I was a huge fan of Beautiful Disaster so when I found out that Beautiful Wedding, somehow came out without my knowledge, I was psyched at the chanI was a huge fan of Beautiful Disaster so when I found out that Beautiful Wedding, somehow came out without my knowledge, I was psyched at the chance of returning to Abby and Travis’ world even if it was a short story.
I never really thought about Travis’ involvement in the fire. It was so brushed over in the Beautiful Disaster that I sort of moved on from it as the story did. At the time, I figured the fire had somewhat of an impact on Abby’s marriage proposal. Having gone through such a terrible experience, she came out of it with a new understanding of love and death and living life to its fullest.
That was my understanding until I read Beautiful Wedding.”
To read Beautiful Wedding and to find out that Abby wanted to marry Travis so he had an alibi for the fire blows my mind. To top that, Abby conspires with Trent to lie to the police and say that Travis wasn’t even fighting that night the fire broke out. That Travis and Abby were in Vegas getting married the whole time.
I’m all for love and honestly there is no doubt I would want to protect my significant other as well. However, there comes a moment when you need to reflect and wonder what the right course of action is exactly. People died in this fire. Adam planned the event so he is definitely responsible but Travis isn’t exactly innocent. He agreed to the location as well and showed up to collect money. If the police find him a guilty participant, shouldn’t he be punished?
I give Rise by Anna Carey 3/4 star rating. After finishing this novel, I wanted to go lower. I wanted to lower this star rating to 1/5 but my promiseI give Rise by Anna Carey 3/4 star rating. After finishing this novel, I wanted to go lower. I wanted to lower this star rating to 1/5 but my promise of fairness got in my way.
Where do I begin? Let’s start with the problem.
I have to start out by saying this is a bunch of rage packed together in a nice bundle. Not my usual style but it happens every once in a while.
If I could take back the hours of my life wasted on this series I would.
This saddens me because I actually enjoyed the Eve series. I just can’t stand an open ending that feels unfinished. A good ending is crucial. When you finish a series, you want to end on a good note. Having a terrible ending just brings down the whole series in general despite how differently you may have felt before finishing.
WTF was that ending? Seriously?
(view spoiler)[ Okay, so Caleb is supposedly ‘dead.’ We all know he isn’t. So I waited...and waited...and waited. Then, on the last page of the novel we find out that Caleb is indeed alive and is paralyzed from the waist down from being wounded at the end of the second novel. So Eve, who at this moment is overjoyed that her love is alive, starts running down the hall to locate the room he is being held in. Then it ends. No reunion. No explanation about how he survived without the use of his legs on his own, with little medical assistance. Or how he will respond to Eve’s pregnancy. Is Eve having a girl? Boy? Nothing. Nada. Fin.
When I imagined an ending to this series, it was something along the lines of Caleb and Eve walking hand-in-hand with their daughter/son down the newly constructed Palace with Eve and Caleb reflecting about the past and how things have changed. Maybe with Aren as the new President and Rose and Clara finally united, of course Clara and Charles are now married.
Instead, I get no closure from this series and more open plots then I ever wish. (hide spoiler)]
Olivia Townsend gets more than she bargains for during a bachelorette party for her best frieI give Down to You by M. Leighton 4/5 stars.
Down to You:
Olivia Townsend gets more than she bargains for during a bachelorette party for her best friend that leaves her confused and completely embarrassed. The reason behind her sudden distress is none other than the bad-boy, club owner Cash Davenport. Convinced she wasn’t the only one who felt the spark between them that night; Olivia find herself enraged to find her mystery club owner eating breakfast in her kitchen the next morning with his girlfriend, Marissa (Olivia’s cousin.) Only the man in her kitchen is claiming to be Nash Davenport, the twin of the mystery man she met the night before. This wouldn’t be a problem for Olivia if Nash wasn’t looking every bit as appetizing as Cash did.
Down to You review:
This novel was hard for me to get through. For only being around 215 pages (ebook), it should have been a fairy easy read for me. It took me a little more than 2 weeks to finish; only finishing it because I forced myself to sit down the past two days.
I was first introduced to Down to You by a few twitter friends who gushed about the sexiness that is Nash and Cash. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy reading about some hot, middle twenty something men who are extremely hot and successful. From the very gecko, I was hooked at the prospect and bought this novel immediately
So why Heather did you give the novel a 4/5 star rating if it was such a bother to finish? To that I answer, I figured everything out and there is nothing more annoying than waiting for the heroine to catch on as well. However, when she finally did, I was blown away by the romance and definitely had a change of heart on the whole novel.
As I mentioned, I figured out the secret immediately but it was the reasons behind such a secret that had me confused. I’m really glad the novel ended the way it did. I feel content and now I can wait for the next installment to find out how things with Olivia and –ash will continue on (-ash? Could that mean Nash or Cash?).
When I said I liked the end, I’m not talking about the epilogue. That was just so freaking creepy. At first, I thought the guy was talking to himself in third person, which amplified the creepiness factor. I really hope Olivia doesn’t answer her phone or that b*tch Marissa comes home.
Cash and Nash?
1. Their parents are terrible.
2. No wonder Cash is the bad boy. I could only imagine the ridicule this boy went through in school....more
I give Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover 5/5 stars for being absolutely amazing and definitely less gOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover 5/5 stars for being absolutely amazing and definitely less gloomy this time around. (Less gloomy equals less blubbering, on my part, which is definitely a good thing.)
Once again, like my review on Slammed, I have found myself completely emotional and struggling to write yet another review for this series. It will be short and sweet but I would give nothing less for such an amazing novel.
Once of my biggest concern for Point of Retreat was the switch to Will's POV. It almost made me not want to continue the series (I have issues with male POV's). I'm so glad I didn't listen to myself. I would have missed out!
Point of Retreat obsession:
I would love to begin this review by point out that Ms. Hoover has mad skills. I’m not sure why it took me so long to start the Slammed series but I’m sure glad I did. I’ve cried, screamed, swooned, and straight-out want to punch a character in the face. Altogether, Slammed was one of the best books (series) of the year. I’m now eagerly and impatiently waiting for the next installment, Will s Story, due out in 2013. *finger crossed the release dates moves up*
Point of Retreat review:
Point of Retreat begins exactly where Slammed ended. From the epilogue, in Slammed, we find out that it has been an entire year since Layken Cohen and Will Cooper finally became an official couple. Much is happened in the past year, more importantly speaking, Layken and Kel’s mom Julie has inevitably passed in September from lung cancer. Since this is the case, Layken is now the sole guardian of Kel making her predicament very similar to Will and Caulder’s.
However, of course, there wouldn’t be another novel unless there was more drama arising to destroy Layken and Will’s perfect world. That ‘drama’ is in the form of Will’s ex, Vaugh Gibson. From Slammed, we learned that Vaugh was Will’s girlfriend for the two years before his parents died. Their relationship, ended after Vaugh left Will heartbroken two weeks after his parents died. What a swell girl, huh? Oh you just wait. It gets better.
Yes!. Point of Retreat is a perfect secondary novel to follow Slammed.
Once again, I find myself thrilled by the whole idea of slam poetry. I think the whole concept is brilliant and I really wish I could make one of my own. We’ll see. I may even post it later to this review. ...more
I give Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 4/5 for being the perfect companion novel to Beautiful Disaster.
