in love with many, if not all, of the character's that you meet.
Erin Morgenstern made me want to go to the amazing night circus, that appears out of nowhere; has mysterious secrets and many places to explore. I loved the concept of more than one big round tent and how you could just walk around discovering new things. I would love to visit a circus like Le Cirque des Rêves one day - with or without all the magic!
The Night Circus is definitely being added to my top favourites this year, and of all time. If you haven't read this yet, make sure you do! You wont regret it!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern gets: ...more
This book was adorable, probably not the best way to describe the surly pirates and independentMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
This book was adorable, probably not the best way to describe the surly pirates and independent characters in this book, as they would be highly offended... but the book just sent me to my happy place and gave me a fantastic warm and fuzzy feeling.
To Catch a Pirate is a good book to curl up with on a rainy day, or even a nice hot day at the beach!
I've been meaning to get this one for a while now, so when I finally decided to grab a copy I was shocked to see that it's gone out of print and that you can only buy used copies on amazon and elsewhere. So a friend saving the day lent me her copy, which I quickly devoured!
To Catch a Pirate made me think of Pirates of the Caribbean, James made me think that he was a mix of Captain Jack Sparrow with William Turner.. and our leading heroine Annalisa Townsend had a mix of Elizabeth Swan in her. Now I hate comparing books to movies or other books... but I just couldn't help it. I suppose its a common thing to think of Pirates of the Caribbean whenever the word Pirate is mentioned these days.
It was such a fun read that I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, because pirates are if anything, unpredictable... especially James!
The interaction between James and Anna is definitely worth the read, things could be chilling one moment to steaming hot the next!
It was a fun, fast paced story, that will not bore you in the slightest, it's filled with non-stop action, back-stabbing pirates, jealousy and of course love! I recommend this book to everyone that loves pirates, romance and young adult books! ...more
I've been seeing Hunting Lila everywhere since before its release in August and had never reallMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
I've been seeing Hunting Lila everywhere since before its release in August and had never really looked into it, as soon as I read the synopsis a while ago I quickly clicked open the book depository and bought it straight away, shocked and shamed that I hadn't done so before. I couldn't wait to start reading this awesome sounding book.
What sold me?
Well first the cover.. I want her shoes, they look so pretty! But not only that attracted me, but I guess that I've had a thing for stories about a main character with a crush on their brothers best friend since I was a teen (and made me wish my evil brother had hot friends haha), also not only did it have that, but add in a murder, mystery and psychic powers! All that together in one neat little awesome package and you had me SOLD!
Lila is a fantastic character, I loved watching her reactions to everything, especially where Alex was concerned, it was so cute and funny.
Alex... *fans self* seriously that is one steamingly hot sexy sexy man! (where can I get one!?)
Jack, Lila's brother was pretty adorable. Which leads me to a question I want to ask - do you have a brother like Jack or know someone who does? Just a curiosity of mine to see if anyone has an older brother who is over-protective? (I have a twin brother and he would hand me over gift-wrapped with a big smile on his face to any bad guys!)
I also loved Suki, she was so completely crazy which was awesome, (I just want to give her a big hug) I can't wait to see more of her in book two.
So many things happened in Hunting Lila, things that I expected and things that I didn't, I can't wait until Losing Lila comes out in August 2012, so many things can happen and I'm bursting at the seams to find out what! Its going to be a long impatient wait! (but at least we have a new book by Sarah coming out in the meantime, which sounds to be equally thrilling as Lila was! Make sure you check out Fated! Which will be out in January - Can't wait!)
It's so hard to write this review without spoiling anything and give justice to the absolute amazing world that Sarah has created!
Sarah Alderson is definitely an author to watch out for, Hunting Lila is going into my favourites and I'll be pursuing all of Sarah's books in the future! If you Haven't read Hunting Lila yet, make sure you do!
I've been reading so many good books lately, one after the other I go away after I turn the finaMore reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads
I've been reading so many good books lately, one after the other I go away after I turn the final page with a happy grin and my mind reeling; usually I find it difficult to find a good book but lately its been one after the other!
Almost makes me want to read something bad.... key word: Almost.
2011 seems like the year for fantastic books and fantastic debut authors stealing your breath away with each turn of the page.
Myra McEntire is one of these Authors, she writes a gripping tale that glued me to the page from start to finish.
