This book was so utterly cute and fun, I just devoured it in one sitting. I have been in an odd reading mood theBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This book was so utterly cute and fun, I just devoured it in one sitting. I have been in an odd reading mood the last few weeks. I just haven't felt like reading anything, even when my precious Origin by JLA arrived. But seeing as I was on the blog tour for this book I knew I had to read it. I was worried that my weird mood would cloud my judgment but I am so glad to say that American Girl On Saturn was just what I needed. It pulled me out of my funk and I loved every second of it.
The book is told from eighteen year old Chloe's POV, who is the oldest of three sisters. The middle child, Aralie, is seventeen, while the youngest sister, the absolutely adorable Emery, is five going on six. Each girl has their own personality and I loved all three of them in their own way. Chloe is the quiet, mature one but she had a great sarcastic wit about her. I loved her inner monologue. It was hilarious some of the stuff she came up with. Aralie is the wild, loud-mouth one. She says what she wants, doesn't seem to have a filter, but I still loved her. I loved the bickering between her and one of the lads. And Emery, oh my god, is the cutest little terror ever! I have always wanted a sister but I think if I had Emery I would go slightly insane :P She is so cute and everything but you would want to have some amount of energy and patience to put up with her. I pitied the lads so much, especially the main guy of the band Benji. She was glued to him for the entire lockdown. Poor guy.
Now about Spaceships Around Saturn. I LOVED these guys! Seriously, I would love for them to be on lockdown in my house for the summer. I thought I would have a hard time keeping track of who was who but they were all so easy to remember because they were all so different. I think Noah and Milo were my favourites. Swoon! But I did love them all. I couldn't get enough of all the bromance, and romance, and hilarity and, and....yeah. Just...everything!
Even though the guys were shot at during a concert and that's why they had to go into hiding, the book is anything but gloomy. It was sweet, fun, romantic, hilarious. The author's writing style is so beautiful and so descriptive. It will make you laugh as well as make you cry (yes I did shed a tear or two). It's the perfect read for a lazy summer day lying in the sun. If you need a pick me then this book is a definite must! The author has a real winner here.
(There were a few grammatical errors and misplaced words and such but I received and ARC copy so this may be rectified in the final edition)...more
This book. Dear god this book. I went through so many different emotions while readingBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
* Possible spoilers for book #1*
This book. Dear god this book. I went through so many different emotions while reading this. I adored Live For You so I couldn't wait to jump into Only For You. I was so happy that I didn't have long to wait between books.
This is the conclusion of Rae and Cole's story and my god does their relationship go through the ringer in this. Nothing is ever plain sailing and that is definitely the case for these two. They go through so much in this and I just kept hoping and praying that they will get their happily ever after. I love these two and I so wanted them to be happy.
I have to say, Ms Valentine is evil! How could you start a book like that?! I had to re-read the prologue twice to make sure I was reading it right. Don't do that to my heart! I was so tempted to just skip straight to the end to see if it ended the way I hoped it would. Luckily I was able to restrain myself. And my god was my heart put to the test. I alternated between wanting to scream in frustration, cry in sadness, and laugh with happiness. The characters frustrated me to no end. I wanted to reach into my kindle and shake some sense into them. It was like watching a car crash. You know whats coming, you know you should look away, but you just can't. This book is just so gloriously addictive.
In Live For You we only got Rae and Cole's POV but in Only For You we are also given Jaxon Hunter's POV. I was all set to hate Jaxon. I really was. But that sneaky little fecker managed to worm his way into my heart. Even though I wanted to bash him across the head so many times, I still grew a soft spot for him. He was so intent on winning Rae back that he was blind to something that was right in front of him. Seriously, why are guys such fricking stubborn idiots? He managed to pull his head out of his ass long enough to do the right thing though. And then at end I find out he's getting his own book?? Hell. Yes. I can't WAIT for this, especially to find out more about Bliss Davenport, who we meet in Only For You.
Also, what the hell is with the parents in this series?? First Cole's mother, now his Dad? I seriously wanted to punch that SOB in the face. I get that the music industry can be ruthless and what not but this guy takes it to a whole other level. The things he has done is horrendous, especially to Jaxon, and I felt so much worse for him and Cole.