Walking Disaster review:
Having been suI give Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 4/5 for being the perfect companion novel to Beautiful Disaster.
Walking Disaster review:
Having been such a fan of Beautiful Disaster , I was excited to find out that the author planned to write the story from Travis' POV. I felt Travis, for the most part, was very misunderstood in Beautiful Disaster . There were scenes from Beautiful Disaster , such as the scene where Abby leaves Travis after (view spoiler)[ the bet ended and they made love for the first time and American tells her the next morning that Travis freaked out that left and destroyed the apartment. Now that I read Walking Disaster , I'm completely content with the way he responded. I feel his reaction is justified now. (hide spoiler)] Things just make better sense now and I so wish this novel was out when I first read Beautiful Disaster . I would have loved to read them side by side. I'm so glad future readers will be given the opportunity to do that.
My only complaints were that Walking Disaster followed along with the events that happened in Beautiful Disaster pretty consistently throughout. Since the novel was in Travis' POV, I was hoping for a few more side story lines that would deviate from Beautiful Disaster. I also felt the pacing was a bit off at some points. The story would either jump ahead way too fast or the scenes would be 100% identical to the scene from Abby's POV in Beautiful Disaster, which felt very repetitive to me.
I would recommend a new reader to the series to start out reading Beautiful Disaster . While I was reading Walking Disaster , I felt that during a few scenes the author seemed to expect the reader to know what was happening from reading Beautiful Disaster with the same scene.
I give The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski 3.5/5 stars. I found the story to be very entertaining andOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski 3.5/5 stars. I found the story to be very entertaining and a cool twist on the werewolf mythology.
Adria Dawson has never lived a normal life; Stuck in a trailer with her mother, sister, and alcoholic step-father, Adria could be better. When a series of mysterious events lead her to Maine to live with her Aunt Beverlee and Uncle Carl, Adria couldn’t be happier at a new beginning. That is until her sister, Alex, begins act strange. Suddenly, Adria is twisted into a world she never foresaw, finding love in the last place she expected.
Issac Mayfair is dark and mysterious. He lives a life few teenagers experience. His family holds a secret so big, its ultimate death to anyone who uncovers it. Since Issac's life is filled with such danger and a past of extreme misfortunes, he knows Adria is safer without him.
**I’m going to change my reviewing format. This will be more of my thoughts versus a review.**
The Mayfair Moon: My thoughts:
I’ll admit that, at one point, I decided I could no longer bear to read The Mayfair Moon any longer. Around chapter four, I remember actually turning to my sister and stating, “This is unbearable, I’m so done.” Nonetheless, because I absolutely hate quitting a novel, I kept going.
I’m so glad I continued despite my previous reservations!
The writing in the beginning is a bit shaky for my taste. A lot of the sentences felt awkward and it seemed as though the author may have had trouble trying to convey what was going on in the scenes. I ended up having to reread a few sentences to understand what was really going on. In addition, I also felt some sentences were missing, which also contributed to my overall confusion.
Another factor that really deterred me from enjoying this novel was the heavy Twilight vibes in the beginning. I know the whole Twilight comparison is thrown around a lot now so I will back up my claim; The heroine has just moved into town, the best friend is described as being quirky and strange as well as having a pixie hair cut, the love interest is dark, mysterious, and feels he is a danger to the heroine so she would be wise to avoid him. However, I did find that the further I continued reading, the more the comparisons faded and the story became one of its own.
I felt that by chapter six, the things I condemned the novel for were fixed and everything was definitely smooth sailing after that. Once, I was able to concrete on the story, I fell in love.
One of the coolest things in The Mayfair Moon was the werewolf mythology. That’s right, there are actually werewolves; standing, furry, huge teeth, and of course, blood. Usually in the werewolf genre, it is a man turning into a wolf so the change was both interesting and exciting. That was until later when the explanation became all scrabbled and confusing (see spoiler).
When the werewolves were first introduced; it was two men, one turned into a wolf and the other a werewolf. This is what got me excited about the story in the first place. However, halfway through the werewolf form was then explained to not exactly be another race but a middle ground between a men and werewolf. At this exact part, I remember thinking, “Oh like what the shape shifters do in the Kate Daniels series.” I honestly feel if I had not read the Kate Daniels series first, I would be lost in this description of the races. In all honestly, I’m still confused on whether both races can turn into this middle ground or if one remains stuck where as the other has a choice… (hide spoiler)]
Having decided upon a 3.5 star rating for The Mayfair Moon, I really had a self-battle on whether I would give the novel 3 or 4 stars. It was my need for the next installment that ultimately sealed the deal.
Since this is the case, I prefer to read Kindred before deciding if I would recommend this series. ...more
Honestly, if I could give Slammed by Colleen Hoover more than a 5/5 star rating, I would in a heartbeOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
Honestly, if I could give Slammed by Colleen Hoover more than a 5/5 star rating, I would in a heartbeat. That is how much I love Slammed.
Due to the blubbering mess that has become of me since finishing Slammed, I’m afraid this novel will not get a proper review until I can control myself. Having said this, I will at least attempt to write some sort of review on Slammed for the time being.
My attempt at some sort of Slammed review:
First and foremost, I feel the need to explain how much of a disadvantage I was at going into this novel. For the friends who recommended Slammed to me, I hate you all for giving me the wrong impression! I was completely unprepared for this novel.
From the synopsis, the reader is made aware that 18-year-old Layken Cohen has recently lost her father. Though I fully understand the emotional fallout that would accompany such a tragedy, I was by no means expecting the novel to be as heart-wrenching as it was.
On a more positive and less depressing note, I thought it was really awesome and such a cool idea how Ms. Hoover integrated slam poetry into her novel. I, for one, have never been too enthusiastic when it came to poetry to begin with but I have to admit, I may like this concept of slam poetry. I would love to actually see it in person one day.
The only background knowledge I had on this type of poetry prior to the novel dates back to that movie made back in 1999 called Drive Me Crazy (based on the popular song by Britney Spears). You know the one with Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier? I remember the scene where character Adrian Grenier plays, Chase Hammond, is sitting in a coffee shop with his girlfriend and someone (maybe his girlfriend) is performing slam poetry. That is as far as my memory stretches so if I missed a detail, oh well, it was 13 years ago.
Absolutely. Slammed is such as amazing novel, I would recommend it to any looking for a very powerful read. Yes, I won’t mislead anyone. This novel deals with intense topics that will bring out the water works. ...more
I give Breathe by Abbi Glines, 4/5 stars for having such adorable characters and reminding how excitiOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Breathe by Abbi Glines, 4/5 stars for having such adorable characters and reminding how exciting first love is.
When Saddie White finished school for the summer, she had planned to only work half-time as hired help for the rich alongside her mother, Jessica White. However, when Jessica declares herself too pregnant to work this summer, Saddie is forced to take over her job and work full time to support the both of them. Lucky enough, Saddie finds she truly enjoys her new summer job. From the warm hospitality of her fellow staff members to the new friends she has required, having never had time for friends before, everything seems to be heading in the right direction for her. That is until the owner of the summer home she is employed at, Jax Stone, shows up and turns Saddie’s world completely upside down. If falling in love with the person who signs her check every week isn’t bad enough, Jax is also the infamous rock-star heartthrob.