The Rhet Butler reference didn't hurt either and had me giggling at the second page and eagerly moving onto the next wanting to find out what Emerson would say and do next.
Emerson is an independent and sassy character that will kick your butt, with her awesome ninja skills, and suck you right into her story.
Now lets move onto Michael, and let me just agree with Lily's nickname for him... Delicious!
Myra has packed this story with so many lovable characters, so I wont go into too much detail about them, but I will say one more thing: I'm dying for Kaleb and Lily to meet, now that is an interaction that I would pay to see... and most likely will (hopefully), in the next book!
The only bad thing about reading Hourglass, is that now I'm going to have to wait a full year for the next book, how I wish I could skip through time and get my hands on it already!
But, alas I don't have those awesome powers and I'll just have to be a good girl in the meantime and annoy all my friends to grab a copy, just so they can suffer with me (insert devious smiley face here).
All up Hourglass by Myra McEntire gets five stars and is placed into my largely growing favourites pile!
Great work Myra! Can't wait for the sequel!Also a BIG thanks to Rachel for helping me decide that I had to read hourglass NOW! ...more
I'm so excited for this book! Enchanted was amazing and so much fun! I can't wait to read about Saturday and her story, I'm sure it will be equally amI'm so excited for this book! Enchanted was amazing and so much fun! I can't wait to read about Saturday and her story, I'm sure it will be equally amazing and fun! ...more
Nora Roberts was my first step out of the YA field when I was in high school, I never thought tMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Nora Roberts was my first step out of the YA field when I was in high school, I never thought that I would like her books as much as I do today.
So I thought, that I would continue that tradition and write my first adult book review on one of the latest Nora Roberts that I've read; and it's one of my favourites too.
Chasing Fire had all the elements that I love in Nora's books, she dabbles in all genres centering around romance, but i love her ones involving murder and mystery; She writes a fantastic creepy bad guy and leaves you guessing until the end - Chasing Fire was no exception.
I wouldn't say that all Nora's books are fabulous, she has some doozies out there; but Chasing Fire did not disappoint me in any area.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read contemporary romance, or even murder mystery lovers... why?
The Characters are interesting: you have the characters you love, and the ones that you love to hate. None of them are perfect, each one have their flaws, and I love them for it. You wont find yourself just loving the main characters either, although they are great, Nora gives attention to all her characters, and has a few gems in her side characters also!
She has a fantastic plot and storyline: you can tell that she has amazing research skills, or amazing researchers, and always get an in-depth look into the characters world and occupation.
Rowan Tripp is our head strong, kick-ass, alpha heroine, she's not afraid to go after what she wants, when she wants it. It was great to see her and Gull's interactions, he wasn't scared to go after what he wanted either, and was so comfortable with his masculinity that he didn't mind that Rowan was his boss. But as the book progresses, we come to learn that he isn't afraid to be the alpha either, especially when those he cares about are threatened; he just goes about it a bit more sneakily than Rowan's up-front attitude. Watching them learn to compromise with each other was very entertaining.
All up Chasing Fire gets 5noms, it was utterly mouthwatering. ...more
disappointing. After all that lead up from three previous books, i expected the person who wanted to kill Randi to be slightly less obvious... and thedisappointing. After all that lead up from three previous books, i expected the person who wanted to kill Randi to be slightly less obvious... and the fact that Kurt didn't guess was ridiculous and then the epiphany when he suddenly did, her brothers did also was just disappointing. The romance was the only decent thing about the book... the end anti-climatic in the result from the would be killer to how Kurt and Randi got together.
However disappointing, the series was a fun read overall. I am interested to read Lisa Jackson's more recent books in hopes that her development as a writer has just gotten better over the years....more
Eilis O'Neal will have you entranced with this thrilling yet easy going tale, you'll just gobblMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Eilis O'Neal will have you entranced with this thrilling yet easy going tale, you'll just gobble it up without even realising how fast you breeze through it.
I wanted to read The False Princess ever since I read the synopsis, I thought, and remain to do so after reading, that it is a unique tale in the YA field and definitely worth the read, for all ages.
It made me sigh, made me get teary and it made me want to give all the characters a nice big hug, and yes sometimes a little slap, but only when they needed it!
Watching Sinda transform from the shy quiet princess into an outspoken scribe-girl who stands up for what she believes in. Fight with the social norms of the society that she never thought to question when she was a princess and realise that she was in love; was fantastic, intriguing and a hell of a ride.