I can't recommend this book enough. This series is becoming a new favourite of mine. Full of drama, angst, backstabbing, heartbreak, and some seriously hot southern boys. Your love of all things country will increase and make you dream of finding your own boy from the south....more
I have only read one other book by this author, the first book in the Denazen series, and I absolutely loved it. The bAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
I have only read one other book by this author, the first book in the Denazen series, and I absolutely loved it. The big thing I loved was the main character, who was so snarky and feisty. I love characters like that. And I was delighted when I started Darker Days to find that Jessie was just as snarky and feisty. I really liked her. She makes some really silly mistakes sometimes but she was still totally bad ass. And given that this is only the first book in a series she can only get better as the series progresses. The story line itself was very interesting. The Seven Deadly Sins aspect was fascinating and it really hooked me in. There was loads of twists and turns and the book takes place over the space of 5 days so it was very fast paced. But because of the 5 days, there was a bit of insta love, which did slightly bug me but not too much. Lukas and Jessie had great chemistry. Lukas was so adorable and sweet, the two of them were really great together.
All in all this was an action packed thrill ride with tons of laugh out loud moments and and I cannot wait to dive into book 2.
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review...more
As expected, this was another brilliant book from Sarah Alderson. I have yet to come across a book I didn't like by thAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
As expected, this was another brilliant book from Sarah Alderson. I have yet to come across a book I didn't like by this author. The Sound was a highly entertaining read. I loved the setting of Nantucket. Alderson describes it so beautifully that I've now added it to my list of places to visit. Hopefully there won't be a serial killer running around when I go though :P The book was full of great characters. I really liked Ren. It was a nice change to read about a British protagonist. I loved Ren's wit and sarcasm. She had some fantastic lines. I just have to share one of my favourites:
"I refuse to be a cliche. I refuse, point blank, to fall for the hot moody guy with anger issues. Is my name Bella Swan? Am I the protagonist of every paranormal romance lining the shelves of Waterstones? No. I am not.
Also, unlike Edward Cullen, the voice in my head pipes up, Jesse most certainly hasn't fallen in insta-love with me and isn't torturing himself over the fact that he can't be with me in case he eats me."
I will admit though that her continuous back and forth thoughts between Jeremy and Jesse did get a little tiring after a while. But I absolutely adored Jesse. He was a fantastic love interest. It's hard not to fall in love with him. He and Ren had great chemistry and they shared some really sweet and swoony scenes. And what's a book without some loathsome characters. There was definitely no shortage of them here. So many I wanted to sucker punch, they were so vile. Alderson did a great job writing these characters.
One reason I didn't give this 5 stars was that I felt it was too focused on the romance rather than on the serial killer aspect. It was as if that took a back seat while another mystery was explored. The uncovering of who the serial killer was felt very rushed, and was left literally until the very end. There also wasn't really much of a motive given for the killings so that left me a little confused. I just felt it could have done with being a bit more fleshed out.
Apart from not being as thrilling as I would have liked it to be, I still really enjoyed this. It was fun, sexy and with just enough mystery to keep me hooked....more
I really wanted to read this book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. The thing that really caught my aBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I really wanted to read this book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. The thing that really caught my attention was the mention of horses. I have always loved horses. I loved learning about ranch life and I especially loved Argus. I nearly cried for that poor horse. I am a huge animal lover so I wanted to kill the people that mistreated him. I loved the whole aspect of Hannah teaching him how to trust people again.
The book starts off a bit slow but things begin to pick up around half way in. When Eric first hits Hannah I would have expected her to get out of there straight away. But instead she made excuses for him and stayed with him. This really annoyed me. There is no excuse for hitting the person you love. If a boyfriend ever hit me I would be gone in a flash. I wanted to scream at Hannah to get out of there, to tell someone what was happening. She was just so naive and made really stupid decisions.
Leo I liked. I thought he was a great love interest and I felt so bad for him that Hannah couldn't see what a great guy he was and leave that bastard Eric behind. He was a total cowboy, wearing the boots and hat. I totally swooned. Who doesn't love a hot cowboy ;)
Eric I seriously wanted to kill. That dude was psychotic! By the end though I felt the author let the character get away from her. He did stuff that I found really out there and very over the top. It didn't seem that realistic for this story.
The ending annoyed me too. I felt Hannah acted very blaze about the whole ordeal. She didn't seem to be affected at all by it which dumbfounded me. If I went through what she went through I wouldn't be all hunky dory the next day.
Overall it was a good story with a good premise but a lot of things annoyed me about it.
Side-note: A thing about this book, I feel it is best read in physical form. Leo and his family use a lot of Portuguese words throughout the story. There is an index at the start of the book with all the translations of the words so you can flip back to them but this is impossible to do in ebook format. ...more