When I first finished reading Breathe, I struggled to determine a fair rating. Though, I truly enjoyed the many aspect of this novel, there was one character in particular, for better terms, I wanted to strangle to death every time he/she showed up. I always favor the novels that bring out the intense emotions for me. However, in this case, I wished Saddie would have stood up to this character more frequently. Instead, I felt as though she promoted such poor behavior. For such a strong independent girl, I was shocked that she was so weak in this scenario.
How was that for indiscreet?
Breathe was like a breath of fresh air on a warm summer evening. Yes, the story took place during the summer time but what I meant by that statement was that with most of the YA genre filled with immaturity and unnecessary drama, I was relieved that Saddie was so mature and grown-up. Due to her mother’s current state, Saddie was forced to become the sole provider for her family. She had responsibilities that couldn’t afford be sidetracked even during the hardest parts of her life. Since this is the case, I admired Saddie because I’m not sure many couldn’t walk in her shoes.
One of my favorite scenes in the novel is when Jax offers to pay all of Saddie’s bills and she denies him. Here is the passage:
“Tomorrow, will you go deep sea fishing with me?”
I faltered at his question. I worked every day but Sunday, he knew my hours.
“I still have a job,” I reminded him.
Jax frowned and shook his head. “You’re not still going to work for me.”
“Jax, I have to work. If you don’t want me here, I have to go find another job.”
He placed a finger over my lips and shook his head. “No, I’ll take care of your bills and needs.”
I stepped back away from his arms. My stomach clenched. I would not be like my mother. I didn’t need a man to take care of me. He wasn’t going to pay me to spend time with him. I took a deep breath hoping I could explain this so he understood.
“Jax, listen, it is important to me that I earn my own money. I can’t be paid to spend time with you because it would make it cheap somehow. I want to be with you. There should be no money involved. I need to be an equal, and as crazy as it sounds, the only way I can hope to achieve that in any way is to work for the money I earn. Please, I enjoy working with Ms. Mary and Mr. Greg and even Marcus. I could go somewhere else if you don’t want me working for you, but I really like it here.”
Saddie had the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful summer with her new love without the stress of working and paying bills. Yet, Saddie refused to allow herself to give up all her beliefs and become solely independent of her boyfriend just because it was the easy way out.
Yes. Breathe by Abbi Glines was very enjoyable and definitely a summer read for sure.
For others looking for a comparison to other novels, I feel as though Breathe is the YA version of the novel Love Unscripted. Both deal heavy on the advantages/disadvantages of fame.
Critics of this novel have sentenced it to a two star rating and below due to complaints such as corniness, unreal situations, and being too happy all the time. To that I say, um…it’s a fictional novel. Yeah there are some corny lines but isn’t that how first loves are? I remember specifically saying all kinds of cheesy things to my boyfriend when I was young. From, “you are the reason I wake up every day,” to “I believe every person on earth is born with half of themselves and they aren’t fully complete unless they meet our other half and become whole.” As for unreal, well, I will probably never meet a rock star teenage and fall hopelessly in love with him. It’s fictional and supposed to be a chance to experience a life that you or I will never have. ...more
I give Easy by Tammara Webber 5/5 stars for being completely enthralling and making me question my oOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Easy by Tammara Webber 5/5 stars for being completely enthralling and making me question my own standards for future novels.
Nobody is more surprised with my 5/5 star rating then me. Why you might ask? Oh well, because I seriously told myself I would stop reading this novel four times.
However, I’m so glad I continued reading because Easy is now one of my favorite novels of the year.
When Jacqueline Wallace’s boyfriend of three years, Kennedy Moore, is accepted to the college of his dreams, she feels no other choice but to come with him. After all, she can major in Music just about anywhere so what is the point in going to another college without said boyfriend? All things seem to go perfect for the first year of college however a quarter through their sophomore year, the thrill of being in a fraternity around beautiful sorority girls proves to be too much for our dear Kennedy. Figuring he should probably get his ‘flirtatious’ side out of his system now while he is still young and able to take chances, Kennedy breaks things off with Jacqueline.
Jacqueline, none to please at being discarded by her boyfriend for such a ridiculous reason (my opinion), must now adjust to her newly single status and learn to live how to live without her ex-boyfriend for who she gave everything up for.
One of the reasons I wanted to read this novel so badly was because, like Jacqueline, I too decided to follow the path of my boyfriend to college. However, unlike Jacqueline, my boyfriend did not dump me to pursue other girls (thankfully).
Still the prospect of making such a commitment to your boyfriend as to go to a college of his dreams and then having it backfire like that is extremely depressing.
Why did you stop reading those four times?
I wasn’t connecting with the protagonist as much as I hoped to? The writing wasn’t to my approval? Lucas was so darn sexy I just couldn’t take it anymore? Okay, maybe not the last excuse though I can guarantee Lucas is a bonafide sex-god. The truth was that I just wasn’t getting into the storyline and characters. The four times I did quit happened in the first five chapters. Though, I have never been more relieved by my obsession to finish every book I read no matter what because the rest of this story was beyond amazing.
Absolutely! Though I didn’t agree with the first few chapters, it was worth it in the end to stick with the Easy . Lucas is by far one of my favorite love interests and I look forward as using him as a model to all other books I read in the future. ...more
After some careful deliberation, I decided to give Love Unscripted by Tina Reber 4.5/5 stars for bOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
After some careful deliberation, I decided to give Love Unscripted by Tina Reber 4.5/5 stars for being both more than entertaining and opening my eyes to the some of the terrible conditions celebrity’s these faces go through.
My thoughts on Love Unscripted :
When I first read the synopsis for Love Unscripted, I knew this was the novel for me. Having just returned to contemporary romance novels, after a long and never boring journey in all things supernatural, Love Unscripted was, for better words, a nice breath of fresh air and normalcy. Not to say the journey that Taryn and Ryan embark on in this novel is anything but normal.
Review of Unscripted Love:
In the past year, Taryn Mitchell, a 27 year old bartender and owner of Mitchell’s Pub from Seaport, Rhode Island, has had her shares of more heart break and loss than any sane person could withstand. Between losing her father to a massive heart attack and catching her ex-fiancé with another woman in his bed, Taryn thought she finally got her life back on track and heading in the right direction.
As the owner of a successful bar in town as well as a share holder in the winery business, Taryn is more than financial stable. The only thing missing in her life is a man. However, after her past failed relationships, Taryn has sentenced herself to the life of being single to protect her heart.
That was until famous and heartthrob Seaside actor Ryan Christensen literally storms through the front doors of her Pub to escape the rabid fans closely chasing after him. Now, Taryn finds herself drawn to Ryan in a way she has never experienced with any men in her life. However, after a lifetime of dealing with heartbreak and infidelity, is Taryn prepared to begin a relationship with such a public figure, who has many opportunities to do just what she fears?