The build-up with Kiernan and Sinda was definitely worth the wait, I just loved seeing their interaction with each other, especially the end... so cute!
I will say one thing, whenever the characters in the book traveled to another place, we never really got the details, they left and then they were suddenly there, or close to their destination. I mean it wasn't a problem, definitely didn't need all the travel time thrown in, it was just something I noticed because you think ooh what could happen with all this time alone together... and well nothing.
I can't really mention all the characters I loved and hated without dropping some major spoilers, so I think I'll just leave this review short and sweet.
If you're looking for a fun heart-warming read that still has some gasp worthy scenes, definitely pick this one up!
The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal was another great debut book this year, and I'll definitely be awaiting her next release!
Being a fan of fantasy books and all things dragons, I rushed over to NetGalley as soon as I diMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Being a fan of fantasy books and all things dragons, I rushed over to NetGalley as soon as I discovered Seraphina. (thanks to someone's IMM alerting me about this awesome novel!)
In my books nothing beats a good fantasy novel, steeped in intrigue and romance... and Seraphina definitely delivers that and much more!
There's a lot more to Seraphina than meets the eye and I'm not only talking about the main character either, but the book itself! At first when I started reading Seraphina, I felt like it was a bit bland with no emotion, but oh boy was I wrong! Seraphina is one of those books with characters that felt real and it just had so many different emotions packed into its pages and as I kept reading, and got to know the characters and Seraphina herself a bit better I was blown away with all the vast amount of emotions in this one book.
Rachel Hartman is a genius - how she managed to put so much into one book and yet make it so it wasn't overwhelming is beyond me and she deserves a pat on the back, a bright gold star and lots of cookies for her outstanding work!
The story wasn't boring for a second, there was so much that kept my mind thinking, mysteries to solve everywhere from the little to the big, relationships to sniff out and discover how deep they were and the dragon's themselves, such complex creatures showing little emotion were so much fun to work out, especially when they said or did something that offended a human without them meaning to.
I think the dragon's being like that and the human's mistaking a lot of their intentions and vice a versa and Seraphina herself stuck in the middle and only starting to discover herself, was just so much fun to me because I love working out a good mystery, the plot the characters and the world kept me occupied and I just couldn't put it down.
Orma was one of my favourite characters... hell I loved them all! But I think my favourite thing with Orma was that he was a dragon who worked so hard to remain stiff and emotionless and that when he did show his emotions, it was just so raw and strong... which made me teary or giggle everytime, I can't wait to see more of him in the future!
Princess Glisselda annoyed me a bit at the start, but like all the other character's she had a hidden depth and was revealed to be such a fun, smart (after she got over herself and prejudice's) and intriguing character... although I will admit I'm pretty freaked out and worried about what will happen in the future with her, Kiggs and Seraphina, because I got the feeling at one point that Glisselda knew about Kiggs and Seraphina's feelings for each other and was trying to set them up at one point, but then near the end I'm left thinking maybe I was wrong and 'ooh shit whats going to happen!?' But I guess only time will tell!
Kiggs! I love him, he is such a noble & straightforward character that will do anything in his power to protect those he cares about and find justice. I can't wait to see his character development in a hopefully second book... along with all the other fantastic characters in Rachel Hartman's amazing world of Dragon's and Humans.
Lastly my favourite character is Seraphina herself! Watching her grow from a timid young woman who didn't think that she could trust or love anyone who hated to lie but remained to do so to keep herself safe, to slowly begin to have courage in herself and others to even damning the consequences from people finding out the truth... was so worth it!
Bring on book two! & if there isn't going to be a book two... I'm going to cry for weeks EVER!
I recommend all lovers of Tamora Pierce or any lover of a good fantasy book to pick this one up! Even if fantasy isn't your favourite genre, Seraphina will be sure to leave you in awe!...more
After reading Obsidian, my first reaction was to think: I should go stick my head in the freezeMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
After reading Obsidian, my first reaction was to think: I should go stick my head in the freezer just so I can cool down enough to write my review!
Things were not only hot, in Obsidian... they was SCORCHING! Steam practically wafts out of this baby, I was a bit worried my kindle would spontaneously combust - although if it did, I swear I would only forgive it for doing so under the pressure of one of the extremely hot and incredibly yummy Daemon's kisses.