Holy cow YES (sorry for the excitement)! Despite the hefty page length of Unscripted Love, and yes this scared me as well at first, this novel is beyond all expectations. There is quite a lot of steaming love scenes, humorous banter, joy and heartbreak. There are even moments where I seriously wanted to strangle the heroine and hero. Still, I really enjoyed the epic journey that this novel brought and I’m counting down the days until Love Unrehearsed. If I count write, it should be around 43 days, 6 weeks, 1038 hours, 62337 minutes and 3740204 seconds (give or take a couple seconds) until the release of Love Unrehearsed.
You may ask, why Heather did you give Love Unscripted 4.5/5 stars? Well... (view spoiler)[ though I completely adored this novel, it tended to get a bit repetitive. There were times I felt Taryn and Ryan were having the same conversation over and over again. Still, I can't completely knock the book apart for this (hence the .5 rating off). I mean, don't we all feel like we're having the same arguments with our own boyfriends? So, very realistic I presume. (hide spoiler)]
Fun scenes I felt needed to be included in my review to further enhance the awesomeness of Love Unscripted.
“How much money do you think I could make from all these women who want to have sex with me?”
“Billions!” I quickly replied.
“Really? Help me drag a mattress out into the front yard. You can sell lemonade and I’ll just fuck people all day!” he cackled.
Nick made me jump slightly when he gasped loudly. “Tell the limo driver to stop. We have to kick Taryn out. It says right here she’s just using my brother for sex.”
Ryan sat up quickly. “That’s true! She forces me to…” He covered his eyes with the champagne bottle and pretended to cry, slumping back into the seat. “All the time!” he wailed. “And she beats me too! She says ‘you get naked and get in that bed or I’ll give you something to really cry about mister.’ I mean, I’m only human. I’m not a machine.”
“Janelle beats me all the time,” Nick cried. “I feel so used.”
“You wish!” she laughed.
“I don’t know about you Janelle, but if I have to pick up his dirty socks and underwear I want something in return!” I defended.
“I know!” she agreed. “The Christensen scent sure doesn’t smell like roses.”
“Hey, we take pride in our scent!” Ryan argued.
“If your fans only knew…” I replied. “Maybe they wouldn’t be standing so close to our doors.”
“I thought your fans were too busy kissing their Seaside pillowcases to travel all the way to Rhode Island,” Janelle teased.
“Go ahead and laugh, Janelle. I’m laughing all the way to the bank.”
“Pillowcases?” I questioned. I had no idea what she was talking about.
“And bed sheets! Now girls all around the globe can sleep with Charles at night!” Janelle laughed.
“I dry humped my Charles pillow just last night,” Nick chortled, making obscene gestures.
Ryan threw the champagne cork at him. I gathered Ryan didn’t like that last dig, because Ryan threw the cork with some force. Nick flinched away, smiling.
“I used the real Ryan Christensen as a sex toy last night,” I whispered in Ryan’s direction, trying to keep him in a good mood.
Ryan gave me a high-five and winked at me. “Damn straight! And then I sprayed you with my personal scent to keep the other animals away!”...more
Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark forced me into a world I was completely unfamiliar with in every way. This not surprising, since I’m sure not many people could relate to being kidnapped and forced/trained into sex slavery. Yet, even as the subject matter challenged me in ways I never expected, I couldn’t help but be fascinated in the world and characters Ms. Roberts created.
I will admit that in the beginning, I disliked Caleb greatly. I thought he was a very morbid individual who had serious mental issues and I couldn’t foresee any change in him. Of course, I knew Caleb would change his ways; the series wouldn’t be a HEA if he didn’t. Though, I really worried for the majority of the first book and half of the second. Even concurring, that Livvie may end up with someone other than Caleb.
Anyone else rooting for... (view spoiler)[ Agent Matthew Reed in the beginning before the whole Dr. Janice Sloan thing happened? I seriously thought Matthew and Livvie would end up together in the end since Caleb was supposedly dead. Though by the end, I’m glad Livvie and Matthew didn’t end up together. Matthew has some issues he needs to work through. Matthew and Janice seem like they could make a fascinating couple. *wink, wink* (hide spoiler)]
Since goodreads only allows and rating of 5 stars, I’m reduced to giving Beautiful Disaster by JamieOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
Since goodreads only allows and rating of 5 stars, I’m reduced to giving Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 5/5 stars (seriously, it deserves 10 stars).
Have you ever wrote a review of a novel you loved so much it was hard to place into words the amazing-ness of what you just read? THAT is this review. Enjoy.
Beautiful Disaster review:
To escape the reputation that was unfairly placed on her in her home town, Abby Abernathy, along with her long-standing best friend America, have set out to attend Eastern University for their first year of college. There, Abby has a relatively strange first encounter with the infamous Travis “Mad dog” Maddox. Unfortunately, as much as Abby would rather stay away from Travis, as well as his outstanding reputation for being both a bad boy and ladies man, America has found herself completely smitten with no one other than Travis’ cousin, Shepley. Forced to either disconnect herself from America or make due with Travis’ existence, Abby agrees to keep peace with the notorious bad-boy on campus.
That is until Abby decides to make a beat with Travis that may just change everything…
In simple terms, Beautiful Disaster is one heck of a roller-coaster ride between two enjoyable characters who are complete opposites yet completely made for one another at the same time. If I could totally erase my mind and re-read this entire novel again, I would in a heart beat because that is how good it is. Ms. McGuire is a truly a very talented writer and her characters are just so relatable and honest, I doubt anyone could hate them. Both Travis and Abby have their flaws but despite any of it, they are so willing to fight to make their relationship last forever.
Yes! Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is a beautiful story about two people trying to make a relationship work when all odds are stacked against them. From the first page to the last, the reader is taken on an adventure that will promise to have you overjoyed, crying and even screaming incoherently as these to two characters figure out how to make their relationship work. It is a change, but one that is so worth it in the end.
**It has been rumored that Jamie McGuire will not be making Beautiful Disaster in a series but is, however, write the entire novel in Travis' POV.
I give Bared to You by Sylvia Day 5/5 stars for being extremely swoon worthy and truly amazing on thOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Bared to You by Sylvia Day 5/5 stars for being extremely swoon worthy and truly amazing on this captivating journey between Eva and Gideon.
Bared to You review:
After recently graduating and moving across country from San Diego to Manhattan, for a whole new beginning with her best friend Cary Taylor, Eva Tramwell lands the job of a life time at Waters Field & Leaman located in the Crossfire Building. Aside from having to come to terms with the New Yorker life-style, Eva also has to concern herself with her ever increasingly, overprotected mother, who has made it her life goal to interfere with her daughters life at any cost to ensure her safety. If a stalker-like-mother wasn’t problem enough, Eva is in for quite a surprise when she meets mysterious yet sexy Gideon Cross, owner of the entire Crossfire Building! What could be so wrong with meeting Mr. Sexy Cross? Only that he was made it his life mission to possess Eva body and soul at any cost, even if she isn’t to bent on the idea.
Bared to You was recommended to be as a cure for my ever devastating Fifty Shades of Grey depression, which typically happens after finishing the third and final novel, Fifty Shades Freed. Having heard about the many similarities between the two novels, I jumped on the chance to have another go in a world I loved so much. After reading Bared to You, I am happy to announce that this novel definitely filled the void. There are enough similarities between the two novels to help with the Fifty Shades depression yet not enough to feel as though this is a ‘copy cat’ situation.
Recommend?: Yes, yes, yes. This Bared to You was phenomenal and I’m very desperate for the next novel, Deeper in You. October 2, 2012 cannot come soon enough; though rumor has it, it will be released sooner than that. I would definitely recommend Bared to You to anyone who loved the Fifty Shades series especially....more
I give The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams 5/5 stars for being my book hang-over of the year. If I didn't have the second installment, The ShattereI give The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams 5/5 stars for being my book hang-over of the year. If I didn't have the second installment, The Shattered Dark , next to me, I'd probably go crazy. This series is my drug of choice at the moment.
I’m not exactly sure why I held off reading The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams for so long but I definitely regret it. The Shadow Reader is simply amazing. McKenzie, Aren, Kyol, and even Loren, I love them all and I’m at least grateful to have held this novel off entire book two, The Shattered Dark was released. Now, I can start the second novel this very instant.
On a side note, it’s hard to have read as many novels I have and not find similarities. With the whole fae thing happening as well as the love triangle between the sarcastic, carefree rebel and the dramatic, fierce solider, I was having major The Iron King flashbacks. Though I can honestly say, The Shadow Reader is more like the older, better sibling of the two. ...more
** Though this is a spoiler-free review for Through the Ever Night , some spoilers for for Under the Never Sky are present.
I give Through the Eve** Though this is a spoiler-free review for Through the Ever Night , some spoilers for for Under the Never Sky are present.
I give Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi 5/5 stars for being one of the best follow up books I’ve read. (I was going to say this year but then it’s only been like nine days.)
Through the Ever Night review:
Through the Ever Night , begins exactly where Under the Never Sky ends. Perry and Aria have finally been reunited after the long winter. Though Perry and Aria, as well as myself, would rather spend the rest of the novel laying in one another arms catching up on lost time, they have obligations that must be met.
Under the Never Sky was about Aria and Perry embarking on a journey to find their lost love ones who were being held by the Reverie while finding love, trust, and acceptance on the way.
Through the Ever Night is about dealing with the aftermath of Under the Never Sky and embarking on their own personal journeys.
With the threat of Talon’s well being resting on her shoulders, Aria must find the information Hess so desires; the location of the Still Blue.
Having become blood lord by killing his only brother Vale, Perry must deal with the responsibilities of now being responsible for 400 people.
Despite, having their own sets of problem, the biggest obstacle may be keeping the love between them strong while continuing to remain loyal to one another.
Absolutely. Through the Ever Night is just as amazing as Under the Never Sky and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to continue on with the series.
What a *Though, I will not provide any spoilers for Reckless, I do hint at ones for the two earlier novels in the series, Thoughtless and Effortless*
What an epic novel, my life is now complete.
Excuse the mess that is this review, I'm emotional.
I give Reckless by S.C. Stephens 5/5 stars for being simply outstanding and everything I expect in a series final.
At the end of Effortless , the D Bags, having had success on tour with Avoiding Redemption featuring Justin, are given the opportunity to head to Hollywood to make an album and go on another tour with Avoiding Redemption. With the chance of making it in the music business, the D Bags prepare to depart to Hollywood as soon as possible. However, before Kellan departs to Hollywood, he has one last request from Kiera; marriage. With a mock wedding that involves the simple exchange of rings in the middle of Pete’s Bar, Kellan and Kiera declare themselves husband and wife and promise to never be separated again. Kiera may have to rethink that promise again because to stay by Kellan’s side means following him to Hollywood and his impending tour for 4 months.
I need to start by pointing out that Reckless is a breeze compared to the turmoil that is Thoughtless and Effortless . However, that doesn’t mean that Reckless allows the reader a single moment of contentment. Even in the last novel in the series, Kellan and Kiera do not catch a break at all. With a jealous ex, sex tape scandal, money hungry executive, a pop-star struggling to make a comeback, and crazy, obsessed fans, Kellan and Kiera have more than enough problems to keep them busy and fighting for their roller-coaster like relationship.
Ms. Stephens is a beautiful writer who has created such powerful and amazing characters, you can’t help but fall in love with them. In the new and final installment of the Thoughtless series, all of the characters are back; The D Bags (Evan, Matt, and of course Griffin), the best friends (Jenny, Rachel, and Cheyenne), Kiera sister Anna and even Kellan’s new found family.
Absoutely. Yes. Totally. Definitely an instant favorite!
I give Magic at the Gate 3/5 stars for being entertaining but lacking certain parts that make this sOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Magic at the Gate 3/5 stars for being entertaining but lacking certain parts that make this series worth reading.
Disclaimer about review:
Quick review because I didn’t enjoy Magic at the Gate as much as the prior ones. I blame a certain missing character who I adore so much.
It would kill me to write a negative review for this amazing series so I’m going to keep it short.
Magic at the Gate (short but hopefully sweet spoiler):
If you have read Magic on the Storm, which you probably have, you are aware of the serious cliff hanger at the end. Well, Magic at the Gate picks up right where Magic on the Storm leaves off. Allie, Stone and her lovely father are in for quite a trip in the death realm to find a very important lost soul.
As I mentioned before, I didn’t really connect with this novel. Though Allie, her father, Stone and the infamous Shamus have returned for another crazy save-the-world-or-everyone-dies journey, I felt it lacked the some of the qualities I loved about this series.
To continue this review would consist of something along the lines of me saying, “blah, blah, blah I missed this character, blah, blah, blah why did he/she have to return the last few pages? So I will just stop now.
Even though I didn’t see eye-to-eye with Magic at the Gate, I would absolutely recommend it. Magic at the Gate really sets the reader up for Magic on the Hunt, which will probably have tons of major kick-a** action. I’m totally psyched now especially because my favorite character does return, you know, the one complained about not being in Magic at the Gate. ...more
I give Kiss of Frost 4/5 stars because this novel is action packed and filled with all kinds of mystOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Kiss of Frost 4/5 stars because this novel is action packed and filled with all kinds of mystery that left me reading in anticipation for what would happen next.
My feelings about Kiss of Frost :
Gwen Frost has once again found herself the target of the infamous Reapers. After the events in book one, Touch of Frost, the Reapers have made it their main goal to kill Gwen by any means necessary. Since this is the case, Gwen, along side her group of friends, have decided it is in her best interest to be prepared for the battle with the Reapers that is sure to come. However, this is easier said then done since Gwen has no fighting skills what-so-ever.
This guy has the makings of being a stellar love interest. Logan is strong, confident and dangerous as hell (having the ability to pick just about any item and use it in a lethal method.)
Having said this, I still feel like Logan is a mystery. This could be because Logan is hardly in the books. Yes, he shows up every now and then but Gwen, as well as the reader, hardly ever get to hear him open up and talk. So far, Logan's position has been the hunky guy who trains and saves Gwen from time to time. However, from the end of Kiss of Frost, I pretty sure Logan will have a much more significant role on the next book, Dark Frost. It seems Logan is finally ready to allow Gwen into his life and I couldn't be happier.
I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone interested in the series. Kiss of Frost is a fantastic follow up novel and maybe just be the best yet. If you haven't started this series, do so now. :)...more
I give Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, 5/5 starts for having such a captivating world and beinOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, 5/5 starts for having such a captivating world and being simply one of the best reads of 2012.