Now that you've all questioned my sanity or are bursting at the seams to get a hold of Obsidian... I'll continue.
I'm kind of surprised no one has ever wrote a book with the main character being a book blogger before (to my knowledge anyhow), and kudos to Jennifer for snatching up this idea, it was amazing and not only for the book blogger part, but the awesome alien concept as well!
I personally think it will be interesting to see how many more bloggers will appear after Obsidian hits the shelves, and if anymore books featuring bloggers will pop out in the foreseeable future!
Every book blogger out there will love to read about Katy, well I did - she was smart, sassy, had some great one liners, and of course she also had the same love affair with books that we all do. She was happy to receive comments, post reviews, insanely ecstatic when books arrived in the mail, embarrassed when the hot alien boy see's her quirky In My Mailbox post... oh wait, maybe we don't all have the hot alien boy part (where can I sign up for that!?).
Daemon was no angel, Katy describes him pretty well with her first scalding remark of 'douchebag' not so creative, but the girl works better than most under pressure! Maybe it's just me and Katy, but I do love a guy that can manage to be a complete jerk yet still flirt and give you butterflies at the same time! You just gotta hate and love him.
Daemon has hidden depths, like every character worth loving has. You just want to give him a big hug and um... rip his clothes off at the same time (hmm, maybe I'm being too graphic, apologies).
The tension was electric, the build up was tormentingly evil of Jennifer, but ooh boy was it worth the wait!
Dee was a bundle of adorable fun, she was a great match for the friendship area for Katy and I wouldn't want to stand between this girl and her ice-cream!
The Alien twist was great, I love how they weren't your typical little green men seeking peace or massive bugs after world domination.
The end was: awesome, frustrating, humorous, amazing and intriguing! my hands are going to be tingling to the very tips until I get my hands on book two!
I have so many speculations about book two! I don't want to spoil so I think I'm going to have to go annoy other fantastic bloggers that have read this masterpiece already and see what they think and speculate!
Thank you Jennifer and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review Obsidian - which I've been dying to read ever since I heard about it and then did my first ever cover release!
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was another fantastic read and will be going into my favourites and truthfully, I think she had me as soon as 'stab-worthy' was mentioned in the synopsis!
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a definite must read! & gets:
I was really excited to be contacted by Entangled to be apart of the Hushed tour (my interviewMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
I was really excited to be contacted by Entangled to be apart of the Hushed tour (my interview with Kelley will be up on December 9th) and even more excited to read Hushed early!
I'm going to be honest and say that I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like it after I read the first seventeen pages, but that's where things started to get really good!
I don't think that I've ever wanted a character to get away with murder as bad as I wanted Archer to! I was a bit worried about him at the start, but as the story progressed I just wanted to fold him up and put him in my pocket for safekeeping!
Evan was just as adorable as Archer, you could just see how well they would fit together and I was cheering for them to get together and kick psycho Vivian to the curb!
Vivian was an amazing complex character, she's one of those girls that everyone likes. Archer is so in love with her, that he even turns to murder to try to heal all the pain and suffering that she's been through, in hopes that she will turn back into the girl that he fell in love with so many years ago.
There was a turning point in the story when Vivian basically has two choices, to change her life for the better or to let the crazy come out to play... if you haven't guessed, she decided on the crazy.
At first I wanted Archer to end up with both Vivian and Evan... don't ask why haha I don't know, I just did, but then Vivian went all psycho bitch... which was masterfully done, she was so creepy and I got really worried about both Evan and Archer that I was sitting on the edge of my seat gripping my kindle, excited yet scared to turn the next page to see what would happen next.
Also I'm going to mention the build up between Evan and Archer was torturous! In a good way of course, but there was all this yummy tension and then suddenly from small touches and tantalizing embraces to BAM steamy goodness, which kind of shocked me with how sudden it went from something small to something big... but I'm not complaining!
Then the ending... well first there's the unofficially ending when I finally took a breath and sat back not worried about what would happen next and then Kelley kicked me on my ass with the ending.. oooh boy oh boy! I wasn't too sure how I felt about it either and had to take a moment to think after the final page and taking it all in.
I loved it, and can't wait to see else Kelley will write next. I hope that there will be lots of Scary characters, chilling scenes and especially yummy, steamy goodness in the not too distant future! ...more