*Short review because Under the Never Sky is better without any prior knowledge. No spoilers!*
Under the Never Sky Review:
Aria and Perry come from two different worlds.
Aria, is a Dweller and Perry is an Outsider.
To Aria, Perry is a savage. A person who lives on the outside: diseased, dirty, violent, uncontrollable, no better than animal.
To Perry, Aria is a mole. Someone who lives in on the inside: weak, pampered, the reason for his suffering.
Now banished from the only life she has ever known, Aria, with very little choice, must team up with Perry who lives in the world her nightmares are created from. Together they will need to look past their differences and team up a greater cause.
Everything is perfect in Aria’s world. She has her friends, mother and her Realms. Everything in Aria’s world is organized and safe- just the way she likes it. However, when Aria loses her only connection to her mother, she will risk everything in order to be able to hear her voice again.
Perry considers himself to be a living curse. The only real acceptance he has ever had comes from his little nephew, Talon. Except now Talon is gone–kidnapped by the Dwellers. Now the only way to get him back is to team up with one.
Absolutely! ,i>Under the Never Sky was nothing like what I was expecting. Its brilliantly written and the story will have you wanting to come back for more.
My only resolve was that it ended to too soon and now I must wait for the next installment: Through the Ever Night.
Extra treats for reading my review (Qoutes!):
She turned to him, her gaze catching on his Markings. “What do you want from me, Savage?”
“Is that what you call us?”
“You’re murderers. Diseased. Cannibals.” She flung the words at him like curses. “I’ve heard the stories.”
Perry crossed his arms. She lived under a rock. What did she know about anything? “Guess we’re well named, Mole.”
Best scene in the novel, I think. :)
“Aria, what’s wrong?”
She stood, moving slow and defeated. “I’m dying. I’m bleeding.”
Perry’s gaze traveled down her body.
“It’s not my feet.”
“Did you eat any of those berries?”
“No.” She held out her hand. “You might as well have this . . . ”
Perry closed his eyes and inhaled. Her scent had changed. The rancy Dweller musk was almost gone. Her skin breathed a new scent into the air, faint but unmistakable. For the first time since he’d known her, her flesh smelled like something he recognized, feminine and sweet.
He smelled violets.
He took a step back, swearing silently as it hit him. “You’re not dying. . . . You really don’t know?”
“I don’t know anything anymore.”
Perry looked down at the ground and drew another breath, no doubt in his mind.
I give The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 4/5 stars for being highly suspenseful and very humorous despiteOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 4/5 stars for being highly suspenseful and very humorous despite the dark overtone of the novel.
If you read nothing else in my review, read this: I can honestly say, I predicted nothing that happened in this book.
My feelings on The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer:
I need to start out by explaining that this was a very difficult review to write. It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy the novel, it was very entertaining. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is better read without any spoilers or hints to even what it is about. What makes this novel so enjoyable is because it is a mystery in which the reader takes on a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ role. From the first page to the last, I found myself caught up into a mystery I couldn’t solve myself. It was as if Mara and I were solving things together. This is a refreshing from since a good majority of the books I read, the mystery is solved fast (and in my opinion, there is nothing more annoying than waiting for the heroine to catch up on your predications).
I really felt the title, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, was truly fitting for this novel. The story is essentially about a girl who survived a catastrophic and living changing event and has now entered a self discovering journey. Mara has now found herself fighting to figure out who exactly ‘Mara Dyer’ was before the incident and what has become of her now.
Mara Dyer began the novel as a fairly ordinary teenager who came from a good family, had an amazing best friend and a boyfriend of two months. She went to school, had B student grades and was a typical teenager by any one’s standards. However, all this changed the night Mara decided to sneak into an asylum with her friends and boyfriend. Now Mara Dyer has found herself caught in an internal battle to find her true self. Mara now contemplates questions like, “Who exactly is Mara Dyer?” and “Can the girl who survived that asylum really ever be the Mara Dyer she was before?”
I was warned about Noah.
I would be lying if it wasn’t a huge factor in me reading this book to begin with.
My verdict: I agree. Noah is fairly sexy and rememberable. Noah has all the qualifications I look for in a hero: hot body, great sense of humor, makes caring and badass possible at once, and last but definitely not least sexy as hell.
However, where as I agree with Noah’s hotness, I can’t agree with his other reputation: Better than Patch (via the Hush Hush series). Though the two of them have many similarities (especially their motives to get the girl and that sexual humor), Noah, for me, was more of a Patch’s ‘little brother.’
My analogy: Patch is sex on wheels where as Noah would need to break out the training wheels.
I would absolutely recommend this book.
For the people who have read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Here is my reason behind only 4/5 stars:
(view spoiler)[ After such as amazing build-up to Mara not being mentally unstable (and on the verge of the lonely bin) and actually having paranormal powers, I was sadly disappointed that we never figure out what exactly she was. Since I’m left to wonder myself, I’m thinking all kinds of things such as: alien, mutant, angel, etc . . . (hide spoiler)]...more
I give First Frost 4/5 stars for providing much needed background and more familiarity with the heroOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give First Frost 4/5 stars for providing much needed background and more familiarity with the heroine before the first book in the series, Touch of Frost.
This little short story is a great set-up the first book in the series, Touch of Frost. Though First Frost helped me connect more with the protagonist, I felt it was a bit dry in some areas. There were a lot of lengthy passages filled with details and barely any dialogue. The problem with too little dialogue and a lot of details is that it can become boring.
Despite the little reservations I have about First Frost, I would still recommend the short story since it does provide more background of the heroines's family that come into play in beginning chapters of Touch of Frost. ...more
I really liked this short story. Alex is a very likablOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Daimon 5/5 stars for being so awesome.
I really liked this short story. Alex is a very likable and extremely funny character.
I must also add that Daimon gave me MAJOR Vampire Academy deja vu. Alex's world is basically Rose's world. I can even argue that though the two supernatural elements, between the two series, appear to be different, there basically the same concept. Since I adore Vampire Academy, I'm not sure what to make of all the similarities. Should I be happy to read another, perhaps, great series like Vampire Academy or hate on it for being so similar? I'm not quite sure yet what my verdict will be.
Therefore, for now, I have to read and rate Daimon on how much I like it ONLY. I can say, Daimon was awesome (as I said before). Usually prequels can be read anytime during the series but for this one, I highly recommend reading it before Half- Blood . The end of this short story is the beginning of the first chapter of Half-Blood. ...more
I give Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, 5/5 stars for being beyond all my expectations and extremelOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, 5/5 stars for being beyond all my expectations and extremely well written.
My feelings on Fifty Shades of Grey: *skip this is you want to read my review*
Let me start out by explaining that if you haven’t heart a thing about this novel, you are seriously living under a rock. Fifty Shades of Grey is the new hype right now in popular culture; from skits on Saturday Night Live, to Ellen Degeneres trying to narrate the book, this novel is being talked about everywhere and by everyone.
However, I can honestly say, half the things I have heard about Fifty Shades of Grey are WRONG .
That’s right, wrong. The things people say when discussing Fifty Shades of Grey , had me removing it from my TBR list on many occasions. In order to prevent anymore scare tatics, let’s clear things up:
1.No Anastasia is not hung from a ceiling and whipped with a pancake maker. - A pancake maker?
2.Christian does NOT turn Anastasia into his dog (resembling the movie Centipede). - This movie was disgusting. Please never mention this again.
3.Fifty Shades of Grey should be considered a step-back in women’s rights. - Ah, please stop. That is ridiculous. If you think this novel will take women’s right to vote and etc away, keep dreaming.
4.Fifty Shades of Grey deserves to be banned in every library. - Great idea! Let’s start the oppression.
Fifty Shades of Grey Review:
Anastasia Steele finds herself in a very interesting situation when she, instead of her friend Kate Kavanagh, is sent to interview the mysterious Christian Grey (CEO of Grey Enterprises Holding INC.) Having never heard of this business guru, Anastasia is in for quite a surprise when she finds he’s more than what she was expecting. Christian Grey has set his sights on Anastasia and has no intentions of letting her go.
Fifty Shades of Grey is definitely unique. Many times, this novel begs the reader to step out of their comfort zone and into the mind of Christian Grey. Underneath Christian’s cold and driven attitude is someone very scared by the devastating events in his early life.
Anastasia Steele is the kind of heroine that needs to be recognized. She is smart, pretty, brave and very strong willed. I was so amazed by how she was able to handle herself throughout this entire novel. Not many people are willing to leave their comfort zones and allow life to take them on journey wherever it may land. Anastasia is by far one of my new favorite heroines.
I found myself able to really connect with Christian and understand why he chooses to live the way he does. Since this was the case, I was able to see through his exterior into the little boy that I knew still existed inside of him; the one still looking for acceptance and love.
Yes, yes, YES. Is that enough of an answer? No? You want more? Okay. How about this...this novel will blow your mind apart and make you questions things you never thought you would. A total game changer you want to be a part of. Read it now. ...more
Note: Before reading this novel, I was aware of the Vampire Academy similarities. I read and reviewOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
Note: Before reading this novel, I was aware of the Vampire Academy similarities. I read and reviewed this book with as much fairness as possible. I chose to focus solely on the story and characters and remain completely unbiased.
I have to give Half- Blood a 3/5 stars. Having read Half-Blood and Vampire Academy , Half-Blood honestly felt more of the ‘poor man’s version’ of Vampire Academy .
My feelings on Half-Blood and its prequel, Daimon :
As I was conversing with one of my friends about Half-Blood , she informed me that it would be in my best interest to begin the series with the prequel ( Daimon ). Seeing as how the prequels never mattered before in previous series, I didn’t understand why. From the first line of Half-Blood , the reader is immediately thrust into an epic fight that, for me as well as others, really doesn’t make sense until you read Daimon beforehand.
My feelings on Half-Blood :
I absolutely adored the prequel to this series, Daimon . Alex is one of those strong heroines who have a very sarcastic and brave side. If you’re looking for a Mary-Sue, this is not your book; Alex is the kind of girl who believes that ‘violence is the answer to every problem.’
Though I will absolutely praise Daimon to every person I meet, I cannot say the same for Half- Blood . My biggest problem with this novel is its EXTREME similarities to another novel called Vampire Academy . Having read as many books in this genre, there comes a time when some books will have the same ideas. However, never have I read two books that had this much in common. It honestly felt that the first 260 pages of Half- Blood was the EXACT replicate of Vampire Academy (even sharing some plot lines of Vampire Academy 4: Blood Promise ). Not only was the story the same but also all of the characters; the heroine, best friend, enemy, even the hero.
(view spoiler)[ Alex= Rose Aiden= Dimitri Caleb= Mason Seth= Lissa (The bond thing? Come on!) Jackson= Aaron/Jesse Lea= Mia Deacon= Adrian (I will argue this to the extreme) (hide spoiler)]
It got to the point where I was beginning to become bored with Half- Blood because none of the plot points were surprising me since I had read them all before in Vampire Academy.
I will add, because I want to at least spread some positivity, that even though this book shared MANY similarities with Vampire Academy , the last 20 pages or so really take the story in its own path. Since this is the case, I’m hoping the next book, Pure , brings this series in a whole new directions of its own. However, I have read Vampire Academy 2:Frostbite and I have no desire to see it redone in Pure .
I can’t recommend Half-Blood . As I have stated before, Vampire Academy and Half-Blood have much in common. When it comes down to it, Vampire Academy is by far the superior story of these two. ...more
I give “Embrace the Night,” 4/5 stars. Though the book was amazing, I still felt it lacked in some areOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give “Embrace the Night,” 4/5 stars. Though the book was amazing, I still felt it lacked in some areas. **cough...Mircea...cough**
I’m giving this book a short review for now. Not because I didn’t like it. I just really want to read the next book in the series.
What to expect:
“Embrace the Night,” the third book in the Cassandra Palmer series, continues on with the ever increasing action of its prior books in the series. In this new installment, Cassie has once again found herself being targeted by those who wish to see her early demise. If that isn’t bad enough, the geis spell has taken a turn for the worse, leaving one side on the brink of madness.
I must begin by admitting that I didn’t like “Embrace the Night” as much as “Claimed By Shadow.” I’m beginning to think it has a lot to do with the lack of Mircea. Due to a revelation that happens in this book, it feels as if Mircea is placed on the side-lines. However, I must also add that when Mircea did eventually show up in this book, it more than made up for his absence. Still, I was left wanting more of him.
As I was reading this book, I felt myself debating whether I liked Cassie with present Mircea or past Mircea (she tends to mess around with time a lot leading to both of these men playing a huge part). After reading the last few pages of this book, the choice was made for me. The ending was just so sweet I can’t wait to read the next book....more
This book was utterly amazing. A total 360 degrees from the last novel. I give "Claimed By Shadow" byOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
This book was utterly amazing. A total 360 degrees from the last novel. I give "Claimed By Shadow" by Karen Chance a 5/5 stars.
Reservations on "Touch the Dark":
I need to start out by explaining that I truly struggled with the first book, "Touch the Dark." I found the novel to be heavily descriptive and very confusing at times. I also felt that, though there was action, the majority of the book took place in a living room setting (where the characters proceeded to shove history down our throats). If you read my first review of "Touch the Dark," you will know that there is nothing more annoying then having to read through lenghtly paragraphs of pure history. It was torture.
Glad I read "Claimed By Shadow":
Having said that, I feel no such way about "Claimed By Shadow." Since the second I picked up this book, I haven’t been unable to put it down. I was completely shocked by how different this novel turned out. "Claimed By Shadow" surely doesn’t suffer from the short comings of its processor (mostly the drawn out descriptions and nonexistent dialogue).
In "Touch the Dark," I balk of the story was told through Cassie (only giving her feelings on the majority of revelations). Furthermore, this left me feeling a great connection with Cassie but unable to really bond with the other marvelous cast of characters. Since there was more dialogue featured in "Claimed By Shadow," I found myself not only strengthening my connection with Cassie her whole group as well. (view spoiler)[ This connection was not always appealing since there was a death in this novel, which made me extremely sad. (hide spoiler)]
When I was first looking into this book, I came across a few other reviews that basically labeled Cassie as a sex-manic. From this description, I must have missed something. When exactly did the whole sex-manic come?
Early on in the novel, you do find out that Cassie has had a geis cast on her. What the geis , in this case, binds Cassie together with a certain man. I won’t say who the man is or if the geis is resolved or not but I can add that Cassie isn't too happy about it. So what does a woman do when she finds herself bound to a man without her consent? She rebels. Not a sex-manic rebellion though.
I’m still now seeing it.
As I said throughout the review, "Claimed By Shadow" more than compensates for the first novel. If you are on the fence as to if you should continue on with Cassie’s story, I can honestly say, DO IT. There will be no disappointments in this book. ...more
The novel, Magic to the Bone, really took me by surprise as well as this review. I had previous planned to write a review every two novels, seeing as how there are around eight books in the series. However, I found myself dying to talk about this novel.
Magic to the Bone:
Magic to the Bone takes place in a world that has been deteriorating from over excessive magic use for the past three decades. The heroine, Allison (Allie) Beckstrom, is the daughter of one of the city’s most well known names in the magic industry: Daniel Beckstrom. Since Allie has such a powerful and influential father, life should be fairly easy for her. However, Allie, by no means has any interest in following in her father’s footsteps. Since this is the case, she often finds herself dealing with hard times: hence her recent issue with becoming the main suspect in a murder case.
I originally began this series because of its similarities to the Kate Daniel’s series (Magic Bites).
Similarities between Allie and Kate:
1. They both live in a world dealing with the negative after effects of magic. 2. Allie and Kate take on cases that are influenced by said destructive magic 3. They each have their share of massive daddy issues 4. They have attitudes that match their badass-ness
Allie is the kind of heroine I love to read about. She is independent, strong, has a great personality and isn’t afraid to fight for what she believes in. Allie lives a hard life. Having split from her father, and his money, seven years ago, Allie now lives in the ‘bad part of town’ taking on hounding jobs to support herself financially.
However, ‘hounding’ is no easy task. Not to spoil anything, I will only say that every time Allie goes on one of these hounding jobs, she has to deal with the after effects of the magic she is required to use. The consequences? Oh, just mind splitting headaches, temporary blindness/deafness, bruises that could cover your entire body, memory lost, and etc. Despite all of these negative attributes of her job, Allie still continues to do it because it makes her independent and allows her to help people others’ would choose to ignore.
Calmest hero I have ever read about. Seriously. Even in the heart of trouble and chaos, this guy continues to keep his Zen face on.
I instantly liked Zayvion the minute he appeared in the novel. I do tend to have a weakness for the strong and silent type.
I can’t really say much about Zayvion. He is a very private person who chooses to keep past and motives a secret. Since this is the case, it took a while for him to really start to let the heroine in and even when he did, I still feel there is more to this guy that meets the eye. He is a mystery; I have found myself desperate to crack. The good thing about this is that Allie finds herself on a mission to crack him too.
I really liked Allie and Zayvion’s relationship progression in this novel. Though at times, I may have felt it was fast but I have come to realize it’s just there personalities. Allie and Zayvion are very mature people who know what they want in life and aren’t afraid to get it. There is no immature drama between these two.
I would totally recommend Magic to the Bones . Since Allie’s world is very similar to Kate Daniel’s (Magic Bites), I feel those fans would enjoy this book as well. I know I did. ...more
I give Succubi Are Forever by Jill Myles 4/5 stars for being so entertaining and captivating and reaOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Succubi Are Forever by Jill Myles 4/5 stars for being so entertaining and captivating and really living up to all my expectations.
My excitement (you probably shouldn’t read this):
Well, I feel like I have been waiting forever for this novel to be released (not really, it’s been like four months, for me anyways). Still, words can’t explain how excited I was to find Succubi are Forever was released a few days ago.
Succubi Are Forever Review:
Action, love, friendship, heartbreak, and death are only a few words that come to mind when I think about the events that happen in Succubi Are Forever . Honestly, after reading this novel, I feel as though I was just put through an emotional rollercoaster that will take me days to overcome.
In my opinion, one of my favorite features of this series is the friendship between Jackie and Remy. Remy really is the Robin Hood to Jackie’s Batman; It doesn’t matter what kind of situation Jackie has gotten herself into, Remy will always be there to support her no matter what. Now that is a friendship that deserves to be reconginzed.
Yes! Succubi Are Forever was such a lovely novel to read and a nice finale for the whole series. ...more
I give Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston 4/5 stars for having some of the best dialogue I have reaOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston 4/5 stars for having some of the best dialogue I have read so far.
Pack Challenge is definitely an alpha book for sure; male alphas, female alphas...it was definitely alpha galore!
Pack Challenge review:
Sara Morrighan doesn’t live an easy life. Orphaned by her parents at an early age, Sarah was sentenced to live with her insane, paranoid, gun-wielding grandmother. If only that was the worst of Sara’s problems. Having barely survived the animal attack that took her father’s life, Sara must wear the scars across one-side of her face and leg, which bring her enormous pain and a none to flattering limp. Though, there is a bright-light or two in Sara’s life; her two crazy best friends, Miki and Angelina, who would do just about anything to protect her. However, when the Pride comes to Texas looking for retribution for the crimes Sara’s parents committed against them, Sara will need more than her friends to help her. The help Sara needs, unbenounced to her, is in the shape of Zacharias Sheridan, or just Zach for short.
Zach Sheridan is ready to be pack leader. He has the strength, motivation, capabilities, and the permission of the pack alpha when he steps down. The only problem is that the current alpha female is bent on keeping her position and power no matter what. For that reason, Zach finds himself in the small nowhere town located in Texas. His explanation for being there is the beautiful, insane girl he just can’t keep out of his thoughts. Of course this is a terrible thing since Zach had ridden off the idea of family.
I think I’ll leave to Zach to further explain his exact feelings on the topic:
“He decided he wanted to be Alpha Male . . . He didn’t want kids. He’d be more than happy to let the other Pack mates breed and then raise their little whelps to take over when he was too old or tired to hold the leash. But every wolf female he’d met wanted to breed their mate’s kid. So, Zach had decided, any mate he chose would be fixed.”
Yes. I would recommend Pack Challenge for any reader looking for a good shape-shifter book.
I seem to be in a great debate with the rating I give for novels I read lately. I blame it on becoming such an analytical reader now. Having said that, the only reason Pack Challenge received a 4 star rating from is is solely on the crude language used multiple times throughout the entire novel. I am in no way an innocent reader. Profanity and crude sexual terms don’t faze me at all. On the other hand, in Pack Challenge, I think it just became too much and started to rub me the wrong way after a while. I understand that these are how the characters speak, which is perfectly okay, but for some scenes I felt it was overwhelming; mainly the sex scenes....more
I will give this book 5/5 stars for being truly amazing.
I genuinely enjoyed “The Demon Trapper's Daughter” all the way through (my book is the American version, which means the first book in the series has a different name). Riley is truly an inspiration. I don’t know many girls that age that can go through as much as she did and still be able to wake-up every morning without giving up. I really look forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing what other trouble awaits Riley. When I say trouble, I mean, I would rather see more demons trying to kill her. Please no more deaths! This poor girl has seen more people killed and injured around her to last a life time. Though, I have a feeling, this is only the beginning. Poor Riley. ...more